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  • Peninsula News 10/18/2018

    Click the following link to view a high quality PDF version of the Peninsula News for October 18th, 2018.
    Peninsula School News 10/18  
    Haga clic en la siguiente enlace para ver las noticias nuevas de la escuela Peninsula para el 18 de octubre, 2018.
  • Lost and Found

    It’s that time of year again!

    The Lost and Found is over flowing!

    Please remind your student to look for their items in the lost and found

    or stop by and take a quick look. 

    Don’t wait:  

    On November 20th we will send all  

    of the clothes in the lost and found 

    to the district clothing closet.

    Lost Clothing  

    Enfrentamos nuevamente el momento en que el lugar donde situamos las pertenecías encontradas está lleno!

    Por favor, recuérdele a sus hijos  revisar para ver si sus pertenencias perdidas se encuentran ahí, o pase usted y revise.

    No espere, pues en el 20 de noviembre enviamos dichas pertenencias al local del Distrito donde se almacenan.  

  • SchoolPay

    School Pay logo
    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. 



  • ParentVue

    By the end of day on August 21st student's expected* class placement will be available to view on ParentVue.
    * Please Note: As student's enroll and un-enroll, we may need to make slight changes to class lists to maintain balanced classrooms. For this reason, your student's class placement may change before school starts.  Please double check before school starts to make sure that nothing has changed. 
    If you have never used ParentVue, click on the following link to view instructions.
  • Peninsula News Archives

    September 20th, 2018 - News Update  


  • October 8th, 2018

    Today we activated the Team Response Emergency Procedure in order to support a student’s medical needs.  The student is stable.  During a Team Response, teachers close doors and hold students in their classroom while continuing to teach.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email;

    September 20th, 2018

    Dear Peninsula Community,

    We had a great turn out at Back to School night last week.  It was exciting to meet families and introduce all our school staff.  If you were not able to join us, please reach out to schedule your Parent Teacher Conference.  This year, they will be on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th from  8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

    Safety Reminders:

      • As fall moves in, please remember to send your child to school in layers that include a water impermeable shell.
      • We conduct a monthly fire drill.  Please consider talking to your child about fire safety and develop a family evacuation plan for your home inclusive of a meet-up spot.   
      • In September we will also conduct a LOCKDOWN! LOCK, LIGHTS, OUT OF SIGHT drill.  During this type of drill, students will move out of sight and remain silent.  Teachers will make sure that classroom doors are closed and locked.  They will cover windows and turn lights out.  They will maintain silence, take attendance and wait for first responders.  The purpose of this drill is to prepare for the unlikely event that there is danger inside the school building. 

    If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  You can usually catch me before or after school or by email at

    Principal Armendariz



    20 de septiembre, 2018

    Estimada Comunidad de  Península,

    Tuvimos una gran asistencia en la noche de Regreso a Clases la semana pasada. Fue emocionante conocer a las familias e introducir a todo el personal de nuestra escuela. Si no pudo venir, comuníquese con nosotros para programar su Conferencia de padres y maestros. Este año, serán el lunes 19 de noviembre y el martes 20 de noviembre de 8:00 am a las 8:00 pm.

    Recordatorios de seguridad:

    • A medida que avanza el otoño, recuerde enviar a su hijo a la escuela con capas que incluyan un  forro impermeable.
    • Llevamos a cabo un simulacro de incendio mensual. Considere hablar con sus hijos sobre la seguridad contra incendios y desarrolle un plan de evacuación familiar para su hogar, que incluya un lugar para reunirse.
    • ¡En septiembre también conduciremos un   simulacro de CIERRE TOTAL, NO LUCES, COLOCARNOS  FUERA DEL ALCANCE VISUAL . Durante este tipo de simulacro, los estudiantes se mantendrán fuera del alcance visual  y permanecerán en silencio. Los maestros se asegurarán de que las puertas de las aulas estén cerradas y selladas. Cubrirán las ventanas y apagarán las luces. Se entenderán silencio,  y esperarán hasta que el simulacro haya pasado. El propósito de este simulacro es prepararse para el caso de que haya peligro dentro del edificio de la escuela.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta o comentario, no dude en comunicarse. Por lo general, puede verme antes o después de la escuela o por correo electrónico a

    Directora Armendariz.


    August 2018

    A message to Peninsula community from your new principal, Debbie Armendariz

    Dear Peninsula School Community,
    I am honored to have been selected to serve this community. It was a great pleasure to meet the faculty and parents who were able to join me and Senior Director, Oscar Gilson, this week. It is evident that the school community is made up of thoughtful, caring people who want students to reach their maximum potential. I am eager to learn more about the great work that has been accomplished at Peninsula and hear about your hopes for an ever brighter future.

    I encourage you to drop by the office so I can meet you or you may email me at I’ll be out on vacation the week of July 30, but I’ll be in the office before and after that.

    In the coming weeks and as we return from summer vacation, I hope to begin establishing relationships with each of you.  I will be asking staff members to share their perspectives including ideas on three guiding questions:

    What is working well at Peninsula?
    What could use a fresh approach?
    What supports do you need from me?

    Community members and staff can also use the google form at this link (English form, Spanish form) to share perspectives on these three questions and other items.

