Archived News 2021-2022

February 2022 News

Family Communication: Face Covering Status Change

Posted 02/21/2022

This is a reminder of the status change to optional face coverings in Derry School District facilities beginning on Monday, February 21.

DCSD Substitute Rate of Pay

Posted 02/14/2022

Effective 2/14/22 the Derry Cooperative School board has raised the daily substitute rate of pay and the school based substitute rate of pay (school based subs are designated by district to work 4 days per week and based in one school).

  • The day to day substitute rate of pay has been increased to $105

  • The School Based substitute rate of pay has been increased to $115

  • The paraprofessional substitute rate of pay has been increased to $75

2022 Warrant for Deliberative School District

Posted 02/14/2022

Superintendent Search Committee

Posted 02/14/2022

The Derry School Board hired the NH School Boards Association to facilitate the superintendent search. We will be working with P. Alan Pardy of The Bryan Group.

Per the guidance, the Superintendent Search Committee has 12 members. The SAU office submitted seven names and one name was pulled out of a hat. The school-based administrators worked as a group and named the school administrators and parents. The respective unions were asked to name teachers and teaching assistants. The school board chair and vice chair chose the School Board representatives in discussion with individual members. We chose three members because we assign three members on all major committees.

The 12 members are:

  • 2 Teachers: Meg Morse-Barry, GHHMS; Kelly Carey, DVS

  • 2 Teaching Assistants: Cheryl Morin, EDMES; Kate Gleason, Grinnell and EPB

  • 3 School Board Members: Erika Cohen, Brenda Willis, Jessica Ring

  • 2 School-Based Administrators: Chris McCallum, DVS; Kim Carpentino, GHHMS

  • 2 Parents: Amity Ziegler, WRBMS; Michele Battaglia, EDMES

  • 1 SAU Employee: Jerold White, Assistant Director of Student Services

During the process, there will also be a chance for public input. Committee meetings are open to the public, but like all committee meetings, the public cannot comment.


Free and Reduced Meals

Posted 02/14/2022

Parents/guardians are reminded to apply for Free and Reduced Meals if you had done so last year, or if you believe you may qualify now. Applications can be found on the district website's Free and Reduced Meals page. Please contact Kristina Lubelczyk (, (603) 432-1231) if you need assistance completing the application. (Also, note that if a child qualifies for Free and Reduced Meals, they can get their breakfast for FREE saving a reduced meals child 30 cents per day.)

NH Dept of Ed ReKINDling Curiosity: Every NH Kid Goes to Camp

Posted 02/08/2022

NH students deserve a great summer

The New Hampshire Department of Education is partnering with New Hampshire camps and school-age summer programs across the state to offer students the unique opportunity to move beyond COVID-19 and be a kid again. Students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities benefit from exposure to short-term summer enrichment programs, including in the areas of challenge, friend-making, positivity, and emotional safety. These are all things that New Hampshire camps and school-age programs do best.

In addition to a revitalizing experience, qualified programs will offer students meals and snacks and, of course, the camp’s great programming so that students can come back to school excited to learn in the fall.

Derry Girls Lacrosse Club “DGLC”

Posted 02/02/2022

The Derry Girls Lacrosse Club (“DGLC”) invites you, your friends, and classmates to two unique opportunities to learn more about the great sport of lacrosse. Signup and register online at

More Information here

Winter Indoor Clinics

Saturday nights 2/5 thru 3/12 and a bonus Sunday on 3/20 at the New England Sports Center (formerly known as the SportsZone) in Derry, NH. U8/U10 go 5-6PM and U12/U14 go 6-7PM. Learn and practice your Skills and Drills before we head outside! Cost for Winter Indoor is $135.

2022 Girls Spring Lacrosse!

Sign up now to be placed on a team. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced player -- all are welcome!

More Information here

January 2022 News

Sgt. Emily Sweeney selected to 2022 U.S. Olympic Luge Team

Posted 01/28/2022

Well this is certainly exciting news...

Army Sgt. Emily Sweeney is a Military Police Officer, assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. She was chosen to represent the USA in Luge.

Emily is related to a Derry Village School's Cram family (Dakota and Elijah). We wish all the very best at the Winter Olympics. How amazing.

More information

Derry Cooperative School District Calendar 2022-2023

Posted 01/26/2022

PTA Popcorn Fridays: Call for Volunteers

Posted 01/24/2022

We are in need of Volunteers for Popcorn Friday.

Please contact Katie Delay ( or Deb McClory (, if you can volunteer.

The Nation's Report Card | NAEP | Tue, Jan 25

Posted 01/24/2022

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969.

NAEP is a congressionally mandated project administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

NAEP at Derry Village will conducted with randomly selected Grade 4 students.

NAEP 2022 PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION LETTER Mathematics & Reading Assessments January 25, 2022

Every Kid Outdoors Program for Fourth Graders

Posted 01/24/2022

Marvel at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the Florida Keys, and the Frederick Douglass house. Listen to wolves howl. Walk in dinosaur tracks. Look up into the inky night sky, and reach for the stars!

These sites belong to all of us - including you.

Every Kid Outdoors was created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.

Derry Cooperative School District COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Posted 01/12/2022

The purpose of this document is to provide some clarification and answers about what to do if an individual has been sent home from school, or excluded from due to symptoms of COVID-19, or exposure to COVID-19. The guidelines are based on current recommendations from the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

Updated 1/11/22

Guidelines can be found here

PTA School Store

Posted 01/12/2022

We are so excited to welcome back our School Store!

Beginning Friday, January 28, 2022 the school store will run bi-weekly (opposite “popcorn Fridays”) through May and will operate during the students designated lunch periods.

What you need to know

  • Items will include fun school supplies like- Erasers, pencils, stickers, notebooks, highlighters, pens and more!

  • Items will be priced between $.50 -$3.00.

  • For younger students, if sending in money please put it in an envelope and label it clearly with the student name, teacher name and amount.

Parent Volunteers Needed

If you would like to volunteer to help out, please reach out to the DVS PTA.

Here is the link for volunteering for the School Store (sign up genius). DVS School Store

Email:, or call the school 603-432-1233.

Letter to Families Regarding COVID Guidance Changes

Posted 01/12/2022

Dear Families of the Derry Cooperative School District,

We hope this letter finds you well. The Derry Cooperative School District has been working diligently to keep current with the most recent New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Our efforts continue to focus on the safety of our schools and community.

Message to Families: Extreme Cold

Posted 01/10/2022

Due to the extremely cold temperatures forecasted for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th, students should dress warmly for the weather. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as thirty minutes. Bus drivers will remain alert for students who may not immediately be at bus stops. Please be safe.

Thank you,

MaryAnn Connors-Krikorian, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Message to Families January 7, 2022

Posted 01/10/2022

Dear Derry Cooperative School District Families:

I hope that this message finds your family safe after today’s snow and that you had a wonderful Holiday and New Year. Today’s update will focus on two areas, the first being the NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance. The NH

DHHS has adapted the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) updated recommendations. Please refer to the NH DHHS updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance. You may also refer to the updated Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations for the General Public.

Our Derry Cooperative School District nurses are working diligently to make certain the newest NH DHHS guidance is clear. A brief presentation regarding the changes will be made at the Derry School Board meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and changes will take effect for students beginning on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. With the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases, we are extremely grateful for the incredible attention to detail and the care for all students’ needs that our school nurses demonstrate each day.

The second part of this message includes information about the NH Rapid Response Access Point. This service became effective beginning on January 1, 2022. Please see the brochure for additional information.

We appreciate your cooperation and support as we continue to make modifications in response to the guidance and recommendations received. As always, working together to provide a safe, caring, and connected learning environment for Derry Cooperative School District students remains our priority. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.


MaryAnn Connors-Krikorian, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

Posted 11/30/2021, re-posted 01/10/2022

(Opens January, 10, 2022, 8:00 am)

Welcome families of upcoming kindergarten students! The Derry Cooperative School District looks forward to your child becoming a member of the 2022-2023 Kindergarten class. For all new and returning students we utilize the Powerschool Registration system. This online system allows us to quickly obtain annual, up-to-date student information. In addition, our families can electronically sign annual permission forms for school district policies such as the Technology Acceptable Use Policy and School Handbooks.

Beginning at 8:00 am, on Monday, January 10, you will be able to click a link on the district website to register your child for Kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year.

The registration process must include the documents listed here. These documents may be uploaded as images into the electronic form or, after the online information has been entered, you may deliver the documents to your child's school in person.

Reminder: Extreme Temperatures Affecting Devices

Posted 01/06/2022

Chromebooks and laptops should not be left in cars overnight as freezing temperatures or extremely hot temperatures will damage batteries and make the device unusable.

