May 28, 2020

As is usual at this time of year, we are standing with a foot in each school year: finishing the current school year and planning for the next school year. For the current school year, we are focused on finishing with positive experiences for children, families, and staff (see below). We know, better than anyone, how difficult it is for children to focus on schoolwork during this nice weather. Thanks for being persistent and sticking with it. I am sitting here writing this from my patio. It is always novel and fun to do schoolwork outdoors!

Upcoming:

Student Council’s Quarantine Mile Run: We can’t have our annual Cornfield Mile Run ☹, so Student Council planned something else. We’d love for every family to participate. Details are on the Home Page.

Parent Survey: Please complete our survey about the remote learning, which is part of our state approved Continuum of Learning Plan. https://forms.gle/auAeAXW2qmXEtdSr6

6th Grade Parents: We are disappointed we can’t do our normal celebration, but we are working to make it special for your children and you. 6th grade teachers will be in touch, and please save the date for our 6th grade parade, June 10 at 6:30 pm. In addition to a free digital yearbook, Ms. Ashley is creating a special video filled with heartwarming memories. She still needs a few baby pictures of some 6th graders by Friday (tomorrow) at 6pm to be included in the video. You can reach her at ashley.dewing@ncsuvt.org

Save the Date: Curbside Turn In Day: June 12 by grade level, times TBD: Drive through at the assigned time, turn in devices and library books, wave goodbye to the teachers, and in return, receive progress report, as well as class placement for next year. We expect junior high staff to be there with 7th grade schedules for our 6th graders that turn in their devices.

Meal Delivery for the school year ends on Friday, June 12. Summer Meal Delivery will begin again on Monday, June 22. We will continue to deliver to our current list unless you contact our Administrative Assistant Laura Fernandes to discontinue the service. Laura.fernandes@ncsuvt.org or (802) 873-3162 ext. 101. We will deliver meals as long as we can, hopefully through August 7. Meals can also be picked up at the school June 22 through August 7.

Summer Encore Program: Encore will be running a 5 week program, M-F, June 29 – July 31. The number of children is limited, due to safety and health guidance from the state. Here is the link to electronic registration and information. https://forms.gle/r2TFYUVzNE6JGPsi8 A paper registration form is on the After School Program Page.

Registration is due June 5, and confirmation of placement will be made by June 12.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to plan too much for next year, as there are still so many unknowns. I promise that as we get information about next year, we will communicate that to you in a timely and prompt manner. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. On a good note, we have some new and very enthusiastic teachers joining our staff!

Welcome New Staff for 2020-21:

Gr. 1: Ms. Bayla Stewart: recent graduate of Northern Vermont University – Lyndon, a native of Newport

Gr. 2: Ms. Nerissa Coolbeth: recent graduate of Northern Vermont University – Johnson, and is a native of the NEK

Gr. 3: Mrs. Kirstin Raymond: 15 year veteran teacher relocating from MA, and is familiar with the area due to camp in Holland

Gr. 3: Ms. Araceli Derbyshire: formerly taught spec. ed. in Derby and is a native of the NEK

Gr. 3: Ms. Kendra Perkins: graduate of NCUHS, taught 3rd grade at Barton, and lives in Derby. (This is a recent development as Ms. Pinard is relocating.)

Gr. 6: Ms. Carly Parker: recent graduate of Northern Vermont University – Johnson, student taught in Hyde Park

PE/Health: Ms. Emma Joslin: daughter of Bob J, recent graduate of University of Vermont, taught PE and intervention at Charleston, native of Derby

Spec. Ed.: Ms. Olivia Trevisani: recent graduate of Castleton, hired by NCSU and assigned to Derby

Assistant Principal: Ms. Rhonda Lucas: veteran teacher at Derby for many years, will acquire her Educational Leadership degree in August

May 20, 2020

We have been pretty busy here packing up and planning for the end of the year. We are very sad we can’t have our normal celebrations, but we will make the best of it, and more information will be coming in regards to end of the year activities.

Curbside Pick Up of Student Belongings Friday, May 22, 2020: Our teachers have packed up student belongings, and we will be delivering them to those that get meal delivery. If you don’t get meal delivery, we are now ready for you to come and get your child’s belongings on Friday, May 22, 2020. In order to be as safe as possible for you and for us, we have created a schedule to pick up student items left at school. We will use a curbside pick up process: drive into the bus lane and someone will greet you and tell you when to move forward. The Vermont Agency of Education has said cars must be 6 feet apart. Roll down your window and tell us the name of your child and his/her teacher’s name. That information will be radioed ahead so that we can hand you the bag through your car window. We will pass you the bag of your child’s belongings and you will drive on through the parking lot. Please stay in your car at all times. If you have multiple children, please pick up ALL student belongings in one trip.

Last names A - C : 9:15 - 10:15 am

Last names D – K: 11:30 - 12:30 pm

Last names L – P: 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Last names Q – Z: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

If you cannot come during the assigned time period, please come after May 25, M-F between 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Student belongings will be left on the table in the foyer of the school between the two sets of doors.

Unemployed? Apply for Free and Reduced Meals: If your financial situation has changed during this time period, please complete the Lunch Application at this link to see if you qualify for F& R Lunch. https://www.lunchapplication.com

If you qualify now, it will make your children eligible for the entire next year. Right now, the government has given us a waiver to feed everyone, regardless of F & R eligibility, but that waiver ends soon, and has not yet been renewed. This means you may not qualify for meals during the summer unless you are eligible for F & R Lunch or the waiver is renewed.

Last Day of School: Our last day of school is officially Monday, June 15.

Tech Turn In Drive Thru Event, June 15: We will be asking parents to come to school and drop off technology devices and cords, library books, and other books and materials borrowed from the school. In return, we will give you your child’s final progress report and class placement for next year. We will set up times for drive thru drop off according to last name. Stay tuned for more information.

Yearbook: This year, every student will get a free digital yearbook! Ms. Ashley is continuing and finishing the work that the Encore group started this winter.

May 8, 2020

Hello,

It certainly has been a week of recognition – for our Lunch Superheroes, Teachers and Staff, Nurses, and coming up – Mothers! It is always good when we can teach our children to be grateful for what they have, especially during times of crisis. I’d like to take the time to recognize YOU, who as parents are working extra hard right now and have so much on your plates! Please hang in there – your children need to see examples of perseverance and resilience when things get tough. Trying your best is all you can do. It will be enough.

We should celebrate our retirees as well as others not returning to Derby:

  1. Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Buchanan, Special Educators, are retiring, but will hopefully continue to lend us their expertise.
  2. Mrs. Handley and Mrs. Coburn, gr.1, are retiring, but will hopefully return to assess children for us throughout the year.
  3. Mrs. Cheney, gr. 2, is retiring, but will hopefully return to assess children for us throughout the year.
  4. Mr. Joslin, PE, is retiring, but I’ve heard him say he will come back and sub in PE classes
  5. Mrs. Sbarra, gr. 3, will be retiring in November, and will be an intervention teacher until then.
  6. Mrs. Gentry, Assistant Principal, will be the Principal at Orleans Elementary School.
  7. Ms. Poginy, Special Education, is pursuing a job in her field of Psychology.
  8. Mrs. Ashburner elected to stay home and raise her family, but will hopefully return to sub and assess children for us throughout the year.
  9. Ms. Lingenfelter, Health and SEL, will be pursuing a counseling job.

We wish all of these teachers well in their new endeavors! Stay tuned for next week’s email, when I will let you know about our new hires!

Student Belongings Still in Classrooms: Teachers are coming in to school next week in shifts to clear out the classrooms and bag up student belongings. We will be sending a plan for getting these items back to children in the next few weeks.

Planning Ahead: We are starting to think about celebrating our 6th graders, summer Encore, summer learning, and summer meals, and even what school may look like next year. At this point, however, everything is speculation. We await guidance from the health experts and the AOE. I expect to be sending more information in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Here is some information for the here and now:

Principal’s Challenge for May 11-15: Learn without technology! Be tech free for parts of your week! Take a technology break! Send in pics of your children learning without technology (cooking, exploring outside, reading, acting, gardening, hiking, creating art, singing, playing an instrument, exercising, etc.). Send pics to tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.org so we can publish on our website and on our Facebook page.

Meal Deliveries: It is spring in Vermont so the weather can be unpredictable, but please make sure that on warm weather days that you are collecting your food delivery in a timely way so that the food does not spoil.

Vermont Public Radio: Program for PreK-6 Students: But Why, VPR's Podcast for Curious Kids is coming to the air-waves every Friday at 1 pm. May 8-June 19. The AOE has partnered with VPR to bring these interactive and educational programs to Vermont students. The programs will cover a wide-range of topics related to natural science, poetry, space, history and civics. Students can listen to the program over the air on VPR's stations or listen to the web-stream at vpr.org. Students can call-in and ask their questions while the program is on the air or send them ahead of time to questions@butwhykids.org. On Friday, May 8 But Why will be learning about bats and beavers with the Vermont Bat Center and Vermont Fish & Wildlife. On May 15, write a poem to share with Poetry Guy Ted Scheu. Find out for about the programs and find supplemental resources for each program at butwhykids.org and the Vermont AOE Vermont PBR webpage.

Attendance During Remote Learning: As we get some warm weather days, we know it can be difficult to get children to do work. This is a dynamic teachers face every year! Please remember, part of the Continuity of Learning Plan requires daily remote check ins/connections between children/families and teachers. We are required to track these connections as attendance. Connections can include logging onto See Saw (gr. PreK – 2), logging into an app or online program provided by the teachers, turning in work in Google Classroom (gr. 3-6), meeting teachers in Google Hangouts/Meets, speaking with teachers on the phone or by email, meeting with therapist, counselor, etc. Parents are not required to call absences in to the school, and during this COVID-19 school closure all absences will be excused. If your child is showing behavioral issues about the work, please see the options below.

Struggling with behavior? Try one of these options:

1.Northeast Kingdom Human Services has established a NKHS Parent Support Line. This will be available Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 until they increase to 24/7 schedule. The plan is to be ready to provide 24/7 coverage. This line is a dedicated warm line for parents and guardians to access when having difficulty managing their children’s behaviors at home. It is staffed by NKHS’s Children’s Department clinicians. NKHS Behavior Support Line 749-1111(no 802 needed if calling from Vermont) to get support with your children’s behaviors. For more Info please contact Noreen Shapiro-Berry NShapiro-Berry@nkhs.net or Marcia Stricker MStricker@nkhs.net

2.Reach out to our Guidance Counselor, RoseAnna Cyr, for assistance. Roseanna.cyr@ncsuvt.org

Courtesy Posts:

K-6 Girl Scouts: See attachments on the Activities Page for information regarding virtual Open House

Vermont Jr. Iron Chef: See attachment on the Lunch Program Page with cooking programs and recipes

April 30, 2020

I hope you all enjoyed the break from remote learning last week! I know that we are all back at it, and all we can do is our best. We know that each day you do what it takes to give the best to your family. Everything you do serves a purpose for your family, so remember, taking care of yourself IS taking care of your family!

