11/27/18Week of December 3rd

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following students and staff members who celebrated their birthdays last week or are celebrating their birthdays this week at the Deerfield School:


Ari Bern
Zoha Ali
Harris Maguire
Von Tempel
Amanda Rosa


Mrs. Demone, Instructional Assistant
Mrs. McClure, Instructional Assistant
Ms. Chen, Grade 3 Teacher
Mrs. Hardy, Grade 2 Teacher



Upcoming Science Workshops for Parents

Please read the following message from our Elementary Science Coordinators, Kate Doyle and Karlyn Lazazzero:


We will be holding the following science workshops for elementary parents:


  • Tuesday, December 4th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at the Martha Jones School
  • Thursday, December 6th from 9:00am - 10:00am at the Deerfield School


We will be sharing how we are approaching the teaching and learning of science in the Westwood Public Schools, information on raising scientists and science-literate citizens, resources for outside enrichment, and opportunities to do some hands-on exploration. We will also leave time to answer parent questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about some ways students are engaging in science and explore opportunities to get involved.



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



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



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



Reminder: SEPAC Update

Please read the following message from Kelly Anderson, Deerfield's SEPAC Liaison:

The Westwood SEPAC is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, WestwoodSepac.org! To access the SEPAC website, please click the following link: Westwood SEPAC Website


The website contains information on upcoming events, materials from past events as well as other resources for families. Feel free to contact Kelly Anderson as our Deerfield SEPAC representative or the SEPAC directly on westwoodsepac@gmail.com with any questions on events, our mission or how we may be able to help.



Reminder: MCAS Schedule for Spring 2019 (Elementary MCAS Schedule 2019-Deerfield-Draft)

The Spring 2019 MCAS schedule has been created for the elementary schools. The testing period runs between April 8th - May 21st. As with past years, the testing sessions for each grade-level have been spread out as equitably as possible.


Please be aware that this is a draft schedule and is subject to change. 



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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