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April 29, 2022

Happy Friday HBS Families,

As we close out the eighth month of the 2021-2022 school year and get ready to jump into May this weekend, it feels like the school year is speeding to a close! The next few weeks are always full of learning, special activities, and fun so get ready to buckle your seatbelts and strap on your helmets because the race to the end of the year is about to begin.


The important news from this week at Henry Barnard School is as follows:


-Trimester 3 Progress Reports are being sent home electronically this afternoon. Please check the email that you have on file with us for a PDF update of your child's current progress.


-There is still one more opportunity to get out to the Barnard-Crandall book fair tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th from 11:30-1:30. The event is being held on the Crandall campus and we hope to see you there! Tuesday and Thursday night were both well attended. It was amazing to see current and former students and their families having fun together for the first time in a very, very long time!


-Keep an eye out for details about The First Readers Ceremony on May 23rd, our end of the year picnic on the 26th, and the triumphant return of Field Day the beginning of June!


Have another wonderful weekend with the kids!

There is still time to get in on the Barnard-Crandall PTO Prize Calendar Fund Raiser!!!

We are heading into the FINAL DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS for one of the best raffles of the year! The money that is raised is going to pay for our joint sister school end of year celebration!


Prize Calendar Info:


-Cost: $10.00


-Chances to win: 31, PLUS if you win your name goes right back in for another chance to win!


-Fill out this google form to order tickets:

https://forms.gle/B2MaYApvsyKjWqXt8


-Then, Join this group to watch the drawings:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4259754007420185/


The PTO will invoice you through PayPal once they get your order!

Upcoming Dates to Keep An Eye On

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PTO Meeting on Thursday, 5/12


First Readers Ceremony at Asnuntuck on Monday, 5/23


Early Release on Wednesday, 5/25


Joint Barnard-Crandall Family Picnic on Thursday, 5/26


No School on Memorial Day, 5/30


Field Day on Friday, 6/3 (rain date 6/6)

Technology Tips and Reminders for Families

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Important Items from Previous Newsletters -

PM Campus Safety Reminders


Parking at Pickup Time:

If a student is being picked up at dismissal, it is important that your vehicle be parked in a designated parking place in the front or side parking lot. The blacktop area in front of the library and gymnasium near the back playscape is not a designated parking area. Due to safety, private vehicles may not use that area during student dismissal. With families walking their children from their classrooms, families and students using the playground at pickup, and the ERfC afterschool program based in that section of the building, the only vehicles that should be in that area of the building are the preapproved commercial transportation providers.


Identification:

For families who pick up at the end of the day, please remember to bring your picture identification and your orange pick up card. If there is a substitute teacher or other staff member covering in your child's classroom and you arrive without these identifying items, you will be directed to visit the main office where we can sort things out.


Student safety is of paramount importance at Henry Barnard School so thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate the end of each school day.

The Barnard Nursing Office

HBS is lucky enough to have two nurses on staff. Even with two nurses, a school as big as Barnard always keeps the nursing office busy. With the uptick in everyday childhood illnesses since masking became optional, there has been an even higher volume of children being seen.


In order to ensure that families are notified when their child is seen by a nurse, we are moving to a note system for non-emergency, non-illness situations. Families will still receive a phone call for anything concerning or needing a timely communication however, if there is a lost tooth, a Band-Aid on a new shoe blister, etc. a note will be set home with the student.

Are You Looking for Work?

If you are looking for fulfilling work that makes a difference in children's lives, has compatible hours with your child's school day, and matches your child's school year schedule, please consider applying for one of the many positions still available here at Enfield Public Schools. Like many industries across the country, schools are still struggling with staffing. Take a look at our open positions at https://enfield.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx


If you're looking for a position with more flexibility but you'd still like to work with children in a school setting, consider taking on a position as a substitute teacher. Enfield Public Schools partners with Kelly Education Services for our substitute teacher staffing needs. Becoming a substitute teacher through Kelly Services allows you to pick which days to work and which teaching assignments to sign up for. It's really a win - win situation where flexibility, on your terms, helps you to tailor your work week to your specific needs and you still have the chance to make a difference in kids lives. If you think you might be interested, take a look at https://www.kellyeducationalstaffing.us/

A full size version of the COVID-19 Flow Chart and additional information about the most current Health and Safety Guidelines can be found on the EPS homepage.


http://www.enfieldschools.org/

Has Your Contact Information Changed Recently?

I have to say, from experience, that there's nothing sadder than having a sick student in the nursing office all day because we weren't able to reach their family. Never mind the fright caused when the student isn't on the bus home or we can't reach a family during an emergency.


Please, please check that your information is up to date in our system. It is important to update your information any time there is a phone number change or change of address. You can check your current information and update it if necessary, in the PowerSchool Parent Portal and through School Messenger. Both can be found halfway down the District's homepage: http://www.enfieldschools.org/

Clothes Donation Request

The HBS nursing office strives to keep extra clothing on hand for students who need a change of clothes due to an accident, rip, mud, etc... and don't have an emergency set of their own to change into. The loaner clothing that we have on hand is all donated by Barnard families. At this time, we are running out of loaner outfits. With that in mind, if you happen to have any outgrown clothes sizes 4-12 at home, we would love to have them! Thank you so much for considering us the next time your child grows out of their current size. We are also always in need of new underwear and socks if you are able to make a donation of new items.


If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, Big Cats are the best cats! Thank you for all you do for our students.

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Our Community Partners -

The Barnard-Crandall PTO

The joint Barnard/Crandall PTO meets monthly to plan events, share ideas, vote on new business, and connect with students' families. Attending meetings is a great way to connect with other families, stay informed about school business, and to have a seat at the table with decisions are made. If you have an hour a month, we'd love to see you at the next meeting!


For PTO updates, resources, schedules, and news, click on the link to their official website: https://enfieldpto.com/henrybarnard

The Family Resource Center (FRC)

Henry Barnard School is proud to be one of the two Family Resource Center locations in Enfield. The FRC is available to help families who find themselves in need connect with services across town. From finding winter clothing for students to helping families through parenting and support groups, the FRC has been a wonderful support for families here in Enfield.


For more information, please follow this link: https://www.enfield-ct.gov/375/Family-Resource-Center

Enfield Resources for Children (ERfC)

The ERfC, or Enfield Resources for Children, not to be confused with the FRC above, offers quality before and after care for students at Henry Barnard School. If you have any questions about before and after care for your child, reach out to this longstanding partner organization.


Follow this link for more information: https://erfcinc.org/

The KITE Collaborative

KITE, or Key Initiatives to Early Education, is a collaborative of community partners dedicated to enhancing health, family engagement & support, and early care & education to Enfield's youngest residents.


Please check out their website for more information about this amazing group.


https://enfieldkite.org/