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Winchell Elementary
2316 Winchell Ave

Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Mike Hughes - Principal

Recently, the Winchell News website was hacked, and Malware was detected in the site.

As you can see, we have deleted all traces of the old website, added a more "cell phone friendly" layout (you can view the news from any device now; computer, laptop, notebook, tablet or phone).

We have resubmitted the website to Google to remove us from their Malware list. This can sometimes take as long as a couple weeks, but should be removed sooner.

If you have any questions about the security of this website, please call Ray Lohner @ 269-779-0052 or email here.


We are in need of some volunteers to run the Kindergarten Orientation coming up on March 15th.  There are 2 sessions.  One in the am from 9-11 and one in the pm from 5-7.

Please go to:http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D48ABA728A4F58-kindergarten1 to sign up to volunteer.

Thanks in advance for your help.  We truly can not do this without you!


Dear Families,                                                                                                                               

Thank you to all of the families that attended Literacy Night and to all of the students who participated in the Science Fair. A special thank you goes to Jennifer Moon and Rachel Johnson for organizing the Science Fair this year and to all of our volunteer judges and helpers. The event would not be possible without your efforts.

Each year we survey our students as part of our School Improvement Process. I am proud to report that relationships to teachers and staff, school environment and attitude towards academics earn a positive response rate in the mid to high 90’s. Our lowest area in the upper elementary survey was, “My parents talk to me about going to college.” Only 76% of the students responded “yes”. As The Promise district, we want students cultivating their dreams of higher education in elementary school. Students need to hear from their families that accessing some form of post-secondary education is expected of them. Whether it is trade school, community college or a four year university, students should know that their academic journey does not stop at their high school graduation. Take time to discuss with your children what options exist after high school, make some campus visits or search online together. The seeds you sow today will reap great benefits in the future.

2nd Impressionsis inviting those in need to shop for themselves and their family on Saturday, March 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Families will be able to select 10 items per person for free.

Our crossing guard is having problems with families stopping in the street by the crosswalk on Broadway and letting students out. Please pull into the drive on Broadway or stop on the curb at Winchell between our driveways. .

Kindergarten Orientationfor all Kalamazoo Public Schools is March 15th. Winchell’s morning session is from 9:30-11 and all evening sessions are from 5:30-7:00. Parents and children will have the chance to visit classrooms, meet the teacher, make a craft, and ride a school bus. Any child turning five prior to September 1, 2017 (or December 1, 2017 with a signed waiver) is eligible for Kindergarten in the fall of 2017. If you have or know of a student who will be attending Winchell in the fall, please call our office to get them on our list.  Thank you.

Box Topturn in for the second part of the year is quickly approaching. Please send in your box tops in a sealed envelope or baggie with the teacher’s name on the outside. Organizing the Box Tops in groups of fifty is helpful to our Box Top counters.

The Book Exchangebegins on Tuesday March 28th. You can begin to bring your books in on the week of March 13th. Boxes will be outside of your teacher’s classrooms.

Important Dates:

3/10                 NO SCHOOL

3/15                 Kindergarten Orientation

3/21                 PTO at 7:00 pm

3/23                 Spring Picture Day (Optional)

3/24                 NO SCHOOL – Records day

3/27-29            Conference week

3/29 & 30        HALF DAYS (School dismisses at 11:58 – also NO PEEP ON EITHER DAY)

3/31-4/9           NO SCHOOL – Spring break

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes