Summer 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Derry Village School. It is with much excitement that I welcome you. We are very proud of our school and look forward to having you join our community.

I hope you and your family are enjoying the summer. The summer is a great family time. Summer also provides less structure, later bedtimes and sometimes sleeping late, if you are lucky. Even if you have to work each day and your children attend daycare or summer day camp, your schedule probably is not quite as rigid during the summer months.

As the new school year approaches, it will be time to start thinking about your family's transition to a more structured school schedule. Here is some information that will help you plan for a smooth transition to school.

Open House
We will have an Open House on the day before school begins; Tuesday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Open House provides students with the opportunity to meet their teacher, see their classroom and meet other students in the class.

First Day of School
The first day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30. If you are driving your child to school, you may drop them off between 8:25am - 8:35am Please have your child in school by 8:35am.

Bus Schedule
A bus schedule will be published in the Derry News around mid-August, as well as the Derry Cooperative School District website (

Parent Information Night
We will have a Parent Information Night to begin our year on Wednesday September 9 (Grades K-2 from 5:30-6:30pm, Unified Arts and specialists 6:00-7:00pm, Grades 3-5 from 6:30-7:30pm). This night is for parents to meet the staff and receive information for the coming year. This night is not designed for teacher/parent conferences. There will be a schedule for individual student conferences in December when the first trimester report cards go home.

Classroom Assignment (new students)
At the bottom of this letter is your child’s teacher’s name and room number for the upcoming school year.

Supply Lists
School supply lists are posted on our webpage These lists will help when you are preparing for coming back to school after the summer.

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”.

Back to School Cookout
The PTA will be hosting a back to school cookout on Thursday September 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. (Rain date is Friday September 8). The whole school community is invited to this event. It will be a good way to begin our school year and meet new people. More details will be sent out later.

In closing, I would like to say that at Derry Village School we remain dedicated to advancing your child's academic, social and personal development in a supportive, safe and challenging learning environment. We welcome your active participation in your child's education, and we urge you to be proactive in communicating with our administration, counselors and teachers, and, as time allows, to volunteer in our various programs and events. By working together, we will ensure success for your child.

Please do not hesitate to call me at school (432-1233) if you have any questions.

Yours in education, 

Chris McCallum


"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” —Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

News from Education Land. 

Softball Camp Grades 4-12. Information for a Grade 4 and 5 softball camp offered at Pinkerton Academy over the summer. Grade 4 and 5 teachers please share this with your students.

Summer Nutrition. Summer is coming quickly! USDA Child Nutrition Programs would like everyone to know that there are places in New Hampshire for kids to get meals.  Here is an infograph: giving some information.  If parents want to know where sites are this summer, call the phone number listed at the bottom of the infograph or go to the website listed at the bottom of the infograph.

Derry Public Library Summer Reading Program. Here is a video explaining the basics of the Summer Reading Program (Build a Better World!) at the Derry Public Library. The goal is to encourage students to participate in the summer program. Please forward it along to parents for the children to view. The Public Library will also stop by the school early next week to drop off bookmarks with the dates of all their summer reading programs for all of the classes. (Thanks, Ray Fontaine, Head of Children’s Services, Derry Public Library)

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