At the end of this month we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Peninsula has much to be thankful for:
- Teachers who are highly skilled and dedicated
- Programming that allows us to be as innovative as possible
- Supportive parents and grandparents ready to jump in and help
- A board of directors who provides us vision and leadership
- Most important, the privilege of working with your children.
For over 44 years, Peninsula has provided one of the most comprehensive early childhood education programs in the city. I feel the most important aspect of our program is that we do not stand pat, but continually strive to improve.
While it’s nice to look back and see what we have done, it’s more exciting to look forward as we continue to maintain and improve the total experience your child receives at Peninsula. The accomplishments of our school are not through the work of one person, but the efforts of many. Peninsula is a community where our families, board and staff work together to make the center the best it can be.
During this past month we made some major improvements to the Maryland campus. On Saturday, October 11th
over 20 volunteers from the Junior League of Portland did a major clean-up both in and outside of the school. They also made new bibs and aprons for our infant, wobbler and toddler programs. Thank you, Junior League!
I hope many of you had a wonderful time at our annual Harvest Festival. We had a great family turnout. I want to thank Alicia for a wonderful job in coordinating the festival and the Junior League for staffing it. I also want to give a special big “SHOUT OUT” to Art our landscaper for donating 3 bikes and a stroller that we gave away with a free raffle at the festival.
Please note some important dates in November. We will have parent teacher conferences on Monday, November 10 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
, student hearing and vision testing on Wednesday, November 12th
and Thursday, November 13th
, and we’ll take class pictures on Tuesday, November 11th
and Friday, November 14th
. We will also be closed on Thursday, November 27th
and Friday, November 28th
From all of us, happy and safe Thanksgiving!
From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
On November 12th and 13th, we are pleased to announce that nurses from Mt. Hood Community College will be at Peninsula conducting hearing and vision screenings for all children ages 3-5. Early detection of vision and hearing difficulties is imperative to children’s success in preschool and beyond. This screening is completely free to us and families, and is provided as a service from MHCC. The screenings will take just a few minutes, and involve fun activities for the children. After the screening is completed, you will receive a copy of the results. Keep in mind this is merely a screening and not a diagnostic tool, so a “fail” in these tests simply means you will need to follow up with your pediatrician for further testing. I invite you to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions on these procedures. 503-280-0534 ex. 33.
From Jeri, Development Director
Did you know Fred Meyer shoppers contributed almost $400 to Peninsula in the past seven months, just by shopping with their Fred Meyer Rewards Card? And it didn't cost them a thing! Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your card to Peninsula Children's Learning Center at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by name or by our nonprofit number: 83508. Or give me a call and I can talk you through it. And thank you!
Piccolo Mondo! November 10-14
We have a great opportunity to partner with a local toy store this month. During the week of November 10-14, Piccolo Mondo will contribute 15% of your purchases to us when you mention Peninsula Children's Learning Center.
If you know someone who is shopping for a child in the upcoming holiday season, please let them know about this wonderful store and this special opportunity. There are two locations at:
Piccolo Mondo Toys
Bethany Village aCentre
4768 NW Bethany BLvd #C5
Portland, OR 97229
Progress Ridge Town Square
12345 SW Horizon Blvd #43
Beaverton, OR 97007