February 2018 News

Mr. Lafleur

From the Desk of Mr. LaFleur - February
 1st, 2018

 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 snowboarding. Snowsports Club will conclude on February 8th.

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 2nd 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 9th. All profits will go to non-profit agencies and help fund monthly activities.

TALENT SHOW: If your student is in grade 4 or 5 and would like to participate in the school talent show, please turn all forms in to Mrs. Crawford before February 12th. Forms can be found in the office or outside of the music room.

TRADING PAGES: Our Trading Pages cart is now up and running – The cart moves around the school daily, so each grade level has the opportunity of borrowing a book. The best time for students to look for a book is in the morning before the bell rings.

FROST FESTIVAL: Derry’s Annual Frost Festival will be held on February 9th to February 11th. 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 16th until February 22nd. This is the 13th 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.

REFLECTIONS PROGRAM: Bridget Williams submitted an entry for the Annual Reflections Program for the PTA and has moved on to the state level for judging. Bridget will be featured at the Reflections exhibit in the gymnasium at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on March 7th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Nice job Bridget!

RRS COMMITTEE: Our Respect, Responsibility and Safety Committee had a Poster Contest recently and the following students had the winning entries – Natalie Cavedon, K; Hannah Rudolph, Gr. 1, Abigail Cahill, Gr. 2; Madison Tharrett, Gr. 3; Gabrielle Holt, Gr. 4; Cameron Norton, Gr. 4; Lily Rayne, Gr. 4;

Amanda Sobotka, Gr. 5. Congratulations!

BEES: Our Annual Geography Bee was held on January 19th and the contestants were: Cameron

Carleton, Savannah Carreiro, Amanda Conley, Dylan Devoid, Jeremiah Elijah, Riley Hennrikus, Anthony Herzog, Andrew Lagasse, Brady Rowe, Mason Savard. The winner was Savannah Carreiro and the runner up was Brady Rowe.

Our Annual Spelling Bee was held on January 12th and the contestants were: Nitin Anand, Levi Bethune,

Liam Dobson, Autumn Haggett, Daniel Harrington, Finnigan McGivern, Kaleigh Mello, Shannon Moore,

Derric Palmer, Parker Townsend. The winner was Parker Townsend and the runner up was Daniel


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 14th 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. To order online, go to www.online-pay.memorybook.com/parent and enter pay code 86828. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Fox at jfox@sau10.org.

READ ACROSS AMERICA: (March 5th-9th) Wacky Wednesday will be on Wednesday, March 7thAs part of our celebration of Read Across America week, a children’s author, Mrs. Carol Ekster, will be doing school-wide presentations on Thursday, March 8th. Carol is a retired Derry teacher, who has written children’s books on various topics. Check them out on www.carolgordonekster.com. Forms will go home for parents/guardians to order these beautiful books. Each book will be signed by the author. Friday, March 9th will be Celebrity Reader Day – Dress your best or as your favorite book character.

Send in children’s reading slips for chances to win a free book. Two winners per grade level!

WINTER RECESS: The winter vacation will take place the week of February 25th. Students will return to school on Monday, March 5th. The entire staff and I hope that you have a safe and happy and relaxing vacation week with your families.

                                                                                                                            Daniel J. LaFleur, Principal


Sweet Lips Pops Sales    2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8, 2/9 & 2/12

Snowsports Club             (2/1 & 2/8)

Math Club Gr. 2 & 3         (2/5, 2/7, 2/12, 2/14, 2/19, 2/21

Math Club Gr. 4 & 5         (2/1, 2/6, 2/8, 2/13, 2/15, 2/20, 2/22

STEAM Gr. K & 1             (2/6, 2/8, 2/13, 2/15, 2/20, 2/22

2/1       Snowsports Club 

            PTA Mtg. @ 7:00pm

            Spanish Club 3 – 4pm

2/2       Sweetheart Dance – 6-8:00pm 

2/6       F.H. Intramurals -Gr 3; 7:45-8:20am 

2/8       Snowsports club (last day) 

2/13     F.H Intramurals -Gr. 3; 7:45-8:20am

2/14     Student Council – 8:10 to 8:30am

            Young Inventors Convention (3 -4:30)


2/15     F.H. Intramurals – Gr. 4 7:45-8:20am

2/20     All Week -Jump Rope for Heart

2/22     Go Green Club – 3-4:00pm

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

            Yearbook 3 4pm


Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN

February Health Spotlight- Norovirus

Norovirus is a virus that causes the “stomach bug”. This illness is seen throughout the year, but most

commonly in the winter months. Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone.

Symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  •  Diarrhea
  • Stomach pains
  • Sometimes fever
  • Symptoms usually come on between 12 and 48 hours after exposure to the virus and lasts between one
  • and three days. Getting plenty of rest and drinking fluids is best during this time.


  •  Wash your hands often with warm water and soap, especially before preparing foods, before
  • eating, after bathroom use, and more often if someone in the house is sick.
  • Avoid preparing food for others while you have symptoms for at least 3 days after you recover.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces immediately after vomiting or diarrhea.

For more information call your school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact

sheet https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/norovirus.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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