Derby News

May 25, 2022

You may have heard about the horrific school shooting in Texas yesterday. Some of you may be wondering how to talk about it with your children, or to talk about it at all. Some of you may be wondering how we handle things here at school.

We don't expect to broach the subject with your children today, but if a child brings it up in class, their feelings will be validated and information given in the simplest, age appropriate words. Staff will quickly reassure children about all the safety measures we have in place. Staff know that our counseling staff will be available for any children with strong emotions and thoughts.

We do have school safety information that lives on our website: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety We recently happened to distribute a new safety/emergency guide to teachers to read and post in classrooms.

You may find this attachment helpful as well.

May 23, 2022

DES BBQ Flyer.pdf

I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine today! It’s cooler, but the sunshine helps for sure.

The big news this week is our Family BBQ and Open House on Wednesday night! We hope to see your entire family for a complementary picnic dinner on our playground (menu is on attached flyer) between 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Teachers will be in classrooms for you to visit between 5:45 – 6:30 pm. Bring blankets, beach towels, or camp chairs to sit on while you eat and visit. Our new Assistant Principal for next year, Jay Bonneau, will be attending, so be sure to meet him.

Early Release Day Thursday, May 26: School is dismissed at 12pm for K-6 students (there is no school for PreK). Please have a heart and think of our busy office staff and make your 12 pm dismissal/pick up arrangements in advance.

No School PreK – 6: Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

Here is a link to our school calendar for all the end of year events: https://des.ncsuvt.org/calendars

Corn Field Mile: re-scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Please join us for this annual event! Every child participates, and you can too. Children can participate individually or with a relay team. Come right out to the dugouts around back, no need to enter the school.

Gr 6: 9:00-9:30 Gr 4: 9:35-10:05 Gr 5: 10:10-10:40 Gr 3: 10:45-11:15 Gr 2: 12:45-1:15 Gr 1: 1:20-1:50 Gr K: 2:00-2:30

Other Important Events:

May 26: Early Release Day 12pm. No PreK classes; Meet and Greet appointments for new PreK enrollees

May 27: No School PreK - 6, teacher professional learning day

May 30: No School, Memorial Day

June 1: Corn Field Mile (see above)

June 2: Rain date for Corn Field Mile

June 3: 1:30 pm Kinder Field Day, parents are welcome!

June 8: Last Day PreK

June 9: Gr. 6 visits North Country Jr. High

June 13: 5:30 pm 6th Grade Celebration, parents and relatives welcome, of course!

June 15: Last Day of School, dismissal at 12:00 pm

We hope to see you Wednesday evening at the Family BBQ and Open House!

May 18, 2022

Due to tomorrow’s weather forecast, the Corn Field mile is CANCELLED. We have rescheduled the Corn Field Mile for Wednesday, June 1 with a rain date of June 2.

May 16, 2022

DES BBQ Flyer.pdf

As the year winds down, we are excited for upcoming field trips and end of the year events. Please stay tuned each week for more information. Here is a link to our school calendar: https://des.ncsuvt.org/calendars

Corn Field Mile: Thursday, May 19, 2022. Please join us for this annual event! Every child participates, and you can too. Children can participate individually or with a relay team. Come right out to the dugouts around back, no need to enter the school. Gr 6: 9:00-9:30 Gr 4: 9:35-10:05 Gr 5: 10:10-10:40 Gr 3: 10:45-11:15 Gr 2: 12:45-1:15 Gr 1: 1:20-1:50 Gr K: 2:00-2:30

Family BBQ and Open House: May 25, 2022 @ 5- 6:30 pm: We couldn’t do it this fall, but we can now! Please join us for a complimentary BBQ picnic and open house. Donations for our PTA are welcome! Bring camp chairs or blankets to sit on. An informational flyer is attached.

Other Important Events:

May 26: Early Release Day 12pm. No PreK

May 27: No School, teacher professional learning day

May 30: No School, Memorial Day

June 3: 1:30 pm Kinder Field Day, parents are welcome!

June 6: 12:30 pm Gr. 1 & 2 Field Day, parents are welcome!

June 7: 9:00 am Gr. 3 & 4 Field Day, parents are welcome!

June 8: Last Day PreK; 9:00 am Gr. 5 & 6 Field Day, parents are welcome!

June 13: 5:30 pm 6th Grade Celebration, parents and relatives welcome, of course!

June 15: Last Day of School, Dismissal at 12:00 pm

We hope to see you Thursday at the Cornfield Mile!

May 11, 2022

Newport Parks and Rec..pdf Summer Camp.jpeg Job Fair 6-6-22.pdf

Each year we survey staff, children in gr. 3-6, and families about our school environment. Staff analyze results and make any necessary changes. You can have an impact in our school by completing the survey at the link below:

School Climate Survey for Families: Every year, we survey children in gr. 3-6, staff, and caregivers about our school climate. Our school Leadership Team, which consists of teachers from each grade level, analyzes the data and presents suggestions for change to our entire staff and board. There are some demographic questions and then 21 questions about our school climate. We would appreciate you completing the survey for us. The window for the survey is now through May 20. https://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/zkU102Q4Y00

Attached Courtesy Posts from:

Newport Summer Recreation Program

Vermont Family Theatre Summer Camp

Job Fair

May 10, 2022

DES BBQ Flyer.pdf 5.10.2022 FINAL results of lead remediation.pdf

You're Invited! We are hosting a Family BBQ and Open House on May 25 from 5 - 6:30pm. Information is attached.

Corn Field Mile: All grades are participating, all children are participating. You can participate as well! We start the event out back by the dugouts, so there is no need to come in to the building. Gr 6: 9:00-9:30 Gr 4: 9:35-10:05 Gr 5: 10:10-10:40 Gr 3: 10:45-11:15

Gr 2: 12:45-1:15 Gr 1: 1:20-1:50 K: 2:00-2:30

Clean Drinking Water: As you may know, our drinking water has undergone testing for lead. Some remediation was necessary. We have completed the remediation and all taps are now safe to drink from. Attached is a letter with more details.

COVID: We have seen a spike of Covid in our school lately. Cases are up across Vermont, and the new variants are very contagious. Please continue to notify lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org if your child tests positive so we can let other families know to be vigilant. We will continue to send test kits home as long as we have them in stock, but we are starting to run low.

PreK Registration: Registration is up, and we have started a waiting list at this point. All registration materials for new enrollees need to be in to Laura by May 23. On May 24, we will start filling spots from our waiting list. If you have questions, please call Laura Fernandes (802) 873-3162 ext. 101.

May 3, 2022

Haskell Free Library & Opera House.pdf PreK & Kindergarten Registration .pdf May Menu.pdf

We have enjoyed having the children back this week. We now have a “normal” stretch of time with no early release days or days off through most of May. Let’s make the most of it with good health, good attendance, and good instruction!

COVID Update: We have heard of many cases occurring over the break, so please continue to be vigilant. Please notify lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org if your child gets COVID so we can let others know to be extra vigilant. We still have a lot of test kits available and will continue to notify and send tests home for presumptive close contacts while supplies last. (The AOE ended the Test at Home program and are no longer sending us test kits.)

PreK and Kinder Registration: Registration opens tomorrow, April 28th. Rather than an “event” with an appointment, you can register electronically and we have rolling registration throughout the month of May. Details are attached. On a side note, we held a lottery for our current 3 year olds to be in a pilot full day PreK program next year, and that program is now full.

School Climate Survey for Families: Every year, we survey children in gr. 3-6, staff, and caregivers about our school climate. Our school Leadership Team, which consists of teachers from each grade level, analyzes the data and presents suggestions for change to our entire staff and board. There are some demographic questions and then 21 questions about our school climate. We would appreciate you completing the survey for us. The window for the survey is now through May 6. https://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/zkU102Q4Y00

Lunch Menu for May is attached.

Courtesy Post: A flyer about the youth program at the Haskell library is attached.

April 27, 2022

Haskell Free Library & Opera House.pdf PreK & Kindergarten Registration .pdf May Menu.pdf

We have enjoyed having the children back this week. We now have a “normal” stretch of time with no early release days or days off through most of May. Let’s make the most of it with good health, good attendance, and good instruction!

COVID Update: We have heard of many cases occurring over the break, so please continue to be vigilant. Please notify lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org if your child gets COVID so we can let others know to be extra vigilant. We still have a lot of test kits available and will continue to notify and send tests home for presumptive close contacts while supplies last. (The AOE ended the Test at Home program and are no longer sending us test kits.)

PreK and Kinder Registration: Registration opens tomorrow, April 28th. Rather than an “event” with an appointment, you can register electronically and we have rolling registration throughout the month of May. Details are attached. On a side note, we held a lottery for our current 3 year olds to be in a pilot full day PreK program next year, and that program is now full.

School Climate Survey for Families: Every year, we survey children in gr. 3-6, staff, and caregivers about our school climate. Our school Leadership Team, which consists of teachers from each grade level, analyzes the data and presents suggestions for change to our entire staff and board. There are some demographic questions and then 21 questions about our school climate. We would appreciate you completing the survey for us. The window for the survey is now through May 6. https://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/zkU102Q4Y00

Lunch Menu for May is attached.

Courtesy Post: A flyer about the youth program at the Haskell library is attached.

April 14, 2022

FRIYAY! April 15.png 2022NVYSL.flyer.pdf Hockey Skills.pdf BigTrucksDayPoster.2022.pdf VT Fast Break Basketball.pdf

Attached please find DES FRIYAY flyer along with several other courtesy fliers!

FRIYAY start celebrating spring break early! Wear shades, sandals, hats, and bright colors!

2022 NVYS- Summer Soccer league registration. ages 5-15.

Hockey Skills- Canada welcomes American hockey players to develop beginner hockey skills. Free Program.

BIG Trucks Day- May 21st, at North Country Junior High, children and family members can explore, climb, and sit on a tractor, dump truck, crane, and more.

Fast Break Basketball Camp- North Country Union High School Fast Break Basketball Camp! July 11th - July 15th, 9am-3pm, Boys & Girls, 5th grade -12th grade. Register early!

April 11, 2022

BROCHURE TDI 2022.pdf TDI Flyer 2022.pdf

Thank you for coming to our Student Led Conferences. It was great to see so much happiness and pride! Children were so pleased to explain their work and show off their school. Adults were beaming while listening to children talk about their education.

