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

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 1/10/2021
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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of December 13th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 12/20/2020 7:00:00 AM

    12/16/20

    Dear Derby Dragon Families,
    As you are most likely aware, the Board of Education has voted to reinstate full-day in-person learning, starting on Monday, January 11, 2021. The plan allows for smaller groups of students in our building at one time, while also providing more instructional time.

    Families will still have the option to keep students in the virtual live streaming environment. If you would like to change your decision from the previous survey, please contact Mrs. Heather Guise via email at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us by Monday, Dec. 21.

    If your last name begins with A-L, your student is in Cohort A. Last names M-Z are in Cohort B. The only difference between the cohorts are the days in which students attend in-person classes. Cohort A will attend school in person on Monday and Thursday; Cohort B will attend school in person on Tuesday and Friday. Wednesday will serve as an all-virtual day, with all students participating synchronously via Zoom.

    Lunches: All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced lunch setting. Students will eat in the cafeteria, the hallway outside the cafeteria and the Counseling lobby.

    Recreation Time: All students will take part in rec before or after lunch. All appropriate spaces in the building will be utilized in support of a physically-distanced rec setting. Sports equipment, such as basketballs, will not be made available during rec time this year. We will encourage students to walk or visit the library during this time.

    Please understand that while every effort will be made to enforce physical distancing guidelines, it is simply not possible to guarantee students will be six feet apart from each other at all times.

    In the next couple of weeks you can expect information regarding procedures and exact times for scheduling.

    Go Dragons!

    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    12/12/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    I had the pleasure of visiting many classrooms this week. Mrs. Hugel’s class learned about chemical reactions by using glow sticks. Ms. Zang’s 6th grade orchestra explored the difference between sharp and flat notes. Seventh grade ELA started combining their Greek mythology and drama units by reading the beginning of Percy Jackson’s the Lightning Thief and comparing it to the actual screenplay of the movie. Even in this virtual environment, it is refreshing to see our students engaged in authentic learning opportunities. Way to go, Dragons!

    Please read below for updates on sports, a PTA meeting, and more. We hope you have a great weekend!

    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 (12-14)

    Tuesday (12-15)

    Wednesday (12-16)

    Thursday (12-17)

    Friday (12-18)

    Mark Your Calendars

    • Winter Recess- No School December 23rd-January 3rd
    • Classes Resume- January 4th
    • ½ Day for Middle and BCS Students- January 15th
    • MLK DAY No School- January 18th

    For your reference, this Weekly Derby Virtual Schedule is the schedule your Derby student is following.

    Sports Update

    Due to the latest decision by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to push back fall sports, BPS has decided to cancel the Winter 1 activities of basketball, swimming, and ski club. We are in the process of working on refunds for all families. Please stay tuned for further information regarding Winter 2 sports as we learn more information from the state and district.

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Derby Live Announcements

    Derby Live Announcements are a Go!
    Click in at 8:25AM - 8:35AM every day on YouTube Live. Student Anchor Teams will relay important announcements and fun daily facts to both inform and entertain! If you miss the live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel linked below for you to watch at your leisure.The stream link will activate by 8:25 everyday at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojjwKtZmIFU77kyRBX_wmQ Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    NJHS

    NJHS Dec 20: Please click the NJHS December news & projects link.

    Jazz Band

    Jazz Band will be on Zoom on Tuesdays 3:20-4:20 for the following dates:
    12/8, 12/15, 12/22.
    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    PTA Meeting

    Please join us for our PTA meeting on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00. The link was sent via eNews on 12/12.

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs

    While we might be at home learning virtually, we still want to offer students some opportunities for enrichment/after-school clubs. Some of these classes will always be virtual while others will be hybrid when we return to school.

    The attached document lists all of our clubs which will begin the week of 1/11/2021. Please fill out this Winter 2021 CLUBS document (add a check if it is one of the AccelerateKid offerings) and return to Kathy Westerlund via email or the CLUBS box found outside the Derby main doors. Registration is open until Wednesday, December 16. Please note that several clubs have a limited number of spots. Any questions, please reach out to Kathy Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $45.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    Derby Gives Back - Light House Gift Card Drive 2020

    It is the season for giving. It is the season for supporting those in the communities surrounding us. The Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team will be joining together this season to help those in need through Light House of Oakland County. During this time of need and giving, we are asking families of our Derby Community to donate in ways you are able. The Derby Student Government Leadership Team will be collecting gift cards in any monetary amount to Kohls, Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart. The Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive will take place from Tuesday, December 1st - Wednesday, December 16th. If your family would like to sign-up to donate a gift card, please go to this Sign Up Genius Link to sign-up.

    Questions regarding the Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    Thank you in advance for supporting this important cause. We know the families we will be donating too will be forever grateful for your generosity.

    Derby Media Center - Book Circulation Information

    The Derby library is circulating materials. We are using a holds/checkouts/pick-up system. There are a few important points to make sure your child is successful when requesting materials. After your child has selected a book, they must check the “Copies” area in the middle of the page to see if we have any available copies. If there are no copies available, placing a hold puts your child in line for the next available copy. This is a great feature if they are doing personal interest reading, but not so great if they are worried about timing for an assignment.
    If there are copies available, placing an available item on hold tells Mrs. Sindelar that it needs to be pulled, processed, checked out, and placed outside. Please do not make the trip to school until the title appears in the “Checkouts” area of Destiny.
    For more information about library circulation during remote learning, please visit our corresponding website

    BPS Saturday School


    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:
    December: 5, 12, 19
    January: 9, 22, 30
    February: 6, 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 12/12. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! 

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online academic support resource for students who need assistance with
    * Homework assignment
    * Quiz/Test
    * Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 - 4PM

    Click Here: Virtual Academic Resource Center

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?
    For more information please visit the Kids Eat Free informational page

    Parent Learning Series

    Parent learning series starts next week!! Please share with your communities if you like! There is no fee, but registration is required. Here is the link to the Parent Learning Series flyer.

    The most important thing parents and caregivers can do right now is to keep a love of learning alive for their children. Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home, but what does this mean? Parents do not need to be teachers or content area experts. Please join our Partnerships@Home Learning Series for some ideas about fostering curiosity and a sense of wonder during everyday family life. Brought to you by Oakland Schools.

    Support Local Businesses

    Birmingham small businesses are the backbone of our community - the ones that invest time and resources in support of our schools, PTAs, youth sports, events and other initiatives. Many of the owners and employees also live right here in Birmingham. Now more than ever it is important to show them our support by shopping local. Most retailers are offering in-person, curbside, online and phone orders and many restaurants are offering curbside, take-out, delivery and outdoor dining to ensure the safety of all patrons. Birmingham Shopping District gift cards (Birmingham Bucks) can be purchased online and are usable at many retailers and restaurants downtown. They make a great gift for teachers, family, colleagues and friends. To purchase Birmingham Bucks, visit this link. The District is also planning some festive and safe outdoor family activities this season. For information visit about the Birmingham District activities visit this link


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of December 6th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 12/13/2020 7:00:00 AM

    12/4/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    We hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving and a great first week back. Students and staff are adjusting well to our new virtual schedule and the Winter Club choices debuted this week. (See below!) 

    On Wednesday, December 9th, all BPS teachers will be attending Professional Development. Due to some cohorting arrangements at the elementary school and the need for all teachers to be on the same schedule for their learning, students will only attend school in the AFTERNOON that day. All classes will be synchronous/live.

    Please see the following schedule:
      

    Time-1/2 Day PM

    Wednesday, Dec. 9-All Synchronous

    11:40-12:10

    Period 1

    12:14-12:47

    Period 2

    12:51-1:24

    Period 3

    1:28-2:01

    Period 4

    2:05-2:38

    Period 5

    2:42-3:15

    Period 6



    We hope everyone has a great weekend!

