Winship News

February 2023


Winship Families,

Winship Families,

Welcome to February! One thing to celebrate is that the amount of sunlight continues to increase each day! Like us, you likely notice that the long winter is especially difficult and impacts the mental health of many of our students and families. Many of us may become more irritable, may tire more easily or may experience an increase in their moodiness. Throughout the year, and especially during the long (and sometimes dark) winter months, please take care of yourself and our wonderful students by maintaining or developing healthy life practices. Surround yourself with positive family and friends. Take care of your mental health and ask for help if or when needed. Take care of your physical health and get outside as often as possible. Or help others, doing kind or unexpected/random acts of kindness. We appreciate our families and our wonderful students and are excited for the temperatures to warm and to find the light at the end of our winter tunnel.

We had a very exciting ROCK YOUR SCHOOL DAY on January 19th. Trav and Sarah Guida from the Character Challenge Course joined us for a day of learning and fun. We focused on building our character and being the best we can be. We really enjoyed a day of stories and activities that helped us grow in our understanding of how to help and impact our school, our community and those around us (our friends!). This special day was paid for by a grant from the Grand Forks Foundation for Education and a local donor (and wonderful supporter of our school and our kids).

February 9th, 2023 is GIVING HEARTS DAY! Our school plans to support the Grand Forks Foundation for Education through our upcoming "Sucker Sales" (information was sent home last week). We are raising funds for the Access for All Scholarship, which provides mental health counseling services for Grand Forks Public Schools students and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. I am inviting you to join me and make a plan to donate on February 9th to ensure these students continue to have access to this critical program. Any amount is valued and appreciated! Winship's giving surpassed $1,200 last year. See the link below for more information!

And finally, we are eager to see ALL of you at Spring Conferences on March 2nd, 3rd and 7th. Your child's teacher will be sending home information about your scheduled conference soon.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations, please reach our to your child's teacher or our school office. Thanks again for all you do!

Travis J. Thorvilson


Parent Teacher Organization

Winship PTO meeting will be held on February 13 at 6:00 pm in the Winship Commons Area.

Please join us in planning and discussing upcoming activities! Each family is welcome to participate and share their talents!


Winship Gear

Once again, PTO is assisting with ordering Winship Gear! Links will be provided at the end of February and ordering will be open from March 1 - March 10.


Dates to Remember

Wednesday, February 8

Early Release 1:30pm

Thursday & Friday, February 16 & 17


Wednesday, February 22
Early Release 1:30pm

March 2, 3, 7 (Conference sheets will be sent home approximately Feb 20, due back Feb 24.)

Friday, March 3

Early Release 11:20am



Wednesday, March 8

Early Release 1:30pm

Mon - Fri March 13-17

NO SCHOOL - spring break

Wednesday, March 29

Early Release 1:30pm


Drop Off and Pick Up

Please be extremely careful when dropping off and picking up students! There have been a few near misses. Use the crosswalks and sidewalks. Also, the buses have the right away for parking.


Open Communication

Talking openly and honestly with your kids is one of the most effective ways to support their
behavioral health. Whether it’s everyday topics like friends and school, or more serious topics like substance use, anxiety, or depression, it’s never too early to start the conversation. As your kids grow, your conversations may change, but they will always be centered on keeping them happy, healthy, and safe. Keep your conversations relaxed, friendly, non-judgmental, and genuine. And most importantly, be a good listener. What should I say? Visit for more information.


BOXTOP$ for Education

BoxTop$ has returned to Winship! You may bring in your receipts within 14 days - the office will scan receipts ....OR download the App and scan your receipts! You can use digital receipts on the App!

Funds are used for school supplies.

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Please review and print off the 2022-2023 District Calendar below.


School Hours and Access


  • Breakfast: 7:40am - 8:20am
  • For students not eating breakfast, the doors will open at 8:10am
  • Tardy bell rings at 8:25am
Access and Dismissal
  • K - 2 will use Door 1
  • 3 - 5 will use Door 3


Contact Information

School: 701-746-2325

Attendance Line: 701-746-2321

Fax: 701-746-2374