Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Weekly Update 2/21

 Dear Wines Families, 

I hope everyone had a nice Mid-Winter break. Of course, with this current weather, it’s more like spring break! On to this news for this short week. 

No School Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday is Election Day. There is no school. 

Next PTO Meeting: March 7

Join us for our next PTO meeting on March 7th at 7:00 in the library. There will also be a zoom option. 

Auction Save the Date!

Join the Wines community for this ADULT ONLY evening event featuring live and silent auctions, great food and good company. Saturday, April 13th at Zingerman’s Greyline in Downtown Ann Arbor. 

The auction is the PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds funding projects that make our school exceptional including field trips, specials classrooms, teacher’s discretionary funds and Curriculum support.

We need your help with silent auction items to help keep Wines amazing! Do you have talents you’d like to donate to the community? Have connections with local businesses or vacation sites? Please email winesptoauction@gmail.com.

We are also looking for people to help with classroom art projects and donations amongst other tasks. Email Jane.Lardo@gmail.com to get involved. We are looking for volunteers for the following classrooms: Middleton, Fata, Lynch , Carlin,  Harris, Day, Fisher, Puente.

Art Night

Art Night won’t be happening until May, but we are looking for a volunteer to help coordinate this year’s event. Duties include organizing a team to hang artwork and publicity. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mr. Wyse at wyse@aaps.k12.mi.us.

Noon Hour Help Wanted (Volunteer or Paid Positions Available)

We are always looking for more help at noon hour. This is a very fun opportunity to be with kids in the lunchroom and at recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our coordinator Randa Choate at choate.rj@gmail.com. If you are interested in being paid for the position, pay is $16/hour and while there are a few hoops to finalize employment, it’s a nice way to earn a few extra dollars! If you are interested in the paid position, please contact me directly. Please note that the schedule is flexible for both volunteering and the paid position. 

David



Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Weekly Update 2/14

Dear Wines Families, 

Before I get into today’s news, I want to extend some well-deserved thanks and recognition. First, I want to thank Robbie Weeks who organized the Wines Wahoo last Friday evening. If it was your first time the Wahoo, you learned quickly what a big event it is. And if you are like me and you’ve been to many Wahoo’s, I’m sure you noticed that it was put together flawlessly. Everything was about as perfect as you could ask for! And thanks to the many parent volunteers who supported Robbie and the Wahoo. 

Next, I want to thank our community for participating in NAAPID on Monday. We had nearly 300 adults sign in for the day which is incredible. We always feel blessed to have such wonderful parent support at Wines and Parent Involvement Day is a way for us to extend our thanks to all of you. I also want to make sure I publicly thank the Wines staff for Monday. While we enjoy the event and see it as an important part of our school year, it is not easy on teachers and staff to have 300 additional adults in the school and it is, perhaps, the longest day of the year for our staff. But our incredible staff rose to the occasion as always and it was because of them that the day was such a positive event. 

No School Friday, Monday, and Tuesday

Our Mid Winter Break starts after school on Thursday and we will be off on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. We'll see everyone back on Wednesday, February 21st. 

Auction Save the Date!

Join the Wines community for this ADULT ONLY evening event featuring live and silent auctions, great food and good company. Saturday, April 13th at Zingerman’s Greyline in Downtown Ann Arbor. 

The auction is the PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds funding projects that make our school exceptional including field trips, specials classrooms, teacher’s discretionary funds and Curriculum support.

We need your help with silent auction items to help keep Wines amazing! Do you have talents you’d like to donate to the community? Have connections with local businesses or vacation sites? Please email winesptoauction@gmail.com.

We are also looking for people to help with classroom art projects and donations amongst other tasks. Email Jane.Lardo@gmail.com to get involved.

 to get involved.

Noon Hour Help Wanted (Volunteer or Paid Positions Available)

We are always looking for more help at noon hour. This is a very fun opportunity to be with kids in the lunchroom and at recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our coordinator Randa Choate at choate.rj@gmail.com. If you are interested in being paid for the position, pay is $16/hour and while there are a few hoops to finalize employment, it’s a nice way to earn a few extra dollars! If you are interested in the paid position, please contact me directly. Please note that the schedule is flexible for both volunteering and the paid position. 


