Winterhaven Weekly

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 - 4/19/18

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:46 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

  • April 23 – School-wide photo - 10 am
  • May 7 – PTSA Community Meeting – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • May 9 – K-2 Spring Concert – 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Counselor’s Corner Hey everyone,

Here’s what is happening in counseling this week and maybe next too!  When talking to kids and adults, we need to spend a little more time on friendships and relationships, so we will revisit that for the next couple weeks in the K-5 classrooms. This is the normal rhythm of the year; social things tend to flare up a bit after spring break.  Hormones? Seeing the sun for the first time in a while? End of the year approaching? With 3rd grade, we will also be doing some work with feelings and emotions around their first foray into state testing. After this, we will start digging into Health using this curriculum: http://advocatesforyouth.org/3rs-curric-lessonplans.  


6th grade is away at Outdoor School this week.  We will keep on going with our other Health curriculum, My Future, My Choice when we get back, continuing through the rest of the school year.  We will be finishing up lesson 2 and hopefully starting lesson 3, but we may need to spend some time processing Outdoor School instead.  http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/mfmc/pages/index.aspx


A good article on the complexities and history of this thing we call race came out in National Geographic this week: https://apple.news/AWzWm0UjQQQWvT8ptkh8M_A   It’s their Race Issue, so you may want to check it out, if you can.  


We are often faced with an inaccurate portrayal of how different folks’ relationships look.  What are some of the stereotypes you may have heard of other races and the way they act in a relationship?  Can you think of any counter examples to these stereotypes? One of the best things we can do to get rid of our own biases is to see and actively notice counter examples, so let’s practice that for this exercise.

_______________________________
Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

 

MAC ATTACK WRAP UP--DEADLINE #2--FRIDAY APRIL 27

Thank you for to all the students and our community support for getting through a rainy run last Thursday. The students did awesome. They have received their form back. It is now time to collect the money. 

Deadline #2 Friday-April 27--all forms and money are due. Early bird incentive for middle schoolers that have theirs back by this Thursday, April 19. We need forms and money in on time to order prizes and t shirts.

**All checks should be written to "Winterhaven PTSA". All monies should be secured in an envelope with student name and attached to their form.

Thank you for your support

Colleen Dixon

PE Specialist

 

Intel NW Science Expo Results –

Sammy Hopkins - 2nd place - Chemistry
Calvin Beall - 2nd place - Earth Science
Lorenzo Segura - 3rd place - Energy
Lina Norris -3rd place - Engineering
Eli Stabler - 3rd place - Physics: Electromagnetic
Sam Even - Honorable Mention - Physics: Mechanical
Micah Powch - Honorable Mention - Physics: Mechanical

Special Awards:

Calvin Beall - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award

Lina Norris - Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award sponsored by Office of Naval Records, US Navy & Marine Corps

Calvin Beall - Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) Nomination

School-wide photo – We will be taking the school-wide photo Monday, April 23rd at 10 am. We appreciate your efforts in having your students in attendance!

 

Franklin Youth Baseball - We have a PIL youth baseball team here at Franklin High School. We are having a tryout on Wednesday at 6 pm. We want any and all players even if they are playing on a different team. We also welcome all skills levels. There is two practices a week. With double headers taking place on Saturdays. If kids are not able to make it but would still like to be on the team they can contact me, Coach Jaynes at djaynes@pps.net

 

Cleveland Cheer Tryouts - Hello, this is Jamie Butler head cheer coach over at CHS. We will be welcoming all upcoming freshmen to our tryout week April 23rd-27th from 4:30-6:30pm! Students participating in cheer tryouts do not need a physical for tryout week but, will need one by the first official practice (TBA).

