PT&E Guitar Recital

On Thursday 5/31 we hosted a guitar recital at the SJRC. It was an opportunity for our Scholar Athletes who have been practicing all year with Coach Bob and Coach Jason to showcase their skills and in the case of some of our younger students earn their very own guitars. 

Congratulations to Alan and Carlos for earning their own guitars by successfully performing the song "Malagueña". Carlos and Alan earned the right to keep their very own guitars that they can use to practice with all summer!

We are eternally grateful to Coach Jason and Coach Bob who donate their time to our Scholar Athletes. Their guitar lessons are invaluable to the growth of our students and give our Scholar Athletes an important creative outlet. 

Thank you Coach Bob and Coach Jason for all that you do! PT&E is a better program because of the work that you do. 

Here are some pictures from the event: 

Meerkat Graduation

Another year and a another group of our scholar athletes from our Meerkat classroom are headed off to kindergarten. We are thrilled by the growth and progress they have made this past year! We celebrated their promotion last Thursday with tasty treats and tiny graduation robes at our annual graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to Adrian, Lazaro and Kendra on graduating! May this be the first of many. Good luck in Kindergarten next year!!

Science Fair with Portland Junior Scientists

Throughout the school year students from Jesuit High Schools have been volunteering at our after school program as a part of the “Portland Junior Scientist Program” (PSJ). Each Wednesday these volunteers lead the Scholar Athletes in our Elephant and Chimps classrooms through science experiments, teaching complex scientific ideas in an engaging and easy to understand way.

Last week was the culmination of the PSJ program and we hosted our very own science fair to celebrate a year of hard work. Our Scholar Athletes worked in teams, guided by the PSJ volunteers, to design and run their very own science experiments. It was a challenging and rewarding experience for our students who spent 3 weeks preparing for this event.

We are very thankful for the time and dedication of our volunteers from Jesuit High School. Each week our Scholar Athletes eagerly anticipated their time with “the scientists” and were thrilled to get to do hands-on science experiments. Thank you Jesuit volunteers and we look forward to continuing the program next year!

Here are a few pictures from our science fair:

PT&E Wins First Place at the St. Johns Parade

Another year, another first place ribbon! Our PT&E family received our third 1st Place ribbon at the St. Johns Parade today, and as always, we had a blast dancing through the streets of St. Johns while greeting familiar faces all throughout the neighborhood!

Thank you to all community members who came out in support of the parade and our Scholar Athletes. We love our neighbors!

Ariel, Rosie and Miguel are Headed to State!


We are very proud of all of our Scholar Athletes who represented their high schools at the district tennis tournaments this year and thrilled to share that three of them will be representing their schools at the 2018 OSAA State Tennis Tournament!

Ariel, Rosie and Miguel have been attending PT&E since 2009 and are among the original 14 members of the program in its current form.

Ariel attends Jesuit High School and will be representing the Metro League with his doubles partner at the state tournament. Rosie and Miguel will both be representing the PIL and Roosevelt High School in the singles section of the state tournament. 

Good luck at state, Ariel, Rosie and Miguel!

adidas Team Visits PT&E for a Day of Fun

Our Scholar Athletes were excited to welcome members of the adidas recruitment team to program on Wednesday 4/25. Each volunteer from adidas teamed up with a group of Scholar Athletes to create a skit about their favorite peace word. After performing these wonderful skits everyone headed outside to make chalk murals about their peace words and enjoy the sun!

Thank you to everyone who came from adidas! Here are some pictures from the day:  

March Reading Challenge

On Tuesday, 4/24, we announced the winners of our March Reading Challenge. Throughout March, National Reading Month, all of our Scholar Athletes, Coaches and parents competed to read as many books as possible. Altogether our Scholar Athletes read over 5000 pages, more than 25 hours and 135 Reading A to Z ( a program we use to increase literacy) books! Our top readers were Peanut, Daniela, Bryan, Jeremy and Coach Mikayla! We are very proud of all of our Scholar Athletes. Here are some pictures of those who participated in this years challenge.

Passport Oregon Trip #4

Our Scholar Athletes took their 4th trip with Passport Oregon this past weekend heading into the Columbia River Gorge for a hike at Latourell Falls. They were led by a local naturalist who taught them about the history of the gorge, edible things in the forest, and uses for the plants around them. One of our Scholar Athletes had a run in with some stinging nettle but with the help of her friends who had been listening to our guide was able to stop the stinging using a local plant. It was another memorable trip for our kids! Thanks Passport Oregon for making it all possible! Check out this video of the trip:


Our Scholar Athletes Star in Benson vs. Roosevelt Tennis Matchup

7 of our Scholar Athletes were on the court yesterday in a PIL showdown between Roosevelt and Benson. Miguel, Alberto, Rosie, Gerry, and Cesar represented Roosevelt and Holli and Angel wore Benson blue. The Roosevelt Womens team came away with a 6-2 win and the Benson Mens team won 5-3 (after an unfortunate default for Roosevelt). All of our 7th and 8th grade Scholar Athletes were on hand to watch and support their peers in this exciting duel!