PTSA Announcements

Community Meeting Update - 2/12/2018

posted Feb 15, 2018, 1:47 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 1:48 PM ]

Thanks very much to those of you able to attend our Community Meeting on 2/12/2018.

We are grateful to both of our speakers for giving us their time and for providing so much information. Below is a summary:

Susan Zundel from OregonASK provided an informative presentation on Being a Parent Ally of your STEM child, including promoting a workbook for hosting STEM events and some STEM information attached below as PDFs. She distributed a take-home STEM game for students and information about how the PTSA can build STEM-based community events at the school, whether as Community STEM nights, Electives, or through at-home or classroom support. If you are interested in becoming our very first Community STEM Coordinator, in charge of hosting or promoting a few STEM events a year, please notify Tam Boleyn (, our new Volunteer Chair. OregonASK is happy to help provide the resources and support needed to get this program going.

Principal Sandilands provided a community update and held a Q&A on the Arts Program and High School Science Credits:

  • Arts Program: Principal Sandilands worked very hard with PPS to find ways to retain our current Arts Program, as it runs now, beyond the 2017-18 school year in a way that satisfies district policies and regulations. However, he learned that there is no way to keep this program going as is after the 2017-18 school year, and is looking at other ways to provide Art to our students. He has discussed this with Sharon Hatrak, our K-8 Arts Coordinator, and she is aware of PPS’ stance.

  • High School Science Credits: As many of you have seen through various community channels, our community was alerted in January that the class of 2018 might not be receiving a High School science credit for Winterhaven 8th grade science, unlike previous years. Cleveland High School (where over 50% of Winterhaven students track) plans to provide an elective credit, other district high schools plan to determine Winterhaven 2018 graduates' credit individually.

This stems from a district-wide change from teaching Freshman Biology (which Mr. Dyer provides) to Pattern Physics starting Autumn 2017. Winterhaven was not engaged by the district during the Freshman Physics decision-making process. Further, Sarah Davis, Assistant Director of Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment and acting Science Curriculum TOSA, informed Mark on Jan 25 of this year that the district’s recommendation is that all PPS High Schools cease to grant a High School science credit to any Middle School graduates (even if Winterhaven were to replace 8th grade Biology with Physics) for the class of 2019 forward. 

There has been significant turnover in PPS’ Department of Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment. Current administration in that department are either on special assignment, new to their roles (within the past year), or have recently vacated, and the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) position is currently being filled. This has led to a lack of consistency and oversight.

Principal Sandilands' current plan is to address this matter and advocate for our program with the incoming permanent CAO once they are hired (2nd interviews currently underway). Hopefully he can provide more information to us by mid-spring.

Principal Sandilands emphasized his commitment to our program, our faculty, and our students. He reiterated how seriously he takes this matter, and engaged with attendees about what this challenge means to our science program and for our students. 

Attendees at the meeting shared with the principal how invested we are in providing input (to him and to the district) about what being a Math / Science Focus school means to us, in ensuring that our students be treated fairly by the district, and that our children continue to be provided with rigorous academic opportunities once they leave Winterhaven.

Budget: The community approved a revised 2017-18 PTSA budget. The only changed item is a voluntary $7,000 payment to All Hands Raised to cover our Parent Equity Fund donation for the Art Coordinator contract this year. This amount was covered through cuts and strategic planning, and did not raise the overall budget nor cut into planned funding.

Board elections:

The following board members were elected into new positions (and one added board member) for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year, with many thanks:

  • Rebekah Folsom - President

  • Vice President - Still Vacant

  • Kim Brater - Communications Chair

  • Nicole Cordan - Fundraising Chair

  • Tam Boleyn - Volunteer Chair

  • Rebekah Cole - At Large Chair: new board member

Pizzicato Young Chefs Contest - due 2/27/2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 1:26 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 1:26 PM ]

Your child can be a chef for a day!


