Deerfield News

April 30, 2021

Mr. Goetz's Corner

Dear Families of Deerfield,

It's hard to believe that April is ending, although the nice weather this week was a great preview of things to come! If you haven't had the opportunity to participate in our 'Deerfield Outside' sponsored walks, I encourage you to come out and enjoy the nice weather with us! See below for details regarding upcoming walks at nearby parks.

Next week, on Tuesday, is Teacher Appreciation Day. I am so grateful for the amazing teachers that we have at Deerfield. Our teachers care deeply about their students and work to develop positive relationships with them and their families. They create a love of learning for our students and their knowledge for teaching and learning is top notch. Please help me to celebrate and honor our teachers next week. A card or note of appreciation to your child's teacher is a great way to brighten their day.

Please remember that next Friday, May 7th, there will be no school for students. This will be a day for professional learning for our teachers. We continued our M-Step testing for our 5th graders this last week, and next week we will continue 5th grade testing, and begin NWEA testing of kindergarteners and 4th graders.

This is the last call for completing the attendance form for next school year (2021-2022). Monday, May 3rd is the cut-off for turning in the form. This information will help us look ahead and start planning classes for next year.

Also, please remember for our 5th grade students, to bring in a baby picture to use for the end of year slide show. Please email a high quality image to Mrs. Sheldon or bring in a paper copy to the office. Please mark the back of all pictures with your student's name so the picture can be returned to you. The cut-off date for turning pictures in is May 15th.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Goetz

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*Our upcoming early release day was previously listed as May 6th. The correct date is Wednesday, May 5th. Our apologies for any confusion.

May 3- Intent to Return form due

May 5 - Early Release Day

May 7 - No School for Students

May 11- School of Choice application period ends

May 12 - Remote Supply Pick-up 8 AM - 4 PM

May 26 - Remote Supply Pick-up 8 AM - 4 PM

May 26-28 - PTO Used Book Sale

May 31 - No School

Jun 10 - Half Day

Jun 11 - Half Day - Last Day of School

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Spiritwear Sale coming Soon!

Keep your eyes out for an email early next week for an opportunity to purchase Deerfield Spiritwear! Our hardworking PTO has found a company to partner with, but since the year is quickly coming to a close, it will be a short window of time to make orders (probably less than 2 weeks). So keep checking your inbox so you don't miss out on this opportunity!

Lunch Choices for this Week

All students are eligible to receive free lunch this year, with no form required. Check out these yummy lunches for next week.

Monday: A - Chicken Nuggets

B - Bosco Sticks

Tuesday: A-Chicken Alfredo Rotini

B - Fruit & Yogurt Parfait w/Granola

Thursday: A -Pepperoni Pizza

B - Turkey & Cheese Sub

Friday: No School

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5th Grade baby pictures

Parents, please send in a baby picture of your 5th grade student that we can use in our end of the year slide show. If you send in a picture, please write your student's name on the back so we can return the picture to you. You are also welcome to email the picture to Mrs. Sheldon at Please send in all images by May 15th so we will be able to complete the slide show in time for the 5th grade awards.
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PTO Used Book Sale - May 26-28th

Our PTO is having a used book sale, and we need books! If you can donate any children's books (K-5th grade, no baby/adult books) to the sale, please bring them to the main office, where we will have a collection box. The sale will be held outside, under the awning at the main entrance to the school.

Welcome to AMS message for 5th Grade parents

Hello 5th Grade Parents and Guardians,

Greetings from the Avondale Middle School Counseling Department!

We are excited to share that the 2021-2022 scheduling process has started with classroom presentations. We have scheduled visits to each of the elementary buildings to meet with the 5th-grade students and teachers to discuss the transition from 5th to 6th grade and scheduling for next year.

The purpose of these presentations will be to begin the process for transition and orientation to Avondale Middle School. Students now begin the process to complete their course requests for next school year. All documents necessary are included in this email and are also housed on the AMS website under the Curriculum & Scheduling tab. It is required that each student have a Course Request form completed by May 12th. There are two options to complete the required information. There is an electronic Google Course Request form that is available, as well as a physical BLUE sheet that was provided to the in person students, if needed. All families are welcome to use the electronic form. It is required that there is a form completed for each student.

As we promised the students, we are also attaching the scheduling presentation so that they can also share their new knowledge and excitement about AMS with you as well.

We will be hosting a virtual Parent/Guardian meeting on Wednesday, May 5th at 6 PM. We will cover the scheduling presentation that the students receive in their elementary buildings, procedures, and "how-to" information for completing the required student Course Requests as well as an opportunity for questions and answers with Mr. Ohrt and Mrs. Wilson.

The zoom link is:

Parents and guardians are now asked to review the BLUE course request sheet OR the electronic Google form with their student and finalize course requests. There are detailed instructions included in the Sixth Grade Transition Update packet. These forms include making one circled choice of either Band, Choir, or Trimester Elective Rotation. If your student selects Band or Choir as their choice then please also make sure that you have additionally completed the information from the Band or Choir web page that was sent home earlier and also included in this email. Again, we ask that these are either completed electronically or returned to their 5th-grade teacher by Wednesday, May 12th.

