PTSA Announcements

Wealth of Winterhaven Auction

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:03 AM by Tamairah Boleyn

Greetings All,

We are gearing up for our sixth annual auction, the Wealth of Winterhaven, on Friday, May 19thThe auction is a low-key event held outside in conjunction with the end-of-year Carnival.

Why is it called the Wealth of Winterhaven? We know that so many of you have talents and items that can be donated to support our school, and we’re so thankful that so many give!

The proceeds of the auction will go for staff support (educational assistants) to ensure that our kids have the support and resources necessary for their success!

Do you have a good or service you would be willing to donate? Do you work for a company that would be willing to donate something? Have a friend who owns a business? Some ideas:

  • Vacation home you'd be willing to offer?
  • A party for a group in your house/vacation house/boat?
  • Products or a gift certificate from your (or a neighborhood) business? (note: most businesses in Sellwood/Westmoreland have been approached)
  • Items of value that your kids have outgrown? Bikes, strollers, scooters and more?
  • Baking service (ex. a plate of cookies each month for a year)?
  • Do you work someplace interesting and are willing to give a behind the scenes tour?
  • Do you have a skill you'd be willing to teach (ex. art, music, cooking, soccer, tennis, photography)?
  • Professional service (ex. legal or human resources advice, construction, electrical, car repair, editing, marketing, house cleaning and more)?
  • Items from another business (your favorite restaurant, café, clothing shop, outdoor store and more)?

Please let me know if you can help out, or if you have other ideas. I’ve attached a form for each donation (in Word and PDF format). Typically, we ask that the items donated be of a value of $40 or more.

We’re hoping to have items gathered by May 14th. Soon, you’ll also be receiving a message from the room parent in your class to follow up on this email.

Finally, we will need lots of people to place bids at the auction, so please put the event on your calendar! Parents can shop while their kids are in the bouncy house!

Questions?  Contact Heather Dickinson at

I look forward to seeing you there, and browsing the wonderful items you all offer.



PTSA President

PPS Bond is for getting our school free of carcinogens: Coffee Chat notes

posted Apr 23, 2017, 8:30 PM by Tamairah Boleyn

A HUGE thanks to Julie R. for organizing the awesome coffee chat service to parents.  There was so much information at this month’s coffee chat that I’m sharing notes, albeit a little late.  The PPS school bond folks were here and so was Know Thy Food/Warehouse (the business that many of us stop at up the street - scroll to the bottom to see why they came to talk to us).  

PPS Bond
Presenter: Bobbie Regan  Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools

Current Bond:  This bond addresses removing all known hazardous materials/carcinogens -- lead fixtures, lead paint, asbestos, etc.  It also provides for seismic improvements.  Winterhaven is expected to be on this list and we are expecting it to provide this cleanup and protection for our children. Three high schools will also be updated under this bond. (See Bond Background below this email, for the program of all school improvements spread over 32 years). The expected cost to Oregon tax payers is $1.49/$1000 (based on assessed property value). For details, here’s the two information sheets provided by the campaign and by PPS. And here’s the website they provided.

Opposition?: Though no one is opposing, there are still major challenges.  The last voter turnout for school board/bond elections was only 15%.  With the current political environment, that is expected again.  25% is required.   Also the struggle to find PPS leadership has impacted support.  The good news is that voter turnout is something can be addressed.  Additionaly, there is new leadership coming in with the new superintendent, strong new school board candidates, and opportunities for superintendent new hires.  

How you can help?  1.  Vote.  Ballots are out April 27, the vote is May 16.  2.  Help spread awareness.  This is not a campaign where parent advocates will be asked to change people’s minds.  They just have to tell listeners that their help is needed and this matters to our kids.  Bond Advocacy Organizers are asking parents to participate by gathering and coordinating canvassing, call banking, or postcard-writing events.  To make it easy for parents, our PTSA is willing to plan an event here at school, if parents are willing to participate.  If you are--  please reply “Yes! To this email and we’ll plan accordingly. 3. Post a sign. The bottom Left shelf in the office has some window signs if you would like one.

Bond Background:  This 2017 bond (which was intended for 2016 and delayed due due to the leadership changes at PPS) is part two of the 2012 bond.  These two bonds combined represent a long term program of improvement investments that our schools are in dire need of.  Oregon has struggled historically to provide capital dollars for our schools.  Our presenter shared that in most states the legislature grants matches and Oregon doesn’t do that.  This helps explain why we are in this situation now. (she also shared that our legislature doesn’t have a track record of prioritizing our schools and we have the third worst graduation rate in the nation).

The last bond included Major improvements/reconstruction for 3 high schools.  This upcoming bond will also include 3 high schools.  Each bond renewal in this program (every 4 years)  will address another 3 until they are all done.  Then they will move down to the elementary schools where they can improve 10 at a time with each bond.   

