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  • Weekly News for Friday April 20th, 2018

    Click on the following link to view a PDF of the Peninsula News Update for April 20th, which includes information on Day of the Child, Samba Band practice, wrapping up Run 4 the Art, and other upcoming events. 
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  • Peninsula School April Calendar

    Click on the following link to view a high quality, printable PDF version of the Peninsula School Calendar for April 2018.
    April 2018 Calendar
    Haga click en la siguiente enlace para ver una versión del calendario de Península para abril de 2018 en PDF imprimible de alta calidad. 
    Calendario- Abril de 2018  
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  • Information about head lice

    Information about head lice

    Head lice is a common problem for children of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status.  PPS has posted the following position on head lice in the schools:

     “Throughout the year we are dealing with head lice. The CDC and the EPA emphatically do NOT consider head lice a disease or a health hazard.  Below is the current PPS position on handling head lice in schools.  Work with your school nurse or clinic if you suspect lice. Some additional resources are:

    • MESD 
    • EPA 
    • CDC

    Although head lice is not categorized as a communicable disease, it is recognized as a health issue that can affect a student’s focus and comfort and can be passed on to other students in a classroom setting if the students are not following good health practices:

    • A student with live lice should be excluded from school, and sent home with lice treatment information.
    • A student with no live lice may return to school, even if nits are present. Parents are strongly urged to remove all nits from their child's hair to help prevent re-infestation.
    • Students will be re-checked for lice and nits upon initial re-entry and at 7 and 14 days after re-entry into school.

    If live lice are present, the student will be excluded from school again. After 14 days if live lice remain present, the student will be excluded again and must remain out of school until there are no lice or nits.”

    Medical and community health experts recommend that parents and caregivers check their children for head lice at least weekly. They also recommend that you talk to your children about not sharing personal items such as combs and brushes, hats or scarves. As a rule, the school will not send out notices informing parents that classmates have lice. As a parent or guardian, assume that lice are present in the school, as it is in the movie theatre, the carpool, the friend or neighbor’s home, and get into the habit of checking weekly for head lice.

    Below are some facts about head lice:

    • Anyone with clean or dirty hair can get head lice.
    • Head-to-head contact is the most common way head lice is spread.
    • An itchy head is the most common symptom of having head lice and may continue to itch a week after treatment.
    • Notify anyone who may be affected. 

    For more information about lice, including a brochure that walks you through the six steps to getting rid of head lice and a short video demonstrating the removal of nits, go to the MESD web page above.

    Información sobre los piojos

    Los piojos son un problema común para los niños de todas las edades, razas y estado socioeconómico. PPS ha publicado la siguiente posición sobre piojos en las escuelas:


    "Durante todo el año estamos lidiando con piojos. El CDC y la EPA enfáticamente NO consideran los piojos una enfermedad o un peligro para la salud. A continuación, se muestra la posición actual de PPS sobre el manejo de piojos en las escuelas. Trabaje con la enfermera o clínica de su escuela si sospecha de piojos. Algunos recursos adicionales son:

    • MESD 
    • EPA 
    • CDC

    Aunque los piojos no se clasifican como una enfermedad transmisible, se reconoce como un problema de salud que puede afectar el enfoque y la comodidad del estudiante y se puede transmitir a otros estudiantes en el aula si los estudiantes no siguen buenas prácticas de salud:

    •       Un estudiante con piojos vivos debería ser excluido de la escuela y enviado a casa con información sobre el tratamiento de piojos.

    •       Un estudiante sin piojos vivos puede regresar a la escuela, incluso si las liendres están presentes. Le insistimos fuertemente a los padres a que eliminen todas las liendres del cabello de sus hijos para ayudar a prevenir la re-infestación.

    •       Los estudiantes serán revisados de nuevo por piojos y liendres en la re-entrada inicial y en 7 y 14 días después de reingresar a la escuela.

    Si hay piojos vivos, el alumno quedará excluido de la escuela nuevamente. Después de 14 días si los piojos vivos siguen presentes, el alumno será excluido nuevamente y deberá permanecer fuera de la escuela hasta que no haya piojos o liendres.” 

