Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weekly Blog 3/22

Dear Wines Families,

I have a few important announcements today.

Wines Wahoo
The annual Wines Wahool is this Friday evening from 6:30-8:30 at Forsythe Middle School. We are still looking for a few more volunteers for the event. If you are able to help out, please click on the link below.

In honor of the Wahoo, Friday is Hawaiian Shirt Day here at school!

School Climate Survey
Everyone has by now received at least one email (likely more) from Dr. Swift regarding the annual school climate survey. I want to again encourage everyone to take a few minutes to fill it out. We do use this information to reflect on the things we are doing well and identify our growth opportunities. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey.

Auction Tickets on Sale Friday
Tickets to the Wines Auction go on sale Friday. Look for a message on Friday with a link to purchase online.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. There are opportunities for scholarships. Please contact me directly for information. As a reminder, proceeds from the Auction will go towards our purchase of a new play structure.



That’s all for now. 4th grade parents, look for an email from me later with some specific information for 4th grade families.

David


PTO

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weekly Blog 3/15

Dear Wines Families,
I hope everyone’s power has been restored by now. Our school area was one of the hardest hit in terms of power outages and I know it has been a long few days for many in our community. MANY kids returned to school Monday looking very tired. Between power outages and the time change, our kids had been through a lot! Things seem more or less back to normal now.  I have just a few announcements today.

School Climate Survey
Everyone should have received an email yesterday with a link to a survey for families regarding your experiences at Wines. Like many of you, I receive lots of surveys via email. I just want everyone to know that we look at this data very closely. It helps us identify our strengths and our growth opportunities. The survey is fairly brief and I hope you take a few minutes to fill it out.

Disability Awareness Workshop - Last Call for Volunteers!
Our annual Disability Awareness Workshop takes place in one week on Thursday, March 23. We still need a few more parent volunteers to help out with this event for our 4th grade students. You do not need to be a 4th grade parent to help! To volunteer, please use the sign up link:

Are you NOT returning to Wines?
If you are NOT returning to Wines next year or if you are not sure, we ask that you please indicate this on the form below. For fifth grade parents, if your child is not attending Forsythe next year, please indicate that as well. Please fill this out even if you are not sure. The link is below:

Ann Arbor Jaycees Spring Eggstravaganza - April 15th, 2017 11am - 1pm 
Come on out to this free event at Lillie Park (4365 Platt Rd) to celebrate spring! Scrambles will begin at 11:30, 12, and 12:30, and be sure to leave time for the petting zoo, arts and crafts, balloon twisters and more! 
In addition to the fun and games, pre-register on the website, and bring a donation of children's art supplies to be entered in our raffle, and win one of many exciting prizes! For children ages 10 and under.


David

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Weekly Blog 3/8

Dear Wines Families,
Here is the news for the week!

Are you NOT Returning to Wines Next Year?
We are busy planning for next year already and we would like to know if your family is NOT returning to Wines next fall or if you are not sure if you are returning. If you are not returning or aren’t sure, will you please fill out the brief survey below. With our school near capacity, it is important we have as firm a grasp as possible on our enrollment. 5th grade families, please fill this out if your child is NOT attending Forsythe.

Are You Returning Form (use only if you are not returning to Wines or not going to Forsythe) 

Advertising in the Auction Booklet
With the school auction just around the corner the Wines Auction Planning Committee is coming up with some ideas for the auction book/brochure. One idea is that we offer pages for Wines students, parents/family to advertise their business for a small fee.

Right now we are looking to see if there is any interest from people in this idea before we decide a) we go ahead with the idea and b) what the cost will be.
If you own a business and think this may be something you are interested in, please email: traciemcginty@hotmail.com

Speaking of the auction, proceeds from this year’s event will support the purchase of a new playground structure. Below is a picture of our potential new addition to our playground!



Disability Awareness Workshop - Still Need Parent Volunteers!
Our annual Disability Awareness Workshop takes place on Thursday, March 23. We need parent volunteers to help out with this wonderful event for our 4th grade students. You do not need to be a 4th grade parent to help! To volunteer, please use the sign up link  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c48afaf28a31-disability

Any questions, please contact Jessi Averill 267-495-6208 or jessi.averill@gmail.com

Report Cards/PLP’s Home Monday
Our teachers will be using the half day today to finish up their report cards and Personalized Learning Plans. These will come home with students on Monday.