Proposed start and end times for next year: We have been collaborating with the Jr. High and High School about changing our start and end times for next year. We’d like feedback and input from parents. Information is in the survey. Please respond to this brief survey by Thursday, April 14, 2022 prior to Spring Break. https://forms.gle/ReH2kcthVhB5veBfA

COVID: We have plenty of test kits, and given the number of Covid cases we’ve seen the last two weeks, we will be sending a test kit home with each child on Friday. This gives you the option to test your child Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 prior to the start of school.

Coming Up:

April 14 Last Day to Respond to Survey (see above)

April 18 – 22 Spring Break

April 25 Back to School

May PreK and Kinder Registration Info. Coming Soon

Courtesy Post: Gr. 4-12 Talent Development Camp

April 4, 2022

SLC Letter.pdf FAQ About Student-Led Conferences.pdf Pick a Time Instructions.pdf Brochure Spring 2022.pdf 2022-2023 Academic Calendar.pdf

I am so glad to see the sunshine this morning. It looks like we’re in for some warmer day time weather this week!

It is an exciting week as we have our in-person Student Led Conferences (SLCs) this week. Children have been preparing and are excited to spend time with you showing you their progress. You will be so proud!

Encore: Our last session begins April 25. Registration is due this week. Registration form is attached.

Student Led Conferences: In–person, by appointment. Information is attached.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @ 4 – 6pm

Thursday, April 7, 2022 @ 4-6 pm

Friday, April 8, 2022 @ 8 – 12 pm

K-6 Early Release Day: Wednesday April 6, 2022, dismissal at 12pm. Lunch will be served. Please be kind to our office by making your pick up arrangements in advance, rather than waiting until the last minute.

PreK No School/Conferences: Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

PreK – 6 No School/Conferences: Friday, April 8 , 2022.

Class Placement for 2022-23: This spring, teams of professional educators in our school will meet in an effort to begin creating well-balanced classrooms. This process ensures that we can continue to meet the needs of ALL children . As always, our dedication to each child's success is the priority. The following factors are considered: Academic strengths and needs of ALL children; Social strengths and needs of ALL children; Learning styles; Gender balance; Equal class sizes across the grade level

We value and will consider parent input - after all, who knows children best? A form for parent input is available in the office and on our website at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/class-placement Parent forms are due in the office by April 15, 2022, before Spring Break.

2022-23 Calendar: The calendar for next school year is attached.

Covid, Test At Home: As you may have seen from our Superintendent on Friday, the state is discontinuing the Test at Home program. This means they are no longer sending us rapid antigen tests to send home with children. HOWEVER, we will continue to notify presumptive close contacts and send tests home until our supply runs out. We will notify you at that time. Please continue to notify Nurse Lisa if your child is positive for Covid.

March 29, 2022

Swap_Giveaway.pdf Brochure Spring 2022.pdf April Menu.pdf

Covid continues to plague us, although not as badly. We continue to have cases each week. We are sending test kits home to classmates when we are notified of a positive case. Please continue to be diligent in watching for symptoms, testing, and letting us know of positive cases so that we can provide tests.

Conferences: We sent information home last week. Please reference information at this link if you need information. https://des.ncsuvt.org/news

Last session of Encore: starts April 25. Please register by April 4. Registration is attached.

Class Placement: This spring, teams of professional educators in our school will meet in an effort to begin creating well-balanced classrooms. This process ensures that we can continue to meet the needs of ALL children . As always, our dedication to each child's success is the priority.

The following factors are considered:

  • Academic strengths and needs of ALL children

  • Social strengths and needs of ALL children

  • Learning styles

  • Gender balance

  • Equal class sizes across the grade level

We value and will consider parent input - after all, who knows children best? A form for parent input is available in the office and on our website at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/class-placement Parent forms are due in the office by April 15, 2022, before Spring Break.

April Menu: See attached

Courtesy Post: “All Things Children” Swap/Giveaway information attached.

Changes in Staff: We have a few retirements as well as staff moving away. You already know that I am moving to Nashville and that Ms. Lucas has been hired to be the Principal next year. Mr. Jay Bonneau has been hired to be the Assistant Principal. Mrs. Deb Batista and Mrs. Jeanne Alexander are retiring from their intervention positions. Ms. Carly Parker (gr. 6) is leaving us for a job closer to home, Ms. Bayla Stewart (gr. 1) is moving to Colorado, Ms. Brittany Fortier (gr. 4) is moving to the Stowe area, and Mrs. Leigh Corkins (gr. 5) is moving to Maine. We have posted and are interviewing teachers in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for updates.

March 23, 2022

SLC Letter.pdf FAQ About Student-Led Conferences.pdf Summer Camp Application 2022.pdf Pick-A-Time Instructions

This week and next are normal, full weeks of school! We are hoping for some nice dry weather – as you can imagine, our playground can be pretty wet and muddy. April brings a shorter week due to conferences and of course, we have Spring Break. Details are below.

March 29 is our last Winter Activity Day for grades 4- 6.

On March 31, children begin a new Unified Arts rotation.

April 1 is when Progress Reports will be sent home with children.

We have Student Led Conferences (SLCs) coming up – they are IN PERSON at our school, and include your child! Your children have been preparing portfolios of their work and will begin practicing their presentation skills. You can sign up today for a convenient date and time on pickatime.com. WHY Student Led Conferences? Instructions and information about SLCs are attached.

Wednesday, April 6 from 4- 6:00 pm

Thursday, April 7 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Friday, April 8 from 8:00 – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, April 6 is an Early Release Day for K- 6. Students will be dismissed at 12pm. Children in PreK have no school.

Friday, April 8 is a day for conferences only, so there is no school.

Looking ahead, Spring Break is scheduled for April 18 – 22, 2022.

Courtesy Post: Jay Focus Group, see attached

March 14, 2022

Spring in VT.jpg

We have an exciting week this week: warmer weather, it is not a full week of school, and we celebrate the luck of the Irish!

Tuesday, March 15

12:15 pm 1st grade field trip to Siskin Coutts

Thursday, March 17:

Wear green, white, orange - clothes, hair, hats, face for St. Patrick’s Day

No school for PreK

K-6 Early Release Day, with dismissal at 12 noon.

Teachers will be preparing progress reports.

Para educators will have professional learning.

Friday, March 18:

No School PreK-6.

Teachers will be engaged in professional learning.

Monday, March 21:

9:00 am 3rd grade field trip to Siskin Coutts

Tuesday, March 22:

12 pm Kinder field trip to Siskin Coutts

March 8, 2022

Derby 2 flyer.pdf Reading is Sweet poster.pdf

Masks: As you may have learned from Superintendent John Castle, as of yesterday, Monday, March 7, masks at Derby are optional. Some students and teachers may wish to continue to wear masks in and around the school. Please know that we completely respect and support everyone's choice, and expect our children to do so as well. There are staff, students, and families who have health issues that make the risk of the virus an ongoing concern. We encourage parents to discuss the choice of wearing a mask with their child.

We are keeping all other mitigation efforts in place for now. We did have a case yesterday and we implemented our Test at Home protocol. Our current state guidance recommends those who are coming out of a case of COVID wear a mask for 5 days after their 5 days of quarantine.

Bus changes: We appreciate your patience with the bus changes made last week. It’s been like the first week of school all over again in terms of transportation as we all get used to the changes. We expect that issues will be ironed out and things will go smoothly moving forward.

Reading is Sweet: Mrs. Boskind has planned a challenge so children can get free books! See attached.

Courtesy Post: attached in information about a community Scouts program.

February 28, 2022

New Bus Routes March 2, 2022.pdf 5 buses AM Routes 3_2_22.pdf 6 buses PM Routes 3_2_22.pdf Nikole Brainard-Derby Town Report 2021.docx 2021 Derby Principals Message Annual Report.pdf 2.22.22 Lead Update.pdf March Menu.pdf baseball softball.pdf

I hope your break was enjoyable. We return to school on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 and we can’t wait to see your children. There is a lot to read here about some upcoming changes and events occurring before we return.

Town Meeting: Please come on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Several votes will occur on the floor. School Board Chair Nikole Brainard will be presenting information about our school budget. Information is also attached.

Vote: Budgets and other matters are up for a vote by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the lower level of the Derby Municipal Building 8 am – 7 pm.

BUS ROUTE CHANGES STARTING MARCH 2, 2022: Due to a staffing issue, our bus routes and times are changing until further notice. Please read the attached letter and bus schedules carefully.

Water Testing: We received the results from our re-test for lead in the water, and they are attached.

New Last Day of School: We have had two snow days, so now our last day of school has changed:

PreK June 7

K-6 June 14

MASKS are still required at this time. Given the new CDC guidance and lower levels of Omicron, I expect that new guidance will come soon from the Vermont Agency of Education as well as the North Country Supervisory Board. Stay tuned.

March Menu: Attached

Courtesy Post: Baseball/Softball Registration (see attached)

February 16, 2022

5 buses AM Routes 3_2_22.pdf New Bus Routes March 2, 2022.pdf 6 buses PM Routes 3_2_22.pdf March Menu.pdf

We actually went five days in a row with a one page absence list. I hope this is a sign of less COVID and less illness in our community, even though today we are back up to a two pager. A two page absence list has been the norm all year.

The last two days, we’ve had indoor recess due to the windchill. Today, the windchill was warmer, and we were able to go outside. However, the wind was wicked strong on the expanse of our playground and some classes came back in early.

Friday is Flannel Friday, so we’d like everyone to join us in wearing flannel for the day! If you can also send in $1.00 for the local food bank, that would be great, too!

BUS ROUTE CHANGES STARTING MARCH 2, 2022: Due to a staffing issue, after break our bus routes and times are changing until further notice. Please read the attached letter and bus schedules carefully.

COVID Update: The state is providing antigen test kits for children to test before they return to school after winter break. On Friday, children will receive one test kit (two tests) per child. Parents are encouraged to test each child twice at least 24 hours apart in the days before returning to school after winter break (Feb. 28 and March 1). This testing is voluntary and not required for students to attend school.

