Message from Principals
Dear Second Grade Graduates,
We want you to know how proud we are of all your achievements throughout the years you have been a student at Barnard School. You have grown from young children taking their first steps into Barnard with wide eyes and backpacks so big that they almost made you fall over, into confident, intelligent, curious, inquisitive, students who have learned so much from all your teachers along your journeys. Now, we see you helping our youngest students carry their backpacks into the building.
You have been the role models for our younger students by taking their hands to walk into the building, reading to them, playing with them, reminding them how to be a Barnard BAT, and encouraging them when they need it.
You are leaving Barnard with a beautiful reminder of your time here through the murals that hang proudly and forever on our walls.
We want to wish you every happiness and success as you continue your journeys in your new schools, and remind you that you will always be welcome to visit us at Barnard.
With love and best wishes,
Dr. Cracco and Dr. Pisani
Summer is Upon Us
When summer is here and school is no longer in session, that doesn’t mean you have to stop reading. Barnard School encourages all families to visit the New Rochelle Public Library throughout the summer. Visiting the library and reading all summer long will support every child in all they have learned throughout the school year. The Library kicks off its Summer Reading program each June and joins libraries across New York State in the summer reading fun. Also, there are additional special programs offered throughout the summer at the library which include: live shows, magicians, and arts and crafts. We encourage parents to become part of the reading program throughout July and August. Giving kids encouragement and access to books will help their reading achievement take flight.
Calendar of Events
RegentsCity School District of New Rochelle
Board of Education - Special Meeting
6:00 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
RegentsCity School District of New Rochelle
Trinity Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony
9:00 a.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Columbus Grade 5 Graduation
9:30 a.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Amy’s Greenhouse Update
Mother Nature gave us a sneak preview of Spring during the first week in February as a crew of 4 men from Rough Brother’s Inc. volunteered to spend the day at Barnard School. Rob Tanzer sent his team, T.J. Jones, Jason Fogt, Wes Delong and Eric Clark from Ohio to Amy’s Greenhouse to install an entirely new environmental control system. They worked through out the day with school custodians, Paul Summa and Andre Bryant along with district electrician Scott Benevento.
Barnard Teacher and Amy’s Greenhouse Coordinator, Kathleen Connolly reached out to Rough Brother’s Inc. this past summer asking for some help with the ventilation. “I still can’t believe a premier company like Rough Brothers Inc. answered my email and offered such a generous donation. To think that these men also added an extra day to their travel schedule away from their families to help us is very touching. Amy’s Greenhouse always seems to attract the most kind and caring people. I really can’t express how thankful we are.” Rob Tanzer from Rough Brothers Inc. humbly explained “We feel fortunate we were able to help out.”
At the end of the day, some of the Barnard Pre-K students marveled at the upgraded system donated by Rough Brothers Inc. and Wadsworth Controls. The four-year old students were excited that they were taller than the evaporator cooler. “It kind of works the way it would feel if you jumped in a lake and then came out and felt the wind. It will bring humidity and move air across the plants. This will also help cool down Amy’s Greenhouse during the hottest months of the year. All of the equipment will now work under one control system” explained T.J. Jones.
“Amy’s Greenhouse will continue to be a learning sanctuary for our children for years to come thanks to such kindness and generosity” said assistant principal Lori Pisani. “This is all wonderful! I am looking forward another great year at Amy’s Greenhouse” expressed Barnard principal Dr. Nicolas Cracco. “Amy’s Greenhouse continues to be a fun and rewarding project to bring to fruition” stated district director of facilities Carl Thurnau.
TJ Jones Dr Nicolas Cracco and Jason Fogt
Rough Brothers Inc. team Erik Clark, TJ Jones, Wes Delong and Jason Fogt with some Barnard Pre-K students
TJ Jones with some Barnard students
Andre Bryant, Kathleen Connolly, TJ Jones, Dr. Nicolas Cracco, Jason Fogt and Paul Summa
Barnard Summer School
Dear Barnard Parents,
It’s amazing to think that another school year is coming to a close. Research has shown that children benefit from reading over the summer in order to maintain the skills they acquired throughout the year. Our summer school program runs from 9:00am-12:00pm on the the following dates: July 1- 3 and July 8-23. Please call 914-576-4386 if you have any questions regarding our program.
Es increíble pensar que otro año escolar está llegando a su fin. La investigación ha demostrado que los niños se benefician de la lectura durante el verano con el fin de mantener las habilidades que adquirieron durante todo el año. Nuestro programa escolar de verano se desarrolla de 9:00 a 12:00 en las siguientes fechas: Julio 1- 3 y Julio 8-23. Llame al 914-576-4386 si tiene alguna pregunta sobre nuestro programa.
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On January 31st, 2019 thanks to a grant from the Barnard PTA, we had The Westchester Children’s Museum (located at Playland in Rye on the boardwalk), come host a literacy and STEAM workshop for all of the Kindergarten students at Barnard School. Students re-read and reenacted one of our favorite story books, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They learned to be engineers and build a bridge using different materials. They tested the different blocks, sticks, and building materials to build a bridge tall enough to fit the Troll under the bridge and strong enough to hold the small, medium, and large Billy Goat Gruffs. All of the students had a wonderful time testing out their building structures, working together to make their bridges stronger, and experimenting with different materials. Thank you Barnard PTA and Westchester Children’s Museum!
Primary Project at Barnard!
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NEW ROCHELLE BARNARD STUDENTS ARE DETECTIVES OF PACKAGING MATERIAL
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.