    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 (12-7)

    Tuesday (12-8)

    Wednesday (12-9)
    ½ Day Today 11:40AM-3:15PM** DERBY PM 1/2 DAY Schedule

    Thursday (12-10)


    Friday (12-11)

    Mark Your Calendars

    * Winter Recess- No School December 23rd-January 3rd

    * Classes Resume January 4th

    For your reference, this Weekly Derby Virtual Schedule is the schedule your Derby student is following as of December 1st. 

    **Wednesday, December 9th is a ½ day. Derby students will attend 11:40AM-3:15PM*

    Derby PTA

    Please come join us, Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00PM.The link was sent in eNews.

    Virtual Teacher Appreciation!
    The Derby parent community recognizes the staff throughout the year at each PTA meeting. A drawing is held at the meeting and a staff member's name is selected at random for the chance to win one of many gifts provided by the wonderful community of Derby families. The goal is at the end of the year, every Derby staff member has received a gift. Therefore, we need many donations to make this happen! 
    The gift is usually in the $20-25 range. The staff loves this fun perk and looks forward to getting picked. Please consider donating by signing up below for a month. The donation and gift giving process will be a little different while we are running our virtual meetings. I will be taking your money donations directly via venmo or paypal or zelle and then I will purchase the e-gift and send it to the winning staff members. My hopes are that this will revert back to an actual gift once we are able to have in person school again.
    Venmo - a_long00
    Paypal - a_long00@hotmail.com 
    Quickpay with Zelle - a_long00@hotmail.com
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby4

    All 8th Grade Students

    All 8th graders please stop by the Derby vestibule (inside of the Main Doors) to pick up a new text book and one long sheet of white paper. The vestibule will be open from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm every day. If you need to pick up later than 3:30, please email Mrs. Guise at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us and she can leave it at the front door after hours with your name on it.

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.usPlease note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Derby Live Announcements


    Derby Live Announcements are a Go! 
    Click in at 8:25AM - 8:35AM every day on YouTube Live. Student Anchor Teams will relay important announcements and fun daily facts to both inform and entertain! If you miss the live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel linked below for you to watch at your leisure.The stream link will activate by 8:25 everyday at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojjwKtZmIFU77kyRBX_wmQ Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    Jazz Band


    Jazz Band will be on Zoom on Tuesdays 3:20-4:20 for the following dates:
    12/8, 12/15, 12/22.
    Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    7th grade Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive for Micah 6

    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 the bins in front of the main Derby entrance through DECEMBER 11, 2020. 
    NEWS FLASH!!!!! We’ve just learned a new (FREE) way to support Coleman and the Micah 6 Community. Micah 6 is currently participating in a competition between Non-Profits in Pontiac hosted by the Pontiac Community Foundation. Micah 6 hopes to be awarded up to $10,000 if they receive the most votes. Micah 6 is currently in 2nd place. Please visit the following link once a day until December 15. You don’t have to register or include your email address to vote. Just click on the VOTE button

    Clubs, Clubs, Clubs

    While we might be at home learning virtually, we still want to offer students some opportunities for enrichment/after-school clubs. Some of these classes will always be virtual while others will be hybrid when we return to school.

    The attached document lists all of our clubs which will begin the week of 1/11/2021. Please fill out this Winter 2021 CLUBS document (add a check if it is one of the AccelerateKid offerings) and return to Kathy Westerlund via email or the CLUBS box found outside the Derby main doors. Please reach out to Kathy Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions.

    Yearbook

    Submit Your Photograph for the Yearbook - Be Entered to Win a Gift Card

    The Derby Yearbook will be collecting photographs of Derby Dragons in their virtual learning environment or wearing Derby attire Monday, December 7th through Friday, December 11th. Students and parents can email their photographs to Mrs. McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Please include your name in your email. Everyone who submits a photograph will have their name entered to win one of four $10 gift cards. The gift card drawing will take place during the Derby announcements on Monday, December 14th. Enter your photograph for the Yearbook and have your name entered to win a gift card. We can’t wait to see your pictures!

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $45.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    Derby Gives Back - Light House Gift Card Drive 2020

    It is the season for giving. It is the season for supporting those in the communities surrounding us. The Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team will be joining together this season to help those in need through Light House of Oakland County. During this time of need and giving, we are asking families of our Derby Community to donate in ways you are able. The Derby Student Government Leadership Team will be collecting gift cards in any monetary amount to Kohls, Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart. The Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive will take place from Tuesday, December 1st - Wednesday, December 16th. If your family would like to sign-up to donate a gift card, please go to this Sign Up Genius Link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4bafae2da7fc1-derby3

    Questions regarding the Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    Thank you in advance for supporting this important cause...we know the families we will be donating too will be forever grateful for your generosity.

    Derby Media Center - Book Circulation Information

    The Derby media center is circulating materials. We are using a holds/checkouts/pick-up system. There are a few important points to make sure your child is successful when requesting materials.

    After your child has selected a book, they must check the “Copies” area in the middle of the page to see if we have any available copies. If there are no copies available, placing a hold puts your child in line for the next available copy. This is a great feature if they are doing personal interest reading, but not so great if they are worried about timing for an assignment.

    If there are copies available, placing an available item on hold tells Mrs. Sindelar that it needs to be pulled, processed, checked out, and placed outside. Please do not make the trip to school until the title appears in the “Checkouts” area of Destiny.

    For more information about remote learning library circulation, please visit our remote circulation webpage.

    BPS Saturday School


    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    November: 21
    December: 5, 12, 19
    January: 9, 22, 30
    February: 6, 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22

    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 12/4.

    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.

    Chartwells

    Please see links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School
    Support School Meals

    Parent Learning Series


    Parent learning series starts next week!! Please share with your communities if you like! There is no fee, but registration is required. Here is the flyer.

    The most important thing parents and caregivers can do right now is to keep a love of learning alive for their children. Parents and caregivers are essential partners in supporting learning at home, but what does this mean? Parents do not need to be teachers or content area experts. Please join our Partnerships@Home Learning Series for some ideas about fostering curiosity and a sense of wonder during everyday family life. Brought to you by Oakland Schools.

    Support Local Businesses

    Birmingham small businesses are the backbone of our community - the ones that invest time and resources in support of our schools, PTAs, youth sports, events and other initiatives. Many of the owners and employees also live right here in Birmingham. Now more than ever it is important to show them our support by shopping local. Most retailers are offering in-person, curbside, online and phone orders and many restaurants are offering curbside, take-out, delivery and outdoor dining to ensure the safety of all patrons.Birmingham Shopping District gift cards (Birmingham Bucks) can be purchased online and are usable at many retailers and restaurants downtown. They make a great gift for teachers, family, colleagues and friends. To purchase, visit https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/birmingham-bucks-birmingham. The District is also planning some festive and safe outdoor family activities this season. For information visit https://www.allinbirmingham.com/visitors/index.php


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 29th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 12/6/2020

    11/30/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past week.  I appreciated the time with family and a moment to pause and reflect on all we have to be grateful for.  The Derby staff, students, and community continue to be on top of my gratitude list!

    There are a few reminders in the update below.  Please make sure to see the new schedule that will begin on Tuesday. (We do not have school tomorrow, enjoy the long weekend!)  Also, there is a BPS stakeholders’ feedback survey that was sent out from the district last week. (It is copied below.)  It is due today!  Please take a moment to fill it out if you have not done so already.  We appreciate your input.  

    We hope everyone has a great week and welcome back!

    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 (11-30)

    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Tuesday (12-1)

    Class Resume Today! Remember to follow this schedule Weekly Derby Schedule Beginning Dec.1, 2020. 

