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PTSA Update - Feb 10 2017

posted Feb 10, 2017, 5:44 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 11, 2017, 5:20 PM ]

PTSA supported events and dates 

  • Tues Feb 21 Nostrana Dine Out for Winterhaven, details below
  • Tues Feb 28 Coffee Chat at 8:45-9:30am in the Library: Know thy Food/running a food coop & CISV International travel program
  • Mon March 20 Community PTSA Meeting 6:30-8pm
  • Sun March 19 Shamrock Run, details below
  • Tues April 3 Coffee Chat t 8:45-9:30am in the Library: Sharon Hatrack re Art at Winterhaven
  • Fri April 14 MAC Attack Run
  • Sat April 22 March for Science, Earth Day

From the PTSA President 

Dear Winterhaven Community,

Dear Winterhaven Community,

2017 has been a whirlwind so far, crazy winter weather, variety show, science fair, etc. and spring is just around the corner (scroll down, to see the latest announcements). Walking through the classrooms during science fair, I was so impressed with the work of students in all grades. I saw a lot of fun, creative and interesting inquiries. A big thanks to Jay Dyer for leading a new approach to science fair this year, a huge shout out to Jennifer Schramm for orchestrating a legion of volunteer judges and for her new judging format and system, and gratitude to all those volunteers for their time and thoughtful review of our kid’s hard work -- read-on for their recap.

It was great to see all the folks at the last community meeting. For those who missed it, our dear art teacher, Sharon Hatrak, gave an amazing presentation covering her approach to art education and how she applies It as students progress through the grades, illustrated with great example of student work. She has put a lot of thought into how she guides our children in visual exploration and expression. They, and we, are fortunate to have her working with our kids, and I am grateful for the Winterhaven community for funding her position through the PTSA. We are targeting an encore performance for those who missed the meeting on Tuesday April 3 at the Coffee Chat, 8:45 in the Library.

Finally, May will be here before we know it, and that is when we hold the PTSA board election. If you are interested in a leadership position with the board, please feel free to contact me, or other board members.

Submitted by: Alan Scott, PTSA Board President

Fundraising update

WOW! We are doing GREAT folks! What a generous and fabulous community! We met our goal for the Pledge Drive. We meet our goals at our Pastini and Por Que No? Dine Out for Winterhaven Nights (despite the weather!!). Nice work team!!! Let’s keep it up!
As a reminder, we have a special Dine Out for Winterhaven at Nostrana on Tuesday, February 21st. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal, a glass of wine, a yummy dessert, and know that Winterhaven will receive 10% of all the nightly revenues. PLEASE spread the word to your friends and family! Nostrana is excited about sharing some LOVE with us, let’s make it really HUGE love.
And our next BIG fundraiser is MAC Attack. This is how we pay for our AWESOME, FABULOUS, CREATIVE Art Coordinator, Sharon Hatrak. Sponsor sheets will be coming home in a few weeks with more details, but here are some dates to keep in mind now:

Sponsor sheet due: April 11

Date of Run: April 14

Collection Period: April 15-26

Money due: April 27

Let’s blow this MAC Attack out of the water! Let’s raise more than we EVER have EVER before! I know we can do it! YES WE CAN!
Submitted by: Nicole Cordan, PTSA Board Fundraising Chair

Announcements & Events 

Children's book drive The Community Service Committee is running a book drive to donate to the Children's Book Bank. There will be boxes in the front hall of the school until February 16th. Most needed types of books: board books for small children, multicultural topics, books in Spanish, and chapter books for elementary and middle school students.
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
Neighbors for Clean Air visit – Did you know that in terms of diesel emission polluters, Multnomah County is the 4th highest polluter and Oregon as a state is the 6th highest 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 at their event this next week -- February 15 they are hosting and event at the state capitol which could be very educational. More details on our website here.

Get Involved  

Find our volunteer sign up page at, or email for more info:
  • Parents Needed for Middle School Interest Classes 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 Fisher or Rebekah Folsom /
  • Call for a Volunteer Coordinator! We are so grateful for the service of Kari Key, but her term of service is almost over. Are you interested in getting involved and meeting our awesome community of parents? What's more fun than organizing our Field of Fun? How about being our chief popsicle giver-outer (MAC Attack)? Maybe you have a friend you'd like to share this job with? If you are interested in this paramount role (especially that part about popsicles) please contact or Alan
  • Lost and Found needs YOU: A HUGE thank you goes out to Rebekah for her leadership in lunchbox diving and garment retrieval. I am guessing most of us parents have benefitted from her efforts at one time or another. (Not to mention how she's kept pests away -seriously- why do you think she started this?Now we are hoping for some awesome volunteers to give her handFive minutes, one day a week – If just a couple of parents (or students?) spent just a few minutes, one day a week at the school hanging up 3 jackets, rinsing out one lunchpail, or throwing out one bag of leftover food, we could give her a break. This is the shortest volunteer job you could ask for - and SO NEEDED!! Contact Rebekah at
  • Calling all Web Designers: Wouldn't you love to see our PTSA website go from OK to Amazing? Web designers, you know who you are. Email if you'd like to take our Google site to the next level!


Black History 101 Mobile Museum
Our PTSA hosted The Black History 101 Mobile Museum in the Winterhaven auditorium on January 30th. What a moving and interactive way to provide a diversity experience. Thank you Marisha Childs for getting this to Winterhaven!! All the teachers were able to bring their classes in to view and discuss, and parents reported that it made for some lively and interesting dinner table conversations.

Science Fair!

The Science Fair Team wants to send a big thank you out to all the volunteers that helped make this year’s all school science fair a big success! We had more than 70 judges help us with the preliminary screening and final judging of this year’s 180 5th-8th grade posters. Every poster was reviewed three times and the five finalists  at each grade level were further reviewed and interviewed by a panel of at least 5 judges. It sounds like our new digital screening process was a hit and it definitely made reviewing posters fun! Congratulations to all our winners and good luck as they move on to Intel’s Science Expo this spring. 

As with any big event, we have a long list of thank yous! Thanks to our middle school science teachers, Jay Dyer, Jason Giles and William Thompson for pushing our students projects to completion despite all those snow days and for assisting throughout the judging process. Special thanks to Kasey Hersey for coordinating the food logistics throughout the week of science fair and during final judging and making sure that everything ran smoothly. Thanks to the 5th-8th grade families that contributed food for our judges, and to the 7th and 8th grade students that stayed after school to assist with childcare. And finally, thanks to Nancy in the office for all her help with printing labels and certificates. 

As was so expertly stated by 5th grader Jennings Ehnes, “This was the best science fair yet!”  and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the Winterhaven community!

Thank you again, so much, for your contribution!

Jen Schramm

Science Fair Coordinator

Congratulations winners!

8th Grade

1st place: Which butterfly has uber lyft byA. Pederson and V. Snyder

2nd place: Oil Spills and why they kill by L. Manwaring

3rd place: When when the wind blows the ice will melt by C. Reed
7th Grade

1st place: No electricity needed by L. Norris

2nd place: E.Coli poops out in the light by O Kane

3rd place: To grow or not to grow by E Yarris and R Bufton

6th Grade

1st place: Cones Make it Louder! by Micah Powch

2nd place: Hot vs Cold by Liam Taylor

3rd place: Classroom commotion by Lorenzo Segura

5th Grade

1st place: Cleaning Coins by Luke Schoessler

2nd place: Sunflowers and sunlight by Esme Illing

3rd place: How many seeds in a pumpkin by Diego Hernandez