• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 14th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/21/2021

    11/13/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Thank you to all of our Dragon families that were able to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences this past week. We hope you found the conversations meaningful and were able to gain insight into your child’s academic and social growth. We would like to thank the Derby PTA for providing a festive and delicious dinner to our staff during conferences. Their thoughtfulness and support continues to be appreciated.

    Thank you for reading our ENews update and we hope you have a great weekend!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (11-15)


    Tuesday (11-16)
    STEM Challenge Club 3:20-5:20 P.M
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (11-17)
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:30 P.M.

    Thursday (11-18)
    Derby Drama Club Presentation: A Night of Classic Horror 7:30-8:30 P.M.

    Friday (11-19)
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    • November 24-November 26: Thanksgiving Recess- No School. Classes resume November 29th.

    • December 8th: ½ day for all BPS schools- Derby dismissal 11:25 AM

    • December 22-January 2: Winter recess-No school. Classes resume January 3rd.

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    Fall Book Fair is Now Live!

    Derby is pleased to announce the return of the fall book fair, held virtually from Wednesday, November 3rd – Wednesday, November 17. The fair can be found at www.abcfairs.com. While shopping, be sure to check out the wish lists from some of your favorite teachers! The book fair supports the purchase of new materials for our school library. For every dollar of sales, our library gains 40 cents in purchasing power! Our school library provides age-appropriate, leveled, professionally curated materials that are accessible to all Derby students and staff. We appreciate your continued support, and HAPPY READING! Questions? Email Mrs. Sindelar, ssindelar@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Dressing Warm For Rec!

    As the weather has turned chilly, please remind your student that they will be heading outside for rec everyday. Please dress warmly! Coats and hats are encouraged!

    Message from Transportation: Friends Riding Home on the Bus

    Transportation is trying to do the very best they can with seating charts and contact tracing during COVID. Only students assigned to a particular bus are allowed to ride home on that bus. Extra riders will be directed to the main office to call home for a ride. Please help us to continue keeping everyone safe.

    eNews Upgrade

    Beginning Nov. 29, BPS will shift to an upgraded eNews system. No changes will be noticeable to parents/guardians and email recipients, however, the upgrade provides the District with flexibility in managing various groups and messages. While the system automatically links parents/guardians to their child(ren)’s school, anyone interested in joining other school eNews messages from schools not associated with their child(ren) should sign up at https://birmingham.parentlink.net/main/login/new-account-sign-up. For more information on eNews, visit www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/enews.

    7th-grade Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive for Micah 6 Community

    Earlier this fall, 7th graders read Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and learned about the impact that community gardens have on residents. After reading the novel, 7th graders met Coleman Yoakum who is one of the founders of the Micah 6 community garden in Pontiac. 7th graders are collecting new and gently used, clean winter outerwear (coats, hats, boots, mittens, scarves, and snow pants) for the residents of the Micah 6 community (https://www.micah6community.com/)
    Please drop off any donations for this outerwear clothing drive to Mr. Meyer’s, Mrs. Westerlund’s or Mrs. Zerilli’s classrooms through DECEMBER 3, 2021. Thank you for your support!

    Introducing The Dragon's Den!

    Does your child need assistance completing an assignment or a person to review with before a test? Tell them to stop by The Dragon's Den! The Dragon's Den provides a place for students to work with a staff member that will help them with assignments. We meet in Ms. Spennachio's classroom during lunch/rec.
    • Now open EVERY day for ALL grade levels!
    Students will report to the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch/rec to get their lunch and a pass to the Dragon's Den, and then report to room 203 with the assignment they need help on, for a working lunch. Or students can save some time, bring lunch that day, and report directly to room 203 with their lunch and their work. There are limited slots available, so be sure to get in early! Attendees must stay the entire lunch/rec period.

    Students: Want to Stay After School to Wait for a Home Game?

    A new after-school Spirit Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:00 in the Derby cafeteria before every HOME game. This club will provide the students an opportunity to remain after school in a supervised environment until the game begins. The students will be able to:
    * Create posters to cheer on their classmates
    * Listen to quiet music
    (Do homework independently (homework help / tutoring not available)
    * Eat snacks that they bring from home. To help us provide a safe and orderly environment for students, food deliveries are not allowed: i.e. Door Dash, Grub Hub, Pizza Delivery, Parent Food Drop-Off

    CALL FOR ENTRIES!

    There's Still Time to Enter the Reflections Art Program
    This year's theme is, “I Will Change the World By...”
    Derby artists are invited to create works of art for recognition and awards. Reflect on this year's theme and submit original artwork in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography, or visual arts. Download Reflections Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/PTA_Reflections

    Visual arts submissions can be placed in the bin in the main office. All other entries must be submitted electronically to Krissy Wicks at writerwicks@gmail.com. The deadline is Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band rehearsals on Tuesdays after school until 4:20. Below are the dates through the next couple months.

    REHEARSAL Dates:

    11/16
    11/30
    12/7

    PERFORMANCES:
    12/4 at the Birmingham Winter Markt 12-1:00 pm
    12/14 Derby Winter Band Concert @ Seaholm 7 pm
    *travel to the elementary schools prior to winter break!

    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook…Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award-winning book that will be hard-covered, full color, and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec - 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

    Athletics Updates

    All athletes must have a current athletic physical (dated 4/15/2021) on file before setting foot on the court or in the pool. Information about our Winter 1 Sports Season is below. If your child does not want to continue in their chosen sport, refund requests must be submitted by Friday, November 19. E-mail Heather Guise with any questions: HGuise@Birmingham.K12.mi.us.

    Intramural Basketball

    Interested 6th, 7th and 8th-grade boys can join our Winter Intramural basketball team. This team begins Nov 22, after tryouts for 7th and 8th-grade basketball are completed. The IM team will have a mix of AM and PM practices and games three days per week. The days IM plays and practices are dictated by the 7th and 8th-grade boys’ basketball schedule. Register and pay here.

    6th Grade boys interested in playing Intramural Basketball
    There will be a short informational meeting on Tuesday November 16th during lunch recreation in the cafeteria. You do not need experience to play. Everyone is welcome. Join the team and improve your skills, meet new people and have a great time.

    7th and 8th-grade boys interested in playing Intramural Basketball
    See Coach Lalko during A2 on Tuesday November 16th

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club 2022

    Bring on the snow!!! Your Ski and Snowboard club sponsors, Mrs. Caela McGrath, Mrs. Jensen-Muir, and Mrs. Stacie Tait-Fiori are looking forward to another great season of skiing and snowboarding at Pine Knob. Applications for the club will be passed out at lunch November 16th and 17th. Registration packets will also be on the counter in the main office starting November 16th. Students can sign-up for Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club on November 30th, December 1st and December 2nd from 7:40-8:00a.m. in the Derby Counseling Lobby. Participants MUST register during this time, late registration will not be accepted due to the timely manner for arranging our Pine Knob and transportation contracts. If you are a student attending Math at Seaholm in the morning, please see Mrs. McGrath on November 30th, December 1st or December 2nd during the school day to register in Room 109.

    There will be a MANDATORY Ski and Snowboard meeting on Wednesday, December 15th from 7:30-8AM (morning) in the Media Center. This meeting is required for all students and a parent. At this time, we will review the rules and expectations of the club and bus assignments will be given. Students will also sign up for assigned seats on the bus at this meeting.

    Students who attend Math at Seaholm in the mornings will miss the Mandatory Meeting due to being in Math at Seaholm. These students are to attend a special Mandatory Meeting on Wednesday, December 15th in Mrs. McGrath’s classroom (Room 109) during A2. Students should see Mrs. McGrath in advance to request a pass to provide their A2 teacher to allow them to come to Mrs. McGrath’s classroom for the meeting.

    This year’s Ski and Snowboard dates will take place on **Wednesdays from the dismissal of school until 8:15 p.m. This year’s club dates are January 5th/12th/19th and 26th and February 2nd. February 2nd is a half-day, our trip on this day will take place from 11:25 (the end of the school day) until 6:00 pm. Our make-up date will be Wednesday, February 9th, if need be.

    If you have any questions or concerns in regard to Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club please contact: mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    We are looking forward to a fun and exciting Ski and Snowboard Club season!!!
    Mrs. McGrath, Mrs. Jensen-Muir and Mrs. Tait-Fiori

    **We apologize for the typo in this week’s eBlast…Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be on WEDNESDAYS. The dates listed in the original email are correct.

    Thanksgiving Food Drive

    November 1st-November 17th
    Food will be delivered at 10:15 A.M. on the 17th

    Message from Derby PTA

    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby
    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Chartwells

    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see link Free Meals for BPS Students
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    FRIENDS

    Join us virtually on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM to hear from Dave Brooks, Principal of Lincoln Street Alternative and high school BVA. He will speak on both these learning options as well as adding virtual classes to an in-person schedule.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 7th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/14/2021

    11/5/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    As the first quarter has come to an end, we are so thankful to you for sharing your students with us. We are also grateful for having a successful first quarter including clubs and sports. As you review first quarter grades and teacher comments with your students, (first quarter grades can be found in PowerSchool) we would appreciate if you would take a moment and discuss proper use of social media with your child. We have noticed an increase in unkind posts and photos posted without permission lately. We all know the hurt feelings and lasting damage these types of posts can cause. Your partnership in this matter is appreciated as we make Derby a safe and fun space for all.

    Fall conferences are this week. Please see the email from Wednesday, November 3rd for details. You can sign up on the link here. The last day to sign up for conferences is the end of the day 48 hours before the conference.

    Please read below for information on our Book Fair and Thanksgiving Food Drive. We hope you have a great weekend and thank you for reading our ENews!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (11-8)
    Virtual Book Fair

    Tuesday (11-9)
    STEM Challenge Club (3:20-5:20 P.M.)
    Competitive Video Gaming (3:20-5:35 P.M.)
    Derby Drama Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)
    Virtual Book Fair

    Wednesday (11-10)
    Parent- Teacher Conferences (Zoom) 1:00PM-4:00PM & 5:00PM-8:00PM
    Virtual Book Fair

    Thursday (11-11)
    Parent- Teacher Conferences (Zoom) 4:00PM-7:00PM
    Virtual Book Fair

    Friday (11-12)
    Roblox eSports Club (3:20-4:20 P.M.)
    Virtual Book Fair

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * November 24-November 26: Thanksgiving Recess- No School. Classes resume November 29th.

    * December 8th: ½ day for all BPS schools- Derby dismissal 11:25 AM

    * December 22-January 2: Winter recess-No school. Classes resume January 3rd.

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    Dressing Warm For Rec!

    As the weather has turned chilly, please remind your student that they will be heading outside for rec everyday. Please dress warmly! Coats and hats are encouraged!

    Message from Transportation: Friends Riding Home on the Bus

    Transportation is trying to do the very best they can with seating charts and contact tracing during COVID. Only students assigned to a particular bus are allowed to ride home on that bus. Extra riders will be directed to the main office to call home for a ride. Please help us to continue keeping everyone safe.

    Fall Book Fair is Now Live!

    Derby is pleased to announce the return of the fall book fair, held virtually from Wednesday, November 3rd – Wednesday, November 17. The fair can be found at www.abcfairs.com. While shopping, be sure to check out the wish lists from some of your favorite teachers! The book fair supports the purchase of new materials for our school library. For every dollar of sales, our library gains 40 cents in purchasing power! Our school library provides age-appropriate, leveled, professionally curated materials that are accessible to all Derby students and staff. We appreciate your continued support, and HAPPY READING! Questions? Email Mrs. Sindelar, ssindelar@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    7th-grade Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive for Micah 6 Community

    Earlier this fall, 7th graders read Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and learned about the impact that community gardens have on residents. After reading the novel, 7th graders met Coleman Yoakum who is one of the founders of the Micah 6 community garden in Pontiac. 7th graders are collecting new and gently used, clean winter outerwear (coats, hats, boots, mittens, scarves, and snow pants) for the residents of the Micah 6 community (https://www.micah6community.com/)
    Please drop off any donations for this outerwear clothing drive to Mr. Meyer’s, Mrs. Westerlund’s or Mrs. Zerilli’s classrooms through DECEMBER 3, 2021. Thank you for your support!

    Introducing The Dragon's Den!

    Does your child need assistance completing an assignment or a person to review with before a test? Tell them to stop by The Dragon's Den! The Dragon's Den provides a place for students to work with a staff member that will help them with assignments. We meet in Ms. Spennachio's classroom during lunch/rec.
    Now open EVERY day for ALL grade levels!
    Students will report to the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch/rec to get their lunch and a pass to the Dragon's Den, and then report to room 203 with the assignment they need help on, for a working lunch. Or students can save some time, bring lunch that day, and report directly to room 203 with their lunch and their work. There are limited slots available, so be sure to get in early! Attendees must stay the entire lunch/rec period.

    Students Want to Stay After School to Wait for a Home Game?

    A new after-school Spirit Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:00 in the Derby cafeteria before every HOME game. This club will provide the students an opportunity to remain after school in a supervised environment until the game begins. The students will be able to:
    * Create posters to cheer on their classmates
    * Listen to quiet music
    (Do homework independently (homework help / tutoring not available)
    * Eat snacks that they bring from home. To help us provide a safe and orderly environment for students, food deliveries are not allowed: i.e. Door Dash, Grub Hub, Pizza Delivery, Parent Food Drop-Off

    Reflect, Create Art and Be Recognized in the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections Art Program

    This year's theme is,
    “I Will Change the World By...”
    Derby artists are invited to create works of art for recognition and awards. Reflect on this year's theme and submit original artwork in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography, or visual arts. Download Reflections Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/PTA_Reflections

    Visual arts submissions can be placed in the bin in the main office. All other entries must be submitted electronically to Krissy Wicks at writerwicks@gmail.com. The deadline is Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band rehearsals on Tuesdays after school until 4:20. Below are the dates through the next couple of months.

    REHEARSAL Dates:
    11/9
    11/16
    11/30
    12/7

    PERFORMANCES:
    12/4 at the Birmingham Winter Markt 12-1:00 pm
    12/14 Derby Winter Band Concert @ Seaholm 7 pm
    *travel to the elementary schools prior to winter break!

    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook…Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award-winning book that will be hard-covered, full color, and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

    Athletics Updates

    All athletes must have a current athletic physical (dated 4/15/2021) on file before setting foot on the court or in the pool. Information about our Winter 1 Sports Season is below. See the special edition Athletic e-news from November 3 for additional information. E-mail Heather Guise at HGuise@Birmingham.K12.mi.us with questions.

    7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball

    Tryouts started Friday Nov 5. Our final two days of tryouts are Monday Nov 8 and Tuesday Nov 9.
    7th graders will try out from 6:15-7:45 am (doors open at 6:05 am)
    8th graders will try out from 3:20-5 pm
    Players will find out if they make the team on Nov 9.

    We will send a registration link for payment AFTER team members are selected. For now, please sign up using this link for details and to sign up all boys interested in trying out.

    Intramural Basketball

    Interested 6th, 7th and 8th-grade boys can join our Winter Intramural basketball team. This team begins Nov 22, after tryouts for 7th and 8th-grade basketball are completed. The IM team will have a mix of AM and PM practices and games three days per week. The days IM plays and practices are dictated by the 7th and 8th-grade boys’ basketball schedule. Sign-up information will be available soon.

    Girls Swimming

    Tryout & Assessment Dates

    Monday Nov 8 from 3:25 pm - 4:30 pm (Red Team - experienced swimmers)
    Tuesday Nov 9 from 3:25 pm - 4:30 pm (White Team - new swimmers)

    We will have a parent meeting via zoom Thursday November 11th at 7:00 pm.
    If you are interested in volunteering to assist the swim team, or if you have any other questions, email Heather Guise at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club 2022

    Bring on the snow!!! Your Ski and Snowboard club sponsors, Mrs. Caela McGrath, Mrs. Jensen-Muir, and Mrs. Stacie Tait-Fiori are looking forward to another great season of skiing and snowboarding at Pine Knob. Applications for the club will be passed out at lunch November 16th and 17th. Registration packets will also be on the counter in the main office starting November 16th. Students can sign-up for Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club on November 30th, December 1st and December 2nd from 7:40-8:00a.m. in the Derby Counseling Lobby. Participants MUST register during this time, late registration will not be accepted due to the timely manner for arranging our Pine Knob and transportation contracts. If you are a student attending Math at Seaholm in the morning, please see Mrs. McGrath on November 30th, December 1st or December 2nd during the school day to register in Room 109.

    There will be a MANDATORY Ski and Snowboard meeting on Wednesday, December 15th from 7:30-8AM (morning) in the Media Center. This meeting is required for all students and a parent. At this time, we will review the rules and expectations of the club and bus assignments will be given. Students will also sign up for assigned seats on the bus at this meeting.

    Students who attend Math at Seaholm in the mornings will miss the Mandatory Meeting due to being in Math at Seaholm. These students are to attend a special Mandatory Meeting on Wednesday, December 15th in Mrs. McGrath’s classroom (Room 109) during A2. Students should see Mrs. McGrath in advance to request a pass to provide their A2 teacher to allow them to come to Mrs. McGrath’s classroom for the meeting.

    This year’s Ski and Snowboard dates will take place on **Wednesdays from the dismissal of school until 8:15 p.m. This year’s club dates are January 5th/12th/19th and 26th and February 2nd. February 2nd is a half-day, our trip on this day will take place from 11:25 (the end of the school day) until 6:00 pm. Our make-up date will be Wednesday, February 9th, if need be.

    If you have any questions or concerns in regard to Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club please contact mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    We are looking forward to a fun and exciting Ski and Snowboard Club season!!!
    Mrs. McGrath, Mrs. Jensen-Muir and Mrs. Tait-Fiori

    **We apologize for the typo in this week’s eBlast…Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be on WEDNESDAYS. The dates listed in the original email are correct.

    Thanksgiving Food Drive

    November 1st-November 17th
    Food will be delivered at 10:15 A.M. on the 17th

    Message from Derby PTA

    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby
    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Chartwells

    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see link Free Meals for BPS Students
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see link for more information.
    Chartwells- Now Hiring!

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of October 31st

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/8/2021

    10/30/21

    Dear Dragon Families,

    It was a proud week for the Dragons as both of our boys' and girls' Cross Country teams brought home first-place finishes at the League Championships. Our girls' tennis team also had a strong finish, taking second in league matches and finals. Congratulations to all of our student-athletes as they end their fall season.

    Please remember we do not have school on Tuesday, November 2nd as our school is used as a polling location and our teachers will be working on finalizing grades. Tuesday is the end of the first quarter.

    Whether you are rooting for the Spartans or the Wolverines, we hope you have a great weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (11-1)

    Tuesday (11-2)
    No School Today
    No Clubs Today

    Wednesday (11-3)
    Football Game @ Novi
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:30 P.M.
    Virtual Book Fair Opens

    Thursday (11-4)
    Stock Market Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Friday (11-5)
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    • November 1st: End of 1st Quarter for BCS & Middle School
    • November 2nd: No school for Elementary, BCS, and Middle Schools. High Schools
      attend full day
    • November 10th: Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00 PM-4:00 PM & 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
    • November 11th: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
    • November 23rd-November 26th: Thanksgiving Recess-No School.
    • Classes resume November 29th.

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    Afternoon Pick up
    Beginning on Monday, October 18th, cars may pull up in our front loop all the way through to Derby Road after 3:05 when our busses have left the loop. This will allow for more cars to enter the Derby loop and keep more cars off of Adams. Another alternative is to wait until 3:20 to pick up your student when traffic is significantly less. Our goal is to keep students safe and keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

    Message from Transportation: Friends Riding Home on the Bus

    Transportation is trying to do the very best they can with seating charts and contact tracing during COVID. Only students assigned to a particular bus are allowed to ride home on that bus. Extra riders will be directed to the main office to call home for a ride. Please help us to continue keeping everyone safe.

    Fall Book Fair is Now Live!

    Derby is pleased to announce the return of the fall book fair, held virtually from Wednesday, November 3rd – Wednesday, November 17. The fair can be found at www.abcfairs.com. While shopping, be sure to check out the wish lists from some of your favorite teachers! The book fair supports the purchase of new materials for our school library. For every dollar of sales, our library gains 40 cents in purchasing power! Our school library provides age-appropriate, leveled, professionally curated materials that are accessible to all Derby students and staff. We appreciate your continued support, and HAPPY READING! Questions? Email Mrs. Sindelar, ssindelar@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    7th-grade Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive for Micah 6 Community

    Earlier this fall, 7th graders read Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and learned about the impact that community gardens have on residents. After reading the novel, 7th graders met Coleman Yoakum who is one of the founders of the Micah 6 community garden in Pontiac. 7th graders are collecting new and gently used, clean winter outerwear (coats, hats, boots, mittens, scarves, and snow pants) for the residents of the Micah 6 community (https://www.micah6community.com/)
    Please drop off any donations for this outerwear clothing drive to Mr. Meyer’s, Mrs. Westerlund’s or Mrs. Zerilli’s classrooms through DECEMBER 3, 2021. Thank you for your support!

    Introducing The Dragon's Den!

    Does your child need assistance completing an assignment or a person to review with before a test? Tell them to stop by The Dragon's Den! The Dragon's Den provides a place for students to work with a staff member that will help them with assignments. We meet in Ms. Spennachio's classroom during lunch/rec.
    • On even days, 7th & 8th graders can attend the Dragon's Den from 11:11-11:51.
    • On odd days, 6th graders can attend from 12:11-12:51.

    Students will report to the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch/rec to get their lunch and a pass to the Dragon's Den, and then report to room 203 with the assignment they need help on, for a working lunch. Or students can save some time, bring lunch that day, and report directly to room 203 with their lunch and their work. There are limited slots available, so be sure to get in early! Attendees must stay the entire lunch/rec period.

    Students Want to Stay After School to Wait for a Home Game?

    A new after-school Spirit Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:00 in the Derby cafeteria before every HOME game. This club will provide the students an opportunity to remain after school in a supervised environment until the game begins. The students will be able to:
    * Create posters to cheer on their classmates
    * Listen to quiet music
    (Do homework independently (homework help / tutoring not available)
    * Eat snacks that they bring from home. To help us provide a safe and orderly environment for students, food deliveries are not allowed: i.e. Door Dash, Grub Hub, Pizza Delivery, Parent Food Drop-Off

    Students will:
    * Sign in once they arrived at the cafeteria
    * Remain in the cafeteria until the game begins
    * Be responsible for cleaning up their area in the cafeteria
    * Attend the sporting event for which they stayed after school
    * Follow all directions given by the adult in charge
    * Be respectful and courteous

    Failure to comply with Spirit Club procedures can include the following at adult discretion:
    * 1st offense = verbal warning
    * 2nd offense = written warning
    * 3rd offense = talk with administrator + parent contact
    * 4th offense= removal from Spirit Club

    Reflect, Create Art and Be Recognized in the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections Art Program

    This year's theme is,
    “I Will Change the World By...”
    Derby artists are invited to create works of art for recognition and awards. Reflect on this year's theme and submit original artwork in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography, or visual arts. Download Reflections Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/PTA_Reflections

    Visual arts submissions can be placed in the bin in the main office. All other entries must be submitted electronically to Krissy Wicks at writerwicks@gmail.com. The deadline is Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band rehearsals on Tuesdays after school until 4:20. Below are the dates through the next couple months.

    REHEARSAL Dates:
    11/2
    11/9
    11/16
    11/30
    12/7

    PERFORMANCES:
    12/4 at the Birmingham Winter Markt 12-1:00 pm
    12/14 Derby Winter Band Concert @ Seaholm 7 pm
    *travel to the elementary schools prior to winter break!

    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook…Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award-winning book that will be hard-covered, full color, and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

    7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball

    Tryouts will be held Friday, Nov 5, Monday, Nov 8 and Tuesday, Nov 9.

    7th graders will try out from 6:15-7:45 am (doors open at 6:05 am)

    8th graders will try out from 3:20-5 pm

    Players will find out if they make the team on Nov 9.

    We will send a registration link for payment AFTER team members are selected. For now, please sign up using this link for details and to sign up all boys interested in trying out.

    Intramural Basketball

    Interested 6th, 7th and 8th-grade boys can join our Winter Intramural basketball team. This team begins Nov 22, after tryouts for 7th and 8th-grade basketball are completed. The IM team will have a mix of AM and PM practices and games three days per week. The days IM plays and practices are dictated by the 7th and 8th-grade boys’ basketball schedule. Sign-up information will be available soon.

    Girls Swimming

    We are finalizing plans regarding the swim team. Please watch your email for news and registration information later this week!

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club 2022

    Bring on the snow!!! Your Ski and Snowboard club sponsors, Mrs. Caela McGrath, Mrs. Jensen-Muir, and Mrs. Stacie Tait-Fiori are looking forward to another great season of skiing and snowboarding at Pine Knob. Applications for the club will be passed out at lunch on November 16th and 17th. Registration packets will also be on the counter in the main office starting November 16th. Students can sign-up for Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club on November 30th, December 1st, and December 2nd from 7:40-8:00 a.m. in the Derby Counseling Lobby. Participants MUST register during this time, late registration will not be accepted due to the timely manner for arranging our Pine Knob and transportation contracts. If you are a student attending Math at Seaholm in the morning, please see Mrs. McGrath on November 30th, December 1st, or December 2nd during the school day to register in Room 109.

    There will be a MANDATORY Ski and Snowboard meeting on Wednesday, December 15th from 7:30-8 AM (morning) in the Media Center. This meeting is required for all students and a parent. At this time, we will review the rules and expectations of the club and bus assignments will be given. Students will also sign up for assigned seats on the bus at this meeting.

    Students who attend Math at Seaholm in the mornings will miss the Mandatory Meeting due to being in Math at Seaholm. These students are to attend a special Mandatory Meeting on Wednesday, December 15th in Mrs. McGrath’s classroom (Room 109) during A2. Students should see Mrs. McGrath in advance to request a pass to provide their A2 teacher to allow them to come to Mrs. McGrath’s classroom for the meeting.

    This year’s Ski and Snowboard dates will take place on **Wednesdays from the dismissal of school until 8:15 p.m. This year’s club dates are January 5th/12th/19th/26th and February 2nd. February 2nd is a half-day, our trip on this day will take place from 11:25 (the end of the school day) until 6:00 pm. Our make-up date will be Wednesday, February 9th, if need be.

    If you have any questions or concerns in regard to Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club please contact: mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    We are looking forward to a fun and exciting Ski and Snowboard Club season!!!
    Mrs. McGrath, Mrs. Jensen-Muir and Mrs. Tait-Fiori

    **We apologize for the typo in this week’s eBlast…Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be on WEDNESDAYS. The dates listed in the original email are correct.

    Message from Derby PTA

    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby
    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Seaholm Open House

    Monday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
    2436 W. Lincoln
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    Join Seaholm staff and students for the 2021 Seaholm Open House! The open house is a great opportunity to visit the building and learn about the wonderful things that Seaholm has to offer our students and families. National Honor Society students will be providing tours of the building and classrooms where Department Chairs will be available to share information and answer questions. Please contact Suzanne O’Leary, soleary@birmingham.k12.mi.us, Community Service Organizer, with any questions.

    More information about Seaholm can be found at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Seaholm.

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Chartwells

    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see link Free Meals for BPS Students
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see link for more information.
    Chartwells- Now Hiring!

    Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma & Finding Solutions in the Era of Covid-19

    Presented by Dr. Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
    Learn how anxiety impacts how we feel, how we think, and how we behave, plus:

    • The continuum of anxiety and how this constant stressor (COVID-19) can result in symptoms of anxiety and depression

    • How anxiety impacts us and those around us • Specific actions to decrease/eliminate anxiety and depression

    • Tips and tricks for individuals, teams, and families

    • When, where, and how to get help

    Meeting Announcement from Friends of Different Learners

    WHEN: November 4, 2021 7 pm
    WHERE: Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.COM
    *Masks Required for all BPS Buildings*
    FRIENDS Flyer November 2021 sent via eNews 10/30

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of October 24th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/1/2021

    10/23/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We want to send good wishes (and good weather) to our musicians participating in the Fall Festival of Bands today at Derby. Thanks go to our own Mrs. Barclay, Ms. Sanford, and Mr. Cibor from Seaholm for providing this educational and fun opportunity for our learners.

    Looking ahead to this week, all BPS schools have a half-day of school this Friday, October 29th. Students may wear Halloween costumes to Derby if they choose. However, we ask that they are school-appropriate: no weapons, face paint, or costume masks, please.

    Schedule for Friday, October 29th
    1st 8:15 – 8:43 am

    2nd 8:47 – 9:15 am
    3rd 9:19 – 9:47 am
    4th 9:51 – 10:19 am
    5th 10:23 – 10:51 am
    6th 10:55 – 11:25 am
    Dismissal 11:25 am

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (10-25)
    7th Grade Basketball vs. Bloomfield Hills @ 4:30 P.M.

    Tuesday (10-26)
    STEM Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:20-5:30 P.M.
    7th and 8th Basketball @ BCS 4:00 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-27)
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:30 P.M.
    Cross Country League Meet @ Cranbrook 4:00 P.M.
    Football vs. Berkshire @ Home (Seaholm) 6:30 P.M.

    Thursday (10-28)
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Stock Market Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    8th Grade Basketball @ West Bloomfield @ 5:00

    Friday (10-29)
    Half-day! Students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to school. Please no weapons, face paint, or masks.

    Mark Your Calendars
    • October 29th- All schools ½ Day- Dismissal at 11:25 AM
    • November 1st- End of 1st Quarter for BCS & Middle School
    • November 2nd- No school for Elementary, BCS, and Middle Schools. High Schools attend full day.

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    Introducing.... The Dragon's Den

    Does your child need assistance completing an assignment, or a person to review with before a test? Tell him or her to stop by The Dragon's Den! The Dragon's Den provides a place for students to work with a staff member that will help them with assignments. We meet in Ms. Spennachio's classroom during lunch/rec.
    On even days, 7th & 8th graders can attend the Dragon's Den from 11:11-11:51.
    On odd days, 6th graders can attend from 12:11-12:51.

    Students will report to the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch/rec to get their lunch and a pass to the Dragon's Den, and then report to room 203 with the assignment they need help on, for a working lunch. Or students can save some time, bring lunch that day, and report directly to room 203 with their lunch and their work. There are limited slots available, so be sure to get in early! Attendees must stay the entire lunch/rec period.

    Afternoon Pick up

    Beginning on Monday, October 18th, cars may pull up in our front loop all the way through to Derby Road after 3:05 when our busses have left the loop. This will allow for more cars to enter the Derby loop and keep more cars off of Adams. Another alternative is to wait until 3:20 to pick up your student when traffic is significantly less. Our goal is to keep students safe and keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

    A Message from Transportation: Friends Riding Home on the Bus

    Transportation is trying to do the very best they can with seating charts and contact tracing during COVID. Only students assigned to a particular bus are allowed to ride home on that bus. Extra riders will be directed to the main office to call home for a ride. Please help us to continue keeping everyone safe.

    Lost & Found

    Is your student missing a lunchbox, water bottle, or sweatshirt? We have dozens of these items along with textbooks, umbrellas, and even eyeglasses! Please have your student check Derby’s Lost and Found located under the stairs in the Counseling Lobby. November 1st is the end of the marking period and all unclaimed items will be donated to charity after that date.

    Introducing.... The Dragon's Den

    Does your child need assistance completing an assignment or a person to review with before a test? Tell him or her to stop by The Dragon's Den! The Dragon's Den provides a place for students to work with a staff member that will help them with assignments. We meet in Ms. Spennachio's classroom during lunch/rec.

    * On even days, 7th & 8th graders can attend the Dragon's Den from 11:11-11:51.
    * On odd days, 6th graders can attend from 12:11-12:51.

    Students will report to the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch/rec to get their lunch and a pass to the Dragon's Den, and then report to room 203 with the assignment they need help on, for a working lunch. Or students can save some time, bring lunch that day, and report directly to room 203 with their lunch and their work. There are limited slots available, so be sure to get in early! Attendees must stay the entire lunch/rec period.

    Students Want to Stay After School to Wait for a Home Game?

    A new after-school Spirit Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:00 in the Derby cafeteria before every HOME game. This club will provide the students an opportunity to remain after school in a supervised environment until the game begins. The students will be able to:
    * Create posters to cheer on their classmates
    * Listen to quiet music
    (Do homework independently (homework help / tutoring not available)
    * Eat snacks that they bring from home. To help us provide a safe and orderly environment for students, food deliveries are not allowed: i.e. Door Dash, Grub Hub, Pizza Delivery, Parent Food Drop-Off

    Students will:
    * Sign in once they arrived at the cafeteria
    * Remain in the cafeteria until the game begins
    * Be responsible for cleaning up their area in the cafeteria
    * Attend the sporting event for which they stayed after school
    * Follow all directions given by the adult in charge
    * Be respectful and courteous

    Failure to comply with Spirit Club procedures can include the following at adult discretion:
    * 1st offense = verbal warning
    * 2nd offense = written warning
    * 3rd offense = talk with administrator + parent contact
    * 4th offense= removal from Spirit Club

    Derby’s Annual MSU vs. U of M SPIRIT DAY

    We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you? Derby’s Annual MSU vs. U of M Spirit Day is Thursday, October 28th. Dress to impress. Will the halls bleed more GREEN or more BLUE this year? Wear your jerseys, paint your face, wear your MSU of U of M tattoos, show us your spirit. If you do not own MSU or U-of-M gear, feel free to dress in one of the colors to show your support for one of the teams. 

    Reflect, Create Art and Be Recognized in the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections Art Program

    This year's theme is,
    “I Will Change the World By...”
    Derby artists are invited to create works of art for recognition and awards. Reflect on this year's theme and submit original artwork in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography, or visual arts. Download Reflections Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/PTA_Reflections

    Visual arts submissions can be placed in the bin in the main office. All other entries must be submitted electronically to Krissy Wicks at writerwicks@gmail.com. The deadline is Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

    SWIM COACHES NEEDED!

    Girls Swim begins in just over a month. We are in need of new coaches for both of our girls' teams this year. If you are interested in coaching a dynamic group of swimmers for this 8-week season, please let us know! If you are part of Birmingham's swim community, and you know someone who would be a great fit, please reach out! Send an email to Helena Fisher, HFisher@Birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band rehearsals on Tuesdays after school until 4:20. Below are the dates through the next couple months.

    REHEARSAL Dates:
    10/26
    11/2
    11/9
    11/16
    11/30
    12/7

    PERFORMANCES:
    12/4 at the Birmingham Winter Markt 12-1:00 pm
    12/14 Derby Winter Band Concert @ Seaholm 7 pm
    *travel to the elementary schools prior to winter break!

    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook - Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award-winning book that will be hard-covered, full color, and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec (11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14)

    Message from Derby PTA

    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Seaholm Open House

    Monday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
    2436 W. Lincoln
    Birmingham, MI 48009
    Join Seaholm staff and students for the 2021 Seaholm Open House! The open house is a great opportunity to visit the building and learn about the wonderful things that Seaholm has to offer our students and families. National Honor Society students will be providing tours of the building and classrooms where Department Chairs will be available to share information and answer questions. Please contact Suzanne O’Leary, soleary@birmingham.k12.mi.us, Community Service Organizer, with any questions.

    More information about Seaholm can be found at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Seaholm.

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma & Finding Solutions in the Era of Covid-19

    Presented by Dr. Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
    Learn how anxiety impacts how we feel, how we think, and how we behave, plus: • The continuum of anxiety and how this constant stressor (COVID-19) can result in symptoms of anxiety and depression • How anxiety impacts us and those around us • Specific actions to decrease/eliminate anxiety and depression • Tips and tricks for individuals, teams, and families • When, where and how to get help

    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS


    WHEN November 4, 2021 7 pm
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI

    WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.COM
    *Masks Required for all BPS Buildings*
    FRIENDS Flyer November 2021 sent in eNews

    K-12 connect: Virtual Homework Help

    Beginning October 4, 2021
    GVSU is offering free virtual homework help tutoring in all subjects for students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan.

    • Sessions can take place any day/time and be one-time or recurring
    • Students must provide homework or content to work on at every session
    • Students create a student profile account and wait for a GVSU volunteer tutor to reach out and schedule a tutoring session
    • Tutors are not guaranteed*

    TO LEARN MORE
    Visit gvsu.edu/k12connect, e-mail k12connect@gvsu.edu, or call (616) 331-5122.
    K-12 Connect: Virtual Homework Help Flyer

    *For guaranteed, committed tutors to work with students, schools may contract with GVSU. Contact K-12 Connect for more information.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of October 17th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 10/24/2021

    10/18/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    A big thank you to Mrs. Mcgrath, Mrs. Pavlock, and our Student Government class for planning an exciting Neon Night for our 6th and 7th graders. Many students showed off their dance moves last night and had a “glowing” time.

    We are also very grateful to our PTA volunteers for helping with our 6th-grade breakfast last Wednesday. We appreciated the opportunity to meet our Dragon families and make new friends.

    We hope you all enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading our eNews.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (10-18)
    Tennis Home vs. DCD 4 P.M.

    Tuesday (10-19)
    8th Grade Girls’ Basketball @ West Bloomfield M.S. 5:00 P.M.
    7th Grade Girls’ Basketball @ Cranbrook 4:00 P.M.
    STEM Challenge Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-20)
    Football@ Royal Oak Middle School 4:30 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Tennis Home vs. Cranbrook 4:00 P.M.

    Thursday (10-21)
    7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Home vs. West Bloomfield 4:00 P.M.
    Cross Country Home vs. West Bloomfield @ 4:00 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Stock Market Game Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (10-22)
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * October 29th- All schools ½ Day- Dismissal at 11:25AM 

    * November 1st- End of 1st Quarter for BCS & Middle School

    * November 2nd- No school for Elementary, BCS, and Middle Schools. High Schools attend full-day

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence).To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    Introducing.... The Dragon's Den

    Does your child need assistance completing an assignment, or a person to review with before a test? Tell him or her to stop by The Dragon's Den! The Dragon's Den provides a place for students to work with a staff member that will help them with assignments. We meet in Ms. Spennachio's classroom during lunch/rec.
    On even days, 7th & 8th graders can attend the Dragon's Den from 11:11-11:51.
    On odd days, 6th graders can attend from 12:11-12:51.

    Students will report to the cafeteria at the beginning of lunch/rec to get their lunch and a pass to the Dragon's Den, and then report to room 203 with the assignment they need help on, for a working lunch. Or students can save some time, bring lunch that day, and report directly to room 203 with their lunch and their work. There are limited slots available, so be sure to get in early! Attendees must stay the entire lunch/rec period.

    Afternoon Pick up

    Beginning on Monday, October 18th, cars may pull up in our front loop all the way through to Derby Road after 3:05 when our busses have left the loop. This will allow for more cars to enter the Derby loop and keep more cars off of Adams. Another alternative is to wait until 3:20 to pick up your student when traffic is significantly less. Our goal is to keep students safe and keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

    SWIM COACHES NEEDED!

    Girls Swim begins in just over a month. We are in need of new coaches for both of our girls' teams this year. If you are interested in coaching a dynamic group of swimmers for this 8-week season, please let us know! If you are part of Birmingham's swim community, and you know someone who would be a great fit, please reach out! Send an email to Helena Fisher, HFisher@Birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    A Message from Transportation: Friends Riding Home on the Bus

    Transportation is trying to do the very best they can with seating charts and contact tracing during COVID. Only students assigned to a particular bus are allowed to ride home on that bus. Extra riders will be directed to the main office to call home for a ride. Please help us to continue keeping everyone safe.

    Reflect, Create Art and Be Recognized in the 2021-2022 National PTA Reflections Art Program

    This year's theme is,
    “I Will Change the World By...”
    Derby artists are invited to create works of art for recognition and awards. Reflect on this year's theme and submit original artwork in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography, or visual arts. Download Reflections Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/PTA_Reflections

    Visual arts submissions can be placed in the bin in the main office. All other entries must be submitted electronically to Krissy Wicks at writerwicks@gmail.com. The deadline is Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook - Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award-winning book that will be hard-covered, full color, and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Students Want to Stay After School to Wait for a Home Game?

    A new after-school Spirit Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:00 in the Derby cafeteria before every HOME game. This club will provide the students an opportunity to remain after school in a supervised environment until the game begins. The students will be able to:
    * Create posters to cheer on their classmates
    * Listen to quiet music
    (Do homework independently (homework help / tutoring not available)
    * Eat snacks that they bring from home. To help us provide a safe and orderly environment for students, food deliveries are not allowed: i.e. Door Dash, Grub Hub, Pizza Delivery, Parent Food Drop-Off

    Students will:
    * Sign in once they arrived at the cafeteria
    * Remain in the cafeteria until the game begins
    * Be responsible for cleaning up their area in the cafeteria
    * Attend the sporting event for which they stayed after school
    * Follow all directions given by the adult in charge
    * Be respectful and courteous

    Failure to comply with Spirit Club procedures can include the following at adult discretion:
    * 1st offense = verbal warning
    * 2nd offense = written warning
    * 3rd offense = talk with administrator + parent contact
    * 4th offense= removal from Spirit Club

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band rehearsals on Tuesdays after school until 4:20. Below are the dates through the next couple months.

    REHEARSAL Dates:
    10/19
    10/26
    11/2
    11/9
    11/16
    11/30
    12/7

    PERFORMANCES:
    12/4 at the Birmingham Winter Markt 12-1:00 pm
    12/14 Derby Winter Band Concert @ Seaholm 7 pm
    *travel to the elementary schools prior to winter break!

    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec (10/19, 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14)

    Derby Girls in STEM

    4 Amazing Events
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

    We are so excited to offer 4 STEM events in the next 3 months. Please see the link below for information and details about the events and the registration form. More events to come in 2022! Questions? Please email Lisa Hart at LHart@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Girls in STEM

    Message from Derby PTA

    * “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Chartwells
    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see the Free Meals for BPS Students link
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see the Chartwells - Now Hiring! link for more information.

    K-12 connect: Virtual Homework Help

    Beginning October 4, 2021
    GVSU is offering free virtual homework help tutoring in all subjects for students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan.

    • Sessions can take place any day/time and be one-time or recurring
    • Students must provide homework or content to work on at every session
    • Students create a student profile account and wait for a GVSU volunteer tutor to reach out and schedule a tutoring session
    • Tutors are not guaranteed*

    TO LEARN MORE
    Visit gvsu.edu/k12connect, e-mail k12connect@gvsu.edu, or call (616) 331-5122.
    K-12 Connect: Virtual Homework Help Flyer

    *For guaranteed, committed tutors to work with students, schools may contract with GVSU. Contact K-12 Connect for more information.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of October 10th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 10/17/2021

    10/9/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    I would like to send a big thank you to the Seaholm Band for coming to play for our Dragons on Friday. Even the rain did not keep the music away!

    We look forward to connecting with families at our 6th grade, PTA sponsored, Welcome Breakfast on Wednesday this week, (details below) and our 6th and 7th grade Neon Night on Friday. Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. is also our October PTA meeting in the media center.

    Thank you for reading our eNews and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (10-11)

    Tuesday (10-12)
    STEM Challenge Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-13)
    Picture Retakes 8:30AM-10:30AM
    6th Grade Families Breakfast 7:30AM-8:00AM
    Flu Clinic Derby Cafeteria 3:00PM-5:15PM
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:30 P.M.
    Football vs. West Bloomfield, 4:30 at Home (Seaholm)

    Thursday (10-14)
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Stock Market Game Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    8th Grade Girls’ Basketball @ W. Bloomfield 5:00 P.M.
    Cross Country at Home vs. East Hills 4:00 P.M.
    PTA Meeting 7:00 P.M. in the Media Center

    Friday (10-15)
    Derby’s Annual 6th & 7th Grade Neon Night Bash 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    * October 29th- All schools ½ Day- Dismissal at 11:25AM

    * November 1st- End of 1st Quarter for BCS & Middle School

    *November 2nd- No school for Elementary, BCS, and Middle Schools. High Schools attend full day

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence).To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    CVS Flu Clinic for Derby Families

    Wednesday, October 13th
    3:00 PM -5:15 PM
    Derby Location: Cafeteria
    * Free with most insurance cards
    * Please bring your insurance card
    * Vaccines administered by a certified CVS pharmacist
    * Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


    *** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***
    The flu vaccine is being offered to Derby families by CVS Pharmacy. Bring a copy of your insurance card. Flu shots are covered by most insurance companies
    Click here to register

    Books, Books, Books

    Now that the dust has settled and the new school year is underway, please have your 7th and 8th grade children search their rooms for any Derby books not returned last year. These could be textbooks, Derby Media Center books, and/or books from classroom libraries. We appreciate your help in finding these books; we will be sending out fine notices shortly for any books not returned. Thank you!!!

    Derby’s Annual 6th and 7th Grade Neon Night Bash

    Calling ALL of Derby’s 6th and 7th Grade students. Our Student Government Leadership Team will host Derby’s Annual Neon Night Bash on Friday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Upon arrival, please come to Derby’s backyard. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10. Star Trax Entertainment will be here. Come to dance, shoot some hoops, run around and hang with your friends. We encourage everyone to dress to impress in your neon attire. There will be gift card prizes for the best dressed. There will be a lightning basketball contest and a dance contest. Concessions will be sold for an additional fee. Please bring exact change. Questions can be directed to Mrs. McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. This is an event for Derby’s 6th and 7th Grade students only, siblings and friends from other schools may not attend this event.

    Attention All 6th Grade Families!!!

    Please join us for the annual welcome breakfast for all 6th graders and their families on Wednesday, October 13th from 7:30-8:00 am. A continental breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, fruit, and drinks will be served in the Derby cafeteria, with seating also available outside in the courtyard. This is a wonderful Derby tradition and a great way to meet your child’s new friends and other 6th grade families. In addition, the Derby administrative team and 6th-grade teachers will be there. This is an informal event, so please stop in anytime during the breakfast. If your family is unable to attend, your 6th grader is welcome to come without a parent. Please RSVP through the sign-up genius link by indicating the family name and number of attendees.

    The Bagel Boys are delivering the bagels to us at a very generous discount. The attached flyer contains a promo code for first-time customers. Please consider supporting them and getting a fun family treat on Sunday mornings!
    Bagel Boys Flyer

    Thank you!
    Kim Stoyanovich

    Athletic Updates

    TEAM PHOTOS:
    Kaiser will be taking team photos in October. Girls Basketball and Boys Football will be photographed on Friday, October 15 beginning at 3:30. Cross Country will be photographed at Derby, and Tennis will be photographed at BRC, on Tuesday, October 19. Your child's coach will be sending order information home this week.

    SWIM COACHES NEEDED!

    Girls Swim begins in just over a month. We are in need of new coaches for both of our girls' teams this year. If you are interested in coaching a dynamic group of swimmers for this 8-week season, please let us know! If you are part of Birmingham's swim community, and you know someone who would be a great fit, please reach out! Send an email to Helena Fisher, HFisher@Birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Transportation Updates

    Our Middle School Athletics programs will not have fall bus transportation due to the current bus driver shortage. Parents will need to arrange transportation for their student-athletes to all away games.


    A Message from Transportation: Friends Riding Home on the Bus 
    Transportation is trying to do the very best they can with seating charts and contact tracing during COVID. Only students assigned to a particular bus are allowed to ride home on that bus. Extra riders will be directed to the main office to call home for a ride. Please help us to continue keeping everyone safe.

    Picture Retakes

    October 13th
    8:30AM-10:30AM
    If you would like your child to retake their picture, please make sure you send the complete original picture order with your child to school to return to Kaiser.

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook - Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award-winning book that will be hard-covered, full color, and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Students Want to Stay After School to Wait for a Home Game?

    A new after-school Spirit Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:00 in the Derby cafeteria before every HOME game. This club will provide the students an opportunity to remain after school in a supervised environment until the game begins. The students will be able to:
    Create posters to cheer on their classmates
    Listen to quiet music
    Do homework independently (homework help / tutoring not available)
    Eat snacks that they bring from home. To help us provide a safe and orderly environment for students, food deliveries are not allowed: i.e. Door Dash, Grub Hub, Pizza Delivery, Parent Food Drop-Off

    Students will:
    * Sign in once they arrived at the cafeteria
    * Remain in the cafeteria until the game begins
    * Be responsible for cleaning up their area in the cafeteria
    * Attend the sporting event for which they stayed after school
    * Follow all directions given by the adult in charge
    * Be respectful and courteous

    Failure to comply with Spirit Club procedures can include the following at adult discretion:
    * 1st offense = verbal warning
    * 2nd offense = written warning
    * 3rd offense = talk with administrator + parent contact
    * 4th offense= removal from Spirit Club

    Water Update

    Culligan water service has delivered multiple filling stations throughout our school for students to refill water bottles. Please remind your student to bring a reusable water bottle to school. We will continue to update you as we know more about our progress.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec (10/19, 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14)

    Derby Girls in STEM

    4 Amazing Events
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

    We are so excited to offer 4 STEM events in the next 3 months. Please see the link below for information and details about the events and the registration form. More events to come in 2022! Questions? Please email Lisa Hart at LHart@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Girls in STEM

    Message from Derby PTA

    PTA - Directory
    The Derby printed directories have arrived! If you preordered a printed directory, it will be distributed to your student in his/her A2 class. Please look for them to come home soon.

    A limited amount of extra copies of the directory are available for purchase in the Main Office for $5.00 each.

    Not sure if you preordered a printed directory? Please log in to your Membership Toolkit account to view your purchases.

    https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/


    * “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Chartwells
    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see the Free Meals for BPS Students link
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see the Chartwells - Now Hiring! link for more information.

    LAFAN

    Do you have Hispanic or Latino Heritage or would you like to connect and celebrate our traditions and culture? Join us! Our mission is to connect Hispanic/Latino families within the BPS District, foster educational excellence and equity, and improve Spanish language fluency. Our next LAFAN meeting is scheduled on October 18th and we would like to encourage families and staff to participate. Please see this link LAFAN October Flyer for more information.
    We would also like to ask anyone interested to fill out this form LAFAN Membership Information to join our network.

    FRIENDS Meeting

    Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
    (Zoom link sent in email eNews)
    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. They will kick off the year by hearing from the BPS Specialized Instruction & Student Services Team on their priorities for the school year as well as how our LINKS programs will be reinstated!

    FRIENDS meetings are always open to everyone. More details can be found in the meeting flyer sent in email eNews.

    K-12 connect: Virtual Homework Help

    Beginning October 4, 2021
    GVSU is offering free virtual homework help tutoring in all subjects for students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan.

    • Sessions can take place any day/time and be one-time or recurring
    • Students must provide homework or content to work on at every session
    • Students create a student profile account and wait for a GVSU volunteer tutor to reach out and schedule a tutoring session
    • Tutors are not guaranteed*

    TO LEARN MORE
    Visit gvsu.edu/k12connect, e-mail k12connect@gvsu.edu, or call (616) 331-5122.
    K-12 Connect: Virtual Homework Help Flyer

    *For guaranteed, committed tutors to work with students, schools may contract with GVSU. Contact K-12 Connect for more information.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of October 3rd

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 10/3/2021

    10/2/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    It is hard to believe that October is already here! Our teachers were hard at work yesterday with an afternoon of professional learning. We also dedicated a new bench in our courtyard in honor of our beloved paraprofessional, Meg Love, who passed away last year.

    Please read below for details regarding Neon Night (Friday, October 15th) and Derby Spirit Week! Thank you for reading our ENews and enjoy your weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (10-4)
    Tennis @ home vs. East Hills 4:00 P.M.

    Tuesday (10-5)
    STEM Challenge Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    7th Grade Basketball @ East Hills, 4:00 P.M.
    8th Grade Basketball @ West Hills, 5:00 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-6)
    Count Day! Please ensure that your child attends every class (including A2) today. Our students’ school funding depends on it. Thank you for your support!
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:30 P.M.
    Football vs. Warner @ Home (Seaholm) 4:30 P.M.
    Tennis @ Anderson, 4:00 P.M.

    Thursday (10-7)
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Stock Market Game Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (10-8)
    Cross Country @ Kensington Metro Park, 4:00 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Wednesday, October 13th- Picture Retakes
    * Wednesday, October 13th-6th Grade Families Breakfast
    * Wednesday, October 13th- Flu Clinic
    * Friday, October 15th- Derby’s Annual 6th & 7th Grade Neon Night Bash
    * Friday, October 29th- All BPS Schools ½ Day- Derby Dismissal 11:25AM

    Wednesday, October 6th is Count Day!!
    Wednesday, Oct. 6 is Count Day across our state. BPS will use this day to officially count the students in attendance throughout the District, aiding in proper funding from our local, state and federal revenue sources. BPS, like schools throughout the state, is funded on a per-pupil basis.

    In order for your child to be counted on Oct. 6, please follow the steps below:
    * Ensure your child attends all their classes on Count Day as scheduled.
    * Remind your child to complete all assignments given and turn them in, on time, on Count Day.
    * If your child is absent for any reason, call that absence in immediately, giving the reason for the absence and expected date of return. Each school posts their attendance line on their website.
    * Obtain a doctor’s (or other applicable) note/documentation and submit it within 24 hours when applicable to exemption rules.

    To Report an Absence:
    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence).To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    How do I pick up my child from school during the school day?

    Parents/ Guardians
    1) Come into the building
    2) Please have appropriate identification available
    3) Sign out student at the front desk

    Students
    1) Office staff will call student from class once parent/ guardian arrives to pick up
    2) Student will be sent to the office
    3) Student will be released to the parent/ guardian

    ***Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to them pick up. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes, phone calls, or emails to call your student down ahead of time. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school.***

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    Books, Books, Books

    Now that the dust has settled and the new school year is underway, please have your 7th and 8th-grade children search their rooms for any Derby books not returned last year. These could be textbooks, Derby Media Center books, and/or books from classroom libraries. We appreciate your help in finding these books; we will be sending out fine notices shortly for any books not returned. Thank you!!!

    Derby Spirit Week

    October 4th – 8th
    Student Government will be sponsoring Homecoming Spirit Week October 4th – 8th. This is the same week as Seaholm’s Spirit Week and the weekend of the Homecoming events.

    * Monday – Pajama Day
    * Tuesday – Tie Dye Day
    * Wednesday – Multiples Day (Twins/Triplets/Quads/Quints)
    * Thursday – College and Sports Day
    * Friday – Class Color Day (8th Graders – Black / 7th Graders – White / 6th Graders – Red)

    Athletic Updates

    TEAM PHOTOS:
    Kaiser will be taking team photos in October. Girls Basketball and Boys Football will be photographed on Friday, October 15 beginning at 3:30. Cross Country will be photographed at Derby, and Tennis will be photographed at BRC, on Tuesday, October 19. Your child's coach will be sending order information home next week.

    SWIM COACHES NEEDED!

    Girls Swim begins in just over a month. We are in need of new coaches for both of our girls' teams this year. If you are interested in coaching a dynamic group of swimmers for this 8-week season, please let us know! If you are part of Birmingham's swim community, and you know someone who would be a great fit, please reach out! Send an email to Helena Fisher, HFisher@Birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Transportation Updates

    Our Middle School Athletics programs will not have fall bus transportation due to the current bus driver shortage. Parents will need to arrange transportation for their student-athletes to all away games.
    *Also, please note: Students are unable to ride an alternate bus home with a friend.*

    Derby’s Annual 6th and 7th Grade Neon Night Bash

    Calling ALL of Derby’s 6th and 7th Grade students. Our Student Government Leadership Team will host Derby’s Annual Neon Night Bash on Friday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Upon arrival, please come to Derby’s backyard. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10. Star Trax Entertainment will be here. Come to dance, shoot some hoops, run around and hang with your friends. We encourage everyone to dress to impress in your neon attire. There will be gift card prizes for the best dressed. There will be a lightning basketball contest and a dance contest. Concessions will be sold for an additional fee. Please bring exact change. Questions can be directed to Mrs. McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. This is an event for Derby’s 6th and 7th Grade students only, siblings and friends from other schools may not attend this event.

    Attention All 6th Grade Families!!!

    Please join us for the annual welcome breakfast for all 6th graders and their families on Wednesday, October 13th from 7:30-8:00 am. A continental breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, fruit, and drinks will be served in the Derby cafeteria, with seating also available outside in the courtyard. This is a wonderful Derby tradition and a great way to meet your child’s new friends and other 6th grade families. In addition, the Derby administrative team and 6th-grade teachers will be there. This is an informal event, so please stop in anytime during the breakfast. If your family is unable to attend, your 6th grader is welcome to come without a parent. Please RSVP through the sign-up genius link by indicating the family name and number of attendees.

    The Bagel Boys are delivering the bagels to us at a very generous discount. The attached flyer contains a promo code for first-time customers. Please consider supporting them and getting a fun family treat on Sunday mornings!
    Bagel Boys Flyer

    Thank you!
    Kim Stoyanovich

    Picture Retakes

    October 13th
    8:30AM-10:30AM
    If you would like your child to retake their picture, please make sure you send the complete original picture order with your child to school to return to Kaiser.

    Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook - Order Now

    It is now time to order your 2021-2022 Derby Yearbook. The yearbook crew has been collecting memories to put together a great yearbook for YOU! The Derby Yearbook is an award winning book that will be hard covered, full color and 128 pages of memories from this year. Yearbooks can be ordered directly through our publishing company by going to www.yearbooksforever.com. Order today as the price will soon increase. Questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Early Morning Study Hall

    Our school library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30-8:05 for any student who would like to work on homework, have access to a computer or printer, or return books. It is staffed by the one and only, Mr. Levitt! Come on in early for a quiet space to work!

    Water Update

    BPS sent a district update regarding the water process on Friday, October 1st. The update for Derby specifically is as follows:
    Derby Middle School has shown that the chlorine treatment has been effective in reducing and controlling Legionella. Additional actions remaining include the replacement of a bottle filling station as part of the bond work, and the replacement of a faucet in the men’s restroom. Water can continue to be used as normal in this facility. To ensure water is easily accessible to all students, we will continue to use Culligan water service at the bottle filling stations that will function until the bond work. Please encourage your student to bring a water bottle to school each day that can be refilled at any of our stations.

    Message from our Derby Counselors

    The Derby Counseling Office is starting some groups (listed below) next week on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your child(ren) would benefit from one of the below groups, please fill out the linked permission slip and email it to kkelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us by Wednesday, October 6th.

    * Changes:
    Your child(ren) might be having some emotional reactions to anything that’s caused a big change in their lives- a death, a divorce or separation, a new school, a loss of self-esteem or friends, a move, an adoption of a sibling, etc. These emotional reactions are a part of grief, which is a natural process. To support your child(ren), we will be running a “coping with changes” group for 6 weeks.


    * D2:
    Your child(ren) might be dealing with a lot of “drama” in their lives: displaying or having interactions with overreactions, exaggerations, over-involvement in other’s business, rumors, gossip, negativity, and the like. If so, and you would like them to have an opportunity to be educated on what drama is and how to combat it and bring boundaries, connections, and happiness in their lives, D2 is for them.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec (10/5, 10/19, 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14)

    Derby Girls in STEM

    4 Amazing Events
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

    We are so excited to offer 4 STEM events in the next 3 months. Please see link below for information and details about the events and the registration form. More events to come in 2022! Questions? Please email Lisa Hart at LHart@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Girls in STEM

    Message from Derby PTA

    * Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand in managing doors and greeting guests, answering phones, making copies, and various other tasks would be of 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!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f45a8ab22a13-derby1


    * “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more.

    Chartwells
    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see the Free Meals for BPS Students link
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see the Chartwells - Now Hiring! link for more information.

    CVS Flu Clinic for Derby Families

    Wednesday, October 13th
    3:00 PM -5:15 PM
    Derby Location: Cafeteria
    Free with most insurance cards
    Please bring your insurance card
    Vaccines administered by a certified CVS pharmacist
    Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


    *** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***
    The flu vaccine is being offered to Derby families by CVS Pharmacy. Bring a copy of your insurance card. Flu shots are covered by most insurance companies
    Click here to register

    K-12 connect: Virtual Homework Help

    Beginning October 4, 2021
    GVSU is offering free virtual homework help tutoring in all subjects for students in grades K-12 throughout Michigan.

    • Sessions can take place any day/time and be one-time or recurring
    • Students must provide homework or content to work on at every session
    • Students create a student profile account and wait for a GVSU volunteer tutor to reach out and schedule a tutoring session
    • Tutors are not guaranteed*

    TO LEARN MORE
    Visit gvsu.edu/k12connect, e-mail k12connect@gvsu.edu, or call (616) 331-5122.
    K-12 Connect: Virtual Homework Help Flyer

    *For guaranteed, committed tutors to work with students, schools may contract with GVSU. Contact K-12 Connect for more information.

    Seaholm Maples Football

    6th-8th Grade Middle School Students Night - All Schools Welcome

    Come cheer on your favorite football team at the BEF (Birmingham Education Foundation) Tailgate Events in celebration of their homecoming games:

    Friday, October 1st - Outside the entrance to Falcon Field, Groves HS 6 pm - 7:30 pm
    Friday, October 8th - Inside the entrance to Maple Field, Seaholm HS 6 pm - 7:30 pm

    Free cider & donuts from Franklin Cider Mill along with giveaways from our sponsors DTE Energy (Groves) and Dean Sellers Ford (Seaholm).

    *Birmingham Education Foundation provides funding for teacher grants to support enrichment programs and activities to BPS students.


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of September 26th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 10/3/2021

    9/25/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Fall is in the air and we are in full swing at Derby! As the weather starts to get a bit cooler, a reminder that we will take students for rec outside each day as long as we can. Please remind your student to bring a jacket to stay warm.

    Remember that we have a half-day on Friday, October 1st this week. Thank you for reading our update and enjoy your weekend.

    Go Dragons!

    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (9-27)
    Girls Basketball vs. Berkshire at home. 7th Grade @ 4:00 and 8th Grade @ 5:00

    Tuesday (9-28)
    7th Grade Girls’ Basketball @ Country Day @ 4:00
    Stem Challenge Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (9-29)
    Girls’ Tennis Away vs. Anderson Middle School @ 4:00
    Football vs. Oak Park Away @ 4:30
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:30 P.M.

    Thursday (9-30)
    8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Home vs. Berkshire @ 4:00
    7th Grade Girls’ Basketball Home vs. West Hills @ 5:00
    Cross Country vs. West Hills MS @ 4:00 Home
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Stock Market Game 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (10-1)
    All schools ½ Day- Dismissal at 11:25 AM
    1st Hour-8:15-8:43
    2nd Hour-8:47-9:15
    3rd Hour-9:19-9:47
    4th Hour-9:51-10:19
    5th Hour-10:23-10:51
    6th Hour-10:55-11:25

    Mark Your Calendars
    * Wednesday, October 6th- Count Day!
    * Wednesday, October 13th- Picture Retakes

    Wednesday, October 6th is Count Day!!
    Please ensure that your child attends every class (including A2) that day. Our school funding depends on it. Thank you for your support!

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at  derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us  to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to  derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Please note the updated policy on signing your student in and out of school during school hours:
    It is not necessary to escort your child in the building in the morning when late for school or arriving late from an appointment. Your student can sign themselves in. Please DO either have a doctor’s note when applicable or call the attendance line to report your student’s late arrival.  When signing your student OUT for an appointment or leaving for the day, you will need to come into the building. Please have appropriate identification available and make sure that the person picking your student up is authorized on your emergency list. You may also call the office and give permission for someone NOT on your list to pick up your student. As always, identification is needed. **Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to pick up. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes to call your student down ahead of time.

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    NWEA Testing

    Fall NWEA Makeup testing will take place the week of September 27th. Please reach out to an administrator or testing coordinator, Michelle Gallacher at MGallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you have any questions.

    Derby Spirit Week

    October 4th – 8th
    Student Government will be sponsoring Homecoming Spirit Week October 4th – 8th. This is the same week as Seaholm’s Spirit Week and the weekend of the Homecoming events.

    Monday – Pajama Day
    Tuesday – Tie Dye Day
    Wednesday – Multiples Day (Twins/Triplets/Quads/Quints)
    Thursday – College and Sports Day
    Friday – Class Color Day (8th Graders – Black/7th Graders – White/6th Graders – Red)

    Derby’s Annual 6th and 7th Grade Neon Night Bash

    Calling ALL of Derby’s 6th and 7th Grade students…our Student Government Leadership Team will host Derby’s Annual Neon Night Bash on Friday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Upon arrival, please come to Derby’s backyard. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10. Star Trax Entertainment will be here…come to dance, shoot some hoops, run around and hang with your friends. We encourage everyone to dress to impress in your neon attire…there will be gift card prizes for the best dressed. There will be a lightning basketball contest and a dance contest. Concessions will be sold for an additional fee. Please bring exact change. Questions can be directed to Mrs. McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. This is an event for Derby’s 6th and 7th Grade students only, siblings and friends from other schools may not attend this event.

    Water Update

    Culligan water service has delivered multiple filling stations throughout our school for students to refill water bottles. Bottled water is also available free of charge in the cafeteria if students forget their bottles at home, however, it is best for the student and our environment if students bring a water bottle from home. Please remind your student to bring a reusable water bottle to school. We will continue to update you as we know more about our progress.

    6th Grade Soccer Opportunity – ½ Day Oct. 1st

    The Seaholm Men’s Soccer Team is excited to have their half-day soccer clinic back this year! Boys and Girls grades 1-6 are able to participate. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration.
    Boys & Girls Soccer Flyer

    Early Morning Study Hall

    Our school library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30-8:05 for any student who would like to work on homework, have access to a computer or printer, or return books. It is staffed by the one and only, Mr. Levitt! Come on in early for a quiet space to work!

    Transportation

    If your student is eligible for bus transportation, bus times can be found in PowerSchool. Please click on the Transportation tab on the left side of the screen. You will be able to view pick-up and drop-off times, the bus number, and bus stop locations. Please help your student be successful by having your student know the bus number before the dash. For example, if Power School says: Bus Number 4-6520, it is important for my student to know they ride bus 4.

    Additionally, parents have access to the Durham Bus Tracker app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nec.bustracker&hl=en_US&gl=US), which is very helpful. Please feel free to contact Durham (248 203-3940) if you have any questions regarding routes and schedules.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec: 10/5, 10/19, 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

    Message from Derby PTA

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand in managing doors and greeting guests, answering phones, making copies, and various other tasks would be of 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!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f45a8ab22a13-derby1

    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Lunch Accounts

    All BPS students eat free, but you may choose to create a lunch account for your child to purchase extras. With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks or cash. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com also allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily.

    Chartwells

    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see the link Free Meals for BPS Students

    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.
    https://www.lunchapp.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see link for more information. Chartwells- Now Hiring!

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of September 19th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/26/2021

    9/17/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    It was a busy first full week of school at Derby! It was great to see all of our science classes doing experiments as well as our first A2 Thursdays with WEB leaders guiding our 6th-graders through activities. We are excited for sports to kick-off competition this upcoming week and clubs beginning to meet.

    Thank you for reading eNews and have a great weekend!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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

    This Week’s Events:
    Monday (9-20)

    Tennis Away vs. West Hills MS at 4:00

    Tuesday (9-21)
    Basketball -Look for a change from Mr. Auten
    XCountry Home vs. West Bloomfied at 4:00
    STEM Challenge Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (9-22)
    Tennis Away vs. Berkshire Middle at 4:00
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (9-23)
    Basketball- Look for a change from Mr. Auten
    XCountry Home vs. Royal Oak MS at 4:00
    Derby Drama Club 3:20-5:20 P.M
    Stock Market Game Club 3:20-5:35 P.M.

    Friday (9-24)
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    • Friday, October 1st- All schools ½ Day Dismissal at 11:25AM

    • Wednesday, October 13th- Picture Retakes

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at  derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us  to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to  derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Please note the updated policy on signing your student in and out of school during school hours:
    It is not necessary to escort your child in the building in the morning when late for school or arriving late from an appointment. Your student can sign themselves in. Please DO either have a doctor’s note when applicable or call the attendance line to report your student’s late arrival.  When signing your student OUT for an appointment or leaving for the day, you will need to come into the building. Please have appropriate identification available and make sure that the person picking your student up is authorized on your emergency list. You may also call the office and give permission for someone NOT on your list to pick up your student. As always, identification is needed. **Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to pick up. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes to call your student down ahead of time.

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    NWEA Testing

    Fall NWEA testing will take place starting Monday, September 13th. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will take the reading NWEA assessment on September 13th, 14th, and 17th and the math NWEA assessment on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Makeup testing will take place the week of September 27th. Please reach out to an administrator or testing coordinator, Michelle Gallacher at MGallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you have any further questions.

    Derby Spirit Week

    October 4th – 8th
    Student Government will be sponsoring Homecoming Spirit Week October 4th – 8th. This is the same week as Seaholm’s Spirit Week and the weekend of the Homecoming events.

    Monday – Pajama Day
    Tuesday – Tie Dye Day
    Wednesday – Multiples Day (Twins/Triplets/Quads/Quints)
    Thursday – College and Sports Day
    Friday – Class Color Day (8th Graders – Black/7th Graders – White/6th Graders – Red)

    Athletics Transportation & Updates

    Our Middle School Athletics programs will not have fall bus transportation due to the current bus driver shortage. Our transportation department is working diligently on a solution to this district-wide problem. In the meantime, parents will need to arrange transportation for their student athletes to all away games.

    Athletic registration and refunds for fall sports has now closed as of Friday, September 10th. Please keep an eye out for information on registration for winter sports.

    For the most current sports competition schedule, please visit https://derby.bigteams.com/
    Please email Helena Fisher with questions at HFisher@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Water Update

    Culligan water service has delivered multiple filling stations throughout our school for students to refill water bottles. Bottled water is also available free of charge in the cafeteria if students forget their bottles at home, however, it is best for the student and our environment if students bring a water bottle from home. Please remind your student to bring a reusable water bottle to school. We will continue to update you as we know more about our progress.

    Transportation

    If your student is eligible for bus transportation, bus times can be found in PowerSchool. Please click on the Transportation tab on the left side of the screen. You will be able to view pick-up and drop-off times, the bus number, and bus stop locations. Please help your student be successful by having your student know the bus number before the dash. For example, if Power School says: Bus Number 4-6520, it is important for my student to know they ride bus 4.


    Additionally, parents have access to the Durham Bus Tracker app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nec.bustracker&hl=en_US&gl=US), which is very helpful. Please feel free to contact Durham (248 203-3940) if you have any questions regarding routes and schedules.

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec:  9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14

    Message from Derby PTA

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand in managing doors and greeting guests, answering phones, making copies, and various other tasks would be of 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!


    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days
    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the link to help

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of September 12th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 9/19/2021

    9/10/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    I would like to extend a big thank you to all of our families that came to Curriculum Night last night. Our staff appreciated the opportunity to connect with families and share what students will be learning this year. If you were unable to attend, please find the information teachers presented here.

    Please read below for information regarding NWEA testing, clubs, a note from band, and more. Thank you for reading our update and have a great weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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


    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (9-13)

    Tuesday (9-14)

    Wednesday (9-15)

    Thursday (9-16)

    Friday (9-17)

    Mark Your Calendars
    * Friday, October 1st - All schools ½ Day Dismissal at 11:25AM

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at  derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us  to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). To fully exempt an absence, documentation is required (a doctor’s note, etc.). These can be dropped off at the Main Office by your student or emailed directly to  derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Please note the updated policy on signing your student in and out of school during school hours:
    It is not necessary to escort your child in the building in the morning when late for school or arriving late from an appointment. Your student can sign themselves in. Please DO either have a doctor’s note when applicable or call the attendance line to report your student’s late arrival.  When signing your student OUT for an appointment or leaving for the day, you will need to come into the building. Please have appropriate identification available and make sure that the person picking your student up is authorized on your emergency list. You may also call the office and give permission for someone NOT on your list to pick up your student. As always, identification is needed. **Due to loss of instructional time & for safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait in the office for a parent to pick up. Please give yourself plenty of time when picking your child up from school. We will no longer accept pick-up request notes to call your student down ahead of time.*

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Here is the  BPS Calendar 2021-2022 BPS District Calendar for your reference.

    NWEA Testing

    Fall NWEA testing will take place starting Monday, September 13th. 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students will take the reading NWEA assessment on September 13th, 14th, and 17th and the math NWEA assessment on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Makeup testing will take place the week of September 27th. Please reach out to an administrator or testing coordinator, Michelle Gallacher at MGallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you have any further questions.

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs

    Welcome Back, Derby Dragons!!!! Are you ready for a fun-filled fall??? If so, then take a look at the club offerings. Registration for our fall 2021 clubs is due to Mrs. Westerlund by Wednesday, 9/15/2021. Please drop forms and fees in the main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund at KWesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Athletics Transportation & Updates

    We were informed this week that our Middle School Athletics programs will not have fall bus transportation due to the current bus driver shortage. Our transportation department is working diligently on a solution to this district-wide problem. In the meantime, parents will need to arrange transportation for their student-athletes to all away games. We know this is a challenge for some families and we are sorry for any inconvenience. You will be informed about transportation for winter sports once we receive the updated information. If you have additional questions about this, send an email to Helena Fisher: HFisher@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    For the most current information about Derby Athletics, please refer to the Athletics page within the Programs tab on our school website.

    Athletic registration and refunds for fall sports has now closed as of Friday, September 10th. Please keep an eye out for information on registration for winter sports. If you have any questions, please email Helena Fisher.

    Derby Girls’ Basketball

    All parents and guardians for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Derby girl basketball team members are invited to an informational meeting regarding the 2021 Scholastic season. There will be critical information distributed regarding- schedules, game protocols, transportation, and more. Please plan on attending on Tuesday, September 14th @ 5PM in the Derby Gymnasium. This time is immediately after practice for the girls. Please bring any questions to the meeting and meet Coach Kelley and Coach Auten.

    If you cannot attend the meeting, please feel free to email Coach Auten at gauten@birmingham.k12.mi.us for links for all materials distributed at the meeting or any inquiries you may have.

    Hope to see you all on Tuesday at 5 PM in the Derby Gymnasium - Go Dragons!!

    Glen Auten
    Girls’ Basketball Coach

    Water Update

    Culligan water service has delivered multiple filling stations throughout our school for students to refill water bottles. Bottled water is also available free of charge in the cafeteria if students forget their bottles at home, however, it is best for the student and our environment if students bring a water bottle from home. Please remind your student to bring a reusable water bottle to school. We will continue to update you as we know more about our progress.

    Transportation

    If your student is eligible for bus transportation, bus times can be found in PowerSchool. Please click on the Transportation tab on the left side of the screen. You will be able to view pick-up and drop-off times, the bus number, and bus stop locations. Please help your student be successful by having your student know the bus number before the dash. For example, if Power School says: Bus Number 4-6520, it is important for my student to know he rides bus 4.

    Additionally, parents have access to the Durham Bus Tracker app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nec.bustracker&hl=en_US&gl=US), which is very helpful. Please feel free to contact Durham (248 203-3940) if you have any questions regarding routes and schedules.

    Derby Band

    8th Grade Band members are invited to participate in a Tailgate with the Seaholm Band and Booster Organization on Friday Sept. 17th for the Seaholm VS Groves Football game. See email from Mrs. Barclay for specifics on location and time! We hope you can join us for this fun family event! SBarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Message from Derby PTA

    PTA Reminder
    Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! If you have not yet had a chance, it is time to update your directory information and make your Back to School and Derby Wear purchases. Simply follow the steps below. The deadline to be in the Printed Directory and to purchase Derby Spirit Wear is Friday, September 17th. Please contact Julie Soderwall at derbydirectory2013@gmail.com with any questions.

    RETURNING FAMILIES:
    This includes any incoming 6th graders from Harlan, Pembroke, Pierce and Quarton.
    · Go to https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    · Click on the Register/Login button
    · Log into your account using the same username and password as last year
    · All incoming 6th-grade families from Harlan, Pembroke, Pierce, and Quarton use last year's username and password as well
    · Verify your Parent/Family Information
    · Verify your Directory/Publish Preferences
    · Visit the Back-to-School Store to join the PTA, purchase a print directory, and more
    · Visit the Derby Wear Store to purchase spirit wear

    NEW FAMILIES:
    · Go to https://derbymspta.membershiptoolkit.com/
    · Click on the Register/Login button
    · Choose "New User"
    · Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information
    · Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
    · Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process
    · Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information
    · Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences
    · Visit the Back-to-School Store to join the PTA, purchase a print directory, and more
    · Visit the Derby Wear Store to purchase spirit wear

    “Thoughtful Thursday” Staff Appreciation Days

    Once a month at our Thursday PTA meetings the Derby community of families honor our staff with a gift drawing. The gifts are donated by Derby families and can be gift cards, household items, bottles of wine, anything is appreciated. This is a favorite event for the staff and they truly appreciate it! We are looking for donations for every month, so please click on the following link to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F45A8AB22A13-derby

    PTA Volunteer Coordinator
    Sarah Muzzin
    Sarah@sarahmuzzin.com

    Rainbow Club

    This club is for all who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies/friends/supporters. We accept and support the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. We also have fun, make friends, and have a space where all can come as they are.
    Grades: 6-8
    Sponsors: Ms. Kelly, Counselor; Mrs. Gott, School Psychologist; and Mr. Hummel, Derby Choir Director
    Room: Room 111
    Days: Every other Tuesday during lunch/rec (9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/4, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14)

    Chartwells

    Did you know that BPS KIDS eat free?
    For more information see link Free Meals for BPS Students
    Click on this easy link to complete the application for Birmingham Public Schools.

    As school food service programs move to return to normal service and menus, we are facing unprecedented issues with the supply chain that will cause us to alter our posted menus with little to no notice. We are working closely with our distributors and manufacturers to secure both the food and supply items needed to support our program. While it is our intention to serve the posted menu each day at every school, supply issues may not make this possible on any given day until supply chain issues are rectified. We will always attempt to substitute the scheduled menu item with another that is similar as possible to the extent we are able to do so. Please know that we will always provide wholesome meals each and every day.

    If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at PGuck@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

    Chartwells is hiring! Please see the link for more information.
    Chartwells- Now Hiring!

    Strides for SOS 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk

    The second annual Strides for SOS 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Seaholm High School. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for SOS and will include a certified outdoor 5K course, a 1-mile course, and a virtual option.

    Schools Offer Support (SOS) is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer services and financial support to families throughout the Birmingham Public Schools community. Since the pandemic,
    SOS has assisted BPS families with:


    * $40,000 in grocery gift cards

    * $9,000 in laptops for graduating seniors

    * $5,000 in financial assistance for other items such as childcare, medical bills, and utilities

    * monthly food boxes


    Your participation in the Strides for SOS event will help SOS continue to support BPS families throughout this school year.

    SOS will award prizes to the top three BPS buildings with the most student and staff participants. Register by Sept. 12 to be guaranteed a race shirt!

    For more race details and to register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Birmingham/SOSMilesforMeals5kand1MileRace
    To learn more about SOS, visit www.schoolsoffersupport.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.