Winchester Elementary

February 19, 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!

Upcoming Key Dates

February 20: Youth Mental Health Training

February 27: Northville Parent Camp - Virtual

March 10 - PTA Meeting - Virtual @ 7pm

March 16 - Credit Union Deposit Day

2/16/2021 NPS COVID-19 Update / Symptom Screener

The Wayne County Public Health Division COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Tool for Families has been revised to reflect the CDC recommendation for the quarantine period after an individual has been identified as a close contact and exposed to COVID-19 or has traveled internationally.


It is critical that children are screened at home EACH MORNING before coming to school. This process is what helps keep our students and staff safe in school and a primary contributor to allowing us to continue in-person learning for students. Please use this new screener each day before sending your child 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.


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.


As you may be aware, multiple SARS B.1.1.7 variant COVID cases have been confirmed in Wayne County. It is imperative that families and staff continue to practice safety protocols, symptom screen each morning, stay home as indicated on the screener and report all information to the school. NPS remains vigilant in these practices during in-person instruction, and believes that these efforts, combined with reducing spread within the community, provide the greatest opportunity to continue uninterrupted in-person instruction.

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Transportation Update - Bus E No Longer A Winchester Run

Starting Monday, Bus E will no longer be used at Winchester. Adjustments to bus schedules are being updated and will be available on MiStar by the end of the day. Please be sure to check this information before school on Monday.

Deadline Extended - MIRM Book Author Orders

Last chance! We are extending the deadline to order books written by the authors that will be virtually visiting Winchester in March. This year we will be hosting author visits from Alan St. Jean, as well as from two Winchester alumni - Amy Nielander, and Supriya Kelkar!


Please check out these authors on their respective websites to learn more about the books they are offering.


Amy Nielander: https://www.amynielander.com/

Supriya Kelkar: https://supriyakelkar.com/

Alan St. Jean: https://www.alanstjean.com/


Please see the order forms below to find out more about the books that are available. Please note that all orders are now due by Monday, February 22nd.

It’s Time to Start Thinking About Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021

Northville Public School families, now is the time to start preparing for kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register new kindergarteners starting this February. Students should be five years of age on or before September 1, 2021 to qualify to start kindergarten in the Fall of 2021.


To begin the enrollment process visit the Northville Schools Enrollment webpage (northvilleschools.org/enroll) to schedule a virtual appointment with a member of the Office of Student Data. Details about documents necessary for enrollment will be provided on the Northville Schools Enrollment webpage.


If circumstances prevent you from being available for an appointment during the dates listed below for your child’s school, please select an appointment at any other school. If you are unsure of which school your child will be attending, please view the Attendance Boundary Map (www.northvilleschools.org/apps/pages/boundary-map) on the district website.


Elementary School Enrollment Dates


Amerman - February 9, 10, 11


Winchester - February 23, 24, 25


Thornton Creek - March 2, 3, 4


Ridge Wood - March 9, 10, 11


Moraine - March 16, 17, 18


Silver Springs - March 23, 24, 25

A heartfelt Thank You!

Thank you to PTA, Jimmy Johns, and realtor Jamey Kramer for the fantastic lunch and Amazon gift cards for the staff on Thursday, February 11th. It is greatly appreciated!

Youth Mental Health First Aid

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2021-22 PTA Board Openings -- We have one for YOU!

Want to meet other Winchester families? Exercise your skills and share your perspectives? Be part of the conversations that shape our community and PTA priorities? There is a place for you on our PTA Board for the 2021-2022 School Year!


The PTA Board oversees the budget, priorities, community building and supplemental programming at Winchester throughout the school year. Each year we recruit for almost 50 committees and volunteer positions to help support events and programs at Winchester.

Our PTA Board meets regularly during the school year and holds meetings on Wednesdays every other month. Several board members are fulfilling the second year of their term, so it’s a great chance for new parents to join. We encourage everyone to consider participating; it’s a supportive, fun and flexible group, and we are grateful to those who choose to volunteer their time!


If interested feel free to contact anyone on the current Board for more information:

President – Caroline Keros winchesterptapresident@gmail.com

Vice President – Beth Moore winchesterptavp1@gmail.com

Vice President – Monika Cami winchesterptavp2@gmail.com

Secretary – Nicole Finkbeiner winchesterptasecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer - Jackie Sullivan winchesterptatreasurer@gmail.com

Northville Parent Camp

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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:

https://greenschoolcommittee.org/our-programs


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!!

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2020-2021 Winchester Yearbook Orders

Winchester Elementary Yearbooks are now available to order! 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 winchestermiyearbook@gmail.com.

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.

Northville Baseball-Softball Association

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7 Habits at Home

This week's at home Habit challenge is:


Habit 5:Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood Define "empathy". Discuss ways to show empathy when others feel sad, hurt, or disappointed.


OR


Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind Write a statement about what you want to accomplish in your life. Talk about how your family and community can help you with those dreams.


Students are encouraged to share a photo of your completed activity of their family working on the habit together! They can send their pictures to Mrs. Bush, School Social Worker @ bushje@northvilleschools.org or Mrs. Lindsay @ lindsayke@northvilleschools.org to be included in the morning announcements.


The document with all 20 weeks of activities is available here .

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The Winchester Student Lighthouse Team created a video to share with our families at home what it means to use Habit 1: Be Proactive. They will provide additional videos throughout the year that will be shared during morning announcements and in the Winchester Weekly! Click on the video link below to learn more about Habit 1!
Student Lighthouse Team Habit #1 1

Office Hours

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


Contact us at (248) 465-2400

Website: http://winchester.northvilleschools.org/

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