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PPS Winterhaven site

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:38 AM by Rebekah Folsom

The official Portland Public Schools link about Winterhaven. www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/winterhaven/

Emailed Communications

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:31 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 10:37 AM ]

Winterhaven Weekly (official school communication)

Emailed from the Winterhaven administration (Mark Sandilands, principal, and Nancy Cooper, Principal’s Secretary) to Winterhaven's parent email list (separate from the PTSA email list). 
Typically this is emailed on Thursday afternoons. Please send Nancy Cooper content by EOD Tuesdays to get it into Thursday's Weekly. See News from the Secretary.

PTSA Bimonthly Bulletin (PTSA communication)

Emailed by the PTSA to the PTSA_all email list. If you read one thing from the PTSA this is it. It is a recap of all of our initiatives and happenings. We try to get it out every couple of weeks. Some of this is redundant from the school's email, but is not officially tied to the district. See Communications.
We also post a few paper copies of the bulletin in the hallway on main bulletin board for those who need them.

Synergy / ParentVue / StudentVue

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:26 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 10:26 AM ]

Called both Synergy and Parentvue somewhat interchangeably (there is also a StudentVue login for students), this site is used by Middle School teachers to track homework, assignments, and student's mid-term and final quarterly grades. 
There is also an App available for both iPhone and Android devices where parents can view schedules, assignments, and emergency contact information. 
The school and the district also use Synergy / ParentVue to track all student attendance, including for Elementary students. 
Please contact Nancy Cooper, Principal's Secretary in the Winterhaven office for any questions after getting set up with your student's login information. 


posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:20 AM by Rebekah Folsom

Classroom.google.com is used and managed by teachers to track homework (most kids have their own login). 

This site is completely separate from the PTSA Google Groups / email initiatives.

PTSA email lists

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:13 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 10:28 AM ]

The PTSA provides a per-grade email list so that parents can easily stay connected with each other and with what is happening in their child’s classroom. Teachers can request to be on this list, but they typically are not; they email you separately. 

There is also an all-school email list for parents and the PTSA to discuss events that affect families across multiple grades. There is a general agreement that we use this list sparingly and that using Reply All is discourteous
This is not the email list that the office or the district uses. Parents are added to or removed from this list by filling out the PTSA Communication Permission form that was in the Welcome packet at the beginning of the year, using the unsubscribe links at the bottom of any received classroom or all-school email, or by emailing admin@winterhavenschool.org.

You@Winterhavenschool.org (Google ID)

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:07 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 10:28 AM ]

PTSA email lists are now managed by Google email / Google Groups. 

At the start of the school year, each parent was given a unique domain ID and a password (firstname.lastname@winterhavenschool.org). 
This User ID is required in order to make the school and classroom email lists work, but in most cases, we set up these accounts to automatically forward all PTSA email to the email address parents provided on the PTSA Communication Permission form they filled out and submitted at the start of the year. 
There have been a few exceptions due to technical conditions or admin errors – please email admin@winterhavenschool.org if forwarding doesn’t seem to be working. Additionally, a few parents aren’t in the system.
Our plan for this email address is to also use it as a domain login to protect certain personally identifying information on the Winterhaven PTSA website.

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