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 – Market of Choice:
Once you register, donations will come to Serendipity whenever you swipe your debit card at participating locations, including Market of Choice. 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 “Where to Earn” at top, then sort by Locations (middle column)
3. Scroll down to OREGON, Market of Choice is only selection. Click SIGN UP button on the right column
4. Select Serendipity Center as your preferred non-profit
5. 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”

 

Serendipity Center’s graduating class of 6 students joined together in the  dining room today, May 29, 2015, to celebrate their amazing achievement; graduating high school. Parents, families, and staff enjoyed bacon, eggs, and waffles prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff, Joey and Brian. The morning was a celebration of a life changing accomplishment for our students. Having a high school diploma increases earning potential and life opportunities for all of the students who will walk across the stage on June 17, 2015. Serendipity couldn’t be more proud of the graduating class of 2015 for all of the hard work and perseverance through out their academic careers.

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On Friday, April 24, 2015 Serendipity Center held it’s second annual PBIS carnival. Since the last PBIS reward day (pajama and movie day) Serendipity students earned over 4000 tickets. Tickets are awarded to students throughout the school day for demonstrating safe, responsible, and respectful behavior toward their staff and peers.

The carnival featured a number of different games and activities for students to win prizes, including a ring toss, bean bag toss, and even a nail salon. Games were designed and facilitated by high school and TTIP students. One of the most popular parts of the afternoon was the pie toss – students competed in games for the opportunity to earn a ticket to throw a pie at the principal!  Special thanks to PBIS coordinator Gretchen for organizing such a fun and memorable event for Serendipity students.

Spring is upon us and summer isn’t far behind. That means there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities at Serendipity Center for those of you with a green thumb who are interested in urban farming, horticultural education, or special education. Serendipity Center is currently taking applications for volunteers who would like to help in the therapeutic and production gardens on the first, second, or fourth Friday in the months of May and June. Volunteers are required to be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a background check.

If you would like an application for volunteering at Serendipity Center or require more information please email Jelena Doney at jelenad@serendipitycenter.org. Your investment of time, talents, and resources are truly appreciated, and will have more impact than you will likely ever know!

On Thursday, March 12 at Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, Serendipity Center held it’s annual benefit dinner Pearls of Hope.  Serendipity would like to thank all of our event sponsors, donors, volunteers and all those involved in making this year’s Pearls of Hope an awesome success!  Also, special thanks to our graduate speaker Mariah, our longtime MC Tony Martinez of “Good Day Oregon” and Kelly Russell of Kelly Russell Auctions, LLC​.

The generous support of our community members is the foundation of Serendipity’s success as a organization. This year Serendipity Center was able to raise over $130,000 to support our vision of educating students with unique challenges and needs. To get involved with Serendipity Center please check out our volunteer opportunities or make a donation.

 

 

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.

One of the most popular areas of Serendipity Center for students is the Game Room. This area is used for a variety of therapeutic and recreational purposes. It is common to see students taking a structured break with Serendipity staff, or enjoying a game of pool during recess with peers during the day. For many of our students, it is an area to practice sportsmanship and turn-taking with others in a safe, constructive environment. Naturally, when students found out that we would be replacing our pool table the school was buzzing with excitement.

Last week on Tuesday, November 25th the incredibly generous individuals at Golden West Billiards donated and installed our new “Delta Queen” style billiard table; a significant, and much needed upgrade from our previous table. Serendipity Center would like to extend sincere gratitude to Rich, Jack, and Zack at Golden West for donating your time and energy to install our fabulous new table. To visit their website please click here, and Like their Facebook page here.

 

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On Thursday, November 20th at the Multnomah Athletic Club in downtown Portland, Serendipity Center hosted it’s second annual Youth Opportunity Summit informational breakfast. The early morning event, hosted at MAC featured a speaking engagement from Dr. Wilson Kenney – the Co-owner of the Center for Integrated Intervention. Dr. Kenney delivered a focused and engaging presentation about the impact of poverty on human development, and discussed ways we can help individuals and families overcome such tremendous obstacles. To learn more about the Center for Integrated Intervention, click here.

The Youth Opportunity Summit breakfast successfully brought together leaders from the education and business communities to discuss the social and emotional impacts of poverty, particularly it’s effects on children. Last school year, Serendipity Center students participated in the “YO” Summit; an all-day event designed to better equip Serendipity students and graduates with the skills necessary to become positive members of the Portland community.

Special thanks to Miller Nash LLP for continuing to embrace the Serendipity Center mission by sponsoring our Youth Opportunity Breakfast.

Thank You: Katie Dutt & Family, Multnomah Athletic Club, and Think A/V