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Program Updates

Directly Speaking, Ken

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 for Thanksgiving.
From all of us, happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Notes from Michele, Director of EducationRelationships are at the heart of quality care and learning. At Peninsula we value relationships with our families, children and colleagues. For young children these positive relationships between trusted adults are vital in creating a sense of security and a "home away from home".

Over the past few months I have found joy in witnessing these partnerships and the interactions with children, families and staff at Peninsula. There have been celebrations and challenges but it has been easier together. Being a parent or a teacher is often surprising, with times of happiness, frustration, wonder and fun. Having the partnership between home and school lightens the load during challenging times and doubles the joy during celebration. By working together in our community we have created a rich place to support growth for children and adults.
Teachers have been busy preparing for conferences. Please join us on November 10th. Sign up times are available now with your child's teacher. We look forward to hearing your wishes and experiences as a parent, sharing observations, setting goals and celebrating your child.


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 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




Thursday, November 6, 6:15 - 7:00 pm   Group Tour

Monday, November 10 - Friday, November 14 - Fund Raiser at Piccolo Mondo Toy Store (see article below)


Tuesday, November 11 - Student Pictures

Wednesday & Thursday, November 12 & 13 - Hearing & Vision Screening, ages 3-5

Friday, November 14 - Student Pictures; 6:15 - 9:00 pm  Parents Night Out

Thursday & Friday, November 27-28 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Special Need: PANTS & SWEATS!

We keep a supply of used pants and sweats on-hand for times when our children have toileting accidents. Lately our supply has dwindled.

If your child came home with a pair of "school pants," could you bring them back as soon as possible?

We could also use additional pants, all sizes between 0 - 6, so we have plenty on-hand when accidents happen. Thanks!

Sabin School-Age

Tuesday November 4 and Friday Nov 7 are the first capoeira classes. I should have sent you an email confirming your day. If you haven’t paid please do. 

On November 12 Stephanie Trompen will start. She is moving here from Michigan.  Stephanie is a mom and has an Elementary Art Education degree so we are looking forward to having her share her skills with us. Starting Nov. 21, I will be taking Fridays off again, like I did last year because I am also a PPS Substitute teacher. 

November will be arts and crafts month! We hope to have fun just creating things and maybe with a fall theme. We just finished reading a chapter book upstairs, called The Year of the Book and the kids are looking forward to starting another one.  
Abby Scott & Francine Alexander
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School-Age
As we situate ourselves in our new and improved Daycare room at Boise-Eliot, we have been enjoying having a stable classroom to be able to use. As a group, we have been slowly but surely falling in to our normal routine for our Before and After-School Program, while also having fun with building with Legos and Lincoln Logs, Four Square tournaments, or Apples to Apples competitions.

Looking ahead to November, it was a unanimous vote for November to be MINECRAFT MONTH. As a group, we will use technology to learn about the game, as well as many other hands on arts and craft projects to dig a little deeper in to what Minecraft is.

Ashley Echang, 503-282-0042

King School-Age

Happy November from King Elementary! We had a lot of fun exploring seeds, leaves, and the human body during the month of October. During the month of November we will learn about the ocean, space, mammals, and reptiles. We are very excited to explore these topics! Stay tuned for our monthly newsletter coming out next week!
Kelsey Mason & Kari Gainer
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