Barkley Elementary News

Weekly Updates from Dr. Nic 5-27-22


Hello Barkley Families!

May continues to be very busy! Next week we have a lot going on too!

  • May 30 there will be No School. Enjoy your Memorial Day.
  • June 1 our 4th Grade students will be doing a Walking Tour of Phoenixville!
  • June 3 will be Barkley Field Day!!

Check out below for some of the great things that happened this week and for information on upcoming events!

This update contains a lot of important information for upcoming events and reoccurring information. I have ordered events in order by date. Please take some time to read through the information and complete any forms that may apply to you and your child.

If you have any questions or need anything please let me know!

Well Wishes,

Danielle Nicolino


Barkley Elementary School


An Important Reminder to all Parents & Guardians:

While good attendance to school is important, if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms indicated below, please DO NOT send your child to school:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This CDC webpage is very informative and provides a easy to use symptom self-checker:

Thank you for your support.


June 10th is the last day of school, and will be an early dismissal day for students!

Middle School and High School students will be dismissed at 11:00 AM

Elementary School students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM.


When the District revised the Health & Safety Plan in March, the requirement for volunteers to be vaccinated was lifted.

There are LOTS of opportunities to volunteer in our schools in the next 6 weeks!!!

If you haven't done so, please complete your volunteer application TODAY!!


Field Day will be held at Barkley Elementary on Friday, June 3. Second and Third Grade classes will participate in the morning session and Fourth and Fifth Grade classes will participate in the afternoon session. Volunteers will assist at various activity stations, water stations, and with the distribution of popsicles. All volunteers must have board approval.


All students will be participating in their benchmark testing this week and next week. May 23, May 26, and June 1. For benchmark testing, we use a program called Exact Path. Students will take Language Arts, Reading, and Mathematics. These tests will test their knowledge of what they learned over the course of the year! We are hoping to see all of our Barkley STARS grow from the beginning of the year, which was the first time they took the test this year.

Please be sure to encourage them to get a good night sleep and to try their best! We look forward to seeing the great growth we know they will demonstrate!

1-4-3 DAY!

The students at Barkley Celebrated 1-4-3 Day on Monday, May 23. On the 143rd Day of the year, Governor Wolf named this day 1-4-3 Day in honor of Mr. Rogers and his message of love and kindness. In celebration of this day, Barkley students wrote one way that they show love and kindness to others. We then created the Barkley Kindness Tree! Check out the pictures!


Did you know that coloring can be a form of relaxation? And it is also tons of fun! With the help of Mr. Eppleman, our Barkley STARS created a Barkley Coloring Book! Each page is full of drawings from our Barkley students and left void of color so they can use their creativity and participate a fun and relaxing way to decompress. Purchase a Barkley Coloring Book for $10.00! Students can bring their money to the main office.
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We are asking all PASD parents/guardians to take a short (approximately 6 minute) Parent Satisfaction Survey.

All answers are confidential.

Your responses will be used as we evaluate how well we are meeting your child’s needs, engaging our families, and communicating with you.

We thank you in advance for your participation.

2022 Parent Satisfaction Survey

Paper copies are available in each of our schools and the District Administration Building.

SECOND STEP! Lesson 13

Our next lesson will be May 24! Please see below about what they will be learning!

Be sure to click the links below to see what your child will be learning for the next few weeks!

Empathy and Kindness: Students identify and demonstrate how perspective-taking skills influence empathy, their relationships, and their own thoughts and actions.

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: Having Empathy: In this week’s lesson, your child will practice having empathy to come up with kind acts they could do for others in different situations. Try This at Home: Ask your child how having empathy can help them know how to be kind.

  • Grade 3: My Kind of Kindness: In this week’s lesson, your child will learn that people like to be shown kindness in different ways. Try This at Home: Ask your child what helps them feel better when they feel sad. What helps when they feel embarrassed or angry? Tell them what helps you feel better when you feel those same emotions.

  • Grade 4: Seeing It Differently: In this week’s lesson, your child will practice listening, asking questions, and observing to learn more about another person’s point of view. Try This at Home: Discuss with your child how learning more about someone’s point of view can help you have empathy for them. Encourage your child to think of a time when they had empathy for someone or someone had empathy for them.

  • Grade 5: A Different Point of View: In this lesson, your child will practice building empathy for different groups affected by a community problem. Learning more about each group’s point of view will help them find solutions that can work better for everyone. Try This at Home: With your child, think about a problem in your community and make a list together of what you could do to learn more about someone else’s point of view. If possible, try out one of your strategies.

One Hope Wine Fundraiser

Our ONEHOPE Wine fundraiser will continue through the end of the year. For every bottle purchased, Barkley will receive a portion of the sale. All wine is delivered right to your door in just a few days and shipping is available in most US states. This is a great idea for Mother's Day so order today!

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Students in grades K-4 will be keeping their computers over the summer.

Students in grade 5 will need to turn in their technology on Friday June 3.

Students needing technology entering Grade 6 will receive a secondary student computer at the beginning of the 22-23 school year. Any rising 6th grade student in summer programming will receive their computer on the first day of their summer program.

Any family moving from the district over the summer or no longer in need of district technology may return their devices to the Middle School. Devices can be returned on Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 beginning Monday, June 13.

Additional information on district supplied devices can be found at Questions regarding district technology should be directed to 484-927-5098.


Check out summer programs offered in Phoenixville!