Tiger Paw Pride Day: Tomorrow, show your Tiger Paw Pride by wearing blue and orange. Send us a pic at tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.org

School Lunch Hero Day: The Vermont Agency of Education has declared Friday, May 1st as School Lunch Hero Day. While school food service staff deserve our thanks and appreciation every day of every year, this year is especially important. Derby’s school food service heroes are continuing to work in our empty school to keep our children fed during this uncertain time. They report that they really miss seeing the children, and the drawings and notes of appreciation they receive really brighten their day. Teachers and parents are encouraged to suggest that students send their local food service heroes a message of thanks on Friday. Notes and pictures can be left on coolers and boxes for pick up by delivery staff.

PreK and Kinder Registration: We are currently registering children for PreK and K. If you know of anyone with children that needs to register their children, please pass on the information on our Registration Page and have them call our Administrative Assistant Laura at 873-3162, ext. 101.

If you need help during this school closure, please reach out.

April 23,2020

Happy Spring Break! I hope you are enjoying your time away from remote learning. Parent and teachers need to rest before it starts back up again on Monday! Thank you for trying to make this the best situation possible for your children right now. Thanks for staying open to the possibilities, for keeping it going. We are all trying to find the flow and balance that works for us and to stay afloat. We are all trying new things and finding new ways. We see you, we’re here too, we’re in this together. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at school for help.

Prek and K Registration is now open. Our early registration deadline is May 8. Please see the flyer for information. There is also helpful and more detailed information on our website.

PreK link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/pre-k

K link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/kindergarten

Class Placement: The first step in placing children into classrooms for next year is seeking your input. You know your child best. If you would like to have input into your child’s class placement for next year, please complete the form at the link provided and return it to us through snail mail, fax (802) 873-9106, or email laura.fernandes@ncsuvt.org The deadline will be extended until May 1, 2020. https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/class-placement

Spirit Week: Student Council has planned a Spirit Week next week, so information is Home Page. Email pics to tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.org for our website and Facebook!

Virtual Art Show: Mrs. Marsh has put this together to show the wonderful art work of our children this year. Be sure to check it out and see your child’s artistry! https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/art

Meal Delivery: If you are receiving meal delivery, please make sure your coolers or boxes/bins are out in time for delivery. As the weather warms up (and it will, right?) it will be important to keep the food healthy until it’s time to eat.

How is it going? Surveys: Part of NCSU’s Continuity of Learning Plan involves surveying parents and students. Here are the links if you can take some time to complete:

Student survey Parent/family survey

Struggling with behavior? Try one of these options:

1.Northeast Kingdom Human Services has established a NKHS Parent Support Line. This will be available Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 until they increase to 24/7 schedule. The plan is to be ready to provide 24/7 coverage. This line is a dedicated warm line for parents and guardians to access when having difficulty managing their children’s behaviors at home. It is staffed by NKHS’s Children’s Department clinicians. NKHS Behavior Support Line 749-1111(no 802 needed if calling from Vermont) to get support with your children’s behaviors. For more Info please contact Noreen Shapiro-Berry NShapiro-Berry@nkhs.net or Marcia Stricker MStricker@nkhs.net

2.Reach out to our Guidance Counselor, RoseAnna Cyr, for assistance. Roseanna.cyr@ncsuvt.org

April 15, 2020

So. It’s been a month. We were last together in person with children just about a month ago, and so much has happened since then. We hope everyone is staying safe and taking good care of themselves. We want to do everything we can to support our families. See below for some support we can offer.

Meal Delivery: On Tuesday, we will begin delivering a 1/2 gallon of milk per child for T-F and then on Friday, small individual milks will be delivered for Saturday- Monday. Please make space in your fridge. As the weather warms up, please make sure you are picking up the milk and food in a timely manner so that it does not spoil.

Tech Support: Technology can be challenging! Ashely Dewing is here to provide support so don’t hesitate to reach out to her: https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/tech-support

For Parents and Caregivers: Attached is a resource you may find helpful!

Spring Break: There is no remote learning next week, April 20 – 24, 2020. Enjoy the family life. We WILL be delivering meals during Spring Break.

Struggling with behavior? Try one of these options:

1.Northeast Kingdom Human Services has established a NKHS Parent Support Line. This will be available Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 until they increase to 24/7 schedule. The plan is to be ready to provide 24/7 coverage. This line is a dedicated warm line for parents and guardians to access when having difficulty managing their children’s behaviors at home. It is staffed by NKHS’s Children’s Department clinicians. NKHS Behavior Support Line 749-1111(no 802 needed if calling from Vermont) to get support with your children’s behaviors. For more Info please contact Noreen Shapiro-Berry NShapiro-Berry@nkhs.net or Marcia Stricker MStricker@nkhs.net

2.Reach out to our Guidance Counselor, RoseAnna Cyr, for assistance. Roseann.cyr@ncsuvt.org

How is it going? Surveys: Part of NCSU’s Continuity of Learning Plan involves surveying parents and students. Here are the links if you can take some time to complete:

Student survey

Parent/family survey

April 9, 2020

Parents, we’ve got you!

To all the parents who are struggling in so many ways to find balance, structure, direction and solace in this most challenging moment, we’ve got you! We always have, and we always will. We know that our present day circumstances aren’t what anyone is accustomed to. The people who make up Derby Elementary School have your backs! Teachers, Food Service Staff, Custodians, Para Educators, Bus Drivers, Bus Monitors, Nursing staff, Office Staff, Mental Health Clinicians and Administrators have been working to ensure that we continue to help provide your children with access to food, connections to the school community, emotional support, and of course, remote learning for our children.

Please know that our entire staff will continue to address food insecurity, homelessness, mental health, poverty, trauma, clothing needs, and all of our kids’ learning needs. This work has always been done through private acts of professionalism and kindness because those were the right things to do, and what our children and families needed. We work through more crises than many will ever know, and we do it with grace and dignity. This is what it means to be a public educator. This will never change; it’s in our DNA.

As we all move through this new era of remote learning, know that much of this is new for us too. Please, give yourself (and us) some grace. We aren’t expecting you to teach your children all day long as we have done. We know that many of you are reporting to work as essential employees or are working from home too. It’s super challenging to be on your own online meetings while also meeting the needs of your children. We are always doing our best for you, and we know that you are doing your best too. Our best and your best is good enough! We have the devotion, patience, leadership, intelligence and technologies to make this the best learning experience possible given what we are all up against. We’re Derby Elementary. We’ve got you!

Continuity of Learning begins Monday, April 13, 2020: We have received some guidance and requirements from the state in regards to the transition from “Maintenance of Learning” to “Continuity of Learning” for the rest of the school year. We are preparing to begin a new Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP) as required on Monday, April 13, 2020. While the expectations have been adjusted for remote learning, the CLP does require that teaching and learning of new concepts needs to take place and documented. We will be issuing a report of each child’s progress of remote learning in June.

The recommended amount of time spent on remote learning per grade level, as developed by experts, is as follows:

PreK 2-3 hours per week or 30-45 minutes per day

K-1 3-4 hours per week or 45-60 minutes per day

2-3 4-6 hours per week or 60-90 minutes per day

4-6 6-8 hours per week or 90-120 minutes per day

Attendance During Remote Learning: Part of the CLP requires daily remote check ins/connections between children/families and teachers. Beginning Monday, April 13, we are required to track these connections as attendance. Connections can include logging onto See Saw (gr. PreK – 2), logging into an app or online program provided by the teachers, turning in work in Google Classroom (gr. 3-6), meeting teachers in Google Hangouts/Meets, speaking with teachers on the phone or by email, meeting with therapist, counselor, etc. Parents are not required to call absences in to the school, and during this COVID-19 school closure all absences will be excused.

Google Meet Guidelines: If your children are meeting with teachers (or friends) on line, there are certain guidelines that should be followed. They are on the Class Happenings Page, so please review them with your children.

Derby’s Facebook page: Be sure to check out our Facebook page with your child. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt Each Friday, I will be continuing our Funny Friday announcements during which I read jokes submitted by children. Children can submit jokes through you in the comments after the video on FB, or by messaging through our Facebook page. (Not by email, thanks!) I have many jokes already submitted from children in grades K-2, but need more from children in grades 3-6! We also have a fun surprise in the works for children, and it will be published on our FB page.

Tigers Learning at Home: If you have pictures of your children learning at home that you’d like to see on our webpage or Facebook page, please email them to: tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.org

2020-21 School Calendar: The calendar for next year has been finalized, and it is on our Home Page for your convenience.

Hang in there, give yourself (and us) some grace, and remember, we’re in this together and we’ve got you!

April 1, 2020

Hello! It was good to see the sunshine yesterday, hopefully more will come. I have spent some time this morning with 1st, 4th, and 5th graders in Google Hangouts. Seeing their smiling faces and chatting with them has really made my day and lifted my hopes for us to provide positive learning and social experiences for our children. We got this!

While these are challenging times, we also have much to be thankful for. You may start seeing pink or red hearts posted on street facing windows and doors. They symbolize hope, solidarity, and thankfulness for those who are performing work essential to this public health crisis as well as thankfulness for all we do have. We would love to see some posted in windows and doors as we drive the bus delivery route, or a few left in meal delivery boxes for us to put in the bus windows!

MEAL DELIVERY: Today we delivered close to 700 meals to children 18 years of age or younger. If meal delivery is needed, call Laura Fernandes at 873-3162, ext. 101 to leave a message before 1:00 pm. She will call you back and get you on the delivery list for the next day.

MEAL PICK UP: Meals for children 18 years of age or younger can be picked up in the foyer of the school between 8:00 am and 11:00 am.

APPRECIATION: A special thank you goes to Fritz and Paula at Derby Line Village Inn, who donated 40 lbs. of freshly rolled rigatoni for student meals this week. We must also recognize our essential employees who keep working to prepare, pack, and deliver meals to all and keep our school clean and sanitized. We also appreciate all the work that teachers and parents are doing to teach our children. It takes a village, and this is a good one to live and work in!

PROGRESS REPORTS: Progress reports for the 2nd trimester, which ended right as school was closed, are completed and have been mailed. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. Messages left on school their phones are forwarded to their email.

SEND PHOTOS: We are collecting pics of Tigers learning at home for a future video/slideshow, as well as for posting. Send your photos to: tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.org

March 25, 2020

What a whirlwind week it has been with these rapidly changing orders, announcements and protocols. In spite of all that, WE REALLY MISS YOUR CHILDREN! It takes a special person to work in a school, and most don’t do it for the paycheck. They do it because they love children and have a passion for what they do. It is certainly an adjustment. I am sure it is an adjustment for parents and children as well. It appears to be our new normal at least through April 13, per Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

We know children are missing each other as well, so we thought we’d have some fun challenges and collect some pics to share on our website and Facebook page. Families and staff members are encouraged to join in on the challenges as well. See details below.

March is Reading Month Challenges:

March 25: Today we are celebrating with WACKY WEDNESDAY! Style your hair in a wacky way and send us a pic of yourself reading a joke book! Email your pic to this special email address. tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.net

March 26: Tomorrow we are celebrating BOOK COVER DAY – design a new book cover for your favorite book and take a selfie with it. Email your selfies to tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.net

March 27: SNUGGLE UP AND READ! Wear your pjs, snuggle up with your favorite stuffie, sibling, parent, or pet, and read to them. Email your pics to tigerslearningathome@ncsuvt.net

Meal Delivery: Our wonderful kitchen staff has been preparing growing numbers of meals daily – they are currently up to 2 meals per day for 275+ children 18 years of age and younger. The Abbey Group is providing meals for the weekend, to be delivered on Fridays. Our fabulous para educators, bus drivers, and bus monitors have been packing and delivering meals. We are trying to minimize person to person exposure for these essential employees, so please leave a box, tub, bucket or cooler at the end of your driveway/bus stop for meal drop off. If you need to be added to the meal delivery list, please call Laura Fernandes at 873-3162 ext. 101.

