DVS Week 25/40 MAR 1 - MAR 5, 2021

Calendar: What's Happening at DVS This Week?

Monday, March 1, 2021

  • School resumes with Plan A (w/ synchronous teaching and learning)

  • Read Across America: Wear Fun Socks

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • Read Across America: Wear Green or Eggs or Ham

Wednesday March 3, 2021

  • Condensed Schedule Wednesday 12pm Dismissal

  • Read Across America: Wear something wacky

  • PTA Meeting 6:30pm

Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • Read Aloud Day

  • Read Across America: Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • Read Across America: Wear a shirt with a positive message.

Coming Up ...

  • Mar 9 Voting: Town of Derry

  • Mar 11 Trimester 2 Grades Close

  • Mar 12 Trimester 3 Begins

  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day

  • Mar 19 Trimester 2 Report Card Home

News for March 2021

Summer Camp Expo

Posted 03/05/2021

Summer Camp Expo on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Falls Event Center, 21 Front Street, Manchester. Representatives from local summer camps and programs will be available to provide information and answer questions. Camp categories include adventure and travel, educational, arts and crafts, performing arts, science and nature, dance, gymnastics and movement, sports and fitness, special needs and early childhood. Day and overnight camps will be represented. Visit the ParentingNH website for more information.

Return to School: Condensed Schedule Wednesdays

Re-Posted 03/03/2021, Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Posted 02/17/2021

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with updated information regarding a revised condensed Wednesday schedule.

  • The schedule involves each Wednesday from March 17th - May 19th.

  • The dates are: March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, May 5, May 12, and May 19.

  • Students will have on-site and/or live remote instruction in the morning, followed by lunch and independent work related to morning instruction at home in the afternoon.

  • Students are welcome to take home a free bagged lunch.

  • Middle School on-site students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.

  • Elementary School on-site students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm.

  • Derry Early Education Program (DEEP) - all students who attend school on Wednesdays will be remote in the morning.

Thank you for supporting your children, their school, and the District during these ever-changing times. Please contact your school’s main office if you have any questions.

Lunches on Condensed Wednesdays

Posted 03/03/2021

On condensed Wednesday schedules lunches will be given to students to take home. Students will not eat lunch at school on condensed Wednesday schedules.

Every Wednesday from March 3 until May 19 we will be following a condensed Wednesday schedule. (Exception: Only one exception to this schedule, March 10 will be a regular day)

Welcome Back to All Students

Posted 03/01/2021

Welcome Back! For those students coming back into the building for the first time this year, procedurally a great deal has changed since you were last with us in person. Please read through this information prior to your child’s first day back at DVS.

For Parents: What is a COVID Attestation Form?

Posted 02/24/2021

An attestation form is a document that serves as a declaration or statement of a certain information that it is true.

It will take the cooperation of everyone in the school community to implement the district's safety measures in accordance with the requirements of the back to school guidance from the New Hampshire Department of Education.

It is important that you fill out the health attestation form prior to your child starting school on Monday, March 1. This form only needs to be filled out once, and states that you will screen your child(ren) each day before they arrive at DVS.

Please note that if a child has any signs of illness, even if they are mild, they must be kept home, to protect the school and community at large.

Parent/Guardian Agreement/Attestation (Paper version)

Parent/Guardian Agreement/Attestation (Electronic version)

Derry Cooperative School District Calendar 2021-2022

Posted 02/24/2021

The 2021-2022 Derry Cooperative School District Calendar has been posted.

Click here to view the calendar.

The Calendar has been posted with other calendars and schedules here.

Return to School: What is involved in the transition from Plan B to Plan A?

Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Posted 02/17/2021

What is involved in the transition from Plan B to Plan A, Onsite with a synchronous component for remote students?

  • As it was in the fall during Plan A, fully onsite, student desks will be spaced at least three feet apart.

  • Face masks/coverings will continue to be required, and mask breaks will be provided with a minimum of six feet of spacing.

