Barkley Elementary News

Weekly Updates from Dr. Nic 12-2-22

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Hello Barkley Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! We came back strong here at Barkley!

Just a few more weeks until winter break!

Congratulations to all of our Burn off the Bird 5K runners! Thank you to all the Barkley Families who ran with or supported our STARS!

Reminder: Please be sure to follow morning arrival procedures to ensure the safety of all students. If you are dropping a student off by car you must use Quick Street. Please do not park in the bus lane on Third Avenue. We appreciate your help.

This update contains a lot of important information so please carefully review.

Enjoy the weekend!

Well Wishes,

Danielle Nicolino, Ed.D.


Barkley Elementary School


We have been living up the warmer weather here at Barkley! This week the colder weather has arrived, and we want to be sure that your children are comfortable during outside recess time. Please be sure to send your child with a coat/jacket to school each day. We will be going outside every day, and we want to make sure our STARS are bundled up.

If your child needs a jacket, just let us know and we can help!

SECOND STEP! Lesson 9!

This week in Second Step: Lesson 9 was delivered on Monday, November 28. See below for information on this unit.

  • Emotion Management: Students learn how to identify emotions in themselves and others and apply strategies to manage their emotions.

You’ll receive weekly communications from me to help you reinforce Second Step language, skills, and goals at home. If you have any questions about Second Step Elementary, please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community!

During this unit your child(ren) will be working on: Click the Grade Level Below!

This week, chat with your child(ren) about:

  • Grade 2: Different Feelings: In this week’s lesson, your child will learn that people can have different feelings in the same situation because of their experiences. Try This at Home: Ask your child for an example of something that people can have different feelings about. Talk about the reasons people might have different feelings about it.

  • Grade 3: How Happy? In this week’s lesson, your child will learn words for three degrees of happiness: content, happy, and excited. Try This at Home: Ask your child to explain the differences between feeling content, happy, and excited.

  • Grade 4: Take Another Look: In this week’s lesson, your child will practice rethinking a situation they’ve personally experienced. Try This at Home: Ask your child, "How could rethinking help you the next time you’re in a situation where you feel a strong emotion?" It’s important to note that rethinking is not a good strategy to use when someone is hurt or in danger.

  • Grade 5: What Can I Change? In this week’s lesson, your child will practice identifying things that a person can or can’t change in a recurring situation that causes them to feel a strong emotion. Then they will focus on the things that can be changed to recommend something the person could think or do differently to manage their emotions in the future. Try This at Home: Ask your child if there’s anything coming up at school that makes them feel a strong emotion, like nervous, frustrated, or stressed. Ask them what they could think or do differently to make the situation easier to handle.
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  • Barkley Musical Practice for Leads
  • Math Club (3rd Grade)
  • PAPA @ 3:55


  • Reading Club (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade)
  • Math Club (4th and 5th Grade)
  • PAPA @ 3:55


  • Barkley Musical Practice for Leads
  • Math Club (3rd Grade)
  • PAPA @ 3:55


  • Chorus Rehearsal @ 8:00AM
  • Reading Club (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade)
  • Math Club (4th and 5th Grade)
  • PAPA @ 3:55


  • LEGO Club @ 3:55


Colonial Gardens Give Back Fundraiser

If you are getting your home ready for the winter holidays, check out Colonial Gardens! Shop there between November 25-December 5 and present our special Give Back coupon and 20% of your purchase comes right back to Barkley. The fundraiser excludes fresh cut trees, sale items, and commissioned pieces and you must present the printed coupon. Each student will receive two coupons - share them with friends and neighbors!


We are so excited to announce the first ever Barkley Community Cookbook! We are asking families to contribute favorite recipes to showcase the diverse and wonderful community that we call home. The cookbooks will be available for purchase in the spring during our Community Cookoff event in which families will compete against each other to show off their best recipes. The cook-off will be held on April 14 so save the date! So as you prepare for the holidays, share those family recipes with us and help build our cookbook.

Please see the attached letter and form for details on how to submit.

Community Cookout!


We are so excited to be able to have plenty of volunteers back in the building this year! It is important to remind all potential volunteers that they MUST be board approved before they will be allowed to volunteer for events, field trips, parties or other activities. Returning volunteers must still apply to the board EACH year and must present their driver's license on the first trip into each building for the raptor stickers.



Pretzel Day will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Wednesday, December 14, pretzels will be sold for $1.00. Proceeds will go to "Barkley Helping Hands" fund, which support our students and families in need!

Thank you for your support!


  • Tuesday, December 6- BES Winter Concert @ 6:30PM
  • Wednesday, December 14- Pretzel Day
  • Friday, December 23 - Winter Parties
  • Monday, December 26 - January 2 - Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 17 - Know Your Rights Presentation @ 7:00
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Please be sure that Barkley has your most up to date contact information. This is so important that we are able to reach you in case of an emergency. Please contact the Barkley Office if you have a change to your contact information! Thank you so much for your help in ensuring that we have open lines of communication.

Please see below message from the district!

