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Directly Speaking
Ken Dale
Most school newsletters in June are thanking parents, teachers, and volunteers for a great year of school and hoping their students will have a great summer. This is not the case at Peninsula. Here at Peninsula we are only closed for 14 days during the year, and 4 of those days are for staff training. Even our school age programs at Sabin and Boise-Eliot Elementary Schools will begin summer camp the day after school closes, June 15. We still have openings – call Natalie (503-280-0534, ext. 36) if you’d like to enroll your child. We realize that it is important to you, our families, that we never close. We want you to know that you can count on us for quality care and education for your children year round.

Many of you have been asking for news about our 40th birthday celebration. We have postponed it till Sunday, September 18th. The party will go from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Maryland Campus. We will have music, food and activities for our students and families. We would love for you to join us at our next planning meeting on Thursday, June 23, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room upstairs. We will also ask for your help on the day of the party as the date draws closer.

Lastly I am pleased to announce that we will open two new half-day preschool classes on Monday, September 12. Both will run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. One class will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The other will be held on Tuesday and Thursday. Before and after care will also be available. Please contact me if you would like more information (503-280-0534, ext. 21 or ken@penchild.org).

I hope all of you have a chance to get outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and have a wonderful summer.






  
Sue StauberNotes from Sue, Director of Education

June is a month of sunshine and screenings here at Peninsula! We are starting developmental screenings on all the children, birth through five, utilizing a program called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ-SE).

As parents, you know your child best! So we’re asking you to complete the two ASQs. We’ve subscribed to a confidential online program so you can complete the questionnaire online. Within the next few days you’ll receive an e-mail with the link to the ASQ site.

The ASQ-SE will take about 10-15 minutes and just involves answering questions you will readily know about how your child expresses his/her emotions and interacts in social settings.

The ASQ asks questions about what tasks your child is doing. For some of these things you may need to spend some time playing with your child to see if he/she can do the task. If so, it is important not to guess but to really try the activity. Don’t be surprised if you’re amazed at some of the things your child can do you that you didn’t know they could, or if there are things they struggle with that you assumed they could do. If completing this questionnaire presents a problem for you, please let us know. We can help you do the activities with your child here at the Center and then complete the questionnaire.

In most cases, children’s screenings will give you validation that your child is thriving and doing well. What parent doesn’t want to hear that? If your child needs further evaluation, we will call and talk with you in person. Then we’ll work together to figure out what is needed and support you and your child in the process.

Once you complete the ASQ and ASQ-SE we will score them, give you a copy of the results, and share results with your child’s teacher. Please help us meet our goal of getting all of the children screened by the end of June. Remember to call Katheryne (ext. 14) or myself (ext. 36) if you need any assistance (503-280-0534). We’re happy to help!


Sabin Program Notes
This month we will be celebrating the end of the school year and saying goodbye to friends with a pizza party! The children have been helping plan the celebration and decorating invitations for their families. A collection of the childrens' artwork, including poetry, paintings, and comic strips from throughout the year will be showcased at the BESC building until the end of August.

As the summer begins, we are looking forward to daily field trips and taking advantage of the sunny weather.  Each week has a designated theme, in which we will learn about science, art, farming, nutrition, and more!

Kirsten Landau
Boise-Eliot Program Notes
At Boise-Eliot, we are getting ready for our summer program.  We will start with meet and greet, learning routines, rules of the classroom, and emergency procedures.  We will start our trips with neighborhood parks and the museum. 

JUNIOR & PRESCHOOL HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS

Katheryne and Sue are conducting vision and hearing screenings with children in our Preschool and Junior rooms during the month of June. If you child comes home talking about “playing the airplane game”, “playing the shape game”, or “wearing the funny glasses” – this is what they’re talking about!

You’ll receive a report at the end of the month once we finish these screenings. Please note that although we’ve received special training in how to screen children for vision and health, a screening is not a comprehensive exam by a hearing or eye professional.


June Calendar of Events
* If you’re planning not to have your child enrolled in our Early Childhood Education Program during July and August, please notify Natalie ASAP at 503-280-0534, ext. 36. *
  • Wednesday, June 15: First day of School-Age Summer Camp
  • Saturday, June 18: Juneteenth Oregon Festival at Jefferson High School, 12 - 6 pm
  • Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day!
  • Thursday, June 30: Please have your ASQ and ASQ-SE’s completed.
  • Monday, July 4: All Sites CLOSED for Independence Day