Derby News

October 19, 2019

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You may have noticed in the news that on Saturday, Vermont recorded the highest # of COVID cases during the entire pandemic, with a very high amount in Orleans County. Unfortunately, this is impacting us in school. Yesterday we had two cases of positive people infectious while in school. Ms. Stewart’s first graders and Mrs. Ward’s 4th graders went home for remote learning. On a good note, Ms. Coolbeth’s and Mrs. Fillmore’s classes returned for in-person learning 3 days early as most of the class had turned in negative results!

BUS CHANGES: We are temporarily short staffed with bus drivers. Starting this afternoon, Bus 5 will not be running. Children were told of the changes today in school and we will make sure they get on the correct buses. We need to return to 5 bus routes, they are attached. You will be notified when we can return to 6 buses.

Encore After School Program: Registration for the next session is attached.

Picture Day is scheduled for Oct. 27 for all children PreK – 6. Our make Up day is Nov. 17. Attached is an order form in case you can’t find the one we sent home in August.

Spooktacular Spirit Week: Check out the attached flier!

Celebrating October Birthdays: Our sixth graders with birthdays in October are planning a fun time for all on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Halloween: We will miss our parade, but still want to have some fun in our classrooms on Friday, October 29, 2021. We are accepting donations for trinkets and treats: fun, festive, nutritious snacks as well as non-food items. Please keep the following guidelines in mind: Prepackaged, individually wrapped, store-bought foods with ingredient and nutrition labeling are required (check with your child’s teachers about allergies). Non-food items such as small age-appropriate, seasonal toys or school supplies such as bouncy balls, stickers, erasers, pencils, tops, magnifying glasses, notepads, bubbles, etc. would be appreciated, as well. Treats and trinkets may be pooled and distributed amongst the grade level classrooms. Please let your child’s teacher know if you can donate.

October 19, 2021

We have a few bus drivers out sick this morning and only 1 sub. Children on bus number 1 will be picked up one hour later than the usual time today. Unfortunately, we are understaffed at the last minute today. Please check your email for more information.

We will send information later today to all parents about adjusted bus routes and times for today's afternoon route and for the rest of the week.

October 13, 2021

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We hope you enjoyed your parent conferences and heard lots of positive words about your child! Overall, our children are very well behaved and are very cooperative. If you were unable to attend a conference with your child’s teacher, please feel free to reach out to them to schedule a meeting at any time.

Our Tigers of the Month for September are celebrated at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/tiger-paw-pride

We had a week of relief with no positive cases that were infectious while at school. Unfortunately, between yesterday and today, we learned of three positive cases that impact classrooms and a bus. Ms. Coolbeth’s and Mrs. Fillmore’s 2nd graders will be learning remotely this week.

It’s National School Lunch Week this week, so a big thank you to our kitchen staff who work so hard to produce nutritious and yummy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for us!

There is a Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday on our playground. Join as a family! It is outdoors with lots of space between holes. See attached info.

PreK – 6 Picture Day: is scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Restorative Practices: As you may know, our staff has had a lot of training in restorative practices (RP). We believe that restorative practices foster positive relationship building, empathy and mutual responsibility within our school community. RP intentionally build trust and understanding to make sure we have a safe, healthy, and supportive climate and environment at our school.For more info, check out this link from our website: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/sel/restorative-practices

October 6, 2021

Hello Derby Parents and Guardians,

Ms. Lucas and I took some time this week to speak to our children about school safety and the emergency drills we have to practice. So far this year we have had a bus evacuation drill and a fire drill. This month we will be having a lockdown drill, which we practice in case there is an unsafe situation in our school. It is unfortunate we have to discuss such things, but safety is so important. With our 4-6th graders, we discuss the ALICE protocol, and for the younger students we do not. Instead, we talk about the difference between safe and unsafe adults in our school, how important it is to stay quiet, listen to the teacher and hide in the classroom. Our children know that the teachers will do everything in their power to keep them safe. If you are interested, we have a school safety section on our website. There is specific information posted there for parents, including a video and several documents. https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety

It is a busy week!

Parent Conferences: As noted in last week’s email, we will be using Google Meet to conferences with parents. You can sign up for Google Meet appointments using the Pickatime.com website. Pickatime instructions are attached.

