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  • School Closure

    All Birmingham Public Schools will be closed beginning Friday, March 13 and will remain closed through June 2020.
    With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, residents are being urged by the Governor’s office to take all necessary precautions to prepare and keep themselves and their families safe. The State is making preparations to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19. 


    Important updates from BPS can be found at this link, COVID-19 Updates.

    Learn more about online learning opportunities at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/10806


     

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  • 5/22/2020 

    Dear Derby Families,


    Ten teams delivered signs today via school buses to our 8th-grade students. The rain could not keep our staff away from our dragons! The smiles from both staff and students were contagious. Thanks again to the PTA for donating the yard signs to help celebrate our kids.

    Our staff made another message to send to students this week as we head into the last big push to the end of the school year. Please enjoy that video link here.

    Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    National Junior Honor Society Nominations


    Nominations for NJHS have been moved to September when we arrive back to school. 7th-graders (future 8th-graders) can expect their nominations when we return in the fall.

    Derby Summer 2020 Book Order Instructions


    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads, which are outlined in this flyer. Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we have organized a pre-order opportunity for each of these titles. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY THURSDAY, 5/28/2020. The grade-level novels will be available during Yearbook Pick-Up in June (details pending). These books should be read, and the work/activities completed, from mid-June through the end of July.

    This year, we will be kicking off our 1st annual One Book, One School read, Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj, which all Derby students and staff will read. We have worked with the author and Penguin Publishers to order discounted, paperback copies of this book a month before they will be available for public purchase. We will organize a pick-up/distribution location for those who order Count Me In books in late July/early August. Please hold off on reading this title until August 1. We will have various activities available for Derby students/families to participate in during August and once the 2020-2021 school year begins.

    Incoming 6th grade: Refugee by Alan Gratz ($6.00)


    Three different kids. One mission in common: Escape. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe. All three of these kids go on harrowing journeys. All face unimaginable danger. However, there is always the hope of tomorrow. Although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

    Incoming 7th grade: Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson ($6.50)


    Six kids discover the power of sharing their secrets and their stories. It all starts when six kids are sent to a room for a weekly chat…. by themselves, with no adults to listen in. A father has gone missing, and that starts a conversation about the things causing angst in their lives. They find that they can express the feelings and fears they usually hide from the world. Together, they grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives. Harbor Me digs in deep to show how so many of America’s social issues affect today’s kids and how they creatively learn to forge their way in spite of them.

    Incoming 8th grade: Lord of the Flies by William Golding ($7.75)


    At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

    All School Read: Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj ($5.50)


    Karina Chopra would have never imagined becoming friends with the boy next door--after all, they've avoided each other for years, and she assumes Chris is just like the boys he hangs out with, who she labels a pack of hyenas. Then Karina's grandfather starts tutoring Chris, and she discovers he's actually a nice, funny kid. But one afternoon something unimaginable happens--the three of them are assaulted by a stranger who targets Indian-American Karina and her grandfather because of how they look. Her grandfather is gravely injured, and Karina and Chris vow not to let hate win. When Karina posts a few photos related to the attack on social media, they quickly attract attention, and before long her #CountMeIn #immigrants #WeBelong #IamAmerican #HateHasNoHomeHere" posts go viral, and Karina uses her newfound social media reach to bring a community coming together.

    The Derby P.T.A. has graciously offered to take summer book orders via Membership Toolkit. In order to access our summer book store, please use this link if you have an incoming/rising 7th or 8th-grader. Once there, you can log in with your current Membership Toolkit account and navigate through the menu to the school store; if you don’t currently have an account please follow the New User link to create an account. If you, ALSO, have an incoming/rising 5th grader, please feel free to order books through this link/account as well. New Derby families will receive a different link since they don’t currently have Derby Membership Toolkit accounts. Important: ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY THURSDAY, 5/28/2020.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund, 6th grade ELA teacher, at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Stay safe,
    Derby Middle School ELA Department

    Girls Seaholm Golf Team


    Calling all graduating 8th-grade girls who are interested in joining the Girls Seaholm Golf Team in the Fall. Golf tryouts start in early August and we would love to have you join us for some summer rounds and workouts. Please send your e-mail and phone number of the student and parent to kvalente@ford.com. We will add you to the list of communications.

