News FEBRUARY

Novel Coronavirus

Posted 2/18/2020

As we head off on February break, we hope that everyone has a restful and safe vacation. By now you have likely heard of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Derry Cooperative School District has been monitoring this outbreak closely and receives updates and guidance from local, state, and federal partners. This has been a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to work with the NH Department of Health and Human Services to respond appropriately if warranted within our schools.

While the risk from this new virus remains low in the United States and in New Hampshire, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from all viruses that can cause respiratory illness this time of year, including the common cold and flu. This includes frequent hand-washing with soap and water, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, staying home if you are sick (fever over 100), covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

Below is the link to the NH Department of Health and Human Services, which you can access if you are interested in the latest information.

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2020/02012020-coronavirus-recommendations.htm

Thank you, and enjoy the break.

Colleen Klardie

Derry Village Elementary School Nurse

For additional information please visit www.WaterfordUPSTART.org or call either 1-800-669-4533 or 1-888-982-9898.

Waterford UPSTART

Posted 2/13/2020

The New Hampshire Department of Education is providing an opportunity for families with 4-year-old children to participate in a free early learning program through Waterford UPSTART. Though not an online preschool, this resource will be available to children with a birthdate between August 1, 2015 - August 2, 2016. According to the information, families will be given a computer, adaptive educational software, and if needed, Internet access. Direct support will be included from Waterford UPSTART’s Family Education Liaisons.

Kids Heart Challenge

Posted 2/10/2020

The Kids Heart Challenge is a fun and exciting event where your student learns about their heart while helping others by raising money for the American Heart Association. It prepares your child for success through physical and emotional well-being.

We've made it fun and easy to raise donations using our online tool! You can help your child setup a customized web page with a photo or video and email it to friends and family asking for their support. Donations are made directly to your child's web page – it’s that easy and something the family can do together! Help your child join his/her school team online and your family will be one step closer to being Heart Heroes helping to save lives!

Derry Cooperative School District Summer Job Vacancies

Posted 2/10/2020

5 WEEKS -JULY 7, 2020 THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2020

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY- THURSDAY

Hours For Most Programs 7:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Hours for Kindergarten and DEEP 8:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.

February 16 - 21st Annual Frost Festival

Posted 2/6/2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 11am-3pm

Located at Derry Parks & Recreation Facility, Alexander- Carr Park, 28 Pierce Ave, Derry, NH 03038

Join us as we celebrate winter with the 21st Annual Frost Festival Event. This family tradition continues to encourage families from across New England to visit Derry, New Hampshire for a daylong celebration of winter with family, friends, and community!

Call (603) 432-6136 for more information. Visit us on Facebook "Town of Derry Parks & Recreation" @derryrecnh Click Here for a digital Flyer!

February 5 - Voter Checklist Session

Posted 2/3/2020

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 6 – 8pm

Location: Derry Municipal Center, First Floor

The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet in session to register new voters and accept changes to voters' names or addresses. The Supervisors will consider applications for voter registration and changes submitted to the Town Clerk. Names of new voters will be added to the voter checklist and corrections approved. Please note: changes in party affiliation cannot be accepted until after the February 11th presidential primary. More information

February 7 - Wear Red Day

Posted 2/3/2020

On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. Millions of people come together for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.

February 9 - Derry Cooperative School District Deliberative Session

Posted 2/3/2020

The Deliberative Session will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, beginning at 10:00 AM, at West Running Brook Middle School. Child care will be available. Shuttle bus service will also be provided between Derry Village Elementary School and West Running Brook Middle School beginning at 9:15 AM to assist with any transportation needs. The shuttle bus will run until 10:00 AM, at which time the shuttle bus will remain at West Running Brook Middle School until the end of the Deliberative Session. We are grateful to First Student for providing this service for the School District and the residents of Derry.

February 11 - Presidential Primary

Posted 2/3/2020

Parents are reminded that there is NO SCHOOL on February 11.

February 17 - President’s Day

Posted 2/3/2020

Mark your calendars for Monday, February 17 as Presidents’ Day. School does remain in session on Presidents’ Day in Derry. Please make a note of this and plan for your child to be in school on Monday, February 17th.

February 19 - Hats and Gloves Donations

Posted 2/3/2020

This February, Hedwig’s Heroes, (the DVS chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance) will be collecting donations of new hats and gloves for, The Sonshine Soup Kitchen. If you would like to help out this great cause please send in donations of new hats and gloves from January 28th-February 19th. There will be a collection box in the front foyer for your donations. Thank you, Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Scheibert.

February 24-28 - Winter Vacation

Posted 2/3/2020

The winter vacation will take place the week of February 24 - 28. Students will return to school on Monday, March 2. We hope that you have a safe, happy and relaxing vacation week with your families.

Reminders

Posted 2/3/2020
  • Parents dropping off students in the morning are reminded to be vigilant of students, other cars and buses arriving and departing. The safety of students is our greatest concern. Please respect the arrival procedures we have set in place.
  • Parents dropping off students who are late are reminded to come into the office to sign students in. This process assists our office staff and ensures the safe arrival of your child.
  • Please make sure that phone contact details are accurate with our office. Any changes of phone number or address can be made with the office.

Spelling Bee

Posted 2/3/2020

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee champions in Grade 4 and Grade 5. We are always delighted to see how well our students can spell, it’s amazing. A thank you to Mrs. Peters for organizing this competition.

