Dear Wines Families,
Just a reminder that today is an Early Release Day with dismissal at 1:18. Busses will run normal routes with the schedule simply being 2.5 hours earlier.
Halloween Celebration 10/29. Half Day
Later this week I will send a specific email regarding our school wide plans for next Friday, Oct. 29th. But as a preview, please note that if students want to wear a costume to school, we ask that they come to school in costume and leave in costume. We will not be changing in and out of costumes. We will have a parade beginning at 9:30 AM. Please note that Oct. 29 is a HALF DAY with dismissal at 11:28. So not an Early Release like today. Look for more details later this week.
Great Ideas Grants Have Returned!
Do you have a great idea to support Wines Elementary?
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 being accepted using the Google Form linked here:
It's the same application whether you are submitting an idea as a student or teacher/parent. You will see that you will have the option to select who you are in the form. The deadline for the first round of applications is November 5th.
Don’t let a great idea go to waste! Submit now! Submit several! We look forward to hearing from you. For questions or more information contact: Anu Huntley at email@example.com
Final Run-a-Thon Updates
I would like to once again thank Andrea Burkhart for taking on the leadership responsibilities for Run-a-Thon this year. It was new for Andrea and it was our first “real” Wines event in almost two years. And it was a smashing success!! We are still collecting pledges this week and we are aiming for 100% participation from each class, no matter the amount. Every dollar supports facility improvements and programs inside and outside the classroom. This year, we are putting a portion of the funds toward the purchase of picnic tables for the courtyard to increase the number of days our kids can have lunch outside. Online pledges are an easy way to share with friends and family. It appears that most of our struggles with online pledges are cleared up. I did learn one potential solution if you are still having issues. Below is a link to the main Square donation page https://wines-elementary-school-pto.square.site/shop/run-a-thon/6. If you click on “Sponsor a Child” it takes you to the next link that I’ve shared previously and for some reason this way of entry fixes some of the glitches we’ve had.
Some of this is a repeat from last week:
Main Lot (Newport Entrance)
I am asking that upon your exit, that you exit through the Forsythe exit and not at our Newport exit. In other words, after the stop sign take your first right toward Forsythe. There is a four way stop at the Forsythe/Sunset/Newport intersection that I think (I hope) will allow for some more efficiency and safety.
On a related noted, I have noticed a few cars coming down the driveway passing the line of cars and attempting to find parking near the school. Please, if you come into the lot once the lineup has started, you should assume that there is no available parking other than in the Forsythe overflow lot (where parking is plentiful). Bypassing the line only causes there to be potentially dangerous situations. The only vehicle that should bypass the line are busses who need to gain access to the bus pick up area. By having vehicles exit toward Forsythe as outlined above, the driveway clears for busses to have access. Also, by having vehicles exit to Forsythe, we can allow for cars to bypass the very end of the line to gain access to the Forsythe overflow lot. This should be as far as any car should go in the “bypass” lane.
Please make sure you are utilizing the correct lot. Y5, Kindergarten, and 5th grade should be using the Cooley Lot only. 1st-4th used the main entrance lot. Please use the lot for the youngest sibling in the household.
While we understand the need to have young students in car seats, it is important that the kids learn to be independent with buckling and unbuckling. Parents should not need to exit the car to assist.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!