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Winchell Elementary
2316 Winchell Ave

Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-337-0780
Mike Hughes - Principal

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                             

Thank you all of the families who were able to come out to the 3rd and 4th grade music performance. Congratulations to Mrs. Hickman for a great show.

It is critical that we keep students reading over the summer months.  Students in grades 2, 3, 4 & 5 will receive eight books (one per week) in the mail through the district’s summer literacy initiative.  Make sure you check out the reading games provided by the Kalamazoo Public Library to keep your child motivated throughout the summer. Twenty minutes a day is the Winchell way even over summer break!

Kathy Dahl our 5th grade teacher will be retiring this year.  We are having an Open House party for her and all are invited to attend.  Please come on June 7th, any time between 4:15 and 5:30 in the library.

Yearbooks  will continue to be sold Thursday mornings from 8:30-8:50 at the flagpole.  Cost is $12.00.  Please have the exact cash amount or a check made out to Winchell PTO.

Lunch account balances and missing library books are low priority items for many families during such a busy time of year but they are vital to our operations. Lunch balances, if not paid, will continue to roll over and eventually are held against our school. We simply cannot afford to take on the cost of these balances. As for library books, this is a great time to clean under the bed and look in the corners of closets. The library only purchases specially bound hardcover books so they are expensive to replace. Please take the time to search for any overdue books and return them to school.

The PTO is sponsoring a “Dine Out nite” on Wednesday, May 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Chick-fil-A.  The school will receive a portion of the proceeds from your bill.  Hope to see you all there!

GOTR Big Event is Thursday, May 24th.  The run begins at 6:30 pm at Waldo Stadium.  Come and join the fun!

Important Dates:.

5/23 - 5th grade Track and Field at Central HS. - all day

5/24 - GOTR Big Event 5:30 at Waldo Stadium

5/25 - NO SCHOOL FOR PEEP ONLY

5/28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

5/29 - PTO at 7:00  (Date changed from the 15th to the 29th)

5/30 - Orchestra concert for 4th and 5th grades at 10:00 (With Maple St. students) Audience: 3rd-5th grade classrooms & guests.)

6/1 - Last day for PEEP

6/4 - School Dentist here

6/7 - Party for Kathy Dahl from 4:15-5:30

6/8 - 5th grade musical at 2:30

6/12 - Talent Show at 1:50

6/13 - Kindergarten graduation at 10:30

6/13 & 14 - HALF DAYS OF SCHOOL - SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

6/14 - 5th Grade Graduation - 6:15 - 9:00 p.m.

6/14 - Last day of school.  HALF DAY. School dismisses at 11:58

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                             

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, voters in Kalamazoo supported our district’s bond proposal. The bond passed with about 70 % in support, or 5,940 of 8,450 total votes. Because of the bond’s passage, Winchell will have air conditioning installed in the cafeteria, a redesigned entry to enhance school security and upgrades to the school’s infrastructure.

It was great to see so many families take advantage of the BOGO free Book Fair. In the spring the PTO makes no profit. Instead, they pass the savings on to families so you can stock up on great summer reading. A big thank you to our anonymous “Book Fairy” who provided a free book coupon (worth two books) to every child qualifying for Free or Reduced lunch. We hope to continue this practice in the future and the Book Fairly Fund is accepting donations.

Our 3rd/4th music concert is this Friday at 2:30. Due to limited parking, families are encouraged to park in the church parking lots on the east and west sides of the school. This is a well attended event and seats can only be saved if someone from your party is in the gymnasium. At the end of the concert we will reserve time for pictures and then all students will return to classrooms. If you wish to sign your child out (as well as their siblings) after the concert please go to your child’s classroom and sign him/her out with the classroom teacher.

Kathy Dahl our 5th grade teacher will be retiring this year.  We are having an Open House party for her and all are invited to attend.  Please come on June 7th, any time between 4:15 and 5:30 in the library.

Yearbooks are in!  If you pre-ordered yours, you should see it today in your child’s backpack.  We will begin selling the extras on Thursday mornings, beginning this week at 8:30 out front by the flagpole.  Cost is $12.00.  Please have the exact cash amount or a check made out to Winchell PTO.

