• For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    IMPORTANT, UPDATED INFORMATION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

    The front doors on Evergreen St. and the playground doors by the kindergarten classrooms are the only doors open for morning drop-off. 

    For the safety of our students and staff, and for the security of our building, the front doors on Evergreen St. are the only available entrance during the school day.  These doors will be locked at 4:30. All other doors will remain locked throughout the day.  At the end of the day, students may exit any of the doors in the building, but they will not be unlocked.

    Students may be dropped off at 8:20 if they are having breakfast in the cafeteria.  Otherwise, students may not be dropped off until 8:30, as we do not have staff supervision available until then.

    A responsible adult/parent/guardian must be with students if they are on school grounds before 8:20 or after dismissal at 3pm.

    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.

     

    We Love Volunteers!!
    Whether you have 30 minutes or a few hours in the day/week, or one day a year to help with an event, we can always use your help!  Our volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and our students. Having adults in the building gives our students the knowledge that people are there to help them succeed, and to help make our school the amazing place that it is.

    Pick up a Volunteer Form from the office, fill it out and bring it to the office, contact your child’s teacher, or check the Wednesday Newsletter for Volunteer Opportunities!

    Please be sure you have a cleared background check so you can volunteer throughout the year! This is a no cost application, only takes a few minutes to complete, is valid for 3 years once you have been cleared and it clears you district wide for any PPS School. 
    For Application:
    https://www.pps.net/Page/149

     

    Free/Reduced Meal Program:
    Meal benefits expire at the end of each school year. Families approved the prior school year have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefi­ts at the start of the school year if they still meet federal income guidelines.
    This program could potentially contribute valuable resources to Lewis School.  We encourage you to submit the application even if you may not use the service. Here’s the link to set up a meal account and apply: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

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  • Garden Committee Planning Meeting

    The CORRECT date for the meeting is Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30pm in the Lewis Library.

    Join is on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30pm for our 1st Garden Committee Planning Meeting.
    This will be our first step in deciding our priorities for the yard, discuss garden education, how PTA will be able to financially support our garden education, and ways to keep the grounds looking pruned and proper-the maintenance piece.
    Anyone interested in the garden or getting involved is welcome to attend.
    Hopefully some garden committee chairs will come forward for future meetings and activity planning.

    Thank you!

  • Lewis Night with the Blazers

    TICKET SALES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH!!
     
    Portland Trail Blazers vs Chicago Bulls
    Friday. November 29th 
     
    Tickets prices, depending 
    on seat location, are 
    $34, $68 or $101.
    Lewis will receive 
    $5, $10 or $15  per ticket.
    Special Fan Experience included with every ticket purchased!

    You must use our Promo Code: Lewis
     
    Proceeds from the Trail Blazers School Program will benefit Lewis students 
  • Holiday Bazaar Vendors

    Mark your calendars for the Annual Lewis PTA Holiday Bazaar! 
    Saturday, December 7th from 10am-3pm 
    Below is a list of the vendors we have lined up so far. 
     
    Not to mention fantastic trees, wreaths and swags for purchase
     
    We will also have a bake sale, lunch available to purchase, live entertainment, and our fantastic student vendors will also be selling their wares! 
     
     Vendor
    Website
    Department of Work Overhauls.info
    The Crafty Cosplayer www.thecraftycosplayer.com
    Texture and Hue Studio  https://www.etsy.com/shop/TEXTUREandhueSTUDIO
    Feisty Wren Soap Studio feistywren.com
    Hana’s Handmade  none
    Urban Article  Etsy.com/shop/urbanarticle
    House of Six Cats www.houseofsixcats.com
    Re:solution Studio Www.resolutionstudio.com
    Munchys Kettlecorn www.munchys.net
    Liv & Lotus Livandlotus.com
    Chinchilla Whiskers www.chinchillawhiskers.com
    VJPembertonArt www,VJPembertonArt.com
    Lola's Girls  none
    Laura K Maxwell Www.LauraKmaxwell.com
    My Journal City https://www.facebook.com/MyJournalCity/
    Custom Magnetic Jewelry none
    DeeDee & Shark www.instagram.com/deedeeandshark
    Southbound ceramics southboundceramics.com
    Paper + Wheel www.paperandwheel.com
    East Cooper Street none
    Marshall's Haute Sauce http://www.marshallshautesauce.com
    Flowers With Heart https://www.facebook.com/groups/143109272505564/
    La Fountain Herbal  Lafountainherbal.com 
    Camp At All none
    Taste of Sauvie Island Tasteofsauvieisland.com
    Raw Oregon Honey https://www.raworegonhoney.com/
    Elizabeth Jewelry www.elizabethjewelry.com
    615 Designs none
    Nerdymomshop Nerdymomshop.com 
    Grandmas sew sweet designs https://www.facebook.com/Grandmasewsweetdesigns/
    Little Leaf Ink Https://littleleafink.com
    Patience's Jewelry Box  https://www.facebook.com/loveboxjewelry/
    PNW Soap Co llc PNWSoapCo.com 
    Cornelia Farm www.corneliafarm.com
    Birdiehaus Projects LLC https://www.etsy.com/shop/BirdiehausProjects
    N & D Creations  none
    Mikal' Faye www.mikalfaye.com
    The Willamette Candle Co. www.willamettecandle.com
    Travelust www.travelust.etsy.com
    NW Eco Gnomes none
    Many Weathers manyweathers.com
    Thinker Ceramic Arts thinkerceramicarts.com
    HM Crafters etsy.com/shop/hmcrafters
    Carrot Condo www.etsy.com/shop/carrotcondo
    Recollected Pieces & Mushi's Monsters recollectedpieces.com
    Great Northwest Design www.etsy.com/shop/greatnorthwestdesigns
    Trapp Designs  www.trappdesigns.com 
    Fancy My Feathers none
    Stones and Wire Facebook.com/stonesandwire
    Belle Hair Bobbles https://www.etsy.com/shop/bellehairbobbles
    Raindance Organics raindanceorganics.com
    LOMamas https://laurielamont.wixsite.com/laurie
    DreamSmall none
    Cherry River www.cherryriver.net
    Make + Take Studio www.maketakestudio.com
    scArfs for Rigby https://squareup.com/store/scarfs-for-rigby
     
     
     
  • Things To Know

     Lewis T-Shirt are Available Now:

    The webstore is now open, and will close on October 6th  at 11:59 pm. 
    Orders be be delivered to your child in their classroom sometime during the week of October 21st
    We have 2 designs available in various styles/colors. 
     Please follow this link to place an order:

     

    Garden FUNd Run:

    We are raising money to support our Learning Garden and Garden Education.  Our Garden FUNd run will provide funds we need to continue our garden education.

    Pledge forms have been sent home with the number of laps your child ran.  Please collect the pledge money and return it to your child’s teacher or the school office by October 4th.  Checks should be made payable to Lewis PTA.  Question, contact Tracy 503-916-6360 tgiordano@pps.net




     
  • Things to Know!

    PTA Meeting Monday 9/9
    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Please join the PTA in the library at 6:30 on Monday 9/9 to connect with your school community and learn about the many ways in which you can be involved. There will be free childcare. Enter the building through the doors on the west side, by the small parking lot.

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx
    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

Weekly Newsletter

  • FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING,
    PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE!

    AND PLEASE!  WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS!

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    November 13, 2019

    UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Nov. 14th: BottleDrop Day
    Friday, November 15th: Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance @6:30pm
    Monday, November 18th: Combined PTA/Foundation Meeting @6pm
    Tuesday, November 19th: Lewis Dines Out (LDO) at Pizzicato in Sellwood
    Wednesday, November 20th: SilverGraphics Order Deadline
    Saturday, November 23rd: Garden Work Party ~ 10am-1pm
    NO SCHOOL Nov. 25-29: Conference Week & Thanksgiving Holiday

    Dear Lewis School Community,
    As the holiday season gets closer we begin to think about the needs of others in our community.  We have many within our own school community that appreciate the support and caring of others during the holiday season.  The “Giving Snowman” will appear in the main office, with a variety of options for giving.  Please feel free to stop by, pick out a tag or two, and support someone in need.  The Giving Snowman will be up from November 20th - December 18th, with gifts being delivered prior to winter break.  Please bring your items to Mrs. Froehlich’s office. The gifts do not need to be wrapped, as I will include wrapping paper and tape with items for parents to enjoy the wrapping experience.   This is a wonderful opportunity for your children to be involved in giving to others and recognizing that there are others in our community that are in need of some holiday cheer.

    Thanks for your support!

    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal


    SilverGraphics Fundraiser:
    The PTA is once again taking part in the Silver Graphics Art-Based Fundraiser Program to support our Arts Program at Lewis (we receive 33% of every item sold).  Sample items available to view in the school office.  
    The classroom teachers have been busy creating art with your students to submit for this fundraising opportunity.
    Your student’s artwork can be made into goods such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, tote bags and much more for you to purchase, and they arrive in time for the holidays.  Think FAMILY gifts! 
    Your order will arrive at the school and be sent home with your student the week of December 9th.   

    Order forms are coming home today with student specific access codes.  
    You can also go to this website https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  and search for your child’s art by entering the access code: Lewis2019art    Order deadline is November 20th

    After you enter the access code, search for your student’s art by grade and class.   
    Families! You can also upload other artwork and order pieces with any your students work. 
    See website for details.
      Questions? Contact Tracy in the office (tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360)


    Holiday Bazaar News:
    We can’t do this alone! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!    There are countless ways to volunteer.
    This Friday, sign-ups will be posted outside the school office. 
    This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community.  Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and pick up a holiday tree or door swag, and a baked treat from the Bake Sale!  All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis PTA to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.
    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/
     

    Swag and Wreath Foliage Needed!
    We are making holiday swags and wreaths to sell at the Lewis Holiday Bazaar.
    We need the following:  pine cones, berries, pretty foliage and ribbon to decorate the swags and wreaths.
    Please drop off your cuttings (in a paper bag is fine, labeled, “Swags”) in the school office sometime between Monday, November 18th and Monday, December 2nd.
    We will be assembling the swags and wreaths on Tuesday 12/3 &  Wednesday 12/4 from 1:00-4:00.  Please consider volunteering to make a few swags.  This is a fun and successful fundraiser for our school! Thank you.  Questions?  Please contact Anja at stadleranja@gmail.com 

    We are looking for Student Musicians to entertain at the Holiday Bazaar!

    Do you play the piano or string instrument?  We have a block of time in our entertainment schedule that we would love to have past or present Lewis Students entertain our guests with soft, instrumental music at this great event.  If you are interested, please contact Anja at stadleranja@gmail.com

    Lewis Dines Out at Westmoreland Pizzicato
    ALL DAY, Tuesday, November 19th!  Lewis receives 20% of the entire days sales (11am-9pm) from Pizzicato’s Dough for Dollars fundraising event. 
    All menu items, dine-in, take-out and gift cards are all eligible, so plan ahead and stock up!  
    Proceeds from LDO events support or Lewis Classroom Teacher Projects fund.
    https://www.pizzicatopizza.com/ 1630 SE Bybee Blvd.  503-736-0174

    Lewis Dines Out at Pizzicato Staff Lunch Contributions:
    Lewis Parents want to show our appreciation to the Lewis Staff for all they do.  If you are interested in contributing money for staff lunch during Lewis Dines Out with Pizzicato, please drop off your donation at the school office by Tuesday 11/19.  Questions? Contact 4th grade parent Micah at micah_chu@yahoo.com

    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 

    Meeting Minutes will be posted here the week after the meeting, and we will keep 3 months of minutes on the document.  Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing

    Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance: Friday, November 16th at 6:30pm
    Join Mr. Jamesbarry, Mr. Colvin and Friends at The Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance this Friday! Support a fun Lewis tradition and have a great time all in one evening. Admission is a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
    STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED AND SUPERVISED BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.
    Pizza will be available for purchase. Help make the event a success by volunteering for a short shift during the evening!
    We need a volunteers for set-up, serving and clean-up!
    Please sign up here:
    Https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4EABA828A6FD0-lonesome 


    Book Sale in the Library @ Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance: We're looking forward to seeing your family on Friday during the Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance. Please make sure to stop by the library during the dance or from 3-4 Friday afternoon to find your next great read or find a gift for family members (how are the holidays already approaching?). Wallace Books will be bringing in a selection of children's, young adult, and adult favorites and recent releases. Every sale not only supports a local Lewis alumni family business, but our school also receives a credit for school library purchases.
    Make sure to come in and check it out!

    Are You Missing a Pie Order?
    We have one pie order remaining in our freezer, consisting of a Pumpkin Chiffon pie and 2 bags of frozen fruit.  The order form does not have a phone number or other contact listed, although the last name looks like Rice.  Please call the office if the order is yours or that of a friend or family member.

    NOVEMBER PTA and FOUNDATION COMBINED MEETING!
    Monday the 18th at 6pm In the Lewis library. West side door (43rd St.) will be open. Free childcare provided.    Come to one meeting and get all the information!

    The meeting will open with a state of the school update and Principal Froehlich’s Q&A.

    This will be followed by foundation business and then PTA business.    Hope to see you there!

    Lewis Elementary Foundation

    Please attend a community meeting with the PTA and Lewis Foundation on Monday, November 18, at 6:00pm.  Learn about what the Foundation does and hear about plans for the second annual Auction happening February 29, 2020!

    Help the Auction be a Success! We need the help and support of the Lewis Community to make the auction a successful event. Here is another way to contribute:

    Host a party or event! Have you ever hosted a mimosa brunch, game day party, March Madness party, or a progressive dinner with other families in your neighborhood?  How about a kids’ party (music, cookie baking, arts and crafts)? Or maybe host an extra recess and special treat? There are many ideas to choose from, and you can always get together with another family and come up with a theme. These parties help strengthen our community and result in a fun experience for all. 

    Questions? Please contact our Auction Procurement Coordinator, Esther Swafford, at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com.

    Lewis Students Support Street Roots:
    In the coming weeks students in several classes at Lewis will be collecting donations for Street Roots newspaper vendors. Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media.  http://streetroots.org/

    Participating classes will have a Street Roots donation tub outside their classrooms.  There is also a tub outside the office.  For the month of November, families may bring in supplies and place them in any tub. You may also drop off items during conference week. Once collected, we will deliver all the Lewis donations to the Street Roots office. Some of the items they are most in need of are: gloves, hand warmers, ponchos and socks, as well as medical supplies (Ibuprofen, bandaids, Ace bangages,) and personal hygiene items. Thanks in advance for your support with this Winter service project.

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Counselor’s Corner  
    Hello Lewis Families,
    I hope November has been treating you well!  Please see below for some updates on the Lewis school counseling program.

    Conferences: I know that conferences are limited in time, and usually that time is needed to focus on academics.  However, if you have a conference that you’d like me to join, please let me know.  There is also always the option of families meeting with me before or after their student’s conference.  If you think may want to chat with me during this time, let me know so I can plan to meet with you.

    Year-Long Social-Emotional Learning:

    Here again is a link to the draft year-long plan for delivering social-emotional lessons in classrooms this year.  It is solely a draft, as I am still working out topic structure, for scaffolding in future years.

    What’s the counselor been up to??? Last month I completed my 3-week rotation in the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms [aside from a couple of make-up sessions that I have this week!].  In 1st, we focused on Friendships,  and in 2nd - Feelings Identification and Expression. Now, I am amidst my 3rd, 4th, & Blend rotation. In the Blend & 3rd grades, we are focusing on Self-Esteem and Growth Mindset, and in the 4th grade, we are focusing on Friendships. Kindergarten and 5th grades will be receiving counselor instruction in December.

    I have also been running several small groups focused on grief/loss, friendship skills, and managing worry/anxiety.  Some of these groups will be ending just before Autumn Break while others will be ending closer to Winter Break. I also have been taking names of students as candidates for my next round of groups, which will be starting soon.

    Compass Cards …..

    • We have earned over 1800 Compass Cards toward our current school-wide goal of 4000!!  Go Lewis Explorers!

    ~ Kylea Sundberg, Lewis Counselor




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    October 30, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Oct 31st: BottleDrop Day

    Friday, November 1st: No School for Students: Planning Day
    Tuesday, November 5th: 1st Garden Committee Mtg. @ 6:30pm
    Thursday, November 7th: Lewis Day @ PTA Clothing Closet
    Monday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day~ Schools Closed
    Tuesday, November 12th: Picture Retake Day
    Friday, November 15th: Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance @6:30pm



    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 

    Meeting Minutes will be posted here the week after the meeting, and we will keep 3 months of minutes on the document.  Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing

    Blazer Ticket Fundraiser has been extended!
    Monday, Nov.11th is the NEW DEADLINE to purchase Blazer tickets through our fundraiser link: 

    https://rosequarter.com/groupnights/       PROMO CODE: LEWIS

    Tickets purchased through the above link AND using our promo code will include a Special Fan Experience!  You will get to enter the arena 30 minutes early to sit up close and watch warm ups!

    Ticket prices vary: $34, $68 or $101 ~ Lewis will receive $5, $10 or $15 per ticket. 
    Proceeds will benefit Lewis students.

    T-shirt orders are delayed by appx. 7-10 days.  They will be here soon!  Thank you~

    SilverGraphics Fundraiser:

    The PTA is once again taking part in the Silver Graphics Art-Based Fundraiser Program to support our Arts Program at Lewis (we receive 33% of every item sold).  Sample items available to view in the school office.   

    The classroom teachers have been busy creating art with your students to submit for this fundraising opportunity.
    Your student’s artwork can be made into goods such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, tote bags and much more for you to purchase, and they arrive in time for the holidays.  Think FAMILY gifts! 
    Your order will arrive at the school and be sent home with your student the week of December 9th.   

    Order forms are coming home today with student specific access codes.   
    You can also go to this website https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  and search for your child’s art by entering the access code: Lewis2019art

    After you enter the access code, search for your student’s art by grade and class.
    Questions? Contact Tracy in the office (tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360)

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale:
    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale is scheduled for December 7, 2019. This event is our largest PTA fundraiser of the year! Our student and vendor booth spaces are full. However, new this year, we have added additional adult vendor spaces outdoors (near the kettle corn vendor and tree sale).  If you are interested in purchasing an outdoor booth space, please contact us here: lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/ for vendor updates and other information.

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!  FUTURE COORDINATORS for BAKE SALE  WREATH/SWAGS MAKING
    Looking for folks that are interested in coordinating one of the two events in the next year, 2020. You can shadow the coordinators for this year and get a sense of the where, how, and what. It is a great way to get to know your Lewis community and support the school. Please contact Anja at stadleranja@gmail.com 

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process:

    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    The Lewis PTA was glad to be able to recognize and appreciate the
    hard working Lewis Staff this week with coffee & pastries donated by:
    Pappacinos, New Cascadia Traditional and Grand Central.

    A Traffic Reminder from Safety Patrol:

    Safety Patrol students and/or staff are not allowed to stop vehicle traffic on SE 45th to allow left/north turns from SE Evergreen onto SE 45th. If a friendly driver in another vehicle generously waves you through, please check to be sure that traffic has truly stopped and that no students, parents, staff, or cyclists are in the crosswalk before you proceed. Asking Safety Patrol students or staff to step into the crosswalk to stop traffic and then driving through the occupied crosswalk is, technically, against the law. Thanks!


