DVS WEEKLY ENEWS | Week 22/40 | JAN 29 - FEB 2, 2018

Executive functioning skill of the month: “I can help myself and others by respecting personal space”

"In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years."  ~ Jacques Barzun

News from Education Land

                    1. Posted 1/15/2017 Breakfast. This is a reminder to families that Breakfast is available to ALL students every day. It was brought to our attention that some families did not know that students could come into the building for breakfast in the morning. Breakfast begins at 8:20am.

                    2. Posted 12/14/2017 Unpaid Balances. This is a reminder to families that unpaid cafeteria balances are to paid as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty paying these unpaid balances call the school office to see if you may qualify for free or reduced lunch prices.

                    3. Posted 12/13/2017 CodeRED is a new emergency notification service town officials can use to notify Derry residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, or email about emergency situations or critical community alerts. The system can send messages to specific neighborhoods only or to the entire community. You can sign up here 

                    Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

                    Monday, January 29, 2018

                    • Ski Club (3/5) 2:30pm McIntyre

                    Tuesday January 30, 2018

                    • Chorus Grade 4 at 7:45am
                    • Destination Imagination - Mrs. Pearson, Mr. Richards Groups 3-5pm Interactive Classroom

                    Wednesday January 31, 2018

                    • Destination Imagination - Mrs. Rivard Group 3-5pm Interactive Classroom

                    Thursday February 1, 2018

                    • Chorus Grade 5 at 7:45am
                    • Band Concert [Parents/Guardians] 6:30pm Gym/Cafeteria

                    Friday February 2, 2018

                    • Groundhog Day
                    • Patriots Day (dress ready for the Super Bowl LII)
                    • Sunshine Math Due
                    • Destination Imagination - Mrs. Pearson, Mr. Richards, Mrs. Rivard, Mr. Ludman Groups 3-5pm Interactive Classroom

                    January 2018 News 

                    Executive functioning skill of the month: “I can adjust to the unexpected and be a flexible thinker.

                    Some Reminders:

                    Changing dismissal. When it is necessary to change dismissal time for your child from school please give the office plenty of warning so that we can get the message to your child. Dismissal time (2:55pm) is a very busy time with the whole school in motion going home.

                    Excused Absence. Generally, absences other than illness during the school year are discouraged. However, the principal is able to grant special approval of absence for family vacations, when written approval was given in advance. Please make all requests to the principal.

                    After Hours

                    Parents are reminded that if you arrive at school after hours and need something from your child’s classroom that you seek out a custodian to escort you to the classroom. Building security is extremely important and this includes after hours visits to classrooms. Thank you for assisting us in this matter.

                    How Cold Is it?

                    We continue to have outdoor recess unless the temperature falls below twenty degrees (wind chill is taken into consideration). It is therefore important that proper winter clothing is worn during this time period. 

                    If you would like to check the temperature please refer to the School District webpage. The school will use the “real feel” temperature to determine if students go out for recess.

                    Thank you

                    We would like to thank parents and friends of DVS for the amazing generosity that was shown during our Holiday season. Many of the families here at DVS benefitted from the donations that were given. We have a remarkable community here at DVS.

                    Lost and Found

                    Please check Lost and Found for missing items. The amount of clothing in our Lost and Found has grown considerably in this cold weather.

                    Nurses Corner

                    Strep Throat is a sore throat caused by bacteria that is seen throughout the year.

                    Symptoms may include: Sore throat, Fever, Tender, swollen neck glands, Headache, Stomach ache, Cold symptoms- runny nose, cough

                    • Wash hands frequently, especially after blowing nose and before food preparation.
                    • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
                    • Do not share food and drinks
                    • Wash eating utensils in hot soapy water, use dishwasher if possible.
                    If your child shows these signs and symptoms he/she should be seen by a physician. If diagnosed with Strep Throat a student needs to stay home from school for 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment and until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

                    For more information call your school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet on Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever.

