Peninsula Family Post

September 8, 2023

Upcoming Events

9/13- PTA Meeting in the Library 6-7:30PM

9/21- Back to School Night 5:30-7pm

10/2- SUN starts 2:15pm-4:30pm

10/3- Picture Day K-2

10/4- Picture Day 3-5

10/13- No School

10/14- Cider Press Party in the Courtyard 10am-12pm (Bring containers for cider and baskets for apples)

10/24- Picture Make-Up Day

10/30-11/2- SPIRIT WEEK!

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Back to School Packets

Your students should be coming home with back-to-school packets this week. Please make sure to fill out any forms and return them to the teacher or the front office. You can fill out your student(s) After School Plan here or by paper form. If you have already filled out the form you do not need to fill it out again.

A Message From Our Health Room

Welcome back Peninsula Families! I am SHA Jenn in the health room. You may be hearing from me from time to time when your student is feeling unwell, if they get injured, or if your student has a medical issue or takes regular medication. Please make sure your contact info is updated with the office so we always have a way to reach you should there be a medical need.

I am working on updating all immunization records right now, so if you have recent updates to records, please bring them to the office. Thank you and have an amazing year!

A Message From Our School Social Worker

Are you needing additional clothing for your children? PPS has a clothing closet full of gently used clothing for students in need. Parents can “shop” for their kids Mondays and Thursdays 10-1 at the clothing closet, or if those hours don’t work we can request a bag of clothes to be sent to the school. Reach out for a referral to Kate at 971 276 1759.

Please click here and check out the full list of past resources shared. Most of these are ongoing resources available. If you or your family needs access to additional resources (energy assistance, mental health, childcare, food boxes, clothing, etc.) please feel free to reach out via phone or text at my work cell 971.276.1759 - hablo español. I work part time and I'm in the school and available via phone Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

A Message From SUN

Hello Panther Family!

Welcome back! I hope your summers were fantastic! I wanted to give you a few updates about SUN for the fall term.

SUN School for fall will take place on October 2nd - December 7th! We will have registration for classes out by next week. In the meantime, if you have not done so already, please fill out an SEI/SUN Application for Enrollment Form via the link below. This is to be filled out ONCE A YEAR, so if you have filled one out since June 2023, you DO NOT need to fill it out again. If you have questions about whether you have completed it or not, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Please note that once registration is sent out, students will be accepted first, on a need-base and then first come first serve basis.

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In addition, SUN is also looking for volunteers or part-time staff for program support and classes!! We know how much our students love SUN and every term, more and more students are wanting to join our program. In order to allow for more students to join us, we need more staff to make sure they are safe and engaged. At SEI, we strive to provide students with the best all-around experiences in SUN. That includes new and engaging class material, a fun and safe environment, and strong relationships with the staff and each other. If you or anyone you know would like to join our family and help give more of our students a fantastic experience at SUN, please reach out to our SUN Manager, Kylie.

We are also offering resource assistance such as clothing, groceries, utility payments, job hunting, and more. All inquiries and consultations are confidential. For more information, please reach out to our Family Resource Navigator, Zaria at

We look forward to a wonderful school year!

Kylie Acoba

SUN Site Manager


PH: (971) 533-7737

Fall Assessments

The focus of the month of September is building a strong learning community by getting to know our students both personally and academically. Students will work on class activities and take several assessments that help provide teachers with a clearer picture of what each student knows and is ready to learn. Teachers will then be able to plan instruction that meets the individual needs of their students.

When your child comes home and says “we took a test today” we want you to know what that means! These benchmarking assessments occur across PPS in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Each of these assessments is computer-based and adaptive, which means the level of difficulty will change depending on each student’s answers. In addition to the assessments below teachers will also gather additional information on students depending on the grade level.

  • K-2 MAP Reading Fluency: This assessment measures beginning reader skills, like letter and word knowledge, and it measures oral reading for children who are ready. It is also used as an initial Dyslexia screening tool. Students will use headsets to record their reading. This is a new tool in PPS for 2023-2024.

  • 3-8 MAP Growth in both Reading and Math: This assessment checks students’ performance by measuring achievement and growth in our literacy and math standards.

K-5 i-Ready Math Diagnostic: This assessment is connected to our K-5 math curriculum and the goal is to figure out the mathematics level that is “just right” for each student. It measures student’s progress toward mastering grade-level standards and identifies students’ strengths and where they’ll benefit from more support. Results will be connected to students’ My Path account where they can work on individualized math instruction.

Arrival and Dismissal

Students will enter through the side doors near the cafeteria on N Emerald. Doors open at 7:45 for breakfast service. If your student does not want breakfast, they can arrive closer to 8. At 8:01, the side doors will close, and we ask that students enter through the front doors.

2:15pm Dismissal:

K- exits through classroom exterior doors

1st -exits through on Halleck

2nd -exits through the front doors

3rd-5th -exits through morning entry doors off Emerald

Traffic Flow for Drop off and Pick up

N Emerald is closed to parent car traffic from N Halleck to N Kilpatrick during morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off. N Halleck street adjacent to the school is available for student pick-up and drop-off
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We love having volunteers at Peninsula. Over the course of the year, caregivers will have several opportunties to volunteer either in the classroom or on field trips. All voluteers are required to complete a volunteer background check and training. Click here for information on the process.

It can take up to two weeks for your background check to be completed once you apply, so we encourage you to do it now just in case you decide to volunteer with us.

If you have completed the background check in the past, and are wondering if you are still active in the system, email Sara Gilds at, and she will let you know.

Visitors in the Building

For the safety and security of our students, we will continue to ask that parents only enter the building if they are volunteering, have an appointment, or are picking a student up. This helps ensure that we know who is in the building at all times.

When you do enter the building for one of the above reasons, make sure to check in at the office and, if you're staying, print a visitor/volunteer badge.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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