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  • October Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

     Our school year is off to a great start, and this past Friday we had our first Leopard of the Month awards ceremony where we celebrated students that had exemplified the character trait of respect. This month we’re focusing on integrity, and Ms. Hill’s 4th grade class presented a set of skits to our entire student body with the theme that integrity is, “Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” We’re excited to recognize students at the end of this month who uphold this character trait, as it is one that strengthens our community and school.


    We’ve also enjoyed seeing so many parents and guardians at daytime and evening events the past month, including our PTA meeting, Curriculum Night, Laps For Lee and all of our WatchDOGS that volunteer during the day.  It’s been great having a strong family presence in the building and we enjoy the sense of community that it builds on campus.


    On Tuesday we’ll have our next Coffee Connections, where we’ll share information about our fall assessment data, which will be coming home in Friday Folders, and ways to support student learning this year. We’ll have breakfast, coffee, and interpreters on hand, so feel free to stop in.


    We’re also looking for parents and guardians to join our Site Council, which is compromised of many different stakeholders that help set our priorities for the year, and make important decisions that impact how we spend our resources, including time and money. If you’re interested, respond to this email and I can send you more information.


    Have a wonderful rest of your week and we hope to see you soon.                          

                                                            - Principal Cardona

     Jason Lee Newsletter - October

  • August Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    As we mark the start of the new school year, I am so excited for our middle school students who will now be joining peers from Vestal, Scott, and Rose City Park to form the new Roseway Heights Middle School. It’s been years in the making, but I am overjoyed that our students will now be able to attend a large, comprehensive middle school filled with new friends, courses, and classroom experiences. We will miss them but we wish them the best of luck on their new journey!


    With additional space in our building, we are now able to spread out and grow! As you enter the building each day, I hope you will take advantage of our new Parent / Community Room, where we have computers set up for internet access and printing, in addition to a gathering space for families as they pick up or drop off their students. We’re hoping that parents will use the space as often as they need, and that it will foster greater connections between members of our school community.  


    We are also thrilled that our students will get to utilize some of our new spaces, including: a new art studio, computer lab, classroom for speech pathologists and occupational therapists, a sensory space, reading room, and a student store.


    The possibilities for this year are infinite and I cannot wait to undertake them together.


    Thank you,

    Principal Cardona

  • Champions will be new child care provider for Jason Lee

    For the 2018-19 school year, Jason Lee School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country.
  • May Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families, 

    Thank you for all of the wonderful support that our PTA and parent community put into our Teacher Appreciation Week celebration. From breakfasts and lunches to flowers and cards, our parent community really showed up to show their appreciation for our hardworking and dedicated teachers. Thank you so much!

    This year’s Teacher Appreciation Week had a Superhero Theme, so we had a “Soup-er powered lunch,” and a “Flower Power day” where teachers received vases and students were able to pick out flowers to make beautiful floral arrangements. It was a big success and that’s in large part to the wonderful work of our PTA!

    All year our PTA shows their support for Jason Lee students, with weekly popcorn Fridays, our monthly movie nights, and some great events like our Harvest Festival and upcoming Carnival. Jason Lee would not be the wonderful and family friendly place we love to come to each day without the support of parents like you!

    We want to welcome our new PTA officers, including our incoming President, Ginger Huizar and our Vice-President, Brie Schneider! We’re looking forward to the wonderful things that you’ll do together next year!

    Please read through this newsletter to learn more about upcoming events, including our end of year promotions, field day, and our community carnival.

    Principal Cardona



  • Welcome!

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    Principal Isaac Cardona

    I am thankful that I get to continue working with the students, staff, and community at Jason Lee K-8, and I am honored that I get to do so as Jason Lee’s new principal.  I originally began my teaching career in Houston, Texas, teaching 7th grade English/Language Arts, but I have had the pleasure of serving in a variety of roles since that time.  I have been an instructional coach, working to coach and develop new teachers, a Dean of Students, Executive Director of an Oregon non-profit, and most recently I served as the Assistant Principal of Jason Lee K-8.  
    My wife, a Portland native, and I have worked as educators for over a decade, working in schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and in Taipei, Taiwan.  This past year we welcomed our first child, so we are excited to settle down in Portland, and to lay strong roots within our community.   I’m originally from New Mexico, where I graduated with degrees in Criminology and English, and I hold a Master’s degree in Public School Administration from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York.  As a first generation college student, I believe that there is nothing more important than a quality education.
    I look forward to working with Jason Lee students, families, and community members for years to come, and I welcome you to stop by my office anytime.
    Isaac G. Cardona

     Blake Robertson

    Assistant Principal Blake Robertson

    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!

    Blake Robertson

    Assistant Principal

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