March 16th, 2020

Dear Ernest P. Barka Elementary School Families;

I am writing to you today to outline pertinent information that will support the student transition to remote learning and other school operational news that is relevant to families. This week, the main office is available by phone, Monday through Wednesday, beginning at 7:30am and concluding at 4:00pm, and Thursday and Friday from 7:30am – 2:30pm. Parents and/or Guardians may pick up student materials Wednesday through Friday 7:30am – 2:30pm at our school with one of our secretaries. Please feel free to call ahead and we can have it ready for you.

  • Remote Learning – All students and staff will begin remote learning on Monday, March 23rd. Google Classroom will be the primary vehicle for remote learning and can be accessed on any device with an internet connection. Look for more detailed information shortly to describe how remote learning will work and a process to outline how to secure a Chromebook device if there is a need in the home.
  • Connecting – This week we are making a concentrated effort to reach every student. Please look for a phone call or email from your child’s teacher.
  • Please see the attached notice for nurse office information. (attached)
  • Food Service – The district will offer grab & go meals for all Derry students beginning on Tuesday, March 17th. You can review more detailed information in the attached Food Service notice. (attached)

As always, you can reach directly to a school administrator or staff member via email as well. We are here to support you in this transition. From our Ernest P. Barka School family to your family we hope that you are well.


Daniel J. LaFleur