December 18, 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!
We want to thank all our families and our wonderful PTA for all that you do for us!
It is amazing how appreciated you make us feel every day and especially during the holidays. Thank you so much! We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!!
2020-2021 Winchester Yearbook Orders
Winchester Elementary Yearbooks are now available to order! Please order by December 31st to help us accurately determine the full order quantity. Yearbooks are $17 each (plus the Balfour site adds a $1 handling fee per transaction). This includes shipping to the school and MI sales tax. Full details of how to order are in the attached file. The yearbook will include all Winchester students (in-person and virtual). Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
REST, RELAX, AND REJUVENATE!
Dear Winchester Students, Parents, and Staff,
All Winchester Elementary students, families, and staff are encouraged to use our breaks to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. We believe that breaks should be a time to Sharpen the Saw, reconnect with our families, and enjoy some special “down time” with family and friends. Therefore all students AND staff will be free of academic-related work during the following dates:
- Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29)
- Winter Break (Saturday, December 19 - Sunday, January 3)
- Mid-Winter Break (Saturday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 16)
- Spring Break (Saturday, March 27 - Sunday, April 7)
On the return day from each respective break, there will be no homework, assignments, projects, or papers due and no quizzes or tests. We hope you and your family consider the upcoming Thanksgiving Break a chance to rest, relax, and return to school rejuvenated!
Thank you for your contributions to Toys for Tots!
Highlights from the Winchester PTA Holiday Drive-Thru Scavenger Hunt and Toys for Tots drive this past weekend:
Over 140+ families participated this weekend and filled four full boxes with toy donations. It was a great chance for families to enjoy the holidays, experience some really creative holiday light displays, and support a good cause.
2020 has certainly presented some challenges, but also opportunities for us to come together as a Winchester community.
Happy Holidays from the Winchester PTA Board.
Important Adjustments to our In-person Learning Plan
In addition there is an anticipated week of full Virtual learning the week following the December winter recess, from January 4, 2021 through January 11, 2021.
The following chart outlines the overall plan for high school, middle school, elementary school, and our Cooke Center program from November 30, 2020 through the end of January, 2021, barring any significant changes in the risk level for COVID-19:
Drive Thru Community Financial in December
Student-Run Credit Union members can save their money at any Community Financial branch Drive Thru location in the month of December and receive a fun prize!
The Winchester Student Credit Union will be starting again at school in January. The grand reopening will be January 12th. If you are not already a member of Community Financial, visit www.cfcu.org/scu to sign up for an account.
My Green School Art Contest
The U.S. Green Building Council-Detroit is announcing its Michigan Green Art Contest for the 2020-2021 school year! Show that your school is a Green School by participating.
Attached is the flyer with information on how to participate and the link to the US Green Building Council Detroit Region Green School Art contest is here:
Applications are due, by email, at 11:59 pm on March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in mid-April.
Any student in the state of Michigan in grades K-5 is welcome to apply to the My Green School Art Contest, regardless of what type of school they attend (public, private, charter or homeschool!) Artwork can be submitted by a teacher, parent, friend or guardian. Due to school closures, parents and families are encouraged to support their student in creating an original piece of art at home! Applications may only be submitted electronically to avoid potential exposure and reduce the burden on frontline postal staff.
Have fun creating and Go Green and Stay Green!!
Submit Pictures for Yearbook
Please submit First Day of School pictures, Winchester PTA Drive-in Movie pictures, and any other school activity pictures (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Nuts About Science, etc.) for yearbook inclusion. Details of how to submit pictures are in the attached file. Images need to be high-resolution and in JPEG format.
The Yearbook Committee will review all photos & determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book. Some pictures we are not able to use due to low picture quality, but we do make every effort to utilize all submissions. 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. We welcome pictures from in-person and virtual students.
7 Habits at Home
In case you did not have a chance to complete last week's 7 Habits Challenge, choose one of the following at home activities: Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. Draft a family mission statement by using exactly seven more words to complete this prompt: Our family mission is to commit daily to _________________. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Plan and hold a family night this week.
Please share a photo of your completed activity or of your family working on the habit together! You can send your pictures to Mrs. Bush, School Social Worker @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Lindsay @ email@example.com to be included in the morning announcements.
The 7 Habits at Home activities will resume after the Winter Break!