October 2017 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - 
October 5th, 2017

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – October Newsletter          



Dear Parents/Guardians: 

PROGRESS REPORTS: Progress reports will be sent home on Friday, October 27, 2017. 

PICTURE RETAKES: Picture retakes will take place on Tuesday, November 7th. If your child had their picture taken and you would like a retake, please send in the original packet on retake day. The office has additional picture envelopes for students who will be photographed for the first time or may have misplaced or lost their original form. 

RUNNING CLUB: The 4th-5th grade Running Club will participate in the 1-mile fun run at Pinkerton Academy on Saturday, October 28th. We are excited to have 60 participants training and having fun on Tuesday afternoons. The Barka Bulldogs will be well represented! Participants must arrive at 8 a.m. for the walk through and the races will begin at 9:00 a.m. More information will be sent home with the Running Club. 

SAFETY DRILLS: Our school regularly participates in safety drills, such as fire drills and lock down drills. These drills are designed to assist us in continually improving upon our programs and safety procedures and we continue to work diligently to ensure student safety and well being each day. 

BAND AND CHORUS INFORMATION: The Winter Concert date has been set to Wednesday, December 6th at 9:30am and 6:30pm and the Spring Concert will be on Thursday, May 3rd at 9:30am and 6:30pm. Band practice takes place during 5th grade recess, which is 11:00 to 11:25am. Tuesday’s lesson is for trumpets and trombones, Thursday’s lesson is for percussion, and Friday’s lesson is for flute and clarinet. If a student forgets their instrument, they should still come to band. Donations: If you have any band instruments that are just lying around collecting dust, the band program at Barka is trying to create a program where students in need would be able to borrow a school instrument to play in band while they attend Barka. Please consider donating your instrument to our band program and in turn, you would be helping out a child in need to be able to join band. Those instruments would be available for our fifth graders in need year after year. Questions? You can email Mrs. Jezierski at ljezierski@sau10.org or call 434-2430. 

PTA HALLOWEEN EVENTS: The PTA will be hosting their annual evening “Spookfest” parties on Thursday, October 26th for grades K, 1, and 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 and on Monday, October 30th for grades 3, 4, and 5 from 6:30 to 7:30. During the K-2 Halloween Event on October 26th from 6:30-7:30pm, there will be an Angel Fund clothing swap. Mrs Duys will be collecting gently used clothing starting October 17th. 

GRADES 2 - 5 MAP ASSESSMENTS: Students in grades 4 and 5 participated in the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in September. These assessments help our teachers determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics and reading. MAP assessments are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child takes on a computer. The test becomes more difficult when your child answers questions correctly and it becomes easier when your child incorrectly answers a question. This increases the value of the assessment as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning. Reports of your child’s September MAP reading and mathematics scores will be sent home on October 27th with your child’s second progress report. 

 FALL ART CLUB: Fall Art Club is open to 4th and 5th grade students and will begin on October 18th. The club will be capped at 20 students due to limited space and notices have already gone home. Students will create scenery and props for the Winter and Spring Chorus and Band concerts. 

GO GREEN: Go Green Club runs once a month, after school, throughout the academic school year. It is open to 3rd through 5th grade students. Students create and participate in a large variety of activities. Activities include, but are not limited to, working in the Barka Butterfly Garden, creating posters for the “Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl Poster Contest,’ learning about Earth Day, and brainstorming ways to conserve energy and the earth’s natural resourses. Notices were sent home and the club begins October 26th. 

BOWLING CLUB: For all those interested in joining Bowling Club this fall, the Bowling Club Interest Form has been sent home and is due back by October 3rd. It is scheduled to start on October 16th. YEARBOOK: If you have some great digital photos of school events during this year and would like to send them to the Yearbook Committee for possible inclusion in the Yearbook, please e-mail Mrs. Fox, the Yearbook Advisor, at jfox@sau10.org. Thank you. 

KIDS CARE CLUB: is holding a food collection for FBC Food Pantry October 17-24 in the cafeteria. Kids Care Club’s first meeting is on Tuesday, October 24! 

FLU SEASON: is once again upon us. The flu affects between 5-20% of the population in any given year. The symptoms of the flu are fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and gastro-intestinal symptoms (more common among children than adults) such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Even though the focus remains on getting a flu shot, there are some common sense things you can do to prevent the flu. The NH Dept of Health and Human Services gives us some guidelines to prevent the spread of this virus. 

  •  Get plenty of rest and fluids 
  • Wash hands frequently and after exposure to nasal secretions
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Stay home from school until 24 hours after symptom resolution. This includes 24 hours of being fever free (<100 degrees ) without the use of fever reducing medications. 

 The CDC has some additional guidelines on disease prevention at their web site. The web address is http://www.cdc.gov. 

NO SCHOOL: No School on Monday, October 9th in observance of Columbus Day. 

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10/3          Running Club, 3-4:15pm 

10/4           Dental Program, 10/4 to 10/11 

10/5           PTA Mtg., 7:00pm 

10/9           NO SCHOOL 

10/10         Running Club, 3-4:15pm 

10/12         Yearbook Club, 3-4:00pm 

10/17         Running Club 

10/24         Kids Care Club, 3-4:00pm 

10/24         Running Club, 3-4:15pm 

10/25         Art Club, 3-4:00pm 

10/26         Go Green Club 3-4:00pm 

10/26         Gr. K-2 Halloween Event, 6:30-7:30pm 

10/27         Progress Reports 

10/28         Fun Run at P.A. 

10/30         Gr. 3-5 Halloween Event, 6:30-7:30pm 10/18 Art Club, 3-4:00pm


                                    REMINDER – Drop-off and Parent Pick-up

For your child’s and your safety, please do not pull around cars in line; watch

for people at the crosswalks and drive slowly around the school, 10 mph. 



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