DVS WEEKLY ENEWS | Week 32/40 | APR 16 - APR 20, 2018

Executive functioning skill of the month: I can be an independent problem solver.

"Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts." ~ Author Unknown

News from Education Land.

Book Fair Family Night. This event will take place on Wednesday April 18 at 6:30pm. Parents are reminded that students will be visiting the Book Fair during the school day to preview and purchase books. All family and friends are invited to the Family Night to browse and purchase books.

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.

West Running Brook Middle School WELCOME NIGHTTuesday, April 17, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. In the WRB Gymnasium. Come Meet & Greet our Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, And former 6th grade parents. For additional information please call West Running Brook Middle School Office @ 432-1250

Destination Imagination. One of our Destination Imagination teams was very successful this year. They placed third in the state competition on Saturday April 7. The team had a few props that broke the morning of the competition, including their Maze traveler, but they were able to make some repairs and still compete. They ultimately lost the competition in the instant challenge where two other teams did very well and we did ok. We want to thank Ernie Richards, who has devoted many hours of his time to the students of Derry Village. The students, parents, and staff thank you.

All-Town Band Concert. Thanks to Pat Sullivan for her diligence and hard work preparing DVS band students for the All-Town Band Concert last Friday. They did a fantastic job.

DVS Book of the Year. "Wonder" By R J Palacio, won the 2018 ' "March Madness: Tournament of Books" in the Library.

Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday, April 16, 2018

  • Book Fair Week Apr 16-20
  • First Student: Bus Evacuations 8am
  • NH Statewide Assessment begins (Grade 5)
  • DVS PTA Enrichment: Yoga, Speaking French, Robot Programming, Springtime Crafts

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

  • Chorus Grade 4 at 7:45am
  • NH Statewide Assessment (Grade 5)
  • DVS PTA Enrichment: Karate in gym, Balloon Twisting in Art Room, No Cook Cooking in Teachers Lunchroom, Lego Fun in Mrs. Peters Classroom
  • WRB and GHHMS 5th-6th Grade Transition Night 6pm (at respective schools)

Wednesday April 18, 2018

  • WEE Deliver 8am
  • NH Statewide Assessment (Grade 5)
  • DVS PTA Enrichment: Floor Hockey in Gym, Mask Making in Art Room, Duct Tape Art in 4Landry Classroom, Outdoor Exploration outside until 4:15 pm meets  in Mrs. Peters Classroom, Kitchen Creations in Teachers Lunchroom
  • Book Fair Family Night 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday April 19, 2018

  • Chorus Grade 5 at 7:45am
  • DVS PTA Enrichment: Cheer in gym, STEAM in 4Landry Classroom, Photography in Art Room, Chess mates in Mrs. Peters Classroom, First Aid in Teachers Lunchroom

Friday April 20, 2018 

  • DVS PTA Enrichment: Dancing in Gym, Sewing in Interactive Classroom, Gifts from Spa in Teachers Lunchroom, Board Game Challenges in Art Room, Knitting in Mrs. Peters Classroom 

March 2018 News 

Some Reminders:

Information concerning NH State Road Laws: 

RSA: 265:54 Overtaking and Passing School Bus
RSA: 265:60 II (a) Basic Rule and Maximum Limit, for School Zones Speed Limits

In the State of New Hampshire, school zones have a reduced speed limit when children are present and/or the warning signs are flashing.  The speed in these zones is ten miles-per-hour under the posted speed limit. 

The driver of a vehicle upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus, plainly marked with school bus signs or such other distinguishing identification which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children, shall stop his or her vehicle before reaching such school bus at least 25 feet away from such school bus. The driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until flashing red lights cease to operate.

Derry Village Turns 50

Yes, it is true. Time does fly by! DVS turns 50 during this 2017-2018 school year. Our theme is “It Takes A Village” because it really does take a whole community to raise a child. In our 50th year we want to celebrate that.

Some of the celebrations coming in the next months include…
50th Birthday Family Dance
50th Birthday function for staff and ex-staff.
50th Birthday Enrichment Day for students
50th Birthday Spring Fair for the community.

We hope you will take part and celebrate this “village” in its 50th year.

Buy a Brick Fundraiser

Help us celebrate 50 years of excellence by placing a brick in our commemorative pathway. Your message will be shown for generations to come! Donations are $50 for a $" x 8" brick and $100 for an 8" x 8" brick. Add $25 for clip art. Mini replica bricks to remember your donations are $25 additional. Click here for order form. For more details contact Visit to place a secure online order.

Nurses Corner

This is a reminder that, like many childhood issues, Head lice (Pediculosis Capitis) can be a common occurrence with children. 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, less commonly, by sharing combs, brushes, hats, bedding, etc.  Head lice are not associated with uncleanliness or 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. 
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.  Nits are small, oval shaped and gray or white in color.  Nits are usually firmly attached (glued) to the hair shaft, close to the scalp.  You can use a magnifying glass to detect them.

Remind your children 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 inform the school nurse and 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’s nurse.

What is School Spirit?

School spirit is important but what is school spirit? 

School Spirit is the feeling you get when the school does well in a sport, music, academic or other event. When a student outperforms everyone else. When a school team does well outside the school.

School Spirit is students. When students proudly wear Derry Village clothing with school logos. When students make the effort to do well in the classroom.

School Spirit is volunteering for the school in different ways... at Secret Santa workshop, for the Student Council, to be in Chorus, working with younger students and turning up at school and PTA sponsored events.

School Spirit is seeing staff members taking on extra responsibilities to help the students. Staff who go the extra mile to deliver interesting, fun and challenging lessons.

School Spirit is parental involvement with the school, volunteering and supporting the school in many different ways.

School Spirit may even be looking forward to school halfway through your summer holidays (well, maybe that's a little extreme... but you get the point?)

