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 Families and Staff,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! While I have certainly enjoyed the warm start to fall, waking up to chillier mornings and noticing the loss of late afternoon sunlight reminds me that the winter months are right around the corner.
During our morning arrival time each day, or as often as I am able, I stand at the gates to the Deerfield playground and welcome students as they arrive for the start of school. This to be one of the most valuable and enjoyable parts of my day. Greeting students, listening to what’s on their minds, checking in with them about things we have discussed previously, or simply watching them interact with their peers allows me to both observe and take part in an aspect of the Deerfield community that is incredibly unique.
This multi-age, non-academic, and mostly unstructured period of time offers students multiple opportunities to demonstrate respect and consideration for one another, problem-solve authentic issues in real time, and build connections across classrooms and grades. Younger and older girls and boys play kickball games together, work out mutually agreed upon rules, and hold each other accountable if those rules are not followed. Older students comfort younger students who are sad to say goodbye to a parent, help them put their belongings in line, and then distract them by suggesting something fun to play. Groups of students engage in conversations and roam around the playground like a chatty amoeba. Some students sit quietly and enjoy a book they are reading.
I am truly impressed with how the Deerfield students conduct themselves throughout the school day, especially during times when they have more independence and choice with their activities and behavior. As with any community, our students make mistakes from time to time and need support in making choices that help everyone be safe and learn. However, I am proud of how frequently and earnestly students demonstrate our Core Values of Cooperation, Academic Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, and Effort.
Thank you so much,
Deerfield Elementary School
72 Deerfield Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090
We would like to officially welcome you to the 2017-18 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 for the school year is on Thursday, November 29th 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 or one of your parent reps. 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.