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August, 2016

I'm back at work getting ready for the school year and for teachers and students to return! Our office is open every day from 8:00-4:00 for registration. Families will be getting a welcome back letter in the mail soon with key dates.

May, 2016

We are in the home stretch – can you believe that it is already May! Just one month left until the end of the school year. We still have lots of learning left to do!

As you may know, we have a new Office Manager! Mrs. Cynthia Maldonado has joined us and we are very excited to have her skills and talents here at Winchester. She has been in the district a long time and has previous experience as an Office Manager. Next time you are in the office, please be sure to say hello and welcome her!

Our most recent referral free activity was held on Friday, April 29th. All students who did not receive behavior referrals (at school or on the bus) for the three weeks prior earned extra fun time on that day! The goal of these activities is to encourage students to consistently meet expectations. Students who did not earn the extra fun time engaged in re-teaching of behavior expectations with a staff member.

For May, our virtue is forgiveness giving someone another chance when they have hurt you or made a poor choice. On Friday, May 13th, we will recognize the students that demonstrated our April virtue of service at our Spirit Assembly. If your child is nominated you will get a call in the next few days. Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Roseburg schools will be conducting registration differently this year. We are registering this spring for the 2016-2017 school year – you should have received your registration packets as they were sent home with currently enrolled children. Please be sure to return these to the school with all information filled out and/or corrected.

April, 2016

Welcome back – I hope you all had a wonderful spring break and that you were able to rest a bit. This is a very busy time of year!

Our first referral free activity on March 18th was a success – as a result, we are doing it again! Our next referral free period will run from Monday, April 11th, through Friday, April 29th. For this three week period, any students who do not receive behavior referrals (at school or on the bus) will earn extra fun time on the afternoon of April 29th. The goal is to encourage students to consistently meet expectations. Students who do not earn the extra fun time will engage in re-teaching of behavior expectations with a staff member.

For March, our virtue is service giving to others and wanting to make a difference in their lives. On Friday, April 8th, we recognized the students that demonstrated our March virtue of determination at our Spirit Assembly. Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Roseburg schools will be conducting registration differently this year. We will registering this spring for the 2016-2017 school year – you should have received your registration packets last Friday, as they were sent home with currently enrolled children. Please be sure to return these to the school with all information filled out and/or corrected by Friday, April 15th.

Winchester will also be making a change in the way we accept parent requests for classroom teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. Many factors come into play when creating a classroom for optimum learning; those variables need to be carefully considered during the placement process. Teacher input is vital to this process. As professionals, they consider all of these variables and look at the big picture with the expertise they possess. We also understand that parents and families possess valuable information that may guide this process. If you feel that your child needs a specific learning atmosphere or has learning needs that we may not be aware of, you may share this information with us – forms are available in the office. This year, however, we will not be able to honor parent requests for a specific teacher and maintain the integrity of creating balanced classrooms.

March, 2016

Welcome March! Spring is just around the corner…don’t forget to spring forward (turn your clocks forward one hour) on March 13th!

Starting on Monday, February 29th, we began a three week period where students who do not get any behavior referrals (at school or on the bus) through Friday, March 18th will earn 30 minutes of extra fun time that afternoon. The goal of this “referral free period” is to encourage students to meet expectations and to provide an incentive for students that consistently meet expectations but may not always get positive recognition for doing so. Students who do not earn the extra fun time will engage in re-teaching of behavior expectations with a staff member.

For March, our virtue is determination putting effort towards a task or goal even when it is difficult or takes a long time to achieve. On Friday, March 18th, we will recognize the students that demonstrated our February virtue of integrity at our Spirit Assembly. If your child is nominated by his or her teacher, you will receive a phone call inviting you to attend the assembly!

As a reminder, we have parent/teacher/student conferences on March 2nd and March 3rd. Conferences are an important time to learn about how your child is progressing academically, socially, and behaviorally – please make it a priority to attend!

On a final note, Winchester has the opportunity three times per year to recognize one of our outstanding students at a board meeting. In February, we recognized 5th grade student Jazmine Dake. She consistently models Winchester virtues, is a positive and upbeat student that attends regularly, and she is engaged in a number of extracurricular activities. Please join us in congratulating Jazmine on her recognition and wonderful representation of Winchester!

February, 2016

Happy February! The groundhog did not see his shadow and so we are predicted to have an early spring. As I type this, the sun is shining!

In case you didn’t hear, students and staff at Winchester transitioned to a new master schedule this week. The purpose of this new schedule was to address some academic needs, some behavioral needs at select grade levels, and to address some challenges we were having with lunch times. Overall, we are excited about our new schedule!

For February, our virtue is integrity doing the right thing even when nobody is looking. On Friday, February 12th, we will recognize the students that demonstrated our January virtue of respect at our Spirit Assembly. If your child is nominated by his or her teacher, you will receive a phone call next week inviting you to attend the assembly!

As an FYI, we have parent/teacher/student conferences coming up March 2nd and March 3rd. You will soon receive a notice from your child’s teacher asking you to select your preferred day/time range. Conferences are an important time to learn about how your child is progressing academically, socially, and behaviorally – please make it a priority to attend!

Finally, thank you to all the families, friends, and community members that made our Read-In a success! What a wonderful event – it was so much fun to see students reading and engaging with books in a unique way. We hope you all had fun, too.

