December 3, 2021
Mr. Goetz's Corner
The events of this week in Oxford and the copycat threats have shaken all of us. Thank you for your understanding and support as we cancelled school on Thursday out of caution. Thankfully, the threats were fully investigated and found to be not credible. Today, our staffs worked together to prepare for our students' return and to review safety protocols. Deerfield had already completed a review of and practiced ALL of our safety drills this fall, but additional instruction and feedback is always appreciated from our law enforcement partners.
My number one priority is that students feel safe and are safe. With the tragic event at Oxford High School, sometimes confidences are shaken. I want to take a few minutes to share what safety protocols we have in place.
Because of the age of our students, we made the decision on Wednesday not to bring the shooting up unless it came up naturally. Some students had no idea anything happened and others knew every detail that had been on TV. It did come up in some classrooms. When it came up, our goal was to acknowledge any fears, be honest, and remind them of how safe they are. We also kept explanations developmentally appropriate. For elementary students, the best course of action is
- to provide simple information balanced with assurance of safety.
- to remind students about what we do at school to keep you safe.
- to separate fact from fiction
Our conversations also focused on information students were already familiar with regarding safety at Deerfield.
- Mr. Goetz and all teachers number one job is to make sure you are safe and ready to learn.
- Our outside doors are always locked.
- Anyone that wants to come in has to be buzzed in. The office staff can see who it is on the camera before letting them in.
- There are cameras throughout the building to make sure everyone is being safe.
- We practice drills (5 fire, 3 tornado, 3 lockdown/evacuation) each year. The language we use is "We practice our drills so that we know what to do in an emergency. If there is a danger inside the building (fire), where would we go? (outside to our meeting spot) If there is a danger outside (tornado), what do we do? (go to our safe spot in the school) If we have to evacuate or leave Deerfield, where do we go? (to Kroger). Whenever we talk about our lockdown/evacuation drill we use kid friendly terms. "We would evacuate the building if it was not safe to be in here. There might be a gas leak or an unsafe or dangerous person. We leave the building and head to Kroger." We NEVER use the term active shooter during a drill. We read the book "I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared" which is written in a student friendly way. Check it out on youtube and you may want to watch it with your child. We read it in school prior to our lockdown drill.
- We have safety rules on the playground and in our classrooms. You may want to open the conversation by asking your child to share what things we have at school that make him/her feel safe. (The prior list can help lead the conversation.)
- We used examples and language from the Positivity Project to help use frame conversations. Teamwork, Kindness, Leadership, Self-Control, Optimism, Love, Integrity
When students return on Monday, we will keep a normal school routine for them. We will be sharing that our two days off were safety days and that the staff spent time discussing our safety protocols and ways to keep students safe at school. If students have questions or if they would like to talk about their feelings, we have staff available to support them.
Please know that your children mean the world to us. We know that you are entrusting us with your most precious gift. If you ever have any questions regarding our safety protocols or your child is struggling because of this week's events, we are here to answer your questions and to support your student.
Dec 8 - PTO Meeting @ 7 pm in Media Center
Dec 10 - No School- (Teacher PD)
Dec 11 - Santa's Breakfast Rescheduled
Dec 16 - Early Dismissal @ 1:35 pm
Dec 23- Jan 2 - No School- Holiday Break (Updated dates)
Lunch Choices for Dec 6-10
Lunch Choices for this Week
All students are eligible to receive free lunch this year. Check out these yummy lunches for next week.
Monday: A - Chicken Nuggets
B - Garden Salad
Tuesday: A - Pepperoni Pizza
B - Cheese Pizza
Wednesday: A - Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
B - Bagel & Cream Cheese
Thursday: A - Chicken Pattie
B - Garden Salad
Friday: No School - No Lunch
Specials Calendar for December
The Positivity Project
This week's Positivity theme was gratitude. Gratitude is the feeling of appreciation or thanks. When we express our gratitude, we let others around us know that we see and acknowledge their thoughtfulness and care. Gratitude can be shared through words, actions, and attitude. An attitude of gratitude can
Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective. - Germany Kent
Santa's Breakfast - Date changed to Dec 11th!
