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Mrs. Bush's Barnard Broadcaster 2023-2024 School Year

Week of September 4th-8th

  • Monday, September 4th - Labor Day - No School
  • Tuesday, September 5th - Friday, September 8th- Full Day of School for K-5- Dismissal at 4:07

Dear Barnard Families,

The first week of school has been nothing short of amazing. Our dedicated staff and enthusiastic students came together to create an atmosphere of excitement, curiosity, and a love for learning. I was thrilled to watch our students returning to school with enthusiasm and adaptability. Their transition back to the school routine was smooth and we appreciate your support in helping them prepare for this exciting week. To our newest Barnard Blue Jays, I was beyond impressed with how you joined our school community to jump right in. We are so glad that you are with us!

I'd like to give a huge shout out to our teachers and staff who went above and beyond to create a welcoming environment for all students. They greeted each child with open arms, smiles, and positive energy, ensuring that everyone felt safe, comfortable, and valued. Another huge shout out to our incredible PTO Board for generating excitement and fostering a welcoming community on the first day of school with their "Coffee and Kisses" and amazing Welcome Back signs! Your time and energy is so appreciated!

Our classrooms buzzed with excitement as students eagerly participated in getting to know you and team building activities. Routines are being established and learning has begun as students had opportunities to engage in book selections, math games, creative writing, and more!

I want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your continued support and collaboration. Your involvement in your child's education plays a vital role in their success, and we are committed to working closely with you to ensure the best possible educational experience for your child. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me. I value your feedback and am always here to assist you.

Warm regards,

Karen Bush

Celebrating Barnard Student Birthdays this week with a special token to receive a free book from the Barnard Book Vending Machine!

Thank you Barnard PTO and Mrs. Winairski for bringing this to Barnard and making it all possible!

Happy Birthday to these special Barnard Blue Jays!
Interested in working with our talented staff and making a difference in the lives of students? Check out our post below on Student Support Aids!
We hope you consider joining our dedicated and talented team to help make a difference in the lives of Barnard students!
Noon-Aids Needed- Flexible Hours- We need your help and appreciate your support!
Lunch and Recess Hours Run Daily from 11:30-1:45 pm

During Arrival and Dismissal please remember that the front car loop is for quick pick up and drop off only. You may not get out of your car to go look for or greet your child. If you are more comfortable with this routine, please be sure to park you car in the lot. We need your help to keep traffic flowing quickly by pulling all the way up in the loop. Your children can safely walk to your car by way of the sidewalk. Thank you for your help in this situation!

Keep scrolling if you need to view past newsletters with important beginning of the year information.

Week of August 28th-September 1st

Dear Barnard Families,

It was wonderful to see so many families come out to our Meet and Greet last Thursday evening. I could feel the excitement in the air as kids rushed around reconnecting with friends they hadn't seen all summer, finding their new classroom, meeting their classroom teacher, and having fun decorating friendship rocks! I enjoyed meeting all of you as well and look forward to meeting those who weren't able to attend in the upcoming weeks of school. Please don't hesitate to come say Hi and introduce yourself when I am out front during morning arrival or afternoon dismissal. I can't believe the first day of school is actually upon us! Please take a moment to read the important information below to help you prepare for a successful first day and week of school.

Important Arrival Information: Please do not drop off your child before 8:55 a.m. as there is no adult supervision prior to this time. Remind your child(ren) to head directly to their outdoor classroom door for morning line-up. *We hope that many parents will join our PTO for the traditional "Coffee and Kisses" at 9:15 out in front of the school.

Scroll down below to the Welcome Back message for more details about safe arrival and dismissal procedures.

Important Dismissal Information: The first day of school is a 1/2 day for all grades, k-5. Students are dismissed at 12:59 p.m. Reminder that no lunch is served on half days. Please meet your child in a designated spot on the sidewalk out front or remain in your vehicle in the pick-up lane and be aware of helping with traffic flow. If your child rides a bus, be sure to check times and remember to be patient the first couple of weeks as the drivers get used to their routes.

