Deerfield News

April 16, 2021

Mr. Goetz's Corner

Dear Families of Deerfield,

As we are approaching the end of another school year, we are starting to look ahead to 2021-2022. Today, your in-person student should have come home with a short form to let Deerfield know if you are planning on having your child attend next year. Families that are remote this year, should have received an email today with the form. We are asking that you fill it out and return it to the school by Monday, May 3rd. This will help us look ahead and start the process of planning classes for next year.

Also, we are asking for 5th grade students to bring in a baby picture to use for the end of year slide show. Please email a high quality image to Mrs. Sheldon or bring in a paper copy to the office. Please mark the back of all pictures with your student's name so the picture can be returned to you.

Lastly, I have a couple of reminders from the front office. If your student is arriving after 8:32 AM, please walk with your child into the front entrance of the school. Mrs. Sheldon will need to see your 'Clear To Go' submission for your student, and you will need to sign your student in. Also, if your child isn't feeling well, please keep them home for the day and notify the office of their symptoms. Many of the symptoms of a cold (runny or stuffy nose, cough, body aches & sore throat) are also symptoms of Covid. Please do not give your child cough & cold medicine and send them to school unless your doctor has verified that it is just a cold.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Goetz

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*Our upcoming early release day was previously listed as May 6th. The correct date is Wednesday, May 5th. Our apologies for any confusion.

Apr. 21- #Deerfield Outside, 12:30 PM at Firefighter's Park in Troy

Apr. 28- Remote Supply Pick-up, 8 AM - 4 PM

May 3- Intent to Return form due

May 5 - Early Release Day

May 7 - No School for Students

May 11- School of Choice application period ends

May 31 - No School

Jun 10 - Half Day

Jun 11 - Half Day - Last Day of School and 5th Grade awards (TBA)

Lunch Choices for this Week

All students (no forms required) are eligible to receive free lunch this year. Right now, we only have one choice for lunch a day, but that may change in the future. Check out these yummy lunches for next week.

Monday: French Toast Sticks

Tuesday: Popcorn Chicken

Thursday: Corndog Nuggets

Friday: Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Every year Oakland County Health performs vision and hearing screening for our students. Hearing screening are for students in Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade, and our SAILS class. Vision screening are for students in 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and our SAILS class. This year, our hearing screenings will be held on April 12 & 13, and vision screening on April 22 & 23. If the technician finds a hearing or vision concern with your child, you will be contacted by Oakland County Health.
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5th Grade baby pictures

Parents, please send in a baby picture of your 5th grade student that we can use in our end of the year slide show. If you send in a picture, please write your student's name on the back so we can return the picture to you. You are also welcome to email the picture to Mrs. Sheldon at Please send in all images by may 15th so we will be able to complete the slide show in time for the 5th grade awards.

Updated Covid Protection Reminders

Good Morning Avondale Families,

Because there has been outdated and sometimes misleading or conflicting information in the news and on social media about COVID-19 I am sending this note to reiterate and clarify what to do if your student is either exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, is experiencing symptoms, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19.


The quarantine period for Avondale Schools is currently 14 days. Quarantine guidelines do not apply to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months. Quarantine guidelines also do not apply to anyone who has received their final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to an exposure.

Isolate is a term used for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are awaiting a test result. Those in isolation must remain in separate rooms and avoid sharing personal items.

Quarantine is a term used for those who have been deemed a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Those in quarantine must always remain home, which includes staying home from school, athletic events and other activities.

If your child is exposed to COVID-19 by someone who is a MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.
  • Isolate the household members who are positive for COVID-19 for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test collection date, whichever occurred first.
  • Quarantine the child who has been exposed to the positive case for 14 days from the date of last exposure. If the child in quarantine is re-exposed to the positive case during the 14-day quarantine period, the quarantine period must reset to another 10 days from the date of exposure. In some cases, the quarantine period for someone living with someone who has COVID-19 could be for a total of 24 days.

If your child is exposed OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD (at school, in the community, at a club or athletic event, etc.):

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening. If the exposure occurred at school or while participating in an Avondale School District activity or event you will be notified by an Avondale staff member.
  • Quarantine your child from interactions with others, by NOT allowing them to attend school and NOT allowing them to participating in athletic or club activities for 14 days from the date of exposure.
  • Have your child tested for COVID-19 and provide the test results to your school, if positive. A negative test will not permit your child to return to school early.

