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Dear Winterhaven Community,
I was pleased yesterday to share the following statement from your PTSA board, and touched by the positive feedback we received. Thank you all for sharing our collective commitment to an inclusive, welcoming and safe school community. I also want to thank Kristin Teigen for initiating this action and the entire board for putting your passionate support behind it
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.
Your Winterhaven PTSA Board
With Thanksgiving this week and the season of giving ahead, I am grateful for the generous spirit of the Winterhaven Community. The initial response to the artist in residence funding for the the 8th Grade Rock Opera has been fantastic, as has support building for the Pledge Drive. Thank you to all those who have already, or will respond to the call in the coming weeks.
I also offer a final thank you to James Avison and Ian Levear, for joining us at the community meeting last week with a great overview of the approach to math at Winterhaven from kindergarten through 8th grade.
I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.
Staff Holiday Gift Fund – 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 holiday gifts, cards, and other appreciation throughout the year as our homeroom teachers – key difference makers like Ms. Dixon, Sharon Hatrak, Eugene our singing custodian, Lori Williams, or our wonderful Librarian GeorgeAnne. When every family puts a few dollars into the fund, we typically are able to get every member of the extended staff and non-homeroom faculty a small token of appreciation from the families at the school. Please leave cash or a check made out to Rebekah Folsom / Winterhaven PTSA in an envelope kept with Nancy in the office or send money by PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/rsatz).
Dine out for Winterhaven - Mark your calendar! This next month – December 5th and 6th – we have a Dine Out for Winterhaven at Pastini’s on Division (2027 SE Division Street, Portland Oregon). Bring the family, have a lovely meal, drink a nice bottle of wine, and let Pastini’s give Winterhaven 50% of proceeds that come in that WHOLE DAY. You NEED to mention WINTERHAVEN when you’re there, but come on, that’s Fantastini!!! Portland is filled with wonderful family oriented restaurants that are willing to contribute to our school. We try to partner with one restaurant each month to help raise money for our children. Save the dinner dates of 1/11, 3/14 and find our entire schedule here on the site.
Community Service, Shelter Donations – We'll are having a short-term drive for the Willamette Center, a newly opened shelter for women and their partners. This shelter is located very close to Winterhaven, and is the only shelter in this area. They are in urgent need of the following items: towels, clean socks and underwear, seasonal adult-sized clothing, non-perishable snacks like granola bars, hygiene items, kitchenware, books, board games, puzzles, DVD’s. We will be receiving items from this Friday until Wednesday November 30th in a collection bin in the school's front hall. Please let me know If you have any questions! Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon Smile – Are you doing any holiday shopping online? Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can prompt Amazon to donate to our school?! It is super easy.All you need to do is to remember to go to AmazonSmile.com instead of Amazon. When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Chose Winterhaven PTSA. Here’s a link to get you there fast - https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6039299. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. That can REALLY add up fast
Support for the Rock Opera A super HUGE thank you to all of you who jumped in to give to ensure that we are able to have the 8th Grade Rock Opera! WOW you all are super generous. We are already 66% of the way to our goal. Let’s make one final push to make sure our 8th graders get this amazing opportunity! Here's where you can get the full details, including how to donate.
Chinook books – Do you have one yet? We are almost 95% of our way toward our budgeted goal!! FANTASTIC! If just 10 families bought an app or a book, we’d make our goal. That’s just too close to fail. Our cutoff date is MONDAY, November 28th so you have until then to let me know (email@example.com). Let’s do this!
Shamrock Run! Join the Winterhaven Team for the annual Shamrock run. If we get enough participants we can raise PTSA funds while keeping our bodies moving! The event is on Sunday March 19, 2017 and register for team 8705. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Variety Show: The annual Winterhaven Variety Show is happening this January. It can be a busy time of year, so we wanted to encourage students to start preparing their act now so that they can be ready for auditions the week after winter break. The Variety Show gives us a way to showcase creative and interesting things that the students enjoy doing. As always, we are looking for a VARIETY of acts to be in the show. Music, dance, comedy, skits, athletics, speech, novelty, magic...just to name a few.
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This awesome community raised almost $600 at our Dine Out for Winterhaven at Pizzicato last month. Hurray for pizza! Hurray for all of you who dined out! We've also passed our halfway point on the Pledge Drive – Yippie! (So happy to do this instead of selling wrapping paper and cookie dough!) Our eternal gratitude goes to Nicole Cordan for tirelessly leading our fundraising efforts.