Welcome to Deerfield!

by DPN President Julie Halloran P’17, ’20

August is here and, while the Deerfield campus seems quiet now, preparations have begun for the students’ return in a few short weeks. As we all enjoy the final month of summer, anticipation and excitement for the new school year is growing.

Although it may seem early, I’d like to be one of the first to welcome you to the new school year at Deerfield. For the Class of 2021 and all new families, this is the beginning of an amazing journey!

Each year brings new milestones, challenges, and many memories. New students may experience a range of emotions as they adjust to their new “home” at Deerfield and returning students will also have to adjust to their new, older role in the campus community. With the support and care of proctors, advisors, faculty residents, and teachers, each will chart their own course, learn, and grow.

 As Deerfield parents, we are also important members of the community and we hope you’ll find meaningful ways to connect. The Deerfield Parents Network (DPN) is our parents’ association; we work to enhance the connections between the school and parents. The DPN Steering Committee consists of 28 current parents, including an Executive Committee of eight. A complete list of DPN leaders is below.

The DPN connects new families to a First Link, and your student should already have a Green Key, so you can ask questions and get advice as needed. This summer, the DPN and the offices of Advancement and Admission are working with parent hosts on several regional welcome events for new students and their families, so keep an eye out for email invites. And as you begin to think about packing and preparing for back-to-school, we have some helpful packing lists, move-in tips, and an abbreviated opening days registration schedule, as well as schedules for new parents and guardians.

Throughout the school year, I encourage you to look for ways to get involved and to engage as much as possible. From afar, you can explore Deerfield’s website, read The Bulletin online daily as well as the student newspaper, The Scroll. And, of course, you’ll also receive this Families FYI electronic newsletter, which is a helpful source of information for upcoming events, news, reminders, and recent photos.

Looking ahead, you’ll want to mark your calendars for Fall Family Weekend: October 20-22. It is a unique opportunity to experience daily life on campus, attend your child’s classes, and connect with teachers, advisors, and other parents. We hope you can make it!

If you are interested in getting involved in the DPN, one of our initiatives, events or communications, please contact me (jthalloran@aol.com) or any of the DPN leaders. The more the merrier and your input is always appreciated.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you on campus this fall!

2017-2018 Deerfield Parents Network Leaders

Executive Committee:


Julie Halloran, Darien, CT   (Christina ’20)

VP Nominating

Serena Bowman, Darien, CT   (Katherine ’19)

VP First Link

Lesley Koeppel, New York, NY   (Claire ’18)

VP Communications

Carson Seeligson, Houston, TX (Sinclair ’18, Addie ’20)

VP Inclusion

Maria Labadan, Beijing, China   (Nic ’18)

Thai Thayumanavan, Amherst, MA (Seth ’20)

VP Campus Events

Vivienne Baker, Atlanta, GA (Alexia ’19)

Kelly Shuhda, San Francisco, CA (Lilly ’19)

 Steering Committee:

  • Carol Bonnie, San Francisco, CA (Henry ’20)
  • Ana Centola, New York, NY (Sophia ’18, Alexander ’21)
  • Louisa & John Cohlan, Palm Beach, FL (Jackson ’18)
  • Lourdes Fanjul, Palm Beach, FL (Lulu ’18, Peps ’20)
  • Bob Howe, Deerfield, MA (Erin ’20)
  • Meg & George Knight, New Haven, CT (Grace ’20)
  • Renato Labadan, Beijing, China (Nic ’18)
  • Alexander Makridis, Athens, Greece (Michael ’19)
  • Rob McDowell ‘81, Vienna, VA (Griffin ’18)
  • Pamela & Robert Menafee, Dayton, OH (Vera Grace ’20)
  • Sharmila Muratoti, Amherst, MA (Seth ’20)
  • Paula Pink, New York, NY (Charlie ’18, Ollie ’20)
  • Janice Roberts, New York, NY (Taylor ’18)
  • Jennifer Roche, South Deerfield, MA (Tierney ’18, Maggie ’19)
  • Jen Vogt, Corpus Christi, TX (Whitney ’20)
  • Max Weber, Singapore (Brian ’18)
  • Elizabeth Weymouth, New York, NY (Philip ’18, Carter ’20)

Trustee Liaison:     Mark Rockefeller, New York, NY (Nolen ’18, Teddy ’21)


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