Leaps and Bounds
Issue 22 March 2, 2007
72 Deerfield Avenue
781-326-7500 x-1504 (Fax: 781-320-0189)
Tuesday, March 6th: Kindergarten Parent Night 7pm – 8pm
Wednesday, March 7th: Spelling Bee
Thursday, March 8th: High School Musical – 7pm
Friday, March 9th: Muffins with Mom/Families with Last Names A-L
Deerfield Pizza/Game Night 5:30pm – 7pm
Adult Trivia Contest – 7:30pm
Saturday, March 10th: WESC Dinner Dance and Auction – 7pm
Wednesday, March 14th: Early Release Day, K-5 dismissal at 11:25AM
Wednesday, March 21st: Registration for incoming kindergarten students
Thursday, March 22nd: Registration for incoming kindergarten students
School Committee Meeting 7:30pm
Friday, March 23rd: School will be closed for all Deerfield students – Professional Development
Message from the Principal…
Today we are celebrating reading as we acknowledge one of America’s favorite children’s authors, Dr. Seuss. The National Educators Association launched Read Across America Day, March 2nd, to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday with special activities that focus on literacy. This year is special in many ways. The beloved book The Cat in the Hat is 50 years old, Dr. Seuss would be 103, and the celebration marks the tenth anniversary of Read Across America Day.
At Deerfield we are joining schools across the country in making special time to enjoy Dr. Seuss’ books and our own favorite “read”. Students have come to school dressed as Dr. Seuss characters and classes are using free reading time to share favorite Dr. Seuss titles or simply enjoy quiet reading time.
If you are interested in learning more about the day or gathering some tips for promoting a love of reading at home, visit the NEA website at www.nea.org/readacross/index.html. The website provides information about Dr. Seuss, giving us all a little background on a man who helped millions of children learn to read through his wit and humor. Born in 1904 in Springfield MA, Theodore Geisel started his career as an author by writing humorous articles and drawing cartoons for the magazine Judge. He wrote his first children’s book, To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street after going on a cruise. The rhythm of the ships’ engine is reported to have inspired the cadence he used in the story!
In the 1950’s national attention was focused on reading instruction in America’s schools. Geisel’s publisher sent him a list of 400 words that were considered important for children to learn to read. The publisher then made a request: could Geisel reduce the list to 250 words and use those to write an engaging children’s book. In 1957, The Cat in the Hat was published, using 236 words! (Information courtesy of Random House Publishers)
Sophia H. said that “He writes books that kids can read and they’re not boring; they’re fun!” Molly M. commented, “He makes up words that we can read.” Brendan W. said, “I like his books; they’re funny!” Jimmy F. added, “He rhymes.”
From Ms. Greene’s display of book covers and requests for votes for a favorite title, to fifth graders reading selected books to younger students, we will be immersed in reading as we honor Dr. Seuss.
Parents of children entering Kindergarten in September 2007: Don't forget!!! If you have not already signed up for Kindergarten for September 2007, please come into the office to pick up a packet and sign up to visit a classroom on March 21 or 22. You will need to bring a copy of the birth certificate and proof of residency when you come to school.
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
Mr. Michael Razza of the Massachusetts Rotary Club visited our fifth grades this week, presenting each student with a personalized dictionary in honor of Literacy month. It was a wonderful way to begin March!
PTO Book Fair Success!!
The PTO would like to thank our parent volunteers who helped to make this year's Book Fair and Ice Cream Social a success! Volunteers are instrumental when organizing an event such as our annual book fair. The entire Deerfield Community sends a HUGE thank you to our event chairs; Mary Jo Hogan, Linda Hunter for Book Fair and Paula Eramo and Lynn Wambach, our ice cream social chairs. Thank you ladies, and thanks to all who shared their time in making this such a success!
Deerfield PTO Muffins with Mom--
Deerfield PTO hosted Muffins with Mom for the families with last names starting with M-Z this morning and took up a wonderful "fun food" collection for the Westwood Food Pantry. Thank you to all who contributed to this event. A-L families get this treat of a breakfast on March 9, from 7:45- 8:25 am. Please remember the Westwood Food Pantry collection when you do your shopping this week - Suggested items are pretzels, goldfish, fruit snacks-- your kids' favorites!
Deerfield PTO Calendar of Events
- March 9th - Muffins with Mom / families with last names A-L 7:45-8:25 am
- March 10th - WESC Dinner Dance and Auction
- March 27th - PTO Meeting 7:15pm
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 Deerfield-Logos@comcast.net.
FROM THE HEALTH ROOM:
Calling All Volunteers
Health and Wellness Fair – Wednesday, March 21, 2007 from 6pm to 7pm.
