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The Extended Day Program is a nonprofit, self-supporting program that operates at the East Derry Memorial Elementary School.  It is designed to provide supervision in a safe environment for children before and after regular school hours.  Any child that attends EDMES may enroll in the Extended Day Program, however, space is limited and applicants are taken for openings on a first come first serve basis.  Contact program director, Kim Mullen, at

421-0170 to obtain more information.


                   Hours of Operation:            6:45 to 8:20 a.m.          2:55 to 6:00 p.m.



Derry provides its students with a breakfast and hot lunch program.  Participation in this program is voluntary.  Students wishing to purchase hot lunch, snack milk or lunch milk are encouraged to prepay in advance of any purchase.  Notices are sent home when your child no longer has a balance in his/her account. Parents may wish to send money into school weekly to ensure a positive balance remains in the student’s account.  Please take the time to fill out the envelope with your child’s name, ID number and teacher.  Each child in a family must hand in his/her individual envelope, along with payment, to their teacher first thing in the morning to ensure proper credit.  Parents may also opt to sign up for mylunchmoney.com to pay using debit or credit cards.

Children from families whose income is below a certain level are eligible for free or reduced price meals.  A form is sent home at the beginning of the year in regard to eligibility.  It is also available at other times throughout the year by request.  Please contact the school should you have questions or concerns.  School lunch prices are in the chart below.  All prices are subject to change.  No student will be denied a lunch at EDMES.  Due to allergies, peanut butter is never included on our menu.

        Breakfast (including milk/juice)                             $ 1.40

       Hot Lunch (including milk/juice)                            $ 2.60

       Lunch/Snack  Milk                                                $  .40 (4 oz.) 

       Lunch/Snack Juice                                                 $  .40 (4 oz.) 


HEALTH SERVICE (Direct Telephone 437-3578)

The Derry School District schools are staffed with a full-time registered nurse.  Any student who is ill should request permission from his/her teacher prior to reporting to the nurse.  Exceptions to this policy should be made in the event of an emergency.

All students and parents are requested to inform the nurse of any particular health problems.  These should be a matter of record (i.e. allergic reaction to bee stings, food allergies, etc.).

Students should have a doctor’s note to return to school after surgery, stitches or injuries requiring splints, slings, casts or crutches.

Periodic vision, hearing and other screenings will be conducted through the nurse’s office. 

The school nurse uses health program activities as learning experiences to contribute to health education.  Each encounter with the student is a health teaching opportunity utilized by the school nurse to teach first-aid, personal hygiene, preventative health measures, etc.

The school nurse also provides counseling and guidance on health matters and serves as a consultant/resource person to the school staff, students, and parents.

Healthy Snack Options - Please refer to our District’s Wellness Policy for more information on healthy snacks, lunches and treats.



Extracurricular activities provide students with multiple opportunities to

develop and showcase social, athletic, and academic skills in a non-classroom

environment.  EDMES encourages all students to explore the many

opportunities available to them outside the classroom.  Possible programs

of interest might include:


- Chorus (grades 4-5)

- Running Club (grades 4-5)

- Ski Club (grades 21-5)

- Intramural Sports


 -LEGO Club

 -Bowling Club                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Classroom teachers alone cannot assume the responsibilities for the many services that children need.  Supplemental staff  include the school nurse, speech therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, school counselors, social worker, reading specialist, ESOL teachers (English as a second language), Gifted and Talented (PACE) teacher, Special Education teachers and teaching assistants.  Specialists assist classroom teachers in meeting the educational needs of students.  If you believe your child could benefit from any of these services, please contact the school.



As part of the educational program, occasional field trips are planned to promote and enrich experiences for students.  Trips are adequately supervised by teachers and parent chaperones.  All students attending field trips are required to bring a permission slip signed by parents in order to participate.  Parents are not allowed to transport their child to or from the field trip destination unless an emergency situation arises and arrangements have been approved by the building administrator.  If your child has any pervasive health concerns, parents are encouraged to accompany their child on field trips.


Field Trips for Students -  When you are on a field trip, you represent the school and you are expected to follow all school wide expectations of respect, responsibility and safety.  You are expected to be a good representative of EDMES and behave accordingly.


Field Trips for Chaperones - Students learn from the example set for them by adult role models, both in the school and beyond the school walls.  On field trips, chaperones will work the with school staff to reinforce appropriate behavior.  To that end, the dress, conduct, language and interpersonal relationships of chaperones will contribute to the trip atmosphere.  Thank you for volunteering and we appreciate your help.



East Derry Memorial School has a professional counselor who provides guidance services to students.  Guidance consists of working with students to develop academic, personal, and social skills.  Elementary school counselors work with parents, teachers, school administrators, and others to provide the best possible resources and services.  Referrals to counseling can be initiated by parents, students, or teachers. 



Only through parent-school teamwork and effort toward consistent goals can a child gain full benefit from a school program.  EDMES has a Parent Teacher Association and it is our sincere hope that every family with children in EDMES will become active members.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  These meetings are held at 6:30 PM at the school.  Anyone is welcome to attend and see firsthand your PTA in action!  Baby sitting is provided during PTA meetings.


Both the PTA and EDMES staff are committed to providing your children with the best possible school experience.  One way to ensure this enriched experience is to support a volunteer program.  This program gives parents the chance to play important roles as classroom assistants, clerical helpers, classroom parents, and chaperones on field trips.  Please consult the volunteer information and sign-up form sent home at the start of the school year or call one of the volunteer coordinators at EDMES.