Directly Speaking, Ken
I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer. I can’t believe that summer is almost over, as the days start to get shorter once again.
I want to make sure you don’t forget to come to Peninsula’s 44th Birthday Party
on Sunday, September 14 from 1-3 pm.
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 balloon 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
or 503.280.0534 ext.21).
I want to thank again a couple of gentleman you might see around the school. I call them Peninsula’s “A TEAM.” A
rt and A
nthony are our go-to guys when anything needs a repair, or maintained both in and outside of the school. Art mainly takes care of the grounds and Anthony does all sorts of handy man jobs. Without the two of them we would be in BIG
trouble. Once again a big thanks to A
rt and A
This week and next all families will be asked to signed tuition agreements and other important forms. These documents "keep us legal" with our licensing, government and contract requirements. There will be a table when you drop off and pick up your child, and a staff member will be there to help get your signatures. Your cooperation will be most appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help!
Changes at the Maryland Campus: We have remodeled our infant room so we can accept more babies. On September 22 we're enlarging our infant program by 50%. We will be able to enroll 12 infants. If you get a chance, stop by and see the remodeled space.
We also want to remind you about our Pre-K after school program for those children that go to Pre-K at our neighborhood schools. It begins later this month, from 2:30-6 pm. The cost is $355 a month (if you come five days a week) with scholarships available. Contact Adrianne (503.280.0534 ext 10) for more information. We still have a few spaces available.
Notes from Michele, Director of Education
Welcome to Peninsula, or welcome back to Peninsula. September always seems to provide a fresh start, a new chapter and for Peninsula another birthday. This year we will celebrate 44 years on Sunday September 14th
. Please join us in honoring the rich history of play based early learning.
This past Friday our staff had a professional development day. These days are an important part of reflecting and growing as professionals in the field of early childhood. It is also a time to examine and strengthen our practices with children, families and one another.
In our work last Friday we examined our values surrounding what each member of our community deserves. I am proud of the ideas, collaboration and engagement of our teachers throughout the day.
As life-long learners, our enthusiasm for learning and play becomes contagious to children. We are answering a monthly question in our staff lounge to get to know one another better. Please take a moment to answer the same question on our entry bulletin board. We want your voice present in our community!
Over the next few weeks you will begin to see the thoughts and work of teachers and children become visible on main bulletin board. We look forward to sharing the wonderings, reflections and learning that happens at Peninsula.
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom” –Greek proverb
From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
When young children get messy, they are learning! They are engaging their senses, conducting scientific investigations, exploring cause and effect and regulation their emotions. They are doing all of this through materials they can get their hands on.
As adults, we all have our own comfort levels with mess. After all, cleaning up a mess is an activity very few of us enjoy! At school, we encourage this kind of play daily, and we encourage families to bring in an extra set of play clothes for children to get messy in.
Messy play can happen at home too. Here are ways to keep the mess to a minimum while still allowing your children to explore the textures of the world:
- Restrict the messy play to an area that’s easy to clean, like the bathtub, shower or outdoors.
- Set clear rules about what children can and cannot do with the medium they are playing with. For example, "the mud stays outside," or "the Playdough stays on the table."
You can read more about messy play and its benefits here: