The evening of June 17th, 2015 was a major milestone in the lives of six Serendipity students. Last night staff and student families gathered to celebrate the graduating class of 2015. It was a night for reflection of accomplishments and excitement for what the future may bring. Each graduate self-selected a staff to speak on their behalf during the ceremony. The touching tributes were a reminder of the many obstacles our graduating class has overcome to become young, educated adults.

Thank you to all of graduation speakers, the families in attendance, TTIP teacher Brenda for organizing the ceremony, and everyone who made the evening so special for our grads. Good luck class of 2015! We know you will do great things.

 

On Tuesday, June 16th students at Serendipity Center enjoyed an end of the year field trip to the Oregon Zoo! More than 70 students across ages and grade levels were excited to experience the variety zoo exhibits. From California Condors, to Polar Bears, to African Elephants students marveled at all of the amazing animals.

Serendipity Center would like to thank all of the staff and parent volunteers for helping make this field trip an awesome experience for everyone in attendance. A special thank you is in order to Lower School teacher Tyler for organizing the trip. It was a perfect way to end the school year and start summer!

 

 

Our good friend Rojo the Llama of Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas visited Serendipity yesterday! Rojo and all of his buddies at Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas have been visiting Serendipity for many years. Since Rojo first started visiting Serendipity he has become the most famous Llama in the world!  He has been featured on national publications like Huffington Post. CBS News, and Today.

All of the students interested in meeting Rojo were able to give him hugs, “Llama kisses,” and lots of petting. Rojo’s friendly demeanor and soft fur make him perfectly suited to relax the students of Serendipity and give them a unique break during the day. Thank you so much Lori for bringing Rojo to Serendipity, we hope he can come back soon!

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Rojo giving a student a “Llama Kiss”

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On Tuesday, June 9th the students of Serendipity Center enjoyed the annual Field Day celebration. The year end school-wide PBIS party was a fun time for students of all ages and grade levels. Staff operated games including three-legged races, bean bag toss, and hula-hoop pass, to name a few. The morning of excitement and games was capped off with an afternoon treat of snow cones! Congratulations to the students for earning their final PBIS reward for the year. Thank you to all of the staff who volunteered to run games and our PBIS coordinator Gretchen for organizing Field Day and all of our past PBIS events.

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Here are a few simple ways to support Serendipity by doing your weekly shopping!

Amazon Smile:
Serendipity will receive .5% of your purchase.

1.) Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-0730861
2.) Sign in with your regular Amazon account
3.) Bookmark smile.amazon.com and use this site for all of your amazon purchasing needs.

Escrip.com:
Once you register, donations will come to Serendipity whenever you swipe your debit card at participating locations. Serendipity will receive 2.5% of your total bill and up to 5% if you complete an online survey.

1. Go to www.escrip.com
2. Click on “Members/Supporters” on the upper left side, then Sign up
3. Select Serendipity Center as your preferred non-profit
4. Register your debit or credit card

Fred Meyer:
You can now donate money to Serendipity simply by shopping at Fred Meyers! Every time you swipe your Rewards card, a donation will be made to Serendipity. If you already have a Rewards card, it is only 6 steps (seriously, I tried it and it was super easy). You will continue receive the Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates that they have in the past.
Fred Meyer donates back $65,000 per quarter. Non-profits receive a percentage of that total depending on how much our donors who have linked their Rewards Card to shop at Fred Meyer compared to other organizations’ donors.

  1.  Go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
  2. Select “Link Your Rewards Card Now”
  3. Sign in (or create a new login)
  4. Search for Organization (by name  or our ID number, 84042)
  5. Select “Serendipity Center”
  6. “Save”