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Weekly information must be sent to Nancy Cooper (ncooper1@pps.net) by the end of the work day on Tuesday to get into the Winterhaven Weekly newsletter sent out Thursday. The newsletter can only print information directly related to Winterhaven and its students.

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Winterhaven Weekly - 2/15/18

posted Feb 15, 2018, 8:34 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events: 

  • February 17 – United States Navy Band at Cleveland High School 7:00 pm
  • February 19 – Presidents Day – No School
  • February 20 and 22 – Variety Show Auditions starting at 3:40 pm
  • February 21 – Two Hour Late Start

 

Counselor’s Corner Hello again,

Here’s what’s going on in the counseling realm at Winterhaven.  In the K-6 classrooms, we continue our focus on race and diversity.  All grades watched Momondo’s DNA project film.  We then are breaking into learning about individual people in the project and using their experiences and ways of looking at their own culture as a lens to examine our own values around race and our ancestry.  So far, the kids have been very engaged and interested.  In the K-3 classrooms we will be supplementing our conversations around those films with some readings. In 4th, 5th and 6th grade we will also be watching and discussing Verna Myers’ TED Talk about race in addition to the DNA Project.  It’s a powerful talk.  

Cleveland has rescheduled with our 8th graders for next Thursday, February 22nd at 8:45. They are the last school that will visit us.  Students headed to other PPS schools should have met with the counselor from that school here at Winterhaven (Franklin, Grant), visited the school to do this (Benson, and maybe Jefferson) or  filled out forecasting forms with me (Lincoln, Roosevelt).  Again, I encourage you to double check your address with PPS’ take on where you are headed.  If you have a split home, please let Nancy know so she can correct your address so you get all the information from the high school you plan on going to. 

One of the things that is coming up in our discussions and videos on race and DNA is the fact that there are no racial DNA markers.  To quote an article on OPB’s website: (http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm); “Two random Koreans are likely to be as genetically different as a Korean and an Italian.”  Humans tend to identify themselves and others as belonging to one or more races.  So our weekly question becomes: “What purpose does the idea of race have in our world?  Do we know the history of it?”  The OPB site above is a good, quick site to get a little background on these ideas.  

 

RACE - The Power of an Illusion | PBS

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Teenagers and Screen Time

Does your child spend a lot of time looking at a screen?  Do you wonder what the impacts of that are?  Join us for the viewing of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time will be shown at the Cleveland High School Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7 pm. The Winterhaven middle school will have viewed the film in an assembly earlier on the same day.

Event is FREE - Space is limited - Registration is encouraged to reserve your seat.  

 

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

 

 

Variety Show –Our amazing Variety show gives Winterhaven students a way to showcase creative and interesting things that they enjoy doing. As always, we are looking for a VARIETY of acts to be in the show:  music, dance, comedy, skits, athletics, speech, novelty, magic...just to name a few. 

 

Auditions:

Tuesday 2/20 starting at 3:40

Thursday 2/22 starting at 3:40

 

Sign-ups, details and requirements for auditions are available on-line at: https://tinyurl.com/vshow2018

We will also be auditioning for our MC (Master of Ceremony) or the host(s). If you are interested in being the host you need to sign up for an audition slot. You can audition as the MC solo or in a small group. Please contact me and I will help you know how to prepare for this type of audition.

 

Dress Rehearsal:

Tuesday 2/27 3:30-5 pm


Performances:

Thursday 3/1 

-In school 1:15 pm

-Evening 6:30 pm


As always we will need volunteers (parents & students) to pitch in, so please sign up online at: http://signup.com/go/HEAArux

We are also looking for someone who has a camera that would allow us to take a video of the performance.

If you have any questions please contact Kari Key at karijkey@gmail.com.

 

Winterhaven Lottery - If you are a current Winterhaven family and your student has a sibling that wants to attend Winterhaven next year, please contact the office for further information.

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net

Winterhaven Weekly - 2/8/18

posted Feb 8, 2018, 8:15 PM by Halle Cisco   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 8:15 PM ]

Upcoming Events:

 

  • February 9 – Middle School Dance 6 pm to 8 pm
  • February 12 – PTSA Community Meeting 6:30 pm to 8 pm
  • February 17 – United States Navy Band at Cleveland High School 7:00 pm

 

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,

Here’s what’s going on in the world of Winterhaven Counseling.  For the K-6 classrooms we will be focusing on diversity.  I had the pleasant experience of learning that the lessons I shared earlier (from Teaching Tolerance) that I was planning on teaching had already been taught in various classrooms around the school.  That’s one of the best parts of having such an incredible staff here at Winterhaven.  Instead of those lessons (which I will still pick and choose from), I’ll be doing other things.  Currently, we are looking at the work that Momondo did on testing DNA from people and learning that these ideas we have about where we are from often aren’t true and most of us are far more diverse than we think.  That then allows us to have a conversation about why we may treat people who look differently certain ways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls&list=PLyon3Rc2gtzci-FrBfPLcHRS_hfHY9peQ


Last Thursday, we had an anti-bullying assembly for the middle schoolers by Kaiser Permanente and the Children’s Theater. It was their last show of the season and for the most part, the kids appreciated it.  


