Pioneer Post

September 26 2022

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Greetings, Pioneer Families!

Thank you so much for those of you who were able to join us for our Parent Growth Mindset Night with Dr. Blake Brandes! It was a great night of fun and engaging Growth Mindset lessons infused with beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping. I hope you all enjoyed his unique stories, humor, and message of resiliency. I know many of you were unable to join us, as it overlapped with our high school Back-to-School Nights. Be on the lookout for the virtual presentation via email in the near future.

Fall was in the least it was last week! We are already halfway through the first semester which means Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. Our teachers are busy preparing for this time with you and plan to share sign-up options with you Friday, September 30th after 4 pm.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are a wonderful time to connect with your child(ren)'s teacher, and discuss their learning and ways we can best support your child's academic needs. Progress reports will be sent home that week via email for students that are currently at risk in reading, writing and/or math.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held October 10th-14th). Students attend school from 8:50-12:55 each day during Conference week.

Thank you for partnering with us in your child(ren)'s education, and for all you do to support BES!

Mrs. Blackburn

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  • September 28: Islands Family Dinner Night (4-9 PM)
  • September 30: Last day for PTO UNFundraiser
  • September 30: Fall Pictures
  • October 4: Last Day to enter PTO raffles
  • October 5: Walk or Bike to School Day
  • October 6: Fall Picture Make Up Day
  • October 10-14: Parent Teacher Conference Week - 12:55 Dismissal ALL WEEK
  • October 19: Chipotle Family Dinner Night ( 4-8 pm)
  • October 28: Fall Harvest Festival (5-8 PM)
  • October 23-29: Red Ribbon Week/Because Nice Matters Week
  • October 31: Literacy Character Day
  • November 1: Non-Student Day ( Staff Development)
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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.

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 or Physician signed questionnaire

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

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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. If your student tests positive, please report the result to the school site and be prepared to share date of symptom onset and date of positive test. Thank you!

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.

October PTO Family Diner Night

Join us at our October Family Dinner Night on Wednesday, October 19th at Chipotle! 33% of proceeds come back to our school!
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Watch D.O.G.S. Program

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative.

There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program.

  1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
  2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security. WATCH D.O.G.S.® began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, Arkansas and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into the school classrooms and hallways across the country, creating millions of hours of “in school” volunteer time and having a tremendously positive impact on the educational process.

Program Benefits

  • Students gain positive male role models.
  • Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of a father or father figure will provide an additional deterrent to bullying, enhance a sense of security in the building, and will help to create an environment conducive to learning.
  • Fathers get a glimpse of their students’ everyday world and learn about the increasingly complex challenges and decisions today’s youth are facing. As a result, they can learn to relate better to their student and hopefully connect with them.
  • Fathers gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their child’s life in three critical areas including: academic performance, self-esteem, social behavior.
  • The WatchDOGS volunteers provide real and important help for the teachers and the students.

For more information on what being a Watch DOG entails click here.

Who are WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students)?

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt.

Want to get involved? Please contact Michael Miller for more information!

Family University Presents.... Internet Safety

Join Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Carlos Corona as he discusses many internet-related topics such as online predators, grooming behavior, and the consequences of engaging in unsafe or illegal internet conduct.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 6-8 pm

TVUSD District Office Conference Center

31350 Rancho Vista Rd

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Last Week of our UNFundraiser

We are halfway to our goal of $17,000! Thank you so much for all your support! Your donations will fund field trips, Scholastic Magazine subscriptions, technology, and more! Students will be receiving their raffle tickets through Friday, September 30th and have until Tuesday, October 4th to enter the raffle drawings. Parents must be accompanied by an adult and can come in the office before and after school only.

PTO Volunteer Survey

If you would like to help with PTO in any way, we’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the volunteer survey linked below. Even if you have filled it out in the past, we’d really appreciate if you’d do it again this year, please!

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:

  • Open PTO positions:
  • VP Committees
  • Ways and Means (Fundraising)
  • Donations

We also have the following Committee Chairperson position open:

  • Spring Family 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.