Winchester Weekly

February 21, 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

February 29: Parent Camp @ Northville High School

March 3:

~ Cookie Day @ lunch (50 cents)

~ Early Childhoold and Extended Day Programs
Open House 6:30pm

March 4: 1st Grade Informances (Nicholas 5pm/Carson 5:45pm)

March 5:

~ 1st Grade Informances (Borman 5pm/Lenard 5:45pm)

~ Overbooked 7pm @ Northville Community Center

March 10: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Day

March 18: PTA Meeting 7pm

Illness/Fever Reminder

It's that time of year where many illnesses are going around; including cold and flu. We ask that if your child is sick or has a fever, please keep your child at home. In addition, if your child has a fever, they should not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours. This includes not sending them to school with fever reducing medication and being on antibiotics for at least 24 hours prior to their return from a contagious illness. More information about the guidelines recommended by our District Nurse Consultant is attached below.

We appreciate your support in helping to keep our school as healthy and safe as possible.


Author Mark Crilley is coming to Winchester!

March 5, 2020

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1988. His first comic series, AKIKO, was published in 1995, garnering immediate critical praise, including 13 Eisner award nominations during its 53-issue run. In 1998, Mr. Crilley was named one of the "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment" by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, leading Random House to invite him to adapt his Akiko comic books as a series of ten prose-fiction novels for young readers. In 2012, Mr. Crilley released his most successful book yet, MASTERING MANGA, an instructional art book that would soon be published in eight languages and rank consistently among the top-selling books of its kind. Mr. Crilley's work has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and on CNN Headline News and Comcast On Demand.

Mr. Crilley will be signing his graphic novel, Akiko on the Planet Smoo, for students during his visit.

If you would like to purchase a copy for your student, please complete the order form below and submit payment to the Winchester office by Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Author Maria Dismondy is coming to Winchester!

March 18, 2020

Maria Dismondy was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit. She attended Michigan State University. She is an award winning author with a Masters degree in education. She was an elementary school teacher and reading interventionist for 10 years before becoming an author, speaker, and blogger.

Maria has several award winning books! She is the recipient of the Gold Mom’s Choice Award, the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award, and 2012 #1 children’s book on

Please visit to find out more about Maria Dismondy. If you would like to order one or more of Maria’s books for your child, please see the attached PDF order form. Orders are due by Friday, March 13.

Art News

Please see the attachment below for
art news from Mrs. Kelley and Ms. Murray.

“The Hidden Impact of Screen Time on the Developing Brain”

March 2, 2020

4:15 PM - 5:45 PM, Northville High School, Auditorium

You are invited to join us on Monday, March 2, 2020 to hear Katey McPherson, a well-known educator, speaker and advocate for protecting the health and wellness of our kids, particularly as it relates to the digital landscape of today’s world. This presentation is open to Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and ALL interested Community Members on “The Hidden Impact of Screen Time on the Developing Brain.”

In this presentation, you will learn how neuroscientists, sociologists and psychologists continue to process the incoming data on what is the exact impact of screen time on the developing brain. Katey provides keen insights into the types of screen time as well as how trusted adults and parents can guide and mentor students both at school and at home. She will discuss how we can collectively support the future of America by stepping into the digital divide instead of creating a larger one.

We hope to see you at this powerful learning session!

(Katey McPherson is also our Keynote and Breakout Session speaker at Parent Camp on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Hope you can join us there too!)

Winchester PTA - JES Updates

The Winchester PTA - JES (Junior Enrichment Series) Committee is excited to share that students in 4th grade had a presentation on Democratic Core Values from the Carey and Paul Group today, Friday, February 21st in the multi purpose room. This is brought back year after year thanks to your generous donations to the PTA through Invest in Your Child fundraiser at the beginning of the year. If you haven't had a chance to donate, you still can Donate here!

Daddy Daughter Dance

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Girls on the Run

Attention 3rd-5th graders! Girls on the run (GOTR) and Stride are back for another great season of running, fun, and friendship! Our 10 week season will take place from the week of March 17-May 18th. (No session over spring break) Girls will meet every Tues/Thurs. at 3:45-5pm, and boys will meet every Mon/Wed. from 3:45-5pm. This is a wonderful program sponsored by the YMCA that teaches kids empowerment, teamwork, and improves their running abilities. At the end of the 10 week program, there will be a family friendly 5k at St Claire metro park on Sunday May 17th. (More information to follow).

