Winchester Weekly

October 4, 2019

Upcoming Key Dates

October 8: Credit Union Deposit Day

October 18: Fall Festival 5:30-8 pm

November 5: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Day

November 7: Picture Retake Day

November 12: Credit Union Deposit Day

November 13: PTA Meeting

Please join us for food and entertainment at the Winchester PTA’s 2019 Fall Festival!

Fall Festival

Friday, October 18th

5:30PM – 8:15PM

The Fall Festival includes:

  • Food – Papa John’s Pizza, SkinnyPop popcorn, Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn, Fresh Thyme Flavored Sparkling Water, Fresh Thyme Purified Water, Soda, CapriSun
  • Entertainment – Escape Room of Novi! Two options: Superhero and Casino (fun for adults too!)
  • Carnival Games & Prizes (points earned from games can be redeemed for prizes)
  • Cake Walk (Donations Needed! Sign up at
  • Classroom Raffle Baskets ($1 per ticket, winning tickets drawn at end of the event)
  • Fall Festival Winchester Winners (all Winchester students who attend can enter)

The Fall Festival is designed to be fun for your entire family! Please join us to eat, play games, win prizes, and socialize with fellow Winchester families and staff. Upon arrival, you can purchase tickets near the Main Entrance, the Gym, the Library, and the Dragon Den. We will also sell tickets before and after school.

Food/Game tickets are 2 for $1. These are used to get food/drinks and to participate in all Entertainment Features, Carnival Games, and the Cake Walk.

Raffle tickets are $1 each for a chance to win an amazing themed basket. Each classroom has chosen a theme and filled their basket with great items!

All Winchester students can get a complimentary Winchester Winner ticket at the Raffle area (Library) to enter the Fall Festival Winchester Winner drawing. If students bring a canned good or box of cereal to donate to charity, they can get a 2nd Winchester Winner ticket! 25 winners will be announced throughout the week following Fall Festival.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer Sign-up:

Please sign up to:

  • Set-up tables, signs, games before the event
  • Sell tickets before and during the event
  • Zone Captains to oversee areas of the event and guide the NHS National Honor Society volunteers
  • Tear-down tables and games after the event.

Cake Donations Needed!

Cake Donation Sign-up:

The Cake Walk is always a hit with the kids, and we need cakes and other baked goods to have winners! Please donate homemade or store-bought items on Friday, 10/18. Drop off donation inside the main entrance all day Friday. There will be labels available to tag item with donor’s name. Please indicate if a store labeled donation is safe for specific food allergies. Also, see the attachment for details about a fun new contest to award families making Cake Walk donations!

Special thank you to our Platinum Sponsor!

The Winchester Elementary PTA would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to our Fall Festival Platinum Sponsor, Community Financial Credit Union, who made a generous donation to support PTA programs.


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Please DO NOT bring dogs onto school property before, during, or after the school day. While many of us love pets, it is difficult to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, including those with allergies & allergic reactions, as well as children and families who are fearful of dogs. Thank you for your understanding!


Safety is our number one priority. Please help us keep all children safe at Winchester by adhering to the speed limits on the streets surrounding the school. Additionally, drive with caution in our parking lot and carpool lane, as we have a lot of young children walking or riding their bikes to and from school and entering or exiting the building during arrival and dismissal. Thank you!


The 2019-2020 Winchester Directory is in process. The directory is helpful for contacting other parents and scheduling playdates. We will publish each student's name/address/phone number as listed on the enrollment forms submitted to the office before the school year began. If you do not want your child's information published OR you want something specific added/deleted, please email Allison Dowling at no later than Monday October 14th.


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7 Habits at Home - October Focus: Be Proactive

Our Habit for the month of October is Habit 1: Be Proactive. To be proactive means to be in charge of, or take responsibility for, yourself. Click on this link to learn more: Be Proactive.

Below you will find a pdf of a Choice Board with several activities to choose from that you can complete as a family. We encourage you to complete some of these activities this month to learn how your family can use this habit. When you complete an activity, have your child color in that box. Return this paper to your child’s classroom teacher by the end of October to earn a ticket. Tickets will be entered into a drawing for a book!

Snap a picture of your family completing any of these activities and send it in as well. We will add it to our 7 Habits Family Learning bulletin board in the lobby!

Classroom Snack Procedures

Please be aware that we have several students with severe allergies. Due to the severity of these allergies and because the unfortunate increasing prevalence of it in children, we are asking for your help and cooperation in making our classrooms safer for students with these allergies. There is an emergency plan in place for unexpected exposure, but our most effective tool is prevention.

We work hard to reduce the likelihood of any contact with specific food allergens by instituting several steps in our classrooms. Each classroom has established specific procedures based on the children with allergies in their classrooms. Please adhere to these procedures specifically as it relates to snacks allowed in the classroom.

Children who bring in items that do not appear on this list will be asked to put their snack back in their backpack or lunchbox (as long as it is fully wrapped) to enjoy at home or in the cafeteria.

Birthday celebrations can be noted with a small, non-food token. Please clear these tokens with your child’s teacher.

Families are still welcome to make broader choices for student lunches. In order to keep all of our students safe, please be certain any products containing dairy, peanuts or nuts are contained within your child's lunch box and/or lunch bag.

We ask for your understanding as we strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for all children.

Full Day Pre-K Openings

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Parents At Lunch (PALS)

PAL is a PTA-sponsored program that provides support at lunch from 11:45 am -12:35 pm daily. This is a great opportunity to be present in school for your child, while providing valuable support for students and lunch staff.

Please consider volunteering!. You can sign up for lower or upper elementary lunchtimes or both and volunteer as often as you would like beginning September 16, 2019. IChat forms are required and they take some time to process, so please submit forms as soon as possible. The form is attached for your convenience.

Please use the following sign-up genius. Thank you!

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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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