  • All students will remain in their assigned school with their assigned Derry Cooperative School District teacher or team of teachers, who will synchronously combine classroom learning with online learning

  • Independent and small group work will be provided to remote students and students in the classroom

  • Students who are currently attending onsite during Hybrid (groups 1, 2, and 3) will now attend onsite 5 days a week.

  • Students who have been participating remotely 5 days a week during Hybrid (Group 0) will continue to do so.

  • If families wish to change from attending onsite to fully remote or from fully remote to onsite, please fill out this (form) and you will be contacted by a school staff member.

Return to School: How will this impact school bus transportation?

Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Posted 02/17/2021
  • All school buses will return to their regular school bus routes and stops that were in place as of November 1st of this school year.

  • Please be aware that pickup and drop-off times may vary for the first few weeks of this transition as we make adjustments based on student ridership.

  • Seat assignments will be adjusted to accommodate the varied number of students.

  • Siblings will be assigned to sit in the same seat.

  • Students will be expected to follow the guidelines for school bus transportation as outlined in the original return to school plan.

Remote Learning Technology Help

Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Posted 02/15/2021

Are you aware that we have a tech help request form on the district website?

Remote Learning Technology Help

When parents fill this out, the request goes directly to a technician who responds in a timely manner. Please use this form when possible.

Read Across America and Virtual Read Aloud Day

Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Posted 02/15/2021

Read Across America celebrations have been planned at Derry Village School for March 1-5.

During Read Across America Week we will have "dress-up" options each day.

Thursday, Mar 4 will be a Virtual Read Aloud Day.

Traditionally we would have celebrity readers come to classrooms to read to students. This year as we socially distance and keep everyone safe we will be having a virtual Read Aloud Day.

The students will listen to a combination of live readings and recordings from Celebrity Readers and Staff Readers. We anticipate a fun day for students to hear adults read and show how important reading really is in our lives.

Note: This year we will go ahead with a virtual Book Fair, likely in April. Stay tuned.

School District Now Hiring

Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Posted 02/07/2021

The Derry Cooperative School District currently has openings for Custodians, Food Service workers, Substitutes and Educational Assistants. For a full list of openings and to apply online, please visit:

Travel Guidance

Re-Posted 03/01/2021, Re-Posted 02/07/2021, Posted 01/31/2021

Dear Derry Village Families,

With February vacation fast approaching, it is imperative that you inform our school office of any travel plans. This communication is very important in order to keep our school community safe, healthy and compliant with health guidelines.

The Derry Cooperative School District follows the NH Department of Health and Human Services travel recommendations. It is known that travel increases a person’s chance of getting COVID-19 through close contact with others or contaminated public surfaces. Residents of NH, including our students, need to self-quarantine for 10 days following the last date of any travel outside of the New England states of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.

Please contact the school nurse 432-1233 or if you need further information or have questions on the travel guidelines. Thank you.

All my best,

Colleen Klardie, RN , BSN

Derry Village School Nurse

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Announcing the DVS Book of the Year

"Ranger in Time"

by Kate Messner

Meet Ranger! He's a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble . . . and always saves the day!

Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can't officially pass the test because he's always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam's family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger's help more than they realize!

NH Top Teachers

Posted 1/8/2020

We are so happy to share that Grade 2 teacher Kelly Gagnon has been awarded one of five NH Top Teachers by Parenting NH Magazine.

Picture of Kelly Gagnon with students.

Kelly Gagnon has been a classroom teacher since 2009, and has taught all 10 years in the Derry School District. She also has a Master’s degree in Reading and Writing.

Kelly says: “Working with my second grade students is such a gift. They inspire me to be the best I can be. In my classroom, I want my students to know that anything is possible and feel comfortable and able to try new experiences. I enjoy their smiles each day and I learn at least as much from them as they do from me. Every child is different and it is rewarding to see them grow as learners and individuals in their own unique, special ways.”

Superintendent's Video Message October 30, 2020

Please enjoy this week’s video message. Special thanks are extended to all of our outstanding students and staff from Derry Village School, Principal Chris McCallum, and Media Director David Minkle for their significant contributions to this video message. Have a wonderful and safe weekend.