Music teachers in your buildings are now meeting with students about the amazing benefits of playing an instrument in either the band or orchestra! Information will be coming home to you over the next few days, but we encourage you to sign up for our annual "Open House" night as well on Tuesday May 31st. This will be held in the HS Cafeteria and you and your child will have a chance to meet the teachers and sign up to rent an instrument. Visit the link below to secure your spot!

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Barkley Boys Running Club – Spring 2022

Purpose: Teach young men the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through eating and exercising correctly and how to show others kindness, respect, and empathy.

Final Event: Each member will finish this club experience by participating in the Streamlight 5K for Concerns of Police Survivors ( ) on Wed., June 8 @ 6:30 PM at the Lower Perkiomen Valley Creek Trail Park. All club members will receive a free race registration, but running buddies will need to pay for registration by using the link above.

Meetings: Mr. Adams’s room from 3:55-4:55 on:

Wednesday, June 1

Monday, June 6

Bring the following items to each meeting: sneakers, water bottle, healthy snack, appropriate exercise clothing, a positive attitude

Other information:

  • Students will be expected to practice their running/exercises on the days between our meetings.
  • Each student will need a “running buddies” to run the 5K race on Wed., June 8.





  • Art Club (5th Grade)
  • Boys Running Club





Mr. Kryder and the Barkley Newspaper Club are pleased to release their next issue of The Barkley Bugle! Enjoy!

Click Here to Open the Spring Edition of our Student Newspaper - The Barkley Bugle!


The warmer weather is approaching! Please remember to have your children follow the dress code as they are preparing for the day. See below for details. Click this link to the elementary handbook for more information!

DRESS REGULATIONS In an effort to maintain an educationally sound, undisrupted environment, to allow students to be comfortable in warm weather, and to promote the wearing of appropriate attire, students are not permitted to wear any of the following while they are in school:

  • Hats, sweatbands, hair bands across the forehead, bandannas, stocking caps, sun visors, sunglasses, or any other non-religious head covering **
  • Sleeveless shirts must cover the width of 2 fingers at minimum.
  • Fishnet shirts/see-through shirts
  • Shirts that expose the midriff
  • All shorts should be mid-thigh or longer.
  • Pants or jeans lower than the hip
  • Clothing with offensive or violent language or pictures
  • Clothing with obscene language
  • Clothing advertising/displaying any alcoholic, drug, or tobacco related items
  • Undergarments; pajamas and other night coverings in place of regular clothing or undergarments worn as outer garments
  • Any type of footwear that is deemed unsafe or inappropriate (NO FLIP FLOPS), Footwear must have a back strap.


The PASD Health & Safety Plan has been updated to reflect the current guidance from the Chester County Health Department. Visit our website to review the revised plan. We have been in the LOW category for the past two weeks.


As concert season approaches, we are excited to be returning to in-person concerts in PASD! To allow for distancing between households, there are new procedures in place for the upcoming concerts. Please click here to see the procedure for ticketing and reserving tickets!

Parents can begin reserving their tickets at any time and you can begin reserving now!


As we returned to a more typical 21-22 school year, we also returned to our pre-pandemic specials schedule. This means that we are also returning to the pre-pandemic practice of grading elementary specials twice per year. In January and June, specials teachers will be responsible for grading all of their students. No specials grading will take place for marking periods 1 and 3.

Technology - Students will need computers at school!

Please visit our website for details on student technology. Students will be expected to have computers while they are at school everyday. Students can bring their own technology or use district technology.

Parents, we have many students that are with us that have not brought their laptops back to school. Students need their laptops here at school every day for different learning experiences.

Please have your child bring their laptops to school with them.

If you need to request a laptop, you can do that through your skyward account. If you have questions or need help please contact the main office and we can assist you!


Students need to have their own chargers for their laptops. If your child has lost their charger, please contact the tech department (484-927-5078) to purchase a new one for $50. If you need financial assistance, please contact the main office or Mrs. Scott.


A supervising adult must accompany middle and elementary school students attending night events such as varsity football and basketball games, concerts, and theatrical performances. Students attending football games are not to congregate by the rest rooms or concession areas and should be in the bleachers watching the game.


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.

School Guidelines and Procedures

We know you must have a lot of questions regarding pick up, drop off, attendance and supplies. Get all of your questions answered on our 2021-2022 Back to School Information section of our webpage! Take a few minutes to read through the details regarding our procedures for arrival, dismissal and attendance for this school year.
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Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the arrival and dismissal procedures found here. It is extremely important that we follow these procedures in order to keep our Barkley students safe.

  • Car pick up is on Quick Street. Please be sure to remember to pick up your children there. There were a few cars that tried to pick up students on 3rd Avenue. This is our bus lane and we need to keep this clear for our bus students.
  • Parents, please wait outside of the gates for your children. We have teachers stationed there to help our Barkley friends get to you.

Thank you so much for following our procedures! Safety is so important. Let's work together to keep our Barkley Stars safe.

School Calendar

Check our website for the 2021-2022 school calendar.

Here you will find a link to the Barkley specific calendar and all of the Barkley events for you to see!

All events are subject to change pending current guidance from the Chester County Health Department.

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Events:

May 30: Memorial Day- No School

June 1: 4th Grade - Walking tour of Phoenixville

June 3: Field Day

June 7: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Reading Museum

June 8: 5th Grade Promotion @ 10:00AM

June 9: READ Day

June 10: Last Day for Students. Students will be dismissed at 12:00PM