Archived News 2020-2021

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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