New Principal for Derby Elementary School! As you may know, I will be moving to Nashville to be closer to my family. The Derby Board of Directors has hired Ms. Rhonda Lucas to be the principal next year. Rhonda is currently our Assistant Principal and taught at Derby for many years. She will do an excellent job and I leave you in good hands. She will now start the search for a new Assistant Principal, so stay tuned for news about that this spring.

March Menu: see attached.

Coming Up at Derby:

Feb. 18: February Birthday Celebration; Last day of School before Mid-Winter Break

Feb. 28: 6:00 pm Town Meeting in person at DES

March 1: Australian ballot VOTING

March 2: Back to School; NEW BUS ROUTES START

February 9, 2022

Test at Home Covid FAQ feb 8 2022.docx Brochure March April 2022.pdf Flannel Friday 2022, Rescheduled.pdf

I hope you are enjoying today’s sunshine and balmy temperature. I am back at work now following knee surgery, and it is so good to see all these faces again!

COVID Update: This week we have had 3 cases, and we are implementing Test At Home, which means we are notifying parents of children who are close contacts and sending test kits home with instructions. Attached is a FAQ guide that was update yesterday and that we received from the state today.

NO SCHOOL PreK - 6 Friday, February 11, 2022, due to teacher professional learning. Teachers will be learning to with others in across the NCSU at their grade level and subject matter.

Encore: Our next session begins in March, and registrations are due tomorrow. (see attached form)

Flannel Friday has been re-scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18. (See attached)

Coming Up:

Feb. 10 Encore forms due for March session

Feb. 11 No School PreK – 6

Feb. 18 February Birthday Celebration

Last day of School before Mid-Winter Break

Feb. 28 6:00 pm Town Meeting in person at DES

March 1 Australian ballot VOTING

March 2 Back to School

February 1, 2022

February Menu.pdf Flannel Friday 2022.pdf Spaghetti Sauce Contest.pdf

Winter Greetings, Tiger Families!

I hope you are well. My knee surgery went well, and I expect to be back in the building sometime next week. If you need anything in the meantime, please reach out to Assistant Principal Rhonda Lucas.

Covid Update: We are implementing the Test at Home (TAH) program, while supplies last. This means when there is a confirmed case, test kits will be sent home with children so parents can test them at home before the school day begins and on the weekends. Instructions will be sent as well. Through TAH, we can also provide test kits for cases outside of school. If you or anyone in your family needs test kits, please let our nurse, Lisa Austin, know. Please continue to report positive cases to lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org and Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Self-Test Reporting Form.

February Menu: See attached.

Flannel Friday: Attached is information about our efforts in NCSU to replenish local food banks for families in need. If you are able to , this Friday, February 4, send your child in flannel and $1.00 to donate. We will be sure post pics.

Heads Up:

Flannel Friday: February 4

There is NO SCHOOL Friday, February 11 as teachers have professional learning.

Mid-Winter Break is February 21 – March 1.

Town Meeting is February 28 at 7pm at the school.

Australian Ballot voting is March 1.

School Resumes March 2.

Courtesy Post: St. Edward’s Spaghetti Sauce Competition and Dinner

January 24, 2022

2021 Derby Principals Message Annual Report.docx (2).pdf Nikole Brainard-Derby Town Report 2021.docx

Greetings Derby Families,

I will be having knee surgery this week and will have to miss at least a few weeks of school. Rhonda Lucas, Assistant Principal, is fully prepared and will be covering in my absence.

Keep reading for other news.

COVID Update:

As you know, we are continuing the PreK – 6 Test to Stay (TTS) program because we have not yet received the tests from the state to implement Test at Home (TAH). We had 7 classes in TTS today, and will have 4 tomorrow (so far). TTS guidelines allow children to stay in school on campus if negative. Children who are vaccinated and within 90 days of testing positive are not eligible for TTS.

PLEASE let our nurse know lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org if your child is vaccinated! It saves us a lot of time if we don’t have to look it up in the state immunization system.

2022-23 Budget:

In developing our budget for 2022-23, we are pleased to have lowered the education tax rate! Attached are the messages that the Board Chair, Nikole Brainard, and I prepare for the Town Report. Details include budget highlights and instructional highlights for the coming year. This year at Town Meeting our Board Chair will be presenting and explaining all the budget information in a power point presentation, including how we compare to the other school districts around us.

Heads Up:

There is NO SCHOOL Friday, February 11 as teachers have professional learning.

Mid-Winter Break is February 21 – March 1.

Town Meeting is February 28 at 7pm at the school.

Australian Ballot voting is March 1.

January 18, 2022

basketball permission slip.odt

Hello Parents/Guardians,

We continue to work to make our school as safe as possible for our children and staff. Thank you in advance for your patience and grace as we navigate these new guidelines for the new omicron variant.

Covid Update: We have had many positive cases reported during our remote time and over the long weekend, as well as a shortage of substitutes to fill in for staff. We are able to bring back some classes tomorrow 1/19/22 – Willard, Perkins, Fillmore and Coolbeth. Trucott’s, Higgins’, Beauregard’s, and Kennison’s classes will remain remote through Thursday, with the possibility of returning Friday or Monday. If we can bring them back sooner, we will let you know.

5th and 6th Grade Girl’s Basketball: A permission slip with details is attached.

Bus Safety: Please have your children ready to board the bus in the mornings! The longer a bus is stopped in the roadway, the more of a safety hazard it creates. Therefore, loading time should be kept at an absolute minimum.

January 12, 2022

Basketball Permission Slip NAEP Parent Letter All Things Kids Swap

Greetings, Tigers!

I hope that remote learning is going well. We miss seeing our children learning – feel free to post pics of learning at home in the comments of our most recent Facebook post. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt Remote learning ends Thursday (tomorrow) at 12:00 pm. Teacher have professional learning on Thursday afternoon and a planning day on Friday. Unless you get a call/email from me, we will be back in school on Tuesday, January 18, 2021.

COVID Update: It is being reported in the news that contact tracing at school will stop. This is being misinterpreted to mean that we will no longer be contacting you about your child being a close contact at school, and is not true. WE WILL CONTINUE TO NOTIFY PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS. However, what is true is that VDH no longer wants that information. It is also true that VDH and Agency of Education (AOE) want us to transition from Test To Stay (TTS) in school to making tests available to parents to test unvaccinated close contacts daily at home WHEN WE HAVE ENOUGH TESTS. This is supposed to include unvaccinated close contacts from school, as well as unvaccinated close contacts from outside of school. The tests have not yet arrived, and until they do, we will continue TTS in school. We will also continue to test symptomatic children and staff in school. These changes are announced and reported on one day with no warning, and then it takes several days for the AOE and VDH to catch up with specific implementation guidelines and supplies for the school. In the meantime, we continue what we are currently have in place.

Did you know that the state is mailing out 2 rapid antigen (home) test kits (2 tests per kit) upon request? If you’d like to kits mailed to you free of charge, register at this link: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

5th and 6th Grade Girls Basketball: Michelle Cass-Fortin, a parent volunteer, is running a series of bball clinics for 5th and 6th grade girls. The permission is attached. 5th and 6th grade teachers have copies as well. If interested, return the permission slip to the office.

4th Grade Parents: Attached is a letter notifying you that your child maybe taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in math and/or reading on February 9, 2022.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, January 13, 2022: Remote learning ends at 12:00 pm

Friday, January 14, 2022: No School

Monday January 17, 2022: No School (MLK Day)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022: Back to School In-Person

Tuesday, January 25, 2022: Gr. 2 Outdoor Field Trip to Siskin-Coutts, Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day

January 10, 2022

Due to the current COVID context and how it is impacting our students and staff through in-school transmission, we are shifting to remote learning beginning tomorrow 1/11/22.

Children will be sent home with devices and all materials today so they can access remote learning on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday until 12pm. (Thursday was already scheduled for a ½ day due to teacher professional development, and there is no school for children on Friday.)

If you don’t hear otherwise from me, we will see the children back on school on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. (There is no school on Monday, January 17, 2022 due to the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.)

Remote learning schedules are posted on our website, and teachers will review these with students this afternoon. There will be remote learning tomorrow for Derby students, regardless of temperature.

For more information on our Remote Learning Plan, go to our “Going Remote!” tab on our webpage: https://des.ncsuvt.org/going-remote

January 6, 2022

Happy New Year! We love having your children back at school! Looking at the calendar, we are easing back into learning as the first three weeks of January we are only in school for 4 days per week. Dates are listed below. Our school calendar is also on our website: https://des.ncsuvt.org/home

COVID Update: Guidance from the state has been sparse and confusing as they play catch up to the new CDC guidance announced over break. We expect changes to come, but for now we are following the guidance of the 5 day quarantine. As of right now, we are continuing the Test to Stay Program at school as implemented in November. We have received no updated guidance on this, but expect it may change. We will keep you updated as we get information and clarification.

Did you know? Positive rapid antigen tests taken at home are now accepted as valid. You can report those results rather than taking an additional PCR test at a testing site. (Because home rapid antigen tests are less sensitive, false negatives are possible. Generally two negative tests 24 hours apart are more accurate, and accepted (this is why there are two tests in each kit).

Report positive results from a self-test rapid antigen test (at home test) to the Health Department. You can do that by filling out information at this link Vermont COVID-19 Self-Test Result Reporting Form.

Please notify our school nurse lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org if your child is positive or a close contact outside of school. We can provide valuable information and assistance.

Is your child vaccinated?: We are getting to the point where some of our children are fully vaccinated, and we’d like to know so that valuable resources are not wasted. If your child is fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since the child’s final dose of vaccine), they will be able to attend school, will not participate in Test to Stay, and do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. If a child develops symptoms at any point, seek PCR testing right away, and keep the child at home away from others.

We need to know and verify that children are vaccinated so we don’t administer the rapid antigen test required in the TTS program. This saves valuable time and supplies. We can track the vaccination status of children, and prefer the help of parents for efficiency and safety:

1. If your child has been vaccinated, please let us know by sending a picture of the vaccination card to lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org

OR

2. Our nurse has access to the Immunization Registry provided by the Vermont Department of Health. Let lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org know that your child is vaccinated and she can look up the vaccination dates in the Immunization Registry provided by the Vermont Department of Health.

Important Dates:

Jan. 11 Gr. 4- 6 Winter Activity Day (We will be keeping an eye on the weather forecast in case a cancellation is necessary.)

