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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Welcome back to another amazing school year at Barkley-Ruiz Elementary School. I am thrilled to spend another year with our students. At Barkley-Ruiz, the focus of the campus is to meet the academic needs of students by identifying their individual learning style preferences as well as expand student choice.

We, at Barkley-Ruiz, have not only provided teachers with extensive targeted and collaborative professional development to address student instructional needs, we also began implementing Project Based Learning into our classrooms to allow students more opportunities to get more hands-on learning, student-centered activities, and ownership for what they create.

Each classroom is equipped with resources to meet the needs of visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learners as well as technology to differentiated learners. Teachers have the tools necessary for data analysis and interactive lessons. Additionally, students have the tools to learn technology skills imperative to compete in today’s job market.

Barkley-Ruiz offers multiple programs and clubs for our students, which include music, art, Bluebonnet Reading Club, Choir, Yearbook, Step Club, Guitar Club, Recorder Club, Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALS), and Safety Patrol.

Last year, we piloted the SAISD Supper Program. Now, all students receive three, free meals per day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. We also provide sharing tables in the classrooms and cafeteria, to reduce waste and allow students to take additional food, as needed.

We value all your support and engagement, so please feel free to contact our school if you have any questions. Thank you for allowing us to educate your child(ren), and we look forward to the learning and experiences we will share throughout the year.

Jacqueline Ibarra-Lanford
Principal

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Mother's Day Cake

Barkley-Ruiz parents and PTA came together to bring a fun event to campus. Students put love and imagination into creating designs for Mother's Day cakes for the loved ones in their families.  Kids and parents enjoyed the fun celebration, and students were very proud of their creations. :-)

Thank you to all the parents and PTA members who made this wonderful day possible!

STEAM in the Library!

Barkley-Ruiz students, from Kinder through 6th grade, enjoyed breaking out new fun gadgets during their library time. Activities ranged from building mazes, controlling robots, building machines, making animals, creating 3D art, as well as using circuitry to coding and art.

The library also recently received a $1000 grant from the Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. All monies will be used to add to the STEAM lab, in the library, so students can continue building on their critical thinking, creativity, engineering, and teamwork skills.

Students Receive Free Books and Treats for Read Across America

All Barkley-Ruiz students received a treat bag filled with Dr. Seuss treats and a free, new book to take home for Spring Break. This ended the campus's celebration of Read Across America 2019, where students were able to dress up on various days and listen to guest readers from Lackland AFB and Miss Anastasia. 

WOAI Meteorologist Visits Barkey-Ruiz

2nd Graders received a pleasant surprise on Tuesday, February 5th when Channel 4 WOAI Meteorologist Chris Suchan came to visit them and talk to them about weather.

Suchan visited the library, teaching the kids about the weather and showing them visuals on the job he performs, every day.

The visit topped off the beginning of a Project Based Learning units the grade level is completing, about weather.

Google's Be Internet Awesome Launch

A selected group of Barkley-Ruiz 5th graders got to help launch Google's first-ever world implementation of their Be Internet Awesome program and curriculum, on Monday, February 4th.

Students visited Sunset Station and served as Google's first students to experience the program, dedicated to online safety navigation as well as the importance of not sharing personal or private information with strangers.

Our students also got to meet and play games with Representative Diego Bernal.

San Antonio Zoo Virtual Visit!

Barkley-Ruiz 2nd graders received a virtual visit from San Antonio Zoo Education Coordinator Kathryn Takow on Tuesday, January 15. 

Takow talked to the students about how San Antonio zookeepers care for the animals in their zoo as well as educating the students about animals and their habitats to ensure healthy, happy lives.

This visit helped in kicking off a Project Based Learning unit that 2nd graders are completing about wild animals.

Library Fun!

This month, students are using their creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking to explore and research.

Students are using code to make animals dance, building with legos, doing research, building robots, using online Sketching, and doing code with Ozobots and LittleBits.

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