 

In health,

Jamie Butler 

CHS Cheer Coach 

 

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 - 4/5/2018

posted Apr 5, 2018, 6:42 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 6:50 PM ]

Upcoming Events:

 

  • April 11 – 8th Grade Musical – 6:00 pm
  • April 12 – MAC Attack
  • April 12 – 8th Grade Musical – 6:00 pm
  • April 13 – No School – Teacher Planning Day

 

Counselor’s Corner - see Cliff's Corner 4/5/2018

 

The SafeOregon Tip Line Aims to Increase Student Safety

In keeping with our commitment to student safety, last October PPS joined school districts across the state in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. We want to remind you about this important resource.

SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm. 

Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:

  • The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website
  • The SafeOregon website 
  • A live call/text (844-472-3367)
  • An email to tip@safeoregon.com
  • The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or  Google Play

Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond. 

Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something – immediately.  Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

 

MAC ATTACK update -  IMPORTANT DEADLINE #1---MAC ATTACK

 

All forms are due Monday April 9. Please make sure there is a parent signature on front of form and all pertinent information filled out inside for your child including t-shirt size.

 

Run Date--Thursday, April 12, Rain or shine.

 

Volunteers needed- please contact Nicole Cordan--(503) 703-3733 if you can help for any or all of it.

 

Times of run--

MS--11:00-11:45

K-2--1:15-2:00

3-5--2:10--2:55

 

Thank you 

Colleen Dixon

PE Specialist

 

8th Grade Musical


Come see the 8th grade show! ...The Waiting... an original musical by Winterhaven's 8th graders opens April 11. Come revel in the creation of the Winterhaven Class of 2018! Admission is free, but donations will be happily accepted at the door and go toward next year's production.

Show Times:

Wed, April 11 at 1:15 PM for the student body

Wed, April 11 at 6:00 PM

Thurs, April 12 at 6:00 PM

 

2018 Winterhaven Chess Academy


This is a great opportunity for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  It's primarily geared for K-3rd graders, but anyone can attend.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.

 

The Chess Academy starts April 4th and will be held 4 weeks (April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) for an hour (3-4 PM).  We will meet in room #25. Please use the link to register:   https://goo.gl/LK4G2V  There is a $10 suggested donation per student:  https://www.paypal.me/Winterhavenchessclub/10

 

If you have any questions, please email Dean at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com.

 

Winterhaven Weekly - 3/22/2018

posted Mar 27, 2018, 3:18 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Upcoming Events:

 

  • March 26-30: Spring Break—No School
  • April 11: 8th Grade Musical—6:00 pm
  • April 12: MAC Attack
  • April 12: 8th Grade Musical—6:00 pm
  • April 13: No School: Teacher Planning Day

 

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Hey everyone, A quick shakedown of the week before vacation:

I’m out of the building a bunch this week for both training and family stuff so there isn’t too much to report as I’ll be missing most of the classroom visits. If I do make it to the K-5 classrooms, we will talk about assertive communication some more, zooming in on “I messages”. I messages are structured ways for people to communicate disagreements. They look like this: 

  • “I feel _______________ (emotion) when you _____________ (action).  
  • Could you please ________________ (request for action, change, etc.).” 

They help people own their feelings and others to feel less attacked and therefore less defensive so they can hear what you are trying to communicate.  We will do these at all grade levels K-5. Mostly after Spring Break, it appears.


In 6th grade we are starting Sex Ed / Health. Students should have a talking sheet to go over with you every week for homework. These are graded assignments, please sign them on the bottom. This is your chance to state your family’s values around this topic and share out what the students are thinking. They can be difficult conversations, but necessary ones. Trust me, they are far more nervous about talking to you about this than you are to them. This week’s lesson is on basic vocabulary and the worksheet is on puberty for next class. As an aside, I read a terrifying statistic: The average age of kids being exposed to porn is now 8 or 9. They need to have some education around healthy relationships instead of just relying on that. Yes, they are tremendously uncomfortable and goofy as all get out in these lessons. The feigned disgust trying to cover obvious interest is pretty fun to see.