Meal Pick Up: Our meal pick up hours have changed and are now 8 – 11 am. Signs on the doors will direct you to the pick up location.

School building closed: Given the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, only essential employees will be present at school. Employees that are able to work from home will be. Any voicemails left and emails sent will be received and returned.

Food Shelf Donations are needed for our Back Pack Program. Requested items are based on need: *Peanut Butter *Canned vegetables *Canned fruit and cups* Granola bars *Cereal *Instant oatmeal *Jelly *Pasta Sauce. We will also accept tuna, pasta, juice and milk boxes, canned soups, and mac and cheese. Please leave donations in the box in the foyer of Derby Elementary School (just inside the first set of doors) between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. If you prefer an alternate drop off for donations, please email Roseanna.cyr@ncsuvt.org. Special thanks to Avery Williams who donated at least 6 bags of groceries just today, as well as Nelson Farms for donating 100 lbs. of USDA Cowtown Market beef. The Eastside Restaurant and Pub donated the perishables they had after closing down, which was so generous. We also had members of a local Facebook cooking group provide loaves of bread they baked! Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support in this important community effort!

March 18, 2020

It sure is quiet today without the children, we miss them already! We still have lots of school work here in the lobby that needs to be picked up by Friday at 4pm.

Childcare for workers essential to the public health crisis: As you can imagine, we are getting new information daily. Here’s how it goes: The governor makes an announcement to the public. People behind the scenes at the state level then work to provide clarification and interpretation, and develop processes and guidance to the schools. Last evening, the guidelines were released for childcare for children whose parents are employees essential to the public health crisis. So now we work behind the scenes to make a plan for our families. Stay tuned for more on that.

Meal Pick Up: Today we began pick up meal service, which is available at DES Monday - Friday from 7am – 1pm for ANY and ALL children 18 years of age and younger in our community. Information is on the Home Page.

Meal Delivery: We are beginning to plan for meal delivery using our normal bus routes starting Monday, March 23. If you’d like meals for children 18 and under delivered to your home, please call our office @ (802) 873-3162. Information is on the Home Page. If you have a need for more substantial food delivery for your entire family, please email Ms. Cyr at roseanna.cyr@ncsuvt.org

Donate Food: Our January food drive produced a lot of food, and we will be delivering 2 weeks of that food to the families that are part of our Backpack Program. This will deplete our supply. If you would like to donate jars of peanut butter, pasta, jars of pasta sauce, boxes of granola bars, boxes of macaroni and cheese, packages of applesauce or fruit cups, boxes of instant oatmeal, boxes of cereal, jars of jelly, cans of soup, cans of pasta, cans of tuna or chicken, boxes of juice or milk boxes (shelf stable), cans of fruit, cans of vegetables, you can drop off at Derby Elementary between 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Free Internet: Information about free internet service should you need it is available on the Home Page.

More activities for kids: Don’t forget, our specialists (PE, Art, Library, SEL/Health, Music, Library, Technology, Guidance, Band) teach all 450+ children, so it is more difficult for them to reach out to you individually. Lessons and activities for the special areas will be posted on our website for your access under the tab “Class Happenings.” Here is the link. https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings This will be updated throughout the school closure. Specialists will be available to answer questions and support through email.

Counseling Support: RoseAnna Cyr, Guidance Counselor, can connect with parents and/or children virtually during the school closure. Please email her if you’d like to schedule a ½ hour virtual appointment. At the time of scheduling, she will send you the link to connect.

Please continue to stay tuned to email, our website, and Facebook page for information throughout the school closure. Call our office with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

March 17, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during the this difficult time. In times of adversity, you truly see the nature of people. Our staff has been calm and working feverishly to prepare to extend and enhance the learning of our children. Our children have been impressive - they want to keep learning and are taking the continuation of their learning seriously. Community members and parents are asking how they can help – Thank you!

Our waiver regarding meal service has been approved! This means that our plan has changed- for the better! Free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up at DES for ANY child in our community 18 years old or younger Monday – Friday between 7am – 1pm. Breakfast and lunch will be packaged together so that you only need to come once to pick up. While we will still remain an open meal site, we would like to also begin a delivery service next week, so we are waiting to see the results of the NCSU survey. Then we can begin reaching out to parents who indicated a need. Stay tuned.

Teachers are working so hard to prepare meaningful work and activities for children. Teachers have been teaching these last two days, and may need time to prepare work and activities for the next two weeks. Some may have sent some yesterday or will send some today. Some will provide work tomorrow or later this week for you to pick up. More work and activities may be made available throughout the closure. We have asked teachers to focus on the children in class and not to rush their preparation. We want to ensure that quality and meaningful activities can be provided. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to you (if they haven’t already) about staying connected and how they can be available to answer questions and provide support for you or your children.

Our specialists (PE, Art, Library, SEL/Health, Music, Library, Technology, Guidance) have all 450+ children, so it is more difficult for them to reach out to you individually. Lessons and activities for the special areas will be posted on our website for your access under the tab “Class Happenings.” Here is the link. https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings This will be updated throughout the school closure. Specialists will be available to answer questions and support through email.

RoseAnna Cyr, Guidance Counselor, is open to connecting with parents and/or children virtually during the school closure. Please email her if you’d like to schedule a ½ hour virtual appointment. At the time of scheduling, she will send you the link to connect.

We will miss your children and hope you all stay well. Stay tuned to email, our website, and Facebook page for information throughout the school closure. Call our office with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

March 16, 2020

Hello,

As you can imagine, we sure have been busy today! There are many questions that you have, teachers have, support staff have, and administrators have. We currently do have some answers. Thank you for being patient, and as we get information, we will share it.

Here’s what we know and have been planning for at this point:

If you choose to keep your child(ren) home Monday and Tuesday due to the public health crisis, absences will be excused with no penalty when you call our office to report the absence at 873-3162, option 3.

Today you should have received an important survey through School Messenger with the option of replying online or by phone. This survey is very important for you to participate in so we can find out the needs in our community during this school closure. Among other things, it will be asking about internet access, tablets or computers in the home so children can access learning, and the need for food and childcare. We will use the results of this survey to plan accordingly.

“To go” style food for children receiving Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) will be available for pick up this week, Wednesday through Friday, at 9:00 am in our cafeteria. Both “grab and go” breakfast and lunch will be provided at this time.

Beginning Monday, March 23, we’d like to set up a delivery system for breakfast and lunch for ANY family that needs it, not just those on FRL. (We are seeking a waiver from the state for this.) This is why answering the survey is very important. We’ll need to know to whom to deliver food, and where. More information on food delivery will come later in the week.

Teachers will be preparing academic activities for your children through April 3. This includes activities for children on IEPs. Some activities may be sent home tomorrow, and others may be sent electronically later in the week. It is hard to prepare the required amount of work when teachers are in school with children, so teachers need Wednesday – Friday to plan. We are prepared to send home the Chromebooks for gr. 3-6. Teachers will be reviewing the Acceptable Use Policy with children and reminding them of how to care for the Chromebooks at home. PreK-2 children may need devices as well, but we don’t have 1:1 devices for those grade levels. Again, this is why the survey responses are important. We hope match up PreK – 2 teacher activities with need for devices. We would then contact parents who have a need, with pick up occurring next week.

Governor Scott indicated in his press release that local districts would be tasked with “collaborating with the state to provide childcare options for healthcare workers and others essential to the response.” Thus far, we have not been able to get in touch with anyone at the state with whom to collaborate. I have heard that Siskin may be offering something, so stay tuned. As soon as we are able to collaborate with the state, I will send more information out.

I have provided a helpful link for you about being parents during this trying time. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814615866/coronavirus-and-parenting-what-you-need-to-know-now

As always, our first priority is the health and well-being of our students and families.

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As you may have heard, we have been directed by Governor Phil Scott to close school as of Wednesday, March 18 – April 6, 2020, and it could be longer.

https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/gov-scott-orders-orderly-closure-vermont-prek-12-schools-week

Stay tuned for more information about how we can help children learn at home, provide childcare for working families, and breakfast and lunch meals for those that need it. There are LOTS of questions that don't yet have answers. Please be patient with us as we work to figure out next steps in this unprecedented situation. As soon as we have plans made, we will communicate them to you.

Our school will be open Monday and Tuesday, but families are free to make the choice to send their children to school or not, without penalty. All absences will be excused. Please contact the school, per our usual procedure, if your child will NOT be attending school.

We do not yet know exactly what this will mean for teachers, students and families, but please know that we are working hard to meet the needs of our community in the best way we can.

If you have questions please feel free to email. Here are some helpful resources:

https://www.healthvermont.gov

https://education.vermont.gov

From the Health Department:

· If you have questions about COVID-19 dial 2-1-1

· If you are sick or concerned about your health: Contact your health care provider by phone. Please avoid going to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.

March 15, 2020

Update: 6:18pm

Dear NCSU School-Community,

On Sunday, March 15 Governor Scott issued an order to close schools by no later than Wednesday as a part of state-wide efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. All NCSU schools will be open Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17th without delay. As of Wednesday, schools will be closed until April 6th and possibly longer.

Please know that we recognize the closure of schools will present many challenges to families. We also acknowledge this will result in the loss of learning for our students.

Teachers and staff will be working on plans to provide learning resources and services remotely while schools are closed. As you can imagine, this is a challenging task. We ask for your patience and support as we work with you to provide a continuation of learning as best we can under the circumstances.

Please stay tuned for more information from your child’s schools over the next few days. Thank you for your patience in this challenging time.

Be well!

John A. Castle

NCSU Superintendent of Schools

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Update: 4:00pm

Please stay tuned for more information and a more detailed plan.

https://governor.vermont.gov/…/gov-scott-orders-orderly-clo…

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Please know that we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely. There is much information out there, some true, some not. We want to keep all of our students and staff safe. We are consulting several resources and contacts: John Castle, Superintendent of NCSU, the Agency of Education, the Vermont Department of Health, and the CDC.

Please take the same precautions we take during every cold and flu season. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbows, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces you touch frequently (phones, computers, doorknobs), and, please stay home if you or your child have a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath.

In alignment with the governor’s Executive Order, families who choose to keep their children home because of COVID-19 concerns will not be penalized and those absences will be excused when you report that to our absence hotline @ 873-3162, option 3.

While information is changing rapidly and times are uncertain, you can count on us to keep our school community as safe and healthy as possible, and to keep you informed. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me (email stacey.urbin@ ncsuvt.org)

March 14, 2020

Due to the closure of Jay Peak, Winter Activity Days are cancelled for March 18 and April 1. Students will have a regular day of school on those dates. Thank you to all the folks who make this program a success.

Paid fees will be refunded next week.

March 13, 2020

Dear NCSU Families,

Certainly much has transpired in a week’s time and we recognize the development of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has increased the level of anxiety for members of our school-community. We also know we have started to experience disruptions to school activities and events.

We do not have any plan at this time to close schools. The Governor has declared a state of emergency and announced a range of mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the virus. This does not include closing schools at this time. It is, however, important that parents consider child care options if conditions change and result in the closure of schools.