Franklin High School was here Friday to work with our dozen students headed their way.  If you could please make sure the paperwork gets back to me this Friday, signed by you, that would be great.  The proof of address that both Lincoln and Franklin are asking for can also be turned in to me.  


Cleveland High School will also be here on February 16th for the 35 kids headed to them.  Look for paperwork to follow.


We’ve been looking at the bigger questions of race over the last many weekly questions.  In light of the lessons I’ve been giving to your students, a step back to look inward might be in order. It is their homework from me to ask you:  “What is your family story?  Where are your ancestors from?”  I realized a couple years ago that my family story was the story of the men in my family, but the women, even those only one generation back were overlooked and unknown as far as the genetics they brought into the mix that is us.  Even those women that did their own genealogy work end up discounted and forgotten. I suspect my house isn’t the only one that did this. So a bonus question could be: “Are there people in your family whom you don’t know much about?”


Teenagers and Screen Time

Does your child spend a lot of time looking at a screen?  Do you wonder what the impacts of that are?  Join us for the viewing of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time will be shown at the Cleveland High School Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7 pm. The Winterhaven middle school will have viewed the film in an assembly earlier on the same day.

Event is FREE - Space is limited - Registration is encouraged to reserve your seat.  

Read more about this...

 

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

 

 

Variety Show –Our amazing Variety show gives Winterhaven students a way to showcase creative and interesting things that they enjoy doing. As always, we are looking for a VARIETY of acts to be in the show:  music, dance, comedy, skits, athletics, speech, novelty, magic...just to name a few. 

 

Auditions:

Tuesday 2/20 starting at 3:40

Thursday 2/22 starting at 3:40

 

Sign-ups, details and requirements for auditions are available on-line at: https://tinyurl.com/vshow2018

 

We will also be auditioning for our MC (Master of Ceremony) or the host(s). If you are interested in being the host you need to sign up for an audition slot. You can audition as the MC solo or in a small group. Please contact me and I will help you know how to prepare for this type of audition.

 

Dress Rehearsal:

Tuesday 2/27 3:30-5 pm

 

Performances:

Thursday 3/1 

-In school 1:15 pm

-Evening 6:30 pm

 

As always we will need volunteers (parents & students) to pitch in, so please sign up online at: http://signup.com/go/HEAArux

 

We are also looking for someone who has a camera that would allow us to take a video of the performance.

 

If you have any questions please contact Kari Key at karijkey@gmail.com.

 

 

Winterhaven Lottery - If you are a current Winterhaven family and your student has a sibling that wants to attend Winterhaven next year, please contact the office for further information.

 

Immunization Exclusion Day - Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by February 21, 2018.  Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school.  If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.

Alisa Pallister, RN, BSN

MESD School Nurse

 

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net


Winterhaven Weekly - 2/1/18

posted Feb 1, 2018, 6:58 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • February 9 – Middle School Dance 6 pm to 8 pm
  • February 12 – PTSA Community Meeting 6:30 pm to 8 pm
  • February 17 – United States Navy Band at Cleveland High School 7:00 pm

 

Principal's Notes - Great job to everyone on the Science Fair!  I was so impressed with all the work that our students and staff did to put on this special event.  A huge thanks to our volunteers and judges as well!  We really appreciate all the hard work you did to help make this year's Science Fair another successful one!

 

Winterhaven Lottery - If you are a current Winterhaven family and your student has a sibling that wants to attend Winterhaven next year, please contact the office for further information.

 

Immunization Exclusion Day - Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by February 21, 2018.  Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school.  If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.

Alisa Pallister, RN, BSN

MESD School Nurse

 

Winterhaven Sweatshirts – We have a limited number of sweatshirts with the Winterhaven logo in the office for sale.  These are navy blue with white lettering, and the sweatshirts have NO hood (crew neck).  To purchase or check on sizes, please contact the office.  Youth sizes only, no hood, $20 each. These are to be sold first come first served. 

 

United States Navy Band – Sponsored by Cleveland High School on February 17, 2018.  The doors open at 6:15 pm. Our show is at 7:00 pm. Ticketholders are requested to arrive by 6:45 as the general public will be admitted by 6:50 pm. Please print your ticket or have a copy on your phone. The Concert Band is the United States Navy's premier wind ensemble. This group includes 56 performers on flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, string bass, harp and percussion. The band's repertoire includes marches, symphonic selections, patriotic works and popular favorites.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-united-states-navy-band-sponsored-by-cleveland-high-school-band-tickets-42013447352?ref=elink

 

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net


Winterhaven Weekly - 1/25/18

posted Jan 25, 2018, 6:59 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events: 

  • January 25 – Science Fair 5 pm – 7 pm
  • January 29 – Planning Day – No School
  • February 9 – Middle School Dance 6 pm to 8 pm
  • February 17 – United States Navy Band at Cleveland High School 7:00 pm

Counselor’s Corner  Hello again,

Here’s what’s happening in the world of counseling at Winterhaven.

For the classroom visits, we are shifting into celebrating the diversity of the world.  For K-5; I’m planning on using a series by the Southern Poverty Law Center called Different Colors of Beauty.  I likely won’t be doing all of them, but I’ll do most.  Before we get into this, we will watch Dr. Seuss’ Sneetches and do a quick situational role-play around that.  The future lessons are here:

https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/different-colors-of-beauty

Different Colors of Beauty | Teaching Tolerance

www.tolerance.org

The overall goal of these lessons is to help students develop their racial or ethnic identities in a safe and open classroom environment. Each lesson capitalizes on a ...

 

6th grade will also be looking at lessons around diversity, starting with looking at our own biases with Project Implicit, a study done by Harvard.  After this, we will be doing some lessons from Teaching Tolerance as well.   

 

Forecasting for the majority of our 8th graders is just ahead.  Franklin will be here the 2nd and Cleveland will be here the 16th.  Each of them will send paperwork home to be signed.  Franklin is on a tight schedule after that, I’ll need them back in under a week.  

 

Speaking of middle school, we have a couple events in the near future for them.  First is a play by the Children’s Theater and Kaiser on bullying called Above, Between, Below on February 1st.  After this, on the 28th, the middle school will be watching the movie Screenagers.  If you are interested in seeing Screenagers yourself, look for information from the PTSA soon.  

 

And our question: What makes talking about race and racism uncomfortable?  What can we do to continue those conversations and push through?  How can we encourage our kids to do this work also?

 

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

TAG Testing – TAG testing for our school will be next week on January 30th, 31st, and February 1st here at school. If your child was nominated in the fall (and didn’t have SBAC scores that already qualified them), then he/she will be taking the tests on one or more of those days. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at dhuckaba@pps.net. Thanks, Dave Huckaba

 

Winterhaven Sweatshirts – We have a limited number of sweatshirts with the Winterhaven logo in the office for sale.  These are navy blue with white lettering, and the sweatshirts have NO hood (crew neck).  To purchase or check on sizes, please contact the office.  Youth sizes only, no hood, $20 each. These are to be sold first come first served. 

 

United States Navy Band – Sponsored by Cleveland High School on February 17, 2018.  The doors open at 6:15 pm. Our show is at 7:00 pm. Ticketholders are requested to arrive by 6:45 as the general public will be admitted by 6:50 pm. Please print your ticket or have a copy on your phone. The Concert Band is the United States Navy's premier wind ensemble. This group includes 56 performers on flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, string bass, harp and percussion. The band's repertoire includes marches, symphonic selections, patriotic works and popular favorites.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-united-states-navy-band-sponsored-by-cleveland-high-school-band-tickets-42013447352?ref=elink

 

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net


Winterhaven Weekly - 1/18/18

posted Jan 18, 2018, 5:47 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • January 25 – Science Fair 5 pm – 7 pm
  • January 29 – Planning Day – No School
  • February 9 – Middle School Dance 6 pm to 8 pm

 

Counselor’s Corner  Hello again,

This week is No-Name Calling Week and all of our classroom activities are centered on this theme.  In the upper grades we are continuing to try to figure out the difference between kind teasing and hurtful teasing.  In the lower grades we have focused mostly on choosing the words we use with each other and making a habit of only calling people by their given/chosen names.  Kids will have had the opportunity to have a piece of yarn tied around their wrist as a reminder to speak kindly to each other. I wish we could make this nationwide and all ages.

 

8th graders forecasting for Grant and Roosevelt should turn in their forms to me ASAP.  I need to get those back to the schools very soon. Lincoln will send me their forms soon and Franklin will be here on February 2ndCleveland is scheduled to be here on the 16th of February.  In the meantime, here’s info on Cleveland’s open house:  

 

Cleveland High School’s Annual Open House
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7 p.m. - CHS Auditorium Please attend Cleveland’s annual Open House, where parents and their 8th graders can learn about "bridging the gap" between 8th grade and high school. You will meet CHS teachers, students and parents who will share their experiences and answer questions while you take a guided tour of the campus. Learn about class offerings, freshman Academies, student activities and resources, athletics and student organizations, as well as the International Baccalaureate and Mandarin Chinese Immersion programs. This is a once-a-year event for 8th graders and their parents. We look forward to seeing you there! Parents with questions about Bridging the Gap should contact Jan Watt at 503-916-5120 x75029.

