April 23, 2021
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!
4-8-21 NPS COVID-19 Update
As you may be aware, there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID cases in our community, and across Michigan over the course of the past several weeks. Citing the increasing case rates and variant spread in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has reinstated a standard 14-day quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19 cases effective immediately.
**REMINDER** INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
The Wayne County Health Department, as indicated on the COVID-19 Daily STUDENT Symptom Screening Tool (2.16.2021), requires that students stay home to quarantine for 7 days from the date they return to the U.S. No earlier than the 7th day of return, a student must have a COVID-10 PCR test and have a negative result before returning to school.
PLEASE CONTINUE COVID REPORTING TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL
It is important that families continue to report to your child's school attendance office and/or principal's office if anyone in your household is a presumed or positive COVID case, if your child has been in close contact with a presumed or positive COVID case, or if your child is being tested for or is COVID positive. Our COVID Response Team, in coordination with our school nurse and the Wayne County Health Department, are ready to support you through the reporting and necessary quarantine requirement process.
CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE UPDATE
As you may be aware, the Wayne County Health Department has adjusted the quarantine requirements for students identified as being a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case to 10 days (from the previous requirements of 14). Parents should continue to monitor their child for symptoms and not send them to school where symptoms are present. Additionally, if your child has had COVID-19 in the past 5 months (evidenced by a positive PCR), quarantine is not required. We began following these new requirements immediately and notified all families where an identified close contact quarantine could be shortened under these new rules.
The NPS Covid Response Team along with the Health Department will continue to monitor any outbreaks and all other cases. The NPS COVID-19 Dashboard lists the up-to-date COVID-19 data for Northville Public Schools, and includes a link to the more detailed, school-specific NPS COVID-19 Case Transparency Report.
Join the May PTA Meeting
As we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year we would like to invite all parents and staff to join our PTA meeting on May 12th @ 7:00 pm which will be our last meeting for this school year. During this meeting will be voting on the proposed bylaws changes shared during our March meeting, electing next year's PTA Executive Board and sharing updates on upcoming PTA events.
Interested in finding out more?
This 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.
Topic: May 12th PTA Meeting
Time: May 12, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 985 4813 4215
It's Not Too Late....Order Your Yearbook Now
You can still order a Winchester Elementary Yearbook! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dress Code Update in the Student Handbook
It is recognized that appropriate student dress and grooming are the responsibility of the parent and the student.Students are expected to be appropriately dressed and practice good hygiene at all times. Any form of dress or appearance which is offensive, disruptive in appearance, and/or detrimental to the purpose and climate of the school will not be permitted.
Clothing and accessories, including but not limited to backpacks, jewelry and electronic device covers or decals may not display statements that are age-inappropriate, racial or ethnic slurs, historical symbols of oppression (i.e. confederate flag), vulgar, obscene, or suggestive images, nor may they promote items or products that students may not legally purchase or possess (i.e. alcohol, tobacco, vapes or illegal drugs.)
We ask for parents’ continued support in helping children choose clothing that will not detract from the learning environment or devalue the principle of respect. The principal will determine when attire or accessories are inappropriate for school. Students who fail to adhere to dress code policy will be asked to change their attire or remove an accessory, remain in the office, or be sent home until acceptable attire is delivered to them or parent contact is made. Multiple infractions and/or failure to comply may lead to discipline.
Likewise, any materials brought into school (pictures, toys, etc.) which are disruptive or detrimental to the purpose or conduct of the school will be confiscated, and may be picked up from the school office by a parent or guardian. This includes the popular items of the moment which are often disruptive to the school environment.
Girl Scout Programs
“Girl Scouts is launching the “Becoming Me” program in collaboration with Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Penguin Random House! Inspired by themes from Mrs. Obama’s Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, Girl Scouts’ new Becoming Me program aims to help girls become their best selves. The Becoming Me program will be available at no additional cost to any interested Girl Scout member enrolled for the 2021–22 membership year. Available to girls in grades K-12, the program will walk girls through earning three badges at each Girl Scout level. Not a Girl Scout? No problem! This is the perfect introduction into our program. Check out the flyer for more details!”
“Make New Friends” is a free, four-part virtual series hosted by Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan that allows your girl to make new friends, strengthen her social and emotional skills with other girls her age, and have fun as they prepare for kindergarten and first grade! Not a Girl Scout? No problem! This is meant as an introduction to our program. Check out the flyer for more details”