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Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Are you a parent of a child with special needs? Please join us on Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00-7:15 at the Sunderland Elementary School Library. Click here to view the flyer for the meeting. 

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup Begins!

Put this on your calendarCome join the Playgroup for a morning of informal play, interactive literacy activities and conversation with other families and caregivers! We meet Mondays and Fridays 9:30-11:30 at Sunderland Elementary School. Please see our Flyer for more information

School Picture Day is September 20th

School Picture is coming up on September 20th. Picture order forms will be coming home in backpacks on Friday 9/7. Please keep an eye out for them and have your child bring it back on picture day. Click here to view the form.

New District Pediculosis Procedures

At the end of last school year, FRSU#38 School Committees voted to eliminate the Pediculosis (head lice) policy and adopted revised procedures for managing head lice in the five schools in our district. (See attached).

NEW to Strings or Band?

music notesJoin us for Union #38 Instrumental Music Information and Rental Night, Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm at the Deerfield Elementary Cafeteria

Mrs. Sherrill (strings) and Mrs. Carr (band) will begin the evening with a brief presentation about the program. Afterwards families will have an opportunity to rent an instrument from our vendors. We will be available to answer questions the entire evening.

Questions? Email or

2018-2019 Bus Transportation Routes

bus imagegThe Transportation Routes for the District have been updated for the 2018-2019 School Year! Please click here to see if your route has been changed.

2018-2019 Bus Transportation Routes

bus imageThe Transportation Routes for the District have been updated for the 2018-2019 School Year! Please click here to see if your route has been changed.

Early Release Friday Care Sign Up Early Release Sign Up Form

Enclosed please find the Early Release Care sign up form.

Frontier Regional CFCE Summer Schedule

Heart and Children clip artFrontier Regional CFCE will be sponsoring a series of music events taking place at the Sunderland Library. They will also be sponsoring a playgroup this summer at the Sunderland Elementary School. Both of these events are for children ages 0-8 years of age. For a schedule of events and times, please click here. Please contact Amy at: with any questions.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

 Are you a parent of a child with special needs? Please join us at our next PAC meeting, Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00 - 7:15 in the Sunderland Elementary School Library. We will be discussing summer, family updates and school challenges. Please contact Karen Green at 665-1151 ext 44 or for more information.

Thursday the 29th is TheĀ 9th Annual Music Telethon & Cabaret telethonlogo

This Thursday, 29th 6pm to 9pm is our 9th Annual Music Telethon. The Frontier Regional Music Telethon is an annual LIVE STREAMING music event put on by Frontier Regional School’s Arts Department on YouTube. The evening of the event will feature our Cabaret. The overall goal of this telethon is to raise money for the Music Department to be used for various needs which arise throughout the year. 

Letter to Families Regarding National School Walkout on March 14

Click here to read a letter from Superintendent Lynn M. Carey, Ed.D regarding the walkout on March 14.

DES Math Night-March 14th, 5:30-7:00pm Math Night

DES Math Night-Come join the fun! Click here for more information.

Deerfield School Committee Meeting Rescheduled

Important date changeThe Deerfield School Committee meeting originally scheduled for February 7, 2018,  has been rescheduled to February 14th at 6:00 pm. Click here to see the Agenda

Preschool Application Time!

Hands prints imageConway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately preschools are now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2018. To request an application, please contact Rhonda at 413-665-1155. Click Here for more information.

Second Step Parent Training: January 31, 6pm

Come find out more about this exciting curriculum, so you can continue to work on these skills at home with your children! For the parents / guardians of DES students from Pre-K through Grade 6.Click here to view the flyer.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Please join us for the next meeting on January 30 from 6:00- 7:15 at the Sunderland Elementary Library. For questions, please contact Karen Green at 665-1151 ext. 44 or If you need childcare, please contact Karen at least one week in advance. Karen Ferrandino, Director of Special Education, will join us for
part of the meeting to talk about Parents Rights and other relevant updates.

PAC Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 6:00-7:15

Next PAC Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018  6:00-7:15. Click here for more information.

KIndergarten Registration

Important dateKindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will take place starting January 8th - January 26th. Registration packets will be available at your elementary school during this time. Children must be 5 on or before September 1, 2018. A copy of your child's birth certificate is required to pick up a packet.

Report Cards Get A New Look... Check Out The Family Guide!

December, 2017

Dear Families:

On Friday, December 8th students will receive a report card showing their progress in district learning standards. Our teachers have worked over the last two years revising our district report cards to reflect our most up to date curriculum standards, teaching practices and assessment strategies. A Family Guide (click here for a sneek peek to report card) to the report card is designed to help you understand the new grading system and to share the many ways that teachers assess student progress in the district learning standards.  Several embedded links connect to the benchmarks, rubrics and assessments that our teachers use to assess student achievement.

We hope that you find this information useful. I welcome you to contact me with your comments and questions about this new format.

Louise Law
Director of Elementary Education
Union #38 School District

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at DES during the week of December 4th. Click here to learn more about the Friends and Family Book Fair event on Wednesday, Dec. 6th and to sign up to volunteer.

Dads and Kids Dessert and Science Night

Dads and Kids Dessert and Science Night!

When: Friday, December 1st, 5:45-7pm

Where: Deerfield Elementary School

Click here for more information.