K-6 Early Release Day: On Thursday, Oct. 7, school is dismissed at 12:00 pm. Parent Pick Up is at 12:10 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

PreK: PreK will not be in session on Thursday, Oct. 7, due to the early release day.

PreK – 6 NO SCHOOL : There is no school PreK – 6 on Friday, October 8, due to conferences nor on Monday, October 11, 2021 (Indigenous Peoples Day)

PreK – 6 Picture Day: is scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Important Upcoming Dates:

October 6: PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 7: K- 6 Early Release Day 12 pm; PreK No School; PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 8: PreK – 6 No school for students; PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 8am – 12 pm

October 11: PreK – 6 No School, Indigenous People’s Day

October 27: PreK – 6 Picture Day

September 28, 2021

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Hello Derby Families,

We are planning to be back in school on Thursday, pending any late breaking developments! We have had some cases this week, one or two cases per day that we are being notified about. If for some reason we are unable to go back to in-person learning Thursday, you will be notified by phone and email. (It would also be posted on our FaceBook page and our website). We are very excited to see and hear students and teachers back in our halls and classrooms.

Transportation: Some good news: We have trained and hired another bus driver! We will continue to run 6 routes. This allows us to have a sub that can step in when needed so that we (hopefully) won’t have to go back to late runs! The bus routes are attached. Please check them out, as there may be some minor changes.

Birthday Celebration: All August and September Birthdays are invited to a special school birthday celebration on Sept. 30! They receive a treat and a small gift. Be sure to ask about it!

Parent Conferences: As noted in last week’s email, we will be using Google Meet to conferences with parents. You can sign up for Google Meet appointments as early as tomorrow, using the Pickatime.com website. Pickatime goes live tomorrow. Instructions are attached.

K-6 Early Release Day: On Thursday, Oct. 7, school is dismissed at 12:00 pm. Parent Pick Up is at 12:10 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

PreK: PreK will not be in session on Thursday, Oct. 7, due to the early release day.

PreK – 6 NO SCHOOL : There is no school PreK – 6 on Friday, October 8, due to conferences nor on Monday, October 11, 2021 (Indigenous Peoples Day)

PreK – 6 Picture Day: is scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Important Upcoming Dates:

September 30: Special School Birthday Celebration

October 6: PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 7: K- 6 Early Release Day 12 pm

PreK No School

PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Conferences 4-6 pm

October 8: PreK – 6 No school for students

PreK – 6 Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 8am – 12 pm

October 11: PreK – 6 No School

October 27: PreK – 6 Picture Day

September 24, 2021

Hello Tigers,

We appreciate your hard work as parents, guardians, children, and staff during this challenging time! We know it is a hardship that can take a toll emotionally, physically and economically for our families and children. I have heard numerous stories from teachers and parents about how well children are doing, as well as those that are struggling. Remote learning is not ideal, and we know the best place for learning is in-person at school. However, the safety of our children, staff and community must come first.

There has been a very high rate of transmission in the Northeast Kingdom, as I am sure you’ve read and heard on the news. We are a bit worried about the records that are being set, and realize we could be dealing with this in our area for a few more weeks.

Today we met with our NCSU COVID-19 Team, and have decided that it would be safer to continue remote learning through Wednesday of next week. We will hope and plan to return to school in-person on Thursday, September 30, 2021, pending a further review of developments and cases in our area.

Please continue to report positive and negative test results to Nurse Lisa Austin, lisa.austin@ncsuvt.org.

When we do return, it will be with increased mitigation efforts. While we followed the guidance of the Vermont Agency of Education in all of our mitigation efforts this year, it clearly was not enough.

Covid Mitigation Efforts: We are returning to many of last year’s practices:

  • Recess will now take place in pods. Because of this, masks may be needed outside if unable to physically distance based on the chosen activity. (For example, playing tag is much different than two children facing each other playing a handclapping game.)

  • Lunch will be served and eaten in classrooms. (Breakfast has always been eaten in the classrooms.)

  • Parent meetings (IEPs, 504s, ESTs and PTA) will be remote unless there is an extenuating circumstance.

  • Visitors will be limited, by appointment, and for extenuating circumstances.

  • Teachers will encourage physical distancing in the classroom and school.