If your child is experiencing symptoms:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening
    • A failed screening requires that your child remain home for a minimum of 14 days, unless you provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis to return.
  • Have your child tested for COVID-19 and provide the positive or negative test result to your school.
    Alternatively, visit your medical provider for a diagnosis that is not related to COVID-19. Provide a doctor’s note to your school before returning.

If your child is waiting for their own test results:

  • Isolate your child at home until the test result is returned.
    • Those in isolation must remain in separate rooms and avoid sharing personal items.
    • Please do not allow your child to attend school or an athletic or club activity while a test result is pending.
  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.

If your child has received a positive COVID-19 test:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.
  • Isolate your child for a minimum of 10 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test collection date, whichever occurred first.
    • If no symptoms remain after 10 days, they may return to school without a negative COVID-19 test.

We are committed to keeping our schools open for in-seat instruction and maintaining a safe environment for staff and all students in our schools. We need your help to do this. Please help us by adhering to the procedures outlined above. Please help us by having your child wear a mask when outside of your home and washing their hands frequently. The CDC has stated that these two mitigation practices help to curb the spread of COVID-19.


James V. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Avondale School District

Michigan Secure

The state of Michigan is pleased to announce the release of Michigan Secure, a mobile device security application that warns users when suspicious activity is detected on their mobile device.

Why Should You Download And Install Michigan Secure On Your Mobile Device?

  • Michigan Secure alerts you to unsecure Wi-Fi networks, unsafe apps in Android, system tampering, and more.
  • It helps protect your mobile device or Chromebook without requiring any personal private information. (See our Privacy Policy)
  • Michigan Secure costs $0 to download, $0 to use, no in-app purchases, and no ads.
  • It gives you the options and allows you to determine the best action to help protect yourself.
  • Michigan Secure alerts Android users if a downloaded app may be unsafe.

Don't leave your device unprotected. More information can be found in the attached document and at this link:,5552,7-358-82548_78404_95432---,00.html

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Student Centered District Calendar for 2021-2022

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PE newsletter from Mr. Stabnick

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Positivity Project Theme for the Week: Fairness

Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. Fairness combines both the head and the heart. It is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

-Albert Einstein

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Remote Student Supply Pick-Up

Deerfield will have REMOTE student supply pick-up approximately every 2 weeks on Wednesdays from 8 AM - 4 PM. Our upcoming date is Wednesday, April 28th. The necessity for supply pick-up will be determined by your REMOTE teacher.

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Deerfield Outside

You’re invited! #Deerfieldoutside

Come meet some new friends and connect with Deerfield families!

Every Wednesday Deerfield families meet at a local park for a hike/walk and to socialize outdoors. If Wednesdays don’t work, we also meet one Saturday a month! You're invited to join us in community :)

This is a FAMILY event, so a parent or grown-up must stay with students.

We'll be using the hashtag #Deerfieldoutside on social media (Facebook,Instagram - follow us!) to share when we're heading out to parks if we'd like to invite others to meet up! We can also search for an outing by searching for that hashtag! Please start using it when you’d like to initiate an outdoor activity!

Upcoming #Deerfieldoutside Events:

Wednesday, April 21 at 12:30

Firefighter’s Park in Troy

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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

The High School theatre company will be performing You're a good man Charlie Brown later this month. Tickets are free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. The performance will be live, but they will also steam it for those who would rather watch from home. We even have one of our Deerfield friends in the show. Go to to buy tickets for live performances or to buy a ticket to see it live streamed. Don't miss out on this fun performance!
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School of Choice window open for Avondale Schools

Do you have a friend or family member interested in having their child attend Avondale, but they do not live within the district? Please let them know that our window for school of choice applications is open from April 12- May 11 and encourage them to join Avondale.
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Food Drive to Benefit Blessings in the Backpack

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Cycling Club for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Students

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Band on the Run- Virtual 5k Fundraiser

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Please consider joining our PTO for their meetings this school year. All meeting dates for this year will be 7:00 PM. Unfortunately, child care will not be available for PTO meetings this school year due to safety concerns, but Zoom links will be provided for those that wish to attend virtually.

Meeting Date for 2020-2021 School Year

May 12th, 2021

Also, please consider participating in the following ongoing fundraisers.

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Summer camp option at ECSC

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Employment Opportunities in the School District

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Local Food Distributions

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Jewish Center - Food for Children

The Jewish Center in Troy is distributing free food weekly for families with children 18 and under (without income or location restrictions). Families must pre-register on the site below weekly for 7 Kosher lunches and 7 Kosher breakfasts each week they need it.