I hope all of you had a wonderful summer. I can't believe that it's almost over, and the days are starting to get shorter once again. I want to make sure that you don't forget to come to Peninsula's 42nd Birthday Party
on Sunday, September 15 from 1 - 3 p.m
. Make sure to bring your family and friends to this free party at the Maryland Campus (4720 N Maryland Ave). Fun activities for the children will include a Dino Bounce, a ballooon man, and children's music provided by our own Mr. Ben
. Last but not least no birthday party is complete without cake, ice cream and lemonade. If you have time and want to help at the party please let me know (email@example.com
or 503.280.0534, ext. 21).
I want to thank a couple of gentleman who you might have seen around the school. I call them Peninsula's "A TEAM
rt and A
nthony are our go-to guys when anything needs repair or maintenance both inside and outside the school. Art mainly takes care of the grounds and Anthony does all sorts of handyman jobs. Without the two of them we would be in BIG trouble. Once again a big thanks to A
rt and A
We also want to remind all of you and your friends about our Pre-K after school program for those children who attend Pre-Kindergarten at Beech, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, Faubion, King, Rosa Parks, Sabin, Vernon and Woodlawn Elementary Schools. It began on Monday, September 9 and will continue throughout the school year. The program runs from 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. The cost is $400 per month for 5-day care with scholarships available. We provide bus service for students at Beech, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks and Sabin. Contact Tracy (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 503.280.0534, ext. 36) for more information and/or a tour. We still have spaces available.
Notes from Tracy,
Director of Education
We would like to welcome all of our new families to Peninsula! We are excited to have you all here with us. Even if you are not new to Peninsula, it’s likely that your child has a new classroom. During the first couple weeks of September our classrooms will be working on learning routines and supporting children as they adjust to a new classroom. There may be a period of adjustment, and it’s not uncommon for children to shed a few tears. Trust me, this will be short lived.
We encourage you to visit your child’s class and get familiar with what they do all day when they are here. When you walk into our preschool rooms you will see children engaged in a variety of activities. The room will be buzzing with activity, and you will hear the sound of children having fun. You will see the teachers engaged with children; their presence is comforting as they support the children in their daily routines. If you come in at meal time you will see the children dining family style, just as they would at home. Children serve themselves and decide what they would like to eat. They visit over mealtime with their peers as well as their teachers, and it is very relaxed.
Eric Erickson identified the preschool years as the time when children need to develop initiative. In order to support this developmental task, our preschoolers spend much of their day in self-chosen small group activities. They may choose to engage in dramatic play, sensory play, block play, using manipulatives, and open ended art exploration. Mixed in throughout the day are opportunities for large group activities such as story and music time, and having group discussions. The children also have ample opportunity for large motor activities both inside and outside.
Our center supports a play based curriculum. Our teachers thoughtfully prepare curriculum each day that is intentional and project based. This means that we build on learning over time, and focus on studies that are interesting and engaging for children. This approach helps children become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Children are able to learn literacy and math skills they need to be successful, but in a way that is personally meaningful to them. To see an example of project based learning you can go to www.teachingstrategies.com.
When your child begins preschool it is important to bring a change of clothes and a blanket for rest time. Toys and personal items should be left at home to prevent them from getting lost.
Parent volunteers are highly encouraged! Please see your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering.
Introducing our new Curriculum Coordinator Julie Kuhnau
I am so happy to join the dedicated staff at Peninsula as the Curriculum Coordinator!
I want to give you a quick bio, but I also hope you will stop by my office (next to Preschool 3) and say hi. Or you can reach me by email or phone (email@example.com
or 503.280.0534, ext. 33). In 1994 I received my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and have been in the field ever since. I have spent the majority of my professional career in Head Start programs, and I am dedicated to supporting children by supporting their families. I believe Peninsula will be a wonderful fit for me, and I know the staff here work hard to support you and your children.
My role here is a new position, and, hopefully, one that is supportive to the teachers. I will assist staff with classroom environments, curriculum and implementing PBIS (our positive behavior curriculum). Look for upcoming Parent Education/Classroom Happenings in our E-newsletters.
I live close by (in NE Portland) and have twin daughters, one son, and a husband who is a teacher. In our “free” time, we love to go camp, bike and eat!!!
I have loved visiting your kids in their classrooms and getting to know them. They are such fun, funny, curious and creative kids!