January 22, 2019

Brrrr! We’ve had a cold and snowy few days. At least the sun is shining and we’re due for warmer temps tomorrow.

Coming Up @ Derby:

Winter Activity Day for gr. 4 – 6 is tomorrow. It is supposed to warm up, so it should be a good day.

Flannel Friday: February 1, 2019: Information is on the home page.

No School: Friday, February 8, 2019 due to NCSU Professional Learning for teachers.

PTA Spaghetti Dinner Date Night: Saturday, February 9, 2019: Information is on the PTA page.

January 16, 2019

Our first full week of school in the new year has been busy! This week, our CLiF Grant has brought Marek Bennett, graphic novelist, to Derby for a 3 day author in residence workshop program with 5th and 6th graders. Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page, so stay tuned. The work of our children is amazing!

We have been notified by physicians and parents of a spike in the flu in this area. Help your child stay healthy by reminding them about the importance of hand washing and coughing into elbows. Physicians are telling us that in order to stop the spread of the flu, children should be symptom free for 24 hours without medication, or out of school a minimum of 7 days (7-10 is best) while taking Tamiflu.

Unfortunately, we have seen a recent spike in the number of cases of lice beyond the norm. Please check your child’s head regularly. Help us stop the spread of lice by letting us know if you find lice or suspect your child has lice. If we don’t know, it is difficult to stop the spread of it throughout the classroom. Please discourage children from sharing personal belongings, especially clothing, hats, combs, brushes, pillows, etc. We all need to be vigilant and yet balance this vigilance with the necessity to preserve the dignity and privacy of families and children. Please remember that treating your child for lice when they don’t actually have lice “just in case” is not an effective practice and can actually have unintended consequences - it can increase resistance and cause a future case of lice to last longer. On our Parents health page are some helpful resources, including the NCSU policy, which we follow even though it is not as up-to-date nor in alignment with other more recent recommendations from experts.

Reminders for this week and next:

Thursday, January 17, 2019: Gr. 4 – 6: Money for skiers/snowboarders ($18) and skaters/cross country skiers ($12) is due. Also, if you would like a bag lunch for your child, please let the teacher know by Thursday.

Thursday, January 17, 2019: Gr. 5 Parents: Nature’s Classroom overnight trip meeting at 6pm.

NO SCHOOL, Monday, January 21, 2019

Gr. 4 – 6 Winter Activity Day is Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.

Tiger Paw Pride Assembly: Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 1:50 pm.

January 8, 2019

Some quick reminders:

Gr. 4 – 6 Winter Activity Day: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (TOMORROW!)

For the Winter Activity Day field trips, parents may now transport their own children to the skiing/snowboarding activity. Parents must notify the school no later than the day before the activity so students will not be counted absent. Students can stay at the mountain with their parent only.

We are currently watching the weather forecast and will let you know if there are any changes to Wednesday's Winter Activity Day. We are concerned about the potential of rain and/or freezing rain. If there is a delayed start to school, Winter Activity Day will be cancelled.

No School Friday, January 11, 2019! Our teachers will be participating in professional learning all day. They will be developing rubrics for the Habits of Work and Learning, participating in school safety scenarios and compassion fatigue activities, and learning about resources for our neediest children and families.

January 7, 2019

Starting tomorrow Tuesday January 8, 2019, Bus 4 will begin running again. If your student is affected by this change please look for a letter in the back pack this evening. Thank you so much for your patience as we make sure we have drivers.

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

School Safety: While the children and staff were gone on vacation, we improved safety in our school. You may remember that earlier this year, we received a school safety grant from the State of Vermont. Over break, new door locking hardware was installed in each classroom - the doors can now be locked from inside the classrooms. Within the next few weeks, we will be installing curtains in the classroom windows that look out into the hallway.

For more information on safety in our school, follow the link to our website: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day: Let your child’s teacher know if your child would like a bag lunch by Thursday, January 3, 2018 (tomorrow). Money for Jay skiers, snowboarders, and skaters is due Friday, January 4. Winter Activity Day is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

No School Friday, January 11, 2019! Our teachers will be participating in professional learning all day. They will be developing rubrics for the Habits of Work and Learning, participating in school safety scenarios and compassion fatigue activities, and learning about resources for our neediest children and families.

December 18, 2018

3 more days! We are trying to make them as special as possible for your children, while maintaining peace and calm and order.

Coming up this week:

Tonight, 6pm: School Messenger now has texting capability. Information is on the home page.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018: Derby Ninja Warrior, information is on the activities page .

Register for the Winter Session of Encore! Information is on the after school program page.

Friday, December 21, 2018: Last Day of School in 2018.

January 2, 2019: First Day If School in 2019. Lunch menus are on the lunch menu page..

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

December 13, 2018

Our older children had a super great day at Jay Peak and Siskin yesterday, and we are so pleased to see today’s sunshine!

Tonight is our Holiday Concert, which is always so wonderful.

Gr. 1 –6 Concerts: Please have your child report to the classroom 10 minutes before the concert time. Below is the time your child’s class will be performing.

