Bard Bulldog Newsletter

Bard Family Newsletter February, 2021


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No School February 12th and 15th for President's Day Weekend. Enjoy!

Richard Bard Staff Contact Information

Bard Elementary School


Ms. Alcantar


Ms. Preciado

School Counselor

You can contact your child's teacher by

  • Email
  • Contact the teacher during her/his office hours
  • Dial (805) 488-3583 + teacher's extension
  • Check-in your synchronous class each day
  • Seesaw or Google Classroom

National School Counselor's Week

February 1st-5th is National School Counselor's Week! Our students, families, and staff are extremely grateful to have Ms. Preciado as our School Counselor. Hosting our virtual Lunch Bunch, meeting with small groups of students, making phone calls to our families, and evening parent meetings are only a few duties she undertakes.

Earlier this week your child received an email with a link to record and send a message of gratitude to Ms. Preciado. Encourage your child to click the link and let Ms. Preciado know how thankful we are for her support. Submissions can be made up to February 3rd.

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School Site Council and the English learner Advisory Committee

Our next public meeting will be held on February 18th, 2021, with the ELAC meeting at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Please email Ms. Alcantar at if you would like access to the meeting link. We will be discussing the progress of the School Plan for Student Achievement.

Office Hours

Our school office hours for the public are from 10:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment. The office is open for phone calls from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact Martha Hunter at (805) 488-3583 ext. 1094 or Amber Chaparro at (805) 488-3583 ext. 1095
New Student Registration

Kindergarten Registration Opens March 1st


Our Muti-Tiered System of Support team continues to analyze the panorama survey. The Panorama Students Survey was administered to students grade 3-5th to assess their social and emotional learning skills. We looked at how much our students felt connected to their teachers and school as well as their sense of belonging. We also asked students for their perceptions of how well they could manage their time and emotions, persevere through difficult tasks, and how confident they felt about their own academic skills.

Our school team met to review the results of this survey and some highlights from the survey showed that Bard students feel a strong sense of connection to their teachers and a good perception of our school. An area we identified that we would like to focus on is developing student's confidence in their academic skills (Self-efficacy). We will be focusing on helping students set measurable goals and identifying the steps needed to achieve their goals.

Defining Self-Efficacy

Transforming Education defines Self-efficacy as the belief in one's ability to achieve an outcome or reach a goal. This belief, specific to a task or an area of knowledge or performance, shapes the behaviors and strategies that help one pursue their goal. Self-efficacy is informed by five influences (also known as sources): performance experience, vicarious experience, social persuasion, imaginal experience, and physical and emotional states.