We have canceled some events and some trips, yet have not limited out of state field trips or professional development for staff at this point. We will make determinations on a case by case basis. We cannot rule out placing uniform limitations on some of these activities depending on further guidance from the Department of Health or directives from the Governor.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, or your school principal, if you have specific questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding and support in these trying times.

John A. Castle

March 12, 2020

We were notified this afternoon that Encore's Junior Iron Chef team's statewide competition on Saturday at the Champlain Valley Exposition has been cancelled. This team has worked hard to prepare and is eager to perform and show their skills, so we are providing an alternative experience for them.

We would like to showcase the culinary skills of the Encore's Junior Iron Chef Team at 9:00 am at Derby Elementary School during our Pi(e) Breakfast. We have also invited the Junior Iron Chef team from Coventry Village School to attend as well.

We hope that you will come and support our team and also join us for Pi(e) Breakfast. The proceeds of the Pi(e) Breakfast will go towards the 6th grade playground shade structure project. The Pi(e) Breakfast costs$ 5.00 per person for "all you can eat" pie.

March 10, 2020

Hello,

So far this week, we seem to be tolerating the time change and full moon dynamic just fine. We hope the same has been true for you. How we navigate Friday the 13th remains to be seen!

Wednesday, March 12, 2020: For March is Reading Month, it is Color Craze Day! We want children to dress in bright colors. Our calendar is on the Home Page .

Saturday, March 14, 2020:

Our Pi(e) Breakfast is being hosted by grade 6, as a fundraiser to build a shade structure on our playground. Information is on our Home Page . We hope to see you there.

Good luck to Chef Jason Marcoux and our team who will be participating in the Jr. Iron Chef competition at the Champlain Valley Expo! All are welcome. Doors open at 9:00am.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

Winter Activity Day for gr. 4-6: Skiing/snowboarding - $18.00; Bowling - $8.00; Please send in our money if you haven’t already.

There is no skating at Jay, instead, X-country skiing/snowshoeing is at Craftsbury Outdoor Center this time. Please return permission slip (no charge for Craftsbury on this day)

Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Early Release K-6 @ 12:00 pm

No PreK sessions due to Teacher Professional Learning

Friday, March 20, 2020:

No School for children PreK – 12; Teacher Professional Learning

March 6, 2020

Information regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19

Dear NCSU Families,

We have received recent information from the VT Agency of Education and VT Department of Health and will continue to receive updates. We are providing a link to the VT Department of Health website. We feel the best way to keep families informed is for you to access the information from the Department of Health website.

Our NCSU Leadership Team is meeting this coming week to discuss considerations and protocols regarding school trips and events for this spring.

As always, we ask parents to keep your child home when sick and we will continue to take measures to clean surfaces in schools and to encourage hand washing.

We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 in the region and state, seek and follow guidance from the Agency of Education and Department of Health and stay vigilant to promote public health.

Please do not hesitate to call me, or your school principal, if you have questions.

Sincerely,​​​​​​​

John A. Castle

March 2, 2020

Hello and Happy March! March is always fun because we celebrate March is Reading Month! Information is on the Home Page.

Town Meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm. Our fund balance article will be voted on at Town Meeting, by a voice vote of those present. The fund balance article seeks permission to spend money on fieldtrips and other equity expenses, new lighting, drinking fountains, technology, and safety measures such as an emergency door switch in the office and a fence around the PreK playground, a new public address system, more bus cameras, new bus radios that have a farther range, etc. More information is attached, in case you missed it the first few times.

Vote tomorrow by ballot on the rest of the budget at the Derby Town Offices. Two new positions are included for our most vulnerable students: intervention and social emotional/behavioral. More information is attached, in case you missed it the first few times.

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 4: No School due to rescheduled teacher professional learning.

Thursday, March 5: Back to School! March is Reading Month Begins

February 18, 2020

Valentine’s Day is behind us and we are looking forward to Mid-Winter Break. We have a few requests for upcoming events: please donate food bank items, vote in the contest to bring a famous author to our school, and bake pies!

Student Council Food Drive: Student Council is sponsoring a Food Drive this week to support our local Backpack Program. Grade levels will earn points for donated items based on the program's need for these items. Student Council will honor the winning grade level with an ice cream sundae party in March. The contest ends Friday morning, February 21, 2020.

5 points - jar of peanut butter, box of granola bars, macaroni and cheese, box of pasta, package of applesauce or fruit cups, box of instant oatmeal.

2 points - jar of jelly, can of soup, can of pasta, can of tuna or chicken, box of juice or milk boxes (shelf stable), jar of pasta sauce.

1 point - can of fruit, can of vegetables.

No School March 4, 2020: Due to the school cancellation Feb. 7, our professional learning day has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 4. Therefore, there is no school for children on March 4. We return to school after break on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Last Day of School 2020: June 15, 2020

It’s not too late! Help our school win a visit from famous author Jan Brett! Click on the link below and enter the contest. It is quick to add your name, your email, our school name and address: 907 Elm Street Derby Line, VT 05830 We are now in 12th place with 186 votes – we are moving up in the standings, but WE CAN DO BETTER! The top school has 750 votes. All votes are checked for duplicates and validity. Please share with friends and family! We will find out April 20th if we are a winner! https://www.janbrett.com/contest_2020/2020_free_school_or_library_visit.htm

Our March menu is on our Lunch Program Page .

Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Derby Ninja Warrior! Information is on the Activities Page .

Thursday, February 20, 2020: K-4 Parent Meeting about Health Instruction and Curriculum (Information is on the Health Classroom Page )

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am: Tiger Paw Pride Assembly – Parents Welcome!

Monday, February 24, 2020: Mid-Winter Break Begins

Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm at Derby: Town Meeting

Tuesday, March 3, 2020: VOTE on school budget (budget information can be found here.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020: No School for children, Professional Learning for teachers.

Thursday, March 5, 2020: Back to School!

Saturday, March 14, 2020: (see Home Page) We're excited to announce the 2nd Annual Pi(e) Breakfast being held on PI Day, March 14, 2020. Proceeds will go to the Playground Sun Shelter Project. We need pies! We are also looking for anyone with connections to businesses to help us find some items like gift certificates and new items to auction off at our event. If you have a connection, please call our office or let Mr. Vachon or Ms. Lucas know.

February 11, 2020

Two exciting weeks are coming up prior to Mid-Winter Break……….

Help our school win a visit from famous author Jan Brett! Click on this link and enter the contest. It is quick to add your name, your email, our school name and address: 907 Elm Street Derby Line, VT 05830 We are in 17th place with only 131 votes – WE CAN DO BETTER! The top school has 747 votes. All votes are checked for duplicates and validity. Please share with friends and family! We will find out April 20th if we are a winner! https://www.janbrett.com/contest_2020/2020_free_school_or_library_visit.htm

Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day! Please dress appropriately.

Friday, February 14, 2020: Happy Valentine’s Day. Specific information would be coming home from your child’s teacher about plans for this day.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Derby Ninja Warrior! See our Activities Page for more information.

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am: Tiger Paw Pride Assembly – Parents Welcome!

Monday, February 24, 2020: Mid-Winter Break Begins

Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm at Derby: Town Meeting

Tuesday, March 3, 2020: VOTE on school budget (see reports for budget information through our Annual Reports Quick Link https://des.ncsuvt.org/home/annual-reports/annual-school-report )

Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Back to School!

February 3, 2020

Thank you for your generous donations of food and money for the area food banks on Flannel Friday. The food that was donated will stay in Derby for our Back Pack Program.

We are having a poster contest to promote our PBIS Tiger Paw Pride (ROAR expectations). There will be one winner per grade and posters will be hung around the school and posted on our Facebook page. Details are on the Home Page.

Nurse Lisa gave me some information to share regarding the flu: We have had multiple confirmed cases. Local pediatrician offices have seen an increase this week and expect that trend to continue for some time. With that information, please be vigilant as we need to protect our students and staff, most particularly our most vulnerable, such as those that are Immune suppressed, and have asthma, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. It is of the utmost importance that we protect these children and adults. Please remember it is important to keep children home for 24 hours after having a fever or vomiting without medication. This will assist in keeping our school as healthy as possible. In addition to this, if your child is diagnosed with the flu, it is important that you let us know, and please keep them out of school for 7 days while they recover. Below you will find helpful tips in assistance of avoiding the flu.

  • Encourage washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching mouth, eyes or nose.
  • Encourage students not to share food or drinks.
  • We encourage any unvaccinated people to get vaccinated.

Coming Up:

Thursday, February 6, 2020: Gr 4-6 Winter Activity money, as well as breakfast and lunch orders, due to classroom teachers.

Friday, February 7, 2020: NO SCHOOL for children. Teachers have professional learning on the 7 Core Assumptions of Restorative Work in Schools, Student Led Conferences, Literacy, and a strategy that addresses Executive Functioning.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day

February 24-March 3, 2020: Mid-Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

January 28, 2020

It is a busy week this week at Derby! (see calendar below)

In other news, our budget for 2020-21 is complete and we are ready to share the news. Attached are explanations from myself and the Board President, which will be included in the Town Report. A highlight: Author Paul C. Gorski, Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap, writes, “No student should be denied the educational opportunities offered her peers because of where she was born or the economic condition of her family or, for that matter, her family’s home language or racial identity or any other condition beyond her control.” Teachers have begun engaging in professional learning around equity literacy, which involves making sure all children have access to our programs, regardless of income, race, gender, ability, etc. We are scrutinizing our systems, programs, traditions, and practices to make sure that personal and social circumstances of our children, which are often far beyond their control, are not obstacles to achieving educational potential. An equitable education system helps all students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be engaged and become productive members of society. More importantly, giving all children an equitable start will lead to better economic and social outcomes for individuals and our community. We have identified several areas of improvement in the area of equity, but the one of the largest is educational field trips. We have traditionally expected parents to pay for the required educational field trips of their children, regardless of income. The board is supporting the reservation of fund balance to help address this and other inequities in our school.” For more information, read both attachments for the Town Report.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020:

Gr. 4 – 6 Winter Activity Day reminders:

Please bring/wear appropriate clothing (warm ski pants, hats, mittens/gloves, jacket, boots for Siskin and Jay; sneakers for bowling and Wellness Center)

Please do not bring snowboards and skis on the morning bus from home.

Please bring lunch (unless you've already signed up for a school lunch).

Please arrive at school no later than 8:30.

Thursday, January 30, 2020:

9:30 am Tiger Paw Pride Assembly

5:00 pm Equity in Our Schools and Community Workshop (see Home Page Flier for location)

6:00 pm Derby vs. Newport City Boys Basketball Game at Derby (We’re undefeated!)

Friday, January 31, 2020:

Flannel Friday for Food (see Home Page )

We’d LOVE everyone to wear flannel! Feel free to send in donations (cash only, no checks) for area food banks if you can help.

Friday February 7, 2020:

NO SCHOOL (teacher professional development)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020:

Farm to School Taste Test – We need volunteers! Contact Colton, our F2S Organizer @ cmccracken@gmfts.org to volunteer

January 23, 2020

We had visitors from neighboring Supervisory Unions in our building yesterday for the state required Integrated Field Review. There were teachers and principals that visited, and all were so impressed with our children and school. I could not have been more proud of the friendliness of our children and of the learning that was witnessed!

