Peninsula K-5 School

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    June 11, 2019

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Congratulations on completing another fabulous school year at Peninsula School.  I’m so grateful for this staff and community. The students make every day special.  I wanted to make you aware of some important dates and updates for the 2019-2020 school year.

    • Coming soon:  access student supply list at our website.  The link will become active as soon as we finalize lists
    • June 13th - 20th, from  7:30am -3:30pm The office will be open.
    • June 21- August 15th:  The office will be closed.
    • August 16th:  Office reopens
    • August 24th:  Community Care Day starts at 9am.  Ice cream will be served at noon.
    • August 26th: Homeroom teacher assignments will be available on Synergy
    • August 28th:  First day of school for 1st-5th graders


    If you need assistance when the office is closed, email me (  I will be mostly available during the summer but will be on vacation from July 20th-August 4th.  Voicemail messages will not be addressed until the office opens back up on August 16th.

    We will have some staffing changes for next year.  Megan Brown who served as .2 Speech & Language Pathologist will be replaced by Thomas Appenzeller.   We have hired Haley Anderson to be our new K-2 Communication/Behavior Teacher. Taleia Monty and Nick Cassella will be moving to sunny New Mexico.  While this is a great loss to our instructional team, we know that they will take a piece of Peninsula with them and we, in turn, will cherish fond memories of our time together.   In case you heard that we were only going to have one fourth grade class next year, please know that we were allocated another fourth-grade position. We will be hiring two fourth grade teachers.  Kara Lazcano-Huff accepted a position as Confidential Executive Assistant in the Board Office at PPS. While I am deeply saddened to see her go, I am very proud of her and happy for her professional advancement.  I will be hiring a new Principal’s Secretary in the coming weeks. We will miss all of these staff members and we wish them well in their new positions and adventures in life.

    During the summer, staff take a much-needed break but also engage in professional development and other employment opportunities.  This year we will have some staff attending a writing institute at Teachers College in New York, ELD science workshops, the LGBTQ summit and more.  Another staff member will be participating in a 4-day workshop on Responsive Classroom. Most teachers will be participating in various early August PD and I will be taking a class at PSU to renew my administrative license.  

    While your student is on vacation, our school will be getting some security upgrades.   When we all return, non-staff will need to push a button and wait for the office staff to buzz the door unlocked so you can come in.  This feature will help us keep students safe so I am very thankful for it. Please be patient with us as we work out the kinks.

    In late May we had parents vote for Site Council.  The new Site Council parent members will be Margaret Seiler, Mark Stephan, and TJ Wendel.  I will be setting up a meeting schedule for this team as they will help shape the priorities for school improvement and serve as an important advisory to me.

    Finally,  I hope you and your family have a restful vacation.  We will see you in the new academic school year.

    Warm regards,

    Debbie Armendariz

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    Suggested Supply List
    Click here for the 2019-20 Suggested School Supply List (coming soon)

    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.  


    School Office Hours 

    Monday - Thursday:     7:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Friday:                          7:30 am - 3:00 pm


    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.

    Lunch Boxes

    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 in ParentVue. 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. 



    ParentVue is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student inforamtion, 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. At the Middle School and High School levels student's assignments and classes grades are also available in ParentVue. 

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

    ParentVue start up information


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


     Upload your photos for the yearbook here

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    School code: FFDNRL

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