DVS WEEKLY ENEWS | Week 39/40 | JUN 4 - JUN 8, 2018

Focus for the month: Kindness.

"Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first.  The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior.  When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed."  ~ Marva Collins

News from Education Land. 

  1. Derry Public Library
    1. Ukulele Workshop! Wednesday, June 13th from 4-5 pm. Let's Play Music: FREE Ukulele Workshop! Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the ukulele? Bring your own, or play one of several we will have on hand. All ages. No registration required.
    2. Summer Reading. It all begins on... June 18th !!! Get your reading log, necklace, bookmark and start reading! Storytimes begin the week of June 18th. Lots of cool programs all summer too!
    3. Kick Off Summer & Kick Up Your Heels with us at Farmer Ray's Hoedown! Thursday, June 21st at 1:30 pm
    4. Kindness Rocks! Tuesday, June 26th at 1:30pm. Paint a rock, keep a rock, share a rock. Kindness does really rock!
    5. CactusHead Puppet Show: June 28th at 1:30pm

  2. 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.  

Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday, June 4, 2018

  • Chorus Solo Auditions [optional] 7:45am
  • Kindergarten Celebration 1:30pm

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

  • Chorus Grade 4 at 7:45am
  • Field Day
  • 1/2 Day Kindergarten - Snake Presentation 10:30am, 2:00pm

Wednesday June 6, 2018

  • Volunteer Tea 3:15pm Library

Thursday June 7, 2018

  • Chorus Grade 5 at 7:45am
  • Field Day
  • PTA Meeting 6:30pm

Friday June 8, 2018 

  • BBQ lunch for all students/staff

Saturday June 9, 2018

  • Spring Cleanup 2-4pm
  • Chorus to perform at Fisher Cats Baseball Game 5:30pm

June 2018 Newsletter can be found here:

June 2018 News 

Some Reminders:

Have you checked Lost and Found for any missing items? We certainly have many items in our Lost and Found pile. All leftover Lost and Found will be donated at the end of the year.
Library books? Please be sure over due library books are returned to the library.

Food Service Program

The Derry School Child Nutrition Program would like to remind all students and families that student account balances should be paid in full by the end of the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our kitchen at 437-4870.

Kindergarten Registration

This is a reminder to parents to reach out to any children in your neighborhood who have not registered for kindergarten. Now is the time for children to register for kindergarten in the Derry Cooperative School District.

New Staff and Staff Changes

At this time of the school year we see some staff movement around the school. This letter is to inform you of those changes for next year.

Classroom teachers for 2018-2019

  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Zbieg, Mrs. Desena, Mrs. Ward
  • Grade 1: Mrs. Waterhouse, Mrs. Wilson, Ms. McPhee, Mrs. Rokes
  • Grade 2: Mrs. Rosinski, Mrs. Gagnon, Mrs. LaCroix
  • Grade 3: Ms. Dantos, Mrs. Cobban, Mr. Scalzi, Mrs. Landry
  • Grade 4: Mrs. Secor, Mrs. DiPirro, Mrs. Wanders
  • Grade 5: Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Reese, Mrs. Gagnon, Mrs. Landry

Other new hires:

  • This year we will be hiring a school nurse, a Physical Education teacher, and a Special Education teacher.

Staff Leaving

  • Mrs. Rivers, our Special education facilitator, has been transferred to East Derry Memorial Elementary School and Mrs. Morse-Barry, from South Range School, will be transferred to DVS for 2018-2019. We wish Mrs. Rivers all the best and welcome Mrs. Morse-Barry to our DVS community.
  • Ms. Lemmon will be leaving DVS at the end of this year. We wish her all the best in the next part of her educational career.

Team Teaching Models:

  • Grade 5 will continue with the Team Teaching model in 2018-2019
  • Grade 4 will discontinue the Team Teaching model this year (with a revision for next year.)

DVS Retirees

We would like to wish Mrs. Collins, our School Nurse, and Mrs. Dorazio, our Physical Education teacher, and Mrs. Scali our Grade 1 teacher all the very best as they retire this year. This is a bittersweet time for Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Dorazio, and Mrs. Scali. We are sad to see them go but rejoice in this landmark moment in their lives.

Nurses Corner: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected deer ticks.There is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted from person to person. Persons who spend time in wooded or grassy areas are at greater risk of disease because of the increased exposure to ticks.

Symptoms may include

  • A large circular rash around or near the site of the tick bite. Multiple rash sites may also appear.
  • Chills/fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Stiff neck
  • Swollen glands
  • Muscle and/or joint pain.


  • Wear light colored, long sleeved/pants when in woods or grassy areas
  • Consider using an approved insect repellent. Check with your physician if you have questions or concerns about which product is safest.
  • Check after every two to three hours of outdoor activity for ticks on clothing and skin. 
  • A thorough check of body surfaces for attached ticks should be done daily.
Ticks should be removed by grasping the mouthparts with a tweezer as close as possible to the attachment (skin) site. After removing the tick, the tick site should be thoroughly cleansed. But just to be safe, monitor your health closely after a tick bite and contact your physician if you notice any signs and symptoms of illness.

For more more information contact your physician or school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet on Lyme disease. Ilink:


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.

Step Up Day

Students will meet their teacher for next year on the last day of school during Step Up Day at 9:30am
Grade 5 students will visit their Middle School during Step Up.
New Kindergarten Students and Grade 1 students will be notified by mail over the summer.

Exercise Kids’ Minds During the Summer

If students laze away the days of summer without using their minds, they can lose up to a month of learning—especially in reading and math. Stem the summer slide and keep your child engaged with these fun, brain-friendly activities. 

For more resources, look to your child’s school and your local library or community center for ideas to keep kids’ brains buzzing during the dog days of summer.

Web Resources

Grade 5 Celebration June 13, 2018

The Shamrock Cup day is a celebration to culminate our 5th Grade students experience at DVS. The day will include: yearbook signings, outdoor games and activities, music, pizza, chips, water, fruit, candy and a few surprises throughout the day. Each class will come dressed in their class colors: Carey - Blue, Reese - Green, Gagnon - Red, Scalzi - Yellow

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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