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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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!