 

If your 8th grader is hoping to go to a private school, please get the recommendation paperwork to the teachers (and Mr. Sandilands and I) as soon as possible.  It does take us some time to complete.  

We have a middle school theater production called Above, Between, Below focusing on bullying coming to us February 1st.  It’s a collaboration between Kaiser and the Oregon Children’s Theater.  

http://www.etpnorthwest.org/programs-list/above-between-below.  

 

On February 28th, the middle school students will be watching the movie Screenagers, focusing on the role screens are playing in our lives.  A public screening will be shown at Cleveland that night.  Look for more info from the PTSA soon.  

 

And our question of the week:  What role does/did race play in your family’s choice of schools?  This is going to be more of a self-journey for the adults in the room, but also one that middle schoolers can be more aware of as they start to think about high school.  Some of this may be really uncomfortable for all of us.  I encourage us all (I do these with my kids as well) to dodge this discomfort, we have to embrace it in order to change things.  The easy answer, of course, is “none”; but that’s missing the deeper complexities.  We all took the time and effort (and luck) to get into this amazing place called Winterhaven.  Why?  How did race play into that decision?  

Have a good week!

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

Winterhaven Sweatshirts – We have a limited number of sweatshirts with the Winterhaven logo in the office for sale.  These are navy blue with white lettering, and the sweatshirts have NO hood (crew neck).  To purchase or check on sizes, please contact the office.  Youth sizes only, no hood, $20 each.  We have one youth hoodie size small for $25.  These are to be sold first come first served. 

 

Volunteers needed for science fair! We need parent volunteers to help us choose who will represent us at Intel’s NW Science Expo this spring! Please consider volunteering for at least one hour during the week of science fair. We need judges for both the preliminaries (Jan 22-243:30-7:30 pm, no experience or background needed) and for the semifinals from 1-5 pm on Jan 25th (if you have a science-y background).  Volunteers can register by completing clicking the appropriate link on the Science Fair Tab of the Winterhaven PTSA website:  http://www.winterhavenschool.org/science-fair There are several other opportunities to volunteer for science fair available for sign up at:  http://signup.com/go/YoCBaVU Questions? Email:  sciencefair@winterhavenschool.org

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net.

Winterhaven Weekly - 1/11/18

posted Jan 11, 2018, 6:33 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • January 15 – No School – MLK Day
  • January 17 – Two Hour Late Start – School starts at 10:45
  • January 25 – Science Fair 5 pm – 7 pm

 

Counselor’s Corner – Hello again,

In K-5 counseling we continue to prepare for No-Name Calling Week; January 15-20.  We will be looking at names and spending lots of time trying to differentiate between kind, harmless teasing and hurtful teasing. We are spending a lot of time looking at impact vs. intent and context vs. words.  


A counselor from Grant was here last week helping our kids headed their way.  Students who were there should have brought home their forecasting sheets for you to go over and sign with them.  I need those back this Friday (likely tomorrow for you).  Franklin will be here in February and Cleveland sometime as well.  I’ll be pulling the other public schools in and doing the forecasting with them, starting with Roosevelt this week.  


If you are applying to private high schools, please get the recommendation forms to us as soon as possible.  We get a lot of them and it takes a considerable amount of time that staff would like to plan for.  


Another article on teenage mental health from the Oregonian this week.  http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2017/12/oregon_teens_struggle_with_men.html

 

Oregon teens struggle with mental health more than ever ...

www.oregonlive.com

Compared with 2015 and particularly 2013, more eighth- and 11th- graders reported they have unmet mental health needs on the biennial Oregon Healthy Teens ...

It always is one thing to read about national trends, but it is another to see it playing out among us.  Please take the time to practice mindfulness, art and exercise with your students.  These are the best three things we can do for our kids for both anxiety and depression.  If they are showing signs of more intense mental health related issues, please talk to your insurance provider or me about further counseling help.  


For this week’s question, I’m remembering a book I once read called “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” where Hmong immigrants viewed epileptic seizures as someone communicating with the divine where the US doctors had their Western medical opinions.  We used to diagnose slaves who repeatedly ran away as being mentally ill (!).  Other diagnoses have come and slipped away over the years as well, after they were found to target minorities, women, etc.  


Which brings us to the question: What are our stereotypes of mental illness and how do race and culture play into them?  

 

Have a good week!

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

Items being sold at school or on school grounds – This is a note to let families and students know that students are not to be selling items at school unless the items have been cleared by the main office.  An example of the selling of items that can be approved by the main office are around fundraising – such as the candy cane sale back in December to raise funds for the middle school dance.  Examples of the selling of items that would not be approved include the selling of clothes, jewelry, candy and/or other food items that do not raise funds for the school or a school activity.  Students who are selling items at school without the permission of the front office may have the item(s) confiscated, along with additional consequences.

