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Weekly information must be sent to Nancy Cooper (ncooper1@pps.net) or Caroline D'Ambrosi (cdambrosi@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 - 6/9/2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 5:08 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

 

  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School


Root beer Float Helpers - We still need some help picking up the supplies for root beer floats served at the end of the year school picnic on Wednesday, June 14th. We have a list of supplies and you will be reimbursed for all costs. Please click on the following link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/fPcJfiB  Questions can be directed to Kari Key atkarijkey@gmail.com.


Summer Pool Party and Potluck -   The annual summer pool party and potluck will be held at the Creston Pool at 4454 SE Powell Blvd. on Saturday, August 12 from 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm. This event is free to Winterhaven families and is organized by the PTSA.  For the potluck, families can bring a dish to share, and the PTSA will provide beverages, plates, and cups.  For more information contact Rebekah Cole at: destinationunknown@gmail.com

 

Counselor’s Notes Hey folks, I’m wrapping up the lessons on bullying from the viewpoints of three students with Dare!, Weird!,  and Tough!  with the 3rd and 4th graders.  First grade had their lesson on Crickwing Monday that we will use to think about kindness and bullying in more depth next week, and Ms. Moran is doing her last bit of awesomeness with the Kindergarteners and 2nd grade.  5th and 6th grade will wrap up the year with Sex Ed.  Due to end of year activities, I may miss a few of these lessons next week.  


Something to ponder as summer approaches:  One of the hotter debates in education and in psychology is how much structure we provide for our kids vs. how much of that structure we expect them to create for themselves, and by extension, how much they learn to create those structures to manage themselves throughout their lives. You might consciously experiment with this over the summer and give your student some practice making their own decisions for the day in a responsible way.  If your student is old enough, discuss this openly with them and observe and process how it goes.  “Let’s try having you decide what you will do this afternoon.  Please remember that our expectations haven’t changed, we still expect you to make good choices.”  Be prepared for some challenges if they are used to a highly structured day, but be sure to talk about it with them afterwards.  Dealing with the inevitable struggles around this is a good place to grow some over the next few months and help them become more self-sufficient humans.  


The Question of the Week:  (A question for your family to talk about at a time together) What responsibilities come with being free to choose your path in a school?  In our society?     Questions or comments can be directed to Cliff Shaw at cshaw@pps.net.

Winterhaven Weekly - 6/2/2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:06 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • June 8 – Move-Up Day – 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School

 

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

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


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

 

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


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


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


State testing is done.  Whew.  


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


Change of date for Move-Up Day – Due to the delay in the lottery this year for new families, we need to move the date of our annual Move Up Day.  The new date and time for Move-Up Day will be Thursday, June 8th starting at 2:15 pm.

Winterhaven Weekly - 5/25/2017

posted May 31, 2017, 4:04 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • May 26 – Field of Fun – 1:30 pm to 3 pm
  • May 29 – No School – Memorial Day
  • June 8 – Move-Up Day – 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School

 

Principal’s Notes - A few thank yous and reminders for this week:

A huge thank you to Kristin Doherty and everyone else who helped make the Carnival a success!  Another big thank you to Heather Dickenson and the auction team who helped raise an amazing amount of money for our school!

Thanks to Ms. VanEngel and her music students for a wonderful grades 3-5 concert last night!

A reminder that Move Up Day has been moved to Thursday, June 8 from 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm.

I’m looking forward to an amazing Field of Fun this Friday!  Ms. Dixon has guaranteed sunshine and I know she is always right!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Counselor’s Notes As our first grade teacher, Ms. Cooke says “Hi Everybody!”


Here’s the first of what will hopefully be a regular blurb from me mixed in the Winterhaven Weekly.  I’ll be sharing what the counseling staff is doing, ideas for you to try at home, articles worth reading and thinking about and the occasional struggles that may need broader attention.  Each one will also end in a question to pose to your youngsters for discussion during the week around the dinner table.


To get you up to speed on what is happening in the counseling world at Winterhaven: My fabulous intern, Molly Moran has been leading Kindergarten and 2nd grade all year.  If you have students in those grades and haven’t heard about her, ask.  I promise they’ll have glowing things to say.  She has been teaching emotional regulation for the past few months using the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Shortly, she will be changing gears and teaching lessons focused on inclusion and diversity appreciation to finish out the year before she leaves us to begin her doctoral program.  The other grades are with me.  I’m mostly buried in state testing right now, but when I manage to free myself… In 1st, 3rd, 4th we are looking into bullying from three viewpoints and examining the motivations for each person using the books Weird!, Tough!, and Dare! by Erin Frankel.  The older grades are also examining these through the lens of the four styles of communication and talking about how those play into the story.  1st grade may use the story Crickwing instead.  5th grade will spend two days with Nurse LueAnne and I going over very basic sex ed starting on the 31st. The curriculum is here, you’ll have to do some legwork making an account to get to it.  http://www.advocatesforyouth.org   6th grade is deep in our state Health curriculum.  If you are curious what that looks like, here is the link:  https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/MFMC/Pages/index.aspx  I will be visiting 7th and 8th soon to do a little bit of Career Education as well, using the Japanese concept of Ikigai as a springboard.


