Deerfield May 2023 Newsletter

May 2023


Calendar of Events

May 5- Field day

May 8- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May 9- PTO meeting at 7p.m. in the music room or attend via the link in the PTO newsletter below

May 9- 3rd Grade Field trip to Lied Center for Theater Art Day

May 9- Middle School Transition for 5th Grade 1:30-2:30p.m.

May 9- Middle School Parent Night 6:30-7:30p.m.

May 12- Rain Date: Field Day

May 12- 3rd Grade Field Trip 8:30-2:45

May 16- 5th Grade Bowling Field Trip- 8:30am-12:00p.m.

May 16- Deerfield Dines out at Papa John's (all day)

May 17- Transition Day for DF K-4 Grade!

May 19- 5th Grade Recognition 8:30a.m.-10:00a.m.

May 24- Last Day of School! 11:15 dismissal- no lunch will be served.

June 12- Summer Play dates Kindergarten Only- North Playground 6-7p.m.

June 25- Deerfield Drinks Out at Trivedi Winery, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

July 24- Summer Playdate all Kids- South playground 6-7p.m.

2023-24 Staffing and Student Learning Profile

Student Learning Profile - Deerfield Elementary uses academic, behavioral and social-emotional data in a collaborative process among teachers to place students in class sections for the following school year. Our goal is to achieve the best possible balance for each class within a grade level. As a reminder Deerfield does not accept requests for specific teachers, nor are students automatically assigned to a teacher the family has had in the past. Additionally, we will not accept requests to be placed with specific classmates. Class placements for the 2023-24 school year will be made public the first week of August.

However, you may provide us with information about your child for our consideration in this process by completing the Learner Profile form below. The information you provide to us is appreciated and serves as supplemental information in our process to achieve the desired balance. Please use the link below if you wish to provide us with additional information.

Student Learner Profile for 2023-24


President-Angela Wilson

Vice President-Melissa Pam

Treasurer-Christina Terfler

Secretary-Brooke Hesler Ramsey

Come to a PTO Meeting or Follow us on Facebook

TUESDAY, May 9, 2023, 7 p.m. in the music room. You can also join via our Webex link below.

Come learn about the ways PTO supports students and staff, find out how you can help, and VOTE on issues that matter to you, including how PTO spends its budget.

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We also share all of our events and announcements in the Deerfield Parents & Guardians Facebook group. Join the group here: and invite all your Deerfield Facebook friends!

Remind (sends text reminders)

Text 81010 with the message @dfpto

Teacher Appreciation Events Coming Up

Teacher Appreciation Week begins on Monday, May 8, and beginning on Sunday, May 7, the Dillons at 6th and Lawrence Ave. will offer $0.75 single carnations, $1 single roses and $12 one dozen rose bouquets. Available all week, while supplies last.

PTO would like to thank Ashley All for coordinating this year’s events, which include sweet treats on Monday; yogurt parfaits on Tuesday; afternoon snack bags on Wednesday; a pizza lunch on Thursday; and sweet treats from McClains on Friday.

New PTO Officers Elected at Annual Meeting

At the April PTO meeting, members unanimously elected the slate of officers nominated by the PTO nominating commission, which are: Vice President-Elect Brooke Hesler Ramsey; Treasurer-Elect Nicole Beatty; and Secretary-Elect Heddy Pierce-Armstrong. These individuals will begin their two-year term for the fall school year.

PTO would like to thank our current officers for all of their service. These individuals are: President Angela Wilson; Vice President Melissa Pam; Treasurer Christina Terfler; and Secretary Brooke Hesler Ramsey. President Angela Wilson will return to the same office for the next school year, serving the second year of her second term in office.

Thank you Carnival Volunteers & Donors!

The Deerfield Carnival was a huge success both in terms of raising much-needed funds and for the sheer number of staff, students, and family members who came out in support, with more than 400 kids attending! PTO is still calculating the exact amount of proceeds raised, but be sure to check out our Facebook page for an updated number soon!

PTO would especially like to thank the private businesses and donors who supported our public school by supporting the carnival. These include: Jefferson’s; Natural Breeze Remodeling; Tom Harper, Stephens Real Estate; the KU Alumni Association; Tanya Kulaga, Realtor with Hedges Real Estate; Prime Martial Arts; WM Law; Sara Gillum; Kona Ice of Lawrence/Topeka/Manhattan; Torched Goodness; Great Clips; Ashley Myers; Engaged Athletics; Basil Leaf; Growing Smiles; Goldmakers; Toppers; Jen’s Sugar Shack; Rainbow Restoration; Ruff House Paperie; Gamenut; Framewoods; Costa Del Mar Sunglasses; Waxman Candles; Cub Scout Pack 3370; and BSA Troop 55.

PTO would also like to thank the carnival organizers and volunteers, especially Adrian Serene (chair of the carnival committee), Ashley Wright, the PTO officers, and all of the numerous parents and volunteers who helped staff stations or donated items. We could not have put on the carnival without you and your time and effort was greatly appreciated!

Thank you to Ms. Appleman and all of the Deerfield teachers and staff for volunteering, providing your students with amazing silent auction items and more! In addition, thank you to the Deerfield custodial staff for their extra help on a Saturday!

Thank you for all of your support of Deerfield PTO! Not only were we able to give our students a fantastic event but carnival proceeds will help students, teachers and staff in the future!

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Dine Out in May & then Drink Out in June to Support PTO

Deerfield Dines Out will take place ALL DAY on May 16 at Papa John's. PTO receives 20 percent of all sales. And mark your calendar for June 25, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Deerfield “Drinks” Out at Trivedi Winery (owned by a Deerfield family), 1826 East 1150 Rd, Lawrence. Mention "Deerfield" when ordering wine and they will donate 10% of sales back to the PTO. You can also bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks if you wish. Snacks are available for purchase at the winery as well.

