Kindergarten Virtual Orientation


[Graduating 2034]

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


Meet the Kindergarten staff...

Mrs. Massey (and Mrs. Holland), Mrs. Pantalone (and Mrs. Watts), Mrs. Ward (and Mrs. Casey), Mrs. Zbieg (and Mrs. Small)

First day of school: Aug 31, 2021

2021-2022 School District Calendar

Open House for Kindergarten Aug 30, 2021

General Information

School Hours

  • For 2021-2022: 8:25am Arrival, 8:35am Class begins, 2:55pm Dismissal (Stay tuned for updates, if this changes families will be notified)

  • It is important to realize that consistent attendance will greatly improve the chance your child has of being successful in an academic environment. However, we are aware that from time to time it will be necessary to keep your child home from school. Should the need occur, please take the time to call the school (prior to 9:00 AM) and inform us that your child will not be in attendance. In the event that you are unable to make us aware of your child’s absence, you will be contacted by one of our secretaries. The purpose of this call is to ensure the safety of your child and allow us to track the cause of absence.

  • Please be aware that the reason for absence remains confidential. If your child is going to be absent for an extended period of time and you want their work sent home, please contact the school in the early morning so that the material can be prepared for you to pick up or have it sent home with another prearranged individual.

  • It is very important for students to be in the classroom on time. Even being 5 minutes late can disrupt a child's entire morning or day. We want to keep tardies at a minimum. If, however, your child arrives late, he/she must go to the front office to get a tardy slip so that the child can be admitted to class. 

Arrival and Dismissal (and PickUp Patrol)

School Safety

Families can be assured that the practice of school safety is considered a facet of the instructional plan for not just Derry Village School but for all District schools by incorporating educational programs in traffic and pedestrian safety, fire prevention, emergency procedures, and others, appropriately geared to students at different grade levels.

Derry Village has a comprehensive safety program. General areas of emphasis includes; in-service training for staff, accident record keeping, plant inspection, driver and vehicle safety programs, fire prevention, catastrophe planning, emergency procedures, and traffic safety problems relevant to students and employees.

At Derry Village we have developed student safety procedures to be used on school busses, school grounds (including playgrounds), during authorized school activities (such as field trips), within school building(s) (including classrooms), off school grounds during school sanctioned activities, and in the use of online resources.

From the Nurse


Take your child to the pediatrician for a checkup, and make sure all immunizations needed for kindergarten are up to date.

Physicals and Immunizations

Medical Conditions

Med Orders

Academics: What Kinds of Things Will My Child Learn?

At the beginning of the school year teachers will be holding parent information evenings. At this Information Night the teachers will explain the academic program for students. The curriculum, instruction and assessment information that will be presented includes;

Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop, Units of Study in Phonics, envisionMath2.0.


A Day in the Life of a Derry Kindergartener

This video was created pre-COVID to show incoming Kindergarten families a typical day in the life of a kindergarten student in the Derry Cooperative School District.


Tips From the Teachers

Breakfast, Lunch, Recess, and Snack

What food and drink should I pack?

You can pack your a lunch or purchase one at school. Your child will also need a snack and drink. Milk or juice may be purchased from the school cafeteria.

Money needed on a regular basis: Popcorn Friday, ice cream, lunch cards, milk money LABELED AND SEPARATE


On the Playground

There are many ways to teach proper social skills. For example, you can schedule play dates for your child to get to know others or even role-play different scenarios he or she might encounter at school or on the playground. Helping children to find solutions to everyday problems they might encounter is a great way to instill social skills and get them ready for kindergarten.


Kindergarten classrooms are set up with a bathroom situated right in the classroom so that the little kids don’t mingle with the older students or have to travel outside of the class.

Dressing for Kindergarten

Learning to get dressed isn't a single skill that your child will learn overnight. Rather, it's a series of lessons that your child will grow to understand as they grow and mature.


Unified Arts

  • Children will participate in the arts in order to experience physical movement, music, art, library and technology at their developmentally appropriate level.

  • Music

  • Art

  • Physical Education

  • Library

  • Computer Technology


Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out which teacher my child has?

  • Letters will be sent to families at the beginning of August.

Where do I find the bus schedule?

  • You can call First Student (603) 432-7417

  • Bus Routes are published in the Derry News

  • You can check the Derry Cooperative School District website 2020-2021 BUS ROUTES

What Curriculum and Instruction will my child be receiving?

At the beginning of the school year teachers will be holding parent information evenings. At this Information Night the teachers will explain the academic program for students. The curriculum, instruction and assessment information that will be presented includes;

Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop, Phonics, envisionMath2.0

What personal items are students able to bring to school? (What supplies are needed?)

  • Our classrooms are well supplied. Teachers may ask for students to come to school prepared to learn. If there are specific items teachers will post lists on the school webpage School Supply lists will be posted here. These lists will be updated over the summer.

What do I do if my child is late to school or needs to go home early?

  • Students may be dismissed early from school in the case of illness or emergency. If you know in advance that you will need to have your child dismissed early, it would be helpful if you could contact the school in writing or by phone. When you come in to pick up your child, it is important that you sign them out in the office. No child will be dismissed to an individual other than their parent unless the school has written permission and the individual can be properly identified (drivers license).

  • In the event that the school requests an early dismissal (due to inclement weather, student illness etc.), it is the obligation of the parent to make sure that prior arrangements have been made with a relative, neighbor or other responsible adult to be responsible for the welfare of the child. It is impossible for the school to contact every parent in the case of an early dismissal due to snow or other uncontrollable factors.

Do you offer before school and after school childcare?

  • Each school houses a privately run day care. The before school hours begin at 7:00am, while afternoon hours begin at the close of school and end at 6:00pm. Informational packets can be requested from The Greater Derry Extended Daycare Program 603-818-1008 or The packets will include a description of the programs and their fees.

What is the school policy when there is severe weather?

  • School Cancellations are announced on TV channels 9 (WMUR) and 6 (school channel), also on the radio WGIR.

  • Please do not call the Office of the Superintendent in the case of snow.

  • An AlertNow message will be sent.

How do I get in touch with the teacher?

  • Communication between home and school is important. Please feel free to contact us and we will feel free to contact you about concerns for your  child.

  • School Newsletter, School webpage, Kindergarten webpage

  • Parent-teacher conferences, report cards, progress reports

  • Email, AlertNow

  • Check your child’s folder each day for classroom communications

  • Trimester schedule for report cards - Dec, March, June

How do you join the PTA?

Have you joined our PTA?

PTA membership is open to anyone with a relationship to the school. Parents, teachers, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, former parents, and alumni are all welcome. Now it's easier than ever to sign up with your credit card.

PTA membership cards are normally sent home in the associated child's folder. If you would like to receive your membership card a different way, please fill out the "Additional Instructions" field during checkout. At checkout you will also be asked for your email and a mailing address, which are required by NH PTA records.

Please fill out the boxes with the information of the student with whom you'd like us to send your membership card home.

PTA Membership is $10 per person, and goes to support NH State PTA, National PTA in addition to our own school.

Memberships are per adult.


More Questions?

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 contact me at 603-432-1233 or or