Peninsula Children's Learning Center's May Newsletter
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Summer Calendar


Monday, June 22 - First day of Summer Camp
Friday, July 3 - All campuses CLOSED for Independence Day
Wednesday, August 19 - Last day of Summer Camp
Mon & Tues Aug 24th & 25th - ECE Campus CLOSED for Professional Development
Thursday, August 27 - First day of School-Age Program

Program Updates

From Helen
Executive Director

Since joining the team at Peninsula Children’s Learning Center in May, it has been a wonderful whirlwind of meeting children, families, staff and community partners. It has been great to learn about the wonderful work that teachers do, as well as goals and plans for the future.  It has been a joy to see the delight and wonder in the eyes of children as they discover new things and conquer new challenges.

Like the children we serve, Peninsula staff are also working every day to learn new things and conquer challenges in order to continually improve, and provide the best possible experience for the children we families entrust us to care for.    

To that end, we are excited to be joining in a partnership with the Oregon Child Development Coalition to bring Early Head Start services to Peninsula Children’s Learning Center.  This partnership will provide an opportunity for interested families of children from infancy to three years of age, who meet the financial guidelines to access childcare and additional support services at minimal or no cost.  Additionally, it will provide the opportunity for additional training and resources for teachers that will benefit all of the children in that age group we serve. 

Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and pregnant women and their families.  If you know a family who would be interested in learning more about Early Head Start at Peninsula, please invite them to call us.


From Michele 
Director of Education

As a child I can remember sitting on a blanket surrounded by books, the feel of the sun on my face, the wind blowing through my hair and the moving canopy of leaves on the tree above me. What is your favorite childhood memory from summer? Children love to hear about their family as a child.
The feelings of joy, freedom and contentment that these memories bring up are the foundations that we strive to build for your child at Peninsula.

At Peninsula summer activities and outdoor learning abound. This is the time of year that water misters come on; children dig in the garden, move their bodies, go on neighborhood walks and spend extra time in the beautiful Portland weather.

The days become longer and families enjoy their own summertime favorite activities. We would love to have you share the magical moments of summer for you and your family. As a community this can expand everyone’s possibilities of new ideas and help families begin to develop summertime traditions. We appreciate your contributions to the family bulletin board in our entry.

Have a wonderful summer!

From Alicia 
Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator

Some of you may already know that we partner with Catlin-Gabel School every year. Once a month, young adults from Catlin visit us to spend extra time with the children. They play and read in the classroom, learning about our social justice mission in the process. We had a wonderful group of volunteers this year, and one of them had the ambition to step forward and offer to give even more. It's my pleasure to give an enormous thanks to Catlin-Gabel student Sophie Wands, who raised money for a donation of anti-bias picture books for the children. Altogether, Sophie donated over 15 brand new high-quality books to our program. We are honored and inspired by her service! Thank you, Sophie!

Dear Families, 
Over the past 3 years, Peninsula has become so dear to me. I have enjoyed watching your children grow through this program as I have grown along with them.
This summer I have graduated with my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and I have now accepted a new position with the Oregon Department of Education in the Office of Child Care. My work will involve oversight of multiple centers throughout Washington County. It has truly been an honor getting to know each and every one of you, and I wish you and your children the very best. 

From Abby 
Director of School Age Programs

School Age Summer Program 2015 

Welcome to our school age summer program!  We are so excited to have everyone!

Please remember to pack a lunch for your children each day and be sure it is peanut free! 

Remember to sign in and out every day and check your parent folder!  
Also please read the parent board everyday for important updates and field trip information.  This board will have information about the times to leave for field trips and if you need to wear or bring anything special each day. 

At 9:30AM, after our morning recess, we will split the kids into two groups. 
The 5-6 and some 7 year olds will be upstairs.  Everyone else will be downstairs. 
Between 12:15- 12:45, reading group kids will go upstairs. 
Then around 5PM the two groups will be back together downstairs. 
We will also combine for recess 3-4 times a day.

We will be learning about conservation, Oregon wildlife (plants and animals), Japanese culture and a little Oregon History.  We will learn through books, videos, arts and crafts, discussions, and exploration. In the month of July our Oregon theme will be detailed as follows: 

Week 3: Oceans
Week 4: Our Sister City (Saporo, Japan)
Week 5: Oregon’s Natural Resources
Week 6: Portland Metro

July Art a la Carte will visit us
July 10, we go to Arbor Lodge Park for some water play (Bring a swimsuit!) 
July 13, 14 and 16 Unit Souzou is coming to teach Taiko workshops 
July 15 we will go downtown to watch Unit Souzou and Korekara Taiko perform on Main Street
July 21 we go to Lee Farm
July 29 we go to Waterfront Park  (Bring a swimsuit.)

Most of our field trips we will travel via Trimet.  For the further ones, we will rent a school bus.  Parents are always welcome to come on trips with us.

Please email or call Mrs. Abby with any program questions or concerns.  503.756.2761 or

Please call the Boise cell phone for any other questions 503.309.2956.

Thanks for sharing your kids with us this summer!

Goals of Early Head Start

*  To provide safe and developmentally enriching caregiving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development;

*  To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children, and families in meeting personal goals and achieving self sufficiency across a wide variety of domains;

*  To mobilize communities to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families;

*  To ensure the provision of high quality responsive services to family through the development of trained, and caring staff.

Be Summer Savvy

There's something about this season that makes kids run faster and play harder. And like everything else parents carefully do to protect their kids -- cooking healthy kid food, buckling them into car seats (or shouting out seat belt reminders) -- summer takes preparation, too.

Here's a summer-bummer: a person's sunlight exposure during childhood and adolescence is generally considered to increase the risk of melanoma. We've heard it all before, but make sure your family and caregivers all have the same sun-strategy. 
*  Apply early & repeat.
For kids six months and older (as well as adults), sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or greater reduce the intensity of UVRs that cause sunburns. Apply liberally 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, so it can absorb into the skin and decrease the likelihood that it will be washed off. Reapply every two hours and after kids swim, sweat or dry off with a towel. For most users, proper application and reapplication are more important factors than using a product with a higher SPF.
*  Cover. Dress kids in protective clothing and hats. Clothing can be an excellent barrier of ultraviolet rays. Many light-weight sun-protective styles cover the neck, elbows and knees.
*  Keep infants out of the sun. Keep babies younger than six months out of direct sunlight, dressed in cool, comfortable clothing and wearing hats with brims. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says sunscreen may be used on infants younger than six months on small areas of skin if adequate clothing and shade are not available.
*  Plan early morning play. For kids beyond that baby stage, Cokkinides advises parents to plan outdoor activities to avoid peak-sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) as much as possible. Sound impossible for your active kids? Make sure you all can get a break from the sun, when needed.  
*  Beware of shade. Many people think sitting in the shade is a simple sun compromise. Shade does provide relief from the heat, but it offers parents a false sense of security about UVR protection. You can still sunburn in shade, because light is scattered and reflected. A fair-skinned person sitting under a tree can burn in less than an hour.
*  Check the weather. Look for the ultra-violet (UV) index (on a site like when planning outdoor activities; it predicts the intensity of UV light based on the sun's position, cloud movements, altitude, ozone data and other factors. Higher UV index numbers predict more intense UV light.
Prevent Dehydration
You may be surprised how much -- and when -- kids should drink liquids. To prevent dehydration, kids should drink 12 ounces of fluid 30 minutes before an activity begins and take mandatory fluid breaks (like many day camps require), with kids under 90 pounds drinking five ounces every 20 minutes during activities and kids over 90 pounds drinking nine ounces every 20 minutes. Tip: A child's gulp equals a half-ounce of fluid, so your child should drink about 10 gulps for every 20 minutes of play. 

The Safe Kids Coalition urges parents and caregivers to watch for warning signs of dehydration, such as thirst, dry or sticky mouth, headache, muscle cramping, irritability, extreme fatigue, weakness, dizziness or decreased performance.  

Never Wait in a Hot Car

It only takes 10 minutes for a car to heat up by 19 degrees. Every so often, we hear news stories of parents forgetting infants or leaving a sleeping toddler in the car, and tragedies that ensue. Never leave a child alone in a car, even for a minute. Degrees can be deceiving. Fatalities can occur at temperatures as low as the mid-50s because a vehicle heats up so quickly. Children are at a great risk for heat stroke because their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult's does. Cracking a window? Not a solution.

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