Deerfield January Newsletter

January 1, 2021

Calendar of Events

January 11-January 11 PTO meeting in the music room or attend via Zoom by clicking the here for the Zoom link

January 17- No School / Martin Luther King Day

January 18- Deadline for Hy-Vee High 5 nominations

February 7- No School

Progress Reports

Progress reports are being sent home with students today!

Grade cards are also now available for you to view in PowerSchool! With the first semester officially over and as we look ahead to the second half of the year, we want you to reflect on your child(ren)'s progress. HERE are the directions for how to access the grade card in PowerSchool.

If you have any questions on the report card, I would encourage you to reach out to your child(ren)'s teacher. If you are unable to login to PowerSchool HERE are directions for how to access your account. If you are in need of a paper copy of the report card, please contact the office and we can get one printed for you.

Parents - View Elementary Standards.pdf

How-To_ Parent Signup for PowerSchool.pdf


Our goal is for 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.

1/6-1/7 - Mae Jemison

1/10-1/14- Girl Scout Troop 6000

1/18-1/21- Thurgood Marshall

1/24-1/28- Wilma Rudolph

1/31-2/4- Ruby Bridges

Back to School Reminders

Monitor Your Child for Symptoms
The new year, unfortunately, did not bring with it an end to the pandemic. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health's Community Transmission Indicator is "Red" with an average positivity rate of 9.1%, 1,538 current active cases, and a daily case count of 89 (14-day moving average), as of January 3. With the delta variant still an issue locally, the rapidly spreading omicron variant also has arrived in Douglas County.

Please use this COVID-19 Daily Assessment to monitor your child for COVID symptoms before sending them to school. We ask that you do not assume your child has a cold. If they have symptoms of illness, it is best to keep them at home and get them tested before sending them back to school. LDCPH recommends using to find pharmacies in our area offering COVID testing.

If anyone in your household has symptoms and is awaiting test results, your child should stay home until you receive those test results. If anyone in your household tests positive for COVID, your child should stay home. Please contact the school nurse for additional guidance.

Layer Prevention Measures
Lawrence Public Schools continues to encourage COVID vaccination and booster shots for all who are eligible. LDCPH offers walk-in vaccine appointments on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Make appointments online. Local pharmacies offer vaccine appointments, including during early morning and evening hours.

In addition to encouraging vaccination and testing, the school district will continue to layer prevention strategies to maintain safe learning environments for students and staff. We use air purifiers, require thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing; instruct students in proper mask wearing, observe 3 ft. social distancing whenever possible, and educate students about the importance of frequent hand washing and other good hygiene habits.

Dress in Layers, Too!
Since winter weather has arrived, we recommend students dress in layers. Classroom temperatures vary. Students should wear clothing appropriate for the season, including winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens, and boots. Label these items with your child's name. Review the district's Inclement Weather Procedures and make sure your school has accurate contact information on file for your family should schedule changes occur.

Thank you for doing your part and continuing to partner with us to provide safe schools that support the achievement and success of all students.

Thank You PTO!

Thank you to our wonderful PTO for providing lunch for our staff on Wednesday! Having a hot lunch delivered on ANY day is a wonderful treat, but especially when it feels like 9 degrees outside!

Thank you so much! It was much appreciated!

PTO Newsletter

President-Angela Wilson

Vice President-Melissa Pam

Treasurers-Christina Terfler & Trisha Perkins

Secretary-Brooke Hesler Ramsey

Join Us For the Next PTO Meeting!

TUESDAY, January 11

7pm in the Deerfield music room or on Zoom.

Click here for the Zoom link

You can also stay up to speed through Facebook:

Remind (sends text reminders)

Text 81010 with the message @dfpto

Hy-Vee High 5 Nominations Open Now!

Deerfield is filled with rockstars! We’d like our students to tell us which Deerfield staff or teacher deserves a High 5 by completing this simple and short online Google form:

The nominating student and their classmates will receive a pizza party and the winning staff member will be surprised with flowers (donated by Hy-Vee) and will be celebrated in this newsletter.

Nominations for our next winner are due by January 18th!

Thank You to Winter Party Volunteers & Teachers & Staff

PTO thanks all of the grade representatives, parent volunteers, teachers, and staff who orked together to facilitate winter parties for Deerfield students. Your efforts helped put a smile on kids’ faces! More volunteer opportunities will be available to help plan the spring party.

Calendar of Events

January 11 PTO meeting in the music room or attend via the Zoom link

included in the newsletter

January 18 Deadline for Hy-Vee High 5 nominations

Spring Class Parties Feb 29 - March 9!

Thank you to our PTO and room parents for providing fun Winter Party activities for classrooms to use before the winter break! Both our students and teachers loved all the fun and engaging activities.

As we continue to evaluate our practices using an equity and inclusive lens, our party themes have shifted (i.e. Halloween to Fall, Christmas to Winter). The Spring Party will follow suit, as it will take the place of the traditional "Valentine's Day" parties we have had in the past. Therefore, Valentine cards and treats will not be exchanged at school.

Because of the shift in theme, we will also be changing when the party takes place. Instead of having a party in February, our Spring Party will be celebrated the 1st week of March (before Spring Break).


There are a few students arriving to school before 7:45. Students are not allowed inside the building until 7:45. We must insist that your children not come to school until that time as staff members are not on duty to supervise. Thank you for your cooperation!

Students must also be picked up by 3:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They must be picked up by 1:35 on Wednesday. There is NO supervision for your child after school is dismissed unless enrolled in Boys and Girls Club.

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Make sure you are sending your child to school everyday wearing a clean mask. Please include extra masks and a water bottle in student backpacks each day.

REPEAT REMINDER: Sign Up to Get Text Reminders

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

E-K: @deere-k

L-Q: @deerl-q

R-Z: @deerr-z

When prompted, enter your name and your child's name in parentheses. Please know that you number is not shared with anyone else. You can unsubscribe anytime by texted @leave.

September Newsletter

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