Read "Earn Easy Money for BES." You will be amazed at the simple and FREE ways you can contribute to Banks Elementary and your child's education.

May 3, 2021

 Today is the start of Teacher Appreciation Week and here at BES we celebrate the entire staff during this week. Thank you BES staff for going above and beyond every day to support our kids! We are so lucky to have such amazing people teaching our kids. You are true community heroes who should be celebrated every week of the year! Thank you for all you do!

April 27, 2021


Would you like to make a difference at Banks Elementary and enhance the quality of our children's education? As a board member you can! Board members help set the goals and direction of the PTO for the school year, plan fundraisers and events that support the staff at BES and much more. If you are interested in serving on the PTO board during the 2021-2022 school year please attend the next meeting, held via zoom on May 12th, or contact us at

March 29, 2021

    Mark your calendars! We are doing another Panda Express fundraiser on Friday, April 9th. You can place an online order for pickup or delivery at Panda Express locations nationwide. Apply code 902421 in the coupon code box during checkout at or via app.

Click here to find a location near you. Thank you for your support!


December 2, 2020


Please join us on for a virtual PTO meeting. If you would like to attend please contact the PTO board at for log-in info. Thanks!

November 13, 2020

Mark your calendars! On Friday, December 04 you can place a Panda Express order for pickup or delivery at Panda Express locations nationwide to raise money for Banks Elementary! That’s right, family and friends who don’t live in the area can raise money for BES by applying code 901550 in the coupon code box during online checkout at or via app. Follow the link to read details and to find a restaurant near you. 28% of sales will be donated to Banks Elementary School.

September 8, 2020

Mark your calendar: There will be a virtual PTO meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm. If you would like to attend please email for zoom meeting id and password. Thanks!


August 26, 2020

 Welcome back teachers! We love the staff at BES! Your hardwork preparing for this school year is greatly appreciated.

To show our gratitude and support the PTO is providing lunch for BES staff today.

The PTO board is working on an emergency budget to continue supporting virtual classrooms without our usual fundraising events. Please support BES PTO through the Amazon and Fred Meyer affiliate programs and "clip" box tops using the Box Tops  App. Information on how to enroll in these programs can be found under the "Earn Easy Money for BES" tab. If you have any questions about these programs or need help enrolling please email the PTO at

You're continuing support is appreciated! Thank you!!!

March 18, 2020

Hello everyone,
We are very disappointed to let you all know that we are CANCELLING the 2020 BRAVE RUN due to the Coronavirus. Hopefully by now, everyone understands the importance of slowing the spread of the virus and cancelling the event can help to ensure this happens. Those of you that have registered already will be refunded (except for the processing fee). We will also refund anyone who purchased a shirt. We will be refunding you by check in the next 2-3 weeks.
Thank you all for your support for the last nine years. We love you all and please stay healthy!

Lynda Goovaerts
Teri Braun
Brave Run Co-Directors

February 25, 2020

To help celebrate Dr. Suess week, we are looking for "guest readers" to come read to classes during library time.
For questions, contact Bobbie Gregg. Click here to sign up using Sign Up Genius.

January 3, 2020

Please join us for the first PTO meeting of 2020! We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers and our goal to raise enough money for a cover over the playground. We are also looking for volunteers for the upcoming dance in March. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact Melissa at

November 14, 2019

2019-20 PTO Fundraising Project

🎉 Exciting news! Yesterday at the PTO meeting we voted on our BIG project for the 2019-20 school year fundraising. We will be raising money to the buy something like THIS to cover the play structure! We are currently working in sizing and cost estimates so we can figure out if this is going to need to be a multi-year project. Stay tuned! 🎉

Rectangle Fabric Shade

October 17, 2019

Let's provide a dessert bar for BES staff during conferences Thursday evening, October 24th! Sign up below if you can bring a dessert or nut free dessert (labeled "nut free").
Please drop them off at the front desk by Thursday before 4pm. If they won't spoil, feel free to bring them Wednesday. Thank you for donating your time and talents!

September 3, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! The PTO board is looking forward to a successful year. Thank you for your continued support! We hope to see you at the next PTO meeting Wednesday, September 11th at 9:30am. 

Upcoming events in September:

3 Open House
4 First Day for 1st-5th
9 First Day Kindergarten
18 Picture Day
26 Run for the Arts

May 29, 2019

Thank you for your support this school year. Banks Elementary School is amazing because of the involvement and care that the staff, parents and guardians, and community put into the school. Please join us June 12th at 2pm in the school cafeteria for a volunteer appreciation party! Cake will be served.

May 7, 2019

May 15th
Room 213
Please join us! Board elections will take place at this meeting. 

April 30, 2019

In gratitude for her 32 years of service at BES, the PTO has purchased a brick for Leslee Sipp. Yesterday, the PTO presented Mrs. Sipp with an award and the proof of her brick which will read, “Leslee Sipp, 32 years of love”. Thank you, Mrs. Sipp, for the many years of love and dedication for our students and staff. You have touched all of our lives for the better!

