Welcome Back!


Dear Winkler Families,

I sincerely hope this letter finds everyone healthy and safe. We are really looking

forward to having our students fill our hallways and classrooms once again even

though it will look quite different.

This new reality reminds me of a book by Mark Elmore, Marching off the Map.

In his book, Elmore describes the armies of Alexander the Great marching into

unknown territories with no maps. Along the way Alexander transformed some of

his soldiers into “map makers” and as they marched they created new maps.

Elmore goes on to describe their work, “They mapped as they marched. They

penned as they progressed. They were training as they were traveling. It would

have been useless to continue using the old maps in this new territory.”

Despite the challenges we all face, we have a great opportunity to create a new

map and make this a fantastic year. We have a great staff that is dedicated to

our students and families and committed to delivering a great education to our

Winkler students. As always, we appreciate your patience and support as we

navigate these unknown territories.

Throughout the “Winkler Weekly”, you will notice many new procedures that we

would like you to pay close attention to. These procedures are in place to help

reduce the risk for students and staff. To achieve this, we will be dividing the majority

of our classrooms into smaller groups where part of the time students will be

receiving core instruction from the classroom teacher while the other group will

continue their learning and work in a “guided learning” classroom supervised by

several staff members. This is a time where we will provide support in reading,

math, and social-emotional learning. Also, students will attend and participate in

Physical Education, Art, and Music throughout the week.

As always, our main goal is to keep learning coherent, focusing on our highest

priorities while meeting the needs of all students. We are looking forward to

seeing all those colorful masks with smiles underneath them.


Joel Graham

Serving as Principal, Winkler and Lyons Center Elementary

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Please remember to complete all steps of your child's registration on Skyward for the 20/21 school year. Registration can be done entirely online or at the District Office. Find out how at BASD Online Registration.


BASD has created a Back to School Page to share updates and learning plans whether your child is learning virtually or in-person.

Here is the Back to School Plan for Elementary Level (Grades 4K-6)

Take a look at our School Calendar page to stay updated with school/district happenings

Winkler's website is updated regularly. Take a look to see what's new! Online learning links will be located under the classroom tabs for easy access.

Skyward Mobile App - Access Skyward from your Smartphone

And..... BASD is coming out with their own app! Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks!


Please bring all school supplies to school on the first day. School supplies will not be shared this year, so be sure to label your child's items. Also, masks are not on the list but will need to be worn each day. AND don't' forget to send a water bottle with your child each day as they will only be able to fill up from the water station.

Winkler School Supply List


Got masks? Every child and staff member will be required to wear a mask while inside the building. Please spend some time practicing wearing a mask with your child. They will be wearing one most of the day with the exception of eating, and outdoor learning or, recess. Remember, they will copy you. Please try to wear one along with them.


Students will be reminded to wash their hands frequently throughout the day. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, but when that is not quickly available, hand sanitizer will be in each classroom, at each entrance, in the Office, and throughout the hallways.


  • All families/visitors will have limited access to the main office and will be required to wear a mask upon entry and maintain physical distancing.

  • Non-essential visitors will be limited in the building. This includes parents and/or community members/volunteers.

  • If dropping off an item for your child, please label it and bring it to the main office. We will get the item to your child.

  • If you will be picking up your child, please call the main office or use the intercom system to let us know you are in the parking lot. We will then walk your child out to you. In your child's home folder, we have provided signage for you to place in your windshield. That will help the staff know who you are picking up.

  • Meetings with families:

  • Most meetings with families will take place virtually, unless an in-person meeting is necessary.


  • Students and parents will be asked not to congregate on school grounds.

  • Families are encouraged to stay in their vehicles away from other people when picking up or dropping off students

  • For the first week, parents will be allowed to walk their students to the playground. You will be required to wear a face mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing from other students/parents. Parents will not be allowed in the building for the purpose of walking their child to their classroom. After the first week, parents will be asked to drop off their students and not walk them to the playground. Again, parents are encouraged to stay in their vehicles away from others.


Along with many other things, pick up and drop off procedures have changed a bit.

BEFORE SCHOOL DROP OFF: Please pull around the drive, as usual, to have your child get themselves out of the car. Students are being asked to head right to the playground in the morning. Students will no longer be entering the school through the Front Entrance. For the fist week, 4K and Kindergarten parents along with students who need extra help are being asked to park their cars and walk children to the side door entrance at the start of school. Face masks are required as well as maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing from other students/parents. After the first week, you will not be permitted to walk them to the playground to help reduce risk. We will have extra staff outside to help direct students and parents. Special circumstances should be communicated with your child's teacher and the office.

Remember, if you have to get out of your car to help your child, you should be parking in the parking lot to keep traffic moving.

MID-DAY DROP OFF: Students will be entering through the Front Entrance. Parents, you may walk your child to the door and ring the doorbell. Staff will let them in.

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP: Students will be bringing home two yellow signs that have their names on them. Please display your sign in your windshield when picking up your child. Staff will see your car and radio for your child to come out.

  • Students will be dismissed to the gym at 3:20. Pick will begin at this time.

  • Vehicles will be line up like normal and students will then be called to the vehicle from the gym (I think we can fit 7 vehicles at a time near the sidewalk)

  • Staff will supervise the area and make sure students get to the right vehicle.

  • Parents:

    • Please be at school NO LATER THAN 3:35 to pick up your child.

    • Parents will not be allowed to wait at the front of the building, congregate outside cars or enter the building to pick up their child. We ask that you not park in the parking lot and not pull out around other vehicles.

MID-DAY PICK UP: Please call the Winkler Office at 262-539-2726 to let us know you are here. Also, remember to display the yellow sign with your child's name in your windshield. A staff member will walk your child out to you.


When was the last time that Chromebook was on? Please plug that thing in and give it a full charge before school starts. Open it up and turn it on, there may be some updates that are needed. Having Chromebook troubles at home? Email us. Let's sort out any trouble spots and start the year out right!

Remember - Chromebooks and headphones should come to school EVERY DAY. These will be used regularly.

How to Teach Kids About Germs: 11 Super Fun Activities We Love!

Whether you’re a teacher, parent, caregiver, or obsessive germaphobe, I hope these tips and activities prove useful to you as you navigate your way through another cold and flu season!

How to Teach Kids About Germs

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

More information has been posted to the District's HEALTH PROCEDURES page.


With all the changes happening around us, Winkler is also welcoming some new staff members:

Kim Traxinger - Paraprofessional

Natalie Weithouse - Paraprofessional

Alyssa Addis - Speach and Language Pathologist

Monique Skarphol - Occupational Therapy Assistant

Winkler Elementary PTO

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Click on the links below to add to your Google Calendar.

Wednesday, Aug 12th: "Special" Open House 5:00-6:30

Monday, Aug 17th: First Day of School, Staggered Start 5K

Tuesday, Aug 18th: Staggered Start 5K

Wednesday, Aug 19th: Staggered Start 4K

Thursday, Aug 20th: Staggered Start 4K

Friday, Aug 21st: All students attend

Thursday, Sept 3rd: Picture Day

Monday, Sept 7th: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

School Dish - Winkler

School Dish - Online Webpage for the School Cafeteria. For a video, copy and paste this link -

Winkler's Facebook Page

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