• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: September 16th - September 20th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/15/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    What a wonderful first full week of school! Thank you to all of the families who were able to come meet the staff during our Derby Curriculum Night. We hope that you were able to learn about all of the exciting things your student will be experiencing at Derby this year. I continue to enjoy meeting all of our supporting parents.

    Below you will find a link to help you read your child’s M-Step scores. Scores were mailed home on September 13th. Thank you for reading our Weekly Update and enjoy your week!

    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

    Monday (9-16)
    Girls Tennis Away vs. West Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M. in room 203

    Tuesday (9-17)
    Girls Basketball Away vs. Country Day Middle School 4:00 PM
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. in room 203

    Wednesday (9-18)
    Girls Basketball Away vs. West Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Girls Tennis Away vs. Bloomfield Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Typing Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. in room 211 (2nd floor Computer Lab)
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged Club 3:20-5:20 P.M. in room 205

    Thursday (9-19)
    Girls Basketball Away West Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Cross Country meet Away at East Hills Middle School 4:00 PM
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-4:35 P.M. in room 119
    Girls Who Code Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. in the library 

    Friday (9-20)

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Half-day- September 26th dismissal at 11:25 a.m.


    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by …

    Receiving and reading Ms. Otterbacher’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage
    Following us on Twitter (@DerbyMS) or Facebook
    Joining the Derby Remind account. Remind will be used to give parents real-time notifications of bus delays, school cancellations, and for other purposes that Derby Administration deems appropriate. For text notifications, text @derbyms to 81010. If you have trouble with that number, please text to (989) 252-7249. You can unsubscribe to the messages at any time by replying “unsubscribe@derbyms” For e-mail notifications, send a blank e-mail to rmd.at/derbyms from a desktop computer. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to the same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. With Remind, all personal information remains confidential. Your phone number is never visible. Remind is a one way messaging email system.
    “Remind” System/Athletics-Remind will be used to notify registered users if Derby practices and/or games have been cancelled due to weather or other conditions that may cause us to cancel events. We will not use Remind to send scores or any other athletic updates. For text notifications, text @derbya to (802) 328-5168. If you wish to unsubscribe, reply unsubscribe@derbya. For e-mail notifications, send a blank email to derbya@email.remind.com. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).

    Parents of current 7th Graders and/or New-To-District Students:
    It is important for all parents/guardians to know that Michigan law requires all students be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases in order to attend school. The immunization status of all 7th grade students as well as all new-to-district students will be assessed by October 15th, 2019 in accordance with Public Act 89.
    To prevent your child from being excluded from school, please ensure that your child’s immunizations are up to date. If your child is unvaccinated, an Immunization Waiver Form must be obtained from the Oakland County Health Department and submitted every school year. If you have any questions regarding your children’s immunization status, please reach out to your pediatrician, the Oakland County Health Department or Robin McIntyre, Derby Counseling Office (rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us).


    PTA Volunteer Opportunity
    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. 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 for your support!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    THESE ARE THE DAYS - DERBY 2020 YEARBOOK – ORDER TODAY!!!
    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 and 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, so order TODAY! To obtain an order form please pick one up in the Main Office or email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy.

    M-STEP Scores
    Dear Families,
    The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) was administered to students in grades 3-8 and Michigan Merit Exam at grade 11 in the spring of 2019. Your child’s test results reports are being sent via USPS on September 13th. The link below provides instructions on how to read your child’s M-Step scores.
    https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/How_to_Read_Score_Report_Grades_3-8_531963_7.pdf

    LINKS
    Derby Families,
    Please consider donating your box tops to the Derby LINKS program. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 150 students participate in. The money goes to buy toys and games for rec time, as well as art supplies and snacks when we have parties.
    You can find a list of products that have box tops here:
    https://www.boxtops4education.com/
    Box tops can be turned into the counseling office. Thank you so much for your support of the Derby Links Program!
    Elizabeth Wilde, LMSW

    Derby Science Olympiad
    Are you creative, inquisitive or interested in Circuits, Solar System or Building? Did you do Science Olympiad in elementary school? Derby Dragons Science Olympiad team is building on last year’s success. If this sounds interesting join us Monday, 9/23 at 7:00 P.M. in the Derby Library for our Derby Science Olympiad parent and student Informational Meeting! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund (kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Kevin O’Brien (kevobr@comcast.net). There is a great deal of information about the program on the website: https://www.soinc.org/
    Hope to see you there!!!!


