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June Newsletter

Summer Safety

As we approach our final weeks before school ends, we will be preparing the students for summer break. Part of this will include: debriefing our year together, and recognizing the value of the friendships we’ve made and all that we have learned. We will also be discussing how to stay safe over the summertime, which includes: Bike safety, swim safety, and sun safety.

Camp Homestead

During our last week of school we will be heading off to “Camp Homestead”. We will be spending the majority of our class time outdoors making camp crafts, reading stories in tents, tie-dying shirts, eating hotdogs, and even making ‘smores! Students will participate in camp games, sing camp songs and have fun in water play.

Ice Cream Field Trip

As a graduation celebration, all graduate students will take turns walking to Cloud City Ice Cream shop with Ms. Keli.

Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be sent home on the last day of school. Please remember to send in your yearbook fee.

Rummage Sale

Our rummage sale will be happening this summer. Please continue to bring in items as you are “summer cleaning”. Call or text as you drop items at the school. Dates will be posted on our website and social media as soon as they’re finalized.

Summer Camps

We still have space in summer camps, but they are filling up fast.


May Newsletter

Bugs and Garden Life

This month we will be studying bugs! We will learn about various bugs and how they are helpful to the earth and our environment. We will spend more time in our garden digging for bugs and releasing our ladybugs. How are ladybugs useful for our garden?

Students will also watch caterpillars turn into butterflies in our indoor butterfly habitat. They will also observe ladybug larvae turn into ladybugs.

We will also be learning more about garden life and learning about flowers. Students will learn about different parts of a plant, from the root to the petals. We will also study the life cycle of a plant.

Field Trip to Rhododendron Garden

This is a school-wide field trip. We will all meet at the entrance of the garden at 10:00am. Your child must have a chaperone. Students will have a scavenger hunt activity to do, as we will find various bugs, plants and other parts of nature. Picnic lunch at 12:00. Afternoon classes will still be in session beginning at 1:00.

End-of-Year Celebration & Graduations

We are excited about our annual End-of-the-Year celebrations! Wednesday, May 29 is the family BBQ for ALL of our 2-3 and 3-4 year old classes. This year, we are having 2 graduations for both of our 4-5 year old classes. T/TH class is graduating on Thursday, May 30 and MWF is on Friday, May 31. These days are for our 4-5 year old classes only. Other family members are welcome to join, so please invite whomever you’d like! This is a special night for our grads!

Rummage Sale

Our annual rummage sale will be sometime this summer. Dates to be announced. This is a great way to start spring cleaning! Please continue to drop items off at the schoolhouse. If you need items picked up, please let us know! Talk to friends and family about donating as well!

Sunny Days!

Cross your fingers for more sunny days! We are going to be spending a lot of time outside for the remainder of the school year. If you would like your child to wear sunscreen, please apply before school.

Yearbooks

Our yearbooks are underway. It is a fun way to keep memories of your child’s year at Homestead! This year, we are making an Annex yearbook, and a Schoolhouse yearbook. Sign-up sheets will be on the front desk.

Summer Camps

Camps are filling up fast! If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to get in on one or more our our camps! “Treasure Hunters” is full.

Last Day of School is Friday, June 7th.


April Newsletter

  • Calendar iconApril 9, 2019
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Weather

Throughout the month of March, we will be studying various types of weather. Students will be participating in science activities related to wind, various types of clouds, and we will make a tornado bottle. Our dramatic play area will include a meteorologist section, where students can pretend to be a “weatherman”. Students will learn how to do a rain dance and make mud pies.

Mad Scientist: In-Class Field Trip

We are excited to have the Mad-Scientist visiting our Pre-k classes. Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19.

Pre-k: Adventures In Air

Learn that even though air is invisible, it is all around you all the time. Learn that air has the power to both move and slow things down. Experiment with things that rely on air to help them move.

Pancake Breakfast

We will be having our annual student pancake breakfast at school on Thursday and Friday, April 25 & 26. Students will help make the pancake batter and they can choose from blueberry, banana or a plain pancake. Please feed our child breakfast, as we will not be eating pancakes until about 10:00.

Garden News

Our garden beds are ready for planting. Students will start planting seeds and will put them in our greenhouse and watch them grow!

Happy Spring!!!


March Newsletter

  • Calendar iconMarch 4, 2019
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Read Across America

March 2nd is Dr. Suess’ Birthday! Throughout the month of March, we will be honoring him by reading Dr. Suess books and talking about the love of reading. We will also be having one of our favorite snacks, “Green Eggs and Ham”.

Volunteer Readers

For “Read Across America” month, we are opening up the last 15 min. of each day for a parent, grandparent, or family friend to come and read a favorite book to the class.

Getting our Garden ready

Spring is just around the corner! 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, with student input. We are very excited to begin using our greenhouse as well!