 

Volunteers needed for science fair! We need parent volunteers to help us choose who will represent us at Intel’s NW Science Expo this spring! Please consider volunteering for at least one hour during the week of science fair. We need judges for both the preliminaries (Jan 22-243:30-7:30 pm, no experience or background needed) and for the semifinals from 1-5 pm on Jan 25th (if you have a science-y background).  Volunteers can register by completing clicking the appropriate link on the Science Fair Tab of the Winterhaven PTSA website:  http://www.winterhavenschool.org/science-fair There are several other opportunities to volunteer for science fair available for sign up at:  http://signup.com/go/YoCBaVU Questions? Email:  sciencefair@winterhavenschool.org

 

PPS Child Care Survey - Please take a moment to complete this confidential online childcare survey:  2017-18 PPS Before After Care Survey Link or go to pps.net, Departments, Child Care.Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by January 19, 2018
If you need a paper survey, please let your child care site director know. 
Questions? Contact Nancy Hauth at 503-916-3230 or nhauth@pps.net.

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net.  

Winterhaven Weekly 12/14/17

posted Dec 14, 2017, 6:55 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • December 18 – January 1 – Winter Break.
  • January 2 – First school day of 2018
  • January 6 – Oregon Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity  12:45 pm to 3:00 pm

 

Counselor’s Corner – Hey folks,

 

We are wrapping up this last week of the year in the K-6 classes by reflecting on our learnings of mindfulness.  How is it useful to each student as an individual?  How does it help?  What are things it can’t help with?   What gets in the way of making it a regular practice?  What are other ways we can be mindful?  This then becomes a mindful eating exercise, which will likely be very difficult for the kids.  Hopefully it will be fun also.  If you could continue to reinforce mindfulness at home throughout the year that would be instrumental to helping our school be the amazing place it is.   

 

You may have heard in the news about a big spike in youth anxiety levels.  We were a very anxious school before this spike, so it is really hitting us hard.  Please take the time to check in with your kiddo (and yourself) to see where their stress levels are.  Taking the time to really relax at least a couple days this vacation is especially necessary for many of our kids, particularly the more introverted ones who really just need some alone time, as do we introverted adults also!  Sometimes the pace of the holidays can interfere with this.  Try to make the time for some mindful down time and allow them to be in the moment of “now” rather than thinking of the future.  

 

A reminder that Grant High School will be here the first Friday in January (the 5th) to speak to the half dozen 8th graders headed their way and Franklin will be here in February to speak to their dozen.  Cleveland will follow at some point.  Other public high schools will send me the materials as they become ready and I’ll be choosing the classes with the students as needed.  You’ll need to sign off on your student’s class choices so be expecting paperwork to come home after each of those meetings.  

 

And to our equity question of the week: “What do our portrayals of the holidays speak about our ideas of race and class?  How can we improve this for future generations?”  You’ll have to break this down some for the wee ones

.  

Happy Holidays.  

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

Traffic Reminder – A reminder to all families who drive their children to school, please slow down.  We want all students to be safe and when cars are going too fast, the likelihood that someone gets hurt increases.  We also want to encourage folks to use the drive thru to pick up and drop off their students as it helps with traffic in the front of the school.

 

Book Fair - Thanks to the Winterhaven community for a very successful book fair. With your support we doubled last year's sales and purchased $850 worth of books for our library.  Your generosity also purchased a record 26 books for our classrooms! We could not have done this without the support of our awesome local bookstore, Wallace Books; our volunteer book sellers; and our student packing crew!

 

Food Drive to benefit Portland Food Project - Thanks to all who donated food to our donation drive supporting Portland Food Project.   We collected 230 pounds of food to help stock food pantries around the Portland area to help individuals and families get through the holiday season!  If you would like more information on what the Portland Food Project does or how to become a regular donor please check out their website  http://www.portlandfoodproject.org/   or feel free to contact me at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com.

Thanks again from the Winterhaven Community Service Committee! 

 

 

Oregon food Bank Volunteer Opportunity - Celebrate the New Year with Helping Those in Need!

Looking for a fast-paced, fun way to get involved in giving back to our community?

Please join the Winterhaven Community Service Committee in helping out at the Oregon Food Bank, Volunteer Action Center.  We will be repacking bulk foods into family-sized portions to be distributed to families in need.  

 

Where: Oregon Food Bank Headquarters – Portland, 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211

When:  January 6, 2018, 12:45 - 3:00 PM 

Who:  40 Winterhaven family members age 6 and older

Space is limited (up to 40 volunteers including adults), so sign up soon -- spots fill up fast! 

How to sign up:  Email Shelley (Violet and Lina Norris' mom) at tasar541@msn.com

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net.  

Winterhaven Weekly 12/7/17

posted Dec 7, 2017, 5:07 PM by Halle Cisco   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 5:07 PM ]

Upcoming Events:

  • December 4 – 8 – Book Fair
  • December 7 – Anti-Bias Workshop and Community Potluck 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 18 – January 1 – Winter Break.
  • January 2 – First school day of 2018
  • January 6 – Oregon Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity  12:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Counselor’s Corner 

Hey everyone!