Parent Conferences: Our conferences are coming up Oct. 6-8, and given the current trend in positive cases in our area, we have made the decision in NCSU to have virtual conferences through Google Meet. Information will emailed next week about signing up for Google Meet appointments.

September 20, 2021

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Hello Tiger Families,

Unfortunately, we were notified Sunday and today of 7 more positive COVID cases at our school. This is disheartening and difficult for all of us. We know remote learning can be a hardship for most parents, children, and staff, not to mention sick children and families. While it is the last thing we’d like, you should be aware that it is possible if we get more positive results, we may have to extend the remote learning period another week. Hopefully this won’t happen. We have 11 classes testing Monday through Wednesday of this week. So far this school year, we have had 31 cases and an additional 3 that were not infectious while at school. Out of 30 PreK – 6 classes, only 11 have been unaffected thus far in the year.

Please do your part! Please be thoughtful about attending large group events, sleepovers, and birthday parties, even if outdoors. Please follow the VDH advice of masking up, quarantining and testing. VDH does not contact the school for positive cases, we rely on parents to tell us. The school does all contact tracing for any involvement in school. Please call or email Nurse Lisa Austin or I about any positive cases.

While we followed Agency of Education guidance to start the year, we are now in the process of examining that guidance for lunch, recess, and classrooms to see how we can be safer when we return to in-person instruction. Stay tuned.

Other News:

PTA is back in action! We have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening at the school. Masks are required. See the attached flyer for information.

PreK – 6 Picture Day is re-scheduled for October 27, with a re-takes day scheduled for November 17. If you have turned in your picture envelope already, teachers will keep it until Picture Day. We will send out extra copies of the envelopes as the date comes closer.

Open House is still postponed. We are hoping to plan a fall celebration type of event later in October. Stay tuned.

Courtesy Postings:

Scouting Invite for boys and girls attached.

Vaccine Clinic Information attached.


September 17, 2021

Hello Tiger Families,

I am very concerned that our school had to go remote. I am so concerned about the number of the children that are sick, as well as their siblings and parents. Going remote was not a decision we took lightly. Just this week, we have had 14 positive cases. 6 were reported on Wednesday. 6 were reported today. So far this year, in the first 4 weeks of school, we have had 24 people test positive who were infectious while at school.

Please help support our learning community! Remember that we are all at risk of getting this virus, even if you are vaccinated. These “COVID-19 cases” are our friends and family, and we need to be understanding and supportive. People with COVID-19 often experience uncomfortable symptoms and emotional stress. Offer to help community members who are affected by quarantine. With creative action from all of us, we will get through this period of anxiety and disruption. We thank you for your investment in the health and wellbeing of our school community.

We have been working closely with the Vermont Department of Health to keep our children and community safe. Their best advice to change the tide of cases we are seeing in our area:

  • Make sure your child is wearing a mask when recommended or required.

  • Make sure your child is washing their hands.

  • Keep your child home if they are sick.

  • Call your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Test when recommended.

  • Get vaccinated yourself and make sure that your children get vaccinated when they are eligible.

  • Talk with your child’s health care provider if you have questions or find a vaccine site near you at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine.

  • Learn more athealthvermont.gov/StaySafeVT.

I will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.

September 15, 2021

After review of our most recent cases with the Vermont Department of Health, and full consideration of the overall context of Covid cases at Derby Elementary School, we’ve made the determination that it is most prudent to shift to fully remote instruction at this time. All classes will begin remote instruction on Thursday, September 16 and continue through Friday, September 24. Teachers are sending home learning materials and devices and will provide more information regarding a virtual instruction schedule. If you’d like school meals during remote learning, please call Laura Fernandes in the Derby office.

We regret that we needed to make this decision and recognize the challenges this places on families. However, our concern for the health and wellbeing of students and staff is our first priority. Due to Derby Elementary School’s size, we also have a responsibility regarding our impact on public health. Although the transmission of Covid is often hard to definitively determine, we often have a good indication of its origins through the process of contact tracing. Given the number of cases we have recently experienced, we cannot rule out the potential transmission of the virus within school. Despite our mitigation efforts, we feel right now there is too high a presence of the virus in the school-community to continue with in-person instruction without risking an outbreak.

We know that staff and families have experienced a disruptive start to the school year. We hope that going remote for the week will provide an opportunity for us to mitigate the spread of the virus.

-John A. Castle

September 13, 2021


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We have a sub for the rest of this week, so starting tomorrow, we will run 5 busses. The bus routes are attached, with some changes. Please review to make sure you have the correct information. Thank you for bearing with us these last 5 days. Be sure to check your email on Friday, we hope to be back to 6 busses on Monday, and will email details.

Mr. Vachon’s and Ms. Fortier’s class returned from remote learning today! Ms. Merchant’s class is returning from remote learning tomorrow, a day early - thank you for sending in those test results!

On an unfortunate note, we were notified yesterday and today of 2 more positive cases that impact children in our school. Please help us keep children and staff safe. We all want to stay in school and learn in-person! Keep your child home if sick. Quarantine if you are notified of being a close contact. Follow the timelines of the school and VDH.

September 7, 2021

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Hello Tiger Families,

Covid is certainly wreaking havoc in our school and community again this year, causing us to shift gears and make last minute plans. Thank you in advance for your patience, grace, and understanding.

It is unfortunate that as of yesterday, we have 4 additional positive cases of COVID-19. Given the number of cases in we’ve seen, the number of classes we have learning remotely who wouldn’t be able to attend, and the community spread that is occurring, we are going to err of the safe side and delay our Open Houses in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. There will be no Open Houses nor Title 1 meeting this week.

In addition, the sub driver that was filling in this week can no longer do so, and therefore we are going down to 4 busses for tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8. We hope this will only be for this week. Stay tuned to Friday when we may know more about next week. The new bus schedules for this week are attached.

Please remember to keep your child home if he/she is sick. You may arrange for a COVID test on your own, at any time, by contacting the Vermont Department of Health. Please call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 (option 8) if you have questions or concerns. Even more information is available at the Health Department website: healthvermont.gov/COVID-19.

If your child tests positive or is a close contact of a person outside of school, please let us know as soon as possible so we can begin planning and contact tracing to keep other children and staff safe.

September 6, 2021

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Hello Derby Families,

Unfortunately, due to illness and a shortage of bus drivers, we will be reducing to 5 bus routes for the next two weeks, beginning tomorrow, September 7 until at least Friday, Sept. 10. This change may impact the bus number, as well as pick up and drop off time of your child. When we are able to return to normal, I will let you know.

Parent drop off is at 8:20 am and pick up is at 3:05 pm. We appreciate notification (873-3162) if you are switching to parent pick up in the afternoons.

Please check the attachments for more details and for any changes in the bus routes.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but am glad we can still provide transportation to and from school.

September 2, 2021

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Things are hopping and shining bright at Derby Elementary, which means there’s more news to share with you!

Open Houses Next Week: Due to community spread in our area, the format of our Open House is changing. We will be having two Open Houses, and families attend based on grade level to reduce overcrowding. Classroom teachers will only be present on their grade level night. We realize that means some families will need to attend two nights in a row, and some staff have to be present two nights in a row, and we apologize for that, but we still want to give parents a chance to meet teachers and see classrooms, rather than cancelling completely. Please see the attached flyer for dates and information. Some other reminders to help reduce overcrowding and stay COVID safe: Masks are required. Please limit the number of people that attend and only bring immediate family. Please only visit your child’s current specials/Unified Arts teacher. We will be providing a ‘Passport’ for families to complete and turn in for prizes. Prizes include a $50 Irving card, a Hoagie’s gift card, movie passes, and more!

Late buses: This afternoon, bus # 8 leaves school an hour late. Tomorrow, bus 1 arrives an hour late in the morning, and bus 2 leaves an hour late in the afternoon. Hopefully we will be back to normal next week!

4th – 6th Grade Parents: Band is an option available for 4th – 6th graders this year. Mrs. Ashley Clinger is our new band teacher. She has visited classrooms and spoken with children, and sent home a hard copy of the attached sign up. We thought it prudent to share an electronic copy to interested families as well.

Title 1 Parent Notifications: Attached is a federally required letter, as our school receives federal Title I funds. We will also have a meeting for parents about our Title 1 funds and how we use them. A flyer is attached.

