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Program Updates

Directly Speaking, Ken

I hope that many of you had a chance to meet our new Education Director Michele and our new Development Director Jeri last Thursday (February 27th) at our morning reception for them.  If not please stop in and say hi to both of them (Michele is in the office in the lobby and Jeri’s office is upstairs).
I also want to remind you of the various ways you can take care of your tuition.  You can use your credit or debit card at the Touch Screen when you are checking in or checking out.  After entering your code and password, simply press the "make a payment" button.  Your balance will appear.  You can either pay the whole balance or a part of it. Just slide your card and your payment will be processed. An e-mail receipt will be sent to you (if you don't have an e-mail address, we can generate a receipt for your records).
You can also pay at home from your computer.  See Michele or Terry, and they will help you set up this service.  When you pay from your computer an automatic receipt will be e-mailed to you.  You can also have your monthly tuition automatically debited from your checking, savings or credit card account.  Once again, see Michele or Terry for information about how to set this up. Of course, you can still pay with cash or checks.  Please find a staff member for cash payments to get a receipt.  If you have any questions about any of these options, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Finally, we are now taking registrations for our summer camp program at Sabin.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  Ashley at Boise Elliot, and Francine and Abby at Sabin have camp enrollment forms.

Notes from Michele, Director of Educational Operations
Hello, everyone at Peninsula! What a pleasure and privilege it is to join your early learning community. You have made me feel so welcome, with the Meet & Greet, and stopping by the office to say hello at drop off. What pride I see as families and teachers talk about their experiences at Peninsula, and your commitment as a community to nurture our children and provide experiences to help them thrive! It is through these rich relationships that we partner in this important work of raising the next generation of learners and people.

Over the past 30 years I have been in education and child care settings here in the Portland/Vancouver area. I am passionate about advocating for quality early experiences for children, families and teachers. I love the moments when my work allows for play in classrooms. As a teacher for 18 years I had nearly every age group in early childhood and worked with adults as adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Department at Clark College. For the last ten years I served as Director of Education at a large center in SE Portland where I worked for 28 years. I have four grown children and four grandchildren, 3 months to 5 years, who have sweetly nicknamed me Ama.

When I first visited Peninsula, I was drawn to the mission, to the setting itself and of course the children and staff here. It was a leap of faith that I am so glad that I made. As I'm settling in everyone has been so patient and kind. You can find my office just inside the front door. Feel free to stop by. I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Happenings in our Curriculum Corner

Julie Kuhnau, Curriculum Coordinator

I have seen some signs of spring…and I, for one, am ready.  It feels great to have a little more light in the evenings, and we have certainly taken advantage with some extra outside time before pick up.  The children continue to enjoy our new shopping carts on the playground, and I have seen all sorts of natural materials go for a ride. 

This is a busy time for us as we help children and families make their kindergarten connections for next year and our teachers begin to get ready for spring conferences on April 11th.    As you know, on President’s Day, our amazing teachers were attending trainings.  The whole group trained together on Sensory Processing and how to meet individual sensory needs in our classrooms.  The 0-3 staff then attended an afternoon on ways to continue to enhance brain development, and the preschool staff attended an Emergent Curriculum training.  I am confident you will see the results of these trainings in your child’s classroom.

On February 18th and 19th, nursing students from Mt Hood Community College helped us complete our annual hearing and vision screening for children ages 2 and up.  Look for the results of this screening and a letter home in your child’s box.  While there were a lot of bodies in the building, the children were amazing and the soon-to-be nurses got some great pediatric experience!
I am amazed at how big the toddlers look when they go zooming past me in the commons each day.  When did they start talking in sentences??? 

Please stop by to welcome our new Director, Michele, and our new Development Director, Jeri.  We are so happy they have joined our program.

New Development Director, Jeri Shumate
Thank you for the warm welcome from everyone who came to our Meet & Greet last Thursday, and everyone I've met as you've dropped off or picked up your children. This is such a warm and cheery place!

What does a Development Director do? Lots of things! My responsibility is to be sure the community knows about and supports the great work we do here. This can mean asking a local store for an in-kind donation, organizing the Junior League of Portland for their volunteer activities, helping to write the Portland Children's Levy grant application (we submitted it yesterday and will know the outcome in June) and dozens of smaller grant applications, editing and sending this newsletter...the list goes on and on. I like what I do!

The best part of my job is knowing that together we're creating better world for our children. That's a great reason to get up in the morning! If you know a company or individual who might want to support us, give me a call at 503-280-0534 ext 13. And thank you!



Tuesday, March 4, 4:30 - 6:00 211info Workshop

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

Friday, March14, 6:00 - 9:30 Parents Night Out

Sabin Site Notes

Well, February was exciting!  We are all so glad to avoid a teacher strike!  We have been studying Ethiopia this month as well as learning about famous Black Americans from history.  We are working on writing a folktale as a class, similar to ones we are reading from Ethiopia.  We will finish up Ethiopia this first week of March and have our food celebration on Thursday, March 6.  In February we also did Valentine’s Day crafts and worked a little on our mural which is almost complete! 

Thank you so much for completing the survey!  We had 100% participation from regularly attending families.  I haven’t seen the results yet but I should soon. 

In March we will start out with Women’s History and Mardi Gras!   When we finish Ethiopia, we will start learning about Niger.  We will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th.  The last week of March is Spring Break and that week we will focus on arts and crafts.
Updates and Reminders
There is a late start on Wed., March 19 and Sabin is closed on March 21 as well as the following week for Spring Break.  Sign- up sheets will be available in the classroom.  As always, you can email me or sign up in the classroom.  Remember you will be charged if you sign up, even if you do not attend.  I will want to know soon if you are coming to Spring Break so that we can finalize numbers and find out if we will be combining with Boise or not.  We will likely be taking a field trip one day during Spring Break but we have not finalized plans yet.

After Spring Break I may be taking Fridays in addition to Mondays for substitute teaching.  The way this has been working is that if I get called to sub on my chosen day off, I do.  If not, I come in and get things done but do not stay with the kids because we have a person who works for me.  Sometimes I also work subbing at Sabin on other days.  I may continue with this schedule next school year.  Things are up in the air right now.

Have a happy March!  Hopefully we will be getting more and more spring weather, no matter what that darn groundhog said.
Feb 19- Late start
March 19- Late Start (and Abby’s B-day)
March 24-28- Spring Break Camp
April 11- School and Peninsula Closed
April 13- Francine’s B-day
April 16-Late start   503-756-2761

Abby Scott and Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Co-Directors

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Notes

February was a month full of science and African American history. The students made amazing pieces of artwork at Boise/Eliot/Humboldt, as well as read and discussed literary pieces from Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, and Langston Hughes. For the month of March, the students can look forward to paying tribute to influential women through history and spend time comparing and contrasting animals to humans.

Ashley Echang, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Site Director

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