David


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Weekly Update 2/7

Dear Wines Families, 

This spring like weather is certainly a bit odd. In the spring, our playground gets very muddy. Unfortunately, it looks a lot like March out there right now. It is important that kids bring boots to school—even when it is 50 degrees! I fear that this is just a preview of March and we’ll be muddy all over again come spring. 

Wines Wahoo Friday. We DESPERATELY Need Help

The Wines Wahoo Friday is a highlight for our students and is one of the great traditions at Wines. In order for the event to be a success we need volunteers. There are many spots open. Please click on the link below to sign up. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AEAA22A2F8CE9-46996657-wines

The Wahoo takes place at Forsythe Middle School from 6-8pm. Join your friends for a live DJ, pizza, open gym, crafts, a silent disco and more. This is not a drop off event and parents need to accompany students (certainly parents can be responsible for a small group of friends). Suggested $5 donation per family at the door with pizza, drink, and snack tickets available for purchase. THIS WILL BE A CASH ONLY EVENT. 

Parent Involvement Day Feb. 12

We look forward to hosting parents on Monday for our annual Parent Involvement Day in honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day. If you are planning on coming, we do ask that you fill out an RSVP so we can have a sense of how many people to expect. Most importantly, we’d like to know how many adults will be eating lunch with us so we can be sure to order enough food. Below is a link to the RSVP. RSVP’s are due tomorrow. Link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9VPugeNCWz2syXAOwDawEReAyOgJ6VzXA3HMuoUAwuLY20w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Parent Seminars During Parent Involvement Day

We are excited to announce that we have added two informational sessions for parents at Parent Involvement Day next week. Below are descriptions of the two parent sessions available on Monday. Note, the sessions take place both in the morning and afternoon to try to accommodate as many parents as possible.

Make the Most out of Reading at Home

You know that reading with your student is important and your time is valuable, so how can you make the most out of reading with your student? Session topics will include choosing books for reading and activities to promote accurate word reading and comprehension. Resources and strategies to use at home will be shared to support this time together.  

The workshop will be presented by Charity Lemke, Wines Reading Intervention Teacher and Building Literacy Coach along with Eleni Kastanis, Wines English Language Learner Teacher.

Sessions will run at 10:30 and again at 1:30 in Room 107. 

Be Smart Firearm Safety

Join parents, caregivers and other concerned adults to learn about the important reasons for safe gun storage in homes and vehicles to protect our children, teens, and at-risk individuals. Even if you are not a firearm owning family, there are steps you can take to protect children from unsecured firearms. This presentation supports the 2nd Amendment & is designed for ADULTS only. Plan for a 30 minute presentation with Q&A after.

Presented by Wines parent, Celeste Kanpurwala

Sessions will run at 10:30 and again at 1:30 in the FLEX Room in the Wines Modular Building 

Wines Auction Save the Date!

Join the Wines community for this ADULT ONLY evening event featuring live and silent auctions, great food and good company. Saturday, April 13th at Zingerman’s Greyline in Downtown Ann Arbor. 

Want to help plan this fun night out?  We are looking for people to help with classroom art projects, donations and videography amongst other tasks.  Email Jane.Lardo@gmail.com to get involved.

Noon Hour Help Wanted (Volunteer or Paid Positions Available)

We are always looking for more help at noon hour. This is a very fun opportunity to be with kids in the lunchroom and at recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our coordinator Randa Choate at choate.rj@gmail.com. If you are interested in being paid for the position, pay is $16/hour and while there are a few hoops to finalize employment, it’s a nice way to earn a few extra dollars! If you are interested in the paid position, please contact me directly. Please note that the schedule is flexible for both volunteering and the paid position. 

David


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Weekly Update 1/31

 Dear Wines Families, 

It certainly looks like we are going to have a five-day school week this week! Here is the news for the week at Wines. 

Reminder: Early Release Today

Dismissal is at 1:00

Young 5’s/Kindergarten Round Up Feb. 6th 

Our annual Young 5’s/Kindergarten Round up is on Tuesday, Feb. 6th from 6:00-7:00 PM. This is an event for incoming parents AND students. If you have a child who will entering our Y5 or Kindergarten programs next year, please plan on attending. If you have friends or neighbors interested in our programs, please spread the word! If your child is currently in Young 5’s at Wines, you do not need to attend Round Up. Please contact me with any questions. 

