Our Core Values
The Deerfield community is one that truly cares about all students, families, and staff members. We strive to align our actions and behaviors with the following core values: Cooperation, Academic Excellence, Acceptance, Respect, Responsibility, and Effort. Forming the acronym CARE, our core values help us create an environment in which all students can learn and grow.
Joshua C. Baumer, Principal
This week's Principal's Message is dedicated to sharing information regarding Deerfield's class placement process and eliciting input from parents. A hard copy of the following letter and attached Parent Input Form will be sent home with all students this week (look for the yellow piece of paper). To download the letter and form, please click the following link: Parent Input Form
Dear Deerfield Parents,
In the coming weeks, we will engage in the process of class placement for September 2017. Placing students into classrooms for the upcoming school year is a complex and important process. It involves a considerable amount of time and energy on the part of many people. Our primary goal of the class placement process is to create balanced classrooms in which each child continues to learn and grow.
In order to make the class placement process as effective as possible, we consider multiple sources of information. Input from parents is a valuable source of information as we work to create balanced classrooms. This year, I am soliciting input from parents in a more formalized way. I am asking parents to submit their input on the form which appears on the back of this page. The form offers parents the opportunity to share goals they have for their child, and information concerning their child's learning style and social experience. The information you submit will be shared with the entire placement team and your child’s teachers for the upcoming year.
I encourage all parents to complete the parent input form. The information you share will be a valuable component of our class placement process and will assist next year’s teacher in learning more about your child.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when completing the Parent Input Form:
- Please do not request a specific teacher for your child. Westwood Public Schools does not permit parents to select their children’s teachers. Therefore, requests for specific teachers will not be accepted.
- If listing students with whom your child works and/or socializes well with, please list at least three students. Although we cannot guarantee your child will be placed with these students, we will do our best to place your child in a class with at least one of these peers.
- If you are the parent of multiple Deerfield students in the same grade, please specify if you want your children placed in the same class or different classes.
- Please resubmit relevant information about your child, even if you have submitted it in previous years. Since children change and grow a great deal in a year’s time, it is important to base placement decisions on current information.
This is the only form that will be used for parent input during our class placement process. All forms should be sent to me and must be received by Friday, May 5th. If you feel it is necessary to elaborate on the information you submit on the parent input form or discuss the specific information in person, please contact me prior to the end of the day on May 5th.
Class assignments will be indicated on the June Report Cards. Due to the complexity of the class placement process and the significant time it takes, please know that once assignments have been made, they are final. Please contact me if you have any questions about the process. Thank you for your continued cooperation and ongoing support.
Joshua C. Baumer
Deerfield Elementary School
72 Deerfield Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090
Welcome to Deerfield School from your Deerfield Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! We are looking forward to another successful and fun school year.
To learn more about your PTO, please visit our Welcome Packet and the PTO section of the website which includes information about how to Get Involved, Keep In Touch and also about our Mini Courses.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who help make your PTO a success! Your PTO works best when all members of our school community work together. Please consider volunteering with one of the many committees we have. There are many ways to get involved!
Click here to learn more about our committees and to find an opportunity that is a fit for you.
| Friday, September 23
|| 9:30 am
| Monday, November 14
|| 7:30 pm
| Friday, March 10
|| 9:30 am
| Monday, May 22
|| 7:30 pm
All meetings take place in the Deerfield Cafeteria.
Email us at DeerfieldPTO@gmail.com.