Dear Jason Lee Families,
It has been great to see our students return from summer break and we adored welcoming our newest set of Lee Leopards, our kindergarten class, this past week. Our enrollment is up this year, with new students and families joining our school almost daily after hearing about the wonderful community that we have here at Lee.
MODA has continued to be a great community partner for us this summer, sending volunteers to help paint our hallways, and giving free backpacks with school supplies to all of our students. We appreciate them and look forward to giving some exciting news about a playground opportunity later this year.
This newsletter includes a couple of important updates about boundary changes to Lee, the middle school implementation plan and upcoming events here on campus. If you have any questions about any of the things in the newsletter, please feel free to call or email me anytime.
Finally, we would love to continue to foster our great relationships with families and community members here at Jason Lee. We love volunteers, and we encourage parents and families to reach out about opportunities to do so, either through the PTA, by contacting teachers, staff members, or me. We will also reach out to you because you’re such an important piece of the success of our school.
August 17, 2017
Welcome to the start of a new school year! I am thankful and honored that I get to continue serving the students, staff, and community at Jason Lee as this year’s Principal. I spent the summer preparing for the new school year and traveling with my family a bit, including our newest addition, our adorable son, Anderson. It was a great time, but I’m excited to be back on campus with Mr. Robertson, our Assistant Principal, and the rest of our office team as we prepare to greet students in the next few weeks.
There are a few big changes happening at Jason Lee this year, most notably that we no longer will have a uniform policy at our school. Starting this year, we will follow the PPS dress code policy, which you can find attached. Additionally, we are no longer designated a CEP school, so not all students will receive free lunch this year. An application for free or reduced meals will need to be completed at the start of the school year.
Additionally, in light of recent events, I just wanted to affirm our commitment to serving all students at Jason Lee and to creating a safe and welcoming environment for our students and families. Our community is incredibly diverse and powerful, and we do not fear our differences, we embrace them. We want to welcome everyone into our building, to hear your thoughts and hopes, as you are an important voice in our community. Please stop by anytime, our doors are always open.
We welcome the following teachers and changes:
Kindergarten: Ms. Lowery, Ms. Recker
2nd Grade: Ms. Doyle, Ms. Thompson
3rd Grade: Ms. McKee, Ms. Berchier, Ms. Jenness
4th Grade: Ms. Capps, Ms. Hill
5th Grade: Ms. Cha, Ms. Tobey
6th Grade: Ms. Karki, Ms. Gipe
7-8th Grade: Ms. Alabarca, Ms. Klehm, Ms. Suckow, Ms. Robins, Ms. Kirk
Attendance and Hours: Doors open at 7:45 am for breakfast in the cafeteria. At 7:55 am, the 1st bell rings to have students go to class. At 8 am, instruction begins. Please have students in class and ready to learn by this time. Dismissal is at 2:15 pm for K-5 and 2:30 pm for middle school students.
Dress Code: Jason Lee no longer has a uniform policy. We will follow the PPS dress code (attached) starting in 2017-2018.
Communication: Jason Lee will be using a few different primary types of media when communicating information:
Friday Folders (K-5) – Each student will be given a folder that will go home on Fridays with information from Jason Lee. Please read each communication and return the folders on Monday.
Email Blasts, Peach Jar and School Messenger – As we move away from paper flyers / handouts, email is the best means to communicate information. Please make sure you have a current email address and primary phone number on file.
The Jason Lee website – https://www.pps.net/lee
Our Jason Lee School and PTA Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/JasonLeek8PTA
Community Care Day: Please join us for Portland Public Schools Community Care Day at Jason Lee on Saturday, Aug. 26th from 9 am- 12 pm. We will be weeding, raking, replacing mulch, and pruning bushes. Please bring shovels, rakes, gloves, push brooms, and/or wheelbarrows! Even if you can only stop by for an hour, it would be wonderful to see/meet you and work alongside our Jason Lee families and students. This is an excellent opportunity to help support the school and reconnect with friends.
Back-to-School BBQ: Parents, family members, and students are invited to our back to school BBQ. MODA Health is once again sponsoring Jason Lee with the Tools for Schools backpack giveaway. Each Jason Lee student will receive a back to school backpack filled with school supplies! Please plan on joining us Friday, August 25th from 4:00-6:00 pm for some food, fun, and friends!
School Supplies: You will find the dress code and school supply list attached to help as you get your children ready for school.
2017-18 Meal Program Changes at 12 Portland Public Schools:
NEW - Families with students attending Jason Lee will need to submit a meal application before school begins August 30 to determine if they are eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunch. School lunch will no longer be automatically free to all students enrolled in the school. Families are encouraged to apply online at www.pps.net/Page/2464. Paper applications are available in our school office, cafeteria and online. All students will continue to receive lunch at no charge until October 11. If a meal application is not submitted or if a family is not eligible to receive free or reduced lunch, meal charges will begin October 12.
Please note that the changes do not apply to breakfast, which will remain free to all students. We are committed to working with families to ensure those who qualify will continue to receive free or reduced lunches. If you need assistance in applying, please contact your school or PPS Nutrition Services at 503-916-3399 or email@example.com. For meal prices, menus and other information, please go to www.pps.net/Domain/59.
Our daily schedule will remain the same with breakfast served at 7:45 am and learning starting promptly at 8:00 am. Attendance is critical for academic success!
Middle School Staggered Start and Schedules:
Please look for your child’s student registration packet during the 1st week of school, which will include the Parent/Student Handbook and Calendar as well as the PPS Student Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook.
Finally, the administrative staff (Maria, Barbara and Mr. Robertson and I) are back in the office. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. I hope you take full advantage of this last week of vacation and I look forward to seeing you at our Community Care Day and the Back-to-School BBQ.
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!
The PPS school board and communications department have been working to update the district’s public records policy with an eye towards greater transparency and compliance with several new laws that were passed by the Oregon Legislature this year.
Oregon schools, including PPS, will focus more on the role of Native Americans in Oregon history, thanks to a bill passed by the state Legislature.
Senate Bill 13, which focuses on providing accurate, place-based tribal education across the state, was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown over the summer. It directs the state Department of Education to develop curriculum and provide teacher training relating to Native American experience in Oregon.
Hundreds of Portland Public Schools parents and community members have participated in public sessions aimed at gathering comments on the proposal to open two new middle schools at Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman.
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