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  • Lewis Earth Day Fair: Garden Sale and Rummage Sale Set for April 22, 2017

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    This is going to be a great event! There will be lots of kids activities: student-led tours of the garden, garden scavenger hunt, Woodstock Farmers Market kiosk kids' crafts. There are two raffles: Rose bushes donated by 7 Dees and a Kona Coco bike ($675) donated by Sellwood Cycle!! Munchy's Kettle Corn, Italian Sodas, and of course a Bake Sale! Come listen to the Sellwood Marimba, Renegade Rose, and Sellwood Jazz Bands while you shop! 

    How can you help support this important fundraiser for the school??? 

    1) Drop off rummage sale items Thursday 4/20 2:30PM-5PM or Friday 4/21 8AM-4PM. [Check in with the office during those hours before proceeding to the cafeteria] 

    2) Dig up your overgrown garden and drop off your plants starting 4/17. 

    3) Bring recycling items on the day of the event Saturday 4/22 with a suggested minimum donation of $10/car load for us to cart your stuff away. We are taking eyeglasses, batteries, electronics, sheet/block Styrofoam (no peanuts), hard plastics. No lightbulbs. 

    4) Bring friends and shop on April 22nd - 9AM-3PM! 

    5) Share this post on social media! 
    6) Need Bake Sale Items for Earth Day Fair - an Easy Way to Contribute!
    Please drop off your bake sale items 9AM on Saturday, April 22nd.  Be sure to label whether the item contains nuts or is gluten or dairy free.  Contact for details

    We need specific help with VOLUNTEERS at these times:
    Friday set up - Rummage set up 8AM-12PM (2 hour shifts)
    Saturday Raffle - Sign up to man the raffle table 10AM-2PM (2 hour shifts)
    Saturday Recycling 8AM, 12PM, 2PM (2 hour shifts)
    Saturday Garden Sale 2PM (2 hour shift)
    Saturday Clean up 3PM (2 hour shift)

  • This message is an update on the 2016-17 school calendar.


    PPS schools were closed for nine instructional days due to snowy and icy winter weather in December and January. 

    March 7, the PPS Board of Education voted to change the April 7 teacher-planning day to an instructional day and to extend the school year to June 15.

    Please mark your calendars--there will now be school on Friday, April 7 and the last day of school for students is now Thursday, June 15.

    View the calendar here.

  • Rummage Sale Update!


    Come celebrate Earth Day with the Lewis Elementary PTA as we launch our new event
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Garden Fair! 
    The event is on April 22nd from 9AM-3PM

    How can you help support our neighborhood school?


    1) Donate those items you've been hoarding.  We're going to expand our recycling efforts to include eye glasses, batteries, computer/electronic equipment, hard plastics (the kind you can't take to New Seasons or put in the curb bins), sheet or block styrofoam (no peanuts - take those to UPS!), textiles.  Donations are tax deductible. The drop off date is April 21st 8AM-4PM - 4401 SE Evergreen Street. Contact Shawn Jaquiss ( for details. 


    2)  Donate plants from the garden fair - start your seeds (I just started a bunch of tomatoes and kale) and dig out those crowding plants to share with neighbors.  Drop off for plants no earlier than will also be April 17th.  Contact Rebecka Amodei ( for details.


    3) Sign up to volunteer for this event.  It is not possible to fund raise for PTA school-supported programs without volunteers.  If we do not have enough volunteers by April 11th, we will have to cancel the event.  This would mean a potential loss of $6000 to school programming.  Signups are at the school office and through signup genius.


    4) Bring friends and shop on April 22nd - 9AM-3PM! 


    5) Sharing this post on social media!

  • Your Input is Needed!! Share with PPS the Kind of Principal You Want to See at Lewis Next Year!!

    Please share your input to help with the hiring process of our next Principal~
    Or pick-up a paper survey from the school office.
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  • Helen

    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Helen Nolen and I will be the interim Principal this year.  I’m happy to join the staff and Lewis community for this next school year. Working with Mr. Lauer and several staff members throughout the years, I know the dedicated effort and quality work that happens at Lewis Elementary. I’m honored to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you.

    In 1983, I started with PPS as an itinerant TAG K-2 teacher. At that time I was in the same 10 schools every week teaching TAG strategies to K-2 students. Students were bused or taxied to me and I happened to teach at Lewis on Tuesday afternoons! Throughout my years in PPS I’ve also taught 3rd and 4th grade. Several years I was at the District Level training teachers, working in curriculum and was also the Science Coordinator for the district. I have also had the honor of being Asst Principal at Jackson MS, Principal at Buckman, Sellwood MS and Peninsula K-8. My most rewarding time has been working in schools with staff and parents focusing on children and planning for their best education and future. I look forward to being a partner with you.

    On a personal level, my own two children graduated from Portland Public Schools and I’m awaiting my 2nd Great Grandchild in early August!

    A very obvious new item at Lewis is the nature-based playground. Many thanks to parents who earned money for this project and to Amy O’Connor who coordinated the PPS contractor, City of Portland inspectors, district delivery of bark dust, and worked hard to have this structure ready for the start of school! CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Lewis K-3rd graders will be a part of a Mt. Hood Cable Commission grant this year called TechSmart. Mr. Hanson will be the teacher-coordinator working with our K-3 team to bring enhanced technology/reading instructional strategies to our students.

    Again, WELCOME to an exciting 2016-2017 school year!

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  • Benson Tech rocked the SkillsUSA State Competition

     Benson Tech team at the SkillsUSA State Competition, April 2017
    During the SkillsUSA State Competition, this April 20-21, the Benson team landed a bucket full of medals!  All gold medalists qualify for the National Skills USA conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 19th - 23rd.

    Please congratulate all who participated.  They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!

  • Important budget message from the Superintendent

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    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.

  • PPS budget: We want to hear from you

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    CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25

    Budget overview
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    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.

  • From Tom Koehler, Chair of the Board of Education: Budget and Bond

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff:

    Spring is approaching and it’s that time of year when we begin building budgets and plans for the next school year.

    I spent Monday in Salem with a fellow board member, PPS principals and educators and school districts from across Oregon to advocate for additional resources to support K-12 education and our local schools. The state is facing a shortfall of approximately $1.7 billion and the budgets proposed for K-12 from the Governor and Legislature are not adequate to maintain current levels of services.

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