    Soccer Clinic
    All Birmingham Schools have ½ day Thursday, September 26! What better way to spend the afternoon! Seaholm Men’s Soccer Team is hosting a Clinic for 1st-6th grade boys and girls on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm!
    Players will have fun improving their skills through various drills and team building exercises.
    See attached flyer for more exciting details
    Registration online at: www.seaholmboyssoccer.com

    Seaholm Football Night
    Coaches and Derby Community -

    I am writing to share the date of our youth Football Night at Maple Field: September 20th vs. Rochester at 7pm. All Youth wearing football jerseys or cheer apparel (boys and girls) will receive free admission and a ticket for a free hotdog and drink. We would love to have a strong showing of Derby Dragons in their football jerseys!

    We will also be honoring our veterans at this game and are thrilled that we will have a B-17 Flyover at 7pm in honor of those who have served our country. It will be a game to remember and your players will not want to miss.

    LINKS FROM CHARTWELLS

    Free and Reduced Lunch Application

    Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Lunch Program

    BPS District Meal Balance Policy Letter

    2019-2020 Chartwells Parent Lunch Newsletter

    Birmingham NFL SNAP Flag Football League – Fall 2019
    Sept. 22-Nov. 3
    Preschool-8th Grade ∙ Recreational ∙ Non-Contact ∙ Coed ∙
    Seaholm/Groves Turf ∙ Sundays ∙
    Teams are forming now for every grade/school in the district.
    Register by Sept. 15 at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800

    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education Foundation
    Dear Derby Family, Welcome back!
    We all want our kids to have the best possible education, which is why I support the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF). Each year, the BEF grants upwards of $100,000 towards projects that enrich and enhance education for all BPS students. I hope you will join me in donating to the BEF this year. If every family in our district gave just $35, we would start the year with more than $175,000 to grant, allowing teachers to provide innovative experiences and opportunities that go above and beyond for our kids. Below is a list of the grants impacting Derby last year, totaling $5,690. With your help, we know that we can give even greater support this year. Sincerely,
    Ben Dolan BEF President & dad of Groves & Berkshire students

    Your support will help BPS teachers make great things happen in our schools! Please make checks payable to the Birmingham Education Foundation.

    Grants Awarded to Derby Last Year
    W.E.B. Program, R. Meyer, $4,190
    Classroom Library Project, K. Westerlund, $500
    100% of Derby Teachers Supporting the BEF, $1,000

    To learn more or give online, visit www.supportbef.org
    Donation Amount: $ _______________
    Name: ____________________________________________________
    Address: ___________________________________________________
    City: _____________________________________ Zip: _____________
    Phone: ____________________________________________________
    Email: ____________________________________________________
    Please Charge My Card (Circle one): Visa/Mastercard AMEX Discover
    Card #: _________________________________ Exp. Date: __________
    Signature: _________________________________ CVN: ____________
    I am interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the BEF! I have enclosed an employer matching gift form. The Birmingham Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 | 248-203-3030 | BEF@birmingham.k12.mi.us www.supportbef.org

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: September 9th - September 13th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 9/8/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,
    What a great first week of school! It was a week of excitement with new teachers and new friends. For our incoming 6th graders, it was a big week of “firsts” and they did wonderful! I truly hope your student felt welcomed into our community this week.

    Please read below to find information on clubs that are starting (information was also sent home via hard copy), curriculum night coming up on Thursday, September 12th and ways to be connected. Our Derby Staff looks forward to hosting you this week. 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

    Monday (9-9)

    Tuesday (9-10)

    Wednesday (9-11)

    Thursday (9-12)
    Mathematics Curriculum Information Session (if interested in the media center) 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Counseling Department Presentation (if interested in the cafeteria) 6:00-6:30
    Derby Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Formally starts at 6:30 p.m)

    Friday (9-13)
    6th Grade Neon Night 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Half-day- September 26th dismissal at 11:25 a.m.


