Deerfield May Newsletter

May 1st-31st

Last Day of School: Thursday, May 23rd - Kids Dismiss at 11:15 am

We are planning our staffing for next year. Please let the office know if your child will not be returing to Deerfield next year, ASAP

Will Your Child Be Returning to Deerfield Next Year?

We are planning our staffing for next year. Please let the office know ASAP, if your child will not be returing to Deerfield next year.

Calendar of Events

May 3rd

3rd Grade Lawrence History Walking Tour

May 6th-May 10th

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7th

Teacher Appreciation Day - Bring your teachers a flower

2nd Grade to Body Venture 8:40 a.m.

Transition Day 5th grade to West 1:30 p.m.

K-4th Grade Transition Up Day 2:15

5th Grade Parent Night at West 6:00 p.m.

May 9th

PTO Swim Night at Lawrence Aquatic 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

May 10th

Field Day (see info below)

May 14th

PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m.

May 15th

Kindergarten to Discovery Center; Topeka 8:15 a.m.

4th Grade Spring Market Day 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Deerfield Dines Out Old Chicago 5-9 p.m.

May 17th

5th Grade Recognition 8:30 a.m. (Gym)

May 20th

Deerfield BOGO Book Fair 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

May 21st

Deerfield BOGO Book Fair 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

May 23rd

Last Day of School, Dismissal 11:15 am

May 24th

Teachers official Last Duty Day until August 12th.

June 10-July 29

Deerfield Office Closed

June 20th

Dine Out Salty Iguana 4-9 p.m.

July 24th

Dine Out Law. Beer Co. 4-11 p.m.

July 29th

Deerfield office staff on duty

August 7th

Class Placements emailed to parents

August 8th

Teaching staff official first day back to school

Farewell to staff

In 1991, I was 26 years old, had been married a year, and had no children. I also began working at Deerfield Elementary as a fifth and sixth grade teacher. Fast forward 28 years. I’m now much older (you do the math), have 2 grown children, and will soon be a grandma. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years here as a sixth-grade teacher, fifth-grade teacher, second-grade teacher, and librarian. I have worked with so many wonderful families. Working in the library has allowed me to work with many, many Deerfield students their entire elementary career. It has been especially meaningful to work with those second-generation Deerfield children. Meeting former students again as parents has been one of my favorite parts of remaining in one place for so long. I have also had the privilege of working alongside several former students.

I’m not sure what comes next. I’ll be looking for something to do. I plan on relaxing this summer. My goal is to walk into Target in July or August and not panic when the school supplies are set out. I am sure I will see you out and about. Please say hello if you see me. I will certainly miss the Deerfield community. If you are in the building before the end of the year, please stop by and let me say goodbye.

Thank you for all of the greetings each morning as you drop your students off. Thank you for all of the wonderful children you’ve sent my way over the years. Have a wonderful summer, and please be sure to read a book!


Anne Tormohlen




Dear Deerfield families,

It is bittersweet that I inform you I will not be back to teach all the crazy fun kids at Deerfield. My family is on an adventure to Nebraska where my fiancée Julia is from. For the past 9 years I have had so much fun seeing all the Deerfield students grow up from kindergarten to 5th grade. It has been a pleasure, and a wonderful ride. Julia and I both have found jobs, thank goodness. We will be moving to Kearney, Nebraska closer to family and many cousins for our daughter Paisley to play with. Thanks for the memories and letting me teach your children.

Sincerely,


Jason Bott

No Parking!

No Parking (between the hours of 1:00-4:00) signs have been placed on the southbound side of Lawrence Avenue from the corner of Princeton Ave. to the entrance of our circle drive. This is in an effort to prevent drivers from "double parking" while waiting to enter the circle drive. Drivers cannot block the traffic flow along Lawrence Avenue. Drivers stopped in this area must stay with their vehicle and advance with the traffic into the circle drive. Thank you in advance for obeying the traffic signs!

Class Placements for 2019-20

Deerfield Elementary uses academic, behavioral and social-emotional data in a collaborative process among teachers to place students in class sections for the following school year. Our goal is to achieve the best possible balance for each class within a grade level. As a reminder Deerfield does not accept requests for specific teachers, nor are students automatically assigned to a teacher the family has had in the past. Additionally, we will not accept requests for specific classmates.


However, you may provide us with information about your child for our consideration in this process by completing the Learner Profile form below. The information you provide to us is appreciated and serves as supplemental information in our process to achieve the desired balance.

Field Day

Dear Deerfield Parents,

It is about that time for field day again! The fifth graders will be running the stations in the morning session and the afternoon session. Field ay will be on May 10th. There is no make-up date.

The kids will be able to roam from station to station on their own during the 90 minutes they will be outside. Half the fifth graders will run the stations in the morning, while the other half will participate. The fifth graders roles will reverse during the afternoon session. The fifth graders running a station will stay at that station for the entire session. We will have 20 or more stations for the students.

Morning session 9:15 – 10:45 am

  • All 4th graders
  • All kindergartners
  • All 5th graders
  • 1st Bland and Chappell

Afternoon session 1:00 – 2:30 pm

  • All 5th graders
  • All 3rd graders
  • All 2nd graders
  • 1st Heller and Moser

If you would like to volunteer, please email me at jbott@usd497.org . I would prefer if you could help all day, however, I know all of us are busy this time of year, so if you can only help in the morning or afternoon that is fine! I do not ask any volunteers to deal with behaviors. That will be my job. I want you to have fun and just be an adult presence. Let’s have a wonderful field day.