Coming up this week and next:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

5:30 pm: Health Curriculum Meeting for Gr. 5 & 6 parents in library ( letter sent home and emailed last week)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Gr. 4-6 money due for Jan. 29 Winter Activity Day:

Bowling/Wellness Center - $8.00

Skiing/Boarding - $18.00

Skating/Cross Country Skiing - $12.00

· Let your teacher know if you’d like breakfast and lunch from the school.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day

Thursday, January 30, 2020

9:30 am Tiger Paw Pride Assembly: Parents Welcome!

5:00 pm VEEP Equity Workshop (see Home Page for flier)

Friday, January 31, 2020

We are participating in Flannel Friday with other schools to raise money for the local food shelf. We encourage all to wear flannel, regardless of donation. If you’d like to make a donation, please send it in with your child - cash only.

Friday, February 7, 2020

NO SCHOOL for students

Professional Learning for Teachers

January 14, 2020

We are so proud of our Kindergarteners and how far they have come. They have officially joined the ranks of the Gr. 1-3 in terms of breakfast service. This means they are now picking up their breakfast and doing their composting in the hallways instead of the classroom. This takes careful concentration as they multi-task. They are successfully walking and carrying their tray at the same time, all while older children are bustling through the halls. Our first, second, and third graders are also doing well as the food service line and composting line have changed location - they haven’t missed a beat!

At our school, we have a goal of ensuring equitable educational opportunities, regardless of race, income, gender, etc. There is a presentation about equity in our area in a few weeks. Here is a quote from Paul C. Gorski, in his book Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap: “No student should be denied the educational opportunities offered her peers because of where she was born or the economic condition of her family or, for that matter, her family’s home language or racial identity or any other condition beyond her control.” A flyer about the presentation is on our Home Page.

Coming Up:

Wednesday, January 15:

Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day (WAD). Please make sure your child leaves the house with the right clothing for the day. Money paid for the cancelled December WAD will be applied to this WAD. If you missed payment for the December WAD, please turn that in as soon as possible.

Band and Chorus Concert, 6pm. Children should report to the music room at 5:40 pm. We are looking forward to this special event!

Friday, January 17: No School for students, Professional Learning for teachers and para educators.

Monday, January 20: No School in honor of MLK Day.

Tuesday, January 21: Integrated Field Review visit

Enjoy the rest of your week!

January 9, 2020

We are off to good start to the new year! We are settling in this week and have reviewed our Tiger Paw Pride expectations. I am hoping it will warm up today so we can get the children outside for recess! Stay warm.

In a few week, we will be hosting educators from around the state as they look at our programs and provide feedback on our implementation of the Vermont Education Standards. An informational letter is on our Home Page

At our school, we have a goal of ensuring equitable educational opportunities. There is a workshop about equity in our area in a few weeks. A flyer is on our Home Page

The NCSU Board and the Derby Board recently revised, updated, and approved the policy regarding head lice. The policy, as well as some other helpful resources for preventing the treatment and spread of head lice can be found on Health Page

Coming Up:

Wednesday, January 15:

Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day (WAD). Let the teacher know by tomorrow if you’d like a lunch from school. Money paid for the cancelled December WAD will be applied to this WAD. If you missed payment for the December WAD, please turn that in as soon as possible.

Band and Chorus Concert, 6pm. Information should be coming from Mr. Davis and Ms. Chambers.

Friday, January 17: No School for students, Professional Learning for teachers and para educators.

Monday, January 20: No School in honor of MLK Day.

December 17, 2019

We are in our final week of school for the year, and the decade. Here’s a funny song, written to a familiar tune: “I’m dreaming of calm classrooms, just like the ones I used to know…..where children listen, and white boards glisten…..” We wish you an enjoyable December Break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Wednesday’s Winter Activity Day for gr. 4 -6 is CANCELLED. It is very disappointing, but we have decided to cancel because the conditions at Jay Peak are not optimal and would impact our first experience in a negative way. Over the past few days, Mrs. Gentry has been in contact with Jay Peak as well as skiers who visited the mountain over the weekend. There is very little open for intermediate and beginner skiers. She has increased concerns for student safety on the mountain with icy conditions and very little snow cover. In addition, she learned that the Ice Haus and the Nordic Center will not be open for us either. It is not possible to run only one or two of the activities due to teacher coverage, bussing, etc. Our first Winter Activity Day will be January 15. Students will have a regular day of school on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. All monies collected will be applied to January 15. Any extra money paid will be refunded at the end of the program. Again, we are very sorry and know there will be disappointed students and chaperones, but we want our first experience of the year to be a positive one for all.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019: Derby Ninja Warrior (found on the Activities Page )

Thursday, December 19, 2019: Tiger Paw Pride Assembly @ 10:20 am; 5th grade Parent Meeting at 5:30 pm (found on the Nature's Classroom Page)

Friday, December 20, 2019: Last school day of the year!

Thursday, January 2, 2020: First school day of the new year, and of the new decade.

January Menu is on the Lunch Program Page

December 11, 2019

7 more days until our December Break! We have some fun events happening before then, so check them out below:

Thursday, December 12, 2019

PTA and Student Council’s Holiday Shop (see Home Page)

Next Week:

Student Council Spirit Week (see Home Page)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019: Gr. 4 – 6 Winter Activity Day:

  • If your child is a bowler, please send in $8.00 by Friday.
  • If your child is a skater, please send in $12.00 by Friday.
  • If your child is a skier or boarder, please send in $18.00 by Friday. (If your child owns his/her equipment, it's $12.00. If your child owns equipment and has a season's pass, you don't owe anything.)
  • If your child wants to order a school lunch bag for winter activity day, please let the teacher know no later than Friday.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Derby Ninja Warrior (see Activities Page)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Tiger Paw Pride Assembly @ 10:20 am

5th grade Parent Meeting (see Nature's Classroom Page)

December 6, 2019

We are full of holiday cheer! First our Thanksgiving Feast, and then our Winter Concert, and now we are playing Holiday Bingo. There is a Holiday Bingo Board up in our hallway and classes are completing fun challenges to earn a Bingo. Once Bingo is earned, the class chooses a fun prize: milk and cookies, popcorn, donuts, candy, etc. Check out our Facebook page for pictures and videos of some of the challenges. Challenges include writing holiday notes to seniors filled with good cheer, painting the snow, partnering with another class for snow walk or buddy reading, creating snowflakes or paper bag puppets, singing a song of holiday cheer, etc. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/

Here are some upcoming events:

Saturday, December 7:

Light Up the Night Parade: Look for our Derby Bus! Information is on the Activities Page .

Thursday, December 12:

Derby Holiday Shop: All classes will be shopping, information is on the Home Page .

Wednesday, December 18:

Winter Activity Day for grades 4-6

Mr. Auclair is hosting a Derby Ninja Warrior night. Information is on the

Thursday, December 19:

10:20 am: Tiger Paw Pride assembly

5: 30 pm: 5th grade parent meeting about next year’s Nature’s Classroom trip to New Hampshire. Information is on the

Friday, December 20, 2019:

Last day of school until January 2, 2020

November 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! It was wonderful to see so many here for our Thanksgiving lunch last week. It reminds me what a wonderful, supportive community we have. Thank you.

Progress Reports are coming home with children today. Here is a link to information about understanding the Progress Reports. https://des.ncsuvt.org/home

Some specialists have written an update on what has been happening in their classes.

Link for Art: https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/art

Link for Library: https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/media-tech

Link for Music: https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/music

Calling for Food Donations!

Derby Elementary School is launching a Backpack Program in 2020. Through this program, Ms. Cyr hopes to supply students facing food insecurity with backpacks full of nonperishable, nutritious foods over weekends and vacations. Please consider donating to our food drive. Donations can be left in the designated box in our lobby, or with myself. We have specific items we are requesting to simplify and streamline our program:

Mac and Cheese, Pasta and Pasta sauces, Canned fruit and vegetables, Granola/cereal bars, Peanut Butter, Jelly/Jams, Canned soups, Instant Oatmeal Packets, Tuna, Single Serving Juices and Milk (shelf stable)

Thank you for anything you may be able to donate to help support our kiddos! It does indeed take a village to raise a child.

NEXT WEEK AT DERBY:

Tuesday, December 3: Farm to School Taste Test at lunch. Mrs. McKenny’s 2nd grade class will help prepare a taste of winter squash. Parent Volunteers are needed from 11:25 – 12:45. If you can help out at all during that time frame, please email our GMFTS representative Colton at cmccracken@gmfts.org

Wednesday, December 4, 2019:

Complimentary Senior Luncheon and Concert @ 12:45 pm. Information is on the Home Page. We’d love to have any seniors living in Derby attend. Spread the word!

Music Concert @ 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm. See the information on the Music Page as a reminder to see which time your child is performing.

November 20, 2019

Good Afternoon, It’s always disappointing to have a snow day in November, but I hope everyone stayed safe yesterday, as well as today. Since we had our first snow day, the last day of school will now be Friday, June 12, 2019.

Here are some upcoming events:

Thursday, November 21, 2019: Thanksgiving Dinner for Lunch: Parents are welcome to come eat with their children in the cafeteria. The adult cost is $ 4.00. The lunch schedule is on the Home Page. We are grateful to Community National Bank for donating the extra time and money necessary for this wonderful lunch.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019:

2:20 pm Tiger Paw Pride Assembly

Progress Reports go home with children.

November 27-29: No School due to Thanksgiving Break.

A note from Nurse Lisa: Our absences are up this week, and as cold and flu season rapidly approach us, please take a moment to review the material at this link. https://images.app.goo.gl/uSvWMxXBcfiqhLBN6

The common cold has a slower onset of symptoms such as; nasal congestion, cough, sore throat, headache and tiredness. Flu symptoms are a rapid onset of the same symptoms but described as more intense, lasts longer and requires a medical professional for diagnosis. We ask that all students with a fever be kept home to rest until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication. Influenza can be long lasting and frustrating but it is very important that children be home to rest and hydrate before returning to school. Should you have concerns about your child’s health, it is always recommended that you call your primary care provider.

Courtesy Attachments: Derby Light Up the Night Parade can be found on our Activities Page

November 13, 2019

Hello,

Yikes! – it is so cold today that we had indoor recess. Whenever it is zero degrees or colder with the wind chill, we have indoor recess. With the winter weather upon us, please make sure you send children with warm clothing and boots. The wind on our huge playground is really strong. We always have extra boots, snow pants, coats, hats and mittens for those that forget. If children do not have boots, they have to play on the cement areas of our playground. AND our lost and found is growing with mittens and hats.

Coming Up at Derby:

Saturday, November 16: PTA’s Family Movie Night! Information is on the Home Page and should also be coming home with your children. We hope to see you there!

Next Week: Practice begins for our 5th/6th grade school basketball teams for boys and girls. Information is on the Activities Page. We hope lots of fifth and sixth graders will join our teams!

Thursday, November 21, 2019: Thanksgiving Dinner for Lunch: Parents are welcome to come eat with their children in the cafeteria. The adult cost is $ 4.00. The lunch schedule is on the Home Page. We are grateful to Community National Bank for donating the extra time and money necessary for this wonderful lunch.

November 27-29: No School due to Thanksgiving Break

November 7, 2019

Brrrr! As it gets colder and the snow comes down, please remember that our playground is home to strong winds, which increase the cold. We hope to see children dressed for the cold and snowy weather.

Early Release Day: Friday, November 8, 2019, K-6 dismissal is at 12pm. Please call before that day to make any special after school transportation arrangements.

