Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weekly Blog 10/18

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

Run-a-Thon Success!!!
Last Friday was another FANTASTIC Run-a-Thon success. The kids had a great time, the weather was perfect, and everything went off without a hitch. I want to extend a thank you to all of our volunteers who made the day possible. I want to give a special HUGE thank you to Katie Fife who organized this year’s event. We had a sudden leadership change for the Run-a-Thon this fall and we needed a new point person. Katie has been involved with Run-a-Thon for a number of years taking on the incredibly challenging job of getting the t-shirts produced and distributed (a monumental task). This year, Katie stepped up in pinch and took the entire event on (and still handled the shirts!). THANK YOU Katie!

WE NEED YOUR RUN-A-THON PLEDGES
While the event is behind us, we are still actively collecting Run-a-Thon pledges. We want EVERY student to collect something. Any amount helps. The Run-a-Thon pledge packet went home a couple weeks ago and pledges can be made online easily at https://squareup.com/market/wines-elementary-school-pto/item/run-a-thon-donation-1.

If you are sending the link to friends and family, be sure to tell them your child’s teacher so it can be indicated at checkout.

Spirit Wear Now Available for Purchase
It's time for our annual Wines Spirit Wear sale. Please follow the link below to place your order for t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, or sweatshirts in both youth and adult sizes.  Please note that there are a couple of new product offerings this year including tri-blend (cotton/poly/rayon) t-shirts that are softer than the basic shirts as well as athletic wicking shirts (called "performance crew").  Online orders will be accepted through Monday, October 30.  Spirit Wear orders will be delivered to students prior to Thanksgiving break.


Science and Builders Fair
The Science and Builder Fair Registrations are rolling in! 16 students have already signed up to show our community what makes them curious! No project idea is too simple! If you are looking for inspiration, log into the website and explore resources and view photos from last year's fair.
Registration will be open until November 3rd- just click on the link below from a mobile device.

David


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weekly Blog 10/11

Dear Wines Families,

We are in the middle of a great Spirit Week here at Wines! All of this spirit leads into our Run-a-Thon on Friday. We are looking forward to another great event. Our Run-a-Thon is not only a fun day for our kids, it is also one of our primary fundraisers each year. We hope that every Wines student helps collect pledges. A paper pledge form came home last week and pledges can be easily made online. Online pledges can be made at https://squareup.com/market/wines-elementary-school-pto/item/run-a-thon-donation-1
If you are sending the link to friends and family, be sure to tell them your child’s teacher.

Run-a-Thon Volunteers still Needed
We are still in need of volunteers for the Run-a-Thon Friday morning. If you can help out, please go to http://signup.com/go/GcsqHvF.

Science and Builders Fair Nov. 9
All students at Wines are welcome to showcase their creativity in the “Science and Builders Fair” on Thursday November 9th from 7pm to 8:30 pm at the school. Registration is simple and is required to ensure that display space is adequate. 

The website can be accessed from a mobile device and there is a navigation menu at the top left that allows you to view all of the details about the fair, including pictures and links to project ideas, volunteer sign up and of course…registration (which only requires- name, grade and if you are doing a science or builder project.) Please register by November 3rd.


Spirit Wear Sale Coming
Please look for a link in next week’s Wednesday email to order Wines Spirit Wear.

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Our parent teacher conferences will be starting soon. If you have not signed up for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP. As always, we are looking to meet with 100% of our families to discuss student progress and your child’s Personalized Learning Plan for the year.

Please Collect your Boxtops!
It's time for a Boxtops for Education contest!  Collect Boxtops from your favorite products and send them in to the school marked with your teacher's name.  You can use a ziplock or attach them to a collection sheet.  The winning classes will get a special treat during the last week of school!

Girl Scouts Mom 2 Mom Sale
The Girl Scouts are holding a Mom 2 Mom Sales Plus Expo this Saturday, October 14 9am-3pm at the GS Regional Center 444 James L. Hart Pkwy Ypsilanti. Touch a Truck, Creature Conservancy, games, supervised child care & more! For table rental or more info contact rebeccamariea@yahool.com.

Thanks!

David

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Weekly Blog 10/4

Dear Wines Families,
Thanks to everyone who participated in International Walk to School Day today. We had a great turnout. As a reminder, we will walk each Friday beginning this week for the month of October. Here is the news for this week:

Wines Times
The monthly Wines Times newsletter is ready. Please click on the link below for all of this month’s news from our PTO.

Run-a-Thon is next Friday!!
Our annual Run-a-Thon is next Friday morning. In your child’s Wednesday Folder today, you will find the paper copy of the pledge forms. Pledges can also be made online at https://squareup.com/market/wines-elementary-school-pto/item/run-a-thon-donation-1. Please share the online pledge form for out of town friends and family! The Run-a-Thon is one of them most exciting days of the year and is also one of our few main fundraisers. We hope everyone can participate in collecting pledges.

Spirit Days
The next seven school days will be special spirit days. Tomorrow, Thursday, we will kick off our Run-a-Thon with a pep rally at the end of the day. We are asking any student who has a Run-a-Thon t-shirt from previous years to wear their shirt on Thursday. On Friday, we will celebrate the Michigan/MSU rivalry and if kids are fans of either team, we want them to show their team pride (I hope the maize and blue is more prevalent!).

Next week we will have our annual Spirit Week as we prepare for Run-a-Thon. The days are:
Monday: Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Wacky Sock Day
Thursday: Favorite Team Day
Friday: Run-a-Thon (all students receive a t-shirt and classrooms will have unique themes).