NH Rapid Response Access Point

Posted 01/05/2022

NH Rapid Response Access Point is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays – by phone, text or chat to support you in your time of need. If you or someone you care about is having a mental health or substance use crisis, you can call and speak to trained and caring staff.

Beginning January 1, 2022. Contact the NH Rapid Response Access Point at 833-710-6477 or Visit

A wealth of resources includes over the phone support and problem solving to help resolve a behavioral health crisis; over the phone support with referral to outpatient services or to have a Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) from a community mental health center come to you at a place of your choice; in-person Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) if the crisis cannot be resolved over the phone.

The Rapid Response Access Point can help when you or a loved one is:

  • Talking or thinking about harming or killing oneself or others

  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other ways to kill oneself

  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or killing oneself

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling very angry or looking for revenge

  • Acting recklessly or doing risky activities

  • Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out

  • Increasing alcohol or drug use

  • Pulling away from friends and family

  • Feeling worried or irritated

  • Having trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time

American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge

Posted 01/03/2022

Dear Parent or Guardian,

It’s time for the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart ChallengeTM! As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will meet kids with special hearts and raise funds for the health of all hearts. They’ll also get moving with fun activities, learn about keeping their hearts and brains healthy and feel great for helping others.

Join today! Not only will you be helping fight heart disease and stroke (the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide), but participants can earn fun thank-you gifts AND earn PE equipment for their school!

Upper Room Workshops - Live on Zoom

Posted 01/03/2022

To register for workshops call Michelle (603) 437-8477 x122.

Click here to view our complete schedule of 2021/2022 parenting classes and groups.

  1. Active Parenting: A Focus on Children ages 5-12

Wednesdays, January 12, 19 and 26, 2022 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Live on Zoom!

$35 (book included)

In this 3-part series, we will discuss how to prevent and respond to behavioral issues, ways to connect positively with your child, and how to encourage positive behaviors.

  1. Red Flags in Child Development (ages 3-12)

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Live on Zoom!


In this workshop we will review what typical child development looks like, what influences it, the possible signs of concerns, and what parents can do when they are worried.

December 2021 News

Dressing for the Winter Playground

Posted 12/20/2021

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. Students will be allowed to play on the snow if they are have these items.

During the winter months, please send your child to school with another pair of shoes to change into so your child is not wearing winter boots in school all day long. Avoid wearing slippers in school (unless otherwise directed by the teacher or school for special events) as these can be a safety concern inside and outside the building.

How Cold Is it?

Posted 12/20/2021

We continue to have outdoor recess unless the temperature falls below twenty degrees (wind chill is taken into consideration). It is therefore important that proper winter clothing is worn during this time period.

If you would like to check the temperature please refer to the School District webpage. The school will use the “real feel” temperature to determine if students go out for recess.

Note: During this time of COVID teachers will take students outside for short periods of time even if "real feel" is below 20 degrees.

Volunteers: Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Check

Posted 12/15/2021

Pick Up Patrol: After School Activities

Posted 12/7/2021

Families are reminded to adjust PickUp Patrol dismissals when students are attending after school clubs and activities. This alerts the classroom teacher that students will be changing their dismissal.

Holiday Spirit Week

Posted 12/2/2021

Monday, December 13

Grinch Day: Dress like the Grinch or wear green today.

Tuesday December 14

Holiday Spirit Day: Wear festive clothing/colors/ holiday sweater or dress as a favorite character.

Wednesday, December 15

Mele Kalikimaka Day: Christmas in Hawaii, wear your shades and Hawaiian shirt.

Thursday, December 16

Polar Express and Pajama Day: Wear pjs and enjoy hot cocoa at lunch with the Polar Express

Friday, December 17

Cozy and Warm Day: Wear a comfy sweatshirt/ fuzzy socks / or a nice warm hat.

November 2021 News

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

Posted 11/30/2021

(Opens January, 10, 2022, 8:00 am)

Welcome families of upcoming kindergarten students! The Derry Cooperative School District looks forward to your child becoming a member of the 2022-2023 Kindergarten class. For all new and returning students we utilize the Powerschool Registration system. This online system allows us to quickly obtain annual, up-to-date student information. In addition, our families can electronically sign annual permission forms for school district policies such as the Technology Acceptable Use Policy and School Handbooks.

