Community News & Enrichment

The LPA (on behalf of Lynch School) is happy to promote events in Winchester.  However, a listing appearing below does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of any group by the LPA or by Lynch Elementary School.  These are posted for informational purposes only.

These postings are often included in our weekly newsletter blasts as well.  If you are interested in posting a community event in our Newsletter & on this Community News & Enrichment page, see below:

Newsletter Submissions/Blasts:                 newsletter@lynchparents.org

PLEASE NOTE:  The LPA sends out a weekly newsletter informing the Lynch community of upcoming Lynch events.  At the end of each newsletter is a section for Community News.  We only send out stand-alone blasts for Lynch specific events or news.  (And only occasionally.)  As you can imagine, we get many requests from community groups each week.  Since parents give permission to be contacted for Lynch news and updates, we use the newsletter alone for community events, etc. (and not separate blasts).

DEADLINE:  The deadline each week is Friday.  Newsletters are published on Sunday nights.

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The WHS Criminal Justice/Explorer Club is sponsoring a winter hat, glove and sock drive for the Massachusetts Disabled and Limbless Veterans Association (DLMVA).  They are looking for new or gently used adult winter hats, gloves, mittens and socks to benefit veterans in the Boston area. Please bring donations to the box in the WHS main office through December 22nd. 
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KLEATS 4 KIDS  (a nonprofit started and run by WHS students) collects soccer equipment to share with those in need domestically and abroad.  With the fall season now ended, we are hoping this is a good time for families to clean out soccer bags and closets, looking for items that their child has outgrown and they think another child could use.

ITEMS WE NEED: Cleats, Shin guards, Socks, Shorts/Jerseys, Soccer balls, Goalie gear, Soccer training items (Pinnies, cones, etc...).  We are looking for items of all sizes.

There will be a collection bin available at the school from December 11-22.

Thank you for your support!

Kleats 4 Kids Soccer

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EN KA SEEKS GRANT REQUESTS – DEADLINE JANUARY 2

The En Ka Society is a volunteer non-profit organization comprised of women in Winchester. The Society’s objective is to provide aid, through volunteer services and through raising funds, for local charities, non-profit organizations and other groups that serve the people of Winchester. Local non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for En Ka grants, which are awarded quarterly.

The deadline for this quarter’s grant requests is January 2, 2018. Applications are available at enkasociety.org, under the Grants section. Please note that requests to fund salaries or fixed operating expenses cannot be considered. A project budget and organization financial statement must be included with the requests for funding.

Since 2000, En Ka has awarded over $1,000,000 through more than 400 grants to local organizations that address the needs of students and youth, the elderly, the physically challenged, and non-profit organizations devoted to providing enrichment and/or health and social services to the Winchester community.

For more information, refer to enkasociety.org (Grants Guidelines) or contact gifts@enkasociety.org.

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25th Annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Winchester Boy Scout Troop 507

Saturday, January 6, 2018, starting at 7 AM

No need to haul your old Christmas tree to the transfer station – let Winchester Boy Scout Troop 507 pick up your tree curbside while supporting the troop in our only fundraiser of the year.  Funds raised are put toward off-setting the cost of monthly camping trips, camping equipment, and other troop costs.

To order your tree pick-up, pre-register with a $15/tree donation.

You can pre-register to have your tree picked up any of the following ways:

  • At the Winchester Transfer Station: December 9th, December 16th, and December 30th, Scouts will take your tree order along with a donation via cash, check, or credit card.
  • Or, send your order with name, address, and telephone number with a check for $15 per tree payable to BSA Troop 507, c/o Steve Bell, 39 Myrtle Terrace, Winchester, MA 01890.

*For orders placed on-line, there is a $1 fee that we add to cover the cost of the transaction.

Order deadline: Tuesday, January 2nd

All trees must be curbside by 7 AM on Saturday January 6, 2018. YES, we start picking up that early! Please make sure that you remove all wiring, ornaments and plastics.

If you have any questions, please email us at boyscout507trees@gmail.com or call Tree Central at 781-910-7637.

Thank You!

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FLYER

2017 Winter Chorus Concert
Thursday, December 14th, 7:00 p.m.
W.H.S. Auditorium
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The Winchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 17 from 12 Noon - 4pm. Five spectacular homes will be featured this year. Tickets can be purchased at BookEnds. $25 in Advance. $30 on the day of the Tour

For More Information visit our website at www.winchesterchamber.com or call 781-729-8870

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Parents--Not sure at what age to give your child a Smartphone? Are you feeling pressure to do so? There is a new initiative out there called Wait Until 8th, which helps parents who want to hold off on giving their child a Smartphone. As their website states, they empower parents to say yes to waiting for the smartphone until at least 8th grade.  When you go to the website and sign the pledge, you will be alerted when there are at least 10 families in your grade/school who have also signed the pledge.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.  For more information, please visit the website at www.waituntil8th.org. If you need more information or have questions, please feel free to email me back at ckensicki@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

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Winchester Cooperative Theatre for Children announces auditions for its spring production of Wizard of Oz!  Auditions will take place at McCall Middle School auditorium and are open to all interested Winchester 4th, 5th and 6th graders.  Auditions for 6th graders will be on Monday December 11th from 2:30-4:30, and for 4th and 5th graders on Tuesday December 12th from 3:00-5:00.  Please email us at wincooptheatre@yahoo.com if your child is unable to audition with their age group.  Each child should prepare a short (less than one minute long) monologue to perform, as well as the song "My Country Tis of Thee."  Children should bring a recent photo of themselves labeled with their names and a parent email address.  All children must pre-register for auditions at www.winchesterchildrenstheatre.com.  More information about our program can be found on our web site, or you can email us at wincooptheatre@yahoo.com.

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2017 National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest!
Smokey Bear Theme: "Only You can Prevent Wildfires"
Woodsy Owl Theme: "Lend a hand, Care for the Land"
Open to children in 1st  through 5th grade
Deadline January 8, 2018
Contact Massachusetts Poster contest co-chairman
Bonni L. Dinneen - bonni.dinneen@gmail.com
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!
Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.
Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!
Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. He challenges children to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!" and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.
Visit www.gardenclub.org to find more information and recent National winners under Youth Programs
Visit www.gcfm.org to see recent state contest winners
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Relay For Life of Winchester 
Cornhole Kick-off Event
Monday, December 4th
WHS cafeteria
5:30-7:30 pm
$5 per player / $10 per team
Pay at the door
Join us for a fun night of food, drinks and cornhole games!
This is an all-ages event.
Winning team gets a Relay camping gift set!
Contact WinchesterRelay@gmail.com for more information.
Register for Relay For Life of Winchester at www.relayforlife.org/WinchesterMA
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Warm Up Your Winter With Cool Science Club

First week – January 8th - Water Exploration Labs and MWRA visits

Second week January 22nd - Living Things - Curious Creatures Arrive

Third week-January 29th- Science Illusions - Robert Clarke- Magician

Fourth Week- February 5th - Flying Objects - Terry Murray

Fifth Week- February 12th - Starry Skies - Kosmic Kelly

Cool Science Winter 2018 Application