Archived News 2020-2021

News for February 2021

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.

Travel Guidance

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

School District Now Hiring

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:

News for January 2021

Remote Students Breakfast and Lunches

Posted 01/31/2021

If your child is fully remote and you would like to be provided with breakfasts and lunches each week, please contact our kitchen directly. They are happy to make arrangements with your family. Their direct number is 437-3570 and email is . As always, do not hesitate to contact the office at 432-1233. Have a great weekend, Melanie Curren Assistant Principal

Travel Guidance

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 your school nurse 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

Bandwidth Issues 1/25/2021

Posted 01/26/2021

Dear Families,

This letter is concerning the intermittent Internet access that occurred throughout the day at some of our school buildings. We were very excited today to begin utilizing the upgraded bandwidth and reconfiguration of our fiber network, and early in the morning we were encouraged by initial bandwidth figures. Unfortunately, as more schools came online it became apparent that Gilbert H. Hood was receiving the complete allocation of bandwidth and reducing bandwidth from the other buildings.

The technology team has been working collaboratively throughout today with our Internet provider, network consultant, and building principals to monitor and correct the situation. At this time we have identified the issue and expect to solve the problem before school begins tomorrow. Thank you for your support and understanding.


Dr. Clifton Dancy

Director of Information Services

Pick Up Patrol

Posted 01/25/2021

If you would like to be included in PickUp Patrol we would ask that you complete this form.

Once the system is activated you will receive a “Welcome to Pickup Patrol” email with login instructions that will allow easier, safer dismissals!

For more information click here

Timely Tech Talks: Submitting a Tech Support Request

Posted 12/1/2020, re-Posted 01/20/2021

Timely Tech Talks are back and here's the first for 2020-2021. Here is how parents can submit a technology help request to get help with their child's devices. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Returning Students Art Supply Pick Up

Posted 01/06/2021


This is Mr. Burns, the art teacher at DVS. This Thursday January 7, 2021 I will be hosting an art supply pick up for those students returning from the Alternative Remote Plan. All students/families returning from the Alternative Remote Plan are welcome to pick up a pre-made art kit to use on upcoming art lessons. Pick up is optional, if students have supplies at home they would rather use during remote learning that is fine as well. All unclaimed packets will be given to students upon return to in-person learning. Each packet includes paper and basic drawing/coloring supplies. For more information you may contact me by email at

Best, Jonathan Burns

DCSD Zoom Authentication

Posted 01/05/2021

Dear families,

Tomorrow we will be instituting a change in our Zoom login procedure. This change should simplify the process of logging into Zoom by eliminating the need to enter a screen name. If your child is logged into a Chromebook or into their Google Classroom account, clicking the Zoom link will automatically open Zoom and populate their first and last name as it appears in their Google Classroom and Gmail. Students will no longer be able to change their screen name in Zoom. Some may continue to see a screen to enter a screen name, but this name will not carry into the session. If your child is prompted to select a Google account, they should choose their school account as outside accounts will not be allowed into the Zoom session. It is possible that you will not even notice the change, however we wanted to alert you in the event that you do see anything different from the usual login procedure. If you do experience problems or have other issues with your device, please use the Remote Learning Technology Help Form and a technician will contact you as soon as possible.

Hoping you’re enjoying the new year!

Dr. Clifton Dancy

Director of Information Services

Derry Cooperative School District

Lunch Monitors

Posted 12/31/2020

We are looking to hire Lunch Monitor staff. Are you interested or do you know someone interested?

5 days a week (M-F) for three hours, 10:45am-1:45pm.

Days and times negotiable.

Call the school if you are interested or have questions.

Coffee With the Principals

Posted 12/18/2020, Re-posted 12/31/2020

Every Friday morning the principals will be available from 8:30am-9:00am for parents to access via an open zoom link to meet and talk about whatever comes up!! The link can be found on the school calendar.

Lucky’s January STEM Family Challenge

Posted 12/23/2020, Re-posted 12/31/2020

Theme: The New Year Ball Drop

This month we will celebrate the beginning of 2021, so why not build your own version of the New Year's Eve Ball Drop!

Lucky’s January STEM Family Challenge

News for December 2020

Trimester 2 Reporting

Posted 12/18/2020

Progress Reports- January 20, 2021 (only one this trimester)

Grades Close- March 12, 2021

Report Cards- March 19, 2021

Students Re-Entering the Building

Posted 12/18/2020

Some students will be re-entering the building on January 5, 2020.