Notice to Families About Pertussis at Frontier

Please click here for more information about pertussis.

District Strategic Plan for Continuous Improvement

We are pleased to share our District Strategic Plan for Continuous Improvement with you. Our plan was developed through a team process that has evolved over the last three years encompassing information from our staff and outside experts, including audits from the Department of Education, Curriculum Services Management Inc., and our own data gathered from classroom observations and learning walks. To view, please click here.

Winter weather is here!


Please be sure to send your child to school in coats, hats, gloves, and warm pants! The students will continue to go outside for a recess when the “feels like” temperature is above 23 degrees. When the "feels like" temperature is below 23 degrees, there will be an indoor recess.

Annual Early Childhood Community Screening

Preschool screeningsThe annual screening for children 3 and 4 years of age that reside in Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately will take place, Friday December 1st by appointment only.

Parent Advisory Council Meeting (PAC)

Are you a parent of a child with special needs? Would you like to join a supportive group of parents and educators to discuss topics of interest and learn about community resources? PLEASE JOIN US!

Farmy, Fresh & Fun Fair

Farmy, Fresh and Fun Fair in Sunderland

SAT. Sept. 30, 2017

Click here to view the flyer


School Picture Day - OCTOBER 19th

School / Class pictures will be taken on Thursday, October 19th. Order forms went home on 10/10/2017. You can also order online (pre-order shoot key: 4MFHYAUN) If you need an additional order form please contact Jennifer Shumway, FOR BEST RESULTS DO NOT WEAR GREEN FOR PICTURES

Field Hockey Spring Clinic Field Hockey

Union 38 Field Hockey Spring Clinic for grades 3-6 April 22-May 20. Click here to find out more!

Spirit Week

The schedule for Spirit Week for June 11th-15th will be posted around the school and is as follows:

Monday- Des Pride Day- wear a DES or green shirt

Tuesday- Crazy Hat/ Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday- Animal Appreciation- wear a shirt with an animal, bring in stuffed animal or picture of your favorite animal 

Thursday- Dress to Impress

Friday- Sports Day, wear your favorite team jersey or shirt 

*More information on Penny Wars to come.  

Sign up for Summer Music Camp!

music notesElementary students who have participated in band or strings for at least one year are welcome to attend. The camp will be held at Deerfield Elementary, in conjunction with River Valley Day Camp. *Your student does not have to participate in River Valley Day Camp in order to attend Summer Music Camp.

2018-2019 Substitute Orientation Night

Important AnnouncementPlease join us for the 2018-19 Substitute Orientation Night on Monday, August 27th at 6:00 PM at the Library Media Center at Frontier Regional High School. Anyone interested in substituting in our district is encouraged to attend. We are seeking subs for classrooms, Main Office staff and Registered Nurses for our Health Offices. Principals will be on-site for the interview process. Please bring your resume, if you have one, along with your driver's license and 1 form of government identification (i.e, passport, birth certificate, social security card). If you are unable to attend, please contact Rhonda at the Superintendent's Office - 413-665-1155.


schools out The last scheduled day of school for Frontier Regional and School Union 38 will be June 22, 2018. Frontier Regional will be dismissed at 10:50 and the elementary schools will be dismissed at 12:00 

No School for CURRENT K STUDENTS ONLY on 5/4/18

On Friday, May 4th our new Kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year will be coming in to do their Kindergarten screening therefore our current Kindergarten students will NOT have school.

First Day of School!

First Day of SchoolMark your calendars! The first day of school for students K-12 for the 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, August 30, 2018. The first day for pre-school for the district will be Tuesday, September 4th. Whately Elementary Kindergarten will also start Tuesday, September 4th, not August 30th.

Free Saturday Playgroup Free Saturday Playgroup

Free Saturday Playgroup

Saturday October 28th 10:30—11:45

Sunderland Public Library

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Nature's Classroom Parent Meeting

Nature's Classroom Parent Meeting on April 12, 2018.  This meeting is only for current 4th grade families. The gym from 5:30-6:00 will be designated for collecting paperwork and payments from families as well as answering any questions. From 6-7 in the cafeteria, a staff member from Nature's Classroom will have a presentation on Nature's Classroom.

5th Grade to attend Nature's Classroom Sept 11th to Sept 14th
Screenagers Film Screening and Panel Screenagers

Join us for an exclusive private screening of the movie Screenagers followed by a parent/student panel discussion

Tuesday June 12, 6:00pm in the Frontier Auditorium

Screenagers is an award winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world 

The event is FREE

Can You DIG it?

The Deerfield Inclusion Group invites you to a free family event on March 23rd from 6-9pm. Click here for more information.


important announcementFor a listing of all upcoming public hearings for Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts, please click here.

Summer Math Camp at DES Math image

Arithmetic to Algebra! A Summer Math 3 day Mini-Camp held at Deerfield Elementary June 27-29, 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Free of Charge for incoming 2nd-6th grade learners. Click here for more information.

Important Notice Regarding Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Click here for a letter from Katy Smith RN, School Nurse, regarding Pertussis.

School's Report Card

Please follow the link below for a copy of our school’s report card. It contains information about school and district accountability, achievement, our students and teachers, and other important measures of school performance.


DEERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL | 21 Pleasant Street | South Deerfield, MA 01373