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 "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 enrichments.
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"Enrichments" or Specials Teachers at Peninsula:
Amy Close, Art
Patrick Nearing, Music
Matt Challender, PE
Jenny Gapp, Library
Samara Carranza, Counselor
Oregon Arts Standards (includes Music and Art)
November 17, 2022
Dear PPS families and students,
Every week, I am filled with joy and gratitude when I visit our school communities. We have a community that continues to demonstrate a commitment to the success of our children and youth. We have adults who care deeply for our students, and who work hard to ensure each child thrives.
Dear PPS Community,
I want to recognize, on this Veterans Day, all those individuals who have served our country, especially those members of our families and local community who have previously worn a uniform. I want to take this moment to also thank the many veterans who continue their public service by choosing to work in the Portland Public Schools.
Dear PPS Families,
There has been a surge in pediatric respiratory illnesses other than COVID-19 such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus/enterovirus, and influenza around the country this fall. Health departments in other states have seen children presenting with multiple respiratory illnesses. According to the Oregon Health Authority, rates of respiratory disease are currently relatively low in our state, but that could change based on the arrival of winter weather, and any increase in rates has the potential to overwhelm our hospital system.
PPS takes these steps to ensure healthy school environments so that in-person learning can continue. In accordance with CDC guidance, we are also urging families to take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of communicable diseases in our schools.
Dear PPS Families,
Every special education student deserves a high-quality and equitable learning experience. This belief is born from my lived experiences as an educator, and from my relationships with students receiving special education services and their families. Students that receive special education services are our community’s children, and the reason why many of us became educators.
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If you are able, please plan to send your child to school with the items identified on their grade level list. We know it's a lot, so if you are unable to purchase these items, please know that we will make sure your child has what they need.
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Each student also has an account to access the student version of this website, called StudentVue.
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.