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Winterhaven Weekly - 3/16/2017

posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:43 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 4:34 PM by Admin at Winterhaven ]

Upcoming Events:

  • March 17 and March 24 – Garden Work Parties – 3 pm to 5 pm
  • March 20 – PTSA Community Meeting 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • March 27-31 – Spring Break – No school
  • April 14 – MAC Attack
  • April 20-21 – 8th grade Rock Opera Shows (times TBD)


Staffing update – I have received my staffing information from PPS and this year, we are fairly stable with our staffing numbers.  Due to higher costs for PERS, among other items, the state’s budget for schools is lower than what is needed to continue the same funding we received this past year.  With the lower budget, our school will be reducing our school secretary position from full time to half time.  At this time, it is the only cut we will have to make for next year.  Ms. D’Ambrosi, who has served as our school secretary this year, will actually be leaving us at the end of this school year to start taking classes at Concordia University to pursue a teaching degree.  Best wishes to Ms. D’Ambrosi!


PPS School Calendar Updates – The PPS board approved on Tuesday the addition of 2 school days due to the inclement weather we had back in January.  The 2 days added are Friday, April 7th and Thursday, June 15th.  The April 7th date was previously a teacher planning day without students.  It will now be a regular school day.  In addition, due to this change, there will not be a report card coming at the end of quarter 3.  There will be a middle school progress report for those students who might be in danger of failing a class.  At the elementary level, there will not be a progress report or report card.  The final report card will come at the end of quarter 4 (the end of the school year).  The last day of school is now Thursday, June 15th.  This means that the 8th grade promotion will be moved once again, with it now being on Wednesday, June 14th from 6 pm to 7 pm.  Our Winterhaven School Picnic will also be on Wednesday, June 14th.


Garden Work Parties - Join us for fun during two garden work parties this month!  On March 17th and 24th, from 3 pm to 5 pm, we will be celebrating the coming of spring in the gardens.  After school, we'll prune plants, spread mulch, share stories, and take care of our natural areas!  All ages and levels of experience needed.  Bring tools, wheel barrels, and friends!  For more information contact Fawn Lengvenis at


Immigrant and Refugee Donation Drive - March 3 to March 23 - As you may know, every quarter of the school year we have parent and teacher run interest classes that meet once a week on Fridays. This quarter, as part of our Community Awareness elective run by Winterhaven parents, we are organizing a donation drive. This drive is collecting donations for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) who serves the holistic needs of immigrants, refugees, and mainstream community members. We as students believe that it is crucial for our community to help and provide support for immigrant and refugee families. We believe that everyone has the right and obligation to take part in their community and its actions, including kids. As 6, 7, and 8 graders, we are trying to take action and help families who may not be as lucky and well off as we are. So, if you have the time and ability to donate these necessities to families in need we ask you to do so and join us in our search for equality.  If you have any questions, please email our teachers and fellow Winterhaven parents Kristin Doherty or Beth Nelson at and  


Please leave donations in the front entry way of the school

Donations we recommend may include:

·      Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner

·      Deodorant, Bars of soap, Razors, Shaving cream

·      Nail clippers and file, Tweezers

·      Feminine hygiene products, Toilet paper

All donations will go to IRCO, (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) 


**above information was written by Winterhaven students


Chess Academy – Chess Academy starts April 5th and will be held 4 weeks (April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) for an hour (3-4 PM) in Room #25.  Chess Academy is for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.  Please use this link to register:  There is a $10 suggested donation.  Please use this PayPal link:  

Please contact Dean Ehnes at if you have any questions.


Kids Like Languages - Sign up now for after school Mandarin, French or Spanish language classes. The classes will be on Mondays, and will run from 4/3 to 6/5 from 3:05-3:55pm. Students will learn Mandarin, French or Spanish through fun and engaging activities.  Children learn best when they actively participate in the classroom. Our lessons are filled with art, music, games, gestures and everyday situations to promote fluency and cultural awareness. Your child will have the opportunity to use their language skills to prepare them for future interactions in the real world.  Registration and more information:


Oregon Writing Festival - The Oregon Writing Festival will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Portland State University. It's an all-day event for students who sign up. It's open to students in grades 4-12, with a registration fee of $35.00. Please e-mail Ms. Tran ( by Friday, March 10, if your child would like to attend. Thank you!


Art4Life - Registration for Art4Life's two summer arts camps is now open! There will be camps in Southeast Portland at Winterhaven and another in Southwest at Maplewood. All kids ages 6 and up are welcome to join the fun! Go to for more information!


Winterhaven Yearbooks – Order yearbooks now for the price of $15.00 until March 23, after which the price will go up to $17.00.  Please pay by check in the office, with the check made out to Winterhaven, or payment can be made online at  If your student receives free/reduced lunch, a yearbook will be provided by the PTSA.  Please let Nancy in the office know, so your student’s name/s can be added to the list.


After School Classes at Hosford - Open to all middle school students, Hosford HEAT offers a broad range of classes to engage and enrich students, taught by experienced, knowledgeable instructors who are keen to share their expertise.


Classes begin the week of April 3rd so register today!


There is something for everyone!

  • Fitness activities include Fencing, Morning Yoga, Yoga for Strength & Fitness and Volleyball.
  • STEM offerings like Problem Solving through Logic & Game Theory, Your Dream House- Architecture & Design.
  • Creative endeavors like Explorations in Theatre, Clay-Birdhouses & Yard Art, Stamps & Stencils, Drawing from Observation.
  • Creative Writing, as well as Japanese and International Supper Club Cooking Classes!


Complete course descriptions, instructor bios, class schedule and registration online-