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Winchell Elementary
2316 Winchell Ave

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

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Pre ordered Yearbooks come home on Tuesday, May 30.

Extra yearbooks will be on sale for $14 on Friday, June 2 at 8:15am and 3:45 pm while supplies last.

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                

Does your child have a library card? They are free, they come with a cool lanyard and children’s books do not accumulate fees as long as they are returned. Start thinking about how you can make daily reading part of your summer schedule

On Friday, our fifth graders attend the Track and Field meet at Kalamazoo Central High School. This is one of my favorite events of the year. The students do such a great job competing and cheering on their classmates. The event is also great for spectators and is worth the trip if you have a few minutes to swing by.

MSTEP testing continues this week for our third graders.  It is essential that students get a good night's sleep and attend school for the state assessment. Below is the testing schedule for this week.

Grade 3

May 22            Math Computer Adaptive Test

May 23            Math Computer Adaptive Test

May 24            Math Performance Task

We are looking for volunteers to set up and clean up for the 5th grade musical performance. Set-up takes place June 8th after school. Clean-up takes place directly after the performance. Both are physical and a tad dirty (mostly dust). Volunteers get two front row seats.

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 bound hardcover books so they are expensive to replace. Please take the time to search for any books and return them to school.

Important Dates:

5/23     SIT meeting at 4:15 pm.

5/25     Girls On The Run Big Event at Waldo at 6:00pm

5/25     PTO meeting at 9:00am

5/26     5th grade Track and Field at Central H.S. all day

5/29     NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

6/1       4th and 5th grade Orchestra Concert at 9:45am

6/2       Last day of PEEP

6/7       Melanie Bryer’s retirement party from 4-5:30pm

6/9       5th grade Musical at 2:30pm

6/13     4th and 5th grade Talent Show at 1:50pm

6/14     Kindergarten graduation at 10:30am

6/14/15 HALF DAYS OF SCHOOL – SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

6/15     5th grade graduation at 6:15pm

6/15      LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (HALF DAY)–SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                  

It was great to see so many families take advantage of the buy-one, get-one 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 special 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 Fairy Fund is accepting donations.

It is critical that we keep students reading over the summer months. We are working to create some motivational activities to keep tuned into books. Students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive eight books (one a week) in the mail through the district’s summer literacy initiative. This summer, we are planning on an ice cream party for students completing their summer reading (details coming soon).   We are also challenging every student in the school to sign up for a library card by the end of the school year. Make sure you check out the reading games provided by the Kalamazoo Public Library to keep your child motivated throughout the summer. Stay tuned for more information on summer reading challenges. Twenty minutes a day is the Winchell way, even over summer break!

We had a fantastic ACES Day on Friday. A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Moore who does all of the scheduling of our volunteers and students.

Girls On The Run has a pre-Big Run event party from 3:45-5:15 on Thursday, May 25th.  Please go to this link to help set-up or bring something to share for the girls.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4faba929a7fe3-winchell

MSTEP testing continues this week for our fourth graders and begins for third graders.  It is essential that students get a good night's sleep and attend school for the state assessment. Below is the testing schedule for this week.

Grade 4                 

May 15            Science

Grade 3

May 16            English Language Arts  Computer Adaptive Test

May 17            English Language Arts  Computer Adaptive Test

Important Dates:

5/17     Winchell Neighborhood Association Car Show from 6:00-9:00pm outside Winchell School

5/19     Paint Your Dog event from 6:30-8:80pm

5/25     Girls On The Run Big Event at Waldo at 6:00pm

5/25     PTO meeting at 9:00am

5/29     NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

6/1       4th and 5th grade Orchestra Concert at 9:45am

6/2       Last day of PEEP

6/7       Melanie Bryer’s retirement party from 4-5:30pm

6/9       5th grade Musical at 2:30pm

6/13     4th and 5th grade Talent Show at 1:50pm

6/14     Kindergarten graduation at 10:30am

6/14/15            HALF DAYS OF SCHOOL – SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

6/15     5th grade graduation at 6:15pm

6/15      LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (HALF DAY)–SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

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