    Seaholm Offer Support-SOS


    Seaholm Offers Support, SOS (soon to become BPS SOS) is a non-profit service organization founded by BPS community member, Lisa Corey over 11 years ago. SOS supports members of the Birmingham Public Schools community. SOS provides volunteer services and limited financial support to families within the community who experience temporary need. SOS has been able to donate $2000-$4000 each week to BPS families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They are in need of additional funds in order to continue this support to our families. If you are able to help with a financial donation, please visit this link. Thank you in advance for your much-needed help.

    Counseling Corner

    Hello Derby families,

    We have already been in contact with some of you, and miss seeing all of your faces. Also, we hope all are healthy and staying safe. Please, reach out to us via our e-mails listed below if you are having a hard time with anything socially, emotionally, or academically and need to schedule a phone or video call with one of us. We will work with your schedules, but for sure be available at the following times:
    Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Mr. Miller (students with last names A-L): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    *Should it be an emergency and we are unable to reach you in a time of critical need, please call 911 or one of the below phone numbers:

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (or access the chat online link)
    National Child Abuse Hotline: call or text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) 
    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

    Before we end this note, we want to let you know that both attached and below are some documents and websites of helpful items to use to continue to take care of yourselves. (Some of these items are even fun! We’ve ADDED SOME ITEMS as of May 4th too! ) If you have questions regarding scheduling, please send us an email at the contact information below. 
    Hang in there; we’re in this together!

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller
    Ms. Kelly (KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and Mr. Miller (DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Your Derby School Counselors


    NEW ITEMS AS OF 5/4/20:

    Bingo for Calm and Connection

    Virtual Feelings Scavenger Hunt 

    Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt


    With lots of time around your family members, here are some conversation starters:

    DEEP breathing- what a stress reliever! 

    Meaningful May 2020 Calendar 

    Previously shared resources: 

    April 2020 Coping Calendar

    Corona Virus Resources - ASCA

    Find a Counselor - Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

    Find a Therapist - Psychology Today

    Helping Children Cope with Stress – World Health Organization

    Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty- Harvard University

    Let It Go

    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC

    Self-Care while Social Distancing: Twelve Ideas and Tips


    Social-Emotional Resources

    Stop, Breathe & Think

    Headspace

    SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19

    Brain Pop

    5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)

    School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)

    100+ Free Social Emotional Learning Resources

    Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute

    Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Parent Resource from NASP

    My COVID Time Capsule


    5/15/2020

    Dear Derby Families,


    A big thank you to our students and families who helped celebrate our Dragon team during staff appreciation week. I know you helped brighten their days with your notes and videos. I would also like to thank our PTA for their generous donation in honor of our staff to our BPS SOS foundation. They also helped support our hardworking Chartwells team who have been feeding our kids during this time. Thank you, PTA!

    Last week, we had three Town Hall meetings answering many different questions regarding online learning and BPS. One was hosted by our Derby PTA and two others were hosted by our superintendent, Mark Dziatczak. If you missed the meetings, you can watch the BPS one video online.

    I would like to reiterate my closing remarks from our Derby Town Hall meeting as I close our eNews. If you or your student need any assistance with anything, we are here for you. Please reach out to me, a counselor, teacher, or support staff and we will help you find whatever you may need. Dragons always stick together, but especially right now. Have a great weekend!

    Go Dragons,

    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal

     

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    National Junior Honor Society Nominations

    Nominations for NJHS have been moved to September when we arrive back at school. 7th graders (future 8th graders) can expect their nominations when we return in the fall.

    Counseling Corner

    Hello Derby families,

    We have already been in contact with some of you, and miss seeing all of your faces. Also, we hope all are healthy and staying safe. Please, reach out to us via our e-mails listed below if you are having a hard time with anything socially, emotionally, or academically and need to schedule a phone or video call with one of us. We will work with your schedules, but for sure be available at the following times:
    Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Mr. Miller (students with last names A-L): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    *Should it be an emergency and we are unable to reach you in a time of critical need, please call 911 or one of the below phone numbers:

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (or access the chat online link)
    National Child Abuse Hotline: call or text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) 
    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

    Before we end this note, we want to let you know that both attached and below are some documents and websites of helpful items to use to continue to take care of yourselves. (Some of these items are even fun! We’ve ADDED SOME ITEMS as of May 4th too! ) If you have questions regarding scheduling, please send us an email at the contact information below.
    Hang in there; we’re in this together!

