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  • Dear Derby Families,

    It is hard to believe that we are already into the second quarter of our school year! Our first round of winter sports began this week and our teachers participated in some important professional learning. Information will be coming soon about the next round of after school clubs. We will send a hard copy home with students and I will also attach it to the Weekly News.

    Just a reminder, we do not send printed report cards home. Please be sure to check PowerSchool for your student’s quarter grades. Conferences are Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The attached memo explains the details of conferences for our 6th grade families and anyone new to Derby. We look forward to seeing you there! 

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher

    Parent Teacher Conferences Memo link


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email

    Monday (11-11)

    Tuesday (11-12)
    Chess Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. (last session)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. (last session)

    Wednesday (11-13)
    November 13th- Half Day for Students Dismissal at 11:25AM
    November 13th- Parent/ Teacher Conferences 1:00PM-4:00PM & 5:00PM-8:00PM

    Thursday (11-14)
    November 14th parent/ Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM

    Friday (11-15)
    November 15th MSU vs. U of M Spirit Day- Hat Fundraiser

    Mark Your Calendar-
    November 27th-November 29th Thanksgiving Recess

    BPS families and community members, 

    Thank you for your support of the Birmingham Public Schools Operating Millage! On Nov. 5, the BPS Operating Millage was passed by 74 percent, helping to secure funding for our schools over the next 10 years.

    Your overwhelming, positive support will restore the 18 mill non-homestead rate and allow the District to collect over $500,000 in revenues that would have been lost this school year. The successful passage of the Operating Millage will also replace the authorized limit to 21 mills to provide us a cushion against rollbacks in the future. Funds from our Operating Millage account for approximately 43 percent of our general fund dollars and support salaries and day-to-day operations. 

    Thank you for your continued support of our students and Birmingham Public Schools. We’re proud to serve a community so focused on educational excellence!

    Learn more at 

    Book Fair
    The Derby library will host the Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser the week of Monday, November 11th through Friday the 15th. The book fair will be open before, during, and after school. This year the fair will be in the gym during parent teacher conferences and will offer eWallet, which is a great alternative to sending kids to school with cash. For more information about eWallet, visit the book fair homepage at:
    Stop by and see all the new titles. See you at the fair!

    If you would like to volunteer during the book fair, please visit the Sign-Up Genius link at: 

    MSU vs. U of M School Spirit Day will be Friday, November 15th. Come to school dressed to impress…paint your face, wear your colorful wigs and wear your team gear. What team will shine the most in our halls? The Derby yearbook crew will be out and about taking pictures, be prepared. Students wishing to wear a hat all day on Friday the 15th can do so by making a donation of at least $2 in the lobbies between 7:45 and 8:10a.m.. Students who make a donation will have their hand stamped so teachers know they donated in order to wear a hat for the day. If you don’t want to wear a hat, that is cool…you can still make a donation. All proceeds will be donated to a Derby family in need.

    Due by Nov. 12

    * Permission form (filled out and signed) 

    * $27 Cash (exact amt. please) or check made out to Derby MS 

    * Turn into Language Arts Teacher 

    Derby Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive for Lighthouse November 7-21
    Lighthouse will provide over 1,500 families in Oakland County with groceries to provide a Thanksgiving dinner, and Derby helps them accomplish this goal each year. In your A2 bring in items from the list below. The A2 with the greatest number of food items will win a pizza party. Last year it was Mr. Meyer’s class with 412 items. Who will it be this year?
    On November 21 please bring down your food items with a note stating your A2 class teacher and the number of items collected. There will be students with rolling carts to help transport items. More information will be sent out with the time and place.

    Lighthouse Thanksgiving Food Drive Information

    Please Opt-In - Student Participation Needed

    The Girls Who Code Club has been hard at work thinking up a coding project they feel will make a difference in the Derby student community. They've created functional code that will ask a student to input their personality type to be matched with other students in the school who have that same personality. They believe this will help students find new friends! They’d love for lots of students to participate, but realize they’re asking for a first name, last name, and personality type that would become accessible through their web-based project. If you feel comfortable allowing your student to participate, please have your student(s) visit to take the online quiz and submit their response(s). Questions? Email

    Cafeteria Changes
    Later this week, we will begin working with students to change some of our routines in the cafeteria. Students will be encouraged (even more) to clean-up after themselves at lunch and we will pause for adults to wipe-down tables before students come in from rec. Please help encourage your student to help keep our school clean by throwing his or her lunch trash away. We hope these changes will help make our cafeteria cleaner for everyone. 

    Derby Wear Sales - Fall Conferences 
    Part of our fundraising for the PTA is done through Derby Wear sales. The money we raise is used for teacher grants directly at Derby. We would like to sell Derby Wear during conferences this year. Please sign up to help run the table.

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you!

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. 

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive! 
    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music! 
    Online Link:
    Director emails:

    Attention Parents - Lunches:
    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and an ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, beginning October 4th, we will toss entire lunch bags found in the cafeteria and going forward every other week (no more going through them to clean them out and put them in lost and found). We will make an announcement on Fridays during A2 to remind students to check Lost and Found and lunch bags. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items.

