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WINCHELL ELEMENTARY 

2316 WINCHELL AVENUE
KALAMAZOO, MI 49008
MICHAEL HUGHES - PRINCIPAL
269-337-0780

Winchell Newsletter December 5, 2016

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                            

This week a form will come home for financial assistance for holiday gifts for Winchell children.We do not know the level of assistance we will be able to provide, but we will try to give something to any family that requests the help. Assistance will only be provided for students who currently attend Winchell and qualify for Free and Reduced lunch.

As a school community, along with help from the Third Christian Reformed Church, we collect gift cards to provide the financial support mentioned above. If you would like to donate please do so by purchasing gift cards to Walmart, Meijer or Target in denominations of $5, $10 or $20 and turn them into the main office. On a personal note, I am always flattered when families choose to buy a gift for me over the holidays. However, I would prefer that any family who had planned to buy me a gift would instead purchase a gift card to support families in need of financial help.

Family Fun Night is Thursday, December 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. This event is meant to build community by making crafts and socializing with others. We hope you can come and enjoy this great family event. We also need volunteers and donations. Please see the link below.

The K-2 winter performance is set for Friday, December 16th at 2:30. We will again be reserving two front row seats for volunteers who sign up to set up. (Our clean up slots are filled). Set up takes place December 15th at 4:00. The job is demanding and a bit dirty. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the office.

 

When the snow hits we will allow students to sled during recess on the small hill near the fire truck (on the back playground). We limit participation to one grade level per recess. Students should not bring their own sleds to school. Sleds from home make it difficult to control the sledding hill and create storage issues during the day.

 

Please remember that if your child needs to take any form of medication at school (this includes: cough drops, cough syrup, aspirin, Tylenol, any prescribed medication, creams, ointments, etc.), we need to have our medication form filled out and signed by both the child’s doctor and the parent before we can administer the medication to your child.

 

Important Dates:

 

12/8                 Family Fun Night from 6:30-8:00

12/13               School Dentist here all day

12/16               Winter concert at 2:30 in the gym for grades K-2

12/17               Movie Night – showing The Secret Life of Pets from 5:00 – 7:30. Cost $6.00 or $5.00 with food donation

12/24               Winter break begins.  School resumes on January 9th

 

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

 

Winchell Newsletter November 28, 2016

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                       

This holiday season, the best gift you can give to your child is a good education. The best place to get an education is in school.  It’s tempting to extend your vacation a few days, but remember, those count as absences.  Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused, can add up to lost learning time.  So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts.  Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.  Thank you for your partnership in this important matter.

Family Fun Night is Thursday, December 8th, from 6:30 to 8:00. This event is meant to build community by making crafts and socializing with others. We hope you can come and enjoy this great family event. We also need volunteers and donations. Please see the link below.

The K-2 winter performance is set for Friday, December 16th at 2:30. We will again be reserving two front row seats for volunteers who call to set up or clean up. Set up takes place December 15th at 4:00. Clean up takes place directly after the performance. Both jobs are demanding and a bit dirty. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the office.

The Scholastic Book Fair is this week!  The dates and times are following:

11/29 – 8:30-9:30 and 3:30-4:30

11/30 – 8:30-6:00 (this is a day for parents to come and shop during the school hours/teachers to bring classes down, etc.)

12/1 – 8:30-9:30 and 3:30-4:30

12/2 – 8:30-9:30 and 3:30- 4:30

Please go to this link to sign up to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48aba728a4f58-winchell1/     

Sarah Cheek-Toomey (Our art teacher) says that all kindergarten students will have fabulous penguin artwork featured on the Art Hop at the Washington Square Library this Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Join librarian Mr. Steve for a special story time at 5:30.  Mrs. Cheek will be at the library from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

All 3rd and 4th grade students will be visiting the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center the week of December 19th for an extraordinary experience of paper making and printmaking.

Mrs. Dahl and Mr. Lehman’s 5th grade classes will be visiting the KIA the week of December 19th for a gallery tour and studio experience.  Savannah Robert and Levi Montero have artwork featured in the current issue of the KPS Excelsior.

A note from our Girls On The Run leaders… Thank you for registering your child for Girls On The Run 2017!  Our goal is to make it possible for every girl to participate in this amazing program!  We have 9 wonderful volunteers recruited to serve as GOTR coaches at your child’s site. However, at this time, we need a few more coaches: 3 for Monday/Wednesday teams and 2 for Tuesday/Thursday teams.  Teams practice from 4:00 – 5:30 starting the week of March 6th.  The season concludes the week of May 29th.  We hope that you will consider volunteering for this position.  If you would like more information about coaching or you are ready to register to coach, please visit our coaches’ page on our website: www.girlsontherun-coaches, or call our office at 269-532-1220. Coaches need to be secured by Friday, December 2nd.

Please don't allow your lunch balances to rise above $10.00.  If the balance is above $10.00, your child will receive a cheese sandwich until the balance is paid.  Thank you.

We are still collecting Box Tops!  When you donate them, please put the teacher's name and number of Box Tops on the envelope or baggie.  This helps our volunteers tremendously!  Thank you.

Important Dates:

11/28 – 12/2          Book Fair

12/8                       Family Fun Night from 6:30-8:00

12/13                     School Dentist here all day

12/16                     Winter concert at 2:30 in the gym for grades K-2

12/24                     Winter break begins. School resumes on January 9th

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