Winchester Weekly

November 19th, 2021

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

November 21st: Restaurant night at MOD Pizza

November 24th: Half day of school. 12.15pm Dismissal. (AM schedule).

November 25th/26th: Thanksgiving break.

November 30th: Report Cards viewable in MiStar

December 1st, 2nd, & 3rd: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Wednesday, December 1st: 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 2nd: 1:00 - 7:00 PM

Friday, December 3rd: 1:00 - 3:45 PM

The Sign-Up Genius link was sent out to all parents on Monday. When signing up, please look carefully and select the tab for your child's teacher when signing up for a conference slot.

We are offering both in-person and virtual options. Read each teacher's sign-up instructions carefully to make sure you are selecting the option you prefer.

*Your child's 1st Marking Period report card will be viewable in MiStar on Tuesday, November 30th.

Massages for Winchester Teachers and Staff

As a thank you for all they do, the PTA is bringing in relaxing 15 minute chair massages for the teachers & staff during the fall conferences this year. These will be provided by 2 masseurs from Main Street Massage.

The teacher appreciation committee is asking for donations to help cover the cost. If you would like to contribute please click on the link below, go to the gift certificates tab, and choose the amount you would like to donate. You may either print the certificate and drop it off in the office labeled: PTA massage event, or forward it to Laura Paredes in an email: Please include a note of thanks from you or your kiddo. We will be using these to decorate the teachers' lounge.

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Christmas came early this year for a few of our teachers!

On Wednesday, November 3rd, the Northville Educational Foundation awarded Innovative Teaching Grants to:

· Tara Fortino for her project, Learning through Lego! ($96)

· April Murphy for her project, Storytelling with Drums ($2,534.95)

· Charlotte Collins for her project, Music Fun for Everyone! Parachutes, Streamers and More! ($505.07)

These teachers have gone above and beyond by applying for these grants so they can initiate wonderful projects in the classroom for our students. We can’t wait to see their ideas come to life! Congratulations Tara, April & Charlotte!

These grants would not be possible without generous donors such as yourself. NEF is launching their Annual Campaign soon. Please consider donating so more Innovative Grants can be awarded next year. Go to for more details.

A Note from Mrs. Bush our School Social Worker

Mrs. Bush is looking for some photos of how our students self-regulate. We have been learning that self-regulation helps to keep us in the "Green Zone" where we are calm, happy, and ready to learn. We do things throughout our day to help us to self-regulate. For instance, I like to walk my dog every morning, I bring a jug of water to school so I can stay hydrated, eat healthy snacks during the day, and like to work out or read a book in the evening. Some students may like drawing, playing with friends, playing an instrument, sports, deep breaths, fresh air, etc. Send me a photo of your child using a self-regulation strategy with the child's name/teacher and I will highlight some of these ideas on the morning announcements, as well as create a bulletin board here at school with self-regulation ideas! Please email photos to

Physical Education Update

Dear Winchester Families,

This week and next week, third, fourth, and fifth-grade students are bringing home their fall fitness scores to share with you. In the spring, after our post-test, we will send home both pre and post-tests so you can see your child's progress.

Thank you,

The Winchester PE team!

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Dear Families:

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair! This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place in the new media center from Monday, November 29th-Friday, December 3rd.

*Book Fair Hours:

Monday 11/29-School Hours

Tuesday 11/30-Family Night 5:30-7:30

Wednesday 12/1- After School 4:00-7:00

Thursday 12/2-After School 1:00-4:00

Friday 12/3-After School 12:15-1:00

*If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. The virtual fair will be open from November 22-Dec 5. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

*During the Book Fair we will also be participating in “All for Books.” This is a coin challenge where students bring in coins to donate towards purchasing new books for the media center. Scholastic will match all donations! The classroom that collects the most coins will earn a special prize! Monday is penny day, Tuesday is nickel day, Wednesday is dime day, Thursday is quarter day, and Friday is any coin day! All classrooms will have a collection bucket where students will be able to donate their change.

Happy Reading!

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Why should you support the Invest in Your Child Fundraiser? It is through generous donations from you that the Winchester PTA is able to provide:

* Movie Nights

* Holiday Scavenger Hunts

* Junior Enrichment Series (JES) enriching and interactive

presentations provided to students during the school day

* Teacher Stipends

* Field Day

* March is Reading Month activities and guest authors

* Math Pentathlon

* Health and Wellness (Girls on the Run/STRIDE)

* Yearbook

* Paper Bound Student Directory (only provided to PTA members)

* Mother/Son Bowling

* Breakfast with a Buddy

Northville C.A.R.E.S Coming Attractions!

On December 16th at 7:00 PM, Northville C.A.R.E.S will be showing a pre-taped student panel that some of our high school students participated in. The panel was facilitated by Kerri Ann Sondreal (Social Work-Northville Youth Network) and Dianna Shamus (Social/Emotional Learning Counselor-NHS). Our students shared their thoughts on the pressures they face as they navigate through high school. Please contact Susan Johnson at or 248-344-3532 if you are interested in attending this virtual event.

