January 2019 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - Jan 7th, 2019

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – January Newsletter          


Dear Parents/Guardians,

HAPPY 2019!! 

NWEA: NWEA testing will begin on January 7th for students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and will continue makeups until February 8th. 

GEOGRAPHY BEE: The Geography Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 9:00am. I want to wish all the students “Good Luck”. 

SPELLING BEE: Our Spelling Bee will be held in the gym on Thursday, January 17th at 9:00am. Good luck to all the contestants. Stay tuned for our winner and runner up! 

SNOWSPORTS CLUB: Snowsports Club began on Thursday, January 3rd and continue every Thursday until January 31st with February 7th reserved as a make up day should we need it .

 KIDS CARE CLUB: Kids Care Club will have their annual pre-sale of Sweet Lips Pops beginning on February 1st and ending on February 11th. 

TOYS FOR TOTS: Thank you to all the families who donated gifts for our Annual Toy Drive. 

WORKSHOP: Managing Difficult Conversations, a workshop offered by the Derry Cooperative School District will be held at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on January 31, 2019 at 6:30p.m. To pre-register, please contact Maryellen Taglilatela at the Derry Cooperative School District (603) 432-1210 or mtaglilatela@sau10.org 

YEARBOOK: 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. 

ANGEL COMMITTEE: We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all of our Holiday Helpers. We were able to fulfill the wishes of over 15 Barka families this holiday season. It could not have been done without your help and generosity. 

FOOD SERVICES: Please check your student’s lunch account and make sure to pay any over due balances as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: Winter weather is here, please remember to send your student(s) to school with weather appropriate clothing. If your student arrives to school tardy, they must be signed into the office by an adult.
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Snowports Club (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, /31) 
1/9         Geography Bee – 9:00am 
              Author Visit – Michelle Nelson-Schmidt 1:30PM
1/15       Kids Care Club – 3:00 to 4:00pm
1/16       Student Council 8:10 – 4:00pm
1/17       Spelling Bee – 9:00am  
1/24       Go Green – 3:00 – 4:00pm 
1/30       PALS – 2:45 – 4:00pm

 Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN 
Health Spotlight: Strep Throat

Strep Throat is a sore throat caused by bacteria that is seen throughout the year. Symptoms may include:

  • Sore throat
  •  Fever
  •  Tender, swollen neck glands
  •  Headache
  •  Stomach ache
  •  Cold symptoms- runny nose, cough


  •  Wash hands frequently, especially after blowing nose and before food preparation.
  •  Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  •  Do not share food and drinks
  • Wash eating utensils in hot soapy water, use dishwasher if possible.

If your child shows these signs and symptoms he/she should be seen by a physician. If diagnosed with

Strep Throat a student needs to stay home from school for 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment

and until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

For more information call your school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet on Strep Throat and

Scarlet Fever. https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/strepthroat.pdf


                                    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).