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Latest News January  2017

Car Pick Up Dismissal

It has become necessary to make significant changes to the way we conduct car pick-up at dismissal time at Derry Village School. Beginning Tuesday January 3, 2017. Car Pick Up dismissal will take place at the front of the school following these procedures. Here is a map of the new procedure.

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

Avoiding Seasonal Flu Tips
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer,
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth,
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick,
  • Get plenty of sleep,
  • Eat healthy food and drink plenty of fluids,
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm,
  • Stay home if ill for at least 24 hours after fever is gone.

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 @ www.dhhs.nh.gov 
  • Communicable Disease Control @ www.cdc.gov
We appreciate all your efforts in helping to control this nuisance.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school nurse.

New Lighting

New LED lighting that has been installed in the foyer and classrooms at Derry Village. On Monday 1/9, Sebago/Interstate Electric will be finishing up their work at Derry Village. They will need to return at a later date to wrap up some loose ends and address the ceiling tiles.

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.

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:  http://legacysupport.nwea.org/support/article/930/parent-toolkit

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.

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