Winchester Elementary

October 30, 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!

Upcoming Key Dates

November 3: No School - Teacher Professional Day

November 7: Follett Book Fair Starts (*see details below*)

November 11: PTA Meeting - Virtual @ 7 pm

November 25: Half Day - Thanksgiving Holiday Begins (*dismissal at 12:15 pm*)

Picking Up your child early from school

We can no longer have students wait in the office. If your child is being picked up early, they must remain in their classroom until you arrive. Please ring the buzzer by the front doors and we will call your child down at that time.

**REMINDER** COVID-19 and Symptom Reporting Requirements

Parents must symptom screen students, including a temperature check, BEFORE sending their child to school each day. If you answer YES to one or more questions on the screening form, do the following:

  • Call your child in using the attendance line at your school
  • Identify any symptom(s) your child is having
  • If you are taking your child to get COVID-19 tested, please indicate so when you call.

If you have any family members in the household that have tested positive, do the following:

  • Keep your child home
  • Contact the school attendance line and advise that a household member has tested positive
  • The school or the district COVID-19 response team will contact you.

If your child has been identified as being in close contact with a person that has tested positive, do the following:

  • Keep your child home
  • Contact the attendance line and advise that your child was in close contact with a person who tested positive.
  • The school or the district COVID-19 response team will contact you.
If you take your child to be COVID-19 tested, do the following:

  • Keep your child home
  • Contact the attendance line and advise that your child has been taken for COVID-19 testing
  • The school or the district COVID-19 response team will contact you.

We must work together to keep our students, staff and entire community safe. Your child's safety is our first priority. Please help us ensure that safety by using the NPS COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Tool EACH MORNING and following all reporting requirements above if you answer YES to any symptom.

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Join the November PTA Meeting

We hope that everyone is healthy and safe, and enjoying the 2020-2021 school year! Also thank you to all of the families that participated in the Drive-in Movie Night and Halloween Drive-Thru Scavenger Hunt recent PTA events.

Interested in finding out more?

We would like to invite all parents and staff to join our PTA meeting on November 11 @ 7:00 pm. This second meeting will be hosted on zoom, login information is available below and the agenda is also attached. This is a great way to learn about the different committees and ways the PTA supports our Winchester community.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 7090 5032

Passcode: WINPTA

Ready to join PTA?

Building on last year’s success for online PTA enrollment, we would like to encourage you to sign up for the PTA via MemberHub. You can also use the following link:

While registering for membership, there is also the opportunity to donate to the PTA through Invest in Your Child. Through the generous donations of our Winchester families, we are able to provide a variety of enrichment programs, after school activities, as well as family-centered opportunities. If you have any questions about the sign-up process, please reach out to Caroline Keros, PTA President at

Calling All Superhero readers, It’s Book fair time!

This year Winchester will be having its first online book fair! Since the fair is online, you’ll have two weeks to view and purchase books.

E-fair dates: Saturday November 7th - Saturday november 21st

Please click on the link below to take you directly to Winchester’s online book fair


Winchester's E-Flyer

You’ll need Winchester’s E-fair code: ZWWY2

On our follett e-fair, If you would like to buy a book for your teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to view your teacher’s wish list of books. Teacher wish lists are located on the left side of the screen under the home icon.

All book orders will be delivered to the school and will be passed out to the students. For our virtual students, we will have a scheduled day

7 Habits at Home

We are excited to share the 7 Habits® with our families. We invite you to use the menu below to select a habit to focus on each week for the next 20 weeks. Week one begins November 2nd. For weeks 21-33, return to the top of the menu and challenge your family to focus on the habit not selected the first time around. Consider keeping a family journal to reflect on your learning or track your efforts with photos.

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

The document with all 20 weeks of activities is available here . You can also access the document by clicking the image below.

Early Childhood Pre-K Openings

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Dress appropriately for the weather

The weather is quickly changing and is a bit cooler each day/week. It is important that your child be dressed appropriately when they come to school each day so they are prepared to participate in not only PE but also outside brain breaks and recesses.

2020-2021 Winchester Yearbook Orders

Winchester Elementary Yearbooks are now available to order! Please order by December 31st to help us accurately determine the full order quantity. 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

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.


Do you have a few minutes in the morning to help out at the school? We are looking for a few parent volunteers each day to monitor students as they are headed to their entrance doors. Volunteers will greet students, remind them to keep distance between other children, and make sure they get to their entrance doors!

Volunteers will need to have an updated ICHAT form (for this school year), distance on school grounds and wear a mask.

Please email your completed form and a copy of your driver's license to Deb Obsniuk at

If you are interested in helping out, please sign up for a slot using Sign Up Genius.

If you sign up, a brief meeting will be held with Kelly Lindsay, Principal to go over the procedures.


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Office Hours

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

Contact us at (248) 465-2400


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