    Wednesday (12-2)

    Thursday (12-3)

    Friday (12-4)

    Mark Your Calendars:

        ½ Day- Wednesday, December 9th (school in the PM)

        Winter Recess-December 23rd-January 4th 

        Class Resume Tuesday, January 5th

    *Important: Please remind your student to follow this schedule beginning Tuesday, December 1st.

    To Report an Absence

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.  
     

    Derby Live Announcements are a Go!


    Click in at 8:25AM - 8:35AM every day on YouTube Live. Student Anchor Teams will relay important announcements and fun daily facts to both inform and entertain! If you miss the live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel linked below for you to watch at your leisure.The stream link will activate by 8:25 everyday at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojjwKtZmIFU77kyRBX_wmQ Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    Derby Gives Back - Light House Gift Card Drive 2020

    It is the season for giving.  It is the season for supporting those in the communities surrounding us.  The Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team will be joining together this season to help those in need through Light House of Oakland County.  During this time of need and giving, we are asking families of our Derby Community to donate in ways you are able.  The Derby Student Government Leadership Team will be collecting gift cards in any monetary amount to Kohls, Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart.  The Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive will take place from Tuesday, December 1st - Wednesday, December 16th. If your family would like to sign-up to donate a gift card, please go to this Sign Up Genius Link to sign-up…

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4bafae2da7fc1-derby3

    Questions regarding the Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.usThank you in advance for supporting this important cause...we know the families we will be donating too will be forever grateful for your generosity.

    7th grade Winter Outerwear Clothing Drive for Micah 6

    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 the bins in front of the main Derby entrance through DECEMBER 11, 2020.  

    Thank you for your support!

    Derby Media Center - Book Circulation Information

    The Derby media center is circulating materials. We are using a holds/checkouts/pick-up system. There are a few important points to make sure your child is successful when requesting materials.

    After your child has selected a book, they must check the “Copies” area in the middle of the page to see if we have any available copies. If there are no copies available, placing a hold puts your child in line for the next available copy. This is a great feature if they are doing personal interest reading, but not so great if they are worried about timing for an assignment.

    If there are copies available, placing an available item on hold tells Mrs. Sindelar that it needs to be pulled, processed, checked out, and placed outside. Please do not make the trip to school until the title appears in the “Checkouts” area of Destiny.

    For more information about remote learning library circulation, please visit our remote circulation webpage.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12.  Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    November: 21

    December: 5, 12, 19

    January: 9, 22, 30

    February: 6, 27

    March: 6, 13, 20

    April: 10, 17, 24

    May: 1, 8, 15, 22

    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials.  The Zoom Link was sent in eNews on 11/30/20.


    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting!  https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Chartwells

    Please see links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School
    Support School Meals

    Support Local Businesses

    Birmingham small businesses are the backbone of our community - the ones that invest time and resources in support of our schools, PTAs, youth sports, events and other initiatives. Many of the owners and employees also live right here in Birmingham. Now more than ever it is important to show them our support by shopping local. Most retailers are offering in-person, curbside, online and phone orders and many restaurants are offering curbside, take-out, delivery and outdoor dining to ensure the safety of all patrons.Birmingham Shopping District gift cards (Birmingham Bucks) can be purchased online and are usable at many retailers and restaurants downtown. They make a great gift for teachers, family, colleagues and friends. To purchase, visit https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/birmingham-bucks-birmingham. The District is also planning some festive and safe outdoor family activities this season. For information visit https://www.allinbirmingham.com/visitors/index.php

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $45.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 22nd

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/29/2020

    11/23/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    Please find our new Middle School schedule for virtual learning attached. This schedule will begin on Tuesday, December 1st. Please note that for even/odd classes, students will attend even classes on even calendar days and odd classes on odd calendar days.

    Students will be reviewing the new schedule in their A2 classes tomorrow. 

    We wish all of our Dragon families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

    New Remote Learning Schedule starting on 12/1/20


    11/20/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    We had the privilege today of going and delivering carloads of food to the Lighthouse pantry. The workers at Lighthouse said the Derby community once again outdid themselves in this exceptional time of need. We would like to thank Mrs. Kmiec and NJHS for organizing this service project and all of our Dragons for helping our neighbors.

    As we look ahead to Thanksgiving week we have a couple of reminders and announcements. There is no school on Wednesday (11/25), Thursday (11/26), Friday (11/27), and Monday (11/30). We will see everyone again on Tuesday, December 1st. When we return from break we will have a new virtual schedule. This schedule will be shared as soon as it is finalized and approved by our Central Leadership Team and Board of Education. More details coming soon! 

    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 (11-23)

    Tuesday (11-24)

    Wednesday (11-25)
    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Thursday (11-26)
    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Friday (11-27)
    Thanksgiving Recess-No School

    Mark Your Calendars

    * Thanksgiving Recess-No School November 25th, 26th, 27th, (28th, 29th) & 30th 
    * Class Resumes December 1st

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.usPlease note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Derby Live Announcements

    Derby Live Announcements are a Go! 
    Click in at 8:25AM - 8:35AM every day on YouTube Live. Student Anchor Teams will relay important announcements and fun daily facts to both inform and entertain! If you miss the live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel linked below for you to watch at your leisure. The stream link will activate by 8:25 everyday at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojjwKtZmIFU77kyRBX_wmQ Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    Derby Gives Back - Light House Gift Card Drive 2020

    It is the season for giving. It is the season for supporting those in the communities surrounding us. The Derby Middle School Student Government Leadership Team will be joining together this season to help those in need through Light House of Oakland County. During this time of need and giving, we are asking families of our Derby Community to donate in ways you are able. The Derby Student Government Leadership Team will be collecting gift cards in any monetary amount to Kohls, Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart. The Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive will take place from Tuesday, December 1st - Wednesday, December 16th. If your family would like to sign-up to donate a gift card, please go to this Sign Up Genius Link to sign-up 

    Questions regarding the Derby Gives Back Light House Gift Card Drive can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.usThank you in advance for supporting this important cause. We know the families we will be donating too will be forever grateful for your generosity.

    Library Book Circulation Information

    The Derby media center is circulating materials. We are using a holds/checkouts/pick-up system. There are a few important points to make sure your child is successful when requesting materials. After your child has selected a book, they must check the “Copies” area in the middle of the page to see if we have any available copies. If there are no copies available, placing a hold puts your child in line for the next available copy. This is a great feature if they are doing personal interest reading, but not so great if they are worried about timing for an assignment. If there are copies available, placing an available item on hold tells Mrs. Sindelar that it needs to be pulled, processed, checked out, and placed outside. Please do not make the trip to school until the title appears in the “Checkouts” area of Destiny.

    For more information about remote learning circulation, please visit our corresponding webpage. https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/11118

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    November: 21
    December: 5, 12, 19
    January: 9, 22, 30
    February: 6, 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22

    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom Link was sent in eNews. 


    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Chartwells

    Please see links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School
    Support School Meals

    Support Local Businesses

    Birmingham small businesses are the backbone of our community - the ones that invest time and resources in support of our schools, PTAs, youth sports, events and other initiatives. Many of the owners and employees also live right here in Birmingham. Now more than ever it is important to show them our support by shopping local. Most retailers are offering in-person, curbside, online and phone orders and many restaurants are offering curbside, take-out, delivery and outdoor dining to ensure the safety of all patrons.Birmingham Shopping District gift cards (Birmingham Bucks) can be purchased online and are usable at many retailers and restaurants downtown. They make a great gift for teachers, family, colleagues and friends. To purchase, visit https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/birmingham-bucks-birmingham. The District is also planning some festive and safe outdoor family activities this season. For information visit https://www.allinbirmingham.com/visitors/index.php

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW $40.00 BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 15th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/23/2020 7:00:00 AM

    11/16/20

    Sports Announcement

    Due to Governor Whitmer's orders, effective today, middle school athletics (practice and competition) and in-person extra-curricular activities are suspended. We understand the disappointment this may cause many of our students.  We will continue to look for ways to connect with our Derby student community in a virtual learning platform.    