Jan. 13 No PreK

K- 6 Early Release Day, dismissal at 12:00 pm

Jan. 14 No School PreK-6

Jan. 17 No School PreK-6

December 20, 2021

Consent Form for Test to Stay.docx (1).pdf Brochure Winter 2022.pdf Jan Menu.pdf

Hello Tiger Families,

With the snow, the holiday excitement, and the recent full moon, we will be having a lively week here for sure!

TEST TO STAY: We have three classes engaged in the Test to Stay protocol this week. It is no fun for these children or families, as we can only test through the 22nd, and the 7th day and PCR test date is December 24, with results not likely to come back until December 26. The full two week quarantine date runs through Dec. 31. While the Test to Stay protocol allows children to stay in school, it does not allow them to go on fieldtrips. This is quite the disappointment for families and children alike. So please take precautions over the holidays!

If you have not registered your child for Test to Stay yet, there are the two simple steps:

  1. Give consent for Test to Stay at this link: Consent webform

  2. Register for notifications of test results at this link: Simple Report

In addition, a paper copy of the consent form is attached if you’d like to print it out and send in with your child.

Absences: Please report absences to our office by phone, NOT email. We also have an attendance hotline (press 3 when you hear our phone message). We have found many parents only email teachers, who then have to turn around and email the office. Email is not good to use for attendance in case a teacher or office staff is absent.

Bus Notes/Changes: Again, Please report bus or pick up changes to our office by phone or note, NOT email. Emails do not always go through, and people are not always able to access their email. (see “Absences” above)

Is your child vaccinated?: We are getting to the point where some of our children are fully vaccinated, and we’d like to know so that valuable resources are not wasted. If your child is fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since the child’s final dose of vaccine), they will be able to attend school, will not participate in Test to Stay, and do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. If a child develops symptoms at any point, seek PCR testing right away, and keep the child at home away from others.

We need to know and verify that children are vaccinated so we don’t administer the rapid antigen test required in the TTS program. This saves valuable time and supplies. We can track the vaccination status of children, and prefer the help of parents for efficiency and safety:

1. If your child has been vaccinated, please let us know by sending a picture of the vaccination card to lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org

OR

2. Our nurse has access to the Immunization Registry provided by the Vermont Department of Health. Let lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org know that your child is vaccinated and she can look up the vaccination dates in the Immunization Registry provided by the Vermont Department of Health.

Important Dates:

Dec. 20 1:30 – 4:30 pm Follow up Vaccine Clinic at Derby for second dose

Encore registration due for winter session (see attached brochure)

Dec. 21 Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day

Dec. 22 December Birthday Celebration

Dec. 22 Last day of school before December Break

Dec. 23- Jan. 3 December Break

Jan. 4 Back to School

December 13, 2021

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Happy Monday, Tigers!

We have 8 days left until the vacation, and we plan to make the most of them as we continue learning. K-3 children are being assessed by our team in math. They are taking the Primary Number & Operations Assessment (PNOA) before the holiday break. After the break, children will again be assessed in reading K-6. These assessments give our teachers valuable information in terms of growth and next teaching points for children.

Is your child vaccinated?: We are getting to the point where some of our children are fully vaccinated, and we’d like to know so that valuable resources are not wasted. If your child is fully vaccinated (fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since the child’s final dose of vaccine), they will be able to attend school, will not participate in Test to Stay, and do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. If a child develops symptoms at any point, seek PCR testing right away, and keep the child at home away from others.

We need to know and verify that children are vaccinated so we don’t administer the rapid antigen test required in the TTS program. This saves valuable time and supplies. We can track the vaccination status of children, and prefer the help of parents for efficiency and safety:

1. If your child has been vaccinated, please let us know by sending a picture of the vaccination card to lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org

OR

2. Our nurse has access to the Immunization Registry provided by the Vermont Department of Health. Let lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org know that your child is vaccinated and she can look up the vaccination dates in the Immunization Registry provided by the Vermont Department of Health.

Title I: We are a schoolwide Title I school and we receive federal funds for our intervention teachers/program and training for our teachers. We have recently updated our Home School Compact and our Parent Engagement Procedures. They are posted on our website. If you missed our annual parent meeting last week, the slide show and a recording of the meeting are posted on our website.

If you’d like to provide input or feedback into our Title I programming, there is a link to do so on our website. https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/title-1

PBIS Recognition: We are pleased to be recognized by the Agency of Education for keeping our PBIS recognition system (Tiger Paw Pride) alive during the pandemic. (see attached letter) To us, it is of the utmost importance to keep it going, along with our other SEL programs (Zones of Regulation and Restorative Practices). Children need this instruction more than ever before. To find out more about it all, check out these links to our website. https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/tiger-paw-pride https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/sel/zones-of-regulation https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/sel/restorative-practices

Winter Encore: Sign your child up now for sessions that begin in January. Registration is due December 20. Information is attached in the Winter brochure.

Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day: Permission slips are due tomorrow, December 14, 2021. Our first date is December 21.

Courtesy posts: VSO, NEK Allstars Cheerleading

Important Dates:

Dec. 14 Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day permission slip due

Dec. 20 1:30 – 4:30 pm Follow up Vaccine Clinic at Derby for second dose

Encore registration due for winter session

Dec. 21 Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day

Dec. 22 Last day of school before December Break

Dec. 23- Jan. 3 December Break

Jan. 4 Back to School

December 7, 2021

DES Boys 5-6th Grade Basketball Flyer (1).pdf Parent Meeting Title 1-6.pdf

Greetings Tiger Families,

The year is winding down and we have some positive opportunities coming up for our children!

Parent Input Needed! Our school is a Title I Schoolwide Program and as such we receive federal funds to support the learning of our students. This year, we are using the Title I and II (Schoolwide Program) funds for:

  • Small group literacy and math intervention

  • Staff training and assessment in Responsive Classroom

We welcome your input, feedback and support of our Title I programs. To learn more and get involved in planning for future Title I programs, please come to our remote meeting December 9 at 5:30 pm.

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kqv-qseb-kgk Or dial: ‪(US) +1 302-924-8356 PIN: ‪334 655 373#

A flyer is attached.

Gr. 4-6: Winter Activity Days are back! All details will be sent through a separate email.

Gr. 5-6: We have a parent and NCSU teacher offering a basketball clinic for boys in grades 5 and 6. A flyer is attached.

Gr. 4-6: We are concerned with inappropriate vandalism of the bathroom stalls upstairs. This has caused disruption to the learning and to the school day. Ms. Lucas has addressed this with each classroom through a restorative circle (your children are so insightful!), and we are being hyper vigilant to find the culprit. Please discuss this with your children and the impact vandalism has on the school and the children.

Coming Up:

T Dec. 7: Board Meeting 5:30 pm

Th Dec. 9: Parent Meeting re: Title I Programs

F Dec. 10: K-6 Early Release Day 12pm; PreK No School

M Dec. 20: Kinder Field trip to VT Reindeer Farm

T Dec. 21: Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day

Th Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 Winter Break

T Jan. 4: Back to School

December 1, 2021

Parent Meeting Title 1-6 VT SBAC 2020-2021 Dec. Menu


Derby FTS Template Fall (front) Derby Fall Newsletter back Cookies & Shopping w/Santa


Hello Tiger Families,

I hope you all had the Thanksgiving you wanted to have!

K-6 Trimester 1 Progress Reports: These reports are coming home for you to look at and talk about with your children – about academics as well as the Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLS). Please reach out to your child’s teachers if you have questions.

Gr. 4-6: Last spring’s SBAC test results will be sent home with progress reports for students in grades 4-6. SBAC results are just one piece of information about how your child is doing in school. Together with progress reports and other information, test results help in understanding a student’s growth and progress towards achieving the standards. Attached is a guide explaining the score reports.

Parent Meeting: Our school is a Title I Schoolwide Program and as such we receive federal funds to support the learning of our students. This year, we are using the Title I and II (Schoolwide Program) funds for:

  • Small group literacy and math intervention

  • Staff training and assessment in Responsive Classroom

We welcome your input, feedback and support of our Title I programs. To learn more and get involved in planning for future Title I programs, please come to our remote meeting December 9 at 5:30 pm.

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kqv-qseb-kgk Or dial: ‪(US) +1 302-924-8356 PIN: ‪334 655 373#

A flyer is attached.

Farm to School: Our children were involved with harvesting the garden, classroom lessons, as well as making the Taste Test of the Month recipes for all students to enjoy. The fall newsletter is attached!

December Menu: attached

Courtesy Post: St. Edward’s Cookies and Shopping with Santa event (flyer attached)

Coming Up:

F Dec. 3: Progress Reports sent home

T Dec. 7: Board Meeting 5:30 pm

Th Dec. 9: Parent Meeting re: Title I Programs

F Dec. 10: K-6 Early Release Day 12pm; PreK No School

November 16, 2021

November Tiger Paw Pride.pdf October 2021- Tigers of the month.pptx Morgan ad for NCUHS, NCUJHS member.jpg

Happy Winter!

Winter Clothing: It’s time! Please make sure children are dressed for cold and snow. Our playground gets a lot of wind and that makes it colder. We use the windchill as an indicator of indoor recess. If it is 0 degrees or below with windchill, we stay inside. Otherwise, we go outside. Boots, hats, gloves are necessary. Snow pants are important, especially for our younger children. If your child needs these items, please contact Roseanna.cyr@ncsuvt.org.

Absences: Please report absences to our office by phone. We also have an attendance hotline. We have found many parents only email teachers, who then have to turn around and email the office. Email is not good to use for attendance in case a teacher or office staff is absent. Recently, all office staff was absent for a few days, and we had no access to emails, which of course was problematic.

Bus Notes/Changes: Again, it is best to report these to the office by note or phone. Emails do not always go through, and people are not always able to access them. (see “Absences” above)

TTS/Covid Update: We have been implementing Test to Stay (TTS) and are testing 3 classes all of this week. We could not do this without our volunteers. Thank you so much to Carla McDonald, Pam Frohn, Corinne McGrath-Preston, Ginette Provost, and Lindy Perry who have been helping all week and allowing admin and nursing staff to do their regular jobs. If you have not yet given consent or registered for TTS, there are two simple steps:

  1. Give consent for Test to Stay at this link: Consent webform

  2. Register for notifications of test results at this link: Simple Report

While it is great we can test and children can stay in school, but it would be better if we didn’t need to test at all. Please be safe as Covid numbers in Vermont rise.

