DVS WEEKLY ENEWS | Week 37/40 | MAY 21 - MAY 25, 2018

Focus for the month: Kindness.

"To teach is to learn twice."  ~ Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842

News from Education Land.

Newsletter. If you have any items or dates for the June school wide (final for the year) newsletter please forward them to Chris McCallum.

School Board Meeting. During the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on May 22nd, there will be a presentation on the proposed Grade 5-8 model. Since the presentation is informational in nature, the School Board will not be making a decision on the Grade 5-8 model at this meeting. Topics in the presentation will include, but are not limited to, the following: transportation, playground equipment, teacher certification areas, extended day care options, financial implications, social interactions, and clubs and activities. As always, the public is welcome to attend.

Volunteer Tea. Every year we like to acknowledge our volunteers. The Volunteer Tea will be held in the Library on June 6, 2018 at 3:15pm. If you have volunteered this year at DVS you are invited. Please contact the office if you are intending to attend. If you know of other volunteers please spread the word.

Staff Appreciation May 21-25. We recognize all our teachers and staff at Derry Village this month. They all do a remarkable job and we are so lucky to have them working with our children. Please support our staff and show them your appreciation this month. Thank you. 

Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday, May 21, 2018

  • Staff Appreciation Week: May 21-25
  • Staff Appreciation: Bring a flower (fresh, fake or hand drawn) for a teacher/staff member
  • NWEA Testing continues: Reading
  • WRB visits with 5th graders 9-11am Gym

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

  • Staff Appreciation: Write a special note to tell  a teacher/staff member how much they enjoy school
  • Chorus Grade 4 at 7:45am

Wednesday May 23, 2018

  • Staff Appreciation: Supply  a teacher/staff member with needed classroom supplies (tissues, wipes, etc)

Thursday May 24, 2018

  • Staff Appreciation: Bring in a special snack, beverage or candy for a teacher/staff member
  • Chorus Grade 5 at 7:45am
  • PTA Hoops Skills and Drills - Basketball Program 3-4pm

Friday May 25, 2018 

  • Staff Appreciation: Write a thank you card for all  a teacher/staff member does!!
  • Celtics Pride day (wear basketball gear to support your team) 

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Some Reminders:

Have you paid up your lunch balance? Please be sure any outstanding lunch money is paid this month.
Library books? Please be sure over due library books are returned to the library.

Allergy Alert

We have a staff member who is highly SENSITIVE to LILACS. Though they are beautiful flowers and we love to see the vibrant colors we ask that no lilacs be brought into the school.

Kindergarten Registration

Currently full day kindergarten at Derry Village School is full for 2018-2019. We still have a number of half day spots.

Staff Appreciation May 21-25

We recognize all our teachers and staff at Derry Village this month. They all do a remarkable job and we are so lucky to have them working with our children. Please support our staff and show them your appreciation this month. Thank you.

Nurses Corner

Reminder to parents of 5th grade students
The New Hampshire Immunization Regulations for school attendance requires students to have a tetanus booster (Tdap) at 11 years of age, (if it has been 5 years or longer since the last documented dose of a tetanus toxoid containing immunization.) 

It also requires all students entering 6th grade to have two documented doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. Documentation of these immunizations is required prior to entry into 6th grade. Also, students entering 6th grade who plan on competing on an athletic team must have a physical exam within one year of entering middle school.
If your child has already had these immunizations and a recent physical, please feel free to send this documentation in to school now. The student’s health records will be updated and transferred to the appropriate middle school at year end. If these appointments are scheduled over the summer, please remember to send in the documentation to the Middle School at the start of the year, in order to keep your child in compliance with state requirements. 
Please feel free to contact Mrs. Collins with any questions.

Library Book Return

At this time we are asking that any unreturned library books be returned to the school library. Borrowing will continue for students. However, as the year winds down we ask that any library books that are overdue be returned so that they can be accounted for in our end of year inventories.

New Fence

We hope you like the new fence. This past weekend an Eagle Scout (Ryan Lague) began his final project which was to install a fence at the front of the school. This will be completed soon. (The next step is to do some landscaping and get some grass growing out there... if the weather would just cooperate.) Thanks Ryan for your efforts. The school looks terrific with the new fence.

Spring Clean Up

If you can spare some time on Saturday May 19 we are looking to clean up the school grounds from 2-4pm. Our attention will focus on the front of the school, the area around the flagpole and parts of the playground. Bring your leaf blowers and rakes.

DVS Hoops Program

The DVS PTA is proud to offer the skills and drills basketball mentoring program again this spring on May 17 and 24

This program is intended to promote student success in school through mentorship and physical activity.  The program will focus on basketball skills, fun, teamwork and good sportsmanship. The mentors, who are students from the Pinkerton Astros Basketball Team and the West Running Brook Basketball Team, will work hand in hand with the students to encourage those traits.  Adult volunteers (parents of the DVS Students) will also be present supervising the program.  The skills and drills will be broken out by age group and the mentors will be paired with the DVS students.  Participants will need to bring a water bottle and basketball.  There will be basketballs available for students who do not have a basketball to use during the program.

All Grade 2-5 students are invited to sign up and learn the fundamentals of the game of basketball and work on their skills in a fun, safe environment.   Thanks, PTA

Touch-a-Truck/Kids Muster Event.

June 2, 2018. West Running Brook Middle School 10AM-2PM, 1 West Running Brook Lane (across from the Fairways Apartments).

This family fun event offers hands-on opportunities for children to EXPLORE, CLIMB and TOUCH trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment.

A Kids Muster will be held on the rear field. Sign up in groups of 5 at your school office and compete against other schools and grades or individually. Event day walk-ons welcome.

BMX Stunt Show promoting helmet safety sponsored by the Derry Police Department.

Horn/siren free hour 10am-11am (for sensitive ears). Over flow parking located at the Derry Village School (Free shuttle provided).

Event Questions: Muster – Assistant Chief Scott Jackson at 432-6751 or, Touch a Truck – Lt. Michael LaValley at 432-6121 or BMX Stunt Show—Captain George Feole at 432-6111 or

Invention Convention Night

The Invention Convention will take place again this year on Wednesday May 23 at 5:30pm. We are excited to see what inventions the students have come up with.

Virtual Reality

At Derry Village we were fortunate to receive a grant from the 21st Century Learning Community for Virtual Reality technology. We will be introducing Virtual Reality (VR) tools into the school next year. The technology learning tool that we will integrate is Virtual Reality headsets. This is really exciting for students and staff. Virtual Reality is all about immersing into a three dimensional world generated by the computer. Virtual Reality is identified as one of the top 5 biggest trends in technology, only just emerging in education. We believe Virtual Reality will help students better understand learning concepts, allow for better collaboration in the classroom and increase student motivation. We will slowly introduce and evaluate this technology as a teaching and learning tool through next year.

Repeated Information

Copper Canyon

The Derry Salem Elks is sponsoring income eligible Derry students for a week of overnight camp at Copper Cannon Camp, located in Franconia Notch, NH the week of July 1-8, 2018.  If your student (aged 9-12) receives free or reduced lunch, they would qualify for this opportunity. 

Please contact Louise Landry at: with questions.  Applications may be downloaded at: or contact the school social worker, Alicia Triplett 432-1233.

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