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Updates and greetings from PCLC to start 2015 right

Program Updates


From Jeri, Interim Executive Director

 

A hearty thank you to our end-year donors who gave an extra bump to our income in 2014! Without the unselfish and warm gifts from our community we couldn't serve the more than 120 preschool and 100 school-age children that rely on us all year-round. New books, crafts, and toys came in last month, and some very generous cash gifts. Thank you, from our deepest hearts.

Michele and Alicia share some great information (below) about things you can do with your children during these colder, darker, inside months--don't miss their great articles below.

Melissa Scalf has joined the staff as our new Development Coordinator. Melissa has worked in procurement in the for-profit sector and is excited about her new career in nonprofit services. Welcome, Melissa!

This month will be our last Parents Night Out. We have been glad to offer this opportunity to our families, but need to close the program after this one. There are just nine openings left, so sign up quickly if you're interested! This is available for families of Peninsula only; call Adrienne at 503-280-0534 ext 10 to sign up.

In 2015 families will learn about new policies, and will find us emphasizing and enforcing existing ones, that will help us make sure their children receive the best care and education possible. We've already received commendation for the improvements we're making to our food program. One of the next adjustments (scheduling and hours of operation) is presented elsewhere in this newsletter, so be sure and check it out. 

These policies help us align with the new standards for Oregon's Quality Rating & Improvement System. The entire team at PCLC is deeply committed to being a program of the highest quality, and we're excited about the opportunities on our horizon in the new year. Stay tuned for more to come!

Jeri


Notes from Michele, Director of EducationIn this new year I wish each family, child and teacher here in our Peninsula family  warmth, time with those you hold close and joy in the magical moments with children.
 
In the middle of these darker winter days many classrooms have included light tables, twinkle lights, or watching the light changes outside our windows as a part of children’s daily experiences. Watching light as it moves, sparkles, refracts and creates elusive colors and whimsical shadows will usually capture even the youngest children’s interest and provoke joy.
 
Why incorporate light into play? Light invites inquiry.
Infants through preschoolers seem to have a natural draw to the beauty and wonder of lights. Watching an infant’s fascination we know they are making brain connections as well as simply finding joy in light. Toddlers begin to use words to describe their reactions, feelings or curiosity about light.
With juniors and preschoolers when observing a ray of light or a reflection we often hear children wonder: where did the light or shadow come from? What made it? Children may begin to experiment to find out. This is the essence of creative and scientific inquiry. Young children do this naturally with new experiences they encounter in the environment.
 
In experimenting with light and various materials children use the inquiry skills of observation, prediction, experimentation and evaluation over and over again. In doing so they are creating their own knowledge of the world around them.
Take a moment to notice the light changes in nature and cuddle up with your child and a good book. Enjoy!
 
Light and Shadow books to share with your child:
  • In Shadowland by Mitsumasa Anno
  • Dark as a Shadow by Lawrence Lowery
  • Bear Shadow by Frank Asch
  • Nothing Sticks like A Shadow by Lynn Munsinger
  • Shadowville by Michael Bartalos
  • I Have a Friend by Keiko Narahashi
  • Me and My Shadow by Arthur Dorros
  • Shadows are About by Ann Whitford Paul
  • Let’s Try it Out…Light and Dark by Seymour Simon
Michele




From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator

Children can begin to help with household chores much earlier than most people think. As soon as children are able to move around and pick up items, they can begin to practice cleaning up after themselves. Cleaning up may take a bit longer when you are doing it with your young child, but you will be setting an expectation of helping around the house right from the start. Start by modeling what you want the child to do, and describing how you do it. Don’t worry if the chore your child does isn’t done perfectly or the way an adult would do it. Children who receive positive attention while doing chores are more likely to do them. After they are done cleaning up (or doing some other chore), make sure to point out how clean the room is and how proud you are of the child for helping.

Practicing small chores with your young child around the house will lead them in feeling a sense of pride, ownership and connection to their home and family. You will also be engaging in a very important life skill. Here’s a list of chores that young children can do, divided up by ages!

