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  • September Newsletter

    Please see the attached September Newsletter: 

    Welcome Back!

    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.

    Principal Cardona

  • Mrs. Berchier on KGW

    Mrs. Berchier, our 3rd grade teacher, shares, "What your child's teacher wants you to know!" You can watch the video from KGW below! 
  • Back To School Letter


    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

    1st Grade:               Mr. Finley, Ms. Alderman

    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 websitehttps://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 nutritionservices@pps.net. 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!

    Kindergarten Students:

    Kindergarten students will begin their first day of school on Tuesday, September 5th.   Being sent in the mail, you will find your Kindergarten Assessment Meeting date and time.  The appointments are approximately 2 hours long.  You will be contacted regarding your child’s class assignment on August 31st.  Our PTA will be hosting a “Boo Hoo” breakfast for parents at 8:00 am on September 5th. This is an opportunity to meet other Kindergarten parents and our PTA as you say goodbye to your students for the day.

     School Calendar:

    The school calendar is attached and will also be sent home in student registration packets.   

    Middle School Staggered Start and Schedules:

    The first day of school for 6th graders is Wednesday, August 30th, with 7th and 8th grade students starting a day later on Thursday, August 31st. All students will receive their schedules on the morning of their first day of school. Students should report to the gymnasium after breakfast.  

    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.

    Principal Cardona

  • Community Care Day at Lee- Saturday, August 26th from 9 am to 12 pm

    Our annual community care day is Saturday, August 26th from 9 am to 12 pm. Stop by Lee during this time to prepare the school and grounds for the quickly approaching school year. Please bring any yard equipment (trimmers, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, etc) that you might have. Hope to see you there!
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  • 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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