Another Chase Return The Serve Fun Day at PT&E

We were incredibly honored to once again be one of the 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters selected to host the 5th annual Chase Return The Serve Fun Day.  

This event on July 13th featured high-energy and fun tennis activities, off-court educational opportunities, and a healthy lunch for all of our Scholar Athletes as well as students from local organizations like Friends of The Children, The Boys and Girls Club and the St. Johns Community Center. All in all we had over 150 people show up for this day of fun for our community!

We even had a special guest, Derek DeBoer,  who is a professional race car drive for The Racers Group. Derek shared with students who were thrilled to meet a real life race car driver. He even invited our Scholar Athletes to watch him in action at the Portland International Speedway on the Saturday following the event. Thank you Derek for making memories for our Scholar Athletes that will last a lifetime!

Thank you to Chase Bank and the USTA Foundation for making this wonderful day possible. Also a huge shout out to all of our volunteers and staff who worked hard to make this event a smashing success!

Passport Oregon Summer Cohort

Our Passport Oregon cohort has been in full swing this summer. Our Scholar Athletes have had the chance to visit Hoyt Arboretum, the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast and Silver Falls. This is the youngest Passport Oregon cohort ever and these junior explorers have had an excellent time getting to know some of our states most beautiful parks. In the fall we will be partnering with James John Elementary School and extending the impact of our Passport Oregon program to students from our local elementary school. 

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Final Summer Slam Tournament

This past weekend we had our final Summer Slam Tournament of the year. We are proud of all of our Scholar Athletes who played their hearts out this weekend and throughout the summer. Congratulations to Rosie, Felipe and Damion for winning their respective age groups!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our tournaments this summer!

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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!

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.