May 2019 News

Mr. Lafleur

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

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – May Newsletter          

     


Dear Parents/Guardians,

PTA & VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
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 free refreshments offered by our staff.

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
 Staff Appreciation week is MAy 6th through the 10th and I would sincerely like to thank 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
Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 9.30 AM-11AM. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR CURRENT KINDERGARTEN PARENTS
Please mark your calendars! Our current full and half-day kindergarten students will need to stat at home on friday, May 17th , 2019, as we will be conducting our Kindergarten Orientation for the new incoming kindergarten students.

BAND/CHORUS CONCERT:
Our Spring Band/ Chorus Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 9.00 am and 6.30pm. Best of luck. Your hard work will pay off!

SCHOOL CALENDAR
There will be NO SCHOOL on May 27th to observe Memorial Day. The students' last day of school will be Thursday, June 13th, which will be a full day.

Daniel J LaFleur
Principal

Upcoming Events May
5/6-5/10         Staff Appreciation Week
5/8                   PALS 2.45pm-4.00pm
                          Band/Chorus Concert 9 am & 6.30pm
5/10                 Boys of Barka Dinner & Show 6pm
5/13                Paint A Rock Night 5.30pm - 6.30pm
5/15                Student Council     8.10 am -8.40am
5/17                Kindergarten Orientation 9.30-11am
                        Current K students get the day off
                        Spring Fling 6pm -7.30pm
5/23                Birthday Book Club 2pm
5/27                 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day observed
5/28                kids Car Club to Hannafords 3.00 - 4.15pm
5/28                 Field Day Gr 3,4,5
5/29                Marine Biologist - Kindergarten - all day
5/30                Field Day Gr K,1 & 2
                        Go Green Club 3-4pm




 

 


 

Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE


Health Spotlight- Measles

 

As of April 30, 2019, CDC officials have confirmed 704 measles cases across 22 states this year, the most cases seen in the US in 25 years. HHS Secretary Alex Azar noted most cases have involved unvaccinated youths, and he reiterated the safety of vaccines. (1)

At this time, New Hampshire has not identified a locally acquired (i.e. NH) case of measles for more than a decade despite the occasional diagnosis of measles in a traveler.

 

Given national and global outbreaks, we encourage parents to speak with their child’s physician to verify their children are up to-date with their MMR vaccination. Measles typically presents with symptoms of a high fever, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis followed 3-5 days later by development of a measles rash. The incubation period after exposure to measles is typically 10-14 days but can range from 7- 21 days.

 

Please refer to this CDC document for more information:

 

Top 4 Things Parents Need to Know about Measles

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/parents-top4.html

 

Footnote:

(1)https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/measles-news-464/high-measles-rates-mean-kids-adults-need-proper-vaccination-cdc-745660.html


PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME ON SCHOOL GROUNDS TO PICK UP THEIR CHILDREN

                                    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).