Peninsula K-5 School

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

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Peninsula News

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  • Dates to Remember

    No School: Spring Break March 25th-29th 2024
    No School: Friday, April 5th 2024 End of Q3 Teacher Planning Day
    No School: Monday, May 27th 2024 Memorial Day
    Last Day of School: Friday, June 14th 2024

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  • 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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    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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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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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: 2/23/24

    Past communications:

    2/16/23
    1/26/24
    1/12/24
    12/8/23
    12/1/23



    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.

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    2nd

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    3rd
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    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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