Deerfield Digest

January 14th, 2022

Mr. Goetz's Corner

Dear Families of Deerfield,

This week the Oakland County Health Division has adopted new quarantine guidelines for Covid-19 cases. As a result, we are pleased to announce shortened quarantine times for positive cases of Covid-19, and shortened quarantine times for those exposed to Covid-19 outside of school. The school will also no longer be conducting contact tracing for exposures in school, since our students are wearing their masks and social distancing. We are hoping that these new guidelines will decrease student absences, so more time will be spent learning. We know that all of the new guidelines can be a lot to remember, so please review the chart and frequently asked questions below. Also, we are always here to help if you have any questions.

Next week, our PTO has 2 fundraisers going on. They are hosting their Used Book Sale January 19th-21st. The sale will be held during lunch and students can purchase books for $0.25. It is a great opportunity to find a new read! Also, Little Caesar's pizza kit orders will be due on Friday, January 21. Don't forget to send in those orders!

Remember, there is no school on Monday, January 17th, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Have a great long weekend! I look forward to seeing everyone back in school ready to learn on Tuesday!

Mr. Goetz

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Jan 17: No School for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 19-21: PTO Used Book Sale

Jan 21: Little Caesar's Pizza kit orders due

Jan 27: Early Dismissal @ 1:35 pm

Jan 27: PTO Fundraiser at Salsarita's on Rochester Rd.

Feb 9: PTO meeting at 7PM

Feb 8-11: Candy Gram Sales

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Lunch Choices for Jan 18th- 21st

Lunch Choices for this Week

All students are eligible to receive free lunch this year. Check out these yummy lunches for next week.

Monday: No School!

Tuesday: A - French Toast Bites

B - Grilled Cheese

Wednesday: A - Popcorn Chicken Bowl

B - Sun Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Thursday: A - Cheesy Breadsticks

B - Turkey Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Friday: A- Chicken Tenders

B- Garden Salad

Specials Calendar for January

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The Positivity Project

This week, our Positivity Project focused on 'prudence'. By practicing prudence, students plan for their future by making careful choices each day. Our days are filled with choices, no matter how small, and our students have been doing a great job at using prudence to make the best choice.

"Prudence is the footprint of wisdom." -Amos Bronson Alcott

Used Book Sale!

The annual PTO used book sale is right around the corner, and we need book donations. If you have any books (K-5th grade, no baby/adult books please) to donate to the sale, please bring them to the main office by Friday, January, 14th. Thank you!

The sale will run January 19th-21st. Students will shop during their lunch times. Books will cost $0.25. Please encourage your students to shop for books new to them, and support the PTO at the same time.

Finally, we are in need of volunteers to help run the book sale. If you are able to help organize and sell books during the sale, please visit the SignUp Genius below to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your time and help!

Little Caesars Fundraiser

Are you ready for some pizza!? The Deerfield PTO is hosting a Little Caesars pizza fundraiser just in time for the Superbowl! Order forms were sent home with students before the holiday break. Please have your order forms and money in by Friday, January 21st so that orders can be delivered to Deerfield by February 7th. Proceeds from PTO fundraisers go toward fun events, assemblies, and provide funds to teachers to update their resources. You can use code 392578 to order.
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Salsarita's Fundraiser

Come and join us in raising money for the Deerfield PTO and enjoy some amazing food! The fundraiser is being held on January 27th from 12pm-8pm. You can show the flyer below to the cashier, and 20% of the sales will go towards benefiting the school! You can also order online by using the code 'FUNDRAISER' at checkout.
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Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year

The Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are presented annually to honor and reward teachers in Oakland County who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. Oakland Schools has created these awards out of a conviction that a quality public education system is essential to the health and vitality of our community. We believe that encouraging excellence in education is the shared responsibility of all who reap its benefits.

If you would like to nominate a Deerfield teacher for consideration for this award, please write a statement describing why you feel that teacher is deserving of the nomination. You can include specific examples and stories of how the teacher goes above and beyond to support your child, engages them in their learning, relates to parents and demonstrates leadership in the community. Please limit your statement to 600 words and submit all nominations to by Monday, January 17.

Thank you for helping us to recognize the outstanding teachers that we have at Deerfield!

Last Day to register for 4th & 5th Grade Battle of the Books!

Auburn Hills public library is hosting the battle of the books again this year! Battle of the Books is for our interested 4th and 5th grade students! Each team reads designated books and then answers questions on those books! The kids have a great time!

You can register your student(s) at

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Pine Knob Ski Club

Good News! Deerfield is able to join the Avondale Ski & Snowboard Club at Pine Knob. The club day for Avondale is on Thursday evenings right after school. You must provide your own transportation to and from Pine Knob. A club sponsor will be there from around 3:30-8:00 on most Thursdays.

Student club cards are purchased through Pine Knob. Club cards allow students to purchase discounted lift tickets and rentals and must be pre-ordered (and paid for) ahead of time on club days.


