Dec 11 , 2020

Dear Parents:

Our Barka family truly appreciates all of our families and the support they have given us as we navigate through new and difficult times. Please know that we are here to help and offer support as you have done for us!

REMOTE LEARNING: As approved by the DCSD School Board on December 8th, 2020 Derry Elementary Schools will transition to remote learning beginning on December 14th, 2020. Students will be sent home with all of their belongings on Friday, December 11th. If your student is out of school and/or unable to take the belongings home, please email your students teacher to make arrangements for pick up. Although a return to “in-school learning” date has not been set, we hope to be back by mid-January. During this remote learning time, the staff at Ernest P. Barka Elementary School will be available to assist your students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need assistance.

REMOTE LEARNING MEET & GREET: Remote Learning Students will be invited to join their new class and teacher on Zoom from 9:00am to 9:30am on December 21st. We hope the reunion of classmates is fun and informative for all!

ANGEL COMMITTEE: We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to all of our Holiday Helpers. We were able to fulfill the wishes of over 35 children this holiday season. It could not have been done without your help and generosity.

REPORT CARDS: Report Cards went home Friday, December 4th, 2020. If your student is a remote learner, their report card was mailed out on December 4th .

HOLIDAY RECESS: The holiday recess will begin on Monday, December 24th , and school will reopen on Monday, January 4th . I would like to wish everyone peaceful and healthy holidays. Enjoy this special time with your families!

Daniel J. LaFleur


Cathryn Thomopoulos, RN

Health Spotlight: Common Cold and the Flu.

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 milder 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: