The Peninsula Children's Learning Center Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Helen A. Kalk, Executive Director. Welcome aboard, Helen!
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
Director of Education
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!
Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
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 Alicia@penchild.org or pop on in to my office if you have any questions!
Director of School Age Programs
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.
Boise- Eliot/ Humboldt
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: Lillian@penchild.org
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: Kelsey@penchild.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Francine@penchild.org