Peninsula Children's Learning Center's June Newsletter
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The Peninsula Children's Learning Center Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Helen A. Kalk, Executive Director. Welcome aboard, Helen!


Dear families,

I am pleased to take this opportunity to thank the parents, community partners and staff of Peninsula Children’s Learning Center that I have had the opportunity to meet, for your warm welcome since joining the team in May.

I am inspired by the commitment to quality services and positive growth for the center’s programs that have been shared with me.  Peninsula has a dedicated and talented team that strives to provide the best services for every child and family we serve. I am excited to see what the future holds for all of Peninsula’s programs.

For those of you I haven’t met, I would like to introduce myself by sharing a few things. 

My family has only recently moved to Oregon from Alaska.  We are all having the best time discovering all of the great things the area has to offer.

I am the biological and adoptive mother of four children, who are the lights of my life. I have also had the opportunity to foster 21 children over the course of 23 years that will forever be in my heart.  The children in my life have been and are some of my greatest teachers.

Professionally, I have a thirty plus year background working in the social service field, both in direct service and management. This has provided me with extensive experience working in the areas of: early childhood education, special needs children and families, children’s mental health, children of incarcerated parents, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, parent support and education as well as program development.

I am passionate about the provision of quality services for children and families.  I look forward to meeting more of you over the next weeks and months and sharing ideas for the ongoing success of Peninsula Children’s Learning Center.   

Helen A. Kalk, Executive Director

From Michele 
Director of Education

Dear families,

I am always so humbled by the daily work of families and teachers. There are joys and challenges and curiosities in our everyday interactions with young children.

Infant to five year old development is an amazing time of growth, change and sometimes a puzzle for families, teachers and the community. In talking with families recently about giving children a balance of independence, trust, boundaries and support, it reminded me that many challenges for children, and grown- ups that care for them, are about developmental levels.

Children’s development generally follows through stages, and knowing these stages can often assist us in making decisions about when to let a child struggle as a part of learning, when to present some suggestions to help and which tools will meet them where they are at. Often we want to be quick to solve things for children or give them the answer when the child can benefit from a pause, patience and the opportunity for learning through experience.

The beauty is that developmental levels are at that child’s pace. Each child is so unique and brings their own perspective, capabilities and gifts to the world. What a privilege for each of us who benefit from the children in our lives, their joys and their struggles!

From Alicia 
Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator

Dear Families, 
Sunnier days are upon us!
We highly recommend you bring sunscreen in for your child.

Please remember the following rules we have about sunscreen:
1.       Sunscreen must be delivered to your teacher with your children’s name written on the bottle
2.       Families must fill out a medication form for the sunscreen
3.       NO aerosol spray sunscreen allowed
Please allow yourself 5 extra minutes on the day you bring in sunscreen in order to fill out our form.

Additionally, we have a new practice for children and bicycles. Although it is not required by law, we feel it’s the best practice for children to wear helmets while riding bicycles around our backyard track. Having this rule in place will model safety practices that can be carried through a lifetime.

Families of preschoolers should bring in a helmet for their child to ride bikes around the track, or you may purchase one for $5.00 through Adrienne at the front desk. The helmet will be kept on your child’s hook and only used by your child.

Please e-mail me at or pop on in to my office if you have any questions! 

From Abby 
Director of School Age Programs

Boise- Eliot/ Humboldt

The Boise kids have been wrapping up the school year with a lot of fun & engaging themes. The kids have been studying ancient Egypt, endangered animals and space. Students created decorated Egyptian tombs with clay sarcophagi. They also made hieroglyphic bookmarks with their names.
Students learned about the most threatened animal species and everybody wrote letters to President Obama expressing their concern. 
The last few weeks we have a lot of engaging outdoor group games planned. We will be celebrating the end of the year with an obstacle course day.

Lillian Bertz, Boise Site Director:


The first week of June we will learn all about families. Talking about families is an important part of children making sense of the world and their relationship to it. Many students in primary grades are realizing for the first time that their family might look different from someone else’s. Diversity and community will play a large role this week as we look at families around the world. 