5:30 concert: Mrs. Handley, Mrs. McKenny, Ms. Pinard, Ms. Lucas, Mrs. Batista, Mrs. Beaudry, Mrs. Sicotte

6:30 concert: Mrs. Coburn, Mrs. Barrup, Mrs. Cheney, Ms. Sbarra, Mrs. Nadeau, Mrs. Green, Mr. Vachon

7:30 concert: Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Higgins, Ms. Willard, Mrs. Breault, Mrs. Gentler, Mrs. Cargill.

Festive Friday! Tomorrow, December 14, 2018. Deck out in your holiday themed clothes and hats!

Derby Ninja Warrior: Wednesday, December 19. Information is on the activities page.

December 5, 2018

We have three weeks of school left until Winter Break. We will do everything we can to provide worthwhile learning opportunities, help make it a magical time for children, and manage the high energy that comes along with the countdown.

Coming Up Next Week:

Progress Reports and Specials: Please sign and return your child’s Progress Report envelope! You may have noticed in the new Progress Reports that there is not information regarding specials. Please follow these links to read about what your children have been working on in specials for the last few months. Our specialists will be working with your children to include progress in the portfolios and student led conferences in the Spring.

https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/art

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

https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/music

https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/penatures-classroom

Winter Spirit Days: Our Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Week, with something special for each day next week. Information is on the home page.

K-6 Tiger Paw Pride Assembly: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 1:05pm. Feel free to join us!

Gr. 4-6 Winter Activity Day: Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Money for skiing/snowboarding and skating/cross country skiing IS DUE NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY. Checks can be made out to Derby Elementary School. If you want to order a school lunch for WINTER ACTIVITY DAY, please send me an email NO LATER THAN FRIDAY. If your child has signed up for skiing/snowboarding only, please click on this site and complete the waiver form: https://des.ncsuvt.org/activities/winter-activity-day If you have any questions/comments regarding this, please contact sherrie.gentry@ncsuvt.org.

Senior Citizens Luncheon: All seniors are invited! Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 @ 12:45 pm for lunch and a wonderful concert!

Gr. 1 –6 Music Concerts: Our children will be performing on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Below is the time your child’s class will be performing.

5:30 concert: Mrs. Handley, Mrs. McKenny, Ms. Pinard, Ms. Lucas, Mrs. Batista, Mrs. Beaudry, Mrs. Sicotte

6:30 concert: Mrs. Coburn, Mrs. Barrup, Mrs. Cheney, Ms. Sbarra, Mrs. Nadeau, Mrs. Green, Mr. Vachon

7:30 concert: Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Higgins, Ms. Willard, Mrs. Breault, Mrs. Gentler, Mrs. Cargill.

November 28, 2018

Let it snow?!?!?!?

While undeniably beautiful, the snow has caused some problems for our school and buses. We have been in touch with the Derby road crew and they are doing the best they can to clear the roads in a timely way so our buses can get through – it’s a combination of being short handed, the consistency of the snow, and the rate of snowfall, but hopefully it will get better.

We lost power today around 11am, but thankfully our generator and phones were working so that we could still operate. We still do not have power at this time. Without heat, it’s not likely we will be open tomorrow. We are waiting to hear from the power company and will be monitoring it all evening and very early tomorrow morning. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Stay tuned.

Updates:

K-6 Progress Reports: You can expect your child to bring a Progress Report home on Friday, November 30, 2018. As you may be aware for your parent conference, we have a new format for reporting progress to you. Much thought went into the redesign, and teachers are sharing next steps for learning, as well as growth. More information is on the class happenings page.

Family Movie Night: Our PTA is hosting a Family Movie Night on Saturday, December 1. This has always been a very popular (and cheap!) family event. Details are on the PTA page.

CLiF Grant Activities: On Dec. 4, our Children’s Literacy Foundation Grant Committee has planned an author visit for our K-6 children. Jim Arnosky, a wildlife author and illustrator, will be sharing his craft with ether children and speaking about the importance of using our public libraries. PreK children will be taking field trip to the Haskell for story hour!

Due to weather and power outage, there will NOT be after school program today Wednesday 11/28. Children will go home on the bus unless you call and make other arrangements. Dismissal is at 3:00pm.

November 19, 2018

Happy Monday! Hopefully you were able to get outdoors this weekend and enjoy the sunshine and snow.

The EARLY RELEASE DAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for all NCSU elementary schools and the Jr. High to be tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Derby’s dismissal for K-6 will be at 12:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will still be served. Buses are available to take children home at 12:00pm. The morning session of PreK will go on as planned until 11:00 am. There will be no afternoon PreK. Please make any special arrangements early so our office can notify teachers and children in a timely way.

Author Visit and 2 Book Giveaway! On Tuesday, November 20, our CLiF Grant Committee has planned for Vermont author John Churchman to visit with a special friend. Each child will be able to choose 2 books to keep – some good reading should occur over the holiday weekend! http://www.sweetpeafriends.com Parents are welcome!

The times had to changes due to the early release day: 8:40-9:30 @ gr. 3, 4, maybe grade 2; 9:40-10:10 @ gr. K, 1, maybe grade 2 (Grade 2 can choose which time above they attend); 10:20-11:10 @ gr. 5, 6

There is NO SCHOOL Wednesday, November 21 – November 23, 2018 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!

