Leaps and Bounds
Issue 20 February 6, 2009
72 Deerfield Avenue
781-326-7500 x-1504 (Fax: 781-320-0189)
Wed., February 11th: Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 11:25AM, no lunch
Deerfield School Science Fair – 6PM-8PM
Thurs., February 12th: PTO Meeting – 7PM
February 16th – February 20th: February Vacation – No School
Wed., February 18th – 28th: WESC Online Auction
Mon., February 23rd: School Reopens
Wed., February 25th: Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 11:25AM, no lunch
Wed., March 4th: Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 11:25AM, no lunch
Wed., March 11th: Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 11:25AM, no lunch
Deerfield Health and Fitness Fair 6-7:30pm
Thurs., March 12th: WESC Comedy Night, Dedham Community Theater
Tues., March 17th: Deerfield Musical
Thurs., March 19th: Deerfield Musical
Fri., March 20th: All Day Inservice – no school
Wed., March 25th: Early Release Day, all students dismissed at 11:25AM, no lunch
Message from the Principal…
One of the worst things that a principal ever hears is “The cafeteria supervisor is not coming in to work today.” For the first time this year (Carolyn Nesbitt, our cafeteria worker, has an iron immune system) I heard those fateful words. On Wednesday I spent two hours supervising the students in the cafeteria. I am happy to report that it was a pleasant experience.
The students adhered to the Deerfield School Core Values during lunch. They cooperated with and respected each other, the adults, and the cafeteria; were responsible for their own belongings; and were generally very pleasant. They were able to have a nice time interacting with one another while following the school rules. This is a significant improvement from the start of the school year, when many students engaged in disruptive and disrespectful behavior. I am so happy for our students and proud of their progress. I am also thankful to Carolyn Nesbitt, Tricia DeAngelis (our school nurse), and the regular parent volunteers. They are doing a wonderful job promoting a positive climate in the cafeteria.
Parents who are dropping off and/or picking up their children are asked to park along the right curb (closest to the school). We ask this for two reasons: student safety and traffic flow. Our top priority is keeping students safe. Therefore, we do not want students crossing the traffic circle road during arrival or dismissal. The traffic circle can be chaotic and we don’t want to have any accidents. If cars are parked along the left curb (along the lawn with the flag pole and Deerfield sign) traffic gets congested. Often busses cannot enter the traffic circle until all of the vehicles parked along the inside curb are moved. This wastes a considerable amount of time and can be very frustrating. DO NOT stop your car in the middle of the traffic loop to let your children out. This stops traffic and is very inconsiderate to the other parents.
2009 MCAS Dates
Grade 3: ELA - April 8, 13, and 14; Math - May 13 and 14
Grade 4: ELA - March 31 Long Composition, April 3, 6, and 7; Math - May 20 and 21
Grade 5: ELA - March 30, April 1 and 2; Math - May 11 and 12; Science - May 18 and 19; SS - May 26 and 27
Congratulations to the Deerfield fifth graders for their recent writing success! Amy Hayes, the fifth grade ELA teacher, worked with the students on persuasive letters. The students selected topics of interest and wrote letters advocating their positions. The students have received several responses to their letters and some of their letters have been published in the Letters to the Editor section of the Westwood Press. We are very proud of them for their efforts.
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE…
It is that time of year when it seems everyone is sick and run down! Here at Deerfield, we have our share of colds, coughs, and the stomach bug. We do have 2 known diagnosed cases of the flu. As with most other illnesses, you can teach your children to protect themselves with frequent handwashing, keeping their hands away from their nose and mouth, properly covering a cough with their arm and not hand, and getting plenty of rest. If your child is sick, it is very important to keep them home until they are no longer contagious. They should be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication and should feel well enough to make it through the school day. Please call the health office if you have any questions. Refer to www.mass.gov/dph/flu for more information.
Save the Date
HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR - WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2009 - FROM 6 - 7:30PM
More information to follow. If you are a parent in a health profession and would like to volunteer your time and expertise, we would love to have you! Please contact Tricia DeAngelis, R.N., BSN, NCSN
WESC is still looking for donations for its online auction. Please contact Sophia Bartholomew if you can help or go directly to www.wesconline.org.
Our next PTO meeting will be next Thursday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. Superintendent John Antonucci will be our guest speaker. He will be discussing the 2009-2010 budget that he presented to the school committee.
Deerfield School wants you to mark your calendars for BINGO NIGHT on Friday, March 27th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. More details to follow!!!
CALLING ALL COOKS!!!
Please share with us you and your family’s favorite recipes for the Deerfield cookbook. We encourage the kids to get involved with writing and decorating their recipe cards. Please use the cards sent home (writing horizontally with a clear margin around the sides) and fill in the pre-order forms and return to school by this Friday, February 13th. We hope to have the cookbooks back for an early spring delivery. We are still working on pricing, but we think they will be around $15 or less.
**Thank you to Mary Jo Hogan and Tish Verzino for getting mini-courses off the ground and running. We appreciate the time they put in organizing great courses for our children.**
Thanks for your continued support – Ali, Amy and Michelle
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