At the end of this month we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Peninsula has much to be thankful for: our teachers who are highly skilled and dedicated, a program that allows us to be as innovative as possible, parents and grandparents who are not only supportive but are ready to jump in and help, a Board of Directors who provides us vision and leadership, and most important we are thankful for you, our parents, for giving us the privilege of working with your children.
For over 42 years, Peninsula has provided one of the most comprehensive early childhood education programs in the city. I feel that the most important aspect of our program is that we do not stand pat, but are continually striving to improve.
While it’s nice to look back and see what we have done, I feel that it more exciting to look forward as we continue to maintain and improve the total experience your child receives at Peninsula. The accomplishments of our school are not through the work of one person, but the efforts of many. What I have found is that Peninsula is a community where our families, Board and staff all work together to make the center the best it can be.
During this past month we have made some major improvements to the Maryland campus. On Saturday, October 5, over 30 volunteers from the Junior League of Portland did a major clean-up both in and outside of the school. They also made new bibs for our infant, wobbler and toddler program. Thank you Jr. League!!
I hope that many of you had a wonderful time at our annual Harvest Festival. We had a great family turnout. I want to thank the Junior League of Portland, staff members Tracy and Julie, and parent Cherise Frehrer for staffing it.
Lastly I want to congratulate Anthony Bates, who does our maintenance at the Center, for being elected to the Grant High School Athletic Hall of Fame. When Anthony attended Grant in the 70’s he was one of the elite high school track athletes in the state. Anthony is pictured here with his wife Gloria (also a Peninsula employee!). Congratulations Anthony for a well deserved honor.
On behalf of our entire staff and Board I want to wish all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of how much we appreciate our many volunteers here at Peninsula. Peninsula Children’s Learning Center is a large organization that relies on the work of many devoted teachers, administrators, board members and volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Some of the many organizations who provide us with hard working volunteers are the Junior League of Portland, Catlin Gabel Middle School, and Lewis and Clark College. We also have a dedicated team of Foster Grandparents who help out in our classrooms. The help that these outstanding individuals provide to our teachers and children is invaluable.
The efforts of the Junior League during their JLP CAREs Day are a great example of the positive difference volunteers make for the children and families here at Peninsula. They really make our grounds look lovely on these special days. We are also thankful for the volunteers that the Junior League provides for our seasonal festivals. When you look around the grounds and inside the school, examples of volunteer efforts abound. Volunteers also contribute by helping with office tasks, sewing for classrooms, sharing skills (like music or dance) with the children, or spending time with our children and teachers in the classrooms.
, Curriculum Coordinator
As October comes to an end with a whole lot of sugar, the kids at Peninsula continue to learn how to be members of their classroom community. Teachers are working hard creating rooms where all of your children are heard and respected.
Many of our classrooms have been exploring changes in the weather and harvest activities such as touching the inside of pumpkins, playing in hay, investigating leaves and playing dress up in warm weather clothes.
Please note: You have received an ASQ and an ASQ-SE packet in your family file. Please do take the time to fill out both screenings and return to your teacher. These screenings help us set goals for your teacher and create curriculum to challenge their development.
Of special interest: On Fridays beginning mid-November, a librarian from Multnomah County Library
will come to our classrooms for storytime. This is in addition to music with Mr Ben
. And, beginning in December, our preschool classrooms will have a twice monthly yoga class on Wednesdays with Monica from Imagination Yoga