September 2018 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - Sep 5th
, 2018

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – September Newsletter          


Dear Parents: 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our students back to school. It was great to see the students’ smiling faces when Mr. Brown and I visited the classrooms. We are all looking forward to an exciting year of learning. 

VOLUNTEERING IN OUR SCHOOL: If you wish to volunteer in our school in any capacity, you must be fingerprinted. We appreciate all of our volunteers and the safety of our students is our first priority. Please obtain a form from our office before setting up an appointment to be fingerprinted. 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE: Your child’s safety is our number one concern! With that in mind, we ask that all parents call our school office at 434-2430 or e-mail your child’s teacher and our school secretary, Lyn Downey,, and our school nurse, Mrs. Thomopoulos,, if your child is going to be out sick or tardy. Please state the reason for the absence in your message as well. 

PARENT NIGHT/OPEN HOUSE: Our evening Open House for parents will take place on two evenings due to our parking situation. Our first evening will be held on Tuesday, September 11th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for teachers in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, & Unified Arts. The second evening will take place on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for teachers in Grades 3, 4, & 5 and PACE. This informational evening is intended for parents only and is not designed for individual parent conferences. Teachers will be presenting a brief overview of the curriculum in their classrooms for parents. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, please set up an appointment with your child’s teacher.

SCHOOL PICTURES: School pictures will take place on Wednesday, September 19th. Picture selection envelopes will be sent home with the forms that need to be completed. Please send everything back to school, with the payment enclosed, on the day that pictures will be taken. 

BARKA PTA: Our PTA is very active, and all the volunteers are totally devoted to the children at Barka. They have fundraisers to raise money for field trips and assemblies and they sponsor numerous activities throughout the year. It is also time to sign up to be a member, which is only $7.00 a person. If you are interested, please email for more information. 

AFTERNOON KINDERGARTEN PARENT DROP OFF: Please be aware that the Barka staff is on duty to assist afternoon kindergarten students at parent drop off between 12:00 - 12:10 p.m. 

HEALTHY SNACKS: As we start this new school year, we want to remind you that we always promote healthy eating and lifestyles. Families are encouraged to provide their children with a nutritious and healthy snack to eat at school. Good habits start early, and children learn by the example of their peers as well as adults. Fruits and vegetables are always a good choice as well as yogurt, cheese, and whole-wheat crackers. 

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September 3 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day 

September 6 PTA Mtg. – 7:00pm 

September 11 Open House-6:30-7:30, Grades K,1, 2 & U/A 

September 12 Open House-6:30-7:30, Grades 3, 4, 5 & PACE 

September 19 Picture Day


This is a reminder that, like many childhood issues, Head lice (Pediculosis Capitis) can be a common occurrence with children. It is not uncommon for head lice to be noted in the weeks after children return to school after spending vacation time at camps and having sleepovers. These parasites cannot, fly, jump or crawl long distances, and they do not cause illness. They are transmitted from one child to another through direct head to head contact (ie sleepovers, very close play), or by sharing combs, brushes, hats, bedding, etc. Head lice are not associated with poor hygiene. Parents and family members are often the first to recognize the most common symptom of head lice, which is constant itching of the head, particularly behind the ears or at the nape of the neck. 

It is important to check your child’s hair regularly throughout the year. 

  •  Observe for itching of the scalp. If itching is noted
  •  Carefully examine the hair and scalp of your children and all family members for lice and/or their eggs. Lice are small, the size of a sesame seed and tan or grey. Nits (eggs) are small, oval shaped and gray or white in color. Nits are usually firmly attached (glued) to the hair shaft, close to the scalp. It helps to use a magnifying glass to detect them. 
  • Remind your children not to use or borrow anyone’s personal accessories like brushes, hats, headbands or combs. If you suspect your child has lice, check with your health care provider, school nurse or pharmacist for instructions on how to treat an infestation. The school nurse will give ongoing support and ensure student confidentiality. If you have treated your child for head lice, please inform the school nurse and consider informing the parents of your child’s close playmates. 

Resources for further information: 

  •  NH Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health @ 
  •  Communicable Disease Control @ 

We appreciate all your efforts in helping to control this nuisance. If you have any questions or concerns, please call your school’s nurse.


                                    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).