Winchester Weekly

November 10, 2017

Upcoming Key Dates

November 13-17: Book Fair

November 13: Report Cards viewable on MiStar

November 14:

- Evening Conferences 4-7pm

- Reflections Open House 5:30-7pm

November 15: Cookie Day

November 16:

- Half Day (Elementary Only) - Students dismissed @ 12:15pm

- Conferences 1-7pm

November 17:

- Half Day (Elementary Only) - Students dismissed @ 12:15pm

- Conferences 1-3:30 pm

November 22: Half day - begin Thanksgiving Recess - Students dismissed @ 12:15pm

November 23-24: No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Report Cards Viewable in MiStar ParentPortal 11-13-17

We are pleased to share that student report cards will be available online through MiStar ParentPortal on the district website. This service will allow parents with elementary, middle and/or high school students to access and print their child's report card at any time.

Report cards for the first semester will be available on the secure ParentPortal beginning Monday, November 13, 2017.

Please see attached letter below for directions on how to access and print the report card.

Dear Winchester Families~

Thank you for another wonderful Fall Social!! We are so fortunate to have so many families donate their energy and time to make this event a success! Thank you to those who put their classroom basket together (they were amazing - again!), to those who purchased or brought in items for the basket, to those of your who dropped off a cake or 2, and to those who took the time to sell tickets during the Social. Thank you to all of you who came early to set up and stayed late to tear down.

Many thanks to Jill Anton for coordinating the Basket Raffle, to Nicole Finkbeiner for organizing the Cake Walk and to Archana Jalpota for all your efforts in getting donations. The following business’ donated to our Social:

Papa John’s Pizza (downtown Northville)

Mrs. Field’s Cookies

Absopure Water

Thank you to all the teachers, staff and custodians for working with me for all these years! Winchester is an amazing place because of all of you!

Holly Jones

Please use the following link to respond to a quick survey to help us plan for next year!

If you won the Made in Michigan basket presented by Mrs. Borman's class or the Gift Card basket presented by Mrs. Kilgore's class, please send an email with your name to for proper raffle documentation.

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Reading Resources for Parents

Please see the attached brochure highlighting some great ideas that you can do at home to help your child become a successful, confident, reader!

Fall Conference Staff Soup & Salad Luncheon

Winchester teachers and staff do such a wonderful job. To let them know we appreciate all they do the Teacher and Staff Appreciation committee would like to provide a Soup and Salad Lunch for our teachers on Thursday November 16, just prior to conferences. We could certainly use your help in making this luncheon a success. Items can be home-made, or store bought. Items should be delivered to the Staff Lounge by 10:45. Please sign up to bring in an item at the following sign up genius link:

If you are interested in helping that day with set up or clean up, please email Angie Armstrong at or Kate Wiest at

Fall Conference Sign-Up Genius

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held as follows:

Tuesday, November 14th Evening conferences 4:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, November 16th Afternoon conferences 1:00-3:30 PM

Thursday, November 16th Evening conferences 4:00-7:00 PM

Friday, November 17th Afternoon conferences 1:00-3:30 PM

The Sign-Up Genius for conferences will close on November 10th at 11:00 PM. Please view the sign up and find a convenient time to meet with your child's teacher using the following link. BE SURE TO USE THE RIGHT TAB FOR YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER!

Please Note: 3rd-5th grade parents, please sign up for a time slot with your child’s homeroom/main classroom teacher only.

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Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering for the Book Fair. You can sign up using the following link:

Reflections Family Open House

~ Questions about the program ~ Help with entry forms ~

~Idea Sharing ~ Help getting started ~

All the above? Stop in the Art room anytime on Tuesday, November 14th from 5:30 - 7:00 or email Tanya at

The deadline for all entries is Tuesday November 28th

The Leader in Me - Habit 2

Goal setting is an important life skill that is never too early to start developing. Learning to set goals teaches children to take responsibility for themselves. They learn that their actions determine whether or not they fail or succeed. Goal setting also builds self-confidence. When children reach their goals, they learn to believe in their abilities and are more likely to set new goals for themselves in the future.

One piece at home that you can do to help your child with Habit 2 is to create a Vision Board. A vision board is a visual representation of their goals and dreams. It acts as a daily reminder to always follow their hearts. To help your child prepare their vision board , follow the steps in the handout attached. A goal setting sheet is also attached for your convenience.

Save the Date - Winchester Daddy Daughter Dance

The Winchester Dads club will be hosting their annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 6-8:30 pm. So mark your calendar and see the attachment for more details.

Box Top Update

Our first Box Tops Contest of the year earned Winchester $750.60! Great job!

Our next contest will be in February so keep cutting and saving those Box Tops. Ask family and friends to help out too. The more Box Tops we collect, the more money we can earn for Winchester!


The keys to a Ford vehicle were found in our parking lot. If these might be your keys, please contact the office.

Parent Workshop Series

Raising a Self, Not a Selfie and The Mighty Me Project

Parent workshops are scheduled in conjunction with PTA meetings at each elementary school, with an open invitation for parents to attend the session of their choice. Follow Up Sessions (Part 2) will be included in Winter/Spring 2018.
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Thank you to everyone who has placed a yearbook order and to all of those who have submitted photos! We are now looking for Halloween and Fall Social Photos. We will accept these until NOVEMBER 30th.

· ORDER your yearbook now and save! See ordering instructions below. All orders must be placed online this year. Early order discounts will end at the end of December.

· SUBMIT your photos for the yearbook. See instructions below.

Contact Erika Eloff at or Jean Sterioff at

Coding Class - Back by Popular Demand!

Coding class for grades 3-5 is returning for the month of November. See attached flyer for more details.

After School Science

Open registration starts October 23rd for Session 2: Crazy Chemistry-the weekly themes starting the week of 11/27

(K-1st Mondays and 2nd-5th Wednesdays):

*Slippery, Slimy Science

*Edible Kitchen Chemistry

*Crazy Chemistry

*Bubble, Fizz, Pop!!

*Test Tube Adventures

*Polymers Please

*Colorful Chemistry

K-1st grade signup -!/showSignUp/20f0f4ea8aa2ea3ff2-winchester18

2nd-5th grade signup -!/showSignUp/20f0f4ea8aa2ea3ff2-winchester19

See attachments or go to for more details.
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Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Winchester Elementary PTA!

Michigan Department of Education - School Transparency Dashboard

Parents and other caregivers of children from preschool through grade 12 are invited to provide feedback on Michigan’s new, online “transparency dashboard” designed to show the performance of every public school in Michigan, including public school academies. The dashboard is currently under development by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). It is expected to be made available to the public by early 2018.

The new dashboard will report on more than 20 different factors—or measures—that parents and other stakeholders have said are important to them when evaluating the quality of a school. The survey allows participants to view components of the new dashboard, then answer questions about the way information is presented, the usefulness of certain features, and viewers’ unique interests. The Michigan Department of Education will use survey feedback to help shape the current and future versions of the dashboard so that it is helpful to parents in every community.

  • Click the link below (or type the survey URL into your web browser) to access the online survey:
  • Survey details:
  • The survey can be completed on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.
  • The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
  • All answers will be confidential.
  • Survey must be completed by November 15, 2017.

PAL (Parents At Lunch)

There are still spots available. Please consider signing up using the following link:

*Must have an approved iChat form on file to volunteer*

Lunch Menu

Office Hours

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

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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