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Band and Chorus

Bicycle Riders

Birthday Book Club

Book Fair

Blizzard Bag

Bullying

Buses


Band and Chorus

Fifth graders are invited to learn to play a musical instrument and participate in our elementary school band. The band performs in the annual holiday and spring concert each year. Fourth and fifth grade students can participate in our school chorus. Our chorus performs in both the winter and the spring concerts.

Bicycle Riders

Students in grades four and five are allowed to ride their bicycle to school with the written consent of their parents. We strongly suggest that safety precautions are taken. Students are reminded to wear helmets, cross roads where crossing guards are located, and stay on bike paths where they are available.

Blizzard Bags

Blizzard Bags containing all assignments are distributed during Parent-Teacher Conferences in December. More copies can be supplied on request.

All students are asked to complete their paper Blizzard Bags during a Blizzard Bag Day.
Students in Grades 4-8 have an optional Google Classroom site to post questions or assignments.
Additional copies of the curriculum can be printed from the links provided on the school district website.

Assignments are due the day the student returns from the Blizzard Bag Day. However, students may have an additional 5 school days to finalize their work for report cards.

For more information, please read the Letter from the Superintendent and the Question and Answer Brochure on the School District webpage. You may also like to watch the video of the Blizzard Bag Information Night. If you have further questions, please contact your child’s teacher or building principal.

Book Fair [see more Festival of Arts]

Every year a Book Fair takes place at Derry Village school. The Book Fair is open all week to students as they visit with their class. On one night during the week the Book Fair remains open for an extended period. The Book Fairs offers a wonderful opportunity to add to home reading libraries.

Bullying [see Cyberbullying, see Zone, Safe School, see Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention]

Below is a short extract from the School Board policy on Bullying posted November 2010. All parents and students are urged to access the policy for all details.

Read the School Board Policy: Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention JICK

It is the policy of the Derry Cooperative School District that its students have an educational setting that is safe, secure, peaceful, and free from student harassment, also known as bullying or cyberbullying.

The School Board recognizes that out-of-school and off-campus conduct is not normally the concern of the School Board. However, the School Board also recognizes that some out-of-school and off-campus conduct may have an adverse effect upon the school, students, school property, or school staff.

The School District will not tolerate unlawful harassment of any type and conduct that constitutes bullying or cyberbullying as defined herein is prohibited. Retaliation or false accusations against a victim, witness, or anyone else who in good faith provides information about an act of bullying or cyberbullying is prohibited. All students are protected regardless of their status under the law. Any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Each building principal is responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Bullying Defined

“Bullying” is a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication; or a physical act or gesture; or any combination thereof, directed at another student which:

  1. physically harms a student or damages the student's property
  2. causes emotional distress to a student
  3. interferes with a student's educational opportunities
  4. creates a hostile educational environment
  5. substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

“Bullying” includes actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a student's actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs; or motivated by the student's association with another person and based on the other person's characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs.

Reporting Procedure

Any student who believes he/she has been a victim of bullying or cyberbullying shall report the alleged act to the building Principal. If a student is more comfortable reporting the alleged act to a person other than the building Principal, the student may contact any School
District employee.

Buses [see Arrival, see Car Pickup, see Dismissal, see Morning Drop Off, see Walker]

Due to the large number of students being transported, it is of paramount importance that we take precautions that will ensure the safety of each and every student. The following is a list of the expectations we have for our students as they are transported to and from school.

  • Students are reminded to wait calmly for their bus.
  • Be punctual, arriving at the bus stop 4-5 minutes early is best. Many times, when children spend too much time at the bus stop, problems can occur.
  • The private property that is near the bus stop is to be respected by all.
  • Remain seated whenever the bus is in motion.
  • Windows are to be used for ventilation only.
  • Extending a body part out the window is very dangerous.
  • Noise level can be distracting to drivers, use a normal speaking voice on the bus.
  • Students are to go straight home after being dropped off at the bus stop.
  • We are also fortunate to have cameras mounted in each bus. This allows us to monitor the activities on each bus.

Student Conduct on School Buses

Students whose conduct on a school bus is unsatisfactory will be denied the use of his/her transportation by the building principal or his/her designee as per New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 189:9-a.

In some cases suspension from school bus transportation will be immediate following proper notification to the parents. Physical violence, intimidation, harassment, violations of the “Drug-free School Zone” (RSA 193-B) and/or the “Safe School Zones” (RSA 193-D) are examples of conduct that will result in immediate suspension.

Read the School Board Policy: Student Conduct on School Buses JICC

School Bus Safety Tips from First Student. Reviewing these passenger safety tips is a great way to make sure your trip to and from school is safe, each and every day!

  1. Leave plenty of time to get to the bus stop. When you rush, you may not follow traffic safety rules.
  2. Walk on the sidewalks, where available.
  3. Remain alert at all times; don’t listen to your MP3 players, text, talk on your cell phone or play handheld video games because you won’t be aware of what’s happening around you.
  4. Also be careful when wearing your hood up; it makes it difficult for you to see.
  5. When waiting for the bus, stay away from the street. And don’t play around—so you are aware of traffic and can follow safety rules.
  6. Make sure the driver can see you at all times by staying ten giant steps away from the outside of the bus.
  7. Wait for the bus to stop completely before you approach it to get on or before you stand up to get off.
  8. Clothes or backpacks should not have drawstrings, toggles or key chains. They can get caught on bus handrails and doors.
  9. Hold the handrail so you don’t trip on the stairs.
  10. Find a seat and sit down immediately.
  11. Know your driver’s name and bus number to be sure you are boarding the right bus.
  12. Be courteous and respectful to your driver.
  13. Talk and laugh quietly with friends, but do not scream, it distracts the driver.
  14. Do not put your head, arms, papers or anything out the window.
  15. If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. The driver may not see you.  Instead, ask the driver for help.
  16. If you have to cross the street, wait until the driver lets you know it’s OK.
  17. Stay away from the bus wheels at all times – especially the back wheels where it’s hard for the driver to see you.
This list can be found on the First Student website http://www.firststudentinc.com/school-bus-tips
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