12/17/18Week of December 17th

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following students and teacher who are celebrating their birthdays this week at the Deerfield School or over the winter break:


Nina McDaniels
Sebastian O'Brien
Jack Coppens
Alex Guadagno
Oisin Asaad
Mai Schotland
Kai Schotland
Teddy Brown
Whitney McMann
Madeline Brown
Emmett Petrovato
Caroline Sibley


Ms. Greene



Classroom Celebrations

During this week and at other points in the year, your child’s classroom teacher may offer opportunities to come together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the season and the teaching and learning that has taken place at the Deerfield School since the start of the school year. Many of these events will take place in your child’s classroom where students often share original pieces of work and engage in games or craft projects.


In an effort to preserve the intention of these celebrations, students in other classes or grade-levels will not attend their sibling’s classroom celebrations, unless a sibling’s attendance is relevant to the celebration. In those situations, the classroom teachers will arrange that internally with parents prior to the event. In an effort to minimize distractions school-wide, we respectfully ask that parents refrain from going to a classroom to get their child to attend a sibling’s celebration or to visit a child in another grade-level.


Younger siblings, who are not yet Deerfield students, may be invited to attend a classroom celebration. That decision will be made by the classroom teacher planning the celebration and will be communicated to families when the celebration invitations are sent out.


Opportunities for parents to visit their children’s classrooms and celebrate their efforts, growth, and accomplishments are an extremely valuable part of the elementary school experience for both students and their parents. The Deerfield staff members are extremely grateful for the efforts parents make to attend school events. We appreciate your support in helping to make these times a true celebration of your child’s learning.



Reminder: 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



Early-Release Day on Wednesday, December 19th

Wednesday, December 19th will be an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served in school.



Reminder: 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



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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