Archived News 2021-2022

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: