November 29, 2023
Dear Winthrop Families,
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! Our favorite post-Thanksgiving story was from a second-grader who shared that his Thanksgiving was terrible because his 26lb. turkey still had feathers on it when his mom picked it up. When we asked him if the turkey came from a farm, he confidently told us that his mom got it at Home Goods or maybe Home Depot. We promise not to believe everything your children share from home, just like we ask you to not believe everything they tell you from school! Haha!
This week, we will be implementing a new Visitor Management System that screens and tracks everyone who is entering the school. This will add another vital layer to improving school security and safety. As we transition to the new system, we are sharing some questions and answers that you may have.
How will the new visitor management system change our sign-in procedures?
All visitors will continue to ring the doorbell at Door 1. When prompted, please state your name and reason for your visit in order to be buzzed in.
All visitors will proceed to the front office and check in with Mrs. Vlahos or other school personnel who may be in the office at the time of your arrival.
If you are dismissing your child or signing your child in late, our procedures will remain the same. You will be asked to sign the tardy or dismissal book. If you are dismissing your child, you will be asked to wait in the lobby.
If you are entering or staying in the building for a meeting, program, or to volunteer, you will be asked for your license or ID. We will then scan your license and print a visitor badge which must be worn and clearly displayed while you are in the building. You will no longer need to write your name in the sign-in book as we will now have an electronic record of your visit.
The most important change to remember is to bring your license with you when you are entering the building.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as we implement our new system.
Reminders- Traffic Patterns and Breakfast Club
Arrival time for Breakfast Club is 8:15 -8:30. Students should not arrive earlier than 8:15 AM because breakfast is not ready until then and more importantly we do not have supervision until 8:15 AM.
The Ipswich Police Department and Salter Transportation have asked us to remind families that a left-hand turn is prohibited when exiting school grounds. This causes a bottleneck and delays on Central Street during the busiest times of the day. Only buses are permitted to take a left so that routes are not impacted.
When dropping off or picking up your child before, during, or after school, please do not park in the fireline in front of the building. All vehicles must be in a parked spot and students should be escorted to the front door.
Have a wonderful week,
Amy B. Sullivan, Principal
Nicki Amisson, Assistant Principal
Important Upcoming Dates
- Thursday, November 30th: Early Release, PK @ 1:30, K-5 @ 1:50
- Thursday, November 30th: Open Door Mobile Mart at dismissal
- Thursday, November 30th: Grade 4 SLC Meeting, 2 PM
- Thursday, November 30th: Grade 5 Student Newsletter Meeting, 2 PM
- Friday, December 1st: KinderSwim
- Friday, December 1st: 1st Semester Grades Close
- Tuesday, December 5th: SLC Green Team Meeting, 8 AM
- Tuesday, December 5th: Early Act Meeting, 3 PM
- Tuesday, December 5th: Grade 5 Band/Orchestra/Chorus Concert, 7 PM
- Thursday, December 7th: Early Release, PK @ 1:30, K-5 @ 1:50
- Thursday, December 7th: Open Door Mobile Mart at dismissal
- Thursday, December 7th: No Place For Hate Meeting, 2-2:45 PM
- Friday, December 8th: KinderSwim
- Friday, December 8th: 1st Semester Report Cards Sent Home
- Wednesday, December 13th: FRIES Meeting, 6:30 PM - Winthrop Cafeteria
- Thursday, December 14th: Early Release PK @ 1:30, K-5 @ 1:50
- Thursday, December 14th: Mobile Mart @ Dismissal
Ipswich Public Schools Calendar
On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Winthrop FRIES was pleased to sponsor a visit from Caleb McCoy and Jalen Williams, performers with extensive experience in artistic youth programming. Students gathered to learn about artistic traditions and creative expression, using hip hop and poetry. Thanks to Ana Laguarda for helping to facilitate this special program!
Jingle Bell Walk
Join us for a day of holiday festivities and cheer! Greet Santa as he arrives at the Ipswich Town Wharf. Sing carols with Buddy the Elf as we await Santa’s arrival! Jingle bells will be available for purchase. Jingle your bells and follow our honored guest and Buddy the Elf on a festive “Jingle Bell Walk” to the Ipswich Town Hall at 45 Green Street. Keep a sharp eye out for the Grinch!
Once Santa arrives at Town Hall, he will receive children 11 and under while a string quartet entertains. Parents are urged to bring a camera! Following their visit with Santa, the children can have their faces painted, play festive games, and create holiday crafts. The Rotary Club will serve hot dogs, hot cocoa, and more in the COA cafeteria.
Tickets will be available for purchase in order to enjoy delicious food, face painting, and crafts. There will be free games to play as well. Raffles for Christmas trees, a new iPad and apple pencil, and local business baskets will also be up for grabs!
Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts fit for a child to support the Marines in their organization, Toys for Tots! Proceeds from the Jingle Bell Walk proceeds will be donated to charitable activities and Interact Club activities.
Ipswich Interact is a high school group that prioritizes youth leadership and follows the Rotary model of "service above self." This event is a great way to connect high schoolers with younger children!