Deerfield March 2023 Newsletter

March 2023

Calendar of Events

March 6-21- Cookie Dough Fundraiser

March 6- K-2ND Grade to Lied Center 10:00-11:00

March 8- Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences: NO SCHOOL

March 10- NO SCHOOL

March 13- 17- Spring Break

March 21- PTO meeting at 7 p.m. in the music room or attend via the link included in the newsletter

March 21- Eileen's cookie dough orders due

March 21- Deerfield Dines Out at Chipotle ( West location only) 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

March 21- High Five nominations due

April 3-7- Penny Wars

April 11- PTO annual meeting at 7 p.m. Officer elections will be held.

April 29- Deerfield Carnival

Kindergarten Orientation

It's that time of the year again! Kindergarten enrollment is now open! Children eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year, must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2023. Our orientation date is Wednesday, April 5 and April 12, 2023. After you have registered your child please call the office to schedule a time slot.

Register your kindergartner Here!!

Here is some great information to check out for incoming kindergartners!

Please visit our Kindergarten Orientation Google Site to learn more about our Kindergarten program and prepare for Kindergarten Orientation.


The office and Teachers lounge is in need of some small donations....

  • Individually packaged snacks for students that are not able to provide their own.
  • K-cups(and creamer)/ disposable coffee cups/ snacks for teacher's lounge/ soda for teacher's lounge
  • Sandwich size Ziploc baggies for Nurse's office.

We are so appreciative of each and every donation! Thank you!!

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.

PTO February News

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, March 21, 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.

Want to stay in the know?

Follow us on Facebook at

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

Calling all Carnival Volunteers!

The Deerfield Carnival is back! It is scheduled for Saturday, April 29. If you are interested in planning and/or volunteering, please email

Parent/Teacher Conference Meal Sign-Up

Deerfield Parent/Teacher Conferences are March 8 and 9. Deerfield PTO is asking for donations to provide teachers with a catered meal and some sweet treats. Sign up here to donate!

Help us Sell Some (Cookie) Dough to Raise Some Dough!

This Spring, Deerfield PTO is bringing back the Eileen's Colossal Cookie fundraiser! We are selling dough from Eileen's Colossal Cookies. Order forms will be sent home with students before Spring Break. Orders are due Tuesday, March 21. Please turn in order forms and payment to the Deerfield office. Payment due with order, cash or check only. Checks should be made out to Deerfield PTO. Dough pickup will be in April at Deerfield. Details on date and time for pickup will be provided at a later date. All cookie dough boxes are $17 each (each box makes 2-3 dozen cookies). To learn more about flavors, ingredients, and nutrition information visit:

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

Deerfield PTO needs you! We have several committees who need chairpersons for the 2023-2024 school year. We'd love to secure some of those now so that the new chair can shadow the current chair. If you are interested, please email:

We are only as strong as our volunteers and we'd love to be able to continue to support our students, staff and families as much as we do now!

Committee chairs are needed for:

Marathon Club

Deerfield Family Outreach

Book Fair

Fundraising Chair and Co-chair

Penny War Co-chair

Kindergarten Orientation

Penny Wars to Take Place April 3-7

Start collecting coins to support your student’s classroom April 3-7 in a Battle to Fight Hunger! Pennies (and paper bills) earn “positive points” for the classroom, while silver coins can be donated to competing classrooms as “negative points”. No worries, all money raised will be a huge PLUS for Just Food — each $1 donated helps them provide 2 meals in our community.

Students can win daily mini-prizes if their classroom is in the lead, and the classroom to collect the most positive penny points over the whole week wins a Topper’s Pizza Party!

Deerfield Dines Out at Chipotle on March 21



4000 W 6TH ST STE I, LAWRENCE, KS, 66049

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Mrs. Hett is February’s High Five Winner!

Congratulations to our High-Five February winner, Mrs. Lori Hett!

Mrs. Hett is Deerfield’s cafeteria supervisor and library aide! She was nominated by Elijah Franklin, a student in Mrs. Fisher’s kindergarten class. Elijah thinks Mrs. Hett deserves a HUGE high-five because “Lori knows that I get worried at lunch and always makes sure to check on me!”

Congratulations Mrs. Hett! Thank you for all that you do for our students!

The beautiful flowers were donated by Dillons on Lawrence Avenue. Mrs. Hett, Elijah and his 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 month. Nominations for March will be accepted until Tuesday, March 21st! Students can fill out a paper form in the library or complete an online submission here:
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Deerfield VIP- Very Important People Volunteers

In an effort to be inclusive of all people, Deerfield is moving away from the WatchDOGS program and moving to Deerfield VIPs. Deerfield VIPs (Very Important People) is a volunteer opportunity aimed at adults who are important to our students. Deerfield VIPs can be individuals who serve as a positive role model in the life of any Deerfield student. As a Deerfield VIP, you will volunteer for your child's teacher/grade level in a variety of settings and complete a variety of tasks. For example: a Deerfield VIP could help supervise recess, work with small groups of students, and/or complete clerical tasks. The VIPs will receive a daily schedule for the amount of time they volunteer. VIP dates/times are at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Due to limited space, VIPs will not be able to stay for or to help with lunch in the cafeteria. At this time, we're asking that VIPs only sign up for a maximum of 2 times per semester.

KDG VIP signups

1st grade VIP signups

2nd grade VIP signups

3rd grade VIP signups

4/5 VIP signups

Please help us improve your volunteer experience! If you have been a VIP Volunteer this school year, please use the QR code below to complete a quick survey.

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Changemaker 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.

2/28-3/3: Joy Harjo

3/7-3/9: Jazz Jennings

3/21-3/25: Grace Vanderwaal

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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Important Attendance Reminders:

Please call or email to notify us any time your child is absent from school by 8:30 ( or 785-832-5660). Please remember, we need a doctor's note if your child is absent three or more consecutive days AND after your child has been absent from school a total of 15 days.

All parents/guardians must come into the school to sign out their child if checking them out during school hours. This was our policy prior to Covid and we are now following this procedure again.

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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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.

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