• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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Peninsula K-5 School

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  • Porch Pick Up Schedule: Library & CDL Curriculum

    School Library Book Bags for K-3rd grade will continue through May 10th. 

    4th-5th graders must place books on hold in the library catalog if they wish to continue receiving books. 
    Click here for "how to" guides on placing holds and logging in to the catalog. There is a special message for 4th and 5th graders in Ms. Gapp's Library Seesaw class with more details. Only place hods on items showing, "IN."

    Students participating in Hybrid may pick up their library book bags on the Tuesday of their normally scheduled week and return bags on the second Friday from the week they receive them. See schedule below. 

    Classroom materials for CDL will also stop being sent home after May 10th, unless your student is a 2nd grader participating in CDL. Contact the homeroom teacher for details on picking up materials. 

    April Schedule May Schedule June Schedule

  • AHA Kids Heart Challenge

    Dear Families,

    The American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge program is kicking off on Monday, April 5th, 2021. To get ready, help your child sign up by downloading the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android or visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/Peninsula. Your child will choose their heart healthy challenge to Move More, Be Kind or Choose Water and earn a FREE decoder wristband for registering online. Start raising life-saving donations now to earn your heart heroes and get recognized at your assembly!!

     Meet Agent KHC and learn your SECRET Mission to Save the Heart Heroes! (2min video)


    • For Every $500 our school raises a Staff member will be Pie-In-The-Face!!
    • The Top Fundraiser will get to Pie Coach Matt in the Face!!
    • AND The Top Class will get to Silly String Ms. Molly!!
    • Check Peninsula's fundraising progress here.

     Double your donation! Find out if your employer offers matching gifts at www.heart.org/matchinggifts

     Thank you so much for your support of the American Heart Association as we fight COVD-19 on a global scale. We’re investing a minimum of $2.5 million to investigate the implications of coronavirus. The Association has established a $2.5 million rapid research fund to fast-track scientific research to better understand COVID-19 and its interaction with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. For your COVID-19 questions, please click here for a comprehensive list of our resources, all made possible with your continued support.

    Heart Challenge

  • Message to Families

    Thursday, April 1st, 2021

    Dear Parents,

          Tomorrow we welcome our first 14 students into Hybrid learning at Peninsula School.  Late last night, we were assigned a teacher for this class.  Ms. Veronica Magallanes, Director of Humanities at PPS will be teaching the class.  I will be meeting students and parents at the back gate to the school grounds on N. Halleck Street at 8 a.m.  Parents please come ready to say goodbye at the gate.  Linked here is the email that went out to K/1 families in the Hybrid class.

              Unfortunately, we will not be able to start our two CB Hybrid classrooms this week as we had anticipated.  The substitute teacher who accepted that position had a family emergency and won’t be able to start until April 15th.  We have attempted many alternative solutions to this challenge and have decided that for the safety and benefit of all our CB students, it is better to wait until we can start this program in a supportive manner.  Linked here is the email that went out to CB families in the Hybrid class.

          We want to thank everyone in the Peninsula community for your flexibility as we hurriedly transition 45 of our students from CDL to Hybrid instruction and grow our LIPI options for K and 3rd-5th graders.  There have been many bumps along the road and I appreciate your grace and patience.  When we left for Spring Break, we had everything finalized but when we returned, I learned that I had lost our K/1 teacher to a reassignment, another teacher had a family emergency, and two of our classrooms were archived in Seesaw effectively obstructing our communication with those student’s Seesaw accounts.   We encountered challenges with transportation and our student management system updates each night.  Zoom permissions didn’t seem to allow our subs to host classes and the substitute teacher assigned to our CB class had a family emergency that will take her away for at least one week.  We are not alone in the struggle, as of Monday there were 41 unfilled positions throughout the district.  It has been bumpy indeed.  Through all of this, the Peninsula staff have come together helping to set up classrooms, securing materials for students, coming up with creative ideas to the latest challenge and so much more.  Thank you to all the parents that have offered grace to us through the many emails and phone calls that we have been making to try to support you.  It really makes a difference to be a part of such a kind, gracious, caring and empathetic community.

    While most of our students have not been affected by these changes and interruptions, I know that if your family has been impacted, it has been stressful and does not feel good.  I do apologize for the confusion and I promise you that we are trying to do our very best for students and families.  As you recall, the Governor’s announcement to offer in school instruction shortened our planning time by 3 weeks.  We are definitely seeing the impact of a rushed return.  Below you will find some updates that I hope will support your family.

