Leaps and Bounds
Issue 28 April 13, 2007
72 Deerfield Avenue
781-326-7500 x-1504 (Fax: 781-320-0189)
Friday, April 13th: Spring Vacation begins at the end of the school day
Tuesday, April 24th: Grade 5 Field Trip to Boston’s Freedom Trail
Wednesday, April 25th: Early Release Day, K-5 dismissal at 11:25AM conferences
Thursday, April 26th: School Committee Meeting 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 2nd: Early Release Day, K-5 dismissal at 11:25AM
Monday, May 14th: Grade 3 MCAS
Tuesday, May 15th: Grade 3 MCAS
Wednesday, May 16th: Grade 5 MCAS
Thursday, May 17th: Grade 5 MCAS
Friday, May 18th Third Grade Recorder Concert
Monday, May 21st: Grade 4 MCAS
Tuesday, May 22nd: Grade 4 MCAS
Wednesday, May 23rd: Grade 5 MCAS
Thursday, May 24th: Grade 5 MCAS
Monday, May 28th: Memorial Day; school is closed
Message from the Principal…
A message from Literacy Specialist Karen Mangiacotti,
Happy spring everyone! What an exciting time of year. It’s the time of year I always see light bulbs start going off in children’s minds. “I get it” or the “aha” is often what I hear when reading with children. First graders have discovered that they can read and that it does makes sense. Second graders are mastering learning to read longer and more complex texts. Third, fourth and fifth graders continue to read to learn. The process is amazing to watch in each grade.
The Reading Community is very much alive and buzzing with our youngest readers. Kindergartners are having fun retelling stories with pictures and words. The children are using important details, verbs and pictures from books to help them retell. Before, during and after I read a new text the children are making connections to themselves (text-self) and to other books (text-text). They get so excited when they use their “schema” or background knowledge. Turning and talking with a classmate about a question and/or a prediction is done with ease. Kindergartners are amazed that letters make sounds, that combining letters makes words, and that words make the stories that they are creating! As always I am so proud of the kindergarteners and all my other friends in our school reading community.
SAVE THE DATES ~ Music at Deerfield:
Third Grade Parents: Recorder Concert-Fri, May 18th at 8:45AM Fifth Grade Parents: Move up Ceremony-Thur, June 14th
MCAS DATES For Spring, 2007
Grade 3: May 14, 15
Grade 4: May 21, 22
Grade 5: May 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30
Food Service Department
Westwood Public Schools Food Service Department would like to thank you for your continued support. As we approach the end of this school year we want to make sure that all accounts are brought up to date and paid off.
The payment system that is currently in place requires that all accounts have sufficient funds to pay for meals that will be eaten in the upcoming month(s). As such, ALL ACCOUNTS SHOULD MAINTAIN A POSITIVE BALANCE.
As of MAY 15, 2007 all accounts should have a positive balance sufficient to cover lunch purchases. If a student account does not have sufficient funds or has a negative balance, he/she will not be able to purchase a lunch.
If you have any questions concerning your child’s account, please call 781 326-7500 Ext 1301.
Please note that the 115th Anniversary Essay Contest for Needham Savings Bank is an optional opportunity for Deerfield Students.
Teacher's Appreciation Dinner
Thank you to Paula Norton and Ali Murphy for putting together the teacher appreciation dinner, and thank you to Kim Bletzer, Dot O'Conner, Andrea Yanoff, Kathleen Leone, Megan Licameli, Gail Murray, Tara Maughn, Donna Johnson, Anne Collins, Pam Herbert, Karen Klaff, Ann Thomas, and Joan McKinnon, who contributed to the meal. We had such a great response for this event, it shows how much we appreciate the teachers!
Good luck to all PTO members who are running the Boston Marathon next week. We'll cross our fingers for good weather for you, and hope you enjoy the day!
FYI - Important Dates & Information
Tuesday, April 17 -Special State Primary.
Tuesday, April 24 -Town Election *.
Thursday, 4/26 7:30PM - School Committee Meeting, High School
Monday, May 7- 7:30PM - Town Meeting, High School. Continues on May 8.
Tuesday, May 15 -Special State Election. Last day to register to vote in special state election is 4/25.
*Absentee ballots can be obtained by mail or in person. Absentee ballots need to be received by the Town Clerk's office by noon on the day of the election.
Please Support Deerfield PTO's On-going Fund-Raising Efforts
~ Donate all used ink and toner cartridges - we receive $300. 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 Deerfield-Logos@comcast.net
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Spring is sprung
With flowers and critters
Join our town
To pick up the litter.
Westwood's 3rd Annual Earth Week
Sun April 22- Sun April 29
The week AFTER school vacation
Check out our new web site to find a cleanup site, or log your own.