January 2017 News

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - 
Jan 6th, 2017

 ERNEST P. BARKA SCHOOL – Jan Newsletter          




Dear Parents/Guardians,

HAPPY 2017!!

NWEA:  NWEA testing will begin on January 9th for students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and will continue makeups until February 10th.

GEOGRAPHY BEE:  The Geography Bee will be held on Friday, January 20th at 9:00am.  I want to wish all the students “Good Luck”.

SPELLING BEE:  Our Spelling Bee will be held in the gym on Wednesday, January 25th  at 9:00am.  Good luck to all the contestants.

SNOWSPORTS CLUB:  Snowsports Club will begin on Thursday, January 5th and continue every Thursday until February 2nd.

LOST & FOUND:  We have quite a large amount of articles in our Lost & Found bin in the cafeteria.  Please have your child check if you are missing anything, or please feel free to come in and check it yourself.  The bin will be emptied on January 16th.

KIDS CARE CLUB: Kids Care Club will have their annual pre-sale of sweet lips pops beginning on February 2nd and ending on February 10th.

SALVATION ARMY:  Thank you to all the families who donated gifts for our Annual Salvation Army Toy Collection.

WINTER CLOTHES COLLECTION: We, at Barka School, would like every student to have the opportunity to play in the snow at recess and at home.  With your help, we can make this a possibility!  Please consider donating gently worn winter coats, snow pants, hats and gloves this month.  We will take care of the rest!  We appreciate and thank you for your continued support.

INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE:  Flu season is about to be upon us once again.   The flu affects between 5-20% of the population in any given year.  The symptoms of the flu are fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and gastro-intestinal symptoms (more common among children than adults) such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Even though the focus remains on getting a flu shot, there are some common sense things you can do to prevent the flu. The NH Dept of Health and Human Services has provided guidelines to help prevent the spread of viruses including the flu.

  •   Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids
  •   Wash hands frequently, especially after exposure to nasal secretions
  •   Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and
  •   Stay home from school until 24 hours after symptom resolution.  This includes 24  hours of      being fever free (100 degrees ) without the use of fever reducing  medications.


For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu, or contact your school nurse.

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.

Daniel J. LaFleur, Principal


Destination Imagination (Thursdays – 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26) 

Math Club-Konstant (1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25)

Snowports Club  (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2)

Title 1 Math  (1/3, 1/4,1/5, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/23,  1/24 1/25, 1/26, 1/30, 1/31)

Yearbook (1/10, 1/31)

Young Inventors’ Program  (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26)

  1/4      PALS – 2:45 to 4:00pm

  1/5      PTA Mtg. – 7:00pm         

  1/6      Grade 1 Field Trip    

1/17      Student Council – 8:10-8:30am

      Kids Care Club – 3:00 to 4:00pm 

  1/18    Go Green Club – 3:00 to 4:00pm

 1/20    Geography Bee – 9:00am

 1/25    Spelling Bee – 9:00am



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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