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Executive Director Fall 2017 Newsletter

It is October and we are starting to hit our stride in all our classrooms. Children and parents are settling into a routine, teachers are getting to know their new classroom community and everyone is beginning to feel comfortable in their new environment. It is so wonderful to see our community coming together!

For those of you who are new to Childswork, welcome to our community. For those of you who are returning, welcome back! Communication is key to the healthy functioning of our classrooms and our school. Your classroom teachers will provide daily information on their bulletin boards about what is happening in your class. In addition, every week we will send out an all-school email with important updates, reminders and detailed information about upcoming events. We will also be sending out a longer newsletter every trimester that provides you with more information on bigger topics. These are all important forms of communication for our school so we hope you read them! We also encourage you to stop by and chat, email or call if you have any questions or need any further information.

Next month we will begin our largest fundraiser of the year with our Annual Fund Campaign. The money raised from our Annual Fund this year will help finance our scholarship program. Every year about 20 children benefit from our needs-based scholarships. Our Fund enables these children to benefit from a high quality preschool experience that would otherwise not be affordable to their families. The scholarship fund also benefits our school by helping us to expand the economic diversity of our community, which we highly value. Besides the Annual Fund Campaign, we also have several smaller fundraisers planned such as the Chinook Book sales, restaurant nights, Amazon Smile and the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. In early November, we will be sending each family a letter about our Annual Fund. Keep your eyes out!

Community events are also important to us. Your classroom reps will help organize some gatherings of your class outside of school. Our Fall Sharing Celebration will take place in a couple of weeks. This is event is exclusively for our student community during class time and will include an all-school singalong, cider-making and a chance to donate food to Mainspring Portland, a local food pantry. In the spring, we will organize an adults-only Art Night as well as our End of Year picnic.

This year we are fortunate to have Daniel again as our school-wide music teacher. Daniel will spend time in each classroom every month working with children on songs, rhythms and movement. Daniel will also lead us in an all-school sing along every trimester! Ask your child to teach you a new song from school!

I hope your fall is full of beautiful colors, crisp apples and cozy times together as a family!

Posted on October 16, 2017.
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About Childswork

Childswork Learning Center is a non-profit early childhood education school located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, our school has served a diverse population of children and families, focusing on the development of the whole child with respect and compassion.

Childswork is a safe place for children to explore, take chances, make messes and learn through play. At Childswork we nurture wonder, we embrace joy, and we foster discovery.

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No person shall be denied the services or facilities of this organization or be excluded from participation or services because of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, handicap, or national origin; discrimination of any kind is expressly prohibited.