May 25, 2018
It’s hard to believe that we only have 15 days of school left! This can be a difficult time of year being inside all day long, and we are all looking forward to summer.
Don’t forget, there is No School on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018.
Gr. 4 - 6 Parents: We need you! In order to have successful and fun Field Day, we are asking parents to volunteer for Field Day June 12. Just click on the link and sign up for what you can. Your help will be much appreciated! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12NGRLQPZ_Cu912UxZAsFavoEozthf59mZ8IkjByS958/edit#gid=0
5th grade parents are asked to attend a meeting Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6pm to get more information about the fall Nature’s Classroom trip to Ocean Park, Maine. Another copy of the letter we sent home can be found on the Class happenings page under P.E. and Nature's Classroom or on our homepage.
Our 6th graders had a highly successful trip to Nature’s Classroom in New Hampshire! They can't stop smiling and talking about it. Check out the pics the children took and were posted while there. http://derbype.weebly.com/
Some information on Farm to School ,can be found on our Farm to School page under activities and we’d love families to sign up to help take care of our garden this summer and enjoy the fresh veggies!
Have wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
May 15, 2018
May is full of end of year testing and assessment for most grade levels. The SBAC is occurring for gr. 3-6, 4th graders are being tested in PE with Vermont Fitness Gram, 5th graders will be taking the first ever VT Science Assessment, and grades K-2 teachers are assessing children 1:1 for reading and math. While we do not put too much emphasis on the results of any one test, you can help your child perform to the best of their ability by making sure they get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast.
We also have some excitement for our rapidly maturing 6th graders: Next week is the Nature’s Classroom trip to New Hampshire and when they return, they will be visiting the Jr. High for the day!
Gr. 4 - 6 Parents: We need you! Please volunteer for Field Day June 12 by clicking on the link and sign up for what you can. Your help will be much appreciated! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12NGRLQPZ_Cu912UxZAsFavoEozthf59mZ8IkjByS958/edit#gid=0
Below are some reminders for the month of May:
May 7-18 SBAC Grades 4-6
May 17, Tiger Paw Pride Assembly, 2:25 pm
May 21-24 VT Science Assessment, Gr 5
May 21 - June 1 SBAC Gr 3
May 21-23 GR 6 Nature’s Classroom Field Trip
May 24, Buddy Day, NCUJHS, 6th graders, 8:50-2:30
May 28, Memorial Day, no school
May 14, 2018
Mr. Auclair is looking for Volunteers for 4-6 Grade Field Days on June 12, 2018 if this is something you can do please go to this link below.
May 11, 2018
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Derby moms! Enjoy the day on Sunday!
If you haven’t heard about our “First Rock Concert” assembly yet, be sure to ask your child, and check out our Facebook posts! It was a pretty special event.
Congratulations to Technology Specialist, "Miss Ashley” Dewing, and Pre K teacher, "Miss Jessica” Judd, for being nominated by staff as Derby’s Distinguished Educators of the Year. They were honored last night at the NCSU Celebration of Contributions and Commitments. We thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our children, families, and school community.
Current 5th grade parents there is a letter for you about next fall’s Nature’s Classroom trip on our homepage and our Natures Classroom page.
We are entering our final stretch of the school year. There are 25 days of school left. This is the time to really reinforce our Tiger Paw Pride. Please help us by having a conversation with your children at home about what Tiger Paw Pride looks like and sounds like at school.
Enjoy the weekend!
May 1, 2018
Well, we have the warmth, we just need the sunshine and outdoor recess!
Here are some reminders for this week:
Thursday, May 3, 2018:
12:45 pm Senior Citizens Luncheon and Concert
5:30-8pm Gr. 1-6 Concerts
- Group A- 5:30pm
Mrs. Cargill, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Nadeau, Mrs. Sbarra, Mrs. McKenny, Mrs. Breault, Mrs. Coburn
- Group B- 6:30pm
Mrs. Sicotte, Mrs. Gentler, Mrs. Davis, Ms. willard, Mrs. Cheney, Mrs. Scott
- Group C- 7:30pm
Mr. Vachon, Mrs. Beaudry, Mrs. Batista, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Handley
Friday, May 4, 2018:
No school for PreK due to PreK Registration (see registration page for information) https://des.ncsuvt.org/registration/pre-k-registration
Some opportunities can be found on the activities page:
1. 6th grade girls golf
2. Families can attend the Rockfest at Troy School.
Our Lost and Found is overflowing with sweatshirts. Be sure to check it check it out before and after the concert on Thursday!