Parent Pick Up: Our line is longer this year, and parent pick up is taking double the amount of time it took last year (up to 30 minutes). Part of that are the bus driver shortage we are having and busses having to leave school an hour late, and many of those parents are opting to pick children up. It should smooth out a bit as the year progresses. There are things you can do to shorten the amount of time in line for pick up: pull up as far as you can to the car in front of you, make sure your child(ren) can enter the car easily from the passenger side only, be ready to pull up to your child when it is your turn, and have your pick up pass displayed on your passenger side visor. If you need a pick up pass, don’t hesitate to call our office. If your child needs to be buckled in, we ask that you wait until you pull around to the parking lot, park in a spot, and then buckle them up. At home, have your child practice opening the back passenger door from the outside of the vehicle so they are ready to do it at pick up time, as well as closing the door from inside the vehicle. Please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for pick up.

Illness: Please keep your child home and call your physician if they are sick. Here is a link to some information on our webpage:

https://des.ncsuvt.org/sickchild

Reminders to our Remote Learners: Children in Mr. Vachon’s 6th grade class and Ms. Fortier’s 4th grade class can test on Friday, Sept. 3 (tomorrow). Please let Lisa Austin know results so that we can bring the classes back early if we can. Stay tuned.

Save the Dates:

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Open House for grades PreK, 2, 3, 6 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 9: Open House for grades K, 1, 4, & 5 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 9, 2021: Parent Meeting about Title I services @ 7:00 pm

Friday, September 10: Disc Golf Clinic @ 5:00 pm

Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day

Thursday, September 23: K-6 Picture Day

September 1, 2021


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Hello Tiger Nation!

Safety is on our minds this week and next! We are beginning to conduct the required safety drills. Ms. Lucas and I are also visiting all 25 classrooms next week to speak about safety at school and our ALICE protocol. Information for parents about school safety and our ALICE protocol can be found on our website at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/school-safety Check out pictures of our bus evacuation drills on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/

New Lunch Process: Given that we’ve had 4 positive cases of COVID-19 in 4 days, today we started a new lunch process to reduce the number of children that are together in cafeteria. Children in grades K, 1, 5, and 6 will still eat in the cafeteria, but at different times. Each class will have two tables, allowing them to spread out. Children in grades 2, 3, and 4 will now each lunch in their classrooms. We came up with this plan so that there were minimal changes - we only changed where children were eating, rather than changing the entire schedule that we are getting used to.

Remote Learning: We currently have two classes that are quarantining and learning remotely. There are also other close contacts from the bus that are quarantining. If any of these families would like to pick up breakfast and lunch for their affected children, please call our office to make arrangements.

Open House: Stay tuned for details later this week. We are in the process of revising our plan to reduce crowding.

Parent Meeting: You’re invited to a parent meeting September 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm regarding our status as a Title I school and the intervention programs we provide. We will meet in the library.

Encore: Fall Brochure attached

Disc Golf Clinic: Did you know we have a new disc golf course on our playground? You can bring a frisbee and play any time school is not in session! Mr. A is hosting a free clinic to learn how to play and to learn the course. The clinic is open to all families, and it is free!

Update on lead in our fixtures: As you may know from a mid July email, required lead tests indicated lead in the sink and water fountain fixtures in many of our classrooms. The old sink and water fountain fixtures in the affected K-3 classrooms were replaced prior to the start of school. The old sink and water fountain fixtures in the affected 4-6 classrooms will be replaced in the next two weeks (warning signs are in place for now). Once our remediation plan is complete and all fixtures have been replaced, we are required to test again 30 days after replacement. Once we get those results back, we will share them with you.

Save the Dates:

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Thursday, September 9: Parent Meeting about Title I services @ 7:00 pm

Friday, September 10: Disc Golf Clinic @ 5:00 pm

Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day

Thursday, September 23: K-6 Picture Day

August 30, 2021

Hello Tiger Families,

It is unfortunate that I let you know that on Friday and again on Sunday, I was notified of 4 positive cases of COVID-19 at our school. Mr. Vachon’s 6th grade class and Ms. Fortier’s 4th grade class are quarantining and engaging in remote learning.

Parents of children in Ms. Fortier’s class, please remember to pick up your child’s learning materials and Chromebook before 4pm today. If you need to pick up later, please let Suzy know in the office 873-3162.

