From Kathy Christoph, MS Principal


What a great start we have had to this school year! I love greeting the children in the morning, seeing their smiles and chatting with them about their days. And it’s quite a sight to see many of them happily running into Umpleby! My hope is that this level of excitement and enthusiasm continues through to June, and each child finishes the school year loving school and learning even more than ever.

During the opening days, our division works on creating strong relationships among students and adults and creating a safe climate whereby every person is valued, respected, and known.  This critical work takes several forms, ranging from informal activities to formal ones, from one-on-one interactions to large groups and everything in between.

And we’re always refining and trying new activities. For example, this year we are initiating a focus on personal stories through two new initiatives: “Humans of D-E” and “This is my School.” By taking the time to share personal stories, our community members—both students and adults–better understand one another. Kindness and empathy emanate outward when we connect with one another.

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From the School Store
If you would like to return any books that were ordered from MBS Direct, you may bring them to the School Store (first floor of Klein Building) by Tuesday, September 26. We will ship them to MBS and a refund will be issued on your credit card. Please include the packing slip that accompanied your order. Contact Joan Millien at 201-227-3130 or if you have further questions.
Tech Tip: Accessing MyD-E Calendars

by Bill Campbell, Associate Director of Technology for Academics

You may know that the Calendars section of the MyD-E website provides you with dates for school-wide events and even your child’s specific, athletic-team, game schedule.  You can access this from any Internet connected device by going to, clicking/tapping MyD-E and logging in using your D-E parent account. However, you might not know that you can view this information right in the calendar app on your phone that you use every day without having to log in to MyD-E every time.  Your Middle School child accesses her class schedule this way on her iPad every day. If you’d like to add a D-E calendar such as the MS event calendar or your child’s game schedule please see the MyD-E for Parents information page at for directions.

Join an Info. Session: D-E Int’l. Grade 8 Peru Trip Spring Break 2018
Grade 8 Parents/Guardians: There will be a short (15-min) informational session about the Peru Trip for Grade 8 during Spring 2018 at 6:00, prior to Back to School Night in Hajjar Auditorium (Klein Campus Center). Click here for trip details in the interim or visit