First, I want to start by thanking Timber Joey for stopping by Jason Lee this past week. He spent his Monday morning reading books to our elementary school students, including a student favorite, The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak! It was a fun and laugh-filled morning, and Timber Joey imparted pearls of wisdom upon our students about staying healthy and growing our minds and bodies.
This Monday, May 1st, marks the start of our Teacher Appreciation Week! This is a great time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Jason Lee’s wonderful teaching staff. Feel free to stop by and thank your student’s teachers all week.
Teachers will have notes on their doors starting on Tuesday where students and parents can write positive notes or “thank yous”.
On Tuesday morning, the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is also organizing a parent potluck where you can bring a favorite dish or dessert for our staff luncheon. Thank you to the PTA for organizing such a great event year after year. We appreciate your support!
There are quite a few updates in this newsletter, including the opportunity to weigh-in on Jason Lee’s dress code, so please keep reading. Thanks!
Principal CardonaMay Jason Lee Newsletter
Hello Jason Lee School students, families, and staff! Words cannot express how enthusiastic I am to serve your rich community.
My wife and I have called Portland home for the past 11 years. We have two daughters who are both PPS students at Astor School in North Portland. I was born and raised in Virginia. I graduated with a degree in Biology and, afterwards, served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an Environmental Educator. After moving to Portland and working as an animal keeper and youth mentor at the Oregon Zoo, I acquired my Master’s degree from the University of Portland and began my teaching career in PPS. I come to Lee School after having taught in 3rd through 8th grade classrooms and, most recently, supporting students and staff as a School Climate Coordinator at Ockley Green.
The work I do is driven by a mission to create a caring and safe environment for all students while providing rich opportunities that allow them to reach their fullest potential. I believe that school should be fun, dynamic, and supportive to our students in ways that cultivate life long learners. I feel so fortunate to be part of the Lee team this year as we continue the wonderful work already occurring. I look forward to seeing you in the hallways at school and around the community!
At the end of every school year, the
School-family Partnership program sponsors Student Recognition Award ceremonies
for successful students across the district. These award ceremonies are
essential to honor and reward students whose achievements represent the best of
PPS, and to inspire their fellow students in the coming school year. We’re
excited to celebrate these students and are looking forward to sharing their
stories with you.
Please congratulate all who participated. They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!
Hello PPS families and staff,
On April 4 I presented my proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to our School Board. I want to make sure you know what our spending priorities are, and what they will mean for you and your PPS student or students.
This is a budget of difficult choices. We made extra cuts to central administration to prioritize direct services for students, but we still must make some painful cuts to our schools. Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement as we manage this difficult fiscal climate.
CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25
We want to hear from you about the 2017-18 budget for PPS! The Portland School Board has scheduled three listening sessions to take your comments on how we should allocate our dollars in the coming year.