I love stealing that line from Ms. Cooke.  Here’s what has been happening (and what I’m predicting will be happening as of Wednesday morning) for this week in counseling at Winterhaven.


Overall, our focus remains on mindfulness in the K-6 classrooms.  We will be wrapping Mindfulness up next week and moving into some acceptance and anti-bullying topics in January.  This week, in all but the K-1 classes, we will be watching this video and practicing a mindful body scan.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw71zanwMnY&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&t=18s&index=16

 

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We will be just be doing the body scan in K-1 and a quick reading.  


8th grade had our whole class meeting Monday.  It went well.  If you could continue to reinforce the ideas of treating each other kindly and respectfully and speaking up if someone isn’t, that would be very helpful.  A larger lesson looming is the one around “snitching”.  


Both Grant High School and Franklin High School will be here shortly after Winter Break to have students choose classes.  Cleveland will be here sometime after that.  I’ll let you know.  


And our Equity Question of the week:  What does “fair” mean?  How are the words “equal” and “equitable” different?


Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

Oregon food Bank Volunteer Opportunity - Celebrate the New Year with Helping Those in Need!

Looking for a fast-paced, fun way to get involved in giving back to our community?

Please join the Winterhaven Community Service Committee in helping out at the Oregon Food Bank, Volunteer Action Center.  We will be repacking bulk foods into family-sized portions to be distributed to families in need.  

 

Where: Oregon Food Bank Headquarters – Portland, 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211

When:  January 6, 2018, 12:45 - 3:00 PM 

Who:  40 Winterhaven family members age 6 and older

Space is limited (up to 40 volunteers including adults), so sign up soon -- spots fill up fast! 

How to sign up:  Email Shelley (Violet and Lina Norris' mom) at tasar541@msn.com

 

Anti-Bias Workshop & Community Potluck -

When: Dec 7, Thurs 5:30-8:00 pm

Attendees: Winterhaven Families (recommended 14 years+)

Where: Winterhaven Auditorium

Cost: Free, childcare included

Winterhaven PTSA invites you to join author, teacher, activist Katie Kissinger for a workshop on anti-bias education. She is a leader in anti-bias work in early childhood education. By combining storytelling, goals for children, and strategies for supporting your child’s identity and learning about differences, Katie

offers a basic foundation for anti-bias education and parenting. Katie’s teaching often encourages reflection

surrounding your own stories, about the messages you grew up with regarding identity in six categories: gender, skin color, culture, economic status, sexual orientation and able-ness. For the best possible workshop, Katie requests that attendees come with a willingness and readiness for self-reflection and honesty.

Social Potluck is at 5:30. Workshop begins at 6:00For those who are able, we encourage you to bring a shared potluck dish and a serving utensil.

Who is Katie Kissinger? : Katie is author of All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color and Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom. If you’d like some more information, here is a

website showcasing some of Katie’s work:

Journey Toward Justice - Justice Journey Consulting and Facilitation Team

This workshop is organized by Winterhaven PTSA and the Parents for Equity.

https://sites.google.com/winterhavenschool.org/parentsforequity/

Questions? Please reach out to Marisha.Childs@winterhavenschool.org

 

Book Fair - The Winterhaven Book Fair is this week.

Mon-Fri 12/4-12/8 from 8:30 am -3:30 pm (open until 7:30 pm on Wed 12/6), in the Winterhaven Library.

Sponsored by Wallace Books and the Winterhaven PTSA

 

Food Drive The Winterhaven Community Service Committee is holding a food drive for the Portland Food Project. Can you help by bringing non-perishable food items to school? Green collection bags will be in the front hall November 20th through December 8th. Some ideas of items to bring are: canned meat, nut butters, cereal, soups, canned fruit, dried fruits, Ensure protein drinks, dried beans, and toothpaste. Most needed items are on the PFP website.  http://www.portlandfoodproject.org/

If you have questions, please contact Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net.  


Winterhaven Weekly 11/30/17

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:57 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

  • December 4 – 8 – Book Fair
  • December 7 – Anti-Bias Workshop and Community Potluck 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 18 – January 1 – Winter Break.
  • January 2 – First school day of 2018.

Counselor’s Corner -

Hey all,

It’s been a busy few days since Thanksgiving here.  This is what we are (hopefully) up to:

In K-6 classrooms we are finishing up our last three weeks of mindfulness training.  This week, instead of using our breath as an anchor to keep our “Monkey Minds” busy, we spent some time with some coloring books with themes from all over the world.  We worked on just returning our focus to the drawing every time we felt our minds wander.  The kids who struggled the most with keeping track of their breath have done wonderfully with this so far. Sometimes a little motion is what is needed, underlining that mindfulness is very much an individual experience.  Again, supporting our students through this at home is building a very useful skill for them and hopefully relaxing them as well.  