The PTO is sponsoring a “Dine Out nite” on Wednesday, May 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Chick-fil-A.  The school will receive a portion of the proceeds from your bill.  Hope to see you all there!

An update on our Box Top contest:  So far, Mrs. Bates’ class still has a big lead with 883 Box Tops.  Mrs. Brooks is next with 457 and Ms. Darden’s class is close behind with 436.  Please keep them coming and the winning class will enjoy a pizza party!

Important Dates:.

5/18 - 3rd and 4th grade concert at 2:30

5/23 - 5th grade Track and Field at Central HS. - all day

5/24 - GOTR Big Event 5:30 at Waldo Stadium

5/25 - NO SCHOOL FOR PEEP ONLY

5/28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

5/29 - PTO at 7:00  (Date changed from the 15th to the 29th)

5/30 - Orchestra concert for 4th and 5th grades at 10:00 (With Maple St. students) Audience: 3rd-5th grade classrooms and guests.)

6/1 - Last day for PEEP

6/4 - School Dentist here

6/7 - Party for Kathy Dahl from 4:15-5:30

6/8 - 5th grade musical at 2:30

6/12 - Talent Show at 1:50

6/13 - Kindergarten graduation at 10:30

6/13 & 14 - HALF DAYS OF SCHOOL - SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

6/14 - 5th Grade Graduation - 6:15 - 9:00 p.m.

6/14 - Last day of school.  HALF DAY. School dismisses at 11:58

Winchell ROCKS

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                           

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, voters in Kalamazoo Public Schools will be asked to vote on a bond issue to update the district’s buildings and equipment. Click here for frequently asked questions and answers http://bit.ly/2FLgN4o.

Thank you to all of the families and children for your encouraging words during the marathon. The race did not go as I planned but the high fives and shouts kept me going to the end.

Perry Wolfe has generously donated Winchell a tree to honor his wife Anne. Anne was a parent, Activity Helper, Girls on the Run leader and all around great person. Anne passed away last fall after a brave battle with cancer.

Grades 3 and 4 take the M-Step this week. It is important that students come to school well rested for testing. Testing will generally take place between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm on the following days. May 8th, Grade 4 ELA, May 9th, Grade 3 ELA and May 10th, Grade 3 ELA.

A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Moore for another fabulous ACES day!  I hope your children came home talking about the activity they participated in as well as the great speaker, Jim “Basketball” Jones, generously provided by the PTO.

There will be an Open House for Hillside Middle School for incoming 6th grade students on May 17th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Maple Street Middle School is inviting incoming parents to their PTSO meeting, Monday, May 7th, beginning at 6:30 in their library.

You have probably noticed that we are trying to re-grow the grass that has been worn away on our front playground. Please help us by keeping children off of the new grass seed.

The BOGO Book Fair is this week. It will run Tuesday, May 8th thru Friday May 11th.

Kathy Dahl our 5th grade teacher will be retiring this year.  We are having an Open House party for her and all are invited to attend.  Please come on June 7th, any time between 4:15 and 5:30 in the library.

Important Dates:.

5/18 - Music concert for 3rd and 4th graders at 2:30 p.m.

5/23 - 5th grade Track and Field at Central HS. - all day

5/24 - GOTR Big Event 5:30 at Waldo Stadium

5/25 - NO SCHOOL FOR PEEP ONLY

5/28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

5/29 - PTO at 7:00  (Date changed from the 15th to the 29th)

5/30 - Orchestra concert for 4th and 5th grades at 10:00 (With Maple St. students)

6/1 - Last day for PEEP

6/4 - School Dentist here

6/7 - Party for Kathy Dahl from 4:15-5:30

6/8 - 5th grade musical at 2:30

6/12 - Talent Show at 1:50

6/13 - Kindergarten graduation at 10:30

6/13 & 14 - HALF DAYS OF SCHOOL - SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

6/14 - 5th Grade Graduation - 6:15 - 9:00 p.m.

6/14 - Last day of school.  HALF DAY. School dismisses at 11:58

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