    As we learn more from the MHSAA, we will provide more information regarding timelines for return to play. 


    11/16/20

    Power Outages

    We understand that some of you may have no power this morning. We request that you still call in your student's absence as usual and we will code him/her for asynchronous learning.  248-203-5000, press 2) Teachers are aware of the power outages and will be posting work on Schoology if your student can access it. If he/she can't, work will be accepted late given the circumstances. Most teachers do have power and will be on Zoom today.  

    Thank you for your patience as we navigate the changing world of remote learning.  


    11/13/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    It was nice to connect with many of you during our virtual conferences this week. Our staff members commented on how positive it was to meet parents and discuss some of their favorite people, our Dragons! Please feel free to reach out to staff anytime throughout the year if you have a concern or question about your student.

    Please check out some great things happening at DMS! Below you will find our first ever LIVE broadcast of daily student announcements. Mr. Hickmott’s A2 has been working hard to bring us the news everyday. Coming soon will be our school newspaper.

    Please find a combined Seaholm/Derby band piece here: Band Music (press play at the bottom) and a link to a song from the orchestra concert here: Orchestra concert. Bravo to all of our musicians!

    We will be continuing in our virtual schedule next week. If anything changes with the schedule, we will let you know. Have a great weekend.

    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 (11-16)
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

    Tuesday (11-17)
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser
    Girls Who Code Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (11-18)
    Study/ Homework/ Learning /Class Materials & Photo Pick-Up 7:30AM-3:30PM
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Derby Plarn Farm 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Materials & Photo Pick-Up 7:30AM-3:30PM (Please see below for details)

    Thursday (11-19)
    Study/ Homework/ Learning /Class Materials & Photo Pick-Up 7:30AM-3:30PM
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser
    S.H.E. Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Materials & Photo Pick-Up 7:30AM-3:30PM (Please see below for details)

    Friday (11-20)
    Study/ Homework/ Learning /Class Materials & Photo Pick-Up 7:30AM-3:30PM
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser (ends Saturday)
    Materials & Photo Pick-Up 7:30AM-3:30PM (Please see below for details)

    Mark Your Calendars 
    * Thanksgiving Recess-No School November 25th, 26th, 27th, (28th, 29th) & 30th 
    * Class Resumes December 1st

     

    Please see most recent announcements regarding sports 11/16/20

    Derby Winter Sports Schedule & Information

    Derby Girls' RED Swim Team 2020-2021 Schedule

    Derby Girls' WHITE Swim Team 2020-2021 Schedule

    Boys' Intramural Schedule & Information 

    Safety Protocol Info

    Please have talks with student-athletes about safety.  Students will have temperatures taken as they enter the building for practice. Parents must complete the COVID Screener Derby Sports Covid-19 Screener before students leave the house for practice.

    Winter 1 Athletics-NO SPECTATORS
    Given the COVID Pandemic, spectators are NOT allowed at any athletic events for the Winter 1 season. For swimming in particular, there will be no spectators allowed to watch athletes swim. Spectators can view athletes swim on Facebook live. A link will be sent to the Derby swim community. Any parent volunteers will have temperatures taken and are required to complete the COVID Screener. Here is the link to the screener: https://forms.gle/DzkpHhNQ7NBb8fQT8

    Study/ Homework/ Learning /Class Materials & Photo Pick-Up

    Derby will have materials (for the classes and grades noted below only) and photographs (for those who did picture retakes) pick-up on November 18th, November 19th and November 20th 7:30AM-3:30PM outside of the Main Doors.

    * Literacy Mrs. Gallacher - 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade
    * Social Studies- All 8th Grade Students (If you have already picked up a Social Studies packet this week, you do not have to take another copy).
    * Regular Math (College Prep) Mr. Butchko/ Ms. Koyl/Ms.Hart - 6th Grade 
    * Advanced Math Ms. Hart- 6th Grade
    * Science - All 8th Grade Students
    * 7th Grade ELA: Please return your Seedfolks book with your NAME on it (sticky notes or paper with tape) in the bin outside the main doors😊 Also, please remember to bring any new/gently used winter outerwear for Coleman and the Micah 6 community in Pontiac.

    Messages from our Derby Media Center

    Fall Book Fair

    Book Fair
    The fall book fair is back with some new and exciting changes! This year we will host a Follett book fair, and the entire fair will be online. The online fair will run through Saturday, November 21st. Students are encouraged to make an electronic wish list to share with friends and family. For every purchase, the Derby library receives 25% back in rewards to purchase new books for the library. Thank you for supporting our library fundraiser.
    Derby book fair link: https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=RKKR7
    How to make a wish list - informational video: https://players.brightcove.net/1464976798001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6184800095001 


    Book Circulation Information

    The Derby media center is circulating materials. We are using a holds/checkouts/pick-up system. There are a few important points to make sure your child is successful when requesting materials.
    After your child has selected a book, they must check the “Copies” area in the middle of the page to see if we have any available copies. If there are no copies available, placing a hold puts your child in line for the next available copy. This is a great feature if they are doing personal interest reading, but not so great if they are worried about timing for an assignment. If there are copies available, placing an available item on hold tells Mrs. Sindelar that it needs to be pulled, processed, checked out, and placed outside. Please do not make the trip to school until the title appears in the “Checkouts” area of Destiny.
    For more information about remote learning circulation, please visit our corresponding webpage. https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/11118

    Derby Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive for Lighthouse

    Lighthouse will provide over 1,500 families in Oakland County with groceries to provide a Thanksgiving dinner, and Derby helps them accomplish this goal each year. Please bring your donated food items to the outdoor benches outside of the Main Doors and just leave them there. We will be collecting items November 9th - November 18th!

    Derby Live Announcements

    Derby Live Announcements are a Go! Click in at 8:25AM - 8:35AM every day on YouTube Live. Student Anchor Teams will relay important announcements and fun daily facts to both inform and entertain! If you miss the live stream, the video will be available on the YouTube channel linked below for you to watch at your leisure.
    The stream link will activate by 8:25 everyday at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCojjwKtZmIFU77kyRBX_wmQ
    Look for a "Live Now" alert and a link to the video.

    Wondering how to best care for yourself and your family? You’re hardly alone.

    Please join Groves parent Dr. Alicia Acey, Dr. Gretchen Marsh, BPS School Psychologist Jackie Tucker, Counselor Jennifer Wagner, and Social Worker Matt Stoel for the webinar

    "Our Mental Health and Emotional Wellness in Pandemic Times."

    Sponsored by the Covington School Diversity Committee. Free and open to the public. Tuesday November 17, 7-8pm. Please sign up with the link provided in eNews sent on November 13th.

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW $40.00 BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.

    Counseling Corner

    Dear Derby parents/guardians and students,

    With all of the shifting plans,here’s a P.L.A.N. you can keep daily:

    P- play (games, sports, family games, indoors, outdoors, act silly, watch a funny movie)
    L- listen (for emotion and to understand)
    A- appreciate (small or big things, show appreciation with acts of service, kindness, and affection)
    N- nurture yourself (rest/recharge- sleep in on a Saturday, go for a walk, breathe deeply, do something for you)

    We want to remind you that we are here for you or your child(ren), even if you just need to talk or vent.

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Miller (students with last names A-L) DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5010
    Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z) KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5014

    Chartwells

    Please see links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School
    Support School Meals


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 8th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/8/2020

     

    11/11/20

    Dear Families,

    We will be shifting our Winter I teams, Girls Swimming and Boys Basketball, to an intramural model to better mitigate the risk of our students spreading and or contracting Covid-19.

