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Winterhaven Weekly - 6/2/2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:06 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 4:35 PM by Admin at Winterhaven ]

Upcoming Events:


  • 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


Notice from PPS on bell schedule changes for the 2017-18 School Year – Next school year, PPS will be changing bell schedule start and end times at a number of schools, including Winterhaven.  When the 2017-18 school year starts, our entire school will start at 8:45 am.  K-5 students will release at 3:00 pm and students in grades 6-8 will release at 3:15 pm.  This adjustment is part of a district-wide alignment of bell schedules. 

The district schedule alignment provides more consistency in instructional time, makes it easier to schedule substitute and itinerant teachers, allows for better use of teachers’ professional development time and allows for more efficient bus transportation.

If you have questions about the change, please contact Assistant Superintendent Antonio Lopez,, or 503-916-3440.             


Counselor’s Notes Here is what’s happening in the world of counseling this week.

We are wrapping up the year.  I’ll only be visiting some classes one more time!  There is much to be done between now and then.  Kinder and 2nd continue to be taught by Ms. Moran who is working on diversity and inclusion lessons to round out the year.  1st, 3rd and 4th will be finishing up the bullying lessons we have been working on and then doing some end of year reflections.  5th and 6th grade will be starting (5th) and continuing (6th) sex education using the curriculum linked in last week’s email.  

On a broader note, one of the continuing struggles I see at Winterhaven is with anxiety around perfectionism.  I think that a school like Winterhaven that focuses so hard on academics can often draw out perfectionist tendencies in our students.  They are driven to do well, but they are still learning how to handle situations when they don’t do as well as they expect.  Something very helpful is for families to talk about their own struggles with perfectionism and failure, letting them know how you, as an adult make mistakes and deal with those mistakes.  

State testing is done.  Whew.  

Your Weekly Question: How does being anonymous online affect how people act?  What are the positives and negatives of having your identity hidden?  Younger grades can use this in a superhero context instead of online if that would help your kiddo talk about the issue.  

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.