Know our neighbors….Know Thy Food
Did you know they started as a wholesome food buying club created by moms in their garage?  (I didn’t). They have an entire online shopping ordering option where you can order and pick up food.  While Whole Foods/New seasons has a 50%-100% markup, they have 26%.   You can trial the club for $25 for 3 months.   Know Thy Food is the food sales aspect of their business.  The Warehouse is the cafe, which in case you didn’t know has weekday shows for kids at 10:30.  They left some free drink cards, which can be found on the bottom shelf in the office. They also help us with our coffee for coffee chat so we are grateful for them!

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.

PTSA lastest news

posted Feb 13, 2017, 10:23 AM by Tamairah Boleyn

Here's your current update bulletin

Neighbors for clean air visit

posted Feb 10, 2017, 5:03 PM by Tamairah Boleyn

Did you know that Multnomah County is the 4th highest in the country for diesel emission? Yowza! Oregon is in the 6th highest state in the NATION? Mary from Neighbors For Clean Air visited our PTSA coffee chat this week. She was highly encouraged about the progress slated for 2017 in the Oregon Legislature, but is asking for support. Below is a letter that some families andstudents are personalizing and sending.

Also to get more involved -- February 15 they are hosting and event at the state capitol which could be very educational.  See flier below. 

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?

Fall Book Fair - December 5-9, 2016

posted Nov 29, 2016, 2:41 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Get your winter reading and holiday gift lists ready for the PTSA Book Fair! We’ll be in the Library December 5th through the 9th, 8:30am-3:15pm every day.

Once again, Wallace Books is our supplier and your purchases help support the Library with 12% of our total sales being credited toward future library book purchases. Come check out this season’s newest selections!  Parents are welcome to shop anytime or feel free to send money with your child!  

Questions?  Contact Kristin Doherty or Julie Young

Staff / non-faculty Holiday appreciation gift

posted Nov 22, 2016, 1:44 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 6:44 PM ]

Dear families -

At this time of year, please take a moment to contribute to our Holiday gift fund to thank the hardworking staff and non-homeroom faculty whose dedication touches our children's lives in such a big way, but who typically don't receive the same gifts, cards, and other appreciation as our homeroom teachers.

Think about Ms. Dixon, who teaches every single student at Winterhaven, rain or shine, with boundless energy. Or Sharon Hatrak, who brings art and a creative eye for beauty into each student's life. Or GeorgeAnne Ries, our dear librarian, or janitors Larry and Eugene (our singing janitor), or Lori Williams, whose patience helps every student who needs her extra time, or every single one of our wonderful Educational Assistants.
And while I have your attention, please spare a few minutes to thank your student's homeroom / grade-level teachers with a card or holiday remembrance as well!
When every family puts a few dollars into the fund, we typically are able to get all 22 of the extended staff and non-homeroom faculty a small token of appreciation from the families at the school.
One of the interest classes is making each of these staff/faculty members a holiday card. Let's show them how very much they mean to us!!
Donate by cash or a check made out to Rebekah Folsom / Winterhaven PTSA ( in an envelope with Nancy in the office or send money by PayPal ( We'll be gathering money at the end of day, Friday, December 9th.

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

Donate to the Willamette Center (November 16th - December 2nd 2016)

posted Nov 20, 2016, 4:55 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Nov 29, 2016, 2:57 PM by Rebekah Folsom ]

UPDATED: You can now donate until Friday, December 2nd!!

The Willamette Center is a newly opened shelter for 120 women and their partners.  This shelter is located very close to Winterhaven, and is the only shelter in this area.

The Winterhaven Community Service Committee would like to ask for your help in an urgent-need drive for the shelter.  They are in need of the following items:

  • Towels: bath towels, hand towels, washcloths
  • Socks and underwear (new or gently used and clean, adult sizes)
  • Seasonal clothing (new or gently used and clean, adult sizes)
  • Non-perishable snacks and beverages: granola bars, protein bars, breakfast bars, instant oatmeal, bottled water, coffee, tea, instant cocoa  
  • Hygiene items: feminine products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant  
  • Kitchenware: dishes, utensils, pots, pans  
  • Entertainment: books, board games, puzzles, art supplies, DVD’s  
  • Pet items: dog and cat food, beds, and blankets for animal companions

There will be a collection bin and sign in the front hallway of the school starting this Friday.  We will be receiving items from this Friday until Friday, December 2nd.  This is a short amount of time, so please donate soon.  If you have any questions, please do not reply all to this message.  Send me an individual message to

Thank you so much for your support of this deserving cause! Also please stay tuned for our annual holiday food drive coming soon.

Amy Lacks (mom of Dahlia, 3rd grade)

Winterhaven Community Service Committee

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