Our Core Values
The Deerfield community is one that truly cares about all students, families, and staff members. We strive to align our actions and behaviors with the following core values: Cooperation, Academic Excellence, Acceptance, Respect, Responsibility, and Effort. Forming the acronym CARE, our core values help us create an environment in which all students can learn and grow.
Joshua C. Baumer, Principal
Dear Deerfield Parents,
In the coming weeks, we will engage in the process of class placement for September 2019. Placing students into classrooms for the upcoming school year is a complex and important process. It involves a considerable amount of time and energy on the part of many people. Our primary goal of the class placement process is to create balanced classrooms in which each child continues to learn and grow.
In order to make the class placement process as effective as possible, we consider multiple sources of information. Input from parents is a valuable source of information as we work to create balanced classrooms and prepare to work with all students during the 2019-2020 school year. At Deerfield, I solicit input from parents in a formalized and standardized way. Parents are invited to submit their input on the form which appears on the back of this page. The form offers parents the opportunity to share goals they have for their child and information concerning their child's learning style and social-emotional needs. The information you submit will be shared with the entire placement team and your child’s teachers for the upcoming year. A hard copy of this letter and input form will go home with your child this week. Please look for the yellow sheet of paper in your child’s backpack.
I encourage all parents to complete the parent input form. The information you share will be a valuable component of our class placement process and will assist next year’s teachers in learning more about your child.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when completing the Parent Input Form:
- Please do not request a specific teacher for your child. Westwood Public Schools does not permit parents to select their children’s teachers. Therefore, requests for specific teachers will not be accepted.
- If you are the parent of multiple Deerfield students in the same grade, please specify if you want your children placed in the same class or different classes.
- Please re-submit relevant information about your child, even if you have submitted it in previous years. Since children change and grow a great deal in a year’s time, it is important to base placement decisions on current information.
This is the only form that will be used for parent input during our class placement process. All forms should be sent to me and must be received by Friday, April 26th. If you feel it is necessary to elaborate on the information you submit on the parent input form or discuss the specific information in person, please contact me prior to the end of the day on Friday, April 26th.
Due to the complexity of the class placement process and the significant time it takes, please know that once assignments have been made, they are final. Class lists will be be sent home in mid to late August. Please contact me if you have any questions about the process. Thank you for your continued cooperation and ongoing support.
Joshua C. Baumer
Deerfield Elementary School
72 Deerfield Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090
We would like to officially welcome you to the 2018-19 School Year!
During the last week of August, your Deerfield PTO Welcome Packets are mailed home.
The Welcome Packet includes lots of useful info about your PTO including:
- Your PTO Mission Statement
- A listing of your PTO Board Members and Parent Reps
- Meeting Dates
- Tentative Calendar of PTO Events
- A breakdown of PTO Per Pupil Spending & Funding Sources
- A Financial Snapshot of the 2016-17 School Year
- Your PTO Membership Form (Due September 15th)
To access an electronic version of these documents, click HERE.
We are looking forward to another wonderful school year together!
Our first meeting of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm. Please join us in the Deerfield Gym for this meeting. All are welcome.
Hope to see you there!
The Board of Directors provides the leadership and management to ensure that the PTO consistently achieves its goals and that it remains financially solvent. The Board of Directors is comprised of parent volunteers in the following positions:
- 2 Co-Chairs (First and Second-Year Chair)
- 1 Treasurer (plus an Treasurer-in-Training as necessary)
- 2 Secretaries (Communications & Recording)
- 2 Volunteer Coordinators (Lead & Assistant)
Members of the Board of Directors serve a two-year term with the terms of volunteers in each function overlapping by 1 year. For example, in any given year, the board will have one Chair in the second year of his/her tenure and another in his/her first year. Terms run July 1-June 30.
For a full description of the Executive Board including specific job descriptions, please click here. If you have more questions feel free to reach out to a current member of the board. We hope that many members of the Deerfield community will consider being part of this rewarding experience.
To learn more about your PTO, please visit our Welcome Packet and the PTO section of the website which includes information about how to Get Involved, Keep In Touch, and Support Your PTO.
Email us at DeerfieldPTO@westwood.k12.ma.us.