Meet Teacher Cassie of the Azaela Kindergarten Room…

Meet Teacher Cassie Pham of the Azaela Room…

Cassie is the teacher for our Kindergarten class. She earned her Master’s degree in Education at Concordia University, with an endorsement in Reading Intervention. Cassie has experience as a substitute teacher with ESS, serving many early childhood and elementary classrooms. Prior to this, she was a licensed family child care provider for five years.
Cassie and her husband have two children, a 3-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. They also have two dogs named Meeka and Teddy. Cassie enjoys being outside and going on camping trips with her family. She also likes to relax with a puzzle or a good book.
Cassie is excited to work in a small community in which she can grow meaningful relationships with the students and their families. She believes that all students can be successful and have unique strengths to contribute to the classroom community.
Her favorite quote is, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
-William Butler Yeats
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2020-2021 Registration Open Now!

Registration for 2020-2021 School Year is now open!

Please contact us at ashcreekplayschool@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Click HERE for Online Registration Form

You have the option to pay your registration fee online or mail a check.

2020-2021 Tuition

  • 2 days per week: $140/month         (Includes Two’s Class)
  • 3 days per week: $210/month
  • 4 days per week: $280/month
  • 5 days per week: $350/month

A $150 nonrefundable registration fee is due to hold your spot (Discounted registration fee of $100 for additional siblings(

$50 per student supply fee due by August 1st

No Parent Teaching Option Tuition

  • 2 days per week: $220/month         (Includes Two’s Class)
  • 3 days per week: $330/month
  • 4 days per week: $400-$440/month
  • 5 days per week: $510-550/month

Rose Room Class

For students 3 to 5 years old (3 years old by September 1st, 2020 – exceptions at teacher discretion) Classes are limited to no more than 12 children per weekday and are supervised by Teacher Julie and one to two parent helpers. We strive to keep a 4:1 ratio.

Class is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Two days per week minimum is required for the Mixed Age class, our unique schedule allows you to select any combination of days when you register, pending availability.

Juniper Room Two’s Class

For students 2 to 3 years old (2 years old by September 1st, 2020 – exceptions at teacher discretion). Class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday with an option to add Monday as a third day* from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Class size will be limited to 9 students and will be supervised by Teacher Geneva and one to two parent helpers. We strive to keep a 3:1 ratio.

*If enrollment is low, the Monday Juniper class may be cancelled and merged with the
Tuesday/Thursday class.

Changes for 2020

To meet the needs of our growing school, starting next year Ashcreek Playschool may  offer on site child care for parents to use during their parent teaching days, if there is enough interest. Ashcreek Playschool allows parents to bring young infants in child carriers with them to parent teach. However, having toddlers join us in the classroom is challenging both for the students and the parent teachers. Sibling care would be offered at an additional cost or with more parent teaching scheduled days if we depend on the families who use this service to staff the sibling care room.  Our registration form includes questions about your potential use of the is service, you can also email us at ashcreekplayschool@gmail.com to provide input. We cannot yet guarantee that child care will be available during parent teaching shifts next year.

 

Rose (Mixed Age) Class Sample Schedule

9:00-10:00 Free Play

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10:00-10:25 Circle Time

10:25-10:40 Snack

10:40-10:50 Circle Time

10:50-11:15 Table Stations

11:15-11:55 Outside

12:00 Dismissal

Juniper (2/3s) Class Sample Schedule

9:00-10:15 Free Play

10:15-10:25 Clean Up

10:25-10:35 Circle Time

10:35-11:00 Snack

11:00-11:40 Outside

11:40-11:55 Circle Time

12:00 Dismissal

Juniper Room-Mondays Now Open

Due to popular demand, our Juniper Room (2s class) is now offering an optional Monday class. The Monday option is in addition to the Tuesday/Thursday class.

The options for this class are as follows:

Tues/Thurs only $135

Mon/Tues/Thurs $200

Adding Mondays to your child’s schedule will increase your parent teaching requirement to 3 days a month (or if you’d like to buy out of this shift, you can for an additional $40 a month)

If your child is already enrolled and you’d like to add Monday’s please let the Registrar know.

Get ready! School year starts in 2 weeks!

Classes start at Aschreek Playschool on September 4 for the Mixed Age class and September 5 for the 2’s and Young 3’s class. There is still time to register for the school year and we have openings in both classes.  REGISTER ONLINE HERE or contact ashcreekplayschool@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Ashcreek summer camps ended last week with fun camping themed play and activities. Our new teacher Julie, and the giant vegetables she brought in from her garden to disect (and eat!), got smiles and approval from the kids.

