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

Home Access Center (HAC)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The City School District of New Rochelle is launching electronic report cards across the district for this school year. Parents of students in grades PreK, K, 1 and 2 will use the Home Access Center (HAC) to view report cards, rather than receive printed copies.  

The following is important in order for you to be able to view your child’s report card:

  1. All parent email addresses have been entered into our student information system using current emergency cards.  If you changed your email address AFTER September 2019 and have not notified Barnard’s main office, please send your updated email address to Ms. Daisy Guizar at

  2. You can log onto Home Access by going to https:// OR by going to Barnard’s Homepage at  Once there, click on Parents and Community. Then click on Home Access Center for Parents and Guardians. On the reverse side of this letter is your Home Access username and password, and visual instructions on how to log onto Home Access.


Queridos padres y guardianes,

El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle está lanzando boletas de calificaciones electrónicas en todo el distrito para este año escolar. Los padres de estudiantes en los grados PreK, K, 1 y 2 usarán el Centro de acceso al hogar (HAC) para ver las boletas de calificaciones, en lugar de recibir copias impresas.

Lo siguiente es importante para que pueda ver la boleta de calificaciones de su hijo:

  1. Todas las direcciones de correo electrónico de los padres se han ingresado en nuestro sistema de información estudiantil utilizando tarjetas de emergencia actuales. Si cambió su dirección de correo electrónico DESPUÉS de septiembre de 2019 y no ha notificado a la oficina principal de Barnard, envíe su dirección de correo electrónico actualizada a la Sra. Daisy Guizar a

  2. Puede iniciar sesión en Home Access yendo a https: // O yendo a la página de inicio de Barnard en Una vez allí, haga clic en Padres y comunidad. Luego haga clic en Home Access Center para padres y tutores. En el reverso de esta carta se encuentra su nombre de usuario y contraseña de Home Access, y las instrucciones visuales sobre cómo iniciar sesión en Home Access.


Calendar of Events

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  • NRHS Regents Exams

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  • Davis PTA Meeting

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  • NRHS Regents Exams

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  • Barnard PTA Meeting

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Barnard Italian Students Dance in Parade with ‘The Italian Fairy'

The students learning Italian at Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center were enchanted this week by The Italian Fairy, who often brings them a touch of Italy, and who this week also brought them a moment of fame.

Seventy Barnard students, decked in red, white and green, danced with Simona Rodano, known internationally as La Fata Italiana, in the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan on Monday.

“It was very, very fun,” said first grader Benicio Mercado. The students danced on the red carpet, in front of the ABC TV cameras and a live audience. “That made me feel a little bit nervous” Mercado said. “But then I saw that it wasn’t that scary.” 

It was a fitting outing for students who learn much more than the language at Barnard. They learn about Italian culture, art, food and inventions. Simona Rodano has visited the Italian classes at Barnard, bringing lessons about her home country. “It kind of feels like we’re there when we’re with her,” said second grader Sarah Godoy.

They have learned enough about Italy, that some of them hope to travel there. That was the case with second grader Aisha Haneeth. The correct last name is Hameeth. She already speaks English and Spanish and is learning Tamil and Arabic from her father. She is adding Italian to her repertoire with Barnard teacher Anna Bruno. “When I go to Italy, I want to know what they’re saying, and I want to speak so that they understand what I say,” she said. 

When the Italian Fairy saw the Barnard students practice the Tarantella last May, she knew they had to be in the parade. “The students were so enthusiastic about this dance that she said, “OK, next year I will bring the students onto the red carpet with me,’” Bruno recalled.

The dance lasted about three minutes, with Simona Rodano singing while the students from Barnard and one other school dance. 

When it was over, Simona Rodano had a message for the students, too. In a note on the school’s website, she said the students “honored with their talent the beauty of being together on the red carpet cheering for Italy today. There are also 194 other countries in the world full of beauty that can be celebrated with gratefulness and appreciation. That’s how PEACE and BEAUTY can grow, l believe.”

The Italian teacher Anna Bruno says that the opportunity to participate into workshops and programs organized by the Italian Fairy is highly valued by the entire Barnard Community. The authentic Italian experiences have enriched the life of the students and their learning.

Italian Teacher, Mrs. Bruno says that through the Italian Program the students have come to love the Italian culture and the country that they feel they know but they have not yet visited. She believes these experiences at Barnard will stay with them for the rest of their life.

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.