    Lewis Elementary Foundation

    Help the Auction be a Success! We need the help and support of the Lewis Community to make the auction a successful event. Here is another way to contribute:

    Lessons & Services:  Do you have skills or a talent you could share?  Share your talents by holding a class or giving lessons (crafting, scrapbooking, knitting, cooking, dancing, music) or donate a service such as floral arranging, photography, or landscaping.

    Questions? Please contact our Auction Procurement Coordinator, Esther Swafford, at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com.

    Snacks for Students:
    Many of our students need an extra boost mid-morning.  We encourage you to pack an extra snack in your child’s lunch or backpack.  We gladly accept contributions of chewy chocolate chip granola bars to keep in the office for our students that don’t bring snacks.  Thank you!

    Clothing Needed:
    We need new packages of underwear and socks and gently used pants with elastic waists for children, sizes 4-14, for our Lewis Clothing Closet.  Please drop off donations at the office.  Thanks!

    LOST & FOUND:
    We have a huge amount of lost & found items that have not been claimed.  Please stop by the clothing rack in the hallway between the cafeteria & gym to see if your child(ren) have lost anything.  Thank you!


    HELP WANTED FOR THE PTA CLOTHING CLOSET:
    The PTA clothing closet is a valuable community resource that provides clothing for PPS students in need. This program depends on volunteers to run and will be closed for the day if there are not enough people to keep things running. 
    Volunteers help sort & hang clothing as well as assisting parents and students in finding what they need. 
    Lewis is responsible for providing volunteers two days of the year.
    More volunteer power is needed for us to meet our obligation. 

    When: Thursday November 7th from 9:30 to 1:30 
    Where: Marshall (Grant HS) Campus, 3905 SE 91st Ave. ROOM B-60.
    Sign up outside the office or here: 
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4EABA828A6FD0-ppsclothing

    CLOTHING DONATIONS WANTED

    Lewis will also be collecting gently used clothing as well as new socks and underwear to take to the clothing closet next Thursday. There is a box outside the office for these items. Thanks!

    Portland Public Schools has referred renewal of a levy that currently funds teaching positions across the district for voters’ consideration on the November 5, 2019 ballot.
    Approximately one in three Portland Public Schools teaching positions is funded by the current levy. 

    • At Lewis, the levy funded 5 teaching positions in the 2018-19 school year. Over the past five years, the levy funded an average of 825 teaching positions annually throughout the district. If the levy is renewed, that average is estimated to be maintained. 
    • If renewed, the levy is estimated to produce $99.9 million for Portland Public Schools in school year 2020-2021 and would fund teaching positions and classroom supports, such as Special Education services, at every school in the district. 

    Here’s a link for more info: https://www.pps.net/2019ppslevy

    Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club:
    We are currently organizing new LEWIS Girls’ teams for the 2019-2020 bball season and beyond.  JOIN US!  We currently operate 23 1st through 8th grade teams – 20 Lewis students are on several of those teamsd. Special 1st/2nd grade program & off season program and more.

    Info & Register at www.sepdx-girlsbasketballclub.com or call Steve Cooper @ 503-887-2928
    NO tryouts and ANY girl can play regardless of family financial issues.  Scholarships available.





    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING,
    PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE!

    AND PLEASE!  WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS!

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    October 23, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Oct 24th: BottleDrop Day

    Friday, October 25th: 31st Annual Lewis Talent Show @6pm
    Friday, November 1st: No School for Students: Planning Day
    Monday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day~ Schools Closed
    Tuesday, November 12th: Picture Retake Day
    Friday, November 15th: Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance


    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 

    Meeting Minutes will be posted here the week after the meeting, and we will keep 3 months of minutes on the document.
    Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing


    Snacks for Students:

    Many of our students need an extra boost mid-morning.  We encourage you to pack an extra snack in your child’s lunch or backpack.  We gladly accept contributions of chewy chocolate chip granola bars to keep in the office for our students that don’t bring snacks.  Thank you!

    Clothing Needed:
    We need new packages of underwear and socks and gently used pants with elastic waists for children, sizes 4-14, for our Lewis Clothing Closet.  Please drop off donations at the office.  Thanks!

    LOST & FOUND:
    We have a huge amount of lost & found items that have not been claimed.  Please stop by the clothing rack in the hallway between the cafeteria & gym to see if your child(ren) have lost anything.  Thank you!


    31st  ANNUAL LEWIS TALENT SHOW is Friday, October 25!

    The Lewis Talent Show is a fabulous event that is enjoyed by all!  Join us on Friday, October 25 from 6:00-8:00 in the school cafeteria.  Lewis students have been busy practicing and refining their amazing talents and are ready to perform them for the Lewis Community.  Please come out to support our local talent!  Admission is free for all.

    Lewis 5th Grade Band:

    The Lewis Band is open to all 5th graders. No experience necessary. Instruments available to rent from PPS. 
    Sign ups are open now! Classes begin the week of October 7th.
    Sign-up at: tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/band

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale:
    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale is scheduled for December 7, 2019. This event is our largest PTA fundraiser of the year! Due to a great deal of early interest, student booth spaces are currently full. Indoor adult vendor spaces are also full. However, new this year, we have added additional adult vendor spaces outdoors (near the kettle corn vendor and tree sale).  If you are crafty and are interested in purchasing an outdoor booth space, please contact us here: lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/ for vendor updates and other information.

