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Program Updates

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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 child's 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 42nd Birthday Party was one such event. I want to thank all of you who celebrated Peninsula's 42nd Birthday on Sunday, September 15th. The weather was a little rainy, but that didn't stop us from having a great time. I want to thank the Junior League of Portland and the administrative staff for volunteering their time in helping us set-up, clean-up and staff the activities. We 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 43rd Birthday Party next September.

If you missed our Birthday Party, don't worry we have another fun event coming up: our annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 24th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. We will have a variety of fun activities, music and snacks. Be looking for more information as we get closer to the 24th. If your schedule allows, we encourage you to join us. 



Notes from Tracy, Director of Education

October is recognized as Reading Awareness month, and we'd like to celebrate by informing you about early literacy - why it's important and what you can do at home to support this critical part of your child’s development.

Research has shown that a child's academic success at ages 9 and 10 is closely related to the amount of language they hear from birth to age 3. Literacy development begins at birth by just hearing sounds in the environment and hearing spoken language. These early social language experiences help shape the architecture of a child's developing brain. In our Birth-3 classrooms you will hear teachers talking to children throughout the day. They talk about the environment, the experiences that children are having, and about how children are feeling. 

Parents and teachers can also help ensure children’s future success by reading to them regularly and sharing social literacy experiences with them. When a child, even as young as infancy, sits in his or her parent’s lap and looks at, talks about, or listens to a book being read, something magical happens. When parents and children share books together the child’s love for their parent becomes associated with a love of literature and reading they carry forward to the time when they begin learning to read and write.

We also focus on early language and literacy throughout the day as part of our curriculum here at Peninsula. Our teachers and Foster Grandparents do an excellent job of reading with your child here at school. Story time is an integral part of our day. Many parents spend a few minutes at drop off or pick up to share a book with children.  We invite and welcome any parent who wishes to do so. We encourage parents to take advantage of this special way to bridge the gap between home and school.   

Happenings in our Curriculum Corner

Julie Kuhnau, Curriculum Coordinator
As fall is officially underway, the kids at Peninsula are busy learning the rules and routines in the classroom, getting to know one another, and building relationships with their teachers. I am amazed at how quickly many of our new kids adapted to their classrooms and already seem like pros at the Center. Our teachers are very busy learning about the various interests and learning styles of the children so they can adapt their curriculum and create rich, engaging environments.

Have you noticed a picture schedule in your child’s room? Our teachers create a daily schedule that promotes success. We teach the children our daily routines to establish a pattern and help children feel safe in knowing what comes next in their day. Our teachers refer to their picture schedule many times throughout the day, and soon enough, the kids will be telling their teachers what comes next! Even our littlest guys can benefit from a picture cue of a diaper for changing time or a bottle or picture of mommy for feeding time.


A picture schedule at home is a great way to help children learn the routine and prepare themselves for what comes next. Consider taking a picture of your child(ren) participating in a daily activity and then mounting to a wall or a poster board. This is a great way to teach independence and self-motivation. 

Visit our favorite website, for more on picture schedules and visuals. You can download from either the family or the teacher link.



Thursday, October 3, 6:15 - 7:00 Group Tour

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 - 1:00 JLP CAREs Day

Monday, October 7, 5:00- 8:00 OTP Donation Night!

Friday, October 11, 6:00 - 9:30 Parents Night Out

Thursday, October 24, 4:00 - 6:00 Harvest Fest

Wish List

We would love donations of any/all of the following. Please contact Julie if you have questions!
  • Sheer curtains
  • Sheer fabric
  • Fabric
  • Mirrored backing paper
  • Picture frames
  • baskets
  • shoe boxes
  • jars
  • collections (i.e. buttons, scraps of fabric, pretty rocks, marbles, shells, etc.)
  • lamps
  • small shelves
  • small decorative pillows and larger pillows for cozy reading nooks

Sabin Site Notes

We are excited for Spooky, Dark October with weekly topics Creatures of the Night, Darkness, Spooky Stories and Pictures, Global Celebrations in October and Masks and Costumes! We will have face painting days Oct. 29-30 and crazy hair day on Nov. 1. Please let us know if you do not want your child to participate. Please remember to sign up for late openings and full days - we have two this month: full day on October 11 and late opening on October 16.

Abby Scott and Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Co-Directors

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Notes

September is over and we at Boise Eliot tried to get as much time outside as we could while we had some sunshine. During our activity time we did some crafts and art projects like paper mosaics and pointillism art, we learned some jump rope games, and even helped the squirrels gather nuts for the winter. We are looking forward to doing more projects in October!

Megan Boyeas, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Director


We are thrilled to once again partner with the Junior League of Portland for CAREs Day this Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This year we have a full schedule of fun projects including classroom cleaning and painting, bib and smock sewing, and general groundskeeping.

Many of our teachers will be here to work alongside volunteers on classroom cleaning and small improvement projects including painting and organizing. Our Curriculum Coordinator Julie will be here to direct the creation of new handmade curriculum pieces for our classrooms. We are excited to have Center-wide participation in the event, and of course to work with one of our very best community partners, the Junior League of Portland.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Development Director Joellen Pail (503-280-0534, ext. 13).

Donation Night at Old Town Pizza Brewing Co.

Peninsula Children’s Learning Center (PCLC) is very excited to partner with local business Old Town Pizza’s Old Town Brewing Company for a benefit night.

Please call in a to go order (503.200.5988) for pick up anytime between 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday, October 7 – and don’t forget to bring your flyer when you pick up your order at 5201 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. (@ Sumner)! PCLC will receive 30% of food and drink orders!

The rules:
  • To-Go orders only
  • not to be used in combination with any other coupons or specials
  • family and friends of the school only
  • participants must present a flyer at the time of purchase to be included in donation night.
Thank you for your support & for being part of the Peninsula family!

Any questions please contact Joellen Pail, Development Director, 503-280-0534, ext. 13 or
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