September News
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Newsletter Contents:
>Important Dates to Remember
>Message from the Director of Education
>Message from the Curriculum and Licensing Coordinator
>Message from School Age Director
Important Dates to Remember:
Sept 7: All Campuses- CLOSED- Labor Day
Sept 9-11: ECE Campus- Clothing Swap (see details to the right)
Sept 17: ECE Campus- PCLC 45th Birthday Party, 4:00-6:00pm
A message from the Director of Education, Michele Volk
Welcome to Peninsula or welcome back to Peninsula. September always seems to provide a fresh start, a new chapter and for Peninsula another birthday. This year we will celebrate 45 years on Thursday, September 17th from 4-6 pm. Please join us in honoring the rich history of child centered early learning.
This past week our staff had professional development days and time to refresh and ready classrooms for new children, families and transitions for current children. These days are an important part of reflecting and growing as professionals in the field of early childhood.  It is also a time to examine and strengthen our practices with children, families and one another. Thank you for your patience as we transition to continuity of care, I have appreciated the feedback because it can make a difference in planning for the future.
In our work last week we examined best practices in the early childhood field, Early Head Start Standards and ways we can strengthen our knowledge about children. I am proud of the ideas, collaboration and engagement of our teachers throughout the day.
As life-long learners, our enthusiasm for learning and play becomes contagious to children. We are answering a monthly question in our staff lounge to get to know one another better. Please take a moment to contribute to the monthly question on our entry bulletin board. We want your voice present in our community!
Over the next few weeks you will begin to see the thoughts and work of teachers and children become visible throughout the center.  We look forward to sharing the wonderings, reflections and learning that happens at Peninsula.
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom” –Greek proverb
Mr.Ben comes to PCLC every Friday to sing songs with all of our friends. Sing-a-longs, dancing, and all kinds of fun is had. We are so grateful for this weekly treat!
A message from our Curriculum and Licensing Coordinator, Rashelle Hibbard
The last week has been full of information as Peninsula staff has undertaken extensive staff training.  Topics ranged from the practical as we learned new health and safety procedures to help us respond quickly and safely in emergencies and more efficient ways of attending to student illness and health issues, to the inspiring as we explored issues of child development and inclusion.  While much learning was done in the way of absorbing new information, policies and procedures, for me personally the most edifying part of the week was learning alongside your child’s teachers, and being reminded of how truly gifted, compassionate and committed they are.  Training is not typically considered the fun part of our work here at Peninsula, but I was so impressed with the scope of teacher’s knowledge and the depth of their commitment to best practices, understanding child development, honoring each child’s unique differences and creating a climate at Peninsula where all children are welcome and included.  Our third preservice day saw teachers working so diligently to prepare their classrooms for the new school year – implementing new systems, creating beautiful environments, cleaning, organizing, and being incredibly intentional about shaping environments to support children’s learning.  As the curriculum and licensing coordinator I feel so proud that we have such a hardworking and dedicated staff, and through my mom lens as a Peninsula parent I feel incredibly fortunate for the commitment, intentionality, and deep understanding of children that our teachers bring to our classrooms.  
Before and After School Care: A Message from Abby Scott
We are so excited to be back at school and back to our before and after school programs!  We have so many changes to tell you about.      
At our Boise Eliot site this year, we will still have Lillian Bertz as Site Director. Danae Adams will be at Boise in mornings and afternoons now and Cassie Cave will be there in the mornings. We are still sharing the room with a classroom so space is tight but we are good at sharing.  
 At our King site this year, we are back to our same room but we will be sharing with the teaching staff as that will also be the staff lounge. Jessica Stein is our new Site Director. Crystal Haarkelroad will still be a morning teacher and sometimes an afternoon teacher. Szuhui Ho will also be an afternoon teacher.
 At our Sabin site we have increased capacity and have 3 rooms now. In room 220 we are sharing with the SMART program. The portable right across from that room will be shared with a teacher and the staff lounge will also be another of our rooms. Courtney Sherman is the new Site Director there. Francine Alexander will still be a teacher there, as well as Rafe Hogan and Lauren Rolfe part time.  We are adding Cassie Cave, Lakrea Tillis, Szuhui Ho, Victoria Wells, and Anastasia Jones.  Everyone is so excited to be with Peninsula.
I (Abby Scott) will still be around. I am now the School Age Program Director so I will be overseeing all the sites. I plan to be in each of the classrooms at least once a week and I hope to get back to the literacy program and be able to offer it at all three sites this year.
 If you haven't completed enrollment forms yet, there is still room at all sites!  We can't wait to see you again!
Sept 9-11: Clothing Swap at ECE Campus

Clean out your closets! During these three days, families can bring in gently used, outgrown clothes and swap them out with other families'. Clothes will be separated by size (newborn - 4T, 5-6) We kindly ask for families not to bring in toys or books... clothes only!
One of PCLC's beloved students (and son of Rashelle), Leo, has a GO FUND ME campaign running to try and raise money for Leo to get Scalp Acupuncture and a Service Dog. Leo is diagnosed with Vanishing White Matter Disease, which limits is speech, mobility, and other neurological manifestations. If you'd like to help Leo master his mobility and independence, or just to read more about Leo, click the link! Also, September 13th, Art a la Carte will donate 30% of their sales to Leo's cause. 
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