DVS Week 12/40 | NOV 12 - NOV 16, 2018

Focus for November: I can adjust to the unexpected and be a flexible thinker.

Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday, November 12, 2018

  • NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • Grade 4 and 5 Combined Chorus Practice 7:45am
  • PTA Meeting 6:30pm

Wednesday November 14, 2018

  • Band Practice 7:45am
  • PTA Destination Imagination [Ludman] 3-5pm

Thursday November 15, 2018

  • Grade 4 and 5 Combined Chorus Practice 7:45am
  • PTA Destination Imagination [Pearson] 3-5pm

Friday November 16, 2018

  • Band Practice 7:45am

Saturday November 17, 2018

  • Holiday Fair 9-3pm

News from Education Land

November 2018 Newsletter [See below]

Jesse Lewis Choose Love MovementTM

A discussion with Scarlett Lewis about the Jesse Lewis Choose Love MovementTM and the FREE Pre K – 12th grade social emotional learning curriculum that teaches educators and their students how to choose love in any circumstance. People become connected, resilient and empowered when they Choose Love.

Scarlett Lewis, founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love MovementTM after her 6-year-old son, “Jesse” was murdered in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook elementary school. Over the past 5 years, she has tirelessly spread the Choose Love message around the world. Most recently, she presented the program to the current Administration as THE solution to many of the issues our youth are facing today, such as: gun violence, bullying, substance abuse and other mental illnesses.

Visit for more information. See the Flyer here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Gilbert H. Hood Middle School 3:30pm. Address: 5 Hood Road, Derry, NH. RSVP:

The DVS Ski Club sign up now

Register here:

Click here to obtain more information and directions on how to register your child (Grades 2-5 only) with the McIntyre Ski School. DVS Ski Club will be held on Mondays, starting on January 7th and go until February, 11th.

Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

Registration opens November 1, 2018. Please call the school to set up an appointment on November 1. More information can be found on the school district home page

Fisher Cats Reading Challenge

At Derry Village we are doing the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge. Students are challenged to read five (5) books outside of the normal curriculum during the school year. The students who complete the challenge will earn two (2) tickets to a 2019 New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at a special "Reading Challenge" celebration. Plus, each participant will get to play catch on the field at a game they choose to attend.

Mark Your Calendar

Nov 12 NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day

Nov 13 PTA Meeting 6:30pm

Nov 17 Holiday Fair

Nov 19 DCSD Budget Meeting 6:30pm

Nov 20 PALS 3-4pm

Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29 Trimester 2 begins

Dec 3 DCSD Budget Meeting 6:30pm

Dec 6 NO. SCHOOL Parent Conferences

Dec 7 Sunshine Math due

Dec 7 Secret Santa Night 6:30pm

Dec 13 Spanish Club 3-4pm

Dec 13 Reflections Event at Coffee Factory 6:30pm

November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

November has begun and as we rake our leaves and prepare our houses for the coming cold we begin an exciting and busy part of the school year. For me Mo-vember begins and I will grow a mustache this month! Anyone care to join me?

At school the PTA has some exciting events planned including; a Holiday Fair, a Holiday Parade and we will have some time with our families for Thanksgiving. We invite our whole school community to take part in all of these events.

Coming up next month we will have Parent conferences. This is a great time to meet with your child’s teacher to check on progress at school.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish, on behalf of all the staff at Derry Village, that all families have a most wonderful Thanksgiving with every joy, happiness and success for the year to come.

Yours in education,

Chris McCallum

Arrival Reminders

Attendance. 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 (preferably before 9:00 AM) and inform us that your child will not be in attendance.

Attendance Policy. The attendance can be read in full online at EPS Code: JH (ATTENDANCE, TARDINESS AND TRUANCY POLICY)

Morning Arrival. Please remember that students are not allowed access to the building until 8:25am, when the doors open and supervision begins. (8:20am for breakfast). Students who arrive before this time are not supervised. Your child’s safety is a high priority. We are asking for your help by bringing your child at, or after, 8:25am.

Color Run

The Fall fundraiser ended with a color explosion... this was a unique and fantastic way to end the fundraiser this year. The weather was perfect, everyone was in good spirits and the color was flying everywhere. This was a great community event provided by the PTA. Thank you to Victoria Little and the PTA Volunteers. Another great job.

Kindergarten Registration

It is registration time for next year’s Kindergarten. Registration begins on November 1 and continues through the month of November. Call the office 432-1233 to set up an appointment to complete the registration process. More details can be found on the School District website

School Closures

It is the intent of the Derry Cooperative School District to keep school in session under most weather conditions. However, if severe weather conditions are known by 6:00 AM, school may be closed or a delayed opening procedure will be followed.

Please check the following websites for more information during inclement weather - or the Derry Cooperative School District website or tune into any of the following radio stations for weather updates : WDER - AM 1320, WGIR-AM 61, WZID - FM 95.7, WHOB - FM 106.3, WOKQ FM 97.5, or also WMUR - TV Channel 9, WCVB 5, WLVI 56, WBZ 4, WHDH 7 or Comcast users Channel 6 or 17 (local stations)

Try also the Channel 6 webpage

Please make sure the office has current contact details for our PowerSchool announcements.