And to our weekly question: How do different culture’s “normal” means of communicating cause friction when communicating with other cultures? I’m thinking of a friend of mine who spent a few years living in Ghana. She shared with me that Gha is a very direct language, a lot of the niceties and manners are done non-verbally as the structures aren’t present in the language. Contrast that with some First Nations’ cultural avoidance of directness, choosing to often speak in metaphor rather than confront. Even our stereotypical East Coast vs. West Coast communication shows this friction. We communicate in a way that is socially normed for us which does not necessarily fit well with other cultures. Can you think of a time that something like this happened in your life and share it with your kids?

 

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

 

MAC ATTACK(MAKE ART COUNT / annual jog-a-thon) Thursday, April 12

All students should have received their Mac Attack sponsor sheet. If your student did not or they need another one, they can pick one up in the main office or from Mrs. Dixon. Students can begin to collect pledges now. 

 

Deadline #1Monday April 9All sponsor sheets are due back to their teachers. An early bird incentive will be given to the middle schoolers who turn theirs in by Thursday April 5.

 

Volunteers needed—We are in need of volunteers to help tally laps the day of the run. We can use you even if you can come for part of it. Please contact Nicole Cordan if you can help. rcordan@pewtrusts.org

 

Times of runs:

11:00-11:45MS

1:15-2:00K-2

2:10-2:553-5

 

Thanks again for your help and support with our all school fundraiser.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concernscdixon@pps.net - Colleen Dixon, PE Specialist

 

8th GRADE ROCK OPERACome see the 8th grade show! ...The Waiting... an original musical by Winterhaven's 8th graders performed April 11-12. Come revel in the creation of the Winterhaven Class of 2018! Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted at the door and will go toward next year's production.


Show Times:

Wed, April 11 at 1:15 PM for the student body

Wed, April 11 at 6:00 PM

Thurs, April 12 at 6:00 PM

 

2018 WINTERHAVEN CHESS ACADEMYThis is a great opportunity for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  It's primarily geared for K-3rd graders, but anyone can attend.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.

 

The Chess Academy starts April 4th and will be held 4 weeks (April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) for an hour (3-4 PM).  We will meet in room #25. Please use the link to register: https://goo.gl/LK4G2V  There is a $10 suggested donation per student:  https://www.paypal.me/Winterhavenchessclub/10

 

If you have any questions, please email Dean at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com.

Winterhaven Weekly - 3/15/18

posted Mar 15, 2018, 5:27 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

  • March 21 – Two Hour Late Start – School starts at 10:45 am
  • March 26 – 30 – Spring Break – No School
  • April 12 – MAC Attack
  • April 13 – No School – Teacher Planning Day

 

Update on Staffing for the 2018-19 school year – We received our staffing information for next year and due to a change in how PPS does it’s staffing for K-5 students and 6-8 students, we are required to cut 1.25 FTE for next year.  We will be cutting our 2 educational assistant positions, as well as reducing our school secretary position down to 0.5 FTE.  We are also cutting our Literacy Coach position.  This year, Ms. Ferguson was ½ time 8th grade language arts/7th grade health and ½ time Literacy Coach.  Ms. Connelly was ½ time 7th grade language arts and ½ time 7th and 8th grade Spanish.  Next year, Ms. Ferguson will be back in the classroom full time and Ms. Connelly will be teaching Spanish half time to our 7th and 8th grade students.

We are also making a change on how we use our 0.5 FTE Arts tax funds.  As you know, we have had an art coordinator position for the past several years that has been paid for out of PTSA funds.  As the PTSA can no longer fund the position in the same manner as it has over the past few years due to district and PTA rules, and PPS is requiring that we have a certified Art teacher teach art, we will be using the Arts tax funds to hire a 0.5 FTE visual arts teacher.  This means that we will no longer be able to offer K-5 music.  As for visual arts for students in grades 6-8, we are still working on those details and we will share this information with our community once we have the details finalized.

