Pioneer Post

August 8, 2022

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! We are so excited for the upcoming school year with our amazing Pioneers. I hope the summer break has energized you to return to school relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our incredible learning community!

Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous, grateful and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

We are continuing our Growth Mindset theme this year! We have invited Dr. Blake Brandes back to facilitate an in-person parent night and student assembly to help us learn more about the Power of Yet!

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Barnett remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

I look forward to welcoming you on Monday, August 15th!

Mrs. Blackburn

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First Day of School

We are excited to welcome our Pioneers back on campus! The first day of school will be a modified day. School for all students Grades TK-5 will be from 8:50-12:55 pm.

What are the school times for my students?

We know that the new times might be tricky with siblings at other school sites, particularly middle and high school. Here is the Elementary Bell Schedule:

  • Grades 1-5 8:50 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Early Bird TK/Kindergarten 8:50 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
  • Late Bird TK/Kindergarten 10:25 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • **Wednesdays (Modified Schedule, all students TK-5) 8:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.**

Teacher Assignments

We are diligently working on building classes this week. Our goal is to open the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Friday, August 12th at 4:00 p.m. Parents can log into the portal after this in order to view their child's class assignment.

You will be able to find out who your student has by logging into Infinite Campus and selecting the "schedule" tab.

Please note: we will not be accepting requests for teacher/classroom changes for the first 10 days of school.

If you have not completed your Returning Student registration, including uploading two (2) proofs of residency, your student will not be assigned in a class.

Student Placement

A great deal of time, effort and careful consideration has gone into the process of student placement for the 2022-23 school year. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide academically balanced and equitable class sizes at each grade level. As you can imagine, moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

We would like to touch on one of the most common requests of a parent to the administration in the first few weeks of school- "I want my child's classroom changed." In order for us to support you and your child it is important for you to understand our practice. Preparing classroom rosters is a collaborative effort amongst all staff members and administrators in the building. This process begins in the spring and can take several weeks, and continues well into the summer.

Please review the following procedures before requesting a change for your child:

  1. Meet with the teacher with an open mind to voice your concern. Be very specific.
  2. Establish a communication plan with the teacher in regards to providing updates on the area of concern.
  3. Most importantly, understand that we have the same goal and that is for your child to receive a world class education, in a safe and nurturing environment, and for them to reach their full potential.

We are happy to meet after the teacher has been given an opportunity to understand your concerns and take action on them. Please allow two weeks for your child to adapt to his/her classroom.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. All of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. BES is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

Open Campus- 1st Day of School ONLY or Will I be able to walk my child to class daily?

Yes! On the first day of school parents will be allowed to walk students to their classroom door. Parents may help their student navigate to the classroom door, but ONLY students will be allowed inside the classroom.

Starting Tuesday, August 16th ALL students will have to enter at their respective gates and navigate to their line independently. There will be plenty of employees available to help students get to their classroom lines.

Where does my child enter the school?

All Kindergarten students enter at the gates directly in front of the Kindergarten building. All 1st-5th grade students enter the school through grade-level specific gates located at the front of the school. See the image and video below for more details.

Kinder Loop Video

1st-5th Loop Video

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


  • Before arriving at school, parents will conduct a health self-check to ensure the safety of their child(ren) and others.
  • No student entry prior to 8:35 a.m. (AM) or 10:25 a.m. (PM TK/K). Please do not drop off early as there will be no student supervision.
  • There is one vehicle drop-off location at the front of the school
  • Parents will drop off students at the front of the school using the right-hand lane if by car. Leaving the front loop by exiting onto Harveston Dr.
  • For students with transportation services, the bus will enter campus at our kinder loop (see map below).
  • If students ride their bikes or scooters to school, they will park their wheels in the bike area closest to the gate they are entering. Helmets are required.


  • Siblings may be together while they wait to be picked up- older siblings will be asked to wait with the youngest sibling.
  • There is one vehicle pick-up location at the front of the school
  • Parents will pick up students at the front of the school using the right-hand lane if by car. Leaving the front loop by exiting onto Harveston Dr.
  • For students with transportation services, aides and teachers accompany students to the boarding location at our TK/Kinder loop (see map below).
  • If students walk home, they are to meet their parents and/or sibling(s) at a predetermined location in front of the school away from all the cones and lines.
  • If a student is riding a bike or scooter, it is important no one hangs out at the bike rack and everyone continues to social distance as they quickly move off-campus. Helmets are required.