Health Spotlight: Common Cold and the Flu

Cold and Flu season is upon us once again. Both the Common Cold and the Flu (Influenza) are caused by viruses. The symptoms of the Common Cold are often more mild and can include:

  • a stuffy/runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • watery eyes
  • possibly a fever

The symptoms of the Flu (Influenza) are similar but often more severe including;

  • Fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • dry cough
  • muscle aches
  • extreme fatigue
  • gastro-intestinal symptoms (more common among children than adults) such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The Flu shot is the primary method of preventing the flu, but there are some common sense things you can do to prevent a cold or the flu.

  • Get plenty of rest and fluids
  • Wash hands frequently and after exposure to nasal secretions,
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and
  • Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after fever resolution (<100 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications.

For more information call your school nurse or refer to NH DHHS fact sheet on the flu:

In health, Mrs. Klardie [School nurse]

Safety Drills

Our school regularly participates in safety drills, such as fire drills and lock down drills. These drills are designed to assist us in continually improving upon our programs and safety procedures and we continue to work diligently to ensure student safety and well being each day.

Running Club

On Saturday, October 13 fourth and fifth graders participated in the Greater Derry Elementary Fun Run at Pinkerton Academy. This great community event allows our fourth and fifth graders the opportunity to learn about fitness concepts, training, setting goals and challenging themselves. They learn how to pace themselves and how to run a mile, improving every week and trying their best.

Ms. Waterhouse and Ms. Studer would like to thank all those who participated in running club this year and congratulate those who ran in the race on Saturday. All DVS students represented their school well and should be proud of the race they ran. We had some students who did very well:

4th grade boys; 2nd Breydon F, 3rd Brandon W.

5th grade girls; 3rd Rebecca K, 5th Sara R

Congratulations to the medal winners and thanks to all for the hard work this season.


Do you like football, basketball, or soccer? Well, you may LOVE lacrosse! Attend this FREE clinic to learn the fundamentals of lacrosse in a fun and engaging environment. No equipment necessary. Register at:, show up, and learn! Attend some or all three clinics.

* (For new players from Derry, Auburn and Chester only). Sponsored by: Derry Youth Lacrosse Association and the Derry Parks and Recreation Department.

November 28th, December 5th & 12th at SPORTSZONE in Derry. Grades Pre-K - 4: 5 PM - 6 PM. Grades 5-8: 6 PM - 7 PM

Benchmark Assessment

Did you know? The Fountas and Pinnell (F & P) Benchmark Assessment System is administered to all students each fall and spring. A benchmark assessment system is a series of texts that are used to identify a student's current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time.

WEE Deliver Stamp Contest Winners

Congrats to all the winners. Their stamp will be displayed in the hallway for the year. Thank you to all the kids who entered, there were so many great and creative stamps! If you want your entry back they will be in available in labeled bins in the cafeteria on Monday. K-Natalie R (Ward PM), 1-Eva G (Rokes), 2- Grace K (Lacroix), 3 Abby D (Cobban), 4 Rosa C (Wanders), 5 Sarah P (Landry).

Thanksgiving and Christmas

The Derry Community Fund is offering Thanksgiving baskets to income eligible families. Food pick up will take place on Friday, November 16th (4:00-7:00 PM) OR Saturday, November 17th (9:00 -11:00 AM) at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Christmas shopping will take place on Friday, December 7th (12:00-6:00 PM) OR Saturday, December 8th (9:00-11:00 AM).You may print out an application at: or email questions to * If your family has been accepted by another organization, the DCF will not be able to provide Christmas shopping for your family.

Salvation Army also offers Christmas assistance. Please call 434-7790 to make an appointment


Derry Village is once again assisting the Derry Community Fund in their efforts to make the holidays a little more enjoyable for some Derry families.

Suggested donations: Kindergarten &amp; First Grade: Jello. Second Grade: Boxed Breads (Pumpkin, Banana, or Apple). Third Grade: Boxed Potatoes. Fourth Grade: Cranberry Sauce. Fifth Grade: Canned Gravy

If you or someone you know is in need of holiday assistance, applications are available at the Human Service Office on the first floor of the Municipal Building in Derry or through your Home to School Coordinator.


If your child is in need of winter outerwear or boots, please call Alicia Triplett, LMFT, school social worker at 260-2793. Community resources are available to assist with these items.

Free Parent Workshop: How To Be An Effective Participant At Your Child’s IEP Meeting?

November 8, 2018 from 6:30– 8:00 pm at Gilbert Hood Middle School

Presenter: Angela Kouroyen, SPED Solutions, LLC.

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop. Pre-registration will ensure that we have sufficient materials for all participants. To pre-register please contact Maryellen Taglilatela at the Derry Cooperative School District (603) 432-1210 or If you require special accommodations please specify when registering. Please note that the school district will be recording this workshop for future viewing. Childcare will not be provided.

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