COVID Vaccine Clinics for ages 5 – 17 Check the NCSU Website for information on area vaccine clinics. We are continuously updating our information, so be sure to check back often! There will be a clinic at Derby Elementary School on November 29, 2021 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. It is by appointment and parents are welcome to attend with their children. Come in the main entrance, and you can bring your child or you can meet your child here while we call them out of class for their appointment. If you cannot attend with your child, that’s okay. We will have staff on hand to assist children until 3:15 pm.

November Tiger Paw Pride: Our Tiger Paw Pride committee is collecting non-perishable food items and handmade cards of gratitude for staff. In exchange, children will get tickets to determine which staff member gets a pie in their face next week. I’ve been there, done that, so our brave staff members include: Mrs. Lombardi, Ms. Lucas, Mrs. Higgins, Ms. Perkins, Ms. Willard, Mr. Steven, Mrs. Breault, Ms. Smith, and Ms. Hamelin. More information is attached.

October Tigers of the Month! Celebrate them by watching the attached slide show.

“Name a Plow” Program: We participated in this program with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Mrs. Fillmore’s 2nd grade class submitted the name of Tiger Force. The snow plow is visiting our school tomorrow, driven by one of our own Tiger parents. You will see the Tiger Force plow driving around all winter, keeping our roads safe.

Wanted: Morgan representatives on the NCHS and NCJHS Boards. Information is attached.

November 9, 2021

TTS letter.pdf

Hello,

This is day two with ALL classes back in our school. It’s been a while, and it feels good. We were able to bring two classes back early on Monday, one because parents had returned negative results to us, and another because parents had signed up for Test to STAY (TTS). We implemented TTS with those we had consent for, and children were able to stay in school.

Test to Stay: PLEASE sign up if you want your child to stay in school if they become a close contact at school! There are two steps:

1. Please complete the Consent webform as soon as possible.

2. Please register to get results and save us some data entry time, using this link Simple Report.

The original letter sent is attached with more details, including quarantining during TTS.

Please note that we are not a testing center. The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont Department of Health designed TTS ONLY for those children in grades K-6 that are identified as close contacts through school. We are not able to test children nor adults that are close contacts outside of school. When engaged in TTS, children are still required to quarantine at home when not at school.

We appreciate your patience and grace as we implement this new complicated system of TTS. We had a choice, and since we want children to remain in school, we chose to implement it. We did this knowing that we are already understaffed and the current staff is already overwhelmed with all they have to do. Thank you to our volunteers that are helping, and again, we ask parents for patience and grace as we take on this new endeavor.

Parent Meeting: You’re Invited to a meeting regarding our Title I Parent Engagement Policy and Family Compact. We’d love parent input into these documents. We will meet on November 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Please let me know if you are interested.

Coming Up:

Nov. 11: No School due to Veterans Day

Nov. 13: Derby PTA Craft Show at American Legion in Newport

Nov. 17: PreK – 6 Picture Re-Take Day

4:00 pm Parent Meeting re: Title I Parent Engagement Policy and Family Compact

Nov. 23: No PreK. K-6 Early Release at 12:00 pm.

Nov. 24 – Nov. 26: No School. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 4, 2021

TTS letter.pdf

November 1, 2021

Hello Derby Parents/Guardians,

We have had a busy week with Spooktacular Spirit Week and Halloween. Many photos are posted on our Facebook page. The second grade proved to have the most spirit and were awarded the Golden Pumpkin Award. We also celebrated those with October birthdays and our Tigers of the Month - stay tuned to Facebook for those posts.

COVID Update: Last week we had 5 cases and this weekend, 3 more. We were able to bring 2 of those classes back one week early because most of the class returned negative test results in such a timely fashion.

Test to Stay (TTS), keeping close contacts in school: We have a plan for implementation at Derby. A special thank you to our volunteers that will allow some of our current employees to focus on their regular jobs! We are simply waiting on the state. The state says they will deliver everything we need by Monday, November 8, 20201. TTS means that if your child is determined to be a close contact, and we have your consent, we can do nasal swabs for a rapid antigen tests daily for 7 days at school. Each day your child is negative, they stay in school. If they are positive or do not have parental consent for TTS, they go home for quarantine. Of course, we need your consent for your child to participate in TTS. Here is the link the state provided for parental consent: Consent webform If you have multiple children at Derby, or children at multiple schools, or you must complete the form for each child. The TTS program should allow children who are close contacts to stay in school. If most parents in a class consent for TTS, we expect that all learning will remain in-person for close contacts who test negative, and there will no longer be remote learning for any children.

Parent Drop Off: Only PreK parents should be pulling into the PreK parking lot. We have been having an issue with parents of K-6 children school pulling into the PreK parking lot to drop their K-6 students off. The added traffic in the PreK parking lot and the speed are causing safety issues. We want to make sure our PreK children and parents are safe as they arrive to school.

With 6 buses in use, we are typically done with parent pick up by 3:15 pm. Please plan accordingly.

Vaccine Clinic: We are scheduled to host a vaccine clinic for children ages 5-11 in our supervisory union on November 29, 2021 from 9:00 – 4:30 pm. When we have more information, we will provide it to you.

November 11: NO SCHOOL PreK – 6 due to Veteran’s Day

October 25, 2021

6 bus AM Bus Routes 2021-22.pdf 6 busses PM Bus Routes 2021-22.pdf Spooktacular Spirit Week!.png picture packet.pdf Brochure Nov Dec 2021.docx

Hello,

I hope you all had a good weekend! Here’s the latest news at Derby:

Transportation Update:

We are ready to go back to 6 busses! This will start tomorrow, Tuesday, October 26, 2021. If we have a need to change, of course we will send School Messenger calls and emails again. The bus routes are attached in case you need them.

COVID Updates:

  1. We were able to welcome back Ms. Stewart’s first graders, Ms. Fortier’s fourth graders and Mrs. Ward’s fourth graders today – a few days early! Thank you to those parents that had their children tested and reported results quickly to Nurse Lisa. Because of that the classes were able to return early.

  2. Unfortunately, Ms. Merchant’s class is out today until Nov. 8 for remote learning due to a positive case. Get your children tested on or after Oct. 29 and report results to Nurse Lisa in case we can bring the class back early.

  3. The Vermont Agency of Education changed part of the definition of close contacts for children: it is now within 3 feet for 15 minutes or longer (instead of 6 feet), 4 hours or longer in the same room, and in the same bus seat (rather than in seat in front of, next to, and behind). These changes will result in less children as close contacts and less quarantining.

  4. Test to Stay (TTS): We have a plan and are ready to start this program as soon as the state provides what we need. With this program, children will be allowed to stay in school when they are close contacts if they have parent consent for rapid antigen testing. Consent forms will be sent home as soon as we get them. Stay tuned for implementation date.

Spooktacular Spirit Week started today. An informational flier is attached.

Picture Day is scheduled for Oct. 27 for all children PreK – 6. Our re-take day is Nov. 17. Attached is an order form in case you can’t find the one we sent home in August.

Halloween Celebrations and Costumes and Treats: Classroom celebrations will be Oct. 29. Children may bring school appropriate costumes to change into in the afternoon for the class celebration. Please do not send in weapon like props, nor too much blood and gore. Please do not send in costumes from Among Us nor Squid Games. If your child needs a costume, please contact roseanna.cyr@ncsuvt.org Children will still need to wear their facial coverings for Covid protection. Your child’s teacher is accepting donations for trinkets and treats: fun, festive, nutritious snacks as well as non-food items. Please keep the following guidelines in mind: Prepackaged, individually wrapped, store-bought foods with ingredient and nutrition labeling are required (check with your child’s teachers about allergies). Non-food items such as small age-appropriate, seasonal toys or school supplies such as bouncy balls, stickers, erasers, pencils, tops, magnifying glasses, notepads, bubbles, etc. would be appreciated, as well. Treats and trinkets may be pooled and distributed amongst the grade level classrooms. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can donate.

Encore Brochure for next session is attached.

October 19, 2019

5 busses AM Routes 2021-22.pdf 5 busses PM Routes 2021-22.pdf Brochure Nov Dec 2021.docx Spooktacular Spirit Week!.pdf picture packet.pdf

You may have noticed in the news that on Saturday, Vermont recorded the highest # of COVID cases during the entire pandemic, with a very high amount in Orleans County. Unfortunately, this is impacting us in school. Yesterday we had two cases of positive people infectious while in school. Ms. Stewart’s first graders and Mrs. Ward’s 4th graders went home for remote learning. On a good note, Ms. Coolbeth’s and Mrs. Fillmore’s classes returned for in-person learning 3 days early as most of the class had turned in negative results!

BUS CHANGES: We are temporarily short staffed with bus drivers. Starting this afternoon, Bus 5 will not be running. Children were told of the changes today in school and we will make sure they get on the correct buses. We need to return to 5 bus routes, they are attached. You will be notified when we can return to 6 buses.

Encore After School Program: Registration for the next session is attached.

Picture Day is scheduled for Oct. 27 for all children PreK – 6. Our make Up day is Nov. 17. Attached is an order form in case you can’t find the one we sent home in August.

Spooktacular Spirit Week: Check out the attached flier!

Celebrating October Birthdays: Our sixth graders with birthdays in October are planning a fun time for all on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Halloween: We will miss our parade, but still want to have some fun in our classrooms on Friday, October 29, 2021. We are accepting donations for trinkets and treats: fun, festive, nutritious snacks as well as non-food items. Please keep the following guidelines in mind: Prepackaged, individually wrapped, store-bought foods with ingredient and nutrition labeling are required (check with your child’s teachers about allergies). Non-food items such as small age-appropriate, seasonal toys or school supplies such as bouncy balls, stickers, erasers, pencils, tops, magnifying glasses, notepads, bubbles, etc. would be appreciated, as well. Treats and trinkets may be pooled and distributed amongst the grade level classrooms. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can donate.

October 19, 2021

We have a few bus drivers out sick this morning and only 1 sub. Children on bus number 1 will be picked up one hour later than the usual time today. Unfortunately, we are understaffed at the last minute today. Please check your email for more information.