Parent Involvement Day Feb. 12

We look forward to hosting parents on Feb. 12 for our annual Parent Involvement Day in honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day. If you are planning on coming, we do ask that you fill out an RSVP so we can have a sense of how many people to expect. Most importantly, we’d like to know how many adults will be eating lunch with us so we can be sure to order enough food. Below is a link to the RSVP. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9VPugeNCWz2syXAOwDawEReAyOgJ6VzXA3HMuoUAwuLY20w/viewform?usp=sf_link

New this year, we will be hosting at least two different seminars for parents during the day. Look for more information about these parent seminars next week. 

Spirit Week Next Week

To prepare for the Wines Wahoo next week we will have a Spirit Week next week. Our Student Council is scheduling the various days today. But we know for sure we’ll definitely have a Pajama Day and Friday will be Hawaiian Day to celebrate the Wahoo. I’m looking forward to hearing what other days the kids come up with. I’ll send out that information on Friday. 

Wines Wahoo Feb. 9th

The Wines Wahoo is back again this year! Join us Friday, February 9th at Forsythe Middle School from 6-8pm. This is a Wines favorite and we are so excited it's back for another year! Join your friends for a live DJ, pizza, open gym, crafts, a silent disco and more. Younger siblings and parents are welcome. Suggested $5 donation per family at the door with pizza, drink, and snack tickets available for purchase. THIS WILL BE A CASH ONLY EVENT. We still have a lot of room for volunteers, and we need your help! Please sign up below! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AEAA22A2F8CE9-46996657-wines

Wines Auction Save the Date!

Join the Wines community for this ADULT ONLY evening event featuring live and silent auctions, great food and good company. Saturday, April 13th at Zingerman’s Greyline in Downtown Ann Arbor. 

Want to help plan this fun night out?  We are looking for people to help with classroom art projects, donations and videography amongst other tasks.  Email Jane.Lardo@gmail.com to get involved.

Noon Hour Help Wanted (Volunteer or Paid Positions Available)

We are always looking for more help at noon hour. This is a very fun opportunity to be with kids in the lunchroom and at recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our coordinator Randa Choate at choate.rj@gmail.com. If you are interested in being paid for the position, pay is $16/hour and while there are a few hoops to finalize employment, it’s a nice way to earn a few extra dollars! If you are interested in the paid position, please contact me directly. Please note that the schedule is flexible for both volunteering and the paid position. 

David


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Weekly Update 1/24

 Dear Wines Families, 

Well, these past two weeks have certainly been interesting. Hopefully this is the end of the snow/ice/cold days this year. Unfortunately, since our days off from school have been because it has been too cold or too icy, kids haven’t had the opportunity to have a true “snow day” where they get to really enjoy the joys of winter. Here is the news for the week—it’s a little long this week with some new information and some important repeat news as well. Hopefully you can find a few moments to read it through. 

Parking Lot Reminders

As the new year and colder weather have arrived, I’ve noticed a few more cars in our parking lots and some bending of the rules by many of our regulars. Here are a few reminders: 

• For those using the main entrance, in the afternoon when you are exiting, please turn towards Forsythe and head to the four way stop at Sunset. Do not go all the way to the Newport entrance. This allows our busses to bypass the car line to get to the building and allows folks who want to park in the Forsythe overflow lot the opportunity to get there. In addition, if you are parking in the Forsythe overflow lot, please exit left towards Wines and then follow the curve to the Forsythe/Sunset area. 

• Reminder, the main entrance should be used by grades 1-4 only. The Cooley lot should be used by Young 5’s, Kindergarten, and 5th grades. Please use the lot associated with your youngest child in your household. 

• In the morning, I am seeing more and more cars arriving VERY late to school. As a reminder, students can begin lining up outside or come in for breakfast at 8:35. Our first bell is at 8:42 and students need to be in class by the second bell at 8:45. Please make morning arrangements to have your child to school on time. 

• There are signs directing cars to pull as far ahead as possible. There is also a sign to stop. If you are dropping off or picking up, and there are no cars ahead of you, please continue to pull ahead as far as possible before dropping your child off or picking them up. 

• Please do not get out of your car. At this point in the year, we expect that all students are able to exit and enter their cars independently. If this is not the case for your child, please utilize a parking spot and not use the car line. 