 

Counselor’s Corner - Hi everybody,

With Spring Break just around the corner, here is where we are going in counseling this week and next.  I’m a bit bad at predicting the future, so think of this as more setting the course of a sailboat in a storm than a roadmap.  I have to adapt to the winds of the school and they sometimes take me in new places that I wasn’t expecting.

 

One such place was brought up in last week’s lesson about secrets.  A very wise second grader brought up that there are secrets that need to be told, especially if it involves someone touching them in ways that make them uncomfortable.  We ended up talking about this briefly in all of the K-4 classes with some having more awareness of this than others. Please take the time to have that conversation with your kids.  None of us want to have that be anything to worry about, but it is something we, as parents, need to be proactive about. To their credit, all of them handled it with maturity and seriousness. I used the phrases “where your swimsuit covers” and “private parts” to illustrate what I was talking about and was pretty brief.  This took a bit more time and in most classes, we didn’t get to communication styles so that is the plan for the next couple weeks. Fourth and fifth grade rocked it. It’s good to see them remember something from last year so clearly. If you wanted to support this at home, we broke it down to Aggressive, Passive, Passive-Aggressive (aka Portland Normal) and Assertive. Perhaps observing when people around us are communicating in those styles, and letting kids see how they work and how others feel when those happen could be a good exercise? We will watch the video by Lexie Wilson about it 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC5DkqnMVc4&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&index=28 as well as a couple other options of learning with it, including some role-playing.  

 

In 6th grade we are continuing our Suicide Prevention stuff, looking at Depression this week and making a sheet of warning signs so that the kids can have it to help them recognize depression in themselves and their peers.  Next week we start our Sex Ed unit from the state curriculum My Future, My Choice http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/mfmc/pages/index.aspx.  There’s ten lessons. I’ll be giving them in order, for the most part.  We will be doing this until the end of the year. Expect worksheets to come home and discuss with you every week.  The goal is one lesson per week, but reality is some lessons will take longer than that. Scary to think that the end of the year is planned out and approaching that fast!

 

8th graders should be done forecasting their classes for next year!  Woo hoo! Cleveland’s counselor should have met with everyone today and confirmed their schedule hopes.  Also, if you could let me know if your student is accepted into private school or another PPS school such as Benson, that would help us know where to send the paperwork at the end of the year and how I can support them until then.

 

Marisha Childs and another community member visited us at our staff meeting last week to educate us on the Persian/Zoroastrian New Year’s celebration called Norooz. https://figandquince.com/2013/03/19/haft-seen-persian-new-year-norooz/amp/.  You hopefully saw Nancy’s invitation for Oaks Park around that as well.   I’ve been spending some time thinking about all the different ways people of the world celebrate the new year and how wrapped up in tradition each celebration is, including our own.  I think we tend to think about January 1st as “The New Year” and the others as “Chinese New Year” or “Russian New Year” and think that our Gregorian Calendar is the only one with merit and the others are quaint traditions, unrooted in modern times. Especially so when they are so far chronologically removed from the time we celebrate the same thing in the US.  Here’s link to the Wikipedia rabbit hole of worldwide New Year celebrations:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year.  There are plenty of world traditions for us to be aware of and, if appropriate, celebrate.  As the Wade Davis quote goes: “The world you were born into is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you.  They are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”

 

Which brings us to our question:  With our ideas of “normal” for celebrations, how can we make sure that we kindly accept people from all over the world and value their traditions also?  What work do we have to do within ourselves to allow that?

 

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

 

MAC ATTACK Info - (Make Art Count) school wide jog-a-thon fundraiser. It is time for MAC ATTACK! Winterhaven will be participating to raise funds to enrich our curriculum. Your child will be bringing home their sponsor sheet by Friday March 16.

 

Please read all the information on the MAC ATTACK sponsor sheet.

 

 1.) A parent signature is required in order for your child to participate. See front of form.

