Winterhaven Weekly - 5/3/18

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MAY 3, 2018

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ATTENDANCE LINE: 503-916-6221


Upcoming Events:


  • May 7 – PTSA Community Meeting – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • May 9 – K-2 Spring Concert – 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • May 16 – Two Hour Late Start
  • May 18 – PTSA Carnival – 5 pm to 8 pm
  • May 23 – 3-5 Spring Concert – 6:30 to 7:00 pm


Counselor’s Corner - Hi everyone,

The kids seem to think we are almost done with the school year.  27 days sounds both like a very long time and a very short time for the adults in the building.  The energy and anxiety levels are way up for the kids (and adults, but we don’t like to admit it). Please help your student both pace themselves and stay focused as best they can.


State Testing is upon us! Grades 3-8 are already testing or are about to start.  Keep track of your kiddo’s anxiety during this and remind them that the tests are just one tool we use to understand their learning.  We look at them as complete humans and students and appreciate each of them far more than any number or test score could ever encompass.  Making sure they have a good breakfast and lunch and plenty of sleep is also very helpful for us.

Next week, I’ll be shifting into teaching Health in all the K-6 classes using either My Future, My Choice (6th grade) or Rights, Respect & Responsibility for the K-5’s.  The curriculum is downloadable from the links in earlier weekly emails.  This is needed to bring us into compliance with Erin’s Law, passed in 2015.  This week we are getting ready for testing and working out some bits around friendship and other social struggles in the K-5’s.

Some food for thought as we continue the debate on the power and meaning of memorials like Confederate Statues:  It is easy to point the finger at the South for things like this.  However there were also lynchings throughout the Pacific Northwest and Oregon had the highest per-capita membership in the KKK in the 30’s.  It was only 15 years ago when we finally voted to remove the parts of Oregon’s Constitution prohibiting black folks from living here (it had been repealed after becoming unconstitutional, but the language was still there). The vote “overwhelmingly” passed with 71% in favor - which means 28% of Oregonian voters, 352,027 of the votes cast in that election, voted to keep racist language in our state constitution.  In 2002. That’s a year away from living memory for our oldest students and well within many of our adult lives. Don't make the mistake of thinking those were all in Eastern Oregon...  

This brings us to our question:  How do we recognize the legacy of racism in our local community?  And, perhaps more importantly, how do we deal with it?

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School


Yearbooks – If your family is in need of a scholarship for a yearbook, please contact Nancy in the office.


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 pictures 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 donations into the office so that we can purchase Starbucks gift cards for staff.
  • 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 – Flower Day - 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 and one lunch during the week Sign up online:

    Feel free to contact Kari at with any questions.


    Winterhaven Carnival and Auction - It’s time to celebrate and have fun at our annual Winterhaven Carnival + Auction!

    What: Winterhaven Carnival + Auction

    When: Friday, May 18th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.



    Loads of fun for everyone.

    Free - Carnival games, sno-cones, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, bouncy house, inflatable slide (for K-4) and obstacle course (5-8).

    Available for nominal cost - Pizza and salad, cupcake walk, and a dunk tank where kids can soak their favorite teachers!



    A big thank you to our wonderful Winterhaven community for all the support this year. We have one more big fundraiser -- our annual Silent Auction that takes place at the Carnival. There are so many amazing donations this year! We’ll be promoting various auction items in the coming days! You’ll be able to bid on items including:

  • Pips and Bounce party
  • $1,500 worth of orthodontia from Dr. Lathrop in Sellwood
  • Wine tasting packages from Archery Summit, Domaine Serene, Ponzi, and Elk Cove Vineyard
  • Camps this summer at Steve and Kates, EG Robotics, and Willowbrook Arts
  • $1,400 from PDX Sliders
  • Vacation homes, dinner gift cards, and many more!


    Do you have the Golden Ticket? New this year! If you have the Golden Ticket, you will get to choose any item on the tables at the auction! You must be present to win. Advance online tickets are available by the pair - 2 tickets for $100. Day of auction tickets will be $100 each. Get your Golden Tickets today and support Winterhaven!


    We are still looking for some helpers for the Auction and Carnival! Sign up today! If everyone pitches in it makes such an awesome event for the kids! Thank you so much for your help!

    Get ready for a fun-filled time. We’ll see you all there!


    Carnival - contact Kristin Doherty,

    Auction - contact Mari Greenly,


    Lost and Found Clean-out – Please stop by the Lost and Found area and check for any clothing or lunch containers that may belong in your home.  Our next clean-out will be May 11.


    PTSA Community Meeting - Join us for in-depth work at our final PTSA Community Meeting, May 7th, 6:30-8:30pm


    Last year our community came out in force over concern about racist remarks made by students on our campus. It is hard to believe that a year has already gone by. Kenya Budd led that meeting and she will be back to help us take stock of our progress in the past year. 


    It is an important meeting for us as a community. It is a time to look again at our goal to be a kind, inclusive and socially aware community, from K to 8, through to parents and grandparents. If you share this goal, please make the effort to attend. 


    Kenya's focus this year will be parenting girls for STEM careers.


    Building a community where everyone is treated with respect and dignity goes a long way toward helping kids be strong and centered. But unfortunately, many students at Winterhaven are reporting high levels of anxiety. 


    Our second speaker, Claudia Cuentas, a trauma clinician, will bring both some insights into how anxiety is reflected in children and some practical tips for easing that anxiety.


    Thirdly, though first on the agenda, we come together to elect next year's board members and to thank some extremely hard working board members who will be stepping down after years of service. The PTSA board is in a time of transition with ten or eleven of fifteen spots open (see below.) 


    There will be many worthwhile challenges in the coming year ---our continuing struggle to grow into a more diverse and racially aware community, a redesigning of the middle school arts program, aiding in solutions to better serve kids with special needs and their classmates, HS science credits for 8th graders, ensuring a safe playground. We need those with a strong vision for our community to step into these open positions. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact our current fearless leader, Rebekah Folsom, at


    Open positions:

  • President
  • VP / President-elect
  • Treasurer
  • At-Large Member
  • Communications Chair
  • Cultural Enrichment Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Safety Chair
  • Student Adviser / Chair: This student adviser, typically filled by a student who will be a 2018-19 8th grader, attends Board meetings and offers student perspectives.
  • Volunteer Coordinator

    Calling all book lovers! For 8 years, our Winterhaven students have been enthusiastically participating in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB), a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. The program exposes students from 3rd to 12th grade to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.


    I am stepping down from coordinating the program for our school, and I am looking to our parent community to step up and make this happen for our kids at both the elementary and middle school levels. If you love books, this is a fun, easy way to get those volunteer hours in!


    If you're interested in helping continue this much loved, educational program for the 2018- 2019 school year, please contact Julie Rentsch ( who will be coordinating the OBOB organizing team. She's looking for 8-10 volunteers to help plan practice questions, handle program communications, run mock battles and more, mainly in the January/February timeframe. There will also be donuts for all program participants - yes, even the parent volunteers.


    Thank you for supporting our readers!

    GeorgeAnne Ries 


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