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller
    Ms. Kelly (KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and Mr. Miller (DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us)
    Your Derby School Counselors


    NEW ITEMS AS OF 5/4/20:

    Bingo for Calm and Connection

    Virtual Feelings Scavenger Hunt

    Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt


    With lots of time around your family members, here are some conversation starters:

    DEEP breathing- what a stress reliever! 

    Meaningful May 2020 Calendar 

    Previously shared resources: 

    April 2020 Coping Calendar

    Corona Virus Resources - ASCA

    Find a Counselor - Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

    Find a Therapist - Psychology Today

    Helping Children Cope with Stress – World Health Organization

    Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty- Harvard University

    Let It Go

    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC

    Self-Care while Social Distancing: Twelve Ideas and Tips


    Social-Emotional Resources

    Stop, Breathe & Think

    Headspace

    SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19

    Brain Pop

    5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)

    School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)

    100+ Free Social Emotional Learning Resources

    Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute

    Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Parent Resource from NASP

    My COVID Time Capsule

     


    5/5/20202

    Hello Derby Families,

    Our district is hosting Town Hall events today and tomorrow at 7PM and 4PM led by our Superintendent, Mark Dziatczak per the schedule below.
    To submit questions in advance click Town Hall Questions.
    Link to view the Town Hall live

    As another reminder, both the district parent survey and district student survey eliciting feedback on our Continuity of Learning plan will remain open through tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6th. Your feedback is appreciated. (I sent a note earlier to the students via google classrooms.)
    Parent Survey Link
    Student Survey Link

    Schedule of BPS Town Halls:
    Tuesday, May 5
    7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Harlan Elementary School
    Pierce Elementary School
    Derby Middle School
    Seaholm High School
    Annex/Adult Transition Center

    Wednesday, May 6
    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Pembroke Elementary School
    Quarton Elementary School
    Birmingham Covington School
    Derby Middle School
    Seaholm High School
    Lincoln Street Alternative


    5/1/2020

    Dear Derby Families,


    At the end of our second full week of online learning, we are hoping your family is healthy, adjusted to the new normal, and finding some fun in the new routine. Our Derby staff is still busy helping our learners grow and pushing them to be their best. Please enjoy the following “Derby Strong” message from our DMS family to yours: Derby Strong Video

    Teacher appreciation week begins Monday, May 4th. A small email, thank you, or video sent from your child would go a long way with our teachers who have worked tirelessly these last few weeks and are really missing our students. Our teachers love getting positive notes from their students! Please encourage your learner at home to thank a teacher next week and show his or her gratitude to our Dragon staff!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thursday (5-7) Last PTA Meeting 4:30 PM via Zoom- Please see below

    Message from Band/ Orchestra/ Choir

    Please see the attached message from BT Travel with an update regarding Cedar Point Derby musical trips.

    Ms. Barclay- Band sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Mr. Karpinsky- Orchestra NKarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Mr. Hummel- Choir JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Important Messages from DERBY PTA

    April PTA Newsletter

    We know that this is a unique time for all of us and that we need to stay connected more than ever now! Join us for our last PTA meeting on May 7th at 4:30 PM. We will be hosting our final PTA meeting virtually and ask that you join us to wrap up our 2019-20 year and announce our 2020-21 slate. After we cover our normal PTA business, we will host a panel discussion with the Derby Administration.

    The link to the Zoom meeting is available in the eNews email sent at 8:15 am on 5/1/20

    It’s that time of year to select our PTA “Volunteer of the Year”. Our PTA recognizes the importance of having volunteers in our schools and rewards outstanding volunteers with this award. Please consider nominating someone for the Derby PTA Volunteer of the Year. Both you and the nominee must be a paid member of the PTA. Nominations are due by May 8th. You can use this link to submit your nomination

    Congratulations to our Derby Reflections Winners

    State Winner:

    Music Composition:
    Award of Excellence: Owen Dobrowitsky for “Beans”

    District Winners:

    Visual Arts:
    Ally Schaufler, “Warm Heart”
    Margot Nardone, “Daily Choices. Big Impact”

    Music Composition:
    Owen Dobrowitsky, “Beans”

    Literature:
    Gavin Bush, “Why Me?

