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  • Dear Derby Families,

    The Dragons had another successful week! Each of our tennis, basketball, football and cross country teams brought home victory this week. Mr. Smith, Mrs. Papp and I also had the privilege of being serenaded by our 8th grade choir in the main office when the class took it’s show on the road! We love when our students share their talents!

    This week, we can’t wait to welcome 6th grade families to breakfast at 7:15 on Wednesday. Thank you to PAC for sponsoring this event. 

    We hope everyone enjoys this “it feels like fall” weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher

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

    Monday (10-14)
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M.

    Tuesday (10-15)
    Girls Tennis Home vs. BHMS 4:00 PM
    Girls Basketball Away vs. Covington 4:00 PM
    Chess Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-16)
    6th Grade Breakfast: 7:15 am-7:50 am The cafeteria is closed for all other students.
    Girls Tennis Away vs. Berkshire 4:00 PM
    Football Home vs. Avondale Middle School 4:30 PM
    Typing Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (10-17)
    Girls Basketball Home vs. Berkshire 4:00 PM
    Cross Country Meet Home vs. Bloomfield Hills 4:00 PM
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:30 P.M.
    Competitive Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Friday (10-18)

    Mark Your Calendar-
    October 25th All School Halloween Bash 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    National PTA Reflections
    Unleash Your Inner Artist- Reflect on the theme, 
    “Look Within”
    Create original art in the categories of dance, film, literature, music,
    photography and visual arts. 
    Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships. 
    Download Rules and Entry Forms 
    at: PTA_Reflections.
    Deadline for the 2019 Reflections Program is Wednesday, November 6th 
    Drop off bin front office Questions? Contact Lisa Nardone

    Derby is Hiring!
    We are looking to hire a couple Noon Aides at Derby. The hours are 11 am – 1 pm and pay is between $10-11/hour. Ideally, we need someone Mon – Fri starting as soon as possible. Please consider the job for yourself, a friend, an older child, a retired neighbor….. 
    Please reach out to Heather Guise,, if you are interested.

    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 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.

    Attention All 6th Grade Families!!!
    Please join us for the annual welcome breakfast for all 6th graders and their families on Wednesday, October 16th from 7:15-7:50am in the Derby cafeteria. This is a wonderful Derby tradition and a great way to meet your child’s new friends and other 6th grade families. This is an informal event, so please stop in anytime during the breakfast. A continental breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, fruit and drinks will be served. If your family is unable to attend, your 6th grader is welcome to come without a parent. Please RSVP through the following link on sign-up genius by indicating the family name and number of attendees.
    Thank you!!
    Lisa Kelley

    8th Grade Parents:

    This year’s DC trip is going to be a blast - and educational too- for the students. Here's what you need to know:
    • We will host an interest meeting for new registrants on October 30th at 6:30pm in the Derby Library.
    • Our Trip ID is 173358. Use this to sign up at or by phone at 800-468-5899.
    • Pay only a $99 deposit to sign up. The remaining balance of $1,275 is spread out into smaller amounts and paid monthly prior to the trip.
    Contact WorldStrides for many helpful tools, such as FLAG financial assistance and Gift of Education Fundraising Program, to help you pay for your trip.

    All the best,

    Mr. Halverson

    P.S. – If you have already signed up for the trip, thank you. And, if you know of other parents who have yet to sign up, please share this with them!

    Attention Parents - Lunch Bags:
    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.

    Flu Vaccines at Derby 
    Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
    3:00 – 5:30 PM
    Derby Cafeteria
    · Vaccinations for 8 years old and up, Quadrivalent available, and high dose for 65+.
    · Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    · Free with most insurances. Please bring your medical card and your prescription card.
    · $ 5 off coupon with the shot.
    The Flu Guide For Parents:
    *** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***

    Seaholm Open House
    The Seaholm Community Open House will be Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00pm. The Open House gives prospective students the opportunity to tour the building with current Seaholm students, meet teachers in each subject area and more! We hope that the Open House will give your student a good sense of the opportunities Seaholm has to offer.

    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 Oakland County Health Department for any 7th grader or new student, for the current reporting year only”. 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 (

    Message from 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. We have had a lot of inquiries about the club. Now if the time to act. Please visit the Derby Club webpage,the main office, or Mrs. Westerlund to get a Science Olympiad Registration form, and drop it off along with the $35 fee in the office by Monday, October 14th. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund ( or Kevin O’Brien ( There is a great deal of information about the program on the website:

    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 7:30-8:00 a.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

    Attention all 7th and 8th Grade GirlsDo you like Science and/or Math?Do you want to explore what it means to be an Engineer?
    We have a wonderful opportunity for you!!

    Day 1: Thursday, October 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 at Seaholm High School
    You will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities with Mr. Simms and his robotics team, Automation Nation. You will program one robotics system, then operate and drive other systems.You will also use a laser cutter to create a key chain. We will leave Derby at 3:00 on the 24th. 

    Day 2: Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 at Seaholm High School 
    You will attend the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association competition. We will be guided by JaCinda Sumara, Consultant for Career Focused Education at Oakland Schools. Students will need to arrange their own transportation home from Seaholm on October 24th and transportation to and from Seaholm on October 30th. 

    More specific information about drop-off and pick-up will be provided before October 24th. Forms were distributed Friday, October 11th and there additional forms are in the office (and attached). Please fill out and return to your math teacher, Mrs. Hart, or Mrs. Westerlund at Derby by Monday, October 21st.
    Email Lisa Hart with any questions 
    **We will provide protective glasses at the competition.
    You must wear closed toed shoes.**

    Groves Garage Sale
    To benefit Groves PTA and Booster Groups
    Where: Groves High School 20500 West 13 Mile Rd (Just west of Evergreen)
    When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 9am to 4pm Early entry at 8am for $2 
    Sunday, October 20, 2019 9am to 1pm 50% Off All Day 
    $5 Bag Sale starting at 11am(soft items only) 
    DONATE . . . From timeless treasures you don’t have space for to gently worn fashions you don’t have a need for.
    Drop Off at the Commons Entrance 
    Wednesday, October 16th & Thursday, October 17th 4pm to 9pm 
    Donations are Tax Deductible- forms available.
    Clean clothes, toys, books, furniture, sports equipment, bicycles, electronics (no tube-type TVs), small appliances, housewares and more.
    Help Our Community Reduce, ReUse & ReCycle 
    If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact: 
    Adam Acey -

    BPS Family Pride 
    BPS Family Pride is made up of LGBTQ+ families and allies who wish to show their families that all you need is love. 
    We have a ton of fun events planned for 2019/2020 and everyone is welcome. Details on these events can be found on our Facebook page @BPSFamilyPride or you can contact Christine Voss at

    BPS Family Pride 2019/2020 Events
    Sep 16 @ 6:30pm welcome back on Greenfield playground & launch of our Fall Philanthropy Project
    Oct 13 Cider Mill- Spicers Orchard in Fenton at 11 a.m.
    Nov 16 @ 11:30am in Bloomfield - Philanthropy Project Assembly
    Dec Moonbeams at Beaumont (date TBD)
    Jan 4 Social at Lemont’s House (evening event- details TBD)
    Jan 26 Family Friendly Showdown @ Go Comedy 4pm (purchase tickets directly with Go Comedy)
    Feb 3 @ 6:30pm meeting at Greenfield- Discuss challenges or biases our kids face in school
    Mar 6 bowling and ice cream (details TBD)
    Apr 24 Escape Room (details TBD)
    May 29 @ 6:30-8pm end of year social on Greenfield playground

    Message from BBCC (Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition)
    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 18 years of age or under, we would appreciate your input.
    Please click on the following link to begin:
    Thank you!
    This survey will provide us with a greater understanding about our parents: 
    Top concerns about their child’s well-being 
    Areas where they need support 
    Preferred methods of receiving information and support 
    Concerns and perceptions about substance use
    Concerns and perceptions about youth mental health
    Go to resource(s) for substance use or mental health support for their child

    BPS District Message
    Hello Teaching and Learning Council,
    The Oakland County Commissioners, in partnership with Oakland Schools and Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, is co-sponsoring an “I Voted!” sticker contest in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. This is a super opportunity for all Oakland County 6th-12th grade students to learn about this important period in our history, as well as winning $1,000! The deadline is Friday, October 18, 2019.

    Two winning stickers will be chosen, replicated, and distributed during the upcoming elections at voting precincts: one 6th-8th grader and one 9th-12th grader. There is also a $250 award for each winning students’ teacher for their classroom. 

    Attached is a sticker contest flyer. Participants should scroll down online at's-Suffrage-Centennial-Celebration.aspx or for “I Voted” sticker contest information, a very important design template, and submission form. For questions, contact Haley Hansen at or 248.858-1092 or Oakland Schools' Fine Arts Consultant, Hedy Blatt, at

    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education FoundationThe Birmingham Education Foundation is Looking for an Auction Chair!
    Are you looking for a way to make a big impact? The BEF is looking for an individual, or group of individuals, to lead the BEF Bash Auction Team! We have a group of dedicated volunteers, and all of the information and materials ready, we just need a volunteer (or volunteers) to serve as the lead for our team. If you're interested in learning more or are interested other ways to volunteer with the BEF, contact Alison Hendry by emailing

    WHEN November 7th, 2019 7pm 
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 
    Stress vs. Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies 
    Please join us for a presentation by BPS Kelsey Arsenault, BPS Elementary School Counselor & Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist about stress vs anxiety: signs & symptoms we may see in our kids and strategies we can use to help them cope. 
    More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG 
    Any additional donations help us to provide high quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects such as LINKS and the Disability Awareness Workshop, Valid September-August. Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

    Message regarding lunches
    Children need healthy meals to learn. The Birmingham Public Schools Cafes offer healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Please fill out a new lunch application each school year before October 15th at

    If you have any questions please call the BPS Cafes office at
    (248)203-3966. If you have already completed the application process for this school year and received an approval, please disregard this message.

    Fundraiser at Derby Football Game
    Derby football-During Wednesday’s game we will be having a fundraiser for Covenant House to help raise awareness and money for homeless youth. If you would like to donate or learn more, please see the table by the front gate and Elizabeth Rauth (#90’s mom).

    Community Film
    On Wednesday, November 6th in partnership with Friendship Circle of Michigan, Federation will be bringing Kevin Hines to town for a presentation and showing of his award-winning film: Suicide - The Ripple Effect. As background, Kevin is one of the few survivors who tried to take his own life by jumping over the Golden Gate Bridge. He is now a mental health advocate and award-winning author and filmmaker. Kevin’s film focuses on his personal story, the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects that advocacy, inspiration and hope can have. To date, the film has been seen by more than 500,000 people across seven countries.

    The event will take place at Detroit Country Day School Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and begins at 6:30pm. It is part of Federation’s community-wide youth mental health initiative, called We Need to Talk. It began after we finished a community-wide study that revealed very high levels of teen anxiety and depression.

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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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