09/30/19Week of September 30th

The Friends of the Westwood Library Fall Book Sale

The following message is from Marissa Taranto regarding the Westwood Public Library Fall Book Sale:


Autumn is upon us and it is time for The Friends of the Westwood Library Fall Book Sale- on October 3rd, 4th & 5th. The vast majority of children's programs at the Library are funded by the Friends of the Westwood Library. Westwood teachers and staff are offered a discount during all sale hours. 


For additional information about the book sale and sale hours, please click on the following link: Fall 2019 Friends of Westwood Library Book Sale Flyer



Fall Mini-Courses

The Fall session of Deerfield mini-courses begin the week of October 7th. Students attending a mini-course proceed to the cafeteria at the second dismissal bell on the day of their mini-course. Mini-courses end at 4:00pm each day. Students are dismissed from the Deerfield lobby and must be signed out by the adult picking them up.



SEPAC Event: Special Education Overview

The Westwood Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting an event during which an overview of Special Education processes, programs, and services for Westwood Public Schools will be provided and discussed.


To access the flyer for this event, please click on the following link: Westwood Special Education District Overview flyer



No School on Wednesday, October 9th

All Westwood Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, October 9th in observance of Yom Kippur.



Final Reminder: Curriculum Night: This Thursday, October 3rd from 6:15pm - 8:15pm

The Elementary Curriculum Night will be held at Deerfield this Thursday, October 3rd. 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 K-2

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

7:30pm - 8:15pm        Classroom presentations for grades 3-5 


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. Steverman (jsteverman@westwood.k12.ma.us) know if you need babysitting at Deerfield by Tuesday, October 1st.



Final Reminder: Coffee with District Administrators on Friday, October 4th

Join District Administrators on Friday, October 4th, at 9am at the Hanlon School to discuss your perspective on the district and your hopes and expectations for your child's experience in school. The coffee is open to all families in the Westwood Schools.


To access the flyer for this event, please click the following link: District Administrator Coffee Flyer



Reminder: Important Reminders Regarding Arrival Procedures

Our school day begins at 8:25am. At 8:20am, a bell rings and students to line-up for morning announcements before proceeding to their classrooms. Students who arrive between 8:05am-8:20am will begin their day on the playground where staff members supervise a morning arrival time. In the case of inclement weather, students will proceed to the gym during this time. Please do not drop your child off before 8:05am. We are not able to provide supervision of students prior to that time.


Students who arrive after 8:25am are tardy and must check-in at the main office before proceeding to their classrooms. Please make every effort to help your child arrive before our 8:25am start time.


Please do not park in the painted spaces in the traffic circle between 8:00am-8:30am. If you choose to walk your child to the playground, please park in an available parking space on the side of the school. The traffic circle is reserved for cars with students who will walk themselves to the playground.


If you arrive as one of our vans is dropping off Deerfield students in the traffic circle, please do not pass the vans or stop too close behind the vans. The vans need to have unobstructed access to the curb ramp.


Reminder: Foundation for Westwood Education Board of Directors

The Foundation for Westwood Education is actively recruiting volunteers to serve on their Board of Directors. The Foundation for Westwood Education has been incredibly generous with their support of many enrichment opportunities, ongoing projects, and new initiatives at Deerfield and all of the Westwood Public Schools. We are truly grateful for their continuous generosity and support.


For more information regarding the Foundation for Westwood Education's volunteer opportunities, please click the following link: Foundation for Westwood Education Board Member Appeal Letter



Reminder: Westwood Youth & Family Services: Upcoming Programs

The following message is from WY&FS regarding upcoming program offerings:



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

When:  November 2019 – April 2020, 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

To register, please click the following link: Friends Network Registration 



Who:  Westwood girls in 4th – 6th grade

When:  Fall 2019, Tuesdays 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:  Emily Greco, LCSW at (781) 320-1006 or egreco@townhall.westwood.ma.us

To register, please click the following link: Girls Group Registration



Who:  Westwood residents in Kindergarten – 5th grade

When:  Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, one afternoon per week from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center; Hanlon, Sheehan and Martha Jones 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:  Emily Greco, LCSW at (781) 320-1006 or egreco@townhall.westwood.ma.us

To register, please click the following link: Structured Play Groups Registration



Reminder: Public Library Closing at 1PM on Wednesday, October 16th

The Westwood Public Library will close at 1:00pm on the Wednesday, October 16th for a special community event to honor Westwood Town Administrator, Mike Jaillet, and celebrate his upcoming retirement. 



School Committee Liaison

Deerfield's School Committee liaison for the 2019-2020 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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