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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.  


Winterhaven Weekly - 11/9/17

posted Nov 9, 2017, 5:45 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day - No School
  • November 14 – Elementary Science Fair Kick-Off – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • November 16 – Middle School Science Fair Kick-Off – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • December 4-8 – PTSA Book Fair – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (Weds. 12/6 - 8:30 am – 7:30 pm)

 

Winterhaven Book Fair is Coming!! 

Get your winter reading and holiday gift lists ready and mark your calendars for the PTSA Book Fair! We’ll be in the Library December 4th through the 8th , from 8:30am to 3:30 pm every day. On Wednesday 12/6 we will stay open until 7:30 pm!   

Once again, Wallace Books is our supplier and your purchases help support the Library with 12% of our total sales being credited toward future library book purchases. Many of your kids teachers have submitted their wish lists for books for their classrooms - you will find these lists and books at the book fair.  This is a great way to give back to our teachers and support the library at the same time!   Come check out this season’s newest selections!

More volunteers are needed to staff the Book Fair throughout the week.  

Please contact Kristin Doherty kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com if you are interested.  


Counselor’s Corner - Hey everyone, Here’s what’s happening in counseling this week.  


I only came to half of the 6th graders for guidance lessons this week, thanks to our schedule.  I’ll make up the other 6th graders Thanksgiving week so they will get the same information.  
All the other classes are scheduled for Wednesday-Friday so I’ll have to wait to see everyone else until next week.  We will continue our mindfulness studies (4 more lessons) until Winter Break.  The video for 6th grade was this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVWRvVH5gBQ&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&t=17s&index=55


Again, mindfulness is best done as a daily practice.  Doing it with your kiddos sets the example for them and opens the door for you to share some of your challenges with them as well as show them ways to work through it.  Here is a decent read about how Anxiety and Mindfulness work together: https://medium.com/@pocketcoach/why-meditating-with-anxiety-is-so-hard-8d70f2db91b8


Please remember to gently process conferences with your students.  Some are pretty worried about them, especially middle schoolers who have to lead the whole meeting.  Talking through that anxiety and maybe sharing a time you had your own nervousness around being graded or reviewed can be helpful.  

Our Question:  “How did issues around race affect the events in a movie you watched together recently?”  

 

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net

 

PTSA Community Meeting November 13 CANCELLED.

Science Fair Kick-off Events - Winterhaven’s signature event, the all school science fair takes place on January 25th! Middle school kids have already started working on designing their projects in the classroom and elementary school families will receive information from teachers over the next few weeks. The PTSA is sponsoring two events where science fair coordinator Jennifer Schramm will discuss science fair logistics and expectations. The Elementary School Kick-off (K-4) will take place on Tuesday, Nov 14th, 6:30-7:30 pm and will focus on ways to encourage your student to participate in the inquiry process. The Middle School Kick-off (5-8) will take place on Thursday, Nov 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm and will focus on the more competitive judging aspect of the science fair and former Winterhaven student Adam Nayak will do a short presentation on his experiences with science fair. Both events take place in the auditorium and childcare will be available in the library. Questions? Contact Jen Schramm at the new Science Fair email address: sciencefair@winterhavenschool.org.

Lost and Found – Has your child lost an article of clothing or something from their lunch box here at school?  If so, then we encourage you to visit our Lost and Found cart!  It is overflowing and we need it emptied.  The cart will be located by the main entrance during Parent/Teacher conferences, so please be sure to check it out.  

UPDATE: Any items remaining in the Lost & Found after conferences end will be washed and taken to the PPS/PTA Clothing Center on Monday, November 13. 

Winter Coats Needed - The PPS/PTA Clothing Center is in dire need of teen and adult sized jackets, hats and gloves, and *new* adult sized socks. I will be putting out a bin next to the Lost & Found during conferences to collect any donations to take out there next week along with the remains of the Lost & Found. It's projected to be a cold winter, and right now they only have a few jackets on their shelves. Please help if you can!

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 - 11/2/17

posted Nov 2, 2017, 6:00 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • November 3 – Teacher Planning Day – No School
  • November 8 & 9 – Parent/Teacher Conferences -No School
  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day - No School

 

Principal’s message - I can’t believe we are now in the month of November!  Spirit Week was a lot of fun and with tonight’s middle school dance, we hope they have a good time as the week comes to an end.