No School for PreK: Friday, November 8, 2019.

No School PreK – 6: Monday, November 11, 2019, due to Veterans Day.

PTA meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 6 - 7 pm at the Eastside to plan the upcoming Family Movie Night. All are welcome, please RSVP at derbypta@yahoo.com

Winter Activity Days, Gr. 4-6: Information will be coming home soon. In the meantime, information about discounted passes for Jay Peak, as we are a Foundation School can be found on the Winter Activities Day Page

October 31,2019

We were notified by law enforcement at 2:05 that “lockout” was necessary due to events occurring on Caswell Avenue. It was a precautionary measure. A lock out is different than a “lockdown.” A lock out means we keep all children inside the building, which is locked. Normal activities take place in the classroom and around the building. We are planning for a regular dismissal time. Parents are able to come and sign their children out for the day if they wish.

Please refer to our safety information on our website. https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

October 30, 2019

We have a lot going on this week at school! Halloween can be a magical time for children, and also a stressful time for children, and parents. I recently read an article and shared it with staff, and there was a quote in there that resonated with me as a great reminder, especially for this time of year. “It takes a calm brain to calm another brain.” No matter how stressed we adults are, we have to remain calm in order to help our children remain calm! Here is the link to the article if you are interested in reading it – great advice for parents and educators. https://www.edutopia.org/article/role-emotion-co-regulation-discipline

Hearing and Vision Screening: Children in grades PreK, 1, 3, and 5 will be screened for hearing and vision this week and next. If you have a specific concern for a child in a different grade level, screening can be arranged, just contact Nurse Lisa Austin. 873-3162 ext. 129 or lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org

PreK – 3 Halloween Parade October 31, 2019 @ 1:45 pm: Parents are welcome! The parade route starts in your child’s classroom, weaves through the other classrooms, proceeds upstairs and back to your child’s classroom. PreK – 3 children do not wear their costumes all day, but change into costumes in the afternoon for the parade. Costumes should be school appropriate, culturally sensitive and appropriate, and not scary for young children. Props such as blood, axes, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed.

No ENCORE program: October 31, 2019.

Principal for the Day: October 31, 2019: Harper M, gr. 4, will be allowing hats, gum, and will be leading our PreK-3 Halloween Parade.

Lunch Donation: To see if you may be eligible for this donation, applications must be completed by October 31, 2019. As you may know, we received a generous donation dedicated to providing hot lunch to families that are struggling financially, but are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). The Board of Education would like to distribute the funds in the spirit and intent of the donation, so if your family is struggling financially, please complete the Lunch Application, even if you think you may not qualify for the federal government’s Free and Reduced Lunch program. LunchApplication.com If you cannot apply electronically, we have hard copy forms available in the office. The board will be deciding at the November 5 meeting exactly how the money should be distributed to those families with completed Lunch Applications, but are not eligible for the federal government’s FRL program. After Nov. 5, families that are eligible will be notified.

Lunch Menu for November: Chef Marcoux scheduled a “Derby Academy” lunch, that includes a highly popular recipe from the 1970’s at Derby Academy. It will be interesting to see if our children like it! The November menu is on the Lunch Program Page

Daylight Savings Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 12:00 am. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour!

Farm to School Taste Test: November 7, 2019: Sweet Potato Muffins will be made by Ms. Higgins’ 2nd grade class and served along with lunch. Parent Volunteers are needed from 11:25 – 12:45. If you can help out at all during that time frame, please email our GMFTS representative Colton at cmccracken@gmfts.org

Early Release Day: Friday, November 8, 2019, K-6 dismissal is a 12pm. Please call before that day to make any special after school transportation arrangements.

No School for PreK: Friday, November 8, 2019.

No School PreK – 6: Monday, November 11, 2019, due to Veterans Day.

October 23, 2019

Today was our Tiger Paw Pride Assembly, and photos of our Tigers of the Month will be on our Facebook page soon. Mr. A. arranged for our school to participate in a grant to have bikes for our PE classes this week and next. It is very cool to watch the children ride around the track and the hills on our playground. The schedule of when your child will be riding the bikes is on our PE Page . Pictures are on our Facebook page!

Becoming a Tiger of the Month: When a child does something special, or above and beyond, and/or is continually recognized for ROAR behavior (with paw poms), then the teacher may give them a Super Paws. All Super Paws earned in the class for the month go in a drawing and one child’s Super Paw is chosen. That child becomes Tiger of the Month for that class. This year, teachers are contacting parents in advance in case they’d like to attend our recognition assembly. We will also begin live streaming our Tiger Paw Pride assemblies so parents and others can watch from afar.

PreK – 3 Halloween Parade: Oct. 31 @ 1:45 pm. Parents are welcome! The parade route starts in your child’s classroom, weaves through the other classrooms, proceeds upstairs and back to your child’s classroom. PreK – 3 children do not wear their costumes all day, but change into costumes in the afternoon for the parade. Costumes should be school appropriate, culturally sensitive and appropriate, and not scary for young children. Props such as blood, axes, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed.

Encore After School Program: The registration form for the next session on Encore is on the After School Program Page.

Playground Weather: We recommend that children dress in layers at this time of year, given the difference in the temperatures in the mornings and the afternoons.

Lost and Found is filling up (probably because of the temperatures mentioned above)! Please watch the video on the Parents Page to see if you recognize anything.

Annual Student Update: Some parents have not completed the very important Annual Student Update. To complete the process please log into your PowerSchool Parent Account https://ncsuvt.powerschool.com . If you do not have an account or forgot your password, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Laura 873-3162 ext. 101.

Lunch Donation: To see if you may be eligible for this donation, applications must be completed by October 31, 2019. As you may know, we received a generous donation dedicated to providing hot lunch to families that are struggling financially, but are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). The Board of Education would like to distribute the funds in the spirit and intent of the donation, so if your family is struggling financially, please complete the Lunch Application, even if you think you may not qualify for the federal government’s Free and Reduced Lunch program. LunchApplication.com If you cannot apply electronically, we have hard copy forms available in the office. The board will be deciding at the November 5 meeting exactly how the money should be distributed to those families with completed Lunch Applications, but are not eligible for the federal government’s FRL program. After Nov. 5, families that are eligible will be notified.

Courtesy Attachments can be found on the Activities Page : Halloween Invite

October 15, 2019

It was great seeing so many families participating in our conferences - and thanks for shopping at our Book Fair. We are now able to add lots of books to our library for all children to access!

Food Service Bills Coming this Week: Unfortunately, we are still experiencing difficulties beyond our control with the implementation of the new electronic food service program. We apologize for the inconvenience. It is frustrating all the way around. Due to the electronic problems we are having with the system, we will send hard copy paper bills home with children this week. We are committed to keeping children out of the billing process as much as possible, so we will continue to try to send email bills home in the future. You can check your balance at any time by creating an account at this website. You will need to indicate that your child is are part of North Country Supervisory Union (elementaries),and then choose Derby. https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/

K-6 School Pictures: Our re-take day is next week, Oct. 17, 2019. Those K-6 children that were absent or would like re-takes should bring their full picture packets back to school on that day.

PreK Pictures: Picture Day is October 17, 2019. Please send your order and check in with your child. All students will be photographed.

PTA’s Haunted House: Our PTA’s 2nd Annual Haunted House is schedule for Saturday October 19, 2019. This was very popular and fun last year – bring your family! Information is on the Activities Page .

PreK – 3 Halloween Parade: Oct. 31 @ 1:45 pm. Parents are welcome! The parade route starts in your child’s classroom, weaves through the other classrooms, proceeds upstairs and back to your child’s classroom. PreK – 3 children do not wear their costumes all day, but change into costumes in the afternoon for the parade. Costumes should be school appropriate, culturally sensitive and appropriate, and not scary for young children. Props such as blood, axes, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed.

Coming Up at a Glance:

Tuesday, October 15: Farm to School Taste Test at lunch. Children will be tasting kale chips.

Thursday, October 17: PreK Picture Day, and K-6 Picture Re-Take Day.

Saturday, October 19, 2019: PTA’s Family Friendly Haunted House (on Activities Page )

October 21- November 1, 2019: Bike Week in PE (on Activities Page)

October 31, 2019: PreK -3 Halloween Parade (see above)

Annual Student Update: Some parents have not completed the very important Annual Student Update. To complete the process please log into your PowerSchool Parent Account https://ncsuvt.powerschool.com . If you do not have an account or forgot your password, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Laura 873-3162 ext. 101. If you do not complete it very soon, your child will not be able to access any district technology.

Lunch Donation: As you may know, we received a generous donation dedicated to providing hot lunch to families that are struggling financially, but are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). The Board of Education would like to distribute the funds in the spirit and intent of the donation, so if your family is struggling financially, please complete the Lunch Application, even if you think you may not qualify for the federal government’s Free and Reduced Lunch program. LunchApplication.com If you cannot apply electronically, we have hard copy forms available in the office. Lunch Applications should be completed in October. The board will be deciding at the November 5 meeting exactly how the money should be distributed to those families with completed Lunch Applications, but are not eligible for the federal government’s FRL program.

October 9, 2019

We hope to see many of you at conferences this week. Don’t forget to pick up a book or two at the Book Fair, or order a Tiger Paw Pride T-Shirt, or both! It will be open during conferences and at the start of the day tomorrow.

Lunch Donation: As you may know, we received a generous donation dedicated to providing hot lunch to families that are struggling financially, but are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). The Board of Education would like to distribute the funds in the spirit and intent of the donation, so if your family is struggling financially, please complete the Lunch Application, even if you think you may not qualify for the federal government’s Free and Reduced Lunch program. LunchApplication.com If you cannot apply electronically, we have hard copy forms available in the office. Lunch Applications should be completed in October. The board will be deciding at the November 5 meeting exactly how the money should be distributed to those families with completed Lunch Applications, but are not eligible for the federal government’s FRL program.

Food Service Bills: We are still experiencing difficulty with the implementation of the new electronic foodservice program. We apologize for the inconvenience. It is really important that the system is accurate. We are trying to keep children out of the billing process, so we will be emailing bills home to the email we have for you on file. If you do not receive a bill in your email, please check your Spam or Junk or Clutter box.

K-6 School Pictures: We are expecting these to be sent home by Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Our re-take day is next week, Oct. 17, 2019. Those K-6 children that would like re-takes should bring their full picture packets back to school on that day.

Coming Up:

Friday, October 11: No School PreK – 6, due to conferences. Our book fair is open 8 – 11:30 AM!

Monday, October 14: No School Pre K- 6, due to teacher professional learning. Teachers will be learning about the 3rd Edition of the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment, as well as Equity Literacy.

Tuesday, October 15: Farm to School Taste Test at lunch. Children will be tasting kale chips.

Thursday, October 17: PreK Picture Day, and K-6 Picture Re-Take Day. All PreK children will be photographed. All K-6 children that missed our first Picture Day will be photographed. Those K-6 children that would like re-takes should bring their full picture packets back to school on that day.

Courtesy Attachments: Monster Bash and NEK Hoops can be found on the Activities Page

October 3, 2019

Hello, and Welcome to October - It is a busy, busy month at school!

Here’s what is happening this week:

Food Service Bills: Due to the implementation of a new electronic meal system, we are just now able to send bills home. We are trying to keep children out of the billing process, so we will be emailing bills home to the email we have for you on file. If you do not receive a bill in your email, please check your Spam or Junk or Clutter box.

