November to Remember! November Newsletter

Friends, Neighbors, Supporters:

We hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful Autumn! As the leaves begin to fall and the temperature begins to drop, Sellwood Community House is feeling warmer and cozier than ever in our new routine.  We want to thank the volunteers who continue to come by to clean and organize the attic, basement and classrooms, drop off donations, organize and run events and so much more.  

Special thanks to Wallace Books, for helping us build our library for our 2nd-5th grade kiddos who enjoy reading time after school.  Next time you’re shopping this great local bookstore, please consider picking up a book for Sellwood Community House.  Choose a favorite title, or ask their talented staff for a recommendation! This community is what makes Sellwood Community House possible. THANK YOU!

Halloween Spooktacular

The annual Halloween Spooktacular went off without a hitch!  We absolutely loved seeing all your little ghouls and goblins (and fairies and superheroes). Our wonderful staff was joined by a talented and hard working group of volunteers who designed our flyers, decorated the building, set up and ran the games, handed out prizes, painted flyers and even stayed to clean up.  Special thanks to the dedicated Judo program, whose “Tunnel of Terror” was a highlight of the event. It was a Spooktacular evening!

Pre-school.  We are excited to welcome our new preschool teacher, Ashley Asbjornsen!  Teacher Ashley comes to us with a rich background in early childhood education and art.  Ashley’s guiding principle for her warm and welcoming classroom is this: Our belief at the Sellwood Community house is in the unlimited potential of children; it is at the heart of all we do. We believe that all children are budding scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars and have an inherent drive to learn and make a positive impact on the world. Here, your child will experience the magic that takes place when you meld a child’s natural sense of curiosity with thoughtfully planned learning experiences.

We have limited spots remaining in our preschool program.  Please email [email protected] to schedule a meet and greet with Teacher Ashley, or register online here.

After school and Kids Day Off.  No School November” is upon us and Sellwood Community House has you covered! We are open 7:30am-6:00pm, most PPS no-school days.  Register online here. Stay tuned to hear about the fun theme days we have planned!

Our after school program has just a few spots remaining.  Email [email protected] or call 503-894-9496 to see about enrolling your child, or register online here.

New Fall Classes! We are excited to announce expanded Fall offerings from Northwest Master Naturalists.  Explore mushrooms and forest ecology through fun, hands-on activities and learn how to teach all age groups about forest succession, decomposers, plant types, and the forest community all around us in in Forest Ecology and Mushrooms (teens and adults). Or learn how to identify medicinal plants and make them into medicinal muscle rubs, chapstick, tinctures, and cough drops with hands-on hikes and labs in our Master and Medicinal Plants and Salve making classes for adults and children. These will fill up quickly, so register today!

Pickleball is the game taking paddle sports by storm!  Drop-in Pickleball is a great way to get active and meet fun people every Friday afternoon and Saturday morning!

PUNCH PASSES are available for Drop-In Basketball, Open Gym for Families, Drop-in Pickleball and Drop-In Volleyball.

Winter class offerings are coming soon.  Stay tuned!

Reverend’s BBQ Fundraiser-Nov 19th. What’s better than a delicious dinner at Reverend’s BBQ? How about a dinner that benefits Sellwood Community House!  But wait, there’s more! Make it a date-night with affordable childcare! Our trained staff will keep your children safe and entertained from 6-8pm while you enjoy a kid-free evening!  Register here today!

“Frosted Fete” (Holiday Bazaar)- A Spirited Holiday Celebration. Visit St. Nicholas, shop handcrafted creations, treat yourself to baked confections and enjoy live, local entertainment! Activities for children plus childcare for young children promise to make this year’s holiday celebration a community event with something for everyone.  Artisans and crafters, reserve your vendor spot online today! Bakers, email [email protected] if you would like to donate baked goods to our “confections boutique!” Anyone interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] or call 503-894-9496.