Winchester Weekly

March 13, 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!

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Northville Public Schools Families, Staff and Community,


First, thank you for your patience and support as we collectively navigate an evolving COVID-19 response plan. Late this evening, Governor Whitmer directed the closure of all K-12 schools statewide from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor also noted that the number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is now 12.


IAll afterschool activities, and events scheduled on Friday, March 13, 2020 through Sunday, April 6, 2020 are likewise cancelled, in accordance with the Governor’s guidance.


Please also note that learning at our schools primarily occurs inside classrooms with face-to-face teaching by certified instructors using interactive technology tools. We are committed to providing students and families with resources to support continuation of meaningful learning during school closures, however, we are not suggesting that this replaces instruction. Any guidance on recovering the learning that may be lost during a potential school closing will come from the Michigan Department of Education.


We will remain vigilant in monitoring the ongoing guidance provided by our health officials, and in sharing timely and accurate information to the extent possible. We are developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” document with additional guidance/clarification of setting aside attendance policies, resources available to support families, and will address specific questions students, families or staff members may have over the coming days and weeks.

We understand that closing school can be difficult for our families, this is a highly unusual situation that calls for our careful and thoughtful response in order to maintain safe and secure learning environments for our students and our staff. As always, we value our strong community partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the safety, health and well-being of all.



Sincerely,


Mary Kay Gallagher

Superintendent

NPAAS TUTORING

Please be advised that NPAAS is cancelling Saturday Tutoring until further notice and direction from the Governor's Office and the Department of Human Services. Please inform your students and their families. Thank you and have a wonderful evening.

Tips to Stay Healthy

Some of our students are hearing a lot about coronavirus, particularly our older students. They don't understand much about it, and what they don't know they are filling in themselves with interesting and creative results.


This link below was recommended as something to share with students. It's factual, not scary, and it reinforces all those common sense actions like handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill that are things we should do to protect ourselves and others from a variety of germs. Please review this information and consider whether this is something you would like to share with your child. We believe parents of students grades 3 - 5 will find it helpful.


https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR1pV12a78LvuKxaQty1BJTeIN-qDHOg7v3TM2ESOEB3kZ-nkEksSJu2pmA


Teachers, across the District are taking time to teach students how to properly wash their hands and how to cover coughs and sneezes, all good hygiene practices to keep everyone healthy.


Additionally, if your children are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, please keep them home for 24 hours after the last episode. If your child has had a fever, they need to be home for 24 hours after their temperature returns to normal without use of Tylenol or Motrin.


Thank you for helping us keep all of our Winchester Dragons healthy!



Attached below is also a letter from the Superintendent on tips to stay healthy.

Spirit Wear

You have another opportunity to order Winchester Spirit Wear!! Please reach out to Donna Coleman colemandonna1@yahoo.com with any questions. Act fast-ordering deadline is 3/25.

Winchester Elementary Spirit Wear 2020

Daddy Daughter Dance - RESCHEDULED for May 2

Please note that the Daddy Daughter Dance has been rescheduled for May 2.

Yearbooks - DON'T MISS OUT!

Don’t miss out! We are still taking orders for the 2019-20 Yearbook. Order online now at www.balfour.com. The cost is $16.


Check out the fun extra items available for purchase such as ribbon bookmarks and clear protective covers.


We are asking parents and teachers to upload photos taken at Winchester during school-related activities, in classrooms, on the playground! We are in need of photos to fill our K-3 friend pages, so please send them in!


Directions are attached. Be sure to upload hi-res photos. Also include the event title, as well as student names and grades who are in the photo.


Contact knottske@northvilleschools.org with any questions.

Nuts About Science

www.nutsaboutscience.com


Registration for the last session of Nuts About Science opens March 9th!

Theme: The Natural Wonders of Science


Classes are Thursday’s 3:45-5:00 on 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, and 5/21. For questions contact Sarah Beydoun shbeydoun@gmail.com

Northville Baseball-Softball

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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.

Northville Youth Football

The Northville Youth Football Association (NYFA) is a non-profit organization committed to teaching the fundamentals of football and cheerleading in a positive, safe and FUN environment. The Colts and Stallions are looking for new players and cheerleaders to fill their teams/units for the 2020 season. New player and cheerleader registration begins Monday, March 1st, 2020. Teams/units are filled on a first come, first served basis based on address/middle school affiliation. (i.e., Hillside = Colts and Meads Mill = Stallions) Practices will start at a yet TBD date. Games are played on weekends in late August through early November. All home games are played at Tom Holzer Ford Field (Northville High School football field). For more information or to register, please visit our website. www.northvilleyouthfootball.com
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