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Families--we've just installed new safety lights outside courtesy of a grant from the Irwin Foundation. Check 'em out!
 

Program Updates

Directly Speaking, Ken


Most school newsletters in June are thanking parents, teachers, and volunteers for a great year of school and hoping that all of their students will have a great summer. While we're definitely thankful to our parents, teachers and volunteers, we're still open! At Peninsula we close for 16 days during the year, and six of those days are for staff training. Our school age programs at Sabin and Boise-Eliot/Humboldt also stay open during all Portland Public breaks (spring, winter and summer).

We will begin our summer camp program on Monday, June 16th (we still have openings). It will end on Friday, August 22nd. This year as in the past we have combined our summer camp programs to one campus. Camp will be at Sabin from 6:30 am till 6:00 pm., Monday through Friday.

We're very pleased to announce we have expanded our school age programs to include King Elementary School. It will be open the same hours as Sabin and Boise (6:30-9 am & 3-6 pm), and also be open during all Portland Public School District breaks.
 
We realize it is important to our families that we never close. You can count on us for quality care and education for your children year round. 
 
We will be involved in some fun events this summer, and if you have a few hours to spare we could use your help:
  • Sunday June 22nd we will be at the N. Portland Parkways from 11-4.
  • Saturday July 12th from 10-6 we are going to be at the Mississippi Street Fair.
  • Sunday July 27th we will be at the NE Portland Parkways from 11-4
  • Saturday August 9th we will be at the Alberta Street Fair from 11-7
Please contact me if you can volunteer at any or all of the above, or would like more information (503.280.0534 ext 21 or ken@penchild.org).    
 
It is with great excitement that I report  that we are in the final stages of completing our Toddler/Wobbler playground “makeover!” If you get a chance stop by and take a look.We have also just installed better lighting for the front and the rear of the school. This improvement comes directly from recommendations from our parent survey you many of you took last fall.

I want to thank Parents Roslyn Gray and Sequoia Ranson for organizing our parent swap last month. Last, I want to tell you I had the honor of attending “The Foster Grandma/Grandpa” annual awards luncheon. Foster Grandmas and Grandpas from all over the county attended. One of our Grandmas, Grandma Muriel Wentzien from Preschool 1 was given the Best Reading Tutor Award. Please join me in congratulating her!




Notes from Michele, Director of Educational Operations
Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long…We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney

One of the things I first noticed about the Peninsula Children’s Learning Center community was the willingness to jump in with both feet for what benefits children and families.  This allows strong transitions for those heading off to Kindergarten, moving into new age groups and new teachers or teaching assignments!
When looking at school wide change to build on relationships and learning with children and families, the staff became curious and got creative, which led us down this new path…
          
It is with great excitement that we announce changes for Jr. 2 through preschool beginning June 17. We are adding a Toddler 3 class beginning June 23rd, over a 2 week period. Our goal at Peninsula is to make sure children and families have a quality early childhood education and care experience. The new configuration allows fewer transitions over their time here and the ability for children and families to have strong relationships with our exceptional teaching teams!

Each teacher has a list of the children transitioning and will connect with families about this.  We will also post one near the time clock for reference. The week of June 9-13th we will have extra staffing to make certain that children have opportunities to meet new teachers in their current class, to visit the new classrooms and to get classrooms ready for welcoming the new children and families!

The new teaching teams and age groups are:
  • Jr. 2/Pre 1 combination (2.25-3.5 year olds) – 15 children with Melissa K/Jazmine/Dynasty  in current  Pre 1 room
  • Pre 2 class (3-5 year olds) - 20 children with Linda and a new teacher in the Annex
  • Pre 3 class (3-5 year olds) - 20 children with Alicia and Rashelle in current Pre 3 room
  • Pre-4 class (3-5 year olds) – 12 children with Angela and Daniel
We will have extra teachers on June 16th and 17th to support classrooms and families in settling in!

During the week of June 23rd Toddler 3 will begin in the current Jr. 2 room and toddler 1 and 2, wobbler and infant will remain in their current space. This will be gradual transition over 2 weeks to allow everyone to settle in. I am working with the toddler team to develop groups from our current toddlers and teachers will connect with individual families about this.
  • Toddler 1- 8 children (Katheryne and a new teacher)
  • Toddler 2- 8 children (Brenda and Stephani)
  • Toddler 3- 8 children (Sandy and Melissa)
  • Wobbler- 8 children (Rhonda and Som)
  • Infant- 8 children (Louise and Muhira)

The next transitions for many will be in July and August. As always, we want to transition children with care and build their comfort and excitement for the next classroom and new teachers.

Teachers and I are here for questions and to help make this a fun and exciting move! Please be patient with us,we want you to know we care about each child and family and that I am always available for input during this process.

Thank you everyone!

Michele
 

Events

Thursday, June 5, 6:15 - 7:00 Group Tour

Friday, June 13, 6:00 - 9:30 Parents Night Out

Sabin Site Notes

Our final two weeks of school at Sabin we have many students who have decided to use their TICKETS to be director for the day so we will be having some unusual schedules. When we are not having student directors, we are still having Capoeira on Mondays, still exploring the rainforest, and just wrapping things up, preparing to say goodbye to school friends and hello to summer friends.
 
Please turn in 2014-15 enrollments. We still have a few spaces left.  
 
For those attending the summer program, our first two days are at Boise and we are full those two days. Also, hopefully I already have your email so I can send you the final and revised summer calendar when it is ready- which should be soon.
 
It has really been an awesome school year  Francine and I comment all the time about what an excellent group of kids we have  They have formed some strong friendships and grown so much this year  Thanks for sharing your kids with us!  In case we don't see you, have a great summer!

Abby Scott and Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Co-Directors
503.756.2761
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Notes

As we near the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the students at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt will spend these remaining weeks reminiscing about the many brilliant individuals and activities that we have learned through the year. People such as Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Sacajawea are just a few of the many amazing activists we have discussed along the way. We spent time together discussing the many accomplishments that late Maya Angelou left as her legacy, a woman we discussed during Black History and Women's History month.

Looking ahead, we will learn about various Polynesian and Micronesian islands in the Pacific Ocean, as well as their culture, traditions, music, and food. Though we are sad to see this wonderful school year end, we look forward to experiencing a fun-filled summer together with our program and we will walk away remembering that we are, "Ohana, which means family and family never gets left behind or forgotten!"

Ashley Echang, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Director
503.282.0042

Portland Children's Levy - Thank You!


Yesterday the allocation committee voted to approve $460,000 over the next three years to Peninsula Children's Learning Center. This critical funding allows us to do so many important things to keep our doors open for the city's lower-income families. Voters approved this funding over a year ago, and we're thankful all over again for your support.

Jeri Shumate, Development Director, 503-280-0534, ext. 13

Meet Adrienne Finnegan

Hello there!

I am very excited to be at Peninsula! I will be at the front desk as you walk in to greet you and your little ones. It's been a delight meeting so many wonderful Peninsula families.

Before coming to Peninsula I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with my very sweet two year old son, Vedder. I look forward to him coming to the center at the end of this month. 
Before Vedder came along I spent my days working seasonal jobs domestically and abroad while traveling to new places in between. A few of the places I have worked include Pali Adventures, Outdoor School, Gracious Hands Preschool & Meadow Mountain Ranch. 

I'm feeling right at home in the atmosphere here at Peninsula and look forward to getting to know each family. Stop by and say hello!  
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