05/06/19Week of May 6th




E.W. THURSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 5th Grade Parents’ Night

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and will be held at Thurston Middle School.


  • 6:30pm - Presentation in the Auditorium
  • 7:30pm - Coffee, cookies and Q&A in the Cafeteria and time to explore the building


Representatives from Thurston’s PTO will be on hand, so you can learn about volunteer opportunities and pre-pay the 2019-2020 dues. Sign-up information for bus transportation will be available. Directions on how to sign up for Fall Cross Country will also be provided.



Early-Release Day on Wednesday, May 8th

Wednesday, May 8th will be an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served in school.



Deerfield/Downey/Hanlon Spring Band Concert

Our Spring Band concert for our 4th and 5th grade students is this Wednesday, May 8th. The concert will take place at Westwood High School and will begin at 7:00pm. Students need to be in the High School auditorium at 6:15pm for a brief rehearsal prior to their performance.


The concert will feature performances by the 4th and 5th Grade Bands and the 5th Grade Jazz Bands. The anticipated concert length will be approximately 75 minutes. All are welcome to attend!



ELA and Math MCAS Testing

The ELA MCAS exams for grades 3-5 are complete. The Math MCAS for Grade 5 will take place on Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th. The Math MCAS for Grade 4 will take place on Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th. The Math MCAS for Grade 3 will take place on Wednesday, May 15th and Thursday, May 16th. 


To access the entire MCAS testing schedule, please click the following link: Elementary MCAS Schedule 2019-Deerfield-Draft



Reminder: PMC Kids Ride

The 12th annual Kids PMC ride will take place on Sunday, June 23 at 8:30am at the Martha Jones School. The following information is from this year’s co-coordinators, Kathy Morrell and Christina Zinno:


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 nearly $600k+ since it's inception in 2008.


How to get your kids signed-up:

Visit www.kids.pmc.org/westwood.aspx to register and select a course. There are 1-mile, 5-mile and 10-mile loops depending on your child’s ability. 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.  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 (www.kids.pmc.org/westwood.aspx)! We are also looking for volunteers for the day of the event 6/23 as well as early check-in 6/20. Early registration fee ($20) deadline has been extended to May 10th, after that date the registration fee goes up to $25.


Reminder: Bus Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

Bus registration for next school year is now open! 


To guarantee a seat on the bus, registration and payment must be received by June 30, 2019. In order to register you will need your student's ID number, which can be found on the elementary school lunch invoices or report cards. Please make sure that you enter the grade that your child will be entering next September. Please let Mrs. Steverman know if you have any questions.


To register your child for the school bus, please click the following link: 2019-2020 Bus Registration



Reminder: Free After-School Program for Westwood Media for Students in Grade 4 and 5

Westwood Media is once again offering a three-session course on media production techniques and skills. The course will be offered on three consecutive Thursdays in May (5/16, 5/23, 5/30) from 2:50pm - 4:00pm. 


The instructors can accommodate ten students. To register, please email Maggie at Maggie@westwoodmediacenter.tv. Registration will remain open until ten students have registered.


For more information, please click the following link: DeerfieldWMCclass201



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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