    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by …
    Receiving and reading Ms. Otterbacher’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage
    Following us on Twitter (@DerbyMS) or Facebook
    Joining the Derby Remind account. Remind will be used to give parents real-time notifications of bus delays, school cancellations, and for other purposes that Derby Administration deems appropriate. For text notifications, text @derbyms to 81010. If you have trouble with that number, please text to (989) 252-7249. You can unsubscribe to the messages at any time by replying “unsubscribe@derbyms” For e-mail notifications, send a blank e-mail to rmd.at/derbyms from a desktop computer. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to the same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. With Remind, all personal information remains confidential. Your phone number is never visible. Remind is a one way messaging email system.
    “Remind” System/Athletics-Remind will be used to notify registered users if Derby practices and/or games have been cancelled due to weather or other conditions that may cause us to cancel events. We will not use Remind to send scores or any other athletic updates. For text notifications, text @derbya to (802) 328-5168. If you wish to unsubscribe, reply unsubscribe@derbya. For e-mail notifications, send a blank email to derbya@email.remind.com. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).

    PTA Volunteer Opportunity
    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. 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 for your support!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    6th GRADE NEON NIGHT BASH

    This is a shout out for all incoming 6th Grade Derby Dragons…the Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team is hosting Derby’s Annual 6th Grade
    Neon Night and you’ll want to be there! Here are some important details for you:

    Who…All 6th Grade Derby Dragons
    What…Neon Night Bash…Dancing with DJ’s from Star Trax Entertainment…Open Basketball…Friends…Prizes and more!!!
    Where…Derby Middle School Cafeteria, Gym and Courtyard
    When…Friday, September 13th from 6-8:00PM
    Cost…Admission $10 (bring additional money for concessions)
    *Please send exact change for admission.

    Wear your neon and come dress to impress…there will be prizes for the best neon outfits. There will be a gift card prizes for dance contests and basketball Lightening Competitions throughout the night. Many good concessions will be sold…pizza, candy, pop and more!!! This is an event you DO NOT want to miss! Come and enjoy an evening of FUN with your fellow 6th Grade Dragons!!!

    Any questions can be directed to Mrs. McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    We look forward to seeing you at Neon Night…bring out the FUN!!!

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs
    As we venture into the crips days of autumn, it is time to jump into some Derby after school activities. Our fall clubs begin the week of September 16th and include such offerings as Chess Club, Sewing Club, Coding Clubs, Green Team, Typing 101, Fantasy Gaming Unplugged, Competitive Video Gaming, Music Club, and Nature Club. Get a registration form from your A2 teacher, in the main office or on the Derby website homepage.

    Box Tops for LINKS

    Please consider donating your box tops to the Derby LINKS program. We get 10 cents for every box top, so this can really help to fund our peer to peer program that over 150 students participate in. The money goes to buy toys and games for rec time, as well as art supplies and snacks when we have parties.

    You can find a list of products that have box tops here:
    https://www.boxtops4education.com/

    Box tops can be turned into the counseling office. Thank you so much for your support of the Derby Links Program!

    DONATE BOOKS
    Do you have gently used children’s books for ages birth-8 years that your family has outgrown? Please consider donating your books to benefit Brilliant Detroit. There is a collection box in the Main Office. Books can be donated between the hours of
    7:30 AM-3:30 PM or during Curriculum Night September 12th. Books will be collected through October 6th.
    Brilliant Detroit
    “In 2015 Brilliant Detroit was created to provide a radically new approach to kindergarten readiness in neighborhoods. The idea was to create a unique delivery model in our approach to early childhood development by using underutilized housing stock to create early child and family centers in neighborhoods. Input was gathered and a model that is designed with, for, and by neighbors was built. Brilliant Detroit homes provide holistic services for kids 0-8 predicated on evidence-based programs around health, family support, and education. Brilliant Detroit was born to create kid success neighborhoods. Today, in each location, neighbors come together for fellowship, activities and learning to assure school readiness, and provide needed support for families.”

