Deerfield January 2023 Newsletter

January 2023

Calendar of Events

Jan 5- Classes resume

Jan 10- PTO meeting at 7pm in the music room or attend via Zoom link included in the newsletter

Jan 16- No School

Jan 17- Deerfield High Five Nominations due

Jan 24 - 4th Grade Spencer Art Museum Trip (am)

Jan 27- Deerfield Dines out at Minsky's

Feb 14- PTO meeting at 7 p.m. in the music room or attend via the link included in the newsletter

Feb 14 - 4:30-5:30 Deerfield Site Council meeting

Feb 20- NoSchool District PD

Meet Ms. Bowles, the new Music Teacher!

Welcome Ms. Bowles, our new Music Teachers. Ms. Bowles just graduated from Emporia State University in December with a Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Music Education with an Emphasis in Voice and a Minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies. She had the opportunity to Student Teach in the Lawrence School District last semester, so while she is new to Deerfield, she is fairly familiar with the district. Ms. Bowles is passionate about empowering students to become lifelong learners and lovers of music, and she is so excited to teach music to the awesome kiddos of Deerfield Elementary!

Mark your Calendars!

1st and 2nd Grade-Tuesday, April 4

-1st Grade at 6:15pm

2nd Grade at 7pm

Kindergarten and 3rd Grade- Tuesday, April 25

-Kindergarten at 6:15pm

-3rd Grade at 7pm

4th and 5th Grade- Tuesday, May 2

-3 classes at 6:15pm

-3 classes at 7pm

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Deerfield PTO Newsletter

Come to a PTO Meeting & Follow us on Facebook!

TUESDAY, January 10, 2023, 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.

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

Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank you to all of our Deerfield families for making December a great month for our students, teachers and staff! From winter parties to bringing back the Bake Shop, December was a busy month for PTO and its volunteers.

Deerfield Carnival Returns this Spring

The Deerfield Carnival will be back this spring on Saturday, April 29. For families new to Deerfield, the carnival is an amazing time for our kids but it takes a large number of volunteers to make it happen! More details will be sent out in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime, if you are interested in helping plan and/or volunteering the day of, please email

Deerfield Dines Out at Minsky’s on January 27

Take a break from cooking on January 27 and support Deerfield PTO by dining out at Minsky’s. PTO will earn 10% of all sales when you mention that you’re supporting Deerfield by dining out!

High-5 Nominations Due

Does your kid know a great teacher or staff member who deserves a high five? Nominations for January will be accepted until Tuesday, January 17th! Students can fill out a paper form in the library or complete an online submission here:

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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Help us fill our fridge and stock our shelves for January!

Let's help celebrate our teachers and staff by filling the fridge with refreshments and re-stocking classroom supplies. Thank you all for continuous support for our school staff. Please drop donations off in the front office. Please follow new sign up link below!

Change Maker 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 the inequalities that marginalized communities face.

1/5-1/6 Meg Heriford

1/9-1/13 Louis Braille

1/16- 1/20 James Naismith

1/23-1/27 Girl Scout Troop 6000

1/30-2/3 LeBron James

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Important Message From School Nurse:


Keep an extra set of clothes in your child's backpack(including socks)! This will help us get kids back to class quickly when "accidents" happen such as soiled pants, food spills, mud puddles, and so on.

'Tis the season for CHAPPED LIPS and DRY HANDS! Please consider sending a tube of lip balm and hand lotion withy your student to use as needed!

Important Attendance Reminders:

Please call or email your child's absence by 9am to or 785-832-5660. Please remember we need a doctor's note if your child is absent three or more consecutive 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.


There are several students arriving to school before 7:45. Students are not allowed inside the building until 7:45. Please do not drop off your children until that time as there is not staff on duty to supervise and students will not be allowed inside the building. 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 & Girls Club.
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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.

December Newsletter

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November Newsletter

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August Newsletter

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