Households affected by the partial closure of the federal government may apply for National School Lunch and School Breakfast meal benefits. The income guidelines for free and reduced price school meals are based on annual income. These guidelines are broken down further to weekly, bi-weekly, twice a month and monthly level. Households may apply with the income received in the current month, projected for the month in which application is completed or for the month prior to application.
In these unique circumstances, families who are approved for free or reduced price meals based on their reduced income during a furlough period are urged to terminate their free/reduced price status should the economic hardship they had anticipated due to the furlough be remedied by a return to work and/or restoration of pay for the furlough period. If families are selected for verification later in the school year, they will be required to produce documentation of actual income for the application month.
Monday 1/14- School Spirit Day
Tuesday 1/15- Favorite Book Character Day
Wednesday 1/16- Twin Day
Thursday 1/17- Mismatch Day
Friday 1/18- Hat Day
Student assessments: Participation matters
Dear PPS Families,
Under the leadership of Superintendent Guerrero, PPS is focused on improving the quality and consistency of instruction, and on using data to inform our educational decisions. We are in the beginning stages of building the necessary systems to support our teachers and to provide core curriculum and instructional standards that we believe will lead to better student outcomes.
In order to focus instructional resources where they are most needed, we must have a method to determine where there are gaps in learning. This kind of information is critical for PPS to make improvements needed to raise the level of student success. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has adopted an effective tool to gather data about how well students are learning. The Smarter Balanced Assessments, or SBAC, is available to grades 3-8 and grade 11. The SBAC is just one tool used by PPS to gather this kind of information. PPS uses a comprehensive framework of quality assessments designed to provide data across all grades.
A balanced assessment system offers all students, especially historically underserved students, opportunities to demonstrate their progress. Ultimately, a balanced assessment system creates a shared understanding among educators and a more transparent process for parents to access and understand their student’s progress throughout their educational career.
PPS will begin administering the SBAC from February through May 2019 with a renewed focus on increasing the number of students who participate. The SBAC is an annual measure of progress that gives our teachers and administrators the ability to view growth across multiple years and against other districts, both in Oregon and nationally.
Ideally, students will gain specific knowledge and skills at each grade level. If SBAC results demonstrate that students are not meeting these standards, we will explore why and make the necessary adjustments for improvements at a district-wide level. In addition to providing the district with data, increasing the participation rates impacts school ratings assigned by ODE each year. ODE uses the SBAC scores to rate each school and ratings are used to determine where additional support is most needed.
Classroom teachers will continue to test their student’s mastery of subjects throughout the school year in order to adjust their lessons and provide additional support to students where needed. These types of assessments are most useful for short-term instructional adjustments in the classroom.
In Oregon, parents may choose an opt-out for their students for state assessments in math and English. Additionally, parents may exempt their students from other state assessments for reasons of student disability or religious beliefs. Additional information regarding exemptions and opt-out is available here: https://www.pps.net/Page/1651. While PPS respects a parent’s right to request an opt-out for their student, we strongly believe the SBAC provides critical data that can be used to improve student achievement.
Your students’ academic success is my highest priority and I want you to have access to all of the facts before tests are administered.
Dr. Yvonne Curtis
Deputy Superintendent, Instruction and School Communities
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October 26th, 2018
Today marks the end of the first grading period. In order for Teachers to devote thoughtful preparation to reviewing student learning thus far and preparing for parent teacher conferences, Monday has been scheduled as a Teacher Planning Day. I want to thank you for your ongoing partnership with school staff as we devote our skills, gifts, time and energy to caring for and educating the 272 individual students enrolled in Peninsula. Each student is a special gift to our community.
As we embark on a new term, the teaching staff has planned a Spirit Week. Below you will find the theme for each day:
Monday: Teacher Plan Day
Tuesday: Pajama Day
Wednesday: Crazy Sock Day
Thursday: Sports Day
Friday: Peninsula Spirit Day (wear blue and yellow)
On Thursday of next week, we will celebrate the fall season during our annual Harvest Fest. We invite all Peninsula families to join us at 5:30pm for dinner and special events. Kara add details here.