Walk to School
We had a great first day of Walktober today. We will now walk each Friday this month.

That’s all for this week!

David



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Weekly Blog 9/26

Dear Wines Families,
This week’s note is going out a day early due to the time sensitiveness of a couple items.

PTO Meeting Tonight
Our first PTO meeting of the year is tonight. Our “New Parent Orientation” and general meeting begins at 6:00 PM followed by the Executive Board meeting at 7:00. Childcare will be available.

Early Release Tomorrow
Tomorrow is our first Early Release day of the year. School will dismiss at 1:29 PM. There is no PM childcare tomorrow.

Run-a-Thon Volunteers
Our first major event of the year is just over two weeks away. Our annual Run-a-Thon is Friday, Oct. 13th. This is a great event to be a volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering (and we need you!!) please go to http://signup.com/go/GcsqHvF

Picture Day, Tuesday Oct. 3rd
Our annual Picture Day is next Tuesday. Paper order forms were sent home last week and online ordering is very easy. To order online, go to:
www.inter-state.com/order and our unique school code is 19156CF.

Walktober is Coming!
With October almost here (not that it feels like it!), our annual Walktober tradition continues. We will encourage kids to walk to school each Friday in October and we will kick of the celebration next week on Wednesday as we celebrate International Walk to School Day. We will again have the school busses drop off at the south Forsythe lot and I will meet the kids there along with morning care students so everyone can participate.

Reminder: Girl Scout Meeting Tomorrow
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the Wines Girl Scout information meeting in the multi-purpose room at 6:30. Bring your family for information on Girl Scouts at Wines (Daisies K-1, Brownies 2-3 & Juniors 4-5), eat some GS cookies, play with other Girl Scouts & learn about what we do!

If you can't make it, but want more information contact Michelle Chien at mknezek@hotmail.com or 248-250-2512.

That’s all for this week. Thanks!


David

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weekly Blog 9/20

Dear Wines Families.
Now that we are into our third week of school, I have a number of announcements today.  I try not to have my weekly message be quite so long, but there is a lot to talk about today!

Important Upcoming Dates:
• Tuesday, Sept. 26th. PTO Meeting. 6:00 New Family Orientation and General Meeting. 7:00 Executive Board Meeting. Free childcare is provided at all PTO meetings.
 • Wednesday, Sept. 27th: Early Release Day. Dismissal at 1:29. Students will eat lunch at school. There is no PM childcare.
• Tuesday, Oct. 3rd. Picture Day. Information is coming home today in the Wednesday Folder. You can order online at inter-state.com/order. The unique order code for Wines Elementary School is 19156CF.

General Announcements
Wednesday Folder Items:
In your child’s folder today, you will see a card with their student number. This number is not used a lot at the elementary level, but as kids enter middle school, the parent portal for PowerSchool is used more often and the number is needed for that. In addition, the student number is necessary if you choose to pay online for lunch at www.mypaymentsplus.com.

4th and 5th grade parents, the state MSTEP parent report will be in your child’s folder today as well.

Morning drop off:
We’ve noticed a large number of students who are dropped off at school very early in the morning. Please note that school does not start until 8:53 and we do not have supervision until 8:45. Please do not drop students off before this time.  

Directory:
Robin is putting the finishing touches on the annual family directory. If you chose not to be included in the directory on your enrollment application, your information will not be included. Included information will be parent cell phone, email, and home phone (if you have a land line!). If you chose not to be included when you registered, but now wish to be included or if you would not like to be included and didn’t indicate that during online enrollment, please contact Robin at moorero@aaps.k12.mi.us. Please note, that we cannot make special requests to have or not have certain numbers included or not.

Friday Floor Hockey is Back!
We are starting floor hockey early this year.  We will start THIS FRIDAY at 8:15 AM. We will play through Thanksgiving and then take a break until after winter break when we will re-start. Parents are welcome to play!

Walktober is coming!
It's nearly October which means Walktober is going to be starting very soon.  Every Friday (rain or shine) during the month of October we encourage your child to walk or bike to school. Walktober will actually kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 4th in celebration of International Walk to School Day and then follow each Friday during October. We will have a few check in point's for your child to have their hand stamped to show they have taken part - more details to follow.

Great Ideas Grants
Do you have a great idea? The Great ideas Grant program is an opportunity for Wines students, parents, and staff to turn a great idea into a funded program to benefit the Wines community! The grant approval committee meets twice a year to vote on applications. Submissions are now accepted online only.  The first deadline is November 1st.

The links for the Adult and Child application can be found on the Wines PTO website: www.winespto.org Don’t let a great idea go to waste! Submit now! Submit several! Contact: Sarah Ball – sjcball@yahoo.com

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Cub Scout Pack 78 Kick Off Meeting - Wednesday, Sept 20 (tonight!)
Interested in what Cub Scouts is about? Want to learn more? Want to have your son hang out and have fun with other boys in a positive environment? Come and check out Cub Scout Pack 78 tonight, September 20 at 7pm for our kick-off meeting. We will be meeting in the Wines cafeteria. Come check out the fun! Questions? You can email Seth Guikema, the pack committee chair, at seth.guikema@gmail.com.

Girl Scout Information Night Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.  All grades K-5.

Wines Beautification!
Volunteers Needed for Wines Beautification on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 12-2 pm.
Please contact Mary Nickson (mnickson@umich.edu) if you can help anytime on Saturday form 12-2 p.m. with painting the portables ramp and stairways and cleaning out and putting down bags of mulch in the island flower bed between Wines and Forsythe. Thank you!

Thanks, 
David
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