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Winchell Elementary
2316 Winchell Ave

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

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                       

You should have received a Fun Run packet in your child’s folder. This event is crucial to the operation of the PTO and is the only fundraiser held by the school. For those of you not at Winchell 7 years ago, fundraising looked very different. It felt like we were constantly asking families to buy, sell or give in order to raise enough money to cover PTO expenditures. Then came the Fun Run. A one time, family friendly event that allows your child (and you) to participate together in a healthy walk/run. We have found that friends and family members give freely to an event that promotes a healthy lifestyle and supports the school.  The PTO also works hard to reward the students with activities and prizes. For all of these reasons, I ask that you help your child meet the $40 pledge goal.. Have questions? The first PTO meeting of the year is on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm in the library. Two middle school students will provide child care in an adjacent room.

At Winchell we stress the importance of reading at home each night for twenty minutes. Twenty minutes a day has made a huge difference in the reading achievement for our students. We compare students who began the year at the same reading level, receive the same classroom instruction and receive the same interventions. When we see significant differences in student reading achievement it almost always comes back to parents consistently reading with their children (or supervising their children’s reading) for twenty minutes each night. Although it can be difficult to find the time, the results show that it is time well spent. Please make it a priority to spend twenty minutes reading each evening.

Along with nightly reading, regular school attendance is critical to school success. Last week, attendance magnets came home. My hope is that you will keep them on the refrigerator and use them to monitor your child’s attendance. For more information about the importance of regular attendance check out https://www2.ed.gov/datastory/chronicabsenteeism.html#four

Open House is Thursday, September 21st from 5:00-6:30pm. We will be holding a special Kindergarten Promise Certificate Presentation at 5:30 in the cafeteria. We will also be raffling off the 2016-2017 all school picture.

Picture Day is this Friday, September 22nd.  You should have received an envelope with information regarding Picture Day last week.  We have extras in the office if you need one.  All children will have their picture taken.  If you would like to purchase your child’s pictures, you just send the envelope in with your child on Picture Day with payment.  Checks can be made out to Lifetouch.  You can also order them online at: mylifetouch.com. You do not need to send the envelope in if you order them online.

We are collecting Box Tops for our November turn in date. 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. The top earning class receives a pizza party.

We will be sending a hardcopy of the Winchell Newsletter home for 2 more weeks.  After October 2nd, you will find it at http://www.winchellnews.info.  You need to go to this site to sign yourself up to receive it (If you haven’t already done so).  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.

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I NEED A HARDCOPY OF THE WEEKLY WINCHELL NEWSLETTER

Child’s name________________________________________ Parent’s name______________________________________

Teacher’s name______________________________________ (Please print all names).

If you would like to help your child's teacher out next year with needed supplies, please refer to the following "Wish Lists".

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Karen

TEACHER’S WISH LISTS 2017-18

KINDERGARTEN

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE!)

DISINFECTANT WIPES

NAPKINS

KLEENEX

HAND SANITIZER

1ST GRADE

WHITE COPY PAPER 8 ½ X 11

COLORED COPY PAPER (SAME SIZE)

24 PACK CRAYOLA CRAYONS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

ELMER’S GLUE STICKS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

FACIAL TISSUES

PAPER TOWELS

PINK RECTANGULAR ERASERS

CLOROX SANITIZING WIPES

HIGHLIGHTERS

DRY ERASE MARKERS

STICKERS (FOR REWARDS)

JUMBO/GALLON SIZED ZIPLOC STORAGE BAGS

2ND GRADE

THIN EXPO MARKERS (BLACK)

FACIAL TISSUES

24 #2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

PENCIL/CRAYON BOX (6X9” SIZE)

2 BOXES CRAYOLA CRAYONS (24 COUNT BOX)

SANITIZING WIPES FOR TABLE WASHING

FULL SIZED BACK PACK

6 SMALL GLUE STICKS OR 3 LARGE GLUE STICKS

PAPER TOWEL

1 BLACK COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK

3 PINK RECTANGLE ERASERS

3RD GRADE

FACIAL TISSUE

PAPER TOWELS

SANITIZING WIPES – FOR CLEANING TABLES

QUART OR SNACK SIZED ZIPLOC BAGS

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS

THREE-PRONGED FOLDERS

COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS (BLACK AND WHITE)

