12/10/18Week of December 10th

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following students who are celebrating their birthdays this week at the Deerfield School:


Lukas Webb
Tor Webb



Student Council Fundraiser

The following message is from the Deerfield Student Council:

The Deerfield Student Council is holding a fundraiser for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless program from December 10th through 19th. We are asking students and families to bring in NEW hats, gloves, mittens, socks, scarves.


Here is a blurb from the organization:  The winter months are cold and wet. Those on the streets and in shelters often lack access to the very basic items necessary to stay warm and dry. By donating new winter clothing items - warm socks, gloves, hats, and scarves - you partner with BHCHP to provide dignity and warmth to those experiencing homelessness in Boston.



Final Reminder: Upcoming Parent Workshop on December 11th

Raising Resilient Children

Let’s face it, stress is hard! It can overwhelm your thoughts, slow your processing ability, and produce uncomfortable somatic and psychological symptoms. Unfortunately, living a completely stress-free life is probably not possible for any of us. All children and families experience stress over the course of their lives. Handling stress is an important life skill for all people, especially children.


Resilience is one measure of how well a person manages stress. Resilience is the process of being able to adapt, cope or bounce back in the face of adversity, challenge or stress. Being resilient does not eliminate stress or mean we don’t experience challenge or adversity. As teachers and caregivers, our first inclination might be to shield children from the distress of stress. However, in order to foster and build resilience, children need to learn to navigate situations and feelings associated with adversity, challenge or stress. If we want our children to experience the world as fully as possible - with some of its pain and all of its joy - they need resilience.


Like many other skills, resilience can be developed. Please join us to explore the world of empowering children to be resilient. This workshop will be held in the Deerfield gymnasium on Tuesday, December 11th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. All Deerfield parents, guardians, and staff members are welcome.


If there are specific questions you want included in our discussion, please submit them in advance by clicking on the following link: Parent Questions for Presentation: Raising Resilient Children



Reminder: Inclusive Schools Week Parent Night

There will be a parent discussion about the book The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. It will be held at the Hanlon Elementary School on Wednesday, December 12th. The event is open to anyone who would like to attend.

For more information, please click the following link: Inclusive Schools Week Parent Night Flyer



School Committee Meeting on Thursday, December 13th

The monthly School Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13th beginning at 7:00pm at Westwood High School.



Deerfield Site Council

We are still looking for one Deerfield parent to serve on the Deerfield Site Council this year. The Deerfield Site Council is a school advisory group that is composed on parents, teachers, and community members. The council members assist the principal in: 1) Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards, 2) identifying the educational needs of students attending the school, 3) reviewing the annual school building budget, and 4) discussing a school improvement plan.


The Deerfield Site Council meets monthly throughout the year. Our meetings are usually held on Monday's from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Please contact Mr. Baumer if you are interested in serving on the Deerfield Site Council during the 2018-2019 school year.


The fourth meeting of the Deerfield Site Council will take place on Monday, December 17th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Deerfield office. To access the meeting agenda, please click the following link: Deerfield Site Council Agenda and Minutes-12/17/2018



Reminder: Grade 5 Winter Concert

The Deerfield Grade 5 Winter Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at 9:00am. The concert will take place in the Deerfield gymnasium.


For more information, please click on the following link: Grade 5 Winter Concert



School Committee Liaison

Deerfield's School Committee liaison for the 2018-2019 school year is Carol Lewis. Please feel free to contact Ms. Lewis if you have any questions or feedback to share regarding the Deerfield Elementary School or Westwood Public Schools. 

Carol Lewis, Chair
47 Ellis Street

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