Directly Speaking, Ken
We hope all of you have a fun and safe 4th of July holiday. The summer has already been and will continue to be a busy time for us. Our Summer Camp for 5-12 year olds is off and running, but we still have several spaces available. Contact Adrienne at 503-280-0534, ext 10, or Abby at 503-756-2761 for more information.
We have several families who have not yet turned in their re-enrollment forms. Please see the important notice about re-enrollment in the column to the right, and get them in as soon as possible.
On a beautiful Sunday, June 22nd we kicked off our summer outreach programs by participating in the North Portland Parkways. We gave away over 24 gallons of lemonade--over 1100 cups!--and we talked to many people about our program. See me if you would like to volunteer for one of our next outreach activities (see "Events," right). It's fun and we could use the help! As a thank you, we will give any family who volunteers for a two-hour shift a voucher good for one child's fee at a Parents Night Out. Limited vouchers are available.
We're also busy planning Peninsula's 44th birthday party on Sunday, September 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 at the Maryland Campus. Be on the lookout for more information about this great event for the whole family.
This month the 2014-2015 Family Handbook will be available. It will be posted on our website, or you can see Adrienne or me for a hard copy. Please read it over and let us know if you have questions or need clarification.
I want to congratulate and welcome Alicia Krzesniak as our new Curriculum and Licensing Coordinator. Alicia is currently our Preschool 3 lead teacher. She will assume her new duties on Tuesday, July 8. We are very excited to have her join our admin team.
Notes from Michele, Director of Educational Operations
As I stated at the beginning of this article, we are not taking the summer off. If you have any thoughts or comments about items in this newsletter or any other issues, I welcome your input.
Over the past month I have found myself pausing to give children the opportunity to respond, to problem-solve, to come up with their ideas or words or self-soothe. I have found it challenging, been tempted to give the answers or solutions, or to comfort. Research shows children need, and deserve, a minimum of 10 seconds response time--and that can be hard when my adult day is so busy. This week, I counted out 10 seconds in each interaction with a child. Challenging, yes--but it is worth the wait! All of us as adults want the best for our children here at Peninsula, and together we can "wait" so we are able to see the wonderful and unique capabilities of children.
The Magic Parenting Word
Infants and Wobblers here are encouraged at their own rate to begin to self-soothe, to enjoy tummy time, to begin building relationships and so much more. Toddlers and Juniors begin to control impulses, pay attention to their bodies' needs and communicate in words. Preschoolers are expressing themselves in new ways through their drawings and building and resolving conflicts with words.
"Wait" plays out across the age groups in our classrooms daily in so many ways with support from our skilled early childhood educators. Thank you to all you teachers and families out there who wait, who listen, and who create a village for our children to grow!
From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
Greetings to all our families! My name is Alicia, and some of you may know me as a teacher here. I am beyond thrilled to step into the role of Curriculum and Licensing Coordinator here at Peninsula! As Curriculum and Licensing Coordinator, I will be in each classroom providing extra support for our teachers, upholding requirements for licensing, and working to improve this center which is so near and dear to me. I love being able to connect with our families, so please feel free to pop into my office (right near Preschool 3) any time if you want to chat or have a question! You can also email me at Alicia@penchild.org
or call at 503.280.0534, ext. 33
A little bit about myself: I am a student at Portland State University, where I am obtaining my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education. I've been an early childhood educator since 2009, and it truly is one of the most rewarding, creative, and challenging jobs out there. I thrive on helping children succeed as a community in the classroom, watching them grow and figuring out their world. I cannot wait to to begin my journey in this new position.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my 7 year old daughter, reading, the outdoors, going to Blazer games, and exploring new places to eat!