That’s the plan.  However, the nature of my job is emergencies so I do miss lessons more often than I’d like to.  


The question of the week:  How is what we see on a screen different than what we see in real life?  Places to explore around this:  appearance, interactions, anonymity, kindness. The idea is to have a family discussion sometime this week based on this topic.  If you have any questions, please contact me at cshaw1@pps.net.  Cliff Shaw, School Counselor

 

Change of date for Move-Up Day – Due to the delay in the lottery this year for new families, we need to move the date of our annual Move Up Day.  The new date and time for Move-Up Day will be Thursday, June 8th starting at 2:15 pm.

 

Field Of Fun – This is a special time set aside for the whole school to engage in activity that is fun, social and inclusive for all. The structure is informal and students have free choice of what they want to participate in. There are water activities for some of the events. Popsicles will be distributed at the end of the day. There are a few guidelines that we want students to follow. The dress for the day needs to be within the district/school guidelines and appropriate for weather and fun play. Students will be active and may get wet. Shoes/sandals must be worn at all times. We are ordering up sun and fun. Thank you for your help and support for a wonderful fun-filled day.  If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Dixon at cdixon@pps.net

 

Field of Fun Popsicle Helpers - If you can, please assist Ms. Dixon to quickly distribute hundreds of Popsicles to the students after field of fun on Friday May 26th 2:30-3 pm.  Use this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/EgNaVAb

 

Grant High School Cheerleading Tryouts - Grant will soon be holding Cheerleading tryouts for the 2017-18 school year. Open Gyms – June 5th & 6th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Tryouts June 8th from 4 pm to finish. If you have any questions please contact Susan Davis at sdavis@pps.net.

Winterhaven Weekly - 5/18/2017

posted May 18, 2017, 5:18 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • May 19 – Winterhaven Carnival  5 pm to 8 pm
  • May 19 – Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – 5 pm to 8 pm (during Carnival)
  • May 22 – PTSA Community Meeting – 6:30 pm to 8 pm
  • May 24 - Spring Elementary Music Concert grades 3-5 at 6:30 pm
  • May 26 – Field of Fun – 1:30 pm to 3 pm
  • May 29 – No School – Memorial Day
  • June 8 – Move-Up Day – 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School!

 

Winterhaven Carnival – The 7th Annual Winterhaven Carnival is coming up soon! Save the date for Friday, May 19th from 5 pm to 8 pm here at Winterhaven. For those that are new to the school, this is our biggest community event of the year and it coincides with our Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction and the Annual Art Show. It is a good time for the whole family that is (mostly) free! For no cost, we will have a bouncy house for all ages, an inflatable slide for kids up to 4th grade and an inflatable obstacle course for kids in grades 5 and up. Also for free are various carnival games, performances by a juggling clown on a unicycle, balloon animals, face painting, popcorn and snow cones. In addition, for a small fee, there is a “dunk” tank for teachers (this is a fundraiser run by the 5th grade class to benefit the school garden), a cupcake walk, and pizza, salad and soda for sale. Also, the Annual Art Show will be going on in the gym organized by our own amazing art teacher Sharon Hatrack. Make sure you go in and check out all the cool and creative work our kids have been doing this year! Please put the date on your calendars! Contact me (kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com) if you are not already helping and are able to help. Any questions please contact - Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com   ****THE CARNIVAL NEEDS A LOT OF HELPERS - PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP USING THIS LINK!! http://signup.com/go/AqqyZbU

 

Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – Friday, May 19, 2017 during the School Carnival. Do you have a good or service you would be willing to donate? Do you work for a company that would be willing to donate something? Have a friend who owns a business?  Vacation home you'd be willing to offer? A party for a group in your house/vacation house/boat? Products or a gift certificate from your (or a neighborhood) business? (note: most businesses in Sellwood/Westmoreland have been approached)  We’re hoping to have items gathered by May 14th.   Please turn in your donation form (with the donation, if it is an item) at the office as soon as possible. Thank you!! Questions?  Contact Heather Dickinson at levisfarm@hotmail.com

 

Spring Elementary Music Concert - Please mark your calendars for our Spring Elementary Music Concerts. Our students are working hard and looking forward to a presentation of songs from a variety of countries.

GRADES 3, 4, and 5 Wednesday, May 24th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

 

Change of date for Move-Up Day – Due to the delay in the lottery this year for new families, we need to move the date of our annual Move Up Day.  The new date and time for Move-Up Day will be Thursday, June 8th starting at 2:15 pm.

