Deerfield August 2022 Newsletter

August 2022

Calendar of Events

August 11 - Class Placement Notification, Sign up for Parent/Teacher Listening Conferences

August 15 - Parent/Teacher Listening Conferences

August 16 - 5:30-6:15 pm Back to School Sneak Peek / Supply Drop Off

August 16 - 6:00-7:00 pm Ice Cream Social

August 17 - Parent/Teacher Listening Conferences

August 17 - 8:00-11:15 Transition Day for Kindergarten Students Only

August 18 - K-5 Regular School Schedule (8:00-3:05)

August 22 - First day of Boys and Girls Club

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the 2022-23 School Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer break. For some reason this summer break seemed to go a lot faster than last year! :) ... But we are here and getting ready to greet all 500 students back to school!


Class placements will be emailed to you on Thursday, August 11th. Your assigned teacher will send you a welcome letter with a link to sign up for a Parent Teacher Listening Conference.


The first day of school for Kindergarten students ONLY is Wednesday, August 17th. School starts for Kindergartners at 8:00 am and will end at 11:15 am. Breakfast will be offered on this day, but no lunch due to early dismissal. Kindergartners will enter through the North Playground door beginning at 7:45 am. Parents will be allowed to walk their child to their classroom on this first day of school only and must exit the building by 8:00.


The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Thursday, August 18th. This is a regular school day (8:00 am to 3:05 pm). Parents will be allowed to walk their child to their classroom on this first day of school only and must exit the building by 8:00. Assigned entrances are listed below.


Please review the Arrival and Dismissal procedures for Deerfield below. School hours are

MTTF - 8:00-3:05, W - 8:00-1:35. The building doors will be open for students at 7:45 am. We will continue with assigned entrances for different grade levels (see below) Students arriving after 8:00 am will need to enter thru the front doors.


We will have a Sneak Peek this year! The building will be open on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30-6:15 pm for those who would like to find their classroom and/or drop off supplies. We will ask everyone to exit the building at 6:15, so that staff can join the ice cream social. The ice cream social will be on the front lawn from 6:00-7:00 pm.


If you are enrolled in Boys and Girls Club, please be aware that this program does not start until Monday, August 22nd.


School Meals - The federal government allowed schools to offer free meals to all students during the pandemic. Congress DID NOT extend this benefit for the coming 2022-2023 school year. Students will be charged for school meals this year! Families MUST apply HERE to receive free or reduced-price meals and school fee waivers for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage all families to apply! District Food Service staff are happy to assist families with completing the application at the Educational Support Center, 110 McDonald Drive, or contact them by phone at 785-832-5000 for assistance.


Full Price

Breakfast -$1.80 Lunch-$2.80

Reduced Price

Breakfast - $.30 Lunch - $.40

Adult

Breakfast - $2.55

Lunch - $4.65

Extra Milk

$.85


School Supply List can be found on the district website under the "Parents and Students" tab. Parents of 4th and 5th graders are asked to hold off on purchasing supplies until your classroom teacher emails you.


Please check out the District Back to School Newsletter HERE.


Enjoy your last few days of summer! We can't wait to see you!

Arrival and Dismissal Logistics

Please take a few minutes to review our procedures for a safe and efficient arrival and dismissal.
  • Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

  • Students eating breakfast should be at school by 7:45. Breakfast will not be served after 8:00.

  • Students should not come to school before 7:45am - doors are locked and there is no adult supervision.

  • Parents may wait outside with their child but will not be allowed in any part of the building during student check in.

  • Masks are not required and there will be no temp checks in the morning.


Deerfield Entrances from 7:45-8:00 am:

  • Jen Walter's Class - NW Door

  • Kindergarten-1st Grade enter through the North Playground door

  • 2nd-3rd Grades enter through the South Playground door

  • 4th-5th Graders enter through the Front Entrance

(Note-Older students can enter with their younger sibling if needed.)

Late Students - Students arriving to school after 8:00 am.

  • Students will enter Front entrance


Procedures:

  1. Students will enter the building through their assigned grade level door.

  2. Students wanting to eat breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria. All other students will go directly to their classroom.

  3. Students arriving after 8:00 am will enter through the front entrance.

  4. Breakfast will not be served after 8:00 am.


Students leaving before dismissal

  • Call the office once you arrive at the school and ask for your student to be released

  • Office staff will sign the student out and watch the student until they are safely in the vehicle.

  • OR you may come into the office to sign your child out.

Dismissal

  • Parents should follow the Traffic Plan and Traffic Map when picking up students from school at dismissal time.

  • Teachers will exit with students at dismissal time: MTTF: 3:05, Wednesdays: 1:35

  • ALL Teachers will walk their own students outside to wait for students to be picked up.

  • Older Students can wait with their younger siblings in the younger sibling waiting area.

      • Ms. Walter's classroom will exit out Northwest door

      • Kindergarten will wait for parent pick up on the North playground

      • First Grade will wait for parent pick up on North lawn area

      • 2nd and 3rd Grade will wait for parent pick up on the South front sidewalk

      • 4th and 5th Grade will wait for parent pick up on the North front sidewalk

Medication At School

As a reminder, if your child will require medication during the school day, please fill out the attached medication permission form(s). You should then send the form(s) AND the medication(s) with your student on their first day of school. Please be sure that any PRESCRIPTION medication includes the CURRENT LABEL with the prescription information adhered to the bottle. For any OVER-THE-COUNTER medication, please be sure that the directions for use are clearly labeled on the bottle AND that the medication is for CHILDREN (not adult). Adult strength over-the-counter medication cannot be given to children without a prescription.


IMPORTANT: PLEASE notify myself or the teacher that your child has the medication with them on the first day and we will gather the supplies from your student and keep them readily available at school. If you have any questions or want to discuss your child's medication plan please contact me. My contact information is listed below. THANK YOU!


*Due to Covid there may be some changes to certain medication administration policies. Please see attached.

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.

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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Logistics

Here are a few logistics for the year:

Visitors: Parents/Guardians can walk their students to their classroom on the first day of school:


  • Kindergarten - August 17th
  • Grade 1-5 - August 18th


All visitors should exit the building promptly at 8:00 unless prior volunteer arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher.

After the first day of school, we ask that you give your hugs and say your good-byes before your child enters the building. This practice is more about monitoring who is entering the building than it is about Covid. It has also helped many of our students successfully separate from their parent and in turn have a great start to their day.


Volunteers are allowed this year. Teachers will be sending information about volunteer opportunities and how to sign up.


Lunch: All students will eat in the cafeteria this year. However, visitors will not be allowed to eat lunch at school.


Students should bring a water bottle to school everyday as our water fountains will remain fill stations only.


Masks are not required and there will be no temp checks upon arrival. Air filtration systems will continue to be used in all student and work spaces.


All field trips are allowed.

VIPs (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, lunch, 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 (volunteer times and days will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher)


Deerfield believes in the importance of volunteers: Henderson and Mapp (2002) report evidence that volunteers can be significant resources in helping create a supportive and welcoming environment at schools and facilitating students’ behavior and performance. As positive role models and student motivators, volunteers are viewed as contributing to better school attendance, improved grades and test scores, matriculation, less misbehavior, better social skills, staying in school, graduating, and going on to college. http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/vols.pdf


Classroom teachers will be sending more information about volunteering and a link for sign up.

Parent Tech Guide

Find answers to your tech questions here!

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School Directory Information

The FERPA Annual Notice directs parents who object to the public release of directory information to request, complete, and return a Non-Disclosure of Student Information Form. If you wish to NOT have your child's contact information in our annual school directory please fill out this form and return to the school office by September 10th. If we do not receive this form your child's contact information will be listed as shown below....

Student Name

Parent/Guardian 1

Address

Phone

Email

Parent/Guardian 2

Phone