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 email@example.com.
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 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.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In service to children,
Peninsula School Principal
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
PPS is interested in learning about your family’s child care needs starting this Fall. We are exploring ways to provide learning support and child care when children are being taught online. Please take a moment to complete a brief online survey. Please complete this survey by Sunday, August 9 at 9 p.m.
Following weeks of public engagement, Portland Public Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 on Tuesday to refer a proposed 2020 School Bond Renewal to voters. If approved by voters, the 2020 School Bond Renewal would maintain the current tax rate and continue investments in Portland schools, including funding for critical educational, health and safety, and school modernization priorities.
As the 2019-20 school year wound down and turned into summer, Portland Public Schools continues to keep its meal distribution running to help feed our families. For families who are unable to get to the 14 school meal sites, Amazon stepped up.
At the July 14 Board of Education meeting, Portland Public Schools released a plan that lays out a procedure for renaming its buildings and other spaces. The move to reexamine district names comes in response to the continuing unrest across the country, including in Portland, in reaction to the systematic racism brought into public focus this summer.
Please click HERE to apply online and for the most up-to-date information.
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.
Each student also has an account to access the student version of this website, called StudentVue.
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
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.
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.
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.