Tuesday, November 14th: Parent Teacher Conference Night
Wednesday, November 15th: Early Release Day, K-5 dismissal at 11:25AM, No lunch
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 16th: Grade 3 to Plimoth Plantation; Grade 4 to Wheelock Family Theatre
School Committee Meeting, WHS, 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 22nd: Early Dismissal at 11:35am; No Lunch
Monday, November 27th: School closed for students ~ Professional Development Day for Teachers
Tuesday, November 28th: PTO Meeting, 7:15pm
Wednesday, November 29th: Early Release Day, K-5 dismissal at 11:25AM, No lunch
Parent Teacher Conferences
Message from the Principal…
The hallway was crowded as every child in the school moved from classroom to classroom, many in pairs of older and younger students. The children were traveling to their K-5 Team locations. The first meetings of our K-5 Teams took place on November 1st and feedback from the groups has been overwhelmingly positive. With our new students and kindergartners placed in existing Teams, the new members were welcomed and the returning Team members were happy to be together. In addition, many parent volunteers were able to come back this year, adding to the consistency of the groups.
Before we started our project, each Team took time to reintroduce its members. Children greeted each other, shared a special fact about them, practiced remembering all the group members’ names, and meet new members. New staff and parents linked with each Team became part of the group, participating in this activity.
Our first K-5 Team project involved turning pumpkins into turkeys: in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday we look forward to this month. Using 20 donated pumpkins; each Team was given a person or local organization to thank. The Teams generated lists highlighting what the public library, police department, firefighters, senior citizens, Roche Brothers, do every day to serve our community. With turkeys’ heads decorating the pumpkins, children used cutout paper hands to illustrate all the ways these organizations and people help us. Parent volunteers delivered our colorful turkeys to their designated groups and individuals: Mrs. Miller, Mrs. DeAngelis, and Mr. Sheehy.
By using the children’s art skills and a simple project, we brought smiles to the faces of those in the Deerfield and Westwood community that support our children and their families. The students recognized others for their service and glowed with pride at their group effort. The activity exemplifies our goal with the K-5 Teams: to build a sense of community among the individual children and adults at Deerfield.
Thank you to all who donated pumpkins and to those who delivered our finished “Thank you” turkeys!
On November 11th we celebrate Veterans’ Day, paying tribute to the millions of men and women who have served in our military. Young children can understand the importance of the freedoms Americans experience and they can also recognize and honor those adults they know who have had a direct role in defending our democratic values.
Thank You to Green Lawn Landscape
Many thanks to Green Lawn Landscape, Inc., 18 Edgemere Rd., West Roxbury, for helping with soil preparation outside Mrs. Casey’s room. Her first grade class planted bulbs this week, adding to our school garden and colorful display of flowers when spring arrives!
Note From Mrs. Lipsitz
I have been out of the building for the past two days, attending a conference that focuses on innovative methods of supporting struggling students in the general education setting. The conference is sponsored by the Council for Administrators of Special Education. I am attending with a team of professionals from Westwood and hope to bring back creative ideas for meeting the academic needs of our students. While I am out of the building, I appreciate the additional responsibility each teacher assumes so that the school runs smoothly. Lead teacher Terese Hardy serves as principal in my place should an administrative decision need to be made.
Donuts With Dad Was A Huge Success!
Once again, Donuts with Dad proved to be a smile making event. The PTO would like to thank all families for their book donation, which will benefit the Mississippi Children's Library book drive, organized by our local Girl Scouts.
We would like to thank the many parent volunteers who made this event possible. Special thanks to our Donut With Dad Chairs ~ Paula Webster and Nina Barros, and thank you to our parent volunteers Liz Donahue, Paul Greenburg, Amy Keith, Jen Draper, Joan McKinnon, Tara Murphy, Pam Witherell and Wende Malster and to Yvonne King for making the very early trip to pick up the donuts!
Girl Scouts Need Volunteers
The Girl Scouts are in need of volunteers to help sort and catalog books, voice over taping to provide books on tape, as well as a call for local artists and furniture donation. For more information, please contact the Scouts by emailing GoldAward4287@comcast.net.
WESC Auction Representative Is Needed
The WESC committee currently needs a Deerfield Auction Representative. WESC is made possible by the efforts of many, if you're interested, and would like to know more, please contact Jennifer Zonderman 781-255-0852, or by emailing DeerfieldPTO@aol.com for more information. Thanks!
It’s Not Too Late to Order from Sally Foster
Did you miss the deadline to order Sally Foster items? Would you like to order additional items? The Deerfield PTO will still earn 50% of your order if you place an order online. Just log onto the Sally Foster website at www.SallyFoster.com, and place your order using our school code #0066824. Be sure to enter our school code to support the Deerfield PTO!
Please Support Deerfield PTO's On-going Fund-Raising Efforts
~ Donate all used ink and toner cartridges - we receive $3. for each one!
~ Collect and have your child bring in: Box Tops for Education Box Tops
~ Deerfield School Logo T-Shirts ~ Long Sleeve T's ~ Sweat Shirts. Support the Deerfield PTO and look great while
doing so! Contact Sharyn Feeney for more info: email@example.com or call 781-329-0522.
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