Winchester Weekly

September 13, 2019

Upcoming Key Dates

September 13: Heritage Festival Parade CANCELLED

September 19: Girl Scout Informational Meeting 6 pm

September 25: Picture Day

October 1: Roller Skating Party 6-8 pm @ Skatin' Station

October 8: Credit Union Deposit Day

October 18: Fall Festival 5:30-8 pm

Classroom Snack Procedures

Please be aware that we have several students with severe allergies. Due to the severity of these allergies and because the unfortunate increasing prevalence of it in children, we are asking for your help and cooperation in making our classrooms safer for students with these allergies. There is an emergency plan in place for unexpected exposure, but our most effective tool is prevention.


We work hard to reduce the likelihood of any contact with specific food allergens by instituting several steps in our classrooms. Each classroom has established specific procedures based on the children with allergies in their classrooms. Please adhere to these procedures specifically as it relates to snacks allowed in the classroom.


Children who bring in items that do not appear on this list will be asked to put their snack back in their backpack or lunchbox (as long as it is fully wrapped) to enjoy at home or in the cafeteria.


Birthday celebrations can be noted with a small, non-food token. Please clear these tokens with your child’s teacher.


Families are still welcome to make broader choices for student lunches. In order to keep all of our students safe, please be certain any products containing dairy, peanuts or nuts are contained within your child's lunch box and/or lunch bag.


We ask for your understanding as we strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for all children.

PE News - Fall 2019

Welcome Back! We hope that you have had an active summer full of physical activity! This fall Ms. Haite will be at Winchester every day (my 24th year in the district) and we are thrilled to have Ms. Lenahan back at Winchester and we welcome Mr. Stark as well!


Ms. Lenahan and Mr. Stark are excited to see Winchester’s great leaders! Ms. Lenahan has been teaching in Northville for 18 years. She has taught at all levels (Northville High School, Hillside, Meads Mill and all 6 of Northville’s elementary schools!


We would like to make you aware of gym policies and expectations for the school year.
Please see the attached document for that information.

It's S.O.R. Time!

For those that are new to our school, SOR stands for Society of Readers. Students can participate by reading at home and recording the number of minutes read each day on the monthly SOR calendar. Please read the flyer shown below for more information. September is the best time to start participating! You can also visit our SOR website for additional details and to print each month's calendar. The website address is https://sites.google.com/northvilleschools.org/winsor/home. To get you started, the September SOR calendar is attached below.

PTA INVEST IN YOUR CHILD


Welcome Back Families!

Our Winchester PTA coordinates student enrichment activities and social events that enhance school life and bring together the Winchester Community. It is the volunteer energy from parents like you that make the Winchester PTA successful, so please consider the various opportunities to stay involved and show your support.

Building on last year’s initial success with online PTA enrollment (which simplifies payments and saves paper), please make your donation to Winchester PTA’s Invest in Your Child fundraiser and join the PTA at MemberHub. PTA members will receive a Winchester family directory!

Your donation through Invest in Your Child is critical in providing support for more than 20 programs and events at Winchester!


We also welcome your direct support through volunteering and participating in PTA meetings. For volunteering, please reach out to Jill Anton and Alex Keros to express interest. You will find our contact information and the latest PTA meeting schedule at the Winchester PTA website on the Get Involved tab. This year we plan to add Google Hangouts so you can participate in PTA meetings even if you can't be at the school!

Hope to see you Friday morning, September 6th, at Welcome Back Coffee and at the next PTA meeting on Wednesday, November 13th, at 7:00 p.m.


To donate to Invest in Your Child and to join the 2019-20 PTA, please visit: https://winchesterpta.memberhub.store/

Winchester PTA Volunteer Opportunities

We are seeking volunteers to lead the committees below:


Junior Enrichment Series (JES) – Book assemblies funded by the PTA. We are looking for an Upper Elementary parent and a Lower Elementary parent to each work with teacher representatives and Mrs. Lindsay to identify speakers and presentations that enhance the curriculum and fit into the class schedule. Examples: Science Alive, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art. This committee offers a great way to interact with teachers and the principal!


March is Reading Month (MiRM) – Support Winchester’s learning consultant, Mrs. Rush, in preparing for MiRM activities, including author visits and student rewards.


Math Pentathlon – Teach the games to kids either at lunch or after-school (whatever fits your schedule). Games are split by grade level (2nd-3rd and 4th-5th), so sessions need to be separate.

Does your child enjoy writing stories, poems or even conducting interviews?

Winchester’s Dragonflyer Junior is kicking-off in October and we would love for any 3rd, 4th or 5th Grader to join!


Meetings will be held during recess/lunch in the computer lab on most Thursdays. We eat together and then get to work and have some fun. Our plan is to publish 2-3 newsletters throughout the year. Students type their final work and utilize Google Documents.


Please email Andrea Conrad at winchesterdragonflyer@gmail.com with your student’s name, grade, school email address and teacher’s name.

2019 Fall Festival

The annual Winchester PTA Fall Festival will be on Friday, October 18th! We are seeking 6 volunteers to oversee the (1) Carnival Games, (2) Prizes, (3) Cake Walk, (4) Raffle, (5) Food, (6) Special Attractions. Please contact Jill at winchesterfallfund@gmail.com if you can volunteer on 10/18!

Nuts About Science

There are still a few spots available for Nuts About Science! Registration closes September 16th! You can register at www.nutsaboutscicence.com.


Please contact Sarah Beydoun with any questions - Shbeydoun@gmail.com

Calling all girls interested in Winchester Girl Scouts!!

Please join us for an information meeting on Thursday September 19th at 6pm in the art room, C-16



If you can’t make the meeting but would like more information please contact Laura Paredes at lamarlau@hotmail.com

Young Artist Program

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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. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f49adaf28a75-winchester3 Thank you!

Help Keep our Students Safe!

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP OF CHILDREN


In order to make the drop off and pick-up of children by car as safe as possible for our students, we ask that you follow these procedures:


Please do not drop your child off before 8:35 a.m. The first bell rings at 8:41 a.m.


Bus – For those eligible, riding a NPS bus is the most convenient and safest transportation option.


Arrival

Drop Off Procedures:


  • During arrival, please be sure to stay in the right hand lane and pull your vehicle all the way up in the “red zone.”
  • Please do not maneuver between lanes as this creates a safety concern.
  • When all the cars have pulled forward and stopped, please have your child prepared to exit your car with all of their belongings.
  • Try to get your goodbye hugs and kisses in at home.
  • ALL students should be dropped off at the same time. Please do not stop and drop each of your children off at a specific door.
  • Students should be prepared to walk to their designated arrival location using the sidewalk in front of the school.



Please stay in your car at all times in the DROP-OFF ZONE.



Dismissal


Pick Up Procedures:


  • Kindergarten parents are asked to park in the parking lot and walk up to the building to pick up your child from the teacher unless arrangements have been made to pick them up in the pick-up zone.
  • If you are leaving your vehicle you must park in the parking lot.
  • Our dismissal begins promptly at 3:45. In order for you to be in our MOVING carpool line and not in a stagnant line, please arrive no sooner than 3:45.
  • Please stay in the right hand lane and pull all the way up in the “red zone” or Pick-Up Zone.
  • The carpool lane will be released first.


For the Safety of our students, please remember to:


  • Refrain from using your cell phone during Drop off and Pick up
  • Use the cross walk at the main entrance when crossing.
  • Turn left out of the parking lot.
  • Save the handicapped spots for those who need them.

Lunch Menu

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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