Please call the school office absence call-in line at 248-823-4301 if your child will be absent from school. The absence line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please leave the following information on the absence line: Your name, student’s name, illness or reason of absence, length of absence, and teacher’s name. If your child will be late to school, please notify the attendance line as well.

The school secretary will call the home of those children who are absent from school but who have not been reported absent by a parent. If the secretary cannot reach a parent at home, emergency contacts will be notified.

AM Tardy Times: 9:09-10:39- Please note your child will be marked absent in the AM if they arrive between 10:40-12:44 PM. PM Tardy Times: 12:55-2:25 PM- Please note your child will be marked absent in the PM if they arrive between 2:26-4:07 PM.

Specials will start on Wednesday, August 30th. Please check communications your child's teacher has sent out with important information about your special rotations. Wednesday, August 30th is a C day; Thursday, August 31st is a D day.

Back to School Hub- Please visit this link from the Troy School District for any and all information on the return to school procedures.

Keep scrolling to review important information in the Welcome Back Edition sent last week...

Welcome Back to Another Exciting Year!

Dear Barnard Families- The Barnard Staff and I want to welcome all new and returning families to the 2023-2024 school year! We hope this letter finds you rested and ready to jump back into school as we couldn't be more excited to begin our journey ahead together. We all extend our warmest welcome to each one of you. Our staff and our PTO has been hard at work preparing for a year full of adventures and new learning. In case you might have missed, please take a moment to read my welcome back letter to the community. Otherwise, keep scrolling down for more important information.

Don't Miss our Barnard Meet and Greet, this Thursday, August 24th 4-5pm!
This will be an outdoor event with fun activities for families to participate in while mingling with Mrs. Bush, the new principal and other Barnard teachers and staff.

Teacher Assignments...

Who is my teacher? You may have heard this from your child a few times! The wait is almost over… all K-5 students will find out their teacher assignment today, August 22 by logging into PowerSchools after 4:00 PM. Please make sure that you have updated the Contacts and Meds form in PowerSchools ahead of time. Below is a reminder with directions on how to complete the update.

Then, after 4:00 pm today, you may log back into your PowerSchools account to view your child's classroom teacher. If you do not see it immediately, please be patient, wait a few minutes, refresh your screen or log back in. Many families across the district will be logging in to check which could potentially slow the network down.

School Supply Lists

Click on the link below to access supply lists for grades K-5. If your shopping is done by our Meet and Greet this Thursday, be sure to bring your supplies to drop off with your teacher. This will make the first day of school a much lighter load!

https://barnard.troy.k12.mi.us/students-1/school-supply-lists

Barnard Elementary School Schedule- 9:09 am to 4:07 pm

The first day of school is on Tuesday, August 29th! This is a half day for all students. Dismissal will be at 12:59 pm. *Please note that lunch is not served on half days.

Kindergartners will have half days on August 29th, as well as August 30th and August 31st.

Labor Day Weekend - No School Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th

Barnard Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

The school staff are often involved in meetings and preparing materials for the school day before classes begin. Supervision of students is available starting at 8:55 am. For your child's safety, please do not drop off students any earlier as we do not have adult supervision for those who arrive early. When students arrive, they should report to their assigned waiting area. Students waiting area is outside their exterior classroom doors. The Safety Patrol is on duty 10 minutes before school and 10 minutes after school. The first bell will ring at 9:04 am for students to enter the building. The second bell will ring at 9:09 am.

A.M. Procedures for Curbside Drop-Off

Please have your child ready to quickly exit the car on the curbside of your vehicle. We make every attempt to have adults assisting students out of the car.

  • Cars will remain in a single-file row, along the curb, as they approach the designated Drop-Off area. Drivers remain inside the vehicle.
  • Remaining in a single-file row, pull up as far as possible before stopping to allow your child to exit. As a driver, do not exit your vehicle, this is a drop-off only lane.
  • Cautiously re-enter the flow of cars when you are ready to pull away from the curb.

