PTSA Wish List
PARENTS NEEDED FOR MARCH MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES - March 3, 10, 17 and 24 - 8:30-10:10am. We have SO MANY fun ideas if you could spare your time to make them a reality. For example, Ms. Dixon needs a spray-hose tunnel built for MAC attack - wouldn't that be the most fun project to creatively build with a group of kids?!?!? We also have some ready-to-go curricula, including a Social Justice course, the ever-popular Hunger Games, a closet of art projects, musical instruments, scripts for Mock Trial, and the kids ALWAYS clamor for more FOOD / COOKING classes, or PLEASE bring your own ideas and creative skills. Contact Barb (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rebekah (email@example.com).
Dear Winterhaven families --
UPDATE: As of 11/28/2016 we have met our $4020 goal!!
I'm writing today with a unique ask. This is a long message, but please take the time to read the entire letter.
For those of you new to Winterhaven, for the past six years, our (currently on maternity leave) 7/8th grade Language Arts teacher, Emily Ferguson, spent a big portion of each teaching year working with 8th grade students building an incredible experience in the form of an original Rock Opera.
The 60+ 8th graders write original scripts + lyrics, play the music, build the sets, work the crew, design costumes, and delight the community with a performance that is an incredible capstone project. This is the pride of each outgoing class, and I cannot overstate what a tremendous experience it is for the 8th graders and for us as a community!
At the end of last year, a pregnant Ms. Ferguson won OnPoint Credit Union's Educator of the Year award, in part, I believe, due to her exceptional work on the Rock Operas. Our community has been SO PROUD of her, but I'm sure I'm not the only parent who thought "but...what about this year's 8th graders?" They have been anticipating the same experience, but Ms. Miller (our current Language Arts long-term substitute) doesn't have the same production background, nor can she commit to the same long, mostly unpaid hours Ms. Ferguson spent each year on the Rock Opera.
Since Ms. Ferguson is a dedicated (and organized) teacher, she of course has been having these same concerns on behalf of her students. So after giving birth to beautiful baby Cleo, she put together a well-thought-out plan to come back to Winterhaven as an Artist in Residence and create a Rock Opera with this year's 8th graders starting in February.
Emily's plan involves incorporating script-writing into Ms. Miller's 8th grade Language Arts classes, and then returning to Winterhaven once a week to hold intensive workshops / rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons (typically 1-5pm) from February-April until the scheduled Rock Opera performance dates April 19-21.
The PTSA would love to help make the Rock Opera happen. Compared to other years, however, our PTSA annual donations are really, really behind. There is no current budget to hire an Artist in Residence or produce the Rock Opera. So, we are turning to you for help.
The estimated total (artist fees and production costs) is $4020. The PTSA has cut money from other budgets to come up with about $1000, but we are currently at least $3000 short. While this might seem like a lot of money, the costs align with (or are lower per hour) than what the school pays other Artists in Residence for other classroom productions (and the hours required from Emily are about triple those spent by other Artists in Residence on younger grade productions).
We also want to acknowledge that for the past six years, families have not been asked to directly contribute to the Rock Operas, but our situation this year is unique and unprecedented and we appreciate your understanding this unusual circumstance.
If every family donated $8.33 per student attending Winterhaven, we'd reach $3000.
OR, if every 8th grade family chipped in $47 per 8th grader, we'd also have $3000, but we know that this is a large ask, so we are simply asking you to please donate anything you can to help the students get closer to that goal.
Ways to donate:
Thank you VERY MUCH for making it all the way to the end of this letter, and for supporting our community.
Rebekah Folsom • Winterhaven PTSA Community Service Chair and ad hoc other stuff person • (503) 997-1236 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Wonderful Winterhaven Families,
We are currently in the middle of our Interest Class session, but I am looking ahead to the New Year already and trying to arrange some wonderful classes for our students for the next session
If you have never had a chance to teach an interest class before, now is the time. It is a really fun way to interact with the students and to bring some of your own interests/talents to the school.
Sometimes it’s fun to team up with a friend to teach a class together, or tag-team a class if you can’t make a commitment to all 5 classes.
Please, please let me know if you are interested in helping out! I would love to talk with you. Please reply directly to me at
Community Events Coordinator needed: Partner with the PTSA Volunteer Chair to support several key events throughout the year, including coordinating childcare for PTSA Community meetings, and organizing volunteers for Move-Up day and the Spring Carnival. If you are interested, please contact Kari Key at email@example.com for more info.
Are you a secret DIY Pinterester? Sculptor? Basketball coach? Have you always wanted to create fantastic holiday wreaths with ten 2nd graders? Build a switchboard? Design a yurt? Make homemade yogurt?
We are working hard to coordinate some amazing classes for elementary and middle schoolers to enjoy these next sessions, and are in need of YOUR talents and energies to make that happen. We've got some great classes lined up, but need some parents and helpers to round out the classes.
Autumn Interest Classes are held Fridays 10/28, 11/17, 12/2, 12/9 & 12/16.
Elementary sessions meet 2-2:50pm (grades K-2 or 3-5).
Middle school (2 sessions) meet 8:30-10:10am.
Please contact Erin Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Elementary classes or Barb Fisher (email@example.com) or Rebekah Folsom (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Middle School classes.
Thank you SO MUCH to Julie Rentsch for taking on the Coffee Chats this year!!!