April 25, 2018
Well, we are finally experiencing some warmth up in the NEK. Now we just need that glorious sunshine back!
Coming Up Soon:
Friday, April 27, 2018:
No School for K or PreK due to Kindergarten Registration https://des.ncsuvt.org/registration/kindergarten-registration
5pm: Derby Ninja Warrior Course and Bake Sale to benefit 6th grade Nature’s Classroom trip. $5.00 per family + bake sale
Thursday, May 3, 2018:
12:45 pm Senior Citizens Luncheon and Concert
5:30-8pm Gr. 1-6 Concerts (see attachement to see what time your child performs)
Friday, May 4, 2018:
No school for PreK due to PreK Registration (see attachment) https://des.ncsuvt.org/registration/pre-k-registration
Also coming up in May:
* May 3, PreK field trip Gateway Ctr. 9-12
* May 3, Senior Citizen Lunch & Concert 12:30 Gym
* May 3, Spring Concert, 5:30-8:30 pm
* May 4, PreK Registration.
* May 7-18 SBAC Grades 4-6
* May 9, PTA meeting, 6:00-7:00, library.
* May 11, GR 6 field trip City Cinema/Picnic 9:30-2:30
* May 16, Band & Chorus concert, 6:30 p.m.
* May 17, Tiger Paw Pride Assembly, 2:25 pm.
* May 21-24 VTSA Gr 5
* May 21 - June 1 SBAC Gr 3
*May 21-23 GR 6 Nature’s Classroom Field Trip
* May 24, Buddy Day, NCUJHS, 6th graders, 8:50-2:30, 1 bus.
* May 28, Memorial Day, no school.
April 19, 2018
I hope you are enjoying your Spring Break! Our activities page has some upcoming activities you may be interested in.
A few reminders for next week:
- There are no Kindergarten nor PreK classes on Friday, April 27, due to Kindergarten Registration.
- Come run through our Derby Ninja Warrior Course on Friday, April 27! It’s a fundraiser for the 6th grade Nature’s Classroom Trip. Information is attached.
- We are finally expecting some warmer weather this coming week, so boot and snow pant season is officially over!
See you next week!
April 9, 2018
Spring Breakfast and Art Showcase! We hope to see at this annual event on Friday, April 13, 2018 Come anytime between 7:30 - 9:00 am, enjoy breakfast with your child and check out their artwork showcased around the school.
Fuel Up for Our School! On April 19, purchase gas at any pump at Derby Line Irving between 3-8pm and help our school earn money! Bring in your receipt by April 24 to the office, labeled with name and contact info., and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift card. Details are on the home page. Also, throughout the year, at any time, you can purchase gas at pump # 1 and earn money for our school.
Enjoy Spring Break! There is no school April 16 – 20, 2018.
Encore After School Program: The registration forms for the next session are on the after school program page, under activities.
For your convenience, a calendar for the 2018-19 school year is now on the calendars page.
April 5, 2018
The ordering deadline for Yearbooks is extended to May 11. An order form is on the home page (disregard the due date on the form)
Our 6th graders are having another fundraiser for their Nature’s Classroom Trip to New Hampshire. They are hosting a Derby Ninja Warrior night ($5.00/family) as well as a bake sale on April 27!
No School tomorrow, Friday, April 6, 2018 due to Student Led Conferences.
Spring Breakfast and Art Showcase is next week! Friday, April 13, 2018. Come anytime 7:30 – 9:00 am, and be sure to walk our halls and see the wonder art work!
Book Fair: Be sure to check it out! Open until 6:00 pm tonight and Friday 8:00 – 11:00 am
March 28, 2018
Find April lunch menus on our Hot Lunch Program page.
Coming up at Derby:
Thursday, March 29, 2018: Beach Party Day! For our last day March is Reading Month, wear sunglasses and an appropriate beachy shirt, bring a beach towel, and lounge around and read!
Friday, March 30, 2018: No School, due to teacher professional learning. Teachers will be preparing for Student Led Conferences, learning about using mindfulness and yoga in the classroom to maximize self regulation and learning, as well as preparing for a Learning Walk with Newport City Elementary School (A team of Newport City Elementary teachers will be coming into our classrooms to observe April 12).
Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5, 2018: Student Led Conferences and Book Fair 3:15- 6pm (see home page for more information)
Friday, April 6, 2018: No School, due to Student Led Conferences
Friday, April 13, 2018: You’re Invited to our 15th Spring Breakfast and Art Showcase! (see flier on home page)
Friday, April 27, 2018: Kindergarten Registration: Know anyone that has an incoming Kindergartener? Here is the link for more information. https://des.ncsuvt.org/registration/kindergarten-registration
Friday, May 4, 2018: PreK Registration: Here is a link for more information. https://des.ncsuvt.org/registration/pre-k-registration
See you soon!
March 21, 2018
Happy Spring! I hope this email finds you warm enough.
Here are some reminders for upcoming activities:
Thursday, March 22, 2018: $ due for Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day
Friday, March 23, 2018: - Student Council Book Swap! Bring a used book and swap it for another used book when your class visits the library!
- Report Cards come home.
Saturday, March 24, 2018: Family Movie Night – see information on the PTA page.
Monday, March 26, 2018: LAST Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day
Thursday, March 29,2018: Deadline for ordering a yearbook is March 29, 2018. Order this week! Find the order form on the home page.
Friday, March 30, 2018: No School PreK –6 due to teacher professional development
April 4-6, 2018: Student Led Conferences and Book Fair information can be found on the home page.
April 6, 2018: No School PreK – 6 due to Student Led Conferences.
Northern Vermont Soccer School information can be found on the Activities page.
March 14, 2018
Happy (?) Snow Day
K-6: Our last day of school for K-6 is now Monday, June 18, 2018.
PreK: Our last day of school for PreK is now Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Please remember for tomorrow, Thursday, March 15, 2018:
1. Children can dress as a book character for March is Reading Month!
2. Purchase gas at any pump at Derby Line Irving between 3-8pm and help our school earn money! Bring in your receipt to the office, labeled with name and contact info., and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift card. Details are on the home page. Also, throughout the year, at any time, you can purchase gas at pump # 1 and earn money for our school.
3. Send in those Box Tops! The grade with the most BoX Tops will win a pizza party, compliments of PTA.
Family Movie Night sponsored by PTA: Information is on the PTA page. We hope to see you there.
March 9, 2018
Winter is back, and yet we are ready to Spring Forward!
Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2am on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Turn your clocks forward one hour before bed on Saturday night.
Winter Activity Days, Gr. 4 - 6: There are two in March. This Monday, March 12, and Monday, March 26, 2018.
Fuel Up for Our School March 15: Pump gas at Derby Line Irving Circle K between 3-8 pm. Win a gift card – find out how on the attached flyer.
Derby Ninja Warrior March 19: info is on the parents page.
We’re making memories! Order a Yearbook to keep them forever – an order form on home and documents pages.
Don’t forget to support and show your Tiger Paw Pride! Order forms for school t-shirt and sweatshirts are on the home and documents pages. Due date is March 16.
March is Reading Month!Reminders
Winter Activities Day!
Read a book that takes place in winter
Tiger Trivia Tuesday! (5 winners selected)
Read My Shirt Day!
Wear a shirt with writing on it
Book Character Day
Dress as your favorite book character!
Snuggle Up and Read! Wear PJs, bring a stuffed animal, and read
FREE Children’s Concert at the Haskell: information is on the parents page.
Have a great weekend!
March 5, 2018
I hope you and your your children have enjoyed the break from school!
Reminders for the Week:
1. Town Meeting is Today at DES at 7pm in the Gym. Come buy baked goods from our 6th graders!
2. Don’t forget to VOTE!
3. School Resumes March 7, 2018
4. Order Spirit Wear: We are collecting orders and money until March 16, 2018.
5. Celebrate March is Reading Month!
6. Some literature for parents about talking to children about violent school events in the news and school safety can be found on the parents page.
February 23, 2018
We have copies of the newly published 2017 Annual Town and School Report in our lobby. Please stop by and pick one up prior to Town Meeting!
Some information about Border Youth Baseball has been posted in the activities page.
Lunch Menus are on the Menu page.
Reminder: No School February 26 – March 6, 2018! See you March 7, 2018
New AED defibrillator installed @ Derby: Thanks to an anonymous donor to North Country Community Hospital, an AED defibrillator has been installed in our lobby near the office door. Several staff members have been trained in its use.
Encore After School Program: March and April brochure is posted under the afterschool program in Activities page! Registration is due February 23, 2018.
