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Winchell Elementary
2316 Winchell Ave

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

Dear Families,                                                                                                                       

I wish your family a happy and family filled Thanksgiving holiday.  The holidays are a great time to catch up on the family reading time that seems to disappear into thin air on busy school nights. As you know, Twenty minutes a day is the Winchell Way and we need your support to create a comfortable and consistent reading environment at home. One of the best ways to do that is to model reading for enjoyment each evening. When you read it signals its importance and value to your children and also sets aside the time without competing interests pulling away your child’s attention. Use the themes around us to guide book selections for reading at home. Children’s literature provides wonderful opportunities for rich discussion when books are read together.

By now you have noticed that many of the strategies students are learning in math differ in form from the way we were taught as children. This can cause some anxiety for parents trying to help with homework when children state, “That's how my teacher told me to do it!” Along with the homework there should be a practice sheet that students worked on in class that has examples of completed problems. In addition, this link provides Eureka! Math resources including homework videos (make sure to check the volume icon on the video) and the homework helpers answer sheets. https://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com/Departments/TeachingandLearning/Mathematics.aspx

Early in the year an attendance magnet was sent home to help families track student absences. Our goal is for students to miss fewer than 10 days in a school year.  As of November 17th we have 26 students who have already missed 5 days. Please help us by making sure your child attends school consistently.

It looks like the snow will fly any day and temperatures will be dropping. We expect students to go outside during the cold weather months. We use 20 degrees as a rule of thumb but may go out anyway if conditions outside are acceptable. Please make sure your children are bringing cold weather gear to school every day. Please write your child’s name on all winter clothes.

Just a reminder that Winter Family Fun Night is Wednesday, December 6th from 6-7:30pm in the cafeteria.  It’s a free family friendly event with crafts, seasonal music, popcorn and cookies.  Volunteer opportunities available at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4bafa622ab9-winter  Questions or for more information contact

Jackie Buck at jbuck@americanathlete.com or text 269/760-8537.

Important Dates:

11/22, 23 and 24 – NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27-30 – Scholastic Book Fair

12/6 – Winter Family Fun Night from 6:00 – 7:30

12/13 – School Dentist here all day

12/15 – Winter concert at 2:30

12/19 – PTO at 7:00

12/23–1/7 – NO SCHOOL – Happy holidays!

1/26 – Half day – School dismisses at 11:58

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,                                                                                                                    

As of the end of the first quarter, Winchell students have read 4,952 books! Our slogan of “Twenty minutes a day is the Winchell Way” is only possible if we have the support of parents and guardians. Everyone’s home life is busy and sometimes unpredictable but we all have twenty minutes to settle into a good book. Making twenty minutes a day a reality is an investment in your child’s future that will pay huge dividends.

We had a great turnout for conferences. If you were unable to attend your child’s conference, we still want to discuss your child’s progress. Please contact the teacher as soon as possible to schedule a time to meet. In addition, if you have not completed our parent survey I encourage you to take a few moments and give us your feedback. Use this hyperlink to take the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMLQDZQ

The office could use some new socks and underwear for both boys and girls.  Underwear sizes 4-10.  Sizes 11-6 for socks. We also could use more gently used pants (preferably sweat pants) for sizes 5-10.  Blue, black, gray and brown are the best colors as we can use them for both boys and girls. Thank you!

This week is our first Spirit Week. Students are invited to participate by creatively dressing according to the day's "subject." Participation is optional and students are encouraged to be creative with what they already have available.

Nov. 13: Math Monday—wear numbers or a creative math outfit

Nov. 14: Specials Tuesday—dress like an artist, musician, or athlete.

Nov. 15: History Wednesday—dress like a historical figure or otherwise represent social studies in a creative way

Nov. 16: Theoretical Thursday—incorporate science into your outfit or dress like a scientist
Nov. 17: Fiction Friday—dress like a character from a favorite book

Saturday, Nov. 18th, is our first movie night.  We will be featuring Captain Underpants from 5:00 – 7:30.  Go to this sight to sign your child up for the movie and/or to help volunteer:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c45afa923aa8-captain.

The PTO thanks everyone who participated in the Mom to Mom sale on Saturday! 

Picture retakes are this Friday, November 17th.  If your child was not here during picture day or you were very unhappy with your child’s picture, you may have their picture taken this Friday.  Please stop in for a picture flyer/envelope from the office or order it online at: mylifetouch.com.  If you had pictures taken and were unhappy how they turned out, please return the pictures with your student and they will be redone.

Important Dates:

11/13 – PTO at 7:00

11/17 - Picture Retake Day

11/18 – Movie night from 5:00 – 7:30 pm

11/22, 23 and 24- NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27-30 - Book Fair week

12/6 - Winter Family Fun Night from 6:00-7:30

12/13- School Dentist here

12/15 - Winter concert at 2:30

12/23-1/7 – Winter Break – NO SCHOOL – Happy holidays!

 Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                         

It’s a big week, conferences are here! Your child’s report card will come home prior to your scheduled conference. We do this so you can review it beforehand and come to the conference with questions. If your conference is Monday, it came home Friday or is in the homework folder today. Twenty minutes is not a tremendous amount of time for a conference and we want to make the most of it. Please be prompt and allow the teacher to end the conference on time. If additional time is required, we can always schedule another session. Conferences will be held November 6, from 4-8pm, November 8, from 4-8pm and November 9 from 12-4pm. Our goal is 100% conference attendance.

Some of our staff members serve multiple schools and have a split conference schedule. Mrs. Clearwaters, our art teacher, will be here Monday from 4-8pm and Thursday from 12-4pm. Mr. Mom, our orchestra teacher, will be here on Monday from 4-8pm. Mrs. Beeman, our Friday art teacher will be at Winchell on Monday from 4:15- 6:45pm. Mrs. Jansheski, our academically talented teacher, will be here Wednesday, from 4-7pm in the library. Mrs. Hickman our music teacher will be here on Monday from

4-8pm, Wednesday from 4-6pm and Thursday from 12-2pm.

  

Here is the link to our fall parent survey. Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMLQDZQ

On Tuesday, November 7, Winchell serves as a city voting site. Voting takes place in the library. The poll station workers are in the hallway ensuring voters do not move into other areas of the school.

Here is a website that may prove helpful for parents and their children as they work together on strengthening literacy skills. https://sites.google.com/schoolcraftcs.org/kalamazoo-county/home

Winchell’s Girls on the Run is looking for at least 18 coaches to make our GOTR season a success.  This year each team will have a head coach (comes to every practice), 2 assistant coaches (comes to every other practice) and a general volunteer (comes for practice when able).  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A RUNNER to be a coach. You just need to be able to walk.  The 5k is a great running/walking experience for all.  We are hoping to have 6 teams this year.  We have let GOTR know that we are willing to open our teams to Portage families that wish to participate in GOTR.  If you have any Portage friends, please invite them.  Let’s make this a successful GOTR year for our girls!  If you have any questions please contact Kim Tarantino (kim@tarantino.us) or Leilani Switzer (switzerll@kalamazoopublicschools.net). 

Important Dates:

11/6-11/9 - Conference week

11/9 and 11/10- HALF DAYS OF SCHOOL – SCHOOL DISMISSES AT 11:58 AM – NO PEEP ALL DAY

11/13 – PTO at 7:00

11/17 - Picture Retake Day

11/22, 23 and 24- NO SCHOOL – Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27-30 - Book Fair week

12/6 - Winter Family Fun Night from 6:00-7:30

12/13- School Dentist here

12/15 - Winter concert at 2:30

12/23-1/7 – Winter Break – NO SCHOOL – Happy holidays!

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

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