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  • 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

  • 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


  • 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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