We’d like to bring Mr. Vachon’s and Ms. Fortier’s classes back sooner than September 13, but can only do that if most children are tested no sooner than September 3, get timely results back, and we are made aware of the results. Testing hours and locations in our area have been reduced since the lifting of the State of Emergency, and you will likely need an appointment. You may want to call your physician to make testing arrangements. Please call or email results to Lisa Austin at 873-3162 ext. 129. We will notify you if the classes can return earlier than Sept. 13, 2021.

Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick. You may arrange for a COVID test on your own, at any time, by contacting the Vermont Department of Health. Please call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 (option 8) if you have questions or concerns. Even more information is available at the Health Department website: healthvermont.gov/COVID-19.

If your child tests positive or is a close contact of a person outside of school, please let us know as soon as possible so we can begin planning and contact tracing to keep other children and staff safe.

August 27, 2021

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Hello Tiger Families!

We have enjoyed the last few days – it is so great to have children here in person! While it has been hot, the excitement of the new year has made it bearable. Children seem to like being back in the cafeteria for lunch and being able to use the entire playground each day. We have taken some pictures the last few days of our children enjoying the day and other pics from around our school. Be sure to check them out on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/destigersvt/

Our Kindergarteners started school yesterday and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them into Tiger Nation! They will grow so much this year. Look for our pics on our FB page…..

PreK family appointments started yesterday and children start school on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Bussing and Bus # 5: We are still working out some kinks with timing, as any other year. We have no subs, however, so if your child rides Bus # 5, it will be arriving one hour late in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. We will have activities for children to do here at school while they wait for their bus to drive them home. If you’d like to pick them up from school on that day, please let our office know in advance. We will send another reminder as Tuesday nears.

The Parent Drop Off Line has been running pretty smoothly, although traffic is backing up on Elm Street. This happened last year as well, as more people tend to drop their children off at the start of the year. Hopefully it will get a bit better. Some ways you can help: pullup as far as you can to the car in front of you, get your child ready to exit the vehicle as soon as you pullup and stop, have your child exit from the passenger side only, and be ready to pull up when it is your turn. For the little ones, having them practice opening the door from the back seat might help as well. Also PreK starts next week, please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for drop off.

Parent Pick Up has been going smoothly as well, but we hope to shorten the amount of time it takes. Again, the line is long, and that’s why we’re moving Laura and the car rider line up closer to the buses to reduce the line on Elm St. It seems to be working better that way, and it is easier for her to see the names in your car windows because she’s not on a curve. Some ways you can help: pullup as far as you can to the car in front of you, make sure your child(ren) can enter the car easily from the passenger side only, be ready to pull up to your child when it is your turn, and have your pick up pass displayed on your passenger side visor. If you need a pick up pass, don’t hesitate to call our office. If your child needs to be buckled in, we ask that you wait until you pull around to the parking lot, park in a spot, and then buckle them up. Again, you may want to have your child practice opening the back passenger door from the outside of the vehicle so they are ready to do it at pick up time, as well as closing the door from inside the vehicle. Last year we had parent pick up down to 10-15 minutes. Also PreK starts next week, please do not block the PreK driveway as parents need to get in for pick up.

Annual Student Update: Please complete it. We need recent and updated information from you. Instructions are attached.

September Menu: is attached. Please remember that breakfast and lunch are free for every student.

SAVE THE DATE:

Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Thursday, September 9 @ PTA sponsored Family BBQ, stay tuned for time.

Thursday, September 9 @ 6:00 pm Open House

Thursday, September 9 @ 7:00 pm Parent Meeting about Title I services

Friday, September 17: NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Learning Day

August 23, 2021

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Hello,

School starts next week and we could not be more excited to greet and spend time with the children! Staff has been preparing for a few days now, and everything is coming together nicely.

If you read the Family Handbook you noticed a quote I ran across last year by Captain Awesome, from the publication, Stop Telling Me What School Might Look Like. He says: “Whatever happens, it’ll be rocky and imperfect. We’ll get it wrong before we get it right. And we’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate the grace and flexibility and resilience and creativity we hope to build in our students.” It is frustrating to be referring to this quote again this year. With this resurgence in the pandemic, and the high community transmission we are experiencing right now, we can’t be sure what might be coming our way, we just have to adapt and keep our children and staff and community as safe as possible. This is why masks are required for attendance at our school, and why we have the protocols we have in place. These COVID protocols can be found in our Family Handbook at this link: https://des.ncsuvt.org/parents/family-handbook

Children in grades 1-6 start back to school Tuesday. Busses arrive at 8:20 a.m., and parent drop off is at 8:20 a.m. in front of the school. Because of our drop off process, it will not be safe for parents to park and walk children into the school and to their classrooms. Please just drop and go. Just like in year’s past, we will have staff in the hallways greeting children and helping them finds their classrooms.

