Winterhaven Weekly 11/30/17

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:57 PM by Unknown user

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.

Counselor’s Corner -

Hey all,

It’s been a busy few days since Thanksgiving here.  This is what we are (hopefully) up to:

In K-6 classrooms we are finishing up our last three weeks of mindfulness training.  This week, instead of using our breath as an anchor to keep our “Monkey Minds” busy, we spent some time with some coloring books with themes from all over the world.  We worked on just returning our focus to the drawing every time we felt our minds wander.  The kids who struggled the most with keeping track of their breath have done wonderfully with this so far. Sometimes a little motion is what is needed, underlining that mindfulness is very much an individual experience.  Again, supporting our students through this at home is building a very useful skill for them and hopefully relaxing them as well.  

I spent some time in both 7th grade classes talking about the objectification of other humans.  Some innocent ratings of each other turned hurtful.  If you could reinforce how we should try to see every human on the inside, deeper self that would be helpful.   

In 8th grade we are having a series of community meetings looking at how we are interacting and treating each other and hopefully find a consensus on what is appropriate and what is hurtful.  The goal is to increase the cohesion in that class and heal some of the fractures that have been happening.  

8th grade is also easing into forecasting for high school.  Before I forget, Grant will be here Friday, January 5th and Franklin will be here Friday, February 2nd.  The only other school I expect to come to Winterhaven is Cleveland.  I’ll keep you posted when we get them scheduled.  

Also, a last reminder for 8th grade parents looking at Jefferson, MLC or Benson - the lottery closes December 1st.  Likely that is tomorrow from when you get this.  

Our equity question for the week:  How are stereotypes harmful?  What about positive stereotypes?  How are they harmful as well?

Cliff Shaw


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 next week! It's our annual book fair where 12% of the proceeds go to the Winterhaven Library. What's in it for you? Pick up some cool new books, stock up for Winter reading, and check off your holiday gift list. Find us in the Winterhaven library Monday through Friday (12/4-12/8) from 8:30-3:30 (open 'till 7:30 on Wednesday 12/6). As a special addition to the book fair, former Winterhaven parent and acclaimed children's book author, Michelle McCann, will be signing copies of her newest book  "More Girls Who Rocked the World" Wednesday, December 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. She will be joined by two former Winterhaven students whom contributed to the book which shares inspiration from young women who made their mark before turning twenty.


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


Summer Camp Opportunity - Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) is a non-profit, non-political, children’s peace education organization with chapters in more than 200 cities worldwide. For over 60 years, CISV has given children between the ages of 11-18 the opportunity to build lasting friendships through international educational programs and camps. CISV helps participants develop skills to become informed, responsible, active global citizens and make a difference in their communities. CISV Portland was established in 2016. We will be hosting 2 information sessions at two different Multnomah County Libraries the weekend of December 2nd/3rd - see attached flyer - to talk about our travel opportunities for kids, and the international camp that we'll be hosting here in PDX in 2019. If you want to learn more, just ask me! Or come to our info sessions in person, contact our President (also me), Julie Rentsch directly at or visit the websites of CISV USA here, and CISV International here.


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