Winchell Newsletter September 26th, 2016

Dear Families,                                                                                                                     


Thank you for taking the time to attend Open House on Tuesday. Parents and families taking the time to attend events sends a strong message to children that school is important. Schools and families working together create motivated and successful students. For our kindergartners, we held our inaugural Promise certificate signing. The certificate symbolizes that The Promise will be there for our Kindergartners when they graduate from high school in 2029. Pictures from the event will be sent home this week. If you were not able to attend, your child’s teacher will provide the certificate at conferences in November.


On Wednesday, Sept. 28th, we will take our all school picture that hangs in the front hallway. The picture will be taken at 1:50.


The Fun Run is Friday, September 30th. This is the major fundraising event for the school. Please help your child meet or exceed their $40 goal this year. Runners begin on the schedule below. Students finish the run and proceed to the carnival until the assigned time. Parents and family members are encouraged to run with their child and join the fun on the back playground.

2nd Grade 1:30-2:15   1st Grade 1:35-2:20   Kindergarten   1:40-2:25

5th Grade 2:30-3:15  4th Grade 2:35-3:20     3rd Grade        2:40-3:25


Progress Report Cards will be coming home next week. Your child will receive a progress report is he/she is currently below grade level in a subject area. Please do not hesitate to contact the teacher with any questions regarding your student’s progress in the classroom.

Please turn in your Box Tops for our October 19th deadline. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and that can really add up when 500 students are working to collect and turn them in. Please put your box tops in bags of 50 (noted on the bag) with the child’s name and teacher’s name on the outside of the bag. Please be sure to check for expired Box Tops before you send in your bag. The Box Tops collection box is located in the main entry way lobby.


A.T. Open House is tonight at CEC, third floor from 6:00 – 6:45 for Avant Garde and from 7:00 – 7:45 for Cluster A.T. If you are unable to make it, Mrs. Jansheski has the Open House presentation on Google classroom.


Picture Day is October 7th.  Please turn in your envelopes with money (checks made out to Lifetouch) on Picture Day.


Today is the last day that a hardcopy of the Winchell Newsletter will be sent home to every student. If you haven’t signed up to receive it online, please do so at: http://www.winchellnews.info. If you feel you need to receive a hardcopy, please fill out the form below and send it with your child to the school office.  (If you have already done this, there is no need to send another one).  We hope everyone will join us in “Going green” as we are able to save many thousands of sheets of paper and many trees per year, not to mention, save some money!




Child’s name__________________________________________ Parent’s name________________________________


Teacher’s name__________________________________________ Please print all info.


Winchell ROCKS!

Michael Hughes


Winchell Newsletter September 19th, 2016

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                     

I hope you had the opportunity to attend the picnic this weekend. I am very appreciative of our continued partnership with Third Christian Reformed Church and of our families for taking the time to come together and build our school community.

As we enter our third week I hope your family is in the rhythm of school. Your child should be receiving homework each night, including something over the weekend and he/she is expected to read twenty to thirty minutes each evening depending on his/her grade level. We appreciate your work in extending the school day for our students and helping create a college going culture in our district.

Reading practice is vital to school success. According to Sally Shawitz, author of Overcoming Dyslexia, students who score better than 90% of their peers on standardized reading tests read at least twenty minutes each day. In contrast, those who scored at the fiftieth percentile read only 4.6 minutes per day. A student who reads at least 20 minutes per day will encounter 1.8 million words in a year while a student who reads 5 minutes a day will encounter only 282,00. The more words we encounter, the more our vocabulary expands and the more repetition we receive with both easy and difficult words. Keep these statistics in mind on those nights when finding reading time/motivation is a struggle and remind your child that Twenty Minutes a day is the Winchell Way!

Open House is this Tuesday, September 20th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. This year we will be awarding a special “Kalamazoo Promise Certificate” to our kindergartners and their families at 6:00 in the cafeteria. I ask that kindergarten families join the kindergarten staff and me in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. for this special presentation.

Did you know that the Kalamazoo Family Health Center offers a program to assist families with medical expenses? If you have medical expenses preventing you from seeking treatment for your child, including vision, contact The Family Health Center. In addition, The Family Health Center offers a new dental clinic serving patients Mon. thru Sat. 7am -8pm. It accepts all patients regardless of insurance.

After school, students must be under the supervision of an adult to play on the playground and I ask that you closely monitor your children while they play. One of the great things about Winchell is that families come together after school to connect. Let’s work together to keep that time safe and fun for everyone.

Academically Talented classes at Winchell begin this week. Avant Garde begins Tuesday, September 20th. Avant Garde leaves for CEC via bus at 9:15. Students return shortly after 2:00.

Our Art teacher Sarah Cheek-Toomey is in need of some parent volunteers tomorrow (September 20th) to help with mounting murals for our upcoming Open House. Just arrive anytime tomorrow.  Thank you.

The Fun Run is Friday, September 30th. Pledge information has been sent home. Please help your child meet the goal of $40.  This is a huge event for the school and very important to all of the extra things we do on behalf of our students. Runners will begin from the front drive, circle the block and end in the back playground to participate in the field day. Below is the schedule for grade levels.

2nd Grade 1:30-2:15            1st Grade 1:35-2:20            Kindergarten 1:40-2:25

5th Grade 2:30-3:15             4th Grade 2:35-3:20             5th Grade 2:40-3:25


Need to put money in a lunch account?www.sendmoneytoschool.com provides easy access to your lunch account. You will need your child’s School ID number to register. If you are interested in the nutritional information provided by Chartwells please go tohttp://chartwells.compass-usa.com/KPS/Pages/NewSchoolsMenu.aspx

Lunch balances need to remain under $10.00. If they rise above $10.00, your child will receive an alternative lunch.

We will be sending a hardcopy of the Winchell Newsletter home for just one more week. After September 26th, you will find it at http://www.winchellnews.info. You need to go to this site to sign yourself up to receive it. We have been able to save literally thousands of sheets of paper (and trees) annually by going “green”. If you feel you absolutely need to have a hardcopy, please fill out the form below and send it in to the school office. (If you have already sent one, there is no need to send another).

Picture Day is Friday, October 7th. Envelopes/info was sent home last week. Please send in your money/envelope on Picture Day.



Child’s name________________________________________ Parent’s name_________________________________________

Teacher’s name_________________________________________   (Please print all names)

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