Winchester Weekly

May 8, 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

Virtual/Online Events:

May 13th - 3rd Grade Virtual Concert 6:30 PM

May 20th - Kindergarten Orientation Live Webinar 6:00 PM

A Message from Mrs. Lindsay

Hello Winchester Families,

I hope this edition of the Winchester Weekly finds you all doing well.

Thank you once again to all of our families that made us feel so special this week for Teacher/Staff appreciation! I am sharing the video that our 5th grade students and families made that lightened our spirits and warmed our hearts! Click here to view! We are so grateful for your continued support and love!

It was great to spend an hour together with so many families on Thursday evening for the 5th grade virtual performance of Highway USA! I know the fifth graders have been working hard this year to prepare for this performance and while it was not a traditional concert, we spent the hour together enjoying music as a Winchester community. Thank you to all of our fifth grade families that spent the night with us celebrating our fifth graders! We are looking forward to spending a musical night with our third grade families on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30 PM.

Please take a few minutes to complete the Leader in Me survey to provide us with important information to help us on our journey to being the best school community we can be. The link can be found in this newsletter.

Remember, we are here to support you and your child(ren). Please let us know if you need anything!

Thank you for your continued support, as we continue to work, teach, and learn from home.

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Winchester Moms!

Take care and be well,

Kelly Lindsay, Principal

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The Leader in Me Parent Survey

As a Leader in Me Lighthouse school we are always working to understand how we can improve. Please complete the survey below as part of an annual assessment to help all members of the school community (students, parents, and the adults who work at the school) understand how we're doing. Your responses will provide us with important information to help us become even better. All of your responses are completely anonymous. The survey should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Please try to respond to all items. Thank you!

Click here to access the survey.

Thank you in advance for your time,

The Staff and Student Lighthouse Team

Student Profile Form

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If you would like to provide input for the staff to consider when placing your child for next year, please request access to the Student Profile form by contacting Mrs. Deb Obsniuk - All Student Profile Forms are due by 4pm on Monday, May 11th. Please note: forms with requests for specific teachers will not be processed.

Kindergarten Enrollment and Parent Orientation

If you or someone you know is considering enrolling a student for Kindergarten in the fall, please see go to NPS Kindergarten Enrollment to get started using the following link:

In addition, and for future planning, Winchester’s incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00pm. Details for how to join the webinar along with additional information will be sent via email to our incoming Kindergarten families.

Coping Calendar

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Just a reminder...Winchester Playground is Closed

We completely understand that the Stay at Home order issued by our Governor during this challenging time is extremely difficult for you and our students, and that part of our being as humans is socializing with each other. As part of the order, Governor Whitmer has encouraged families and individuals to get outside, take walks, etc., but the order does not allow for large gatherings, or gatherings at parks and playgrounds, which includes on our school playgrounds.

In accordance with the Governor’s Stay Safe. Stay Home. Executive Order, and by Order of the Oakland County Health Division, Northville Public Schools has closed all of our school playgrounds and fields, including ALL play structures. Student safety and well being is at the forefront of all we do for our students both at Silver Springs and across Northville Public Schools. We are asking you to do everything you can to slow the spread. We appreciate your help in keeping each other safe and healthy.

Meditation and Breathing Exercises for Families

Liam Zarotney, a second-grader at Winchester, and his older brother Easton, a third-grader at Amerman, have teamed with their mom to create easy to follow breathing and meditation videos for kids. These short, but mindful breaks help kids (and parents) feel calmer, more focused, and can also be a nice way to reconnect. You can check them out by clicking here!


Due to the school closure, we will not be holding traditional spring parent teacher conferences. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to you to offer an opportunity to conference with them should you desire, after you have reviewed the report card.

If you would like to speak with any of the humanities or support teachers please email the specific teacher to set up a day and time to meet with them.

Society of Readers (SOR)

Students that met their grade level SOR reading goal September through February will get their name on the SOR 2019-20 plaque hanging in our front entrance lobby. Due to the school closure we will not be collecting SOR sheets in April and May.

Thank you for your understanding.

NEF Steam Fair

For the safety of our school community, the 6th Annual Northville STEAM Fair was cancelled for this year. However, upon learning that many students had continued their projects, a "virtual" fair was created. They will also be featured on Northville Public School and the Northville Educational Foundation's Facebook Page.Thank you to all who participated!

Click on the image below to check out the amazing STEAM Fair projects submitted by several Northville Public School students including one from a group of 1st graders from Winchester entitled Dragonville, a village powered by renewable energies: wind, solar, water system, and more!

District FAQs

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:

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.

COVID-19 Grading Procedures and Parent Supports NPS Families,

As we continue to move forward with new learning under the Continuity of Learning Plan, the following information will bring clarity around the question of grading during this time as well as the available technology and parent supports we have and will continue to put in place.

The NPS COVID-19 Grading Procedures, as published on April 15, 2020, are based on guidance provided in the Executive Order. We believe these grading practices provide students with the most flexibility while still ensuring that no child will be academically harmed as a result of the traditional model school closing required by law. Please contact your teacher or building principal if you have any questions about this grading procedure or need further information.

With the help of many NPS teachers, we have developed a parent learning portal that provides you with a variety of useful resources designed to support and assist you during this remote learning period. If you have any questions, or would like to submit a request for resource support, please navigate to the submit a question under the FAQ button found on the parent learning portal. We hope you find this helpful as you partner with us in this new learning process.

MiStar Parent Portal Email Addresses

The Winchester Weekly is sent out via ListServ and posted on our webpage, but other information is sent out through the MISTAR email system because we can send to specific grade levels or to the entire school. Please make sure you have a current email address in Parent Portal.

To update your information:

• Log in to the MISTAR Parent Portal

• Click on the "My Information" link at the top right of the page

• Click on the "View" button at the far-right side of the page for the individual whose information you would like to change.

• Update the fields you would like change and hit the "Submit" button on the top left of the page.

Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch offered by Northville Public Schools

Northville Public Schools has been offering, and will continue to offer through the MDE waiver period, Food Service meals (breakfast and lunch) to all enrolled and non-enrolled students in the district. These meals, served under the Unanticipated School Closure – School Food Service Program (SFSP) program, are made available at no cost to anyone (18) and under, or up to age (26) if they receive special education services.

The meals are ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast and lunch, and are distributed from the lobby of Northville High School each Tuesday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. At each visit on Tuesday, each student (or their parents/guardians) will receive meals for 3 days; while on Fridays, students may take both breakfast and lunch for 4 days, totalling meals provided 7 days per week. Breakfast meal components may include string cheese, fruit, grains such as a cereal bar, and drink. Lunch meal components may include deli meat sandwiches, vegetarian options such as cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, and milk.