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Winterhaven Weekly - 5/25/2017

posted May 31, 2017, 4:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 4:35 PM by Admin at Winterhaven ]

Upcoming Events:


  • May 26 – Field of Fun – 1:30 pm to 3 pm
  • May 29 – No School – Memorial Day
  • June 8 – Move-Up Day – 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School


Principal’s Notes - A few thank yous and reminders for this week:

A huge thank you to Kristin Doherty and everyone else who helped make the Carnival a success!  Another big thank you to Heather Dickenson and the auction team who helped raise an amazing amount of money for our school!

Thanks to Ms. VanEngel and her music students for a wonderful grades 3-5 concert last night!

A reminder that Move Up Day has been moved to Thursday, June 8 from 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm.

I’m looking forward to an amazing Field of Fun this Friday!  Ms. Dixon has guaranteed sunshine and I know she is always right!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Counselor’s Notes As our first grade teacher, Ms. Cooke says “Hi Everybody!”

Here’s the first of what will hopefully be a regular blurb from me mixed in the Winterhaven Weekly.  I’ll be sharing what the counseling staff is doing, ideas for you to try at home, articles worth reading and thinking about and the occasional struggles that may need broader attention.  Each one will also end in a question to pose to your youngsters for discussion during the week around the dinner table.

To get you up to speed on what is happening in the counseling world at Winterhaven: My fabulous intern, Molly Moran has been leading Kindergarten and 2nd grade all year.  If you have students in those grades and haven’t heard about her, ask.  I promise they’ll have glowing things to say.  She has been teaching emotional regulation for the past few months using the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Shortly, she will be changing gears and teaching lessons focused on inclusion and diversity appreciation to finish out the year before she leaves us to begin her doctoral program.  The other grades are with me.  I’m mostly buried in state testing right now, but when I manage to free myself… In 1st, 3rd, 4th we are looking into bullying from three viewpoints and examining the motivations for each person using the books Weird!, Tough!, and Dare! by Erin Frankel.  The older grades are also examining these through the lens of the four styles of communication and talking about how those play into the story.  1st grade may use the story Crickwing instead.  5th grade will spend two days with Nurse LueAnne and I going over very basic sex ed starting on the 31st. The curriculum is here, you’ll have to do some legwork making an account to get to it.   6th grade is deep in our state Health curriculum.  If you are curious what that looks like, here is the link:  I will be visiting 7th and 8th soon to do a little bit of Career Education as well, using the Japanese concept of Ikigai as a springboard.

That’s the plan.  However, the nature of my job is emergencies so I do miss lessons more often than I’d like to.  

The question of the week:  How is what we see on a screen different than what we see in real life?  Places to explore around this:  appearance, interactions, anonymity, kindness. The idea is to have a family discussion sometime this week based on this topic.  If you have any questions, please contact me at  Cliff Shaw, School Counselor


Change of date for Move-Up Day – Due to the delay in the lottery this year for new families, we need to move the date of our annual Move Up Day.  The new date and time for Move-Up Day will be Thursday, June 8th starting at 2:15 pm.


Field Of Fun – This is a special time set aside for the whole school to engage in activity that is fun, social and inclusive for all. The structure is informal and students have free choice of what they want to participate in. There are water activities for some of the events. Popsicles will be distributed at the end of the day. There are a few guidelines that we want students to follow. The dress for the day needs to be within the district/school guidelines and appropriate for weather and fun play. Students will be active and may get wet. Shoes/sandals must be worn at all times. We are ordering up sun and fun. Thank you for your help and support for a wonderful fun-filled day.  If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Dixon at


Field of Fun Popsicle Helpers - If you can, please assist Ms. Dixon to quickly distribute hundreds of Popsicles to the students after field of fun on Friday May 26th 2:30-3 pm.  Use this link to sign up:


Grant High School Cheerleading Tryouts - Grant will soon be holding Cheerleading tryouts for the 2017-18 school year. Open Gyms – June 5th & 6th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Tryouts June 8th from 4 pm to finish. If you have any questions please contact Susan Davis at