Pre-Registration for Kindergarten Is Still Open

Posted 2/3/2020

It is not too late to pre-register your child for next year. If you haven’t done so already, please call the school at 432-1219 to register your child for kindergarten (5 years old on or before September 30, 2019) or 1st grade (6 years old on or before September 30, 2019) at your earliest convenience.

This pre-registration form is not an official Kindergarten registration. Following the School District budget vote on March 10, 2020, Kindergarten registration will begin on or about March 12, 2020. No tuition deposit is required at this time. If voters do not approve the proposed 2020-2021 School District budget, which will include tuition-free Kindergarten, the full-day tuition paid Kindergarten program will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional details regarding this process will be forthcoming.

Also, if you have preschool aged children and are interested, the Derry Early Education Program (DEEP) is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact DEEP at 845-1202 with any questions or you can visit the preschool’s website at http://deep.sau10.org/.

(Parent/Guardian Letter, Pre-Registration Form, "A Day in the Life of a Kindergarten Student" video)

Spirit Week

Posted 2/3/2020

Stay tuned. Spirit Week is coming to Derry Village School during the week of March 16-20, 2020.

PowerSchool Alert

Posted 2/3/2020

The PowerSchool SwiftK12 Alert system is used to alert parents of school closures and delayed openings and other school wide events. We are constantly updating contact information for families as the year progresses. If you have changes in contact information, particularly phone numbers and email addresses please notify the office. if you have not been getting Powerschool Alert messages please contact the school office.

Indoor Recess

Posted 2/3/2020

During the cold weather months we continue to have outdoor recess unless the temperature falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (wind chill is taken into consideration). We use the Accuweather report on the Derry Cooperative School District webpage to make this determination. Students will continue to have recess indoors while the weather is below 20F.

Nurses Corner: Norovirus

Posted 2/3/2020

Norovirus is a virus that causes the “stomach bug”. This illness is seen throughout the year, but most commonly in the winter months. Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone.

Symptoms may include: Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Stomach pains, Sometimes fever

Symptoms usually come on between 12 and 48 hours after exposure to the virus and lasts between one and three days. Getting plenty of rest and drinking fluids is best during this time.

Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap, especially before preparing foods, before eating, after bathroom use, and more often if someone in the house is sick.
  • Avoid preparing food for others while you have symptoms for at least 3 days after you recover.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces immediately after vomiting or diarrhea.

For more information call your school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/norovirus.pdf

Blizzard Bag Reminder

Posted 2/3/2020

The Derry Cooperative School District will implement Blizzard Bags again for the 2019-2020 school year. A Blizzard Bag contains assignments for students to complete at home during inclement weather days.

Blizzard Bags have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year and are again available to the right organized by grade level.

We ask that all grade levels access and submit Blizzard Bag assignments online. In the event that you do not have digital access on a Blizzard Bag Day, students will have 48 hours to submit their completed assignments. In the event of widespread power outages in Derry, it is likely we will not be using Blizzard Bags on those days.

More Information

Seat Belts

Posted 2/3/2020

We would like to remind parents driving their children to school that NH State Law requires kids under 18 to wear a seat belt. The Department of Safety strongly recommends safety belts for every driver and passenger. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent.

RISE

Posted 2/3/2020

Reinforcement, Interventions, Supports, and Expectations

A behavior program designed to create and maintain a positive school climate.

Focus of the Month: Cafeteria Behavior

Executive Functioning Skill of the Month: I can help myself and others by respecting personal space.

Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

Posted 2/3/2020

In accordance with federal regulations, the District shall make available to all children of low economic means and children of moderate-income families experiencing financial difficulties free or reduced-priced lunches through the School Lunch Program in the local school.

Parents who believe their children are eligible may contact the building principal or Food Service Director and a determination will be made relative to their eligibility. Decisions regarding eligibility will be determined solely by the Income Eligibility Guidelines from the USDA. If you require assistance completing the forms contact the school office for help. We would be happy to assist.

Keeping Students Engaged in Learning Even When School is Out

Posted 2/3/2020

While students are out of school there are a number of things parents and students can do to encourage learning even when school is out. Taking advantage of the many learning opportunities students will have during the break is important. Parents are always teaching their children, but learning done at home can have more of an impact if parents and children recognize the opportunity to learn something new in whatever they do.

Traveling, visiting family, going to special events, or just working and relaxing around the house can turn into an exciting adventure if parents seize the opportunity to learn with their child.

Parents can plan a trip to the library, check out books, and read to younger children. If children are older, encourage them to read a book and have a discussion on what they read.

Even if families watch family-friendly television together, this process can encourage children to use higher-level thinking skills as parents ask questions and have children discuss what they are viewing.

By engaging in interactive and thought provoking activities over the winter break, you can ensure that students are continuing the learning process even when they are not in the classroom.

Breakfast

Posted 2/3/2020

Why Eat breakfast? Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast…

  • Learn better and have improved memory,
  • Achieve more,
  • Participate in the class more often,
  • Have increased attentiveness,
  • Behave better.

Kick off your child’s day with a budget friendly school breakfast that meets the Federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Breakfast prices

  • Paid = $1.50
  • Students who qualify for reduced status = $0.30
  • Student who qualify for free status are eligible for free breakfast.
  • All Breakfasts include a Milk, Juice or Fruit, and Breakfast Entrée

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