Please think about course requests as you would a hotel reservation, we build our staffing and schedule based on the requests that we receive in May. There are no changes permitted after May 12th. For example, when making a scheduling choice for Band or Choir, this is a year-long commitment. Please take time to select the appropriate classes with informed decisions so we can support successful student and staff schedules.

If you have any questions, please contact our counseling office at 248-537-6303 or email

Thank you for your assistance, it is crucial that each student has either an electronic form or the paper Course Request sheet submitted for their requests for accuracy and for the scheduling process.

Following the course requests, the next step in the transition process takes place in August. We will welcome all 6th-grade students for 6th-grade Orientation on August 12th. Information will be shared regarding this important and engaging day later in the summer.

We are very excited to plan for next school year!

Class of 2028 Save the Dates:

Course Request Google Form complete by May 12th:

Parent ZOOM Link for Wednesday, May 5th at 6 PM: Meeting ID: 964 5773 8949

Transition letter to parents and guardians:

Link to the student provided presentation:

Band site:

Choir site:

Curriculum guide:

Advanced Math Information:

Michigan Secure

The state of Michigan is pleased to announce the release of Michigan Secure, a mobile device security application that warns users when suspicious activity is detected on their mobile device.

Why Should You Download And Install Michigan Secure On Your Mobile Device?

  • Michigan Secure alerts you to unsecure Wi-Fi networks, unsafe apps in Android, system tampering, and more.
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  • Michigan Secure alerts Android users if a downloaded app may be unsafe.

Don't leave your device unprotected. More information can be found in the attached document and at this link:,5552,7-358-82548_78404_95432---,00.html

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PE newsletter from Mr. Stabnick

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Positivity Project Theme for the Week: Purpose

Purpose means you believe that you were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise children to become good people. Having purpose allows you to seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”


Remote Student Supply Pick-Up

Deerfield will have REMOTE student supply pick-up approximately every 2 weeks on Wednesdays from 8 AM - 4 PM. Our upcoming date is Wednesday, May 12th. The necessity for supply pick-up will be determined by your REMOTE teacher. The last remote pick-up day for this school year is May 26th.

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Deerfield Outside

You’re invited! #Deerfieldoutside

Come meet some new friends and connect with Deerfield families!

Every Wednesday Deerfield families meet at a local park for a hike/walk and to socialize outdoors. If Wednesdays don’t work, we also meet one Saturday a month! You're invited to join us in community :)

This is a FAMILY event, so a parent or grown-up must stay with students.

We'll be using the hashtag #Deerfieldoutside on social media (Facebook,Instagram - follow us!) to share when we're heading out to parks if we'd like to invite others to meet up! We can also search for an outing by searching for that hashtag! Please start using it when you’d like to initiate an outdoor activity!

Upcoming #Deerfieldoutside Events:

Wednesdays @ 12:30

May 5- Paint Creek Trail (meet at Rochester Hills Library)

May 12- Troy Nature Center

May 19- Innovation Hills

May 26 - Meet at Deerfield (picnic lunch)

Saturday @ 11 am

May 8- Hawk Woods

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School of Choice window open for Avondale Schools

Do you have a friend or family member interested in having their child attend Avondale, but they do not live within the district? Please let them know that our window for school of choice applications is open from April 12- May 11 and encourage them to join Avondale.
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Band on the Run VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk

As you may have heard, the Avondale Band Boosters are hosting the Band on the Run VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk fundraiser to raise money and replace the aging Yellow Jacket Marching Band uniforms. It can be completed at any time or place the participant chooses between June 4th and 6th.

We are hosting a contest to see which Avondale building can show the most support for the Avondale Band Program. When registering for the event online at you will be able to select which building you are representing. The building with the most support will receive a trophy that they can proudly display!

For those interested in participating, registration is $25 per person at Those who register by May 20th will receive a t-shirt and a medal that can be picked up at Avondale Middle School on June 2nd or 3rd between 2:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

We also have sponsorship opportunities for this event! It is a great way for your group or business to show support for the Avondale band program! Please see the attached flyer for details.

Thank you for your support of the Avondale band program. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!


Avondale Band Boosters

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Avondale Family Resource & Support Package

The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.

Food Drive to Benefit Blessings in the Backpack

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  1. Sports Physicals: For the 2021-22 school year, an MHSAA pre-participation sports physical is required for all students who participate in sports. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15, 2021 to be considered a valid physical for 2021-22. The MHSAA Health Questionnaire will not be in use for next school year. Please be sure to inform all parents and students – especially those who will begin middle school next fall of the April 15 date. The MHSAA two-page physical form has not changed and remains on MHSAA physical cards can be ordered by schools as needed.
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Please consider joining our PTO for their meetings this school year. All meeting dates for this year will be 7:00 PM. Unfortunately, child care will not be available for PTO meetings this school year due to safety concerns, but Zoom links will be provided for those that wish to attend virtually.

Meeting Date for 2020-2021 School Year

May 12th, 2021

Also, please consider participating in the following ongoing fundraisers.

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Summer camp option at ECSC

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Employment Opportunities in the School District

Avondale Youth Assistance - Secretary Opening

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Local Food Distributions

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Jewish Center - Food for Children

The Jewish Center in Troy is distributing free food weekly for families with children 18 and under (without income or location restrictions). Families must pre-register on the site below weekly for 7 Kosher lunches and 7 Kosher breakfasts each week they need it.