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!