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Directly Speaking

My article this month is to encourage you, your family and friends to vote on May 21st to renew the Portland Children’s Levy (Yes on 26-150). Since the inception of the Children’s Levy in 2002, we have received grants that total over $2,420,000. This past year Peninsula was granted over $170,000 which helped support two staff positions and fund our financial aid program. Over the past ten years the Children’s Levy has partnered with more than 50 organizations to protect children from child abuse, ensure that young children are ready to learn, prevent children from becoming victims of crime, and provide foster children with quality services. The renewal of the Children’s Levy will continue these programs, and will also fund programs that are fighting child hunger.

By voting yes and renewing the Children’s Levy (Yes on 26-150) for another five years, we are saying that Portland is a community that continues to care for our children. Measure 26-150 renews the Levy at the same rate. There is no increase to the taxes that we currently pay.

The Portland Children’s Levy only invests in programs like ours that have a proven record in helping Children succeed. Administrative costs are limited to no more than 5%. I ask you to please consider a yes vote! You can find out more information about the Children’s Levy at voteyesforportlandschildren.com/.


Notes from Amber and Tracy, Co-Directors of Education

At Peninsula we depend on volunteers to provide support for our teachers, as do most non-profit organizations. There are not many volunteers who are as dedicated and hard working as our crew of Foster Grandparents. The Foster Grandparents program has been a part of Peninsula Children’s Center for over 10 years. During that time we've had the opportunity to work with many dedicated individuals who are committed to making a difference in the community by having a positive impact on children and their families. Peninsula would like to thank all of our Foster Grandmas for their outstanding service to our school.

Foster Grandparents support our teachers and children in a variety of ways. They read stories to children, help serve meals, engage with children during outdoor play and center time, and assist with naptime. Most importantly, our Foster Grandparents provide another loving adult for children to bond with and interact with each day. Many children are displaced from their extended family, and may not have regular opportunities to interact with their biological grandparents. Our Foster Grandparents truly are an "extra set of hands" in our classrooms: they are never counted in our teacher/child ratio. Currently, our Foster Grandparents are as follows:

  • Gloria, Infant Room (pictured below)
  • Tommie Ann, Toddler Room (pictured to the right)
  • Betty, Junior Program (pictured to the right)
  • Muriel, Preschool 2 (pictured to the right)
  • Norma, Preschool 3 (pictured below)
In addition, we have two other great classroom volunteers in our Toddler Room, Steven and Ray!

On May 3 we had the honor of attending the annual Foster Grandparent Awards Luncheon. This event honors all Foster Grandparents serving across Multnomah County. We are so happy to join in celebrating the accomplishments of our Foster Grandparents on their special day.

At the luncheon, Norma was honored for volunteering at Peninsula for over 5 years. In addition, Gloria and Norma were honored by Multnomah County on April 30 for their dedication and commitment to making a difference in the community. Peninsula takes pride in having a high level of community involvement, and our thriving Foster Grandparent program is another example of our desire to serve our mission through community service.

We believe that when you add dedicated volunteers to a superb group of teachers and motivated students, you have the ingredients for a very successful school. The contribution that our Foster Grandparents and other volunteers make to the success of Peninsula cannot be minimized. Please take a moment to thank our Foster Grandparents when you see them hard at work in your child’s classroom. If you have any questions about our Foster Grandparent program, or about any other volunteer opportunities please contact one of us at any time: Amber (503-280-0534, ext. 33 or amber@penchild.org) or Tracy (503-280-0534, ext. 36 or tracy@penchild.org).

Sabin Site Notes

Wow! There are less than two months of the school year left, and we look forward to finishing out the year with lots of group activities and outside time. And then of course we are excited for summer camp. Please turn in your completed summer camp enrollment forms by May 15th. Remember, you can choose which days and/ or weeks to attend, though there is a discount for signing up for the whole summer.

Our study of habitats and biomes was fun. We are finishing up with a quick look at volcanoes and making some habitat dioramas. Our theme for May kicked off with May Day (May 1) and continues into the month with discussions of peace and social justice, incorporating some anti-bullying curriculum.

We started a new schedule in April that incorporates more structure and group activities. It has been going really well. With less free time, there has been less time for trouble-making. So that's been working out for everyone!

Abby Scott, Sabin Site Director
503.756.2761

Boise-Elliot Site Notes

May is the last full month of school. If you have not signed up for summer camp now is the time! Space is limited to first come first served basis. We will be hosting our summer camp at Sabin Elementary School.

If you have a child that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2013, it is important to register them for Kindergarten.

During the month of May we will be focusing on celebrating Mother’s Day and on
exploring our unit about plants. We will be closed on May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.

Enjoy the month of May!

Francine Alexander Boise Eliot Site Director
503-282-0042

Speak Up for Employment Related Day Care!

Here at Peninsula, we know how important it is for all children to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop in place that will care for them and nurture them to their full potential. The Employment Related Day Care program (ERDC) is a very special program that makes this possible by helping working families across our state access quality child care. Over the years, many Peninsula families have been able to bring their children here thanks to ERDC, which means it’s good for us too! But for the past few years, funding for this valuable program has been on the line. This affects children, families, and child care providers. ERDC needs your help! If you have experience with ERDC and know first-hand the good it can do, you can help protect it and make sure it is available to all the families who need it by sharing your story! We encourage you to go to the link below and write about what ERDC has meant for you. (It won’t be made public unless you give your permission).

http://www.cffo.org/erdc/share
 



Back-to-Back Exciting Events

On Thursday, May 16, 4:00 - 5:30, please join us for a free, fun family event: Spring Has Sprung! Burke the Balloon Man will be here to make colorful and fun balloon art. Members of the Parent Involvement Committee will host spring-themed activities for children and parents including seed planting. A light snack will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Amber with any questions: amber@penchild.org or 503-280-0534, ext. 33.

On Friday, May 17, 6:00 - 9:30 we'll host our monthly Parents Night Out / Kids Night In. Last month was a great success, and we hope to have even more children join us for a fun evening in May. This program is open to current students and friends and relatives of current students. Children ages 2 – 8 are welcome to attend. Children do not need to be potty trained. We will provide an evening of fun activities and a yummy dinner. The cost is $15 for each child. If you are interested please contact Tracy (503-280-0534, ext. 36 or tracy@penchild.org).



Peninsula Publishes New 3-Year Strategic Plan

After more  than a year of hard work by many people, our Board of Directors adopted a new 3-Year (2013 - 2016) Strategic Plan. The plan contains 4 key strategic areas that will be the blueprint for how the school will grow and evolve in the next several years. Each area has strategies and timelines that will guide the school to the successful accomplishment of these objectives. We're pleased to share the completed plan with you. Implementing this plan will take the time and expertise of many people. You are invited to comment on the plan, and are also encouraged to get involved to help us succeed in accomplishing these key areas of focus by joining one of the four committees.  If you are interested please contact me (ken@penchild.org, or 503.280.0534 ext 21)! We look forward to working with many of you as we implement this exciting new chapter in Peninsulas history.

Calendar of events

Peninsula's 2013 - 2014 Calendar is Now Available!

Tuesday, May 7 -
Thursday, May 9
Sung Kokko will be here to take student portraits. For more information please email info@sungkokkophoto.com. Talk with your child's teacher to sign up for pictures.
Tuesday, May 7
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Family Involvement Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 8
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Part Day Preschool Open House
Thursday, May 16
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Spring Has Sprung Family Event.
Friday, May 17
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Parents Night Out / Kids Night In
Monday, May 27
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Day - All Sites CLOSED