    National Junior Honor Society Nominations

    Nominations for NJHS have been moved to September when we arrive back to school. 7th graders (future 8th graders) can expect their nominations when we return in the fall.

    Good Work in the Dragon Community!

    This organization was started by six local moms- two with kids at Derby!!

    FLAG (front line appreciation group) of Metro Detroit
    As we watched the number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Michigan rise dramatically in March and life continued to become more and more disrupted, we began to have conversations about what we could do to help. Our mission at FLAG of Metro Detroit is to offer support and meals to the front line medical staff, to help restaurants stay in business and to provide a way for people to help without leaving their homes. We have asked the community for donations, pooled the funds to purchase meals from local restaurants, and delivered them to front line workers in our local hospitals.

    In four weeks, we've raised over $200,000, served 25,000 meals from 40 local restaurants! We've also amassed 25,000 people in our Facebook group who come together to support each other and our community as a whole. We recently became a nonprofit so that all donations are now tax-deductible!

    This group serves as a positive light amid much uncertainty, a place to connect, lift each other up, and to bring hope. It might seem like just food, but it also sends such an important message to them that we are thinking of them, we are so grateful, and that we are all in this together!

    www.FLAGmetrodetroit.org
    Please help us spread the word!

    Counseling Corner

    Hello Derby families,

    We have already been in contact with some of you, and miss seeing all of your faces. Also, we hope all are healthy and staying safe. Please, reach out to us via our e-mails listed below if you are having a hard time with anything socially, emotionally, or academically and need to schedule a phone or video call with one of us. We will work with your schedules, but for sure be available at the following times:
    Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Mr. Miller (students with last names A-L): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Should it be an emergency and we are unable to reach you in a time of critical need, please call 911 or one of the below phone numbers:

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 

    Before we end this note, we want to let you know that both attached and below are some documents and websites of helpful items to use to continue to take care of yourselves. (Some of these items are even fun!) If you have questions regarding scheduling, please send us an email at the contact information below.

    Hang in there; we’re in this together!

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller
    Ms. Kelly (KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and Mr. Miller (DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Your Derby school counselors

    April 2020 Coping Calendar

    Corona Virus Resources - ASCA

    Find a Counselor - Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

    Find a Therapist - Psychology Today

    Helping Children Cope with Stress – World Health Organization

    Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty- Harvard University

    Let It Go

    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC

    Self-Care while Social Distancing: Twelve Ideas and Tips


    Social-Emotional Resources

    Stop, Breathe & Think

    Headspace

    SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19

    Brain Pop

    5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)

    School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)

    100+ Free Social Emotional Learning Resources

    Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute

    Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Parent Resource from NASP

    My COVID Time Capsule


    4/22/2020

    Dear Derby Families,

    Thank you to all of our Derby teachers, students, and families for such a strong start to our new online learning platform. Our hope is your family continues to develop new routines as students adjust to Office Hours and teachers’ individual Google Classrooms. At any given time at our house, you can find the kitchen table full of books and laptops, multiple people in meetings and a dog barking, all parts of our new normal. Please see below for updates from Derby. We hope you are staying healthy and finding the sunshine!

    Go Dragons,

    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    “G” Grades in PowerSchool for Q3 & Q4

    The third quarter (Q3) officially ended on Friday (4/17). At this point, due to the school closure, teachers will be entering “G” grades for all of their students in PowerSchool for the third quarter. All “G” grades will be finalized in PowerSchool by Monday (4/20). Even though there will not be the traditional grades in PowerSchool for Q3, you may also notice that the percentages for each class will remain the same as they were when the school closure began.

    Moving into the fourth quarter beginning on Monday (4/20), teachers will continue to document assignments in PowerSchool to help students and families keep track. In addition, teachers can also indicate in PowerSchool if assignments have been completed or not. This will help families support their students and keep up with the assignments. However, teachers will not be assigning grades or percentages to assignments in PowerSchool during the fourth quarter (Q4). Finally, for 6th graders that have rotation classes (Physical Education, Art, Skills for Living or Engineering Technology) as their electives, their normally scheduled fourth-quarter rotation class will also begin on Monday (4/20) and they should be receiving an invite into their new elective teacher’s Google Classroom.

