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Nest Lessons

This year, Blue Jay Way Nests are comprised of  buddy classes. One upper and one lower grade level. Within these partnerships, each student has their own buddy. The lessons covered in the Nests are about Barnard’s 3 R’S (Respect, Responsibility and Positive Relationships). 
 
For the 2018-2019 school year
 
Respect, Responsibility and PositiveRelationships
 
These pillars of character are the foundation to Barnard’s community. Character Education and Student Council committees have joined forces to bring student-led lessons  to staff and students. The teaching and reinforcing of these messages serve to enhance classroom and school culture, with an eye toward pushing these seemingly simple, all-important words and actions into the community.
 
Blue Jay Way “nests” allow students from all grade levels to interact and grow together for the student’s duration at Barnard. Our Blue Jay Way Nests help to develop stronger peer-to-peer relationships within Barnard. 
 
This year, Student Council students continue to take the lead in creating lessons to cultivate the Blue Jay Way. Each lesson is taught with intention and purpose to create a uniform and caring  school culture. Student Council representatives from grades three through five meet to create videos instructing their peers for the upcoming nest lesson. The videos are played and lead to discussion revolving around our 3 R’S.
 
 
For the 2017 - 2018 school year
 

Consider Kindness at Barnard

Kindness is taking on a new look this year at Barnard. Character Education and Student Council committees have joined forces to bring student-led lessons of kindness to staff and students. The teaching and reinforcing of these messages serve to enhance classroom and school culture, with an eye toward pushing these seemingly simple, all-important words and actions into the community.

 

Blue Jay Way “nests” allow students from all grade levels to interact and grow together for students’’ duration at Barnard. Each year, new kindergarten students join a nest, and fifth grade students are given a bittersweet farewell. The nest remains intact throughout the years, to form familiarity and bond among students of all grade levels, as well as a connection to an adult staff member.

 

This year, Student Council students are taking the lead in creating lessons to cultivate the Blue Jay Way. Barnard has adopted a theme of “Kindness” for the year, with Student Council members responsible for choosing the theme name: Consider Kindness. Taught with intention and purpose, this theme will begin on a school-wide level, and will eventually branch out to reach the community by the close of the school year. Student Council representatives from grades three through five meet to create videos instructing their peers for the upcoming nest lesson. The videos are played and lead to discussion revolving around kindness, as well as an activity that reaches all corners of the school.

 

Students have considered kindness in the form of kind words and actions, while creating a chain of kindness for our first lesson. Each student wrote his or her own message on a paper strip, connecting those strips within the nests. The chains from each nest were then connected, creating a school-wide chain of kindness that wraps around the interior of the school. It is impossible to miss the message as students, staff, and visitors alike enter the doors of Barnard: Consider Kindness at Barnard.

 
 
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