  • $25 one-time Pine Knob Student or adult card fee
- Two free ski lessons or One free snowboard lesson included in the cost of your club card.
  • $25 student lift ticket cost each time on Thursday meeting dates
  • $25 equipment rental each time, if needed on Thursday meeting dates
  • Additional optional costs: helmet rental, food purchases, etc.

For more information about joining, please join the Avondale Ski & Snowboard club Google Classroom by using the code or clicking the link below:

Google Classroom Code: z4yema4


Link to join:

Please email Mr. Goetz if you have additional questions.

Come Bowl with Avondale High and Alumni!

Join the Avondale High School bowling team for an afternoon of bowling! Your admission includes two games of bowling and shoe rental, as well as pizza and pop!
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Register Now to join the Rochester Hills Little League

With scholarships available, Rochester Hills Little League provides all kids the opportunity to play baseball or softball!
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KAMP Sessions Beginning Soon!

Register your student for K.A.M.P sessions now! Providing academic support for first through fifth grade in Math, Reading, and Writing, K.A.M.P meets Wednesdays for one hour after the school day. If you would like to sign up or have any questions, please contact Diane Leathers at

You can find the registration form at the link below!

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Deerfield Yearbooks

Don't forget to preserve this year's memories! Deerfield yearbooks are available through Lifetouch. You can place your order until April 11th, 2022. With many different packages and options to customize, there is a yearbook waiting for you!

You can order yours at using the ID code 5932822.

Avondale GATE Magnet School

GATE Magnet School will be hosting prospective families so they can learn more about GATE and the admissions process.

The dates are:

  • January 26th @ 7pm in Media Center

If you are interested in welcoming families, discussing the benefits of Avondale with families, or just learning more about GATE, please feel free to join us.

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Winter Weather and Water Bottles

The winter weather has arrived and the students were excited to get out and play in it. It was fun to see the students outside making large snowballs and snowmen. They did a great job showing the Positivity Project character strengths of teamwork, perseverance and creativity. We did have some students who were not able to enjoy the snow because they did not have their snow gear. Please be sure your child has snow pants, winter coat, gloves and boots so that they are able to enjoy the snow with their friends. Also, please be sure to label your child's clothing with their name on it. This way if it is found, we are able to return it your child.

We have noticed some friends not bringing their own water bottle to school. With our drinking fountains closed, it is important that students bring their own water bottle to be able to drink during the day and while they enjoy their snack. Please remember to send in a water bottle with your child everyday.

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Blessings Back Pack Sign-Up

You can still sign your child(ren) up to receive Blessings in a Backpack each week that school is in session. This is a FREE program set up to provide our students with a nutritious meal over the weekend when they don't have access to school lunches. The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned chicken, canned tuna, granola bars, peanut butter, soups, fruit, and other items dispensed in a discreet and caring manner. Sign up here:
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Here are some ways you can help the PTO with things you are already doing!

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If you shop online at Amazon, consider shopping at instead. The

Deerfield PTO will receive a percentage of every purchase made. Here’s how to enroll:

1. Log in to your Amazon account at

2. Under the “Account & Lists” drop down menu, select Amazon Smile

3. Search by entering Deerfield PTO (be sure to select our Rochester Hills Deerfield PTO)

4. Please make sure you always shop at

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Deerfield PTO has a Shutterfly Storefront to place your photo, holiday cards, and gift orders. The Deerfield PTO receives a percentage of every order placed to be used for school events and supplies. Log in to your account at: and begin creating!

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Are you already scanning a Kroger Plus card when you shop for groceries? Did you know you can link the Deerfield PTO to your card, and we will receive a percentage of your purchase? Here’s how to enroll:

1. Visit

2. Sign in or create an account

3. Search by entering “Deerfield PTO” or “HP414”

4. Select Deerfield PTO & click “enroll”

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If you drink Coke or Coke products, you can give money back to Deerfield! You can do this by sending your caps/box codes to school with your student or create an account at to enter them at home. Here's how to sign up:

1. Go to and sign in (or create an account if you do not have one).

2. Select "Donate Now" under the local school image.

3. Search by entering Deerfield's zip code (48309), select Deerfield Elementary - Rochester Hills.

4. Enter your code from your bottle caps and/or box codes.

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Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but you can still send unexpired clips to school. Box Tops has a new way of donating funds to schools. Please download the Box Tops app, create an account, then scan pictures of your store receipts (within 14 days of purchase) in order for Deerfield to receive funds.

Avondale Substitutes

The Avondale School District is looking for teacher substitutes. The State of Michigan requires candidates to have 60 College Credits. All substitute permits require that an individual has completed at least 60 semester hours of satisfactory credit (defined as a grade of 'C' or higher) combined from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities. Please apply at The daily pay rate is $120.00 and district substitutes earn a daily pay rate of $150.00. Please reach out to AnnaMaria Wyman at AnnaMaria.Wyman@ if you have any questions.

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Local Food Distributions

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Avondale Family Resource & Support Package

The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.