May 1, 2016

Mr. Barnard

Welcome to Mr. Barnard’s page! As this site develops, so will the content published here on this page, as well as in the posts contained herein below this content.

In addition to direct contact with teachers, CSD is pleased to provide more granular access to specific notes from teacher classrooms. With this increased access to teacher updates published on the website comes a wide array of subscription options. Using the links provided on the Connect page, classroom families can easily define what information (news and/or teacher notes) they wish to receive, as well as how they receive this information; delivery options for each category of news and/or teacher notes includes email, text message (SMS), Twitter and RSS.

Opal Creek

Dear Families, Our trip to Opal Creek was an amazing experience! The most powerful piece of evidence to support this claim was the simple fact that no child wanted to leave when it was time to make the 3.1-mile trek… [Read More…]


Dear Families, We worked passionately this week on our birds of prey unit. Students are putting the finishing touches on researching a bird of prey of their choice. Students began to create an informational poster outlining the bird’s adaptations and… [Read More…]

Cliffhangers Are…

Dear Families, This week, students will start to put their ideas together in a rough draft for their thesis essay. We’ve been working on critiquing our thesis statements, making them more complex, and will be putting it all together in… [Read More…]

Boxes and Bullets!!!!!

Dear Families, I know I’m repeating myself, but it’s hard to believe there’s just under nine weeks left of school. Then again, it’s not. There’s a lot going on so in an effort to best communicate all there is to… [Read More…]

Spring Break

Dear Families, First and foremost, I hope you’re able to enjoy the next week with the family in one capacity or another. It’s a nice reprieve from the hard work we’ve been doing for the past ten weeks. It’s amazing… [Read More…]

Character Studies

Dear Families, Who’s ready for Spring Break? We’re not. I’m just kidding. We are. This week, students have participated in a range of educational activities. Their participation has blown me away! In history, we’re building an understanding of events that… [Read More…]

Excellent Excerpts

Dear Families, I wanted to share with you excerpts from the students’ informational pieces. To read their full papers, check out our Writer’s Workshop bulletin board starting next week. Have a great weekend! Mr. B   Alexa’s Introduction from Her… [Read More…]


Dear Families, Important News and Notes of This Past Week: Our field trip to the zoo on Thursday was terrific. The weather worked out perfectly. Many of the animals were out and enjoying the sunny weather. Highlights included the sea… [Read More…]

A Week As An Intermediate, by David Vittoria

Below is this week’s newsletter, written by one of my fifth graders. It’s important to note that this is direct from the source and unedited. Enjoy! ~Mr. B a week as an intermediate  by: David vittoria              lately in… [Read More…]

Publishing Time!

Dear Families, There have been some changes to our upcoming overnight trip to Opal Creek Wilderness Area. In coordination with Opal Creek’s curriculum, accommodations, and operational restrictions, we had to change the dates of when some of the classes will… [Read More…]