Ernest P Barka Elementary School

June 2019 Newsletter

From the desk of Mr.LaFleur

June 3, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is hard to believe that our school year is coming to a close on June 13th. I would like to extend many thanks to our students, parents, and staff for another exciting year of learning at Ernest P. Barka Elementary School. I would like to emphasize the importance of students reading on a consistent basis. Please encourage your child to read over the summer. The Derry Public Library will begin their Summer Reading Program on June 17th and for more information, please go to


If you know that you are moving over the summer months, please notify our office as soon as possible. To ensure proper student placement for next year, it is imperative that we have accurate information to transfer your child’s records to their new school. Please send the new address and any other pertinent information in writing to our office before the school year concludes. Your child’s records will be transferred to the new school when we receive a records request from the receiving school.


Please remember to pick up your child’s medication by the last day of school. Any medication not picked up will be discarded. Also remember, in order for your child to receive medication next year, the school will need a new order from your physician. Forms may be obtained in the health office or on the school district web site under health forms.


The Derry School Child Nutrition Program would like to remind all students and families that student account balances should be paid in full by the end of the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our food service department at 432-2137.


The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 27th for all elementary students. I hope that everyone has a safe, happy, and relaxing summer.


Please come in and check our lost and found items in the cafeteria for any items your student may have lost over the last few months. After the last day of school, these items are donated to area thrift shops.


The Salvation Army Food Truck will begin on July 9th and will be at the Fairways in Derry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 should your family be in need of meal assistance. On Wednesdays the truck will be at the Salvation Army building from 12:00 to 1:00.

Daniel J. LaFleur, Principal


6/4 Field Day-Gr. 3, 4, 5

6/4 Kindergarten Rainbow Show – 6:30-7:00pm

6/5 Rain Date for Gr. 3, 4, 5 Field Day

Final PTA Meeting, 6:00pm

6/6 Grade 1 Patriotic Show

6/13 Last Day of School

Printable Version

Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN


June Health Spotlight- Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected deer ticks. There is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted from person to person. Persons who spend time in wooded or grassy areas are at greater risk of disease because of the increased exposure to ticks. Symptoms may include -

  • A large circular rash around or near the site of the tick bite. Multiple rash sites may also appear.
  • Chills/fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Stiff neck
  • Swollen glands
  • Muscle and/or joint pain.


  • Wear light colored, long sleeved/pants when in woods or grassy areas
  • Consider using an approved insect repellent. Check with your physician if you have questions or concerns about which product is safest.
  • Check after every two to three hours of outdoor activity for ticks on clothing and skin.

A thorough check of body surfaces for attached ticks should be done daily. Ticks should be removed by grasping the mouthparts with a tweezer as close as possible to the attachment (skin) site. After removing the tick, the tick site should be thoroughly cleansed. But just to be safe, monitor your health closely after a tick bite and contact your physician if you notice any signs and symptoms of illness. For more information contact your physician or school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet on Lyme disease.