Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weekly Blog 12/6

Dear Wines Families,

Just a couple of announcements today. 

Book Fair Continues
Our Book Fair Family Night was a great success last night and our Book Fair continues this week. Parents, you are welcome to come at lunch tomorrow or Friday to shop with your child.

Lunchtime “Extra Specials” Need You!
We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual “Extra Specials” program! Lunchtime Extra Specials are volunteer lead indoor activities for kids to choose from as an alternative to outdoor recess during January and February. This is one of the Wines students’ favorite activities of the year and we need volunteers to make it happen!  The commitment is just one lunchtime per week, for a total of 6 weeks, starting January 16th and younger siblings are always welcome.

Here are some of the activities we have done in the past:
• Free Dance
• Yoga
• Knitting
• Paper Airplanes
• Legos
• Rainbow Loom
• Sewing and Crafts
• Bal-A-Vis-X
• Board Games

Please contact Stacy Guldal (stacyguldal@gmail.com) to sign up to lead or assist in any area that interests you.  We will be holding a planning meeting on December 12th at 9am in the conference room (in the office) for any parents who are interested in volunteering or learning more about Extra Specials. If you have an idea for an activity that you’d like to lead but you cannot attend the meeting on 12/12, please email and let us know. 

New Playground is Ready!!!
As I type this, wood chips are being thrown below our new playground structure. Tomorrow morning, the structure will be open for the kids!!


David

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weekly Blog 11/29

Dear Wines Families,
I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. The building was a little lethargic on Monday but we were back to business as we work to finish 2017 strong here at Wines. Here is the news of the week—including the Nov./Dec. Wines Times newsletter.

Wines Times
Below is a link to the Nov./Dec. Wines Times newsletter. Please take some time to read through all the important information.
http://winespto.org/docs/WTDec2017.pdf

Floor Hockey on Hiatus until January
Our highly popular Friday morning floor hockey sessions are on hiatus until we return from winter break. Ms. Wahl has begun her annual gymnastics unit meaning she has lots of equipment to set up each morning. We will return on Friday, January 12. I want to take a quick moment to thank Jeff Sander and Katie Page Sander who run our weekly games for their dedication to providing this unique opportunity to any Wines student who is interested.

Book Fair Next Week!
Our annual Book Fair is begins next Tuesday. The Book Fair Family Night is Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00. Volunteers are still needed for some shifts – please sign up on the link below if you can help out!

The online book fair is open now. The online fair will remain open until the in person fair closes and books will ship to the school in time for the holidays.  All purchases benefit Wines!  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/wineselementaryschool
If you have any questions about Book Fair, please email Stacey Noel at sknmd17@gmail.com.

All 4 Books
Related to the Book Fair, coming home in this week's Wednesday Folder you'll find All 4 Books donation bags for your spare change.  Any donations will be used to buy books for our library.  Students can sign their names and (if desired) color the boot attachment.  Thanks!

Buddy Bench Collections Continue
The Wines Girl Scouts are collecting plastic caps and lids to recycle into a Buddy Bench to place on Wines grounds! There is a box near the front office for collection of Caps: drink bottle, flip-top/spout, medicine bottle, milk, detergent, hair spray, toothpaste, deodorant & any cap with 2, 4 or 5; as well as Lids: yogurt, PB, butter, mayo, coffee, cottage cheese, Cool whip & Rx. We need 200 lbs. (approx. 5-50 gal waste bags) to make a 4' bench so EVERY BIT helps! Bring them from home, save them from your lunch, collect them from your neighbors or coworkers.
Contact Michelle Chien at mknezek@hotmail.com or 248-250-2512 with any questions. 

That’s all for this week.


David

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weekly Blog 11/21

Dear Wines Families,

As we enter the Thanksgiving recess, I want to express my own thanks to everyone in this community for your support of our school and our children. It continues to be my sincere honor to lead this school and I am so thankful for your kids, our staff, and for our parents and larger community. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. On to the news this week:

Report Cards
Your child’s report card comes home today. Please take some time to review it. For those of you who have been part of Wines or other AAPS schools, you will notice that our report cards have been completely redesigned this year. We hope this standards-based reporting system is more clear and concise. I also want to point your attention to your child’s Personalized Learning Plan, which has even more detail as to your child’s progress and our mutual goals. Please return the report card envelope to school so we can use them again in March.