I spent some time in both 7th grade classes talking about the objectification of other humans.  Some innocent ratings of each other turned hurtful.  If you could reinforce how we should try to see every human on the inside, deeper self that would be helpful.   

In 8th grade we are having a series of community meetings looking at how we are interacting and treating each other and hopefully find a consensus on what is appropriate and what is hurtful.  The goal is to increase the cohesion in that class and heal some of the fractures that have been happening.  

8th grade is also easing into forecasting for high school.  Before I forget, Grant will be here Friday, January 5th and Franklin will be here Friday, February 2nd.  The only other school I expect to come to Winterhaven is Cleveland.  I’ll keep you posted when we get them scheduled.  

Also, a last reminder for 8th grade parents looking at Jefferson, MLC or Benson - the lottery closes December 1st.  Likely that is tomorrow from when you get this.  

Our equity question for the week:  How are stereotypes harmful?  What about positive stereotypes?  How are they harmful as well?

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

Anti-Bias Workshop & Community Potluck -

When: Dec 7, Thurs 5:30-8:00 pm

Attendees: Winterhaven Families (recommended 14 years+)

Where: Winterhaven Auditorium

Cost: Free, childcare included

Winterhaven PTSA invites you to join author, teacher, activist Katie Kissinger for a workshop on anti-bias education. She is a leader in anti-bias work in early childhood education. By combining storytelling, goals for children, and strategies for supporting your child’s identity and learning about differences, Katie

offers a basic foundation for anti-bias education and parenting. Katie’s teaching often encourages reflection

surrounding your own stories, about the messages you grew up with regarding identity in six categories: gender, skin color, culture, economic status, sexual orientation and able-ness. For the best possible workshop, Katie requests that attendees come with a willingness and readiness for self-reflection and honesty.

Social Potluck is at 5:30. Workshop begins at 6:00For those who are able, we encourage you to bring a shared potluck dish and a serving utensil.

Who is Katie Kissinger? : Katie is author of All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color and Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom. If you’d like some more information, here is a

website showcasing some of Katie’s work:

Journey Toward Justice - Justice Journey Consulting and Facilitation Team

This workshop is organized by Winterhaven PTSA and the Parents for Equity.

https://sites.google.com/winterhavenschool.org/parentsforequity/

Questions? Please reach out to Marisha.Childs@winterhavenschool.org

 

Book Fair The Winterhaven Book Fair is next week! It's our annual book fair where 12% of the proceeds go to the Winterhaven Library. What's in it for you? Pick up some cool new books, stock up for Winter reading, and check off your holiday gift list. Find us in the Winterhaven library Monday through Friday (12/4-12/8) from 8:30-3:30 (open 'till 7:30 on Wednesday 12/6). As a special addition to the book fair, former Winterhaven parent and acclaimed children's book author, Michelle McCann, will be signing copies of her newest book  "More Girls Who Rocked the World" Wednesday, December 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. She will be joined by two former Winterhaven students whom contributed to the book which shares inspiration from young women who made their mark before turning twenty.

 

Food Drive The Winterhaven Community Service Committee is holding a food drive for the Portland Food Project.

Can you help by bringing non-perishable food items to school? Green collection bags will be in the front hall November 20th through December 8th.

Some ideas of items to bring are: canned meat, nut butters, cereal, soups, canned fruit, dried fruits, Ensure protein drinks, dried beans, and toothpaste. Most needed items are on the PFP website.

http://www.portlandfoodproject.org/

If you have questions, please contact Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com

 

Summer Camp Opportunity - Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) is a non-profit, non-political, children’s peace education organization with chapters in more than 200 cities worldwide. For over 60 years, CISV has given children between the ages of 11-18 the opportunity to build lasting friendships through international educational programs and camps. CISV helps participants develop skills to become informed, responsible, active global citizens and make a difference in their communities. CISV Portland was established in 2016. We will be hosting 2 information sessions at two different Multnomah County Libraries the weekend of December 2nd/3rd - see attached flyer - to talk about our travel opportunities for kids, and the international camp that we'll be hosting here in PDX in 2019. If you want to learn more, just ask me! Or come to our info sessions in person, contact our President (also me), Julie Rentsch directly at portland@cisvusa.org or visit the websites of CISV USA here, and CISV International here.

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net.  

Winterhaven Weekly 11/16/17

posted Nov 16, 2017, 5:54 PM by Halle Cisco   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 6:58 PM ]

Upcoming Events:

 

  • November 22 – 24 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 4 – 8 – Book Fair
  • December 18 – January 1 – Winter Break.
  • January 2 – First school day of 2018.

 

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,

Thanks to all of you who came to conferences.  It is always nice to see our families and students together.  I especially want to thank those of you who fed us!  It was a rare chance for all of us, as a staff, to sit together and eat.  

