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.
SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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!
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!
Dear PPS Families and Staff,
I am pleased to announce that Kristie Lindholm will become a Senior Director in the Office of School Performance on July 1.
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.
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM 4th grade Violin, Group A
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 5th grade Band
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM 4th grade Violin, Group B