Deerfield May Newsletter

May 2021

Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7th

Calendar of Events

May 4- Kindergarten Webex Music Program 6:30pm-7:30pm

May 6- Uke can play! 5R Music Program 6:30pm-7pm

May 11- PTO Meeting 7pm

May 13- Uke can play! 5B Music Program 6:30pm-7pm

May 18- 5th Grade Visits to West Middle School 9:30am-10:15am

May 18- 2nd Grade Virtual Music Program 6:30pm-7:30pm

May 20- K-4 Transition Up Day 8:15am-9am

May 20- Uke can play! 5H Music Program 6:30-7pm

May 26- 5th Grade Recognition (5H 8:30am-9am, 5B 9:15am-9:40am, 5R 10:00am-10:30am

May 27- Last Day of School! This is a FULL Day of school! - Dismissal at 3:05

Last Day of School - Thursday, May 27th - Full day of school! Students dismissed at 3:05!

Parents,

We are going through a high volume of our mask supply at school due to students not bringing their own masks from home. PLEASE be sure your child wears a mask to school and that you are sending back-up masks (2 or more) with your student EACH day. If your child prefers disposable masks to cloth masks, keep in mind that disposable masks often break so several replacement masks may be required for them to keep on hand at school.


Thank you for your continued partnership.

Transition Up Day! - May 20th 8:15-9:00

We would like to invite our current K-4th Grade Deerfield DYL students to join our in-person students for Transition Up Day on Thursday, May 20th from 8:15-9:00 . During this time, teachers from the next grade level will visit students and give them a quick orientation of the next grade level. (our Current in person 5th graders will transition to middle school on Tuesday, May 18th. DYL 5th graders will transition on a different day that the district will schedule).


If you plan to have your K-4th grade student attend our Deerfield Transition Up Day, please let us know (785-832-5660). Also let your DYL teacher know that you will be absent from their class during this time.

*There will not be a virtual option.

REMINDER: STUDENT RETENTION

As a reminder, grade retention is not a practice that is supported by our school district or state. As we continue to receive requests to retain students, we are resending the information provided by our district below. Although retention may seem like a practice that makes "sense" due to the changing learning platforms we have experienced this past year, research does not support it as an effective practice and can have negative repercussions. This is even more so for students with an IEP and older students.


District statement:

Student retention is the practice of “holding students back a grade” and has come up in response to learning loss attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have found that student retention is generally not supported by research as an effective practice to support students. Additionally, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) recently released the “Navigating Next” guidance for school districts, which discourages broad-based retention strategies (p. 13).


As we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, we will not be recommending student retention as a learning loss remediation strategy for our PreK-12 students. We believe that our exciting and engaging summer learning opportunities and classroom-based strategies and interventions will successfully and effectively address any suspected learning losses over time caused by the pandemic. Our school is eagerly preparing to implement these strategies this summer, next school year, and beyond for each student as needed.

5th Grade Celebration

We are so proud of our fifth graders and how hard they have worked during this historic year. To send them off in style, we have the following planned.


On the day of recognition, each student will wake up to a yard sign saying "congratulations!" with the image that is on the 5th grade shirts. For families with more than one address, we will put the sign on the address in the DF area. At school that day, there will be signs from the Sign Gypsies congratulating our graduates. At the end of recognition, each student will receive a mylar congratulations balloon.


In the middle of May, each 5th grader will get their free t shirt (thank you Nichole Feurt for your work on this!!!).





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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.

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.

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.


5/3-5/7: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

5/10-5/14: Fred Rogers

5/17-5/20: Ashley Fiolek

5/24-5/27: Joni Appleman

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.

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.


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

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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