We will send information later today to all parents about adjusted bus routes and times for today's afternoon route and for the rest of the week.

October 13, 2021

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We hope you enjoyed your parent conferences and heard lots of positive words about your child! Overall, our children are very well behaved and are very cooperative. If you were unable to attend a conference with your child’s teacher, please feel free to reach out to them to schedule a meeting at any time.

Our Tigers of the Month for September are celebrated at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/tiger-paw-pride

We had a week of relief with no positive cases that were infectious while at school. Unfortunately, between yesterday and today, we learned of three positive cases that impact classrooms and a bus. Ms. Coolbeth’s and Mrs. Fillmore’s 2nd graders will be learning remotely this week.

It’s National School Lunch Week this week, so a big thank you to our kitchen staff who work so hard to produce nutritious and yummy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for us!

There is a Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday on our playground. Join as a family! It is outdoors with lots of space between holes. See attached info.

PreK – 6 Picture Day: is scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Restorative Practices: As you may know, our staff has had a lot of training in restorative practices (RP). We believe that restorative practices foster positive relationship building, empathy and mutual responsibility within our school community. RP intentionally build trust and understanding to make sure we have a safe, healthy, and supportive climate and environment at our school.For more info, check out this link from our website: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/sel/restorative-practices

October 6, 2021

Hello Derby Parents and Guardians,

Ms. Lucas and I took some time this week to speak to our children about school safety and the emergency drills we have to practice. So far this year we have had a bus evacuation drill and a fire drill. This month we will be having a lockdown drill, which we practice in case there is an unsafe situation in our school. It is unfortunate we have to discuss such things, but safety is so important. With our 4-6th graders, we discuss the ALICE protocol, and for the younger students we do not. Instead, we talk about the difference between safe and unsafe adults in our school, how important it is to stay quiet, listen to the teacher and hide in the classroom. Our children know that the teachers will do everything in their power to keep them safe. If you are interested, we have a school safety section on our website. There is specific information posted there for parents, including a video and several documents. https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

It is a busy week!

Parent Conferences: As noted in last week’s email, we will be using Google Meet to conferences with parents. You can sign up for Google Meet appointments using the Pickatime.com website. Pickatime instructions are attached.

K-6 Early Release Day: On Thursday, Oct. 7, school is dismissed at 12:00 pm. Parent Pick Up is at 12:10 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

PreK: PreK will not be in session on Thursday, Oct. 7, due to the early release day.

PreK – 6 NO SCHOOL : There is no school PreK – 6 on Friday, October 8, due to conferences nor on Monday, October 11, 2021 (Indigenous Peoples Day)

PreK – 6 Picture Day: is scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Important Upcoming Dates:

October 6: PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 7: K- 6 Early Release Day 12 pm; PreK No School; PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 8: PreK – 6 No school for students; PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 8am – 12 pm

October 11: PreK – 6 No School, Indigenous People’s Day

October 27: PreK – 6 Picture Day

September 28, 2021

6 bus AM Bus Routes 2021-22 - Sheet1.pdf 6 busses PM Bus Routes 2021-22 - Sheet1.pdf School Birthday Celebration.pdf Fall Conferences 2021 - Google Docs.pdf

Hello Derby Families,

We are planning to be back in school on Thursday, pending any late breaking developments! We have had some cases this week, one or two cases per day that we are being notified about. If for some reason we are unable to go back to in-person learning Thursday, you will be notified by phone and email. (It would also be posted on our FaceBook page and our website). We are very excited to see and hear students and teachers back in our halls and classrooms.

Transportation: Some good news: We have trained and hired another bus driver! We will continue to run 6 routes. This allows us to have a sub that can step in when needed so that we (hopefully) won’t have to go back to late runs! The bus routes are attached. Please check them out, as there may be some minor changes.

Birthday Celebration: All August and September Birthdays are invited to a special school birthday celebration on Sept. 30! They receive a treat and a small gift. Be sure to ask about it!

Parent Conferences: As noted in last week’s email, we will be using Google Meet to conferences with parents. You can sign up for Google Meet appointments as early as tomorrow, using the Pickatime.com website. Pickatime goes live tomorrow. Instructions are attached.

K-6 Early Release Day: On Thursday, Oct. 7, school is dismissed at 12:00 pm. Parent Pick Up is at 12:10 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

PreK: PreK will not be in session on Thursday, Oct. 7, due to the early release day.

PreK – 6 NO SCHOOL : There is no school PreK – 6 on Friday, October 8, due to conferences nor on Monday, October 11, 2021 (Indigenous Peoples Day)

PreK – 6 Picture Day: is scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Important Upcoming Dates:

September 30: Special School Birthday Celebration

October 6: PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 7: K- 6 Early Release Day 12 pm

PreK No School

PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 8: PreK – 6 No school for students

PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 8am – 12 pm

October 11: PreK – 6 No School

October 27: PreK – 6 Picture Day

September 24, 2021

Hello Tigers,

We appreciate your hard work as parents, guardians, children, and staff during this challenging time! We know it is a hardship that can take a toll emotionally, physically and economically for our families and children. I have heard numerous stories from teachers and parents about how well children are doing, as well as those that are struggling. Remote learning is not ideal, and we know the best place for learning is in-person at school. However, the safety of our children, staff and community must come first.

There has been a very high rate of transmission in the Northeast Kingdom, as I am sure you’ve read and heard on the news. We are a bit worried about the records that are being set, and realize we could be dealing with this in our area for a few more weeks.

Today we met with our NCSU COVID-19 Team, and have decided that it would be safer to continue remote learning through Wednesday of next week. We will hope and plan to return to school in-person on Thursday, September 30, 2021, pending a further review of developments and cases in our area.

Please continue to report positive and negative test results to Nurse Lisa Austin, lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org.

When we do return, it will be with increased mitigation efforts. While we followed the guidance of the Vermont Agency of Education in all of our mitigation efforts this year, it clearly was not enough.

Covid Mitigation Efforts: We are returning to many of last year’s practices:

  • Recess will now take place in pods. Because of this, masks may be needed outside if unable to physically distance based on the chosen activity. (For example, playing tag is much different than two children facing each other playing a handclapping game.)

  • Lunch will be served and eaten in classrooms. (Breakfast has always been eaten in the classrooms.)

  • Parent meetings (IEPs, 504s, ESTs and PTA) will be remote unless there is an extenuating circumstance.

  • Visitors will be limited, by appointment, and for extenuating circumstances.

  • Teachers will encourage physical distancing in the classroom and school.

Parent Conferences: Our conferences are coming up Oct. 6-8, and given the current trend in positive cases in our area, we have made the decision in NCSU to have virtual conferences through Google Meet. Information will emailed next week about signing up for Google Meet appointments.

September 20, 2021

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Hello Tiger Families,

Unfortunately, we were notified Sunday and today of 7 more positive COVID cases at our school. This is disheartening and difficult for all of us. We know remote learning can be a hardship for most parents, children, and staff, not to mention sick children and families. While it is the last thing we’d like, you should be aware that it is possible if we get more positive results, we may have to extend the remote learning period another week. Hopefully this won’t happen. We have 11 classes testing Monday through Wednesday of this week. So far this school year, we have had 31 cases and an additional 3 that were not infectious while at school. Out of 30 PreK – 6 classes, only 11 have been unaffected thus far in the year.

Please do your part! Please be thoughtful about attending large group events, sleepovers, and birthday parties, even if outdoors. Please follow the VDH advice of masking up, quarantining and testing. VDH does not contact the school for positive cases, we rely on parents to tell us. The school does all contact tracing for any involvement in school. Please call or email Nurse Lisa Austin or I about any positive cases.

While we followed Agency of Education guidance to start the year, we are now in the process of examining that guidance for lunch, recess, and classrooms to see how we can be safer when we return to in-person instruction. Stay tuned.

Other News:

PTA is back in action! We have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening at the school. Masks are required. See the attached flyer for information.

PreK – 6 Picture Day is re-scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Open House is still postponed. We are hoping to plan a fall celebration type of event later in October. Stay tuned.

Courtesy Postings:

Scouting Invite for boys and girls attached.

Vaccine Clinic Information attached.


September 17, 2021

Hello Tiger Families,

I am very concerned that our school had to go remote. I am so concerned about the number of the children that are sick, as well as their siblings and parents. Going remote was not a decision we took lightly. Just this week, we have had 14 positive cases. 6 were reported on Wednesday. 6 were reported today. So far this year, in the first 4 weeks of school, we have had 24 people test positive who were infectious while at school.

Please help support our learning community! Remember that we are all at risk of getting this virus, even if you are vaccinated. These “COVID-19 cases” are our friends and family, and we need to be understanding and supportive. People with COVID-19 often experience uncomfortable symptoms and emotional stress. Offer to help community members who are affected by quarantine. With creative action from all of us, we will get through this period of anxiety and disruption. We thank you for your investment in the health and wellbeing of our school community.

We have been working closely with the Vermont Department of Health to keep our children and community safe. Their best advice to change the tide of cases we are seeing in our area:

  • Make sure your child is wearing a mask when recommended or required.

  • Make sure your child is washing their hands.

  • Keep your child home if they are sick.

  • Call your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Test when recommended.

  • Get vaccinated yourself and make sure that your children get vaccinated when they are eligible.

  • Talk with your child’s health care provider if you have questions or find a vaccine site near you at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine.

  • Learn more athealthvermont.gov/StaySafeVT.

I will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.

September 15, 2021

After review of our most recent cases with the Vermont Department of Health, and full consideration of the overall context of Covid cases at Derby Elementary School, we’ve made the determination that it is most prudent to shift to fully remote instruction at this time. All classes will begin remote instruction on Thursday, September 16 and continue through Friday, September 24. Teachers are sending home learning materials and devices and will provide more information regarding a virtual instruction schedule. If you’d like school meals during remote learning, please call Laura Fernandes in the Derby office.

We regret that we needed to make this decision and recognize the challenges this places on families. However, our concern for the health and wellbeing of students and staff is our first priority. Due to Derby Elementary School’s size, we also have a responsibility regarding our impact on public health. Although the transmission of Covid is often hard to definitively determine, we often have a good indication of its origins through the process of contact tracing. Given the number of cases we have recently experienced, we cannot rule out the potential transmission of the virus within school. Despite our mitigation efforts, we feel right now there is too high a presence of the virus in the school-community to continue with in-person instruction without risking an outbreak.

