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Winterhaven Weekly 10/19/17

posted 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

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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.

Winterhaven Weekly - 9/21/17

posted Sep 21, 2017, 5:31 PM by Halle Cisco   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 10:51 AM by Admin at Winterhaven ]

Upcoming Events: 

  • September 25 – PTSA Community Meeting – 6:30 – 8 pm 

  • October 3 – Picture Re-take Day – 1:00 pm 

  • October 12 – Fall Frolic 6 pm – 8 pm 

  • October 13 – No School – Teacher Inservice Day 


Principal's Notes

It was great to see everyone at the Back to School Nights this week. Teachers had signups for conferences at this time, so if you were unable to attend, please contact the main office or your child’s classroom teacher to sign up for conferences. Conferences this year are on Wednesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 9th

Counselor's Corner 

This week in counseling we are continuing to focus on kindness in K-5. After watching the Kindness Boomerang again and starting our own boomerangs, our second graders had a really cool idea of us making those boomerangs not just a simple artsy worksheet but a screenplay for a movie.  I’m not sure about the logistics of whether that is feasible yet, but ask them about it next week! A really cool idea from the creative minds of our students! 

Another set of creative minds in the 6th grade had the whole class trying (almost successfully!) to jump the same jump rope together.  It was a great opportunity to talk about problem solving, individualism vs. group goals, and leadership.  Well done sixth grade!  I love challenges like this because the issues that spring up in that scenario are the same issues that cause trouble in the classroom and it gives us a chance to talk about them in a non-threatening, collaborative way.    

I’ve been sharing with the middle school students and staff a blunder I made this summer in an effort to open up discussions of how we handle issues around race and the mistakes we are bound to make in dealing with it.  The deeper we dig, the more of these we are bound to come up with.  I think an important take-away is that if we take the time to process and reflect on these mistakes, a better option may come to mind that we can use in a similar situation in the future.    

Which brings us to our topic for the week’s discussion: “What is one blunder you have made around race?  How did you handle it?  How did you wish you handled it?  How did it make you feel?” This one really needs the adult to be the example before the kids take their turn. I think as parents, we often want to project this air of confidence, but it’s OK to talk about being uncomfortable and not knowing the answer.  That is both expected and necessary for us to move forward.  Younger students may not have the background or the language to talk about this yet, so it may just be you talking about your experiences and normalizing the discomfort they will have as part of their process.    

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw, cshaw1@pps.net 

School Pay

New this year, parents are able to make payments/donations for class field trips on www.schoolpay.com .  When your student has a field trip, please check out this easy method of payment.  Of course you can still pay with cash or check at the school. 

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


PTSA NEWS

PTSA Community Meeting

This Monday, September 25th, 6:30-8pm, get STEAMED with PTSA! 

Childcare will be provided. 

Gathering so many bright, capable students under a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) focus creates unique opportunities and responsibilities for our community. We invite you to come join the conversation. This year PTSA proposes a focus on two main areas: 

  1. STEAM: How can we help support our school in building and maintaining the initiative and resources to challenge, inspire, and equip kids to become the next generation of technological and scientific innovators? Over the year, we will explore which things are going great and which things need support. Principal Mark Sandilands will kick off this conversation with a general overview of our program and the latest news on how district policies will affect us this year. Bring your questions!  
  2. STEAMED: This year, PTSA is committed to fostering a strong focus on Equity and Diversity. We want our eighth graders to graduate as conscious, sensitive, culturally literate members of society. How can our community be thoughtful about serving kids of all backgrounds and be a partner for equity in education for all PPS students? From Marisha Childs, PTSA cultural enrichment chair, you’ll get an update on equity and diversity at Winterhaven. Hear about some of the problems with hate speech that have plagued our school, and what the newly formed Parents for Equity plans to improve our school culture. 

Also in this meeting: In the recent community survey, we heard that STEM and ART are top priorities. As PTSA president Nicole King high-levels the PTSA Budget for approval, you will learn about new budget challenges to maintain these efforts. We’d love to have your input. We’ll see you there!  

Fall Frolic 

Thursday, October 12th from 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. Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities coming soon for this fun event! 

After School Scholarships

The PTSA is pleased to announce that scholarships for after school classes are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. The goal is to make after school classes accessible to all members of the Winterhaven community. 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 after school classes per academic year.  For more information, please contact Sam Kubernick (dad of Eytan (3rd) & Ayelet (2nd) at Samuelak@gmail.com.  

After School Groups/Activities 

For information about after school opportunities, please remember to register at https://www.peachjar.com/. This is where most of the flyers for activities are located.   

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 - 9/14/2017

posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:23 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Upcoming Events: 

 

  • Monday, September 18 – Back to School Night, grades K – 2, 6 pm to 6:40 pm 
  • Monday, September 18 – Back to School Night, grades 3 – 5, 6:50 pm to 7:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, September 19 – Back to School Night, grades 6 – 8, 6 pm to 7:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, September 21 – PPS Late Start – School day starts at 10:45 am 
  • Monday, September 25 – PTSA Community Meeting 6:30 – 8 pm, in the auditorium 

 

Notes from the Principal 


Back to School Nights are next week! Monday, Sept. 18, we have grades K-2 from 6 pm to 6:40 pm and grades 3-5 from 6:50 pm to 7:30 pm. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, we have grades 6-8 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you! 