Family Movie Night is back! PTA is hosting this event on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Information is on the PTA Page.

5th and 6th Grade Derby Basketball Team for boys and girls: information is on the activities page .

November 16, 2018

I hope everyone is staying safe and dry at home today!

As you know, today was supposed to be an Early Release Day for children. Teachers were scheduled to work on completing the new Progress Reports, which are due home to parents on November 30. I have put some documents about the new Progress Reports on the home page, and after reading them, you will see that they are quite different than in the past and are focused more on your child’s growth and specific next steps in learning. Parents will get much more helpful information. However, because the Progress Reports are new and so much more specific and helpful, they take more time to complete. With today’s cancellation of school, our teachers still need that time.

Therefore, the EARLY RELEASE DAY IS RESCHEDULED for all NCSU elementary schools and the Jr. High: Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Derby’s dismissal for K-6 will be at 12:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will still be served. Buses are available to take children home at 12:00pm. The morning session of PreK will go on as planned until 11:00 am. There will be no afternoon PreK. Please make any special arrangements early so our office can notify teachers and children in a timely way.

Enjoy your weekend!

November 15, 2018

I guess it is time since the snow isn’t going away. It just seems so early in the year. However, it is now officially boot season and our sled shack is open for business!

Early Release K-6: @ 12pm tomorrow (Friday, November 16, 2018). Busses will be available to bring children home. Please make any special arrangements early so our office can notify teachers and children in a timely way.

​​​​​​​PreK: The morning session will still end at 11am, and there will be no afternoon session.

SNOW and COLD WEATHER reminders: (Please review with your children)

When we have snow and when boot season is announced to the children and to parents, children are required to wear boots on the playground. Not only is this for their own safety, but for cleanliness as well. Our playground is large and has sections that stay icy, muddy and underwater for portions of time. Tracking wetness and mud into the building and classrooms and having wet socks and shoes creates a problem for children and staff alike. Its hard to concentrate on learning with wet socks and feet! Students need to have a change of footwear for indoors. During the winter, children without outside boots can play on the cement.

K-3 – All students in grades K-3 must have snow pants on when they go outside to play on the equipment or on the fields. Those without snow pants will play on the cement.

4-6 – All students in grades 4-6 may play outside in the fields and without snow pants, but must have boots.

Safe Sledding Rules

Grades 2-6 Lunch Recess

Once the Zone 2 supervisor is there to supervise, sledding is for grades 2-6 only on the far hill. One sled slides at a time per sliding lane. Children must be seated (not standing) and in feet first position (not head first). Children should bring sleds back to the shed at the end of the recess and stack them neatly for the next grade. Zone 2 supervisors will decide each day if it is too icy/hard/slushy for sledding that day.

Grades 2-3 Afternoon Recess

Since afternoon recess is shorter, there is not time for sledding. However, children in grades 2-3 may use Bunker Hill for snow suit sliding (no sleds). Grade level staff assigned to Zone 2 will supervise and decide each day if it is too icy/hard/slushy for sliding that day.

Grades K-1 Lunch and Afternoon Recess

Children in grades K-1 may use Bunker Hill for snow suit sliding (no sleds), and shall be supervised by the assigned Zone 2 supervisors. The Zone 2 supervisors will decide each day if it is too icy/hard/slushy for sliding that day.

Indoor Recess Determination

If it is raining or if the temperature is zero degrees or below (with windchill), children will have indoor recess. This will be announced on the PA prior to recess. If inclement weather occurs while children are already at outside recess, the grade level staff members on duty will bring the children inside.

November 9, 2018

Hello,

I have been made aware of a recent Facebook post about lice that is circulating at Derby. To learn that information on last night’s post was surprising - we were not aware of that number of cases of lice. It seems clear that we are not always being notified when children do have lice. If we don’t know, we cannot help. Please let us know. We will keep information private and provide helpful tips to you – our goal is to assist and ensure children are back in school as soon as possible.

Please be assured that we have checked into the concerns and have acted accordingly. Many heads were checked today, and no new cases were identified. As parents and school employees, we know that lice is likely to be in schools. We should always discourage children from sharing personal belongings, especially clothing, hats, combs, brushes, pillows, etc. We all need to be vigilant and yet balance this vigilance with the necessity to preserve the dignity of families and children.

We have heard today that some are purchasing specialty shampoos and treating children “just in case.” This is not effective, and has unintended consequences for the child involved and for other families – it actually can increase resistance and cause a case of lice to last longer.

We do have a large school, and many health needs that have to be prioritized. When we see a spike of cases of lice beyond the norm, we will notify parents so they can be vigilant and communicate with us.

Some helpful resources can be found on the parents health page, including the NCSU policy, which we follow even though it is not as up-to-date nor in alignment with other more recent recommendations from experts.

If you ever have a concern, I would encourage you to reach out to me directly. I will always respond in a timely way.

On another note, we have a young child at our school that wishes to give back by raising funds for the Shriners Hospital in Boston. A flyer is on the home page.

