Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School (PreK-8)

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Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School [BESMS]

Growing Guardians of the Earth

New Haven, CT, Est. 1913

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Jennifer Butwin

Jennifer Butwin

College Major/Degree:  Psychology / Elementary Education

College Attended: Yale University / Johns Hopkins

Fun Fact: I captained the Yale Women’s Soccer team in 2013 and am currently the Director of Soccer Operations.

Favorite part about being an Environmental Studies School:  My favorite part about being Environmental Studies school is that we are committed to something that is bigger than ourselves. Specifically, our environmental focus promotes kinesthetic learning and instills values of respect and concern for both humans and nature.

Favorite Quote: As you put your sights on your goals – no matter how great and compelling they are – as you look into the distance, don’t forget what is right in front of you today. No matter how great your dreams, no matter how great your destiny, the biggest thing you can do in any day is a small act of kindness.”  -Cory Booker

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Book Fair at Barnard

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Please Join Us for the Scholastic Book Fair at Barnard!




When?  Wednesday, April 27th from 8:15-6:30

Where?  Barnard’s Library

How Can Parents Support the Book Fair?

     ¨Look for the Book Ordering fliers to be coming home with your children

     ¨Select a book or books with your child from the flier

     ¨Send your child to school with money to purchase the book(s) selected on Wednesday, April 27th

     ¨Come to the Book Fair during Parent Conference Night Wednesday, April 27th from 2:00-4:00 or 5:00-7:00


"Champions are made when NOBODY is watching."

The Importance of Practice:  Students receive homework packets weekly, but practicing the skills taught in class are critical for student success.  In addition to reading for 15-20 minutes each night, and completing written homework, students are expected to be practicing letter identification, letter sounds, rhyming, writing, counting, and so much more.

*If your child is doing any extra work at home, please feel free to send it to school with them so that we can encourage them to continue practicing!

Letter Sound Song 1:

Letter Sound Song 2:

Usher's ABC Song:

100 Dance:

Rap to 100:

Seasons Song:


  • Count in the car or before bed (by 1’s and 10’s)
  • Write your numbers (Draw a line and then you're done, that's the way you make a 1.  Make an S and close the gate, that's the way you make an 8.  Down, across, and down some more, that's the way you make a four.  Around the track and back on the railroad track.  Two!  Two!)
  • Ask your child to tell you about a ten frame (see if they can draw one).  


  • Practice writing your name, uppercase letters and lowercase letters.
  • Write sentences using sight words and "stretching out your sounds."  Sight words introduced:  I, a, the, see, and
  • Draw pictures and add details and labels.


  • Discuss letter sounds every chance you get.  For example: “You are eating soup, what letter do you think "soup" begins with? Emphasize the "s" sound in Soup (Ssssoup)."
  • Practice rhyming and word families (say them, read them, and write them):  Cat, Hat, Bat, Sat / Fan, Man, Pan, Can / Bed, Fed, Led, Red


  • Students should read for 15-20 minutes each night and log it in the Reading Log.
  • Find or create a cozy reading space.  
  • Reading Stamina Champions get to do really cool things at school!  Ask your child how they can become a Reading Stamina Champion.
  • Read with your child (read to them, read together, listen while they read to you)
  • Strong readers read books more than once.
  • Point to a comma, period, question mark, or exclamation point and ask your child what it is called and what it means.

Upcoming Events:

  • Spirit Day on Wednesday:  Make a T-Shirt based on our First Quarter Theme (Fresh Water).
  • Yale Soccer Game vs. Dartmouth on Saturday, October 10th at 7:00pm

Books in a Bag:  Students will be sent home with two books each Monday and they are due each week on Friday.  Please keep the books in your child’s folder or “book buddy bag.”  *Students must return their book on Friday in order to receive a new one.  Remember, strong readers read books more than once!

Homework:  Right now, you child should be taking time to read 10-15 minutes each night.  Please remember to fill out the reading log so I can monitor your students reading.  Also, please check your child’s folder for Homework Packets!  Students will receive the packets on Monday and they are due on Friday.

Yale Soccer Game:  I am the Director of Soccer Operations for Yale.  Join me in watching the Yale Women’s Soccer Team as we take on Dartmouth on Saturday, October 10th at 7:00pm.  The game is at Reese Stadium, which is just two minutes from Barnard (75 Central Ave, New Haven, CT 06515).  Reach out if interested!

What we are working on….

Math—Count by 1’s and 10’s to 100, Write numbers 0-10.

Writing—Tell me your favorite thing to do and WHY you like to do it.  Write about it!

Reading—What does a period tell you? What does a comma tell you?  Sing our songs.

Foundational Skills—Use your “SAVE” packet to practice identifying letters and sounds.  See our Open House Notice for links to the songs we sing in class (Letter Sounds, Seasons, etc.)

Sight Words—Spell, Write, Read, and Sing about our sight words:  “The,” “I,” and “A”

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Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School
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      New Haven, CT 06511

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