PTO would like to thank Melissa Pam for all of her work coordinating Deerfield Dines Out this year & past years!

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April’s High Five Winner is Ms. Bowles!

Congratulations to our High Five April winner, Ms. Bowles!

Ms. Bowles is Deerfield’s new music teacher! She was nominated by Reid Heintzelman, Kannaleigh Smith, Skyelynn Berry, Mira Boyle, Atticus Sledd, Jalen Thompson, Liam Beatty and May Ann Donnelly – all from Mrs. Humburg’s kindergarten class. They all think Ms. Bowles deserves a high five because “she’s nice and makes music fun!”

Congratulations Ms. Bowles! Thank you for all that you do!

The beautiful flowers were donated by Dillons on Lawrence Avenue. Ms. Bowles and Mrs. Humburg’s entire class will be treated to a pizza party from Toppers to celebrate!

Thank you to all the students who nominated our amazing Deerfield staff and teachers this year! We received so many wonderful nominations all year long. It’s clear our students love Deerfield's staff and teachers! Honorable mentions will be shared during Staff & Teacher Appreciation week!

PTO also would like to thank Annie Rajaei for managing High Five and numerous other PTO endeavors during her child’s time at Deerfield. We think Annie deserves a High Five, too!

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THANK YOU to Toppers & Dillons

A huge THANK YOU to Toppers & Dillons for all their support with our high five program this year! We are excited to present them these amazing ‘Thank You’ posters that were signed by our students who attended the carnival!

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Ms. Kelly’s Students are the 2023 Penny Wars Winners

Congratulations to the students in Ms. Kelly's kindergarten class! They were the winners of Penny Wars and were treated to a pizza party from Toppers Pizza! Deerfield students raised $2,649.47 for Just Food!

Thank you to all of the Deerfield students who participated! You continue to help make your community Deerfield Strong!

Also, thank you to Jac Leon and Hope Pierce-Armstrong for heading up this year's Penny Wars!

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2022-2023 Yearbook!

We are still accepting yearbook orders! Hurry and get yours before we run out! The yearbooks are $20.00. Cash or check accepted. Please make checks payable to: Deerfield Elementary. Yearbooks will be handed out on the last day of school.

Congratulation to the following students who are representing Deerfield Elementary in the USD 497 K-12 art show at the Lawrence Arts Center:

Emery Ernst, Mira Morgan, Georgia Walley, Timber Yost, Penny Clawson (honorable mention), Caralyn Carter, Maggie McDaniel (honorable mention), Eve Heintzelman (honorable mention), Brixoton Philpot (honorable mention), Olivia Clifford, Kaitlyn Jackson, Faith Fisher, Ellie Leon (Vanguard Emerging Artist Award for Kindergarten), Bryna Clark, Paul Neises, Arlo Eller, Charlotte Duhigg, Sofia Romero, Tinsley Johnson (honorable mention), Calister Earl, Izzy Wichman (Vanguard Emerging Artist Award for 2nd Grade), Alice Martins (honorable mention), Harper Peterson, Elsa Monaghan, Charlie Stueve, Georgia Wedan, Rylie Tiemann, Lucy Allton, Sadie Patterson, Astrid Wilcox, Kat Davis, Chris Patterson, Libby Sprecker, Ciaran Batt (honorable mention), Annie Fennelly, Brooks Peterson, and Oliva Morgan.

The show is on view until May 11, 2023.

Field Day 2023

Deerfield will have Field Day this year on Friday, May 5th (rain option May 12th). There will be three sessions:

  • Session 1 Grades 2-3 - 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  • Session 2 Grades 4-5 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Session 3 Grades k-1 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Parents and guardians are welcome to attend their student’s session. Upon arrival, all adults must check in at the “Visitor Check-In” table located outside on the blacktop to receive a visitor’s sticker. The activities will take place along the southwest side of the school (playground, blacktop, field). Students participating in field day will have the opportunity to move freely between the activities. Please send an extra set of clothes with your child on Field Day just in case they get wet or muddy. Let's have a safe and fun day!

From the Business Office: School Fee Balances

The district's current outstanding fee balances on active students is $934,826.84. If we add in outstanding fees for inactive students, the district's total is $1,012,031.89. Deerfield's outstanding balance for active and inactive students is $20,270.19 and $65.00 respectively.

Fees assessed to a student dated prior to May 1, 2023 will be sent to collections on June 15, 2023. March statements included a sticker with this deadline to make families aware of this date.

Districtwide, we have 1,354 students who qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches whose families have not submitted a Consent for Disclosure form. The Consent form is not required, but if it is completed and on file in the business office this allows certain fees to be waived.

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Change maker of the week!

Our goal is for our students to see themselves in our change makers and to also learn that they can do anything they put their mind to. Another goal is for our students to see people who are unfamiliar to them, to grow in empathy, and push for justice for the inequalities that marginalized communities face.

5/1-5/5 Kamala Harris

5/8-5/12 Yo-Yo Ma

5/15-5/19 Vera Wang

5/22-5/24 Joni Appleman

Equity Resource Guide

The Equity Resource guide was created by the Deerfield Equity team in the hopes that families can find resources, events and additional information to support our vision of all students attaining an equitable education. Expect 1 more guide to be sent out this year.

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Deerfield Expectations

Below you will find our Deerfield Expectations for following our 3R's - Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready to Learn. Students will be taught our expectations within the first few weeks of school. Please help reinforce these expectations with your student(s).
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