Parent pick up is at 3:00 pm. Please be patient at parent pick up the first few days as it is always the most difficult, and we have new parents that need to learn the routine. If you indicated parent pick up in the Annual Student Update, children will be bringing home the car rider signs the first day, which will make pick up a lot smoother.

Kindergarten parents have family appointments (please bring your Kinder child!) scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with a full day of school on Thursday, August 26. Kinder families should enter the classroom directly from the outside doors (on the Northwest corner of the school, closest to the PreK) rather than the main entrance of the school. There will be signs and staff directing you. Masks are required.

Breakfast and Lunch are free for all children again this year, and the August menu is attached.

Annual Student Update: 247 parents have completed it so far! 230+ more to go. PLEASE complete this! Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process, or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

August 17, 2021

NCSU Annual Student Update Info Sheet.pdf 6 busses AM Bus Routes 2021-22.pdf 6 busses PM Bus Routes 2021-22.pdf

One week and counting…….We are looking forward to welcoming our students back! I am working with new teachers today. All teachers and all para educators return tomorrow for professional learning and preparing for your children. We will be ready to help all Derby students shine bright!

Here is information you need to start school:

Bus Routes: We were able to hire drivers last week, so we are able to run 6 busses (same as at the end of last year). We do not have any substitute drivers yet though, so some routes may be delayed if drivers need time off for illness, medical appointments, etc. Bus routes are attached. If you have questions, please call Marston Cubit, 766-8844.

First Day of School:

Gr. 1-6: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 full day, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

Kinder: Thursday, August 26, 2021 (sign up for individual family appointments August 24, 25 on Pick A Time) full day, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

PreK: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (sign up for individual family appointments on Pick A Time) A.M. session: 8:30 – 11:00 am, P.M. session: 12:15 – 3:00 pm.

Annual Student Update: PLEASE complete this! Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process, or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

COVID Protocols and School Processes: Family Handbook with COVID Addendum: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To9rpAdI248kVJZM-RlP9nGDEzutE2G8gOHsV_3S_uE/edit?usp=sharing The short COVID version: masks for all inside the building, no physical distancing nor daily health check forms from parents required. Since very few of our students are eligible to be vaccinated, we will be masking until 80% of our student population is vaccinated.

Special Education Para Educators Needed: We’re hiring! If you know of anyone, please encourage them to apply in Indeed.com or SchoolSpring.com, or call Laura in our office 873-3162, ext. 101. We would love to have children receive full services this year.

August 11, 2021

NCSU Annual Student Update Info Sheet.pdf

Hello,

We have less than 2 weeks left before children return to school – do you believe it2? Staff returns next week for final preparations.

I know you have been waiting to hear news on our COVID protocols, as well as bussing. Administrators from NCSU met yesterday to determine our COVID protocols and practices, and they are included in the revised Family Handbook, which can be found at the link below. We are still awaiting guidance from the Agency of Education on some things, as you will note in the document.

Family Handbook with COVID Addendum: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To9rpAdI248kVJZM-Rlust 11, 2uP9nGDEzutE2G8gOHsV_3S_uE/edit?usp=sharing

The short COVID version: masks for all inside the building, no physical distancing or daily health check forms from parents required.

Drop off and pick up processes remain relatively the same as last year. They worked really well for us and decreased the pace and crowdedness in our halls at the start and end of the day. Some processes developed during COVID were worth keeping! Details are in the Family Handbook.

Bussing: We hired a fifth bus driver! We are waiting to hear on a possible sixth, which will bring us to the number we ended last year with. We will be publishing bus routes next week, once we know about the 6th driver. As of right now, all busses have monitors.

Special Education Para Educators Needed: We’re hiring! If you know of anyone, please encourage them to apply in Indeed.com or SchoolSpring.com, or call Laura in our office 873-3162, ext. 101. We would love to have children receive full services this year.

