Fall 2019: New Beginnings

As we enjoy the final weeks of summer, anticipation and excitement are growing for the beginning of the school year. We look forward to being back on Albany Road, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones; returning to our favorite places on campus and exploring new spaces. This year is particularly notable as we welcome a new Head of School, Dr. John Austin, and his family to campus!

On behalf of the Deerfield Parents Network (DPN), we’d like to welcome you to the 2019-20 year. To new families and students, we send a special welcome as you join our community! Each year brings new milestones, challenges, and the opportunity to make life-long memories. New students may experience a range of emotions as they adjust to their new “home” at Deerfield. Returning students will also have to adjust to their more senior role in the campus community. With the support and care of proctors, advisors, faculty residents and teachers, each student will chart their own course, learn, and grow this year.

 As Deerfield parents and guardians, we are important members of the community. The DPN was formed to enhance our school community by building partnerships among parents and between the Academy and families through programs and activities. It is led by a steering committee of 30 members. This year’s DPN leaders are listed below.

Throughout the school year, we encourage you to look for ways to get involved. From afar, you can explore the DPN website, read The Bulletin online daily as well as the student newspaper, The Scroll.  You’ll also receive a bi-weekly Families FYI electronic newsletter offering information on upcoming events, news, reminders, and recent photos. You might even choose to join your student and read this summer’s required community book, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Looking ahead, we hope you can attend the Fall Family Weekend in mid-October. It is a unique opportunity to experience daily life on campus, attend your child’s classes and connect with teachers, advisors, and other parents. You can also attend the DPN steering committee meeting, which is open to all parents. Look for more information in the weeks to come and, in the meantime, we hope you will mark your calendar for October 18-20.

As you begin packing and preparing for back-to-school and the year ahead, you may need quick access to helpful information on what to pack, important dates, staying in touch, and more. Here are links directly to key information for parents:

  • Back-to-School Forms and information are on the DPN site and for personalized back-to-school forms, billing, and One Card balances, you’ll need to visit DA Info.
  • Detailed Opening Days Calendar 2019 and streamlined version with events just for new parents: Opening Days for New Parents
  • Important Dates, 2019-20: key dates for school breaks and major events
  • Dress Code 2019-20: as you’ve likely heard, there are changes to the dress code this year (e.g. all students will wear blazers, new winter rules) and so you’ll want to review the new code for this year.
  • “Keep it Simple” offers seasoned parents’ advice for packing and move-in and “Leave a Message shares one parent’s perspective on the 9th Grade Year.
  • Transportation to/from Campus and Charter Bus 2019-20 information: note that charter buses are available for most vacation breaks and students sign-up via a link in The Bulletin prior to breaks (click charter bus link for details).
  • Lodgingand Dining in the local area as you plan for family weekend or visits to campus.
  • The Bulletin: provides daily campus information primarily for students and faculty, but often provides helpful information for parents, too.
  • The Scroll: student newspaper published 2-3 times per term. Parents can subscribe online and/or printed copies are available on campus.
  • DA Info: this password protected site gives you access to your child’s class schedule, teachers, advisors, hall resident and grades (once available). It also gives you access to the family directory and to your students’ billing and OneCard (ID debit card for on-campus purchases) accounts.
  • Last but not least, the DPN Website and the bi-weekly Families FYI emails will provide up-to-date information for parents throughout the year.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us or any of the DPN leaders. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Julie Halloran P’17, ’20
DPN President
Elizabeth Darling P’15, ’16, ’22
DPN President-Elect
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