09/263/16Week of September 19th

Happy Birthday to You


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

Andrew Alex
Brooke Connors
Ryan Hughes
Kay Sibley

Mrs. Kress


School Picture Day is Thursday, September 22nd

Our School Picture Day is this Thursday, September 22nd. School Picture order forms were sent home with students last week. The order forms should be returned to your child's classroom teacher.


PTO General Meeting on Friday, September 23rd at 9:30am

The first Deerfield PTO meeting is scheduled for this Friday, September 23rd from 9:30am – 10:30am. The meeting will be held in the Deerfield cafeteria. All are welcome to attend.


Community Picnic on Friday, September 23rd at 5:00pm

The Deerfield community "Welcome Back" picnic is this Friday, September 23rd at 5:00pm 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 please no games with spikes! 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 for $1/slice! In addition, the PTO will be sponsoring a Snow Cone Truck. Complimentary snow cones for everyone! Please note that we will not have drinks for sale. 


Westwood Day Fun Run, September 24th at 10:00am

Westwood Recreation is hosting the 5th annual Westwood Day on Saturday, September 24th. 


As part of the Westwood Day celebration the 1 Mile Fun Run promotes “School Spirit/Pride.”  This inclusive event challenges each school to participate and show their spirit as a group. The elementary school with the highest percentage of students participating and school spirit will be awarded the perpetual trophy to proudly display at their school until Westwood Day 2017. The Sheehan School was awarded the 2015 Westwood Day Trophy. Who will be this year’s winner?


The Fun Run will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 AM starting on the Flahive Field at Westwood High School. This is a free event and participants can register online or on event day. Medals and trophies will be presented. Parents are welcome to run with their children.


Show your school spirit at Westwood Day’s Fun Run!  Register here for Fun Run!


Westwood Elementary Science Update

This year, Westwood Public Schools has begun a three-year process of alignment with the new Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering. The focus of the updated standards is on understanding the big concepts in science and their application to real-world observations, situations and problem solving. After a great deal of research, we have chosen to begin the alignment process with STEMscopes, a science curriculum that was developed at Rice University and is specifically aligned with the Massachusetts Standards. This program emphasizes inquiry and exploration, hands-on, project-based learning, and offers engineering design challenges that encourage student collaboration and allow children to “try on” industry roles as they explore science concepts.


While we work to align our lessons to the new standards, we will continue to cover all core concepts in science. However, this year we will focus our standards alignment efforts on the Physical Sciences strand. Earth and Space Sciences will be the focus in 2017-18 and Life Sciences in 2018-19.  


Appreciation for Public Safety Officials (flyer)


The following message is from the Westwood Board of Selectmen:

Show your Appreciation to our Public Safety Officials at Westwood Day 2016!


Support Westwood Bravest and Finest by submitting a letter, drawing or something creative to show the Westwood Police and/or Fire Departments your support for all they do! We are looking for kids in the community to present at Westwood Day 2016, September 24th at 1:00pm to showcase the community’s appreciation for all the hard work and dedication our Police Officers and Firefighters! Kids can submit letters, drawings, illustrations, or whatever comes to their imagination!

Submissions should be brought to Westwood Day; collection boxes with signs will be placed at the Welcome Tents at Flahive Field and Pool entrance. The submissions will be presented to the Westwood Police Officers and Firefighters at 1:00pm. All creative works of art and letters will be made into a collage that will be displayed in the New Fire Station II on Washington Street and the New Police Headquarters on High Street. Displays will be presented and revealed at the opening ceremonies.


To submit prior to or after Westwood Day, please drop by the Selectmen’s Office at Town Hall at 781-326-4172, by email at cemccarthy@townhall.westwood.ma.us or by mail to Selectmen’s Office, 580 High Street, Westwood MA 02090


Event at Thurston Middle School (flyer)


The following message is from Ariel Mullen, co-president of the Thurston Middle School PTO:

The TMS Administration and PTO are presenting the movie Screenagers at the high school on Tuesday 10/4 with a Q&A session after. This important movie is about the challenges we face raising children in this time of social media and electronics. While our targeted audience is middle school parents; we all know that children are starting with cell phones, iPads, etc. even in elementary school. Many parents with children in elementary school may benefit from this information, as well.


Please see the attached flyer. If you follow the link listed you can see more about this movie.


Math Workshop Series


Listed below are the dates, times, and locations for this year's math workshop series that is facilitated by the Elementary Math Specialists for Westwood Public Schools:

Kindergarten Math Parent Workshop: September 22nd from 9:00am - 10:30am at the Hanlon Elementary School


Addition and Subtraction: October 13th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Martha Jones Elementary School


Multiplication & Division: October 27th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Sheehan Elementary School


Fractions: January 11th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Downey Elementary School


Connection-Building Opportunity for Students in Grades 3-5 (flyer)


The following message is from Westwood Youth & Family Services regarding the Friends Network:

“Do you know of a student who would enjoy meeting with a High School Mentor? Our Friends Network program is still looking for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade participants! Mentor pairs meet weekly to play games, hang out, and form a special friendships with positive role models! Applications available online at www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/yfs.”


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