May 2017 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - 
May 3rd, 2017

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – May Newsletter          



Dear Parents and Guardians,


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.   


Spring Cleaning?  Do you have any gently used books that need a new home?  Please donate them to our Trading Pages cart.  Thanks! 


I know that Staff Appreciation Week will be May 8th through the 12th and I would sincerely like to thank, in advance, 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 will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 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.  (Please note:  If your child attends our current kindergarten program, you do not need to register him/her for first grade.)


Please mark your calendars!  Our current full and half day kindergarten students will need to stay at home on Friday, May 5, 2017, as we will be conducting our Kindergarten Orientation for the new incoming kindergarten students.


Our Spring Band/Chorus Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:30am and 6:30pm.  


There will be NO SCHOOL on May 29th to observe Memorial Day.  The students LAST DAY OF SCHOOL will be Monday, June 19th, which will be a full day.

 In response to recent news, students will no longer be allowed to bring slime of any sort to school.  If students bring slime to school, you will be contacted and asked how/if you would like it returned.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.



Daniel J. LaFleur, Principal




Title 1 Math:  5/1, 5/2, 5/3, 5/4, 5/8, 5/9, 5/10, 5/11, 5/15, 5/16, 5/17, 5/18, 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 5/25,

                        5/30, 5/31




5/3                  Spring Concert – 9:30am & 6:30pm

5/4                  PTA Meeting – 7:00pm

5/5                  Kindergarten Orientation – 9:30 – 11:00am

5/8                  Staff Appreciation Week    

5/9                  Student Council Mtg. – 8:10am – 8:30am

5/10                PALS – 2:45 – 4:00pm                  

5/12                Annual Boys of Barka Event -  6:00-8:00pm

5/15                Staff Meeting

5/16                GHHood & WRBMS Open Houses – 6-7:30pm

5/17                Go Green Club – 3-4:00pm

5/25                Patriotic Day Show-Grade 1-9:00am & 6:30pm

5/29                NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Observed

5/30                Kids Care Club to Hannafords-3:00 to 4:15pm

5/31                Marine Biologist – Kindergarten – all day





6/7                  Field Day – Grades K, 1, 2 – All Day

6/7                  5th grade e.o.y. event

6/8                  Rain Date for Field Day K, 1, 2

6/9                  Field Day – Grades 3, 4, 5 – All Day

612                 Rain Date for Field Day 3, 4, 5                 

6/13                All School Cookout

6/14                Rain Date for All School Cookout

6/15                Kindergarten Rainbow Show – 6:30-7:00pm   

6/19                Last Day of School




                                    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).