Deer Hill School News . April 29, 2022
Dear Deer Hill Families,
As we have entered the final stretch of the school year, I wouldn't think to describe things as winding down. To the contrary, we are busier than ever! I've made my best effort to capture all of the upcoming events in our Deer Hill Dates section. I encourage you to look for updates in my future newsletters as well as through communications from your classroom teachers. Several of these activities include our families, so mark your your calendars!
This busy season is not confined to just the enrichments in our school day. Our academics are also keeping a brisk pace. Thank you for continuing your efforts to promote regular school attendance through June 30, for continuing conversations with your children about high expectations for academics and behavior, and for keeping open lines of communication with teachers.
Lastly, as we look forward to next school year, our transition work is beginning. I am collaborating closely with Principal Farrell at Osgood and Principal Mills at CMS to ensure our incoming 3rd graders and departing 5th graders feel prepared for these next steps. There will be informational events for both students and families. Within Deer Hill current 3rd and 4th grade students will have an opportunity to learn more about next year's grade level through planned activities. We're also beginning our class placement process. Please see this important letter that outlines this process and how families may provide appropriate input if they choose.
Our school year is indisputably on the longer side, and we intend to capitalize on each day we have!
All the best,
Alexandra L. Sullivan
Principal, Deer Hill School
P.S. Our next newsletter will be published on May 13, 2022.
P.P.S. Follow me on Twitter @DeerHillSchool for ongoing info and joy throughout the week.
Need to Knows
- Swing open those pantry doors! The elementary school nurses have expanded snack choices that students may bring from home. This updated list will be included in future newsletters for your reference. Thank you so much for continuing to follow our snack guidelines.
- From Nurse Bulman: Happy Spring from the Health Office. Please keep in mind as you do your spring cleaning any possible donations of clothing to the Health Office. We are in need of emergency clothing, specifically pants sizes 8-12, for students. I also take donations of socks and underwear.
- On Friday May, 6 at 9:30, an ambassador from Safe Routes to Schools, a MassDot program, will present to all students on bike and pedestrian safety. There will also be a review of bus expectations. School Resource Officer Greg Taylor and Transportation Director Ray Misciosia will be present. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend this presentation as we reinforce these critical safety messages. Stay tuned for details about a walk/ride/roll to school event this Spring.
- Deer Hill, we have a gum problem. Please review the handbook language pasted here with your child. Very few students have permission to chew gum and only in very specific situations. It should never be in hallways, on the playground, on the bus, or in a class where it isn't meeting a specific objective as determined by adjustment counselors, 504 plans, etc. and appropriately documented. No gum should be brought from home. Here is the handbook language:
"Gum is not permitted to be brought from home, and exceptions for specific learning and social emotional objectives must similarly be documented between the appropriate staff member and the student’s family."
- Thank you so much for your participation in our Deer-Hill Family School Relationship Survey. The Deer Hill School Council will be analyzing this data to share with the community and to inform our work on our School Improvement Plan for next year.
- We have completed all ELA testing for MCAS. On May 9 and 10, fifth graders will complete the STE (science) MCAS. The schedule for math MCAS can be found in our Deer Hill calendar linked below.
Keeping the Joy (happenings at Deer Hill)
- Thank you to the Cohasset Police Department for greeting students this morning during our High-Five Friday event. There were many smiles and compliments to our officers for all they do to keep us safe. There was even some autograph signing!
- What an amazing turnout at last night's Favorites Art Night! It was wonderful to see the halls filled with such energy and appreciation of art. Ms. Berman did a fantastic job of producing this show, her husband provided a lovely piano accompaniment, and the 5th grade volunteers kept things running smoothly! Thank you to the PSO as well for your organization of all of the snacks and for running the Book Fair.
- The Deer Hill PSO's generosity also extends to our enrichment programming. This morning 5th graders enjoyed a second performance from Theatre Espresso to enhance their social studies curriculum. "An Uprising on King St" examined the following questions as they pertain to the events surrounding the Boston Massacre: "What are the responsibilities of a military force sent to occupy a foreign land?", "Is violence ever necessary to keep the peace?", and "What role does class play in the administration of justice?"
- Dear Hill's hearts, hands, and minds are still with Ukraine. Before break, Ms. Henry's class made traditional Pysanky eggs to celebrate Ukranian culture. On Wednesday, May 4, we will have our "May the 4th Be With U-Kraine" spirit day. Shop your closets to wear yellow/blue or your favorite Star Wars swag. Lastly, there are still slots available for the Deer Hill community service night at End Hunger NE's Pembroke facility. We've had a great turnout! Can't make it? You can also donate to the cause (make note that your donation is from Deer Hill).
- This Spring, the PSO funded many Deer Hill grants to support curricular and enrichment goals. Please see this document for details on the enormous impact of this generosity. Many thanks to Deer Hill staff for their creativity and time in pursuing grant opportunities.
- A shout out to 4th grader Taylor Gibson as well as her mom and grandmother who brought color and cheer to Deer Hill's entry. The potted plantings for Spring are beautiful! Many thanks to Chris Kennedy from Kennedy's Country Gardens for his collaboration and expertise as we begin to update our courtyard through the CEF grant we received this fall. Fun changes are coming!
- April was NationalPoetry Month and there were many examples of poetry lessons at Deer Hill, including color poems from Mrs.Holland's 3rd grade class!
Deer Hill Dates
"May the 4th Be with U-kraine" blue/yellow/Star Wars spirit day: 5.4.22
End Hunger NE community service event: 5.4.22, 5-8pm (two 90 minute shifts)
PSO Staff Appreciation Luncheon: 5.5.22
Author Lauren Wolk visits 5th grade: 5.5.22
Safe Routes to School Assembly (all welcome): 5.6.22; 9:30-10:15
Techsploration "Weather" assembly (all) & 5th grade "Force & Motion" workshops: 5.13.22
Grade 5 Freedom Trail field trip: 5.16.22
Grade 3 Plimoth Patuxet field trip: 5.20.22
Outdoor Spring Band & Chorus Concert: 6.2.22, 6:30
Diversity, Inclusivity & Kindness assembly with author John Miller: 6.3.22
Entering 3rd grade informational Zoom for parents/guardians: 6.7.22, 6:00
Audubon workshops with grade 5: 6.7 & 6.8.22
CEF Spelling Bee: 6.7 (grade 3), 6.8 (grade 4), 6.9.22 (grade 5), 3:30-5:30
Grade 5 visits CMS: 6.17.22
Deer Hill Field Day: 6.21.22 (rain date 6.22)
5th Grade Send Off: 6.24.22 (rain date 6.27)
Progress reports published: 6.30.22
Last day of school: 6.30.22
CPS and Deer Hill calendars 2021-22 school year (The 2022-2023 calendar has also been added to this link.)