February 14, 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
February 14: Half Day - Mid-Winter Break begins
(Dismissal at 12:15pm)
February 17: Last Day to Order Yearbooks
February 19: Classes Resume
February 29: Parent Camp @ Northville High School
~ Cookie Day @ lunch (50 cents)
~ Early Childhoold and Extended Day Programs
Open House 6:30pm
March 4: 1st Grade Informances (Nicholas 5pm/Carson 5:45pm)
~ 1st Grade Informances (Borman 5pm/Lenard 5:45pm)
~ Overbooked 7pm @ Northville Community Center
Yearbooks - Order by Monday, February 17
Winchester Families, it's time to order your 2019-2020 yearbooks! You can order them online for $16. Visit www.balfour.com. The window to order a yearbook will close on Monday, February 17, so be sure to get your order in! Check out the fun extra items available for purchase such as ribbon bookmarks and clear protective covers!
Please upload your photos for any school-related activities our students have been involved with since the beginning of the school year. These include the first day of school, Halloween, 100 Days, Fall Festival, 3rd grade Heritage (Victorian) Festival, in-school holiday celebrations, Girl Scout and Boy Scout events.
Be sure to upload a hi-res photo for us to use. Also include the event title, as well as student names and grades who are in the photo. Instructions are included below.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
It's time for our last Box Tops contest of the year! This there are two ways to earn money for our school through the Box Tops program. You can virtually "clip" boxtops by scanning receipts with the new Boxtops app. Download the app at BTFE.com.
Physical clips are being phased out, but they are still just as valuable! You can clip and submit physical Box Tops, and send them into your child's teacher to help Winchester earn money. The top 3 classrooms will win a treat. Find a Clip Sheet in the Winchester Weekly.
Contest will run February 10-21st. Any questions, email Erin at email@example.com.
Winchester 1st Grade Musical Informances
Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls on the Run
Attention 3rd-5th graders! Girls on the run (GOTR) and Stride are back for another great season of running, fun, and friendship! Our 10 week season will take place from the week of March 17-May 18th. (No session over spring break) Girls will meet every Tues/Thurs. at 3:45-5pm, and boys will meet every Mon/Wed. from 3:45-5pm. This is a wonderful program sponsored by the YMCA that teaches kids empowerment, teamwork, and improves their running abilities. At the end of the 10 week program, there will be a family friendly 5k at St Claire metro park on Sunday May 17th. (More information to follow).
Registration is limited to the first 24 participants for each of the girls and boys programs, for safety concerns. The registration site will open on Monday 2/17, and closes on March 17th. Find the link for registration and more information about this exciting program through the link below:
*search for Winchester elementary
We are looking forward to another season of running together!!
Winchester PTA - JES Updates
The Winchester PTA - JES (Junior Enrichment Series) Committee is excited to share that students in Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade had animal visitors from the Science Alive! program visiting their classrooms on Tuesday, Feb 4th and 2nd grade the morning of Wednesday, Feb 5th.
The goal of these presentations
To incorporate living organisms into an educational, hands-on learning situation.
To stimulate the students' interest in science and to encourage them to investigate the world using scientific discipline.
To foster an appreciation for the diversity of the biological world.
Thank you to our teachers and Winchester staff in assisting us in the scheduling process. And a big thank you for your donations to the Winchester PTA to fund incredible programs like this for our students. Donate here!
The Winchester PTA - JES (Junior Enrichment Series) Committee is also excited to share that the 3rd Graders had a presentation from Kensington Nature Center on Thursday, January 30th. THE FRENCH VOYAGEURS & THE FUR TRADE was presented inline with their social studies curriculum. They were able to "join" a French Voyageur to learn about the trade and interactions between the French and the Native American here in Michigan. Through artifacts and replicas, students will experience life at a 1700s era trading post. Ask your 3rd grader all about it!!
Thank you to the 3rd grade teachers and Winchester staff in assisting us in the scheduling process for this favorite presentation. A big thank you for your donations to the Winchester PTA to fund incredible programs like this for our students. Donate here!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS... Northville Parent Camp is on Saturday, February 29, 2020!
Northville Public Schools and Northville Educational Foundation has again partnered to bring you Northville’s Parent Camp; a morning filled with resources, speakers, and workshops, presented to empower K-12 parents with practical knowledge, resources and tools to help equip them to support and guide their children. It will be held at Northville High School, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. We hope you join us for the entire event! If you are unable, please join us for the parts you can. Refreshments provided.
For more details regarding the schedule and content and to register for Parent Camp, go to www.SupportNEF.org. Note: Registration is not required, although for planning purposes, it is appreciated! Special thanks to Northville Parent Camp's generous presenting sponsor, Michigan Educational Credit Union, and supporting sponsors, DTE - MIGreenPower and Community Financial Credit Union.
Camp Trotter 2020
The American Legion Northville is sponsoring sending children to Camp Trotter again in 2020. We will send up to 4 children this year.The camp is normally $250, the American Legion will pay the fee. It's open to boys and Girls age 7 to 12.
See below for the flyer, brochure and application. Applications are due by May 1.
Early Childhood New Family Open House
NHS Spring Baseball Training Camp
The Northville Mustang Baseball Camps will provide baseball players (boys and girls) 7-14 years of age the opportunity to develop and enhance their baseball fundamentals and learn to play the Mustang Way! The camp is being held on March 14th and 15th. Please see the attachment for details and registration.
Northville Public Schools’ March 2020 Sinking Fund Millage Replacement ~ Community Forums/PTA meetings
School families and community members can learn more...
On March 10, 2020, voters in Northville Public Schools will be asked to consider replacing our current Sinking Fund millage with a new Sinking Fund millage that will extend the current .9519-mill levy from 2021 to 2025 and provide for broader uses of the proceeds, including instructional technology and security equipment. The current levy expires on Dec. 31, 2020. The .9519-mill five-year request is a REPLACEMENT of the existing sinking fund millage and would NOT result in an increase over the current millage rate.
If supported, the sinking fund millage will continue to provide approximately $3 million each year to fund building and site repairs, along with instructional technology and safety and security upgrades. This funding helps protect the community’s investment in the School District’s buildings and sites, while preserving General Fund dollars to accomplish the District’s core mission of instruction and student learning. Priority projects for the next five-year period fall into the categories of Instructional Technology & Security, Energy & Operational Efficiency, and Health & Safety.
Northville Public Schools families, staff and community members have the opportunity to learn more about the March 2020 Sinking Fund Millage Replacement request at a series of forums hosted by district leaders, including a number of opportunities scheduled in conjunction with school PTA/PTSA meetings in January and February, as follows:
The purpose of each forum is to provide parents, staff and community members with information about the sinking fund replacement millage proposal through a brief presentation (10-15 minutes), followed by an opportunity to ask questions about the proposal. Parents, staff and/or community members are invited to attend whichever forum is most convenient.
Community members are also encouraged to learn more about the millage election by visiting the District’s website at www.northvilleschools.org. Questions and/or comments may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overbooked - Parent Meeting
Parents at Lunch (PAL)
The PAL (Parents At Lunch) program is a PTA-sponsored program that provides daily support during lunchtime. This is a great opportunity to be present in school for your child, while providing valuable support to Winchester staff in the lunchroom. Sign up for as many times as you'd like and you can just sign up for your child/children's lunch period if that is more conducive or sign up for both lower and upper elementary lunch periods! Please click on the link for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f49adaf28a75-parents1