March is Reading Month! The calendar for the March is Reading month can be found on the homepage! Please help your child participate!
March is Box Top Month! The class that collects the most Box Tops wins a pizza party!
Happy Friday! Be sure to ask your children about my favorite knock knock joke.……
Bus Notes and Notes About Changing After School Plans: It can be challenging when notes come in to the office without last names, or the signatures are not legible. This is not normally not a problem, because Mrs. Mager knows just about everybody. However, you may have noticed that Mrs. Mager has been out all week, so we have had several people filling in and doing her job in the office. Please do your best to put as much information as possible in your notes, especially last names. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
School Safety: We take the safety of our children seriously. We want to reassure you by letting you know we have the following in place at our school:
- ID Badges and visitor sign in and out are required.
- There is Controlled Access to our school: Our outside doors are kept locked and visitors can only access by being buzzed in.
- We have security cameras on property and we monitor those cameras throughout the day.
- We have existing relationships with local law enforcement (Police, Fire Department, Border Patrol etc).
- A School Safety Plan is in place. We practice monthly emergency drills, including fire (egress) and lock downs (clear the halls and shelter in place).
School Safety Tips for Parents:
- Follow the school’s safety procedures at drop off, pick up, etc. Be patient and understanding if asked for identification when visiting school.
- Be aware that school safety is practiced regularly at school. However, specific violent incidences in the news are not generally discussed at school, unless a child brings it up.
- If children bring up concerns about safety, encourage children to talk about their concerns and to express their feelings..
- Be mindful of news reports, videos, etc. and the age of your child. Content is not always appropriate for younger children.
- Talk honestly about your own feelings regarding school violence.
- Validate the child’s feelings. Do not minimize a child’s concerns.
- Empower children to take action regarding school safety. Encourage them to report specific incidents (such as bullying, threats or talk of suicide) to trusted adults.
- Discuss the safety procedures that are in place at your child’s school.
- Create safety plans with your child. Identify which adults (a friendly secretary, trusted teacher or approachable administrator) your child can talk to if they feel threatened at school.
- Recognize behavior that may indicate your child is concerned about returning to school. Younger children may react to school violence by not wanting to attend school or participate in school-based activities.
- Keep the dialogue going and make school safety a common topic in family discussions
- Seek help when necessary. We have a school counselor that can help.
Coins for a Cause: This runs through Feb. 21, 2018: We are looking to support a Derby family in need, and have some fun and learn as we do it!
Gr. 5 Nature’s Classroom Trip (Sept., 2018): Please remember the deposit of $ 60.00 is due Wednesday, Feb. 21. Make checks to Derby Elementary School, no cash can be accepted.
Gr. 6 Nature’s Classroom Trip (May 21-23,2018): Please remember the deposit of $ 40.00 is due Wednesday, Feb. 21. Make checks to Derby Elementary School, no cash can be accepted.
Encore After School Program: Registration is due next week for our March and April sessions.
Happy Valentine’s Week! Here is some information about what is happening in the next few weeks:
Coins for a Cause: Feb. 14 – 21, 2018: We are looking to support a Derby family in need, and have some fun and learn as we do it!
Encore After School Program: Attached is the March and April brochure! Registration is due February 23, 2018.
Mid-Winter Break: Please remember there is no school February 26 – March 6, 2018.
Town Meeting: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7pm at DES. Vote by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
The Last Day of School K-6 has changed to Friday, June 15. The Last Day of School PreK has has changed to Friday, June 8, 2018. Please adjust
February 6, 2018
It sounds like we may be in for some serious weather and snow tomorrow during the day, and travel may be difficult. (If the weather service is correct!) Be sure to stay tuned for any calls or emails about school cancellations, delays or early releases…….We will also post any announcements on our website and Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/
Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL for children on Friday, February 9, 2018. Our staff will be involved in professional learning activities at North Country Supervisory Union.
January 30, 2018
Money for the next Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day is due Thursday, February 1, 2018. Our next Winter Activity Day is Monday, February 5, 2018.
Attached is information regarding NCSU’s Annual Flannel Friday on February 2, 2018. We’d love to have everyone wear flannel and if you can, make a contribution.
As I am sure you have seen in the news, the flu has struck in a devastating way in families and schools across the country. Attached is information from NCSU’s School Nurse Leader about steps you can take.
Attached is our February newsletter with important dates and reminders and information about the Collector’s Fair.