Lastly, as in years past, we will not be observing Halloween during the school day. In the evening on November 1st, students who wish to dress up for the Harvest Fest may do so. Please do not include masks, full face painting or toy weapons.
Peninsula School Principal
Portland Public Schools
October 24th, 2018
Throughout the school year many organizations donate school supplies to local schools. We have recently taken inventory of our student school supplies and found that we have more than we need of some of the supplies and some supplies that are not ones we need in the classroom. Many of these items could be useful to students in completing homework or engaging in unstructured and creative work such as writing, drawing and crafting.
In an effort to encourage such activities, free up storage at school, and celebrate the end of the grading period, we will be conducting a school supply giveaway on Friday, October 26th during the school day. We hope that students will be able to use these materials at home starting on the non-attendance day of Monday, October 29th. We realize that some families may prefer to store supplies for next school year. We have already set aside items to ensure that we are able to continue providing teachers and students with ample school supplies for this year and next year.
Below is a list of the items that will be made available to students on Friday. We want to provide you with this list so you can have a conversation with your student about what they will be collecting and how you want them to use it at home. If you do not wish to have your child participate in the school supply giveaway, please reach out to me or your homeroom teacher to let us know.
Items that students can pick up to take home include:
Backpacks (3 sizes), pencils, crayons, rulers, erasers, glue, scissors, pencil boxes, markers, and spiral notebooks.
Debbie Armendariz, Principal
24 de Octubre, 2018
A lo largo del año escolar, muchas organizaciones donan útiles escolares a las escuelas locales. Recientemente hicimos un inventario de nuestros útiles escolares para estudiantes y descubrimos que tenemos más de los útiles que necesitamos y algunos que no son los que necesitamos en el aula. Muchos de ellos podrían ser útiles para que los estudiantes completen sus tareas o se involucren en trabajos no estructurados y creativos, como escribir, dibujar y hacer manualidades.
En un esfuerzo por fomentar tales actividades, liberar el almacenamiento en la escuela y celebrar el final del período de calificaciones, realizaremos un sorteo de útiles escolares el viernes 26 de octubre durante el día escolar. Esperamos que los estudiantes puedan usar estos materiales en el hogar a partir del día de no asistencia, lunes 29 de octubre. Nos damos cuenta de que algunas familias pueden preferir almacenar los suministros para el próximo año escolar. Ya hemos reservado artículos para garantizar que podamos continuar proporcionando a los maestros y estudiantes con útiles escolares suficientes para este año y el próximo.
A continuación hay una lista de los artículos que estarán disponibles para los estudiantes el viernes. Queremos proporcionarle esta lista para que pueda conversar con su estudiante sobre lo que recopilarán y cómo desea que lo utilicen en casa. Si no desea que su hijo participe en el sorteo de suministros escolares, comuníquese conmigo o con su maestro de aula para informarnos.
Los artículos que los estudiantes pueden recoger para llevar a casa incluyen:
Mochilas (3 tamaños), lápices, creyones, reglas, gomas de borrar, pegamento, tijeras, cajas de lápices, marcadores y cuadernos espirales.
Debbie Armendariz, Directora
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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
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,
Principal, Peninsula School
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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:
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,
Directora Escuela Peninsula
Portland Public Schools will again be a featured part of the
city’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute event. The 34th edition will
be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan
St. The event will feature digital, musical and artistic performances,
and an array of community speakers.
The PPS Visioning initiative has entered a new phase in January, with a series of community meetings in which students, families, educators and volunteers will be able to share what they think the future of education in Portland should look like.
Christy Wheeler of Sellwood Middle School recently won the Oregon Counselor of the Year Award from the Oregon School Counselors Association. We asked her to share her thoughts on the role counselors play in school communities.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PTA Family Dance
6:00 PM Board Work Session
1:30 PM - 2:05 PM K-2 Water Assembly
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM Board Work Session
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PTA Meeting
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM 1st grade field trip to Newmark Theatre
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
There will be no late opening days for the 2018/19 school year.
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each student also has an account to access the student version of this website, called StudentVue.