Some students have been recommended by their educational teams to participate in face-to-face instruction. For students identified as in need of special education, their IEP Teams made recommendations for the student to participate in on-site face-to-face instruction.

Students entering the building will need to complete the following each day;

In addition to the health assessment all children will have their temperatures taken upon entering the building.

DVS School Library

Posted 12/14/2020

Check out our new Library webpage.

ARLP Students Back to Home Schools

Posted 12/16/2020

“All ARLP students will be with their current teachers during the transition period from Monday, December 14 to Wednesday, December 23. The last day of the ARLP will be December 23. As of Monday, January 4, all ARLP students will return remotely to their teacher or team of teachers from their assigned elementary or middle school. The transition process includes an opportunity for all students currently in the ARLP to meet their teacher or team of teachers.” - DCSD Statement to families

Please contact the school if your child has not been contacted by a Derry Village School teacher.

Meet and Greet December 21

On December 21 a "Meet and Greet" day has been arranged across the District for students in the ARLP to meet their teach and classmates in a virtual meeting.

Holiday Spirit Week

Posted 12/10/2020

Monday December 14 Winter Hats and Scarf Day

(Stay warm by wearing a cozy hat and scarf)

Tuesday December 15 Christmas Color Day

(Wear festive clothing/colors/ or a holiday sweater)

Wednesday December 16 Holiday Character Day

(Dress as your favorite holiday character)

Thursday December 17 Polar Express and PJ Day

(Wear pjs and enjoy hot cocoa at lunch with the Polar Express)

Friday December 18 Grinch Day/Green Day

(Dress as the Grinch or just dress in green)

Polar Express and Pajama Day

Posted 12/10/2020

Polar Express and Pajama Day Thu, Dec 17, 2020

On this day we will all be in our PJs and drinking hot chocolate together.

Hot chocolate will be made available at the school.

Come by on Wed, Dec 16 between 3pm-4pm to pick up your hot chocolate

Chromebooks, How Long Do We Keep Them?

Posted 12/1/2020

The Derry Cooperative School District recognizes the need to teach our students in a relevant way that allows daily access to the resources and tools of the Internet. To that end, we are excited to announce that our 1:1 Chromebook initiative has been rolled out across the District. Chromebooks have been distributed to every student. These Chromebooks will be kept throughout the school year by the students.

Winter Playground

Posted 12/1/2020

For your information: Temperatures including wind chill are considered before sending students out to the playground for recess. When the temperature falls below 20F, taking into account windchill, students are typically kept indoors. This year teachers may take students outside for a short amount of time.

As a reminder to parents on days when there is snow on the playground be sure to send your child to school with coat, gloves, hat, snow pants and boots.

Timely Tech Talks: Submitting a Tech Support Request

Posted 12/1/2020

Timely Tech Talks are back and here's the first for 2020-2021. Here is how parents can submit a technology help request to get help with their child's devices. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

News for November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted 11/23/2020

We 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.

We are truly thankful for the way you have prepared your children for face-to-face and remote learning. We are thankful for your on-going support of the school and staff. We are thankful that our whole community is working together to educate our children.

(Mr. McCallum and Mrs. Curren)

Free and Reduced Meal Application

Posted 11/23/2020

All full meals that are served at school from now until the end of the school year in June are FREE for every student....actually every child in Derry under the age of 19, no matter their financial circumstances.

We would like families who would likely qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Meals in a "normal" school year to still fill out an application.

(Click for flyer here)

It's more than a meal application

Even with free meals for your school district in 2020-2021, it is still important to submit a free/reduced price meal application.

Completing an application takes less than 10 minutes and application information remains private and confidential. Only one application per household is needed.

Meal Applications may be downloaded from your school's website or obtained from the district's food service director.



  1. After School Academic & Enrichment Programs

  2. Free/Reduced meal 30 day rollover for the next school year.

  3. State and Federal Funding for School Budgets

  4. Fund computers and technology at home and for your school.

  5. Fee Waivers for College Applications & Admissions tests

  6. Resources for Classrooms, Teachers, & Children

Distributed by NH DOE, Office of Nutrition Programs and Services November 2020. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

(Click for flyer here)

If you need help completing this application please contact Mrs. Soucy or Mrs. Dors in the front office on 432-1233.

Arrival Reminders

Posted 11/23/2020

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. In the remote setting communication with the teacher is important. Please inform the teacher if your child will is unable to participate in remote learning on any given day.

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 unable to access the building until 8:30am, when the doors open and supervision begins. 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 to school at, or after, 8:30am.

Holiday Travel Reminder

Posted 11/23/2020

Derry Cooperative School District Roadmap to Reopening Schools, July 28, 2020 (Last Update: October 22, 2020).

“Asymptomatic persons reporting close contact with someone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, or who report travel-related risk should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure or return from travel” (NH Hampshire Grades K-12 Back-to-School Guidance, p. 6).

As of 7.25.2020, travel-related risk is defined as traveling outside New England (outside NH, VT, ME, MA, CT, RI).

Any student who has traveled in the prior 14 days outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island should not be at school.

K-3 Take Home Laptops

Posted 11/19/2020

Dear families,

This is a super exciting time. We are anticipating a shipment of Chromebooks (laptops) this week. The goal is to send home laptops with K-3 students on Friday, November 20, 2020.

This email is to give you some information regarding the laptops that students will be able to bring home.

We understand the learning curve will be steep and we will use the remote day on Monday, November 23, 2020 as a day to iron out the wrinkles we will encounter. We have reviewed some basics with students during the school day in the classroom and Technology room. Teachers will be available via email during the day to help families become more comfortable using the laptop. When students return to school we will continue to build up the skills needed to use the laptop as an instructional tool.

Students have been practicing in a limited fashion how to access Google Classroom which will be the main platform for accessing work and the zoom links for video conferencing.

Here is some basic information for you...

Loan Agreement

A signed Student/Parent Loan Agreement will be required for all students participating in the 1:1 program. This program started with all 5th grade students in the 2019-2020 school year. This year, 2020-2021 it has continued with Grade 4 and Grade 5 students. We are now pleased to announce that all students K-3 will be issued a Chromebook, charger and a protective sleeve.

Device Damage and Charges

Students are responsible for caring for the device checked out to them. If an accident occurs, costs may be incurred as outlined in the handbook (see link below) in accordance with School Board policy JQ.

Protecting Students at School

Student safety remains a priority for the District. We feel the best way to keep students safe online is to teach them to be safe consumers of technology. The District uses curriculum to teach digital citizenship and online safety to all students. In addition, each building employs content filters that are set to CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) standards. These filters are updated nightly to block inappropriate sites and content. Because of the nature of the Internet, no content filter is foolproof. Although the content filter will provide a degree of protection to the user and the device, the user assumes responsibility for accessing content that is not school related, whether blocked by the filter at that particular time or not.

Protecting Students at Home

We believe that online safety and digital citizenship should not end when a student leaves school. It is an expectation that students follow all District guidelines for technology usage when accessing the District technology resources away from school. We encourage families to discuss online safety and District expectations at home as described earlier in this handbook.

Device Guidelines

  • You are solely responsible for your device, keep it safe at all times.You should be the only person logging in to your device.

  • Carry your device with both hands or in the provided sleeve.

  • Always set your device on a flat surface to use it.

  • Keep food and drinks away. Do not eat or drink while using your device. Instead of having food or drink at your computer, take a study break.

  • You are only allowed to download or install any apps, extensions, or other materials approved by the District.

  • Keep your device clean; use a cleaning cloth to wipe your screen.

  • Charge your device every night; look for the charging light.

  • Keep your device away from pets.

  • Save all your work to Google Drive.

  • Please do not:

    • share passwords.

    • swap or share with another student.

    • record video, audio or photos on school property without District permission.

    • leave items, such as headphones or pencils, inside the laptop when closing.

    • leave your device in a car.

    • store your device with the lid open.

    • remove District asset tags or stickers.

    • place heavy objects on your device since this can cause your screen to crack over time.

Click here for a more detailed description (and troubleshooting tips) of the above can be found here.

This is an exciting time, please reach out to the classroom teacher if you are having any difficulties accessing Google Classroom.

NOTE: We require a completed Loan Agreement in order to send home the Chromebook. These were sent home with your child. Here is a copy of the agreement.

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

Posted 11/16/2020

Kindergarten registration for 2021-2022 will begin on Monday, November 16, 2020 (Letter to Parents/Guardians, Flyer).

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Kindergarten registration for 2021-2022 will begin on Monday, November 16, 2020. This process must be completed for your child to be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Required documents can be photographed and uploaded electronically. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an appointment with the school should be made if documents need to be delivered in person.