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!  FUTURE COORDINATORS for BAKE SALE  WREATH/SWAGS MAKING
    Looking for folks that are interested in coordinating one of the two events in the next year, 2020. You can shadow the coordinators for this year and get a sense of the where, how, and what. It is a great way to get to know your Lewis community and support the school. Please contact Anja at stadleranja@gmail.com 

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process:
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Lewis Dines Out at The Portland Bottle Shop yesterday:
    Thank you to all that made it yesterday and to the folks at The Portland Bottle Shop for a terrific event.  We had a great turnout, supporting our students and a great community partner!

                          **Our next LDO event will be on November 19th @ Pizzicato


    PTA Clothing Closet Help Needed
    :

    Lewis' turn to volunteer at PTA Clothing Closet is coming up soon! On November 7th, from 9:30 to 1:30, we will be helping to organize donations and assist PPS students in finding clothing at Marshall (Grant HS) Campus, 3905 SE 91st Ave. ROOM B-60.

    We are hoping for at least six volunteers to help make this run smoothly. If you'd like to lend a hand, please follow this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4EABA828A6FD0-ppsclothing

    Also, PTA Clothing Closet is in need of new socks and underwear and good condition clothing, sizes ranging from 5-adult (for teens). There will be a box in the office where donations can be dropped off.


    A Traffic Reminder from Safety Patrol:

    Safety Patrol students and/or staff are not allowed to stop vehicle traffic on SE 45th to allow left/north turns from SE Evergreen onto SE 45th. If a friendly driver in another vehicle generously waves you through, please check to be sure that traffic has truly stopped and that no students, parents, staff, or cyclists are in the crosswalk before you proceed. Asking Safety Patrol students or staff to step into the crosswalk to stop traffic and then driving through the occupied crosswalk is, technically, against the law. Thanks!

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    Help the Auction be a Success! The second annual Lewis Foundation Auction will be on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at District East! We need the help and support of the Lewis Community to make it a successful event. Here is another way to help:

    *Get-Aways and Tickets: Do you have access to a time-share or family vacation home?Season tickets? Passes to local attractions? Private tours of zoos, wineries, or museums? Pass ‘em on!

    Questions? Please contact our Auction Procurement Coordinator, Esther Swafford, at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.comWant to connect?  https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/


    OBOB:

    Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the OBOB informational meeting Monday afternoon. If you were not able to attend, but have your team set and ready to go, please send an email with coach name and team members to credmond@pps.net. If your child is still looking for a team, please send an email with their name and grade level, as well as if you are available to help with coaching duties. We will do everything we can to match students up with a team. Coaches - please remember if you are looking to hold meetings at Lewis, you will need to submit a Civic Use of Building (CUB) form. Happy reading!!


    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club:
    We are currently organizing new LEWIS Girls’ teams for the 2019-2020 bball season and beyond.  JOIN US!  We currently operate 23 1st through 8th grade teams – 20 Lewis students are on several of those teamsd. Special 1st/2nd grade program & off season program and more.

    Info & Register at www.sepdx-girlsbasketballclub.com or call Steve Cooper @ 503-887-2928

    NO tryouts and ANY girl can play regardless of family financial issues.  Scholarships available.

    Cleveland Youth Boys Basketball Winter League Information for grades 3rd-8th
    Goldenball Recreational Basketball through PPR:  The Cleveland Youth Basketball Program is organizing Boys REC Teams for grades 3rd-5th.  Registration opens October 1st, space is limited and registration is first come first serve.  All REC league teams require parent volunteer coaches.  REC season practices will begin in November, Pre-Season Jamboree is in December and League games are on Saturdays Jan-Feb.  Cost is $195.  More information and REC registration is available here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/rec-warriors
    Warrior Prep:  Cleveland Youth also offers a club tournament/travel team option for advanced skilled 5th-8th grade boys.  Tryouts for Warrior Prep teams are REQUIRED and will take place, November 2nd & 3rd. Register to tryout here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/warrior-prep  
    Youth PIL Coaches are needed for all grade levels.  PIL Youth Coaches are PAID positions, clearance through PPS is required.  For more information about coaching a Cleveland Youth Boys team, please email us at:  info@cleveland-warriors.com

     




    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING,
    PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE!

    AND PLEASE!  WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS!

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    October 16, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Oct 17th: BottleDrop Day

    TOMORROW! Thursday. October 17th: Spirit Day – Monochromatic Day
    Tuesday, October 22nd: LDO @ PDX Bottle Shop
    Friday, October 25th: 31st Annual Lewis Talent Show @6pm
    Friday, November 1st: No School for Students: Planning Day


    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 
    Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing


    Snacks for Students:

    Many of our students need an extra boost mid-morning.  We encourage you to pack an extra snack in your child’s lunch or backpack.  We gladly accept contributions of chewy chocolate chip granola bars to keep in the office for our students that don’t bring snacks.  Thank you!

