11/19/18Week of November 19th

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:


Margaret Ash
Ciara Chi
John Qu
Dennis Ash
Elizabeth Levering
Ender Jerskey


Mr. Yennior, Instrumental Music Teacher
Mrs. Miller, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Mansour, Occupational Therapist



Student Council Food Drive

Please read the following message from the Deerfield Student Council:

The Student Council is having a food drive for the Norwood Food Pantry. They are in need of non-perishable items such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, pasta, sauce, cereal, canned soup, tuna fish, mac and cheese, etc. These are just some ideas. As long as the item you bring in can’t spoil, bring it in.


When you donate an item, you will be able to put your name on a leaf and it will be displayed near the cafeteria. The donation boxes will be located in the cafeteria and the lobby. The drive goes until Wednesday, November 21st.



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.



Staffing Updates

We have a new Literacy Paraprofessional at Deerfield. I am pleased to welcome Mrs. KelliAnn Kenneally to the Deerfield community. Mrs. Kenneally is currently completing a Masters in Education through Lesley University and will be an excellent addition to our Literacy Support Team and the Deerfield staff. She will begin this week. Please join me in welcoming her.



Reminder: Deerfield Site Council

We are still looking for one Deerfield parent to serve on the Deerfield Site Council this year. The Deerfield Site Council is a school advisory group that is composed on parents, teachers, and community members. The council members assist the principal in: 1) Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards, 2) identifying the educational needs of students attending the school, 3) reviewing the annual school building budget, and 4) discussing a school improvement plan.


The Deerfield Site Council meets monthly throughout the year. Our meetings are usually held on Monday's from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Please contact Mr. Baumer if you are interested in serving on the Deerfield Site Council during the 2018-2019 school year.


The second meeting of the Deerfield Site Council will take place on Monday, November 19th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Deerfield office. To access the meeting agenda, please click the following link: Deerfield Site Council Agenda and Minutes-11/19/2018



Reminder: Dismissal Time for Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

Deerfield will dismiss at 11:35am on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and no lunch will be served on that day.



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





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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