Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weekly Blog 2/21


Dear Wines Families,
I hope you are staying dry during this lovely stretch of weather we are having! I have just a couple of pieces of news today.

Disability Awareness Workshop
Our annual Disability Awareness Workshop takes place on Wednesday, March 21. 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 14
Our annual Wines Auction (both silent and live) will be held again this year at Null Tap House in Dexter on April 14 beginning at 6:00PM. Please mark your calendars for this fantastic wines “adult” event!







Early Release: Wednesday Feb. 28
Our next Early Release is next Wednesday, Feb. 28. Students are dismissed at 1:29. There is no PM childcare that day. 

That’s all for this week!

David

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Weekly Blog 2/7: Snow Day Edition

Dear Wines Families,
Well, today was a bit of an unexpected snow day. Here is the news for the week.  

Wines Times
The January Wines Times newsletter is ready. Below is a link. Please take some time to read through all the important information from our PTO.

Reminder: RSVP for Parent Involvement Day
Thank you to everyone who has RSVP’d for Parent Involvement Day on Monday, Feb. 12th. If you are planning on coming, please fill out the RSVP at the link below. It is especially important to RSVP if you are staying for lunch so we can be sure to order enough food!

Flu Update and Precautions
As many of you know all too well, the flu has hit Washtenaw County and has made its way into Wines. Below is a link to information from our school district regarding the flu.

Please help us prevent the spread of flu by following the suggestions at the link. In addition, if your child is going to be home sick and you are leaving a message with us on our voicemail, please indicate the symptoms your child has and if your child has been officially diagnosed with the flu, please let us know that information. Also, while children’s Motrin is certainly a game changer for busy parents, please don’t “cover” your child’s fever with medication in the morning. Motrin wears off after a few hours and our office is often full of sick students at about 1:00 each day. These students not only feel horrible, they are potentially spreading the flu.

Wines Wahoo: March 2nd
The annual Wines Wahoo is scheduled for March 2nd at Forsythe Middle School. This Wines tradition needs volunteers to make it another fantastic event. Please click on the link below to volunteer.

4th Grade Disability Awareness Workshop
Our annual 4th grade Disability Awareness Workshop takes place March 21st. We need volunteers for this important event as well. You don’t have to be a 4th grade parent to volunteer! Below is the link. There is more information about this event in today’s Wines Times newsletter.

Revised Lunch Menu due to Snow Day
Thursday- Breakfast for lunch
Friday-Nacho lunch
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday will remain the same
Next Thursday-Chicken patty sandwich 

No School Friday Feb. 16th, Monday Feb. 19th
Just a reminder that we have a short “mid winter break” this year.


David

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Weekly Blog 1/31

Dear Wines Families,
Lots of information to share today, sorry for the long message!

Reminder, Early Release Today: Dismissal this afternoon at 1:29
There are two remaining Early Release days this year. Feb. 28 and May 23. Please mark your calendars.

International Night: TONIGHT!
Come join us and learn about countries and cultures from around the globe, all presented by Wines students and families! There will be delicious food, interesting facts and fun activities. The evening begins at 6:30 and ends at 8pm. The Parade of Nations starts at 7:45pm and serves as our grand finale!

Parent Involvement Day 2018
Our annual Parent Involvement Day takes place on Monday, Feb. 12. Look for a paper invitation in your child’s Wednesday Folder today. I will be following up tomorrow with an electronic RSVP. We hope to see you there!

Kindergarten and Young 5’s Round Up: Feb. 6
Our Kindergarten and Young 5’s Round Up will take place next Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 PM. This event is for parents AND incoming students. We are excited to introduce our new Young 5’s program and discuss “traditional” kindergarten at Wines. Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

Wines Auction and Raffle: Looking for New Leadership
The Wines Auction are looking for one or two people to help run the Wine Pull.  This includes collecting the wine, and gift wrapping the wine.  Shannon Stewart is in her last year as a Wines parent and has offered to run it this year but needs some help and it's the perfect time for people to shadow her and learn how to do it.  It is fun and easy!

Also next year will be Tracie Clark’s last year as organizer of the Auction. This is another opportunity for someone to shadow her to learn the ropes and take over. This is a well-oiled machine and just needs someone step in and take over the oiling!  If you are interested in either of these roles then please email Tracie at: traciemcginty@hotmail.com

With this in mind, the head of the Raffle committee, Kerianne Tupac, is also approaching her last year next year and is looking for a person to step into her role.  Again perfect time to start shadowing her to learn the ropes! Please email kmtupac@umich.edu.

Wines A2 Allergy Parents Group
Does your Wines student have food allergies? If you are an allergy parent, please consider joining the Wines A2 Allergy Parents Group on Facebook:
https://tinyurl.com/wines-allergy-parents. We look forward to connecting with you! Contact winesa2allergyparents@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age
You are all invited to a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" on Thursday, Feb 1 at 6:30pm in the Forsythe Auditorium. The film will be followed by a discussion led by school counselors. Parents are HIGHLY encouraged to bring their middle school and high school children.

Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. To see a 2-minute movie trailer go to the movie website at: www.screenagersmovie.com

If you are unable to attend Forsythe's viewing date, an additional screening is available at Skyline High School, March 6 at 6:30pm.

That’s all for this week!
David








Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Weekly Blog 1/24

Dear Wines Families,
Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to our special PTO meeting last evening with Dr. Thomas Atkins regarding childhood depression. In today’s email, I shared Dr. Atkins’ slide presentation.

International Night January 31st, 6:30-8pm
Next week is our annual International Night. We hope to see you there! If you're still interested in hosting a country, please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/onRamOiO7RzwQ6633 by this Friday, Jan. 26, so we know how many tables we need.  There are still a few volunteer spots we need to fill. If you can help out during the night next week, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49aaa629a5f58-volunteers

Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad registration opens February 1st with competition on May 12th, but we still need coaches.  Practices will run from March 1st through competition on May 12th.  Please, PLEASE consider coaching:
  • Get your garden growing with "In Bloom" (2nd and 3rd graders)
  • Paper airplanes are not just for fun in "Aerodynamics" (2nd and 3rd graders)
  • Never being bugged out again by Bugs in "Back to Nature" (4th and 5th graders)
  • Learn about heredity and genetic diseases in "GENE-ius" (4th and 5th graders)
  • Never getting lost again with "Map Reading" (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders)
  • Protect precious shipping containers from the high seas with "Barge Building" (2nd graders)
  • And finally.. "Zip-A-Dee-Doh-Da"  Cable car and zip line physics.  (4th and 5th graders)
Coaches children get first priority for event placement and dictate the practice times.  Otherwise, first registered, first placed. Any questions, please contact Anastasia Yocum at scienceowines@gmail.com

Kindergarten/Young 5’s Round Up: Feb. 6
We are excited about our Kindergarten Round Up taking place on Feb. 6 from 6:30-7:30. The event is for incoming students and families. We are VERY excited that Wines will have a Young 5’s program next year as well! Young 5’s is for students with birthdays between May and Dec. 1 (students must be 5 by Dec. 1, 2018). If you have a child who will be eligible for Kindergarten or Young 5’s next year, please come to Round Up. In the meantime, please contact the office and give us your child’s information so we can add him/her to our list. It is understandable if parents are not sure if Kindergarten or Young 5’s is the right choice for next year. I will be discussing both programs on Feb. 6 and I’m happy to discuss your child with you individually at your convenience.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a running and self-esteem program for girls in grades 3-5 that meets twice a week after school and ends with a fun 5K for girls and their families. Online registration (here is the link https://www.girlsontherunsemi.org/program-registration) is now open and closes February 21. The cost is indicated on the registration site and financial assistance is available. GOTR will be meeting in Mr. Mosher’s room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30. The season is from March-May. Anyone with questions about anything including financial aid can contact coach Naomi Veidlinger at (734)-474-9647 or naomiveidlinger@gmail.com

NAAPID
Our annual Parent Involvement Day in honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day is Monday, Feb. 12. Look for a paper invitation and digital RSVP next week! We hope to see you for some or all of the day on Feb. 12.

That’s all for this week!

David