Welcome to October Winchester Families!
We hope the first month of school has been a success! To find out about October Happenings, please make sure to check the Google Calendar; stay in touch with your child's class via ClassDojo and read our Newsletters post here monthly!
October is about Responsibility!
Happy Thursday Winchester Families!
is enjoying the wonderful summer weather and preparing for Tuesday, September
3. The first day of school is just a few short days away – thought I would
share some important details on what to expect on the first day and first week.
First Day: Tuesday, September 3
How do I find my child’s teacher? Welcome back letters were sent home on
Wednesday and should arrive to you by Friday! The letter provides important
details such as bell times, lunch time, your child’s room number and where to
line up for entry and how to find your child at dismissal.
Students will meet their teachers in the following areas at 8:55 a.m. on
Tuesday, September 3. Look for the sign with the room number:
• SKs – please go directly to their classrooms
• Gr. 1, 1/2 (Rm. 6, 8, 9, 10) – Tennis Court (South Side/close to the garden)
• Gr. 2/3, 3/4, 4/5 (Rm. 7, 11, 13, 14) – Tennis Court (North Side/close to the
• Gr. 4/5, Gr. 5/6 French Immersion (Rm. 101, 106, 102) – Basket Ball Court
• 7-8 English and French Immersion – please proceed to Gym at the bell using
the Breezeway Doors
I didn’t receive the welcome back letter and it’s Friday! Don’t worry! All
staff will be outside in the school yard at 8:45 to greet families. The staff
can help you find the teacher and class. OR, give us a call on Friday afternoon
before 4:00 and we can answer any questions. 416-393-1270
Hot Lunch and Snack? The Hot Lunch program will be available on the first
day for $3 (exact change please). The Snack Program will begin September 16.
Please send a healthy snack for the first two weeks. We have 2 lunch periods.
Primary students (Gr. 1, 1/2, 2/3) eat lunch in the cafeteria from 11:40-12,
while junior and intermediate students (Gr. 3/4, 4/5, 5/6) are outside for
recess. At 12 o’clock the two groups swap; primary students go outside, while
the junior and intermediate students eat in the lunchroom. Junior students (Gr.
3/4/5) must eat in the cafeteria. Once they finish their lunch, they can go
back outside beginning at 12:20. With parental permission, Gr. 6-8 students may
choose to have lunch off school property – for more information, please see the
September Package, which will be sent home on Take-Home-Thursday (September 5).
September Package – this is a document that usually goes home with students
during the first week and contains important documents that must be completed.
This year we will send home hard copies, however, the TDSB will also be
emailing families an on-line version of the forms for your convenience. If you have
an email on file you will receive the package from TDSB. Please complete the
information as soon as possible to ensure we have updated contact information.
The September Package will also be posted on ClassDojo, and on our school
this year – on-line payment for t-shirts, snack, hot lunch, field trips and
more! Instructions will be in the September Package. If you want to get a head
select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. You can
also contact the School Cash Online Parent Help Desk at 1-866-961-1803 and
The Parent Help Desk is available to assist parents/guardians with the
registration process, password recovery, accessing your account or payment
After School Programs? CNH has a Before and After Care program – 416-925-4363,
as does KClub 416-268-9954 and Wellesley Community Centre 416-392-0227. These
programs run independent of Winchester, so checking with them on start times
would be important. Each program does have a safe walk from Winchester (they
pick up students at Winchester and walk them to the program location) and a
designated meeting spot in the schoolyard.
Picking up your child?
Students can be dropped-off and picked-up at the following locations:
• Rm. 6, 8, 9, 10 – East Doors Heritage Building
• Rm. 11, 13, 14 – West Doors Heritage Building
• Rm. 101, 102, 106 – Rose Avenue Doors New Building (Basketball Court)
A gentle reminder if driving, please do not park in or near the bus loading
zone on Rose Avenue, because of the narrow street and size of the busses, maneuvering
around parked cars can be difficult and unsafe for everyone.
The first day will be a regular school day – Day 1 of the 5 day cycle. The
times are as follows:
Entry bell: 8:55 (SK); 8:52 (Gr. 7/8); 8:58 (Gr. 1-6)
Dismissal bell: 3:05 (SK); 3:09 (Gr. 7/8); 3:15 (Gr. 1-6)
Lunch: 11:30-12:30 (SK); 11:34-12:30 (Gr. 7-8); 11:40-12:30 (Gr. 1-6)
Recess (Gr. 1-6): 10:32-10:42 a.m. 2:35-2:45 p.m.
Want to get involved? Winchester has a very active School Advisory Council
(SAC). We will be having our first meeting on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30
p.m. in the Winchester Library. Join us and hear about all the wonderful
initiative, sign up to receive updates or join one of the committee. Looking
forward to seeing you there!
Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the school year!
Rita and DeAndra