APRIL 2017
Dear parents, guardians and students,

April has been a busy time already for us at Derry Village. Some students have completed the Smarter Balanced Assessment and did a tremendous job. This week we continue SBAC testing.

As we begin to think about placement of students for next year I would like to remind parents that requests for specific teachers can not be granted. If there is compelling information that the school should consider when placing your child, please submit it to me in writing, Please trust the school and your child’s current teacher to make decisions that have your child's best interests in mind.

Some of the highlights coming up in the next month include Kindergarten Orientation, Grade 4 NECAP Science assessment, the PTA Hoops program and numerous field trips (Grade 2, 4 and 5).

I wish you all a relaxing and family-filled vacation and we will see you back in May for the last six weeks of this school year. The tentative last day of school for students is June 19.

Yours in education, 

Chris McCallum

WEEKLY ENEWS | Week 36/40 | MAY 22 - MAY 26, 2017

"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. Staff Appreciation Week. Take the time to appreciate the teachers and staff. At Derry Village we use this week to appreciate all staff. Monday: Brand New Staff Lounge! Tuesday: Breakfast is Served! Wednesday: Desserts and Candy! Thursday: Pizza and Salad lunch! Friday: Dress Down Day & Raffles!! Thank you DVS staff for all you do for our children.
  1. Teacher Room Makeover. Over the weekend a devoted core of parents spent hours giving the teacher's room a makeover. Why? Because they appreciate the staff and wanted a way to say thank you for everything they do with the students. We would like to thank the organizers Robyn White and Victoria Little and thank them and their remodeling team for their efforts. We are certainly lucky to have such unselfish and giving parents in our school like these parents.

  2. Farewell to Mr. Hunt. In case you haven't heard, our beloved vice principal, Mr. Hunt is leaving Derry Village. We are sad to see him go but happy for him as he is pursuing a dream to become principal. He will be starting next school year as principal of a school in Windham. We wanted to give him a big send-off but instead we are going to respect his wishes of not "making a big deal." So instead we are going to have a card party for him. What's a card party? A card party is simply a way for everyone to say goodbye without all the pomp and circumstance of a "big deal." There is a lovely decorated box in the secretary's office that says "Mr Hunt" on it. If you would like to say goodbye to Mr. Hunt, please make up a card and drop it in the box in the secretary's office at the school. We will give Mr. Hunt the cards at a later date. Please have this done by June 6. We are all going to miss Mr. Hunt and we wish him well. Please wish him well with us and make him a nice card to say goodbye and best of luck. Thanks everyone! DVS PTA.

  3. Rock GardenAs you may know, Mrs. Scanlon is retiring at the end of the school year.  As a tribute to her 32 years working with DVS students, I would like to have the children create a school wide project that will involve her help. Out in the front of the school, we will be creating an "Only One You" rock garden.  Every student will paint a stone with colorful acrylic paints.  Each stone will be unique, just like all of our students here at DVS. I need for each student to find a smooth round stone and bring it to school sometime next week.  If your student finds extra stones, please have them bring them since I know some students might not have access.  The type of stone we'd like to paint will be about the size of an adult fist.  It will need to be smooth, the type you might find at the beach.  The project will take place during your child's art class over the next couple of weeks.  Mrs. Scanlon will also be reading the book "Only One You" (by Linda Kranz) to help explain the project to the students. If you have any questions, please email me.  Thank you! Jen Lague

Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday May 22, 2017
  • (Gr 5 Gagnon) Our positive thought for today is... I am brave.
  • Band: Trumpets Music Room 7:45am
  • Title 1 Math Tutoring 3pm (Grades 1-2)
Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • (Gr 5 Reese) Our positive thought for today is... I am brave.
  • Chorus: Grade 4 and 5 Combined Chorus Rehearsal 7:45am
  • Title 1 Math Tutoring 3pm (Grades 3-5)
  • School Board Meeting 7pm WRB (Assistant Principal and Art teacher nomination)
Wednesday May 24, 2017
  • (Gr 4 Ward) Our positive thought for today is... I am brave.
  • Band: Saxophone and Percussion 7:45am Music Room
  • Grade 2 Field Class at Quarrybrook Windham 8:45am-11:00am
  • Title 1 Math Tutoring 3pm (Grades 1-2)
  • PTA Skills and Drills Basketball 3-4pm
  • Facilities Study Subcommittee Meeting 6:30pm GHH
Thursday May 25, 2017
  • (Gr 4 Landry) Our positive thought for today is... I am brave.
  • Chorus: Grade 4 and 5 Combined Chorus Rehearsal 7:45am
  • Title 1 Math Tutoring 3pm (Grades 3-5)
  • 5th Grade meet with Middle School staff 9am
  • Invention Convention 5:30-6:30pm
Friday May 26, 2017
  • (Gr 4 Secor) Today’s saying is: Working like a dog. When you work very hard you work like a dog.
  • Band: Flutes and Clarinets 7:45am Music Room
  • School Store 8:20am
  • Band: Percussion (recess)

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