Deerfield October 2022 Newsletter

October 2022

Calendar of Events

Oct 7- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Prairie Park Nature Center

Oct 10- Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups emailed home

Oct 11- PTO Meeting 7pm in the music room or attend via zoom link included in the newsletter.

Oct 12- Fall Parties! See party times below

Oct 12- Walk and Bike to School Day

Oct 13- End of 1st Quarter

Oct 13- Picture Day

Oct 14- No School

Oct 17-20-Book Fair! Mon.10/17 & Tues.10/18 3:00-7:00pm, Wed.10/19 3:00-7:00, Thurs. 10:00-7:00

Oct17- Fire safety presentations for grades 1st & 5th

Oct 17-24- Read-a-thon Fundraiser

October 18- Deerfield High 5 nominations due

October 19-20- Parent Teacher Conferences

October 20 & 21- No School

Oct 24- No School

Oct 25- 4th & 5th Grade to Lied Center

Oct 30- PTO Trunk or Treat 3:00-4:00 in Deerfield front parking lot!

Nov 8- PTO meeting at 7pm in the music room or attend via Zoom

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Meals at Deerfield

Here are a few reminders about breakfast and lunch at Deerfield.

Breakfast Time - 7:45am-8:00am

  • If your child is eating breakfast at school they need to be at school by 7:45 when the doors open so they have plenty of time to eat before the 8:00 bell rings and school begins.
  • We stop serving breakfast at 8:00 sharp! If your child is not in the breakfast line by that time they will not be able to get a breakfast.
  • All breakfast eaters are expected to be finished eating no later than 8:05. If you would like your child to eat breakfast at school they should be here as close to 7:45 as possible, so they have plenty of time to eat.

Extras at Lunch

Students are allowed to get an extra main dish during lunch, but MUST have money on their account to do so. Student on free/reduced lunch are allowed one complete meal. If wanting seconds, they too must have money on their account. All extras are at a charge.

Soda Pop at Lunch

We have noticed students bring soda pop in their lunch. We do not allow students to drink soda pop in the lunchroom.

Vision & Hearing Screenings October 4th & 5th

Lawrence Public Schools conducts Hearing and Vision Screenings mandated by the state of Kansas. DEERFIELD will be screening students on OCTOBER 4 & 5, 2022. To ensure all students can access curriculum and instruction, the district screens students' Hearing and Distance Vision for concerns that may require further follow-up. The district conducts mass hearing/vision screenings at the schools for students K-12. In some grades, not all students participate in the screenings.

Parents/Guardians who DO NOT want their children to participate in hearing and vision screenings must complete an Opt-out Request Form for EACH STUDENT by 8 a.m. on OCTOBER 4. If you need a paper form, you may contact Dianne Thomas, RN, Deerfield School Nurse to provide you with a paper copy.

If you want your child's hearing and vision screening to be completed, DO NOT COMPLETE THE OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM. The district will automatically conduct the screenings in accordance with its protocols for hearing and vision.

  • Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

    Lawrence Public Schools Nurses, Nursing Facilitator, and Audiologist

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 3 more guides to be sent out this year.

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Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Art Show at the Lawrence Public Library

The following students will represent Deerfield Elementary School in the Annual Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Art Show at the Lawrence Public Library. Work will be on view during library hours from October 6 - October 28. Congratulations to these stellar artists!

Margot Mckenzie, Valerie Hilpman, Eva Delg, Caio Borges, Berkeley Ward, Berkeley Phillips, Zoe Peck, Olivia Morgan, Libby Sprecker, Avery Whitaker, Isabel Johnson, Nico Mattes, Madelyn Phillips, Rhett Lonnberg, Camila Araujo, Ryan Plumlee, Mira Boyle, and Oscar Gab


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.

9/27- 10/1 US Women's National Soccer Team

10/3-10/7 Greta Thunberg

10/4-10/8 Ruth Asawa

10/11-10/14 Kid President

10/18-10/20 Wila Mankiller

10/26-10/29 Ali Stroker


Wanting more information on our emergency/lockdown procedures? ALICE provides this parent/community module that parents can watch to better understand ALICE strategies, which are helpful for anyone to use anywhere.

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PTO Newsletter

President-Angela Wilson

Vice President-Melissa Pam

Treasurers-Christina Terfler

Secretary-Brooke Hesler Ramsey

PTO Needs YOU!

TUESDAY, October 11, 2022, 7 p.m. in the music room. You can also join via our Zoom link below.

Launch Meeting - Zoom

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.

You can also stay up to speed through:


Remind (sends text reminders)

Text 81010 with the message @dfpto

Read-a-Thon Fundraiser Kicks Off in October!

Deerfield’s fall fundraiser will be a Read-a-Thon to help support Deerfield PTO and our teachers and students. Read-a-Thon will run October 17-October 24th. Last year, Read-a-Thon was a huge success with more than $12,000 raised to help support our students and teachers. With your help—and the help of your readers—we hope to make this year’s Read-a-Thon just as successful and a lot of fun!

Read-a-Thon pledge forms will soon go home in your child’s Thursday folder. Students are asked to secure sponsors to either (1) sponsor a flat amount regardless of total minutes read, or (2) sponsor a student for an amount for each minute read.

We will have many fun activities to support our readers, and we will send more information soon to let you know all the details.

Volunteers Needed to Support the Book Fair

Our first Book Fair in two years will be Oct 17-20! We will be open for shopping after school and for conference times. Come by and check out our wonderful selections! PTO will soon have sign-up sheets for parents to help staff the book fair. Staffing the book fair is a great way to meet other families, interact with students, and earn store credit to buy your own books.

PTO Still Collecting Class Party Funds

Parents and Caregivers, Deerfield PTO needs your help to ensure that classroom parties are a success this year! We are asking for a $5/student contribution to help fund three classroom parties that will take place in October, December, and March. If you have already sent in your contribution, THANK YOU! If you have not, please consider contributing whatever amount you can to your child’s class party fund.

Your $5 helps fund snacks, games, and fun crafts! Any funds not used for the parties is held in a separate fund (one for each grade) and will be applied to that grade’s fifth grade recognition activities and/or party. If you cannot contribute $5, please consider contributing whatever amount you can.

Please return this PTO Party Funds Payment form, along with your payment, to your child’s classroom teacher or to the office:

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Trunk or Treat is Coming up!

We will be accepting candy bag donations and

need volunteers to bring a decorated trunk &

pass out candy to trunk-or-treaters!

Candy/non-candy donations can be dropped off at the

front desk between October 1st - 27th.

If you’d like to bring a decorated trunk and pass out candy, sign up here:

This is not a school-sponsored event.

If you have questions, please contact:

Annie Rajaei at or at 913-485-2539

Mrs. Bobey is September's Deerfield High 5 Winner

Congratulations to our High-Five September winner, Mrs. Bobey!

Mrs. Bobey is Deerfield’s school counselor and was nominated by Willow Weiss. Willow is in Mrs. Neises’s 2nd grade class. Willow thinks Mrs. Bobey deserves a big high-five because “Mrs. Bobey does a lot of work helping kids. She helps kids when they need help.” We agree, Willow!

Congratulations Mrs. Bobey! Thank you for all that you do!

The beautiful flowers were donated by Dillons on Lawrence Ave. Mrs. Bobey, Willow and her classmates will be treated to a pizza party from Toppers!

Thank you to all the students who nominated our amazing Deerfield staff and teachers this month. Nominations for October will be accepted until Tuesday, October 18th! Students can fill out a paper form in the library or complete an online submission here:

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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September PTO Newsletter Here!

Volunteering, Trunk or Treat, High 5 Nominations

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