Please enjoy the weekend.

November 8, 2018

Was that a glimmer of sunshine I saw today? I hope more is coming our way!

Congrats to Mrs. Higgins’ class, who won the PTA’s Box Top Collection Contest and won an ice cream party!

A few reminders about our schedule for the next few weeks:

NO SCHOOL: PreK – 6 on Monday, November 12, 2018, due to Veterans Day.

Thanksgiving Lunch: Thursday, November 15, 2018. Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch!

Kindergarten @ 11:00 am 1st Grade @ 11:15 am 2nd Grade @ 11:30 am 3rd Grade @ 11:45 am 4th Grade @ 12:00 pm 5th Grade @ 12:15pm 6th Grade @ 12:25 pm

Early Release K-6: @ 12pm Friday, November 16, 2018. Busses will bring children home. Please make any special arrangements early so our office can notify teachers and children in a timely way. PreK: The morning session will still end at 11am, and there will be no afternoon session.

CLiF Grant Author Visit and Book Giveaway: On, Tuesday, November 20, author John Churchman will be visiting with a special guest. Children will be able to choose two books to take home and keep – they’ll have some reading for over the Thanksgiving Break!

NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break: November 21-23, 2018

5th and 6th graders can sign up for our Derby basketball team, coached by volunteers who will arrange to play other local schools! Information and permission slip is on the homepage.


November 1, 2018

The Glow Stick Run has been cancelled for tonight please stay tuned for information about rescheduling.

October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween!

PreK – 3 Halloween Parade: Oct. 31 @ 1:45 pm. Parents are welcome! The weather forecast shows cold and rain, so our parade may be indoors. Grades PreK – 3 change into costumes in the afternoon. Costumes should be school appropriate and not scary for young children. Due our crowded atmosphere, masks should not be worn over faces, but can be worn around the neck. In addition, props such as blood, axes, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed.

Post - Halloween candy at school: Come Thursday, we appreciate Halloween candy staying at home, but a small treat in a lunch box is fine. We promote healthy snacks at school.

Glow Stick Run: Thursday, November 1 in the evening. This is a short run on our property….info. is on the home page.

http://clifonline.org/resources/early-literacy-resources-for-families/

Reading Is Fun! Check out our video on tips for sharing books with kids and the importance of helping your kids develop strong early literacy skills.

October 24, 2018

Happy First Snow! This is a great time to remind you to pay attention to the weather and make sure that children (especially preK – 3) have appropriate winter gear – boots, snow pants, hats, and mittens every day.

Tomorrow, October 25, 2018, we will be participating in an important safety drill. We will be practicing in an evacuation to St. Edward’s. Children will be together as a class and be riding the bus with their teachers. It is necessary for us to practice this drill in the event of certain building emergencies that would require a relocation to another site. Please refer to our School Safety tab on our school website for more safety information specific to parents. https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

PTA Box Top Scramble: Monday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 26. Win a pizza party for your child’s class. Information is on the PTA page.

Encore After School Program: A brochure is on the after school program page for the November/December session. Registration is due Oct. 29.

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 outside around the track and back to your child’s classroom. PreK usually joins us on the track! Grades PreK – 3 change into costumes in the afternoon. Costumes should be school appropriate and not scary for young children. Due our crowded atmosphere, masks should not be worn over faces, but can be worn around the neck. In addition, props such as blood, axes, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed.

Glow Stick Run: Thursday, November 1 in the evening. This is a short run on our property….info. is on the home page.

Enjoy the full moon and the rest of the week!

October 18, 2018

What a snowy, cold, and windy start to the day! I am already looking forward to tomorrow’s warm up….

It was great having so many parents here for conferences last week. Thank you for shopping at our book fair. We will be having student led conferences (and the book fair) in April. Progress Reports will be sent home Friday, November 30, after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, if you have questions about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher.

Coming Up Soon:

PTA’s Family Friendly Haunted House: Saturday, Oct. 20, information is on the PTA page.

PTA Box Top Scramble: Monday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 26. Win a pizza party for your child’s class. Information is on the PTA page.

Free Derby Ninja Warrior Event: Monday, Oct. 22 in the evening, information is on the home page.

K- 6 Tiger Paw Pride Assembly: Wednesday, Oct. 24 @ 10am, parents are welcome to attend.

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 outside around the track and back to your child’s classroom. PreK usually joins us on the track! Grades PreK – 3 change into costumes in the afternoon. Costumes should be school appropriate and not scary for young children. Due our crowded atmosphere, masks should not be worn over faces, but can be worn around the neck. In addition, props such as blood, axes, swords, guns, etc. are not allowed.

Glow Stick Run: Thursday, November 1 in the evening. This is a short run on our property….info. is on the home page.

Courtesy Attachments: Orleans County Sheriff’s Car Seat Check and Open House information is on the activities page.

October 9, 2018

You may be aware from our Facebook post that we lost power for approximately an hour this morning. I felt it necessary to notify parents at the time because we weren’t sure how long the power was going to be out and our phone system and internet were down as well. The back up generator kicked in and the we were able to meet all basic needs for the children in terms of water, bathroom, and learning. Of course, our wonderful staff made it work by staying on track and maintaining calm and a level of consistency, and maximizing learning.

