WEEKLY ENEWS | Week 8/40 | OCT 16 - OCT 20, 2017

"Some people would say that youngsters with disabilities cannot perform, ... They can." Richard Mills

What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday October 17, 2017

  • Grade 4 Chorus 7:45am
  • Destination Imagination - Mrs. Pearson Group 3-5pm Interactive Classroom

Wednesday October 18, 2017

  • WEE Deliver 8:00am
  • Running Club 3-4pm
  • District-wide Parent Literacy Night 6:30pm SRS

Thursday October 19, 2017

  • Grade 5 Chorus 7:45am
  • PTA Volunteer Dinner (La Carreta) 6:30pm

Friday October 20, 2017

  • School Store
  • Destination Imagination - Mrs. Pearson Group 3-5pm Interactive Classroom

News from Education Land

      1. National PTA Reflections Program. ​Submission of original artwork and entry form is due by November 27. Entries should focus on the theme, "Within Reach". Work will be displayed at The Coffee Factory in December. Email Kerry King ( by October 27 for an entry form and additional information.

      2. DVS Highlights. As we begin the budget season in the school district I would like to highlight some of the amazing things that happen at DVS. Are there any things you know of that would be great to highlight? Programs? Awards? Events? I would love to hear of some of the things you are proud of at DVS over the last year. Email Mr. McCallum.

      3. Parent Literacy Night. Derry Cooperative Schools presents: Parent Literacy Night. Are you looking for a better understanding of literacy instruction in the Derry Cooperative Schools? Join Derry School District Literacy Leaders for an overview of Words Their Way and Readers’ Workshop. Discover what typical Words Their Way and Readers’ Workshop activities look like. Learn about how student progress is measured, and gain ideas for supporting your students’ learning at home. Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 PM. South Range Elementary School. Light refreshments and childcare provided.

      4. School Photos. Student Pictures came in. If you are missing any students pictures, please let Mrs. Soucy in the office know so she can call the company.

      5. Fire Truck Ride Along. The PTA Fire Truck Ride Along raffle will begin selling tickets for $2 per ticket.

      Repeated Information

      1. Free and Reduced Lunch. Reminder that Free and Reduced Lunch applications can be picked up at the office or cafeteria.

      2. School Handbook. The School Handbook can be found at

      3. Derry Public Library. There is no denying that fall is here. In a few weeks we'll be guzzling apple cider, jumping into leaf piles, pulling on fleece jackets or spending more time indoors. We hope you add the library to your destinations and activities. Come in out of the cold and join us for a wide variety of teen programs. We're excited to offer something for everyone from puzzling Escape Rooms to Sharpie Art Club. From Five Nights at Freddy's Fandom to Teen Writers Group. Find a preview of our upcoming programs, below, and click on the link to download the Fall Program Brochure

      4. Rock Garden. The rock garden with the painted rocks is finished and can be found in front of the DVS welcome sign in the traffic circle. Take a look. It is fantastic.

      5. Communication In an effort to keep you informed of school events we have a few ways to provide you with information. (1) Our webpage is located at Under the information section you can access the school handbook, supply lists and other items. (2) You can also follow us on Twitter @DVS_NH We will be using this communication tool throughout the school year. (3) Staff can be contacted via email or phone. Email addresses and phone numbers are listed on the webpage under “Staff”

      October 2017 News 

      Arrival Reminders

      1. Stay in your car. At morning car drop off parents are reminded that they must stay in their cars. This facilitates a smooth and efficient drop off procedure.

      2. Passenger side. At car drop off please have your child get out of the car on the passenger side of the car. It is very dangerous for children to get out on the driver’s side.

      3. Arrive in good time. Rushing to get your child to dash out of the car to reach the classroom before the school bell rings is the recipe for disaster in terms of child safety. Would you rather your child receive a tardy notice or risk an accident?

      4. Any student arriving after the tardy bell [8:35am] must be signed in to school at the office by the parent/guardian dropping off the student.

      5. No Idling Zone. Parents are reminded that the drop off bay at the front of the school is designated an “No Idling Zone”. The purpose of the No Idling Zone is to reduce pollution from idling buses and cars that negatively affect a child’s healthy lung growth and development. Children are more vulnerable to the impacts of vehicle pollution than other populations. 

