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Growing Guardians of the Earth

New Haven, CT, Est. 1913

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    Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart!

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    February is heart health month! This year Barnard will be participating in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart.  We will be raising money for the American Heart Association.

    We are joining millions of others to help save lives with the American Heart Association!

    At our school, we are learning how we can help make a difference by raising lifesaving donations to help kids with heart disease. We're also learning about our own hearts, and how to keep them healthy. And we're getting active! We will hold our hoops event for grades 6-8 from March 20th-24th, and our jump rope event for grades PreK-5 from March 27th-31st.

    We're excited about raising money for other kids - kids with hearts that don't exactly work right and to help fund new medicines and treatments to be discovered.

    Please help us make a difference! Thank you!

    Our school's fundraising link is: 

    Disney Spirit Week!

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    Spirit Week- June 13th-June 17th (Disney Week!) 
    * You can wear Mickey/Minnie Ears all week!
    Monday, June 13thMonsters University- College Gear Day 
    -Wear your college gear just like in Monsters University!
    Tuesday, June 14thMinnie & Mickey Day- Mouse ears
    -Dress like Mickey and Minnie! Be sure to wear your ears! 
    Wednesday, June 15thEpcot Day
    -Represent an exhibit from Epcot!!! Show a culture from the World Showcase or an environmentally themed exhibit! 
    Thursday, June 16thOhana Day- Dress in your Hawaiian Gear 
    -Channel your inner Lilo and Stitch and wear your best Hawaiian gear
    Friday, June 17thDisney Day- Dress Like a Disney Character  
    -Dress to impress like a Disney character! 

    Social Studies Movie Night

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    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Join us for a family movie and discussion/activity in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    When: Thursday, May 5th

    Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Lights snacks and refreshments will be provided. This is a family event that allows difficult topics to be discussed in an open, friendly, and safe environment. 

    Osprey Nest: Streaming Live!

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    Check out this live feed of our Osprey nest at the West River Memorial Park:

    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


    March Spirit Events

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    Spirit Day- March 2nd-Dr. Seuss Day
    Dress like your favorite Dr. Seuss character to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day! Our whole school read-in is planned for 9:55-10:15. 
    Spirit Week- March 14th-March 18th (Color Week!)*Will be coupled with College themes
    Monday, March 14thYellow/Orange
    Tuesday, March 15thPurple
    Wednesday, March 16th- Blue
    Thursday, March 17th-Green (St.Patrick's Day) 
    Friday, March 18thRed/Pink

    Ruby Bridges Family Movie Night

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    Join us for a viewing and discussion of Disney's Ruby Bridges!
    Date: Thursday, 3/3/16
    Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
    This is an event for families to have an opportunity to discuss history altering events while celebrating a heroic girl in a family-friendly environment. 
    Dinner will be provided! 

    Remember every 50 Box Tops collected is $5.00 for Barnard!  Please return Box Tops and collection sheets to your classroom teacher, the Main Office, or Mrs. Giusti in the Discovery Room!  

    Thank you for all of your help and support!

    The 5th/6th grade are hosting, for Halle’s Hope, in
    Warm Hands, Warm Heart
    Date: Wednesday, February 10th
    Time: 5:30-7:30
    This is an event open to families and kids of all ages! We will be doing activities to “warm our hearts.” Some activities that will be offered are a Frozen Sing-a-long, Valentine’s Day Cards, Kissing Hand Activities, and much more!
    Dinner will be provided!!! There is also a FREE Toy Raffle!!!
    We are still collecting new or gently used
    Gloves, Mittens, and Hats (and other winter items).

    February Spirit Events

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    Spirit Day- February 5th- Football Friday
    -Wear you favorite team's jersey in support of the Super Bowl. 
    Spirit Week- February 8th-February 12th  (Black History Month/Pre-Break)
    Monday, February 8th-Migration/Life Cycle T-shirt Day
     -Students will create t-shirt to either act as or report on an animals migration or plant/animal life cycle.
    Tuesday, February 9thBlack History Hero Day
      - Dress as an influential black history hero!
    Wednesday, February 10thWorkout Wednesday
       -Dress in your best workout gear!!!
    Thursday, February 11thTwin Day 
       -Find a twin and dress alike! 
    Friday, February 12thHearts, Pink, and Red
       - Show your love in honor of Valentine's day!

    January Spirit Events

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     In January we have 1 spirit day this month based around the theme of Winter Wonderland. We will be celebrating with assemblies this month for MLK and have a spirit day NEXT month. Please remember to keep sending in hats and gloves forWarm Hands, Warm Hearts! 
    Spirit Day- January 19th- Winter Wonderland
    - Dress like snow! Feel free to add a few snowflakes to your outfit

    Warm Hands, Warm Heart

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    The 5th/6th grade enrichment classes are participating, for Halle’s Hope, in Warm Hands, Warm Hearts.

    We are collecting new or gently used Gloves, Mittens, and Hats.

    However, all warm winter items are welcome.

    We will be collecting items from now until the end of January.

    On February 10th, look forward to more information about a family engagement night related to our drive.

    December Spirit Events

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          December Spirit Events

    Spirit Week- December 14th-December 18th

    Monday, December 14th- Mustache Monday or Crazy Hair Day!

    - Wear your best mustache or make crazy hair this day!  

    Tuesday, December 15th- Holiday Headwear

     - Wear your best holiday headwear! Be creative!!!

    Wednesday, December 16th- Crazy Sock Day

     -Wear your craziest socks! 

    Thursday, December 17th- Winter Pajama Day

    -Wear a cozy pair of pajamas today! Don't wear slippers to and from school, carry them please. 

    Friday, December 18th- Ugly Sweater Day

     -The Barnard classic! Rock your ugly frock on this day! 

    October Spirit Events

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            Here are are the PBIS spirit days for the month of October. Please look forward to monthly blog posts about upcoming spirit events. 

    Spirit Day- October 7th- Freshwater T-Shirt Day

            -Students will create a t-shirt or represent a body of freshwater and its habitat details. 

    Spirit Day- October 14th- Ms. Coppa Day

            - Wear purple and/or a purple heart to support Ms. Coppa! 

    Spirit Day- October 23rd- Breast Cancer Awareness Day

            - Wear pink and/ or a pink heart to support Breast Cancer Awareness! 

    Spirit Day-October 30th- Character Day (Halloween) 

    -Dress as a literacy character (some classes may have a corresponding book report!) 

    Yale Soccer Trip

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    Ms. Butwin's students are wearing "Butwin's Bulldogs" t-shirts as they sit outside Reese Stadium (the Yale Soccer Field).


     Ms. Butwin's Bulldogs are cheering in the stands!


    The boys take the field.


    Ms. Butwin is the Director of Soccer Operations for Yale Women's Soccer.  She was formerly a Volunteer Assistant Coach and she even Captained the team her senior year.  


    The turf was hotter than expected.  A water break was much needed.

    Ms. Butwin's Bulldogs had a blast playing soccer with Coach Rudy Meredith, the Head Coach of the Yale Women's Soccer team.


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