Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 21st

Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/29/2021


Dear Derby Families,

A big thank you to all of our Dragon families that were able to come to our Parent Teacher Conferences last Wednesday and Thursday. Our hope is you received some helpful insight into your child’s social and academic growth. The feedback surrounding the format of virtual conferences continues to be positive and this may be something we pursue in the future.

Our transition to our newest learning has been going smoothly. Kudos to our staff and students for helping to keep everyone safe and follow our protocols. We look forward to having our first full week (with a virtual Wednesday).

Please read below to see a note about a schedule change April 13th and 14th due to PSAT (there was another email last Friday). You will also find news about spring clubs and more!

Go Dragons!
Marla Otterbacher

Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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This Week’s Events

Monday (3-22)
Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

Tuesday (3-23)
Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 (Last session)

Wednesday (3-24)
Girls Volleyball White vs. Berkshire AWAY 4:00 PM
Girls Volleyball Red vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00 PM
Derby Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.
Derby Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (Zoom link sent in email)

Thursday (3-25)
Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

Friday (3-26)

Mark Your Calendars:
* Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
* Classes Resume- April 5th

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). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.

Back to In-Person Reminders:

Picking Up Your Student During the School Day:
Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning before their first class. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. Please do not email notes. The parent/guardian must come into the Main Office to sign out their child.

Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we have shelves located in the inner vestibule right outside of the main office. Please place your child’s belongings on the appropriate grade shelf with their name on it. You may use the sticky notes provided next to the shelves. We will do our best to connect the item to the student, but it is your child’s responsibility to check the shelves in between their classes.

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

Student Departure:
At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:20. Students who stay after school in an adult-supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides must wait outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

Clinic Protocol:
If your student should fall ill while at school, they will report to the Clinic. We will take their temperature and have them call home from the Clinic. If the student will be going home, s/he will remain in the Clinic until the parent arrives. When the parent arrives at Derby, they will enter the building, come to the main office doors, show ID and then return to their vehicle. We will sign the student out and send them to the car. The student must be picked up immediately per the Agreement to Adhere to BPS Safety Protocols.

Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:35 am-3:15 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio, or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

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

Materials Pick-Up & Drops Off:
Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:30 AM -6:00 PM. Monday - Friday (not during school breaks). This area is used for materials that need to be sent home from teachers to virtual students. It is also used for the return of any materials to the school that your student might have forgotten like library books, teacher novels, laptop pick-up etc. Finally, we have a small red and black box by the door into the office that is for the drop-off of smaller items like checks for yearbook, club registrations, and notes for teachers. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

Derby School Schedule:
Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.

Derby Spring Clubs

Are you ready to get involved in some after-school activities? If so, check out the following link for the Spring Club offerings. Please fill out the form and send it to Mrs. Westerlund at OR print out the form and return it to the Derby main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. Any questions, please reach out to Mrs.Westerlund.

Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

The PTA is in need of approximately 20 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the sign-up below and commit to March, April, or May donations. Thank you for your support!

Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students library cards!

Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full Baldwin Public Library press release.

Track Announcement

Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

Email Coach Thayer ( or Coach Hickmott ( if you have any questions.

Career Exploration Opportunities

The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Register at

April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

Career Readiness Family Expo
March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Help your child become career-ready!
This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.

Who should attend the Family Expo?
All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
Register at

EDPS: Career Exploration

All Derby 7th and 8th graders should be working to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Over the next couple of week, I will be reaching out to students/families to let them know if their student still has work to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at


Order a Derby Yearbook link
Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at Thank you for your order!
The Derby Yearbook Crew


Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
OCHD Newsletter March 22nd

We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
* The student is pending a COVID test
* A household member is pending a COVID test
* A household member is positive with COVID
* If the student is symptomatic

We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy. BPS Health and Wellness Newsletter

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 in 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:

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 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!

BPS Parent Pride

Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

Field Hockey League Opportunity 3rd - 8th graders!

Come and learn how to play field hockey! No experience necessary! League is open for 3rd - 8th graders, boys and girls. Players will receive basic skill instruction and gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose the session indicated "With Starter Equipment”). League will run April 10 - May 15 at Oakland Yard Athletics. Register online at

Discover Field Hockey - One Day 90 Minute Clinic

Open to boys and girls ages 5 - 17, March 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
Email questions to

Birmingham Little League

2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at For questions, please email Jeff Weber at

The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

Birmingham Community Education

Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

Pathways to College

Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information