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Dear <<First Name>>,

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 40th Birthday Party on Sunday September 18th from 1-4 pm. 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, face painting, a balloon animal artist, and children’s music provided by the Salmon Street Singers. We also plan to have a Free Raffle with prizes courtesy of Adidas. Last but not least no Birthday party is complete without plenty of cake and ice-cream, beverages and fruit. If you have time and want to help at the party please let me know (ken@penchild.org).
 
We are excited to announce that our new part day preschool program will begin on October 3, 2011. The program will be for children ages 3 – 5 who are potty-trained. Our 3-day class will meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., tuition is $250 per month. Our 2-day class will meet on Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m., tuition is $185 per month. Children may also attend all 5 days of the week for $400 per month. Before care will be available from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and after care will be available from 12:00 – 2:00. These services will be available Monday through Friday for $5.90 per hour. Please call or email Natalie today (natalie@penchild.org or (503) 280-0534, ext. 33) to schedule a tour or for more information.

We are also starting a new Pre K after school program for those children that attend Pre K programs at Beach, Boise-Elliot, Rosa Parks, Chief Joseph, Faubion, Humboldt, King, Vernon, and Woodlawn. It will begin on Monday, September 12, 2011, from 2:30 - 6:00 p.m.  The cost will be $400 a month with scholarships available. We will also be able to provide bus service for those students that go to Beach, Boise-Elliot, and Rosa Parks. As with our new part day preschool program, contact Natalie for more information and/or a tour.


Notes from Sue, Education Director

We are in the process of becoming one of Oregon’s first childcare programs to earn the Oregon Programs of Quality (OPQ) rating. As part of this process, we sent out a survey in April asking you to tell us how we were doing. We were pleased to hear you thought we were doing a very good job. On 21 of the 25 items you indicated you “strongly agree” we are doing a good job at meeting the needs of children and families. 
 
On 4 of the 25 questions, the feedback was mixed. Whereas most families indicated they “agreed” or “strongly agreed” we were doing a good job in these areas, quite a few also indicated they had “no opinion” and a few “disagreed”.  As a result of your feedback we have worked on these four areas:

1. The program communicates with me about my child’s progress toward educational goals. In late spring we held our first set of semi-annual parent teacher conferences; about 70% of you chose to attend and hear about your child’s educational progress. The next conferences will be in November.

2. The foods served are nutritious and varied. We put considerable work into improving our food program this year. New menus are based on fresh ingredients, cooking everything “from scratch”, and eliminate processed foods.

3. The program encourages our family to share our culture, interests, abilities, and customs. We began a year-long, college level course on anti-bias education for our teachers. This course will support teachers in learning more ways to include family interests, abilities, culture, and customs in the classroom as teachers have been asked to do.

4. The program’s philosophy has been made available to me. We revised the family handbook, including more information about our philosophy. While we complete the final draft, which all families will get this month, copies of our philosophy are available at the front desk.
 
We would like your feedback on these changes. Early next week we will be in the lobby to resurvey families on these 4 questions and answer any questions you may have. We appreciate you taking a few minutes in the lobby next week to fill out this brief survey (only 4 checkboxes) to help us qualify for the OPQ rating.

Sabin & Boise-Eliot School Age Sites

Our two summer school age camp programs came to an end on Friday, August 26th. We celebrated with a picnic lunch at Blue Lake Park, where the children explored the park on a nature walk, played kickball, and cooled off in the fountains.

We are excited for the school year, and to welcome many new faces and reunite with old ones! During the first few weeks of September, we will be focusing on respect towards one another and the classroom, as well as learning important basics like fire drills, and of course taking advantage of autumn's beautiful colors and fruits!

Each program will participate in their school's fall evening parent outreach night. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's before and after care and school teachers as well as tour the different classrooms!


Please join Ken and Kirsten for Sabin's Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 20, at 6 p.m.

Please join Ken and Francine at Boise-Eliot's Open House Night on Thursday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m.
 

You get a resource, we get $1!

Pssst....want to learn how to have more fun with your kids AND raise money for Peninsula Children's Center? Become a part of the Red Tricycle (www.redtri.com) community and Peninsula Children's Center gets cold hard cash. Red Tricycle’s Giving Program is simple – for each new person who subscribes to the parenting website’s free newsletter as a referral from our group (and remains subscribed for 3 months), Peninsula Children's Center is awarded $1. What do you get?  The go-to resource for the very best things to do, see and eat in your neighborhood with your kids, and the satisfaction that you are helping raise money to grow and support our wonderful organization. When signing up make sure you put Peninsula Children's Center in the “Referred By” box!  http://www.redtri.com/newsletter-signup.

Parent Night with Proud Ground

Our community partners at Proud Ground have generously offered to conduct an information session just for Peninsula Children's Center on Wednesday, September 28, at 6:15 p.m. Join us at the Maryland campus for an hour-long presentation on how to prepare for homeownership and learn about resources to help you purchase or sell existing homes at affordable rates or build a new affordable home. Both child care and a light dinner will be provided. Register today with Natalie - stop by her office, email natalie@penchild.org, or call 503-280-0534, ext. 33.

Calendar of events

September 15,
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Boise-Eliot Elementary School's Open House Night.
September 18,
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Peninsula Children's Center's 40th Birthday Party with Dino Bounce, children's music by the Salmon Street Singers and cake and ice cream. At the Maryland Campus (4720 N Maryland Avenue).
September 20, 2011
5:00 p.m.
Sabin Elementary School's Back to School Night.
September 28, 2011
6:15 p.m.
Parent Night with presenter from Proud Ground at the Maryland Campus.