Week at a Glance Monday, (4-27) 4:00 pm Girls’ Soccer vs Covington Tuesday, (4-28) 4:30 pm Track and Field vs Berkshire (Seaholm) 4:00 pm Boys’ Tennis vs Berkshire Wednesday, (4-29) Delayed Start/Final Bell 9:45 4:00 pm Girls’ Soccer vs West Hills Thursday, (4-30) Friday, (5-1) 9:20 am Principal’s Coffee followed by the PTA Meeting/Everyone Welcome Important Location Change The PTA Meeting will be at Panera Bread in downtown Birmingham Derby Do’s For the safety of our children, each visitor must be buzzed in individually. Please do not allow others in with you. When dropping off students please remember not to park in the front loop at drop off and pick up times. Also during drop off and pick up, please keep traffic moving so as to ease the traffic buildup. Please call the school as early as possible to report absences or tardies. In order to reduce classroom interruptions, please send notes to the main office for early dismissal. Lockers MUST be locked at all times. The school is not responsible for personal items. Do encourage your students to use the office telephone to contact you. Messages can also be taken in the office for the students. Texting is not allowed during the school day. Thank you for your assistance with this issue. Continue to encourage your student(s) to dress in accordance with the dress code in order to maintain an environment focused on learning and growth every day. Get involved! We love having parent volunteers in the building during the day and at events…you are an integral part of the academic and social growth and development of our students! Come in and experience the great things that happen at Derby every day Contact Derby PTA for details on how you can get involved. Due to a full student capacity on several buses, please check with the office before planning on your student either riding with another student or inviting someone on your student’s bus. All exempted absences (EE) for doctor appointments must be accompanied by a note from the physician or authorized medical personnel. Students are allowed to carry an inhaler or epi-pen on them if there is a physician’s note on file in the office. All other medications must be kept in the office with appropriate authorization. Please call the main office for further information. Connect with us at Derby! As a Reminder We are in full swing of the M-Step testing. The testing window for Derby students will be: 8th grade April 14th – April 29th; 7th grade April 30th – May 18th 7th; 6th grade May 19th - June 5th. It is extremely important for all students to attend school during our testing window. If possible, please refrain from scheduling doctor appointments during the school day. It is essential for all students to be well rested and to eat a nutritious breakfast prior to testing so they will perform at their optimal level. All students must bring a novel into their testing lab, which they can borrow from our Media Center. Please remind your child that electronics will not be permitted into the testing labs. Below is a link detailing the M-Step test, which can also be found on our homepage. http://derby.birmingham.k12.mi.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1613458/File/ M-Step/2-11-15%20Parent%20Communication%20MStep.pdf?89113f&89113f&3306cf&b7521d&b351fc&b351fc&af0356&af0356&af0356&af0 356&6d5a9c&de4615&a66252&c13549&c13549&6aedd4&467804&467804&141a10&58 11c9&5811c9&bfe509&679bb8&679bb8&sessionid=59c0632979dc23627cb2e09793ad1c b7 Dress Code With the warm weather approaching, it is a great time to review some mandatory dress code guidelines. Straps must be at least two finger widths Shorts/skirts and dresses must be at least fingertip length with the arms fully extended No bare midriffs Thank you for your cooperation in addressing this issue with your students! Derby 8th Grade Celebration Please Join Us in Honoring Our Students! Wednesday, June 10, 2015 6:00-7:00pm: Ceremony in Derby Gymnasium* 7:00-7:30pm: Student and Parent Reception 7:30-9:00pm: 8th Grade Student-Only Dance Special Occasion Attire School dress code applies. Please, no jeans. *Two guests per student please. Registration forms are available in the Main Office. Derby Middle School will be performing Alice in Wonderland JR this year! A great show for ALL ages! Please come to support your friends, family and community on April 30th 6:00 pm, May 1st 7:00 pm & May 2nd 7:00 pm Tickets may be purchased during the lunch hours (11:08am – 12:47pm) at Derby beginning April 27th. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for students. They will also be available in the lobby one hour before on performance nights. Performances will take place in the gymnasium. See you there! Congratulations to the following students for their participation with the Birmingham Education Foundation's Expedition 2015. The theme for the expedition was "Designing a Better World," and several Derby 7th graders did just that. These students did an independent research project by learning how natural products that don't harm the environment can be substituted for convenience products that harm the environment. For example, students came up with safe alternatives for all-purpose cleaners, floor polish, facial scrubs, stain removers, etc. These students did an exceptional job presenting their research and we are all very proud of these Derby Dragons: Makani Pearcy Brooke Fowle Jaylen Simelane Alexa Crowe Thu-Ann Tran Hailey Cohen Kate Kiefer Paige Tait Leah Kim Kayla Gray Grace Shenefelt Davis Kurepa-Peers Jenna Burdick Sara Burg Ben Jarrett Prudence Kanter Jenna Warren Marti Lombarte-Soler Naomi Richardson Luke Allen Jacob Moslimani http://derby.birmingham.k12.mi.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1613458/File/ M-Step/2-11-15%20Parent%20Communication%20MStep.pdf?89113f&89113f&3306cf&b7521d&b351fc&b351fc&af0356&af0356&af0356&af0 356&6d5a9c&de4615&a66252&c13549&c13549&6aedd4&467804&467804&141a10&58 11c9&5811c9&bfe509&679bb8&679bb8&sessionid=59c0632979dc23627cb2e09793ad1c b7 8th Grade Graduation PHOTO'S ARE BEING TAKEN NEXT WEEK , APRIL 27TH-MAY 1ST. As part of the 8th graduation celebration, we will be taking a black and white Head Shot of your son/daughter in the Derby courtyard. These portraits are included in the price of your celebration ticket and will be displayed in the hallway at 8th Grade Celebration. Following the celebration you can take it home. Please have your child camera ready on the scheduled date below. We will have two parent volunteer photographers at school that week during lunch/rec time to take the pictures. Students will be photographed with their A2 class - see Photography schedule below: Monday April 27th Mr. Tuomi & Mr. Butchko, Ms. Phillips Tuesday April 28th Mr. Perrone & Ms. Jarvis Wednesday April 29th Ms. Pavlock & Mr. Zangkas Thursday April 30th Mr. Auten, Mrs. Wind, Mr. Thayer & Ms Hawkins Friday May 1st Marcuson & Makeup Day Any questions please contact Tammy Hanna at [email protected] Please join Derby Middle School on April 26th at Somerset Mall. We have created a team for the Walk 4 Autism. We would love to have students and parents come out to walk as well. The registration fee is $10.00. It would be so fun to have a strong Derby showing! Below is the link to register. Please share with your friends and family :) Derby’s team is named Derby’s Puzzle Pack. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eaegj680ef658d15&llr=hkvxg4i ab SAVE THE DATE For a Very Special Occasion April 26th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM at Troy Gymnastics, 1600 W. Maple, we are doing a fundraiser in honor of Jonathan McKee. Jonathan was a lover of the outdoors and spent two (2) summers at Camp Michindoh and one week with his Harlan 5th Grade Class. It had a huge impact on him and we'd like to make this possible for many more kids. Proceeds will go to a climbing wall with his bronzed hand-print on it and a scholarship fund for the camp for kids in need. A special portion earmarked for Harlan children. Please come and have a fun afternoon and help some kids in honor of Jonathan. $15 at the door. Must have waiver signed. Ages 0-23. Will be supervised. If you cannot make the event and want to donate, here is the link to gofundme: http://www.gofundme.com/ p21ims (Click the previous link to support Jonathan McKee Memorial by Karen Swisher McKee) Jonathan McKee was a lover of the outdoors and being free. We are raising money in his honor to support a camp where we have wonderful memories of him. Everyone is invited. Please Share! Parents: Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for CHOICES Youth Dialogue Day 2015. This all area high schools, student-driven event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham and feature the Honorable Judge Diane D’Agostini, from 48th District Court, who will bring live court cases to demonstrate the real-life consequences which come from decisions to use alcohol and/or drugs. Attendees will also hear a young man who is in recovery and from our community, speak about his journey. Students, parents and other interested community members are encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend this event, although donations will be accepted. RSVP to: Leanne at [email protected]. Visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info. Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Trainings for adults assisting youth. Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Taught by certified instructors, you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders and psychosis in youth ages 12-18. You will also learn what to do until appropriate professionals and other help can begin. To register, contact Leanne at [email protected] or call 248-203-4615. We need 20-30 participants to hold this training. There is no cost to attend. For more information visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info. All trainings held at BPS Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills. Visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info about keeping our youth safe & substance free.
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