 

Field Of Fun – This is a special time set aside for the whole school to engage in activity that is fun, social and inclusive for all. The structure is informal and students have free choice of what they want to participate in. There are water activities for some of the events. Popsicles will be distributed at the end of the day. There are a few guidelines that we want students to follow. The dress for the day needs to be within the district/school guidelines and appropriate for weather and fun play. Students will be active and may get wet. Shoes/sandals must be worn at all times. We are ordering up sun and fun. Thank you for your help and support for a wonderful fun-filled day.  If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Dixon at cdixon@pps.net

 

Field of Fun Popsicle Helpers - If you can, please assist Ms. Dixon to quickly distribute hundreds of Popsicles to the students after field of fun on Friday May 26th 2:30-3 pm.  Use this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/EgNaVAb

 

Grant High School Cheerleading Tryouts - Grant will soon be holding Cheerleading tryouts for the 2017-18 school year. Open Gyms – June 5th & 6th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Tryouts June 8th from 4 pm to finish. If you have any questions please contact Susan Davis at sdavis@pps.net.

 

Roving Food Service Assistant - Do you want to help inspire culinary curiosity and nourish the health of the community through school meals? Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services is recruiting for Roving Food Service Assistants to provide students delicious, high quality, nutrient-rich and safe meals. Our kitchens and cafeterias provide a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for enjoying and sharing meal time. We want you to be a part of our team! Training provided. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, call Anya Friday or Charles Hardin at 503-916-3399 or visit:  http://www.pps.net/Page/2158.

 

Year End Cafeteria Account Balances - Student meal accounts with positive or negative balances will carry over into next school year.

- Do nothing -- leave the funds in the account to pay for future school meals
- Request the balance be transferred to a sibling meal account
- Request a refund via the Cafeteria Lead (check will be sent within 4-6 weeks)
- Request the funds be donated to help cover money owed on other student meal accounts

For more information, go to http://www.pps.net/Page/2110  or call 503-916-3399. 

Winterhaven Weekly - 5/11/2017

posted May 11, 2017, 5:08 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • May 19 – Winterhaven Carnival  5 pm to 8 pm
  • May 19 – Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – 5 pm to 8 pm (during Carnival)
  • May 22 – PTSA Community Meeting – 6:30 pm to 8 pm
  • May 24 - Spring Elementary Music Concert grades 3-5 at 6:30 pm
  • May 26 – Field of Fun – 1:30 pm to 3 pm
  • May 29 – No School – Memorial Day
  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School!

 

Spring Elementary Music Concert - Please mark your calendars for our Spring Elementary Music Concert. Our students are working hard and looking forward to a presentation of songs from a variety of countries. GRADES 3, 4, and 5 Wednesday, May 24th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

 

PPS Bond Proposal – PPS has proposed a $790 million capital construction bond on the May 16, 2017 ballot. If approved, the bond would fund renovations and additions at Benson High School and Madison High School and full rebuilds of Lincoln High School and Kellogg Middle School. Additionally, if the bond passes, at least $150 million would fund district-wide health and safety projects, including: replacing old pipes and fixtures to reduce lead; removing or encapsulating exposed lead paint and asbestos; and upgrading fire alarm and/or sprinkler systems. The average levy rate for the proposed bond is estimated to be $0.68 per $1,000 of assessed value over 30 years. The levy rate is estimated to be $1.40 per $1,000 for the first four years, declining thereafter. If the proposed bond doesn’t pass, PPS will continue to respond to health and safety emergencies and take steps to make sure schools remain safe. But, PPS currently does not have funding available to embark on significant long-term mitigation of these hazards. Ballots go out to registered voters in late April and are due on May 16.

 

PTSA Assistance for the ballot measure - Parent volunteers will be outside the school for unofficial ballot pick-up on Friday at drop-off and pick-up, and Monday at drop-off. They will be happy to take your completed, signed and sealed ballots to an official Multnomah County Elections drop site. Please remember to vote, for our kids’ sake. Ballots are due Tuesday.

 

Winterhaven Carnival – The 7th Annual Winterhaven Carnival is coming up soon! Save the date for Friday, May 19th from 5 pm to 8 pm here at Winterhaven. For those that are new to the school, this is our biggest community event of the year and it coincides with our Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction and the Annual Art Show. It is a good time for the whole family that is (mostly) free! For no cost, we will have a bouncy house for all ages, an inflatable slide for kids up to 4th grade and an inflatable obstacle course for kids in grades 5 and up. Also free are various carnival games, performances by a juggling clown on a unicycle, balloon animals, face painting, popcorn and snow cones. In addition, for a small fee, there is a “dunk” tank for teachers (this is a fundraiser run by the 5th grade class to benefit the school garden), a cupcake walk, and pizza, salad and soda for sale. Also, the Annual Art Show will be going on in the gym organized by our own amazing art teacher Sharon Hatrack. Make sure you go in and check out all the cool and creative work our kids have been doing this year! Please put the date on your calendars! Contact me (kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com) if you are not already helping and are able to help. Any questions please contact - Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com   ****THE CARNIVAL NEEDS A LOT OF HELPERS - PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP USING THIS LINK!! http://signup.com/go/AqqyZbU

