Late Spring Fun at HFP

Strawberry Picking
First week of June is Strawberry Picking at Kruger Farm. Bring sunscreen and siblings and a bag or bucket for your strawberries.

Rummage Sale (Saturday, June 1st)

Take advantage of a good excuse for spring cleaning. Bring household items you no longer want to Christine’s house on  May 31, and we’ll sell them at the HFP Rummage Sale. Come to the rummage sale with cash and see what other unloved treasures you can find.

Cake Walk Party (Friday, June 7th)

The Cake Walk is our annual year-end party to celebrate the school year. Each family brings their own picnic dinner (blanket, food, dishes, utensils, drinks) and one cake. The children play a musical chairs game and “win” one cake.  There will also be face painting and a sing-along (led by Finn’s dad,Chris and Lyla’s dad, Theo). This event is at HFP in the side grassy area (weather permitting) or in the front covered area if it’s rainy or wet.

Snacktime Conversations

On Green Day, over a snack of seaweed and pistachios, A. asked some of the other children at his snack table, “Do you believe in Jesus?”

Initially, R., U., and L. weren’t sure what A. was asking, but they were still eager to engage with him.



“Cheetahs? Do I believe in Cheetahs?”

Teacher Susan scurried to get a recorder to capture the rest. Click the link below to see a video of the rest of the conversation, or read the transcript that follows.


The rest of the conversation:

R: “. . . the president of the world, okay?”

U: “No, there’s a president for each place.”

R: “No, he flies. He’s not a bird, he flies.”

U: “Is he a real man?”

R: “No.”

A: “Yeah he is.”

R: “They fly. I don’t believe in Jesus.”

L: “He’s a superhero with a cape, so he can fly.”

A: “He’s not a superhero.”

R: “He’s not a superhero, yes.”

U: “Superheros are just mans.”

L: “Well, superheros aren’t just mans.”

A: “Some is, some are . . . there is girls that are superheros.”

L: “Well, superheros save people.”

U: “No they don’t.”

A and R: “Yes they do.”

U: “Police officers do.”

R: “Jesus . . . Jesus is not a superhero. He’s not.”

L: “Then who’s Jesus?”

U: “Jesus is the president of the world.”

R and A: “Uh huh, yeah.”

L: “What’s the president of the world?”

R: “He’s the president of the world.”

U: “Do you know Obama? He’s the president of Portland.”

R: “Yes. And, but, the president of the world is Jesus.”

U: “Yeah, Jesus.”

R: “These are good. Easy to crack open.”

U: “Jesus always eats those.”


A thank you for “the loving space”

This note from an HFP parent (and new mom, once again) to Teacher Susan illustrates what so many families are happy to find at HFP.



I wanted to say a quick thank you for the important role you play in Odin’s world.
It’s so helpful and important for Odin to have a safe and nurturing place to be creative, to grow, to share with friends, especially as we’re adding Finn to our family. It’s terrific to know that today he’ll go to playschool and be guided through activities, routine and new, with your positive and caring presence. I know how important these days are to him and how grounding it is for a little person to have their familiar activities in the midst of changes around them. Odin is surprising us all with how giving, gentle, helpful and excited he is to be a big brother. He’s asking for extra love and affection from caring adults around him (friends and Grandmas) and is not showing signs of jealousy or resentment towards Finn. I credit a big part of this to the growth he’s gone through at playschool. Learning to listen and share with others, trusting other adult voices. Hopefully this is all fairly coherent, I’ve been up a long time tonight with a cute but alert baby. Anyways, thanks so much for the work you do and the loving space you create for our kids. It’s really amazing.
Anna (Odin’s mom)