    LINKS FROM CHARTWELLS

    Free and Reduced Lunch Application

    Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Lunch Program

    BPS District Meal Balance Policy Letter

    2019-2020 Chartwells Parent Lunch Newsletter


    Birmingham NFL SNAP Flag Football League – Fall 2019
    Sept. 22-Nov. 3
    Preschool-8th Grade ∙ Recreational ∙ Non-Contact ∙ Coed ∙
    Seaholm/Groves Turf ∙ Sundays ∙
    Teams are forming now for every grade/school in the district.
    Register by Sept. 15 at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800

    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education Foundation
    Dear Derby Family, Welcome back!
    We all want our kids to have the best possible education, which is why I support the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF). Each year, the BEF grants upwards of $100,000 towards projects that enrich and enhance education for all BPS students. I hope you will join me in donating to the BEF this year. If every family in our district gave just $35, we would start the year with more than $175,000 to grant, allowing teachers to provide innovative experiences and opportunities that go above and beyond for our kids. Below is a list of the grants impacting Derby last year, totaling $5,690. With your help, we know that we can give even greater support this year. Sincerely,
    Ben Dolan BEF President & dad of Groves & Berkshire students

    Your support will help BPS teachers make great things happen in our schools! Please make checks payable to the Birmingham Education Foundation.

    Grants Awarded to Derby Last Year
    W.E.B. Program, R. Meyer, $4,190
    Classroom Library Project, K. Westerlund, $500
    100% of Derby Teachers Supporting the BEF, $1,000

    To learn more or give online, visit www.supportbef.org
    Donation Amount: $ _______________
    Name: ____________________________________________________
    Address: ___________________________________________________
    City: _____________________________________ Zip: _____________
    Phone: ____________________________________________________
    Email: ____________________________________________________
    Please Charge My Card (Circle one): Visa/Mastercard AMEX Discover
    Card #: _________________________________ Exp. Date: __________
    Signature: _________________________________ CVN: ____________
    I am interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the BEF! I have enclosed an employer matching gift form. The Birmingham Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 | 248-203-3030 | BEF@birmingham.k12.mi.us www.supportbef.org

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: September 3rd - September 6th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 9/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

    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

    Monday (9-2)
    Labor Day Holiday
    Tuesday (9-3)
    First Day of School! Half-Day dismissal at 11:25 a.m.

    Wednesday (9-4)

    Thursday (9-5)
    Make-Up Picture Day! 8:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
    Tennis Parent Meeting at 6:30 in the Derby cafeteria. 

    Friday (9-6)
    PTA Meeting 9:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m. in the Derby cafeteria.

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Derby Curriculum Night-Thursday, Sept 12th 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    6th Grade Neon Night- Friday, September 13th 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


    Your student may purchase planners, locks and lockerworks on Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th in the cafeteria between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.
    Cash or checks are accepted. Please make checks out to Derby Middle School. Exact change is appreciated.

    Derby Planners: $10.00
    Lockerworks: $20.00 (hanging shelf organizers that fit our narrow lockers) 
    Locks: $6.00 each (Red locks are for Gym Lockers/ Blue locks are for hallway lockers)

    If your student needs a copy of their schedule, please have them see 
    Ms. McIntyre in the Counseling Office to obtain a copy.

    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by …
    Receiving and reading Ms. Otterbacher’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage
    Following us on Twitter (@DerbyMS) or Facebook
    Joining the Derby Remind account. Remind will be used to give parents real-time notifications of bus delays, school cancellations, and for other purposes that Derby Administration deems appropriate. For text notifications, text @derbyms to 81010. If you have trouble with that number, please text to (989) 252-7249. You can unsubscribe to the messages at any time by replying “unsubscribe@derbyms” For email notifications, send a blank email to rmd.at/derbyms from a desktop computer. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to the same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. With Remind, all personal information remains confidential. Your phone number is never visible. Remind is a one way messaging email system.
    “Remind” System/Athletics-Remind will be used to notify registered users if Derby practices and/or games have been cancelled due to weather or other conditions that may cause us to cancel events. We will not use Remind to send scores or any other athletic updates. For text notifications, text @derbya to (802) 328-5168. If you wish to unsubscribe, reply unsubscribe@derbya. For e-mail notifications, send a blank email to derbya@email.remind.com. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).