Registration Process

  1. Go to the 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration page click here. Please note that your child must have been born October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016 to be eligible for Kindergarten.

  2. Complete the online 2021-2022 Kindergarten Student Registration process.

  3. If you do not have Internet access, please call your child’s prospective school for assistance.

  4. Parents registering their child for next year’s kindergarten will be asked to return to the registration in the summer to update forms and agreements.

Information required for Kindergarten registration:

  • Parent/Guardian

  • Emergency Contact(s)

  • Student Information

  • Household Information

  • Medical Information

  • Birth Certificate*

  • Proof of Residency*

*Photos of documents may be uploaded in the registration process or brought to the school by appointment.

Please call Derry Village School 603-432-1233 if you have any questions.

We look forward to having your child in full-day Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year.

More information Kindergarten Registration

Veteran's Day

Posted 11/09/2020

For Veteran's Day this year we would like to honor military veterans connected to Derry Village on our webpage.

If you would like to send us your name, a picture of yourself (during military service), the Armed Service, your rank, and anything else you might want to include we will post it on the webpage.

This would be open to all family members past and present, immediate family and extended family, connected to Derry Village.

Send the information to your child's classroom teacher or Mr. Chris McCallum (Principal) at

REMINDER: There is NO SCHOOL on Veterans Day.

Holiday Assistance

Posted 11/05/2020

If you can believe it, the Holidays are right around the corner! Each year we reach out to all of our families at Derry Village to offer assistance during the holiday season. There are a few different options to receive assistance. Community resources include The Derry Community Fund and the Salvation Army. These resources can be contacted directly for assistance. Additionally, we at Derry Village offer help and support to families in need. If you are unable to access either community organization, we would like to help! Please send an email to me at to request assistance. Please include: 1. The names of all children in your household, their ages, sizes, clothing needs, and gift wishes. 2. Total number of family members in the home. We ask that you do not access more than one organization for support as we would like to help as many families as possible. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

68 Hours of Hunger

Posted 11/05/2020

There is an opportunity for DVS families to have access to a special program. 68 Hours of Hunger is an organization that provides weekly food bags for our families free of charge. If your family is in need of assistance and would like a bag of food sent home with your child weekly, please contact Mrs. Curren at or at 432-1233. We hand out the bags in a very discreet way in order to maintain the confidentiality of our students and families.

Winter Coats

Posted 11/05/2020

Re/max Innovative Properties and Pinkerton Interact Club are hosting a Winter Coat Drive for Derry families. If your child(ren) would benefit from a new winter coat, please contact Alicia Triplett (District Home/School Coordinator) at 260-2793.

Coats sizes 2 through adult sizes are currently being collected at Derry locations such as the Derry Public Library, Marion Gerrish and Re/Max in Londonderry through November 14th if families would like to donate a new winter coat.

Superintendent's Video Message

Posted 11/02/2020

Good Afternoon Families of the Derry Cooperative School District:

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.

Superintendent's Video Message 10/30/2020

Remote Learning Day Monday, November 23

Posted 11/02/2020

The last day of trimester one is Monday, November 23rd, and that will be a fully remote learning day for all students. The following day, Tuesday, November 24th is a no school day for students. Teachers will be available for parent/guardian conferences, which will be 100% remote this year.

Alternative Remote Learning Plan (ARLP) Survey

Posted 11/02/2020

Trimester two will begin on Monday, November 30th. In preparation for the beginning of trimester two, a survey will be sent this coming Monday, November 2nd, to families of current students in the Alternative Remote Learning Plan (ARLP). The survey will be asking those families if they would like to move their child(ren) from remote learning to on-site instruction physically in the schools, or if they prefer to remain remote. Please note that the availability for students to come back on-site will be based on classroom capacity and the ability to maintain safe social-distancing. As of now, unless a family secures a doctor's note, we are no longer moving students into the ARLP.

The survey is due back no later than Monday, November 9th at 4:00pm, so we can begin any necessary reorganization to the ARLP and/or the on-site face-to-face instruction occurring in the buildings. If you have questions, please contact your home school administration.

Emergency Remote Learning Day Plan

Posted 11/02/2020

(Inclement weather and other situations)

Emergency Remote Learning Days will be called when weather conditions, or other situations, either limit safe travel to school or on-site learning in certain circumstances. These conditions allow for students to access learning activities digitally via internet resources. Emergency Remote Learning Days will mirror the approach we have taken to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

At the time of this writing, the Derry Cooperative School District is awaiting shipment of devices to supply students in grades K-3. The K-3 grade level plan below provides an alternative if the devices are not distributed in advance of an Emergency Remote Learning Day.