• Students are not allowed to use the cross walk at the front of the building by themselves. Students can walk around the sidewalk towards the gate or a parent can accompany the student across the cross walk. 

For your reference, here are the procedures for the Front Lot and for the Cooley Lot.

Young 5’s/Kindergarten Round Up Feb. 6th 

Our annual Young 5’s/Kindergarten Round up is on Tuesday, Feb. 6th from 6:00-7:00 PM. This is an event for incoming parents AND students. If you have a child who will entering our Y5 or Kindergarten programs next year, please plan on attending. If you have friends or neighbors interested in our programs, please spread the word! If your child is currently in Young 5’s at Wines, you do not need to attend Round Up. Please contact me with any questions. 

Noon Hour Help Wanted (Volunteer or Paid Positions Available)

We are always looking for more help at noon hour. This is a very fun opportunity to be with kids in the lunchroom and at recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our coordinator Randa Choate at choat.rj@gmail.com. If you are interested in being paid for the position, pay is $16/hour and while there are a few hoops to finalize employment, it’s a nice way to earn a few extra dollars! If you are interested in the paid position, please contact me directly. Please note that the schedule is flexible for both volunteering and the paid position. 

NAAPID Feb. 12

Please look for an invite in your child’s folder for our annual Parent Involvement Day in honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day on Feb. 12. Parents and other loved ones can spend all or part of the day at school. We will provide lunch for parents and our PTO will provide a light breakfast. I will be sending out a digital RSVP soon. 

News from the Library

In the library this month, we are focusing on the importance of having a healthy media balance and encouraging students to look for opportunities where they can take breaks from their devices. We will brainstorm activities that are fun to do individually, with friends, and as a family that are device-free. Y5-K students are learning how to regulate their emotions when asked to transition from an online activity to an offline one with the Pause, Breathe, and Finish Up strategy, 1st-2nd graders will sing along to the Balance is Important song, and 3rd-5th graders are thoughtfully considering what their media balance looks like.  Here are a few family resources to help continue these important conversations on media balance as a family:  Y5-2 Family Conversation Starter , 3-5 Family Conversation Starter, and Ways to Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives. 

Girls on the Run at Wines - Registration is Open!

Registration is open for girls in grades 3-5 who are interested in participating in the spring season of GOTR at Wines. Practices will be Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30pm.

Practices will start the week of 3/17/24 and the GOTR 5K is currently scheduled for May 19th.

The link to sign up is here: Our Programs | GOTR Southeastern Michigan (girlsontherunsemi.org)

If your daughter is interested in participating, be sure to sign up prior to January 30th - the registration will close at 11pm for the lottery to run at that time. The best way to make sure that everyone who registers is able to participate is for us to have plenty of coaches! You don't need to volunteer full time; part-time coaches are welcome!

Contact Sara Platte if you have any questions about coaching or participant sign-up: sara.platte@gmail.com

Wines Wahoo Feb. 9th

The Wines Wahoo is back again this year! Join us Friday, February 9th at Forsythe Middle School from 6-8pm. This is a Wines favorite and we are so excited it's back for another year! Join your friends for music, pizza, open gym, crafts and more. Younger siblings and parents are welcome. This event will need lots of volunteers, so we need your help! Suggested $5 donation per family at the door with pizza, drink, and snack tickets available for purchase. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AEAA22A2F8CE9-46996657-wines

Looking for Extra Specials Volunteers

It's that time of year again! Extra Specials are an optional lunch recess program where students can sign up for a weekly indoor enrichment activity. Past Extra Specials have included: Paper Airplane Folding, Magic Tricks, Math Games, Logic Puzzles, Lego, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, and Read Aloud. But we need volunteers to lead these fun programs! Here's what we're looking for:

- Commit to leading an activity during lunch recess, once a week

- You create and prep the activity, or we can provide you with one

- Offer your activity for Session I, Session II, or both Sessions

- Sessions are three weeks long

- Session I runs Feb. 5 - Feb. 23

- Session II runs Feb. 26 - Mar. 15

Interested? Email Michael Newberry at mnewberry88@gmail.com

Wines Science Olympiad Team

Calling all students grades 2-5, to join the Wines Science Olympiad Team! The team will take part in a competition on April 20th at Pioneer High School, ran by the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO). WESO’s mission is to enhance the quality of science education, increase student interest and recognize outstanding achievement in STEM activities.

