09/17/18Week of September 17th

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:

Brooke Connors
Kaya Unger


Mr. Furtado
Mrs. Kress



No School on Wednesday, September 19th

All Westwood Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, September 19th in observance of Yom Kippur.



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.



Deerfield Site Council Meeting

We are 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 Mondays 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 first meeting of the Deerfield Site Council will take place on Monday, September 24th 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-09/24/2018



Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 27th from 6:15pm - 8:15pm

The Elementary Curriculum Night will be held at Deerfield on this Thursday, September 27th. This event provides our students' parents and guardians with an opportunity to hear an overview of the year’s curriculum, see their child’s classroom, and ask general questions regarding the school year.


The schedule for the evening is as followed:

6:15pm - 7:00pm        Classroom presentations for grades 3-5

7:00pm - 7:30pm        Principal’s Welcome in the gym for all grades

7:30pm - 8:15pm        Classroom presentations for grades K-2 


Please follow this schedule for the entire evening. Classrooms will only be open during the scheduled presentation time.


This evening is for adults only. Babysitting will be provided during the event. Please let Mrs. Miller (mmiller@westwood.k12.ma.us) know if you need babysitting at Deerfield by Tuesday, September 25th.



Reminder: 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.






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



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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