January 23, 2018
Believe it or not, this is our first full week of school since December 18! Let’s make it a great one!
We have some exciting events coming up this week:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018:
1. Need Gas? Fuel Up for Our School @ Derby Line Irving @ 3 – 8pm: Fuel up at any pump! (see attachment to win gas card)
2. Band and Chorus Concert @ 6:30 pm in the gym.
3. Nature’s Classroom Gr. 6 Parent Meeting @5:45pm in the gym, prior to concert (letter attached).
Our long time Administrative Assistant, Marguerite Cross is retiring as of Jan. 31, 2018. We are so grateful for all of her expertise and caring in helping Derby Elementary run smoothly. While we will miss Marguerite dearly, we welcome Laura Fernandes, who will be working alongside her this week and next in preparation to take over full time on February 1, 2018.
January 16, 2018
How about that SUNSHINE?!?! Enjoy!
Here are some upcoming events for our school:
Thursday, January 18: Gr. 4-6: $ due for next Winter Activity Day; sign up for DES’s bag lunch if wanted
Friday, January 19: TIGER Friendship Assembly @ 9:20 am
Monday, January 22: Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day
Wednesday, January 24: Fuel Up for Our School Night at the Derby Line Irving: 3-8pm (see below for prize)
Band and Chorus Concert @ 6:30 pm
January 4, 2018
Dear Fifth Grade Parents/Guardians,
Due to weather and safety concerns, our parent meeting about the Nature’s Classroom overnight program that was scheduled for tonight will be cancelled. We will reschedule the meeting for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the gym.
Stay safe and warm!
December 20, 2017
Well, I’m not sure if we are winding up or winding down, but for sure we are counting down! Winter Break is on it’s way!
In the mean time, we continue to enjoy the special days designed by our Student Council, which can be seen at this link. https://www.smore.com/4vnp7
Encore Registration attached for the after school session beginning January 8, 2018.
5th grade parents: Attached is another copy of a letter sent last week about a meeting for a special program Mr. A. and the 6th grade teachers are starting in 2018-19, called Nature’s Classroom.
iRobot STEM presentation, Wednesday, December 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dailey Library in Derby See: www.irobot.com/About-iRobot/STEM.aspx Seth Major is a hardware engineer who works for iRobot. He and his team design the electronic components of iRobot's products, right now the Roomba. Seth grew up in Derby and went through our local school system.
Don't forget, we are back to school on January 2, 2018!
December 11, 2017
Looks like we are in for some weather this week! Please make sure your child has clothing for outdoor recess.
Just in case: This is also a good time to remind everyone about school closings or delays. We send closing and delay information through School Messenger by phone and email. Local news stations should also have the information, as well as our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/
Thursday, December 14th – Gr. 4-6 - Money is due for Winter Activity Day: skiing, snowboarding, or skating/Nordic skiing. Be sure to sign up for bag lunch if needed!
Monday, December 18th – Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day. Please come dressed to be outside all day!
Holiday Fun Days are coming next week, sponsored by our Student Council! https://www.smore.comnp7/4v
December 5, 2017
Don’t Forget About our Concert Tomorrow!
Our Holiday Luncheon for Senior Citizens is tomorrow at 12:45 pm. Our Student Council will be serving. Some of the children will be performing for our seniors, and this is a great way for us to thank the seniors for their support of our school. PreK children and Kindergarteners will be attending the performance as audience members, so they can begin to see what school performances look and sound like.
All children in grades 1-6 have a music concert for families tomorrow evening , Wednesday, December 6, 2017!
Want an easy, close parking space? Follow the arrival instructions!
Children should wear white and black in any combination with a pop of color. (scarf, tie, headband, etc…)
Children should arrive 10 minutes before the concert time and report to their classroom, or the class that they will be standing with.*
These are our concert groups:
Group A @ 5:30pm: Classes of Mrs. Sicotte, Mrs. Gentler, Mrs. Davis, Ms. Willard, Mrs. Cheney, Mrs. Scott
Group B @ 6:30pm: Classes of Mr. Vachon, Mrs. Beaudry, Mrs. Batista, Ms. Lucas, Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Handley
Group C @ 7:30pm: Classes of Mrs. Cargill, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Nadeau, Ms. Sbarra, Mrs. McKenny, Mrs. Breault, Mrs. Coburn
*If you have multiple children, they can all perform at the same time by being added to classes listed at that time. Just let Ms. Chambers know!