Winterhaven Weekly 10/12/17

posted Oct 12, 2017, 7:37 PM by Unknown user

Upcoming Events: 

  • October 12 – Fall Frolic 6 pm – 8 pm
  • October 13 – No School – Teacher In-service Day
  • October 18 – 2 Hour Late Start
  • October 26 – Garden Work Party – 3:15 pm
  • November 2 – Middle School Dance – 6 pm to 8 pm
  • November 3 – Teacher Planning Day – no school

Counselor Corner – Hello all,

In the K-6 classrooms, we are shifting our focus from Kindness (check out the Kindness Chain in the front hall!) to Mindfulness.  Mindfulness is a secular type of meditation that has been shown in many studies to help with student relationships, bullying and overall school climate.  We kick off this week with “The Laughing Game” in the 5th and 6th grades, a competitive game that relies on each student being able to maintain focus and not crack a smile while half of the class is really trying to get them to laugh.  It is a good chance to talk about calming yourself and focusing through distractions and a way to introduce mindfulness to kids who may never have heard of it. Kinder through 2nd will work on staying focused and still despite the bubbles I blow around them before breaking off into other more yoga based activities.  Next week, we will conduct the “Marshmallow Test”, another student favorite based off of an experiment done by Stanford University many years ago.  More formal mindfulness training begins after that.  

7th and 8th graders have been stuck with me in Tech class doing Career Ed.  We looked at the Japanese concept of Ikigai which is the overlap between what you love, what you can get paid for, what the world needs and what you are good at.  We finished the two class session with a quiz on the students’ Holland Code and a scavenger hunt looking at all the many things the adults in the building have done for work before they became educators.  Both the lesson on Ikigai and the link to the Holland Code quiz are on my very sparse and even more seldomly updated website if you are curious.  

Benson High School will be here visiting the 8th graders on Friday the 20th.  The high school lottery opens November 13th and closes December 1st.  You’ll want to contact the Enrollment and Transfer Center of PPS if you are thinking of having your child attend somewhere other than your neighborhood high school.  

And our question of the week:  “What have you done to make the world a more accepting place for people of color this week?”  Many of us might be drawing blanks.  This is a chance to brainstorm things you can do as a family together and maybe reach out to other people in the community both for guidance and assistance.  

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!


Garden Work Party -The air is becoming crisp and leaves are falling from the trees! Help us celebrate autumn with garden clean up. We will need lots of hands to spread mulch and many tools to help trim. All ages and experiences needed.  Light snacks provided!

When: Oct. 26th 3:15pm

Where: Both the native garden and food forest

What: Bring wheel barrels, shovels, trimming tools, gloves, and kids that love to dig.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Fawn Lengvenis

Winterhaven Garden Coordinator


School Pictures – Re-takes and original pictures are ready for viewing and ordering.  Here is the link to the website:  User name: wh17 and Password: 23956wh17    

Chess Club - Email Dean Ehnes at

8th Grade Parent Information Night for Cleveland high School – Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery (Banquet Room) 2944 SE Powell.  This is an adult-only event and is led by the CHS PTA.  Contact:

PIL Youth Sports - Sports being offered this winter are Girls BasketballBoys Basketball and Wrestling, 6th – 8th grade. Questions? Please contact your Cluster Coordinator or the District Athletic Office at 503.916.3223.  Boys Basketball info: 

Weekly Information must be submitted by the end of the work day on the Tuesday before you wish to have it included in the newsletter.  We only publish information that directly relates to our school and our students.  If you wish to place something in the weekly, please email it to Nancy Cooper at