During May we are still hard at work on our school age summer camp program and finalizing our budget for next year (July 2014 –June 2015). We will be releasing the 2014-2015 school calendar in the next few weeks.
Volunteer groups have also been hard at work helping us improve our center. Early last month over 20 students from Lewis and Clark spent a Saturday at Peninsula doing some deep cleaning inside and yard work outside of our school. They did things such as washing all the windows over at the Annex classroom, thoroughly cleaning the ball pit in the commons and deep cleaning the kitchen. They even washed and detailed our bus. All of this was part of a program called “Spring into Action”. The last Saturday of the month (April 26th
) volunteers from “Rebuilding Together” came to our school to do heavy yard work on our grounds. They have been coming to us the last 7 years. As I am sure you have noticed they did a great job of weeding, picking up leaves and spreading bark chips and mulch all over our grounds. Not only do they supply the people power and tools, they also help pay for the materials.
The above volunteers and groups are examples of Peninsula’s wonderful community support. I feel we have some of the most motivated volunteers that any school or center could ask for. When you add dedicated volunteers to a superb group of teachers and motivated students you have the ingredients for a very successful program.
On May 15th
from 4:00-6:00 we will be having our “Spring has Sprung Festival” and we need volunteers. If you are interested in helping out please see me. But if you can just stop by and enjoy the activities and snacks with your family, please come!
This month we begin the “makeover” of our Toddler/Wobbler playground. We will be fixing the drainage system, adding new equipment, and putting in a new rubber tile surface. I want to thank the Portland Development Commission, the Wessinger Foundation, and the generous families and friends of Peninsula whose donations are making the Toddler/Wobbler playground remodel possible.
“One of the most precious gifts that we share with each other through living in partnership is a mutual awe and wonder at the power of childhood, the freshness of children’s viewpoints and the strengths of their minds and imaginations. As adults, we know that we have much to learn from listening to the children in our lives. We also know that we have much to offer them. This offering becomes immeasurably rich when teachers and parents work together.” - Louise Boyd Cadwell (Early Childhood Educator/Researcher)
Having the privilege and pleasure of sitting in with teachers and families at conferences during April reminded me of the many gifts that families share with their child.
35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget
I was also touched by the power of families and teachers working together as partners in children’s early care and education.Conferences are an important part of planning for every child. As your child’s first teacher you have knowledge about your child’s needs and interests. We loved sharing what we see here in a group setting.
As adults we are modeling for children positive communication and relationships between family and teacher. This provides children with a sense of security and predictability. When students feel safe and secure they begin to risk: to try something new, to attempt something difficult, to believe in themselves and grow.
Over the next few months there will be transitions for those heading to Kindergarten, younger children transitioning to new teachers and spaces, and a few new faces on staff as we expand the infant through Junior groups. We will keep you in the loop as our plans are finalized. Please know that teachers will discuss these transitions with families and we welcome you to see new classrooms and meet the upcoming teachers. We intentionally transition children over time, generally 2 weeks, and take the lead from the child. This builds children’s comfort, trust and relationship with new teachers and peers. If you ever have questions your child’s teacher or I are available.