Annual Student Update: PLEASE complete this! Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process, or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

August 4, 2021

NCSU Annual Student Update Info Sheet.pdf

Welcome to a bright and shiny new school year. We have a new schoolwide theme this year, and it is “Shine Bright!” We want all Derby Tigers to do their best to shine bright all year long!

We know you’ve been thinking about the start of the school year. You will now begin to get weekly emails that Laura Fernandes, Administrative Assistant, sends out from my office, shining the spotlight on important information and the activities of staff and students.

COVID Protocols and Family Handbook: You may have heard some recent news about masking recommendations. Typically we follow the guidance provided by the Agency of Education (AOE). The AOE is supposed to provide more specific guidance to schools later this week. I anticipate that next week’s email from me will contain any COVID protocols we will be putting in place as a result of that guidance, as well as an updated Family Handbook.

School Calendar: You can access our school calendar on our website. https://des.ncsuvt.org Our first day of school for grades 1-6 is the full day on Tuesday, August 24. Kinders have appointments sometime on August 24 and 25, and start with a full day on August 26. PreK families have appointments sometime on August 27-31, with the first day on September 1.

Bus Routes: I know you need this information, but, like everyone else in the area, we are having trouble hiring bus drivers. Last year, we went from 8 to 6 bus routes. This year we may only be able to run 4 or 5 bus routes, and children may have to sit 3 to a seat. We are waiting to the last possible minute to see if we get any more applicants or if those training and testing are successful. Our goal is to publish bus routes on August 16.

K- 6 Morning Parent Drop Off: Parent drop off begins at 8:20 am. We will use the exact same process as last year. Parents pull up in the first row of the parking lot and drop at the crosswalk. We will have staff members out there directing cars and assisting children out of the car, as well as adults in the building assisting children to their classrooms.

K- 6 Afternoon Parent Pick Up: We had great feedback from parents about the process from last year, so the pick up process will be almost the exact same. Parent pick up will be after the busses leave, 3:05pm. Parents will be directed to pull up in the bus lane to the outside gym door, where children will be staged in order of the car line to enter the cars with staff supervision. The first few days will take longer than usual, so please be patient and prepared. New this year: Parents that wish to pick up their children should complete the Annual Student Update and indicate their transportation plans. We will use this information to create a pick up sign and send it home the first day of school. If you need more than one sign, for others that may be picking up your child or for other vehicles, please call or email Laura. Also new this year: the signs attach to the visor on the passenger side, allowing you to keep the sign attached to the visor 24/7 and then just flip it down when you enter the pick up line. If you don’t have a pick up sign, the line becomes slower for for all the parents and children.

PreK Parent Pick up and drop off: PreK parents can pick up and drop off in the PreK parking lot.

Annual Student Update: Laura sent out an email in July with instructions for the Annual Student Update. We also posted instructions on our Facebook page. You can check your SPAM or Junk mailbox for that email, which explains the process for completing this process or use the attached instructions. It is VERY important that you complete this process for each student. For most people, it should take about 10 – 15 minutes. We will use your responses to prepare name signs for our afternoon parent pick up process. We also need any updated addresses and phone numbers and emergency contacts in case we need to reach you.

School Meals: All school meals (breakfast & lunch) will be free again this year. Each child will also get a free fresh fruit or vegetable snack each day.

Enjoy the spectacular weather this week, and stay tuned for next week’s email with even more information!

July 13, 2021

Parent Letter.pdf

Hello and Happy Summer!

We have been busy with numerous projects – replacing carpet in upstairs classrooms, replacing the kitchen floor, repairing the parking lot, replacing the PA system, removing dead trees, and rolling over enrollment to the new school year, just to name a few.

Now that PowerSchool has been updated for the new school year, we have been working on class placements for the incoming Kindergarteners from St. Edwards, incoming PreK children, our students returning from virtual school and home study, as well as our new enrollees. Placement letters for these students should be emailed to parents by early next week.

We recently tested our water for the presence of lead. Unfortunately, several taps (sink and drinking fountain fixtures) in our school show the presence of lead. We have taken immediate action and are developing a remediation plan to start the school year lead free. A letter is attached with more information.