Remember to “Fall Back” this Sunday morning as Daylight Savings Time ends and we return to Standard Time.

 

On Friday, November 3rd, teachers will be grading and preparing for Parent/Teacher conferences, which are on November 8th and 9th.  If you have not signed up yet to attend, please be sure to contact the main office to meet with your child’s teacher next week.

 

Lastly, be sure your student is ready for outdoor recesses!  They need warm clothing that will also keep them as dry as possible.  We do go outside for recess and we want to make sure the students are prepared.  Be sure label the items as well with your child’s name as these items sometimes get left behind on the playground. 

 

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,

I want to share a Marshmallow Test story that really illustrates our quirky school.  Last year, I gave the Marshmallow Test to all the kids and the vast majority were quite successful and got two marshmallows.  A week later, one of them showed up at my office holding both of his still uneaten marshmallows.  They were a little crusty and bordering on nasty, but I laughed and gave him a third marshmallow.  Last week, during the marshmallow test, he still had his three marshmallows from last year!  Disgusting, but so very Winterhaven!


Otherwise, we are continuing to work on mindfulness, the non-religious branch of meditation.  I sometimes hear from students “I tried it once, it didn’t help” and I try encouraging them by reminding them that practicing mindfulness is like growing a tree.  You can’t see it grow day to day, but if you look back after a month of growth, you will see the difference.  Ideally, these mindful moments would be supported at home.  Here’s a quick article on how to fit mindfulness into our already busy lives.  https://www.brit.co/practical-meditation-tips-headspace/  Using an app on your device is also a popular option.  There are many including Breathe, Calm, Headspace, Flowing, Smiling Mind (We use a lot of their videos in class) and my personal favorite, Insight Timer.  It’s important to start small and not jump into a 20 minute meditation, but it also important to do this regularly.  

 

How to Incorporate Mindfulness Into Every Day | Brit + Co

www.brit.co

At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that mindfulness is more than just a passing trend among millennials. In the past few years, mindful practices have gained ...


 

We used this video in the 5th and 6th grades. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkoOCw_tp1I

 

 

Buddhist Monk shares his Secrets of Meditation

www.youtube.com

Meditate anywhere, anytime!

 

And this one in K-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVA2N6tX2cg&index=53&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&t=1s

 

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh ... - YouTube

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The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how ...


I don’t get to see 3rd and 4th this week, they’re my Friday folks.  


 

I finished up the first of four kindergarten small groups this week.  I get to meet with every kid sometime this year to play games and build the relationship between us. We also do some problem solving skills and sportsmanship stuff as well as introducing the talking monkey, a stuffed monkey that we use to let us know whose turn it is to talk.  


Our Question:

When we talk about cultures, what is the difference between Acknowledging, Affirming and Promoting?   How can we make sure we are at least affirming all people?


Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net

 

Lost and Found – Has your child lost an article of clothing or something from their lunch box here at school?  If so, then we encourage you to visit our Lost and Found cart!  It is overflowing and we need it emptied.  The cart will be located by the main entrance during Parent/Teacher conferences, so please be sure to check it out.  After conferences, we will be clearing the items from the cart. 

 

PTSA Directory - Is your family NEW to Winterhaven this year?

  • Do you want to receive email about your child's classroom? 
  • Do you want to learn about school-wide events?
  • There is an EASY online form where you can SUBSCRIBE to PTSA email lists and add your family to our private 2017-2018 Parent / Student Directory 
  • Current families can also use this EASY online form to ADD or CHANGE their email subscriptions or UPDATE their information in the directory. NOTE: If your directory entries or email subscriptions are up to date, no need to use the form.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: To view the PRIVATE directory, you must be logged in using your you@winterhavenschool.org Google email address. 
  • For help with your you@winterhavenschool.org address or password, email admin@winterhavenschool.org.