 

A big Thank You to everyone who has donated $30 per student for school supplies. If you still need to do this, the www.Schoolpay.com website is exceptionally easy to use:https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/School-Supplies-Donation---suggested/IdCtL

 

Counselor's Corner


Hi folks, 


For the month of September we are continuing our K-5 focus on kindness. This last week, we watched a video called The Kindness Boomerang <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU> and did some scheming on how we can make this happen in our Winterhaven community. 


Next week, we will be starting a book called Enemy Pie and thinking of ways that kindness can break down animosity and barriers between us.  

 

 

Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"

www.youtube.com

Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion. Has ...


The 6th grade will also be focusing on kindness, but in a much more physical challenge way. We are also working on teambuilding and learning names and about each other since so many of them are new to Winterhaven this year.  


I also taught a lesson on the stages of racial identity to the 7th and 8th graders this week. We looked at Helms’ theory of white racial identity and delved into minority racial identity before setting them loose with other models of identity as well. All of this is done with the intention that students discover and learn more about how the concepts of race impact their lives and the lives of the people around them. It also helps to explain why people hold biases, and how to help each other think through those towards a more egalitarian mindset.


Our “avoiding-the-offspring-grunts-at-the-dinner-table” question of the week is: “How does your race affect your life?” This is a big, broad topic for all of us to explore, and continue to explore as we move through life. Expect this to be difficult and awkward for everyone. We actively encourage your students to embrace their discomfort around topics like this here at school, and it would be great if you could continue to push them and also lead by example outside of school. I know this can be hard to do, especially when you are exhausted after the work day. 


Cliff Shaw, Winterhaven School Counselor; cshaw1@pps.net

 

School Pictures 


Our photographer for school pictures is Holland Studios: http://www.hollandstudios.com/index.htm. The pictures will be available online soon, and the code will be wh17.  


Once the pictures are online, parents may order directly from the website.  Picture retake day has not yet been scheduled. 

 

Dot Day is Monday, September 18, 2017


Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. It all began with Peter Reynold’s book The DotThe Dot is the story of a teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing. The book’s message has been an inspiration to many and last year on Dot Day over 9,600,000 dots were created in 169 different countries! 


Here at Winterhaven, we have added over 400 dots to the global count for the last 3 years! We start our art year by reading The Dot in every grade and currently art students are creating collaborative dots that will be part of a community art piece, to be proudly displayed in the school for our Dot Day Celebration. 


As part of the festivities, recess on the 18th will offer creative and collaborative activities for all. Everyone is invited to wear dots to school! 


Looking forward to an inspiring Dot Day!  


--Sharon Hatrak, PTSA Arts Coordinator 


PTSA News


  • The 2017-2018 Parent / Student Directory is available for review (IMPORTANT: You MUST be logged in using your you@winterhavenschool.org Google email address to access this PRIVATE spreadsheet.) 
  • If you need help with your you@winterhavenschool.org address or password, please email admin@winterhavenschool.org.
  • There is an online form to SUBSCRIBE to the email lists or ADD / CHANGE data in the directory. NOTE: If your directory / subscriptions are up to date, no need to use the form.
  • Middle School Electives could use a few parent helpers! Please email Barb Fisher (barb@fisherbusiness.net) or Rebekah Folsom (rsatz@yahoo.com) if you can spend some time on Friday mornings through 10/6 to help out.


Winterhaven Clothing Drive 


Continuing until Thursday September 21 - Winterhaven's Community Service Committee is running a Clothing Drive to provide clothes to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center. 

 

PTA Clothing Center 


Thursday, September 21 (9:30 am to 1 pm) we need at least 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. Email Rebekah Folsom at rsatz@yahoo.com.

 

After School Groups/Activities 


For information about after school opportunities, please remember to register at https://www.peachjar.com/ .  This is where all the flyers for activities are located. 

 

Chess Club 


Questions or need help with registration?  Email winterhavenchessclub@gmail.com  

 

Muse Band 


info@museband.com.

 

Cleveland Cluster Cross Country Team 


Cluster Coordinator Meghan Eigo: meigo@pps.net,

Winterhaven Weekly - 9/7/2017

posted Sep 7, 2017, 5:42 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Upcoming Events:

  • September 11 – Picture Day K - 5
  • September 12 – Picture Day 6 - 8
  • September 18 – Back to School Night, grades K – 2, 6 pm to 6:40 pm
  • September 18 – Back to School Night, grades 3 – 5, 6:50 pm to 7:30 pm
  • September 19 – Back to School Night, grades 6 – 8, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

 

Principal's Notes:


Thanks to everyone for helping make our first week a great one!  With the early dismissal, the delay of the start of kindergarten, and the smoke, everyone has helped out to try and ensure a smooth start for our students. 

 

A couple of reminders for folks:

 

Picture Days are coming! 


