Winchester Weekly

March 27, 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!

Mark your Calendars

Upcoming Events

March 30th - April 3rd - Virtual Spirit Week - see schedule below

April 1st - Virtual PTA Meeting

A message from the Principal

Hello Winchester Families,


I hope this finds you all well. It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the second full week of at home learning. We hope you have been able to take advantage of the daily learning schedules shared by each of our Winchester teachers. Look for the next online learning support plan for the week of March 30th from your child(ren)s teachers no later than 8:00 AM on Monday, March 30th.


Technology devices are available for loan to students who do not have access. Please complete this Technology Device Checkout Form to request the use of a device. You can reach our Technology Department Help Desk at 248-344-3680 Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm.


Remember, the District is committed to providing up to date information to all of our families as it becomes available. You can access information, updates, and FAQs via the Northville Public Schools website or at this link: https://www.northvilleschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=350918&type=d&pREC_ID=1851982


Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)'s classroom teacher or myself if you have any questions or need additional support.


Take Care and Be Well!

Kelly Lindsay, Principal

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Virtual PTA Meeting

With the recent school closure, the Winchester PTA has rescheduled their March meeting to occur on Wednesday April 1st at 7 PM. This meeting will be held virtually via zoom, please join at the following link to hear the latest updates from the PTA. In partnership with Northville Schools, we will also have an open forum with Mary Kay Gallagher, Northville Schools Superintendent, for updates and Q&A from families immediately following the conclusion of the PTA meeting.


Winchester PTA Meeting: April 1st @ 7 PM

Meeting link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/439010790 meeting ID 439-010-790


Please note the zoom meeting is limited to the first 100 attendees. If you are unable to join and want to receive a link to view the recording of the meeting please email winchesterptapresident@gmail.com."

Items Needed to Support our Community

We can't thank you enough for the donations of mask covers, gloves, and other items left in our Winchester drop box! They are being distributed to facilities in need at this time!


Items Still Needed:


1. Masks

2. Gloves

3. Plastic gowns

4. Face shields

5. Goggles


The supplies will be gathered and distributed to help those on the front lines protect themselves so they can continue to provide care for our community.


Winchester has personal connections at:


- St Joe’s Trinity Health ER and patient floors as well as outpatient offices

- Ascension Providence Novi and Southfield ER and patient floors

- Henry Ford ICU

- Children’s Hospital of MI

- IHA outpatient clinics

- And many more facilities


We will gather and spread out the donations! Please drop off at any of the elementary schools

Amerman

Moraine

Ridge Wood

Silver Springs

Thornton Creek

And of course Winchester


Calling all construction workers, contractors, dental offices or anyone else who has any of the above items laying around.....we would be eternally grateful for your donation!!!


We can’t thank you enough!

Medical Mask Cover Project

Dear School and Community Members,


Thank you so much for your talent and initiative in helping to create mask covers and face shields! We are so grateful for each person who has contributed materials, cut fabric, sewed, or created. We appreciate your help. The need is great.


We have some requests for mask covers that have a pocket to accept a filter. The video below demonstrates an easy modification to the pleated mask cover shared last week. Please see the video. We would appreciate having these mask covers as well.


Please do not take mask covers or face shields from the boxes to deliver personally to medical facilities. Not every facility is accepting these. The mask covers will be sent to facilities that are accepting them. They are committed to the locations where they will be used.


You will find an excellent video below that shows the modification to the pleated mask pattern.


Questions about medical needs or facilities accepting mask covers and face shields may be directed to: Vidooshi, vidooshi.g.maru@gmail.com, Anita: sinhalogan@gmail.com, or Bindya: pabindya@gmail.com.


Please put your contributions in a baggie with your name and email inside. We want to be sure to thank contributors appropriately. Please wipe down the baggie before putting it in the collection box.


Collection boxes are located outside each NPS elementary school: Amerman, Moraine, Ridge Wood, Silver Springs, Thornton Creek, and Winchester, as well as at Old Village School at the north end of the building and will be collected daily.


Thank you again for your support during these difficult times. Please feel free to share this information.

How to Make a Face Mask with a Filter Pocket

Physical Education - Ms. Haite needs your help!

Ms. Haite is looking for some music suggestions from students.

In the Winchester gymnasium we enjoy doing some fun holiday activities. The Haunted Gymnasium and our Candy Cane Classic (Reindeer Games) are quite popular! If you are into music, I thought you might enjoy helping me come up with music to add to our playlists. YOU WILL NEED YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION to search ONLINE or in ITUNES. If you have suggestions for new songs, please email Ms. Haite and give her the song name and the artist. (haitehe@northvilleschools.org)

Neighborhood Window Walk

Each week homes are asked to put a specific symbol in one of their windows (or many) so families can take walks and count how many they see, keeping proper social distance from others. For the week of March 20th, create a silly face and place it in a window. During your brain break take your family for a walk (yes, your Mom and Dad need a break once in a while too) and count how many silly faces you see around your neighborhood! What silly face will you create for your window?
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March is Reading Month

March is Reading Month Update

Dear Families,


We have to make some adjustments to our March is Reading Month plans. Here is an updated plan.


Reading Minutes

You can still have your child read and record his/her minutes each day. Once we return to school, your child can turn in the reading slips. The Pizza Cutter coupon, the custom-designed bookmark, and the brag tag will be available for students that meet the reading minute goals.


Bookmark Contest

Your child can still participate in the bookmark contest. We will determine a final due date for entries once we return. Click here for the contest paper.


Calendar

Here is an updated calendar with fun literacy suggestions for the remainder of March. Click here for the calendar.


End of the Month Celebration

The end of the month celebration will not be rescheduled.

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Tips on Creating a Daily Schedule

School has been shut down, how do I manage the day with my child(ren) home from school? What we know is children do best when we can keep a normal routine or schedule in place every day. Khan Academy created some suggested daily schedules that I thought you might find useful! Click here to access all of the Khan Academy created schedules.


Of course Khan Academy is suggesting you use their resources for each of the content areas, but your child(ren)(s) classroom teachers sent out a variety of other learning opportunities and activities you could use during each of the scheduled times that align with the grade level curriculum. Remember these are just a couple of suggestions. Sit down with your child(ren) and make a schedule that works for you! Most importantly enjoy the time with one another!

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A Note from the Northville Public Schools Support Staff

Northville Families,


The school social work/school psychology/counseling department wanted to share resources for your children and families to utilize until we resume school.

Below are some tips from the CDC to keep in mind as we move forward:


  • Turn off the TV: Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.

  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.

  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.


Please download the attached PDF for additional enrichment ideas and links to community resources.

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.


Contact knottske@northvilleschools.org with any questions.