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PTSA Update - April 30, 2017

posted May 1, 2017, 11:41 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated May 1, 2017, 11:42 AM ]
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PTSA supported events & dates

  • May 1 through May 5 - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

  • Tues May 2 Last Coffee Chat 8:45-9:30am in the Library

  • Thurs May 4 MAC Attack Counting

  • Thurs May 11 Wealth of Winterhaven Auction donations due

  • Fri May 19 Carnival and Auction

  • Mon May 22 Community PTSA meeting and Board election (details below, childcare available)

  • Thurs May 25 Move Up Day/ New Families Mingle

  • Fri May 26 Field of Fun

  • Thurs June 8 All School Picnic with Root Beer Floats!


From the PTSA President 

Dear Winterhaven Community,
We have a busy month ahead as the 2016-17 school year races to a close, Here’s what’s next up:
  1. MAC Attack: We are wrapping up the MAC Attack with pledge counting this week, with the funds raised going to support arts activities in the coming year. Thanks to Ms. Dixon for motivating and preparing our kids, to Nicole Cordan anKari Key for orchestrating the event and the army of volunteers, and a giant shout out to all the kids and teachers who participated.
  2. Carnival/Auction: I am looking forward to the Carnival and the Wealth of Winterhaven Auction in a few short weeks. Deepest gratitude to Kristin Doherty for her many years for service organizing the carnival and to Heather Dickinson for once again being the auction master. See the note below for ways you can support the auction.
  3. Next PTSA Community Meeting: Please join us on Monday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM in the Winterhaven auditorium. Cliff Shaw will be on hand, and perhaps a guest speaker, to discuss online safety for our kids, including cyberbullying, predators and trafficking. He will share information on the curriculum our kids receive, as well as resources for parents, with time for us to share and discuss our own experiences and resources. We will also hold elections for the new slate of board members to join the board for next year (see Get Involved below). That leads me to my final note for this edition:
  4. The PTSA needs you! Without the dedicated team of PTSA board members and volunteers, many of the things our kids love, including art classes, interest classes, the school garden, Fall Frolic, Carnival, author visits, etcetera, and many of the things our teachers depend like classroom supplies and equipment and funding for special programs, would not happen. Our communication chair Tam Boleyn recently shared an article on our Facebook page titled 10 Reason I’m Glad I joined The PTO. I want to riff on that and share some of my perspectives:
The PTA is not just for stay-at-home parents - while we benefit greatly from the contributions of parents with flexible schedules and availability during the school day, many of us who serve as board members and volunteers also hold down demanding full time jobs and are able to manage our PTSA commitments outside of work hours. We all give back in the manner and measure we are able to, and every bit helps our kids and their teachers.
The PTSA is not just for moms - In my 9 years serving on the board, I have had the privilege of serving with a diverse group of dedicated parents, including some other dads, but I would encourage more to step up.
Many hands make light work - All PTSA activities require a variety of task, some needing a group effort at an specific time and some needing individual efforts over a period of time. We are grateful for all the help we can get, as each volunteer makes the load lighter for the rest, and we have important jobs that can fit a variety of schedules and levels of commitment.
Please consider joining in the leadership of the PTSA, and recruit a few friends to do it with you. Feel free to contact me with any questions about how you can get involved. alanscott3604@gmail.com
Submitted by: Alan Scott, PTSA Board President


Announcements & Events 

Auction Time!! The PTSA's annual The Wealth of Winterhaven Silent Auction will be on May 19th this year! We are currently seeking donations from the Winterhaven community. We hope you will join us under the trees on the night of the school carnival, and help us make this our best year yet! Questions? Contact Heather Dickinson 503.754.7100
PTSA Election Time! The next PTSA Community meeting includes elections for our PTSA Board. We are grateful to the parents who have served for several years. Sadly, it is time for them to step down and take a well deserved break. We are in search of some parents to join the board and help steer the boat. Here’s a list of the positions at large. But if you are interested and not sure of what position is right for you, please reach out to a PTSA Board member or the President, Alan Scott. -- alanscott3604@gmail.com
  • President
  • President-Elect
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Secretary
  • Legislative Chair
  • Community Service Chair
  • Student representative


Get Involved

Find our volunteer sign up page at http://www.winterhavenschool.org/volunteer, or email volunteer@winterhavenschool.org for more info:

MAC ATTACK COUNTERS Needed MAY 4TH:  A small, but noble, group of us is meeting in the Teacher’s Lounge on THURSDAY, MAY 4th right after drop off. We will have coffee and pastries there as well. We could useTEN more folks to help us count. Please rsvp/sign up at: http://signup.com/go/xIJHOVF

Call for key PTSA positions! It is so exciting to see these spots getting filled! Let’s keep it up!! Did you know that hundreds of research studies show that when parents get involved, children do better in school? Your involvement in the PTSA can make a real difference for your child, as well as our school community. Plus, these positions make a difference for our community, without them getting filled we won’t have these important activities and services:
  • Room Parent Leader - Communicate key requests to all the Room Parent Coordinators. Coordinate the coordinators.

  • Lost and Found Coordinator – FOUNDThank you JJ Heldmann!!

  • Educational Liaison – Helps with PTSA funded expanded curriculum. FOUNDThank you Cheryl Fischer!!

  • Auction Chair (or co-chairs)

  • Carnival Chair (or co-chairs)

  • Fall Frolic Coordinator

  • Volunteer events coordinator

  • Web site manager - super easy google sites, you don’t need to be a master!

  • Scholarship coordinator - Help us determine our best strategy for offering after school scholarships and dispense them.

  • Box Tops coordinator - super easy; count them up; send them in; we get money.

  • Dine out for Winterhaven coordinator - FOUND, Thank you Jennie Houts


The 6th Annual Winterhaven Carnival on May 19th from 5 pm - 8 pm is our biggest community event of the year and coincides with our Wealth of Winterhaven School Auction. We will need LOTS of volunteers

Carnival Volunteer Sign up: You will hear soon hear more details about how to play games with us on May 19 from Kristin. This is a super fun way to engage with the kids and our community. http://signup.com/go/AqqyZbU or contact Kristin Doherty at kristinwdoherty@yahoo.com.

Auction Volunteer sign up: More details will be coming your way, but please save the date May 19. Based on our experience this is way mroe fun than selling wrapping paper or cookie dough like some other schools do. :) http://signup.com/go/tPoMzMF or contact Heather Dickinson-Schoessler levisfarm@hotmail.com.

Annual Field day (5/26) , Move up day (5/25), All school picnic (6/8) : More great ways for our amazing community of parent volunteers to shine, connect and make great experiences happen for our kids. Including distributing popsicles and the traditional root beer float day. Save these dates and we’ll let you know when we are ready for volunteer signups!


PTSA Wins

We have the best volunteers EVER! We had almost 30 volunteers for Mac Attack, plus parents who came and offered to help even though the spots were all filled. I had parents who stayed to help with more than one session because they wanted to pass on what they learned in helping with the first session to the next group. Because of them, we were able to count and record the laps AND get the forms to the majority of the students that same day. They were so efficient that we were able to finish our tasks before the next race started. What a great community.

We raised almost $900! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all of you who stepped up and went to Pizzicato last month. We raised almost $900 for our school by Dining Out for Winterhaven! Nice work you pizza and salad eaters! That is a lot of dough!

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