Beginning at 8:00 am, on Monday, January 10, you will be able to click a link on the district website to register your child for Kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year.

The registration process must include the documents listed here. These documents may be uploaded as images into the electronic form or, after the online information has been entered, you may deliver the documents to your child's school in person.

PTA Holiday Shoppe

Posted 11/30/2021

The Holiday Shoppe is back! This year the event will take place on Friday December 10 during the school day. Holiday Shoppe is designed to provide students with an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends at school in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment, without their parents following them. It is also an educational experience, where students learn the importance of saving their money and even budgeting for holiday surprises. All purchases are “kid-priced” and are $10 or less. Volunteers will be available to help the younger shoppers navigate the gifts and help them budget their money. Students will be able to wrap their gifts in their classrooms after they shop.

Fliers and Gift Guide envelopes will be sent home with your children. The gift guides are great ways to list what gifts need to be bought and how much to spend on each gift. More details about the event including: viewing available gifts, purchasing gift certificates, and volunteering can be found in the flier attached to this email or on the DVS PTA website

Contact Maunie Royce for any questions:

PTA Popcorn Fridays

Posted 11/30/2021

This year we will be offering popcorn for students twice per month (The 1st Friday and 3rd Friday of each month)

Popcorn Fridays will begin on December 3 and run through May 20th.

The cost will be $6.00 per student for the year. Please send in the pre-payment for attached with payments by Wednesday, December 1st. (The pre-payment form was also sent home in a paper version).

**Please make checks payable to "DVS PTA" and reference "Popcorn" in the memo section. Please send a separate check for popcorn, it cannot be deposited with payments for other school items (ice cream, for example). Any checks received that are for more than just popcorn will have to be returned to the parent.

Please contact Katie Delay ( or Deb McClory (, if you have any questions.

Presentation to School Board

Posted 11/29/2021

Derry Village School is scheduled to present to the School Board on Tuesday, November 30.

This year Mrs. Amy Landry will present Math Club to the School Board. We thank Amy for taking the time to plan, organize students, and present to the School Board. Math Club is a new club this year has been an overwhelming success. We are excited to share this with the School Board.

We will also be honoring Victoria Little as Volunteer of the Year. While technically Victoria has moved on to West Running Brook we did not have the opportunity to honor her last year. Victoria did a lot for DVS during the time her daughter attended the school. A very worthy candidate.

Choose Love Community Event

Posted 11/12/2021

Choose Love New Hampshire

Choose Love Day

A community-wide event to promote collective well-being.

Featuring: Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis movement.

With resources and activities for the whole family, food, performances, and so much more!

Save the Date

Monday, November 15, 2021


Join us in Derry at Tupelo Music Hall

Free Admission (masks may be required)

Connect with us:

DCSD Virtual Educational Visioning Committee: Parent Volunteer?

Posted 11/04/2021

DCSD Educational Visioning Group

Virtual Educational Visioning Overview

The DCSD is looking for one parent from Derry Village School to join this Educational Visioning Group.

During the months of November and December 2021, the Derry Cooperative School District (DCSD) Visioning Group – a group of DCSD administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members will participate in two Educational Visioning Workshops run by New Vista Design and Lavallee Brensinger Architects. Each workshop will be a 2.5 hour long collaborative virtual session designed to inform the DCSD Facilities Master Plan. Participants will be led through a step-by-step visioning process aimed at capturing their best thinking about DCSD’s current and future educational goals and priorities and connecting them to best practices and possibilities in innovative school facility design.

Workshops will take place virtually, from 6:00-8:30 PM and are designed to be highly participatory, engaging, and informative. The educational and architectural goals set during these workshops will have a direct and tangible impact on the development of the DCSD Facility Master Plan. We hope that you will consider taking part in these visioning sessions and sharing your ideas and dreams for how to best support the future development of DCSD’s educational programming and facilities.

WS One will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM and explore the following topics:

  • Priority Goals for the DCSD Facilities Master Plan

  • 21st century teaching and learning practices that are now in practice or envisioned for the district

  • Future Ready Learning Goals that distill the group’s best thinking with regard to DCSD’s current and future educational programming and priorities

  • 21st Century Design Patterns that innovative elementary schools throughout Massachusetts and U.S. have put into practice in order to make their forward-thinking learning goals come alive on the level of facility design

WS Two will take place on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM and explore the following topics:

  • Guiding Principles and priorities for the design of DCSD facilities

  • Blue Sky Ideas that participants would like to see realized within DCSD school facilities

  • Bubble Diagramming of conceptual design ideas for DCSD school facilities

  • Key Talking Points that the group think it important to communicate to the Derry community

You can find more information about this project at If you are interested in volunteering this join this Educational Visioning Group please let Mr. Chris McCallum know by November 12, 2021.