Hot Lunch Donation: As you may know, we received a generous donation dedicated to providing hot lunch to families that are struggling financially, but are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). The Board of Education would like to distribute the funds in the spirit and intent of the donation, so if your family is struggling financially, please complete the Lunch Application, even if you think you may not qualify for the federal government’s Free and Reduced Lunch program. LunchApplication.com If you cannot apply electronically, we have hard copy forms available in the office. Lunch Applications should be completed in October. The board will be deciding at the November 5 meeting exactly how the money should be distributed to those families with completed Lunch Applications, but are not eligible for the federal government’s FRL program.

Conference Scheduling: Information and instructions about scheduling an appointment electronically through pickAtime.com can be found on the Home Page Please know that you can also call or email your child’s teacher any time throughout the year to conference with them. Also, if you have not completed your Annual Student Update, there will be computers set up in the gym during conferences for families to use.

Derby Tiger Paw Pride t-shirt order form: A form is on the Home Page . You can send the form and money in with children, or you can bring it to the Book Fair during conferences. We will have extra forms available there as well. The proceeds fund Student Council and Tiger Paw Pride activities.

Principal for the Day: 1st grader Cy N. will be the Principal for the Day on Friday, October 4, 2019. As Principal, he is allowing all children to chew gum in school and wear pajamas!

Book Fair: During conferences we will have a Book Fair set up in the Library. Please stop by and shop!

Farm to School: Some classes will be harvesting our garden on Monday, October 7, preparing food on October 9, and the food will be served at our conference nights, October 9 and 10.

September 24, 2019

Happy Fall! We had a wonderful Tiger Paw Pride Assembly Tuesday, so be sure to ask your child about it. Pictures of our Tigers of the Month are posted on our Facebook page, and maybe soon there will be a video of the entertainment provided by staff. Do you have questions about Tiger Paw Pride and Tigers of the Month? Attached is an explanation of how we recognize children for following our expectations.

We are pleased to invite you in to conference with your child’s teacher in a few weeks.

Conference Scheduling: Information and instructions about scheduling an appointment electronically through pickAtime.com can be found on the Home Page. Please know that you can also call or email your child’s teacher any time throughout the year to conference with them.

Derby Tiger Paw Pride t-shirt order form: A form is on our Home Page. You can send the form and money in with children, or you can bring it to the Book Fair during conferences. We will have extra forms available there as well. The proceeds fund Student Council and Tiger Paw Pride activities.

6th Grade Parents: There is a Nature’s Classroom meeting about the upcoming trip on Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 pm in our library.

Assistant Principal for the Day: 4th grader Kaydence R. will be the Assistant Principal for the Day on Friday, September 27, 2019. As Assistant Principal, she is allowing all children to bring one of their stuffed animals to school with them.

A Note About Our Hot Lunch Program: Our October lunch menu is on the Lunch Program Page. Please be reassured that all children have equal access to our food service program and good nutrition at Derby Elementary School, no matter the circumstances. No child is denied snack, breakfast or hot lunch. This is true even if they forget their lunch at home, or their account is empty or in arrears. We do not serve a separate “cold lunch” for children whose accounts are empty or in arrears. We serve the same hot lunch to all children. We know that in order to learn best, children need to be fed well.

Coming Up at Derby:

Sept. 30 – Oct. 3: 6th Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip

October 1: Board Meeting at 5:30 pm

October 4: Principal for the Day: 1st grader Cy N.

October 9 – 11: Conferences and Book Fair @ 3:15 – 6:00 pm

October 11: NO SCHOOL PreK - 6; Conferences @ 8:30 – 11:30 am

October 14: NO SCHOOL Prek – 6: Teacher Professional Learning

Courtesy Attachment: Farm to School found on Activities Page

September 19, 2019

Mrs. Gentry and I have enjoyed teaching your children this week about school safety! The children seem well adjusted to their classroom routines and expectations. Be sure to ask them how they can be safe at school and the things we do to keep them safe.

No PreK: PreK is cancelled for September 20, 2019 due to professional learning for the staff.

Early Release Day for K-6 children: Tomorrow, Friday, September 20, 2019. Breakfast and lunch are scheduled for that day, and dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. Teachers and para educators will be involved in professional learning that afternoon. Please start planning in advance and make any special transportation arrangements with Mrs. Mager in the office as soon as possible. Letting us know of plans well in advance increases our efficiency and safety for your child(ren).

A Note About Our Hot Lunch Program: Please be reassured that all children have equal access to our food service program and good nutrition at Derby Elementary School, no matter the circumstances. No child is denied snack, breakfast or hot lunch. This is true even if they forget their lunch at home, or their account is empty or in arrears. We do not serve a separate “cold lunch” for children whose accounts are empty or in arrears. We serve the same hot lunch to all children. We know that in order to learn best, children need to be fed well.

Your Child’s Progress: While we do have parent conferences coming up in October, please call or email or make an appointment with the teacher any time throughout the year if you have a question about your child’s progress!

Coming Up Next Week:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019: Tiger Paw Pride Assembly @ 9:25 am. You are invited as we celebrate our Tigers of the Month and have some fun!

Thursday, September 26, 2019: 6th grade Parent Meeting @ 6:00 pm about Nature’s Classroom Trip

September 11, 2019

Hello,

Time sure is flying, and we have been back to school for 2.5 weeks already! Everyone seems to settling into the routine pretty well.

PTA Meeting Tonight: There is a PTA meeting tonight from 6-7pm in our library. PTA will be planning future low cost fun family events, such as upcoming Family Movie Night, as well as a Haunted House event. PTA is giving away coupons for FREE Kids Snack Packs for the Family Movie Night for all parents in attendance at the meeting. We welcome the participation of all, and children are welcome to attend as well.

Bus Changes

We need bus drivers! We sent letters home with children impacted by bus changes due to our shortage of drivers. If you didn’t get a letter, your child is not impacted by the changes. Those bus changes begin Friday, September 13, 2019. If you know of anyone with a CDL license or a willingness to get one, please call Marston Cubit, Director of Transportation at 766-8844.

Independence Day is Monday, September 16, 2019

Now that we are 3 weeks into the school year, it’s time to celebrate Independence Day for our children! Monday, September 16, 2019, is Independence Day. This means parents should “Hug and Go” in our lobby. If you are worried about your child finding their own way to the classroom, certainly use these last two days to practice - trail behind your child as they walk to the classroom and “hug and go” at the classroom door. If you have concerns after Friday, please let me know so we can assist and make sure your child gets to the classroom.

Why “Hug and Go?”

Besides the fact that independence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children, relationship building and instructional time in the classroom are precious for our children and teachers. Teachers need to give their full attention to the children as they arrive in the classrooms. If parents would like to speak with teachers, please email or call to make an appointment.

School Safety Visits: Mrs. Gentry and I will be visiting each classroom next week to discuss school safety. We review the process and explain reasons for fire drills, lock down drills, how to know if adults in the school are safe, what to do if they see an unsafe adult in the school or on the playground, etc. We will also explain all that we have in place to keep children safe (visitor sign in and badges, locked doors, door bell, staff badges, curtains on classroom windows, etc.) We will also conduct a school fire drill on Wednesday , September 18, 2019. For more information about school safety, see our school website at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

Picture Day is Thursday, September 19, 2019. In case you misplaced your envelope, a copy of the form you can complete and send in is on our Home Page

No PreK: PreK is cancelled for September 20, 2019 due to professional learning for the staff.

Early Release Day for K-6 children: Friday, September 20, 2019. Breakfast and lunch are scheduled for that day, and dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. Teachers and para educators will be involved in professional learning that afternoon. Please start planning in advance and make any special transportation arrangements with Mrs. Mager in the office as soon as possible. Letting us know of plans well in advance increases our efficiency and safety for your child(ren).

Courtesy Post: See Better Resource Fair attachment. Soccer Shoot Found on our Activities Page

September 5, 2019

Hello,

I have been able to spend time in the classrooms of our new teachers this week and last and I am so impressed. The tradition of having great teachers at Derby continues!

Tomorrow is the last day to buy tickets for our drawing. Tickets are on the Home Page , or your child can just bring in the money and complete tickets in the classroom tomorrow. The drawing will be at the end of the day tomorrow. Funds help our 6th graders on their class trip to Nature’s Classroom at the end of the month.

Mr. Auclair, PE teacher, is offering a very low cost evening soccer clinic for K-2 children. The first session is tomorrow. Information is on the Activities Page .

Registration has begun for the Encore After School Program for grades 1-6. We now provide transportation at 5:00 pm to locations throughout the area. Information is the After School Program Page.

There is a PTA meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 6-7pm in our library. PTA will be planning future low cost fun family events, such as upcoming Family Movie Night, as well as a Haunted House event. PTA is giving away coupons for FREE Kids Snack Packs for the Family Movie Night for all parents in attendance at the meeting. We welcome the participation of all, and children are welcome to attend as well.

We only have 180 families that have competed the Annual Student Update. We need updated contact information, especially in case of emergencies. We would also like you to complete the Lunch Application to help us out with applying and receiving grants. You can also set up your online lunch account, to see purchases and balances, and to make deposits on line. Our website has the instructions you need, as well as the links, but for your convenience, here are the links as well:

Parent Portal for Annual Student Update in PowerSchool (if you already have an established account from prior years). If you don’t have an established account, call our Administrative Assistant, Laura Fernandes at 873-3162 ext. 101.

Lunch Application (you will need your child’s ID number from PowerSchool)

Online Lunch Account & information: check balance, make deposit, see meal purchases (K12paymentcenter)

Looking ahead:

Picture Day is Thursday, September 19, 2019

There is no PreK at all on September 20, 2019.

Friday, September 20, 2019, is an Early Release Day for K-6 children. Breakfast and lunch are scheduled for that day, and dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. Teachers and para educators will be involved in professional learning that afternoon.

August 30, 2019

What a great first week of school! We had an assembly on the first day and your children listened so well. I was introducing all of the new staff and I asked the children to hold their applause until the end. Not only did they hold their applause, but your children were super caring and friendly and silently waved to each new staff member (without prompting). It was a sight to see – over 400 children waving silently over and over with smiles on their faces – welcoming our new staff. If this is a sign of the kind of year we will have, I am very excited!

Our Kindergarteners started Wednesday, and they did so well with new procedures in classroom, hallway, and the lunchroom!

Our new breakfast buffets seem to be wildly popular, and teachers are reporting there is very little food waste. Children are eating every speck of food on their plates. Full bellies in the morning lead to healthy, happy children who are ready to learn! We continue to work to establish efficient procedures for breakfast service. It’s difficult to serve the kind of breakfast children need when our cafeteria is also our gym. (With our numbers, we have to have PE class first thing each morning in order to fit all the necessary and required PE in the school day.)

Speaking of our numbers, did you know we have 487 children in our school so far this year?

We conducted our first safety drill today. It will be one of the two required bus evacuation drills for the year. Teachers, bus drivers, and bus monitors assisted the children with this drill. Soon, Mrs. Gentry and I will be visiting classrooms to talk about all of our safety and emergency procedures, including fire drills, lockdowns, and evacuations. In accordance with state law, we conduct one safety drill per month. In case you’d like school safety information, we have a safety section on our website. Here is the link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

Here’s what is happening next week:

First, our 6th graders are selling raffle tickets next week to benefit their Nature’s Classroom overnight trip to New Hampshire this fall. There are three prizes: Be Principal for the Day; Be Assistant Principal for the Day; and Take Coco the Giraffe home FOREVER. Information is on the Home Page. Parents can send in completed tickets with money. 6th graders will also have tickets available in the classrooms. 6th graders can also purchase tickets.