    In an effort to accelerate our getting to know each other, I am including some information about myself, my beliefs and values. I look forward to meeting each of you, supporting this vibrant school community and getting to know our students.
    A little about me:

    I am the mother of two adolescents who attend PPS schools.  I am the daughter of a teacher and the wife and sister to PPS elementary school teachers who have each served as union representatives in their schools.  I believe in strong teacher collaboration and participation in school leadership. I value educators time, experience and input.

    I believe that raising children and educating them to consume and communicate information and ideas, problem solve and question the status quo is sacred and important work foundational to our democratic society.  I believe that we do not yet live in a just society and that our personal and national histories impacts our views of the world and our access to opportunity. As a school leader, I work to provide greater access to opportunities for growth, development and achievement to students, parents and staff.  
    I believe in the sociocultural theory of learning that states that we must

    • Hold high expectations for students
    • Sustain academic rigor
    • Help students think about their thinking
    • Engage students and teachers in quality interactions
    • Sustain a language focus
    • Develop a quality curriculum

    I believe that students who challenge us the most, can teach us the most.  I value practices that support the inclusion of all students into a rich school life.  As a school leader, I strive to stay open to outcome and present in the moment. I seek to understand before being heard and work to stay curious about perspectives different from my own.  

    I believe that I am not always at my best and I sometimes come short of my aspirations for myself.  I believe that I need grace for myself and others so I try to make a habit of offering and asking for grace.  I am convinced that together we are more than the sum of our parts and can make a significant and lasting impact in our community.  I look forward to meeting each of you, learning about you and from you.

    In service to students,

    Debbie Armendariz
    Principal, Peninsula School

    Estimada Comunidad de la Escuela Peninsula,

    Es un honor haber sido seleccionada para servir esta comunidad. Fue un gran placer conocer a los profesores y padres que pudieron reunirse conmigo y con el Director Principal, Oscar Gilson, esta semana. Es evidente que la comunidad escolar esmera comprometida  y atenta a que los estudiantes alcancen su potencial máximo.

    Anhelo aprender más sobre el gran trabajo que se ha logrado en Peninsula y escuchar sus esperanzas de un futuro cada vez más brillante. Los invito que pasen por la oficina para que pueda conocerlos o pueden contactarme vía un correo electrónico a

    La semana del 30 de julio saldré de vacaciones, pero estaré en la oficina antes y después.

    En las próximas semanas y cuando regresemos de las vacaciones de verano, espero comenzar a entablar relaciones  con cada uno de ustedes. Les pediré a los miembros del equipo que compartan sus perspectivas, incluyendo ideas sobre tres preguntas orientadoras:

    ¿Qué funciona bien en Peninsula?
    ¿Qué podría ser un enfoque nuevo?
    ¿Qué apoyo necesitas de mí?

    Los miembros de la comunidad y el personal también pueden usar el formulario de google en este enlace (en inglés, en español) para compartir sus perspectivas sobre estas tres preguntas y otras ideas.

    En un esfuerzo por acelerar el proceso de conocernos, incluyo información sobre mí, mis creencias y valores. Espero conocer a cada uno de ustedes, apoyar a esta vibrante comunidad escolar y conocer a nuestros estudiantes.

    Un poco sobre mí:

    Soy madre de dos adolescentes que asisten a las escuelas de PPS. Soy la hija de una maestra y la esposa y hermana de maestros de escuela primaria de PPS que han servido como representantes sindicales en sus escuelas. Creo en la fuerte colaboración de los maestros y participación en el liderazgo escolar. Valoro el tiempo, la experiencia y el aporte de los educadores.

    Creo que criar a los hijos y educarlos para ser consumidores y comunicadores de información e ideas, para resolver problemas y para cuestionar el status quo es un trabajo sagrado e importante que es fundamental para nuestra sociedad democrática. Creo que todavía no vivimos en una sociedad justa y que nuestra historia personal y nacional afecta nuestro punto de vista sobre el mundo y nuestro acceso a las oportunidades. Como líder de una escuela, mi trabajo se dirige en proporcionar un mayor acceso a las oportunidades de crecimiento, desarrollo y logros para los estudiantes, los padres y el personal.

    Creo en la teoría sociocultural del aprendizaje que afirma que debemos:

    • Mantener expectativas altas para los estudiantes
    • Mantener el rigor académico
    • Ayudar a los estudiantes a reflexionar sobre su pensar
    • Involucrar a los estudiantes y profesores en interacciones de calidad
    • Mantener un enfoque de lenguaje
    • Desarrollar un currículo de calidad

    Creo que los estudiantes que más nos desafían pueden enseñarnos más. Valoro las prácticas que apoyan la inclusión de todos los estudiantes en una vida escolar rica. Como líder de la escuela, me esfuerzo por mantenerme abierta al resultado y presentarme en el momento. Intento escuchar antes de ser escuchada y fomentar la curiosidad sobre las perspectivas diferentes a la mía.

    Creo que a veces no llego a mis propias metas  y, en esos momentos, no estoy a la altura de mis aspiraciones. Creo que necesito la gracia para mí y para los demás, y por eso intento crear el hábito de ofrecer y pedir gracia. Estoy convencida de que juntos somos más que la suma de nuestras partes y podemos tener un impacto significativo y duradero en nuestra comunidad. Espero conocer a cada uno de ustedes, aprendiendo de ustedes, sobre ustedes.

    Al servicio de los estudiantes,

    Debbie Armendariz
    Directora Escuela Peninsula



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    Suggested Supply List


    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.  


    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.


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