• Fall 2020: School Will Be Online Until At Least November 5

    Following guidance from health officials and Gov. Kate Brown, PPS will start the fall semester online. More information

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Peninsula K-5 School

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  • Kindergarten Registration

    Kindergarten registration is OPEN! 
    Please register online 
    Play, Learn and Grow Together!  
  • Yearbook Pick-up: Next School Year

    K-4th grade will receive yearbooks at the start of the 2020-21 school year as we will not receive them until the middle of the summer. Outgoing 5th graders will 1) either have their yearbooks mailed to them or 2) be notified when the yearbooks arrive and receive them through an alternate method to be determined.
    If you would still like to order one please do so via School Pay
    Thank you!
  • Response to COVID 19: Message to Families

    Dear families,
    I hope that you are healthy and well.  In this update, I’d like to point you to some resources.  Please read carefully and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via email at darmenda@pps.net.

    The PPS website dedicated to COVID-19 response will be the best source for timely information.  There, you will find updates on the following and more:

    It is likely that Cesar Chavez School  (5103 N Willis Blvd)   is the closest food distribution center for Peninsula families.  

    Meal Service - Tuesday 3/17  through Friday 3/20 & Monday 3/30 & Tuesday 3/31

    ·       Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for students. 

    ·       Each student will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.

    ·       Students can also pick up for a family i.e., 3 siblings in the household receive
            3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. 

    ·       Students will not be questioned, the idea is to keep our students fed. 

    ·       Students must come each day and cannot pick up a week’s worth of meals,
             per USDA regulations.

    ·       Meal distribution will be grab and go

    ·       Only PPS Nutrition Services staff will be distributing food

    ·       Each of the 14 sites will have the following staff: Lead Administrators (2),
            District Leadership staffers (2), Mental Wellness Provider, Curriculum Assistant,
            and Campus Security Agents.  

    Curriculum & Enrichment Tables

    ·       Each site will have a curriculum table staffed by PPS Office of Teaching and Learning staff with work that students K-12 can do over the break

    ·        The work will not be graded

    Health Services

    ·       Health services are available for all K-12th students in Multnomah County over Spring Break at the Parkrose Student Health Center.
            See this Spring Break Flyer (English/ Spanish) for more information.

     Volunteering at sites

    ·       The district is closely following the directives from State and City leadership and therefore have imposed certain protocols/procedures to reduce exposure to students, families and staff. Many of you have asked if you can volunteer, and I want to thank you for your willingness to assist. However, PPS is asking that employees/volunteers not assist and instead are encouraging employees/volunteers to stay home to reduce exposure.  Parties interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact the Oregon Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

      PPS Fund

    ·       Help our Portland Public Schools respond to the needs of students, families, and school communities during this unprecedented school closure. While public dollars are currently covering the cost of maintaining basic nutrition services at a number of school sites, we know that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt more broadly across our school communities. Please consider making a donation. 

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email at darmenda@pps.net

    In service to children,

    Debbie Armendariz

    Peninsula School Principal

Enrichment News


    enrichment definition

    At Peninsula, reading, writing and math are fundamental. Enrichments bring pleasure to reading, 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.  

    "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 - Temporarily CLOSED

    Kindergarten Enrollment for 2020-2021

    Please click HERE to apply online and for the most up-to-date information.

    Suggested Supply List
    2020-21 Suggested Supply List will appear here once we have a better idea of what the upcoming school year will look like.

    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.


    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. 


    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.  


    Visitors and Volunteers

    New Visitor Check-in system for 2019-20 School Year

    Portland Public Schools is implementing a new procedure for visitor/volunteer sign-in/out at all PPS schools, utilizing new software and equipment called Raptor. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.
    If you are going beyond the front office, please be prepared to present a government-issued ID. The front office will scan the ID and issue a name badge. 

    Volunteer Background Checks

    Volunteers must visit www.pps.net/volunteer to view a Mandatory Volunteer Training and to access the online volunteer application. The new volunteer training and application will be available starting August 10th, 2019. 

    Remember that 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.


    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. 


    Field Trips & Website Calendar

    We do not post class field trips on the main Peninsula Calendar. For questions about dates, times, & details of your student's trip, please speak with the homeroom teacher directly.



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