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Getting Started at Winsor

Welcome New Winsor Families!

We are looking forward to a time when we can all be together to welcome you to our community in person! 

Until then, we created this site for new families to share important  information you will need over the summer and as you prepare for the fall, as well as to provide useful resources and answers to some frequently asked quetions.
 
This time of year, we typically also share fall information and forms for the bus, other transportation options, our After School Program, fall retreats, and more. However, given the current circumstances, we are waiting until we have more certainty around the return to school before we update and share that information. We appreciate your patience as we work through these details.

If you have questions not addressed here, note that you will be receiving additional communications in July, and before the start of school. And we will continue to share details as they become available with regard to summer and fall plans and events. 

Please also feel free to reach out directly to Mia Halfman P’23, ‘25, Interim Family Relations Manager.
 
For now, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy, and that you are preparing to enjoy your summer...maybe with a good read from our Summer Reading lists.

We hope you enjoy your summer!

A Call For Photos & Facts: Due 6/26 

 We are collecting photos of all new students, along with a few fun facts, so we can help you get to know one another. This is optional for any student who would like to participate. 
 
If you would like to participate, please capture a photo of your daughter holding a sign with her name and entering Class number.  Please email the photo, along with the answers to the following questions, to mhalfman@winsor.edu:
  • What is your favorite book? 
  • What is your favorite hobby, or activity you like to do outside school?
  • What's one thing you are looking forward to at Winsor?
Please email your photo and responses to mhalfman@winsor.edu by Friday, June 26.

Greetings from Winsor!

Meet Ms. Marshall

Meet Ms. Stern

Meet Miss Baudis

WINSOR THIS SUMMER

SUMMER READING

This year, the entire school will be reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk over the summer. We are excited that the author will be visiting with us in October, and we are looking forward to a wonderful community-wide conversation about this book. 
 
In addition to the all-school reading, Winsor's summer reading requirement by grade level is designed to encourage students to become avid, life-long readers and learners by inviting them to take pleasure in reading substantial, thought-provoking books.  
 
 
SUMMER MATH

There will be required work for all math courses this summer. In the coming weeks, you will be receiving an email from your daughter's math teacher with specific assignments. The work will be due on the first day of classes in the fall.
 
HEALTH INFORMATION AND MAGNUS LOGIN

Please read an important Letter from the Health Office regarding the submission of medical forms during COVID-19.  Dates to note:
  • All health forms are available to complete online through the Magnus Health application, and are due by Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Students should wait until July 1, 2020 to take the online ImPACT test, which is required for students in Class II, III, IV, V, and VII. 
Forms can be submitted either via the Magnus Health website, or the Magnus Health mobile app. Please DO NOT Fax medical paperwork to the Health Office Fax.
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Sneider MEd, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, at dsneider@winsor.edu.
 
2020-2021 AFTER SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM and MUSIC LESSONS 

Winsor's After School Music Program offers private, for-fee lessons in violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano. Lessons are scheduled on Mondays between 3:00-6:00 p.m.  If interested, please complete the After School Instrumental Music Lesson Form by Friday, June 28, 2019. Early registration is required in order to set the schedule for instruction. If the circumstances require, the sessions will take place virtually. Please stay tuned for additional information over the summer.
 
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY

Student technology needs shift as they rise through the grades at Winsor, so the device your student requires will be grade dependent. The following information will help you with your planning to ensure your student is prepared for classes in the fall: 
 
A WELCOME LETTER FROM THE PARENTS' ASSOCIATION

Please read a Welcome Letter from the PA with information for the 2020-2021 academic year. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 items.

  • Whom should I call if I have a question or concern?

    If you have a question about a specific course, you should first contact the teacher and, if necessary, your daughter’s advisor.  For all other questions/concerns, your daughter’s advisor will be the main point of contact for you, as well as her teachers and her coaches.  Advisors are responsible for overseeing all aspects of student life and will address both academic and extracurricular questions and concerns. 
     
  • How do I get in touch with my daughter during the school day?

    While we know that you will need to occasionally communicate with your daughter, we do ask that you limit your email and text messages during the school day.  Students are allowed to bring their cell phones to school and use is restricted - see the Family Handbook for details.  If you need a message delivered to your daughter in an emergency, please call Danica Villanueva, the Lower and Upper School administrative assistant, at (617) 912-1354.  
  • Does Winsor have an after school option?

    Yes!  The Winsor library is open each weekday for after-school study.  Students are also welcome to use the Fitness Center.  If your daughter is staying after-school, please arrange for her departure before the building closes at 6:00 p.m.. 
     
  • What school supplies should we purchase?

    Please send your daughter to school on the first day with writing utensils and something to write on.  On the first day of school, each teacher will let students know what they will need for that class.  Winsor is a one-to-one device environment, and every student is expected to have an iPad or a laptop.  Please click here for details about laptop requirements.  If you have any questions regarding technology at Winsor please contact Marcus Young, our director of technology, at myoung@winsor.edu.
     

  • Where can I purchase Winsor Attire?

    You can purchase Winsor Attire here.
     
  • Will my daughter have a locker for her personal belongings?

    Yes. Each student is assigned a locker at the beginning of the school year, and locks are available upon request.   
     
  • What Clubs are offered? When do they meet?

    Clubs at Winsor provide opportunities to develop interests outside the classroom, including global issues and current events, the arts, and community service.  Lower School Students are required to join a club -- ranging from nail art and walking club; to legos and creative writing.  The available Clubs change each year, with students also making proposals for new clubs. Clubs meet once during a 7 day cycle and will include a mix of all lower school grades.
     
    Upper School Students are encouraged but not required to join clubs. We encourage Upper School Students to “shop” for clubs at the beginning of the year.  Many of the clubs meet during the school day during community time or lunch, while other clubs, such as Robotics, Debate and Mock Trial, require a larger commitment of time after school and on weekends. 
  • How can adults get involved at Winsor?

    Every parent is a member of the Winsor Parents’ Association, a group that provides assistance to the School through volunteer activities, organization of social gatherings, and assistance at various Winsor events. The Parents’ Association (PA) seeks to foster a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community for every Winsor family by hosting potluck dinners, division coffees with Winsor Faculty, and class social events. The PA also organizes two formal programs during the year at which an invited speaker addresses a particular theme focused on issues of concern to the community. Most recently we welcomed Dr. Frances Jensen, author of “The Teenage Brain” to campus.

    In addition, every parent is welcome to volunteer, in fact we had over 230 parent volunteers last year!  Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents while contributing to the School in a significant way. The range and scope of volunteer opportunities at Winsor are broad – it’s really up to you in how involved you may or may not want to be.
     

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