Family-Teacher Conference Day

Posted 11/04/2021

Checking on families for our upcoming conferences scheduled on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

A few reminders about the day:

  • Students have the day off from school.

  • Current District health and safety measures and requirements remain in place, including maintaining social distance and the wearing of face coverings / masks while in the school building.

  • To support the mitigation measure of distance, please limit your party to the adults most pertinent to support your child's school experience.

  • If your preference is to schedule a virtual conference, please respond to the conference invitation from your child’s teacher(s) and they will then schedule a Google Meet option for you.

We look forward to meeting with many of you in person on November 10th and having you return to your child’s school and classrooms.

Outdoor PE & Cold Weather

Posted 11/04/2021

Parents are reminded that PE classes will continue to use outdoor space for the rest of November (at the very least). Measurable snow, pouring rain, or temps below 20 degrees would be three things keeping us indoors. Please continue to send your child to school with jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, etc. they may need for the cooler outdoor temperatures.

Teacher of the Month

Posted 11/01/2021

Hayley is a very hard working and dedicated teacher to second graders at Derry Village School. She is always looking for ways to engage her students and help them learn in different ways. She began her teaching career last year in the pandemic and she dove right in. She taught her students in person, then remotely and also hybrid. (She even taught them remotely when she had COVID.) That was a stressful task even for the experienced teachers. She arrives to school early every day and returns home long after the students have gone home. She does all that while also studying for her masters and juggling being Miss Liberty. Soon she will be adding preparing for the Miss New Hampshire pageant to her busy schedule. Hayley deserves some recognition for her hard work.

Derry Cooperative School District: Return to School and COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Posted 11/01/2021

603-Ten Digit Dialing

Re-posted 11/01/2021, Posted 09/30/2021

Beginning in October 24, dialing 603 + the number will be mandatory throughout the state of New Hampshire. If you are having trouble contacting the school please check that you are dialing 603-3231-1233.

PTA Reflections Program

Posted 11/01/2021

Reflections is an opportunity to promote the love of arts in students. Students submit original art (forms of literature, visual arts, or photography) that will be on display at the Derry Coffee Factory and then move to state and maybe even national competition.

For information about the requirements, deadlines and other questions contact: Kristyn Anderson (

Spanish Club

Posted 11/01/2021

Exciting news. Spanish Club is making a comeback. Stay tuned for more details.

October 2021 News

Free COVID-19 Testing

Posted 10/20/2021

Derry Village Diggers, Oct 23

Re-Posted 10/19/2021, Posted 09/20/2021

This event at Derry Village includes a fall clean-up (leaf removal, cleaning up flower beds, etc), and pumpkin painting.

Currently scheduled for 10/23. Rain day 10/24.

Don't forget-outdoor event this Saturday from 2-4pm at DVS. Bring your kids to paint pumpkins with us at Derry Village. We will provide the pumpkins and paint as well as Hot Chocolate. We ask the adults to lend a hand, if possible, in cleaning up the grounds, its BYOR (bring your own rake). Thank you to Debra Budra McClory for organizing this fun event!

Family Conferences 2021

Posted 10/19/2021

Dear Families,

Conferences are scheduled on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, when students have the day off from school. The DCSD values the relationships we have with families and encourages all families to physically attend their conference. To enter the school buildings, current District health and safety measures and requirements must continue to be followed, including the wearing of face coverings/masks.

Since there will be sufficient space for social distancing, we are able to hold these conferences in person. To help maintain sufficient spacing, students should remain at home. However, if your preference is to schedule a virtual conference, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher who will then schedule a Google Meet option for you.

We look forward to meeting with many of you in person on November 10th and having you return to your child’s school and classrooms. Please look for information from your child’s school about scheduling a conference and contact them with any questions you may have.

Celtics Day (or other NBA team)

Posted 10/18/2021

We will recognize the Celtics season opener on Thursday, October 21,2021. Wear Celtics gear or your favorite NBA team gear.

