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  • January Newsletter

    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.

    Principal Cardona

  • December Newsletter

    Welcome to December!


    It’s hard to believe that the first half of the year is almost over! As we soak up these last two weeks before Winter Break, we want to make sure that we continue to acknowledge the great work that our students are doing.


    This past month, Mr. Robertson, our assistant principal, Mr. Hewett, our physical education teacher, and I participated in “No Shave November” as an incentive for our Jason Lee students. All month students could use their “leopard awards,” which they earn for being safe, respectful, and responsible, to purchase a chance to create a unique beard style for the three of us.


    After hundreds of Leopard Awards, the winning styles were chosen by 3rd grade Vada, 5th grade Hailey and 7th grade Vivian. Congratulations to those students for earning those Leopard Awards!


    The winning styles were fun to wear for a day, but we’re definitely glad to be clean shaven! Great job to every student that earned Leopard Awards this past month, and we can’t wait to continue to celebrate your successes in the semester ahead.


    Don’t forget that December 15th is our Holiday Sing-A-long and the last day of school for the month. We’ll see you in the new year!  

    Principal Cardona

  • October Newsletter


    It’s finally fall!

    Dear Jason Lee Families,

     We recently held our National Walk and Roll to School Day and we had the opportunity to host quite a few dignitaries on campus, including our new Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero! It was a great event that celebrated our wonderful Jason Lee community and the students and parents that commute to school each day.


    I had a great time walking through the neighborhood as part of the “Walking School Bus,” which picked up students and families on their way to Jason Lee.  The number of students that commuted to school on foot or bike blew our goals out of the water! As a result, I had to drink a small cup of hot sauce as part of the “Hot Sauce Challenge,” which was the incentive created by our middle school students.  (It ended up being really tasty!) I want to thank Coach Terese and PBOT for putting on such a fun, interactive, and creative event, in addition to Superintendent Guerrero, Timber Joey, and everyone else that came out to help celebrate the day. Thank you so much!


    This newsletter includes a few important updates about upcoming events at Jason Lee, including our Fall Harvest festival, upcoming earthquake drill, our “One Lee” initiative, and our student assessment scores from last year, which were released on October 12th.


    As always, we welcome you to campus anytime, so please don’t hesitate to stop by or say, “hello.”  

    Principal Cardona

  • 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



  • 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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