We have had a terrific
start to the school year. The campus
continues to be busier than ever with art, music, clubs, sports, and
community activities. Throughout the winter season, you will have many
opportunities to attend a variety of events that showcase our students’
talents, be it a weekday evening or a Saturday. Please remember to keep up to
date by visiting the school website at: www.barkercsd.net
and take advantage of the exciting and entertaining events that promote
positive school spirit.
We are also proud to offer a range of learning and fitness-related programs
for the adult members of the
community. Please see pages 12-15 for the Winter/Spring Adult Education
Program. You may find one or several
of the course offerings to be aligned
to your interests, and senior citizens receive a discount on their registration fee. Equally important to note is our appreciation for those who have
offered to share their hobbies and expertise with the adult residents.
In other news, while November offered relatively mild temperatures,
December has produced some of the coldest temperatures of the year. As much as
I would enjoy a warm winter, we are sure to have extreme weather events that
may result in full day school closings, delays, cancellations of evening activities, and in the rarest of occasions, an early release.
We encourage you to make arrangements for each of these possibilities.
The intensity and timing of a weather event is unpredictable, especially
with lake effect occurrences. Even with the latest weather forecasting
technologies, the actual weather can be very different in any particular
location. I will do my best to make the decision to close or delay school
before 6:00 AM. That said, a parent/guardian always has the option to keep
his/her child(ren) at home whether or not school is closed due to poor weather
conditions. In these situations, please contact the school for attendance purposes.
We will continue to use the automated messaging system to inform you of
delays, early releases and closures
as soon as practical. If your preferred contact information has recently
changed, please contact the school at 716-795-3832. In addition, we will
contact the following television and radio stations to help with notifications:
WKBW Channel 7, WIVB Channel 4, WGRZ Channel 2 and Time Warner Cable
WBEN and WLVL
In closing, along with the Board of Education and school staff,
I wish you and your families a safe
and enjoyable Holiday season!
Dr. Roger J. Klatt