09/10/18Week of September 10th

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following students who celebrated their birthdays  or are celebrating their birthdays this week at the Deerfield School:

Hayato Moy
Sheila Fortune
Kate Innis
Ali Piccirilli
Trey DiCicco


Early-Release Day on Wednesday, September 12th

Wednesday, September 12th will be an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served in school.


Charlie Appelstein Workshop on September 12th (flyer)

The Westwood Public Schools and Westwood Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) are please to welcome Charlie Appelstein for a town-wide parent workshop. Mr. Appelstein is the author of the book, No Such Thing as a Bad Kid and will be talking about starting the school year out right with homework and other routines and expectations. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Sheehan Elementary School.


Welcome Back Picnic

The Deerfield Community Picnic will be held on Friday, September 14th starting at 5:30pm. All staff members, students, and families are invited to this community event. New Deerfield families are invited to come at 5:00pm for a PTO welcome. Pack a picnic dinner and gather on the fields behind the Deerfield school as we all usher in the new school year together. 


SEPAC Overview (flyer)

Please read the attached flyer regarding an upcoming SEPAC event during which the Special Education programming and services in the district will be shared. The event will take place on September 24th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Westwood High School.


Thank you

Thank you so much to the Deerfield PTO for providing a delicious breakfast for our teachers on Wednesday, August 29th. This was the first official day back for teachers and having breakfast together was such a nice way to reconnect with each other and kick-off the year. We truly appreciate your generosity and ongoing support!





Who:  Westwood residents in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades

When:  November 2018 – April 2019, Wednesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 PM or 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where:  Patricia Carty-Larkin Senior Center, 60 Nahatan Street

What:  The Friends Network program matches young Westwood residents with high school aged residents in 1:1 pairs that meet weekly to engage in games and activities in a relaxed setting. This is a great way for children to engage with a positive role model while forming a special friendship and having fun!

Contact:  Mary Ellen LaRose at (781) 320-1006 or mlarose@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at: http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs/programs_for_youth/programs_for_elementary_aged_residents/friends_network.htm



Who:  Westwood girls in 4th – 6th grade

When:  Fall 2018, Wednesdays from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center

What:  These 12-week groups will focus on navigating friendships and cliques, avoiding peer pressure, managing bullying situations, and exploring topics such as body image, confidence and self-esteem.  We utilize art projects, videos and games to help reinforce these important topics in fun and creative ways!

Contact:  Nina Banozic, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or nbanozic@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at: http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs/programs_for_youth/programs_for_elementary_aged_residents/girls_group.htm



Who:  Westwood residents in Kindergarten – 5th grade

When:  Fall 2018 – Spring 2019, one afternoon per week from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center; Hanlon, Martha Jones, and Sheehan Extended Day programs

What:  These 8-week groups are designed to emphasize the continued development of adaptive social and conflict-resolution skills as well as self-esteem and social confidence. Organized play and drawing activities are used to reinforce weekly topics such as initiating & developing friendships, working cooperatively as a team, appropriate communication, decision-making, as well as appreciating one’s own strengths and the differences of others, etc.

Contact:  Nina Banozic, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or nbanozic@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at: http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs/programs_for_youth/programs_for_elementary_aged_residents/structured_play_group.htm


Nina Banozic, LICSW
Youth Services Counselor
Westwood Youth & Family Services
Islington Community Center
288 Washington Street
Westwood, MA 02090

P: 781.320.1006
F: 781.251.9360


Parent Coffee with District Administrative Team

Join the District Administrative Team for a coffee on Mon., Sept. 24 at 9am at the Downey School. The coffee is open to all Westwood Schools' families to discuss perspectives, hopes, and expectations for children's experiences in school.


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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