Our team hopes to help young scientists grow through compassionate teamwork and creative problem solving. Practices will begin the week of January 29th and run for 10 weeks (there will be no practices during spring break).

Adults, please consider coaching one of the events for our team - we need your help!

For registration or more information, check out the Wines Science Olympiad linktree.

David


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Weekly Update 1/17

 Dear Wines Families, 

I hope this message finds you warm today and gearing up for our return to school tomorrow. I certainly know the frustrations and challenges for families when school is canceled and I hope we have warmer days ahead! I do like having snow on the ground, however, so let’s keep that around—just not too much of it! Our PTO meeting is still on for tonight (Zoom only) and International Night is still on for tomorrow. 

PTO Meeting 7:00 Tonight. Zoom Only 

Due to the school closure today, tonight's PTO meeting will be via Zoom only. Zoom info was included in today's email. 

International Night: Thursday, January 18 from 6:30-8:00 PM

Sign up online to host a country for International Night at:

https://bit.ly/winesinternationalnight2024

Feel free to choose a country you and your child are from, have spent time in, or are simply interested in learning about and sharing with others. Teach others about the country with food, information, an activity, game, craft, or anything else that's representative. Students are also invited to march in the Parade of Nations wearing a traditional outfit from their chosen country, whether or not your family is hosting a table.

Please also help us ensure the night is a success by volunteering your time! We need folks to help at the registration table, put temporary tattoos on kids, corral kids for the parade, and of course help us set up and tear down! Sign up here. 

Wines Wahoo Feb. 9th

The Wines Wahoo is back again this year! Join us Friday, February 9th at Forsythe Middle School from 6-8pm. This is a Wines favorite and we are so excited it's back for another year! Join your friends for music, pizza, open gym, crafts and more. Younger siblings and parents are welcome. This event will need lots of volunteers, so we need your help! Suggested $5 donation per family at the door with pizza, drink, and snack tickets available for purchase. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AEAA22A2F8CE9-46996657-wines

Looking for Extra Specials Volunteers

It's that time of year again! Extra Specials are an optional lunch recess program where students can sign up for a weekly indoor enrichment activity. Past Extra Specials have included: Paper Airplane Folding, Magic Tricks, Math Games, Logic Puzzles, Lego, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, and Read Aloud. But we need volunteers to lead these fun programs! Here's what we're looking for:

- Commit to leading an activity during lunch recess, once a week

- You create and prep the activity, or we can provide you with one

- Offer your activity for Session I, Session II, or both Sessions

- Sessions are three weeks long

- Session I runs Feb. 5 - Feb. 23

- Session II runs Feb. 26 - Mar. 15

Interested? Email Michael Newberry at mnewberry88@gmail.com

Wines Science Olympiad Team

Calling all students grades 2-5, to join the Wines Science Olympiad Team! The team will take part in a competition on April 20th at Pioneer High School, ran by the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO). WESO’s mission is to enhance the quality of science education, increase student interest and recognize outstanding achievement in STEM activities.

Our team hopes to help young scientists grow through compassionate teamwork and creative problem solving. Practices will begin the week of January 29th and run for 10 weeks (there will be no practices during spring break).

Adults, please consider coaching one of the events for our team - we need your help!

For registration or more information, check out the Wines Science Olympiad linktree

Girls on the Run Spring Season at Wines - registration starts January 16, 2024

We're already starting to plan for our spring season of Girls on the Run - and there are some exciting changes this year! Registration will get started a bit earlier, and the system is changing...to a lottery. So, everyone will have an equal chance of getting a spot, regardless of when you register before the deadline. 

In order to have as many participants as possible, we need coaches! Any parent is welcome to help coach - you don't need to be a girl, or a runner, and you don't need to commit to the full time - part time help is welcome as well! We will practice 2 days per week from 4-5:30pm after school. We need 2 coaches for every 15 participants, so the more interest we have, the more help we need to allow everyone to participate. Please contact Sara Platte at sara.platte@gmail.com if you're interested in coaching. It's a really fun way to get to know the kids and families at Wines and to help build confidence, kindness, healthy habits and self-esteem for our upper-elementary girls.  