Wanted: An individual volunteer to take on the PTSA taxes! If you have accounting or tax experience, this is a great one time or once a year way to give support to your school community. Or, if you work for a larger firm, please consider asking if your company would be willing to provide this service to your school. Send replies or leads to helgafuller@gmail.com

 

Winterhaven Yearbook - If you have any pictures from school events, classroom activities or field trips that you would like to share for the yearbook, please email them to winterhavenyearbookstaff@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 - 10/26/17

posted Oct 26, 2017, 7:40 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

 

  • October 30 - November 2 – Spirit Week
  • November 2 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • November 3 – Teacher Planning Day – No School
  • November 8 & 9 – Parent/Teacher Conferences -No School
  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day - No School

 

Spirit Week – October 30-November 2

MondayOct. 30 is Pajama Day

Tuesday, Oct. 31 is Costume Day

Wednesday, Nov. 1 is Crazy Hair/Hat Day, and

Thursday, Nov. 2 is Color Day. Students in the following grades wear the following colors - Kinder – yellow, 1st – orange, 2nd – pink, 3rd – purple, 4th – red, 5th – green, 6th – blue, 7th – black, 8th – tie dye or rainbow.

 

Principal’s message – A reminder that next week is Spirit Week for our students!  It is to be a fun week, with different themes each day.  Please remember that students must still adhere to the PPS dress code.  We then conclude the week with the middle school dance onThursday, Nov. 2 from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out with the Fall Frolic!  Everything ran very smoothly and families had a great time! 

And finally, we have conferences coming up soon.  Conferences are scheduled for November 8 and 9 from 8 am to 8 pm.  If you have not signed up yet, you may contact our main office to set up a time to come in and discuss your child’s progress so far this school year.  We hope to see you here!

 

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,

Here’s what’s going on in the counseling world at Winterhaven.  

Last week in the K-6 classrooms we did the Marshmallow Test. I had to attend to some crises and had to miss 2nd and 5th, so we will get them this week. For the rest of the classes, we will move into mindfulness training using some basic lessons from Mindful Schools and Mind Up! Together, we will watch this introduction video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqoxYKtEWEc&index=18&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4

The older grades may also watch this TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yJPcdiLEkI&index=10&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&t=23s


6th grade will also get our district Pocket Directory handed out and explained to them.  It is a small pamphlet with resources for them that every middle school student in the district gets.  I’ll go over it quickly with them as well. 7th and 8th had them handed out in their core classes already.


Be sure to hug your kids this week.  There is a lot of depression, stress and anxiety in the building.  I keep encouraging our kids towards the trinity of relaxation: exercise, art and mindfulness.  Together they work exponentially and best if done daily and together as a family.  Don’t we all need a little help with letting go of the stresses in our lives?  In a few weeks, you can ask your students to teach you about mindfulness, which will help you talk together as well as solidify their learning.

8th graders heard from Benson Tech last Friday.  Many of them sound interested. Benson also has a shadow day on November 17th if your student is thinking of going there, permission slips should have already gone home.  If they didn’t, replacements are hanging outside my door or on Benson’s website.  They need to be back to me by November 1st so we can have the details figured out.  Speaking of high schools, here is the district page with all of the high school open houses and other activities each high school puts on.  https://www.pps.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=75&ModuleInstanceID=1492&PageModuleInstanceID=6574&ViewID=ad4d6d9d-7046-48e7-a548-a6a23a68d076&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=97245&PageID=1564&IsMoreExpandedView=True

Every year there is a family or two who are surprised by what high school neighborhood they are really in.  The west side changed pretty drastically recently with a few subtle changes on the east side as well.  Double check your neighborhood schools here:  https://www.pps.net/Page/2379.  The lottery for the high school choice system is super early this year, November 13th - December 1st.  Fair warning: it will be extremely difficult to transfer somewhere other than Benson, MLC or Jefferson.  

Our question of the week:  What makes talking about race difficult?  What can we do to overcome this?

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net


Wanted: An individual volunteer to take on the PTSA taxes! If you have accounting or tax experience, this is a great one time or once a year way to give support to your school community. Or, if you work for a larger firm, please consider asking if your company would be willing to provide this service to your school. Send replies or leads to helgafuller@gmail.com


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


Chinook Books – Available for one more week, buy your Chinook Book or app through us and benefit the PTSA! Books are $25 and apps are $15. Make checks out to “Winterhaven PTSA,” leave your money in the PTSA mail box in the school office, and I’ll leave your books/apps in the office for you to pick up. Email questions to margo.dobbertin@winterhavenschool.org.


Late arrivals/tardies – Please be sure that your students arrive on time to school.  Our school day starts at 8:45 am and we want to ensure that their classes are able to start on time without any disruption.  Thanks!

 

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 10/19/17

posted Oct 19, 2017, 6:33 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 26 – Garden Work Party – 3:15 pm
  • November 2 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • November 3 – Teacher Planning Day – no school

Counselor Corner Hey folks,

For the K-6 classrooms this may be their favorite week with me.  We are starting Mindfulness and looking at our ability to control ourselves and quiet our “monkey minds”.  This week, we are replicating an experiment done at Stanford University in the 60’s, affectionately dubbed “The Marshmallow Test”.  Each student gets a marshmallow (or three skittles if that is more tempting to them) with the explanation that they can have another in 20 minutes if they don’t eat the first one at all.  It is a chance for kids to demonstrate their ability to delay gratification and use self-control.  We tie mindfulness in (since almost all of them have had it last year and the year before) as a way to be in the moment, recognize your desires and link them to your larger desires and goals. We also get to talk about the effects of peer pressure since that is largely brought up as an influencing factor in people’s choices here at Winterhaven during this “test”.   A couple videos for this week:

A TED talk about the experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0yhHKWUa0g&index=44&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&t=11s

An amusing video of the experiment in progress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX_oy9614HQ&index=43&list=PL6EGjn1pgiWKg5rZL3YAYT0OEa-CW14X4&t=17s

We go into more formal mindfulness training next week.  Again, mindfulness is a non-religious form of meditation that has been showing some pretty strong benefits in recent studies.  In particular, schools that are training students about mindfulness are reporting a pretty significant reduction in bullying behaviors and reduced anxiety among the students.  

A parent shared a great critique of the Marshmallow Test from an equity perspective.  Here’s the link, and it is well worth the time spent to watch the video and chat about it.   http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=4622  I haven’t shown this to students, so this would be a good springboard to talk about the weekly question:

How do your family’s life circumstances affect your ability to be the best humans you can be?  How do the experiences of others affect theirs?  This can easily fall into generalizations, careful.  Tear those apart together, if you can, and look to replace any judgements with compassion.  

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net

 

Garden Work Party -The air is becoming crisp and leaves are falling from the trees! Help us celebrate autumn with garden clean up. We will need lots of hands to spread mulch and many tools to help trim. All ages and experiences needed.  Light snacks provided!

When: Oct. 26th 3:15pm

Where: Both the native garden and food forest

What: Bring wheel barrels, shovels, trimming tools, gloves, and kids that love to dig.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Fawn Lengvenis

Winterhaven Garden Coordinator

flengvenis@gmail.com

Middle School Girls’ Basketball – The Cleveland Cluster Competitive PIL season is here.  Try-outs are on October 22 at the Cleveland High School gym.  Contact Steve Cooper: scooper@wffsp.com.

Chess Club - Email Dean Ehnes at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com


Winterhaven Weekly 10/12/17

posted Oct 12, 2017, 7:37 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 12 – Fall Frolic 6 pm – 8 pm
  • October 13 – No School – Teacher In-service Day
  • October 18 – 2 Hour Late Start
  • October 26 – Garden Work Party – 3:15 pm
  • November 2 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • November 3 – Teacher Planning Day – no school


Counselor Corner – Hello all,

In the K-6 classrooms, we are shifting our focus from Kindness (check out the Kindness Chain in the front hall!) to Mindfulness.  Mindfulness is a secular type of meditation that has been shown in many studies to help with student relationships, bullying and overall school climate.  We kick off this week with “The Laughing Game” in the 5th and 6th grades, a competitive game that relies on each student being able to maintain focus and not crack a smile while half of the class is really trying to get them to laugh.  It is a good chance to talk about calming yourself and focusing through distractions and a way to introduce mindfulness to kids who may never have heard of it. Kinder through 2nd will work on staying focused and still despite the bubbles I blow around them before breaking off into other more yoga based activities.  Next week, we will conduct the “Marshmallow Test”, another student favorite based off of an experiment done by Stanford University many years ago.  More formal mindfulness training begins after that.  

7th and 8th graders have been stuck with me in Tech class doing Career Ed.  We looked at the Japanese concept of Ikigai which is the overlap between what you love, what you can get paid for, what the world needs and what you are good at.  We finished the two class session with a quiz on the students’ Holland Code and a scavenger hunt looking at all the many things the adults in the building have done for work before they became educators.  Both the lesson on Ikigai and the link to the Holland Code quiz are on my very sparse and even more seldomly updated website cliffshaw.edublogs.org if you are curious.  

