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