 

Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – Friday, May 19, 2017 during the School Carnival. Do you have a good or service you would be willing to donate? Do you work for a company that would be willing to donate something? Have a friend who owns a business?  Vacation home you'd be willing to offer? A party for a group in your house/vacation house/boat? Products or a gift certificate from your (or a neighborhood) business? (note: most businesses in Sellwood/Westmoreland have been approached)  We’re hoping to have items gathered by May 14th. Please turn in your donation form (with the donation, if it is an item) at the office as soon as possible. Thank you!! Questions? Contact Heather Dickinson at levisfarm@hotmail.com

 

Restaurants for Raphael House – The Raphael House’s annual dine-out fundraiser is coming up in just two weeks. The big day is Wednesday, May 17th and 49 restaurants around Portland, Lake Oswego, and Beaverton are donating a portion of their day’s proceeds. A full list of participating restaurants and a map of their locations is online at raphaelhouse.com/events/raphael_house_special_events/restaurants-for-raphael-house. Contact Dave Huckaba for more information.

 

Year End Cafeteria Account Balances - Student meal accounts with positive or negative balances will carry over into next school year.

  • Families can pay off negative account balances by cash or check in the cafeteria, or online at  www.myschoolbucks.com by June 15, 2017.
  • Families with positive account balances have the following options:

- Do nothing -- leave the funds in the account to pay for future school meals
- Request the balance be transferred to a sibling meal account
- Request a refund via the Cafeteria Lead (check will be sent within 4-6 weeks)
- Request the funds be donated to help cover money owed on other student meal accounts

For more information, go to www.pps.net/nutrition, or call 503-916-3399. 

Winterhaven Weekly - 5/4/2017

posted May 4, 2017, 5:37 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • May 10 – Spring Elementary Music Concert grades K-2 at 6:30 pm
  • May 19 – Winterhaven Carnival  5 pm to 8 pm
  • May 19 – Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – 5 pm to 8 pm (during Carnival)
  • May 22 – PTSA Community Meeting – 6:30 pm to 8 pm
  • May 24 - Spring Elementary Music Concert grades 3-5 at 6:30 pm
  • May 26 – Field of Fun – 1:30 pm to 3 pm
  • May 29 – No School – Memorial Day
  • June 9 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 14 – All School Picnic at Brooklyn Park
  • June 14 – 8th grade Promotion – 6 pm to 7 pm
  • June 15 – Last Day of School!

 

Principal’s Notes - A huge thank you to our wonderful staff!  I am amazed and impressed every day with everything you do in working with our students. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with each one of you.

 

A thank you as well to our Winterhaven families for providing treats and meals to our staff this week! We truly appreciate all you do to help support us here at school.

 

I also want to thank the Cleveland Alliance for Racial Equity group who came to our school last Friday and spoke to our middle school students and staff. We appreciate the time they took to prepare their presentation and the message they gave to our school. We have posted in the main hallway student reflections on the presentation, so if you are able to do so, I encourage you to stop by and take a look. 

 

Spring Elementary Music Concerts - Please mark your calendars for our Spring Elementary Music Concerts. Our students are working hard and looking forward to a presentation of songs from a variety of countries.

 

GRADES K, 1 and 2 – Wednesday, May 10th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

GRADES 3, 4, and 5 Wednesday, May 24th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

 

Winterhaven Carnival – The 7th Annual Winterhaven Carnival is coming up soon! Save the date for Friday, May 19th from 5 pm to 8 pm here at Winterhaven. For those that are new to the school, this is our biggest community event of the year and it coincides with our Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction and the Annual Art Show. It is a good time for the whole family that is (mostly) free! For no cost, we will have a bouncy house for all ages, an inflatable slide for kids up to 4th grade and an inflatable obstacle course for kids in grades 5 and up. Also for free are various carnival games, performances by a juggling clown on a unicycle, balloon animals, face painting, popcorn and snow cones. In addition, for a small fee, there is a “dunk” tank for teachers (this is a fundraiser run by the 5th grade class to benefit the school garden), a cupcake walk, and pizza, salad and soda for sale. Also, the Annual Art Show will be going on in the gym organized by our own amazing art teacher Sharon Hatrack. Make sure you go in and check out all the cool and creative work our kids have been doing this year! Please put the date on your calendars! Contact me (kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com) if you are not already helping and are able to help. Any questions please contact - Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com   ****THE CARNIVAL NEEDS A LOT OF HELPERS - PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP USING THIS LINK!! http://signup.com/go/AqqyZbU

 

Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – Friday, May 19, 2017 during the School Carnival. Do you have a good or service you would be willing to donate? Do you work for a company that would be willing to donate something? Have a friend who owns a business?  Vacation home you'd be willing to offer? A party for a group in your house/vacation house/boat? Products or a gift certificate from your (or a neighborhood) business? (note: most businesses in Sellwood/Westmoreland have been approached)  We’re hoping to have items gathered by May 14th.   Please turn in your donation form (with the donation, if it is an item) at the office as soon as possible. Thank you!! Questions?  Contact Heather Dickinson at levisfarm@hotmail.com

 

Restaurants for Raphael House – The Raphael House’s annual dine-out fundraiser is coming up in just two weeks. The big day is Wednesday, May 17th and 49 restaurants around Portland, Lake Oswego, and Beaverton are donating a portion of their day’s proceeds. A full list of participating restaurants and a map of their locations is online at raphaelhouse.com/events/raphael_house_special_events/restaurants-for-raphael-house. Contact Dave Huckaba for more information.

 

Lunch Account Reminder - The end of the year is coming up and it’s time to pay off lunch account balances. This is especially important for 8th graders, since they will not receive lunch with any negative balance whatsoever when they enter high school. Other grades also have high negative balances and will be given an emergency meal of fruit, vegetables and milk if their balance is over $14.25.  For more information, call Amanda at 916-6200 x73657 

Winterhaven Weekly - 4/27/2017

posted May 1, 2017, 2:26 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • May 10 – Spring Elementary Music Concert grades K – 2 at 6:30 pm
  • May 19 – Winterhaven Carnival  5 pm – 8 pm
  • May 19 – Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – 5 pm – 8 pm (during Carnival)
  • May 24 - Spring Elementary Music Concert grades 3 – 5 at 6:30 pm

 

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week! We sure do appreciate all our teachers and staff do for us and our students. The following are ideas for things that Winterhaven Families can do each day to show our gratitude:

  • Monday – Thank you Day - Bring a homemade thank you cards for teachers and staff. Also, start bringing Starbucks gift cards/donations into the office (see Wednesday)
  • Tuesday – Picture Day: Students can draw/create a picture for teachers and staff. Also, take a moment to get a picture taken with teachers and staff. Then you can email or print the picture for them later
  • Wednesday – Coffee Day- Monday & Tuesday, you can bring in Starbucks gift cards or donations into the office. We will distribute the cards among the staff on Wednesday and that morning the PTSA will provide some coffee for the teachers to have in the lounge. If you want to bring a gift card, smaller denominations are best ($5-$10) and please label the card with the amount. To be honest, it's easier for us to use donations and then split the total amount evenly.
  • Thursday - Random Acts of Kindness – go out of your way to do something nice for your teachers & staff. Help them clean up a project, offer to pass out some papers, tell them something you appreciate about them, be more attentive in class...there's so many possibilities.
  • Friday – It's Cinco de Mayo! Bring paper or real flowers from your garden to make a fun bouquet for teachers and staff. Click here for instructions on how to make paper flowers.

We would also love help with providing the staff with desserts, snacks or side dish during the week Sign up online: http://signup.com/go/CFxIXPa

 

Feel free to contact Kari at karijkey@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Spring Elementary Music Concerts - Please mark your calendars for our Spring Elementary Music Concerts. Our students are working hard and looking forward to a presentation of songs from a variety of countries.

  • GRADE K, 1 and 2 - Wednesday May 10th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium
  • GRADE 3, 4, and 5 Wednesday May 24th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

 

Winterhaven Carnival – The 7th Annual Winterhaven Carnival is coming up soon! Save the date for Friday May 19th from 5 pm - 8 pm right here at Winterhaven. For those that are new to the school, this is our biggest community event of the year and it coincides with our Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction and the Annual Art Show. It is a good time for the whole family that is (mostly) free! For no cost we will have a bouncy house for all ages, an inflatable slide for kids up to 4th grade and an inflatable obstacle course for kids in grades 5 and up. Also for free are various carnival games, performances by a juggling clown on a unicycle, balloon animals, face painting, popcorn and snow cones. In addition for a small fee there is a “dunk” tank for teachers (this is a fundraiser run by the 5th grade class to benefit the school garden), a cupcake walk, and pizza, salad and soda for sale. Also the Annual Art Show will be going on in the gym organized by our own amazing art teacher Sharon Hatrack. Make sure you go in and check out all the cool and creative work our kids have been doing this year! Please put the date on your calendars! Contact me (kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com) if you are not already helping and are able to help. Any questions please contact - Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com

 

Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction – Friday May 19, 2017 during the School Carnival. Do you have a good or service you would be willing to donate? Do you work for a company that would be willing to donate something? Have a friend who owns a business?  Vacation home you'd be willing to offer? A party for a group in your house/vacation house/boat? Products or a gift certificate from your (or a neighborhood) business? (note: most businesses in Sellwood/Westmoreland have been approached)  We’re hoping to have items gathered by May 14th.   Please turn in your donation form (with the donation, if it is an item) at the office as soon as possible. Thank you!!Questions?  Contact Heather Dickinson at levisfarm@hotmail.com