The team opens its season on Oct. 20, when Boston travels to New York to face former Celtics Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, and the Knicks. Boston hits the TD Garden parquet for the first time in 2021-22 on Oct. 22 against the division-rival Toronto Raptors.

COVID-19 Notification Reporting

Posted 10/12/2021

Dear Members of the Derry Village School Community:

We are writing to inform you of a change in our reporting procedure regarding positive COVID-19 cases. In an effort to improve clarity and communication, we will simplify the notification process. Please reference the information below detailing this change.

Moving forward, families will only be notified if there is a positive COVID-19 case within their child’s classroom cohort.

We will no longer be notifying families of each positive case within the building if the case is not within their child’s cohort. Instead, families will be provided with an update from building administrators informing them of the number of positive cases within the building at the end of each school week. The District-wide number of positive cases will continue to be provided at the end of each school week at

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continually work towards simplifying and improving communication practices as a School District.

School Picture Day: Oct 20

Posted 10/12/2021

Stand by for more information.

Bruins Day (or other NHL team)

Posted 10/12/2021

The Black & Gold will kick off the season with the home opener against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden on Saturday, October 16. At Derry Village we will acknowledge the beginning of the season with an NHL Day. Wear your team colors.

Volunteer Fingerprinting Evening Appointment Session

Posted 10/12/2021

October 20, 2021

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Office of the Superintendent

18 South Main Street

Derry, New Hampshire

The Derry Cooperative School District will offer an evening for volunteers to be fingerprinted prior to volunteering in the schools.

These appointments are intended to help those volunteers who cannot schedule an appointment during regular business hours.

Please contact Maryellen Taglilatela at 432-1210 to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

To enter the building, current District health and Safety measures and requirements must continue to be followed, including the wearing of face coverings/masks.

Thank you in advance for all you do for our school community.

Math Club

Posted 10/05/2021

Thank you so much for the overwhelming positive response to the DVS Math Club. In grades 2-5 we have 99 students participating in the club!

At this time, our plan to accommodate this many students is to have grades 2 and 5 meet IN PERSON on Thursday, October 14th from 3-4 pm and have grades 3 & 4 utilize an online training session via Google Classroom (which can be done at any time). Then on November 4th, grades 3 & 4 will meet IN PERSON from 3-4 pm while grades 2 & 5 have an online training session via Google Classroom (which can be done at any time).

We will not be competing this fall (November) so we can hold more training sessions prior to competing in the spring.

Grades 2 & 5:

  • In person- Thursday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 18

  • Via Google Classroom- Thursday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 9

Grades 3 & 4:

  • In person- Thursday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 9

  • Via Google Classroom- Thursday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 18

In Person Training Session Pick Up Procedure:

Parents, please enter the driveway and fill up the lane closest to the school. Park and wait under the canopy area at the front of the building. At 4 pm, we will exit the school and you may pick up your child. Please note, the lane closest to the flagpole will be for DVS Daycare pick up only. Thank you for your understanding.

**If your child is to be dismissed to DVSXDC, they will be walked to a staff member in charge.

Online Google Classroom Training Sessions:

Students will have an online task(s) for them to complete. Students can work on the tasks anytime that week and submit their work upon completion. I will send an email for students to join the Math Club Classroom. Please have them look in their school email account to find the code to join. Once they have joined they can access the tasks.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Mrs. Landry

NWEA Results Available

Posted 10/04/2021

Students across the school in grades 1-5 have neared completion of the Fall NWEA assessment. This assessment is also called MAP Growth assessment.

NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Association. NWEA is a non-profit organization that has assessed over 4.5 million students. NWEA has a presence in 49 foreign countries, 50 states, and 3400 districts.

MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress. MAP is an online assessment that is aligned to the Common Core standards.

These computerized tests are adaptive and students complete an assessment in Reading and Mathematics. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all of the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.

The assessment will be conducted again later this year. At the end of the year students receive a summary report. Families can request this report at any time after the assessment is taken from the classroom teacher.

PTA Fall Fundraiser begins

Posted 10/04/2021

The DVS “Contact Free” Fall fundraiser: Oct 9 to Oct 26. All orders will be placed online through or by downloading the app (MyFundR Fundraising). School ID is MF1032070. See the attached flier for details on this event. Please help us make this fundraiser successful! For more information, contact Maunie Royce at Thanks, Maunie

Columbus Day: No School

Posted 10/04/2021

Reminder. School will not be in session on Monday, October 11, 2021 in observance of Columbus Day.

Position Vacant: Lunch Monitor

Posted 09/27/2021

We have an opening for a 4-day a week lunch monitor at Derry Village.

The hours are 11:00am-1:30pm, Monday-Thursday.

Please contact Mrs. Curren if you are interested or need more information.

September 2021 News

World Smile Day

Posted 09/24/2021

Each year on the first Friday in October, World Smile Day devotes a day to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness.

If someone smiles at you, you’re bound to smile back. A smile often expresses a feeling, encouragement to someone, or serves as a greeting. If you don’t smile enough, #WorldSmileDay is the perfect day to start.

The day is wildly popular in Worcester, MA, the birthplace of the yellow smiley face.

You can celebrate the day in other ways, too.

  • Do a random act of kindness for someone.

  • Use a smiley face emoji on every text you send.

  • Spread cheer by handing out smiley face stickers.

  • Give a smile to everyone you come across.

  • Tell someone a funny joke.

  • Play happy songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

At Derry Village on Friday, wear a smiley face, wear yellow, or just smile all day.

Running Club Dismissal

Posted 09/21/2021

RE: DVS Running Club Dismissal

Dear Running Club Families,

We are so excited to have 65 student athletes joining us this year. We had a fantastic first practice and we are looking forward to watching your students progress as both teammates and athletes over the next few weeks. With such a high number of participants, we underestimated the need for a more structured pick-up process. Please read the following in hopes for a smoother dismissal from the running club next Wednesday, September 22.

  • When you pull into the horseshoe driveway, stay on the “School Side” (the right hand lane closest to the building)

  • Please pull all the way around to the front of the horseshoe circle and park your car

  • For running club pick up only, we ask that you exit your car and wait under the shelter for your athlete. Once you have your child you may go back to your car and depart safely.

  • We will use the “flagpole side” (left lane of the driveway) to allow cars to exit once they are loaded. We do need to keep traffic moving in this lane to allow parents of Extended Day (after school daycare) to come in and out to pick up their students. Please do not park in this left “flagpole” lane. Please be patient as Daycare loads cars in this lane.

  • Once the first set of cars has loaded and exited, the next set of cars will be allowed in to the horseshoe driveway to follow the same procedure. 1. Pull all the way forward, park and exit your car, 2. come under the shelter to collect your child, and 3. use the left lane to pull away if traffic is still stopped in the right lane.

We ask for your flexibility and patience during pick-up, especially in the next number of weeks as we establish this new routine.

(See map attached)

Early Release Day

Posted 09/20/2021

This Thursday, September 23, 2021 we have a school district-wide Early Release day. The school day begins at its normally scheduled time (8:35am), but students are dismissed early beginning at 12:45pm. Students follow a modified schedule which includes lunch and recess. Students will be dismissed in the usual way two hours earlier than normal. Staff use the remainder of the day for professional learning.

Pickup Patrol

Re-posted 09/20/2021, Posted 08/30/2021

PickUp Patrol is a cloud-based web application that automates the after-school dismissal process by combining powerful tools for school offices and a convenient mobile "app" for parents. It eliminates the need for parents to write notes or make phone calls to change their children’s after-school plans which increases office productivity, decreases classroom interruptions, and assists with the accuracy of end-of-day student safety.

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

Sign Up and Release for PickUp Patrol

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


Posted 09/20/2021

Parental Agreement/Attestation can be found here

To be completed just once for the school year.

The Derry Cooperative School District places the greatest value on the health and safety of our students and staff. We all must continue to implement our District's procedures to maintain safe operations within the school setting.

The New Hampshire Department of Public Health and Safety (NH DPHS) continues to recommend a low threshold for testing people with new signs/symptoms of a viral syndrome (e.g., fever, chills, body or muscle aches) or respiratory viral infections (e.g., sinus congestion, sore throat, cough, runny nose), that could be consistent with a COVID-19 infection.

Parents/guardians are asked to work with the District by taking an active role in a daily health assessment of their child(ren), before they arrive at school. Please note that if a child has any signs of illness they must be kept home to protect the school and community at large.

PTA Welcome Letter

Posted 09/14/2021

Dear Derry Village Parents/Guardians/Staff,

On behalf of the PTA, we want to welcome you (or welcome you back) to Derry Village School! This letter is purely informational and contains a lot of detail, so read it at your leisure.

