01/14/19Week of January 14th

Happy Birthday to You


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


Vivian Lock
Christopher Capodilupo


Mrs. Urquijo



Happy Half-Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Half-Birthday to the following students and staff members who will celebrate their birthdays during the month of July:

Charlotte Pilley
Mary Mae Matthews
Leonardo Zinno
Ford Laubenstein
Liam Guadagno
Madeline McMann
Rafaela Travayiakis
William Thurmond
Thomas Kelleher
Reese Pezzuto
Michael Rosa
Colton Morrell
Paige Ash
Ali El-Zaru
Dylan Lewendon
Nguyen Mai
Katherine Sicular
Eamon Downey
Stella Primpas
Natalie Laslau
Isaac Wu
Sophia Yang
Michael Aljamal

Mrs. Mangiacotti
Ms. Flaherty
Mrs. Waterman
Mrs. McCarty
Mrs. Sullivan
Mrs. Labedz
Mrs. Fergus



Seat Belt and Car Seat Safety

I recently learned about some dangers associated with puffy winter coats and seat belts for both children and adults. The danger comes from puffy coats preventing the seat belt from being snug to the body of the driver or passenger. The following links provide additional information and offer recommendations and regulations to help us be as safe as possible when in the car. Thank you to Deerfield parent, Andrea DiCicco for sharing these concerns and information.






School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 15th

The monthly School Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15th beginning at 7:00pm at Westwood High School.



Westwood Reads

The following message is from the Westwood Public Library regarding their upcoming Westwood Reads events for 2019:


This January marks the 100th anniversary of the Boston Molasses Flood and the Library has selected Stephen Puleo’s DARK TIDE as our Westwood Reads for 2019. We have also incorporated titles for younger readers as well.


For more information, please click the following links:

Westwood Reads Postcard

Westwood Reads Flyer



Reminder: Staffing Update

As I have shared previously, Deerfield’s beloved Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Miller, is retiring after 29 years at Deerfield. Her last day will be Friday, February 1st. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Miller for her incredible contributions to the Deerfield school and the positive impact she has had on our community. 


I am pleased to announce that I have hired Mrs. Jodi Steverman to be Deerfield’s next Administrative Assistant. There was an impressive pool of candidates and Mrs. Steverman quickly rose to the top during the hiring process. She comes to us from the Westwood Recreation Department where she has been working as an Administrative Assistant. She was also the Administrative Assistant for the Framingham School Committee and a Senior Management for a healthcare company. In addition to her excellent experience and skills, she is also friendly, patient, and loves working with children. While there is absolutely no one who can replace Mrs. Miller, I think Mrs. Steverman will be a valuable addition to the Deerfield community. She began on Monday, January 7th, which will give her a few weeks to learn from the master.



Reminder: Family Yoga at Deerfield School

Come explore yoga with your family!


Date: Thursday, January 24th
Time: Session 1: 6:00pm - 7:00pm and Session 2: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Deerfield Gymnasium
Instructor: Tracy Affonso


What is Family Yoga?

It’s like no other yoga class you’ve ever been to! Move together mindfully, while working on flexibility, stability, and steady breathing. Family Yoga is a wonderful opportunity to promote wellness and strengthen the bond between you and your family members.


What Can I Expect?

Lots of movement, laughter, and fun. After warming up with some breathing exercises, we’ll stretch our bodies and minds with Sun Salutations for all levels, partner poses, group poses, fun yoga games, and an easy art project. We’ll end with a calming visualization. Class will be taught by Tracy Affonso, a former elementary school teacher and Deerfield’s yoga and mindfulness instructor.


How do I sign up?

If you are interested in participating in Deerfield's Family Yoga Night, please click the following link: Deerfield Family Yoga Night Sign-Up


Unfortunately, Tracy Affonso is only able to accommodate 15 families per yoga session. If more then 15 families sign up, then we will have a lottery to determine the participants for each session.


Please let Mr. Baumer, Mrs. Hardy, or Mrs. Mangiacotti know if you have any questions.



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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