 2.) Please fill in a T-shirt size for your child as well. Your children may earn a T-shirt. The students must earn a total of 30 points. 2 points for each paid sponsor and 1 point for each lap completed. There will be other participant awards, grand prize winner awards, as well as class awards.

3.) Sponsors can be collected immediately. Your child should ask for sponsorships only from family, friends and neighbors with whom they are familiar. Do not permit your child to sponsor another child.

 

IMPORTANT!! IMPORTANT!! IMPORTANT!!

Help your child follow the timeline listed below, so deadlines are not missed. Eligibility for prizes is affected by the deadlines

 

            1ST DEADLINE:  Monday, April 9   (end of pledge period.  Sponsor sheets must be turned into child’s teacher on this date. This determines final count of points for sponsors collected.)

 

DATE FOR THE RUN:  Thursday, April 12 (students run on this date, rain or shine. Sponsor sheets will be returned, after the run and then the collection period begins)

             times for the run:

             MS--11:00-11:45

             K-2--1:15-2:00

             3-5--2:10--2:55

 

         2ND DEADLINE:  Friday, April 27  (end of the collection period. Funds and Sponsors sheets MUST be turned into your child’s teacher by this date so student can be eligible for prizes that they have earned.)

 

Thank you for all your help and support. Here’s to another outstanding MAC ATTACK!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns-- cdixon@pps.net

 

Colleen Dixon

PE Specialist

 

School Year 2018-19 Calendar – The calendar for the school year 2018-19 has been approved by the School Board.  It can be found by following the prompts on the following link: https://www.pps.net/Page/2#calendar1/20180308/month. It is also attached to this email (as an attachment).

 

Chess for Success - The Wizards chess club had another successful run at the 2018 Chess for Success State tournament this weekend. On Friday, with schools competing from all over Oregon, our elementary team took 4th place, On Friday, with schools competing from all over Oregon, our elementary team took 4th place, and our middle school team took 3rd place.  On Saturday, 8 club members competed in the Individuals tournament.  We had two 2nd place winners (who then automatically qualify for the 2019 CFS State Individual Championships).  We also had one 3rd, and one 4th place winner.  All of our team members scored at least 2 points, which is a great job at an all-state tournament.  Go Wizards!  And special thanks to John Shepski and Robert Wentzel for coaching the kids throughout the tournament.   - Dean & Diane Ehnes

 

2018 Winterhaven Chess Academy -This is a great opportunity for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  It's primarily geared for K-3rd graders, but anyone can attend.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.

 

The Chess Academy starts April 4th and will be held 4 weeks (April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) for an hour (3-4 PM).  We will meet in room #25. Please use the link to register:   https://goo.gl/LK4G2V  There is a $10 suggested donation per student:  https://www.paypal.me/Winterhavenchessclub/10

 

If you have any questions, please email Dean at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.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 - 3/8/18

posted Mar 8, 2018, 6:49 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • March 21 – Two Hour Late Start – School starts at 10:45 am
  • March 26 – 30 – Spring Break – No School

  

March 14 National School Walk Out Day – As you probably know, a national school walkout has been called for on March 14 to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on February 14th.  For this day, many of our teachers will be taking our students out for a Peace Walk around the exterior of our campus during the 17 minute observance.  Before the march, our teachers will spend time on age appropriate lessons about what constitutes a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.  Our goal is that we foster and promote critical thinking skills and that students are able to apply these in a relevant and real-world context.  Teachers will be sharing with their families more specific details about their age appropriate lessons, but if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher in grades K-6 or their 3rd period teacher in grades 7 & 8.

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,2018-19-School-District-Calendar.pdf 

These next few weeks’ blurbs may be on the briefer side from me, I’m out for trainings every Monday until Spring Break and cramming my usual work week into the other 4 days.  


