News from the Principal

To reach the Winterhaven office, email Nancy Cooper (, Principal's secretary or Caroline D'Ambrosi (, School secretary. To reach Mr. Sandilands directly (

OFFICE PHONE: 503-916-6200

Notes from the Principal - 9/28/2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:24 AM by Admin at Winterhaven

Principal Notes – Thanks to the PTSA for the community meeting on Monday.  It was great to have a chance to talk about Winterhaven and answer questions folks had about our school.  The next community meeting is in November and we hope to see you there.

A quick reminder about our drive thru area:  Please remember that the drive thru is for automobiles only during morning drop off and afternoon pick up.  The window of time where we only can have cars in the drive thru are basically from 8:15 am to 9 am and 2:50 pm to 3:25 pm.  We ask that you please use the walkways around the drive thru or go through the building to bypass the drive thru during these times.

Notes from the Principal - 9/21/2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:52 AM by Admin at Winterhaven

Principal's Notes

It was great to see everyone at the Back to School Nights this week. Teachers had signups for conferences at this time, so if you were unable to attend, please contact the main office or your child’s classroom teacher to sign up for conferences. Conferences this year are on Wednesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 9th

Notes from the Principal - 9/14/2017

posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:25 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Notes from the Principal 

Back to School Nights are next week! Monday, Sept. 18, we have grades K-2 from 6 pm to 6:40 pm and grades 3-5 from 6:50 pm to 7:30 pm. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, we have grades 6-8 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you! 


A big Thank You to everyone who has donated $30 per student for school supplies. If you still need to do this, the website is exceptionally easy to use:

School Basic Supplies + 1-time Supply Fee

posted Aug 12, 2017, 10:28 AM by Rebekah Folsom   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Winterhaven wants all students in each class to have the same number and type of supplies, and to that end, we ask every family for a voluntary $30 school materials donation per child to pay for these supplies at the beginning of the school year. 

This one-time fee covers the cost of pencils, glue, markers, paper and all other supplies we provide in the classrooms. Families can pay this materials donation by check during Winterhaven Registration Night or in the office during the first few weeks of school. Checks should be made out to Winterhaven School. 

NOTE: New this year! – You can also pay the $30 donation through School Pay by using this link:

The School Supplies donation replaces the traditional school supply list typically provided by other schools, and ensures that each student has access to the same materials and that students and teachers have common resources throughout the year in their classrooms. 

As we ask for this voluntary donation to help cover supplies, we do not have a school supply list for families

However, the items listed below are suggested:

  • Kindergarten1st2nd, and 3rd grade:  A backpack – all other supplies are provided by Winterhaven
  • 4th5th6th7th, and 8th grade: 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 of these supplies are also provided by Winterhaven (paper, compasses, scissors, protractors, pencils, glue) throughout the year; however, we realize that students in grades 4-8 enjoy bringing their own, personalized materials.

2017-18 School year is a few weeks away!

posted Aug 12, 2017, 10:26 AM by Rebekah Folsom

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 2017-18 school year. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to give our office a call – 503-916-6200.  

The PTSA Pool Party is Saturday, August 12th from 5:15 pm to 8 pm at the Creston Pool. 

  1. Start-of-school-packets will be available for pick up beginning Friday, August 18th, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. We appreciate families picking them up prior to Winterhaven Registration Night on Thursday, August 24th, from 4pm to 6pm. 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. If you’re unable to pick up your packet before the registration night and cannot attend the registration night, packets will be available for pickup in the main office until the first day of school. Packets not picked up by the first day of school will be delivered to students to take them home.  
  2. Winterhaven Registration Night is Thursday, August 24th from 4pm to 6pm. This is a time for new families to meet other Winterhaven families, as well as an opportunity to sign up for carpooling and after school clubs. These signups take place in the gym. It is also when middle school students 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. Back-to-School-Supplies. See the Suggested Basic Supplies list below. Our school wants all students in each class to have the same number and type of supplies. We ask every family for a voluntary $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 by check during registration at Winterhaven Registration Night. This donation replaces the school supply list so that students and teachers have common materials and supplies to use in their classrooms. Checks should be made out to Winterhaven School. 
    New this year! – You can also pay the donation through School Pay by using this link:
  4. Introduction to Winterhaven Meeting. During Winterhaven Registration night, I will be holding a short meeting in the auditorium for families who are new to Winterhaven School. This meeting will start at 5:00 pm and will give me an opportunity to provide some information to new families transitioning to Winterhaven School. Please plan to attend if your family is new to Winterhaven this year.  
  5. Office Hours. The school office will be open starting on Thursday, August 17th from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Teachers return on August 25th
  6. First day of school for grades 1-8 is Wednesday, August 30th.
  7. First day of school for Kindergartners is Tuesday, September 5th.
  8. School Hours. For every student, the school day now begins at 8:45 am. For grades K-5, the school day ends at 3 pm. For students in grades 6-8, the school day now ends at 3:15 pm. For those families who need to have students in grades K-5 wait for middle school students before they leave campus, the library will be open with supervision until middle school students are dismissed.
  9. Building Status Update. 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 is the morning of Saturday, August 26th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We hope you can come and help with a facelift to our grounds. Bring your own tools (especially power tools, such as trimmers and pruners) and gardening gloves to assist you with your choice of activity.
  10. Classroom assignments for 2017-18. 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
  • Middle school students: schedules are available at Orientation/Registration Night on August 24th.

Please enjoy the remainder of your summer! We hope you can make it on August 24th for our Winterhaven Registration Night and on August 26th for the school clean-up.

Mr. Sandilands, Principal

Suggested Basic Supplies 

As we ask for a voluntary donation to help cover supplies, we do not have a school supply list for families

The items listed below are suggested:

  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade:  A backpack – all other supplies are provided by Winterhaven
  • 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade: 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 other necessary supplies are 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.

Summer check-in

posted Jul 31, 2017, 1:19 PM by Rebekah Folsom

Good afternoon, 

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable and restful summer so far!  The building is getting cleaned up, but we still have a ways to go before we're ready for everyone! 

I just wanted to remind folks of a few dates coming up later this summer: 

  • The PTSA Pool Party will be on August 12th from 5:15 pm to 8 pm at Creston Pool.  Questions about this event can sent to our PTSA at:   
  • The Winterhaven Office reopens on Thursday, August 17th.  Registration Packets will be put together on this day and then packets will be available for pick up in the main office starting on Friday, August 18th.
  • Registration/Orientation Night is Thursday, August 24th from 4-6 pm. Folks who have already picked up their packets before this evening can turn them in at this time, but if not, packets can also be picked up and completed during this time. There will be short presentation by Mr. Sandilands in the auditorium at 5 pm for new families to Winterhaven. This presentation will include basic information about the start of school that will help new families transition to our school.
  • Community Care Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th from 9 am to noon. Bring your rakes, gloves, shovels, etc. to help with the landscaping around our school.

We hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer and we'll everyone in late August!

Mr. Sandilands

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.

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!

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