Deerfield December 2022 Newsletter

December 2022

Calendar of Events

Dec 11- Deerfield Plays at LGA for 2nd & 3rd grade, 5pm-6:30pm(must be signed up using link in PTO News below)

Dec 11- Deerfield Plays at LGA for 4th & 5th grade, 6:30pm-8pm(must be signed up using link in PTO News below)

Dec 12-16- Snowman Gift Giving week!

Dec 13- PTO meeting at 7pm in the music room or attend via Launch Meeting - Zoom

Dec 13 - 4:30 Site Council Meeting

Dec 14- Spelling Bee 4th/5th 12:45-1:30

Dec 14- Deerfield Bake Shop donations due

Dec 15- Deerfield Dines out at Jefferson's (west location only), 1540 Wakarusa Dr, 4pm-9pm

Dec 16- 4th/5th Grade Market Day 8:30-9:00

Dec 18- Deerfield Plays at LGA for k&1st grade, 5pm-6:30pm (must be signed up using link in PTO News below)

Dec 20- Winter Parties (See below for party times)
Dec 21- Jan 4 - Winter Break / No School!

Jan 5- Classes resume

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

Jan 17- Deerfield High Five Nominations due

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.

Progress Reports - December 21st

Progress Reports will be available via PowerSchool after 3:30 on December 21st. A progress report information guide and directions for logging can be found below.

Help us fill our fridge and stock our shelves!

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.

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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 justice for the inequalities that marginalized communities face.

11/29-12/3: Campbell Remess

12/13-12/17: Melati and Isabel Wijsen

12/20- Dr. Katie Bouman


President-Angela Wilson

Vice President-Melissa Pam

Treasurers-Christina Terfler

Secretary-Brooke Hesler Ramsey

Come to a PTO Meeting & Follow us on Facebook!

TUESDAY, December 13, 2022, 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

PTO Needs YOU!

Deerfield enjoys a strong tradition of an active and robust PTO, but we can’t do it without YOU! PTO is currently in need of volunteers to fill a variety of roles, including heading committees.

As but one example, Deerfield PTO is looking to fill a chairperson spot for Marathon Club. Marathon Club is held on Wednesdays, from 1:45-2:45pm, during the months of September through November and March through May. Prior to Covid, we had a strong Marathon Club committee and high numbers of participants and we'd love to bring this back to Deerfield!

Don’t have the time to tackle Marathon Club? No problem, contact us to find a role that will fit your commitment level. Email email

Thank You, Volunteers!

PTO would like to thank Ms. Rabiola and Ms. Hurst for all of their work with the Readathon and Read In! Your commitment supports child literacy AND helped raise money for PTO, which in turn supports Deerfield kids, faculty, and staff.

Thank you also to all of our amazing PTO volunteers! Whether you’re signing up to donate pretzels for a school party to heading up our school-wide book fair, PTO appreciates everything our volunteers do to make Deerfield a great place.

Winter Party!

The winter parties are scheduled for Tuesday, December 20. You should be receiving information from your grade representatives and/or room parents about party supplies and volunteers. If you do not, or if you have any questions, please email Party times are as follows:

Kindergarten: 2:00-2:45

1st grade: 1:45-2:45

2nd grade: 1:45-2:45

3rd grade: 10:00-11:00

4th/5th grade: 1:30-2:30

Snowman Wish Lists are now Live

Around the holidays, we like to say THANK YOU to our teachers and staff for all their hard work and dedication they give throughout the year. The Snowman Gifts program is back this year! If you’d like to gift your Deerfield staff and teachers something extra special, we can help! Those staff and teachers who chose to participate have provided us with a Snowman Gift wish list. Gift suggestions can include gift cards from their favorite retailers or restaurants, items for their classroom/work area, personal gifts or community appreciation projects. Gift giving will be the week of Dec. 12 – 16 th . Your student can bring their gift to school to deliver to the recipient on any of these days. Emails have been provided if you’d like to send an email gift certificate.

To view and/or select a gift from a list, please access the following google doc:

Please notice the tabs at the bottom of the form to help direct you to the correct area/grade. To “claim”your gift, simply add your name in the “Sign up” cell. Please note that there are some items that can be gifted more than once. Please still sign up and separate your name with the other gift giver(s) with a comma.

If you have any questions, please email

Happy holidays, Deerfield families!

Deerfield Plays at LGA in December

Join your classmates for some fun at Lawrence Gymnastics & Athletics!

2nd/3rd Grade – Sunday, 12/11 from 5-6:30pm

4th/5th Grade – Sunday, 12/11 from 6:30-8pm

K/1st Grade – Sunday, 12/18 from 5-6:30pm

$10/child, PTO will receive 50% back. This is a great way to support PTO and have some fun with friends in the process!

Space is limited per LGA’s safety guidelines. Your child MUST be signed up to attend.

Play time is for Deerfield students only. We kindly ask that you do not sign-up friends or younger/older siblings to ensure all students who wish to attend are able.

Parents are welcome to stay, but not required. Parents must sign a waiver and make payment inside at drop off.

If you have questions, please contact Annie Rajaei at

K/1st Grade Sign-up:

2nd/3rd Grade Sign-up:

4th/5th Grade Sign-up:

Deerfield Dines Out at Jefferson’s in December

Mark your calendars for December’s Dines Out at Jefferson’s, 1540 Wakarusa Drive, on Thursday December 15, 2022, from 4:00pm-9:00pm:

Mrs. Lansbury is November’s High-5 Winner!

Congratulations to our High-Five November winner, Mrs. Lansbury!

Mrs. Lansbury is a 2nd grade teacher and this is her 5th year at Deerfield (but 19th year teaching). Mrs. Lansbury was nominated by student, Calvin Plante. Calvin thinks Mrs. Lansbury deserves a HUGE high-five because “she is really nice and she’s the best teacher. She is very helpful and teaches us a lot!”

Congratulations Mrs. Lansbury! Thank you for all that you do!

The beautiful flowers were donated by Dillons on Lawrence Avenue. Mrs. Lansbury, Calvin and their class will be treated to a pizza party from Toppers to celebrate!

Thank you to all the students who nominated our amazing Deerfield staff and teachers this month. We will not be selecting a December winner due to the short and busy month. 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:

Spread Holiday Cheer with the PTO Holiday Bake Shop on Wednesday, December 14!

This fun event gives each staff member the opportunity to fill a plate of goodies that are generously provided by Deerfield families. What a great way to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate their hard work!

Visit the Sign Up Genius link below and let us know if you can bring supplies, cookies, candy, snack mix, chocolate, fresh fruit or other tasty treats! Items can be dropped off at the office from 8am-1pm on Wednesday, 12/14. Individually wrapped items work best but are not required.

If you would like to donate monetarily please Venmo @Trisha-Franklin. All donated funds will go directly to purchasing additional snacks & goodies for the staff.

Sign up to treat our staff!

Thank you in advance for your support of this annual tradition!

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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.

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