Second, Open Gym will begin Tuesday morning, September 3, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. for children in grades 1-6. Children are allowed to go to classrooms at 8:20 a.m. each morning.

Third, Mr. Auclair, PE teacher, is offering a very low cost evening soccer clinic for K-2 children. Information is on the Activities Page

Courtesy Information this week is on the Activities Page : Cub Scouts

August 26,2019

Hello, and Happy New Year!

We were so pleased to see so many families enjoying the PTA BBQ and meeting our teachers at our Open House on Thursday night! Pictures can be found on our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/ Special thanks to our PTA, teachers, custodians, office staff, and para educators who helped get the building ready and beautiful for our families!

You can find handy back to school information on our school webpage, including lunch menus, our school calendar, and safety information,: https://des.ncsuvt.org

With our children returning Tuesday (gr. 1-6) and Wednesday (K) at 8:20 am, it is very important that you complete the ANNUAL STUDENT UPDATE. We need updated contact information, especially in case of emergencies. We would also like you to complete the Lunch Application to help us out with applying and receiving grants. You can also set up your online lunch account, to see purchases and balances, and to make deposits online. Our website has the instructions you need, as well as the links, but for your convenience, here are the links as well:

Parent Portal for Annual Student Update in PowerSchool (if you already have an established account from prior years). If you don’t have an established account, call our Administrative Assistant, Laura Fernandes at 873-3162 ext. 101.

Lunch Application (you will need your child’s ID number from PowerSchool)

Online Lunch Account & information: check balance, make deposit, see meal purchases (K12paymentcenter)

We can’t wait to see all the bright shiny faces filling our halls and classrooms!

August 19, 2019

The countdown is on – FOUR DAYS until our Open House and PTA BBQ! (Information can be found on the Home Page.) The PTA BBQ will be outside on the playground, so please bring blankets or lawn chairs and dress appropriately. Teachers will be eager to greet families between 6 – 7:15 pm in the classrooms!

We can’t wait to have our children back in our school. We are rushing to get the building ready for you – the custodians, office staff and teachers have been putting in a herculean effort! The new carpet is in downstairs, the playground has been “woodchipped,” the compost shed is being built as we speak, and the digital door holders (for fire safety) have been installed. Teachers have been in the last few weeks working hard to get their classrooms ready. Our gym has been a work in progress all summer – new ceiling tiles, new paint, and a new floor. Unfortunately, our gym will not be ready until the first day of school. However, on Thursday, we will have the doors open so you can peek in, but we ask that no one walk on the floor. It needs time to cure.

Our Lunch Menus for the first week of school and the month of September can be found on our Lunch Program Page. We are pleased to try new changes to our program, and hope to improve nutrition and choice for children. We are open to any constructive feedback you may have.

Thank you to those of you that have completed the Annual Student Update already! We understand that much of the information pre-populates this year, making it easier and not as long of a process. We will need you to complete new Health Card information each year. If you have not completed the Annual Student Update yet, the letter with information sent previously is on the Home Page. I also attached more information based on parent questions we have received about the process.

For Kinder and PreK parents: Another copy of the instructions for signing up for a back to school appointment with your child’s PreK or Kindergarten teacher are on the Parents Page. The appointment program is called Pick A Time. We can see that half of you have done it already, so we still have half of our appointments open.

For your convenience, below are the important back to school dates:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

First Day of School for grades 1 – 6, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

Kindergarten and PreK classroom appointments (scheduled by you through Pick A Time)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

First Day of School for Kindergarten, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

PreK classroom appointments (scheduled by you through Pick A Time)

Thursday and Friday, August 29 & 30, 2019

PreK classroom appointments (scheduled by you through Pick A Time)

Monday, September 2, 2019

No School, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

First Day of School for PreK

August 13, 2019

Dear Derby Tiger Families,

This letter contains important information about three items that are necessary for you to complete for the start of school: The Annual Student Update, SNAP Health Parent Portal, and the school lunch application and online payment.

We are excited to announce that the Annual Student Update is now available for the 2019-2020 school year! Please complete the Annual Student Update for each student before August 26th. The Annual Student Update is an important process that occurs every year. Parents/Guardians need to ensure that the school has the most current phone numbers and addresses, email addresses, emergency contact information, transportation information, and medical information for your student(s).

  • If you already have a parent account, please visit the PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal: https://ncsuvt.powerschool.com. You can access the “Annual Student Update” via the PowerSchool Parent Portal for any of your children who have been enrolled in a school in the North Country Supervisory Union.
  • If you do not have a PowerSchool parent account, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Laura Fernandes, for help.

Parents and guardians should have received an email from SNAP on July 31st with instructions for accessing the SNAP Health Parent Portal to update/confirm student health information. SNAP is a secure platform that allows you to communicate conveniently with our school nurse. SNAP will help you sign and submit health-related school forms, share vaccination records, physicals, and other documents, and update our school nurses with information about your student’s health, medications, or other related concerns. Families can use it to create a single account for all students within the school.

We are also very excited about some changes to our food service program! Our long time Kitchen Manager, Linda Bingham retired, and we have hired Chef Jason Marcoux as our new School Nutrition Manager. Mr. Marcoux comes to us from Holland Elementary School, where he was the Kitchen Manager and chef. Mr. Marcoux has also been the chef at the Morgan Country Store, La Belvedere, and the Eastside restaurants.

Based on Mr. Marcoux’s experience and your feedback on our parent survey, there will be some exciting changes, especially for breakfast. We intend to serve a buffet style hot breakfast every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The hot buffets will consist of fresh, real eggs, pancakes, french toast, home fries, breakfast pizza, ham, sausage, fruit, etc. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, breakfast will consist of cold options such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, cheese sticks, cinnamon rolls, breakfast bread, etc. Breakfast will continue to be eaten in the classrooms. You will also be seeing more lunches that are homemade and include more fresh and diverse ingredients. Of course, our Free Fruits and Vegetables Snack Program will continue for all children. The September Menu will be available on our website and Facebook page soon, and I will send it by email as well. While we try to keep our prices as low as possible, we are required by the State of Vermont to raise our lunch prices $ .10 per year until we reach the state minimum of $3.00 per student. Our prices for 2019-20 are: Breakfast $1.25 Lunch $ 2.70 Adult Lunch $3.75

We’d like each family to complete a Lunch Application. This application will help determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced priced meals, but that’s not the only reason we are asking families to complete this application. North Country Supervisory Union and Derby Elementary School receives and relies on federal and state funding for a number of other programs. To continue to receive funding for these programs we require the most accurate family income information. Loss of this funding may result in the loss of programs and/or increases in local taxes to cover the costs to continue funding. Your help is essential to ensure that the schools of North Country Supervisory Union can receive the maximum federal and state funds due to us.

We need only one application for all the children in your household that attend any school in the North Country Supervisory Union. In order to protect your confidentiality, we are offering two secure ways to provide this information:

  • The online application is available at LunchApplication.com. If you have children in both the high school and in a primary or junior high school enter them all in one application, and the system will tell us to use the same information across all schools. Your application will be sent from a secure website directly to the NCSU Child Nutrition Specialist, based in our Central Office, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced. If you need access to a computer, please contact your local school or our Child Nutrition Specialist.
  • If you are unable to utilize the online version you may request a paper application at your student’s school, which can be returned to the school or directly to the NCSU Central Office for verification by a designated individual. North Country Supervisory Union

Attn: Child Nutrition Specialist

121 Duchess Ave., Suite A

Newport, Vermont 05855

With this new software, you will also be able to pay your child’s lunch bill online at https://www.k12paymentcenter.com/ . You will also be able to view your child’s meal account and make payments for multiple students. You do not need to pay online to set up an account and view your child’s meal account. We hope this will be a convenience for you. We will no longer be giving your child paper invoices, as this program alerts you when your account is low.

For questions about the lunch application and the new software, please contact Wanda Morse, NCSU Child Nutrition Specialist, with any questions, and visit lunch application.com to complete the application today. Wanda.Morse@ncsuvt.org or 802-334-5847 ext 2076.

We will have computers and help available at Open House on August 22, 2019 in the library to assist you with these items.

We are looking forward to having children back in our school!

August 9, 2019

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School! This year sure does bring some exciting changes. We have a fresh new look to our gym. We have a new look to our library, Maker Space, and downstairs classrooms (check out our pics on FB) and we also have many new staff members and events coming up. We also welcome the families and children from Holland this year! We look forward to making sure it is a good year for them in our school community.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

First Day of School for grades 1 – 6, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

Kindergarten classroom appointments (previously scheduled)

Wednesday August 28, 2019

First Day of School for Kindergarten, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

Monday, September 2, 2019

No School, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

First Day of School for PreK

Welcome New Staff Members:

Elizabeth Totten, PreK, is a new teacher and lives in Derby. (Mrs. Stearns resigned and moved out of state.)

Tyrah Urie, PreK, is a new graduate of Keene State University, and is from the NEK.

Joanne Whitelaw, K, has been teaching for 2 years, and joins us from Holland Elementary School. (Mrs. Leigh is now an intervention teacher, replacing Mrs. Sawyer and Mrs. Brainard, who retired.)

Amber Merchant, K, has been teaching for over 10 years in Texas, and has moved to Holland. (Mrs. Ashburner is on leave for this coming year.)

Abbie Santaw, gr. 1, is a new graduate from Northern Vermont University, and is from the NEK. (Mrs. Handley and Mrs. Coburn are sharing a job this year.)

Chelsea Trucott, gr. 2, is a new graduate from Northern Vermont University, and is from the NEK.

Chelsea Bianchi, gr. 4, is a new graduate from Northern Vermont University, and is a former Derby Tiger!

Brittany Fortier, gr. 5, is a new graduate from Northern Vermont University, and is a former Derby Tiger! (Mrs. Beaudry retired.)

Michelle Bonneau, gr. 5, has been teaching for several years in Brownington. (Mrs. Green retired.)

Leigh Elliott, gr. 5, has been teaching for several years in Charleston. (Mrs. Gentler resigned to teach in her hometown.)

Dina DeSena, intervention teacher, has been teaching for several years, and joins us from Holland Elementary School. (Mrs. Madey retired.)

Stefanie Lingenfelter has been a counselor at Greensboro and Glover and will be teaching Health and Social Emotional Learning Skills.

Jessica Harris was hired by NCSU and assigned to Derby to teach Special Education. She has been a dedicated para educator at Derby for the last several years.

Sabrina Keller was hired by NCSU and assigned to Derby to teach Special Education. She joins us from Holland Elementary School.

Jason Marcoux joins us as the new School Nutrition Manager. (Mrs. Bingham retired.)

Alexis Greenwood, Dory Lemieux, Garth Robinson, and Angela Godfrey join us as para educators and bus monitors.

Dennis Ullery and Gerri Stevens and Beckie Schneider join us as bus monitors.

Please continue to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt where we post pictures from the school day and reminders about events.

Our website has valuable information on it (school calendar, Family Handbook, safety, PTA, reminders, etc.). https://des.ncsuvt.org

Information on Open House and PTA BBQ on August 22 can be found on our Homepage.