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Hearing and vision screenings coming up on February 18th and 19th.  Please make sure your child attends!

Program Updates

Directly Speaking

One of the key elements that continues to make Peninsula so special is the support that we get from all of our students, families, and friends.  I welcome your comments and suggestions about our center.   Our exceptional staff provides the highest quality program that you have all grown to expect. What has impressed me about our teachers is that they are not satisfied to maintain the status quo but are always looking at innovative ways to improve their classes.  We also continue to need your input on telling us about things that you think are successful, and about things that you feel that we can improve on.  Please use the suggestion boxes that are at all three campuses.  Also don’t hesitate to contact me at ken@penchild.org, or come see me at my office.  It is right next to the Toddler and Infant rooms at the Maryland campus. Our goal is to provide your children the best possible experience. The strength of our program lies not only in the staff, and our board, but in your children, and YOU our family members. 
 
Our Sabin and Boise-Eliot programs have been working together as they make preparations for this year’s Peninsula’s school age summer camp.  The camp again will be held at Sabin.  We have put together a full summer program that I’m sure that you will find fun and stimulating for your child.  Information and registration forms will be available this month. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis.  Camp is open to all students.  To attend you don’t have to be enrolled in our before and after school programs, or be a student at Boise or Sabin……so tell your friends!!
 
Lastly I hope you will join me in thanking Tracy who will be leaving us in early February.  Tracy played a key role in raising the quality of our program.  We will all miss her.  Tracy accepted a position with the State of Oregon’s DHS office so that she will be closer to her home.  Tracy will be working in the Child Welfare Department working with foster families.  I wish her nothing but the best.  I am also pleased to announce that we have hired Michele Volk as our new Director.  Michele brings over 27 years of experience in early childhood education.  She has been the Director of Education at another preschool in Portland for over 10 years.  Michele has also been an instructor in early childhood education at Clark College in Vancouver.  She will join our staff the week of February 17th.


 

Notes from Tracy, Director of Education

February is National Dental Awareness month. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Healthy teeth are important to your child's overall health. From the time your child is born, there are things you can do to promote healthy teeth and prevent cavities. For babies, you should clean teeth with a soft, clean cloth or baby's toothbrush. Avoid putting the baby to bed with a bottle and check teeth regularly for spots or stains. For all children, you should: brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, provide healthy foods and limit sweet snacks and drinks, and schedule regular dental check-ups.

 Here at Peninsula Children’s Center we promote dental health by providing healthy foods and avoiding sugary foods. In our preschool program the children brush their teeth and use fluoride tablets to promote healthy dental habits. Here is a website link for a fun dental activity that you can do with your child http://www.crest.com/crest-kids/eggsperiment.aspx.

 On another note, a sad note, I regret to inform everyone that I will be leaving Peninsula.  I am going to be working for the State of Oregon, for DHS, in the Child Welfare department.  My new job is close to my home and will eliminate my hour long commute twice a day.  I am excited to be able to use my skills and knowledge in a new direction.  What’s most exciting for me is the opportunity to expand into direct services.   I will still get to work with families and children, but more on a one to one basis.

My work at Peninsula has been very rewarding, and I will miss everyone very much.  I feel good about leaving my work in the hands of my replacement, Michelle Volk, who I know is very experienced and talented in the field of early learning. My last regular day of work will be Friday February 7th.  I will be helping out behind the scenes during the month of February, just to make sure that the transition goes well for the new director, but it is unlikely that I will be around during business hours.  If you should have anything arise that your classroom teachers are unable to help you with during the transition time, please contact Ken (ext. 21, or ken@penchild.org) or Julie (ext. 33 or Julie@penchild.org). 
 

 

 

Happenings in our Curriculum Corner

Julie Kuhnau, Curriculum Coordinator
 

What a busy time of year for our program!  It seems change is in the air as several children are transitioning to older classrooms and are learning the rules and routines for their new classrooms.  Luckily, our children are willing and able to show their new classmates the ropes and transitions seem smooth so far.

If you peek your head into our classrooms, you will see some of the wonderful new materials provided to us through our Adopt-A-Classroom program.  We thank you all so much for participating.  We were able to purchase puzzles, shopping carts for outdoor play, science materials, lots of new books, push and pull toys, dress up items and new play food.  We were thrilled.

For families with children heading to kindergarten next year, I have put together materials for you in case you will be transitioning to your neighborhood Portland Public School.  Please do let me know if you need any further help with the lottery or local private schools.  Kindergarten Connection dates are provided in your packet and posted throughout the building.
Later in the month, you will likely see classrooms studying friendship and friendly activities, how to mail a letter and how letters get delivered as we get ready for the sweet filled holiday
on the 14th.
Please remember that Peninsula will be closed on Feb 17th for all staff trainings.  We have a great day of trainings lined up for the staff and you are sure to benefit when we are able to provide professional development to our wonderful staff.
 

 

Events

Thursday, February 6, 6:15 - 7:00 Group Tour

Friday, February 14, 6:00 - 9:30 Parents Night Out

Monday, February 17, ALL SITES CLOSED

Sabin Site Notes

 Greetings, families.   February has arrived and we are starting it off with parties!

  Monday, February 3 we will continue celebrating Chinese New Year.  Tues. Feb. 4, will be the class party that they worked so hard to earn.  Wed and Thurs, Feb 5-6 we will have a presenter speaking to us about emergency preparedness. 
  Friday Feb 7, will be our South Africa Celebration.  What a week!

  We learned lots about South Africa last month from books, music, movies and our wonderful presenter, Janice!  We look forward to trying some of the food at our celebration.
  We will move on to studying Niger this month as well as celebrating Valentine’s Day, and Black History Month.

  It is a short month but we will work hard to get it all in.
 

Abby Scott and Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Co-Directors
503.756.2761

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Notes

Throughout January the students at Boise-Eliot-Humboldt tapped into their creative minds and explored historical figures such as Ali, Elvis, and Dr. King.  Looking ahead, the students at Boise-Eliot can look forward to learning about the planets in our solar system, the history of love, and Black History.

Ashley Echang, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Director
503.282.0042
Parent Bulletin BoardHave you noticed the Parent Bulletin Board in the lobby?  This lovely creation was the brain child of Roslyn, the mother of Forrest, who attends our infant program.  The main purpose of this board was to provide a place for parents to recognize the ways that our staff go above and beyond to be helpful.  Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to contribute notes to the board.  So far Roslyn has maintained the bulletin board on her own, but would love help from others.  Please email her at roslynodum@gmail.com if you would like to help her or if you have any ideas for the board.  Thank you Roslyn for your attention to this wonderful bulletin board.

Outreach Event

Executive Director Ken Dale recently spent a Saturday morning at the SwapNPlay Preschool and Kindergarten Fair in St. Johns.  He was able to visit with parents and answer questions about preschool entry. 
 

Science Fun

Kaiser Permanente participated in our Adopt a Classroom Program and purchased this wonderful light table for us.  The children have been enjoying playing with light and color!
Many of our donors gave us new puzzles as well which have benefited all of our classrooms.
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