Benson High School will be here visiting the 8th graders on Friday the 20th.  The high school lottery opens November 13th and closes December 1st.  You’ll want to contact the Enrollment and Transfer Center of PPS if you are thinking of having your child attend somewhere other than your neighborhood high school.  

And our question of the week:  “What have you done to make the world a more accepting place for people of color this week?”  Many of us might be drawing blanks.  This is a chance to brainstorm things you can do as a family together and maybe reach out to other people in the community both for guidance and assistance.  

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net

 

Fall Frolic -Thursday, October 12th 6:00-8:00pm. Please join the Winterhaven community for a fun for the whole family event - all grades welcome! This school-wide, family friendly evening includes live music, square dancing, crafts, ping pong, karaoke for middle schoolers and pizza (available for purchase). This is a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make new friends. We especially hope new Winterhaven families will come join in the fun. Please contact Heather McGowan (mcgowanspdx@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Click this link to see a list of volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in this community event!  http://signup.com/go/CWErvsP

 

Garden Work Party -The air is becoming crisp and leaves are falling from the trees! Help us celebrate autumn with garden clean up. We will need lots of hands to spread mulch and many tools to help trim. All ages and experiences needed.  Light snacks provided!

When: Oct. 26th 3:15pm

Where: Both the native garden and food forest

What: Bring wheel barrels, shovels, trimming tools, gloves, and kids that love to dig.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Fawn Lengvenis

Winterhaven Garden Coordinator

flengvenis@gmail.com

 

School Pictures – Re-takes and original pictures are ready for viewing and ordering.  Here is the link to the website: https://www.enjoyphotos.com/gallery/Login.aspx?EventGuid=D72CD643-48AA-4C07-89C5-6E4C2F64D626.  User name: wh17 and Password: 23956wh17    

Chess Club - Email Dean Ehnes at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com

8th Grade Parent Information Night for Cleveland high School – Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery (Banquet Room) 2944 SE Powell.  This is an adult-only event and is led by the CHS PTA.  Contact: Melissa.hurley@comcast.net.

PIL Youth Sports - Sports being offered this winter are Girls BasketballBoys Basketball and Wrestling, 6th – 8th grade. Questions? Please contact your Cluster Coordinator or the District Athletic Office at 503.916.3223.  Boys Basketball info: https://www.cleveland-warriors.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 - 10/5/17

posted Oct 5, 2017, 7:17 PM by Halle Cisco

Upcoming Events:

  • October 12 – Fall Frolic 6 pm – 8 pm
  • October 13 – No School – Teacher In-service Day
  • October 18 – Late Start
  • November 2 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • November 3 – Teacher Planning Day – no school

Counselor Corner – “I don’t want people to be unkind to anyone”

“Don’t be mean / Be kind/ Otherwise bad luck will/ come up from behind”

“Get people’s spirits up when they feel down”

“Believe that you and others can follow their dreams”


If you get a chance, take a close look at the kindness chain forming in the front hall that I stole these quotes from.  It is the culmination of our kindness unit that we have been working on since the start of school with the K-6 students.  It is full of good ideas and very specific requests for kindness.  Each link is by an individual student and has what they can do on the outside and what kindnesses they would like towards them on the inside.  I turned them loose if they wanted to do it their own way and stay on topic, so some may be a little different.  We used the book “How Full is your Bucket?” with the younger grades to illustrate this concept with them.  

We will be shifting into mindfulness starting next week and through November using a mix of Mindful Schools, Mind Up, Yoga Calm and some other curriculum.  Mindfulness is secular, non-religious meditation.  There has been a huge amount of recent research showing benefits in academics, mental health and reducing bullying and aggressive behaviors after mindfulness practice.  I’ll be encouraging you to take on this practice at home as well to support our kids here.  

Thanks to the 24 parents who filled out my Needs Assessment last week.  I’d appreciate all of you taking the time to fill it out as I do base my year off of what these needs are.  https://goo.gl/forms/2fKD9wKwekH4f1po1  I’ll publish the results in a couple weeks, the students will be done this week.  