    It is now time to order your 2019-2020 Derby Yearbook. This year’s yearbook will be hard covered with 128 full color pages. We will celebrate the end of the school year with Yearbook signing celebrations…everyone will want to partake! The Derby Yearbook is award-winning, so order today. The cost of the Yearbook is $40 through September 28th…$45 September 29th through November 1st and $50 November 2nd through January 25th. Yearbooks were NOT SOLD AT REGISTRATION and will NOT be sold after January 25th…order TODAY!!! To obtain an order form please pick one up in the Main Office or email to obtain a digital copy.

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Information-
    Tis’ the season!!! We are in the initial planning phase for our 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Club season. For this season, we have re-vamped the club and have information to share with you:

    The Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Sponsors are: Lyn Kmiec, Michaela (Caela) McGrath, Lee Jensen-Muir, Kim Pavlock and Stacie Tait-Fiori.

    Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be at Pine Knob this year.

    There will no longer be pro-rated fees for students playing Derby sports. The fee for the club this year is a flat fee for everyone.

    We will no longer take parent chaperones on the busses. Parents who would like to join us are welcome to drive to Pine Knob and to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun with us.

    Packets for the club will be distributed during all lunches on: Monday, November 25th and 26th. Registration packets will also be available on the counter in the Main Office starting Monday, November 25th.

    Registration for the club will be from 7:45-8:00a.m. in the Counseling Lobby on: Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th. Late registration will not be accepted.

    There will be a Mandatory Ski and Snowboard Club meeting for ALL club participants on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-8:00a.m. in the Derby Library.

    The cost for the club will be $235.00. This fee covers 5 lift tickets, 1 student membership card and charter bus transportation.

    The Ski and Snowboard club dates are:

    * Wednesday, January 8th

    * Wednesday, January 15th

    * Wednesday, January 22nd

    * Wednesday, January 29th

    * Wednesday, February 5th

    * Wednesday, February 12th (this is a make-up date if a make-up trip is needed)

    We are looking forward to a great season…should you have any questions about the Derby Ski and Snowboard Club, please email Caela McGrath at

    The BCS Diversity Committee is proud to offer a panel discussion comprised of students, parents, teachers, and community members in honor of Disabilities Awareness Month on November 13th from 6-8pm in our Library. We will feature people speaking on a wide range of differences. Snacks 6-6:30. Panel 6:30-8pm. Please see the Getting to Know People with Disabilities Panel Flyer for more information.

    Do It for Daniel: A Conversation about Suicide 

    The story of Daniel Olson of Ishpeming is one that many people have become familiar with over the past several years. Daniel suffered from anxiety and depression and took his own life in the summer of 2012. Daniel’s family has found a way to turn their tragedy into a powerful tool to help educate others about the reality of depression and suicide. The family has made a documentary about Daniel’s struggles and Jeff Olson, Daniel’s father, has been showing the film and speaking to parents, professionals, and students for over a year. Learn more at

    Birmingham Youth Assistance is pleased to host an evening presentation by Jeff Olson.

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019 7:00 P.M. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 
    Please call (248)203-4300 or Email: 

    This evening presentation is for parents and any adults who care about youth. (High school students accompanied by a parent are welcome.) The family has made a documentary about Daniel’s struggles and Jeff Olson, Daniel’s father, has been showing the film and speaking to parents, professionals, and students for over a year. Learn more at

    Message from BBCC
    Our prevention partner, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), is conducting a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in our community. This information will help BBCC and your school better support you as a parent.

    This survey is anonymous and will take approximately 9 minutes to complete. If you have a child in 5th - 12th grades, we would appreciate your input.

    Please click on the following link to begin:

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  • Athletic Registration

    BPS is happy to announce that PowerSchool Registration, powered by InfoSnap, is also being implemented for Athletic Registration. You may find the link, by clicking here:

    As a reminder, this is an online student registration/data validation system, which allows the district to verify all student demographics, emergency and medical information, prior to the start of the athletic season. It is critical to ensure we have the most up-to-date contact and medical information for all students. The system is a secure and green process supporting our focus on safety and security. Electronic registration platforms of all kinds engage parents to ensure that information is entered properly, significantly reducing errors. The system will also allow families to electronically sign the annual permission forms. Reminder: you must still submit a physical to the Athletic Offices prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2018.

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  • Welcome to Derby Middle School

    Red Dragon


    The fundamental goal of Derby middle school is to develop confident, compassionate, intellectually curious young people, who are well prepared to excel throughout their high school years and beyond.  Excitement and enthusiasm are two words that describe our middle school students.  It is a unique time in children's lives when they can fully explore new activities, interests, and ideas. 

    As a principal, I am most proud of our school's commitment to the development of character. Whether it is through classroom activities such as writing letters to wounded soldiers, to students volunteering as Links to our special needs students, to school-wide community service projects, our students demonstrate their good character every day.

    If you are a parent of our community and have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you are considering having your child attend Derby Middle School, I welcome you to visit our school for a personal tour.  Please contact my office to set up an appointment.

    Best Regards,

    Marla Otterbacher
    Derby Middle School Principal


    Respect Everyone....Respect Yourself....Respect Everything....Respect Everyday!

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