    What does this mean for Girls Swimming?

    • Girls swimming will continue to run with the altered team calendars provided to you with virtual competition and in-person practice.

    What does this mean for 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball?

    • For this week, due to parent teacher conferences, Derby 7th and 8th grade basketball is cancelled for today. Tomorrow’s practice (Nov. 12) will be a 7th grade practice only. Friday’s practice (Nov. 13) will be for 8th grade only. More info to come on practice structure. Games will now be organized between our players (in-house).  There is some potential for in-district exhibition games - more to come on that.

    What does this mean for 6th grade Boys Basketball?

    • Stay tuned. More information coming next week 

    What about the cost?

    • All swimmers and 7th and 8th grade basketball players will be refunded $80, which is the difference in price between the original sport fee ($140) and the IM fee ($60).  If you’d prefer to not participate and receive a full refund, please reach out to Heather Guise by the end of the day this Friday, Nov 13 at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Refunds will be made to your original form of payment and will credit in approximately 2 weeks.

    The safety of our students is most important to us.  The altered plans above allow us to give our students the opportunity to participate while keeping them safe in terms of social distancing and other safety protocols.  We look forward to providing all student-athletes with a positive experience. Thank you for your partnership.

    Carman Smith

    Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

    Derby Middle School


    11/10/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    Below you will find information on conferences.  Please remember to adhere to the five minute time limit with teachers so that they may keep all appointments.  Our teachers may worry you may think they are impatient when they attempt to end the meeting in order to move onto the next parent.  We ask for your patience in advance, as I have instructed teachers that they must end the conferences at the correct time if another parent is waiting.  We encourage you to continue to communicate with your child’s teachers as needed through email.  Our counselors are available during conferences as well.  

    Thank you!

     

    When:  Wednesday, November 11 from 1:00-4:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, November 12 from 4:00-7:00 pm

    •  Zoom Links for teachers: sent via eNews email on 11/10 at 11am

    We are launching a new way to participate in parent-teacher conferences.  Parents will have an opportunity to schedule teacher conferences suing the PTCfast website.  This site will ask you to enter your name, your student’s name, and your email address then it will allow you to schedule you preferred conference times.  All conferences must adhere to the five minute timeline to ensure that all parents who signed up eill be able to meet at their designated time.  If you need to have additional time to meet on a different day, please email the teacher directly.  The good news is, you will have to have to wait in line! 

    •  Conference Sign Up Link: sent via eNews email on 11/10 at 11am

    If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003. Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.

     

    Staff Member

    Wednesday, Nov 11

    Thursday, Nov 12

    Mr. Chappell

    1-4 and 5-8 pm

    Not Available

    Mrs. Verch

    Not Available

    Not Available

    Mr. Karpinsky

    1-4 pm only

    Not Available

    Mr. Witt

    1-4 and 5-8 pm

    Not Available

    Mr. Alexander

    Not Available

    4-7 pm

    Mr. Hummel

    Not Available

    4-7 pm

    Mrs. Zang

    1-4 only

    Not Available

     

    Registration is now closed for our Winter I athletics.  We will not be accepting any more student-athletes at this time.


    11/7/20

    A message from DERBY MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Dear Derby Families,

    I want to thank you for your flexibility and patience as we continue to navigate our school days during this time of a pandemic.  Moving forward, there will be a special meeting of the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education on Monday, November 9th at 8 a.m.  You can view the meeting here: BPS School Board Meeting     

    Basketball tryouts and swimming will run on Monday.  Should those plans change, we will send out an EBlast. 

    Please be sure to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences if you have not done so already.  Information and link are below!  Conferences will be this week Wednesday (1/2 day for students) and Thursday.

    We know that this is a difficult time for everyone for a myriad of different reasons.  At Derby, we continue to be committed to the well-being of our students.  Please reach out if your learner needs help or is struggling with anything.  We hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

    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 (11-9)

    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

     

    Tuesday (11-10)

    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:20PM

    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

     

    Wednesday (11-11)

    ½ Day Today!

    Parent/ Teacher Conferences

    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

     

    Thursday (11-12)

    Parent/ Teacher Conferences

    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

     

    Friday (11-13)

    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

     

    Mark Your Calendars   

    Thanksgiving Recess-No School  November 25th, 26th, 27th, (28th, 29th) & 30th          

    Class Resumes December 1st

    Derby PTA meeting scheduled for 11/9/2020 has been cancelled. Reschedule date TBD

    Message from PTA- Derby Spirit Wear

    PTA will be reopening the spirit wear store November 7th – November 14th for anyone who missed the first round of orders.  Orders will be fulfilled before the holidays.  There will be no returns or exchanges of merchandise.  If students would like to try a sample size, items are available at Bloomfield Sports.Please contact Kim at kim.prodan@hotmail.com with questions. 

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.  

    Fall Book Fair Fundraiser

    The fall book fair is back with some new and exciting changes! This year we will host a Follett book fair, and the entire fair will be online. The online fair will open Sunday, November 1st and will run through Saturday, November 21st. Students are encouraged to make an electronic wish list to share with friends and family. For every purchase, the Derby library receives 25% back in rewards to purchase new books for the library. Thank you for supporting our library fundraiser.

    Derby book fair link: https://efairs.follettbookfairs.com/guest/home?classCode=RKKR7

    How to make a wish list - informational video: https://players.brightcove.net/1464976798001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6184800095001 

    Mr. Liggett & Mr. Lalko’s Egg Drop Contest 

    Students in Mr. Liggett’s and Mr. Lalko’s Engineering Technology classes competed in an egg drop competition. The students followed the engineering design process to build the smallest container without breaking the egg, no parachutes! A tremendous amount of work went into their many designs, we are proud of each and everyone of our students.

    Class Winners!        

    Ronin S.        

    Iris H.         

    Isabella B.      

    Selina L.         

    Casey G. 

    Brennan S.         

    Kareem A.        

    Sofia P.          

    Elyse S.  

    Grand Prize Winner!! It’s a tie!       

    Brennan S.          

    Isabella B.

     

    United Way Oakland Together Microgrant

    United Way is working to get grants of up to $500 to struggling families. Please click on the link below for more information. : https://unitedwaysem.org/oakland-together-microgrant-initiative/ 

    Counseling Corner

    Dear Derby parents/guardians and students,

    With all of the shifting plans,

    here’s a P.L.A.N. you can keep daily:

     

    P- play (games, sports, family games, indoors, outdoors, act silly, watch a funny movie)

    L- listen (for emotion and to understand)

    A- appreciate (small or big things, show appreciation with acts of service, kindness, and affection)

    N- nurture yourself (rest/recharge- sleep in on a Saturday, go for a walk, breathe deeply, do something for you)

     

    We want to remind you that we are here for you or your child(ren), even if you just need to talk or vent.

    Sincerely,

    Ms. Miller (students with last names A-L) DMiller@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5010

    Ms. Kelly (students with last names M-Z) KKelly@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-5014

     

    Chartwells

     Please see links below for information on free meals available for all students. 

    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information

    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School

    Support School Meals

     

    S.O.S. (Schools Offer Support)

    If you are in need of non perishable or perishable food items to please reach out to Nancy Johnson at NJohnson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

     

    Conferences

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

     

    When:  Wednesday, November 11 from 1:00-4:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, November 12 from 4:00-7:00 pm

    We are launching a new way to participate in parent-teacher conferences. Parents will have an opportunity to schedule teacher conferences using the PTCfast website. This site will ask you to enter your name, your student’s name, and your email address then it will allow you to schedule your preferred conference times. All conferences must adhere to the five minute timeline to ensure that all parents who signed up will be able to meet at their designated time. If you need to have additional time to meet on a different day, please email the teacher directly.  The good news is, you will not have to wait in line!

