Message from Principals

Dear Barnard Families:

We are excited to welcome back our returning students and extend a heartfelt welcome to our new students for the 2019-2020 school year! I am so excited to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Candice Lee. Mrs. Lee comes to Barnard with over 17 years of experience working with children in the primary grades and specializes in Bilingual/ENL education and inclusive practices. 

We look forward to continuing our vision - teaching the whole child and creating a passion for lifelong learning for every student in our Barnard community. Your children will have the opportunity to learn and grow together as a community, and individually as a result of a wide variety of teaching and learning modalities that meet both the academic and social/emotional needs of children. Barnard Early Childhood Center’s teachers and staff take pride in our abilities to understand the development of children in their most formative years of brain development. We believe in the practice of ALL means ALL as it pertains to every child’s potential and ability to learn. 

In addition, we are committed to keeping the lines of communication open for all parents/guardians. You are always welcome to email your child’s teachers, and meet with them personally through parent teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress and needs. Establishing a positive home-school connection is a primary goal for us as we recognize and value this connection and its direct correlation to academic achievement. We are also available to answer questions via email and to meet whenever the need arises.

At Barnard, your children will have fun learning and playing together, and growing in every area of child development. Cheers to another great school year! To the newest members of our community, welcome to a very special place to be with people who cherish each opportunity to help children achieve their potential.


Dr. Nicolas Cracco



Candice Lee

Assistant Principal

School Announcements


 Dear Barnard Families,
Welcome back to school!!! We hope you have had a fun-filled summer with your family. Barnard School's administration and support staff have worked throughout the summer to prepare for another exceptional educational experience for each child. As the school year approaches, our teachers are returning to the buildings to work their magic and create engaging learning environments. All we need now is our students!
Our school year starts on September 4th for students in grades K-2.
Prekindergarten students begin either on September 4th or 5th, please check your letter for your assigned transition day. 
As the school-year approaches, we wanted to share a wonderful resource from the the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. We know that eating better today contributes to healthy behaviors tomorrow. And while students may be consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the cafeteria, it’s important to promote a consistent message about good nutrition and healthy eating beyond the cafeteria and across the school campus. Attached is a link that provides an extensive list of healthy snack options: 13-6163_HealthySnackBevIdeas.pdf 
Additionally, our Back to School Nights are scheduled. Take time to meet your child’s teacher and learn about the exciting school year ahead:
Kindergarten through 2nd grade: 9/17 at 6pm
PreK: 9/25 at 6pm
See you there!

Calendar of Events

  • Shemini Atzeret

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Simchat Torah

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • ALMS Red Ribbon Week Begins

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Half Day - All Schools - Professional Development

    City School District of New Rochelle
  • Area All-State Rehearsal

    White Plains High School

    City School District of New Rochelle
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Barnard Students at Summer S.T.E.A.M. Academy

This summer, The City School District of New Rochelle, with funding from Title 1 and ESSA, offered a S.T.E.A.M. summer program for five weeks at Trinity Elementary School for students from Barnard, Jefferson, Columbus, and Trinity.   The program offered student centered, project based S.T.E.A.M. activities.  Campers engaged in inquiry based tasks which utilized higher level thinking and critical examination.  They had the opportunity to use technology and literature to support the varied scientific investigations and engineering projects. Campers had access to Trinity’s “Active Learning Space” as well as a full cart of Chromebooks. Literacy and Math were integrated daily.  The goal was to make this a positive and fun learning experience for the children. All ideas were valued and considered and students were asked to reflect daily on what worked as well as what did not. Mistakes or failed investigations were presented and regarded as opportunities to grow and learn.

On July 18th, students celebrated their learning at Trinity during their mid-program celebration. Camper created a museum walk display and families were invited for refreshments and fun outdoor activities. 


Primary Project at Barnard!

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New Rochelle Barnard students are fabulous waste sorters. The whole school populations has never seen anything but carefully separating their lunch waste into excess liquid, food waste, and recyclable and non-recyclable packaging.

Students know to walk up to the recycling station after lunch and sort their left overs, under the caring and watchful eye of Nick, the lunchroom cleaner.

  Recently, We Future Cycle presenters were invited to play some more with the students all around sustainability and material identification.

Knowing what is recyclable and what not is the key to doing it right. Wishful recycling, as in just putting stuff into the green bin, is actually counter productive and creates many problems at the material recovery facility in Yonkers.

Students sat in front of a large pile of common packaging material of all types and were playfully “helping” the presenter to place the items into the correct bin. Most rigid packaging materials made out of plastics, aluminum, carton or glass are fully recyclable in Westchester County.

We Future Cycle shared with the adults in the room that Styrofoam contains Styrene, which is now a classified human carcinogen and banned in New York City, with legislation on the books in Albany to make it a state wide ban.

Students also learned that it is easy to avoid making trash. We Future Cycle presenters shared with them just how much they personally did not like to create trash.

Students learned that -oh big surprise- gold fish taste the same if they are packaged in a plastic zip lock baggie or in a reusable container. After learning about where the trash goes and that baggies end up in the trash, every single one of them responsibly voted that reusable containers are a much better choice for our world.

A harder sell were juice pouches. Juice pouches are one of the worst packaging offenders in existence. Valuable aluminum foil is sandwiched between two layers of plastic. Unrecyclable and thus adding to the whopping 2500 tons of trash generated in Westchester County every single day. All for 2 min of sugar laced drink. Students learned and agreed, that a reusable water bottle is a much better idea for our world.