January, 2016

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful break – it was nice to enjoy time with family and friends. While these breaks are important for recharging our batteries, they can present challenges for our students. As students return to school from breaks, they may struggle with the transition back into a setting with increased academic and behavioral demands. We make it a priority to reteach expectations (safe, respectful, responsible) and to provide students with specific feedback prior to and following breaks.  You can support our efforts by also recognizing when your child is being safe, respectful, and responsible at home and in the community!

For January, our virtue is respect - thinking and acting in positive ways that show you care about the feelings and well-being of yourself and others. Respect is a critical and core virtue – it is one of our three primary PBIS expectations. As with the virtue of empathy when an individual has an understanding of respect, he or she will then be able to understand other concepts and virtues such as tolerance, anti-bullying, diversity, service, and kindness. To learn about respect, classrooms engaged in cross grade level buddy activities.

On a final note, Winchester has the opportunity three times per year to recognize one of our outstanding students at a board meeting. In December, we recognized 5th grade student Alexander Kuhn. He is the epitome of someone who perseveres – he is also happy, respectful, social, determined, and funny! Please join us in congratulating Alex on his recognition and wonderful representation of Winchester!

December, 2015

It’s a short month and a short newsletter! For the month of December, our virtue is kindness the quality of, or actions that express, being friendly, generous, and considerate. Studies show that kindness is biological and connected to oxytocin, the feel good hormone. Kindness supports feelings such as sympathy, empathy, and compassion; actions of kindness can be taught and when we are empowered to act in kind or compassionate ways in one context that action tends to carry over to other contexts. Additionally, witnessing kindness does in fact inspire kindness!

 

November, 2015

One of our key areas of focus this year, as a building, has been on improving school climate and culture. One of the ways we do this is by working to strengthen our PBIS (positive behavior support) systems – focusing on being safe, respectful, and responsible. When we see students that are meeting our expectations in these three areas (safe, respectful, responsible) we give them specific feedback.  You can support our efforts by also recognizing when your child is being safe, respectful, and responsible at home and in the community!

Another way we are working to meet this goal is by focusing on a virtue of the month. For October, our virtue was empathy - the ability to recognize other people’s emotions and the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. Empathy is important for students to possess as it allows them to recognize emotions in others, relate to others when in difficult or uncomfortable situations, and leads to other virtues like tolerance, anti-bullying, and kindness. To learn about empathy, classrooms engaged in cross grade level buddy activities.

For the month of November, our virtue is gratitude – to be thankful for and show appreciation for what one has. Studies show that we can work on having more gratitude and can increase our well-being and happiness by expressing our gratitude. In addition, having gratitude and expressing it to others is associated with increased energy, optimism (a positive outlook), and empathy.

October, 2015

Over the past week, our community has come together in remarkable ways. While we have experienced an incredible tragedy very close to the Winchester campus, our continued message to students has been: you are safe, we care about you, and we understand that you might be experiencing a range of emotions. During this time, we have done our best to follow our regular routines and schedules.

The feedback that I have received from families regarding the district and school response has been overwhelmingly positive. Families appreciated the calm atmosphere that we kept on campus and several shared that they felt that our school was the safest place for their children to be.

Yet, we know that there is always room for improvement and we are assessing our responses. In the near future, we will identify key ways as a district that we can improve communication, response protocols, and follow-up supports, such as counseling, safe rooms, etc. At Winchester, I will be getting feedback from all staff and then meeting with my Crisis Team to determine next steps.

If you would like to share feedback with me, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or email. As always, we are committed to student learning and growth in a safe, caring environment.

October, 2015

Over the past week, our community has come together in remarkable ways. While we have experienced an incredible tragedy very close to the Winchester campus, our continued message to students has been: you are safe, we care about you, and we understand that you might be experiencing a range of emotions. During this time, we have done our best to follow our regular routines and schedules.

The feedback that I have received from families regarding the district and school response has been overwhelmingly positive. Families appreciated the calm atmosphere that we kept on campus and several shared that they felt that our school was the safest place for their children to be.

Yet, we know that there is always room for improvement and we are assessing our responses. In the near future, we will identify key ways as a district that we can improve communication, response protocols, and follow-up supports, such as counseling, safe rooms, etc. At Winchester, I will be getting feedback from all staff and then meeting with my Crisis Team to determine next steps.

If you would like to share feedback with me, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or email. As always, we are committed to student learning and growth in a safe, caring environment.

 

September, 2015

Welcome back!

This is one of my favorite times of year—back to school signals a fresh start, a reset button, new learning, and new friends. Like some of you, I’m new to Winchester—this means I have a lot to learn and that there may be a few changes on the horizon. I’m eager to hear from families and students what they love about Winchester so please lend me your ideas when you see me around.

This year, we will continue to work towards improving student attendance. When students are not in school they cannot learn! If a student misses even 2 days per month for any reason they are at risk for falling behind. Please make an extra effort to get your child to school on time every day, unless he or she is truly ill (fever, vomiting, etc.). During the month of September, classrooms will be working towards the goal of 100% attendance and teachers will be making phone calls when students are absent. Family support is critical in meeting this goal – thank you!

We are also working to strengthen our PBIS (positive behavior support) systems – focusing on being safe, respectful, and responsible. When we see students that are meeting our expectations in these three areas (safe, respectful, responsible) we give them specific feedback.  You can support our efforts by also recognizing when your child is being safe, respectful, and responsible!

I look forward to meeting more families over the course of the year – I’ve already been welcomed by so many of you! It is a pleasure for me to serve the Winchester community and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!