    PTA Volunteer Opportunities
    Book Room Parent Volunteers: Welcome Back! Derby students will be heading to the book room during certain classes during the first week of school to check-out their math, ELA, and social studies textbooks. I am in need of a few parent/adult volunteers to assist with this effort. Please visit the following link to sign up for a time or two ----https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4fa5ae2aa20-book.

    Thank you in advance for your support😊
    Kathy Westerlund

    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. 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 for your support!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    6th GRADE NEON NIGHT BASH

    This is a shout out for all incoming 6th Grade Derby Dragons…the Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team is hosting Derby’s Annual 6th Grade
    Neon Night and you’ll want to be there! Here are some important details for you:

    Who…All 6th Grade Derby Dragons
    What…Neon Night Bash…Dancing with DJ’s from Star Trax Entertainment…Open Basketball…Friends…Prizes and more!!!
    Where…Derby Middle School Cafeteria, Gym and Courtyard
    When…Friday, September 13th from 6-8:00PM
    Cost…Admission $10 (bring additional money for concessions)
    *Please send exact change for admission.

    Wear your neon and come dress to impress…there will be prizes for the best neon outfits. There will be a gift card prizes for dance contests and basketball Lightening Competitions throughout the night. Many good concessions will be sold…pizza, candy, pop and more!!! This is an event you DO NOT want to miss! Come and enjoy an evening of FUN with your fellow 6th Grade Dragons!!!

    Any questions can be directed to Mrs. McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    We look forward to seeing you at Neon Night…bring out the FUN!!!

    Derby Safety & Security Rules 
    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult supervised activity (study session, practice, club etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria. 

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:30. Students who stay after school in an adult supervised activity, must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides, will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Picking up Your Student During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. The parent/guardian must come in to the Main Office to sign out his/her child.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop off and pick up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Thank you!

    To Report an Absence:
    To notify the school of a student’s absence, a parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service 248-203-5000 option 2 no later than 8:00 a.m. or by email at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us on the school day of the absence. Please note that sending a note to your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or email.

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we now have a cart located in the vestibule when you walk into the school. Please place your child’s belongings on the cart with their name. It is your child’s responsibility to check the cart in between their classes.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am-3:14 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member. 

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time. 

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday. Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.


    Message from the Superintendent:
    The following is a recap of a few important notes about the coming school year from our Superintendent, Mr. Mark Dziatczak. If you missed his Welcome Back letter on Aug. 29, please take a moment to note some key areas the District will focus on this year. 

    · Strategic Plan 2020
    o Last year, the District ended the 2014-18 Strategic Plan. As we turn our sights to the future, we will be seeking community feedback on the direction of BPS. Our students have achieved great things and continue to astound us as they enter the workforce and positively impact our world. We know that with the support of our community we can create a direction for our District that will raise our students’ achievements to new and exciting heights. Look for details on our Strategic Planning process on our website at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/strategicplan2020.
    · Long-range planning
    o Our Board of Education is looking ahead to 2030, and has asked that we begin a facility needs survey to ensure the safest, strongest learning environments for our students. As a District, we’ll work to prioritize needs and share more information on a Capital Improvements Plan later this fall.
    · Operating Millage: Restore, replace and extend
    o On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 voters will be asked to consider a ballot proposal to restore, replace and extend the BPS Operating Millage. The proposal will ask voters to restore the state-expected, 18 mill levy on non-homestead (commercial) property for this school year, replace the current non-homestead millage authorization to 21 mills, while allowing the District to levy no more than the 18 mills allowed by our state on non-homestead (commercial) properties. The proposal also asks residents to extend the homestead rate through 2028 without a tax increase to homeowners, eliminating the need for an Operating Millage proposal in 2021. Learn more at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/millage2019.
    · Financial stability
    o Last year, BPS reduced expenditures in the 2019-2020 budget by nearly $4 million. This year, we will continue our work to align our spending with our revenues with a commitment to keep cuts as far from the classroom as possible. Learn more about our work on the 2019-20 budget at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/budget.

    BPS Staff Appreciation Video:
    Learn why BPS is a great place to work, learn and grow! BPS staff members are positively impacting our world and young learners each and every day! Check out the following video to see more: https://youtu.be/UFpc2kQdefg 

    A Change in the way we handle AP and Counselor Student Caseloads:
    Assistant Principals:
    Carman Smith--6th grade AP (working on transitioning students into middle school), 7th grade - Students with last names ending in A - L
    Fred Costello--8th grade AP (working on transitioning students into high school), 7th grade - Students with last names ending in M - Z
    Counselors:
    Durand Miller - Students with last names ending in A - L
    Katie Kelly - Students with last names ending in M - Z
    (Counselors will loop with students all three years)

    School Pictures and Student ID Card 
    Kaiser Studio will be the photography company that we will be partnering with for the 2019-20 school year. School pictures will be taken at registration and a Student ID Card will be printed immediately. You may order pictures on the day of registration or you may pre-order picture packets using a credit card prior to the day of registration by visiting the Kaiser Studio website. Once you are on the Kaiser Studio website, click on "Order Pictures" and then on "Prepay Order" The login password is DERBY2019. From there you will complete the student information, place your order, and make a payment. To view order choices prior to visiting the website or attending registration, please click on the following links: Derby Order Flyer and Derby Order Form.

    Athletics

    Cross Country (6, 7 & 8)

    Football (7 & 8)

    Girls' Basketball (6, 7 & 8)

    Girls' Tennis (6, 7 & 8)

    •         Students must have a physical on file, dated on or after April 15, 2019.
    •         Students must also register for fall sports at:

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=19031&culture=en


    District 2019-2020 Calendar Update
    Find our finalized calendars at: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/calendars
    2019-20 Break Schedule
    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school (Half Day, AM only)
    Sept. 26 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Winter Recess
    Jan. 20 – No School (MLK Day)
    Feb. 14 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Feb. 17-21 – Midwinter Recess
    April 6-10 – Spring Recess
    April 24 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)
    Friday, June 12 – Last day of school


    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education Foundation
    Dear Derby Family, Welcome back! 
    We all want our kids to have the best possible education, which is why I support the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF). Each year, the BEF grants upwards of $100,000 towards projects that enrich and enhance education for all BPS students. I hope you will join me in donating to the BEF this year. If every family in our district gave just $35, we would start the year with more than $175,000 to grant, allowing teachers to provide innovative experiences and opportunities that go above and beyond for our kids. Below is a list of the grants impacting Derby last year, totaling $5,690. With your help, we know that we can give even greater support this year. Sincerely, 
    Ben Dolan BEF President & dad of Groves & Berkshire students

    Your support will help BPS teachers make great things happen in our schools! Please make checks payable to the Birmingham Education Foundation.

    Grants Awarded to Derby Last Year 
    W.E.B. Program, R. Meyer, $4,190 
    Classroom Library Project, K. Westerlund, $500 
    100% of Derby Teachers Supporting the BEF, $1,000

    To learn more or give online, visit www.supportbef.org 
    Donation Amount: $ _______________ 
    Name: ____________________________________________________
    Address: ___________________________________________________ 
    City: _____________________________________ Zip: _____________
    Phone: ____________________________________________________ 
    Email: ____________________________________________________ 
    Please Charge My Card (Circle one): Visa/Mastercard AMEX Discover 
    Card #: _________________________________ Exp. Date: __________ 
    Signature: _________________________________ CVN: ____________ 
    I am interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the BEF! I have enclosed an employer matching gift form. The Birmingham Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 | 248-203-3030 | BEF@birmingham.k12.mi.us www.supportbef.org

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: August 26th - August 29th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 8/26/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Dear Derby Families,

    What a week to be a dragon! We welcomed our incoming 6th graders this week with our WEB orientation and Destination Derby. 6th graders made new friends, went on a scavenger hunt and learned what it means to be dragon with activities on empathy compassion. We were very proud of our WEB 8th grade mentors as they guided our new learners throughout the week. We are off to a great beginning!

    Please read below for the office hours for the week. We will officially be welcoming back our teachers with staff events throughout the district, therefore the office has changing hours this week. You will also find information below about joining our Remind account. Remind allows you to receive text messages about late buses, school closings and more.

    I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the parent and student volunteers who helped make registration run so smoothly. The Derby Team is truly something to be proud of!

    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
    Monday (8-26)
    Office Hours 8:00 am-3:00 pm 
    Tuesday (8-27)
    Office Hours 8:00 am-11:00 am
    Wednesday (8-28)
    Office Hours 8:00 am-3:00 pm
    Thursday (8-29)
    Office Hours 8:00 am- 3:00 pm
    Friday (8-30)
    Office Hours 8:00 am-12:00 pm


    Mark Your Calendar-
    First Day of School!
    First day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. Please note that this is a half-day. Students will be dismissed at 11:25 a.m.
    Make-Up Picture Day
    Thursday, September 5th 8:15-11:15
    Derby Curriculum Night 
    Thursday, Sept 12th 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by …
    Receiving and reading Ms. Otterbacher’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage
    Following us on Twitter (@DerbyMS) or Facebook
    Joining the Derby Remind account. Remind will be used to give parents real-time notifications of bus delays, school cancellations, and for other purposes that Derby Administration deems appropriate. For text notifications, text @derbyms to 81010. If you have trouble with that number, please text to (989) 252-7249. You can unsubscribe to the messages at any time by replying “unsubscribe@derbyms” For e-mail notifications, send a blank e-mail to rmd.at/derbyms from a desktop computer. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to the same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. With Remind, all personal information remains confidential. Your phone number is never visible. Remind is a one way messaging email system.
    “Remind” System/Athletics-Remind will be used to notify registered users if Derby practices and/or games have been canceled due to weather or other conditions that may cause us to cancel events. We will not use Remind to send scores or any other athletic updates. For text notifications, text @derbya to (802) 328-5168. If you wish to unsubscribe, reply unsubscribe@derbya. For e-mail notifications, send a blank email to derbya@email.remind.com. To unsubscribe at any point, send an email to the same address and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).


    Come Support Soccer at Seaholm
    The Seaholm Men’s Soccer team will be hosting Bloomfield Hills High School next Tuesday, August 27th at Maple Field. JV starts at 5:30 PM and Varsity immediately following at 7:00 PM. Please join us as we Kick off our first home game of the 2019 Season. This will also be our first Club night. Free admission for all K-8 rec and travel club players that wear their team jersey. Please come out and support the team!

    PTA Volunteer Opportunity
    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. 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 you are able to volunteer.
    Thank you for your support!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2


    Derby Safety & Security Rules 
    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult-supervised activity (study session, practice, club etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria. 

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:30. Students who stay after school in an adult-supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Picking Your Student Up During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. The parent/guardian must come in to the Main Office to sign out his/her child.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop off and pick up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Thank you!

    To Report an Absence:
    To notify the school of a student’s absence, a parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service 248-203-5000 option 2 no later than 8:00 a.m. or by email at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us on the school day of the absence. Please note that sending a note to your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report the absence to the attendance phone line or email.

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we now have a cart located in the vestibule when you walk into the school. Please place your child’s belongings on the cart with their name. It is your child’s responsibility to check the cart in between their classes.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am-3:14 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member. 

    Food / Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time. 

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home every day. Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.

