Peninsula K-5 School

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8125 N. EmeraldPortland, OR 97217Ph (503) 916-6275Fx (503) 916-2662

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Peninsula News

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  • Author to Visit 4th and 5th Graders

    Author Visit Tuesday, October 10th, 9:00-9:45am

    In partnership with Green Bean Books on Alberta, we are pleased to invite Author Steve Bramucci to speak to our 4th and 5th-grade students. 24 books will be given away in a random drawing to students during their library class. A copy of the featured book, Race for the Ruby Turtle, will also be given to each teacher for their classroom library, and copies will be available in the school library. 

    If you would like to purchase a copy for your student(s), please follow these instructions: 

    Author Stephen Bramucci Book Order Link

    Instructions for ordering:

    • Add to cart, then Checkout.
    • Enter email, then skip Store Pickup Options
    • Under Delivery Options: Fill-in your shipping address even though your student will receive the book(s) at Peninsula on the day of the visit. This step is necessary for the order to process. You may choose to enter the school address instead:
      8125 N Emerald Ave, Portland, OR 97217
    • Select “Pick up at Peninsula Elementary”  under Calculate Shipping Cost. This communicates to the bookstore which orders are for us. 
    • Enter Payment Method and the Billing Information that matches your method of payment.
    • Each book will be signed by the author, but not personalized. Please write your student’s homeroom teacher in the order comment box so books can be distributed easily. 
    • Every order received successfully will receive an email confirmation with an order number.
    • The deadline for submitting orders will be Monday, October 2nd, 2023. This will allow the bookstore enough time to get the books ordered and organized in time for our author visit. 

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    Steve Bramucci

  • Parent Wanted as OBOB Coach

    We have an enthusiastic group of kids who have gotten into the annual Oregon Battle of the Books. This year, we plan to offer OBOB as a SUN class for winter and spring term. This means our parent coaches can be paid for their time! We have one returning parent already, but we need one more. The commitment would be one day a week. Please let Ms. Gapp, Peninsula's Teacher Librarian, know of your interest. 

    Thanks for considering!

    Oregon Battle of the Books

  • Dates to Remember

    Thursday, September 21st Back to School Night 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Meet in the Cafetorium.)

    October 3rd & 4th Student & Staff Picture Days (Grades K-2 on the 3rd and grades 3-5 on the 4th.)

    Friday, October 13th No School (Teacher Professional Development)

    Saturday, October 14th
    Cider Press Party in the Courtyard 10am-12pm
    (Bring containers for cider and baskets for apples.) 

    Spirit Week: Oct. 30 - Nov. 02
    Monday - Show your Panther Pride by wearing yellow and blue.
    Tuesday - Dress like a character from a book or movie (no masks or weapons).
    Wednesday - Wear something cozy (such as pajamas) to school.
    Thursday - Dress like our Kenton neighborhood mascot, Paul Bunyan!
    Friday - No School, Teacher Planning Day (end of the quarter)

  • Community Volunteers Needed

    Our community enjoys bringing their canine companions to school grounds during hours when students and after-school programs are not using the facilities.

    Unfortunately, those sneaky canines manage to poop on our field and create some stinky situations for students and staff. 

    We have decided to form a poop patrol! Click here for details and to sign up for a shift.
    Our shoes and noses thank you in advance for doing your part.

    no pooping

  • Reporting Student Absences

    Email student absences to Sara Gilds or call/leave a message on the attendance line at 503-916-5275.

    Learn more about Oregon law on student absences here.


Enrichment News


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    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 subject "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 our classes and subject area specialties.
    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:
    Kirsten Slane, Art
    Patrick Nearing, Music
    Matt Challender, PE
    Jenny Gapp, Library
    Samara Carranza, Counselor


    Oregon Physical Education Standards

    Oregon Arts Standards (includes Music and Art)

    Oregon Library and Media Education Standards

    Oregon's Guidelines for Comprehensive School Counseling


District News

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  • Update on the Third Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today was disappointing – for us but, most importantly, for our students and families. The Portland Association of Teachers offered no counter proposals – and yet declared impasse.

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  • Update on the Second Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today, we offered compromises that would both reward our educators and further our students’ success. We were able to raise our compensation offer substantially. We are not there yet, but we are committed to the hard work of finding common ground.

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  • Update on the First Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today, we started the state-led mediation process with one priority: our children’s success. We offered compromises that would keep that vision at the heart of our work – and maintained our position on proposals that would negatively impact students.

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  • Welcome back!

    On behalf of the Board of Education and district leaders at PPS, our best wishes for a positive and joyful start to your school year!

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    School Office Hours 

    Monday-Friday (on school days)

    7:30am - 3:30pm 

    If you need assistance after that time,
    please email Principal Claire at 

    For enrollment questions email

    For transportation questions email

     2023-24 School Year Supplies

    Teachers request that, in lieu of purchasing supplies for individual children this year, parents make a School Pay donation, giving teachers the freedom to make their own supply purchases. Each grade level will have its own funding source. Consider donating to each grade level fund in which you have a student enrolled. Lists are included in the School Pay link, so community members can see how the money will be spent. Please do not make purchases from these lists except for backpacks, headphones, waterbottles, and three-ring binders (5th grade only). 
    For more information on School Pay, and activating your parent account, click here

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.


    Link to School Pay Donation Site.


    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    Link to School Pay Donation Site.

    Parent Communications

    *These newsletters were originally distributed through Remind.

    9/8 parent news
    9/22 parent news


    Peninsula uses a communication app called Remind to distribute information from the school. Download the app and get additional info. here
    Messages are best read if you download the Remind app onto your phone and/or desktop. 
    Once you have downloaded the app, turn on notifications so you don't miss new content.
    If you do not have regular access to a phone or a computer, please contact the office and we will work with you.
    Your student's teacher may communicate class-specific info. using different methods of communication.


    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. For students at the secondary level, student assignments and grades are available. 

    Click on the link to get started. Each parent or guardian will need an activation key (linked to the email address on file).  The school secretary can supply the 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.

    Free and Reduced Lunch

    BREAKFAST and LUNCH are FREE for ALL Peninsula students during the 22-23 school year. Completing these forms helps Peninsula get access to other resources we may be entitled to.

    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 from the school office.

    If you have students at schools other than Peninsula, 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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