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  • 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

  • November Newsletter

    Dear Jason Lee Families, 

    It’s hard to believe that we’re over a quarter into the school year, and next week marks the start of our fall conferences. This is a great time to check in with your student’s teacher about their progress this year and to ask any questions that you might have about school, strengths, or areas of concern.   

    Our conferences typically last about 20 minutes, and while you are waiting, this year Mr. Hewett is hosting quite a few games and activities in our gymnasium. Those include: Cornhole, HulaHuts, Soccer Shots and Basketball Shots! Mr. Chen, our dance teacher, will also be hosting a couple of dance moves on the stage. Please stop by to see them before or after any of your conferences and to get a little fun and play time in with your students.

    We will not have classes next week, and Jason Lee will be closed from Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving break, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule starting the following Monday. Please mark your calendars for our last big school event before the winter break as we celebrate “Family Art Night” on Thursday, December 13th from 5-7pm. We’ll have food, performances, and arts and crafts for the whole family. We hope to see you there!

    Finally, a big thanks to our PTA, and all of our parents and guardians, for their continued presence and support in the building, and for making the first half of our year so successful.  We’ll see you next week at conferences.

    Please feel free to stop by and say hello anytime. 

    Principal Cardona
  • 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


  • 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 Elementary, and I am honored that I get to do so as Jason Lee’s continuing principal.  This is my third year in the role of Principal, and my fourth year at Jason Lee. I love working with the students, staff, and parents at Jason Lee and I hope to do so for years to come. 
    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.  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 welcome you anytime. Our school and our community are a stronger place when we have the ability to work together. 
    Isaac G. Cardona

     Blake Robertson

    Assistant Principal Blake Robertson

    Hello Jason Lee School students, families, and staff! I'm so happy to be returning to my third year at Lee. I'm enthusiastic to continue building great programs at Lee while finding new ways to make school the fun and supportive environment that it can be for all students. But, most of all, I'm especially excited to continue growing the amazing connections I've found with students, families, and staff at Lee.
    My wife, Miranda, and I have called Portland home for the past 13 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 in 3rd through 8th grade classrooms and supported school climate as a climate coach. When I'm not at school, you'll see my out on the spending time with my family, soccer field, playing music, or gardening.
    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 look forward to our work together towards this goal and a successful school year this year at Lee. Should you need anything at all, then please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brobertson@pps.net. 

    Blake Robertson

    Assistant Principal

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