Bard Bulldog Newsletter

January 2023


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Principal's Message

Happy New Year, Bard Community!

I am excited about 2023 and look forward to seeing all of you and hearing about your break!

It has been encouraging to invite parents and community members back to Bard gradually. So far this school year, we've had our first 'Coffee with the Principal' event, Kinder Winter Program, Winter Wonderland Day, and an in-person first-trimester awards assembly. All were a great success, and these small but significant gatherings are welcome signs of a return to normalcy.

I look forward to the events to come!

Reminder: We return to school Thursday, January 5, 2023. School starts at 8:00 am. We will be returning to school alongside some much-needed rain, so please dress accordingly.

As a reminder, at-home COVID-19 Test kits were distributed to all students and staff before the Winter Break. These at-home kits are intended to be used by students and staff before returning to school on January 5, 2023.

Please remember, at no time is it acceptable to send students to school when they're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, especially if they have received a positive test result (laboratory-based or at-home test). Please be sure to report all positive COVID-19 cases to your student's school.

COVID-19 related Symtoms:

  1. Runny Nose/Congestion
  2. Cough
  3. Sore Throat
  4. Headache
  5. Muscle or Body Aches
  6. Fever above 99.5 degrees
  7. Loss of Smell/Taste
  8. Difficult Breathing

Please stop by, email us, or call (805) 488-3583 if you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress or need support at school.

January Dates

Jan. 05: First day back from Winter Break

Jan 10: PTA Meeting @ 5 pm

Jan. 13: Bard Reading Challange 4-6 pm

Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School

Jan. 18: Cafe con La Directora - Coffee w/the Principal @ 8:15 am

Jan. 18: 'My Body Belongs To Me' - Parent Meeting (Bilingual) via Zoom 6-7 pm

Jan. 20: Progress Notices

Jan22: Bullying Awareness by Logrando Bienestar - Achieving Well-Being 5-6 pm

Jan 23-27: Great Kindness Week Challenge

Jan. 29: Depression Awareness by Logrando Bienestar - Achieving Well-Being 5-6 pm

Join Us! Healthy Mind-Healthy Body Parent Workshops

Bard Families, Please join this valuable series of workshops for better well-being presented by Logrando Bienstar beginning January 17, in person or virtually.
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Join The Great Kindness Challenge!

The California Department of Education, in partnership with the Great Kindness Challenge® (GKC), encourages all teachers, staff, students, and families of California schools to participate in the GKC the week of January 23–27, 2023. The GKC initiative, presented by Kids for Peace, is a global campaign that promotes kindness in kindergarten through grade twelve schools. It is a positive, action-based bullying-prevention initiative that creates a school culture of kindness, compassion, unity, and respect. It is critical that staff and students feel safe at school. Now more than ever, we all need to put safety and SEL supports at the forefront of our schools. We invite you to join nearly 17 million students who participated in over 33,000 schools in 115 countries for a positive start to 2023!
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Start The Day Off Right!

Bard families, please ensure that our students arrive on campus no later than 7:55 am. Arriving on time allows students to walk to their line and be ready to learn. Students should be in their seats by 8:00 am—students arriving after 8:05 are marked tardy.

Student Safety 1st During Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Please support our effort in keeping our students safe by respecting our bus zone and rear parking lot.

When picking up and dropping off your students at school, ideally, we would ask that you park on a side street or in the school parking lot and walk your student to a school entrance.

Front Bus Zone: If you must drop off or pick up your student at the front of the school, please DO NOT park in the bus zone. The bus zone is clearly marked with a sign, yellow lines, and cones. Drivers parking in the bus zone will be asked to move.

Rear Parking Lot: If you drop off or pick up students at the side gate of the rear parking lot, please stay to the right, nearest the yellow line at the fence. Staying to the right will allow other vehicles to exit around those vehicles still waiting for their student(s).

Jerry Drive and Lillian Drive Gates: There are two gates at the rear of the Bard playground which are available for student pick-up or drop-off. The gates at the Jerry Drive and Lillian Drive cul de sacs are staffed during pick-up and drop-off times and are significantly less crowded. The Jerry Drive and Lillian Drive gates are excellent pick-up and drop-off area alternatives.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Get the latest information from our superintendent, Dr. Walker.

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Please Report Your Absence

If your child is absent, please call the school and report the absence to our attendance clerk. To excuse an absence, please bring or email doctor's notes or necessary documentation to the school office.

Martha Hunter ( 805-488-3583 ext. 1095