10/291/16Week of October 17th

Happy Birthday to You


We wish a Happy Birthday to the following students and staff members who are celebrating their birthdays this week at the Deerfield School:


Patrick Otey
Maximilian O'Brien
Timothy Molloy
Kieran Mahaffey
Alexander Dayton
William Seed


Mr. Russell
Mrs. DeAngelis
Dr. Atkinson


Reminder: Internet Safety for Kids and Families Program is Tomorrow! (Flyer)

The following message is regarding an upcoming Internet Safety event being held on Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the Westwood High School Auditorium:


Join us for an evening with Westwood High School students and Lynette Owens, founder and global director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families program, as we tackle some of the most common, confusing, and challenging issues facing young people growing up in a constantly internet-connected world. How does social media impact peer and family relationships? What are the expectations of online privacy for ourselves and for others? What are some pitfalls and hacks for making sure we are in control of technology and it is not in control of us? How do we use the Internet fully while keeping in mind our futures?


Hear some engaging discussions and come prepared with your questions and concerns. We highly encourage students grades 4-8 and their parents to attend this event together.  Our hope is that by discussing these issues as a community, we will understand and find new and more ways to support our students so they don’t just survive but thrive online.


Wednesday, October 19th is an Early-Release Day

Wednesday, October 19th is an early-release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25am and lunch will not be served.


Updated Photos on the Deerfield Website

I have updated the photographs on the carousel and gallery sections of the Deerfield website. I will change them periodically throughout the school year.


Newsletter Regarding the Visual Arts Curriculum (letter)

Please read the attached newsletter from Deerfield Art teacher, Ms. Goodwin. It contains information regarding the current art curriculum for all elementary grades. It also provides a glimpse into the culturally rich and diverse projects in which the students are engaging.


Capturing Nature in Westwood - Grade 8 (flyer)

Westwood Land Trust will be hosting the 10th Annual Capturing Nature in Westwood Art Exhibit to raise awareness and appreciation for our community's beautiful natural environment. Students and residents have been encouraged to go outside, look around and explore, and "capture" the natural beauty one sees through a painting, 3-D piece, photograph or any other preferred artistic medium.


Grade 8 students at Thurston Middle School, will be participating with a series of landscape inspired paper weavings that were created in class with their art teachers, Sarah Sanchez, and Robert Worth. The public is invited to the opening reception to view the exhibit on Thursday, October 27th, at the Westwood Public Library from 6:00-8:00 pm. The exhibit will remain on display until December 16th.


March PTO Meeting-Change of Date

The date for the March PTO meeting has changed. The meeting will be held on Friday, March 17th. The meeting will still take place at 9:30am in the Deerfield cafeteria.


Foundation for Westwood Education Annual Spelling Bee

Registration has opened for the 2016 Annual Spelling Bee hosted sponsored by the Foundation for Westwood Education. The Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, January 6th.


For more information and to register, please click on the following link: 21st Annual Spelling Bee 


Holiday Giving Program (flyer)

The following message is from Westwood Youth and Family Services:


We are pleased to announce that planning has begun for our Holiday Giving Program.  Having taken place since 1999, this is a confidential process in which gifts are donated to families who may not be financially able to purchase gifts on their own for the holidays.


The Holiday Giving program is open to any resident of Westwood with children between birth to 18 years old, with no requirements as to the level of the need.  If a Westwood family identifies themselves to us as being in need of this program, we will include them.


If a family is interested in registering for the program they need to contact us directly at  youth@townhall.westwood.ma.us or 781-320-1006. The deadline to register is Friday, October 28th. 


Here’s a link to a short promotional video that WestCAT produced for us on the program: video


Westwood Youth & Family Services Staff


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