May 2018 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - May 7th
, 2018

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – May Newsletter          


Dear Parents/Guardians,

PTA & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM On behalf of the entire Barka School staff, I would like to thank the Barka PTA and all our wonderful volunteers for the countless hours of dedication to our staff and students this year. Without both groups, our school certainly would not run as smoothly as it has. We hope that you had a chance to stop by the school in April during Volunteer Appreciation Week to see the messages of gratitude from our students and enjoy the refreshments offered by our staff. 

RELAY FOR LIFE Barka PTA and Relay for Life Team would like to give a big shout out of THANKS to Moo's Ice Cream for donating to our Ice Cream Social event! We really appreciate your support! 

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK Staff Appreciation Week is May 7th through the 11th and I would sincerely like to thank, the Barka PTA and the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Committee for making this possible. We have a wonderful staff at Barka and I know they are looking forward to this enjoyable and fun-filled week

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. All new registered incoming students will join our kindergarten teachers, while a parent presentation will be taking place in the gymnasium. We encourage new parents and students to join us for this very informative transitional day. Parents must register their child prior to the orientation. If you have not registered your child to attend either kindergarten or first grade in August, please call the office at 434- 2430 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR KINDERGARTEN PARENTS Please mark your calendars! Our current full and half day kindergarten students will need to stay at home on Friday, May 18, 2018, as we will be conducting our Kindergarten Orientation for the new incoming kindergarten students.

 BAND/CHORUS CONCERT: Our Spring Band/Chorus Concert was held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:30am and 6:30pm. Congratulations to all involved. Great Job!

 SCHOOL CALENDAR There will be NO SCHOOL on May 28th to observe Memorial Day. The students LAST DAY OF SCHOOL will be Friday, June 15th, which will be a full day. 

TALENT SHOW Due to a scheduling conflict, our Talent Show was rescheduled to May 10th at 6:30PM. Please join us for some fun and entertaining acts!


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Title 1 Math Gr. 2 & 3: 5/2, 5/7, 5/9, 5/14, 5/16, 5/21, 5/23, 5/30, 

Title 1 Math Gr. 4 & 5: 5/1, 5/3, 5/8, 5/10, 5/15, 5/17, 5/22, 5/24, 5/29, 5/31 

Botany Club: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4

 MAY 5/7-5/11 Staff Appreciation Week

 5/9 PALS – 2:45 – 4:00pm

 5/16 Student Council 3pm – 4pm 

5/18 Kindergarten Orientation 9:30 – 11am Current K Students get the day off 

5/24 Patriotic Day Show-Grade 1-9:00am & 6:30pm

 5/28 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Observed

 5/29 Kids Care Club to Hannafords-3:00 to 4:15pm 

5/30 Marine Biologist – Kindergarten – all day

 5/31 Go Green Club – 3-4:00pm 

 Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN

 INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE: May Health Spotlight- Conjunctivitis

  •  With the arrival of spring, so comes springtime allergies. Sometimes the itchy watery, running eyes caused by pollen and other environmental allergies could be conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an infection of the eyes commonly known as “pink eye”. Conjunctivitis can be purulent or nonpurulent. It is most often caused by a virus (like those which cause the common cold), but can also be caused by bacteria, allergies chemicals or a viral infection. Symptoms may include-  The conjunctiva – the clear layer over the whites of the eyes – becomes pink and there may be tearing and discharge from the eyes. 
  •  Eyes may be itchy or even painful.
  •  In the morning, the discharge may make the eyelids stick together. 
  • Symptoms of purulent conjunctivitis are white or colored discharge from the eye, eye redness, eyelid swelling, eye pain, and sometime fever. Conjunctivitis is a mild illness. Viral conjunctivitis will go away by itself in one to three weeks. Anyone can get it. Conjunctivitis is caused by a virus or bacterium and is contagious.


  • Frequent hand washing,
  •  Avoid contact with eyes

 It is recommended that children with purulent conjunctivitis be excluded from school until they have consulted a healthcare provider and have been approved to return to school, with or without treatment. Bacterial conjunctivitis is the only form that requires medication.

 For more information the link to the NH Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet can be found below. Please contact your physician or school nurse for more information as needed.


                                    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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