About BFF


Mission statement

The Barnard PTA strives to support and advocate for our children and to enhance the value of their Mandarin immersion education. We aim to create a wholesome, positive, and engaging learning environment so students can succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Through partnerships with administration, faculty, and families, the PTA enables our students to develop kindness and empathy with greater cultural understanding and global awareness.

Together we will:

  • Provide support for cultural and educational programs at Barnard Elementary School;
  • Promote social activities that heighten school spirit, encourage family togetherness, and make a positive impact within our community;
  • Encourage and organize volunteer support for our school, PTA, and community events;
  • Increase interest, involvement, and understanding of our PTA; build awareness about the critical role of the PTA in helping students reach their full potential;
  • Conduct purposeful fundraising to support programs and events at Barnard Elementary School;
  • Collaborate with San Diego Unified School District and Mission Bay Cluster partners to support an effective and progressive path for our Mandarin immersion program that begins in kindergarten and continues through 12th grade.

PTA funding has supported:

  • Campus equipment and supplies
  • Field trips for every class
  • Native Mandarin-speaking teaching assistants
  • P.E. equipment
  • Resource Teacher
  • School gardens
  • Staff development and appreciation
  • Supplemental curriculum, workbooks and online access for all grades
  • Supplemental hands-on San Diego Youth Science lessons for all grades
  • Teacher education
  • Teacher stipends for classroom supplies

The PTA also plans, sponsors, and/or coordinates social and community events, such as:

  • After school enrichment programs
  • Art Day
  • Community Mixers
  • Jog-a-thon fundraiser
  • Lunar New Year celebrations
  • Scholastic Book Fairs
  • Science/STEM Day
  • Spring gala and fundraising auction
  • Student Ambassador program
  • Talent show
  • Writer’s Day
  • Yearbook