News from the Principal

Dear Winterhaven Families:  

I hope everyone has had a safe, restful and enjoyable summer vacation!  I want to take a moment to give you some information about the upcoming events that will help kick off the 2016-17 school year.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.

Thank you,

Mr. Sandilands, Principal

2017-18 Start Time

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:09 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Notice from PPS on bell schedule changes for the 2017-18 School Year – Next school year, PPS will be changing bell schedule start and end times at a number of schools, including Winterhaven. 

When the 2017-18 school year starts, our entire school will start at 8:45 am. K-5 students will release at 3:00 pm and students in grades 6-8 will release at 3:15 pm. This adjustment is part of a district-wide alignment of bell schedules.  

The district schedule alignment provides more consistency in instructional time, makes it easier to schedule substitute and itinerant teachers, allows for better use of teachers’ professional development time and allows for more efficient bus transportation. 

If you have questions about the change, please contact Assistant Superintendent Antonio Lopez,, or 503-916-3440.

8th graders: High School information nights

posted Oct 28, 2016, 1:21 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 1:38 PM by Rebekah Folsom ]

Prospective high school students can visit their neighborhood high school or a focus-option school at information sessions being held district-wide November through February. Students typically attend their neighborhood high school or apply through the January lottery to attend Benson, Jefferson, or MLC. 

Students who live in the Jefferson attendance area have a guaranteed slot at Jefferson or at a comprehensive high school assigned by address. These students must fill out a dual-assignment choice form in January.
If you can't attend an information night, some schools offer tours or the opportunity to shadow a student. Please call the school or go online to view their policies.

View school websites for more information.

Driver Safety

posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:57 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Safety is everyone's responsibility, whether you have children in school or not. That means slowing down to 20 MPH in school zones, 25 MPH on neighborhood streets, and watching for children at all times. Younger children aren't able to judge speed and distance as well as adults can, so it's the responsibility of drivers to be alert.
  1. Plan ahead. Give yourself a bit more time to navigate through school zones. Be prepared for school buses with flashing lights and lines of parents dropping off and picking up children.
  2. Yield to pedestrians at intersections, whether the crosswalk is marked or not.
  3. Stay off your phone!
  4. In school zones, the speed limit is 20 MPH. When traveling near schools, be alert and ready to react to pedestrians or cyclists.
  5. Do not pass other cars stopped at a crosswalk or intersection, the drivers may be stopped for pedestrians. Be especially careful around our drive-thru entrance and exit.
  6. When making a right-turn at a red light, look to the left and right for pedestrians and bike riders as well as oncoming traffic. And if you drive a "quiet" car, remember that they can't hear you coming!
  7. Where there are no sidewalks, be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists who might be walking or riding alongside the road, especially in neighborhoods near schools.

Biker and Walker Safety

posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:51 PM by Rebekah Folsom

As the days get darker and the weather gets nastier, now is a perfect time to review safety guidelines with your children for getting to and from school safely. Whether your children walk, bike, ride Trimet, or ride in a car, a little planning and preparation can go a long way towards making the trip safe, convenient and fun. Please practice and discuss these tips as a family and be a good example by always practicing how to travel safely and responsibly.
  1. Check your route to and from school. Choose streets with low traffic volumes, slow speeds, few intersections, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks.
  2. It is best to cross streets at the corner or marked crosswalks (even better - ones with flashing crosswalk signs!) Before crossing, look "left-right-left" for traffic in all directions. Keep looking for cars as you cross the street. Remember, you can't hear some cars, so keep looking!
  3. Before starting to cross, make sure drivers see you and have stopped. It's best to make eye contact with the driver so you know they see you.
  4. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the shoulder or close to the edge of the road facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
  5. Walking with friends provides safety in numbers.
  6. Stay alert, keep your eyes and ears open! Walk and ride predictably in a straight line and be visible with light or reflective clothing on darker or rainy days.
  7. If you ride a bike, always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and fastened and follow all traffic laws!

Date change: Middle School Back to School Night 9/15

posted Sep 8, 2016, 1:13 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 1:20 PM ]

Good afternoon,

Due to Cleveland High School and Franklin High School having their Back to School Nights on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Winterhaven will be moving our Middle School Back to School Night to Thursday, Sept. 15.  The Middle School Back to School Night will still be from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  The Elementary Back to School Night will still be on Tuesday, Sept. 13.  



A message from the principal - 8/15/2016

posted Aug 17, 2016, 3:25 PM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 3:28 PM ]

Dear Winterhaven Families:   

Please read the following to learn about our Registration Night, school supplies, school donation for supplies, the change of start time for our students in grades 6-8, and other start of the school information.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our main office - 503-916-6200.

In case you did not hear, Patty Jensen, who had been our Principal's Secretary for many years, has retired.  Our new principal's secretary, Nancy Cooper, comes to us from Hayhurst School, where she served as their school secretary.  Please join me in welcoming Nancy to Winterhaven!