I was at the NCSU offices this week and one of our new substitute teachers was there expounding on her experience subbing at Derby and how wonderful our children are and our school is! The person she was talking to said, “I’ve heard so many great things about Derby – many subs tell me how much they love it.” Needless to say, this made my day and I feel grateful to be working with such wonderful people! Kudos to you for raising such wonderful children!

We look forward to seeing you again this week for Conferences and Book Fair. Here are some reminders:

Parent Teacher Conferences are this week, W-F. Gr. 4-6 conferences are led by students, so be sure to bring your child. They have been working on e-portfolios and are excited to share their work. 3rd and 4th graders will also share their Story Keepers project with you. They will be on display in the hallway down near the art room and outside of the 4th grade classrooms in the library. Enjoy the awesome Celebration of Learning – the children are so proud of their family history and I have heard some interesting family biographies that your children were bursting to share!

No School for PreK - 6 Friday, Oct. 12 and Monday, October 15: Teachers will be having conferences with parents on Friday. On Monday, teachers will be engaged in professional learning about the Continuum of Instruction and supports for children, fostering social emotional learning, using restorative practices in the classroom, as well as the SBAC state assessment and results.

PreK Picture Day and K-6 Retakes: Tuesday, Oct. 16.

PTA's Family Friendly Haunted House: Oct. 20, information is on the PTA page .

Win a pizza party for your child's class: Collect your Box Tops at home and send them in to the classroom Oct. 22-26. The class that collects the most during that time wins! Information is on the homepage.

See you at school this week,

October 4, 2018

Happy October!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Open House - it was a great turnout and children loved showing off their classrooms and school.

Chicken Plop fundraiser for Nature's Classroom trip: Our current 5th graders will be raising money for their Nature's Classroom trip in the fall. Come to the Vermont Reindeer Farm's Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 & 7 to buy tickets for the Chicken Plop. Winners get 50% collected for each "plop." Information is on the home page.

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week, W-F, as well as the Book Fair, which will be in the library. We asked parents to sign up for appointments electronically. If you were unable to do so, you should be hearing from the teacher soon with an appointment date and time. Gr. 4-6 conferences are led by students, so be sure to bring your child. They have been working on e-portfolios and are excited to share their work! 3rd and 4th graders will also share their Story Keepers project with you. They will be on display in the hallway down near the art room enjoy the awesome Celebration of Learning! They are so proud of their family history and I have heard some interesting family biographies that your children were bursting to share!

No School for PreK - 6 Friday, Oct. 12 and Monday, October 15: Teachers will be having conferences with parents on Friday. On Monday, teachers will be engaged in professional learning about the Continuum of Instruction and supports for children, fostering social emotional learning, using restorative practices in the classroom, as well as the SBAC state assessment and results.

PreK Picture Day and K-6 Retakes: Tuesday, Oct. 16. More information will come next week.

PTA's Family Friendly Haunted House: Oct. 20, information is on the PTA page.

Win a pizza party for your child's class: Collect your Box Tops at home and send them in to the classroom Oct. 22-26. The class that collects the most during that time wins!

Enjoy the Weekend!

September 26, 2018

We hope to see you Thursday at our Open House! Please be sure to visit the gym for tasty treats and loads of information and opportunities for your child(ren).

Menus for next week can be found on the lunch program page, additional copies of the t-shirt order forms, instructions for Pic-A-Time conferences (your child’s ID for Pick-A-Time is firstnamelastname with no spaces) and instructions for the Annual Student Update (we are now at 65% completion – YAY!) are all on the home page.

September 21, 2018

Happy Friday! Our early dismissal ran smoothly. Thank you to those of you that made your transportation arrangements in advance! We did a required fire drill today and of course our children were very responsible and followed instructions well.

Coming Up at Derby:

Schedule your Parent Teacher Conferences: Oct. 10 @ 3:15 – 6pm , Oct. 11 @ 3:15 – 6pm, and Oct. 12 @ 8 – 11:30 am. This year we are having parents schedule conferences online using pickatime.com. Instructions are below. It is first come, first serve, so if you have more than one child and need to schedule the conferences back to back, I suggest you schedule the conferences right away. If you need help, we will have computers and staff to help schedule conferences in the gym during Open House.

Open House: Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6 - 7:15pm. More information will come next week.

Order a T-Shirt! Information is on the home page and will also be sent home with students next week– we will be taking orders at Open House as well.

Annual Student Update: Parents will be notified individually this week if it has not yet been completed. Unfortunately, if not completed by September 28, children will not be able to use classroom technology (Chromebooks and iPads). It is extremely important for us to be able communicate with you, especially in case of illness or emergency!

If you need help with this process, we will have computers and staff to help set up in the gym during Open House.

Pick A Time Information

Hello!

We are happy to announce this year we will be offering online registration for parent teacher conferences through pickAtime.com.

Please follow the direction provided to get to the online conference scheduler.