More details here

School Closures

Posted 11/02/2020

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted 11/02/2020

Parents/guardians are reminded that Parent-Teacher Conference time is fast approaching. Teachers will be reaching out to families to schedule a virtual meeting time to meet on November 24.

There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Tuesday, November 24. This day is dedicated to parent/teacher conferences. Your child’s teacher will send home information about scheduling a time to meet via video conference. Please be sure to contact the teacher if you have not heard from them in the next couple of weeks. These 10-15 minute conferences will be used to discuss your child’s progress during the first trimester.

In addition to the classroom and special education teachers, our PACE teacher, Mrs. Peters, our Unified Arts teachers, Ms. Studer, Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Burns will also be available during this day to meet with you.

Importance of Parent Conferences

Posted 11/02/2020

Research shows that family engagement improves school readiness, student achievement, and social skills. Parents and the school have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers. How should you follow up after the Parent Conference?

Make a plan (of how to help your child). Schedule another time to talk (if needed). Talk to your child.

Thanksgiving Break

Posted 11/02/2020

School will not be in session on Tuesday, November 24th through Friday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted 11/02/2020

Registration for 2021-2022 Kindergarten will begin mid-November. Please call the School (603) 432-1233 if you have a student to register for Kindergarten. Stay tuned more information.

News for October 2020

Free and Reduced Meals

Posted 10/23/2020

Applications for Free and Reduced Lunch can be found here

Children need healthy meals to learn. The Derry Cooperative School District offers healthy meals every school day.

Breakfast costs $1.50; lunch costs $2.80 Elementary and $3.00 Middle.

Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is FREE for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Below are some common questions and answers to aid in the process of determining your child’s eligibility.

Breakfast, Lunch, Recess at Derry Village

Open Positions

Posted 10/19/2020

At this time we are still looking to hire staff in a number of areas. Are you interested or do you know someone interested in any of the following positions?

  1. Lunch Monitors, 5 days a week for three hours, 10:45am-1:45pm.

  2. Title 1 Math Tutor

  3. Special Education Assistants

  4. Substitute teachers

  5. Substitute nurses

Emergency Remote Learning Days

Posted 10/15/2020

Please see the attached document detailing plans for the Emergency Remote Learning Days, formerly known as Blizzard Bag Days. Emergency Remote Learning Days will be called when weather conditions, or other situations, either limit safe travel to school or on-site learning in certain circumstances. These conditions allow for students to access learning activities digitally via internet resources. Emergency Remote Learning Days will mirror the approach we have taken to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Click here for more details.

Annual Pumpkin Painting/Clean up

Posted 10/15/2020

The Derry Village PTA would like to invite you to our annual pumpkin painting/clean up event on Saturday October 24th from 1-4 pm. We understand times are different compared to previous years and felt that this was a safe activity that the kids could participate in. There will be some pumpkins available to paint that we would love to decorate the school with, and you are welcome to bring your own pumpkin to decorate for your home. You may also bring your own paintbrushes if you would prefer. While the kids paint we invite any adults to come help with the fall clean up (mainly blowing off the leaves) so backpack blowers are welcome!

NHSAS Interim Assessment "Opt Out Letter"

Posted 10/12/2020

PTA Fundraiser

Posted 10/12/2020


The DVS “Contact Free” Fall fundraiser is Oct 9 to Oct 22. All orders will be placed online through or by downloading the app (MyFundR Fundraising). School ID is MF1032537. See the attached flier for details on this event. Please help us make this fundraiser successful! For more information, contact Maunie Royce at

Chromebook Message to K-3 Parents

Posted 10/12/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in PreKindergarten through Grade 3: As you may be aware, the School District’s shipment of Chromebooks has been significantly delayed. When considering the possibility of inclement weather and/or transitioning between instructional models, we need to continually plan for possible remote instruction. In the event any changes occur prior to the arrival of our Chromebooks, we would like to know how many students have a personal computing device available in order to access instruction and assignments. Please complete the information below and return to your classroom teacher by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Thank you for your continued support. (Child has a device at home that can be used for remote learning: Yes___ No____)

Halloween 2020 at Derry Village

Posted 10/12/2020

For Halloween this year... Students are encouraged to bring in their own Halloween snack, as there will not be any sharing of food items. This year there are no masks or costumes for students. Staff will be organizing Halloween related activities during the day for their classrooms. Students can wear Halloween related clothing. Just no costumes.

