Celebrate with us at our 42nd Birthday Party, meet our new Curriculum Coordinator Julie and get an update about our Infant-Wobbler-Toddler Playground Improvement Project!

Program Updates

Directly Speaking

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 ( 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." Art and Anthony 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 Art and Anthony.

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 ( 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

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 ( 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!


Friday, September 13, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Parents' Night Out / Kids' Night In!

Sunday, September 15, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Peninsula Birthday Party!

Tuesday, September 17, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Family Involvement Committee Meeting

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. JLP CAREs Event!

Sabin Site Notes

Welcome to new and returning students! This month we'll be focused on community-building within our classroom. We plan to work on the mural we started over the summer at least once per week.

It's wonderful to have so many students, and our program is very full most days. Anyone scheduled as drop-in please let Abby or Francine know as early as possible if you'd like to attend on a late opening day or full day. The only day that we regularly have openings for drop in care is Friday. Please refer to the schedule in the newsletter in your folder.

We look forward to having a fun year! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Abby Scott and Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Co-Directors

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Notes

School is in full swing here at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, which means our Before and After School Care Program is busy and exciting! I'm happy to be expanding my role with Peninsula Children's Learning Center to include being the Site Director for the Boise Eliot/Humboldt Campus in addition to being the Head Teacher for the part-day Preschool program (Preschool 4) at the Maryland Site. I come to the Site Director position with three years after school experience and a passion for after school programming. This month we are working on building our classroom community, getting to know each other, and enjoying as much of the sunshine as we have left! The school year promises to be fun filled and full of new learning experiences!

Megan Boyeas, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Director

Parents Night Out this Friday!

It's not too late to sign up for Parents Night Out / Kids Night In this Friday, September 13, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. with Teachers Brenda and Teresa. Cost is $15 per child, and children ages 2 - 8 years old are welcome - both currently enrolled students and family and friends! 

We offer this program on the second Friday of every month - upcoming dates are October 11, November 8 and December 13.

Junior League of Portland (JLP) CAREs Day and Toddler Playground Improvement Project

We are thrilled to once again partner with the Junior League of Portland for CAREs Day on Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This year we have a full schedule of fun projects including classroom cleaning and painting, bib and smock sewing, general groundskeeping AND two elements of our Infant-Wobbler-Toddler Playground Improvement Project: beautifying the entrance and turning the grassy area (on the side of the building) into an “Olympic Games” area with a balance beam, parallel bars, and a medal platform.

In this playground renovation we will keep the play structure, but remove the bark chips and install No Fault Safety Tile as the playground surface. This will provide increased safety in the “fall zone” for the play structure as well as more space for children to use scooters and push toys which promote active play, physical fitness, and balance – essential gross motor skills that growing children need. In addition we will regretfully remove one of the trees outside the playground to address the drainage issue at the playground exit. 
To pay for the safety tile installation and drainage improvement, we’ve submitted grant proposals to the Nike Employee Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and the Portland Development Commission (PDC) Community Livability Grant program. Both of these funders, like most others, want to see leverage – that we used their funds to generate additional resources to support our project. One great way we’ve done that is through our partnership with JLP, but we also need to demonstrate cash leverage.
So we are turning to you, our families, for your support. One of our board members generously stepped forward with a $1,000 gift to match funds raised from you, our families. And, we've already received $535 towards our goal of $1,000! Thank you so very much to those of you who have already given - and asked your friends, family members, and coworkers to give.

We only have $465 left to meet our goal. We're doing really well, but we need your support to close the gap and make sure we get all $1,000 of the challenge gift. Any amount that you can give will help! $10, $15, $30 or more - whatever you can contribute gets us a little closer.

Donate today by visiting our website: or make a donation when you sign in or out on the keypad next week - just use the code 9696 to make a donation. Ask Tracy or any member of the admin team to help you with that.
Please consider making a gift today. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Joellen Pail, Development Director, at 503.280.0534, ext. 13 or We look forward to completing this exciting project with help from JLP, Nike Employee Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, PDC Community Livability Grant Program, and YOU, our Peninsula families!
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