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Winchell Elementary
2316 Winchell Ave

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

Dear Families,                                                                                                                         

Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a tradition at Winchell to have Dr. Davonne Pierce, a former Winchell and KPS employee, deliver Dr. King’s, “I Have a Dream” speech over the PA system after announcements. In addition, all classrooms spent time discussing Dr. King’s contributions to our country.

In connection with the legacy of Dr. King, we are also celebrating kindness this week.

Kindness boxes will be set up in the lobby for parents/children to leave notes of thanks and kindness to teachers and staff, children are encouraged to wear bright colors on Wednesday, January 17th to "let their kindness shine bright" and we are collecting toiletries to donate to the local shelter.

Do you know where your child is towards achieving his/her AR goal? The marking period ends in two weeks 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 number for the username and the first initial of their first and last name, lower case, as the password.

The state has rolled out its new school reporting instrument. Schools are rated in a number of categories by comparison with like schools and the state. Snapshot-Winchell outperforms like schools and the state in all academic categories and across subgroups! Thank you for helping make Winchell a great place for children to learn.  You can find the dashboard at www.mischooldata.org.

During the cold weather months, we provide opportunities for students to take part in indoor activities. Next week we will open Pokemon Club during recess to students in grades 3-5. Pokemon Club provides students the opportunity to play trading card games with peers. Students are required to bring their own cards and must have cards to participate. No trading of cards is allowed. Pokemon Club will run M/W/F. I have a strict policy that trading cards should only be out during recess.

Important Dates:

1/16 – PTO at 7:00pm

1/20 – Movie Night from 5:00 – 7:00pm

1/26 – HALF DAY – School dismisses at 11:58

1/29-31 – Vision and Hearing will be done at school during class time

2/22– NO PEEP

2/23 – Mid-Winter break – NO SCHOOL

2/28-3/2 – 5TH grades to Sherman Lake camp

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

Dear Families,
Movie Night is Saturday, January 20th 
Drop off starts at 5:00pm and Pickup is at 7:00pm
We will be viewing the Nut Job 2 (this was the movie for December but we had to cancel)
Please note the movie will start promptly at 5:20pm and end promptly at 6:55pm. 
We need at least 6 parent volunteers to help movie night run smoothly. Please consider volunteering your time. 
Please use the link below to RSVP your child or children and volunteer your time.
If you have any questions please contact Kimberly Tarantino at kim@tarantino.us
 
Thanks,
Kim

Dear Families,                                                                                                                               

I hope you had a wonderful winter break. It was bit cold but I hope you had the opportunity to get outdoors and experience the great winter activities nearby.

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 students are reading for at least 20 minutes each evening.

At school we will be reviewing our school-wide expectations and procedures this week. Your child should be able to communicate the procedures and expectations. In addition, we will celebrate Kindness Week on January 15th-19th.  Look for the PTO flyer coming home this week.

We should be getting some cold temperatures over the next few months. Generally speaking, if the temperature is 20 degrees or above all children are expected to go outside for recess. At that temperature, I highly recommend boots and snow pants but children are allowed outside without them. If the temperature falls below 20 degrees we often have a split recess because we have a number of children dressed for the weather who are looking forward to playing with their friends in the snow. When it is below 20 degrees children must have snow pants, boots, a winter coat, gloves, mittens and a hat/hood to go outside.  Children can decide on these days whether to go outside or not and they can come inside at any time if it gets too cold. Children that do not go outside on these days participate in some type of indoor activity.

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

Students who completed 10 days of reading over the break (with parent initials) can wear a hat to school on Wednesday. January 10th. The logs should be returned to the classroom teacher.

When we return from break, 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), Heelys (roller shoes), 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.

Important Dates:

1/16 – PTO at 7:00pm

1/26 – HALF DAY – School dismisses at 11:58

1/29-31 – Vision and Hearing will be done at school during class time

2/23 – Mid-Winter break – NO SCHOOL

2/28-3/2 – 5TH grades to Sherman Lake camp

Winchell ROCKS!

Mike Hughes

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