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WINCHELL ELEMENTARY 

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

Winchell Newsletter January 16, 2017

Dear Families,                                                                                                

This week we will be focusing on kindness. The PTO has put together a number of activities to keep the idea of kindness fresh in the minds of our students.  For me, the acts of kindness that have meant the most have been small gestures by people who took the time to say a kind word, give me a compliment or support me in some way when I was too proud or shy to ask for help.  This week, I ask you to work with your children at home to find small ways they can show kindness to their schoolmates at Winchell.  A great book to help students understand the importance of kindness is Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and David Messing.

Do you know where your child is towards achieving their AR goal? The marking period ends this Friday and our goal is for all students to make their goals.  You have the ability to check on your child’s progress from your home computer through Accelerated Reader Home Connect.  Simply save this hyper link: ( https://hosted73.renlearn.com/134986/HomeConnect/Login.aspx

in your favorites. To login, use your child’s school ID # for the username and the first initial of their first and last name, lower case, as the password.

We are looking for Kindergarten reading volunteers.  Any adult who can give one hour a week is a great fit for this initiative.  Volunteers will work with students one on one in twenty minute sessions that focus on the mastery of foundational reading skills.  Our plan is to team multiple volunteers with one child so we can provide 3-5 20 minute sessions per week for students in the program.  We will provide training sessions on Tuesday, January 24th from 5:30-6:30 and Monday, January 30th from 5:30-6:30 (This is the same training session offered on two separate dates).  If you can help, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXG25KX and RSVP.

Please pay your overdue lunch balances.  If your balance is over $10.00, your child will receive a plain cheese sandwich for lunch.

Dates to Remember:

1/16-20            Kindness week

1/20                 Half day of school (School dismisses at 11:58) – Records day

1/26                 Report cards come home with your student

3/1                   Science Fair/Literacy Night

3/27-29            Conferences

3/29 & 3/30     Half days (School dismisses at 11:58)

3/31-4/9           Spring break – NO SCHOOL

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

Winchell Newsletter January 9, 2017

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                  

Welcome back! Over the break, students had the chance to earn a coupon to wear a hat to school for reading 10 days over the winter recess. Students also had the chance to earn a coupon to chew gum for completing 5 sessions on Compass Learning. Hat day will take place this Tuesday.  Gum chewing this Wednesday. Signed logs should be turned into classroom teachers no later than Tuesday morning to participate.

As we start back to school this week I ask that you help us by reestablishing the school routines that were under way before the break. Find a spot for students to do their homework and make sure that student are reading for at least 20 minutes each evening.

This month students will be taking the MAP Assessment in reading and math.

To facilitate our continued behavioral success, we will be reviewing our school-wide expectations and procedures this week. Your child should be able to communicate the procedures and expectations.

Next week will be Winchell’s kickoff to Kindness Week.  The PTO is sponsoring a focus on kindness throughout the rest of the school year.  Look for information in your student’s folder this week and also on the Winchell Facebook page.  Any questions contact Brynn Anderson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Amy Leskowski at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please keep in mind that many of the gifts students receive should not be brought to school. Electronic devices (with the exception of those used at Prime Time) and other toys should be kept at home. These items tend to cause too many distractions for students and are misplaced during the day. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Dates to Remember:

1/16-20             Kindness week

1/20                    Half day of school (School dismisses at 11:58) - Records day

1/16-17             Hearing and Vision will be tested on children

3/31-4/9          Spring break – NO SCHOOL

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

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