Winchester Elementary

2020-21

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

September 8:

~ First Day of School

~ Annual Online Registration Due

September 9: Virtual Open House K-2

September 10: Virtual Open House 3-5

September 16: First PTA Meeting - Virtual @ 7pm

First Day of School on Tuesday September 8th!

Hello Winchester Families!


Welcome Back to the 2020-21 school year! We welcome you all to a new year of learning and growing in academics, citizenship, and leadership. We are working hard to get things set up to welcome all of our students virtually beginning September 8th.


Winchester is proud to be a The Leader in Me Lighthouse School! The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment. We believe in fostering each child's leadership potential by teaching and living the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, engaging students in goal setting, and working together for student success.


The Winchester staff is talented, hardworking, and committed to ensuring all students receive a strong academic foundation. We look forward to working together; staff, students, parents, and the community, to continue the legacy of excellence established at Winchester. We are committed to developing 21st-century skills, fostering a safe, positive, and nurturing environment for children, and maintaining the highest expectations for our students and ourselves.


We know you have many questions about the start of the school year. This newsletter will answer some of those questions. Classroom teachers will be sending additional communication home to families with pertinent information to begin the school year.


Thank you for your continued patience and grace as we embark on our newest journey together during these unprecedented times. We are looking forward to kicking off our school year virtually on Tuesday, September 8th! On behalf of the staff of Winchester Elementary, where we are "Learning Together, Leading Forever", welcome to the 2020-21 school year!


In Partnership,


Kelly I. Lindsay, Ed. S.

Principal


Keep informed of current information by accessing the Winchester website:

http://winchester.northvilleschools.org/


Check back often for school news and updates!


You can also find us @WinchesterElem on Twitter.

FAQ's

1. What school supplies do I need to buy for my child?

For the September virtual start, your child will need a device, paper, and pencils. Please see the K-5 supply lists for other supply suggestions for when we return to school. Please note that NONE of our supplies will be shared this year.


2. How will I get the textbooks, workbooks, and other resources my child needs?

We will be hosting a "drive-by supply pick-up" the first week of school. This will be your chance to get all of the instructional materials your child will need. (Please note that your child will not have these materials for the first day of school, nor will he/she need them!) More information is forthcoming.


3. What will the virtual schedule look like?

This will be largely dependent on how the virtual teacher plans to structure his/her day, but plan on the virtual day looking like the regular school day in terms of length of time. (Your child will not be in front of a screen all day, but he/she will likely have independent work to do when he/she is not receiving synchronous instruction.) Students can expect to spend time with their classroom teachers multiple times throughout the day for instruction, to receive feedback, and to participate in classroom discussions. Students will be given assignments to complete and instructions on how to submit assignments.


4. When will we receive our teaching assignment?

Assignments will be available in the MiStar Parent Portal at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, 9/2.

Northville Public Schools Introduces Schoology Learning Management System

Dear Northville Public Schools families,


Northville Public Schools is now using Schoology, an integrated learning management solution that provides course management, mobile learning, and support for system-wide communication. Please see the attached letter for an overview of the platform, information about signing in and tutorials.


The information in the attached letter includes a basic overview of Schoology, instructions for accessing and using Schoology, a video tutorial specific to NPS on getting started with Schoology and a sample log-in for families to get acquainted with the platform.


You and your child will be given login credentials prior to the start of the school year once schedules and class assignments are finalized to access the district’s Schoology system. Please make sure that your email address is accurate and updated in your student’s MiStar account.


Check out Schoology: A video introduction to how NPS will use Schoology is available online. Parents can test out the platform by logging into Schoology using the following sign in credentials:

username: npsparent

Password: student1

Select Northville High School in the “School Code” dropdown


*please see the attached pdf with additional instructions.

Class Placement

Class placements will be accessible through the MiStar ParentConnection Portal on September 2, 2020 after 4:00 PM.


We know how excited everyone is for the start of the school year and to find out who your teachers will be! We can't thank you enough for your patience as we are working to finalize class placements and teacher assignments.


If you selected in-person instruction for your child, students will be assigned a classroom teacher in Mi-Star. While classroom teachers may have more than 15-20 students on their class list, when students return in-person they will be placed into cohorts of 15-20 students. Therefore, your student may have students from another class assigned to their cohort. Teachers will communicate what classroom each student will report to when we return to in-person school.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th. Teachers will be sending out schedules to each of their families with instructions on how to log in to their live Zoom meetings.


Please note, the first week of school will be spent learning how to use Classlink, Schoology, develop classroom communities, and ease our students into school for the 2020-21 school year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the 8th!

Protocols for In-Person Return

For those of you who chose in-person instruction after our virtual start, we are in the process of putting together a video that will highlight all you need to know about a safe return to Winchester. We plan to have the video ready to go by mid-September. Be on the lookout!

Annual Online Registration

Every year, all families are required to fill out the digital Annual Registration for each student. Families may complete these forms through ParentConnection. Through this process you will be asked to update your student’s emergency contact information, home address and health information, review our technology use policy and student handbooks, learn more about PTSA/PTA, access the web store and much more.


Need Help? Many of the most commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQs page (located in the upper right hand corner of ParentConnection.) If you have further questions, please email the helpdesk at parentportal@northvilleschools.org.


All elementary students and Cooke School students must have the Annual Registration completed prior to the start of school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.


** This process will need to be repeated for each additional child. **

Virtual Open House Information

September 9, 2020

  • 6:00 PM - Kindergarten
  • 6:30 PM - 1st Grade
  • 7:00 PM - 2nd Grade


September 10, 2020

  • 6:00 PM - 3rd Grade
  • 6:30 PM - 4th Grade
  • 7:00 PM - 5th Grade

Medication Drop Off

At this time we are not taking medication and the required signed forms for students. We anticipate requesting these items in the coming weeks and will let you know when these items will be needed for the start of in person learning.

NORTHVILLE YOUTH NETWORK TO PROVIDE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING TO ADULTS

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an international program designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers and other school personnel, coaches, youth group leaders, neighbors, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Northville Youth Network is providing FREE training to adults who work with, coach, teach, minister, parent or care about Northville youth in a blended online format in September. Course size is limited and will fill up fast! See the flyer for more specific information and contact NYN at 248-344-1618 with any questions.

Nuts about Science is Virtual

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** Registration for this programs opens on September 1st at 8 am
and
will close on September 14 at 11 pm **

Office Hours

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


Contact us at (248) 465-2400

Website: http://winchester.northvilleschools.org/

Follow us on Twitter: @ WinchesterElem

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