Sunshine and Summer Break!
Every July term, PELA is closed for a week-long Summer Break. This year, some students went camping, some went swimming, some hiked, and others stayed inside to avoid the heat! August is promising to be even hotter, but with summer comes music festivals, street fairs, and other free events around Portland. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to learn about upcoming free events in Portland!
BIG Changes at PELA's Home, the Lloyd Center
After months of construction, the new staircase in the Lloyd Center has been opened! We enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and dance performances, and free food and prizes!
The new staircase gives PELA students easy access between our school and other parts of the Lloyd Center for shopping, eating, or just hanging out with friends.
Last Thursday on Alberta!
On the last Thursday of every month, Alberta Street in Northeast Portland hosts a popular and free street fair. PELA students were able to experience a little bit of Portland culture on June 28th while enjoying local foods and drinks, and dancing to some live, local music.
What students are saying about PELA:
"I've had an amazing experience with you guys, the teachers were really good and I really enjoyed the school."
- Eduardo, Brazil
PELA's Annual Trip to the Oregon Coast!
One of PELA's most popular and exciting trips of the year is the BEACH TRIP! Why? Because students get to see the Oregon Coast and have a COLOR FIGHT. We took a bus to Seaside, Oregon and spent the day on the beach where we went shopping for souvenirs, ate lunch, and threw powdered paint at each other. See more photos on our Facebook page!
End of Term HAPPY HOUR!
On the last day of each term, PELA hosts a Happy Hour for students at Aztec Willie's Restaurant. This is a great event because current students can celebrate the end of the term and new students can join and meet new friends before their first term begins! This is the first PELA event new students get to be part of.
July's Happy Hour was as successful as ever, with PELA students and teachers taking up nearly HALF the RESTAURANT! Wow you guys - thanks for coming!
The annual PELA BBQ is on Thursday, August 10th
August birthday celebration will be on Wednesday, August 9th
Volunteer Class plans to spend some time outside at the Hoyt Arboretum
Last day for students to pay for September tuition is on Friday, August 25th
End of Term Happy Hour is on Friday, August 25th
New student placement exam and orientation for September term is Thursday, August 24th
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH AND HONOR ROLL
July 2017 Students of the Month are Suelma Mario from Angola and Mohammed Alotaibi from Saudi Arabia.
Read about their challenges studying English, study tips, and special advice in their special interview!
July 2017's Honor Roll List:
Honor Roll is awarded to students who receive a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the term.
Carolina Montaño Agudelo
Roberto Palacio Henao
Laura Jordan Naranjo
Congratulations, PELA Students!
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