Art Club (grades 4-5) Contact Mrs.Giard
Art club runs for two 6 week sessions, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. It is open to 4th and 5th graders. Students create large scale paintings, sculptures and props, that are used for the 4th and 5th grade, Winter and Spring, chorus and band concerts. Students collaborate with each other and work in small groups to brainstorm, design and create the artwork.
Band (grade 5) Contact Mrs.Jezierski
Fifth Graders can join band. It takes place during the school day. They can choose from flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. They learn the basics of music through performing on a band instrument. Students will have a small group lesson by instrument once per week, as well as perform in two concerts during the year. They will practice and perform individually, as well as with the whole band. Students provide their own instrument for band, however, the school has a limited amount of instruments available to be loaned out based on financial need. Band is a full year commitment. Students wishing to join band will need to fill out a permission slip.
Botany Club (grades 4 & 5) Contact Mrs.Watson
Meet a few times in the spring to clean up the playground flower boxes.
Chorus (grades 4 & 5) Contact Mrs.Jezierski
Fourth and fifth graders can join chorus. Students will learn the basics of music by performing with their voice. There are two choruses, one in the fall and one in the spring. Fall chorus starts the last week in September. The Spring chorus starts the first week in March. They both culminate with a performance. Chorus takes place one day per week in the mornings before school from 8-8:30 am and as the concert gets closer, we will practice twice per week. Students wishing to be in chorus will need to fill out a permission slip.
Destination Imagination (all grades) Contact information sent via information sheet at beginning of the year.
Geography Bee (grades 4 & 5) Contact : Mrs.Fox
The Geography Bee is held every January for fourth and fifth graders. Each classroom holds a preliminary round sometime in December, which narrows the final school-wide Geography Bee to at most ten students. Students use their geographic knowledge to compete until a Winner and Runner-Up are determined. The school-wide champion then competes for a position in the state-wide Geography Bee.
Go Green Club (grades 3-5) Contact Mrs.Giard
Go Green club runs once a month, after school, throughout the academic school year. It is open to 3rd through 5th grade students. Students create and participate in a large variety of activities. Activities include, but are not limited to, working in the Barka Butterfly Garden, creating posters for the ‘Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl Poster Contest,’ learning about Earth Day, and brainstorming ways to conserving energy and the Earth’s natural resources.
This club is responsible for doing community outreach projects during the year and is a national organization. The objective is to have caring students help make a difference in the community in which they live by being involved in worthwhile projects to help others.
PALS (grades 2 - 5) Contact: Mrs.Duys
This is a cooperative effort that matches high school students from Pinkerton Academy with elementary students from Barka who would benefit from having an older “buddy”. The high school students have been screened and recommended by faculty at Pinkerton, and are eager to begin a positive relationship with students at Barka.
Post Office (grades 2 - 5) Contact Mrs. Boisvert
Post Office is open to students in grades 2-5. Students who apply for various jobs, work on delivering mail within our school every Wednesday morning before school starts.
Reflections (grades K - 5) (all grades) Contact information sent via information sheet at beginning of the year.
Running Club (grades 4 & 5) Contact Mrs.McNally
The Derry Schools offer a running club to the 4th and 5th graders. All of the students will participate in their regular physical education classes where they will concentrate on learning how to stretch, train and recover properly from running a mile. Students will work at their own pace, trying to do their best, working to improve each week. Students have to opportunity to sign up for another training session one day a week after school for five weeks. The running club culminates with a one mile x-country fun run at the Pinkerton Academy cross country trail. This is held on a Saturday morning. There are four races and they are run by gender and grade.
Ski Club (grades 2 - 5) Contact Mrs. Boisvert
For 5 weeks in January, students are transported from school to McIntyre Ski Area for ski or snowboard lessons.
Spanish Club (grades 4 & 5) Contact Mrs.Robinson
Students in Honor Spanish classes at Pinkerton Academy come over about once a month after school for an hour and teach the kids vocabulary about Holidays and cultures from that month, as well as engage the students with different activities.
Spelling Bee (grades 4 & 5)
Student Council (grades 4 & 5) Contact : Mrs.Fox
The Barka Student Council is comprised of approximately twenty fourth and fifth graders who enjoy being involved in various school activities. Members meet once a month before school throughout the entire school year. Lending a helping hand at school functions, supporting the various PTA activities, and planning school-wide spirit days are a few of the activities in which the Student Council is involved.
Yearbook (grade 5) Contact : Mrs.Fox
The Barka Yearbook Staff is comprised of approximately twenty fifth grade students. Meetings are held once or twice a month after school in the Computer Lab. Our staff is involved with all aspects of creating a 52-page yearbook for the whole school to enjoy in June. Members obtain experience with taking pictures during various school activities, uploading and sorting photos, and learning about different aspects of graphic design on the computer.