ALL TK/K drop off and pick up will take place at the TK/Kinder gate/loop.

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Back Gate Closure

For the safety and security of our students, we will keep the back gate locked and closed. It will no longer be used for students to enter or exit at the end of the day. We know this will impact a few students who are accustomed to accessing that gate but student and staff safety are of utmost importance, especially in light of recent national events.
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New BES Logo

Symbolic Meaning of the Compass

The word compass comes from the Latin words com meaning “together,” and passus meaning “pace or step”. Together, the word compass means to step together or to journey together. The compass also represents a safe and smooth journey. The instrument is used primarily to point you in the right direction and with a compass, you can never get lost. The compass can symbolize that although it may take a while for you to reach your destination, you will get there no matter what. In this way, compasses also represent guidance, safety and security. This is symbolic and beautiful, making the compass a symbol of journeys and travels, as Pioneers do!

New Bell Schedule

All TVUSD schools have new bell schedules this year that provide consistent start and end times throughout the district.

For safety reasons, schools do not publish their specific bell schedules on their websites that include recess and student lunch times. We are providing links to our regular and modified bell schedule. Please print these out for your reference.

2022-2023 BES Bell Schedule

Family Handbook

Each year we publish important information and resources for parents and students. Please familiarize yourself with these procedures. If you have any questions that are not covered in the handbook, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our administration. Click here to access the BES Family Handbook updated Board Civility Policy.

Grade Level Supply Lists

Each grade level has put together supply wish lists for the upcoming school year. You can access the supply list for all grade levels here.

News from the TVUSD Nutrition Department!

Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, our nutrition department is offering every student a free breakfast and free lunch each school day! Please check for more information!

If your student requires specialized meals per a medical condition, please reach out to Amanda Shears at to coordinate meals.

Device Insurance for the 2022-2023 School Year

Device Insurance for the 2022-2023 school year will be available to purchase beginning on August 5th - September 5, 2022. This is open for all new students and any returning students who have not purchased insurance.

The cost of the coverage is $20 per device and charging cable set and it covered damage, theft, and disasters. This will cover needed repairs to the device during the school year. If your device is stolen, it will cover the replacement cost WITH proof of a police report.

The insurance can be purchased through an online payment portal found below:

Purchase Device Insurance Online

Classroom Volunteers

We love our volunteers! Provided below are a few easy links to help get you started:

  1. Complete an application online. You can find it here: ONLINE APPLICATION**
  2. Submit the required documents: Picture ID, Code of Conduct, Megan's Law documentation.

Additionally, volunteers are to provide:

  • Proof of a Negative TB Test
  • Proof of COVID 19 vaccination

For those that are not vaccinated, they can be cleared to volunteer by submitting a negative COVID test. The test must be from a verified healthcare facility and must be dated within 7 days of your volunteer day. Previously home tests were not acceptable for this requirement however, we are still waiting to hear if that has changed and will update as soon as possible. TVUSD can provide COVID-19 testing free of charge to our parent community members. Please contact Health Services to schedule an appointment via email: or at 951.294.6050.

Please know that TVUSD, in accordance with guidelines and mandates from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is mandated to collect either a) proof of vaccination or b)present a recent COVID-19 test prior to a volunteer event.

Your documents will be filed in a secure manner. For any questions or concerns related to the volunteer requirements, including the mandated required documents to be collected, please email

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters! Missing just two days every month puts students at risk of falling behind. Attendance is the first way you can help your child succeed in school.

Please report all absences using one of the following:

  1. Call the 24 hour absence line to leave a message: 951-296-5579

  2. Call the front office during school hours: 951-296-5579

  3. Email Gail Martin, Attendance Clerk:

Please give the date, name of your child, teacher name and reason for absence.

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Health Office

Our amazing health clerk, Ms. Burcombe would love to hear from you! If your child(ren) has any health conditions or concerns, allergies, etc. please let her know. If any medications need to be taken during school hours, contact Ms. Burcombe prior to August 11th to fill out the required paperwork, Medical Authorization Form.