    Grab and Go Meal Pickups at Peninsula:

    While Peninsula is not an official meal distribution site, we will be able to provide some limited meals to Peninsula families.  Students will be able to pick up food to take home (no food will be eaten at school) at the end of their Hybrid time or at the end of LIPI;  Monday-Friday, 3-3:30pm

    Please sign up for food service pick-up with this link.

    If these times don’t work for your family, Grab and Go Meal Pickups are available at:

    Jefferson High School, Roosevelt High School, Ockley Green Middle School, George Middle School


    LIPI for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders Starts the week of Monday, April 5th, 2021:

         We have come up with a schedule to support social interactions, physical activity and opportunities to engage in the arts for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  If you would like your student to participate in LIPI as outlined below, please sign them up on this google form and bring them to school with a face mask and a water bottle on the appropriate day.

        Please note that most LIPI activities will occur outside.  Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. 

    •      Third graders who participate in Hybrid cannot attend LIPI due to the schedule conflict.
    •      Fourth graders who participate in Hybrid can stay for LIPI as long as parents sign them up.  
    •      Fifth graders who participate in Hybrid can join LIPI at 2:30pm after Hybrid is done.


    Days & Times


    3rd Grade

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays


    Drumming with Mr. Nearing

    P.E. with Coach Matt

    Drama with Ms. Ford

    Social Groups with Ms. Carranza and Ms. Strugatsky

    4th Grade

    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


    Drumming with Mr. Nearing

    P.E. with Coach Matt

    Social Groups with Ms. Carranza and Ms. Strugatsky

    5th Grade

    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


    Drumming with Mr. Nearing

    P.E. with Coach Matt

    Social Groups with Ms. Carranza and Ms. Strugatsky

    Varied instructional activities with Mr. Harkness and Mr Parker


    Student Portraits and Yearbooks

         We regret to share with you that although our Yearbook Committee has been working since the fall to identify pandemic-safe ways to provide families with an opportunity to have their student’s photos taken for purchase and for the yearbook we will not be able to offer student portraits or yearbooks this year.  Unfortunately, we are not allowed to have the photographers inside the building and the photographer is unable to set up their gear outside.  

          For our fifth graders, the yearbook committee and the fifth-grade teachers will be putting together a memory book and identifying additional ways to commemorate their final year at Peninsula.

  • P. A. W. S. Radio

    Don't miss our daily (school day) episodes of P. A. W. S. Radio!
    You can also find this under Quick Links and Remote Learning. 
    PAWS Radio  
  • Virtual Principal's Coffee

    Virtual Principal's Coffee:  How to Join

    Ms. Armendariz hosts a weekly virtual Principal's Coffee. You may choose to attend one of two times offered:

    Beginning Monday, September 21st, Mondays every other week in the evenings from 7-8pm
    Beginning Wednesday, September 16th, Wednesdays every other week in the mornings from 7-8am 
    View the school calendar for all scheduled dates. 
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Enrichment News


    enrichment definition

    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.
    Archive of Specialist News Distributed via School Messenger 

    Visit our Teacher Tech Portal for additional information. 
    Each teacher has a website. Click on a name to view their website.

    "Enrichments" or Specials Teachers at Peninsula:
    Amy Close, Art
    Patrick Nearing, Music
    Matt Challender, PE
    Jenny Gapp, Library
    Samara Carranza, Counselor


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    Look to the experts for Covid-19 Information

    Please go to the  CDCOregon Health Authority, and the Multnomah County Health Department websites for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    COVID-19 FAQ
    English     Spanish

    Stop the Spread of Germs
    English     Spanish

    Sick with Covid-19?
    What to do.
    English     Spanish


    School Office Hours


    7:30am - 3:30pm


     Suggested Supply List

    PPS Recommended home classroom kit 2020-21:
    K-2 (English) Spanish
    3-5 (English) Spanish

    2019-20 Suggested School Supply List for all grades


    ParentVue is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, 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.


    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.


    Box Tops have gone DIGITAL! 

    Now it is easier then ever to raise money for the school.  Download the Box Top App, scan your receipt, and earn the school money.  
    Click on the image to see the Box Top Flier to see the how to active the app.
    Box Tops



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