    A Change in the way we handle AP and Counselor Student Caseloads:
    Assistant Principals:
    Carman Smith--6th grade AP (working on transitioning students into middle school), 7th grade - Students with last names ending in A - L
    Fred Costello--8th grade AP (working on transitioning students into high school), 7th grade - Students with last names ending in M - Z
    Counselors:
    Durand Miller - Students with last names ending in A - L
    Katie Kelly - Students with last names ending in M - Z
    (Counselors will loop with students all three years)

    School Pictures and Student ID Card 
    Kaiser Studio will be the photography company that we will be partnering with for the 2019-20 school year. School pictures will be taken at registration and a Student ID Card will be printed immediately. You may order pictures on the day of registration or you may pre-order picture packets using a credit card prior to the day of registration by visiting the Kaiser Studio website. Once you are on the Kasier Studio website, click on "Order Pictures" and then on "Prepay Order" The login password is DERBY2019. From there you will complete the student information, place your order, and make a payment. To view order choices prior to visiting the website or attending registration, please click on the following links: Derby Order Flyer and Derby Order Form.

    Athletics
    Cross Country (6, 7 & 8)
    Football (7 & 8)
    Girls' Basketball (6, 7 & 8)
    Girls' Tennis (6, 7 & 8)
    · Students must have a physical on file, dated on or after April 15, 2019.
    · Students must also register for fall sports at:
    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=19031&culture=en

    Band Information:
    If any student would like their school instruments before school starts and their band lockers, they are welcome to come get them in the band room. This would include instruments for any student playing Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba. Any trombone students should keep their personal instrument at home and they will be given a school instrument for classroom use. ANY student wanting their assigned locker space can get that during registration. 6th-grade students should be prepared to have their RED Standard of Excellence book form 5th grade to start the year. There will be a classroom set for anyone needing to borrow a book.


    District 2019-2020 Calendar Update
    Find our finalized calendars at: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/calendars
    2019-20 Break Schedule
    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school (Half Day, AM only)
    Sept. 26 – All Schools half-day (AM only)
    Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Winter Recess
    Jan. 20 – No School (MLK Day)
    Feb. 14 – All Schools half-day (AM only)
    Feb. 17-21 – Midwinter Recess
    April 6-10 – Spring Recess
    April 24 – All Schools half-day (AM only)
    May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)
    Friday, June 12 – Last day of school


    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education Foundation
    Dear Derby Family, Welcome back! 
    We all want our kids to have the best possible education, which is why I support the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF). Each year, the BEF grants upwards of $100,000 towards projects that enrich and enhance education for all BPS students. I hope you will join me in donating to the BEF this year. If every family in our district gave just $35, we would start the year with more than $175,000 to grant, allowing teachers to provide innovative experiences and opportunities that go above and beyond for our kids. Below is a list of the grants impacting Derby last year, totaling $5,690. With your help, we know that we can give even greater support this year.

    Sincerely, 
    Ben Dolan BEF President & dad of Groves & Berkshire students

    Your support will help BPS teachers make great things happen in our schools! Please make checks payable to the Birmingham Education Foundation.

    Grants Awarded to Derby Last Year 
    W.E.B. Program, R. Meyer, $4,190 
    Classroom Library Project, K. Westerlund, $500 
    100% of Derby Teachers Supporting the BEF, $1,000

    To learn more or give online, visit www.supportbef.org
    Donation Amount: $ _______________ 
    Name: ____________________________________________________
    Address: ___________________________________________________ 
    City: _____________________________________ Zip: _____________
    Phone: ____________________________________________________ 
    Email: ____________________________________________________ 
    Please Charge My Card (Circle one): Visa/Mastercard AMEX Discover 
    Card #: _________________________________ Exp. Date: __________ 
    Signature: _________________________________ CVN: ____________ 
    I am interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with the BEF! I have enclosed an employer matching gift form. The Birmingham Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and gifts are tax deductible as provided by law. 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 | 248-203-3030 | BEF@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    www.supportbef.org

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  • NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION:
    The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning/working environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. There will be no tolerance for discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, disability or age. The District prohibits harassment and other forms of discrimination whether occurring at school, on District property, in a District vehicle, or at any District related activity or event. The Superintendent will designate compliance officers and develop and implement regulations for the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Students - Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to: Executive Director of Special Education, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000.