April 8, 2019

March 5, 2019


For just $75.00 you can purchase a brick and leave your imprint on the Banks Elementary campus.
v  Anyone involved with the Banks Schools in any way is invited to participate. This includes grandparents! 
v  Businesses can buy a brick and have their company name engraved on it.
v  The profits from this fundraiser will benefit the Banks Elementary PTO organization.

Brick engraving is limited to 2 lines and 15 characters per line, including spaces. You can put your children’s names and graduating year, or your family name, business name, etc.

Orders must be turned in by April 1, 2019

                                                               Bricks Order Form

March 3, 2019

March 4-8 is Classified Staff Appreciation Week. Please join the PTO in celebrating BES classified staff and all they do for BES. Food plays an important role in how we all celebrate so we are asking you to pull out your favorite recipes for celebrations and share it with our staff. Please sign up at the link below to bring your favorite celebration dishes to the front office on Wednesday, March 6th, by 10:30am. Thanks!

December 15, 2018

Let’s share some holiday cheer with the BES staff with a Cookies & Dessert potluck! Please sign up at the link below to bring your favorite holiday cookie or winter dessert to help show BES staff how much we appreciate all that they do for our kids. Drop off your items in the office the morning of Thursday, December 20th. Thanks!

November 20, 2018

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The Longbottom Coffee Fundraiser has begun. If you need an order form please get one in the office today. Students can gather orders from friends, family, coworkers & neighbors as coffee always makes a great gift! All items are $12 and checks should be made out to "BES PTO". Every student who turns in an order (due 11/27) will be entered to win the contents of the basket pictured!! (One entry per student/drawing held on 11/28)

November 8, 2018




Join us in the BES library classroom. We hope to see you there!

October 9, 2018

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week and the PTO is hosting a potluck to show our appreciation for the time our teachers put into conferences. If you would like to provide a favorite family dish or dessert to the potluck please click this link to the signup genius. The dish will need to delivered to the main office on Wednesday the 17th by 3:45 pm. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask via email at Thank you!

October 8, 2018

PTO Meeting


BES Library Classroom

with guest Janine Smith—music teacher

August 17, 2018


The PTO meets Wednesday, August 29th at 6pm in the BES library classroom. This will be the first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year and we will be approving the budget and the PTO calendar for the year. On our calendar is a movie night, a catalog sale, a family dance, and a carnival/auction. We are looking for volunteers to chair events either individually or with a partner. Ideally the carnival will be co-chaired. If you are unable to attend the meeting, minutes are posted within a day or two. Take a look at what is planned. With good communication the PTO can use the help of volunteers whose schedules don’t allow them to attend meetings. The PTO has made a commitment to be as flexible and supportive to volunteers as possible. If you are hesitating to volunteer for any reason please discuss your concerns with a board member. We look forward to a successful 2018-2019 school year.
Melissa Fuhrman-- president

May 6, 2018

PTO Meeting

May 9th

9:30 AM

Room 213

We appreciate our volunteers. Join us for refreshments and a small token of our appreciation!

Show appreciation to our amazing Banks Elementary Staff by bringing snacks or treats on Friday, May 11th, for Staff Appreciation Week! Click here to sign up to bring something sweet, savory, healthy or surprising for staff to enjoy throughout the day!
Also, this week, if you have extra Easter candy that you'd like to get out of your house, the staff room junk food drawer could use a refill. Feel free to drop it by the front office this week.
Thank you!

October 26, 2017

Staff Appreciation Pasta Bar

Next week is Conference week at BES and the staff will be working extra long hours. Help us provide them with a hot meal to say Thank You for their hard work!
Contributions will can be brought to the office by 3:30PM on Thursday, Nov 2. If you have any questions email Melissa at
Sign up here!

October 3, 2017

Staff Appreciation Breakfast Potluck

The PTO is hosting a potluck breakfast bar for the entire BES staff of 50 on Oct 12th. Bring your favorite breakfast item to show our staff how much we appreciate their hard work! Items need to be delivered to the school office no later than 8am Thursday, Oct 12th.
This is a NO SCHOOL grading day. As many families will have plans for this 4 day weekend, drop off/pick up of contributions can be arranged for Wed, Oct 11th at the link below.

Thank you for supporting the BES staff and the BES PTO!

September 22, 2017

BES Spiritwear is here!

Order forms will be in your child’s Friday folder or you can print a copy from the link below. Please submit payment along with the order form and return to your child’s teacher or the front office. Orders must be received by October 4.
BES Spiritwear Order Form

September 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO meeting this morning. It was a positive meeting and much was accomplished. Thank you to Mr. Leo for attending and sharing his insights with us. If you were unable to attend the meeting keep an eye on the blog where we post meeting minutes. Have a great day!

