Winchester Elementary

December 4, 2020

Winchester Purpose & Mission

Winchester is a Leader in Me school with a common purpose to inspire students to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers who demonstrate responsibility for themselves and respect for others.

Learning together, Leading forever!

Upcoming Key Dates

December 9: In-person students return to building

December 11: PTA Holiday Scavenger Hunt Begins

December 13: PTA Holiday Scavenger Hunt Ends

December 18: Winter Recess Begins at the end of the day

December 31: Yearbook Orders Due

Important Adjustments to our In-person Learning Plan

On Tuesday, November 23, 2020, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved several short-term adjustments to the District’s current COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan. All students will attend school virtually Monday, November 30, 2020 through Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Students that selected in-person learning for the first semester will return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

In addition there is an anticipated week of full Virtual learning the week following the December winter recess, from January 4, 2021 through January 11, 2021.

The following chart outlines the overall plan for high school, middle school, elementary school, and our Cooke Center program from November 30, 2020 through the end of January, 2021, barring any significant changes in the risk level for COVID-19:

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12/2/20 NPS COVID-19 Update / Symptom Screener


As we prepare for our return to in-person learning, please remember to screen your child each morning before school. The Wayne County Health Department has revised the COVID-19 Daily Student Symptom Screening Tool* based on guidance from MDHHS as we enter into the cold and flu season. The revised tool separates symptoms into two categories and asks if you have any new, unusual or worsening symptoms in those categories. Additionally, the form asks if you have been in close contact with anyone that is positive. If any response is yes, you must keep your child home and contact your school to report any symptoms and the absence. It is critical that children are screened at home EACH MORNING before coming to school. This process is what helps keep our students and staff safe in school and a primary contributor to allowing us to continue in-person learning for students.

*Important Note: The Wayne County Screening Tool is a COVID Symptom Screener, which is required in addition to, rather than in place of, the District's standard health requirements. Please DO NOT send children who are sick with a fever, are vomiting, have a rash, or any other evidence of illness to school. Students may not return to school following any illness until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications, or longer if subject to continued quarantine based on COVID guidelines.


While we are still in a full virtual learning environment and as we head back into in-person learning, it is important that families continue to report to your child's school attendance office and/or principal's office if anyone in your household is a presumed or positive COVID case, if your child has been in close contact with a presumed or positive COVID case, or if your child is being tested for or is COVID positive. Our COVID Response Team, in coordination with our school nurse and the Wayne County Health Department, are ready to support you through the reporting and necessary quarantine requirements.

Attachment: Revised Wayne County COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families

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2020-2021 Winchester Yearbook Orders

Winchester Elementary Yearbooks are now available to order! Please ORDER BY DECEMBER 31st to help us accurately determine the full order quantity. Yearbooks are $17 each (plus the Balfour site adds a $1 handling fee per transaction). This includes shipping to the school and MI sales tax. Full details of how to order are in the attached file. The yearbook will include all Winchester students (in-person and virtual). Questions can be directed to

Submit Pictures for Yearbook

Please submit First Day of School pictures, Winchester PTA Drive-in Movie pictures, and any other school activity pictures (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Nuts About Science, etc.) for yearbook inclusion. Details of how to submit pictures are in the attached file. Images need to be high-resolution and in JPEG format.

The Yearbook Committee will review all photos & determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book. Some pictures we are not able to use due to low picture quality, but we do make every effort to utilize all submissions. We need and appreciate all picture submissions as these make up a large part of our yearbook each year. Please submit only high-resolution photos that are school related activities/clubs. We welcome pictures from in-person and virtual students.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

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Holiday Teacher Appreciation

***(Just click on the above box and you'll be connected to the signup genius webpage)***

Nutrislice Lunch Program Update

Northville Public Schools food service department, will continue to provide FREE meals for all Northville Public schools during virtual learning. Meals can be ordered through the nutrislice link under the food service tab on the districts website or by clicking here. Parents should choose the Online Learners Menu. You will be able to select a pick-up date and time between 11am and 12:30 to pick up meals for your NPS student(s). ALL meals should be picked up at Northville High School in the West parking lot (Athletic entrance).

My Green School Art Contest

The U.S. Green Building Council-Detroit is announcing its Michigan Green Art Contest for the 2020-2021 school year! Show that your school is a Green School by participating.

Attached is the flyer with information on how to participate and the link to the US Green Building Council Detroit Region Green School Art contest is here:

Applications are due, by email, at 11:59 pm on March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in mid-April.

Any student in the state of Michigan in grades K-5 is welcome to apply to the My Green School Art Contest, regardless of what type of school they attend (public, private, charter or homeschool!) Artwork can be submitted by a teacher, parent, friend or guardian. Due to school closures, parents and families are encouraged to support their student in creating an original piece of art at home! Applications may only be submitted electronically to avoid potential exposure and reduce the burden on frontline postal staff.

Have fun creating and Go Green and Stay Green!!

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7 Habits at Home

This week's 7 Habit challenge is Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Make a calendar for the week and tally the fruits and vegetables consumed each day. Reflect on your family's healthy eating habits or Habit 6: Synergize Write down the names of the members of your family. Record two or three talents or strengths for each person.

Students are encouraged to share a photo of their completed activity or of their family working on the habit together! Have them send pictures to Mrs. Bush @ or Mrs. Lindsay @ to be included in the morning announcements.

The document with all 20 weeks of activities is available here .

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Office Hours

Our office is open from 8:00 to 4:30.

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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