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Weekly Update 2021-2022


Dear Derby Families,

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was this week to benefit our friends at the Lighthouse Community Foodbank. Our school proudly donated 1,811 pounds of food this year and the staff was elated. Thank you to our National Junior Honor Society members for organizing the event, Mrs. Lyn Kmiec, club sponsor, and our Derby parent volunteers for helping transport the large donation.

I would also like to send a big congratulations to Mr. Jonathan Hoff and the drama club’s performance of Dracula and Frankenstein Thursday evening. What a pleasure to watch live theatre and our own Derby Dragons showcase their talents. Bravo!

We have no school Wednesday-Friday this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving. We are very grateful for your students each and every day. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Marla Otterbacher

Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2021-2022

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This Week’s Events:

Monday (11-22)
Boys White Basketball @ Berkshire 4:00
Boys Red Basketball @ West Bloomfield 4:00
Girls Red Swimming Home vs. Bloomfield Hills, 4:30
Virtual Book Fair

Tuesday (11-23)
Virtual Book Fair

Wednesday (11-24)
No School- Thanksgiving Recess
Virtual Book Fair

Thursday (11-25)
No School- Thanksgiving Recess
Virtual Book Fair

Friday (11-26)
No School- Thanksgiving Recess
Virtual Book Fair

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

• December 8th: ½ day for all BPS schools- Derby dismissal 11:25AM
• December 22-January 2: Winter recess-No school. Classes resume January 3rd.

To Report an Absence:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derby School Schedule

Please see this link here for class times and bell schedule.

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

eNews Upgrade

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

Dressing Warm For Rec!

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

ESSER Funds Survey

ESSER funds, more commonly known as COVID relief federal funding, are available to Birmingham Public Schools with restrictions. BPS administrators are seeking feedback from students, staff, parents and community members (tax payers) to help allocate these funds to best serve students adversely affected by the health pandemic and move all students back on the path of shared, accelerated learning.
The Federal Government has placed strict guidelines on how the majority of this funding can be spent with a focus on learning loss, social emotional learning, summer programming and after school tutoring. Twenty (20) percent of funds are allowed to be spent with more flexibility to uniquely address our needs here in BPS. Please following the Thought Exchange link here to help inform administrators around the use of these funds. This link will expire on Nov. 26.

The Fall Book Fair Has Been Extended!

Derby is pleased to announce the return of the fall book fair, which will remain open through Cyber Monday, 11/29. The fair can be found at While shopping, be sure to check out the wish lists from some of your favorite teachers! The book fair supports the purchase of new materials for our school library. For every dollar of sales, our library gains 40 cents in purchasing power! Our school library provides age-appropriate, leveled, professionally curated materials that are accessible to all Derby students and staff. We appreciate your continued support, and HAPPY READING! Questions? Email Mrs. Sindelar,

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

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

Introducing The Dragon's Den!

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

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

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


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

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

Jazz Band

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



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

Please contact Ms. Barclay with any questions at

Derby 2021-2022 Yearbook…Order Now

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

Rainbow Club

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

Derby Ski and Snowboard Club 2022

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions or concerns in regard to Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club please contact:

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

Message from Derby PTA

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

PTA Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah Muzzin


Join us virtually on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM to hear from Dave Brooks, Principal of Lincoln Street Alternative and high school BVA. He will speak on both these learning options as well as adding virtual classes to an in-person schedule.
* December 2021 FRIENDS Flyer and Zoom link sent in News email

Lunch Accounts

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


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

If you have any questions, please contact Patti Guck at
Cell (248)228-7172 | Office (248)203-3966

BEF Birmingham Education Foundation

Please support the Birmingham Education Foundation in their Annual Fund Campaign by making a donation TODAY!

The mission of the BEF is to create exceptional education experiences by connecting innovative teachers with community support. Each year the BEF provides teacher grants for activities that directly impact your children. Visit to learn more and to donate.

SOS - Schools Offer Support

Schools Offer Support is working to make this season special for 21 BPS families and you can help. Local families from our schools have put together wish lists. You can shop for these items from the SignUpGenius through Friday, December 17th. SOS will deliver the gifts to the families on December 21st. Get all the details in the SignUpGenius link. Thank you so much for supporting families and students in our BPS community!

Schools Offer Support (SOS) serves members of our community through outreach efforts, financial support, and volunteer activities. SOS is committed to helping those in need and teaching students that community matters
Visit to learn more and to sign up for updates.
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