Winchester Weekly

October 18, 2019

Upcoming Key Dates

October 18: Fall Festival 5:30-8 pm

October 31: Halloween Parade 2:15pm

November 5: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Day

November 7: Picture Retake Day

November 12: Credit Union Deposit Day

November 13: PTA Meeting 7pm

November 20: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 21: HALF DAY - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Dismissal at 12:15 pm)

November 22: HALF DAY - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Dismissal at 12:15 pm)


Please join us for food and entertainment at the Winchester PTA’s 2019 Fall Festival!

Friday, October 18th

5:30PM – 8:00PM

The Fall Festival includes:

· Food – Papa John’s Pizza, Sweet Brew ‘n Spice Smoothies (Mixed Berry, Mango, Strawberry Banana) SkinnyPop popcorn, Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn, cookies, 100 Cake Pops, Fresh Thyme Flavored Sparkling Water, Fresh Thyme Purified Water, Soda, CapriSun

· Entertainment – Escape Room of Novi, Slot Car Demolition Derby, Photo Booth, Video Game Truck

· Carnival Games & Prizes (points earned from games can be redeemed for prizes)

· Cake Walk (Donations Needed! Sign up at

· Classroom Raffle Baskets ($1 per ticket, winning tickets drawn at end of the event)

· Fall Festival Winchester Winners (all Winchester students who attend can enter)

The Fall Festival is designed to be fun for your entire family! Please join us to eat, play games, win prizes, and socialize with fellow Winchester families and staff. Upon arrival, you can purchase tickets near the Main Entrance, the Gym, the Library, and the Dragon Den. We will also sell tickets before and after school.

Food/Game tickets are 2 for $1. These are used to get food/drinks and to participate in all Entertainment Features, Carnival Games, and the Cake Walk.

Raffle tickets are $1 each for a chance to win an amazing themed basket. Each classroom has chosen a theme and filled their basket with great items!

All Winchester students can get a complimentary Winchester Winner ticket at the Raffle area (Library) to enter the Fall Festival Winchester Winner drawing. If students bring a non-perishable food to donate to charity, they can get a 2nd Winchester Winner entry ticket! 28 winners will be announced throughout the week following Fall Festival. Three students will win the grand prize of MOD Pizza lunch with a staff member of his/her choice, our principal, and a friend; 25 additional students will win a Winchester Elementary spirit wear shirt.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer Sign-up:

Please sign up to:

· Set-up tables, signs, games before the event

· Sell tickets before and during the event

· Zone Captains to oversee areas of the event and guide the NHS National Honor Society volunteers

· Tear-down tables and games after the event.

Cake Donations Needed!

Cake Donation Sign-up:

The Cake Walk is always a hit with the kids, and we need cakes and other baked goods to have winners! Please donate homemade or store-bought items on Friday, 10/18. Thank you to everyone who has signed up already! Drop off donation inside the main entrance all day Friday. There will be labels available to tag item with donor’s name. Please indicate if a store labeled donation is safe for specific food allergies. Also, see the attachment for details about a fun new Nailed it! contest to reward families making Cake Walk donations!

Check out the Classroom Raffle Baskets in the library! Fun themes include: Gift cards, Movie Night, Family Fun Night, Detroit Made, Detroit Red Wings + Carhartt, Detroit Lions, Family Bonfire Night, Lifetime Fitness, Indoor Sports, Arts & Crafts, Beauty, Staycation, Money Tree, Music, Escape the ‘Ville, Sleepover Survival Kit, Instant Pot, and Our Favorite Things by Mrs. Fortner's Class.

Special thank you to our Platinum Sponsor!

The Winchester Elementary PTA would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to our Fall Festival Platinum Sponsor, Community Financial Credit Union, who made a generous donation to support PTA programs.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors!


The Winchester Elementary PTA would like to extend a Thank You to our Fall Festival Gold Sponsors, Excel Orthodontics and Bill Brown Ford, who made generous donations to support PTA programs.

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors!

The Winchester Elementary PTA would like to extend a Thank You to our Fall Festival Silver Sponsors, Whitney Gesch of Coldwell Banker (Winchester parent!), Hunter Orthodontics, Mike Miller Building Company, Buffalo Wild Wings of Livonia, Meijer, Walmart, Sellers Buick GMC, Papa John’s Pizza of Northville, and Escape Room Novi, who made generous donations to support PTA programs.

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Halloween Parade Route

The parade will be held on October 31 and it will be outside. Please go to the blacktop on the playground and stand behind the cones.

The parade will begin at 2:15 pm.

Window Showcase Contest

Thank you to our creative students and parents who decorated the Winchester Showcase for Fall! Students Theresa Finkbeiner, Ana Gonzalez, and Juliana Penzato along with their parents Nicole Finkbeiner, Christina Gonzalez, and Elyse Penzato did a wonderful job! Details will be coming soon about a student contest to win the chance to decorate the showcase for winter and spring!

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It's Box Tops Time!

It's time for our first 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 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.

Contest will run October 14-25th. Any questions, email Erin at

Growing Up 2020

Join us Saturday, November 9th, for a morning of learning and growing together, at the Growing Up 2020 youth empowerment summit! There are 3 distinct tracks, running concurrently, each designed specifically for the topics and learning style most effective for each: 1) Kid Track, 2) Teen Track, 3) Adult Track.

Click here for more information about keynote speakers and exciting opportunities.

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Elementary Engineering Day

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Parents At Lunch (PALS)

PAL is a PTA-sponsored program that provides support at lunch from 11:45 am -12:35 pm daily. This is a great opportunity to be present in school for your child, while providing valuable support for students and lunch staff.

Please consider volunteering!. You can sign up for lower or upper elementary lunchtimes or both and volunteer as often as you would like beginning September 16, 2019. IChat forms are required and they take some time to process, so please submit forms as soon as possible. The form is attached for your convenience.

Please use the following sign-up genius. Thank you!

Lunch Menu

Office Hours

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

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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