 

Winterhaven Needs Assessment -Families

goo.gl

Please rate each of these topics for what would be most helpful for your family to cover


And to our weekly discussion question:  “How have you reached out to someone different than you lately?  What was difficult about it?  How did it go?  What got in the way if you didn’t?  How can you overcome these obstacles?”  

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net

Fall Frolic -Thursday, October 12th 6:00-8:00pm. Please join the Winterhaven community for a fun for the whole family event - all grades welcome! This school-wide, family friendly evening includes live music, square dancing, crafts, ping pong, karaoke for middle schoolers and pizza (available for purchase). This is a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make new friends. We especially hope new Winterhaven families will come join in the fun. Please contact Heather McGowan (mcgowanspdx@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Click this link to see a list of volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in this community event!  http://signup.com/go/CWErvsP

School Pictures – Pictures are ready for viewing and ordering.  Here is the link to the website: https://www.enjoyphotos.com/gallery/Login.aspx?EventGuid=D72CD643-48AA-4C07-89C5-6E4C2F64D626.  User name: wh17 and Password: 23956wh17    

Chess Club - Do you want be part of one of the largest and most active chess clubs in Oregon? Join the Winterhaven Wizards Chess Club! Our focus is to have fun while learning problem solving, strategy and good sportsmanship. Tournament opportunities are available throughout the year, for those interested in competitive play.


Dates: October 25th - Spring Break

When: Wednesdays 3:05-4:25 PM

Grades: 2-8 (In the spring, we have a separate Chess Academy for K-1 students to learn the basics of the game.)

Skill levels: All students interested in playing chess - previous experience not required. Registration is now open: https://goo.gl/iN5T9H
 

Club donation: $50 per student (scholarships available, please inquire). Donations are applied to team t-shirts, chess coaching materials and software, chess equipment, scholarships, awards, and a club party. Donations accepted via PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/Winterhavenchessclub) or Check (written out to: Winterhaven PTSA Chess Club). Checks can be placed in the Chess Club mailbox in the school office. Please include your child's name on it.


Please VOLUNTEER if you have the time: It's a big group, and we could really use some volunteers to be in the rooms helping to manage the kiddos. No chess experience necessary. Volunteering is open to any parents, family members, etc... Mentoring volunteers also welcome.

 

Questions/comments or need help with registration?  Email Dean Ehnes at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com

 

PIL Youth Sports -The Portland Interscholastic League’s (PIL) Youth Sports program will begin their Winter Sports in late-October / November, depending on the cluster you reside in. Sports being offered this winter are Girls BasketballBoys Basketball and Wrestling, 6th – 8th grade. Please click HERE for Cluster Coordinator contact information. Each Youth Sports participant must complete the Participation Paperwork and have a Sports Physical within the last two (2) years. Questions? Please contact your Cluster Coordinator or the District Athletic Office at 503.916.3223.

 

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 - 9/28/17

posted Sep 28, 2017, 5:56 PM by Halle Cisco   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 5:56 PM ]

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 3 – Picture Re-take Day – 1:00 pm
  • October 12 – Fall Frolic 6 pm – 8 pm
  • October 13 – No School – Teacher In-service Day

Principal Notes – Thanks to the PTSA for the community meeting on Monday.  It was great to have a chance to talk about Winterhaven and answer questions folks had about our school.  The next community meeting is in November and we hope to see you there.

A quick reminder about our drive thru area:  Please remember that the drive thru is for automobiles only during morning drop off and afternoon pick up.  The window of time where we only can have cars in the drive thru are basically from 8:15 am to 9 am and 2:50 pm to 3:25 pm.  We ask that you please use the walkways around the drive thru or go through the building to bypass the drive thru during these times.

 

Counselor Corner - Hey all, this week we continue to look at kindness in the K-6 classes.  Besides watching a couple Thai commercials (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZGghmwUcbQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVrQqWIs6ZE ) and discussing them, we are making links in the kindness chain.  The inside of each link is how we want to be treated kindly and the outside is something we can do for others.  The complete chain should be up next week in the front hall!  

For 8th graders, the high school transition legwork is happening even earlier than the “ridiculously early” that it was last year.  The high school lottery officially opens November 13th and closes December 1st.  If you are thinking of going somewhere other than your neighborhood school, you’ll need to get in the lottery again.  However, the district is really pushing for everyone to go to their neighborhood schools, so it is difficult to get in a different high school, other than Benson.  Because of this, Benson HS will be visiting our 8th graders October 20th and showing them what Benson has to offer.  I expect Cleveland and Franklin and possibly Grant to come visit in the coming months as it becomes time to choose classes (aka forecasting).

