Friday, December 18th


As we are entering the final days of 2020 we want to say thank you, to you, our families! It has been unprecedented last 18 weeks and we couldn't have done this without you. We have seen many highs and lows that we will never forget and we know it has not been easy. Thank you for your flexibility as we continue to adapt and adjust through this pandemic. Your students have done an amazing job and we look forward to 2021!

We hope you have a safe and healthy Winter Break!

With sincere thanks,


A Neighborly Invitation

A Neighborly Invitation

May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have low risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children, remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settled in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace to our neighbors.


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Mrs. Carlson has been working hard with her students on all the holiday music. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to have her big concert this year so we created a Virtual Concert. Take a look at the music that was created in school over the last two weeks by logging into her Google classrooms.


Students were treated with a classroom party in the Gym complete with a movie and treats. Special thanks to our wonderful PTO for providing the snacks for our entire school!

Chromebook Care

We've noticed that many students' computers are not looking in the best of shape. Maybe with a few reminders for students, we can have them in better shape:

1. Don't eat near your Chromebook. There have been many Chromebooks brought in with food on them or crushed into the crevices. Remind students to keep them clean.

2. Shut them down! Help students shut down their computers so they can be updated.

3. Clean them! This would be a great thing to do during the break!

One of our district librarians sees a lot of Chromebooks throughout the week, here are some problems she's seen:

They shouldn’t pull the frame off

They shouldn’t pick the keys off

They shouldn’t draw, paint, put nail polish, stickers on them, and they shouldn’t etch into them with sharp objects

They shouldn’t carry them open, on top of their heads, or on a big stack of books

When the Chromebook is in a backpack they shouldn’t throw the backpack

They shouldn’t drive robots on them

They shouldn’t run with them

They shouldn’t slam them on desks or on walls

They shouldn’t leave them on the floor


Order your #BASDstrong apparel now! We have t-shirts, long sleeves, and hoodies available.

This online store will be open through Monday, December 21 at 9:00AM. All orders will be shipped to the school that your child attends and will mid-January.

CLICK HERE to access the online store.


Calling all creative 3rd and 4th graders! Maker Club sign up sheets came home this week. Please be sure to sign up early to secure your spot! Club meetings will be Tuesdays for 3rd Grade and Thursdays for 4th Grade starting January 12th.


The Community Education Department will run a youth basketball program for kids grades 1-6. Sign up sheets went home today. You can register online here!


Hey 3rd and 4th Graders! Design our 2020 - 2021 Yearbook! We have opened up the contest to allow 3rd graders due to a low supply of artwork. Please turn in your artwork to the office by Wednesday, January 6th.


Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that tells the story of a miraculous sustaining light during the darkest days. Truly, a light in the darkness is just what we need as we end an intensely difficult year. Here are some ways to learn more about the 8 days of Hanukkah such as lighting candles, cooking foods in oil, and, of course, playing dreidel.

Las Posadas is an important Mexican tradition during the holidays–complete with prayer, music, food, and piñatas. They commemorate Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn by forming a procession to that evening’s location and symbolically asking for shelter. When the owner of the home finally lets everyone in, they celebrate! Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas), from Mexico! Check out this fun tradition!

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States to honor universal African heritage and culture. People light a kinara (candle holder with seven candles) and give each other gifts. It takes place from December 26 to January 1 every year. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966 - 1967. Non-African Americans also celebrate Kwanzaa. The holiday greeting is "Joyous Kwanzaa". Learn more about the celebration here.

Winter Solstice occurs On December 21st. Here in the northern hemisphere, we experience the shortest day of the year and inevitably the darkest day of the year. After the winter solstice, we start to get back our sunlight little by little until we make it to the summer solstice. This celebration goes ages and ages back, but one of the main reasons for the winter solstice celebration is to celebrate what will be the return of light after the darkest day. Now I think that’s something to celebrate too!

Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year, is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar. The holiday is a two-week festival filled with reunions among family and friends, an abundance of delicious food, and wishes for a new year filled with prosperity, joy, and good fortune. Click here for some Chinese New Year Ideas.


Learn more about the holidays through books, articles, games, songs, art, and more!

Holiday Choice Board


Spend the holidays exploring some Wisconsin state parks! All around Wisconsin, beautiful state parks, forests, trails and more offer opportunities to get outdoors for recreational activities of every sort. And the fun doesn’t stop when winter winds blow. Winter Wonderlands await.

Positive Parenting

Positive Solutions for Families is a 6-week, 1 hour each week program focusing on teaching children skills to prevent challenging behaviors. Workshops are on the following topics:

Emotion Coaching - helping children manage strong emotions

Understanding Temperament - understanding your spirited child

Setting Expectations - teaching children what behavior is expected

Parenting Styles - how does your style influence your child's learning and responses?

Screen Time and Children - how to achieve a healthy balance of screen time.

Please see the flyer for more information: ParentingPrograms2021

(All these programs will also be offered in Spanish.)


In Fall 2021, BASD will open its new middle school for grades 6-8. The district will also shift to five elementary schools serving 4K - grade 5 and the Montessori program will all be at Dyer. A committee of BASD parents studied district information to present a plan to the school board. The school board approved the committee's recommendation.

Read more about the process and view a map with the new attendance boundaries on this Attendance Boundary website. Elementary families will receive communication about what school their student/s will attend in early 2021. This is an exciting step that lessens the number of school transitions, creates space at the schools that were overcrowded, brings the Montessori program into one location, and helps to balance the district's enrollment across five schools.


Download the Burlington Area SD mobile app to stay informed.

The new Burlington Area SD App will connect families and students to what is happening in the district. Easily access calendars, menus, the staff directory, forms, and school phone numbers. Click on "My Alerts" to enable notifications for [enter name of school]. Please enable alerts for "District Emergency Alert" to get important announcements. Learn more at


During the Winter Break, food service will distribute FREE meals on Mondays (December 21 and December 28) from 3-4 pm at Waller Elementary (195 Gardiner Ave. - in the parking lot at the student drop-off/pick up location).

Each Monday, seven days worth of breakfasts and lunch will be handed out. The bags will include milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins (Sausage, Chicken Patties, Burger Patties) juices, and an assortment of cereals bowls and bars.


Click on the links below to add to your Google Calendar.

Nov. 30th. - Dec. 18th: iReady Testing

Dec. 14-18: Winter Spirit Week

Dec. 18th: 2nd Quarter Ends

Dec. 21st - Jan 2nd: Winter Break

Jan. 4th: School Resumes

Jan. 8th: Report Cards

Winkler's Facebook Page

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Winkler Elementary PTO

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Check out the PTO Facebook page. For questions please contact Kristin Schumacher 262-909-1977 or

School Dish - Winkler

School Dish - Online Webpage for the School Cafeteria. For a video, copy and paste this link -

BASD Community Resources

BASD staff has compiled a gigantic list of Community Resources if you find your path getting too bumpy.

Check them out by clicking on the link or call Winkler School at 262-539-2726 or the District Office at 262-763-0214