If you have not already done so, PLEASE go into your skyward account and complete the annual student update. The update is required annually for each child in your family that attends a PASD school in any capacity. This process confirms/updates emergency contact info, health history and authorizations for your child. If you need to update your address in skyward, please contact Nancy Marsh.

Check it off your "to do" list today!


Please click here for the 2022-2023 school supply list.


All students K-12 will need a device in order to access web-based resources that support our instruction as well as to take certain assessments. We recommend that our families take advantage of a district supplied device (laptop). By doing this, students will not have to transport their device to and from school each day. Click on this link to see the technology information on the PASD website. You may also call our technology support number at 484-927-5078.


We will be using Remind again this year!

Beginning the week of September 5, all communication will go through Remind only. Download the app today!

You have an important role in communicating with your child's teacher. Remember that during the school day, teachers are working with students and are directed to limit their communication so that they can teach. If your child's teacher does not respond immediately, trust that they will respond within 24 hours.

In addition, our teachers have families too! Evenings are spent much like yours and I have asked the teachers to take this time with their families and catch up on communication the next day.


Digital flyer delivery starts August 31!

Flyers from your school, district and approved community organizations will be sent digitally through Peachjar. You can expect to receive these flyers as images in your inbox where you can easily click to take action.

As a reminder, no action is required if your correct email address is on file with the district. On August 31 you’ll receive a welcome email from Peachjar.

In order to ensure delivery of these notifications, please confirm that your email address is on file with the school district and add to your email contacts. We look forward to providing families with important updates through this new communication tool!


Over the past two years, the PASD Food Service Department has provided free meals to all students under Federal waivers to the School Nutrition Program. Earlier this year, Congress declined to extend these waivers, leading to their expiration on June 9, 2022.

Beginning Monday, August 29, the Food Service Department will resume charging students for their meals unless the student is eligible for meal benefits.

If you believe that your child might qualify for free or reduced meals and have not been notified by the District of eligibility from Direct Certification, please fill out an application online as soon as possible by using the following link:

PASD is uses SchoolPay to handle all school-related fees including food payment. Please click here to set up an account or login into an existing account.


Please be sure to read through our Arrival Procedures. It is extremely important for the safety of our students, staff, and parents, that we following these guidelines.

Please note: Parents are not permitted inside of the gates to the playground. Please allow your child to walk to their designated line or door on their own.

Student Arrival
8:40 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
Students enter the building through the back playground doors. Students who need breakfast report to the dining room. There will be a Grab and Go breakfast again this year. Once students get their breakfast they will report to their homerooms. Students who are not eating breakfast will report to their classroom and wait for directions from their teacher.

Late Arrival
After 8:55 a.m.
Students must be signed in by a parent

Arrival at 8:40 a.m.
Please drop your child(ren) off on Quick Street. Please note: this is a one-way street. You will need to enter through Second Avenue.

Please do not park or exit your vehicle as we need to keep the flow of traffic moving.
For the safety of our students, please do not drive around the car in front of you.

Bus riders who need to purchase breakfast will be released from the bus when the bus arrives to school.

Arrival Locations
All students will enter the building through the Third Avenue playground doors in the morning. 2nd and 3rd grade students arriving between 8:40-8:55 a.m. will enter through door 3A and report directly to their classroom. 4th and 5th grade students arriving between 8:40 – 8:55 a.m. will enter through door 3D and report directly to their classroom and line-up in the hallway.

Late Students
Students arriving after 8:55 a.m. are late. Parents will need to escort their child(ren) to the front entrance and sign their child(ren) in. The attendance clerk will meet you at the front doors.

Students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:40 a.m. unless they are participating in a before school activity such as band or chorus. There is no supervision available prior to 8:40 a.m., so please do not drop students off before this time. Students should not be dropped off at the main entrance of the building unless they are late or participating in a before school activity such as band or chorus.


Barkley's student dismissal begins at 3:40 p.m. and should be completed by 3:50 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • 3:39 p.m. - Dismissal Announcements

  • 3:40 p.m. - Independent Walkers are dismissed (students must live within walking distance and have parental permission to walk home independently). Students will exit through the playground doors.

  • 3:41 p.m. - 2nd grade parent pickup students will be dismissed. Students with last names beginning with A-M will exit through the front doors and students with last names beginning with N-Z will exit through the Quick Street doors.

  • 3:42 p.m. - 3rd grade parent pickup students will be dismissed. Students with last names beginning with A-M will exit through the front doors and students with last names beginning with N-Z will exit through the Quick Street doors.

  • 3:43 p.m. - 4th & 5th grade parent pick-up students will be dismissed. Students with last names beginning with A-M will exit through the front doors and students with last names beginning with N-Z will exit through the Quick Street doors.

  • 3:44 p.m. - Bus dismissal will begin.

  • 3:50 p.m. - Buses will exit school.

  • 3:50 p.m. - Students participating in the YMCA after care program and clubs/extra-curricular activities will be dismissed.

* Please note that these are approximate dismissal times


As we prepare for another year of in-person events and activities, we will need parent volunteers. All volunteers will need to be board approved. Please click here to register for board approval. We are planning trips and activities beginning in the fall and look forward to welcoming parent volunteers.