Online Book Fair
Our Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner!  We have an online fair as well, perfect for far away family members shopping for holiday gifts for your Wildcats!  The online fair will remain open until the in person fair closes and books will ship to the school in time for the holidays.  All purchases benefit Wines!  Happy shopping!  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/wineselementaryschool

Interested in Advertising in Next Year’s Take Home Folder??
You may have noticed that some local businesses are featured on our take home folders. If you are a business owner, or work for a business that would like to show support for the school while gaining visibility to our students and parents, please contact our folder company directly at bob.nationalschoolfolders@gmail.com for more information. Ad sales are presently underway for the 2018-19 school folders.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


David

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weekly Blog 11/15

Dear Wines Families,
I hope this finds you well. If you haven’t noticed, work on our new playground has finally begun! Weather permitting, we expect construction to only take about two weeks so we are very close! The kids have been very patient and there is excitement in the air.

Book Fair is Coming Up!
It's almost time for the Wines Scholastic Book Fair!  It takes volunteers to make this happen. Please sign up just a little of your time to help us bring this fair to life!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E49A8A722A64-wines

The online Book Fair begins next week, so look for a message next week with more information.

Help the Girl Scouts Build a “Buddy Bench”
The Wines Girl Scouts will be collecting plastic caps and lids to recycle into a Buddy Bench to place on Wines grounds! There will be boxes placed in the school for collection of Caps: drink bottle, flip-top/spout, medicine bottle, milk, detergent, hair spray, toothpaste, deodorant & any cap with 2, 4 or 5; as well as Lids: yogurt, PB, butter, mayo, coffee, cottage cheese, Cool whip & Rx.

We need 200 lbs. (approx. 5-50 gal waste bags) to make a 4' bench so EVERY BIT helps! Bring them from home, save them from your lunch, collect them from your neighbors or coworkers.

Contact Michelle Chien at mknezek@hotmail.com or 248-250-2512 with any questions. 

Spirit Wear Delivery this Week
If you ordered Wines Spirit Wear, it will be delivered to Wines this week and we hope to send it home with kids either Thursday or Friday, so look for it!

Just a reminder that next week, school is closed Wednesday-Friday. Report cards will be sent home with students on Tuesday.

David


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Weekly Blog 11/8

Dear Wines Families,
I want to first thank everyone who has been able to attend a parent teacher conference this month or is planning on attending over the next week or so as we conclude our fall conferences. At some level, the parent teacher conference is a bit of a remnant of the distant past when that was the only time parents had the opportunity to communicate with their child’s teacher. In today’s day and age, we pride ourselves on nearly constant communication with families. However, having that face to face meeting to discuss progress and goals is still a powerful opportunity and we thank you for participating. On to the news of the week:

Science and Builders Fair
We are all set for our annual Science and Builders Fair tomorrow night beginning at 7:00 PM. Even if your child is not participating, I encourage you to come and enjoy this unique event.

Picture Re-Take Day Nov. 14
If your child was absent on Picture Day or you the smile wasn’t quite right, our re-take day is next Tuesday, Nov. 14. If you have a picture package that you are not happy with, please have your child bring the package back to school and give it to the photographer. If your child was absent, you can order online at www.inter-state.com/order and our unique code is 22872ZA.

Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found is filling up once again and with winter coming, it will grow. We will be donating unclaimed items to charity the week after Thanksgiving break. Please have a look if you are missing items.

Skyline “Music & a Meal”
Please consider attending Skyline High School’s Music & A Meal next Tuesday, November 14.  Music & a Meal is the primary fundraiser for the Skyline Friends of the Arts (SFA), which benefits all students involved in band, choir, orchestra, and theater.  The Music & a Meal consists of an all-you-can-eat pancake supper from 5:00pm-6:30pm in the Skyline Commons, and then the Skyline Marching Band leads everyone into the Auditorium for a free concert showcasing all of the Skyline arts groups starting at 7:00pm. 

Discount tickets are still available for pre-order through today - Wednesday, November 8!  Purchase your tickets in advance for $8.00 (tickets at the door will be $10.00) by going online to: http://www.skylinearts.org/music-and-a-meal – children 6 and under eat free and the concert is free as well!  For more information email John at musicandameal@skylinearts.org.

That’s’ all for this week.


David