We know that staff and families have experienced a disruptive start to the school year. We hope that going remote for the week will provide an opportunity for us to mitigate the spread of the virus.

-John A. Castle

September 13, 2021


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We have a sub for the rest of this week, so starting tomorrow, we will run 5 busses. The bus routes are attached, with some changes. Please review to make sure you have the correct information. Thank you for bearing with us these last 5 days. Be sure to check your email on Friday, we hope to be back to 6 busses on Monday, and will email details.

Mr. Vachon’s and Ms. Fortier’s class returned from remote learning today! Ms. Merchant’s class is returning from remote learning tomorrow, a day early - thank you for sending in those test results!

On an unfortunate note, we were notified yesterday and today of 2 more positive cases that impact children in our school. Please help us keep children and staff safe. We all want to stay in school and learn in-person! Keep your child home if sick. Quarantine if you are notified of being a close contact. Follow the timelines of the school and VDH.

September 7, 2021

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Hello Tiger Families,

Covid is certainly wreaking havoc in our school and community again this year, causing us to shift gears and make last minute plans. Thank you in advance for your patience, grace, and understanding.

It is unfortunate that as of yesterday, we have 4 additional positive cases of COVID-19. Given the number of cases in we’ve seen, the number of classes we have learning remotely who wouldn’t be able to attend, and the community spread that is occurring, we are going to err of the safe side and delay our Open Houses in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. There will be no Open Houses nor Title 1 meeting this week.

In addition, the sub driver that was filling in this week can no longer do so, and therefore we are going down to 4 busses for tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8. We hope this will only be for this week. Stay tuned to Friday when we may know more about next week. The new bus schedules for this week are attached.

Please remember to keep your child home if he/she is sick. You may arrange for a COVID test on your own, at any time, by contacting the Vermont Department of Health. Please call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 (option 8) if you have questions or concerns. Even more information is available at the Health Department website: healthvermont.gov/COVID-19.

If your child tests positive or is a close contact of a person outside of school, please let us know as soon as possible so we can begin planning and contact tracing to keep other children and staff safe.

September 6, 2021

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Hello Derby Families,

Unfortunately, due to illness and a shortage of bus drivers, we will be reducing to 5 bus routes for the next two weeks, beginning tomorrow, September 7 until at least Friday, Sept. 10. This change may impact the bus number, as well as pick up and drop off time of your child. When we are able to return to normal, I will let you know.

Parent drop off is at 8:20 am and pick up is at 3:05 pm. We appreciate notification (873-3162) if you are switching to parent pick up in the afternoons.

Please check the attachments for more details and for any changes in the bus routes.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but am glad we can still provide transportation to and from school.

September 2, 2021

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Things are hopping and shining bright at Derby Elementary, which means there’s more news to share with you!

Open Houses Next Week: Due to community spread in our area, the format of our Open House is changing. We will be having two Open Houses, and families attend based on grade level to reduce overcrowding. Classroom teachers will only be present on their grade level night. We realize that means some families will need to attend two nights in a row, and some staff have to be present two nights in a row, and we apologize for that, but we still want to give parents a chance to meet teachers and see classrooms, rather than cancelling completely. Please see the attached flyer for dates and information. Some other reminders to help reduce overcrowding and stay COVID safe: Masks are required. Please limit the number of people that attend and only bring immediate family. Please only visit your child’s current specials/Unified Arts teacher. We will be providing a ‘Passport’ for families to complete and turn in for prizes. Prizes include a $50 Irving card, a Hoagie’s gift card, movie passes, and more!

Late buses: This afternoon, bus # 8 leaves school an hour late. Tomorrow, bus 1 arrives an hour late in the morning, and bus 2 leaves an hour late in the afternoon. Hopefully we will be back to normal next week!

4th – 6th Grade Parents: Band is an option available for 4th – 6th graders this year. Mrs. Ashley Clinger is our new band teacher. She has visited classrooms and spoken with children, and sent home a hard copy of the attached sign up. We thought it prudent to share an electronic copy to interested families as well.

Title 1 Parent Notifications: Attached is a federally required letter, as our school receives federal Title I funds. We will also have a meeting for parents about our Title 1 funds and how we use them. A flyer is attached.

Parent Pick Up: Our line is longer this year, and parent pick up is taking double the amount of time it took last year (up to 30 minutes). Part of that are the bus driver shortage we are having and busses having to leave school an hour late, and many of those parents are opting to pick children up. It should smooth out a bit as the year progresses. There are things you can do to shorten the amount of time in line for pick up: pull up as far as you can to the car in front of you, make sure your child(ren) can enter the car easily from the passenger side only, be ready to pull up to your child when it is your turn, and have your pick up pass displayed on your passenger side visor. If you need a pick up pass, don’t hesitate to call our office. If your child needs to be buckled in, we ask that you wait until you pull around to the parking lot, park in a spot, and then buckle them up. At home, have your child practice opening the back passenger door from the outside of the vehicle so they are ready to do it at pick up time, as well as closing the door from inside the vehicle. Please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for pick up.

Illness: Please keep your child home and call your physician if they are sick. Here is a link to some information on our webpage:

https://des.ncsuvt.org/sickchild

Reminders to our Remote Learners: Children in Mr. Vachon’s 6th grade class and Ms. Fortier’s 4th grade class can test on Friday, Sept. 3 (tomorrow). Please let Lisa Austin know results so that we can bring the classes back early if we can. Stay tuned.

Save the Dates:

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Open House for grades PreK, 2, 3, 6 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 9: Open House for grades K, 1, 4, & 5 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 9, 2021: Parent Meeting about Title I services @ 7:00 pm

Friday, September 10: Disc Golf Clinic @ 5:00 pm

Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day

Thursday, September 23: K-6 Picture Day

September 1, 2021


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Hello Tiger Nation!

Safety is on our minds this week and next! We are beginning to conduct the required safety drills. Ms. Lucas and I are also visiting all 25 classrooms next week to speak about safety at school and our ALICE protocol. Information for parents about school safety and our ALICE protocol can be found on our website at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety Check out pictures of our bus evacuation drills on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/

New Lunch Process: Given that we’ve had 4 positive cases of COVID-19 in 4 days, today we started a new lunch process to reduce the number of children that are together in cafeteria. Children in grades K, 1, 5, and 6 will still eat in the cafeteria, but at different times. Each class will have two tables, allowing them to spread out. Children in grades 2, 3, and 4 will now each lunch in their classrooms. We came up with this plan so that there were minimal changes - we only changed where children were eating, rather than changing the entire schedule that we are getting used to.

Remote Learning: We currently have two classes that are quarantining and learning remotely. There are also other close contacts from the bus that are quarantining. If any of these families would like to pick up breakfast and lunch for their affected children, please call our office to make arrangements.

Open House: Stay tuned for details later this week. We are in the process of revising our plan to reduce crowding.

Parent Meeting: You’re invited to a parent meeting September 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm regarding our status as a Title I school and the intervention programs we provide. We will meet in the library.

Encore: Fall Brochure attached

Disc Golf Clinic: Did you know we have a new disc golf course on our playground? You can bring a frisbee and play any time school is not in session! Mr. A is hosting a free clinic to learn how to play and to learn the course. The clinic is open to all families, and it is free!

Update on lead in our fixtures: As you may know from a mid July email, required lead tests indicated lead in the sink and water fountain fixtures in many of our classrooms. The old sink and water fountain fixtures in the affected K-3 classrooms were replaced prior to the start of school. The old sink and water fountain fixtures in the affected 4-6 classrooms will be replaced in the next two weeks (warning signs are in place for now). Once our remediation plan is complete and all fixtures have been replaced, we are required to test again 30 days after replacement. Once we get those results back, we will share them with you.

Save the Dates:

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Thursday, September 9: Parent Meeting about Title I services @ 7:00 pm

Friday, September 10: Disc Golf Clinic @ 5:00 pm

Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day

Thursday, September 23: K-6 Picture Day

August 30, 2021

Hello Tiger Families,

It is unfortunate that I let you know that on Friday and again on Sunday, I was notified of 4 positive cases of COVID-19 at our school. Mr. Vachon’s 6th grade class and Ms. Fortier’s 4th grade class are quarantining and engaging in remote learning.

Parents of children in Ms. Fortier’s class, please remember to pick up your child’s learning materials and Chromebook before 4pm today. If you need to pick up later, please let Suzy know in the office 873-3162.

We’d like to bring Mr. Vachon’s and Ms. Fortier’s classes back sooner than September 13, but can only do that if most children are tested no sooner than September 3, get timely results back, and we are made aware of the results. Testing hours and locations in our area have been reduced since the lifting of the State of Emergency, and you will likely need an appointment. You may want to call your physician to make testing arrangements. Please call or email results to Lisa Austin at 873-3162 ext. 129. We will notify you if the classes can return earlier than Sept. 13, 2021.

Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick. You may arrange for a COVID test on your own, at any time, by contacting the Vermont Department of Health. Please call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 (option 8) if you have questions or concerns. Even more information is available at the Health Department website: healthvermont.gov/COVID-19.

If your child tests positive or is a close contact of a person outside of school, please let us know as soon as possible so we can begin planning and contact tracing to keep other children and staff safe.

August 27, 2021

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Hello Tiger Families!

We have enjoyed the last few days – it is so great to have children here in person! While it has been hot, the excitement of the new year has made it bearable. Children seem to like being back in the cafeteria for lunch and being able to use the entire playground each day. We have taken some pictures the last few days of our children enjoying the day and other pics from around our school. Be sure to check them out on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/

Our Kindergarteners started school yesterday and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them into Tiger Nation! They will grow so much this year. Look for our pics on our FB page…..

PreK family appointments started yesterday and children start school on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Bussing and Bus # 5: We are still working out some kinks with timing, as any other year. We have no subs, however, so if your child rides Bus # 5, it will be arriving one hour late in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. We will have activities for children to do here at school while they wait for their bus to drive them home. If you’d like to pick them up from school on that day, please let our office know in advance. We will send another reminder as Tuesday nears.