    PTA Reflections Winners

    Please congratulate the following students on winning the PTA Reflections Art Contest. The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Congrats to our Derby Dragons winners, we are proud of you!

    State Winner:

    Music Composition:
    Award of Excellence: Owen Dobrowitsky for “Beans”

    District Winners:

    Visual Arts:
    Ally Schaufler, “Warm Heart”
    Margot Nardone, “Daily Choices. Big Impact”

    Music Composition:
    Owen Dobrowitsky, “Beans”

    Literature:
    Gavin Bush, “Why Me?

    A Note Regarding Refunds from Mrs. Guise

    Refund checks were picked up a week ago last Friday (they are only visiting the schools once a week to deliver/pick up mail). But then our mailperson had to add postage and deliver it to the post office. Hopefully, the checks will come this week! We appreciate how everyone has been patient as we tried to get refunds out ASAP! Thank you!

    Good Work in the Dragon Community!

    This organization was started by six local moms- two with kids at Derby!!

    FLAG (front line appreciation group) of Metro Detroit
    As we watched the number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Michigan rise dramatically in March and life continued to become more and more disrupted, we began to have conversations about what we could do to help. Our mission at FLAG of Metro Detroit is to offer support and meals to the front line medical staff, to help restaurants stay in business and to provide a way for people to help without leaving their homes. We have asked the community for donations, pooled the funds to purchase meals from local restaurants, and delivered them to front line workers in our local hospitals.

    In four weeks, we've raised over $200,000, served 25,000 meals from 40 local restaurants! We've also amassed 25,000 people in our Facebook group who come together to support each other and our community as a whole. We recently became a nonprofit so that all donations are now tax-deductible!

    This group serves as a positive light amid much uncertainty, a place to connect, lift each other up, and to bring hope. It might seem like just food, but it also sends such an important message to them that we are thinking of them, we are so grateful, and that we are all in this together!

    www.FLAGmetrodetroit.org
    Please help us spread the word!

    Counseling Corner

    Hello Derby families,

    We have already been in contact with some of you, and miss seeing all of your faces. Also, we hope all are healthy and staying safe. Please, reach out to us via our e-mails listed below if you are having a hard time with anything socially, emotionally, or academically and need to schedule a phone or video call with one of us. We will work with your schedules, but for sure be available at the following times:
    Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Mr. Miller (students with last names A-L): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Should it be an emergency and we are unable to reach you in a time of critical need, please call 911 or one of the below phone numbers:

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

    Before we end this note, we want to let you know that both attached and below are some documents and websites of helpful items to use to continue to take care of yourselves. (Some of these items are even fun!) If you have questions regarding scheduling, please send us an email at the contact information below.

    Hang in there; we’re in this together!

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Kelly and Mr. Miller
    Ms. Kelly (KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and Mr. Miller (DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us)
    Your Derby school counselors

    April 2020 Coping Calendar

    Corona Virus Resources - ASCA

    Find a Counselor - Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association

    Find a Therapist - Psychology Today

    Helping Children Cope with Stress – World Health Organization

    Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty- Harvard University

    Let It Go

    Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 - CDC

    Self-Care while Social Distancing: Twelve Ideas and Tips


    Social-Emotional Resources

    Stop, Breathe & Think

    Headspace

    SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19

    Brain Pop

    5 Mindfulness Apps (for Children)

    School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)

    100+ Free Social Emotional Learning Resources

    Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Child Mind Institute

    Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Parent Resource from NASP


    4/15/2020

    Dear Derby Families,

    Welcome to our new online learning platform for the rest of the school year! Our teachers have been working extremely hard to bring our students the best possible programs in the given circumstance. Your BPS secondary admin team has put together a special message welcoming everyone back. You can check it out here: Link to YouTube message from the admin team

    I know you have received a lot of information from BPS regarding our new platform. Here is what you can expect from our Derby team:

    • Teachers will reach out to students via email/Google classroom to make sure everyone is correctly placed.
    • Lessons/assignments are beginning to be posted
    • Wednesday/Thursday teachers will email parents
    • Teacher emails will have the schedule and instructions for the live classroom sessions.