In the K-5 classrooms, we are looking at effective communication styles and techniques. Mostly this will be book based, but there will likely be some videos as well.  This week, our book is The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy. In 6th grade we will be working through some Suicide Prevention lessons for the next couple weeks. This week 6th will watch and discuss a short film from Washington State’s program called Look, Listen, Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yrwt5gG9zg&index=1&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWIRSv6whkXMRBKZqaw3T8Kh  After the suicide prevention lessons, we will start in on Sexual Health.  This will be our curriculum through the rest of the year. Each session has a sheet that should come home to be discussed with you and then returned to their teacher for a grade.  http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/mfmc/pages/index.aspx

 

State of Oregon: My Future-My Choice - My Future-My Choice

www.oregon.gov

My Future My Choice, MFMC, sexuality education curriculum, tools to resist social and peer pressure, middle school health education, HB 2509, teen pregnancy ...

 

"Look, Listen, Link" - Youth Suicide Prevention Program ...

www.youtube.com

This video was developed by Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State; to be used in conjunction with middle school health curriculum. For more ...

   


Historically, Winterhaven has stayed above a 94% or higher attendance rate.  This year, we have dropped well below that. Please try to schedule your vacations and other events outside of the school year and have your students here every day, on time.  Not only does missing class make learning more difficult on your students, but it does have an impact on our school as a whole. We depend on your students to be here for our cooperative learning lessons, and while they are out, they lose the social learning they would otherwise be engaged in. Ideally, we want them missing a maximum of 10 days per year.  Below that really hits our school report card score hard. Just as your students strive for top grades, we as a school do also. If you are curious about your student’s attendance so far, that information is available on Synergy.

And to our question: I was walking up the stairs here at Winterhaven wondering what I was going to write for this week’s question.  Somewhere deep down, I found myself wishing I could just not talk about race and racism for once this year. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy looking at diversity and trying to make the world a better place for all people, but the single focus was wearing on me at that moment.  And then I remembered. This is, of course, my privilege as a white male in this culture. I can ignore race and other issues of diversity when it suits me and other folks can’t. So our weekly question is around that topic: How does our ability (or lack thereof) to be able to ignore race affect our lives, culture and outlook?  How does living in “The Whitest Big City in America” affect those things?

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

Teacher email change - Please be advised that Ms. Ferguson's email has changed to esipes@pps.net. Her name has changed to Emily Ferguson Sipes too, but she will continue going by Ms. Ferguson here at school.

Commercial featuring Winterhaven students & Ms. Ferguson - In 2016, Ms. Ferguson won the OnPoint Educator of the Year award. Her gratitude toward the families and staff who supported her in the contest is unending. This year, she was asked to help advertise for the award during its nomination period. She and a stellar group of singing 8th graders starred in this commercial, which you might have seen while watching the Olympics! If you missed it, follow the link below and use the password to view it. Insider info: they're singing Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." 

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/254916242

Password: OnPoint

Last Day of School this school year – The last day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Friday, June 8th.  This is different than what is in the Winterhaven Parent/Student Handbook.  This does mean that the 8th grade promotion will be on Thursday, June 7th at 6 pm.  It also means that the School Picnic will be on Thursday, June 7th.  We do not believe a day will be added for the day of school missed on February 21st due to inclement weather, but if we miss additional days this year due to the weather, it is possible that PPS could make up those days.

School Year 2018-19 Calendar – The calendar for the school year 2018-19 has been approved by the School Board.  It can be found by following the prompts on the following link: https://www.pps.net/Page/2#calendar1/20180308/month. It is also attached to this email (as an attachment).

Lost and Found – The lost and found cart is overflowing!  We will be clearing it on Monday, March 12.  Please check the cart to see if any of your student’s items might be on it.

Winterhaven Geographic Bee - Congratulations to 8th grader, Owen Jablonski! He has won the 2018 Winterhaven Geographic Bee. Students in fourth through eighth grade were eligible to participate in the preliminary rounds. The other finalists were Howie Hay, Jefferson Furlong, Eldon Nichols, Diego Hernandez, Mason Bruner, Sterling Wolk, and Peter Naumoff.