    Clothing Needed:
    We need new packages of underwear and socks and gently used pants with elastic waists for children, sizes 4-14, for our Lewis Clothing Closet.  Please drop off donations at the office.  Thanks!

    LOST & FOUND:
    We have a huge amount of lost & found items that have not been claimed.  Please stop by the clothing rack in the hallway between the cafeteria & gym to see if your child(ren) have lost anything.  Thank you!


    Lewis 5th Grade Band:

    The Lewis Band is open to all 5th graders. No experience necessary. Instruments available to rent from PPS. 
    Sign ups are open now! Classes begin the week of October 7th.
    Sign-up at: tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/band

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale:
    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale is scheduled for December 7, 2019. This event is our largest PTA fundraiser of the year! Due to a great deal of early interest, student booth spaces are currently full. Indoor adult vendor spaces are also full. However, new this year, we have added additional adult vendor spaces outdoors (near the kettle corn vendor and tree sale).  If you are crafty and are interested in purchasing an outdoor booth space, please contact us here: lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/ for vendor updates and other information.

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!  FUTURE COORDINATORS for BAKE SALE  WREATH/SWAGS MAKING
    Looking for folks that are interested in coordinating one of the two events in the next year, 2020. You can shadow the coordinators for this year and get a sense of the where, how, and what. It is a great way to get to know your Lewis community and support the school. Please contact Anja at stadleranja@gmail.com 

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process:
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Milk Carton Recycling:
    Hello Lewis Supporters, Welcome October!   It definitely feels like Fall.  Come join us at lunch time in the Lewis Cafeteria to help prepare our milk cartons for recycling.  It takes less than an hour to help us keep a big garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill every day.  Please check out the online Sign Up Genius, and sign up to help if you can. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-october4

    Thank you for your ongoing support!
    Kathleen Gagnon-Witter

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing:

    Mark your calendar! The second annual Lewis Foundation Auction will be on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at District East! The auction is the biggest fundraiser for the Lewis Foundation and we need the help and support of the Lewis Community to make it a successful event. Here is one way to help:

    *Solicit a donation: Do you know of a business that might donate an item or gift certificate? Let us know. The Auction team can provide you with our donation request letter and give you assistance, too.

    Questions? Please contact our Auction Procurement Coordinator, Esther Swafford, at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com

    Want to connect?  https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    Lewis Dines Out at The Portland Bottle Shop on Tuesday, 10/22:
    Tuesday, October 22nd The Portland Bottle Shop is generously donating 10% of the entire days sales to Lewis!

    Lunch, dinner, drinks, and full bottles are all included in this event, so stop by, support Lewis School PTA and our fantastic Community Partner, and don’t forget to stock up!
    The shop is open from 11am-9pm and is located at 7930 SE 13th Ave.  503.232.5205

    Proceeds from LDO events benefit all Lewis students and support our Teacher Classroom Project Fund.

    OBOB:
    Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the OBOB informational meeting Monday afternoon. If you were not able to attend, but have your team set and ready to go, please send an email with coach name and team members to credmond@pps.net. If your child is still looking for a team, please send an email with their name and grade level, as well as if you are available to help with coaching duties. We will do everything we can to match students up with a team. Coaches - please remember if you are looking to hold meetings at Lewis, you will need to submit a Civic Use of Building (CUB) form. Happy reading!!


    31st  ANNUAL LEWIS TALENT SHOW is Friday, October 25!
    The Lewis Talent Show is a fabulous event that is enjoyed by all!  Join us on Friday, October 25 from 6:30-8:00 in the school cafeteria.  Lewis students have been busy practicing and refining their amazing talents and are ready to perform them for the Lewis Community.  Please come out to support our local talent!  Admission is free for all.

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club:
    We are currently organizing new LEWIS Girls’ teams for the 2019-2020 bball season and beyond.  JOIN US!  We currently operate 23 1st through 8th grade teams – 20 Lewis students are on several of those teamsd. Special 1st/2nd grade program & off season program and more.

    Info & Register at www.sepdx-girlsbasketballclub.com or call Steve Cooper @ 503-887-2928

    NO tryouts and ANY girl can play regardless of family financial issues.  Scholarships available.

    Cleveland Youth Boys Basketball Winter League Information for grades 3rd-8th
    Goldenball Recreational Basketball through PPR:  The Cleveland Youth Basketball Program is organizing Boys REC Teams for grades 3rd-5th.  Registration opens October 1st, space is limited and registration is first come first serve.  All REC league teams require parent volunteer coaches.  REC season practices will begin in November, Pre-Season Jamboree is in December and League games are on Saturdays Jan-Feb.  Cost is $195.  More information and REC registration is available here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/rec-warriors
    Warrior Prep:  Cleveland Youth also offers a club tournament/travel team option for advanced skilled 5th-8th grade boys.  Tryouts for Warrior Prep teams are REQUIRED and will take place, November 2nd & 3rd. Register to tryout here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/warrior-prep  
    Youth PIL Coaches are needed for all grade levels.  PIL Youth Coaches are PAID positions, clearance through PPS is required.  For more information about coaching a Cleveland Youth Boys team, please email us at:  info@cleveland-warriors.com

     




    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING, 
    PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE!

