Winterhaven Weekly 12/7/17

posted Dec 7, 2017, 5:07 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 5:07 PM ]

Upcoming Events:

  • December 4 – 8 – Book Fair
  • December 7 – Anti-Bias Workshop and Community Potluck 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 18 – January 1 – Winter Break.
  • January 2 – First school day of 2018
  • January 6 – Oregon Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity  12:45 pm to 3:00 pm

Counselor’s Corner 

Hey everyone!

I love stealing that line from Ms. Cooke.  Here’s what has been happening (and what I’m predicting will be happening as of Wednesday morning) for this week in counseling at Winterhaven.

Overall, our focus remains on mindfulness in the K-6 classrooms.  We will be wrapping Mindfulness up next week and moving into some acceptance and anti-bullying topics in January.  This week, in all but the K-1 classes, we will be watching this video and practicing a mindful body scan.


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We will be just be doing the body scan in K-1 and a quick reading.  

8th grade had our whole class meeting Monday.  It went well.  If you could continue to reinforce the ideas of treating each other kindly and respectfully and speaking up if someone isn’t, that would be very helpful.  A larger lesson looming is the one around “snitching”.  

Both Grant High School and Franklin High School will be here shortly after Winter Break to have students choose classes.  Cleveland will be here sometime after that.  I’ll let you know.  

And our Equity Question of the week:  What does “fair” mean?  How are the words “equal” and “equitable” different?

Cliff Shaw


Oregon food Bank Volunteer Opportunity - Celebrate the New Year with Helping Those in Need!

Looking for a fast-paced, fun way to get involved in giving back to our community?

Please join the Winterhaven Community Service Committee in helping out at the Oregon Food Bank, Volunteer Action Center.  We will be repacking bulk foods into family-sized portions to be distributed to families in need.  


Where: Oregon Food Bank Headquarters – Portland, 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211

When:  January 6, 2018, 12:45 - 3:00 PM 

Who:  40 Winterhaven family members age 6 and older

Space is limited (up to 40 volunteers including adults), so sign up soon -- spots fill up fast! 

How to sign up:  Email Shelley (Violet and Lina Norris' mom) at


Anti-Bias Workshop & Community Potluck -

When: Dec 7, Thurs 5:30-8:00 pm

Attendees: Winterhaven Families (recommended 14 years+)

Where: Winterhaven Auditorium

Cost: Free, childcare included

Winterhaven PTSA invites you to join author, teacher, activist Katie Kissinger for a workshop on anti-bias education. She is a leader in anti-bias work in early childhood education. By combining storytelling, goals for children, and strategies for supporting your child’s identity and learning about differences, Katie

offers a basic foundation for anti-bias education and parenting. Katie’s teaching often encourages reflection

surrounding your own stories, about the messages you grew up with regarding identity in six categories: gender, skin color, culture, economic status, sexual orientation and able-ness. For the best possible workshop, Katie requests that attendees come with a willingness and readiness for self-reflection and honesty.

Social Potluck is at 5:30. Workshop begins at 6:00For those who are able, we encourage you to bring a shared potluck dish and a serving utensil.

Who is Katie Kissinger? : Katie is author of All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color and Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom. If you’d like some more information, here is a

website showcasing some of Katie’s work:

Journey Toward Justice - Justice Journey Consulting and Facilitation Team

This workshop is organized by Winterhaven PTSA and the Parents for Equity.

Questions? Please reach out to


Book Fair - The Winterhaven Book Fair is this week.

Mon-Fri 12/4-12/8 from 8:30 am -3:30 pm (open until 7:30 pm on Wed 12/6), in the Winterhaven Library.

Sponsored by Wallace Books and the Winterhaven PTSA


Food Drive The Winterhaven Community Service Committee is holding a food drive for the Portland Food Project. Can you help by bringing non-perishable food items to school? Green collection bags will be in the front hall November 20th through December 8th. Some ideas of items to bring are: canned meat, nut butters, cereal, soups, canned fruit, dried fruits, Ensure protein drinks, dried beans, and toothpaste. Most needed items are on the PFP website.

If you have questions, please contact Kristin Doherty at


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