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Program Updates

Directly Speaking, Ken

With the amount of rain and cool temperatures we’ve been having you would never know winter’s over and now it's spring. Here at Peninsula we are well aware of the seasons because we are putting the finishing touches on our summer camp programs at Sabin. Camp will begin on Monday June 16th. As was the case last summer there are many options for signing up. Please contact Abby 503.756.2761 or email for more information. We look forward to seeing many of your children at camp this summer.  
We are also having a ½ day preschool summer camp at our Maryland campus this summer. It will also begin the week of June 16th and run from 8:30 to 11:30 each day. As with our school age summer camp, there are also many options for signing up. See Michele or myself for more information. Registration for both camps is on a first come first serve basis.
As many of you know, Julie, our Curriculum Coordinator is leaving the program to pursue a graduate degree. In the short time she has been with us she has made many contributions to our program and will be missed. We wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors. She promises to stay in touch and come visit us.
Last, I want to thank the Oregonian and it readers for their support of our center. During the month of December we were featured in the Season of Sharing supplement. Folks donated to a variety of programs that included ours  Last week the Oregonian presented us a check for $16,500. We feel so grateful that so many people choose to support our school.

Notes from Michele, Director of Educational Operations
Spring has arrived! Flowers are in bloom, we have had showers and sun breaks on a daily basis. It has been such a joy to see families, children and teachers with smiles that only the hope of sunshine can bring. It reminds me of the beauty, fun, and renewed vigor that come along with nature and outdoor activities.

Simple pleasures like listening to the birds each morning or frogs in the evening, watching a sunset or taking a hike keep me connected to the natural world. Children often help us slow down and enjoy the simple things like dandelions and rocks and ants. I hope this spring finds you and your family doing what you enjoy in nature!

50 Things To Do
Before You Are 12

This list comes after a report commissioned by the National Trust revealed fewer than one in 10 children regularly play in wild places compared with almost half a generation ago, and a third have never climbed a tree. In the age of Facebook and smartphones, children are more sedentary than ever, even when they are outside, with one in 10 unable to ride a bike.

At Peninsula I see children engaged in outdoor play on a daily basis and teachers interacting and encouraging big body play. Highlights of the 50 things list of simple outdoor pleasures include running around in the rain, bug hunting, snail racing and flying a kite. With heaps of enthusiasm for the outdoors, our staff is a fantastic bunch just waiting to encourage people to tick off the “50 things to do before you are 12” with their families.
  1. Climb a tree
  2. Roll down a really big hill
  3. Camp out in the wild
  4. Build a den
  5. Skim a stone
  6. Run around in the rain
  7. Fly a kite
  8. Catch a fish with a net
  9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
  10. Play conkers
  11. Throw some snow
  12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
  13. Make a mud pie
  14. Dam a stream
  15. Go sledding
  16. Bury someone in the sand
  17. Set up a snail race
  18. Balance on a fallen tree
  19. Swing on a rope swing
  20. Make a mud slide
  21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
  22. Take a look inside a tree
  23. Visit an island
  24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
  25. Make a grass trumpet
  26. Hunt for fossils and bones
  27. Watch the sun wake up
  28. Climb a huge hill
  29. Get behind a waterfall
  30. Feed a bird from your hand
  31. Hunt for bugs
  32. Find some frogspawn
  33. Catch a butterfly in a net
  34. Track wild animals
  35. Discover what’s in a pond
  36. Call an owl
  37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  38. Bring up a butterfly
  39. Catch a crab
  40. Go on a nature walk at night
  41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
  42. Go wild swimming
  43. Go rafting
  44. Light a fire without matches
  45. Find your way with a map and compass
  46. Try bouldering
  47. Cook on a campfire
  48. Try abseiling
  49. Find a geocache
  50. Canoe down a river
  Happenings in our Curriculum Corner

Julie Kuhnau, Curriculum Coordinator

Well, we certainly had our first taste of spring over the last few weeks and it was lovely.  I am always so excited to see the daffodils pop up, and if you walk through our classrooms, you will see many of the children participating in gardening experiences.  I have also noticed children talking about bugs and looking for them in our dirt and rocks outside.  We work hard to help the children understand how to be gentle with all living things and appreciate your help with this message too.

I wanted to let you know that I will be leaving Peninsula at the end of this week.  I have decided to go back to school to get my Elementary Special Education degree.  I have certainly enjoyed my time at Peninsula and will miss watching your children learn and grow. 

As for families leaving our program in June, I wish you all the best in “big” school and believe your children are ready for great success. Best wishes!


Thursday, April 3 and Thursday, May 1, 6:15 - 7:00 Group Tour


Friday, April 18, 6:00 - 9:30 Parents Night Out - NOTE DIFFERENT DATE

Thursday, May 15, 4:00 - 6:00 pm -- Spring Has Sprung Festival

Sabin Site Notes

Spring break has come and gone, and we had a chilly but good time. Our field trip to OMSI was great.  It was fun hanging out with the Boise Eliot kids.

We finished up exploring Niger and the students voted to be done studying Africa.  We will still have books about the Congo available to read. The rest of the year we'll explore topics of interest to the students. We'll practice  yoga and exercise, do some engineering, read stories, do arts and crafts and add in some issues and topics that the kids request.   In April we will focus on the environment and Earth Day related topics.  

Remember that we will be closed April 11 for staff training.  

Forms to enroll for next year should be available soon.  We will open up enrollment to currently enrolled families first before opening it to the rest of the school.

Abby Scott and Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Co-Directors

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Notes

The students at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt spent the month of March learning about various important women in history such as Joan of Arc and Sacajawea. We spent a wonderful Spring Break practicing our academic skills with math and reading, as well as venturing out in to our community and visiting OMSI. For April, the students can look forward to learning about dinosaurs and the evolution of life. 

Ashley Echang, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Director

Give Your Vehicle Another Spin

You can now donate your vehicle and benefit Peninsula Children's Learning Center! It's so simple: just call 503-0239-7944 or go to Charity Connections. Someone will come pick up the vehicle, and after the car sells you'll receive a receipt acknowledging your charitable donation.

You can also call me any time about vehicle donations, our Fred Meyer Community Rewards, EScrip through Safeway, or many other ways to support Peninsula. Thanks!

Jeri Shumate, Development Director, 503-280-0534, ext. 13
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