Thank you to Ms. Schumann for hosting this year. Based upon the results of a written assessment from National Geographic, Owen could qualify for the Oregon Geographic Bee, which will take place this April. Please contact Ms. Tran (atran@pps.net) if you have any questions.

Winterhaven Spelling Bee - Congratulations to 6th grader, Agatha Chang! She has won the 2018 Winterhaven Spelling Bee. Agatha will represent Winterhaven in the Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee in March.  Almost every class participated in the preliminary rounds this year. The other finalists were Ber Ewing, Sabina Cavowitz, Hazel Mackey, General Sutton, Lazarus Bambakidis, Mathieu Dupeyroux, Nina Gomez, Stephen Fisher, and Elliot Stone. Please contact Ms. Tran (atran@pps.net) if you have any questions.

2018 Winterhaven Chess Academy -This is a great opportunity for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  It's primarily geared for K-3rd graders, but anyone can attend.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.

The Chess Academy starts April 4th and will be held 4 weeks (April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) for an hour (3-4 PM).  We will meet in room #25. Please use the link to register:   https://goo.gl/LK4G2V  There is a $10 suggested donation per student:  https://www.paypal.me/Winterhavenchessclub/10

If you have any questions, please email Dean at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com.

Franklin Youth Track and Field - Franklin H.S. will be starting a Youth Track & Field Program here at our new Track Facility on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 5 pm . We will be providing practice & meet bus transportation with coach supervisors.  Contact Jim Hennessey at jhenness@pps.net with any questions or concerns. Cindy Hayford in the Winterhaven office also has information: chayford@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 - 3/1/18

posted Mar 1, 2018, 5:58 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • March 1 – Variety Show – 6:30 pm
  • March 21 – Two Hour Late Start – School starts at 10:45 am
  • March 26 – 30 – Spring Break – No School

 

Counselor’s Corner Hi everyone, Here’s a small piece of what’s going on in Winterhaven counseling this week.  

The middle school students watched the documentary “Screenagers” on Wednesday. Having a discussion with them about screens at home would be timely and likely better received than other times.  

It’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday this week so in the K-5 classes, we are gearing towards that.   I’ll be reading “Yertle the Turtle” and “The Big Brag” to them sometime during the week.  (There’s a lot going on here so my usual schedule is a little off.)  We will be linking these stories into ways of communicating with each other and problem solving, which will be our focus for the next three weeks until Spring Break.  

6th grade will be finishing up our look at race and racism and begin our suicide awareness unit.  We will transition to Sex Ed and healthy relationships the week before Spring Break.

Cleveland’s visit to our 8th graders got snowed out last week.  We are on for the 8th.  I hope.  Fingers crossed.  This is the same day that they are visiting Sellwood, so our students are not behind in any way.  

Our question:  How does race (or our perception of it) influence our communication with each other?  Do we expect more or less from different races in our discussions with them?  Why?  Does this fit with our sense of equity and justice?


Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

 

Last Day of School this school year – The last day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Friday, June 8th.  This is different than what is in the Winterhaven Parent/Student Handbook.  This does mean that the 8th grade promotion will be on Thursday, June 7th at 6 pm.  It also means that the School Picnic will be on Thursday, June 7th.  We do not believe a day will be added for the day of school missed on February 21st due to inclement weather, but if we miss additional days this year due to the weather, it is possible that PPS could make up those days.


Lost and Found – The lost and found cart is overflowing!  We will be clearing it on Monday, March 12.  Please check the cart to see if any of your student’s items might be on it.


Winterhaven Geographic Bee - Congratulations to 8th grader, Owen Jablonski! He has won the 2018 Winterhaven Geographic Bee. Students in fourth through eighth grade were eligible to participate in the preliminary rounds. The other finalists were Howie Hay, Jefferson Furlong, Eldon Nichols, Diego Hernandez, Mason Bruner, Sterling Wolk, and Peter Naumoff.

