November 2018 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - Nov 5th, 

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – November Newsletter          



Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of our families and to extend my individual thanks to our wonderful staff for their compassion, dedication, and positive commitment to your children here at Barka School. As the principal of Barka School, I am most thankful for our dedicated staff and hard working students.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Kindergarten registration has begun for the 2019-2020 Schoo Year. If you did not receive a letter in the mail regarding registering your student for Kindergarten, please call our school office as soon as possible to make your appointment. Registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis.

VETERANS DAY: There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day.

BARKA RUNNING CLUB: The 4th and 5th grade one mile Fun Run was held on Saturday, October 13th at Pinkerton Academy. We are so proud of all of our student athletes that trained so hard. I would like to thank Mrs. McNally for organizing this for all the schools in Derry and all the teachers and parent volunteers who helped make this another successful event.

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING: The cold weather is upon us and it is extremely important that students are dressed appropriately with coats, mittens, gloves, sweaters, hats, and boots when necessary. Please do not send slippers to school as it poses a safety hazard. I would suggest sending in a spare pair of sneakers, if possible.

PICTURE RETAKES: Picture retakes will take place on Tuesday, November 6th. 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.

SNOW SPORTS CLUB: A notice went home recently about the after school Barka Snow Sports Club.Students in grades 2-5 are welcome to join. Please visit to sign your child up for ski or snowboard lessons. Any other questions please contact Corinna Boisvert at

YEARBOOK: Yearbook: It's not too early to order a yearbook for this school year! Paper order forms were sent home to all students last week. If you would like to purchase a yearbook online, visit and enter our school code 071318. If you would like to order a yearbook by cash or check (made out to "Barka School"), you can send in all order forms and money to Mrs. Fox.

STUDENT COUNCIL: The Student Council is celebrating the month of November as a Month of Thanks. To continue a tradition that we started two years ago, each student and staff member at Barka School will receive a note that they can fill out to thank anyone in the school that has made a positive impact on them. For a small donation to our Barka Angel Fund, Student Council members will deliver each note attached with a small treat to that person. A little 'thank you' always goes a long way! Thank you to our Barka families for all that you do everyday

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS: There are many items accumulating in the lost and found area, which is located in our cafeteria. If your child is missing any clothing items, shoes, boots, etc., please have your child check the lost and found items as soon as possible. Any small items such as glasses, jewelry, etc., can be found in the main office. All items not claimed will be donated locally.

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE: Barka School is once again assisting the Derry Community Fund in their efforts to make the holidays a little more enjoyable for some Derry families. We will be accepting food donations from November 7th – November 16th. If you or someone you know is in need of Holiday assistance, applications are available at the Human Service Office of the Municipal Building in Derry.

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: School will not be in session on Wednesday, November 21st, through Friday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

EVENING WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: On November 8th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM, guest speaker Angela Kouroyen will host a workshop at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on “How to Be An Effective Participant At Your Child’s IEP Meeting.” Please join us!

ANNUAL CLOTHING SWAP: Our annual Barka Clothing Swap was rescheduled from October 25th to December 6th so it can take place during Parent Teacher Conferences. Mrs. Duys will be accepting gently used clothing from November 26th to December 5th.

STUDENT DISMISSAL: As a reminder to all families, please remember to bring a photo ID with you when you dismiss your student through the office. We will ask for it if we don’t recognize you.


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Art Club (7th & 14th) 3 – 4pm

Post Office Club (7th, 14th & 28th)

Sport Stacking (1st & 8th) - 7:45-8:20am

11/19         1st Gr. Thanksgiving Show-6-6:30pm

11/6          Gr. 1 Planetarium in Gymnasium 11/25 A Very Derry Holiday 1pm – 5pm

11/6          Picture Retake Day 1:00pm parade

11/8          Yearbook Mtg. – 3-4:00pm 2-5pm holiday activities (at Veteran’s Hall)

11/8           PTA Mtg. – 7:00pm 11/29 Yearbook Club – 3-4:00pm

11/12         NO SCHOOL – VETERANS DAY Go Green Club – 3-4:00pm

11/14         PALS – 2:45 to 4:00pm

11/14         Student Council 8:10am – 8:30am

11/15         Spanish Club – 3 4:00pm


Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN 

November Health Spotlight-  Common Cold and the Flu.

Cold and Flu season is upon us once again. Both the Common Cold and the Flu (Influenza) are caused by viruses. The symptoms of the Common Cold are often more mild and can include:

  •  a stuffy/runny nose
  •  sore throat
  •  cough
  •  watery eyes
  •  possibly a fever

The symptoms of the Flu (Influenza) are similar but often more severe including

  •  Fever (usually high)
  • headache
  •  sore throat
  •  dry cough
  •  muscle aches
  •  extreme fatigue
  •  gastrointestinal symptoms (more common among children than adults) such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The Flu shot is the primary method of preventing the flu, but there are some common sense things you can do to prevent a cold or the flu.

  •  Get plenty of rest and fluids
  •  Wash hands frequently and after exposure to nasal secretions,
  •  Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and
  • Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after fever resolution (<100
  • degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications.

For more information call your school nurse, or refer to NH DHHS fact sheet on the flu:


                                    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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The Derry Cooperative School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

Any student, parent on behalf of their child, or employee who believes that he or she has a disability and thinks that accommodations are necessary to afford an equal opportunity for success, should contact their school Section 504 coordinator (Mr.Brown).