Pendleton Early Learning Center Strong Beginnings. Bright Futures.

Conscious Discipline

As your child embarks on a treasured journey of growth and learning with us, there are a few things we'd like you know: Our goal is to thoroughly meet all of your child's needs, from daily care to academic learning to social-emotional growth. We believe that all people, including young children, learn more, produce more, show more compassion and feel better about themselves when they are in an environment that is caring, connected and safe. For these reasons, we using components of a program called Conscious Discipline. This wonderful program is based on safety, connection and problem solving.

  • SAFETY: Research shows that the brain functions optimally when we feel safe. Our staff members are your child's Safekeepers and our first priority is to keep your children physically and emotionally safe. Children will learn how to use active calming techniques and utilized a classroom center called a "Safe Place."
  • CONNECTIONS: Research shows that our connections with other people develop neural connections inside our brain. These connections are essential to learning. We develop these connections by building a compassionate group of learners called a "School Family."
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: When we feel both safe and connected, the brain is able to devote all of its energy to learning and solving problems. Our goals is always to create a safe and connected environment first because we know this enables children to thrive, whether they're learning social-emotional skills, learning kindergarten readiness skills and other important life skills.

Learning is FUN!

We have spent a lot of time encouraging connections and relationships in our classrooms, making many new friends and creating a positive school "family!"

Conscious Discipline


We have been working hard to help students with social emotional skills and regulation. These breathing techniques are an important piece we teach and review daily. Three deep breaths shut off the “fight or flight” system of the brain. This active calming technique is an essential component of emotional health. Teach children to S.T.A.R.: Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax. S.T.A.R. is one of four core breathing techniques in Conscious Discipline. The other techniques are Drain, Balloon and Pretzel. Ask your child to share some of these helpful breathing skills.

Helpful Conscious Discipline Parenting Tips

Each month we will highlight some helpful Conscious Discipline tips for parents. If you are willing, feel free to click on the link below for more information.

Square One Art

We have partnered with Square 1 Art to create a unique opportunity to celebrate your child's artistic accomplishments while raising much needed funds for the school. Coming home soon will be your child’s custom catalog featuring their artwork. Won’t you help make your child feel like an accomplished artist by purchasing keepsakes for the whole family containing their masterpiece? The school earns profit from every order. And as a thank you for participating, Square 1 Art provides each child with a sheet of stickers imprinted with their artwork — absolutely FREE! Watch for more details about the campaign and order deadlines. All online and paper order forms must be turned in by NOVEMBER 8th as indicated on your child’s custom catalog. (No late orders can be accepted.) Together, we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem, and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements. THREE EASY WAYS TO ORDER KEEPSAKES 1. The paper order form attached to their custom catalog. 2. Online at www.square1art.com/shop. 3. Phone Customer Care 888-332-3294. THANK YOU

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Fall Family Fun Night and Basket Raffle

On Tuesday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 pm, we will be hosting a free, Fall Family Fun Night full of activities for all children to enjoy. Along with these activities, we will have a basket raffle to raise money for our Pendleton Early Learning Center. Money raised from these baskets will go toward school and classroom needs, such as art supplies, playground equipment, technology, school assemblies and/or field trips. The raffle baskets are put together by our students. Each classroom has a themed basket, and each student in the classroom is encouraged to donate an item, big or small, for their raffle basket. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5, baskets will be raffled off during Family Fun Night, and you do not need to be present to win.
  • Levy/Jones- "Books are Great"
  • McGraw- "Go, Team!"
  • Bostwick- "Coffee and Tea"
  • Zimmerman-"Play-Doh"
  • Corey- "Arts and Crafts"
  • Wyss- "SPA-tacular"
  • Lockling- "Baking"
  • Johnson- "Family Game Night"
  • Yoshioka- "Legos"
  • Ramos- "Movie Night"


The Pendleton School District continues to focus on attendance during the month of October. Parents of school-aged children are the best resource to ensure good attendance for students, but often don’t realize how quickly absences can add up to academic trouble. Students usually don’t realize the cost of absenteeism. In a national survey, nearly half the older students surveyed believe they could skip a day a week and still not suffer academically. Every absence matters at every grade level. Every day missed is a day of instruction missed, a day of classroom interaction with students and teachers that can’t be recovered.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences Scholastic Book Fair

Our Book Fair will be held in the Cafeteria during conferences. We will be open Monday, November 25 from 4:00-7:00 pm, and Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 am-7:00 pm. We invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair from November 17-30, 2019

October 28-November 1

Monday- Monday: Dress to Impress

Tuesday- Green & Gold

Wednesday- Red for "Ed"ucation

Thursday- Black & Orange

Friday- Pajamas

Holiday Programs

Our Holiday Programs will take place on Monday, December 16th in the Library

9:30-10:00 am---Ramos (Owls), Zimmerman (Beavers)

10:30-11:00 am---Wyss (Squirrels), McGraw (Raccoons)

11:30 am-12:00 pm---Corey (Frogs), Johnson (Otters)

12:30-1:00 pm---Jones (Salmon), Yoshioka (Bears)

1:30-2:00 pm---Bostwick (Bees), Lockling (Deer)

Sunday Bedtime Stories

Every Sunday, at 7:00 pm, there will be a Live Read- Aloud Bedtime Story for our Little Bucks. Each week will be a new adult from school. Log on every Sunday evening on our PELC Facebook page to see who will be sharing a favorite book.

Upcoming Dates

  • October 28: November 1- Spirit Week
  • November 5- Fall Family Fun Night/Basket Raffle, 6:00-7:00 pm in the PELC Cafeteria
  • November 8- Square 1 Art Orders DUE
  • November 11: Veteran's Day- NO SCHOOL
  • November 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences/Book Fair 4:00-7:00 pm
  • November 26: Parent /Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL/Book Fair- 8:00 am-7:00 pm
  • November 27-29: Thanksgiving Vacation- NO SCHOOL
  • December 16: Kindergarten Holiday Programs