 

Lunch Account Reminder - The end of the year is coming up and it’s time to pay off lunch account balances. This is especially important for 8th graders, since they will not receive lunch with any negative balance whatsoever when they enter high school. Other grades also have high negative balances and will be given an emergency meal of fruit, vegetables and milk if their balance is over $14.25.  For more information, call Amanda at 916-6200 x73657 

 

Principal Notes – A huge shout out to our 8th graders and the 8th grade Rock Opera!  What a great show!  A lot of time and effort went into the production and I want to thank Emily Ferguson, Melissa Miller, Sharon Hatrack and the multitude of parent volunteers who helped make this happen.  Great job 8th graders!


I also want to thank all our volunteers with helping out on the MAC Attack.  Ms. Dixon ordered up another nice day and wouldn’t you know it, it didn’t rain during the runs.  Great job to our students as well and thanks again to Ms. Dixon for making sure everything ran smoothly.


On another note, during the MAC attack, one of our parent’s cars got broken into out in front of the school.  Please remember to either take valuables with you or remove them from plain sight whenever you might be volunteering here at school.


Lastly, a big thank you to our custodians, Larry Ware and Eugene Houghton.  They work tirelessly to keep our building safe, clean and welcoming.  We really appreciate all they do for Winterhaven!


Thanks, Mr. Mark Sandilands, principal

Winterhaven Weekly - 4/20/2017

posted May 1, 2017, 2:24 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • April 20 & 21 – 8th grade Rock Opera Shows 6:00 pm
  • April 21 – 5th grade play The Lorax Returns 10:30 am
  • April 24 – TAG OMSI Night 6 pm – 8 pm
  • May 10 – Spring Elementary Music Concert grades K – 2 at 6:30 pm
  • May 19 – Winterhaven Carnival  5 pm – 8 pm
  • May 24 - Spring Elementary Music Concert grades 3 – 5 at 6:30 pm

 

50/50 RAFFLE at the Rock Opera for 8th Grade End-of-the-Year Field trip to Opal Creek -Buy a chance (or many!) to win half of the cash pot and help the 8th grade raise scholarship funds for their trip to Opal Creek.  Tickets will be on sale at the Rock Opera for $5 each, or 3 for $10.  Please come prepared with cash on hand! Separate drawing each night.  (*if you are not attending the Rock Opera and want a chance to win and help out, please send PayPal funds to jlouiset@msn.com and note that it's for the 50/50)  

 

MAC ATTACK Wrap up - The students did a great job and we dodged the rain:) All students have been given back their sponsor sheets. They can begin to collect money from sponsors. All checks should be written to "Winterhaven PTSA". Please put all money and checks into an envelope with student's name on it and attach to form. Deadline #2--all $ and forms due Thursday, April 27. It is important that all money is turned in by the deadline. Prizes and number of t shirts ordered are dependent on the forms being turned in on time. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at: cdixon@pps.net. Thank you for all your support.

 

Spring Elementary Music Concerts - Please mark your calendars for our Spring Elementary Music Concerts. Our students are working hard and looking forward to a presentation of songs from a variety of countries.

  • GRADE K, 1 and 2 - Wednesday May 10th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium
  • GRADE 3, 4, and 5 Wednesday May 24th 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

5th Grade Play – The Lorax Returns is performed by the 5th grade class on the eve of Earth Day, Friday, April 21 at 10:30 am.  There is one show only.

 

The Winterhaven Carnival coming soon!  Friday May 19th from 5-8pm.  More details to follow soon! Questions?  Contact Kristin Doherty kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com


Winterhaven Clothing Drive - Friday April 7-Friday April 21 - Winterhaven is currently running a Clothing Drive to provide clothes to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center prior to our volunteer date now through April 21.Have you seen the plastic bins located in the front foyer? All of those clothes will be donated to the PTA Clothing Center to serve school-age children and their families in our greater community. Per the Clothing Closet website, please try to provide clean, gently-worn clothes that are appropriate for school attendance.

