Winterhaven Weekly - 3/22/2018

posted Mar 27, 2018, 3:18 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Upcoming Events:


  • March 26-30: Spring Break—No School
  • April 11: 8th Grade Musical—6:00 pm
  • April 12: MAC Attack
  • April 12: 8th Grade Musical—6:00 pm
  • April 13: No School: Teacher Planning Day



Hey everyone, A quick shakedown of the week before vacation:

I’m out of the building a bunch this week for both training and family stuff so there isn’t too much to report as I’ll be missing most of the classroom visits. If I do make it to the K-5 classrooms, we will talk about assertive communication some more, zooming in on “I messages”. I messages are structured ways for people to communicate disagreements. They look like this: 

  • “I feel _______________ (emotion) when you _____________ (action).  
  • Could you please ________________ (request for action, change, etc.).” 

They help people own their feelings and others to feel less attacked and therefore less defensive so they can hear what you are trying to communicate.  We will do these at all grade levels K-5. Mostly after Spring Break, it appears.

In 6th grade we are starting Sex Ed / Health. Students should have a talking sheet to go over with you every week for homework. These are graded assignments, please sign them on the bottom. This is your chance to state your family’s values around this topic and share out what the students are thinking. They can be difficult conversations, but necessary ones. Trust me, they are far more nervous about talking to you about this than you are to them. This week’s lesson is on basic vocabulary and the worksheet is on puberty for next class. As an aside, I read a terrifying statistic: The average age of kids being exposed to porn is now 8 or 9. They need to have some education around healthy relationships instead of just relying on that. Yes, they are tremendously uncomfortable and goofy as all get out in these lessons. The feigned disgust trying to cover obvious interest is pretty fun to see.

And to our weekly question: How do different culture’s “normal” means of communicating cause friction when communicating with other cultures? I’m thinking of a friend of mine who spent a few years living in Ghana. She shared with me that Gha is a very direct language, a lot of the niceties and manners are done non-verbally as the structures aren’t present in the language. Contrast that with some First Nations’ cultural avoidance of directness, choosing to often speak in metaphor rather than confront. Even our stereotypical East Coast vs. West Coast communication shows this friction. We communicate in a way that is socially normed for us which does not necessarily fit well with other cultures. Can you think of a time that something like this happened in your life and share it with your kids?


Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School


MAC ATTACK(MAKE ART COUNT / annual jog-a-thon) Thursday, April 12

All students should have received their Mac Attack sponsor sheet. If your student did not or they need another one, they can pick one up in the main office or from Mrs. Dixon. Students can begin to collect pledges now. 


Deadline #1Monday April 9All sponsor sheets are due back to their teachers. An early bird incentive will be given to the middle schoolers who turn theirs in by Thursday April 5.


Volunteers needed—We are in need of volunteers to help tally laps the day of the run. We can use you even if you can come for part of it. Please contact Nicole Cordan if you can help.


Times of runs:





Thanks again for your help and support with our all school fundraiser.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or - Colleen Dixon, PE Specialist


8th GRADE ROCK OPERACome see the 8th grade show! ...The Waiting... an original musical by Winterhaven's 8th graders performed April 11-12. Come revel in the creation of the Winterhaven Class of 2018! Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted at the door and will go toward next year's production.

Show Times:

Wed, April 11 at 1:15 PM for the student body

Wed, April 11 at 6:00 PM

Thurs, April 12 at 6:00 PM


2018 WINTERHAVEN CHESS ACADEMYThis is a great opportunity for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  It's primarily geared for K-3rd graders, but anyone can attend.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.


The Chess Academy starts April 4th and will be held 4 weeks (April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) for an hour (3-4 PM).  We will meet in room #25. Please use the link to register:  There is a $10 suggested donation per student:


If you have any questions, please email Dean at