One of the things that has been coming up in Winterhaven is the casual commenting on people’s physical attributes.  We want to remind our students that even light hearted comments can hurt the student they are directed at as well as others who overhear.  The more we can remind our kids that all of them are beautiful in their own unique way, the better all of their self-esteem will be.  

Related to that:  In order to keep my finger on the proverbial pulse of the school, I’ve made a few needs assessments using Google forms.  Please take the time to fill this out to let me know where I should be focusing my attention: https://goo.gl/forms/gGpcwQaSSU2JCfHO2.   Your students also completed (or will soon) a version of this as will the staff.  I’ll use this data to inform my work here at Winterhaven for the year.  

Our question of the week is centered on the current events in the NFL.  “How do you believe people should protest injustice?  What should the limits on their protests be?  Why?”  Again, these topics are in support of our PTSA’s goal to have all of our kids graduating from Winterhaven as informed, considerate, thoughtful people.  

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net

 

PTSA Communication:

  • Do you want to receive email from the PTSA about school events?
  • Do you want to receive email related to your child's classroom? 
  • There is an online form to SUBSCRIBE to PTSA email lists and INCLUDE your contact information on our PRIVATE 2017-2018 Parent / Student Directory 
  • Current families can use this online form to ADD / CHANGE their email subscriptions or to UPDATE their family information in the directory. NOTE: If your directory entries or email subscriptions are up to date, no need to use the form.
  • IMPORTANT: You MUST be logged in using your you@winterhavenschool.org Google email address to access the PRIVATE spreadsheet. 
  • If you need help with your you@winterhavenschool.org address or password: admin@winterhavenschool.org
  •  

Fall Frolic -Thursday, October 12th 6:00-8:00pm. Please join the Winterhaven community for a fun for the whole family event - all grades welcome! This school-wide, family friendly evening includes live music, square dancing, crafts, ping pong, karaoke for middle schoolers and pizza (available for purchase). This is a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make new friends. We especially hope new Winterhaven families will come join in the fun. Please contact Heather McGowan (mcgowanspdx@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Click this link to see a list of volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in this community event!  http://signup.com/go/CWErvsP


School Pictures – Pictures are ready for viewing and ordering.  Here is the link to the website: https://www.enjoyphotos.com/gallery/Login.aspx?EventGuid=D72CD643-48AA-4C07-89C5-6E4C2F64D626.  User name: wh17 and Password: 23956wh17    Picture retake day is October 3 at 1:00 pm.

 

Chess Club - Do you want be part of one of the largest and most active chess clubs in Oregon? Join the Winterhaven Wizards Chess Club! Our focus is to have fun while learning problem solving, strategy and good sportsmanship. Tournament opportunities are available throughout the year, for those interested in competitive play.

Dates: October 25th - Spring Break

When: Wednesdays 3:05-4:25 PM

Grades: 2-8 (In the spring, we have a separate Chess Academy for K-1 students to learn the basics of the game.)

Skill levels: All students interested in playing chess - previous experience not required. Registration is now open: https://goo.gl/iN5T9H
 

Club donation: $50 per student (scholarships available, please inquire). Donations are applied to team t-shirts, chess coaching materials and software, chess equipment, scholarships, awards, and a club party. Donations accepted via PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/Winterhavenchessclub) or Check (written out to: Winterhaven PTSA Chess Club). Checks can be placed in the Chess Club mailbox in the school office. Please include your child's name on it.

Please VOLUNTEER if you have the time: It's a big group, and we could really use some volunteers to be in the rooms helping to manage the kiddos. No chess experience necessary. Volunteering is open to any parents, family members, etc... Mentoring volunteers also welcome.

Questions/comments or need help with registration?  Email Dean Ehnes at winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com

 

PTSA News -Through a combination of PTSA funds and discounts from class providers, the scholarships will cover 75% of the cost of the class, with the student's family covering the remaining 25%. Each student who qualifies for the scholarship program may use it for up to two afterschool classes per academic year.  For more information, please contact Sam Kubernick (dad of Eytan (3rd) & Ayelet (2nd) atSamuelak@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.

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