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Have fun!

Alicia
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POLICY: Arrivals & Departures

 

ARRIVALS

At Peninsula and the Annex, you must check your child in with our Procare Attendance System upon arrival. At the School-Age sites, you must check your child in with a teacher. This is how we track attendance for our funders and our licensing requirements. See a member of the administrative team if there are problems with Procare, or leave a note.

EARLY CHILD CARE: Your child may arrive any time after 7:00 a.m. We cannot effectively supervise your child before that time. Your child must be at school by 8:15 a.m. to receive breakfast. This is a requirement of our Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Program.
 
You must call us by 9:00 a.m. if your child is going to arrive after that time, otherwise we will assume he/she is not attending and no lunch will be ordered. After calling, your child must arrive by 10:00 a.m. otherwise he/she cannot attend that day. This assures classes are not disrupted and that your child has time to settle in with the class before nap time.

SCHOOL AGE: Your child may arrive any time after 6:30 a.m. until the first bell rings.

DEPARTURES
 
At Peninsula and the  Annex, you must check your child out with our Procare Attendance System. If there are problems with the system and no member of the administrative team is available, please leave a note with the time of your departure.  At the School-Age sites, you  must check your child out with a teacher. 
 
You may pick your child up any time after 2:30 p.m.  Picking up before that time introduces disruption into the classroom during nap time.
 
ALL SITES: You must pick your child up and leave the building by 6:00 p.m. each evening. Our teachers are ready to go home at that time. If you arrive after 6:00 p.m. you will be assessed a late fee of $1 per minute after 6:00. This will appear on your future bills.
 
If you have an unusual work schedule and need special considerations, please call us at 503-280-0534 and speak with Michele at ext. 36 or Alicia at ext. 33, or call the teacher where your School-Age child receives care. Those phone numbers are available in this newsletter.
 
THANK YOU!

Events

Thursday, January 1 - NO SCHOOL - NEW YEAR'S DAY

Friday, January 2 - NO SCHOOL

Friday, January 9, 6:15 - 9:00 pm - LAST Parent's Night Out

Monday, January 19 - NO SCHOOL - MLK, JR DAY

Friday, January 30 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Training

Special Need: OLD TOWELS!

Recent newsletters have talked about the value of messy play for kids. We work hard to help them clean up after messy play...and we could use some more old towels to help 120 children clean up!

If you have any old towels you can donate, please bring them in and Alicia will distribute them to classrooms. Thank you!

Sabin School-Age

We are starting off the year learning about habitats and our first habitats will be the desert and the tundra.  We will be reading books, watching videos and doing projects focused on these topics as well as some other fun crafts and art.

I will also be contacting our music guy again to find out if he can return and I will be working on setting up more capoeira for those who were into that.  We may also have an opportunity to work with some other outside groups to enrich our program so that is exciting!

It was really fun hanging out with King students over the break and making some new friends.  We will continue to write pen pal letters among the three sites to stay connected with friends.

Please check in if you ever have any questions or concerns about our program and have a fantastic January!

 
Abby Scott & Francine Alexander
503.756.2761
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School-Age
This month at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, we have enjoyed learning, building, and recreating natural disasters seen around the world. With this use of technology in our classroom, we've been able to analyze and locate various disasters from home all the way to Japan.

We look forward to entering the new year discussing historical events and people such as Ellis Island and the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. I look forward to beginning this new year with you all! 


Ashley Echang, 503-282-0042

King Elementary School Age

Happy January friends and families of King Elementary, 
 
During the month of December we learned about insects, reptiles, and mammals.The children constantly amazed me with their previous knowledge on these topics. We ended the month discussing winter holidays and exploring holiday customs around the globe.

For January we will start out learning about amphibians and what makes them different from reptiles. After that we will have a bird week, followed by a special pet week. Our last week will be shark week.

Don't forget to sign up for late start on January 21st. We will be closed January 30th along with PPS. Stay warm and have a great month! 

Kelsey Mason & Tehlor Beebe, 971-400-8615
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