The second week of June will be all about summer. We will start out discussing weather changes and the end of the school year. After that we will leap into all the fun things that take place over summer and how to stay safe. If you haven’t signed up for summer camp, please do so ASAP. We also have fall enrollment packets available for next year if you would like to sign up.

If you are in need of finical assistance for either Peninsula program, please contact your site director. Have a wonderful summer!
Kelsey Mason, King Site Director:


At Sabin we have been doing lots of games and students have been choosing the group activities and leading the class in completing them.  So we have had quite a variety.  Students have also been really into crocheting. 
The last two weeks of school we will pump out issue number 3 of A Slice of Sabin.  We will also be completing more activities and having more snacks that the kids choose.  Everyone is cashing in their TICKETS from the year. 

Be sure to register for fall.  You may have heard that we have three classrooms next year so we should have plenty of space!

Abby Scott & Francine Alexander, Sabin Site Directors:  



Thursday, June 11 - Last Day of School-Age Program
Friday, June 12 - ECE re-enrollment DEADLINE! School-Age Summer Camp enrollment DEADLINE!

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


Quick Note: A cell phone was found last week on the preschool playground. See Adrienne if you think it's yours.

Re-Enrollment Week for Early Childhood

New Process this Year

All forms must be COMPLETED and REVIEWED by Peninsula staff no later than FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH to comply with State Licensing requirements.

Your child's re-enrollment package has been prepared and is available at the front desk.
If you have any questions, call 503-280-0534 and ask to speak with Tina, Adrienne, or Michele.

If you complete your packet by MONDAY, JUNE 8TH, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $100 Fred Meyer gift card!  

September 2015 - 
Full Day Kindergarten!


If you missed the June 1st registration deadline for Kindergarten, please don't delay in contacting your school and registering as soon as possible! The schools need time to plan for teachers, lunches, buses, and everything else to take care of your little one going off to school next year.    

Friday, June 5 King will be having a Teddy Bear picnic for their incoming Kindergartners. Find more information on this and other Spring events for incoming kindergarten students on the
PPS website.  

School Age Updates

Happy summer everyone!  I know it is not quite here yet but it sure feels like it! Be sure to get your summer registrations turned in by June 13.  We still have about 10-15 spaces left on most days. 
Also, be sure to check your parent folders for any artwork or messages that are going home.  We will have to recycle whatever is left on the last day of school.
We are sad to say good bye to Ms. Kelsey.  She is moving away from Portland and we will have a new Site Director at King next year.  Be sure to wish her safe travels!


Re-Enrollment for School Age Program
2015-2016 School Year 

You must re-register for Before and After school care every fall so even if you are registered now, you are not guaranteed a spot.  Please ask your Site Director for enrollment papers or email me and I can send them electronically.

Finally, have a GREAT summer.  Whether we see you or not I hope it is fabulous and maybe we will see you next year!

Abby Scott, 
School Age Program Director
(503) 756-2761


Developing Ideas....

From Jeri 
Development Director

As a nonprofit organization, Peninsula Children's Learning Center accepts tax-deductible donations that help us meet our mission of providing affordable, high-quality childcare and family support programs that contribute to the vitality of North and Northeast Portland.

In short, we couldn't do it without you!

I'm thrilled when generous individuals, groups and businesses in our community ask, "What can I do to help?"  Last month the Social Venture Partners Youth--an incredible group of young people 10-16 years old--stopped by to volunteer AND deliver a check for $4,600 that they raised entirely by themselves! Wow!

We have a wish list of things we need to assure our classrooms support the developmental growth of our children. But the best gift we can receive is your financial donation.

Did you know in Oregon it can cost over $16,000 a year to care for an infant or a toddler, but with a minimum-wage job, a single parent working full-time will only earn $19,240? The numbers simply speak for themselves: we make a real difference to struggling families working hard to become self-sufficient and independent.

More than 2/3 of our families receive some level of financial assistance so their children can attend Peninsula. These parents know that while they work or attend school, their children are safe, cared for, and are gaining the skills they need to succeed in life.

Your gift of any size will make a huge difference in helping young children in our community. If you'd like to make a one-time or recurring gift, please give me a call or drop me a line. Or you can visit our website at and click on the "Donate" button. You'll find several options for supporting us.

Thank you!

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