Winchester Elementary

October 9, 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

October 22: Picture Day

November 3: No School - Teacher Professional Day

November 11: PTA Meeting - Virtual @ 7 pm

Arrival and Dismissal

Thank you all for your continued patience as we worked through a few changes this week to improve our arrival and dismissal procedures.

A couple of reminders to keep things moving in the morning.

Please do not bring your child to school too early. The first bell rings at 8:41 and the second bell rings at 8:46. The carpool lane begins to move at 8:35 AM.

If you arrive to school after 8:46, we will follow the tardy procedures which require you to walk your child to the front door to check them in. Since parents are not allowed in the building at this time, we ask that you ring the doorbell and let us know you have arrived. The office staff will buzz your child in so they can go to class.

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade families, the return to school plan was emailed to all in-person families. Please review this prior to sending students to school on Monday.

Thank you again for wearing your mask on campus and distancing.

Picture Day - October 22nd

Order forms will be coming home early next week for Lifetouch Picture Day on Thursday, October 22nd for all in-person and virtual students. Virtual classroom teachers will share the Winchester schedule with all of their families.

We are encouraging our families to order online ahead of time. Go to and use code EVT7XSPQ8.

PTA Volunteers Needed

Do you have a few minutes in the morning to help out at the school? We are looking for a few parent volunteers each day to monitor students as they are headed to their entrance doors. Volunteers will greet students, remind them to keep distance between other children, and make sure they get to their entrance doors!

Volunteers will need to have an updated ICHAT form (for this school year), distance on school grounds and wear a mask.

Please email your completed form and a copy of your driver's license to Deb Obsniuk at

If you are interested in helping out, please sign up for a slot using Sign Up Genius.

If you sign up, a brief meeting will be held with Kelly Lindsay, Principal to go over the procedures.

COVID-19 Symptom Screening Tool


Parents or guardians MUST check students for COVID-19 symptoms EACH DAY BEFORE sending a child to school. By sending your child to school, you are declaring that you have completed this symptom checker and that your child is not exhibiting any of the symptoms on the form.

Families received laminated versions of the symptom screener in the mail along with recommendations of what to send their child to school with each day. See Classroom Ready Checklist below. Please note, the checklist does say bring a charged device to school. We are encouraging students that have a District provided device to bring that device to school (the teacher will let you know how often to bring it). We have several devices at school for students that do not have a District device at home.

Additionally, a complete Return to School Plan was shared with all families in an email dated September 21st. Please read over the plan carefully as it contains many important details including masks, lunch, arrival, and dismissal.

COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Tool

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NWEA Assessments

NWEA Benchmark Assessments continue this week for both in-person and virtual students. Classroom teachers shared their individual schedules with families and students.

Virtual Students:

Test Preparation

Prior to Test Day (iPads)

1. Make sure your iPad has an internet connection

2. Make sure your iPad meets testing requirements using the Device Readiness Check

3. Make sure the NWEA Secure Testing app is installed on your iPad

4. Make sure your child has headphones

  1. Watch the MAP Growth introduction video
  2. Practice the test at

(Username: grow, Password: grow)

On Test Day

1. Minimize distractions for your child as much as possible

2. Provide a quiet testing environment

  1. Allow the teacher/proctor to open the session first
  2. Make sure you have a way to communicate with the teacher/proctor during the test
  3. Follow any additional instructions from the teacher/proctor

Monday, October 12th 4th and 5th Grade - ELA

Wednesday, October 14th - 4th and 5th Grade - Mathematics

In-person Students:

Monday, October 12th - 5th Grade Math

Tuesday, October 13th - 4th Grade Math

Wednesday, October 14th - 3rd Grade Math

Please watch the screencast below for more information regarding NWEA assessments.

NPS NWEA Screencast

Classroom snacks, lunch and birthday treats

Please see the letter below regarding snacks, lunches and birthday treats. Also, you will find helpful tips for food items this year and we ask that you send in utensils with your child if their food items(s) require it.
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Halloween Drive-Thru Scavenger Hunt

Does your family count down the days until October arrives? Are your Halloween decorations the envy of your neighborhood? Then we have the perfect way for your family to support the PTA! Amerman, Ridge Wood and Winchester PTA boards worked together to come up with a fun new event; a Halloween Drive-Thru Scavenger Hunt.

We are looking for 10 Halloween lovin' families, per school, to join in our Scavenger Hunt! More details are included in the sign-up genius so register today.

Please sign up under your school's section. Please leave only your email address. We will reach out to you for your home address and your unique item.

If you have any questions reach out to Caroline Keros, PTA President at

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Schoology Update

To make sure you receive emails from Schoology, check that your email address is verified to receive emails from Schoology.

  1. Click the arrow on the top right of Schoology.

  2. Select your account from the list that appears in the dropdown.

  3. Once you're in your account, click the arrow again and select Account Settings.

  4. If you haven't yet verified your primary email address, you'll see a message to Resend verification email. Check the box next to the message and Save Changes.

  5. Once you receive the verification email, click the link provided in the email to verify your email address.

For more Schoology tips and troubleshooting assistance refer to the Technology Troubleshooting Document.

All lunches must be pre-ordered by 9:00am

Families must pre-order by 9 am of the day of pick up or delivery. Meals must be pre-ordered using the District’s Nutrislice online program, or through the Nutrislice app, available on the Apple Store or Google Play. Additional information, including a video tutorial, about the Nutrislice pre-ordering process is available on the Food Service Department website.

Please note - The video shows how to do a pick-up for virtual students, but it is the same process to order for in-person students and have it delivered to Winchester. All you need to do is click the tab at the top that says delivery and select Winchester.

Where are the lunch meals being made available?

In-person learners must pre-order their lunch which will be delivered to the students’ classrooms. If you have multiple students attending in-person, parents will need to order meals for each of their students individually in Nutrislice. Please make sure that you choose the correct school and the correct classroom/teacher for each of your students when ordering for multiple students.

Online learners must also pre-order their lunch. Online learners' lunches can be picked up in the west parking lot (Athletics Department) entrance of Northville High School (45700 Six Mile Rd.) between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm each school day.

Free lunch for all students!

The Northville Public Schools Food Services Department is pleased to announce that Northville Public Schools students may now receive a free lunch each school day!

The free meals were made possible after district officials received a waiver sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. This change resumes the summer meal rules and regulations allowing Northville Public Schools students to receive free meals including Pre-K students. Please see the updated details below, and if you have a need for food, items may be ordered on through Nutrislice from the District website.

This program is currently planned to end on December 18th, 2020 – or until funding is exhausted – families should be aware that this USDA waiver does not replace the need to apply for free or reduced meals for the remainder of the school year for those families who are eligible. Free and Reduced meal applications from the last school year expire on October 19, 2020, and participation in the program must be renewed annually.

Virtual Nuts About Science Halloween Classes

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Wellness Wednesdays

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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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