The only thing you need to know immediately is that our first PTA meeting will be a virtual meeting via Google Meet this Monday 9/13 from 6:30 to about 8:00. Here is the link for the meeting:

As we all navigate this new, constantly changing world of returning to school during a pandemic, the PTA hopes to adjust and continue to bring as many “safe” activities as possible back to DVS. Historically, we have been an extremely active PTA and through years of hard work, we have a healthy budget. We want to continue to support and provide awesome opportunities for all our students. As proud as we are of all the stuff we have done in the past, we want to focus on the future and make this an amazing year. But we need help! Read on for ways you can help personally and financially.

Bus Change for the Fairways Bus

Posted 09/09/2021

This letter went out to families on Friday, September 10, 2021

Dear Families,

It has become necessary to make a change for those students catching the Fairways Bus.

Currently, the bus is crowded. In an effort to reduce the numbers of students on the bus and keep everyone safe we have decided to split students between two buses (Bus #10 and Bus #30).

Beginning Monday, September 13, 2021 we will be dividing the students between the two buses.

  • Students in Grades 3-5 will catch Bus #10 in the morning and in the afternoon.

  • Students in Grades K-2 will catch Bus #30 in the morning and in the afternoon.

Please note; If families prefer that siblings stay together on the same the bus you can have your children catch Bus #30.

Grade 4 and Grade 5 Running Club

Posted 09/10/2021

Derry Village School will be holding a running club for students in grades 4 and 5 at no cost to families.

Running club is designed to encourage our 4th and 5th grade students to be more active through running. Participants will learn the basics of distance running, have fun, and improve their endurance over time.

Running club will meet once a week for six weeks from 2:55-4:00pm beginning on Wednesday September 15, 2021 and will continue on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Wednesday, September 22

  • Wednesday, September 29

  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Wednesday, October 20

An announcement will be made on Wednesdays during dismissal directing participants to the gym for attendance. Shortly after we will head outside to warm up and start practice. Your student needs to be picked up promptly at 4:00. Pickup from the running club will follow the same format as afternoon pickup; please drive into the horseshoe and stay in your vehicle. A coach will bring your student to you.

Please make sure your student comes to school with a water bottle and appropriate clothing and footwear for activity. In the event of rain, the running club will be cancelled. A decision about the weather will be made by 1pm the day of. Participation in running club is dependent on behavior, preparedness, and timely pick up.

Click here for the FORM (You can also ask at the office for a copy)

August 2021 News

Roadmap to Reopening Schools Plan 2021-2022

Posted 06/29/2021, Re-Posted 09/07/2021

The Derry Cooperative School District is creating a Roadmap to Reopening Schools plan for the 2021-2022 school year, as required by the New Hampshire Department of Education. A draft of the 2021-2022 plan is currently located on the District's website.

68 Hours of Hunger


This past year was difficult for a lot of families. We work with a local organization called 68 Hours of Hunger. They provide food bags for students to take home for the weekend. We have had several families participate in this program over the years as needed. We very discretely give the bags to students to put in their backpacks for the weekend. Parents are also welcome to pick the bag up on Fridays if they are more comfortable with that.

If you have any questions or would like to take part in this program, please email me at or call me at 432-1233.

Fondly, Melanie Curren, Assistant Principal

Free and Reduced Meal Application

Posted 08/30/2021

All full meals that are served at school are FREE for every student this year....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.

(Free and Reduced Lunch information here)

It's more than a meal application

Even with free meals for your school district in 2021-2022, 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 the school district 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.

(Free and Reduced Lunch information here)

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

School Pictures

Posted 08/31/2021

School pictures will be taken on 10/20 (Initial Day), and 12/1 (Retake Day).

More details to follow as the date gets closer.

Dental Program

Posted 08/31/2021

Dear Parent/Guardian:

In-school dental treatments include a dental cleaning, brushing instruction, topical fluoride varnish, decay-stopping fluoride, dental sealants, and temporary fillings. There is no drilling, no shots and no pain. Sealants are coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of teeth. Decay-stopping fluoride treatments, for back teeth only, help stop a cavity from getting bigger and make it feel better (also called SDF- silver diamine fluoride). You can tell it worked if cavity becomes hard and black over time. This permission is for fall and/or spring visits.

FORM FOR PreK- Grade 8

Call 434-2327 or learn more at: