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  • 2018/19 Suggested School Supply List

    Supply LIst K-2  
    Supply List 3-5  
  • Summer Office Hours

    Peninsula School Summer Office Hours

    June 13th – June 25th                   9:00am – 2:00pm

    June 25th – August 10th              Office Closed

    August 13th – August 22nd         9:00am – 2:00 pm

    August 23rd - School Year          7:30am – 3:30 pm

    Escuela Peninsula horario de verano de la oficina

    Del  13  al 25 de junio                   9:00am – 2:00pm

    Del 25 de junio al 10 de agosto    Cerrada

    Del 13 al 22 de agosto                   9:00am – 2:00 pm

    Desde el 23 de agosto                   7:30am – 3:30 pm

    For information regarding summer registration go to the Portland Public School Enrollment and Transfer Center website (by clicking this link). 
  • News Update 6/1/18

    Click on the following link to view the most recent News Update, and last of the school year.  This edition includes information regarding lunch prices for 2018/19 school year and School Health Clinic locations and hours for the summer.

    Peninsula News Update for Friday, June 1st  

    We will be updating our school calendar and adding information, such as the school supply list, over the summer.  Additionally, keep your eyes open for the official announcement of our annual Ice Cream Social and Community Care Day, usually the Saturday before school starts (we are waiting for the district to confirm their date for the Community Care Day).
    Click here to view the SUN School Webpage if you have any questions regarding their summer program. 

    La versión más reciente de las noticias de la escuela Peninsula está disponible. Haga clic en la siguiente enlace para verlo. La versión española está en la segunda pagína. 

    Noticias de la Escuela Peninsula para el 1 día del junio, 2018 

    Actualizaremos nuestro calendario escolar y otra información, como la lista de útiles escolares, durante el verano. Además, mantenga los ojos abiertos para el anuncio oficial de nuestro Social con Helado, generalmente el sábado antes de que comience la escuela (estamos esperando que el distrito confirme su fecha para el día de atención comunitaria).
    Haga click aquí para ver el sitio web de la Escuela SUN, si tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a su programa de verano.
  • Order a Peninsula Yearbook

    If you did not order a yearbook but would like one, we have a handful of extra yearbooks available for sale. Please contact Kara in the school office so that we can put one aside for you.  Yearbooks are $10 and you can pay with cash, check or with a debit or credit card @ SchoolPay Yearbook.  
    Yearbooks will be delivered to students on one of the last days of school, but will be available after the last day of school, while the school office is open and while supplies last.
  • Grow Portland Seed Saving Classes

    Grow Portland  
    Grow Portland Class Schedule  
  • Campfire Summer Camps

    Campfire Summer Camps


  • Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

    The district has scheduled a meeting at the BESC today to discuss Access being located at Peninsula School. The community is invited to attend the work session, and there will be time alloted for three people froom each school to give testimony. If you would like to be considered to give testimony email A decision regarding which site will share with Access will be made tonight from 5:15-5:30.


    Wednesday, 5/30/18

    BESC -  501 N Dixon St.

    3:30-5:15 PPS Board of Education Work Session

    4:45-5:15 Testimonies

    5:15-5:30 Vote


    Here are a copy of the two emails that were sent out:

    Wednesday, May 30th 11:45am

    Dear PPS School Communities,

    On Tuesday, we sent out notice of a PPS Board of Education work session on finding school buildings in which to co-locate our ACCESS Academy program. Since then, there have been a few changes we want to make sure you are aware of. 

    First, the Board has added time for public comment toward the end of the work session, which is scheduled from 3:30-5:15 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the second-floor Mazama conference room at BESC. Starting at 4:45 p.m., two slots will be reserved for each of the five school/program communities potentially affected – Vestal, Lane, Peninsula, Woodlawn and ACCESS – and one slot for the Talented and Gifted Advisory Committee (TAGAC). Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person.

    Additionally, immediately following the work session, the Board has scheduled a brief regular meeting from 5:15-5:30 p.m. to hold a formal vote on the ACCESS location. Three slots for public comment have been set for this meeting. 

    To request time to give testimony at the work session and/or regular meeting, please contact Caren Huson-Quiniones at

    During the work session, Superintendent Guerrero will present the process used to determine ACCESS co-location, and present two final options available to the board: Vestal (grades 1-5) and Lane (grades 6-8); and Peninsula (1-5) and Woodlawn (6-8). The Board will discuss these options in preparation for the vote following the work session.

    Throughout this process, the district has remained committed to our mission of delivering high-quality instruction to all students in our district. We acknowledge that this process has been long and frustrating for many families. Thank you for your patience and all of the input and feedback sent to PPS on this issue.


    Tuesday, May 29th 4:00pm

    Dear PPS School Communities,

    As many of you may know, the district is in the process of finding facilities to co-locate ACCESS Academy. ACCESS is an alternative program, currently located at Rose City Park. This program provides gifted students an environment where they can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Due to the middle school conversion project, Rose City Park, will become a K-5 school feeding into Roseway Heights Middle School – leaving ACCESS students without a location starting in the fall. 

    The Superintendent will present the process used and final options available to the Board of Education during a work session scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The meeting will take place from 3:30pm – 5pm at the BESC in the Mazama room. The Board will not be taking public comment and will not make a final decision at this meeting.

    While all options provide challenges, it is important for Board Directors and the broader community to understand the full context of the constraints and factors that influence the feasibility for a variety of locations. 

    At this point, the Superintendent plans to review the challenges and opportunities of co-location with two final options:  Vestal (1-5) and Lane (6-8) or Peninsula (1-5) and Woodlawn (6-8) before a decision is final. 

    In managing through concerns and logistical challenges, the district is committed to our mission of delivering high-quality instruction to all students in our district.


    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

    Dear Peninsula Community,

    As many of you may know, the district is in the process of relocating ACCESS Academy.  

    ACCESS Academy is an alternative program, currently located at Rose City Park. This program provides gifted students an environment where they can thrive socially, emotionally and academically and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Due to the middle school conversion project, Rose City Park will become a K-5 school feeding into Roseway Heights Middle School – leaving ACCESS students without a location starting in the fall.

    The district is evaluating all available facilities at this time is asking for patience and support from all school communities as options are explored for a co-location at two separate sites. On Friday, Peninsula was identified as a possible co-location and was toured by Superintendent Guerrero and a few members of an advisory group.  

    So far, a number of schools have been toured and are still being considered. Some of the schools previously toured include: Boise Eliot, daVinci, Irvington, Lane, MLK Jr., Woodlawn, Sabin, and Whitman.

    The superintendent would like to finalize a decision as soon as possible. If Peninsula proves to be a viable option, I will be notified and will work with the ACCESS Academy principal and staff to identify shared benefits, floorplans, staffing requirements and any other needs to ensure a smooth transition for all involved in this process.

    I will continue to share any updates as soon as they are available.  


    Silvia Asson


    A message from the Principal regarding March 14th.

    The staff and I would like to inform you of our school wide plans for March 14 - the “Day for Students Across the Nation to Honor Lives Lost In Parkland Florida” (see Superintendent Guerrero’s March 3rd message to the PPS community attached below.)

    At Peninsula School the staff decided it is important to make this event meaningful and age appropriate for elementary students, as opposed to walk-outs or sit-ins. We are calling March 14 the beginning of “Acts of Kindness” that will continue throughout the remainder of the school year. Students will document 100 “Acts of Kindness” that they witness or perform themselves and post them on charts outside their classroom for all to see and appreciate. Parents and staff can also add to these charts as they witness “Acts of Kindness” too. After a classroom has collected 100 Acts they can celebrate in whatever way they choose - plant a tree, help a buddy in class with a project, or have a class party for example. We feel that this is a way for the Peninsula School community to honor kindness, compassion, good will and thoughtfulness among all its members. Which in turn, enhances a feeling of safety and understanding that promotes well-being in our school climate.

    As always, we continue to focus on safety all year and our “Acts of Kindness” is a part of this school wide focus and priority. If you have questions please contact your student’s teacher or the office. We hope you will talk to your student(s) about this activity and next time you are in the school, please add to our “Acts of Kindness” postings.

    Silvia Asson, Principal


    Letter from the Superintendent - March 6th, 2018


    Un Mensaje de la directora con respecto al 14 de Marzo

    El personal y yo queremos informarle acerca de nuestros planes escolares para el 14 de marzo: el "Día de Estudiantes en toda la nación para honrar vidas perdidas en Parkland Florida" (ver el mensaje del 3 de marzo del Superintendente Guerrero a la comunidad de PPS que se adjunta a continuación).

    En la escuela Peninsula, el personal decidió que es importante hacer que este evento sea significativo y apropiado para la edad de los estudiantes de primaria. Estamos llamando al 14 de marzo el comienzo de "Actos de amabilidad" que continuará durante el resto del año escolar. Los estudiantes documentarán 100 "Actos de amabilidad” que presencien o realicen ellos mismos y los publicarán en cuadros fuera de su aula para que todos puedan verlos y apreciarlos. Los padres y el personal también pueden agregar a estos cuadros ya que son testigos de "Actos de amabilidad" también. Después de que un aula ha recogido 100 Actos, pueden celebrar de la forma que elijan: plantar un árbol, ayudar a un amigo en clase con un proyecto o tener una fiesta de clase, por ejemplo. Creemos que esta es una manera para que la comunidad de la escuela de Península honre la bondad, la compasión, la buena voluntad y la consideración entre todos sus miembros. Lo cual, a su vez, mejora la sensación de seguridad y comprensión que promueve el bienestar en el clima escolar.

    Como siempre, continuamos enfocándonos en la seguridad todo el año y nuestros "Actos de amabilidad" son parte de este enfoque y prioridad de toda la escuela. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo o la oficina. Esperamos que hable con su (s) estudiante (s) sobre esta actividad y la próxima vez que esté en la escuela, por favor agregue a nuestras publicaciones de "Actos de amabilidad”.      

    Silvia Asson, Directora


    Superintendent's Letter from March 6th


    Mensaje del 6 de marzo del superintendente Guerrero (en español)



    Dear Parents,

    As you know the District balances enrollment at the beginning of every year.  One of the ways they accomplish this is by starting with Kindergarten enrollment.  Knowing our enrollment numbers were lower than expected, I felt it was better to start with two Kindergarten classes and eliminate the 1st /2nd grade blends.  The numbers continued to stay lower than expected in Kindergarten and as such we still had to give up the allocation for this class.  In reviewing the options, I decided that lower numbers in our classrooms took precedence and not moving students would result in the least amount of disruption so we looked to our other staff and due to licensure and seniority, Mr. Tharp, our STEAM teacher has been transferred to teach math at Ockley Green.  

    Mr. Tharp has been an important member of the staff for several years, and it was hard to see him go. However, we have taken steps to lessen the impact of this loss and make sure that our schedule remains the same for students.  

    Thank you for your support.

    Silvia Asson


    Peninsula School


    9/12/17 Letter from the principal - PDF


    12 de 09, 2017

    Estimadas familias,

    Como ustedes saben el Distrito Escolar balancea los números al inicio del curso escolar. Una de las formas en que lo hace es basada en la matrícula de Kinder. La misma ha sido menor que la esperada, por tanto, sentí que sería mejor comenzar con dos clases de Kinder y eliminar las clases combinadas de 1er y 2do Grados. Nuestra matricula continuo bajando en Kinder. Al revisar las opciones, decidí que no mover los estudiantes resultaría menos interrupción. Decidimos revisar los miembros del claustro y teniendo en cuenta las licencias y la antigüedad, el Sr. Tharp, nuestro maestro de STEAM, ha sido transferido a Ockley Green para impartir Matemáticas.

    El Sr.Tharp ha sido un miembro importante de nuestro claustro durante muchos cursos escolares y será difícil verlo ir. Sin embargo, hemos tenido en cuenta aminorar el impacto de su perdida y asegurarnos que el horario permanezca igual para los estudiantes.