Monday, Sept. 11 is grades K-5 Picture Day and Tuesday, Sept. 12 is grades 6-8 Picture Day. Holland Studios will be in front of the school at 8:15 am both days for those families wanting sibling photos. Sibling photos are taken on a first come-first serve basis. Detailed information on ordering pictures online will be in the Weekly next Thursday.

 

Back to School Nights are also approaching 


Monday, Sept. 18, we have grades K-2 from 6 pm to 6:40 pm and grades 3-5 from 6:50 pm to 7:30 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 19, we have grades 6-8 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

Counselor's Corner: 


Hi all: For this year, I'll be checking in every week on what I am doing in the classrooms. I will also suggest a topic to talk about at the dinner table, which could hopefully initiate a conversation.   

 

In the classrooms, I will be spending the month of September focusing on kindness and team building.  We will do some activities and challenges (ask them about the counting activity from last week, it was really hard for some of them) culminating in a collective art project that we will hang in the front hall.  The teambuilding will be most intense in the classes that have new students, especially 6th grade where we welcome more new folks than those who have been here.

 

If you weren't stranded on an island all summer, you might have heard about some increased tension in our country around race. The PTSA and staff would like our Winterhaven community to dig deeper into our beliefs around race this year. I'm still riding off the energy of this summer so let's start with this for a talking point:

 

Thomas Jefferson feared the "Tyranny of the Majority" - That 50.01% could rule the others with impunity in a democracy. How do we make sure to respect the rights of minorities in this culture?  How could we improve on this?  How could each of us, as individuals do better? I encourage you to zoom into race on this, but you could open with minorities of every type to get the ideas flowing. Obviously, adjust for age, but don't dodge discomfort.  Embrace it, and as a former professor of mine once said, "Use discomfort as a tool for motivation".

--Cliff Shaw, Winterhaven School Counselor; cshaw1@pps.net

 

Winterhaven Clothing Drive:

Friday, September 8-Thursday September 21 - Winterhaven's Community Service Committee is running a Clothing Drive to provide clothes to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center. Please bring your bagged clothes to the plastic bins located in the front foyer of the school starting September 8th. All donated clothes are taken to the PTA Clothing Center to serve school-age children and their families in our greater community. Per the Clothing Center website, please try to provide clean, gently-worn clothes that are appropriate for school attendance.

 

PTA Clothing Center:

Thursday, September 21 (9:30-1pm) we need at least 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 is an incredibly 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. If you cannot commit to the full 3.5 hours, think about splitting a 1.75 hour slot with a friend. Email Rebekah Folsom (rsatz@yahoo.com) to sign up for a slot or half-slot (9:30-1p9:30-11:15, or 11:15-1p).

 

After School Groups/Activities:

For information about after school opportunities, please remember to register at https://www.peachjar.com/. This is where all the flyers for activities are located. 


For example, here is the link to Kids Like Languages: https://www.peachjar.com/index.php?region_id=121440&a=2&b=351965. 


Another example is the coding class: https://www.peachjar.com/index.php?a=2&b=352833&region_id=121440

 

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 (Winterhaven PTSA).


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:

  • The 2017-2018 Parent / Student Directory (DRAFT) spreadsheet is available for parents to review (IMPORTANT: You MUST be logged in using your you@winterhavenschool.org Google email address to access this PRIVATE spreadsheet.) 
  • If you need help with your you@winterhavenschool.org address or password, please email admin@winterhavenschool.org.
  • There is an online form for Parents and families to SUBSCRIBE to the email lists or ADD / CHANGE data in the directory. NOTE: If the directory and your email subscriptions are up to date, you do not need to use this form.
  • MS Electives start the morning of 9/8: We have an exciting lineup of classes this term, including Bartitsu (steampunk martial arts!), Blindness is a Superpower!, Ceramics, Dungeons & Dragons, Fly Google Earth!, Hunger Games, Modern Musical Theater, Outdoor Fitness, Peruvian / Andean culture, and Snack making. What we don't have is you! A few parent volunteers every session to help our teachers organize kids, field questions, and get them situated, particularly on the first day, are HUGELY beneficial. Please email Barb Fisher (barb@fisherbusiness.net) or Rebekah Folsom (rsatz@yahoo.com) if you are interested in helping out.

 
Muse Band:

Instrument Petting Zoo” is an opportunity for your child to investigate different instruments, with the end goal joining the Muse Band. Dates and times are as follows:

 

West Side: Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm at Holy Trinity School, 13755 SW Walker Rd Beaverton. 

East Side: Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am at St. Rose School, 5309 NE Alameda Portland. 

Further questions: info@museband.com.

 

Cleveland Cluster Cross Country Team:

Season Information: Practices are Monday & Wednesday 4pm-5:30pm @ Sellwood Middle School. 

Athletes will leave campus for running. 

Season is 7 weeks with Meets every Thursday. Meets start @ 5pm unless otherwise noted. 

Athletes get a rented uniform & a sweatshirt to keep. 

Questions: Cluster Coordinator Meghan Eigo: meigo@pps.net, Coach Matt Farley: Farley72003@gmail.com,  Coach Amanda Boman: Amandaboman77@gmail.com.

 

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