Registration is limited to the first 24 participants for each of the girls and boys programs, for safety concerns. The registration site will open on Monday 2/17, and closes on March 17th. Find the link for registration and more information about this exciting program through the link below:

*search for Winchester elementary

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elisabeth Deller at (GOTR) or Jana Czopek at (stride)

We are looking forward to another season of running together!!

Northville Baseball-Softball

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS... Northville Parent Camp is on Saturday, February 29, 2020!

Northville Public Schools and Northville Educational Foundation has again partnered to bring you Northville’s Parent Camp; a morning filled with resources, speakers, and workshops, presented to empower K-12 parents with practical knowledge, resources and tools to help equip them to support and guide their children. It will be held at Northville High School, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. We hope you join us for the entire event! If you are unable, please join us for the parts you can. Refreshments provided.

For more details regarding the schedule and content and to register for Parent Camp, go to Note: Registration is not required, although for planning purposes, it is appreciated! Special thanks to Northville Parent Camp's generous presenting sponsor, Michigan Educational Credit Union, and supporting sponsors, DTE - MIGreenPower and Community Financial Credit Union.

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Camp Trotter 2020

The American Legion Northville is sponsoring sending children to Camp Trotter again in 2020. We will send up to 4 children this year.The camp is normally $250, the American Legion will pay the fee. It's open to boys and Girls age 7 to 12.

See below for the flyer, brochure and application. Applications are due by May 1.

Early Childhood New Family Open House

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NHS Spring Baseball Training Camp

The Northville Mustang Baseball Camps will provide baseball players (boys and girls) 7-14 years of age the opportunity to develop and enhance their baseball fundamentals and learn to play the Mustang Way! The camp is being held on March 14th and 15th. Please see the attachment for details and registration.

Northville Youth Football

The Northville Youth Football Association (NYFA) is a non-profit organization committed to teaching the fundamentals of football and cheerleading in a positive, safe and FUN environment. The Colts and Stallions are looking for new players and cheerleaders to fill their teams/units for the 2020 season. New player and cheerleader registration begins Monday, March 1st, 2020. Teams/units are filled on a first come, first served basis based on address/middle school affiliation. (i.e., Hillside = Colts and Meads Mill = Stallions) Practices will start at a yet TBD date. Games are played on weekends in late August through early November. All home games are played at Tom Holzer Ford Field (Northville High School football field). For more information or to register, please visit our website.
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Northville Public Schools’ March 2020 Sinking Fund Millage Replacement ~ Community Forums/PTA meetings

School families and community members can learn more...

On March 10, 2020, voters in Northville Public Schools will be asked to consider replacing our current Sinking Fund millage with a new Sinking Fund millage that will extend the current .9519-mill levy from 2021 to 2025 and provide for broader uses of the proceeds, including instructional technology and security equipment. The current levy expires on Dec. 31, 2020. The .9519-mill five-year request is a REPLACEMENT of the existing sinking fund millage and would NOT result in an increase over the current millage rate.

If supported, the sinking fund millage will continue to provide approximately $3 million each year to fund building and site repairs, along with instructional technology and safety and security upgrades. This funding helps protect the community’s investment in the School District’s buildings and sites, while preserving General Fund dollars to accomplish the District’s core mission of instruction and student learning. Priority projects for the next five-year period fall into the categories of Instructional Technology & Security, Energy & Operational Efficiency, and Health & Safety.

Northville Public Schools families, staff and community members have the opportunity to learn more about the March 2020 Sinking Fund Millage Replacement request at a series of forums hosted by district leaders, including a number of opportunities scheduled in conjunction with school PTA/PTSA meetings in January and February, as follows:

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The purpose of each forum is to provide parents, staff and community members with information about the sinking fund replacement millage proposal through a brief presentation (10-15 minutes), followed by an opportunity to ask questions about the proposal. Parents, staff and/or community members are invited to attend whichever forum is most convenient.

Community members are also encouraged to learn more about the millage election by visiting the District’s website at Questions and/or comments may also be e-mailed to

Overbooked - Parent Meeting

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Parents at Lunch (PAL)

The PAL (Parents At Lunch) program is a PTA-sponsored program that provides daily support during lunchtime. This is a great opportunity to be present in school for your child, while providing valuable support to Winchester staff in the lunchroom. Sign up for as many times as you'd like and you can just sign up for your child/children's lunch period if that is more conducive or sign up for both lower and upper elementary lunch periods! Please click on the link for more information:

Lunch Menu

Office Hours

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

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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