COVID Protocols

We are starting the school year with updated guidelines from the school district:

A positive test needs to quarantine for 5-10 days. Please report the result to the school site. The student can test after day 5. If the student is symptom free (no medication)for the previous 24 hours and negative, they can return to school on day 6.

If your student is a direct exposure, please reference the quarantine guidelines here attached for each scenario.

The school district received a large shipment of OTC Covid tests and we have them here on campus. If you are in need of an over the counter rapid test at any time, the school is happy to provide one for your student. Please call the front office at (951) 296-5579.

VCC Mobile Dental Services Have Arrived!

See the attached flyer for information on reserving an appointment for dental services next week. Dental services are provided at no cost, but bring insurance card (if uninsured, this does not apply).

The Mobile Dental Van will be parked in front of the Central Enrollment Building #13 on the following days:

  • Tuesday, August 9th
  • Thursday, August 11th
  • Friday, August 12th
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  • August 15: First Day of School ( All Students 8:50am-12:55pm)
  • August 17: FULL SCHOOL DAY (Students will have their regular schedule)
  • August 25: Back to School Night (5:30-7pm)
  • September 5: Labor Day ( No School)
  • September 9: Parent Volunteer Orientation ( 9:15 am)
  • September 9: PTO UNFundraiser Kick-Off
  • September 12- 23: PTO UNFundraiser
  • September 14: Growth Mindset Parent Assembly (6-7 PM)
  • September 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September 16: ELAC/CAP Meeting ( 9:15 in Room 14)
  • September 26-30: Because Nice Matters Week
  • September 30: Fall Pictures
  • October 5: Walk or Bike to School Day


Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, August 25. Please do your best to find the time to attend as teachers will be sharing pertinent information for the upcoming school year.

Back-to-School Night Schedule:

5:15 pm- Gates Open

5:30 pm - PTO General Meeting/Presentation in MPR (all parents are welcome)

6:00-6:25 pm Classroom Presentation 1

6:30-6:55 pm Classroom Presentation 2

All parents are welcome to join us for the PTO meeting and classroom presentations. There will not be childcare available.

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Growth Mindset Parent Night and Student Assembly

Parent Night Presentation: September 14, 2022 6:00-7:00pm

This year we are continuing our work with Growth Mindset and the Power of Yet! We are excited to invite Dr. Blake Brandes back In-Person for a fun and engaging presentation about the Growth Mindset. Dr. Brandes is a TEDx speaker, America’s Got Talent performer, and Marshall Scholar who has spoken to more than 350,000 students, parents, and educators around the world. I would like to extend a personal invitation to you, our Pioneer Parents, to share in an evening of fun for the whole family on Wednesday, September 14th from 6:00-7:00pm for a live Growth Mindset presentation specifically created to instill a Growth Mindset at home. Dr. Blake Brandes will share fun and powerful strategies to help you and your child feel happier, less stressed out, and more successful.

I hope you will partner with us and plan to join us to learn more about what it means to have a Growth Mindset!

Student Assemblies: During the School Day on September 14, 2022

Brandes will present the work of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth in a fun, accessible manner that empowers children of all ages. The presentation will include age-appropriate and engaging growth mindset and grit lessons infused with beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping. During the presentation, our students will learn how to overcome challenges and achieve their dreams by choosing a Growth Mindset!

Through a demonstration of his passion for beatboxing and freestyle rap, along with stories of his own struggle to achieve his goals, Brandes brings energy and enthusiasm to the stage that allows him to connect with students.

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Join Us!

Our first General Association meeting of the year will be held in conjunction with Back to School Night at 5:30 on August 25th in the MPR. We will be talking about upcoming events, how you can get involved, and the purpose of our school PTO!

Open PTO Positions!

We love our PTO volunteers at Barnett Elementary School! If you are interested in being on our Executive Board, we have the following positions available:
  • VP Ways and Means
  • Donations

We also have the following Committee Chairperson positions open:

  • Snowball
  • Winter Event

If you do not have the time to commit to a board or committee chair position, but would still like to be a part of PTO, we would love to have you! Please email Sheryl Soriano, our PTO President, at for more information.