10/29/18Week of October 29th

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following staff member who is celebrating her birthdays this week at the Deerfield School:


Mrs. McDonald



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. 



Wednesday, October 31st

Students are welcome to wear orange, purple, and black on Wednesday, October 31st to show school spirit with these festive fall colors. Students should not wear costumes during the school day on Halloween. If your child’s classroom is having a classroom activity or celebration on Halloween that includes food, please check the food list with our school nurse, Mrs. DeAngelis, prior to the event. Thank you for your cooperation.



School Picture Retakes on Thursday, November 15th

School pictures were sent home last Friday. If you wish to have a retake, please keep your class photo and return your child's picture package by Friday, November 9th. Any student who was absent on the original picture day will also have a picture taken on retake day.



Candy Drive (Candy Drive 2018 flyer)

The following message is from the Wellesley Dental Group regarding their Annual Community Candy Drive:


All schools, institutions and civic organizations are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 11th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. Troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 8th, we will be collecting candy, handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers. These items can be donated in the Deerfield lobby.


Our goal is to teach the kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.


To schedule a candy drop-off, please call (781-237-9071) or email us at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.


Let's keep this fun tradition going! Thank you!


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, October 29th 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-10/29/2018



Reminder: Create the Change Day Donation Opportunity (Project Giving Kids Flyer)

Deerfield parent, Wendy Thurmond, is helping with the Project Giving Kids Create the Change Day in Boston again this year. In the past, the Deerfield community has been so generous in helping collect items to be distributed to those in need.


This year we are collecting for The Jared Box Project. The goal of The Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital by giving them special boxes filled with little toys and games. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Please read the attached flyer for more information regarding the donation items. We will be donating items at Deerfield through Friday, November 2nd.



Reminder: WY&FS Holiday Giving Program (Holiday Giving Program Flyer)

The following message is from Westwood Youth & Family Services:


We are pleased to announce that planning has begun for our Holiday Giving Program.  Having taken place since 1999, this is a confidential process in which gifts are donated to Westwood families who may not be financially able to purchase gifts on their own for the holidays. 


The Holiday Giving program is open to any resident of Westwood with children between birth to 18 years old, with no requirements as to the level of the need.  If a Westwood family identifies themselves to us as being in need of this program, we will include them.


If a family is interested in registering for the program they need to contact us directly at  youth@townhall.westwood.ma.us or 781-320-1006. The deadline to register is Friday, November 2nd.  


Here’s a link to a short promotional video that WestCAT produced on the program: WY&FS Holiday Gift Giving Video



Reminder: SEPAC Event on November 6th (SEPAC Event Flyer)

The next SEPAC event will be held on November 6th. The topic of the event is scheduled to be the Massachusetts Anti Bullying law. Please read the attached flyer for more information.



Reminder: Judge Baker Children's Center Speaker Series on November 8th (Judge Baker Children's Center Speaker Series Flyer)

The Judge Baker Children's Center will be sponsoring an event for parents and caregivers entitled Limit Setting in the Age of Technology: Effective Strategies for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The event will be held in the Westwood High School Little Theater on Thursday, November 8th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Please read the attached flyer for more information.



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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