Summer Camp

Our summer camps will run 4 individual weeks, M-F, 9:00am – 1:00pm and are open to ALL kids ages 3-6

Registration for 2019-2020

We still have spaces available in all age groups for next year!


February Newsletter

  • Calendar iconFebruary 17, 2019
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This month we are studying fairy tales. We will be reading several different fairy tales, but focusing on three main ones:

  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Jack and the Beanstalk

As part of our unit, we will be reading several varieties of these fairy tales and making Venn Diagrams to compare the stories. Students will also be doing fun art projects associated with the fairy tales. Part of our free play room has transformed into the 3 Little Pigs houses, a castle, and we have a lot of fun dress up clothes for princesses and princes.

Valentine’s Day Party

All students are invited to exchange valentines. Please be sure they bring enough valentines for each classmate. Students will be making valentine mail pouches to keep their cards in at the time of our valentine exchange. During our day, we will have a special valentine snack and play friendship games.

Chinese New Year

The first week of February, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. Students will be making Chinese art, eating Chinese snacks, and watching a video of a Chinese New Year parade.

Annex Outdoor Play Area

We are so happy that our outdoor play area is coming together at the Annex. The students immediately started plaing in the bark chip area with our stumps, balancing rocks and bridge. Their imaginations are running wild! Thank you to Jory Moran for taking his time to help build and install the bridge!

Congratulations Ms. Karina!

Ms Karina recently graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with her Early Childhood Education Degree. She has been working so hard and her passion for working with children is so evident. Congrats!


June Newsletter

This month we will be preparing the students for summer break. Part of this will include; debriefing our year together, and recognizing the value of the friendships we’ve made and all that we have learned.

We will also be discussing how to stay safe over the summertime. This includes bike safety, swim safety and sun safety.

Ice Cream Field Trip: As a graduation celebration, M/W/F students will take turns walking to Cloud City Ice Cream with Ms. Keli on June 12th.

Camp Homestead: During our last week of school, we will be heading off to “Camp Homestead”. We will be spending the majority of our class time outdoors making camp crafts, reading stories in tents, tie-dying shirts, eating hotdogs and even making smores! Students will participate in camp games, sing camp songs and have fun in water play. Please bring a plain white t-shirt to tie-dye.

June Tuition/Material Fee: Just a reminder that June tuition is a full month’s tuition (yearly tuition divided into 10 equal monthly payments). The material fee for the 2017-2018 is due Sept. 1. 2017-18 school year information for returning students will be sent out this month.

Summer Camps: We still have space in our summer camps! Please help spread the word to family or friends that would like to join a camp.

Annex Open House: Our new location, The Homestead Annex, is nearly complete. We are having an open house for enrollment on Saturday, June 10, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Please pass this information on to any family or friends that are interested in enrolling their student at The Homestead. We are excited to have more options and availability!

End of the Year BBQ: We are looking forward to our end of the year BBQ, as we celebrate our school year. The students have chosen some of their favorite songs to share with you. This will be a potluck both nights. We will provide hamburgers and Otto’s hotdogs on the the grill. Please bring a side dish to share.

Homestead Graduation: Our graduation night will be on June 9 for our M/W/F class only.

Tuesday/Thursday class BBQ is Thursday June 8th, 6-8pm

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!

Colin, Elise, Torrance, Phoebe, Zoe, Sydney, Olivia, Coraline, Gwen, Sunday, Henry, Eli, Audrey, Lucy and Bram


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!

 


2017 Summer Camp Info

  • Calendar iconMarch 12, 2016
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Please join us this summer for weeks of 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!

July 10-July 14: NATURE ART EXPLORATION: Students will explore the nature that surrounds us by spending our time outdoors. Taking walks around our neighborhood and hiking through the Reed College Canyon. We will discover ways in which we can combine art wit nature by using a variety of art elements. Students will also spend time gardening, building teepee and learning about outdoor safety.

July 17-July 21: COOKING WITH KIDS:Students will help in cooking some of our favorite recipes, making jams, drying fruit and eating from our garden. 

July 24-July 28: STORYTELLING WITH WORD ELF (AGES 4-6 ONLY): Join Caitlin and her magical friend, the word elf (an invisible elf that loves words) on a journey to learn new words, new storytelling forms and new adventures! Each morning we’ll travel to The Magical World of Fan, where we will discover clues left by the work elf that introduce storytelling games and activities. Storytelling forms include red-nose Clowning, movement and improvisation. At the end of each day, the word elf brings students a word of the day. The word of the day activity page encourages students to practice writing their word, identify their word in a story, an includes an interactive activity. At the end of the camp, students will present a showcase of the stories they’ve created and the games they’ve learned to family and friends. www.ensotheater.com  

July 31-August 4: MUSIC: Students will explore various fundamentals of basic piano, rhythm, beats, and movement. We will also explore music through art, by making musical instruments and listening to different types of music

Call: 503-970-7168

Email: keli@thehomesteadschoolhouse.com

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.