 

Thank you to Ms. Schumann for hosting this year. Based upon the results of a written assesssment from National Geographic, Owen could qualify for the Oregon Geographic Bee, which will take place this April. Please contact Ms. Tran (atran@pps.net) if you have any questions.

 

Winterhaven Spelling Bee - Congratulations to 6th grader, Agatha Chang! She has won the 2018 Winterhaven Spelling Bee. Agatha will represent Winterhaven in the Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee in March.  Almost every class participated in the preliminary rounds this year. The other finalists were Ber Ewing, Sabina Cavowitz, Hazel Mackey, General Sutton, Lazarus Bambakidis, Mathieu Dupeyroux, Nina Gomez, Stephen Fisher, and Elliot Stone. Please contact Ms. Tran (atran@pps.net) if you have any questions.

 

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. 

 

PerformanceThursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm

 

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

 

Winterhaven Yearbook - If you have any pictures from school events, classroom activities, after school clubs or field trips that you would like to share for the yearbook, please email them to winterhavenyearbookstaff@gmail.com.  

 

Cleveland Youth Track and Field - All Cleveland cluster middle school students that would like to participate in track and field this spring, registration forms are due by March 9th. There are forms available in the school office. Your forms can be turned into Sellwood Middle School or Hosford Middle School. Questions--contact Alexis Romanos -mromanos1@pps.net  

 

Franklin Youth Track and Field - Franklin H.S. will be starting a Youth Track & Field Program here at our new Track Facility on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 5 pm . We will be providing practice & meet bus transportation with coach supervisors.  Contact Jim Hennessey at jhenness@pps.net with any questions or concerns. Cindy Hayford in the Winterhaven office also has information: chayford@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 - 2/21/18

posted Feb 26, 2018, 8:55 AM by Halle Cisco   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 8:55 AM ]

Upcoming Events:

 

  • March 1 – Variety Show 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • March 21 – Two Hour Late Start
  • March 26 – 30 – Spring Break, No School

 

Counselor’s Corner Hello,

I’m writing this watching the snow fall here on Tuesday (and Thursday).  The school is high energy today, for sure.  Hopefully all of us make it home safely and in a timely manner today and other snow days.  


If I make it to other classes this week, the plan continues to be looking at race and the role it plays in our lives and culture.  5th and 6th and maybe 4th will watch/finish Verna Myers’ TED Talk.  All classes will also watch another person from Momondo’s DNA Project.  For most classes this will be Jay and Karen or Carlos.  We will continue to have discussions around the role our assumed race plays in our lives and what effect the stories about culture have upon us.  Lower grades will read a book called “Respecting Diversity”


Cleveland HS is scheduled to be here next Thursday for our 8th graders, weather permitting again.  They will have paperwork for you to look over and sign.  Again, there is always a family or two surprised at what high school they are assigned to.  Please double check this on the district website.  Also, if you are planning on using the other parent’s address in a split household, please let Nancy know as soon as you can so that the high school can get you your information about things like welcoming picnics and sports.  

 

Since weather is on our minds today, let’s use it for our question:  “How do our racial stereotypes play into how we expect different folks to deal with or participate in the weather?”  I’m reminded of the TED Talk/Song “Black Men Ski” https://www.ted.com/talks/stew_says_black_men_ski?referrer=playlist-talks_to_help_you_understand_r&language=en; but other stereotypes may be amongst us.  One that surfaced in my neighborhood this week was around Latinos in the cold.  

 

 

"Black Men Ski"

www.ted.com

What happens when a black man visits Aspen? Singer/songwriter Stew and his band are about to let you know.




 

 

 

 


 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

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 atncooper1@pps.net

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

www.pbs.org

Support for PBS.org provided by: What's this?

 


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


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