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Weekly Winkelman Principal Message 4/6/24

Weekly Winkelman Principal Message 4/6/24

Dear Winkelman Families,

As we start thinking about next year, the Winkelman staff will soon work on class lists.

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many thoughtful hours. We take this process very seriously. The process for class list creation is as follows:

  1. Teachers think about their current students' social and academic needs while recording pertinent information to assist decision-making.
  2. Grade-level teachers, principals, specials area teachers, and specialists meet together to form class lists that are balanced in terms of academic, social, and emotional needs as well as considering friendships. This is a challenging task and often takes several meetings. This team of educators considers each child’s personality, academic needs, friendship patterns, etc., as they make a match for each individual child. This team of educators creates a draft set of class lists taking into consideration parent input.  

This process happens for upcoming grades 1st-5th. Incoming kindergarten class lists will be developed after the kindergarten round-up prior to school starting. 

We strongly believe this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students and thought by professionals who know and care about your children. Our goal is to create balanced class lists that promote the success of each child.  Because of the input and thought given by teachers, specialists, parents, and principals, we are reluctant to make changes once this process occurs. Removing or moving one child can disrupt the balance of an entire class, impacting all students.

We welcome any insight you wish to share about your child’s strengths, needs, and learning style. We will consider pertinent information received on or before FRIDAY, APRIL 19th, 3PM. While we welcome your input, specific teacher or friend placement requests will not be honored.  The information you provide will remain confidential.

As you can imagine, we receive a lot of parent input, and verbal information is impossible to track. We cannot express how important it is that your thoughts are shared via the following Google Form:

2024-2025 Winkelman Class Placement Feedback Form

It is also important to note that final teacher assignments have yet to be determined for the upcoming school year and teachers can be reassigned to a different grade level before school starts. 


Ms. Shaton Wolverton, Primary Principal
Mr. Nino Alvarez, Intermediate Principal

Winkelman Updates:

Reminder: No School on Wednesday, April 10

NEW: Early Childhood Dismissal
Our early childhood program dismisses at 3:00 p.m. daily.   Students in grades K-5 dismiss at 2:40 p.m..  If you arrive late, our early childhood families are not able to move their vehicles so that late arrivals may pass. If you arrive after 3:00 p.m., please use the parking lot in the front of the school to pick up your child.  

We would like to encourage our families to utilize the car line. With the new procedure including the use of door I, most students are in the building by 8:00am. Please be aware of other cars and slow down when pulling away from the car line.  

REPEAT:  Student Absences
If your child is sick or will not be in school, please call the Winkelman office to report their absence each time they are not going to be in attendance.  While calling, please speak loudly and clearly so that our administrative assistants are able to appropriately document your child’s absence and the reason they are not in school.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

REPEAT:  PTO Around the World Fun in District 31
Celebrate our diverse community and show your cultural pride at Around the World Fun in District 31 on Friday, April 19 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Explore and participate in activities, stamp passports, walk the parade and enjoy student performances. Come dressed in your favorite cultural attire!

The following are available to purchase through Cheddar Up through April 5th. They will be delivered the night of the event.

District 31 Cultural Cookbook with over 60 recipes from over 15 countries shared by D31 families ($10 each)
Around the World Fun with D31 T-shirt ($15 each)

Please RSVP HERE by April 5th so that the PTO can plan accordingly. Walk-ins are absolutely welcome.

If you are interested in joining or leading a country table, walking in the parade, or signing up for a cultural performance, please fill out this form: Volunteer Form

REPEAT:  Save the Date for our Winkelman spring concert and spring event: 

  • 4th/5th grade Tuesday, April 16, 6PM to 8PM
  • 2nd/3rd grade Wednesday, April 17, 6PM to 8PM
  • EC/K/1st grade Wednesday, April 24, 6PM to 8PM

More details about the spring concert and spring event to come!

REPEAT:  Please practice caution, awareness and safe speeds when driving through our parking lots.  Also, please DO NOT block our handicap parking spots.  These spaces are reserved for our families with a handicap placard. 

REPEAT-Lost and Found
Our lost and found is growing!  Please have your child stop by the lost and found if they have misplaced something here at school.