Peninsula K-5 School

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

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  • Dates to Remember

    Last Day of School: Friday, June 14th 2024

  • Summer Reading Program

    Continue to learn, relax, and grow over the summer by reading daily. Participate in Multnomah County Library's Summer Reading Program. Details here. 

    All PPS students may check out materials at Multnomah County Libraries. Account access information here. 

  • Connect to Kinder

     

    • Important Program Update: On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the PPS Board of Education voted to modify our PPS Compulsory Enrollment; Age and Grade Level at Entrance Board Policy (4.10.020-P). This modification eliminated our previous practice of offering an Early Entry to Kindergarten exception. Our policy now reads: "A child will be admitted to Kindergarten if their fifth birthday occurs on or before September 1.

  • Community Volunteers Needed

    Our community enjoys bringing their canine companions to school grounds during hours when students and after-school programs are not using the facilities.

    Unfortunately, those sneaky canines manage to poop on our field and create some stinky situations for students and staff. 

    We have decided to form a poop patrol! Click here for details and to sign up for a shift.
    Our shoes and noses thank you in advance for doing your part.

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  • Reporting Student Absences

    Email student absences to Sara Gilds or call/leave a message on the attendance line at 503-916-5275.

    Learn more about Oregon law on student absences here.

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Enrichment News

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    enrichment definition

    At Peninsula, reading, writing and math are fundamental. Enrichments are essential. They bring pleasure to reading and creativity to expression. Enrichment classes teach cross-curricular skills that demonstrate to students how math applies to art, music, physical education, and beyond. Enrichments are the colorful ties that bind the fully educated child together. Each of these certified teachers has a subject "specialty," complete with its own set of adopted educational standards. Most enrichment teachers have stand-alone classes and all collaborate with homeroom teachers to make curricular connections. We want students to know math doesn't just happen in "math class," it's all around us. Enrichments are fundamental to student engagement in school. Enrichments foster agency within a child and their ability to participate in their education.  

    Each month you will receive a newsletter from all of us updating you on what is happening in our classes and subject area specialties.
    Archive of Specialist News Distributed via School Messenger 

    Visit our Teacher Tech Portal for additional information. 
    Each teacher has a website. Click on a name to view their website.

    "Enrichments" or "Specials" Teachers at Peninsula:
    Kirsten Slane, Art
    Patrick Nearing, Music
    Matt Challender, PE
    Jenny Gapp, Library
    Samara Carranza, Counselor

     

    Oregon Physical Education Standards

    Oregon Arts Standards (includes Music and Art)

    Oregon Library and Media Education Standards

    Oregon's Guidelines for Comprehensive School Counseling

     

District News

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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    School Office Hours 

    Monday-Friday (on school days)

    7:30am - 3:30pm 

    If you need assistance after that time,
    please email Principal Claire at cskelly@pps.net 

    For enrollment questions email enrollment-office@pps.net

    For transportation questions email transportation@pps.net


    Parent Communications

    *These newsletters were originally distributed through Remind.

    Latest parent news: 6/13


    2023-24 School Year Supplies

    Teachers request that, in lieu of purchasing supplies for individual children this year, parents make a School Pay donation, giving teachers the freedom to make their own supply purchases. Each grade level will have its own funding source. Consider donating to each grade level fund in which you have a student enrolled. Lists are included in the School Pay link, so community members can see how the money will be spent. Please do not make purchases from these lists except for backpacks, headphones, waterbottles, and three-ring binders (5th grade only). 
    For more information on School Pay, and activating your parent account, click here

    Kinder
    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    1st

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    2nd

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    3rd
    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    4th
    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    5th
    Link to School Pay Donation Site.


    Remind

    Peninsula uses a communication app called Remind to distribute information from the school. Download the app and get additional info. here
    Messages are best read if you download the Remind app onto your phone and/or desktop. 
    Once you have downloaded the app, turn on notifications so you don't miss new content.
    If you do not have regular access to a phone or a computer, please contact the office and we will work with you.
    Your student's teacher may communicate class-specific info. using different methods of communication.


    ParentVue

    ParentVue is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including class assignments, attendance, emergency contacts on file, the school calendar, and teacher contact details. Parents and guardians can see information for all of their students who attend Portland Public Schools in one place. For students at the secondary level, student assignments and grades are available. 

    Click on the link to get started. Each parent or guardian will need an activation key (linked to the email address on file).  The school secretary can supply the key. Note: if you are calling the school for the activation key, you must call from a phone number on file.

    Each student also has an account to access the student version of this website, called StudentVue.


    Free and Reduced Lunch

    BREAKFAST and LUNCH are FREE for ALL Peninsula students during the 22-23 school year. Completing these forms helps Peninsula get access to other resources we may be entitled to.

    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 in ParentVue. If the student is new to Portland Public Schools, you can get an ID number from the school office.

    If you have students at schools other than Peninsula, where lunch is free for all students, you still need to apply for students attending Peninsula.


    Box Tops have gone DIGITAL! 

    Now it is easier then ever to raise money for the school.  Download the Box Top App, scan your receipt, and earn the school money.  
     
    Click on the image to see the Box Top Flier to see the how to active the app.
     
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