 

Meet Teacher Julie

Ashcreek Playschool is excited to welcome Julie Laurin to our staff! She will be taking on role of teacher for our Mixed Age class, as well as helping manage our school as the Director of our program.

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Meet Julie:

I have spend the last six years as a Preschool Teacher for THPRD. I love going to concerts and spending time outdoors with my family of five. I have three teenagers at home. They are 19, 17 and 13. We share the house with a cat named Rocket and a dog named Barley. I love watching preschoolers learn by leaps and bounds.

My favorite quote is “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Julie will be teaching at the remaining Ashcreek summer camp sesisons in August to get to know some of our students and parents and get familiar with the space before the school year begins.

Ashcreek Playschool is Hiring

Ashcreek Playschool is seeking a candidate for Lead Teacher of our Mixed Age class for students ages 3-5. This person may also be eligible to take on duties as the school Director, depending on experience level and interest.
The candidate must have preschool teaching experience, be familiar with co-op preschools and be knowledgeable about play based education and early childhood education. Should also have some knowledge of and experience working with students with developmental delays. Our school schedule includes lots of free play time and open ended projects. We are seeking someone who enjoys young children (obviously!) and will enthusiastically help them develop their social skills with a focus on teaching kindness, empathy and conflict resolution. More information about our values and teaching philosophy can be found on our school website: https://ashcreekplayschool.com/
This is approximately a 25 hour per week job, including paid prep time. Teacher shall be at school 8:30-12:30 and class hours are 9-12. Pay will be a monthly salary based on a range of $18-22 per hour. We would prefer a candidate who is available to work at our summer camp sessions in order to become familiar with our school before the school year.
Please send resumes or questions to ashcreekplayschool@gmail.com.

Annual Auction

This year our annual fundraising auction is coming up on May 4th. It will be held at Pacific Growlery in Tigard and is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $25 each (or 4 for $75!)  and include dinner and two drinks. We encourage our members to bring friends or relatives to fill our venue!

It will be a fun night and there is a HUGE selection of awesome items our auction committee has collected. We have over $10,000 worth of items in our catalog and there will be a wide variety of things to purchase. And aside from the fundraising aspect, it will be a fun night out!

You can purchase your auction tickets online!

Purchase single tickets here:
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Or purchase 4 tickets for $75 here:
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Note: We do not have paper tickets for our auction. Your virtual tickets will tracked using your email address. If you buy tickets through PayPal you will receive an email within 24 hours confirming your purchase and asking for the names of the individuals you purchased tickets for so that bidder numbers can be assigned prior to our event.

Check out some of the Auction Donors  to get an idea of selection of items we will have available!

Kindergarten Prep

At Ashcreek Playschool we wholeheartedly believe in play based education for young children. Our preschool classes are structured so that most of the time children are here they can choose their activities and learn through child led play.

However, we do want to help make sure our students are ready for a successful transition into Kindergarten. We are doing that by working on some of the skills they will need to build on in elementary school and preparing them for the expectations of a more structured environment and more teacher led learning.

We have started a Kindergarten Prep hour for our Kindergarten bound students immediately after the morning preschool class that meets twice a week. The group is small, and this means they are able to get lots of one on one attention from Teacher Erika to work on the skills each child most needs to improve on. This means a student who struggles to use scissors is spending a lot of time working on cutting straight lines, someone may be practicing writing their name legibly and someone else may be working on the first group of sight words taught in the Beaverton School District Curriculum. They are all taking a step towards the longer day and academic focus they will have next year.

This doesn’t mean throwing them into the academics of elementary school a year early, though. Mixed in with this targeted skill building is time for song and dance and play, and building their self control and confidence so they are ready to be capable and independent good citizens at their “big kid schools” next year.

The group currently meets on Tuesday and Thursday. We plan to offer the add-on class again next year, but the days and time will be determined based on our enrollment for 2019. This will be decided with the input of registered families over the summer.

 

 

 

Classroom Updates

Ashcreek Playschool has once again been busy over the summer expanding and moving. This year we have grown into two classes and moved back in to our original classroom, which will now hold our Two’s and Young Three’s Class. We also acquired new furniture for our Mixed Age Classroom and added some beautiful wall murals.

We still have space for new families to join us this year! Contact ashcreekplayschool@gmail.com to schedule a tour.

Painting, reorganization and new furniture for our Mixed Age/Homeschool Club Classroom

 

Setting up a fabulous space for littles in our new Two’s Classroom

 

Fun (and educational) additions on the playground