09/256/16Week of September 12th

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following student who is celebrating her birthday this week at the Deerfield School:


Alisse Piccirilli


Arrival and Dismissal: Safety Concern

Each morning and afternoon, we have vans that bring students to Deerfield or pick them up at the end of the day. They often do so in the front of the building. When the students are getting on or off of a van and the van's lights are flashing, please do not pass the van. This creates a potentially unsafe situation for our students and staff members. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Wednesday, September 14th is an Early-Release Day

Wednesday, September 14th is an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served.


Curriculum Night is This Thursday

Deerfield’s Curriculum Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th beginning at 6:15pm. This event provides parents and guardians with an opportunity to hear an overview of the year’s curriculum, see their child’s classroom, and ask general questions regarding the school year. This evening is for adults onlyPlease let Mrs. Miller or Mr. Baumer know if you need babysitting for this event.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:15pm - 7:00pm        Classroom presentations for grades 3-5
7:00pm - 7:30pm        Principal’s welcome in the gym for all grades
7:30pm - 8:15pm        Classroom presentations for grades K-2


Reminder: No Parking on Deerfield Avenue

I have been informed by the Westwood Police Department that they will be enforcing the "No Parking" on Deerfield Avenue beginning the end of next week. This means that if you park on the far side of Deerfield Avenue (not the side closest to the school) during the school day, at dismissal times, or during evening events, you may be issued a parking ticket. 


Please park in the designated parking spots at the Deerfield school or in the surrounding area or park on the school side of Deerfield Avenue. Thank you for your cooperation.


School Picture Day is Thursday, September 22nd

Picture Day will be on Thursday, September 22. Information is going home this week.You must fill out an order form for each child.  Please return your picture envelope to your child's classroom teacher by Wednesday, Sept. 21. You can also order online at coffeepond.com. Please notify your child's teacher if you have ordered on line so she can make note of it for the photographer. 


The Deerfield Family is Growing

I have some exciting news to share! On Thursday, September 8th, Deerfield fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Sarah Waterman, gave birth to her first child...a beautiful baby boy. 


Joseph Waterman and Mrs. Waterman are healthy, happy, and enjoying their first few days together. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Waterman and her family.


Math Workshop for Kindergarten Parents (flyer)

A math workshop for Kindergarten parents will take place on Thursday, Sept 22, 2016 at the Hanlon School. Deerfield's Math Specialist, Julie Galante, will be co-presenting with Hanlon's Math Specialist, Jen Gillis. The flyer for the workshop is attached above. In addition, a hard copy will be sent home with all kindergarten students.


Message from the PTO Executive Board

Dear Deerfield Families,


We hope that you have enjoyed the start of the school year! We know that you are getting all sorts of information coming home these first weeks, but here are just a few quick reminders from your PTO:


PTO Membership Form - Your PTO Membership Form was mailed home in your PTO Welcome Packet. Please take a moment to fill out the form and return it to us. Forms are due by Friday, 9/16. Need an extra copy? You can find one attached to this message or by visiting the PTO Section of the Deerfield website


Deerfield Welcome Back Picnic - the Welcome Back Picnic has been scheduled for Friday, 9/23 at 5pm on the Deerfield field. Come meet up with old friends and make some new ones! Bring your favorite outside games (bean bag tosses, hula hoops, soccer balls, etc.  but no games with spikes!) and join us for some fun to celebrate the start of the school year. Papa John's pizza will be for sale on a first come basis!  In addition, the PTO will be sponsoring a Snow Cone Truck -- complimentary snow cones for everyone! 


Mini-Courses - Check your child's backpack for the Mini-Course descriptions and sign-up information or visit the Mini Course page on the website for links to Fall course descriptions and registration.


Questions? Email us at deerfieldpto@gmail.com


Thank you!
Deerfield PTO


Message Regarding Mini-Courses

Dear Parents,


The Deerfield after school mini course program is here!  Fall session registration starts this Sunday night 9/18 at 8:00 pm and closes Sunday 9/25 at 8:00 pm.  Classes start the week of October 3rd.


Registration is first come first serve, and classes sometimes sell out in the first few minutes. Please remember to update your child's grade when you register. 


We have some exciting new classes this year:
 - History Through the Eyes of American Girls
 - Pocket Full of Tales Theater Class
 - Make Your Own Stuffies
 - Flag Football
 - STEM: Minecraft
 - STEM: Crazy 8's Hands-on Math
 - STEM: Senses Galore Let's Go Explore
-  Helping Hands Service Club


Parents that are interesting in volunteering can earn a free class!  Look for volunteer sign up during registration.  


To learn more about the program and see the full course descriptions, visit 
the Mini Course page on the Deerfield website.


To register, visit www.pay4schoolstuff.com


Questions?  Contact DFMinicourses@westwood.k12.ma.com

Westwood Youth & Family Services Upcoming Programs


Who:  Westwood residents in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades

When:  November 2016 – April 2017, Wednesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 PM or 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where:  Patricia Carty-Larkin Senior Center, 60 Nahatan Street

What:  The Friends Network program matches young Westwood residents with high school aged residents in 1:1 pairs that meet weekly to engage in games and activities in a relaxed setting. This is a great way for children to engage with a positive role model while forming a special friendship and having fun!

Contact:  Sarah Baroud, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or sbaroud@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at:  www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs



Who:  Westwood girls in 4th – 6th grade

When:  Fall 2016 – Spring 2017, one afternoon per week from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center

What:  These 12-week groups will focus on navigating friendships and cliques, avoiding peer pressure, managing bullying situations, and improving body image, confidence and self-esteem.  We utilize art projects, videos and games to help reinforce these important topics in fun and creative ways!

Contact:  Sarah Baroud, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or sbaroud@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at:  www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs



Who:  Westwood residents in Kindergarten – 5th grade

When:  Fall 2016 – Spring 2017, one afternoon per week from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:  Islington Community Center; Hanlon and Martha Jones Extended Day programs

What:  These 8-week groups are designed to emphasize the continued development of adaptive social and conflict-resolution skills as well as self-esteem and social confidence. Organized play and drawing activities are used to reinforce weekly topics such as initiating & developing friendships, working cooperatively as a team, appropriate communication, decision-making, as well as appreciating one’s own strengths and the differences of others, etc.

Contact:  Sarah Baroud, LICSW at (781) 320-1006 or sbaroud@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Register at:  www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs


Have a great start to the school year!

Sarah Baroud, MSW, LICSW

Youth Services Counselor
Westwood Youth & Family Services
Islington Community Center
288 Washington Street
Westwood, MA 02090

P: 781-320-1006
F: 781-251-9360

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