September 4, 2017

2017-2018 Directories and Volunteer Signup Forms

Click on the link below to submit your entries for the new 2017-2018 directory. 
Please make sure you submit a separate form for each child.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Click on the link below to submit your Volunteer Preferences.  All Volunteers need to fill out an annual background check form at the school office.

Thank you!

August 25, 2017

September 14th PTO meeting

Come and join us for our first meeting of the school year. 

Thursday, September 14
9:30 AM
BES Library classroom

2017-2018 PTO Board
                                                       President: Melissa Fuhrman
                                                       Treasurer: Sue Bair
                                                       Secretary: Leya Wood
                                                       Volunteer Coordinator: Darci Wilson

Please email the PTO board if you have any questions

May 29, 2017

Safety Fair 
Location: Banks Elementary School Playground
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 12pm - 4pm

Cost: FREE

Event runs concurrent with Parkour Fundraiser. Participation in fundraiser is not required to attend the Safety Fair! 

Location: Banks Elementary School Gym
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 12pm-4pm

Cost: $10 Individual
$25 Family of 4

All proceeds will support the Playground Fund!


April 17, 2017

Spring Carnival & Silent Auction

Join the BES PTO for a fun filled family day!

Silent Auction will feature over 50 items, with a total value of $3000! 

Disneyland Tickets
 SWATCO service
and much more!

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April 9, 2017

Nominations & Elections for 2017-2018

ü I want Banks Elementary to be one of the best schools in Oregon.
ü I want my child to have a great school year – to learn and to have fun!
ü I want to help decide how PTO fundraising moneys are spent.
ü I want all the students at Banks to be successful.

If the above statements are true, then “help us help the school”. Parent involvement is critical for a successful school, so volunteer as a PTO officer or a committee chair for 2017-2018.  There are jobs that take no more than a couple hours a month, some are that are seasonal, and a few that require a routine commitment.

Dedicated teachers, staff, and PARENTS help make Banks Elementary a great school! 
Join us – it’s rewarding, it’s important, it’s even fun!

Nominate yourself or someone else.  All positions can be shared. (See back of form for position descriptions.) If you have any questions, please contact Heidi at 503-473-9278.

Elections will be held at the PTO General Meeting on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:30am in the library classroom.   All candidates for officer positions must be registered with the Nominations Committee by May 5th. Please return this form to your child’s teacher or to the school office.  

Election Nomination Form 2017-2018

March 11, 2017

Spring Carnival Volunteers Needed!!

Whether you can help for an hour or the whole day, you are greatly appreciated!
Positions we need to fill include:
Bake Sale Coordinator
Games Coordinator
Set Up/Clean Up

January 26, 2017

Our next Box Tops For Education Collection is February 21!

The counting party will be held on February 23 at the Elementary School.

Here are some collection sheets to print:
Snow Wonderful Collection Sheet
Winter Hat and Mittens Collection Sheet
Shamrock Collection Sheet
10ct Collection Sheet
10ct Shamrock Collection Sheet

Reminder: Please only send in full sheets! If you do not have enough to fill a sheet, please send them in loose!

Always remember to look for expiration dates! 

January 4, 2017

Let's help Mrs. McOmie help her students "Fly"!

"My students need daily access to technology with iPads multiple times within the school day, to support their learning during Read to Self, Writer's Workshop or Math Stations." Mrs. McOmie

Here is the link to her project: Technology To The Rescue!

November 18, 2016

Student Directories Are In!

This year's Directory is in Friday folders just in time for Thanksgiving play-dates, Holiday party invites and Christmas cards!
A big thank you to our sponsors for making it free for all BES families:
Martha Olson Ragan (Rodan + Fields)
Sarah Hesselman (Keller Williams Realty)
LJ Custom Painting
Oregon Dog Camping
Elese Hammerberg Breazile (Keller Williams Realty)
The Ancient Church: Orthodox Christian Art, Music and Reading Room
Sarah Rossing (jamberry)
Bernards & O'Rourke PC CPA

And lastly, a huge thank you to Forest Grove Business Solutions for printing the directory quickly and affordably! Please see them for all your printing needs.
If you need a second directory, please contact the BES PTO. We have a few available for $2 each.

October 7, 2016

Looking for a few good readers!

Oregon Battle of the Books is underway!  The 3rd-5th graders at working on reading the books and forming teams.  The Banks Public Library is holding afterschool OBOB Club meetings.  Now it's time to get the parents involved!  The PTO would like to have a Parent OBOB team.  We need 4-5 parents that are interested in reading the OBOB 3rd-5th Grade books.  The list is posted at The PTO is hoping to either have a Parent vs. Staff battle or maybe even a Parent vs. Student battle at the Family Reading Night on  Jan 13, 2017.  You don't have to have a student participating in OBOB.  If you are interested in being part of the team, please email  And get ready to battle!

August 20, 2016

2016-2017 Student Directory - Entries needed!

Click on the link below to submit your entries for the new 2016-2017 directory. 
Please make sure you submit for each child.
Thank you!

August 19, 2016

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