Pizzicato Pizza in Sellwood is giving each of our children a really amazing opportunity!  Our next Pizzicato event is on Tuesday, March 6th, and Pizzicato is asking our young chefs to submit their BEST pizza recipes, from which Pizzicato will select the best of the best and serve the WINNER'S pizza as the Pizza of the Day at the Bybee Pizzicato location.



Here’s how it works:

  • Pizzicato supplies the list of ingredientssee the attached ingredients list
  • Students create a pizza recipe using those ingredients and name their creation
  • Recipes must be submitted by Tuesday, FEBRUARY 27thsubmission form is attached.
  • Drop off the Recipe in the Winterhaven Office by 3 p.m. on the 27th or forward to Nicole Cordan (
  • Recipes will be judged by Pizzicato staff and a Winner selected to be the FEATURED PIZZA of the DAY.

So get your creative energies moving and think about a yummy pizza recipe!

2/28/2018 - Screenagers showing at Cleveland HS

posted Feb 12, 2018, 12:52 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 1:44 PM ]

Wednesday, February 28th, 7-8:30 p.m, Winterhaven is joining Cleveland High School to provide a showing and discussion of Screenagers, a documentary about screen time and developing bodies at Cleveland, 3400 SE 26th Ave. Please follow this link to register for your free tickets.

2/12 - PTSA Community Meeting special election

posted Jan 29, 2018, 8:51 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 11:12 PM ]

Dear Community -

Our 2/12 Community Meeting will include a special election for vacancies on the PTSA board. 

Nicole King, our previous Winterhaven PTSA board President, and Margo Dobbertin, our previous Fundraising Chair, have both resigned within the past three months. THANK YOU VERY MUCH to both Nicole and Margo for your service!

These vacancies must be filled by community vote and, per our Local Unit PTA Bylaws, we are providing 14-day notice prior to our next Community Meeting. There was an Interim President vote at our 11/14/2017 Community Meeting, but, given the timing of Nicole's resignation, we were unable to provide adequate procedural notice.

Additionally, we have an opening for Vice President on the board. Currently that role is being performed by Tam Boleyn, our Communications Chair, but, per the Bylaws, no Chair should perform more than one role.

Fundraising Chair is an exceptionally demanding role that cannot be left unfilled and requires significant ramp-up. Several board members have offered a creative solution by moving into different roles (for instance, our former 2016-17 Fundraising Chair has offered to return) in order to keep PTSA business moving forward for the remainder of the 2017-18 year. These proposed changes must also be brought to the community for a vote.

The following Chair nominations will be brought to vote at the 2/12 meeting:

Vacancies for elections
President (vacated)
Vice President
Fundraising Chair (vacated)
Volunteer Chair (moving to different role)
Communications Chair (moving to different role)
At Large (moving to different role)

Fall Clothing Drive and Volunteer Date at the PTA Clothing Center (9/21/2017)

posted Sep 6, 2017, 4:45 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Now that you've outfitted your own kids for Back to School, we have a great place to put the clothes they've outgrown--AND a wonderful opportunity to spend a morning serving our larger community helping families fill their closets!

Winterhaven Clothing Drive - Friday, September 8-Thursday September 21 - Winterhaven's Community Service Committee is running a Clothing Drive to provide clothes to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center. Please bring your bagged clothes to the plastic bins located in the front foyer of the school starting September 8th. All donated clothes are taken to the PTA Clothing Center to serve school-age children and their families in our greater community. Per the Clothing Center website, please try to provide clean, gently-worn clothes that are appropriate for school attendance.
PTA Clothing Center - Thursday, September 21 (9:30-1pm) we need at least six volunteers for Winterhaven's assigned date at the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center at Marshall High School: 3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266. For many PPS students, this is their only chance to get new clothes for the season, and it is an incredibly rewarding experience for volunteers. Choose to help families "shop" for clothes or sort incoming donations - if you have the flexibility in your schedule, please consider joining us. If you cannot commit to the full 3.5 hours, think about splitting a 1.75 hour slot with a friend. Email Rebekah Folsom ( to sign up for a slot or half-slot (9:30-1p9:30-11:15, or 11:15-1p).

On behalf of the Community Service Committee, Many thanks!

Sheryl Eckrich-Crouch
PTSA Community Service Chair 
(Mom to Sam, 2nd grade)

Scholarship program expansion; starting with Kids-Like-Languages

posted Mar 27, 2017, 7:13 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 7:21 PM ]

In partnership with Kids Like Languages, the PTSA is excited to be offering 75% off language classes for all kids on free/reduced lunch for those who have requested it.  Please reply to me directly for more information on this opportunity,  Here's how it works:

  • The family pays for their share of the fee. (In the case of the Kids Like Languages classes it is 25% of the fee which is $36).
  • Once the family pays the fee to the PTSA, the PTSA will pay the remainder of the tuition due to the vendor on behalf of the student’s family. This exchange is confidential beyond the Principal, the PTSA scholarship coordinator, and the PTSA treasurer.

We want all our students to be able to share in the extracurricular opportunities that Winterhaven offers, as much as is possible.  We expect this to be the beginning of a program:  We are in search of a volunteer to distribute scholarships and further develop the program into next year.  This will expand scholarships for student families who need extra financial support in order to participate.  Please reply for more information.  

Until we find the coordinator, please bring scholarship requests to Winterhaven Principal Mark Sandilands and we’ll work to make those happen.  Between now and the end of the 2017 school year, qualified students are eligible for up to two scholarship opportunities.  

Additional Background: With the recent announcement of the afterschool language classes for grades K-5, there have been a number of requests for scholarship support. While The PTSA has maintained a small budget in the past for field trips and extra curricular scholarships, we agree there is need for something more programmatic. Since we are a smaller focus school it is not possible to offer the same level of support as larger schools, who have paid staff members to manage their after school programs. Nonetheless, we are rearranging our PTSA budget to achieve this as best we can.  We are also grateful to “Kids-Like-Languages” for offering the PTSA a discount on the scholarships. So if you are on the fence about joining your kiddo in the class, please do! We want to support their business also.

Lift your holiday spirits with giving

posted Nov 29, 2016, 3:00 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Wondering how to spread charity? 

How about choosing one of the items from the Community Service Committee's Holiday 2016 Giving Guide?

PTSA Statement of Support

posted Nov 21, 2016, 9:49 PM by Tamairah Boleyn

Dear Winterhaven Community:

It is evident that this election has brought out strong feelings across the nation. Immediately following the election, we started to become aware of a disturbing rise in hate speech and acts all across the country, including most shockingly, within schools. Both teachers and students have been harassed and bullied on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion.

The Winterhaven PTSA is deeply alarmed by these acts, and we denounce them. We will always strive to support our community, honor difference and celebrate diversity. We know that our children will grow and learn better in a community that always celebrates exactly who they are, without fear, and that our teachers will continue to thrive in their work when they know they are supported. We know that we’re part of a larger community, and will work to stand for respect and justice in all we do.

We will continue to pursue, and expand these values. The PTSA wants to reiterate that Winterhaven strives to be safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for all students. Please know, students, parents, teachers and staff, that we will always have your back.

Alan Scott, on behalf of the entire PTSA Board

Winterhaven's PPS Clothing Closet autumn shift - 9/22/2016

posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:21 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

Winterhaven's first volunteer date at the PPS PTSA Clothing Closet is Thursday, September 22nd from 9:30 - 1:00 pm. If you are able to help on this day, it is always much appreciated.

We are required to provide 5-6 parents, and this is always a really rewarding experience - for many kids, this is their only chance to get new clothes for the school year. There is such a great need and as a volunteer you can help families "shop" for clothes or sort through donations which ever you are most comfortable with.  

I realize that weekday mornings are tough for some but if you have any flexibility in your schedule please consider doing this. If you cannot commit to an entire shift you can also share it with someone else.  

**Please do not reply to this email but email Rebekah ( or Kristin ( if you can help.  Again we need 5-6 volunteers Thursday, September 22nd from 9:30-1:00.  

The Clothing Closet is located at Marshall High School at 3905 SE 91st Ave, Portland, OR 97266.

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