National Dental Hygiene Month

Posted 10/12/2020

The staff at the Children’s Dental Network hope you and your families had an enjoyable summer! Our dental program is operating in alternate locations this fall as our schools manage the restrictions of Covid-19. If your child needs dental care due to lack of a current dentist, no dental insurance or lost employment, please consider completing a dental permission form. Your child may qualify for free dental care. Our school-based dental program has provided dental care in the community for 27 years. We are supported by the Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the Alexander Eastman Foundation. If you would like to learn more about our program and access a permission form please visit: or call us at 603-434-2327.

Wear Orange October 21

Posted 10/12/2020

Wear Orange on OCTOBER 21 to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

News for September 2020

Bus Evacuation Drill [Posted 9/28/2020]

Bus evacuation drills will take place on Monday, September 28. As many pupils ride on school buses, it is essential that all be taught emergency evacuation procedures. In a crisis situation, pupils who have been properly trained in how to evacuate a school bus will be less likely to panic and cause danger or harm by jumping out of the bus or blocking exits trying to get out at the same time. (NH Law Saf-C 13-3.05 defines the regulation on Emergency Drills.)

School Pictures [Posted 9/28/2020]

School pictures will be pushed out to the Spring. Information and a schedule will be published as the spring draws closer.

New Windows [Posted 9/28/2020]

You may have noticed that new windows have been installed in the Grade 4/Grade 5 wing of the building. The windows are now installed and they have added so much more ventilation and light into the classrooms. These windows are a wonderful addition.

Virtual Parent Information Night [Posted 9/21/2020]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6:00pm - 7:15pm. Derry Village School will be hosting a virtual Parent Informational Night on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. General information about curriculum, classroom procedures, and expectations will be shared by your child’s teacher. Be on the lookout for a Zoom invitation from your child’s teacher. Two duplicate sessions will be held so that parents who have multiple children can “visit” the other classroom.

    • Session #1 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm

    • Session #2 - 6:45pm - 7:15pm

Our Unified Arts teachers, and our PACE teacher will also be available for you to visit their open Zoom sessions during the same times as above or as indicated. Please save the Zoom links below for your reference. Unified Arts - Zoom Link - Passcode: 61FMP0. PACE, Mrs. Dorothy Peters, 6:30-6:45pm - Zoom Link - Passcode: 887353

The Children’s Dental Network [Posted 9/21/2020]

Many children missed out on the school dental services they normally receive in the spring. The Children's Dental Network is working diligently to prepare for the 2020-21 school year so they can continue to provide dental services to children in the community without access to dental care. More information here If your child does not have access to dental care for any reason, please complete and sign the attached permission form and return it to school. We hope your child will receive treatment at school this year but we will contact you to make other arrangements if needed. Permission Form here

Masks [Posted 9/14/2020]

We are writing to inform you that a generous group of families and community members, organized by Lisa Hultgren, a longtime DCSD parent, have graciously conducted a mask drive to support the students and families of the Derry Cooperative School District. The group has been hard at work making masks for children who may be in need of an additional mask. We are most grateful for their incredible generosity and kindness. These masks will be given to students during the school day if they require a replacement mask and will also be distributed based on a first-come, first- served basis upon family request. If your child might be in need of a mask, please contact our Home to School Coordinators Lee Holder at or Alicia Tripplet Thank you to our entire Derry community for your amazing support of the Derry Cooperative School District!

Pick Up Patrol [Posted 9/7/2020]

Last week Pick Up Patrol began. This system allows you to make dismissal changes for your child from your computer or mobile device or phone. If you would like to opt into the program complete this form:

Some helpful tips: Masks

Please make sure that your child's mask fits comfortably. Students whose masks are too tight pull on their ears and those too loose keep falling below their nose.

Library Books

We are asking for the return of library books you may have at home. Many books were not returned after remote learning in the spring. If you have a library book at home you can send that in with your child or drop it off at the office.

Grade 3 Chromebooks

When Grade 3 students return to school on Monday, September 8, 2020 they are asked to return their Chromebook. Students will be reissued with a new Chromebook once the new ones that have been ordered are delivered to the School District.

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