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Things are hopping and shining bright at Derby Elementary, which means there’s more news to share with you!
Open Houses Next Week: Due to community spread in our area, the format of our Open House is changing. We will be having two Open Houses, and families attend based on grade level to reduce overcrowding. Classroom teachers will only be present on their grade level night. We realize that means some families will need to attend two nights in a row, and some staff have to be present two nights in a row, and we apologize for that, but we still want to give parents a chance to meet teachers and see classrooms, rather than cancelling completely. Please see the attached flyer for dates and information. Some other reminders to help reduce overcrowding and stay COVID safe: Masks are required. Please limit the number of people that attend and only bring immediate family. Please only visit your child’s current specials/Unified Arts teacher. We will be providing a ‘Passport’ for families to complete and turn in for prizes. Prizes include a $50 Irving card, a Hoagie’s gift card, movie passes, and more!
Late buses: This afternoon, bus # 8 leaves school an hour late. Tomorrow, bus 1 arrives an hour late in the morning, and bus 2 leaves an hour late in the afternoon. Hopefully we will be back to normal next week!
4th – 6th Grade Parents: Band is an option available for 4th – 6th graders this year. Mrs. Ashley Clinger is our new band teacher. She has visited classrooms and spoken with children, and sent home a hard copy of the attached sign up. We thought it prudent to share an electronic copy to interested families as well.
Title 1 Parent Notifications: Attached is a federally required letter, as our school receives federal Title I funds. We will also have a meeting for parents about our Title 1 funds and how we use them. A flyer is attached.
Parent Pick Up: Our line is longer this year, and parent pick up is taking double the amount of time it took last year (up to 30 minutes). Part of that are the bus driver shortage we are having and busses having to leave school an hour late, and many of those parents are opting to pick children up. It should smooth out a bit as the year progresses. There are things you can do to shorten the amount of time in line for pick up: pull up as far as you can to the car in front of you, make sure your child(ren) can enter the car easily from the passenger side only, be ready to pull up to your child when it is your turn, and have your pick up pass displayed on your passenger side visor. If you need a pick up pass, don’t hesitate to call our office. If your child needs to be buckled in, we ask that you wait until you pull around to the parking lot, park in a spot, and then buckle them up. At home, have your child practice opening the back passenger door from the outside of the vehicle so they are ready to do it at pick up time, as well as closing the door from inside the vehicle. Please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for pick up.
Illness: Please keep your child home and call your physician if they are sick. Here is a link to some information on our webpage:
Reminders to our Remote Learners: Children in Mr. Vachon’s 6th grade class and Ms. Fortier’s 4th grade class can test on Friday, Sept. 3 (tomorrow). Please let Lisa Austin know results so that we can bring the classes back early if we can. Stay tuned.
Save the Dates:
Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Open House for grades PreK, 2, 3, 6 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 9: Open House for grades K, 1, 4, & 5 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 9, 2021: Parent Meeting about Title I services @ 7:00 pm
Friday, September 10: Disc Golf Clinic @ 5:00 pm
Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day
Thursday, September 23: K-6 Picture Day