      The live sessions are meant to help answer questions students may need help with. The expectations are that students will have the same appropriate behavior in the live sessions that they do in the classrooms when at school. Please help our staff make this a positive experience for everyone!

      Attached you will find a letter from our school psychologist, Nina Gott with information regarding special education testing and more.

      Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or ways we can support your student. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

      Go Dragons,

      Marla Otterbacher
      Principal

    4/13/2020

    Dear Derby Families,

    Although this was not the Spring Break we were expecting, I hope you all found time to enjoy some sunshine and time with loved ones. For my family, it meant time playing backyard baseball and taking some long bike rides.

    As we come back from break you will notice that the district Grade Level Google Classrooms do not have new assignments being posted to them. Our teachers are currently working on our new online learning platform in which they will have their own individual Google Classroom. Teachers will also be hosting their own “office hours” to meet students virtually, answer any questions and check in on our learners. Specific details about our program will be coming from BPS, Derby and teachers later on this week-stay tuned!

    Our Technology Services Department is working to address the needs of families who truly need technology during this time. If your family is in need of a laptop, please email Mrs. Otterbacher at MOtterbacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    We look forward to continue learning with the Dragons this week. You will be updated as soon as we have the specific timeframe!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher


    2020 8th Grade DC trip UPDATE 4/6

    Good news on the refund for this year's trip. I have posted an email I received from my Worldstrides rep below. This email outlines a change in policy for refunds for those families that did not purchase trip insurance. Those families that did purchase the insurance will maintain the full refund benefit as it was originally described in the FRP agreement.

    The second paragraph explains the change for those that did not have insurance. As I understand it, you still have the option to keep the money in your account to be applied to a future trip.

    To get your refund, or get clarity on your options, you simply need to call Worldstrides at 800-468-5899. Give them trip ID 173358


    Families,

    I want to thank you for your tremendous patience as we’ve navigated this situation with our partners at WorldStrides. I’ve just spoken with my contact there, and I hope you’ll be pleased with how they’ve cleared a path forward here that will better suit our families!

    I know we’re all disappointed by the disruptions that COVID- 19 caused and missing the chance to travel together is just one thing that is making this time so hard. WorldStrides will honor the Full Refund Program, as we’ve already discussed. Here’s the change. For those who did not purchase FRP, you will also get a similar cash refund, with an adjustment of $149 for just a small portion of WorldStrides’ unrecoverable costs including deposit paid. Your exact refund amount may vary depending on what you’ve paid in toward your trip cost. No action is required on your part to begin the refund process.

    Due to the high volume of refunds being processed, WorldStrides has asked for your understanding on timing. Families can expect to receive refunds in late June or early July.  

    -The team at Worldstrides

     

    Kindest regards

    Chris

     


    Dear Dragon Families,
     
    Bravo to our students who continue to do a great job working on the BPS Google Classrooms.  Our teachers will continue to upload assignments/enrichment activities this week. (Look for a special message from us at the end of the week!)  
     
    This week is "Virtual Spirit Week!". See below for all of the details (and attached) and join in the fun from home! We may not be able to see each other every day, but we can still show our Derby pride and share a smile. We hope you all are doing well and staying healthy!
     
    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal



    WE’VE GOT SPIRIT YES WE DO - WE’VE GOT SPIRIT HOW ABOUT YOU?
     
    o    Derby will be hosting Spirit Week next week Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 2nd.  We want YOU to participate!
    o    It is simple…follow the Spirit Day plan as stated in the attached flyer and have someone take a photograph of you each day you participate.
    o    Email your photographs to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us for a chance to see YOUR picture appear in the Derby Yearbook AND for your photograph to appear in an upcoming video that Mr. Hickmott is putting together.
     
    Who will display the most spirit…the choice is yours…we cannot wait to see your pictures!!!

     

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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:

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=21885&culture=en

    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 Mrs. Guise in the main office prior to participating. All physicals must be dated after April 15, 2019. Your student can drop it off, or you can email it (hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or fax it at (248-203-4948).

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Welcome

  • 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
    motterbacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us

      

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

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