Leaps and Bounds
Issue 14 December 22, 2006
72 Deerfield Avenue
781-326-7500 x-1504 (Fax: 781-320-0189)
Tuesday, January 2nd: School reopens
Wednesday, January 3rd: Science Fair Mentors from Westwood High School 2:45 – 3:45PM
Friday, January 5th: Deerfield Folk Dancing Evening: Organized by Music Specialists
Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Yennior 6:30 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, January 10th: Early Release Day, K-5 dismissal at 11:25AM
Thursday, January 11th: School Committee Meeting 7:30PM
Saturday, January 20th: Saturday Budget Forum, WHS Little Theater
Wednesday, January 24th: School Site Council 3:00 – 4:15PM
Tuesday, January 30th: PTO Meeting 9:15AM
Message from the Principal…
In Where the Wild Things Are the main character Max says, “Let the wild rumpus start!” That’s how I feel about the December holidays. The season is filled with festive gatherings, colorful decorations, joyful music, and traditional pageantry. It is a wonder-filled time for children. For them this is the season when everything seems magical.
On the flip side, the vacation provides a few days of “down time”. When my two sons were in elementary school, one of my favorite memories of vacations were the days spent at home: the legos, puzzles, board games, brownies, and woodworking projects that stretched on for hours. (I know I’m dating my family by ignoring the technology that permeates free time activities in many homes today!) It seemed that the time we spent together, just being together, was as memorable as the special activities we planned. I was reminded of this recently when I asked our older son how he wanted to spend the first night of Hanukkah. His reply said it all: “I’ll come over and make potato latkes, and we’ll have dinner together.” His request was the same: not presents but presence: time together in the kitchen, cooking and sharing a meal.
So as you exchange presents with family and friends this season, know that one of the best gifts you can give your children is your time. May you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a healthy New Year,
Notes From Mr. Reavey and Deerfield Fourth Grade Band
At their first meeting of the school year, the fourth grade band recorded everyone's favorite holiday hit, Jingle Bells. After receiving their flutes, clarinets, trumpets, and trombones in mid-October, these 39 students have been exploring basics of their instruments. Joined by a percussionist classmate, Jingle Bells was the fourth grader's first attempt at creating a sound that blended together, and also was an opportunity for students to learn to watch the conductor and play and rest together. Although there's plenty of work left before our June concert, the fourth grader's enthusiasm and attentiveness have them on the right track. Please visit http://westwood.k12.ma.us/~mreavey/Index to listen to the Deerfield fourth grade band.
Deerfield’s Lost And Found Is Overflowing!
We will empty the box and clear off the table right after vacation. If items from your children are missing, please come check the Lost and Found. Please label your child’s clothing.
MCAS DATES For Spring, 2007
Grade 3: March 19, 21, 22; May 14, 15
Grade 4: March 20, 26, 27, 28; May 21, 22
Grade 5: March 29, 30; April 3; May 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30
WESC Announces Event And Launch Of Annual Appeal
The Westwood Elementary Schools Coalition (WESC) extends to all elementary school parents an invitation to the ‘Dance Party of the Year’! You will not want to miss this year’s annual fundraiser as we go back in time to a favorite decade – THE 70’s!! That’s right, join us as we go back to the 70’s for an evening you will not forget, featuring a fabulous dinner, an extensive array of exciting auction items and dancing and fun with our special guest, Karen Blake of Oldies 103.3! Save the date - Saturday evening, March 10, 2007 from seven to midnight in the Grand Ballroom at Lombardo’s in Randolph. We hope you will join us!
The help of our elementary school families is essential to the success of our annual fundraiser. Please consider making a donation. This event offers an excellent opportunity for you or your business to support our children and our schools. Contribute an interesting auction item, buy an advertisement in our program which is sent to over 1,000 Westwood families, or utilize your company’s matching gift program. A form highlighting our event is attached to this week’s newsletter, so please be sure to check it out for additional information. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please make checks payable to ‘WESC’, and send to PO Box 474, Westwood, MA 02090. Thank you!
This event marks the 13th year of Westwood parents working together to raise funds for all five elementary schools and their Parent/Teacher Organizations. Thanks to community support last year, over $130,000 was distributed to enrich the education of all our young students! We are grateful for the community’s generosity and by working together we will continue to help preserve the quality of our children’s education. Thank you and please visit our website at www.wesconline.org for updates or send questions to email@example.com.
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
~ DeerfieldSchool 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-329-0522.
After School Chorus
Jennifer Barucci, Downey parent volunteer is organizing an after school chorus at Downey for students in 4th and 5th grade. They meet every Friday in the Downey Cafeteria from 3:15pm - 4:30pm. If others joined, the start time would be changed to 3:30pm. If you have any students interested in joining, please have their parents contact me directly at 781-461-9567 or email@example.com.
"WESTWOOD HAS A DREAM..."
Experience the Excitement
Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00pm
Westwood High School Auditorium
Westwood No Place For Hate in Partnership with METCO,
is proud to present:
An energizing evening in celebration of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights
with the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda
Children of all ages welcome
7:00 - 8:00 pm Performance
8:00 - 9:00 pm Reception: Catered Appetizers & Desserts
For more information contact:
Ticket Donations: $5.00 for a Family ticket and $2.00 for an Individual ticket (Cash only)
Tickets available in the office at Deerfield
Westwood Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, disability, nation origin or sexual origin.