Go to https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11613574&evt=327067


To Register(new users)

  1. Enter your email address and push “Login/Create Account”
  2. Fill in the required fields and register.


Scheduling

  1. You will see a screen requesting that you identify your student(s). For each child, enter in the two prompts required. Your students ID (firtsnamelastname with no space), and then your child’s date of birth(mm/dd/yy). If you have more than one child put one in and you will be able to add the others at the next screen.
  2. On the right hand side of the screen you will see the child you entered and a spot to add your other children using the same process. It will create a list of your children. On the left hand side you will see a list of the teachers. Please check the box next to your child/childrens homeroom teacher(s). This will show you their available conference time slots.
  3. Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend on the left shows which teacher corresponds with which color. Click on the square to schedule that time.
  4. While confirming the appointment you will use the drop down box to confirm that your child belongs to that teacher.
  5. You will also be asked to set a time for a reminder email.
  6. Click create appointment
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all your children are scheduled.


You can choose to print your schedule by clicking “printable schedule”.

** If you have more than one child it is recommended that you do this process early if you wish to schedule your children’s appointments back to back.


If you need to change your schedule you can click on the “Your schedule” link and make alterations. If you need to make changes or cancel within 24hrs of your appointment please call the school.

If you have any questions, Please call Ashley Dewing in the Technology Office at 873-3162 ex 106.


September 19, 2018

It is nice to have some cooler fall weather. Add some sunshine and we will be all set. Here are some important reminders for this week:

Annual Student Update: Parents will be notified individually this week if it has not yet been completed. Unfortunately, if not completed by September 28, children will not be able to use classroom technology (Chromebooks and iPads). It is extremely important for us to be able communicate with you, especially in case of illness or emergency!

K-6 Picture Day is tomorrow - Thursday, Sept. 20! Another packet is on the home page. Children should bring completed picture packet to their teacher.

Early Release Day, Friday, September 21, 2018: We will be releasing K-6 students at 12:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be a morning session of preK, but no afternoon session of PreK. **If you need to make any special transportation arrangements for this day, it would be much appreciated if you let our office know in advance with a note or phone call so that we are not inundated with last minute calls that hinder safety. Help us be as safe as possible for your child by letting us know of changes in advance! (Emails are never good for transportation changes, due to timeliness, as well as unforeseen circumstances such as illness and lost internet connectivity.)

We have three more Early Release Days this year – in November, March and May. Follow these links to our school calendar: https://des.ncsuvt.org https://des.ncsuvt.org/home/calendar

Safety/Emergency Preparedness: As of Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Principal Sherrie Gentry or I have spoken with each class about school safety and the components of an enhanced lockdown. We discussed how important it is to practice being safe. We already had a bus evacuation drill, and later this month, we will also practice a fire drill and a lockdown drill. For more information about safety at school, including a parent training video, follow this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

Open Gym Schedule: Open Gym is daily from 8:00-8:20 am for grades 1-6. The schedule of activities is on the home page.

Courtesy Attachments: Border Jets Hockey Info, can be found on the activities page.

September 13, 2018

Happy First Full Week of School! By now, children are doing more academic work in their classrooms, and teachers are getting a feel for what your child knows and how they learn. Here is what’s happening at Derby for the next week.

Annual Student Update: Unless your child is new to our school, PLEASE update the information we already have for you and your child. It is extremely important for us to be able communicate with you, especially in case of illness or emergency! Here is the link, and a Help! sheet is below. https://ncsuvt.powerschool.com

**If you have not completed this process by September 28, we are sorry, but your child will no longer be able to use any school technology, such as Chromebooks or iPads in the classroom. It is very important that you complete this process!

K-6 Picture Day, Thursday, September 20, 2018: Picture packets were sent home the first day of school, but if you need another, it is on the home page. You may also pick one up in the office.

Early Release Day, Friday, September 21, 2018: We will be releasing K-6 students at 12:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be no afternoon session of PreK. The teachers will be engaging in professional learning around the new Progress Report. **If you need to make any special transportation arrangements for this day, it would be much appreciated if you let our office know in advance with a note or phone call so that we are not inundated with last minute calls that hinder safety. Help us be as safe as possible for your child by letting us know of changes in advance! (Emails are never good for transportation changes, due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness and lost internet connectivity.)

We have three more Early Release Days this year – in November, March and May. Follow these links to our school calendar: https://des.ncsuvt.org https://des.ncsuvt.org/home/calendar

CSI Time has begun. A letter about this is on our support for students page https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/support-for-students

Safety Meetings: As you are aware from Superintendent John Castle’s letter to you, as well as prior emails from me, we are focusing on improving our school safety this year. Assistant Principal Sherrie Gentry and myself will be visiting each classroom in the next three or four days to speak with the children about safety. Our meeting will include what we do to keep children safe, and will include some about ALICE protocol you may have read about. Please be assured that what we say and how we talk about safety will be developmentally appropriate. Grades 4-6 will be taught specifically what ALICE stands for and we will discuss each step in depth. With younger children we will talk much more generally about safety and strangers and the importance of listening to their teachers during an emergency. For more information about safety at school, follow this link. https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety Reading this information will help us keep your children safe!