     

    Here is the conference sign up:  https://ptcfast.com/schools/Derby_Middle_School

    You will receive an email with Zoom links to teachers next week.  If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003. Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.

     

    Staff Member

    Wednesday, Nov 11

    Thursday, Nov 12

     

     

     

    Mr. Chappell

    1-4 and 5-8 pm

    Not Available

    Mrs. Verch (has retired!)

    Not Available

    Not Available

    Mr. Karpinsky

    1-4 pm only

    Not Available

    Mr. Witt

    1-4 and 5-8 pm

    Not Available

    Mr. Alexander

    Not Available

    4-7 pm

    Mr. Hummel

    Not Available

    4-7 pm

    Mrs. Zang

    1-4 only

    Not Available

     

     

    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW

     ~It is that time of the year~

    The 2021 Yearbook staff is getting started

    On creating another Awesome Yearbook!

    $40.00

    BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!

    To Purchase: 

    CLICK HERE

    Or go to www.yearbooksforever.com to order.

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

     

     VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center 

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any ot the following: 

    Homework assignment

    Planning/support for a project

    Quiz/Test

    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 - 4PM

    Click here Virtual Academic Resource Center for more information.

     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of November 1st

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 11/1/2020

     

    11/5/20

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

    When:  Wednesday, November 11 from 1:00-4:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, November 12 from 4:00-7:00 pm

    We are launching a new way to participate in parent-teacher conferences. Parents will have an opportunity to schedule teacher conferences using the PTCfast website. This site will ask you to enter your name, your student’s name, and your email address then it will allow you to schedule your preferred conference times. All conferences must adhere to the five minute timeline to ensure that all parents who signed up will be able to meet at their designated time. If you need to have additional time to meet on a different day, please email the teacher directly.  The good news is, you will not have to wait in line!

    The link to sign up was sent via eNews email at 12:30pm on Thursday, November 5th. 

    You will receive an email with Zoom links to teachers next week.  If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003. Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.

     

    Staff Member

    Wednesday, Nov 11

    Thursday, Nov 12

    Mr. Chappell

    1-4 and 5-8 pm

    Not Available

    Mrs. Verch (has retired!)

    Not Available

    Not Available

    Mr. Karpinsky

    1-4 pm only

    Not Available

    Mr. Witt

    1-4 and 5-8 pm

    Not Available

    Mr. Alexander

    Not Available

    4-7 pm

    Mr. Hummel

    Not Available

    4-7 pm

    Mrs. Zang

    1-4 only

    Not Available

    Middle School report cards are only printed and sent home at the end of the year. With access to Power School, we do NOT send home quarterly report cards. Power School will officially reflect Quarter one grades on Monday, November 9th.  We look forward to meeting you next week! 

    11/4/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    We know and appreciate all of the stressors that parents are experiencing right now. The ability to provide consistency and structure for our students becomes more difficult as the world around us constantly changes. With safety at the top of our priority list, Birmingham Public Schools has made the decision to take a pause on our return to in-person instruction.   

    Derby students will remain all virtual for Thursday and Friday of this week.  We will continue to keep you posted with the results of the BPS mitigation plan sent to OCHD and our plan moving forward next week. 

    In an effort to be as consistent as possible, we will be following our Middle Virtual Schedule while we continue to be in our online environment. (This is the same schedule student have followed up until this point.)  Please see the attached schedule.  Students will attend second quarter classes beginning tomorrow, November 5th

    This has been a been a year of unprecedented changes and we continue to value your partnership.  Please look for continued communication throughout the week.

    Go Dragons,

    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal

    11/3/20

    Attention Derby Girl Swimmers:

    Red Team Tryouts are This Week

    7th and 8th Grade Tryouts - 11/5/2020 at 3:45

    6th Grade Tryouts - 11/6/2020 at 3:45

     

    Girls must bring a mask. They must also have a suit, goggles, preferably a swim cap, a towel, and a bottle of water. 

    7th and 8th Grade girls who were on the Red Team last year DO NOT have to try out for the Red Team again

     

    6th, 7th, and 8th Grade girls interested in trying out for the Red Team MUST TRY OUT

     6th, 7th, and 8th Grade girls interested in joining the White Team DO NOT NEED TO TRY OUT

     

    Practices for both teams start on Monday, 11/9/2020

     

    White Team Practice - 3:45 - 4:45

    Red Team Practice - 4:45 - 5:45

     

    The link to the Varsity Shop for Derby Swim Gear is active. Please adhere to the deadlines on the online order form:

    https://derbyswim2020.itemorder.com/

    10/31/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    As the end of Q1 is here, I would like to pause and acknowledge the effort of our students, families and teachers for their perseverance and hard work in the virtual platform. There is much to be proud of! Derby was busy again this week as we are preparing for the transition to in-person hybrid/virtual learning. It was wonderful to meet some of our 6th-grade learners and see our WEB leaders Friday as our newest Dragons toured the building. Rest assured, staff will be in the hallways helping students find their classes in the first few weeks of school.

    Please be sure to read below and continue to check email this week to prepare for the first day of our new platform, Thursday, November 5th.

    Helpful information:
    Derby Town Hall Procedure Video
    Please see the New Daily Schedule below!
    Reminder there is no school Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday due to teacher planning and the election.

    Have a great weekend! 


    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 (11-2)
    No School for Students Today - Teacher Planning Day
    No Clubs due to No School
    End of First Quarter-Monday, November 2nd
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser


    Tuesday (11-3)
    No School for Students Today - Election Day
    No Clubs due to No School
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

    Wednesday (11-4)
    No School for Students Today - Teacher Planning Day 
    No Clubs due to No School
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

    Thursday (11-5)
    First day of Hybrid Learning!
    S.H.E. Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser

    Friday (11-6)
    Follett online Book Fair fundraiser


    Mark Your Calendars
    * ½ Day- Wednesday, November 11th
    * Parent/ Teacher Conferences- Time TBD
         * Wednesday, November 11th & 
         * Thursday, November 12th 
    * Thanksgiving Recess-No School November 25th, 26th, 27th, (28th, 29th) & 30th 
    * Class Resumes December 1st

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report the absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    Hybrid Schedule Information

    Hybrid Schedule

    Even/Odd Classes will go back to following the calendar. Students will attend “even” classes on “even” numbered days and “odd” classes on “odd” numbered days. Friday, November 6th, we will follow a M/W schedule. Friday, November 13th, we will follow a T/Th schedule.

    Clear To Go Screening

    Parents/guardians will receive an email to the email address on file with the District, from Clear to Go (support@cleartogo.co) with screener instructions. This email should arrive in your inbox by the end of the week. If you have a child returning to face-to-face instruction do not receive the email from Clear to Go by the end of the week, please email helpdesk@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    The email from Clear to Go will allow you to set up your account and complete your preferences. Parents must complete the screener each day for their child to participate in face-to-face learning. If you have multiple students in the district, your other children will be linked to your account once they are scheduled to return in person. Email reminders to complete the screener will be sent each morning at 6:30 a.m. To simplify the process you can download the Clear to Go app and link the app using the email address on file for your child. 

    For the full message with instructions on downloading the app and completing the email, visit this link

    Hybrid Protocols

    Students in the hybrid instruction will be required to sign an agreement to follow these protocols prior to our return. Failure to adhere to them could result in placement in the all virtual learning environment for the continued safety of those in-person. Please review the mask protocols, proper handwashing/hygiene, social distancing. It will be helpful for you to talk about these with your children before the first day of school. Also, here are the COVID scenarios and actions which will help us to determine which course of action to take should we have an exposure or confirmed case at Derby. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past. Staff members are on hand to get all students where they need to be.