The Parent Drop Off Line has been running pretty smoothly, although traffic is backing up on Elm Street. This happened last year as well, as more people tend to drop their children off at the start of the year. Hopefully it will get a bit better. Some ways you can help: pullup as far as you can to the car in front of you, get your child ready to exit the vehicle as soon as you pullup and stop, have your child exit from the passenger side only, and be ready to pull up when it is your turn. For the little ones, having them practice opening the door from the back seat might help as well. Also PreK starts next week, please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for drop off.

Parent Pick Up has been going smoothly as well, but we hope to shorten the amount of time it takes. Again, the line is long, and that’s why we’re moving Laura and the car rider line up closer to the buses to reduce the line on Elm St. It seems to be working better that way, and it is easier for her to see the names in your car windows because she’s not on a curve. Some ways you can help: pullup as far as you can to the car in front of you, make sure your child(ren) can enter the car easily from the passenger side only, be ready to pull up to your child when it is your turn, and have your pick up pass displayed on your passenger side visor. If you need a pick up pass, don’t hesitate to call our office. If your child needs to be buckled in, we ask that you wait until you pull around to the parking lot, park in a spot, and then buckle them up. Again, you may want to have your child practice opening the back passenger door from the outside of the vehicle so they are ready to do it at pick up time, as well as closing the door from inside the vehicle. Last year we had parent pick up down to 10-15 minutes. Also PreK starts next week, please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for pick up.

Annual Student Update: Please complete it. We need recent and updated information from you. Instructions are attached.

September Menu: is attached. Please remember that breakfast and lunch are free for every student.

SAVE THE DATE:

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Thursday, September 9 @ PTA sponsored Family BBQ, stay tuned for time.

Thursday, September 9 @ 6:00 pm Open House

Thursday, September 9 @ 7:00 pm Parent Meeting about Title I services

Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day

August 23, 2021

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Hello,

School starts next week and we could not be more excited to greet and spend time with the children! Staff has been preparing for a few days now, and everything is coming together nicely.

If you read the Family Handbook you noticed a quote I ran across last year by Captain Awesome, from the publication, Stop Telling Me What School Might Look Like. He says: “Whatever happens, it’ll be rocky and imperfect. We’ll get it wrong before we get it right. And we’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate the grace and flexibility and resilience and creativity we hope to build in our students.” It is frustrating to be referring to this quote again this year. With this resurgence in the pandemic, and the high community transmission we are experiencing right now, we can’t be sure what might be coming our way, we just have to adapt and keep our children and staff and community as safe as possible. This is why masks are required for attendance at our school, and why we have the protocols we have in place. These COVID protocols can be found in our Family Handbook at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/family-handbook

Children in grades 1-6 start back to school Tuesday. Busses arrive at 8:20 a.m., and parent drop off is at 8:20 a.m. in front of the school. Because of our drop off process, it will not be safe for parents to park and walk children into the school and to their classrooms. Please just drop and go. Just like in year’s past, we will have staff in the hallways greeting children and helping them finds their classrooms.

Parent pick up is at 3:00 pm. Please be patient at parent pick up the first few days as it is always the most difficult, and we have new parents that need to learn the routine. If you indicated parent pick up in the Annual Student Update, children will be bringing home the car rider signs the first day, which will make pick up a lot smoother.

Kindergarten parents have family appointments (please bring your Kinder child!) scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with a full day of school on Thursday, August 26. Kinder families should enter the classroom directly from the outside doors (on the Northwest corner of the school, closest to the PreK) rather than the main entrance of the school. There will be signs and staff directing you. Masks are required.

Breakfast and Lunch are free for all children again this year, and the August menu is attached.

Annual Student Update: 247 parents have completed it so far! 230+ more to go. PLEASE complete this! Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process, or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

August 17, 2021

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One week and counting…….We are looking forward to welcoming our students back! I am working with new teachers today. All teachers and all para educators return tomorrow for professional learning and preparing for your children. We will be ready to help all Derby students shine bright!

Here is information you need to start school:

Bus Routes: We were able to hire drivers last week, so we are able to run 6 busses (same as at the end of last year). We do not have any substitute drivers yet though, so some routes may be delayed if drivers need time off for illness, medical appointments, etc. Bus routes are attached. If you have questions, please call Marston Cubit, 766-8844.

First Day of School:

Gr. 1-6: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 full day, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

Kinder: Thursday, August 26, 2021 (sign up for individual family appointments August 24, 25 on Pick A Time) full day, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

PreK: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (sign up for individual family appointments on Pick A Time) A.M. session: 8:30 – 11:00 am, P.M. session: 12:15 – 3:00 pm.

Annual Student Update: PLEASE complete this! Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process, or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

COVID Protocols and School Processes: Family Handbook with COVID Addendum: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To9rpAdI248kVJZM-RlP9nGDEzutE2G8gOHsV_3S_uE/edit?usp=sharing The short COVID version: masks for all inside the building, no physical distancing nor daily health check forms from parents required. Since very few of our students are eligible to be vaccinated, we will be masking until 80% of our student population is vaccinated.

Special Education Para Educators Needed: We’re hiring! If you know of anyone, please encourage them to apply in Indeed.com or SchoolSpring.com, or call Laura in our office 873-3162, ext. 101. We would love to have children receive full services this year.

August 11, 2021

NCSU Annual Student Update Info Sheet.pdf

Hello,

We have less than 2 weeks left before children return to school – do you believe it2? Staff returns next week for final preparations.

I know you have been waiting to hear news on our COVID protocols, as well as bussing. Administrators from NCSU met yesterday to determine our COVID protocols and practices, and they are included in the revised Family Handbook, which can be found at the link below. We are still awaiting guidance from the Agency of Education on some things, as you will note in the document.

Family Handbook with COVID Addendum: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To9rpAdI248kVJZM-Rlust 11, 2uP9nGDEzutE2G8gOHsV_3S_uE/edit?usp=sharing

The short COVID version: masks for all inside the building, no physical distancing or daily health check forms from parents required.

Drop off and pick up processes remain relatively the same as last year. They worked really well for us and decreased the pace and crowdedness in our halls at the start and end of the day. Some processes developed during COVID were worth keeping! Details are in the Family Handbook.

Bussing: We hired a fifth bus driver! We are waiting to hear on a possible sixth, which will bring us to the number we ended last year with. We will be publishing bus routes next week, once we know about the 6th driver. As of right now, all busses have monitors.

Special Education Para Educators Needed: We’re hiring! If you know of anyone, please encourage them to apply in Indeed.com or SchoolSpring.com, or call Laura in our office 873-3162, ext. 101. We would love to have children receive full services this year.

Annual Student Update: PLEASE complete this! Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process, or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

August 4, 2021

NCSU Annual Student Update Info Sheet.pdf

Welcome to a bright and shiny new school year. We have a new schoolwide theme this year, and it is “Shine Bright!” We want all Derby Tigers to do their best to shine bright all year long!

We know you’ve been thinking about the start of the school year. You will now begin to get weekly emails that Laura Fernandes, Administrative Assistant, sends out from my office, shining the spotlight on important information and the activities of staff and students.

COVID Protocols and Family Handbook: You may have heard some recent news about masking recommendations. Typically we follow the guidance provided by the Agency of Education (AOE). The AOE is supposed to provide more specific guidance to schools later this week. I anticipate that next week’s email from me will contain any COVID protocols we will be putting in place as a result of that guidance, as well as an updated Family Handbook.

School Calendar: You can access our school calendar on our website. https://des.ncsuvt.org Our first day of school for grades 1-6 is the full day on Tuesday, August 24. Kinders have appointments sometime on August 24 and 25, and start with a full day on August 26. PreK families have appointments sometime on August 27-31, with the first day on September 1.

Bus Routes: I know you need this information, but, like everyone else in the area, we are having trouble hiring bus drivers. Last year, we went from 8 to 6 bus routes. This year we may only be able to run 4 or 5 bus routes, and children may have to sit 3 to a seat. We are waiting to the last possible minute to see if we get any more applicants or if those training and testing are successful. Our goal is to publish bus routes on August 16.

K- 6 Morning Parent Drop Off: Parent drop off begins at 8:20 am. We will use the exact same process as last year. Parents pull up in the first row of the parking lot and drop at the crosswalk. We will have staff members out there directing cars and assisting children out of the car, as well as adults in the building assisting children to their classrooms.

K- 6 Afternoon Parent Pick Up: We had great feedback from parents about the process from last year, so the pick up process will be almost the exact same. Parent pick up will be after the busses leave, 3:05pm. Parents will be directed to pull up in the bus lane to the outside gym door, where children will be staged in order of the car line to enter the cars with staff supervision. The first few days will take longer than usual, so please be patient and prepared. New this year: Parents that wish to pick up their children should complete the Annual Student Update and indicate their transportation plans. We will use this information to create a pick up sign and send it home the first day of school. If you need more than one sign, for others that may be picking up your child or for other vehicles, please call or email Laura. Also new this year: the signs attach to the visor on the passenger side, allowing you to keep the sign attached to the visor 24/7 and then just flip it down when you enter the pick up line. If you don’t have a pick up sign, the line becomes slower for for all the parents and children.

PreK Parent Pick up and drop off: PreK parents can pick up and drop off in the PreK parking lot.

Annual Student Update: Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process for each student. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

School Meals: All school meals (breakfast & lunch) will be free again this year. Each child will also get a free fresh fruit or vegetable snack each day.

Enjoy the spectacular weather this week, and stay tuned for next week’s email with even more information!

July 13, 2021

Parent Letter.pdf

Hello and Happy Summer!

We have been busy with numerous projects – replacing carpet in upstairs classrooms, replacing the kitchen floor, repairing the parking lot, replacing the PA system, removing dead trees, and rolling over enrollment to the new school year, just to name a few.

Now that PowerSchool has been updated for the new school year, we have been working on class placements for the incoming Kindergarteners from St. Edwards, incoming PreK children, our students returning from virtual school and home study, as well as our new enrollees. Placement letters for these students should be emailed to parents by early next week.

We recently tested our water for the presence of lead. Unfortunately, several taps (sink and drinking fountain fixtures) in our school show the presence of lead. We have taken immediate action and are developing a remediation plan to start the school year lead free. A letter is attached with more information.