Peninsula K-5 School

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8125 N. EmeraldPortland, OR 97217Ph (503) 916-6275Fx (503) 916-2662

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    Click here for the 2017/18 School Supply List
    2017-18 Beginning of the year reminders 
    Drop Off

    All Peninsula students will meet in the cafeteria in the mornings to be picked up by their teachers. The doors to the cafeteria open at 7:45 am and teachers pick up their classes at 7:55. Please encourage your students to be in the cafeteria before 7:55. Students not in their classroom when the bell rings at 8:00am are considered tardy.


    Students in grades 3-5 are released through the doors facing N. Emerald Avenue south of the cafeteria.  Grades 1-2 are released on the front porch. Kindergarteners are picked up on the black top near their classrooms. All persons picking up a student need to be on the student’s approved pick-up list.

    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. See enclosed map.

    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 Peninsula Drop-off and Pick-up Traffic Map

    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 to Security Services webpage to complete a new one (link below). 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.

    Free and Reduced Lunch

    Every year families need to submit an application for free or reduced lunch. The application must be processed and approved prior to students receiving lunch at a reduced cost. Submitting the application early can help to ensure that you won’t end up with an unexpected lunch balance.  The application can be found online.

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

    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 students rollover enrollment in our school as well as ensures that we have the most up to date contact and emergency information for each student.  


    Weekly Update  
    Click the link to view the final weekly update of the 2016/17 school year. The update includes a letter from the principal, information on summer SUN, lost and found, and Sunday Parkways.  
    Have a great summer!
    *Click on the Parent Communications Header, below the View All link, and scroll down to the bottom to see all 2016/2017 parent communications*  

    School Pay logo
    School Pay 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 and 100% of the money goes to the school for use in only the specified way.

    Parents and Guardians who are on a student's registration and have an email address on file are already set up with an account, and have access to all of their students in one place. Buy yearbooks, pay for a field trip, donate money to the art 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 buy something. Just open the item in School Pay, send them the link and they can check out as a guest. 
    It's quick and easy to get started, just follow the instructions in the following guide: SchoolPay Guide 
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  • Our School Enrollment Boundaries Have Expanded

    The following map shows the 2017-18 Peninsula School enrollment boundaries. If you are within the area on the map, then Peninsula school is your school.

    Students in grades 1 – 5 who currently attend other PPS schools have their choice of remaining at their current school or attending Peninsula.
    If you have any questions regarding enrollment feel free to contact the School Office at 503-916-6275 or email Kelsey Kaul at email  You may also contact the district enrollment and transfer center at 503-916-3205.

    2017/18 Peninsula enrollment boundaries map


District News

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  • Interviews under way for PPS superintendent

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.

    The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.

  • Meet Yousef Awwad

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district

    At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.

    Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.

    Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?

  • Board hears update on superintendent search

    The new PPS Board of Education held its first regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the search for a permanent superintendent and hear from a community group about the future of Tubman Middle School.

  • PPS Board picks new leaders

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     Julia Brim-Edwards, board chair; Julie Esparza Brown and Rita Moore, co-vice chairs

    Julia Brim-Edwards elected chair; Julie Esparza Brown, Rita Moore are co-vice chairs

    Two newly elected members and one current member of the Portland Public School Board will assume leadership roles following a special July 7 board meeting.

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