March 2019 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - March 5th, 2019

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – March Newsletter          


Dear Parents/Guardians,

 THANK YOU: I would like to thank our Barka PTA and the entire Barka community for their recent donations towards the change challenge fundraiser. This was a great success for our school. Additionally, our PTA members that spent hours of their time counting the change, cleaning the PTA closet and organizing the fundraiser deserve a special thankyou. Your hard work does not go unnoticed.

 READ ACROSS AMERICA: Read Across America Week: March 4th-8th: 
Tuesday March 5th: Color Day: Each grade level will be given a color to wear and we will be reading colorful books! Wednesday, March 6th: Dr. Seuss Wacky Wednesday: Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character. Wednesday Night March 6th: Bedtime Story Night: 6:30-7:30.
Thursday March 7th: Beach Day: Bring a towel to school and dress for the beach to join us in a whole school Drop Everything and Read time! 
Friday, March 9th will be Celebrity Reader Day – Dress your best! Send in children’s reading slips for chances to win a free book. Two winners per grade level! 

BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair will be March 11th to March 15th with a Family Night on Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. 

PARENTS OF FIFTH GRADERS: Don't forget to submit your Love Lines or baby pictures of your children before it's too late! The deadline for submission of both has been extended to Friday, March 15th. If you need another copy of Love Line instructions, please let Mrs. Fox know. Love Lines can be easily added when placing online orders as well. Just follow the instructions on the Memory Book website. 

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: We have two teams from our school working really hard and preparing for the Regional Destination Imagination tournament that will be held on March 16th. We wish our teams all the very best for the Regionals! 

YEARBOOK ORDERS: Our fifth grade Yearbook Staff is hard at work creating another memorable yearbook for the year. Don’t forget to order your copy! You can order on-line or send in an order form with the payment. To order online, go to and enter pay code 071318. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Fox at 

TALENT SHOW & SPRING CONCERT: Our Annual Talent Show will be held on Thursday, April 18th at 6:30pm and our Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 9:30am and 6:30pm. 

AUTISM WORKSHOP: The Derry Cooperative School District is hosting an Autism Workshop at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on April 16th at 6:30pm in the Library. 
                                                                                                                        Daniel J. LaFleur Principal 

Art Club – 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/24
Read Across America Week – 3/4 to 3/8 
3/5         Kids Care Club 
3/6         Bedtime Story Night 6:30pm – 7:30pm
 3/7         Barka PTA Meeting 
 3/8         Celebrity Reader Day 

Scholastic Book Fair – 3/11 to 3/15
Family Night 3/12 6-8:00pm 

3/13         PALS – 2:45-4:00pm 
Yearbook – 3/7, 3/21 

Title I Mini Stem Club – 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 

 3/14     Spanish Club

3/22     Author Visit

3/27     Field Trip to GH Hood – 5th grade
3/28     Go Green Club-3-4:00pm 



March Health Spotlight - 

Fifth Disease Fifth Disease is a common virus that we see throughout the year, but is most prevalent in the late winter and the early spring. Symptoms may include: 
 mild fever
  •  sore throat
  •  pain in the joints 
  • A classic rash that presents with a “slapped cheek” like facial rash and a lacy rash on the trunk and extremities. 
*By the time that the rash appears, the child is no longer contagious. 

  •  sneeze and cough into a tissue, or into their elbow away from other people. 
  •  to dispose of tissues properly.
  •  to wash hands after sneezing, coughing, using the bathroom, and before eating. Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms and common areas within the schools. Custodial staff pay special attention to commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, water fountains and table tops. 

For more information call your school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet on Fifth disease.


                                    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, a 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).