Mon Mar 12 Superhero Day, Tue Mar 13 Twisted Tuesday, Wed Mar 14 60’s Theme, Thu Mar 15 Green and White Day, Fri Mar 16 Black/Gold Day

Children's Dental Network Spring Services

The Children's Dental Network will return to Derry Village School for spring dental services from March 21-23. Any students receiving dental treatment this past fall will participate in the spring. Any new students that may need care are also welcome. 

Please visit for more information. Look for the "Parent Resources" link to access a permission form.

"Working together for healthier kids"

PTA Reflections Program

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. 

Congratulations to all Derry Village students who participated in Reflections this year. Rebecca K, Sarah P, Sofia R

Box Tops for Education

Congratulations to Mrs. Desena’s class for winning a popcorn snack by collecting the most BoxTops during the month of February!!!

The March contest is underway.  Please have your clippings turned in by Friday 3/30 to win an extra 30 minutes of recess!  Fingers crossed the weather in April will make this a highly desired prize.

NH Statewide Assessment

Assessments are used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards – and ultimately how ready students are for college and career education and training.

New Hampshire students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the common statewide assessment for English language arts (ELA)/writing and mathematics. Grade 5 students will also take the common statewide assessment for science.

All summative assessments (ELA/Writing, Math and Science) will be taken in the spring. More details to follow.

Invention Convention

Students are reminded that they must check in with their paperwork by March 30 with Mrs. Wilson or Mrs. Carey. The Invention Convention is on Wednesday May 23 from 5:30-6:30pm.

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.

The Casino Royale Fundraiser

East Derry Memorial Elementary is holding their 2nd annual Spring event!

The Casino Royale Fundraiser will be held at the Executive Court in Manchester on March 24th, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm. This is an adult only 21+ EDMES PTA fundraiser with proceeds going towards Student Enrichment at EDMES.

The evening will include a social hour, buffet dinner, dancing, casino games, photography, silent auctions and raffles. If you would like to attend and buy tickets please email Noreen Walkup @ or visit our website for more info. Buy early for this fabulous night out, tickets will go quick!

Family Dance

Here are the links for "Facebook" and "Sign Up Genius" for the March 16th 50th Birthday Family Dance.  If you have any questions, please contact Deb Soucy in the office  and

Dining to Donate

Derry Education Association Scholarship Fund needs your support. Dining to Donate is a fun way to raise money in conjunction with Applebee's. If you dine at Applebee’s on Tuesday March 13 from 4-9pm and hand in the Dining to Donate event flyer, 10% of your purchase will be donated directly back to the Derry Education Association.

S.T.E.A.M Night

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6-7 pm there will be a STEAM Job Fair. Following the Job Fair portion, families will have the chance to work together to solve various STEAM challenges from 7-8 pm.

The STEAM Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) at DVS is designed to allow people to showcase what they do in the workforce and to inspire our youth to seek out careers in the STEAM fields, too.

If you would like to present at the job fair contact Mrs. A.Landry

Curriculum News: Science Performance Tasks

The Next Generation (NextGen) Science Standards have been adopted in the school and district. These standards integrate high leverage content with scientific practices and cross-cutting concepts that nurture and challenge students with deepened opportunities for learning by thinking, designing and doing. This translates to some real science inquiry tasks completed in each grade level.

Students will complete a performance task. here are some examples of upcoming topics.
Grade K: Weather
Grade 1: Waves: Sound/Light
Grade 2: Structure and Properties of Matter
Grade 3: Weather and Climate
Grade 4: Energy 
Grade 4: Waves: Waves and Information
Grade 5: Structure and Properties of Matter

Community Education Series

Presented by Center for Life Management (CLM). There is no fee to attend. Registration is required. Register by calling 965-0645. Please indicate program(s) and number attending.

Anxiety 101 Monday, April 9, 6-7 pm. CLM Salem, 103 Stiles Road. Speaker: Lisi Leccese, Children’s Case Manager. Would you recognize the signs of anxiety in your child? This program will provide an overview of what anxiety is, how it presents itself in different age groups, and treatment options.

2018 Youth Art Month exhibit, Pinkerton Academy

Our school district's 2018 Youth Art Month exhibit will take place in the lobby of the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 6-7 pm. The show can also be viewed during the theatre's normal business hours from March 8 - March 23.

Each of Pinkerton's 'sending schools' are invited to participate in our exhibit and each school may submit only 20 - 30 pieces because of space limitation. Students from DVS, whose artwork will be exhibited, will be bringing home the information this coming week.  Everyone is invited to attend, however! Hope to see you there!

All DVS entries will be hanging in the art room next week. Each classroom is represented.
Thank you for your help! ~ Jonathan Burns

Kaylee D. - 5R
Bryan D. - 5G
Robert M. - 5G
Erynn S. - 5S
Lucy D. - 4W
Hazel T. - 4D
Marcus S. - 4S
Sofia R. - 3L
Mya G. - 3C
Leanna P. - 3D
Gabriella H. - 3L
Isabella D. - 2G
Adrian M. - 2Rokes
Haleigh B. - 2L
Morgan G. - 1Wa
Alexandra B. - 1S
Darren H. - 1Wi
Eva G. - KD
Genevieve A. - KD
Henry S. - KZ

Grade 3 News

Grade 3 has been working very hard during Reader’s Workshop completing their research on various countries around the world.  They have been working in groups and using various books about their country while taking notes. Some of the topics they learned included interesting facts about the food, celebrations/holidays, natural resources/exports, tourist attractions and more.  Our finished product was a written report with illustrations.


Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30pm, GHHMS Gymnasium. A community discussion on mental health awareness with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Senior Director, Public Affairs and former N.H. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick. More information here

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