Deerfield April Newsletter

APRIL 2021

Calendar of Events


April 13 - PTO Zoom Meeting 7:00pm

April 16- Inclement Weather Make-Up Day- PREK-12 IN SESSION

April 28 - Kindergarten Orientation

April 26-30- Deerfield Gives Back ( More info to come!)

Attention Parents!

In the event of an emergency: PLEASE make sure we have your most updated contact information and current emergency contact information on file at school. If you need to update your contact information in PowerSchool, please email atreat@usd497.org or ewolcott@usd49.org with your current information.
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District Covid Cases Updates

You may view the current listing of reported COVID cases on our website at https://www.usd497.org/Page/12912.

Find additional COVID-19 resources, district health and safety measures, and links to information about the COVID vaccine at https://www.usd497.org/Coronavirus.

Thank you for continuing to follow, and encourage your children to follow, these healthy habits to prevent the further spread of the virus in our community: wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home when ill, and stay at a safe distance from others outside your household.

Gating Criteria Update!

The KSDE/USD 497 gating criteria update for April 1 indicates the green risk level, as does LDCPH's school guidance. There will be no change in current plans for school or athletics and activities.

While our local data looks good, please keep following health and safety measures - mask up, wash up, stay safely apart, and stay home when ill or exposed to someone who is ill. When making weekend plans, consider safety!

Reminder: All of our schools will be in session on April 16, our inclement weather make-up day.

2020-2021 Yearbook!!

We still have yearbooks available! Hurry and get yours! The yearbooks are $20.00. Cash or check accepted. Make checks payable to Deerfield Elementary with your child's name in the memo.


Distance Learners:

If you would like to purchase a yearbook please mail cash or check to Deerfield Elementary. Make checks payable to Deerfield Elementary with "YEARBOOK & your child's name" in the memo of your check. If your child missed picture day and you would like them in the yearbook, please send a headshot of your child (using a neutral background) to atreat@usd497.org by April 7th.

Kindergarten Enrollment

We are excited to welcome our incoming kindergarten students for next fall! It's time to start the enrollment process.

Children who reach age 5 on or before Aug 31, 2021, are eligible for kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Please share this information with your neighbors, friends and/or family who may also have an eligible student.

Click Here to begin the on-line enrollment process and select the link for the 2021-2022 school year.

Next, be sure to email or bring the required registration documents below to your school/administrative assistant:

  • *Certified Birth Certificate - *We will need to see the original prior to the first day of school, but can use the scanned copy for now
  • Proof of Residency -Proof of Residency (accepted: a current utility bill - water/gas/or electric, current car registration, or a new lease agreement/buyers agreement)
  • Current Immunizations - We will take immunizations that your child has had to this point. You may follow up with any updated immunizations prior to the first day of school.
  • *Physical - *We understand that some children may not have had their 5 year physical yet and will have more immunizations at that time. You may email it as soon as it is complete, or prior to the first day of school.

Once your student's registration has been completed, you will be added to your school's email/mailing list to receive an invitation to their kindergarten orientation/information sessions that will be held this spring.


If you are unsure of your school boundary or have questions, please call the enrollment center at 785-330-1921.

State Testing for Grades 3-5

Students in Grades 3-5 will be participating in state testing this year! Below you will find the testing schedule for each grade. Please help your child prepare by getting a good night's rest and healthy breakfast. Each test takes 45-60 minutes to complete. Students will need headphones/earbuds for testing. Some headphones have been lost or broken, so check with your child to make sure they still have a working set at school. On the day of testing students should bring their water bottle. Students may also bring a snack if they would like.

5th Grade

ELA - April 6

ELA - April 7

Math - April 8

Math - April 9

Science - April 12

Science - April 13


4th Grade

ELA - April 15

ELA - April 16

Math - April 19

Math - April 20


3rd Grade

ELA - April 8

ELA - April 9

Math - April 13

Math - April 14

*Any changes to this schedule will be communicated by your child's teacher.

Hero of the Week

Originally developed by Pinckney Elementary, the Deerfield Equity Team decided to include a "Hero of the Week" during morning announcements this year. When picking the Heroes, we look for people from marginalized communities that have made the world a better place. Our goals for the students are to see themselves in our Heroes and so students can see people who are different from them.

4/5-4/9: Colin Kaepernick

4/11-4/15: Joy Harjo

4/18-4/22: Grace Vanderwaal

4/26-4/30: Malala Yousafzai

Building Reminders

As one of our mitigation strategies, we are continuing to limit access to the building. Please help by following these protocols:

  • If you need to deliver something to the office, please send it to school with your child as opposed to hand delivering to the office.
  • If your child forgets their water bottle, they can get a cup from their teacher to use for the day. You do not need to bring their water bottle to school.
  • If you need to pick up your child early from school. Please stay in your car and call the office (785-832-5660). The office will sign out your child and send them to you.
  • As always, we appreciate everyone wearing a mask while on school grounds.

Reminder: Traffic Plan

We will continue to keep this information in the newsletter as a reminder for our current families and for new families who have joined us over the break. Please review the Deerfield Traffic Plan to ensure a safe and efficient drop off and pick up! Drop off and pick up can be a bit hectic, so we appreciate your patience and kindness as you navigate the traffic! A quick shout out is owed to our ever present crossing guards, Kate Zylstra and Nancy Burghorn! They are at the crosswalk rain or shine, sleet or snow! We so appreciate you Nancy and Kate!
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Our main mode of communication will be direct email and newsletters. However, on occasion we send text reminders for special events our announcements. If you would like to received text reminders, o sign up by texting 81010 with the following message according to your child's last name:

A-D: @deera-d

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L-Q: @deerl-q

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