Winston Campus Elementary

October 24th, 2021

Important Information:

School Hours


Gr 1-6 - 7:50 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.

AM ECDEC- 7:50 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

PM ECDEC- 12:25 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch- 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Gr 1-6—7:50 a.m.– 1:40 p.m.

AM ECDEC—7:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

PM ECDEC- 11:30 a.m - 1:40 a.m.

Lunch—11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Principal: Ms. Marilynn Smith, 847-963-7505,

Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Coleman, 847-963-7504,

Student Services Coordinator: Ms. Abigail Hansell, 847-963-7472,

Elementary Secretary: Ms. Judy Martinez, 847-963-7580,

School Nurse: Sandy Conrath, 847-963-7502,

PTA President: Mrs. Victoria West,

  • If your child will not be in school due to illness or other circumstances, please call the attendance line at 847-963-7501 before the start of the school day. When reporting an absence, please make sure to include your child’s full name, teacher, date of absence, and reason for absence.

  • #MoreThanEver Be sure to Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe!
  • Connect with your teacher and do your best!

Important Dates:

  • October 25 - Spark Meeting
  • October 25th- Pennies & Pajama’s

  • October 26th- Nickels & Neckties
  • October 27th- Dimes & Digits
  • October 28th- Quarters & Sports
  • October 29th- Costume or Fall Themed Clothing day! Turn in any left over coins or dollars to help your class earn the most percentage per student funds to support technology at WCE!
  • October 29 - Fall Festive Student Parade @ 8:30 AM. Winston Campus Elementary Track
  • October 29 - Trunk or Treat @ Winston Campus Elementary
  • November 1 - D15 Job Fair
  • November 3 - BPAC Influencia de los medios sociales en nuestros hijos (The Influence of Social Media on Our Children)
  • November 10 - Board of Education Meeting
  • November 22-23 - Parent Teacher Conferences Student Nonattendance Day
  • November 24 - Student Nonattendance Day
  • November 25-26 No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Coin War Technology Fundraiser! Monday, October 25 - Friday, October 29!

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Coin War Technology Fundraiser! Spanish

Midnight Madness with Ms. Rusk!

Assessing Student Reading Levels with Fountas and Pinnell Classroom

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4th Grade Students work on their Regions Project!

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We Work Together to Discuss our Fact and Opinion Word Sort

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Ms. Diaz's Class Builds Landmarks!

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Orchestra Lesson - Beginning Violin with Ms. Jordan

WCE Teachers Dive Deeper Building their Knowledge to become Culturally and linguistically Responsive Teachers

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Safety Drills Conducted at WC This Week!

Every year, schools are required to complete two unannounced lockdown drills, 3 fire or evacuation drills, a bus evacuation drill, a shelter in place drill. We will periodically practice different types of drills in order to make sure everyone understands what they are supposed to do in the event of an emergency.

On Tuesday, October 19, Winston Campus Elementary Students participated in a lockdown drill and a bus evacuation drill. These drills were extremely successful and the students learned our safety procedures in the event there is danger in the building or if there is danger on the bus. We continue to drill and practice for every emergency situation.

Safety is our number 1 concerns, the more we practice the more safe we become!

Up Coming Fall Festivities at WCE

Fall is here, which means there are Autumn celebrations. The WCE PTA will be sponsoring all classrooms with a “Craft in a Bag” on Friday, October 29th. Each student will get a bag with a fall craft! As a reminder, our district does have a food and allergy policy and we will not be able to distribute any candy/food at the parties. Classroom teachers will incorporate their “Craft in a Bag” into their daily schedule, along with other festive learning activities! Thank you to our generous PTA for providing our crafts!

We will also host a week long Spirit Week! Our Spirit Week will begin on Monday October 25th. This will run in conjunction with a coin war fundraiser to help raise money to increase the technology opportunities we have to offer our students! The top three classrooms that raise the most percentage per student funds will earn a 3-D printed trophy that their class gets to help design! This year our Technology team has goals to increase awareness with 3-D printing as well as with virtual reality adventures!

