It's going to get chilly this month as we watch leaves turn and pick out pumpkins!


Program Updates

Directly Speaking, Ken

At Peninsula we believe children benefit from a partnership between family and school. Research shows that families and teachers working together for children increases success, both now and in the future. Everyone involved in this partnership is integral to a child’s growth and learning. This involvement takes many forms in our school community. Whether you choose to help in the classroom, volunteer for events or committees, communicate with your teacher or come with your child to school or a special activity, your child will benefit.
Here at Peninsula we have several special activities. These events allow you to share with your child his or her experiences here at the center. Peninsula’s 44th Birthday Party was one such event. I want to thank all of you who celebrated with us on Sunday, September 14th.  The weather could not have been more perfect. We all had a wonderful time  I want to thank the Junior League of Portland and our admin staff for volunteering their time in helping us set-up, clean-up and staff the party. I also want to thank Mr. Ben for his music and Magic Burke for his balloon art. Most of all I want to thank the families that took a bit of their Sunday and helped us celebrate our school. Hopefully we’ll see you at Peninsula’s 45th Birthday Party next year.
If you missed our birthday party, however, don’t worry. We have another fun event coming up! Our annual Harvest Festival will be held on Thursday October 23rd from 4 - 6 pm. We plan on having a variety of fun activities, music and snacks. Look for more information as we get closer to the 23rd. If your time and schedule allow, we encourage you to join us.
Last, I want to pass along a few quick reminders about this month. The school is closed (this includes all school programs) on Friday, October 10th for staff training. Because we are closed on that Friday we have moved the Parents Night Out program to Friday, October 3rd. If you have any questions please come see me.

Notes from Michele, Director of EducationI hope each of you is settling into fall and looking forward to the cool air, the beauty of changing colors in nature and cozy sweatshirt weather. At the center, fall brings new children to help settle into routines with care. Watching teachers, families and other children helping new people in our community get settled is such a joy.
Living in community here at Peninsula, we all value cultivating empathy with young children. To be able to understand, value and respect another person’s view, to “walk in their shoes” even when we may disagree. Opportunities for building the foundation of empathy surround us daily. Children are born with the foundations of empathy but together with families we can continue to nurture these skills. Empathy and true care are at the heart of what we want to model for our children.
Right from infancy children hear others cry and respond with curiosity and concern. Adults notice facial expressions, use feeling words to describe how they or others are feeling. Toddlers begin to help one another to clean up, to soothe, and to be gentle. In juniors and preschool they begin to listen to one another, to develop self control, manage feelings effectively and to problem solve together.
For more information on joining us to cultivate empathy, enjoy the article links below:

How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children

Teaching Children Empathy


From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator

Did you know that literacy skills can be built starting at birth? Language development and a love of reading starts with parents in the home, and studies show that parents who read to their school-age children every day for at least 20 minutes hear 1,800,000 words per school year! That's a lot of vocabulary growth.

There's no reason why young children can't reap this benefit as well. Don't worry if they can't sit still for a whole twenty minutes. You can even read to them while they are playing; they will still be listening. Younger children also benefit from taking a "picture walk." This is where you look at the pictures together and talk about what is going on in the book rather than reading the actual words. Reading together is a wonderful way to bond with your child and one of the most important gifts you can give them.

Zero to Three has as great list of ways to build early literacy foundations here:

Early Literacy



Wednesday, October 8 - Junior 1
Thursday, October 9 - Preschool 2, 3, and 4
Tuesday, October 14 - Junior 2/Preschool 1

Children are already excited about the annual field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Parents should send $4 on the day of the trip to cover all costs. Children will come home with a pumpkin, apple, pencil, sticker, and great stories about the hayride and picking out their own pumpkin. Check with your classroom teacher if you have questions.                                                                                             


Thursday, October 2, 6:15 - 7:00 pm   Group Tour

Friday, October 3, 6:15 - 9:00 pm   Parents Night Out

October 8, 9, 14 - Pumpkin Patch Trips--see below for details

Friday, October 10, NO SCHOOL - STAFF TRAINING

Wednesday, October 15 & Thursday, October 16 - Free Lead Screening, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Harvest Festival

Free Lead Screening

Did you know lead poisoning is the most preventable health problem facing children in the US? Multnomah County Health Department will be on-hand Wednesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 16 to provide free lead screenings for your children, and for pregnant women. Come to our lobby between 3:00 - 6:00 pm those days to have your child tested for lead poisoning. And check out this useful information from the American Academy of Pediatrics for more information.

Sabin School-Age

In October at Sabin, we are studying the Solar System!  We are also focusing on PPS goal of having all 3rd graders read on level so we will be incorporating literacy into our lessons and activities. We do plan to have a field trip at the end of the month.  Please stay tuned for details!
PPS will be closed October 10, 29, 30, and 31st.  There is a Late start on Oct 15th.  Care will be available at Sabin for the late start and for the 3 closure days at the end of the month but we are also closed on Oct 10.
Please sign your students out separately on our sign out sheets for rooms 220 and 307.  We do have 2 separate sign out sheets.
Our year is starting off great!  Please check in if you have any concerns or questions and get those income statements turned in!

Abby Scott & Francine Alexander
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School-Age
We have had a great start to the school year with many new wonderful student additions to our before and after school program at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt. We have established a strong routine for the students to complete their academic work. Together, we will continue to build our before and after school community as we begin to move relocate ourselves back in to our classroom. We can look forward to preparing for this months upcoming holiday, as well as reflecting on who we are as individuals and as a group.

Ashley Echang, 503-282-0042

King School-Age

We are ready for Fall over here at King! We are excited to be working and playing with so many new faces as we continue to build our new program. The first month we focused a lot on getting to know each other, learning new routines, and working to build a strong community to set us up for successful school year. As we approach colder weather and shorter days, we will be learning about Autumn and other themes students want to learn about each week. Please feel free to ask Ms. Kari or Ms. Kelsey any questions you may have along the way!
Kelsey Mason & Kari Gainer
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