PTSA Announcements

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 Unknown user

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

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 Unknown user   [ 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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