Today the Serendipity Board members hosted a staff appreciation breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, pastries, muffins, fruit and juice to thank all the Serendipity staff for all their hard work and dedication.  The breakfast was hosted by the following Board members:  Lori Silverman, Nicole Zumwalt and Kim La Fever.

Photo L to R: Belinda Marier, Serendipity Executive Director, Nicole Zumwalt, Board Member, Kim La Fever, Board Member, Lori Silverman, Board Member, Megan Pine Serendipity Principal

The 2018 Youth Opportunity Breakfast is A complimentary and informational event hosted by Serendipity Center designed to shape the conversation of therapeutic education in the state of Oregon. This complimentary event is our forum for engaging our peers in the educational field and interested community members in discussion intended to build understanding and support for all children challenged by disability and/or trauma.

Students from Serendipity Center’s Farm to Table Cooking Club meet each Thursday and Friday to harvest veggies from the Growing Minds Garden and practice their cooking skills in the JFR Life Skills room. On Friday the Farm to Table Club prepared sauteed eggplant with miso sauce, sauteed shishito peppers, and sticky rice. Serendipity case-manager Chifumi Brown was a special guest chef at this week providing the club with her delicious homemade miso! Students and staff alike were blown away by this simple, yet delicious meal.

Serendipity is grateful for the support from all of our Growing Minds Garden stakeholders, including our Pearls of Hope and our corporate sponsors. We would also like to thank the Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral for their generous grant in support of our farm to table program.

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On Thursday, April 28th Serendipity Center held it’s annual benefit event Pearls of Hope. With our deepest and most sincere gratitude, Serendipity Center would like to thank all of those who attended Pearls of Hope this year. The generous support of our community partners is the foundation of Serendipity Center’s success. This year Pearls of Hope raised over $137,000! Thank you to our 2016 special appeal sponsor The Standard, as well as all of our empowerment, cornerstone, auction item donors and other sponsors. Special thanks to Tony Martinez, our long-time event master of ceremonies and this year’s special appeal host. Pearls of Hope is made possible by your support and belief in the Serendipity mission.

Our very special friends from Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas, Rojo and Napoleon visited Serendipity Center today along with two producers from CNN! They will be featured in a segment for the series, Vital Signs, hosted by Sanjay Gupta. The show will focus on the positive effect animals and pets can have on our overall health. At Serendipity, it’s clear that every time Rojo and his friends visit the collective spirit of our students and staff is raised.

We would like to thank Lori Gregory and Shannon Hendrickson for always supporting Serendipity, and for letting us be apart of your very special moment in the spotlight.

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!

 

 

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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