As part of Northville C.A.R.E.S, we are happy to provide 2 opportunities for our families to view the movie Chasing Childhood. Chasing Childhood explores the pressures for families and children in a high achievement culture. Northville Youth Network and PTA are sponsoring this movie in the Northville High School Auditorium on:

Thursday, January 20th 6:30-8:15

Saturday, January 29th at 10:00-11:45

There will be a short Q & A after the movie facilitated by Amy Prevo (Director-NYN), Kerri Ann Sondreal (Social Work-NYN) and Dianna Shamus (Social/Emotional Learning Counselor-NHS). Please feel free to view the Chasing Childhood trailer

If you would like to reserve a spot to view Chasing Childhood, please contact Susan Johnson (information listed above) to communicate which showing and how many spots you are reserving.

Bus Route Cancellations

Bus N: November 29th - December 3rd

Bus J: December 6th - 10th

Bus M: December 13th - 17th

We recognize the inconvenience caused by these adjustments to our transportation program, and we regret the hardship it may cause for families. We believe that the proactive approach outlined above will result in a more predictable transportation program during this period of severe driver shortages.

Click link below to see full details about the schedule changes and please see the pdf of the bus route cancellation schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact our Transportation Office at (248) 465-2073 and/or email

Northville Public Schools Close Contact Quarantine Protocol

NPS has aligned our Close Contact Protocol with the guidance provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) shown here in the School Quarantine Guidance graphic and supported by our local Health Department. This guidance provides multiple pathways for students to remain in school. For a more detailed explanation of this graphic, please see this NPS Close Contact Quarantine Protocol Explained document.

If your child is an identified Close Contact to a positive COVID case, we will contact you and further explain your options of, where possible, keeping your child safely in school.

*Note: If your child is identified as a contact fully masked 3 to 6 feet apart, we will send an email notification regarding monitoring your child for 14 days.

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COVID Safety and Mitigation Plans

As we come together in learning this year, it is important to remember to perform at-home self-monitoring using the COVID-19 Daily Student Symptom Screening Tool. This screener serves as a daily reminder that children who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (or ANY illness) need to stay home from school. This is an important measure that will help prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in using this screener each school day. In addition to the daily screener students and staff are required to wear masks while indoors.

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Northville Public Schools COVID-19 Testing Site

Northville Public Schools (NPS) announces a new partnership with RAPIDBIO to provide the NPS community a reliable and convenient COVID-19 testing site on campus.

As part of the NPS CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE PROTOCOL and in partnership with RAPIDBIO, all Northville students, staff and families are eligible to make a COVID-19 test appointment at this priority testing site:

NPS COVID-19 Testing Site Location:

Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Rd, Northville MI 48168 (Main Entrance)

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Appointment Link:

Northville Public Schools/RAPIDBIO Appointment Link
(select Northville School District under Location options)

We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to partner with RAPIDBIO to provide our community with a priority test site on our high school campus allowing our students and staff to remain in school and continue to discover a World of Possibilities.

(Additional testing resources can be found at NPS COVID-19 Testing Resources.)

(NPS ON CAMPUS COVID-19 Testing Site)

Winchester PTA


We need YOU! Have you joined the PTA? Please go to and join today! Thank you to everyone that has already joined! We are getting closer!

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Winchester Elementary Dad’s Club

Calling all Winchester Dads!

There is a Zoom call for next Monday to learn more about the club, answer any questions, and get volunteers to help.

Winchester Dad's Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Winchester Dad's Club Intro

Time: Nov 22, 2021 08:00 PM America/Detroit

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 781 0227 7785

Passcode: qh2gYh

Michael Moore


Winchester Dads Club

FB Group:

Thank you!

Thank you to the Donut Bar for providing the staff with delicious donuts on Thursday, November 18, 2021! They were amazing!

Donut Bar + Coffee, Livonia

19734 Haggerty Rd. Livonia, MI 48152


Order your Winchester Elementary Yearbook in our PTA Store! Please order by December 31st to help us accurately determine the full order quantity. Yearbooks are $17 each (includes shipping to the school and MI sales tax). If you’d like to help build our yearbook, please contact the PTA Yearbook Committee at

Submit Pictures for Yearbook

Please submit Skatin' Station and Movie Night pictures by October 30th for yearbook inclusion! The attached file provides details of how to submit pictures at or using the Balfour ImageShare app. Images must be high-resolution .jpg or .png format.

The Yearbook Committee will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used (for example, low picture quality), but we do make every effort to utilize all images. 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.

Lost and Found

We have several jackets and sweatshirts that are going outside for recess or to PE and not returning with your child when they go back to class. It is extremely helpful if you label your child's items, especially coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, boots, lunch boxes, and water bottles. This ensures your child gets their items back in a timely fashion! Thank you for your assistance!

Northville Public Schools is hiring the following part-time positions:

  • Food Service Assistant: Please visit click on the "Employment Tab" and select "Current Job Openings" for more information.

  • Lunch/Recess Monitor: Please contact the school principal for more information.

  • Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Para Educators: Substitute employment opportunities can be found through educational placement services at EDUStaff. Northville Public Schools uses this service for placement of teachers, K-12 Paraprofessionals, Para Educators and Office Support. If you are interested in becoming a Substitute, please visit or call (877)974-6338 for more information.
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Our office is open from 8:00 to 4:30.

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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