Monday, October 25th- Pennies & Pajama’s

Tuesday, October 26th- Nickels & Neckties

Wednesday, October 27th- Dimes & Digits

Thursday, October 28th- Quarters & Sports

Friday, October 29th- Costume or Fall Themed Clothing day! We highly encourage simple costumes that can be worn over clothes and removed easily and independently.

Turn in any left over coins or dollars to help your class earn the most percentage per student funds to support technology at WCE!

Weather permitting, all district elementary schools will have a Fall Festive Parade in the morning. Our parade will take place at 8:30 AM on the Winston Campus Track. Parents/guardians are welcome to view the parade from the inside/middle of the track. Afternoon ECDEC will parade immediately following arrival. If there is inclement weather, unfortunately we will not be able to hold our parade and we will send out a notification prior to 8:00 AM.

Again, to ensure your child is comfortable throughout the school day, we highly encourage students to wear costumes that can be easily removed as learning will commence following the Halloween/fall activities in the morning.

As a reminder - per the Student Handbook: Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the above student appearance policy and meets the following set of expectations for a school setting:

  • Children should not wear bloody, gruesome, or especially scary costumes. Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.

  • Actual weapons, look-alike weapons, toy weapons or weapon-like objects are not allowed.

  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.

  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.

  • Reminder: Students are expected to wear a face covering/mask to school each day.

While we know this is not the same Halloween experience as we have offered prior to COVID – we are trying to bring a level of familiarity and fun to the children during this Halloween season while also ensuring safety protocols are adhered to. Students will be required to wear their health face coverings/masks during the day. Costume masks are not permitted and face make up is not encouraged.

We are aware that some families do not celebrate Halloween or Fall Festivities. If you wish for your child to not participate in the parade or festivities, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher. Thank you for your continued support! We are so happy to celebrate fall festivities with our students who deserve some extra fun!

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Test to Stay

Test To Stay will begin as an option for our students on Monday, October 25. This is an additional, optional testing regimen that will allow us to keep qualifying identified close contacts learning in person. More information about Test To Stay can be found in the email with the subject: Test To Stay Begins 10/25/21.

Community Digest - Research, Design Implementation Model (RDIM)

Starting this year and moving forward, all curriculum and program purchases will follow a new district Research, Design Implementation Model (RDIM). The RDIM is a cyclical review process that allows the district to research and pilot materials for district use on a regular basis. During an RDIM cycle pilot, volunteer teams of teachers, specialists and administrations review potential programs, participate in professional learning, implement assigned units and collaborate in discussion on what resources best serve our D15 students’ needs and align to our district’s instructional vision. Currently District 15 is engaging in 3 different pilot projects and we are implementing a new 6th grade math curriculum. The current three pilot projects are occurring in K-5 Math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English Language Arts. As we explore the differing features of programs and corresponding levels of student growth in learning, students in classes participating in pilots may have different materials, homework and grading practices during this time. For example, the number of graded assignments given may be different, and possibly less, as teachers are spending more time conferencing with students individually and in small groups to help guide students in their learning. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
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District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates: Come apply onsite!

Monday, November 1, 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021
Monday, January 24, 2022
Monday, March 7, 2022
Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
We are looking for the following positions:

Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays
Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!
Full time Program Assistants
Office and Library Clericals
And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.

Come Join Our Incredible Team at Winston Campus Elementary School!

We are looking for Program Assistants and Lunch/Recess Supervisors!

We have great positions available for parents or those looking to get back into the workforce!

*We offer great benefits, great hours, vacation days, pension participation, and a friendly working environment. The minimum requirement is a high school diploma.

Please Contact Marilynn Smith at or 847-963-7500 for more information.

Winston Campus Elementary School PTA!

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Join our PTA!

WCE PTA Membership

Families may join the PTA by turning in their BLUE membership form to the WCE office or online through MemberHub. Click here to be directed to the WCE PTA Membership Hub.

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Winston Campus Social and Emotional Learning Website

This site was created to reach out to all of my students, teachers, and families and provide a platform of awareness and support.

D15 District Newsletter

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D15 E-Flyers

District 15 is "green" in its approach to distributing community flyers. Rather than sending flyers home with each student via backpack mail, flyers are posted on the D15 E-Flyers page for parents to view or print 24/7.