05/21/18Week of May 21st

Happy Birthday to You


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

Ovadya Raver
Jack Roycroft
Gwen Watson
Haralambos Travayiakis


Ms. Wine



PTO General Meeting: Monday, May 21st at 7:00pm

The final Deerfield PTO meeting of the 2017-2018 school year is scheduled for today Monday, May 21st from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Deerfield gymnasium. All are welcome to attend.



Early-Release Day on Wednesday, May 23rd

Wednesday, May 23rd will be an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served in school.



Reminder: Sending Class Lists for the 2018-2019 School Year 

Please read the attached letter regarding class placement notification for the 2018-2019 School Year:

To access the letter, please click the following link: Deerfield Class Placement Notification Letter



Final Reminder: Memorial Day Ceremony

On Friday, May 25th, the Deerfield community is invited to attend a special Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 8:45am and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. We will gather around the flagpole in front of Deerfield. The program will include the Pledge of Allegiance, student speakers, and the singing of patriotic songs. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Deerfield gymnasium.


This year, I invite students to submit a response to the following quote by American educator, author, and Presidential advisor, Booker T. Washington:


"There is no defense or security for any of us
except in the development of the highest intelligence of all."


Students who submit a response by Wednesday, May 23rd will be acknowledged as Pledge Leaders at the beginning of our ceremony. I encourage students to consider their own effort and learning, as well as the ways in which they support the learning of other Deerfield students, in their responses.


I have attached some sample templates that can be printed and used for students' writing and drawing. However, please feel free to use paper and materials you have at home. To access the templates, please click the following link: Memorial Day Responses-2018


I hope you can join us on Friday, May 25th for Deerfield's Memorial Day ceremony.



Reminder: Upcoming SEPAC Event (flyer)

Please read the attached flyer regarding an upcoming event hosted by the Westwood SEPAC. The event is entitled The Neuropsychological Evaluation. Dania Gaffin, Ph.D., will present at this event.


The event will be held in the WPS District Administration Professional Development Room on Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30pm.



Reminder: PMC Ride

The following message is from the co-coordinators of this year's PMC ride, Yelena Elman and Sara Mirson:


We are hoping to spread the word about the upcoming Westwood PMC Kids ride. It’s an event for which all rider-raised dollars go directly to the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber and towards life-saving cancer research and treatment. Westwood has been among the top 5 rides for fundraising across the state each year and has raised a remarkable $540k+ since it's inception in 2008.


How to get your kids signed-up:

Visit kids.pmc.org/westwood to register and select a course. There are 1-mile, 5-mile and 10-mile loops depending on your child’s ability. You can also sign your child up as a "virtual rider" if you aren't able to make the ride in person on June 10. Children have a fundraising commitment of $30 and are asked to raise money by requesting contributions from family members, friends, and neighbors. A registration fee of $20 ($25 after May 20) is collected from each participant. Each rider who raises $300 or more will be honored as a PMC Kids Heavy Hitter and entered to win a brand new bike! Riders who raise over $800 will be honored as a PMC Kids Breakaway Fundraiser. Both PMC Kids Heavy Hitters and Breakaway Fundraisers will be recognized with a special PMC item and certificate to distinguish their achievement.


It’s a unique event for kids to get involved with. While they get to have fun spending the morning out on their bike with friends, it also teaches them the value of working for the benefit of others and doing their part in helping to give back to those in their community who need their support.


We’ve had the opportunity to get to know some of the kids in Westwood who have gone through cancer treatment and been involved with the ride (pictured - Brett Hobson, Allisa Freiberger, and Alexa Kelly). It's been a wakeup call for us on how lucky we are to have healthy kids, and also a reminder about how amazing our community is, coming together each year to help support those in Westwood (and beyond) who have been affected by cancer.


Sign your kids up to ride today (kids.pmc.org/westwood)! We are also looking for volunteers for the day of the event 6/10 as well as early check-in 6/7. Early registration fee ($20) deadline has been extended to May 20th, after that date the registration fee goes up to $25.


Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Yelena Elman (978) 496-5584 or Sara Mirson (781) 727-9384.



School Committee Liaison

Deerfield's School Committee liaison for the 2017-2018 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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