December 2017 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - December 
 1st, 2017

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – December Newsletter          


Dear Parents:

 The Barka School staff and students truly appreciate the countless hours that parents and families continue to volunteer at our school. Your commitment and dedication help to strengthen our school community on a daily basis. 

ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE: The annual food drive for the Derry Community Fund was a huge success. Thank you to all who participated and helped put food on many families tables this holiday season. REPORT CARDS: Report Cards will go home on December 6th and the Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on December 7th. If you have not set up a conference time with your child’s teacher yet, please contact them to set that up. 

ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT: The Barka Band and Chorus, under the leadership of Mrs. Jezierski, will perform in our Annual Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 6th at 9:30am for the entire school and that evening at 6:30 for parents, guardians, family and friends. SNOW SPORTS CLUB: There is still time to sign up for ski or snowboard lessons. Registration is open until December 15th. You should visit to register your child for lessons. A representative from McIntyre Ski Area will come to Barka School on Dec. 15th to measure students who are getting rental equipment. Any questions, please contact Corinna Boisvert at

 ANNUAL JINGLE BELL WALK: Mrs. McNally has organized a Jingle Bell Walk on December 19th at 6:00pm. We request a donated food item, and after signing in at the cafeteria and given a “jingle bell”, you will walk four laps around the school and finish with hot chocolate in the café. EVERYONE is welcome, so come and enjoy the fun! 

HOLIDAY RECESS: The Holiday Recess will begin on Monday, December 25th, and school will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. 

I would like to wish everyone a peaceful, healthy holiday. Enjoy this special time with your families. 

                                                                                                                                                     Daniel LaFleur, Principal 


Destination Imagination Mrs. Walker (14th, 22nd) – 3-4:00pm 
Destination Imagination, Mrs. Anand (4th, 11th, 18th) 
Math Club Gr. 2 & 3 (4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th) 3-4:00pm 
Math Club Gr. 4 & 5 (5th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st) 3-4:00pm 
Young Inventors (6th, 13th, 20th) – 3-4:00pm 

12/1 Parents Night Out PTA Event 5pm – 8pm 
12/5 STEAM Club 3-4:00pm 
        Chorus Rehearsal for Concert – 7:50-8:20am         

12/6 Concert for Entire School – 9:30am 
        Evening Concert – 6:30pm
12/7 NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences 
12/12 Kids Care Club – 3-4:00pm 
12/13 Student Council – 3-3:30pm 
           PALS – 2:45 – 4:00pm 

12/14 Yearbook 3pm – 4pm 
        PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm 
         STEAM Club Gr. 4 & 5 3pm – 4pm 

12/15 Snowsports Club Measurements 
12/19 Jingle Bell Walk – Cafeteria – 6:00pm 
          STEAM Gr. 4 & 5 3pm – 4:00pm 
12/20 Gr. 1 Polar Express
 12/21 Go Green Club – 3-4:00pm Spanish Club – 3-4:00pm 

 Holiday Recess – December 25th to January 2nd
Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN 

Health Spotlight: Common Cold and the Flu. Cold and Flu season is upon us once again. Both the Common Cold and the Flu (Influenza) are caused by viruses. The symptoms of the Common Cold are often more mild and can include: 
    • a stuffy/runny nose
     • sore throat
     • cough
     • watery eyes 
    • possibly a fever 

The symptoms of the Flu (Influenza) are similar but often more severe including 
    • Fever (usually high) 
    • headache
     • sore throat
     • dry cough 
    • muscle aches 
    • extreme fatigue 
    • gastrointestinal symptoms (more common among children than adults) such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

 The Flu shot is the primary method of preventing the flu, but there are some common-sense things you can do to prevent a cold or the flu. · Get plenty of rest and fluids · Wash hands frequently and after exposure to nasal secretions · Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and · Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after fever resolution (<100 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications.

 For more information call your school nurse, or refer to NH DHHS fact sheet on the flu: 


                                    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).