Deerfield News

January 8, 2021

Mr. Goetz's Corner

Dear Families of Deerfield,

Happy New Year!

I hope over the extended break that you were able to rest and recharge. My family and I had a great time celebrating the season. I'm ready for the new year to begin, with new opportunities and challenges to overcome!

Our next supply pickup day is Wednesday, January 13th, from 8 am until 6 pm. Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for next Wednesday as well, from 1-6 pm (see the sign-up below). Supplies may be picked up at the school's main entrance, and 'Picture Retake' students will enter the cafeteria from the main entrance, then pick up their supplies after pictures are taken. We hope everyone can participate, as these are the pictures we use for the yearbook, and we don't want to miss anyone's smile this year. Finally, we have details below about purchasing your 2020/2021 yearbook from Lifetouch.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Goetz

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Jan. 13 - Picture Retake Day 1-6 PM

Jan. 13 - Supply Pick-up 8 AM - 6 PM

Jan. 13 - PTO Meeting @ 7 PM

Jan. 18 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb. 4 - Early Dismissal @ 1:35 PM

Feb. 10 - PTO Meeting @ 7 PM

Feb. 12, 15-16 No School - Mid-Winter Break

Mar. 4-5 - Half Day Dismissal @ 11:45 AM

Mar. 18 - Early Dismissal @ 1:35 PM

Mar. 29-Apr. 2 - Spring Recess

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Positivity Project Weekly Theme: Hope & Optimism

This week's theme is hope and optimism. Hope and optimism represent a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. They keep a positive attitude despite setbacks – and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieve their goals. Optimistic people are sometimes regarded as naïve or even delusional. And, yes, there are some people who are illogically optimistic, which can be detrimental. However, optimism is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about staying focused on the good in any situation – allowing you to be aware of opportunities and accountable for your emotions.

“The predominant quality of successful people is optimism. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.” – Brian Tracy

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Picture Retake Day - Wednesday, Jan. 13th!

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to schedule our picture retake day for Wednesday, January 13th from 1-6pm. We will also have supplies to pick up from 8am-6pm the same day. Supplies may be picked up at the main entrance of the school. Please wait in your car and we will bring your child's supplies out to you.

If you would like to have your pictures retaken, or did not have your picture taken in the fall, please sign up! These pictures will be used for the yearbook, so we'd like to have everyone participate. You are under NO obligation to purchase the picture of your student.

To help space out students, we have a sign up genius for parents to select a time for their child. Here is the link:

On Picture Day, you will pull up to the front of the school and students will enter the cafeteria for photos, then receive their supplies after their picture is taken, while you wait in your car. If you would like to purchase a picture, please go to and use picture day ID EVTDXSTVP. Paper order forms will be available on picture day if you prefer to order by cash or check.

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We need Your Help with our Yearbook!

We need your help! With the school year starting off remotely (and now continuing remotely), we have no fun photos of our students to include in the 2020-2021 yearbook. We still want to have fun memories of this school year that include our amazing students! It would also be a great way to include pictures of your children if you were not able to attend Picture Day or our yet to be scheduled picture retake day.

Please email a copy of the photo to with your child's name and grade.

We also want to invite 5th grade students to submit a drawing for the cover of the yearbook. To give all of our 5th graders lots of time to put in their best effort, we are accepting the drawings at our January supply pick up. Parents are always welcome to bring them to the office earlier if you wish. We will announce who has the winning picture on our morning announcements in late January.

Thank you for helping us create memories of this most unexpected school year.

Yearbook Sales have started!

This has not been a normal school year, but it is definitely one that you kiddos will remember! We will be capturing this time in history for them with our yearbook. We invite you to order your yearbook online at and use the Yearbook ID Code: 5932821. The cost of the yearbook is $10, and the order deadline is April 12th. Don't miss out! We may not be ordering extra copies for later purchase this year.
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The Michigan Learning Channel is here!

A new resource for schools, teachers, parents, and students is available from Michigan's public television stations in early January 2021, offering supplemental programming to support learning for Pre-K to Grade 12 students, with a special emphasis on K-3 basics in literacy and math. The channel is already viewable through the internet at and will be available over-the-air Monday, January 4th in Southeast Michigan on channel 56.5. Other public TV stations in Michigan are expected to add the Michigan Learning Channel within a few days.