September 7, 2018

I was away in Ocean Park, Maine earlier this week with the 6th graders and they are having a fabulous time learning – lots of science, teamwork, friendship, respect, competence, autonomy, and responsibility. They are definitely getting their money’s worth on this once in a lifetime trip, as well as a few mosquito bites :-) The 6th graders return today at 5pm, and I know parents will be happy to see them! For pictures, please follow these two links: https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt http://derbype.weebly.com

Encore After School Program is starting soon for grades 1-6! A registration form can also be found on our website on the activities page under after school program. It will also be posted on our Facebook page soon.

Morning Parent Drop Off is going very well with “Hug and Go” and children are proud of the independence they have gained in making it to their classroom on their own. Thank You!

Afternoon Parent Pick Up is going well also. We appreciate your patience as you check in with our Administrative Assistant Laura when you arrive and then move to the gym to wait for your child.

We’re Going GREEN and SAFE!

The Derby School Board has goals involving student and staff safety, as well as being environmentally friendly. Both the drop off and pick up procedures are in place to keep our children as safe as possible!

New Safety Projects Include:

In August, the State of Vermont awarded us a $25,000 grant for school safety projects. Some changes that will be happening around our building this school year are:

1. Installation of additional security cameras inside and outside the school

2. Installation of door locking mechanisms so that classroom doors can lock from the inside

3. Installation of curtains over classroom windows looking into the hallways

4. Installation of a new outside door with keyless entry for easier, safer access in from PE and the playground

5. Purchase of new set of heavy duty radios for communication within the building and with law enforcement

In addition we purchased Go Bags for classroom in case of evacuations or lengthy lockdowns. For more info. on school safety at Derby, visit our website. https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

New Green Projects Include:

1. Every classroom has a composting pail for breakfast and snack food scraps (of course we will continue to compost at lunch)!

2. Thanks to the Farm to School Committee, especially Ms. Chambers, and Mr. Handley, we will soon have our own composting shed on site.

3. We are going "strawless” for grades 2-6, and may try to extend that to PreK - 1 as the year progresses.

4. Soup will now be served in washable bowls, rather than styrofoam.

5. We tested our water, and results were good, but we still installed a water conditioner, making the water taste better for children to drink.

6. New windows were installed upstairs, which leads to better insulation, keeping hot air out and cool air in.

Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend!

September 5, 2018

To see pictures from 6th Grade's Nature's Classroom Trip use this link!

Nature's Classroom Pictures

August 30,2018

What a week it has been! While we’ve had a few days of sticky, hot weather, we still made the most of our back to school experience! Your children are wonderful and everyone is settling in nicely. Children are learning many procedures and expectations, for the classroom as well as the school. We explicitly teach and model these expectations so there are no surprises for children and they feel empowered with the information.

Here is some information for you for tomorrow and early next week:

Friday, August 31, 2018 for grades 1-6: CLiF “Year of the Book” Grant Event! Due to hard work of a group of dedicated teachers, we received a $ 25,000.00 grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Parents are invited! See attached flier for more information. Kindergarten will be included in activities later in the year once they become more accustomed to our school.

Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom Trip: Sept. 4- 7, 2018. We are so excited to have the opportunity for our 6th graders to grow competence, autonomy, and independence, not to mention experiential learning! We have close to 40 children attending, and it’s not too late to sign up. Children have until Friday, August 31, 2018 to turn in all paperwork and money. After Friday at 3pm there will be no refunds. For more information about the trip and packing and paperwork, follow this link https://des.ncsuvt.org/class-happenings/penatures-classroom

Open Gym will be daily, beginning Sept. 4 @ 8:00 am. This means children in grades 1-6 can be dropped off at 8 am and head in to the gym to play prior to the start of school.

PreK Open Houses: September 4 @ 9 – 10 am for the morning sessions and 1 – 2 pm for the afternoon sessions. Children will get to meet and play with their classmates! We also have children practice riding the bus with their adult.

PreK 1st Day of School is Wednesday, September 5!

Wednesday, September 5 is "Independence Day!” We ask that K-6 parents that are dropping off in the morning “Hug and Go” in our school lobby and let your children find their own way to the classroom. This helps foster independence in our children, and should be celebrated! School staff will be available to help children find their way to the classroom, should they need it. Friday and Tuesday will be good practice days for you to let your child lead you to their classroom.

Parents & Visitors in the Building – Instructional Time is Precious:

  1. For safety reasons, all visitors must check in at the office.
  2. In the mornings when dropping your child off in the lobby, please use the practice of “Hug & Go.” Hug your child and let them walk to the classroom on their own. Parents visiting classrooms can distract the teacher from the needs of other children that they are trying to build relationships with.
  3. Parents who are picking children up at the end of the day are asked to meet their youngsters in the gym at the end of the day.
  4. Parents who wish to see a teacher are asked to make an appointment.
  5. Uninterrupted learning time is important for every child, so please do not visit the classroom at any time without an appointment.

