Winterhaven Weekly - 10/5/17

posted Oct 5, 2017, 7:17 PM by Unknown user

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.  I’ll publish the results in a couple weeks, the students will be done this week.  


Winterhaven Needs Assessment -Families

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,

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 ( if you have any questions. Click this link to see a list of volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in this community event!

School Pictures – Pictures are ready for viewing and ordering.  Here is the link to the website:  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:

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 ( 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


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.


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