    Hybrid

    Cohort A - AM

    Cohort B - PM

    Screening

    Complete Clear to Go daily before sending student to school

    Complete Clear to Go daily before sending student to school

    Doors open

    8:05am

    12:30pm

    In Person Dismissal

    10:45am

    3:15pm

    Drop-off locations

     

    Last names A-F: Front Circle Drive

    Last names G-K: Adams Parking Lot

    Students remain in cars until 8:05am

    Last names L-R: Front Circle Drive

    Last names S-Z: Adams Parking Lot

    Students remain in cars until 12:30pm

    Bus Drop Off Location

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:05am

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 12:30pm

    Water Bottle

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended.

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended.

    Mask

    Yes, all students must wear a mask

    Yes, all students must wear a mask

    School Supplies - Students will not be using lockers. Students will keep their backpacks at their desks.  Students will need their laptop, headphones and writing instrument.

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.  

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.  

    Complete agreement to follow these protocols 

    Yes, prior to entry into the building

    Yes, prior to entry into the building

    Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system/App called “Clear To Go.”

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or before arrival

    Lunch and Breakfast provided to all students at no cost from Chart Wells

    Students that choose will be given a “grab and go” lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow at dismissal.

    Students that choose will be given a “grab and go” lunch for today and breakfast for tomorrow at dismissal.

    Derby Fall Book Fair

    Book fair landing page

    The fall book fair is back with some new and exciting changes! This year we will host a Follett book fair, and the entire fair will be online. The online fair will open this Sunday, November 1st, and will run through Saturday, November 21st. Students are encouraged to make an electronic wish list to share with friends and family. For every purchase, the Derby library receives 25% back in rewards to purchase new books for the library. Thank you for supporting our library fundraiser.

    Derby book fair link

    How to make a wish list - informational video


    Derby Winter 1 Sports

    Please see the link below to register your student for Girls’ Swimming and Boys’ Basketball (tryout information to come). In addition to registering for the sport, please make sure Mrs. Guise has your student’s physical on file. Please drop your student’s physical in the box outside the front entrance, or email to hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us or fax to 248-203-4948. We will accept physicals dated on or after April 15, 2019 (this means that we will accept last year's physicals, but we need you to provide us a copy. Your pediatrician can provide last year's physical without a check-up). Students will not be allowed to participate without a physical on file.

    Derby Winter 1 Registration Link

    Message from PTA- Derby Spirit Wear

    PTA is no longer accepting exchanges on Derby Spirit Wear orders. These were custom orders from Bloomfield Sports and are unable to exchange merchandise. PTA will be reopening the spirit wear store November 7th – November 14th for anyone who missed the first round of orders. Orders will be fulfilled before the holidays. There will be no returns or exchanges of merchandise. If students would like to try a sample size, items are available at Bloomfield Sports. Please contact Kim at kim.prodan@hotmail.com with questions.

    United Way Oakland Together Microgrant

    United Way is working to get grants of up to $500 to struggling families. Please click on the link below for more information. https://unitedwaysem.org/oakland-together-microgrant-initiative/

    Chartwells

    Please see the links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW $40.00 BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.

    Emotional Health & Wellness

    Emotional Health & Wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. During these times, it is especially important to remember that we all react differently to stressful situations. We should continue to remain focused on emotional health and self-care. Please see link for information on health and wellness.

    Emotional Health and Wellness Website

    Message from PTIA (Parents and Teachers of the International Academy) and Bloomfield Hills Schools

    Please see the link for the invitation to attend “Conversations with Children About Race” 
    Conversations with Children About Race November 10th at 7:00PM. Pre-registration is required at www.bloomfield.org/workshop.

    Veterans Day Thank You Note Collection

    Although we are unable to meet in person, Birmingham Public Schools continues to reach out and support our local Veterans. This year, we are asking our community to create cards, whether from scratch or using an available template, and drop them off at your local school or the BPS Education and Administration Center. Printed copies are available at the EAC for pick-up. Please see the Veterans Day Flyer 2020 link for more information. (If dropping off a note at Derby, you may place it in the box on the shelf outside of the Main Entrance between 7:30 AM-3:30 PM).

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of October 25th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 10/25/2020 10:00:00 AM

    10/29/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    There is lots going on at Derby right now! Please read below for information and reminders on events:

    Cohorts

    Cohorts have been made as we are getting ready for in-person learning. If your last name starts with:
    * A-K your student will be in-person in the morning
    * L-Z your student will be in-person in the afternoon
    If you made a request, you should have received a confirmation email from Heather Guise. If you have a question regarding your cohort, please email HGuise@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    *Durham transportation will be emailing you with bus stop information and times.

    6th Grade/New Student Visits

    A reminder that tomorrow Derby is open for 6th graders and new students to visit! Please adhere to the following schedule according to last name:

    12:30-1:00-(A-CA)
    1:00-1:30- (Ch-F)
    1:30-2:00- (G-Ko)
    2:00-2:30- (Ku-N)
    2:30- 3:00- (O-Sh)
    3:00-3:30- (Si-Z)

    The tours are for students only. Don’t forget your mask! 

    Drop off will happen in our front loop near the counseling doors (Second set of doors past the main entrance.)

    Pick up will happen at the gymnasium entrance. Please wait in a parking spot to help ease traffic!

    Winter 1 Athletics

    The start of the Winter 1 Athletic season officially begins on Nov. 5th. If you want to sign up for a Winter 1 sport, please make sure that you have a physical and turn it in to our office or send to Heather Guise at HGuise@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Click on the link and register for Winter 1 Sports at https://registration.powerschool.com/family/ActionForms/Public/21004

    7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball

    Derby Basketball coaches Scott Sheckell and Bryan Ray will lead our Dragons in basketball. Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade Boys’ Basketball will start on Monday, November 9th. Times of tryouts are TBD and will be sent out early next week.

    Boys Intramural Basketball
    Intramural basketball will take place during the Winter 1 Season and will start once interscholastic teams are determined. Intramural basketball is open to all grades. Intramural basketball will be “drills and skills” focused. You can sign up for intramural basketball and more info will be sent closer to the start date for this.

    Girls Swimming

    Please see the following parent letter for those students interested in Derby Girls’ Swimming:

    Attention Derby Swim Parents:

    We are thrilled to get the Girl’s Swim Program up and running again! To those of you who are already a part of our Derby Swim Family, it will be a pleasure working with you all again. To those of you who are new, welcome! To our new families, here’s a quick rundown of how Girl’s Swimming works here at Derby. There are two girl swim teams at Derby: the Red Team and the White Team (the school colors!)
    The Red Team is the more advanced team. Traditionally this team rosters more experienced swimmers. Swimmers must try out to be on the Red Team. The head coach of the Red Team is Sarah Basile and the assistant coach is Sarah Petersen.

    The White Team is the developmental team. Traditionally this team rosters less experienced swimmers. All swimmers who either do not make the Red Team, choose to not try out, or simply want to be on the White Team, will be on the White Team. The head coach of the White Team is Jeff Kelley and the assistant coach is Jane Bitner.

    Red Team Returning Swimmers
    All 7th and 8th-grade girls who were on the Red Team last year (2019/2020) are invited to join the Red Team. You do not need to try out again.

    Swimmers Interested in Trying Out for the Red Team
    7th and 8th-grade swimmers interested in trying out for the Red Team will try out at the Derby Pool on Thursday, 11/5/2020. Tryouts will begin at 3:45. You must have all the necessary paperwork turned into the Derby office before your daughter is allowed to try out. This includes signing up with the link the school sent out, as well as a current physical on file. 6th-grade swimmers interested in trying out for the Red Team will try out at the Derby Pool on Friday, 11/6/2020. Tryouts will begin at 3:45. You must have all the necessary paperwork turned into the Derby office before your daughter is allowed to try out. This includes signing up with the link the school sent out, as well as a current physical on file. If your daughter wants to try out for the Red Team, she must attend tryouts. Swimmers will be contacted the evening of Friday, 11/6/2020 regarding team placement via email.

