05/07/18Week of May 7th

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:

Imogen Roberts
Zachary Bern
Ryan Molloy
Nicolas Perlovsky


Mr. VanHyning



Early-Release Day on Wednesday, May 9th

Wednesday, May 9th will be an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served in school.



Deerfield School Play

The cast of twenty-two 4th and 5th graders have been working hard since the start of the new year. They are proud to present their production of Freckleface Strawberry on Friday, May 11th.

"Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get ride of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap to caking on make-up...and even wearing a ski mask to school!  Will her schoolmates realized that it's her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her lovable schoolmates, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special!"


Performances are on May 11th:
9:00am: Deerfield School Performance (Staff and students only)
7:00pm: Evening performance



Red Sox Spirit Day on Friday, May 11th

This Friday, May 11th is Red Sox Day at the Deerfield School. Students and staff members are encouraged to wear their Red Sox gear to show support to the home team and to help us welcome in the warmer spring weather. If you do not have any Red Sox gear, you can show your school spirit by wearing the Red Sox colors of red and blue. Please make sure all Red Sox gear is appropriate for school and does not pose a safety concern or distraction to classroom learning. Thank you. Go Red Sox!



Yearbook Order Instructions (document)

Please see the attached document containing instructions for ordering the Deerfield yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you so much to Caroline Maguire and Eileen Kotfila for all of their hard work putting together a beautiful 2017-2018 yearbook.



Babson Soccer Clinics

Last Friday, May 4th, members of the Babson College Men's Soccer Team joined us at the Deerfield school. They stayed for all three of our recess periods and lead small-sided soccer games with any student who wished to participate. All the students who played had a wonderful time and showed excellent sportsmanship towards their classmates and the Babson soccer players.


Thank you so much to Mr. and Mrs. McHugh, parents of Deerfield second-grader Will McHugh, for arranging this special recess event for our students. Thank you so much to Will for once again sharing his teammates with us and reminding us of the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.



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 Monday, May 21st 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: Deerfield Twitter Account

I have created a Twitter account for the Deerfield school (@deerfield_ps). I hope this will be another way to offer a glimpse into the day-to-day workings of our school community. 


I am relatively new to Twitter (meaning, I am old and technology scares me!). I am going to try to send out approximately one Tweet a day during the week. Right now, I am not planning to include student photos in any of my Tweets. However, that may change as the account evolves.


Please feel free to contact me directly (not via Twitter) with any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding this form of communication.



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: Jump Rope for Heart: Donating Recess Materials

The Deerfield Student Council is proud to present a new partnership between the Boston Public Schools, the Deerfield School, and the American Heart Association. Vanessa McGunnigle, our American Heart Association representative, has matched the Deerfield school with an anonymous Boston Public School. The students in this school will benefit greatly from donations of clothing and recess equipment.  The Deerfield Student Council is asking students to consider donating their JRFH “Thank You Gifts” of Jump Ropes, T-shirts, and playground balls to this school.


Our PE teacher, Ms. Wine, has placed a donation box (actually, it's a plastic swimming pool) in the main lobby of the Deerfield school. Students interested in donating items may leave them in the pool.


Donating to the American Heart Association for the JRFH fundraiser and/or donating “Thank you gifts” to the Boston Public Schools is entirely optional and is a decision that should be made within your family and with your child(ren).



Reminder: Lost and Found

We have accumulated a large collection of items in our Lost and Found, including many sweatshirts. Please ask your child to check the Lost and Found for their missing clothing and/or please check the Lost and Found when you are at Deerfield.



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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