On Thursday, January 29, the students of Serendipity Center earned their second school-wide PBIS reward of the year. This time the students of Serendipity chose a pajama and movie day to celebrate their positive behavior! Groups of students across grade levels were invited into the dining hall to watch “Box Trolls.” Students munched on snacks and relaxed in their PJs, enjoying their earned reward for weeks of making safe, respectful, and responsible choices while at school.

Our PBIS coordinator and valued interventionist, Gretchen, organized the event for Serendipity students. The school-wide PBIS protocol has been successful at rewarding students for making good choices while at school. Students are now able to be rewarded by any of the Serendipity staff when they are seen demonstrating safe, respectful, and responsible behavior. This has lead to students being more mindful of their behavior outside of the classroom and they have become more respectful of staff who work indirectly with them. Thank you to all the staff who helped organize and produce the pajama and movie day for Serendipity’s students!

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Serendipity Center extends our sincere gratitude to all those who donated time, money, and energy to making this holiday season a joyful and memorable one for Serendipity’s students and their families.

As a way of closing out the fall semester and 2014, Serendipity held our annual Holiday Celebration to distribute donated gifts to students before they left for winter break. Gifts were donated by NIKE, the employees of CapitalOne, and patrons of Glendoveer Golf Course. The Central East Portland Rotary and St. Joseph the Worker’s Peace and Justice Committee  provided 17 families with groceries to help during winter break. We were also able to provide 28 families with $100 Fred Meyer gift cards due to donations from individuals and organizations such as Brown & Brown NW, Metro West Women’s Club, and OPNW.

It is this type of leadership and generosity from our community partners and our Board of Directors that has helped make 2014 a year of tremendous growth for Serendipity Center. We would like to say “Thank You” to all those who supported Serendipity in 2013-2014, we wish you all the best in 2015!

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Program Assistant, Elise, and Garden Coordinator, Nicolas, pose with a student during our Holiday Celebration.

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This year Nike donated Soccer balls and Basketballs for every student at Serendipity.