I hope everyone has had a safe, restful and enjoyable summer vacation!  I want to take a moment to give you some information about the upcoming events that will help kick off the 2016-17 school year.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.

  1. Opening-of-school-packets will be available for pickup beginning Friday, August 19th, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  We would appreciate families picking them up prior to the Winterhaven Registration Night that is Wednesday, August 24th, from 4 pm to 6 pm.  By picking them up early, you can fill out all of the forms and return everything when you come to Registration Night.  If you are unable to pick up your packet prior to this time, you can get the packets at Registration and fill everything out, leaving the information with us that same evening.  It is imperative that we have all of your information before the first day, so we are prepared for any circumstance that might arise.  Packets not picked up will not be mailed to families.  They will be sent home with your child on the first day of school.  
  2. The Winterhaven Registration Night will be on Wednesday, August 24th from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Teachers will be present and it is a time for families to meet other Winterhaven families.  It is also an opportunity to sign up for carpooling and for afterschool clubs.  These signups will take place in the gym.  It is also when middle school students can pick up their schedules and receive their locker assignments.  Kindergartners will have assessments prior to their first day of school and parents will be able to sign up for an assessment time during Registration Night. 
  3. Our school wants all students in each class to have the same number and type of supplies. We do ask for a $30 school donation per child to pay for supplies at the beginning of the year.  This is to cover the cost of pencils, glue, markers, paper and other supplies we provide for the classrooms.  Families can pay the $30 materials donation, which helps purchase classroom and school supplies during registration.  This donation replaces the school supply list so that students and teachers have common materials and supplies to use in their classrooms.  Checks can be made out to Winterhaven School.
  4. At the Registration night, I will be holding a short meeting in the auditorium for families who are new to Winterhaven School.  The meeting will start at 5:00 pm.  This meeting will give me an opportunity to give some information to the new families as they transition to Winterhaven School. Please plan to attend if your family will be new to Winterhaven this year. 
  5. The school office is now open from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  The teachers return on August 23rd.  The first day of school for grades 1-8 is Monday, August 29th.  The first day of school for kindergartners will be Thursday, September 1st.  The school day for students in grades 6-8 has changed this year and school now begins at 8:30 am.  For students in grades K-5, school still starts at 8:45 am.  The school day ends at 3:00 pm.  It is very important that students arrive to their classes on time so as not to miss out on important instructional time. 
  6. The inside of our building has been cleaned and is awaiting the return of staff and students.  Our grounds however, could use some work.  Our Community Care Day will be on the morning of Saturday, August 27th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  We hope you can come and help with a facelift of our grounds.  Bring your tools (especially power tools, such as trimmers and pruners) and gardening gloves to assist you with your choice of activity. 
  7. Classroom assignments for 2016-17 and suggested supplies are listed below.  Please enjoy the remainder of your summer.  We hope you can make it on August 24th for our Winterhaven Registration Night and on August 27th for the school clean-up.
Thank you,

Mr. Sandilands, Principal


For elementary students, here are the homeroom teachers for each grade:

  • Kindergarten: Mr.  Huckaba
  • 1st grade: Ms. Cooke
  • 2nd grade: Ms. O’Brien
  • 3rd grade: Mr. Levear
  • 4th grade: Ms. Sexton
  • 5th grade: Mr. Thompson

For middle school students, schedules will be available beginning on Orientation/Registration Night on August 24th.

Suggested Basic Supplies

Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade:  A backpack – all other supplies will be provided by Winterhaven.

Fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders: 

A binder of your choice (accordion style, 3-ring, trapper keeper, etc.) with basic supplies to start the year (paper, pens and pencils of your choice).  All necessary supplies will be provided by Winterhaven (paper, compasses, scissors, protractors, pencils, glue) throughout the year; however, we realize that middle school students sometimes enjoy bringing their own materials.

A message from the principal - 8/3/2016

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:58 AM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 10:54 AM by Rebekah Folsom ]

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is having a fun, relaxing and safe summer!  I have a few announcements to make you aware of before everyone returns to school in a few weeks:

  1. We have hired Melissa Schatz-Miller to fill in for Emily Ferguson as she goes on maternity leave for the first half of the school year.  Ms. Schatz-Miller was Ms. Ferguson’s student teacher this past year and we are excited to have her back here at Winterhaven.
  2. Due to continued complications from her injured leg, Patty Jensen, Winterhaven’s principal’s secretary, has made the difficult decision to resign.  She wants everyone to know that she did not wish to leave at this time, but she was unable to continue to serve in this role and be at her best.  We hope to have a new principal’s secretary in place by the end of next week.  We wish Patty all the best and she will be greatly missed.
  3. The PPS school board is now requiring that middle school students in all K-8 schools attend school for 6 hours and 30 minutes each day (not counting late starts).  This means that we have to adjust the start time for our middle school classes.  Starting this fall, middle school classes will now be starting at 8:30 am.  Students in grades K-5 will continue to start at 8:45 am.  All students will be dismissed at 3 pm. 



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