We need parents to help staff:
* PASSPORT/RAFFLE/ REGISTRATION TABLE
* NUTRITION STATION
* DENTAL HEALTH STATION
* SUN HEALTH STATION
* GOT MILK STATION
We need 5th grade students to help staff:
* ALL THE FITNESS STATIONS
Please call Mrs. DeAngelis at 718-326-7500 ext. 1504 if you can help.
WESC Dance Party is Next Weekend!
It’s almost here! A limited number of tickets remain for the 13th annual WESC Dinner, Dance and Auction. Please contact your school rep, or Barbara Fitzgerald at email firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-762-5751, or stop in to the High Street Market to get your tickets ($65 per person, cash or check accepted). If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a cash donation. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law and may be sent to WESC, PO Box 474, Westwood, MA 02090.
An unforgettable evening is planned – join us as we go back to the 70’s! Remember that we will begin promptly at 7:00pm on Saturday, March 10, 2007 in the Grand Ballroom at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Bid on an extensive array of exciting auction items, visit with friends during the delicious sit down dinner, and dance to the music with our special guest, Karen Blake of Oldies 103.3! 70’s attire is optional but don’t be late or you’ll miss the fun!
Check your backpacks for the Event Program! Inside are details of the evening’s activities and auction items. Peruse this booklet before the event and highlight the items you will want to bid on. Don’t forget to bring it with you next Saturday! Many thanks to the advertisers and auction donors for their support.
Remember that Raffle tickets for a Police Car or Fire Truck ride to school are available prior to the event only! 1 ticket for $5, 3 tickets for $10 or 10 tickets for $20. See www.wesconline.org for details.
Westwood Elementary Schools Coalition is a not-for-profit volunteer organization which raises funds through one annual fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organizations of the five elementary schools within Westwood. Special thanks to our Silver Sponsors: Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Roche Brothers and The Lucius T. Hill III and Wendy Y. Hill Fund for their generous support. For more information please visit: www.wesconline.org.
WHS Spring Musical
Westwood High School's Spring 2007 musical is the critically acclaimed "Once on This Island." Set in the French Antilles, "Once on This Island" opened on Broadway in 1990 with a rousing score and a timeless tale reminiscent of the traditional Little Mermaid story. Performances at the WHS Auditorium are Thursday thru Saturday, March 8, 9 & 10 at 7:00 PM, with a matinee performance set for Wednesday, March 7 at 4:00 PM. This special added matinee will give both children & seniors a chance to enjoy the talents of Westwood students at a more convenient time. Tickets, which are available at the door, are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. As with any WHS activity, children must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the WHS website for more information at
Community Astronomy Night - Saturday March 3
Look through a telescope at the Total Lunar Eclipse! Viewing will be 6:00 - 7:30 pm by the softball field behind the Senior
Center. Bring your own telescope or binoculars if you wish. We will also look at the planets Saturn and Venus. All ages are welcome - Parents please stay with your kids. Telescopes are provided by a grant from the Westwood Educational Foundation. Contact Bruce Masi-Phelps at 781-329-4212 for more information.
Westwood Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, disability, nation origin or sexual origin.
Westwood Elementary Schools Coalition
Deerfield · Downey · Hanlon · Martha Jones · Sheehan
PO Box 474 Westwood MA 02090 · www.wesconline.org
WESC Raffle Tickets
Buy a chance for your child to ride a fire truck
or police car to school (with a sibling or a friend)!
These raffle tickets are available PRIOR to the event only, and WILL NOT be sold at the event.
Two winners will be drawn March 10th and announced at the event.
1 Fire Truck Ride
1 Police Car Ride
You decide which drawing to enter – or choose both !!
You need not be present to win.
1 Ticket for $5.00
3 Tickets for $10.00
10 Tickets for $20.00
Children must be Westwood residents, and must be driven to the same Westwood school.
Questions? Contact Amy Orsini at 781-329-1967 or at email@example.com
Please tear off bottom and return to school in an envelope marked “WESC Raffle”
Name __________________________________ Address _________________________________
Phone # ________________________________ School __________________________________
Number of Tickets _____ Fire Truck _____ Police Car
Amount Enclosed _________________ (Please make checks payable to WESC.)
WESC – Working Together to Preserve the Quality of Our Children’s Education
Nina Lombardo Barros • Paula Bezdedeanu • Karen Colantuoni • Barbara Fitzgerald • Dawn Khoury
Jennifer Kinnear • Katariina Lahti • Anne MacKinlay • Joanne Borzakian Ouellette • Jennifer Zonderman