I’ll be doing more mindfulness stuff with all the kids this week.  We will be working on this until Winter Break.  There is loads of research about the benefits of mindfulness in a school setting as well as in our personal lives.   However, mindfulness is most effective if it is done daily, so I need your help.  Here is an article on how to add some in slowly at home.  https://fityourself.club/5-effective-morning-rituals-for-the-stressed-and-anxious-f850a706a9c8  Again, both students and parents reported high levels of stress and anxiety in the needs assessment that went out earlier this year.  The unfortunate truth is also that if we, as parents are stressed, so are our kids.  Sometimes the best thing we can do for them is take care of ourselves alongside them.  

The lotteries for high schools are now open until December 1st.  If your student is thinking of going to Benson, Jefferson or MLC, the time to apply is now. Benson also has its own additional application process on their website. We’ve got a dozen students going there for Shadow Day this Friday (tomorrow).   If your student wants to go to a different neighborhood high school than the neighborhood one, there is a little more flexibility in time, but a lot smaller chance in making it happen. Jefferson is having their Shadow Day the 29th.  I’ve got the forms you’ll need to fill out if your student is thinking of that as an option.  Contact the Enrollment and Transfer Center for more information.  

As the days darken and the rain is a constant companion, something that always seems to come up more around this time of year is our relationship with technology.  Here’s an article from The Atlantic that caught my attention:  https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-have-smartphones-destroyed-a-generation/f-51657b2bd6%2Ftheatlantic.com

Also, should this start looking like a deeper issue in your home, there is this resource in town (among others) to help:

https://graduate.lclark.edu/clinics/gate/ .  As always, I find my words to my kids about technology to be most effective if I practice what I preach.  As hard as it is, limiting our own screen time is both a good example as well as a good framework for us to be present with our kids during our short times together.  

The Question:  How do you think race influenced our first Thanksgiving?  How accurate does our portrayal represent this?


Be well and Happy Thanksgiving to you!  

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

 

Book Fair - The Winterhaven Book Fair is coming ...

*What's that? An annual book fair where 12% of the proceeds go to the Winterhaven Library.

*What's in it for you?  Pick up some cool new books. Stock up for winter reading. Check off your holiday gift list. 

*When? Mon-Fri 12/4-12/8 from 8:30 am -3:30 pm (open until 7:30 pm on Wed 12/6).

*Where? In the Winterhaven Library

Sponsored by Wallace Books and the Winterhaven PTSA


Food Drive - Please join the Winterhaven Community for a WINTER FOOD HARVEST. Items can be dropped off in the front lobby in large green bags from Monday November 20th through Friday December 8th

Our Food Harvest bounty will be going to the Portland Food Project (http://www.portlandfoodproject.org/).

By providing reusable, green donation bags to members of the community, they create a network of long-term food donors that help supply food to local pantries in the Portland area. 

 

Please bring in any non-perishable food items to donate, and help to fill as many green bags for them as we can! 

 

Questions?  Email Kristin Doherty (Winterhaven Community Service Committee) at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com

 

Most-needed Items:

 

Non-Perishable Food

·       Canned Meat/Fish/Protein

·       Nut Butters

·       Cooking Oil

·       Cereal

·       Hearty Soups

·       Canned Fruit

·       Canned Beans

·       Dried Beans

·       Pinto Beans

·       Canned Corn

·       Masa

·       Brown Rice

·       Long Grain White Rice

·       Plain Stewed Tomatoes

·       Fruit Cocktail

·       Side Dishes

·       Soy Milk

·       Canned Milk

·       Texturized Vegetable Protein

·       Pasta

·       Vegetables

·       Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Especially for Seniors

·       Dried Fruits

·       Ready made jell-o & pudding

·       Ensure protein drinks

·       Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups

·       Low-sodium Single-
Serving Meals

·       Low-sodium Crackers

·       Green Tea (regular and decaf)

·       Canned Vegetable

·       Hard Candies

Non-Food Items

·       Toilet Paper

·       Toothpaste

·       Toothbrushes

·       Soap

 

Summer Camp Opportunity - Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) is a non-profit, non-political, children’s peace education organization with chapters in more than 200 cities worldwide. For over 60 years, CISV has given children between the ages of 11-18 the opportunity to build lasting friendships through international educational programs and camps. CISV helps participants develop skills to become informed, responsible, active global citizens and make a difference in their communities. CISV Portland was established in 2016. We will be hosting 2 information sessions at two different Multnomah County Libraries the weekend of December 2nd/3rd - see attached flyer - to talk about our travel opportunities for kids, and the international camp that we'll be hosting here in PDX in 2019. If you want to learn more, just ask me! Or come to our info sessions in person, contact our President (also me), Julie Rentsch directly at portland@cisvusa.org or visit the websites of CISV USA here, and CISV International here.

 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at ncooper1@pps.net.  


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