Winterhaven Weekly - 9/6/18

posted Sep 6, 2018, 7:42 PM by Unknown user

Upcoming Events:

  • September 6 – Back to School Night Middle School – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • September 13 – Picture Day – All Grades
  • October 5 - Picture Re-Take Day – 10:00 am
  • October  11 - Fall Frolic – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Counselor’s Corner - Hey everyone, welcome back to the second week of school!  The kids are happy, the weather is nice and most of us still wish it was summer.  I’ll be writing to you weekly about what we are doing in class, any issues that seem to need additional attention from the community, something for the adults to ponder, and a discussion question for the family.  If you have any suggestions or ideas, please share!

In all the grades we are focusing on mindfulness.  6th grade and kindergarten also have a dash of team building and ice-breakers since there are many new kids in those rooms.  We will be using the Mind-Up curriculum for our lessons this year, including the books for extended learning with each lesson.  Depending on the pacing, this could take us through Winter Break or likely longer. As a staff and as a school, we believe that mindfulness is an extremely useful tool to help students be good learners and community members, improve their focus and conflict resolution skills and help with their overall mental health.  This week, in addition to the lessons, some of grade school will watch “Just Breathe”

One of the hats I wear here is keeping track of attendance. PPS’ goal is to have students miss no more than 5 days per semester.  Even straight-A students usually end up behind after a vacation during school time. It has an impact, especially when you factor in all the other days students usually miss due to illness and the accelerated pace our school has.  Please try to be here every day unless your student is truly ill.

Parenting is really hard sometimes.  I think we often struggle with how hard or soft to be on discipline. This article has some ideas around that conundrum.  It is essentially about finding the middle ground between authoritarianism and passive parenting. It is worth a quick read.

Our family question of the week:  How do we learn self-discipline? What would help each of us?

Cliff Shaw - School Counselor

SafeOregon Tip Line - The SafeOregon Tip Line aims to increase student safety.

In keeping with our commitment to student safety, last October PPS joined school districts across the state in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. We want to remind you about this important resource.


SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm. 


Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:

·    The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website

·    The SafeOregon website 

·    A live call/text (844-472-3367)

·    An email to

·    The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or Google Play


Trained staff is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond.


Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students - If you see or hear something, say something - immediately.


Let’s work together to keep our community safe.


Picture Day – Picture Day is Thursday, September 13.  We will take pictures of all students on that day, with elementary classes in the morning, and middle school in the afternoon.  Sibling photos will be taken before school, starting at 8:30 am.  If you would like a sibling photo taken, please let Nancy in the office know,  In our continued quest to be a paperless society, we will not be handing out order forms/packets.  When pictures are available on-line, the photographer will send us a link, and parents will be able to register and view their own student’s photos.  Parents will then be able to order photos from that same link.  Picture re-take day is October 5th.


Winterhaven Chess Club - Registration is now open:     


When:  Wednesdays, (October 24th - Spring Break) after school until - 4:25 PM

Grades: K-8 (we will need additional volunteers for K-1 students)

Skill levels: All students interested in playing chess - previous experience not required.


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 (Winterhaven Chess Club).


Please VOLUNTEER if you have the time: It's a big group, and we could really use some volunteers to help keep the students focused. No chess experience necessary.


Have questions, comments, or need help with registration?  Please read the Chess Club FAQ or email Dean Ehnes



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