Reading Logs Due Tomorrow
Our weekly March is Reading Month reading logs are due each Thursday. Students will receive a new reading log in today’s Wednesday folder and they can return their logs when they return their folders tomorrow.

That’s all for this week.

David

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Weekly Blog 3/1

Dear Wines Families,
I don’t about your house, but my house was shaking during the thunderstorms last night. I guess March is coming in like a lion! Here is the news for this week.

March is Reading Month
March is Reading Month (MIRM) starts today! Students will be bringing home special reading log each Wednesday in their Wednesday Folders. Please return them the following Thursday when kids bring their folders back to school. In today's email I included a newsletter from Mrs. Evaldson with all the info about MIRM. 

Wednesday, Nov. 8th Half Day
Next Wednesday, Nov. 8th is a half day of school. Our bell will ring at 11:53 that day. There is no after school childcare at Wines. Busses will run as usual leaving school around 12:00 or so.

Report Cards/Personalized Learning Plan Updates
During the half day of school next week, our teachers will be completing their report cards and updates on each student’s Personalized Learning Plan. Report Cards will go home in student backpacks on Monday, Nov. 13th.

Disability Awareness Workshop
Our annual Disability Awareness Workshop takes place on Thursday, March 23. We will need parent volunteers to help out with this wonderful event for our 4th grade students. You do not need to be a 4th grade parent to help! To volunteer, please use the sign up link  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c48afaf28a31-disability

Any questions, please contact Jessi Averill 267-495-6208 or jessi.averill@gmail.com.

Wines Auction April 22
Just another reminder that the Wines Auction takes place on Saturday, April 22nd at Null Taphouse in Dexter. The event runs from  6:00PM until closing and will include both a silent and live auction. Proceeds from the event will help purchase a new play structure. Below is a picture of the new structure.


3rd Grade Concert
3rd grade families, just a reminder that the 3rd grade vocal music concert is scheduled for next Thursday, March 9th. The daytime show for the school is at 10:00 AM with the evening family show at 7:00 PM. Again this year, our PTO has hired a professional videographer to film the shows. You can purchase a DVD ($5) or Blu-Ray ($10) at the door.

That’s all for this week!


David

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Weekly Blog 2/22

Dear Wines Families,

I hope you are all enjoying this warm spell we are experiencing. I’m sure this means we’ll have a terribly snowy and cold March, but we’ll take the nice weather for now! I have just a couple of announcements today.

SAVE THE DATE: WINES AUCTION
Our second annual “off site” silent and live auction takes place on April 22nd at Null Taphouse in Dexter. Start lining up your babysitters now for this wonderful event that was a big hit last year. This year we are raising money for dramatic playground improvements. Look for artist renderings of our potential new play structure very soon! 

Free workshop! Autism, Happiness & Systems Thinking: TONIGHT
Sylvia van Meerten is a Wines parent and the creator of Camp Tall Tree (an overnight camp for kids with autism and their siblings). She specializes in helping families with autism find practical strategies to build confidence and encourage independence at home. Sylvia has offered to do a free workshop for wines parents tonight from 6:00-7:00pm.  If you'd like to attend, please fill out the RSVP form here.  If you have questions for Sylvia, please call 828-458-0313.  


Planning for Next Year
Believe it or not, we are in the planning stages for the 2017-2018 school year. We’ve already hosted our Kindergarten Round Up and we making plans for the fall. In the coming days, please look for an email from me with a survey regarding your intentions on coming back to Wines for next year. With our school nearing capacity, knowing in advance how many families are not coming back is extremely helpful. Please look for a brief survey to come home—likely this week.

4th Grade Concert Tomorrow—DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s Available
4th Grade parents: Just a reminder that tomorrow evening at 7:00 our 4th graders will be putting on their concert. Again this year, our PTO has arranged for a professional videographer to record the show. If you would like a DVD ($5) or Blu-Ray ($10), you can purchase one at the door.

That’s all for this week.


David