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  • Lewis Dines Out January 17th at Laughing Planet

    This Tuesday, January 17th, Lewis Dines Out at Laughing Planet on Woodstock! Please stop by and support our school and all the wonderful programs the Lewis PTA supports, and a wonderful community business! 15% of the days sales will benefit Lewis!
  • PPS News Regarding the School Calendar and Potential Changes

    PPS sent this email just a couple of hours ago regarding the calendar for the remainder of this year, INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL CANCELLATION IF THIS WEDNESDAYS LATE START... ** Please note, we will still have our Lewis Spirit Day this Wednesday, so wear your clothes Inside-Out!!! ************************************************* Dear Portland Public School Families and Staff: Thank you for your continued support during this unusual winter weather. We understand and share your frustration with the number of school closures and wanted to give you an update about how we believe we can make up some of the lost instruction over the next five months of the school year. The Board voted on December 13, 2016 to add two days at the end of the school year to make up for two days lost in December. Since that vote additional school closures have occurred due to weather. This Tuesday, January 17, 2017, district staff will present the following proposal for the Board’s consideration to account for the other closures: • Add another day to the calendar- extending the last day of school by three days to June 14, 2017. • Eliminate the rest of late starts for elementary and middle schools and early releases for high schools, which will restore approximately ten hours of additional instruction for elementary schools and four hours for high schools. Please note that if approved, the elimination of late starts begins this Wednesday, January 18, 2017. We recognize that these actions will not make up for all of the closures and we will be working with the Oregon Department of Education in coordination with other school districts across the state facing the same situation to evaluate how best to address this issue, including the potential for additional weather related closures throughout this winter. As we have more information on this work we will update you. Lastly, we are working very hard to clear pathways, sidewalks and parking lots to have schools safe and ready to open on Tuesday. We will have a more detailed status report to share later this weekend. Our priority is to ensure our schools are safe for the return of our students and staff - and we are deploying every available resource to try to achieve that goal by Tuesday. Thank you again for your support. Please stay safe and we look forward to the safe return of all of our students and staff to school soon. Sincerely, Bob McKean Interim Superintendent
  • DISTRICT NEWS: End of semester and inservice day change

    Dear PPS Families and Community:

    As you know, due to the inclement weather last month, Portland Public Schools was closed for four days: December 8, 9, 15 and 16.

    In order to ensure our students receive the instructional hours they need this semester, district staff is recommending the following modification to the calendar to the Board of Education:

    •    Extending the semester by one week so that the last day of the semester will be Thursday, February 2nd instead of the original schedule of Thursday, January 26th; and

    •    Moving the in-service to Friday, February 3rd from the original schedule of Friday, January 27.

    The Board will vote on this recommendation on Tuesday, January 10.

    As previously communicated, the school board voted at their December 13 board meeting to add two days to the end of the school year, making the last day of school June 13, 2017. 

    We understand that this change will require many families to adjust their schedules as it relates to work and childcare and we apologize for any inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding of these adjustments and your support in ensuring the highest quality of education for our students.


    Bob McKean
    Interim Superintendent

  • Lewis PTA Rummage Sale is coming soon!

    Due to the possibility of a change in the Planning Day on January 27th, our Rummage Sale may be moved to February 4th.  

    The PPS School Board will vote on this change on Tuesday, January  10th.
    Please check back for further information! 

    Lewis Elementary PTA funds many school programs such as classroom support, clubs, reading programs, software purchases, safety patrol, and more by raising money through events such as the Lewis Rummage Sale. Show your school support by

    1) Donating to the Rummage Sale - rummage through those closets and garages and bring your stuff. We're also accepting used glasses, batteries and computer/electronic equipment. There will be limited recycling but no shredding, styrofoam, or plastics. All leftovers will be donated to Northeast Emergency Food Program. The drop off date is Friday 1/27 from 9 to 3 in the cafeteria.

    2) Bringing friends and shopping! One man's junk is another man's treasure and all money goes to the PTA!

    3) Sharing this information through social media!


  • 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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  • Tuesday, January 17: All schools and offices closed

    This was a difficult decision. We know that school closures impact families in many ways, disrupting work schedules, childcare, in addition to classroom instruction for the nearly 49,000 students we serve.

  • School conditions update for Tuesday, January 17

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      Facilities staff have been clearing parking lots and pathways, like here at West Sylvan.

    We continue to work to get schools ready to open tomorrow. Ice is our biggest barrier and concern, and the safety of students and staff is our priority.

    The vast majority of our schools have been cleared of snow yet, there are still a significant number that have walkways and other paths covered in ice, which we are working to clear today.

  • School conditions update

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    We want to update you on the status of our work to prepare our schools for the safe return of staff and students. Since Wednesday, our dedicated custodians and maintenance staff have been working very long hours to clear pathways, manage building power, plumbing and heat to ensure all of our utilities are operational given the freezing conditions that can impact pipes and electricity.

  • Friday, January 13: All schools and offices closed

    Schools will be closed tomorrow Friday, January 13.  Our teams have been out today clearing school sidewalks and parking lots and putting the chains on buses, however it is still unsafe on the streets and sidewalks for all of our students and staff to get to school.   All weekend activities including athletics are also canceled.

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