 

PTA Clothing ClosetMonday, April 24 (9:30-1pm) we need SIX volunteers for Winterhaven's assigned date at the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center at Marshall High School: 3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266. For many PPS students, this is their only chance to get new clothes for the season, and it's always a rewarding experience for volunteers. Choose to help families "shop" for clothes or sort incoming donations - if you have the flexibility in your schedule, please consider joining us. Also, if you cannot commit to the full! Email Rebekah Folsom 3.5 hours, think about splitting a 1.75 hour slot with a friend (rsatz@yahoo.com) to sign up for a slot or half-slot (9:30-1p9:30-11:15, or 11:15-1p)

 

Middle School Electives - Fridays April 28-May 19, 8:30-10:10 AM -The final Middle School Elective session of the year is rapidly approaching. We currently have several great class offerings, thanks to all of you many parents and community members giving our students your time and talents. However, we're putting out a specific ask for someone willing to teach an outdoor elective. Whittling? Kite Making? Rock Climbing? Outdoor Yoga? We'd love to bring in some new classes! There are also a few ready-made ideas (for example, we're still looking for an engineer to build Ms. Dixon a misting-spray tube assembly to cool off runners for next years' MAC Attack) and we have a ready-to-go curriculum for Hunger Games (capture the flag). Please email Barb Fisher (barb@fisherbusiness.net) or Rebekah Folsom (rsatz@yahoo.com) - the kids would be SO grateful to have you.

 

TAG OMSI Night – The final TAG OMSI night of the school year of Monday April 24 from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Parking is free, as well as entry into OMSI.

Winterhaven Weekly - 4/13/2017

posted May 1, 2017, 2:22 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • April 14 – MAC Attack
  • April 14 – Lost and Found clean out
  • April 19 – Dyslexia Legislation Information Session at BESC – 5:50 pm – 7:00 pm.
  • April 20 & 21 – 8th grade Rock Opera Shows 6:00 pm
  • April 21 – 5th grade play The Lorax Returns 10:30 am

 

 

MAC ATTACK - Friday, April 14.  Students need to come with attire and shoes to be active and prepared for weather. We will run rain or shine. Sun has been ordered. We all need some pleasant weather, after our eventful winter:)) Students may bring a water bottle and iPod but need to be responsible for personal property. The outside drinking fountain has been turned on. We welcome anyone to come that would like to cheer our students on during this important community event.

 

Times:

MS--11:30-12:20

k-2--1:15-2:00

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

 

Please feel free to contact Colleen Dixon with any questions at cdixon@pps.net, (503)916-6200 Ext.73658

 

Dyslexia Legislation Information Session - Dear PPS Families, please join us April 19, 5:30 - 7:00 at the PPS district office for an information session regarding SB612 Dyslexia Legislation and Portland Public Schools implementation steps.

Our agenda will include:

  • An explanation of current and future implementation steps,
  • Time for questions and answers,
  • An opportunity for families to network.   

We look forward to seeing you.  

5th Grade Play – The Lorax Returns is performed by the 5th grade class on the eve of Earth Day, Friday, April 21 at 10:30 am.  There is one show only.

Winterhaven Clothing Drive - Friday April 7-Friday April 21 - Winterhaven is currently running a Clothing Drive to provide clothes to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center prior to our volunteer date now through April 21.Have you seen the plastic bins located in the front foyer? All of those clothes will be donated to the PTA Clothing Center to serve school-age children and their families in our greater community. Per the Clothing Closet website, please try to provide clean, gently-worn clothes that are appropriate for school attendance.

 

PTA Clothing ClosetMonday, April 24 (9:30-1pm) we need SIX volunteers for Winterhaven's assigned date at the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center at Marshall High School: 3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266. For many PPS students, this is their only chance to get new clothes for the season, and it's always a rewarding experience for volunteers. Choose to help families "shop" for clothes or sort incoming donations - if you have the flexibility in your schedule, please consider joining us. Also, if you cannot commit to the full! Email Rebekah Folsom 3.5 hours, think about splitting a 1.75 hour slot with a friend (rsatz@yahoo.com) to sign up for a slot or half-slot (9:30-1p9:30-11:15, or 11:15-1p)

 

Middle School Electives - Fridays April 28-May 19, 8:30-10:10 AM -The final Middle School Elective session of the year is rapidly approaching. We currently have several great class offerings, thanks to all of you many parents and community members giving our students your time and talents. However, we're putting out a specific ask for someone willing to teach an outdoor elective. Whittling? Kite Making? Rock Climbing? Outdoor Yoga? We'd love to bring in some new classes! There are also a few ready-made ideas (for example, we're still looking for an engineer to build Ms. Dixon a misting-spray tube assembly to cool off runners for next years' MAC Attack) and we have a ready-to-go curriculum for Hunger Games (capture the flag). Please email Barb Fisher (barb@fisherbusiness.net) or Rebekah Folsom (rsatz@yahoo.com) - the kids would be SO grateful to have you!

 

Lost and Found Clean Out – It is time again to check the Lost and Found for any items your family may be missing.  We will remove all items from Lost and Found after April 14, 2017.

 

Needed: Empty Paper Towel Rolls – The first grade class is in need of empty paper towel rolls for an upcoming project.  These can be brought to the office, or Room 10. 

 

Oregon Writing Festival - The Oregon Writing Festival will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Portland State University. It's an all-day event for students who sign up. It's open to students in grades 4-12, with a registration fee of $35.00. Please e-mail Ms. Tran (atran@pps.net) by Friday, March 10, if your child would like to attend. Thank you!

 

Art4Life - Registration for Art4Life's two summer arts camps is now open! There will be camps in Southeast Portland at Winterhaven and another in Southwest at Maplewood. All kids ages 6 and up are welcome to join the fun! Go to Art4Life.net for more information.

Winterhaven Weekly - 4/6/2017

posted May 1, 2017, 2:20 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Upcoming Events:

   

  • April 11 – MAC Attack permission form deadline
  • April 14 – MAC Attack
  • April 14 – Lost and Found clean out
  • April 20-21 – 8th grade Rock Opera Shows 6:00 pm

 

 

MAC ATTACK is fast approaching.

 

Deadline #1-Tuesday, April 11--all students participating are required to have a form with a parent signature turned in. There are extra forms in office.

 

Day of Run---Friday, April 14.  Students need to come with attire and shoes to be active and prepared for weather. We will run rain or shine. Sun has been ordered. We all need some pleasant weather, after our eventful winter:)) Students may bring a water bottle and iPod but need to be responsible for personal property. The outside drinking fountain has been turned on. We welcome anyone to come that would like to cheer our students on during this important community event.

 

Times:

MS--11:30-12:20

k-2--1:15-2:00

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

 

Please feel free to contact Colleen Dixon with any questions at cdixon@pps.net, (503)916-6200 Ext.73658

 

Mac Attack Volunteers – volunteers needed to make a mark on the wrist band that each child wears as they pass you as they run around the track. Then, after the race, many hands will make light work as we work together to add up all the tally marks on the wrist bands, put those tallies on the children’s MAC attack forms and hand out popsicles Sign up to help at  http://signup.com/go/SDoWtP or email Kari at karijkey@gmail.com 

 

IRCO Donation Drive Thank You! - Thanks to all who contributed to the donation drive for refugee families and IRCO.  We estimated that we collected over $300 worth of personal care items and donated at least 4-5 fully intact personal care kits and 10-15 kits that were almost complete.  This donation drive was spearheaded by approximately 24 middle schoolers who took part in a Community Service elective for 4 weeks.  Thank you to all the middle schoolers who opted for this elective instead of many of the other really cool offerings!  Your work has really made a difference for many refugee families.  IRCO was very impressed by the amount of donations!! Kristin Doherty & Beth Nelson

 

Lost and Found Clean Out – It is time again to check the Lost and Found for any items your family may be missing.  We will remove all items from Lost and Found after April 14, 2017.

Needed: Empty Paper Towel Rolls – The first grade class is in need of empty paper towel rolls for an upcoming project.  These can be brought to the office, or Room 10. 

 

PPS School Calendar Updates – The PPS board approved on Tuesday the addition of 2 school days due to the inclement weather we had back in January.  The 2 days added are Friday, April 7th and Thursday, June 15th.  The April 7th date was previously a teacher planning day without students.  It will now be a regular school day.  In addition, due to this change, there will not be a report card coming at the end of quarter 3.  There will be a middle school progress report for those students who might be in danger of failing a class.  At the elementary level, there will not be a progress report or report card.  The final report card will come at the end of quarter 4 (the end of the school year).  The last day of school is now Thursday, June 15th.  This means that the 8th grade promotion will be moved once again, with it now being on Wednesday, June 14th from 6 pm to 7 pm.  Our Winterhaven School Picnic will also be on Wednesday, June 14th.

 

Kids Like Languages - Sign up now for after school Mandarin, French or Spanish language classes. The classes will be on Mondays, and will run from 4/3 to 6/5 from 3:05-3:55pm. Students will learn Mandarin, French or Spanish through fun and engaging activities.  Children learn best when they actively participate in the classroom. Our lessons are filled with art, music, games, gestures and everyday situations to promote fluency and cultural awareness. Your child will have the opportunity to use their language skills to prepare them for future interactions in the real world.  Registration and more information:  http://www.kidslikelanguages.com/collections/portland-public-school-district/products/mandarin-or-french-after-school-program-at-winterhaven.

 

Oregon Writing Festival - The Oregon Writing Festival will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Portland State University. It's an all-day event for students who sign up. It's open to students in grades 4-12, with a registration fee of $35.00. Please e-mail Ms. Tran (atran@pps.net) by Friday, March 10, if your child would like to attend. Thank you!

 

Art4Life - Registration for Art4Life's two summer arts camps is now open! There will be camps in Southeast Portland at Winterhaven and another in Southwest at Maplewood. All kids ages 6 and up are welcome to join the fun! Go to Art4Life.net for more information!

 

Winterhaven Yearbooks – Order yearbooks now for the price of $17.00.  Please pay by check in the office, with the check made out to Winterhaven, or payment can be made online at https://www.schoolpay.com/link/2016-17yearbook.  If your student receives free/reduced lunch, a yearbook will be provided by the PTSA.  Please let Nancy in the office know, so your student’s name/s can be added to the list.

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