STICKY NOTES

SHARPIES

EXPO MARKERS

THIN BLACK EXPO MARKERS

NEON YELLOW HIGHLIGHTERS

CRAYOLA CRAYONS

CRAYOLA MARKERS

GLUE STICKS

4TH GRADE

4 SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOKS (70 PAGE WIDE RULED)

2 WIDE RULED COMPOSITION BOOKS

2 POCKET FOLDERS

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

HAND SANITIZER

FACIAL TISSUES

CLOROX WIPES FOR TABLES

COLORED PENCILS

PENCIL TOP ERASERS

5TH GRADE

BLUE POLYVINYL 2 POCKET FOLDERS

RED POLYVINYL 2 POCKET FOLDERS

2 BLUE SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOKS (WIDE-RULE)

2 YELLOW SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOKS (WIDE-RULE)

BOUND MARBLE COMPOSITION BOOK, YOUR CHOICE OF COVER

PLASTIC PENCIL BOX/POUCH FOR DESK SUPPLIES

COLORED PENCILS 12 OR 24 PACK ONLY

GLUE STICKS (GOOD QUALITY)

HIGHLIGHTERS

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

If you feel so inclined to help out your child's teacher with supplies for the year, here are their "Wish Lists" to help give you an idea of the needs.

Thank you and have a great summer!

Karen

TEACHER’S WISH LISTS 2017-18

KINDERGARTEN

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE!)

DISINFECTANT WIPES

NAPKINS

KLEENEX

HAND SANITIZER

1ST GRADE

WHITE COPY PAPER 8 ½ X 11

COLORED COPY PAPER (SAME SIZE)

24 PACK CRAYOLA CRAYONS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

ELMER’S GLUE STICKS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

FACIAL TISSUES

PAPER TOWELS

PINK RECTANGULAR ERASERS

CLOROX SANITIZING WIPES

HIGHLIGHTERS

DRY ERASE MARKERS

STICKERS (FOR REWARDS)

JUMBO/GALLON SIZED ZIPLOC STORAGE BAGS

2ND GRADE

THIN EXPO MARKERS (BLACK)

FACIAL TISSUES

24 #2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

PENCIL/CRAYON BOX (6X9” SIZE)

2 BOXES CRAYOLA CRAYONS (24 COUNT BOX)

SANITIZING WIPES FOR TABLE WASHING

FULL SIZED BACK PACK

6 SMALL GLUE STICKS OR 3 LARGE GLUE STICKS

PAPER TOWEL

1 BLACK COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK

3 PINK RECTANGLE ERASERS

3RD GRADE

FACIAL TISSUE

PAPER TOWELS

SANITIZING WIPES – FOR CLEANING TABLES

QUART OR SNACK SIZED ZIPLOC BAGS

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS

THREE-PRONGED FOLDERS

COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS (BLACK AND WHITE)

STICKY NOTES

SHARPIES

EXPO MARKERS

THIN BLACK EXPO MARKERS

NEON YELLOW HIGHLIGHTERS

CRAYOLA CRAYONS

CRAYOLA MARKERS

GLUE STICKS

4TH GRADE

4 SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOKS (70 PAGE WIDE RULED)

2 WIDE RULED COMPOSITION BOOKS

2 POCKET FOLDERS

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

HAND SANITIZER

FACIAL TISSUES

CLOROX WIPES FOR TABLES

COLORED PENCILS

PENCIL TOP ERASERS

5TH GRADE

BLUE POLYVINYL 2 POCKET FOLDERS

RED POLYVINYL 2 POCKET FOLDERS

2 BLUE SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOKS (WIDE-RULE)

2 YELLOW SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOKS (WIDE-RULE)

BOUND MARBLE COMPOSITION BOOK, YOUR CHOICE OF COVER

PLASTIC PENCIL BOX/POUCH FOR DESK SUPPLIES

COLORED PENCILS 12 OR 24 PACK ONLY

GLUE STICKS (GOOD QUALITY)

HIGHLIGHTERS

#2 TICONDEROGA PENCILS (THIS BRAND ONLY PLEASE)

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