    If your daughter wants to join the White Team, she does not need to attend tryouts. She will be placed on the White Team.

    Please keep in mind that coaches aim to keep the team rosters around the same amount of swimmers. Swimmers are placed on the team that the coaching staff believes will be the best fit for them to develop their swimming abilities, to help them grow as competitive swimmers, and to give each swimmer the most optimal, and safe, practice environment. Requests to be on the Red Team that are based on “friends on the Red Team” or for carpooling reasons will, unfortunately, not be granted.

    Official Practices Will Start on Monday, 11/9/2020
    PRACTICE SCHEDULE (every day):
    3:45 – 4:45 – White Team Practice
    4:45 – 5:45 – Red Team Practice

    A calendar of practices and meet dates will be provided to parents at a later date by the head coaches of each team.

    Swim Gear Varsity Shop Orders

    The online store for the Varsity Shop can be found using the link below. Please adhere to the deadline for orders. All orders will be delivered approximately three weeks after the deadline:

    https://derbyswim2020.itemorder.com/sale
    Questions and/or Concerns?
    Please email Coach Jeff Kelley with all inquiries:
    JKelley@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you Derby swim parents! We look forward to a great season!
    The Derby Swim Coaching Staff

    10/26/20

    Derby Dragon 6th Grade and New Student Tours-Friday, October 30th


    Hi, 6th grade and new Derby Dragon students! We are so excited for you to tour our school this week. There are six sessions for this tour. Students are assigned alphabetically as you can see below. Please be sure to attend the session that you are assigned to. The schedule is as follows:

    12:30-1:00-(A-Ca)

    1:00-1:30- (Ch-F)

    1:30-2:00- (G-Ko)

    2:00-2:30- (Ku-N)

    2:30- 3:00- (O-Sh)

    3:00-3:30- (Si-Z)

    Reminder: This is a tour for students only. Learners will be guided by Derby WEB leaders and staff members. It is open to students signed up for hybrid or virtual learning. All new to Derby students and 6th graders are welcome.

    If you are unable to attend your assigned session, please contact our assistant principal, Carman Smith at csmith@birmingham.k12.mi.us to discuss availability in other sessions.

    Safety ***All students must wear masks during their tour for the entire time

    Schedule Information

    Students can feel free to use PowerSchool on their phones and follow their schedule. We will also have printed schedules for them in our counseling lobby when they enter the building.

    Students will not be using lockers during this portion of our school year. Kids do not need to worry about locks and combinations. They will be carrying backpacks from class to class with needed books and supplies. 

    Drop off and Pick-up Procedure

    ***Students are to be dropped off at the counseling lobby entrance at the start of the session.

    ***Students are to be picked up at the gymnasium entrance promptly at the end of their assigned session.

    Go Dragons!


    10/24/20

    Dear Derby Families,

    It has been a very busy week here at Derby as we prepared for our students to return for either hybrid or live-streaming platforms. Please be on the lookout this coming week for information and details on the following items:

    * Daily procedures for hybrid students 
    * Drop-off and pick-up locations and times 
    * Safety protocols 
    * Daily schedules for all students and cohort assignments 
    * 6th grade/new student walkthrough information (It will be in the afternoon of Friday, October 30th!) 
    * Suggested and recommended Items and school supplies 
    * Students will be bringing laptops to and from school every day. If a student needs to borrow a Derby laptop for the year, please email Mrs. Otterbacher at MOtterbacher@birmigham.k12.mi.us and we will have one waiting on the first day of school. Headphones are a highly suggested item.

    We truly look forward to partnering with you in this next phase of our students' learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

    Have a great weekend.

    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 (10-26)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

    Tuesday (10-27)
    Intramural Girls’ Basketball 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    Girls Who Code 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM


    Wednesday (10-28)
    Intramural Football Co-Ed 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    Intramural Girls’ Basketball 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

    Thursday (10-29)

    Friday (10-30)
    ½ DAY TODAY! Derby 1/2 Day Schedule
    6th Grade/New Student Walkthrough (Details coming soon!)
    Please note: No Intramural sports today

    Mark Your Calendars 
    * End of First Quarter-Monday, November 2nd 
    * No School for Students-Tuesday, November 3rd 
    * ½ Day- Wednesday, November 11th Derby 1/2 Day Schedule
    *Parent/ Teacher Conferences-Time TBD (Wednesday, November 11th & Thursday, November 12th)

    To Report an Absence:

    We are asking families to notify the school of their student’s absence. A parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service at 248-203-5000 option 2, no later than 8:00 a.m. that morning, or may email to report the absence and submit doctor’s notes to: derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us. 
    Please note that emailing your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report the absence to the attendance phone line or attendance email.

    MSU vs. U of M Day

    GO GREEN…GO BLUE!!! The Derby Student Government Leadership Team encourages you to show your team spirit by wearing your MSU or U of M gear to your Zoom classes on Friday, October 30th to show your support for your beloved teams. Share your spirited team photographs with Mrs. McGrath for the Derby Yearbook at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    We cannot wait to see your GREEN or BLUE!!!

    Derby Winter 1 Sports

    Registration, schedules, etc. for Derby Winter 1 sports is TBD at this time. We are working on it, and will communicate as soon as possible. In the meantime, if your student is interested in participating in Winter 1 sports (Boys’ basketball; Girls’ Swim), please be sure to submit a sports physical. Please drop your student’s physical in the box outside the front entrance, or email to hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us or fax to 248-203-4948. We will accept physicals dated on or after April 15, 2019 (this means that we will accept last year's physicals, but we need you to provide us a copy. Your pediatrician can provide last year's physical without a check-up).

    Message from PTA - Derby Spirit Wear

    PTA is no longer accepting exchanges on Derby Spirit Wear orders. These were custom orders from Bloomfield Sports and are unable to exchange merchandise. PTA will be reopening the spirit wear store November 7th – November 14th for anyone who missed the first round of orders. Orders will be fulfilled before the holidays. There will be no returns or exchanges of merchandise. If students would like to try a sample size, items are available at Bloomfield Sports. Please contact Kim at kim.prodan@hotmail.com with questions.

    Seaholm Virtual Open House

    We are excited to invite you to our Seaholm Virtual Open House on Monday, October 26th at 6 pm! At this event, you will get the opportunity to explore the Academic Departments, Counselor's Corner, Inspiration and Resources as well as meet staff and students who will be happy to answer your questions. Please complete this form https://forms.gle/DAmEdmNFN6xz4SAZ8 by October 23rd to receive your Zoom invitation.

    If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne O'Leary, Community Service Organizer at soleary@birmingham.k12.mi.us or at 248-203-3725. 

    United Way Oakland Together Microgrant

    United Way is working to get grants of up to $500 to struggling families. Please click on the link below for more information. https://unitedwaysem.org/oakland-together-microgrant-initiative/

    Chartwells

    Please see the links below for information on free meals available for all students. 
    Hybrid Take Home Meal Information
    Meal Pick Up at Groves High School

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW $40.00 BEST PRICING OF THE YEAR! Don’t Miss Out on the Savings!
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    VARC Derby’s New Virtual Academic Resource Center

    An online tutoring resource for students who need assistance with any of the following: 
    * Homework assignment
    * Planning/support for a project
    * Quiz/Test
    Available after school Monday - Friday from 3:15 PM - 4 PM
    Click the Virtual Academic Resource Center link for more information.

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