    Los expertos en salud médica y comunitaria recomiendan que los padres y cuidadores revisen a sus hijos por piojos al menos semanalmente. También recomiendan que hable con sus hijos sobre no compartir artículos personales como peines y cepillos, sombreros o bufandas. Como regla, la escuela no enviará avisos para informar a los padres que los compañeros tienen piojos. Como padre o tutor, suponga que los piojos están presentes en la escuela, como en el cine, el carpool, la casa de un amigo o vecino, y adquiera el hábito de revisar semanalmente los piojos.

    A continuación, hay algunos datos sobre los piojos:

    •       Cualquier persona con cabello limpio o sucio puede tener piojos.

    •       El contacto cabeza a cabeza es la forma más común de propagación de los piojos.

    •       Una picazón en la cabeza es el síntoma más común de tener piojos y puede continuar picando una semana después del tratamiento.

    •       Notificar a cualquier persona que pueda verse afectada.

    Para obtener más información sobre los piojos, incluido un folleto que lo guiará a través de los seis pasos para deshacerse de los piojos y un video corto que demuestre la eliminación de las liendres, vaya a la página web de MESD más arriba.

  • 2017/18 Peninsula School News Archives

    Previous Peninsula News Updates:
    1/19/18 English and Spanish
    12/2/17 English and Spanish
    10/27/17 English
    Monthly Calendars for 2017/18
  • SchoolPay

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    SchoolPay 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. 



  • Information and Links

     Click here for the 2017/18 School Supply List

     2017-18 Beginning of the year reminders 

    Drop-off and Pick-up


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

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

    8:00am: Tardy Bell (student’s must be in class at this time)

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

    *New morning arrival routine:  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. 


    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. 


    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.  


     *Always check the school calendar on our website for the most up to date calendar information.


    Helpful Links:

    Peninsula Website:

    The best place to find information about what is happening at Peninsula is by looking at our website. The school calendar is also located on our website. The website and the calendar are updated regularly. If you do not have access to the internet, let us know and we will send home printed material.

    Peninsula School Calendar:

    For the most up to date information regarding events, including field trips, at Peninsula please refer to the calendar on our website.

    Volunteer Background Application:

    All school volunteers must have a completed and approved background check. It only takes a few minutes to apply online and once approved it is good for 3 years. It can take 3-4 weeks for applications to be approved at the beginning of the year, so submit your application as soon as possible. You will be notified of it’s completion via email.

    Free and Reduced Lunch Application:

    One Free and reduced lunch application need to be completed per family, per year. Applications completed online are processed more quickly than paper applications. If the student is not approved before the first day of school they will have to pay full price until it has been approved. Paper copies of the application can be found in the school office. 

    School Lunch Accounts:

    Student’s school lunch accounts have a new host site this year, School Café. Funds can be added and managed online by going to their website. Cash or checks can be delivered directly to the cafeteria.


    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! 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. 

    A SchoolPay guide can be found at:



  • 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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  • PPS central office reorganization

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    Dear PPS community,

    Six months ago, the Board of Directors and the Portland community entrusted in me the privilege and responsibility to help build and transform a public school system that guarantees equitable access, opportunity, and outcomes for all of our students. With your support and leadership, we are on a forward mission to build a system that is equity-focused and student-centered. Our challenge is to ensure that every student in our district receives an outstanding educational experience, one that prepares them to work, live and thrive in our incredible city. 

  • Sports update: Multiple PIL players earn All-State basketball honors

    The Portland Interscholastic League’s strong run in the state basketball tournaments was reflected in the Class 6A All-State teams. Three PIL boys and two girls were chosen to the first team in a ballot of the state’s coaches, as compiled by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

  • Message on April 20 student walkouts

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    Dear PPS Community,

    Please know that in collaboration with school administrators, district leadership actively monitored the hundreds of mostly middle and high school students who walked out of our schools today as part of a national demonstration against violence in schools. I am pleased to say that, by all reports, this was a peaceful and respectful event with no serious incidents. While these actions were not district-sponsored activity, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who helped keep students safe, starting with the students themselves who remained organized, calm and intentional throughout. Others who helped include Portland police, PPS security, and other PPS staff. Thank you all.

  • New principals roundup

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    The following new principals for the 2018-19 school year have been announced. New principal announcements will be posted on our leadership page as they become official.

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