The Michigan Learning Channel has commissioned new lessons in math, social-emotional learning, and health and fitness - all of which are available at launch. A team of literacy education professionals selected the ELA/ELL content being broadcast at launch and is hard a work on a series of new literacy programs featuring Michigan teachers that will arrive by mid-March.

Sample some upcoming program for Pre-K to 3rd grade at much more! Check out January Schedule for details and planning!

A Message from Ms. Redman (Social Work)

Deer Deerfield Families,

I hope you had a restful break. This is the time that many people make resolutions. I would encourage you to be good to yourself and not expect yourself to make any major changes. Yes, if you feel up to it, set some goals for yourself, but also allow yourself grace and the ability to just “be.” I recently read an article that I thought I would share about making goals and thought this might help.

“Dr. Locke, along with Dr. Gary Latham, came up with five principles of effective goal setting. These principles, which include clarity, challenge, commitment, feedback, and task complexity, are the necessary components when setting, working towards, and achieving a goal.

► Clarity: goals should be clear and well-defined.

► Challenge: goals should be achievable but also challenging to you.

► Commitment: you should fully commit to your goals to achieve them.

► Feedback: you should regularly evaluate and reflect on your goals to stay on track.

► Task complexity: you should give yourself time and space to reach complex goals.

I plan on setting the small goal of continuing to live one day at a time. If you set large goals, I wish you luck and if you decide to not set goals for the new year, know that is absolutely OK!

As always, here is my email

I wish you a Happy and Healthy new year!

Ms. Redman.

A Message from Mr. Stabnick (P.E.)

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A Message from Ms. Johnson (Music)

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2021 After School ZOOM KAMP

See below for ZOOM KAMP for Deerfield students. See the attached pdf for the registration form. Payment may be mailed/dropped off in the office, with a completed registration form.

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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

January 13th, 2021

February 10th, 2021

March 17th, 2021

May 12th, 2021

Also, please consider participating in the following ongoing fundraisers.

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Partnerships @ Home - A Learning Series for Parents & Caregivers

Oakland Schools is offering a series of informational seminars for parents dealing with online learning for their students. These 45 minute sessions offer help with specific academic areas for students. We hope you can take advantage of this resource to assist your family.

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Free Videos & Lessons for Michigan Families

Free Videos & Lessons for Michigan Families

Thanks to funding from the state of Michigan, we are able to provide Michigan families with FREE access to our Michigan Cares Portal. This online platform houses hundreds of lessons designed to help children in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being.

The lessons included in our Michigan Cares Portal cover a variety of topics that help children in grades K-12 learn to:

  • Understand and manage their emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions
  • Recognize signs of poor mental health in themselves and others
  • Develop healthy coping techniques

Topics Covered:

  • Mental health
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Goal-setting
  • Nutrition and wellness
  • Anger management
  • Bullying/hazing
  • Social media use (pressures and responsible use)
  • Drugs & Alcohol (vaping)
  • Bystander intervention
  • Social awareness
  • Academic success
  • Respect
  • Community service
  • And hundreds more!

To create an account, click here.

Employment Opportunities in the School District

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Chartwells Food Distribution

Chartwells will be distributing breakfasts and lunches for children to ANY family that wishes to receive them every Monday and Wednesday (until schools resumes in-person instruction). Your children do NOT need to be present, and your children do NOT need to be enrolled in the Avondale School District to receive food. Please pull into the bus loop at Avondale High School, Avondale Middle School from 9am-12pm, or Deerfield Elementary from 6-8 pm, to receive one box per child.
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Free & Reduced Lunch Program - when school resumes in-person instruction

Families wishing to apply for the Avondale Free or Reduced Lunch program: can sign their student(s) up online through the Parent Portal:
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Blessings In A Backpack

Avondale families wishing to enroll their student(s) in our Blessings in a Backpack program, please fill out the form at this link:

Blessings in a Backpack provides simple meals at NO COST each week during the school year for families who need assistance. While Avondale Schools is conducting remote learning, meals will be disbursed in conjunction with the Chartwells Food Service Breakfast and Lunch distributions. (Watch for details about distribution dates, times, and locations.) Sign up today!