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  • September Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    We’ve had such a great start to our year so far! A big thank you to all of the dads, uncles, grandparents, neighbors and friends that came out to our fall WatchDOGS event last week. We look forward to having our dads and father figures continue their positive impact this year by volunteering at school throughout the school day or attending any of our fun evening events!

     

    This week we have a jampacked Friday where we launch the return of our Friday Morning Mile. You can join us on the blacktop starting at 7:30am every Friday for fun, music, and movement as we walk and/or run a mile before the start of our school day. Come on out to meet neighbors and new friends!

     

    Later that day we have our annual Laps For Lee run/walk where we raise money for Jason Lee’s art program. A big thank you to Ms. Capps and our PTA for helping to put this event on, and Art Boss for designing our Laps for Lee T-shirts with the help of our artistic students. We can’t wait to see the winning designs!

     

    Finally, we’d love for you to join us McMenamin’s Kennedy school on Tuesday, October 8th starting at 5pm for our PTA playground fundraiser. On this night, 50% of all spending at the restaurant goes directly to Jason Lee. Please help us pack the house and to raise the last of the money we’d need to complete our playground!

     

    Looking forward to seeing you in the days ahead,

    Principal Cardona

    September Newsletter
  • April Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    We are excited to announce that this past month Jason Lee received two big awards. The first was the Oregon Department of Education’s 2019 School Wellness Award for the work that we’ve done this year to promote physical activity, movement, and healthy choices at Jason Lee!

    You can see a group photo of one of our recent Morning Mile above, and we welcome you to join us each Friday morning at 7:30am. We also are offering two new adult courses in the afternoons, which you can read more about in the newsletter.

    We were also announced as one of the winners of Nike’s School Innovation Fund, giving us $20,000 to be used towards our new playground! I’m currently working with our PTA and playground committee to create the next steps for the creation of that additional playground space. A big thank you to our PTA for fundraising for this space for so long and to MODA and the Blazers for their donation last year. 

    Finally, please note that all schools will now be closed on May 8th, as the Oregon Education Association has designated this as a “Day of Action.” Many teachers will be out in order to advocate for full funding of K-12 schools. The new last day of school in PPS is now June 12th.

    Go Blazers!

    Principal Cardona

    April Newsletter

  • March Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    The next few weeks are packed with events, starting with our Black Brilliance celebration this Thursday, February 28th. Our hallways are being adorned with artwork and presentations that our students have been creating as they learned about people, movements, and art that inspire us even today. We are excited to share this learning with parents on Thursday evening, in addition to great food, music, artwork and fun at Black Brilliance. We hope you’ll join us.

    Friday is Read Across America Day at Jason Lee and the kick-off of our PTA readathon. We’re inviting grandparents and special friends to come to school to read with students for 20-minutes in a school-wide reading block, in addition to some literacy presentations as we head in to our afternoon Leopard of the Month award ceremony. We’ll have cookies and refreshments for everyone, so bring your favorite book and come out and read with us!

    Finally, March 4th-8th is our Classified Staff Appreciation Week! Our secretaries, educational assistants, paraeducators, nutrition services staff, custodians, and other non-represented employees do an amazing job of supporting our school each day. A big thanks to our PTA for putting on multiple events for our classified staff, including a potluck brunch next Wednesday. Please read on about how you can contribute to those events throughout week.   

    Principal Cardona

    March Newsletter

  • January Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

    I hope your 2019 is off to an excellent start! This month we are preparing for a new and exciting event at Jason Lee called Black Brilliance. We’ll be celebrating the achievements, contributions, struggles and triumphs of our black community, both in Portland and beyond. Each classroom will be studying something different, leading up to our Black Brilliance Night on Thursday, February 28th.

    We’ll have food, a DJ, performances, student art work and displays, and activities for the whole family. We welcome you to come on out to the event, and to ask your child what they are learning about throughout the month. I’ll be doing some art lessons with our K-5 students as we read “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” and reproduce similar styles of art work. We’ll adorn the hallways with this work, and others from each student’s classroom leading up to our Black Brilliance Celebration.

    I’d like to note that two of our events that were slated for the end of this month have moved. Both Grandparents and Special Friends Day and our Literacy Night have both been moved to Friday, March 1st as we pair them with Read Across America Day.

    We’ll have a whole school presentation on March 1st and a chance for every student in the school, from kindergarten through 5th grade, to read with grandparents, peers, and special friends. We’ll also have refreshments and cookies on hand for everyone. Please do note that change on your calendars, and read through the newsletter for more information on all of our upcoming events.

    -        Principal Cardona

Principal's Message

Mr. Isaac Cardona

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Mr. Isaac Cardona

Principal Isaac Cardona

Jason Lee families, 

I cannot think of a better school or community to call home, and I’m thrilled to be heading in to my fifth year at Jason Lee Elementary, and my fourth as principal. I’m excited about continuing to grow programs that we love, like our Friday Morning Mile, and I’m looking forward to the launch of some new, fun activities this year, like our bi-monthly adult cooking classes, the expansion of our weekly PSU music classes, and the construction of our new playground spaces! Every year we get better and this is bound to be our best year yet! 

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, Assistant Principal and the Executive Director of an Oregon non-profit. 

My wife and I have worked as educators for over a decade, working in schools throughout Texas, Oregon, and in Taipei, Taiwan.  We have two sons, who are 2 and 4, and we are excited that we get to raise them in this wonderful city. 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.

If you're ever on campus, please feel free to stop by our parent / community room or pop in to the office to say, "hello." I love getting a chance to sit down to speak to parents and community members, so please stop by any time. Our school and our community are a stronger place when we have the ability to work together. 

I love working with the students, staff, and parents at Jason Lee and I hope to do so for years to come. 

Isaac Cardona

Principal

 

Assistant Principal's Message

Mr. Blake Robertson

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Mr. Blake Robertson

Assistant Principal Blake Robertson

Hello Jason Lee School students and families! This year, I’m returning for my fourth year at Jason Lee. Over the past year, I’ve seen our school transform from a K-8 to a K-5, and I’m so thrilled to have been a part of this work. We’ve welcomed Head Start to our community and created events and spaces to welcome all our families. As a school leader in climate and culture, I’m proud to see the caring, calm, and fun environment that adults work hard each day to create for all our students. I feel so fortunate to be a part of Lee for another year and continuing to make our school the absolute best in PPS!

My wife, Miranda, and I have called Portland home for the past 14 years. We have two daughters, Abigail and Gwenyth, who are both PPS students at Astor School in North Portland. I was born and raised in Virginia. I 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 began my teaching career in PPS. As a teacher I taught third through eighth grade classrooms and supported school climate as a climate coach. My passions beyond school include running, gardening, and coaching my daughter’s soccer team. Go Saints!

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. This year, my focus with our climate and culture team is to increase students' sense of belonging. I want Lee to be a place where students feel respected by all and included throughout the day, whether that’s at recess or in the classroom. 

I look forward to our work together towards a successful school year at Lee. Should you need anything at all, then please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brobertson@pps.net or stop by and see me at school. Here’s to a year.


Blake Robertson

Assistant Principal

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