    Gracias por su apoyo,

    Silvia Asson


    Escuela Península

    Carta del director con respecto a los cambios de maestros-pdf



    Silvia Asson, Principal

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  • School Information

    Suggested Supply List

    Drop-off and Pick-up

    Morning Drop-Off

    7:45am:  Breakfast doors open (breakfast served)*

    7:55am:  Teachers pick students up from the cafeteria

    8:00am: Tardy Bell (students must be in class at this time)

    8:00am (and later): Students are tardy and must report to the office

    • All students will enter the set of double doors south of the cafeteria doors (to the left if you are looking at the cafeteria doors).  Students will go through the cafeteria line for breakfast.  Even if students are not eating school breakfast, they should enter through these doors and wait for their teacher to pick them up at their class' table. 

    Afternoon Pick-up

    2:15pm:  Dismissal

    • Kindergarten students are picked up on the northwest end of the school outside of their classrooms on the playground. 
    • Grades 1 and 2 are dismissed on the front porch.
    • Grades 3-5 will be dismissed in front of the school from the door on the south side of the cafeteria. Teachers will walk students out and students who walk home can do so. 

    There will be no late opening days for the 2018/19 school year.  

    Parking and Driving

    The portion of N. Emerald Avenue between Halleck and Kilpatrick will be closed at pick-up and drop-off. We ask that N. Halleck be used as a one way (eastbound) at drop off and pick up.  

    To help reduce traffic and increase health and safety, if possible, please park a block or two away from the school and walk.

    Click the link to view a Peninsula Drop-off and Pick-up Traffic Map

    Registration Verifications

    Look for a verification form to be sent home with your student in the first weeks of school. It is very important that this form be looked over, any updates made, signed and returned to the school. This confirms your student's rollover enrollment in our school as well as ensures that we have the most up to date contact and emergency information for each student.  

    Volunteer Background Checks

    PPS requires all volunteers to submit to a background check. Once approved, it is good for 3 years. If you are new to PPS or it’s been a while since you were approved go here to complete a new one. It only takes a few minutes to submit the request, however, it can take 3-4 weeks to process at the beginning of the year, so the sooner the better. You will be notified of its completion via email.

    Free and Reduced Lunch

    One Free and reduced lunch application need to be completed per family, per year. The application must be processed and approved prior to students receiving lunch at a reduced cost. If the student is not approved before the first day of school they will have to pay full price until it has been approved (approve is not retroactive). Submitting the application early can help to ensure that you won’t end up with an unexpected lunch balance. 

    Free and Reduced Lunch forms are found at SCHOOLCAFE.COM You will need your student's ID number to complete the paperwork. If the student is a returning Portland Public Schools student their ID number can be found on their report card (or other district communication). If the student is new to Portland Public Schools, you can get an ID number form the school office.

    *Please note that if you have students at schools where lunch is free for all students, you still need to apply for students attending Peninsula. 

    School Lunch Accounts

    You can add money to a student's school lunch account at SCHOOLCAFE.COM You will need your student's ID number to complete the paperwork. If the student has already attended Portland Public Schools, their ID number can be found on their report card (or other district communication). If the student is new to Portland Public Schools, you can get an ID number form the school office.


    SchoolPay is an easy way for parents to pay for school-related items from home- no more searching for cash and hoping your child turns it in! It is an online program that allows parents, guardians and other community members to use their credit or debit card to pay for school-related items. It costs nothing to use (no service fees) and 100% of the money goes to the school for use in only the specified way.

    All parents and guardians with an email address on file already have a SchoolPay account created for them and all of their connected students at a PPS school are under the same account. To get started go to password recovery and reset your password. 
    Buy yearbooks, pay for a field trip, donate money to an arts program, or put a deposit on an instrument rental are just some of the things that you can pay for using school pay.  Have a family member or neighbor who would like to make a donation or a purchase? Just open the item in School Pay, send them the link and they can check out as a guest. 

    Click here for a SchoolPay Guide.