February 2017 News

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

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – February Newsletter          




Dear Parents/Guardians,

SNOWSPORTS CLUB:  We have had a very successful year, and everyone has had a great time skiing and snow boarding.  Snowsports Club concluded on February 2nd.

8th ANNUAL SWEETHEART DANCE:  This special evening is open to all Barka girls and their one special guest (daddy, grandfather, uncle, or other adult role model).  It will be held on Friday, February 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and the admission is $5.00 per family.  There will be a pizza “Meal Deal”, with proceeds going to Relay for Life, a photographer to capture that special moment, and carnations sold for $2.00 each. 

KIDS CARE CLUB:  The Kids Care Club will be selling “Sweet Lips Pops” for $1.00 each and orders/payments must be in by February 10th.  All profits will go to non-profit agencies and help fund monthly activities.

TRADING PAGES:  Don’t forget our Trading Pages program!  If you have any gently used books that need a new home, please donate them to our Trading Pages cart.  Thanks!

FROST FESTIVAL:  Derry’s Annual Frost Festival will be held on February 10th to February 12th. For detailed information about the different events and the conditions, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 432-6136.

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Jump Rope for Heart will be held in the physical education classes from February 20th until February 24th.  This is the 12th year that Barka School has participated in this event.  Please look for the pamphlets being sent home with information of how families can take part in this community service program.  Join the Zoo Crew!  Each member of the Zoo Crew teaches healthy habits for life.

FISHER CATS READING CHALLENGE:  Reminder- To earn 2 free tickets, students need to have read 5 books this year and have filled out the postcard that was sent to everyone in the fall.  We have an assembly scheduled for the 23rd of February and we will give any completed postcards to the Fisher Cat mascot at that time.  Any challenges completed on or before Feb. 23rd can be sent to school to Mrs. Price. Any completed after that date may still be sent directly to the Fisher Cats.  The final date for completion of the challenge is March 17th. Good Luck.

REFLECTIONS PROGRAM:  The following students submitted entries to the Annual Reflections Program for the PTA and they all received ribbons:  Scarlet Soucy-Dawicki, Makaleigh Dow, Caitlyn Lemay, Leigha Lemay, Bridget Williams, Gabriela McSweeney and Autumn Anderson.  Scarlet Soucy- Dawicki, Leigha Lemay, Bridget Williams, Gabriela McSweeney and Autumn Anderson will be going on to the State Finals. Nice job everyone!

RRS COMMITTEE:  Our Respect, Responsibility and Safety Committee had a Poster Contest recently and the following students had the winning entries – Desiree Smith, K; Ava Cloutier, Gr. 1, Bryanna Kwasniak, Gr. 2; Brady Buyck, Gr. 3; Caitlyn Lemay, Gr. 4; and Autumn Anderson, Gr. 5.  Congratulations to all of the students for their remarkable creations! 

BEES:  Our Annual Geography Bee was held on January 20th and the contestants were: Sophie Ball, John Blinn, Kelsey Dionne, Makayleigh Dow, Lucas Nusbaum, Derric Palmer, Scarlet Soucy-Dawicki, Landon Swinarski and Drew Whiting.  The winner was Derric Palmer and the runner up was Lucas Nusbaum. 

Our Annual Spelling Bee was held on January 25th and the contestants were: Sumana Anand,  Riley Beauchesne, Madison Blackler, Emma Cassier, Thomas Galusha, Abby Lyons, James MacDonald, Joseph Pham, Alexis Rodonis and Dino Savvas.  The winner was James MacDonald and the runner up was Abby Lyons.

Both of our Bees were wonderful.  Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated!

YOUNG INVENTORS :  Barka will be holding their Annual Young Inventors School Celebration on February 9th at 3:15 to 4:30pm in the library.  Please come and view all the amazing inventions!

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.

READ ACROSS AMERICA:  (March 6th-10th)  As part of our celebration of Read Across America week, a children’s author, Mrs. S. Cerino, will be doing school-wide presentations on Tuesday, March 7th.  Her books, “Ella and the All-Stars” and “Davey’s Big Race”, were written and designed to bring awareness to diversity and disabilities in our world.  Forms will go home for parents/guardians to order these beautiful hard cover books.  Each book will be $15.00 and will be signed by the author.  

WINTER RECESS:  The winter vacation will take place the week of February 27th.  Students will return to school on Monday, March 6th.  The entire staff and I hope that you have a safe and happy and relaxing vacation week with your families.

                                                                                                   Daniel J. LaFleur, Principal



Destination Imagination (Thursdays-2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23) Room 101

Math Club (2/1, 2/8/ 2/15, 2/22)

Snowsports Club  (2/2)

Title I Math (2/1, 2/2, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8, 2/9, 2/12, 2/14, 2/15, 2/16, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23)

2/2     Snowsports Club (last day)

          PTA Mtg. @ 7:00pm         

2/3      F.H. Intramurals -Gr 4; 7:45-8:20am

          Sweetheart Dance – 6-8:00pm

2/7      Student Council – 8:10 to 8:30am

2/8      PALS-2:45-4:00pm

2/9      Young Inventors Convention-3-4:30-Library

2/10    F.H. Intramurals-Gr. 3; 7:45-8:20am

        2/14    Yearbook Club

        2/15     Go Green Club – 3-4:00pm

        2/17     F.H. Intramurals-Gr. 3; 7:45-8:20am

        2/20     All Week -Jump Rope for Heart 

        2/21     Gr. 4 Field Trip      

        2/23     Fisher Cats Assembly-2-2:30pm



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).

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