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April Newsletter

  • Calendar iconApril 7, 2016
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This month we will be studying different types of weather. We will become weather forecasters in our dramatic play area, with a US map and weather cards. We will discuss how the weather is different in other parts of the United States. Our dramatic play area will also include seasonal dress-up bins and a light table. We will also be experimenting with wind through wind exploration activities.

In Class Field Trip: We will have a visit from Mad Scientist on Tuesday April 19 and Wednesday April 20 at 10:30am

Pancake Breakfast: We will be having our annual student pancake breakfast at school on Tuesday and Wednesday April 12 & 13. Students will help make the pancake batter and they can choose from blueberry, banana, or a plain pancake. Please feed your child breakfast as we will not be eating pancakes until about 9:45am.

Nature Walk: During school on Wednesday and Thursday April 6 & 7 we will be taking nature walks

No School Friday April 8: Teacher work day

Plant Sale: Order forms for our plant sale will be coming out in April and plants will be back around early May. We will have a variety of flowers to choose from, including our amazing hanging baskets.

Rummage Sale:  We have set a date for our annual rummage sale. The sale will take place on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7. Clean-up will be on Sunday morning, May 8th. Please continue to drop items off at any time. If you need Kiley to come and get larger items, please let us know. Also, a volunteer schedule will be on the front desk this month.

Extended School Year: We will be following the PPS school schedule and adding two more days to our school year, due to our snow days. The last day of school will be Thursday June 9!


2016 Summer Camp Info

  • Calendar iconMarch 12, 2016
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Please join us this summer for backyard fun!! We will have 4 individual weeks of science, nature exploration, cooking and art. Students will use our indoor and outdoor space, as well as go on nature walks and explore our neighborhood.

Summer camp ages are 3-6 years old (going into 1st grade)

Camp days are 9:00am – 1:00pm

You may enroll for individual weeks OR for all 4!

June 20-24: SCIENCE INVESTIGATION: Students will investigate the world of science through many different experiments and projects. We will study foam, fizz, density, electricity and more!

June 27-July 1: NATURE EXPLORATION: Students will help with planting and tending to the garden. We will also explore the nature that surrounds us by taking walks around our neighborhood and hiking through Reed College Canyon. 

July 11-15: COOKING WITH KIDS: Students will help in cooking some of our favorite recipes, making jams, drying fruit and eating from our garden.

July 25-29: EXPLORING THE WORLD OF ART: Students will learn art elements through various activities.

Call: 503-970-7168


Pick-up: during drop-off or pick-up from school


March Newsletter

  • Calendar iconMarch 12, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that it’s already March and that Spring is just around the corner. This month we will be studying ocean life. The students are really looking forward to this as we have already begun working on our sea life mural. Our library is full of ocean life books and our free play room has been transformed into an underwater oasis with a scuba diving area and a shipwrecked boat.

We have some very fun things coming up…

Spring Break:  There is no school March 21-25 for Spring Break

Getting Our Garden Ready: This is the time of year when we begin to prepare our garden beds to get ready for planting. In March, students will be deciding which vegetables they would like to plant this year. We will be mapping out the beds to plant in and how to make the most of our growing space. We are very excited to begin using our greenhouse as well!

Rummage Sale: We are beginning to think about our annual rummage sale at the schoolhouse in May. Dates are to be determined. You may begin bringing in donation items anytime and Kiley will be available to pick-up larger items.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations: Students are encouraged to wear green on Wednesday March 16 and Thursday March 17. We will be using green crayons, markers, play-dough and even having a green snack with green milk.

Read Across America: Throughout the month of March we will be honoring Dr. Suess by reading Dr. Suess books and talking about the love of reading. We are opening up the last 15 minutes of class each day for a parent, grandparent or family friend to come and read a Dr. Suess book to the class. There is a sign-up calendar on the front desk.

Registration for 2016-2017: Thank you to everyone who turned in the enrollment form for next year. Our open houses were successful! We are still enrolling students for our 2-3 year old class on T/Th from 1:30-4:00. Space is limited! Please pass on this information to friends, neighbors and family.


Homestead Giving Tree

  • Calendar iconDecember 5, 2015
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Our giving tree is on the front desk of the school. Feel free to take a tag and bring the gift back to the school UNWRAPPED by Wednesday, December 16. We will place all giving tree gifts under our tree. A volunteer firefighter will come collect the gifts and talk to the students about the difference they will make.

This year we will be giving our gifts to Portland Fire & Rescue Toy & Joy Makers. Toy & Joy Makers mission for 100 years has been to promote the spirit of helping children and families of our community during the holiday season. Toy & Joy Makers helps the needs of low-income families in the Portland area to give their children toys for Christmas so that no child goes without receiving gifts for Christmas.

For further information, check out the Portland Fire & Rescue Toy & Joy Makers website. 

The Original Pumpkin Patch FieldTrip

  • Calendar iconOctober 19, 2015
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When:  Tuesday, October 20

Time:  10:00 arrival time
10:15- group picture in front of the BIG RED BARN
10:15-11:00- Self-guided tour to the animal barn, hay stack, produce store and gift shop.
11:15- Hayride to the pumpkin field
12:00- Picnic lunch

Where:  The Original Pumpkin Patch
16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97231

Cost:  Each student’s cost is covered.  Parents and chaperones are FREE and siblings (2+ age) is $5.00.  Please pay Ms. Keli before the tour begins.