Our Santa's Breakfast has been moved to Saturday, December 11th. We are hoping that the families who are already signed up can still attend. If you are unable to attend during your time slot, please email the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can try to switch your time slot or reimburse you if you can no longer attend. If you haven't signed up yet, we still have some openings. Please use the Sign Up Genius to indicate the number of individuals coming, and only sign up during one time slot. The cost is $6 per person. Masks must be worn when not actively eating.
Please visit our Sign Up Genius to register and pay:
Virtual Giving Tree - Due Date Extending
We are extending the due date for Giving Tree items to Tuesday, December 7th. Thank you to all of the families who have already brought items in; the generosity of our Deerfield community is amazing! If you haven't yet, and you are able, please consider signing up to donate items/gift cards for our Deerfield and Avondale families. If you purchase an item, please include a gift receipt. Please do not wrap items. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Happy Holidays!
Please visit our Sign Up Genius to help out:
Penguin Patch Holiday Shop!
Winter Weather and Water Bottles
The winter weather has arrived and the students were excited to get out and play in it. It was fun to see the students outside making large snowballs and snowmen. They did a great job showing the Positivity Project character strengths of teamwork, perseverance and creativity. We did have some students who were not able to enjoy the snow because they did not have their snow gear. Please be sure your child has snow pants, winter coat, gloves and boots so that they are able to enjoy the snow with their friends. Also, please be sure to label your child's clothing with their name on it. This way if it is found, we are able to return it your child.
We have noticed some friends not bringing their own water bottle to school. With our drinking fountains closed, it is important that students bring their own water bottle to be able to drink during the day and while they enjoy their snack. Please remember to send in a water bottle with your child everyday.
Pediatric Vaccine Clinic
Blessings Back Pack Sign-Up
Here are some ways you can help the PTO with things you are already doing!
If you shop online at Amazon, consider shopping at www.smile.amazon.com instead. The
Deerfield PTO will receive a percentage of every purchase made. Here’s how to enroll:
1. Log in to your Amazon account at www.smile.amazon.com
2. Under the “Account & Lists” drop down menu, select Amazon Smile
3. Search by entering Deerfield PTO (be sure to select our Rochester Hills Deerfield PTO)
4. Please make sure you always shop at www.smile.amazon.com
Deerfield PTO has a Shutterfly Storefront to place your photo, holiday cards, and gift orders. The Deerfield PTO receives a percentage of every order placed to be used for school events and supplies. Log in to your account at: deerfieldpto.shutterflystorefront.com and begin creating!
Are you already scanning a Kroger Plus card when you shop for groceries? Did you know you can link the Deerfield PTO to your card, and we will receive a percentage of your purchase? Here’s how to enroll:
2. Sign in or create an account
3. Search by entering “Deerfield PTO” or “HP414”
4. Select Deerfield PTO & click “enroll”
If you drink Coke or Coke products, you can give money back to Deerfield! You can do this by sending your caps/box codes to school with your student or create an account at Coke.com/give to enter them at home. Here's how to sign up:
1. Go to Coke.com/give and sign in (or create an account if you do not have one).
2. Select "Donate Now" under the local school image.
3. Search by entering Deerfield's zip code (48309), select Deerfield Elementary - Rochester Hills.
4. Enter your code from your bottle caps and/or box codes.
The Avondale School District is looking for teacher substitutes. The State of Michigan requires candidates to have 60 College Credits. All substitute permits require that an individual has completed at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (defined as a grade of 'C' or higher) combined from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities. Please apply at EduStaff.org. The daily pay rate is $120.00 and district substitutes earn a daily pay rate of $150.00. Please reach out to AnnaMaria Wyman at AnnaMaria.Wyman@ Avondaleschools.org if you have any questions.
Positive COVID Cases at School
In an effort to keep everyone informed about positive COVID instances here at Deerfield Elementary, we have included a link to the current number of cases detected in school. Individual classrooms will be notified of a positive case of COVID in each classroom, should that occur.
Here is the link: (www.avondaleschools.org).
Local Food Distributions
Avondale Family Resource & Support Package
The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.