A.M. Procedures for Parking in the Lot and Escorting your Child

  • We encourage students in grades 1-5 to be dropped off at the curbside whenever possible due to limited parking spaces. For Kindergarten, please park your car and escort your child from the parking spot to the outside classroom door. If your Kindergartener has an older sibling, they may escort them their classroom door.

P.M. Procedures for Curbside Pick-Up

  • The pick-up lane next to the curb is for a quick pick-up. Drivers must remain in the vehicle.
  • Cautiously re-enter the flow of cars when you are ready to pull away from the curb.
  • Stay in the circle driveway, following it around the perimeter of the parking lot.

P.M. Procedures for Parking in the Lot and Escorting Your Child

  • If you are picking up your child at the end of the school day, you may meet your child at a designated spot on the sidewalk in front of the building. Use the crosswalk to escort your child from the front sidewalk to your parked car.
  • There should never be a child crossing the parking lot without being accompanied by an adult.
  • Tuesday, August 29th- Please join our PTO for ‘Coffee and Kisses’ at 9:15am out in front of the school as your drop your child(ren) off on the first day of school!
  • Wednesday, August 30th and Thursday, August 31st –½ day of school for all kindergarten students. Dismissal will be at 12:59 p.m. *Full day of school for grades 1st – 5th. Dismissal at 4:09 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1st – Monday, September 4th - No School – Labor Day Weekend
  • Tuesday, September 5th – School Resumes
  • Monday, September 11th - First PTO Meeting @ 7pm *More Exciting Info. to come!!
  • Monday, September 11th - Band and Orchestra Information Night at Athens- 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 13th – Curriculum Night *See flyer below for more information
  • Tuesday, September 19th - Kaiser Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 27th - 1/2 Day of School- Dismissal at 12:59 p.m. Teacher Professional Development; Red Cross Blood Drive (more information to come)
  • Friday, September 29th - FUN RUN!!!! *More information on times coming soon.

2023-2024 Troy School District Calendar

Medication Policies and Updates

The Troy School District has updated policies on medication see link below for updated details. Please review and take action if necessary. We want to partner with you to keep your child safe and healthy while at school. Please communicate with your child's teacher as well as Mrs. Montana, jmontana@troy.k12.mi.us.

https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/community-links/health-wellness

New Free Breakfast and Lunch Details

Michigan's Governor approved free meals to all students this school year. However, extra entrees and bottled water will be available only for purchase. Please read the following information and contact the TSD Food Service office if you have any questions or concerns, (248) 823-5098.

Breakfast: Parents may sign up for their child to receive a bagged breakfast each morning. Free breakfast will begin Wednesday, September 6th. Parents are only required to sign up once using a QR code and can opt in or out at any time during the school year. The QR code is on the informational flyer shown below.

Lunch: Students have the choice of bringing a lunch from home or having the school lunch (free this year). All students will receive an ID card with a barcode that will be used to scan for lunch and will be kept at school.

My SchoolBucks: Troy Food Services have switched back to MySchoolBucks. Lunch payments cannot be made through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Although lunches are free this year, extra entrees and bottled water may be purchased. Please see the BySchoolBucks flyer below to set-up an account.

https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/departments/food-service
Before and After School C.A.R.E. Important Information

https://www.troyceonline.com/programs/care

Barnard Elementary School Parent/Student Handbook

Please be sure to read through the Parent/Student Handbook that is full of all the important information you need to know about Barnard. This document is a great reference for many commonly asked questions along with rules, routines and procedures.

Parent Student Handbook

Thinking of volunteering this school year? Maybe as a field trip chaperone, Barnard Dad volunteer, class helper, PTO? Safety is a number one priority at Barnard and in the Troy School District, so we will need you to fill out the following paperwork for a background check. We thank you in advance for taking care of this so we can welcome you into the building as a volunteer to partner with us!

Volunteer Background Check

Looking forward to a wonderful year of learning and memorable moments to last a lifetime!