Self-Guided Tour From 10:15-11:00, you may tour the animal barn, go to the haystack, and see the produce store and the gift shop.  I suggest you group up with other families in your child’s class.   The teachers will have a scavenger hunt sheet made up if you would like to grab one from us when you arrive.

Hayride:  This is our only scheduled tour.  We need to meet in front of the tent near the BIG RED BARN promptly at 11:10.  Our wagon ride leaves at 11:15.  The wagon will take us on a brief tour and out to the pumpkin patch, where students and paying siblings can pick a pumpkin.  This is about a 25 minute tour.

Lunch:  The shared-lunch space is on a first come-first serve basis.  Their main shared lunch area is a covered building with straw bales for seating.  There are no tables.  There is also a picnic area on the lawn by the farm entrance.  If you are planning to stay for lunch, we will have to see which area is available when we get there.  Pack a lunch if you would like to join us for a picnic lunch.  The plan is to eat around 12:00, after the hayride.

Dress:  We should have nice weather, but have your child wear boots and appropriate pumpkin patch attire.  It is still muddy!  WEAR YOUR HOMESTEAD SHIRTS!!

The Giant Corn Maize:  The corn maize is also an activity you can do, but you must pay for it.  Adults are $7.00 and kids (5 and under) are FREE.  I would plan to do this after lunch if you want to.  They give group/field trip discounts, so be sure to mention you are with The Homestead.

Directions From Portland, take Hwy 30 West to Sauvie Island Bridge.  Cross over the bridge then TURN LEFT ANDN LOOP BACK UNDER THE BRIDGE.  Go approximately 2 miles and look for The Pumpkin Patch sign with their logo and the BIG RED ANIMAL BARN.  They are located just past Bella Organic Farm.

Please keep this information and take it with you on your drive, so you can remember the times!

October Newsletter

  • Calendar iconOctober 2, 2015
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Our October Newsletter is now available!! Click on the image below and you can see the newsletter larger.

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May News

Spring is here!! We have lots of fun events planned for this month, including nature walks, plant sales, jam making, and a rummage sale!

STRAWBERRY JAM: We will be making strawberry freezer jam on Wednesday May 27 and Thursday May 28. Students will take part in washing strawberries, adding ingredients and canning the jam. They will be able to take a jar of jam home as well as eat it on bread for a yummy snack. We would appreciate any donations of small canning jars and lids.

RUMMAGE SALE: Our rummage sale is at the schoolhouse on Friday and Saturday, May 29 & 30. Please bring items by to donate to the sale. If you need items picked up, please let us know! We can use some volunteer help Thursday night (May 28) and Friday morning for set-up, and Sunday morning for clean-up. Please ask friends and family about donating as well.

PLANT SALE: Start thinking about your yard for spring. Orders are due by May 6 and we will have them in time for Mother’s Day. We will have a variety of flowers to choose from, including amazing hanging baskets.

LIFE CYCLES: This month we will be studying life-cycles. We will look closely into four specific amazing cycles: the butterfly, the frog, the chicken, the plant. Throughout the month, we will be able to watch caterpillars turn into butterflies in our live butterfly garden! Students will be planting seeds indoors and they will get to watch them sprout. We will also be releasing ladybugs into our garden again this year.

MAD SCIENTIST VISIT: On May 18 and 19 (am class only) we will be visited by The Mad Scientist. We will get down and dirty learning about worms. Students will get up close with a magnifying glass and explore the lives and habits of our friend, the worm.



SUMMER CAMP at The Homestead

  • Calendar iconApril 17, 2015
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at The Homestead Schoolhouse

Please join us for weeks of backyard fun!! We will have 4 individual weeks of gardening, nature exploratory, music, dance, cooking, and art. Students will use our indoor and outdoor space, as well as go on nature walks and explore our neighborhood.

Summer camp ages are 3-6 years old (going into 1st grade)

Camp days are 9:00am-1:00pm

You may enroll for individual weeks or for all 4!!



Students will help with planting and tending to the garden. We will also explore the nature that surrounds


Students will learn the basic fundamentals of piano, hand drumming, lots of singing, and some call and


Students will help in cooking some of our favorite recipes, making jams and eating from our garden.


Students will learn art elements through various activities.

Download the enrollment form and mail or bring it by the school with payment.

April News

  • Calendar iconApril 10, 2015
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This month we are going to be studying our Earth and various ways we can protect it. Our goal is to bring awareness to our students that they can play a big role in protecting our environment. Our students will learn to reduce, reuse and recycle through art projects, songs, group discussions and stories. Some Earth Day topics will include: littering, recycling, wasting water, pollution, planting trees, and caring for living things. Earth Day is April 22. On April 21 and 22 we will be doing some Earth Day activities, such as games, writing, art, gardening, etc. Part of our dramatic play area will be transformed into an “imagination station” where students can use recyclable materials to create anything they choose. We will also have a dirt digging sensory table. Outside, we will have our sand and water table.

On April 28 we will take an all school field trip to the Portland Children’s Museum. We will meet at 11:15 and our tour starts at 11:30. Lunchrooms are reserved for us at 1:30. We will have no school at the schoolhouse that day. A parent/guardian is required to attend with each child. The Portland Children’s Museum has some areas that are related to Earth Day, such as: The Garage (students can create things with recycled material), Groundwork, Outdoor Adventure and Water Works.