                    Head lice (Pediculosis Capitis)

                    With the return to school after winter break and family vacations, this is a reminder that, like many childhood issues, Head lice (Pediculosis Capitis) can be a common occurrence with children. Head lice is not solely a school problem but often is addressed within the school community. These parasites cannot, fly, jump or crawl long distances, and they do not cause illness. They are transmitted from one child to another through direct head to head contact or, much less commonly, by sharing combs, brushes, hats, or bedding, Head lice are not associated with poor hygiene. Lice can happen to anyone.

                    Parents and family members are often the first to recognize the most common symptom of head lice which is constant itching of the head, particularly behind the ears or at the nape of the neck.

                    This is a reminder that it is important to check your child’s hair regularly.
                    • Observe for itching of the scalp. If itching is noted…
                    • Carefully examine the hair and scalp of your children and all family members for lice and/or their eggs. Lice are small, the size of a sesame seed and tan or grey and move quickly. Nits (eggs) are small, oval shaped and gray or white in color. Nits are usually firmly attached (glued) to the hair shaft, close to the scalp. It may help to use a magnifying glass to detect them.
                    • Remind your children that the best prevention is to avoid head to head contact with others, keep hair pulled up or braided, and not to use or borrow anyone’s personal accessories like brushes, hats or combs.
                    If you suspect your child has lice, check with your health care provider, school nurse or pharmacist for instructions on how to treat an infestation. The school nurse will give ongoing support and ensure student confidentiality. If you have treated your child for head lice, please consider informing the parents of your child’s close playmates.

                    Resources for further information:
                    • NH Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health @ 
                    • Communicable Disease Control @
                    We appreciate all your efforts in helping to control this nuisance. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school nurse.

                    Unpaid Balances

                    This is a reminder to families that unpaid cafeteria balances are to paid as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty paying these unpaid balances call the school office to see if you may qualify for free or reduced lunch prices.

                    NWEA Testing

                    During the weeks of January 9th through January 28th your child will take an assessment called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Primary Grades, a computer adaptive benchmark assessment. Families may also be familiar with this as the Northwest Evaluation Assessment (NWEA) for students in Grades 1-5. Although this is not a timed assessment, the reading and math sessions that students will take are approximately one hour each.

                    With MAP results, teachers receive detailed information about students’ strengths and skill areas requiring focus. This data will assist teachers in planning for instruction and for intervention and/or enrichment activities. Please note that MAP results are only one piece of data used to determine where instructional focus may need to shift for either groups or for individual students. In June, along with your child’s report card, you will receive a report detailing his/her assessment results. 
                    The parent toolkit, provided by Northwest Evaluation Association, is a valuable resource containing frequently asked questions and parent resources. The parent toolkit can be found on the Derry Cooperative School District website at the following link:

                    Please feel free to call the school if you have any additional questions.

                    Destination Imagination

                    You may have noticed that we have some Destination Imagination teams in the school. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. They develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

                    At Derry Village some interested parents have taken on teams for the Destination Imagination challenge later in the year. These teams work on activities each week in preparation for the team challenge.

                    For the team challenge Destination Imagination works with educators and industry experts to develop seven academic Challenges in the fields of STEM, the arts, social entrepreneurship and early learning (Rising Stars!). Students work in their teams to research, design and build a solution to their preferred Challenge.

                    Ski Club Reminder

                    If lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather, the lessons will be made up at the end of the program. McIntyre will continue to have lessons until all scheduled classes have met.

                    Ski Club

                    Learn to Ski and Snowboard School Program. Derry Village School will be partnering with McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH to provide ski and snowboard lessons to students during McIntyre's Mighty macs after school lesson program!McIntyre has been providing snow sports programs to children for over 25 years. McIntyre provides children with a fun, safe and un-intimidating environment to learn a sport that will last them a lifetime!

                    Derry Village will be attending Snowsports Club at McIntyre on Mondays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm beginning on January 8, 2018. Lessons will take place on: January 8th, January 15th, January 22nd, January 29th, and February 5th.

                    5 weeks to learn to ski and snowboard. Open to Grades 2-5. Two hour lesson in a small group setting of no more than 8 children per group. Groups are based on age and ability. Bus leaves from school and delivers students back to school.

                    Register here:

                    Click here for more information

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