      Holiday Fair

      Please mark your calendars NOVEMBER 18, 2017. Come and enjoy the fun. This is a major event at Derry Village. We encourage your support.

      Pinkerton And Little Students [PALS]

      Our PALS program begins this month. The PALS program matches a high school student with one of the students from DVS for one afternoon per month. Students spend the afternoon getting to know each other and taking part in some specially designed activities.


      If you are planning to volunteer for events or activities in the school this year you will need to be fingerprinted. This is especially important if you will be working with students. Please contact the office 432-1233 you have not been previously fingerprinted and plan on volunteering.

      WEE Deliver

      The USPS affiliated WEE deliver program has begun at DVS for the 2017-2018 school year. In 1990 the Postal Service introduced the Wee Deliver In-School Literacy Program to help improve reading and writing skills of elementary school children. It has grown to include more than 20,000 schools across the country.

      Wee Deliver encourages students to write letters. The program at DVS, is led by Mrs. A. Landry but is student run. Please support the program by writing letters to your children and depositing them in the mailbox in the school foyer.

      NWEA Testing

      Our NWEA (MAP) Testing, for Grades 4 and 5 only, for the Fall has been completed. If you have any questions about NWEA Testing feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

      Office Reminder

      Parents are reminded to notify the office if there are any changes of phone number or contact details. It is important that the office has current contact information.

      Positions Vacant

      At this time we are looking for custodians (2nd shift) and cafeteria staff across the district. If you know anyone who might be interested please have them contact the SAU (Central Office) at 432-1233. We also would welcome anyone interested in being a substitute teacher. Please contact the school office if you are interested. 

      Nurses Corner

      New Hampshire Healthy Kids (NHHK), is a non-profit organization providing low cost or free health care options for uninsured children.  Their philosophy is to promote healthy life styles and encourage preventive health and dental care.  NHHK works in conjunction with health care facilities, schools, and social service agencies to provide children the care they need to stay healthy, and attend school ready to learn.

      If you do not have health insurance for your child, we can help you apply for coverage through NHHK. Please contact Community Health Services (CHS) at 425-2545 and ask for Robin. You may also call NHHK directly at 1-877-464-2447.  Applications may be downloaded from their website

      Parents may also contact Alicia Triplett, School Social Worker, or Lucie Collins RN School Nurse, at 437-3579 for assistance.

      Running Club

      The 4th and 5th grade one-mile race is on Saturday October 28, 2017 starting at approximately 9:00am at Pinkerton Academy. Students are expected to arrive at 8:00am. The remaining practice dates are Wed Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 2014. Parents are reminded to pick their child up at 4pm promptly from practice.

      Free and Reduced Lunch

      School meal applications were sent home at the beginning of the year. However, you may apply for school meals at any time throughout the school year by submitting a household application directly to the school. We will provide you with an application upon request.

      Blizzard Bags

      The Derry Cooperative School District will implement Blizzard Bags again for the 2017-20187 school year. A Blizzard Bag contains assignments for students to complete at home during inclement weather days. Blizzard Bags will be updated for the 2017-2018 school year. Blizzard Bags containing all assignments will be distributed during Parent-Teacher Conferences in December. Assignments are due the day the student returns from the Blizzard Bag Day.

      Library Book Amnesty

      Please return any outstanding DVS Library books at any time. No questions will be asked. Reclaiming the books helps all students.

      Internet Essentials

      There is an organization called Internet Essentials that have helped many families with internet access. They team up with Comcast in our area. Internet Essentials believe that every family should have access to the opportunities presented by having the Internet at home. Since 2011, Internet Essentials is our answer to help close the Digital Divide. Working side-by-side with our schools, government, and non-profit partners, we have connected more than 600,000 families—over 2.4 million low-income Americans—to the power of the Internet in their homes.

      Halloween Parties

      Classroom parties begin at 2:00pm on Tuesday October 31, 2017.

      We ask that room parents wait in the foyer until 1:45pm before heading to the classrooms.
      Classroom party days at Derry Village are very busy times, parking is at a premium and student schedules are disrupted. Parents will be permitted to park on the front playground but must leave by 2:45pm.

      Parents are asked to sign in at a specially designated table in the front foyer. It is extremely important that all cars are gone by 2:45pm.
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