Thank you so much,

Jason Bott

Deerfield PE

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Redesign Update

Here is an update on where we are with Redesign:

May 3rd - Joni will meet with Bart Swartz w/Greenbush to review the redesign process, bi-weekly meetings and process for selection of the core team.

May 13th -Joni and interested staff will will take park in a Mission Inception Hour Webinar. During the Mission Inception webinar, the following topics will be covered:

  • Redesign process timeline for next year.
  • Regional Training dates.
  • Process for choosing Redesign Pilot and Co-Pilot.
  • This summer, we are asking Principals, Pilots, and Co-Pilots to read the book The New School Rules and engage in a book study. (More on this in the webinar).
  • There will be a follow-up regarding the book at our Change & Leadership Seminar in Topeka on August 6 & 7.
  • Meet the KSDE Redesign Team and receive contact information. Meet our Service Center Representatives and receive contact information.

Welcome New Staff

Natalie Rabiola has accepted the LMS position at Deerfield! Natalie attended Emporia State University and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has additional endorsements in Middle School Math, ELA, and ESOL (pre-k12). Natalie's Master of Library Science comes from Emporia State with a concentation in Youth services. She has taught middle school ELA and Math for the past 7 years. Whoop! Whoop! So glad to have her joining our staff!


Carolina Peirce - So excited to welcome Carolina back to Lawrence and back to Deerfield!! Yep, after leaving to take a position in Chicago, the Peirces are moving back! Yay!!! She is joining our awesome Kindergarten team (4th section).

Medication at School

If your child takes medication at school, please plan to pick up any remaining medication on or before May 24th. Any medication left at the school after this date will be disposed off.
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Boys & Girls Summer Program

Boys & Girls Club Summer Program

Swim lessons, Field trips, Reading Programs and More!

Boys & Girls Club Summer Enrollment is now open to the public!

BGC offers a safe, fun and positive environment for your kids during the day.

Need a back up plan? Use our program! You only pay for the days your member comes.

$24/day

$120/week

We offer scholarships!

Questions? Call Kassadie at (785) 423-3695 or Email deerfield@bgclk.org

Lawrence Public Schools Early Childhood Pre-K Program

Requirements

  • Children must live in the Lawrence Public Schools district area
  • Must be 4 years old before August, 31, 2019.

Cost

  • For those families who meet the following qualifications, there is no fee

Transportation

  • Parents provide their child’s transportation to and from the classroom.

Qualifications

  • Family is eligible for free lunch as based on 2019-2020 application for Child Nutrition Program Benefits AND
  • child is not attending another preschool program*

*If your child is currently attending a preschool, the parent will need a referral letter from the child’s current preschool in order to enroll in Lawrence Public Schools’ program. Children not attending another preschool center will have first priority for enrollment.

OR

  • Family is eligible for reduced lunch as based on 2019-2020 application for Child Nutrition Program Benefits AND

Meets at least one of the following:

  • Custodial parent is unmarried
  • Was born to a teen parent
  • Parent is lacking a high school diploma or GED
  • English is a child’s second language

Appropriate documentation must be on file to meet qualification requirements

  • Child qualifies for migrant status

Appropriate documentation must be on file to meet qualification requirements

  • Family is being referred by DCF

Appropriate documentation must be on file to meet qualification requirements

AND

  • Child is not attending another preschool program*

*If your child is currently attending a preschool, the parent will need a referral letter from the child’s current preschool in order to enroll in Lawrence Public Schools’ program. Children not attending another preschool center will have first priority for enrollment.

Please make sure to return your forms in a timely manner. Once your eligibility is determined and a spot is available, we will notify you with further information and provide the necessary papers needed to complete enrollment. Please call 832-5760 with any questions.

Early Childhood Peer Modeling Program 2019-20

Are you interested in having your child be a peer model for the Lawrenc Early Childhood Program? Read on...

Requirements for the program are:

· Must be age 3 by August 31, 2019

· Cannot be Kindergarten eligible – age 5 – before August 31, 2019

· Has been screened by Lawrence Public Schools and passed screening

· Must speak English fluently

· Child must be able to demonstrate age appropriate play, social behavior, speech, language, and motor skills

Hours:

· AM Sessions: 8:00 – 11:00 PM Sessions: 12:00 – 3:00

· 4 days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Cost:

· Peer model fee does not qualify for the school district fee waiver benefits.

· 4 day session - $150 per month

Transportation:

· Parents must provide their child’s transportation to and from the classroom.

Want to apply?

· Please go online to www.usd497.org and click on student registration under the apple icon.

· You will register for the 2019-2020 school year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lawrence Public Schools Early Childhood Programs at 785-832-5760. Thank you!

Thank You Hy-Vee!

We can't thank Hy-Vee enough for donating bottles of water and granola bars to our 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders during State Testing! We are so appreciative for all the wonderful support you give our school!

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Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is served from 7:35 to 7:50 am. Breakfast WILL NOT be served after 7:50 am. If your child is having milk with lunch from home, please make sure there is money in their account.


Lunch Schedule

2nd Grade:11:00-11:25

5th Grade:11:15-11:40

KDay, KHumburg:11:30-11:55

KLeibach:11:35-12:00

1Moser,1Heller:11:45-12:10

1Bland, 1Chappell:11:50-12:15

3rd Grade:12:05-12:30

4th Grade:12:20-12:45