David



Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Weekly Update 1/10

 Dear Wines Families, 

What a week! As an alum and a lifelong Wolverine fan, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier! The Rose Bowl was such a wonderful game and then to see the team finish the job on Monday night and become National Champions will be something I’ll always remember. My good friend who I tailgate and go to games with said that he thinks the victory will forever change him and make him less emotional/stressed/anxious about Michigan football moving forward. I’d like to think that is true about me, but I doubt it. Another friend of mine who is not a Wolverine fan but has experienced a few championships with his favorite teams told me that after a championship, you have three years to enjoy it and then you return to your former state as a fan. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to bask in this for three years, but I’m certainly enjoying it now!

On to Wines. It has been a great return to school and the kids and staff have been able to deal with the time away, the big game, etc. and have gotten right to work. We have a number of great events coming up including International Night next week, Lunchtime Extra Specials, the Wines Wahoo, Science Olympiad, and Girls on the Run--so please read on for more information. 

International Night: Thursday, January 18 from 6:30-8:00 PM

Sign up online to host a country for International Night at:

https://bit.ly/winesinternationalnight2024

Feel free to choose a country you and your child are from, have spent time in, or are simply interested in learning about and sharing with others. Teach others about the country with food, information, an activity, game, craft, or anything else that's representative. Students are also invited to march in the Parade of Nations wearing a traditional outfit from their chosen country, whether or not your family is hosting a table.

Please also help us ensure the night is a success by volunteering your time! We need folks to help at the registration table, put temporary tattoos on kids, corral kids for the parade, and of course help us set up and tear down! Sign up here

Wines Wahoo Feb. 9th

The Wines Wahoo is back again this year! Join us Friday, February 9th at Forsythe Middle School from 6-8pm. This is a Wines favorite and we are so excited it's back for another year! Join your friends for music, pizza, open gym, crafts and more. Younger siblings and parents are welcome. This event will need lots of volunteers, so we need your help! Suggested $5 donation per family at the door with pizza, drink, and snack tickets available for purchase. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AEAA22A2F8CE9-46996657-wines

PTO Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 17th

Our next PTO meeting takes place next Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Library. There will also be a Zoom option. Zoom info will be sent next week.  

Looking for Extra Specials Volunteers

It's that time of year again! Extra Specials are an optional lunch recess program where students can sign up for a weekly indoor enrichment activity. Past Extra Specials have included: Paper Airplane Folding, Magic Tricks, Math Games, Logic Puzzles, Lego, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, and Read Aloud.

But we need volunteers to lead these fun programs! Here's what we're looking for:

- Commit to leading an activity during lunch recess, once a week

- You create and prep the activity, or we can provide you with one

- Offer your activity for Session I, Session II, or both Sessions

- Sessions are three weeks long

- Session I runs Feb. 5 - Feb. 23

- Session II runs Feb. 26 - Mar. 15

Interested? Email Michael Newberry at mnewberry88@gmail.com

Wines Science Olympiad Team

Calling all students grades 2-5, to join the Wines Science Olympiad Team! The team will take part in a competition on April 20th at Pioneer High School, ran by the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO). WESO’s mission is to enhance the quality of science education, increase student interest and recognize outstanding achievement in STEM activities.

Our team hopes to help young scientists grow through compassionate teamwork and creative problem solving. Practices will begin the week of January 29th and run for 10 weeks (there will be no practices during spring break).

Adults, please consider coaching one of the events for our team - we need your help!

For registration or more information, check out the Wines Science Olympiad linktree.

Girls on the Run Spring Season at Wines - registration starts January 16, 2024

We're already starting to plan for our spring season of Girls on the Run - and there are some exciting changes this year! Registration will get started a bit earlier, and the system is changing...to a lottery. So, everyone will have an equal chance of getting a spot, regardless of when you register before the deadline. 

In order to have as many participants as possible, we need coaches! Any parent is welcome to help coach - you don't need to be a girl, or a runner, and you don't need to commit to the full time - part time help is welcome as well! We will practice 2 days per week from 4-5:30pm after school. We need 2 coaches for every 15 participants, so the more interest we have, the more help we need to allow everyone to participate. Please contact Sara Platte at sara.platte@gmail.com if you're interested in coaching. It's a really fun way to get to know the kids and families at Wines and to help build confidence, kindness, healthy habits and self-esteem for our upper-elementary girls.  

David