Winchester Elementary

September 4, 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

September 8:

~ First Day of School

~ Annual Online Registration Due

September 9: Virtual Open House K-2

~ Humanities 5:30 pm

~ Kindergarten 6:00 pm

~ 1st Grade 6:30 pm

~ 2nd Grade 7:00 pm

September 10: virtual Open House 3-5

~ Humanities 5:30 pm

~ 3rd Grade 6:00 pm

~ 4th Grade 6:30 pm

~ 5th Grade 7:00 pm

September 14: Cub Scout Meeting - Virtual @ 6pm

September 16: First PTA Meeting - Virtual @ 7pm

First Day of School - Tuesday September 8th!

Hello Winchester Families!

We are so excited to get this school year started! The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th and the Winchester staff has been hard at work preparing for the virtual start to the school year, utilizing our new learning management system Schoology.

Classroom teachers will be reaching out to each of their families with key information about how to connect on the first day of school, provide schedules, and share reminders on how to access Schoology via ClassLink. Many of you may have already gotten a message from your child's teacher, if you haven't you will soon!

The first week of school will be spent learning how to use Classlink, Schoology, develop classroom communities, and ease our students into the new school year. We are all eager to get back to school!

On behalf of the entire Winchester staff, welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We are looking forward to seeing all of you on the 8th!

In Partnership,

Kelly I. Lindsay, Ed. S.


Keep informed of current information by accessing the Winchester website:

Check back often for school news and updates!

You can also find us @WinchesterElem on Twitter.

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.

COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Tool

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

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. **

Are you ready for the first day of school?

You will begin receiving welcome messages from your child(rens) teacher(s) throughout the holiday weekend. These welcome messages will give you instructions for connecting with teachers and classes on the first day of school including Zoom links. As we get up and running on Schoology, all zoom, communications, grades, etc. will be accessed through Schoology.

For more information about our virtual start, please visit this NPS Website FAQ. We are continuing to update this resource with information that you may find helpful as we begin the 2020-2021 school year.


All parents were sent an email with their Schoology Parent Access Code for EACH child enrolled in Northville Public Schools. Parents should use each access code to link all of your children into your Schoology account. To create your Schoology account and link your students, follow these instructions: Setting up your PARENT Schoology Account and/or watch this Video: NPS Schoology Introduction for parents.

If you did not receive your Parent Access Code emails, please contact the NPS Help Desk at or Support will be available throughout the Labor Day weekend.

To learn more about Schoology, watch this Video: NPS Schoology Introduction for parents.


All students will start their daily learning by logging in to ClassLink at In the ClassLink Launchpad, students will access Schoology, their Google Drive, various learning resources and applications that their teacher may utilize for learning. Students and parents should watch the NPS Getting Started with ClassLink video to learn how to log in, download the ClassLink extension in your browser, and use ClassLink. Trouble logging in or using ClassLink? Contact the NPS Help Desk at Support will be available throughout the Labor Day weekend.

To learn more about Schoology, watch this Video: NPS Schoology Introduction for students

If you need any immediate technical support for setting up Schoology and accessing classes, please contact the NPS Help Desk at or Support will be available throughout the Labor Day weekend.

student supply pick up

We are currently working on a plan for families to pick up school supplies. Watch your email for dates and times scheduled for picking up these materials.


Virtual Open House

Teachers will be hosting a Virtual Open House on the following dates/times. Your classroom teacher will send you a Zoom invite.

September 9, 2020

  • 5:30 PM - Humanities/Resource Teachers
  • 6:00 PM - Kindergarten

  • 6:30 PM - 1st Grade

  • 7:00 PM - 2nd Grade

September 10, 2020

  • 5:30 PM - Humanities/Resource Teachers
  • 6:00 PM - 3rd Grade

  • 6:30 PM - 4th Grade

  • 7:00 PM - 5th Grade

Virtual Curriculum Night

Classroom teachers will also create a "Curriculum Night" presentation that you and your family can watch on your own time. Some of the topics covered might include units covered in the grade level, behavior expectations, standards-based report cards, and grading practices. Presentations will be shared and ready to view by the evening of Thursday, September 16th.

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!

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.

The PTA Welcomes You!

Welcome back Students, Families and Staff!

First and foremost we hope that everyone is healthy and safe, and excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year. Given Covid, we know there will be a lot of new ways of doing things this year, and we are already hard at work planning new activities for our students and families to enjoy.

Interested in finding out more?

We would like to invite all parents and staff to join our Welcome Back PTA meeting on September 16 @ 7:00 pm. This first meeting will be hosted on zoom, login information is available below and the agenda is also attached. This is a great way to learn about the different committees and ways the PTA supports our Winchester community.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 932 8015 8323

Passcode: WINPTA

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Ready to join PTA?

Building on last year’s success for online PTA enrollment, we would like to encourage you to sign up for the PTA via MemberHub. You can also use the following link:

While registering for membership, there is also the opportunity to donate to the PTA through Invest in Your Child. Through the generous donations of our Winchester families, we are able to provide a variety of enrichment programs, after school activities, as well as family-centered opportunities. If you have any questions about the sign-up process, please reach out to Caroline Keros, PTA President at


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
will close on September 14 at 11 pm **

Calling all Cub Scouts

Calling all kids in 1st through 5th grade... Join Cub Scouts at Winchester Elementary

NEW SCOUT INFORMATION NIGHT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 7-8pm Join the Virtual Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 872 2797 4009

We have lots of fun activities planned for this year including:

• Fall Camping • Pinewood Derby • Air Zoo Overnight • Blue and Gold Banquet
• Mother-Son Campout • Real Life Farm •Santa’s Workshop •Cake Bake ...and more!

Interested? Please join the New Scout Information virtual call, or contact Sean Smith at

Office Hours

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

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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