Making a bus change or changing pickup arrangements for the end of the day:

When your child needs to ride a different bus, or you are changing the normal pick up arrangements, we’d prefer you send in a written note with your child noting the change. Notes should be brought to the office in the morning. We will notify all involved to make sure your child gets safely to the correct place. Please do not email this information as the recipient may be absent or the internet may be down.

In the event of a last minute change during the day, please call the school office, NOT the teacher. (Please do not send this information by e-mail, as the message may not be received in a timely way to alert your child.) Please notify us of these changes by 2:30 pm so that we have time to notify all involved and make sure your child gets to the correct place.

The office is busy and has a high volume of calls, especially at the end of the day. If both office staff are on the phone at the same time, your call will be directed to voicemail.

Please leave a message with the necessary information, and staff will follow through and make sure your child gets the information they need. Any other messages left for office staff that require a call back to you will result in a call back within the hour, or at least within time to get messages to children for the end of the day.

August 27, 2018

Happy New Year!

School starts tomorrow at 8:30 am for Grades 1-6. Teachers will be putting the last minute touches on classrooms and lesson plans, so we ask that all children arrive after 8:20 am.

Kindergarten families will visit by appointment tomorrow, and Kindergarteners start the full day school on Wednesday, August 29.

PreK families visit by appointment throughout the week, meet classmates on Tuesday, September 4, and start officially on Wednesday, September 5.

For more information about the start of school, please visit our website https://des.ncsuvt.org

We are going paperless, so the best ways to get information about school are the website, our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt, and my weekly emails.

August 22, 2018

Happy New Year! It is with great pleasure that I welcome you as part of our school community. I have been working all summer with staff and the Derby School Board to get ready for what promises to be a great year for your children at Derby Elementary School. Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Important Dates: Links to our school calendar: https://des.ncsuvt.org/home https://des.ncsuvt.org/home/calendar

August 28: First full day of school, grades 1-6, 8:30am - 3pm

Kindergarten families visit classrooms by appointment

Aug. 28 – 31 PreK families visit classrooms by appointment

August 29: First full day of Kindergarten, 8:30 - 3pm

Sept. 3: Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

Sept. 4: Back to School

PreK Family Open House, 9:00 am for morning classes, 1:00 pm for afternoon classes

Sept. 4-7: 6th gr. Nature’s Classroom Trip to Ocean Park, Maine!

Sept. 5: First day of PreK (8:30 – 11:00 morning session, 12:30 – 3:00 afternoon session)

Sept. 20: Whipple’s Studio, K-6 only student photographs, 8:30-2:30

(PreK photos will be on October 16 as well as picture re-take K-6).

Sept. 26: 2:20 pm Tiger Paw Pride Assembly

Sept. 27: Family Open House 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus: These are also posted on each month to the Lunch Program page.

Annual Student Update: Please update the information we have for you and your child. It is extremely important for us to be able communicate with you!

Here is the link, and a Help! sheet is attached. https://ncsuvt.powerschool.com

Bus Information: Link to bus stops: https://des.ncsuvt.org/home/bus-info

Bus Drop Off: Because we care about the safety of our children, bus drivers will not drop off students in grades PreK – 4 at homes unless they see an adult or other responsible person to confirm that children are going to a safe place. If nobody is there to greet the child off the bus, a parent (or emergency contact if parent can’t be reached) will be called and asked to pick up the child at the bus garage after the bus route (between 4- 4:30pm)

School Safety Information: link https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

CLiF “Year of the Book” Grant: Due to some hard work of a group of dedicated teachers, we received a $ 25,000.00 grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Our first event will be August 31, 2018 for grades 1-6. Parents are invited – see attached for more information. Kindergarten will be included in activities later in the year once they become more accustomed to our school.

As you may know, we have some staff changes:

Retirements: Teachers Faye Long, Jennie Davis, and Charlotte Tyburski retired at the end of the year. We will miss them!

Changes in Grade Level/Assignment: Desirae Breault will now be teaching 4th grade, and Renee Boudreault will be teaching 1st grade. Elizabeth Cope will be a part time Speech Therapist with us.

Resignations: Band teacher Rebecca Fielder moved to Oregon. Bus drivers David Punt and Sara Camber resigned. LNA Dawn Falconer resigned. Guidance Counselor Stephanie Gordon resigned and moved home to New York. Speech Therapist Ashley Brien is no longer with us as she pursues a PHD at UVM.

New Staff: We hired 3rd grade teacher Noelle Pinard, Bus Drivers Toby Brainard and Maurice Merrill, and Special Educators Racheal Becker (gr. 5) and Araceli Derbyshire (K). Special Educator Charlotte Tyburski will be coming back part time to help with case management. We hired RoseAnna Cyr as our new Guidance Counselor and Brianna Hawksworth as our new Licensed Nursing Assistant. We are still hoping to hire a new part time Band Teacher.

At Derby, we are lucky to have a wonderful and skilled staff, providing excellent care for your children. Our discussions and planning around instruction are grounded in best practice. One learning goal of our staff is to be more responsive to learner differences and ensure optimal progress of all children.

You can stay updated with what is happening at Derby Elementary by reading my weekly emails and visiting our dynamic website at http://des.ncsuvt.org and Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt

Please contact me at any time if I can be of help to your family!