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Good Afternoon Barnard Families,

Today is Thursday, April 1st and this week's edition of the Big Cat Courier is a day early to reflect tomorrow's day off from school.

Next Week's Schedule

Next week is going to feel a bit more "normal" with four in-person school days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). Wednesday will remain an asynchronous remote learning day.

April Vacation

This year's April break will begin at the end of the school day on Friday, April 9th. School will reopen on Monday, April 19th. Everyone here at HBS wishes you a safe, happy, and well earned break! With a little luck, we'll get back to some warm, sunny weather.

Showing Support with Two Important Awareness Days

On April 2, the world will turn blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. It's all part of Light it Up Blue, a campaign spearheaded by the organization Autism Speaks that aims to foster understanding and acceptance for those with autism.

Because there is no school on Friday, April 2nd, all Big Cats are encouraged to wear blue on Monday, April 5th to show our support!

That makes two important days for HBS students and staff to come together in a show of support for members of the Barnard community.

Light it Up Blue on Monday to show our support for Autism Awareness and Purple Up Day on Friday to show our support for children of military families.

This Week's Dive Into Diversity Segment

This week's Dive Into Diversity segment will bring you to a song about saying hello in different languages. Give a listen and then try saying hello to someone in a different language!

Tech Issues? No Problem!

As we've all become more tech savvy over the last year, tech issues are becoming less and less common. However, when dealing with devices, WiFi, multiple learning applications, and Microsoft Teams, the potential for a mishap is always going to be there. If you are experiencing technology issues and need assistance, please email our technology support group at

Enfield Food Shelf Drive with Buzz Robotics

The students who participate in Buzz Robotics at Enfield High School are organizing a drive to benefit the residents of Enfield. They will be collecting non-perishable food items and important non-food items from Monday, April 5th through Friday, April 23rd. If you would like to make a donation, please send your child to school with an item to place in our collection bin. At the end of the drive, all items collected by Buzz Robotics will be donated to The Enfield Food Shelf.

Donation Ideas:

Non-perishable Food Items such as:

Tomato Paste and Sauce

Canned Vegetables and Fruits


Canned Meats/Tuna

Macaroni and Cheese

Boxed Meals (Like hamburger Helper)

Peanut Butter and Jelly



Baby food and Formula

Non-food Items:

Toilet Paper

Dish detergent

Laundry Soap






Shaving creams

Feminine Products

Disposable Diapers (size 4, 5 & 6)

Adult incontinence products

Enjoy a safe, healthy long weekend!