Dear Jason Lee Families,
Thank you for all of the wonderful support that our PTA and parent community put into our Teacher Appreciation Week celebration. From breakfasts and lunches to flowers and cards, our parent community really showed up to show their appreciation for our hardworking and dedicated teachers. Thank you so much!
This year’s Teacher Appreciation Week had a Superhero Theme, so we had a “Soup-er powered lunch,” and a “Flower Power day” where teachers received vases and students were able to pick out flowers to make beautiful floral arrangements. It was a big success and that’s in large part to the wonderful work of our PTA!
All year our PTA shows their support for Jason Lee students, with weekly popcorn Fridays, our monthly movie nights, and some great events like our Harvest Festival and upcoming Carnival. Jason Lee would not be the wonderful and family friendly place we love to come to each day without the support of parents like you!
We want to welcome our new PTA officers, including our incoming President, Ginger Huizar and our Vice-President, Brie Schneider! We’re looking forward to the wonderful things that you’ll do together next year!
Please read through this newsletter to learn more about upcoming events, including our end of year promotions, field day, and our community carnival.
Dear Jason Lee Families,
I hope your students had a wonderful spring break! It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into our final stretch of the school year as we begin our fourth quarter in just a couple of weeks. Our students and staff have a lot of wonderful things to look forward to as we close at the year, including an upcoming OMSI Science Night, our Celebration of the Arts, and our end of year Community Carnival.
This past month, our Arts Committee secured drum lessons for our all of our students in K-8 through the Obo Addy Legacy Project. Obo Addy "was a Ghanaian drummer and dancer who was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music known as “Worldbeat” to Europe and then to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in the late 1970s."
The program brought in drums and a few drummers to teach Ghanian traditions, dance, and rhythm. Our teachers and students all got the chance to experience multiple sessions with our Obo Addy instructors, and we’re excited to be able to offer more experiences like that in the future. Thank you to our Arts Committee for putting that together!
I hope to see you at our next Coffee Connections as we start to plan for next year and our conversion into a K-5 elementary school. Your voice is important and we’d love to hear your thoughts.
What a snowy week!
Dear Jason Lee Families,
We had a great time meeting new kindergarten families last week at our first Connect to Kindergarten event of the year. Our Jason Lee boundaries have shifted a bit, so it was nice to meet new families and neighbors that are coming from across 82nd Avenue in our new catchment area. We are looking forward to integrating them into our wonderful community and having them see what makes Jason Lee such a great place to be.
This month we continued our work into “Who Makes Us Lee,” recognizing the people in our building that make us unique, and the special qualities that they each possess. Mrs. Doyle, Mrs. Capps, and Mrs. Berchier worked on launching a whole school project based upon the book, The Best Parts of Me. Through black and white photos and a bit of writing, students shared the best parts of themselves. Their minds, hands, the eyes that they use to see the world - each student had something unique to share. PPS covered the event, so please do look for it in the next PPS Pulse.
As we start to wrap up the school year, please do consider joining or becoming active in our school’s PTA. Our next meeting is on March 20th at 6pm.
Happy New Year!
Dear Jason Lee Families,
Lee NewsletterWe’re at the half-way point of our school year with our first semester wrapping up this Friday! It’s been an exciting first half, filled with lots of fun and learning, and we’re eagerly preparing for what’s still to come.
Most classes have begun completing their “Who Makes Us Lee,” self-portraits, so you can stop by our main hallway anytime to see those on display. Mr. Robertson and I had a great time stopping by each classroom to help students draw, paint, and to find that perfect paint color that represented the Colors of Lee.
As January draws to a close, we’ll be focusing a lot of our morning circle time and daily lessons to talk about the wonderful contributions that African Americans have had on our day-to-day lives and to celebrate the people that have had impact on our world. Look for our February newsletter in a few weeks where we’ll talk more about Black History Month and how you can continue that learning and those conversations at home.
In the months ahead, our site council will begin thinking about our conversion from a K-8 back to a K-5. We’ll look at our specials, course offerings, and the things that will make our great K-8 a wonderful and true elementary school. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.
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!
During summer break, when many of our schools are closed,
parents can still register their students for the coming year by visiting the
Enrollment and Transfer Center at the PPS central office.
Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero and his staff have completed the 2018-19 budget for Portland Public Schools. The $655 million budget reflects the Superintendent’s priorities, including increasing investment in core instruction, staffing schools equitably, advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and enhancing student safety and wellbeing. The PPS Board of Education is expected to formally adopt the budget at its June 26 meeting.
The school year was over, but more than 500 K-5 teachers were hard at work preparing for the 2018-19 academic year at the PPS Summer Institute at Roosevelt High School. The two-day training gave teachers the opportunity to dig into the new language arts curriculum, and hear from teachers who are already using it. The teachers also learned how the curriculum aligns with state standards and the district’s newly adopted scope and sequence — an academic term for what will be taught and in what order.