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    October 9, 2019

    UPCOMING DATES:
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Oct 10th: BottleDrop Day

    TODAY! Wednesday, Oct. 9th: Talent Show Auditions from 3-5pm

    Friday, October 11th – Statewide Inservice – Schools Closed
    Monday, October 14th – PTA Meeting @ 6:30
    Thursday. October 17th: Spirit Day – Monochromatic Day
    Tuesday, October 22nd: LDO @ PDX Bottle Shop
    Friday, October 25th: 31st Annual Lewis Talent Show @6pm


    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 
    Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing

    OBOB Informational Meeting - Monday, October 14th:
    Calling all 3rd - 5th graders interested in participating in this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books competition. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 14th at 3:15 in Room 17. Please join us to find out more information. Each team is comprised of five students and must have an adult coach. If you can’t make it to the meeting, but are ready to sign up, please send an email to credmond@pps.net listing the students participating, as well as the coaches name and email address. Hope to see you there! Happy Reading!

    Lewis 5th Grade Band:
    The Lewis Band is open to all 5th graders. No experience necessary. Instruments available to rent from PPS. 
    Sign ups are open now! Classes begin the week of October 7th.
    Sign-up at:tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/band

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale
    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale is scheduled for December 7, 2019. This event is our largest PTA fundraiser of the year! Due to a great deal of early interest, student booth spaces are currently full. Indoor adult vendor spaces are also full. However, new this year, we have added additional adult vendor spaces outdoors (near the kettle corn vendor and tree sale).  If you are crafty and are interested in purchasing an outdoor booth space, please contact us here: lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/ for vendor updates and other information.

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!!  FUTURE COORDINATORS for BAKE SALE  WREATH/SWAGS MAKING
    Looking for folks that are interested in coordinating one of the two events in the next year, 2020. You can shadow the coordinators for this year and get a sense of the where, how, and what. It is a great way to get to know your Lewis community and support the school. Please contact Anja at stadleranja@gmail.com 

    Dear Talent Show Families, 
    Talent show auditions are tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9th at 3:15 in the cafeteria. We are so excited to get started! Please make sure your student is there on time with any props they may need. During the time they are not up on stage, they need to be seated in the cafeteria and quiet. They can watch the other auditions, read a book, silently sketch/color, etc. They may also bring a snack to eat while waiting. Please help them come prepared to wait quietly and respectfully.

    Once your child’s audition is over, you are free to leave with them. We would like to have all students signed out, however prior to leaving. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

    Thank you,
    Cyndi Redmond. Jennifer Meyer and Sheri Davis

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process:
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Milk Carton Recycling:

    Hello Lewis Supporters, Welcome October!   It definitely feels like Fall.  Come join us at lunch time in the Lewis Cafeteria to help prepare our milk cartons for recycling.  It takes less than an hour to help us keep a big garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill every day.  Please check out the online Sign Up Genius, and sign up to help if you can. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-october4

    Thank you for your ongoing support!
    Kathleen Gagnon-Witter

    Clothing Needed:

    We need new packages of underwear and socks and gently used pants with elastic waists for children, sizes 4-14, for our Lewis Clothing Closet.  Please drop off donations at the office.  Thanks!

    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL ELIGIBILITY CARRYOVER ENDING OCTOBER 9
    Free or reduced price meal eligibility from last school year will end on October 9.  Any family who has not submitted a new application and been approved for this school year by then, will be changed to paying full price for meals starting October 10.  We appreciate any and all help to support families with this process.  

    The following message has been sent to families who were approved for free and reduced-price meals last school year and have not submitted a new application this year:

    PPS families who qualified for free and reduced-priced meals last school year have 30 days at the start of the school year to re-apply without incurring meal charges.  If complete meal applications are not approved by October 9, meal charges will begin on October 10.  Please note, meal benefits begin the date the application is approved. The eligibility date cannot be backdated to cover meal charges incurred prior to the approval date.

    Families can apply online at www.pps.net/nutrition or request a paper application from the cafeteria or office. Meal applications denied during the grace period will result in a loss of carryover benefits 10 calendar days thereafter. Families do not need to submit a meal application if they only have students that attend a CEP school, do not meet the 2019-20 federal income guidelines, or do not want meal benefits.

    Questions? Call the PPS Meal Benefits Office at 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    Our direct appeal month continues!  Join the foundation in making an impact on future staffing at Lewis. School funding is a continual issue in our state, and school foundations are the existing option to add staffing beyond the school district allocations. Our community is feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions last year, and we hope to improve the situation in future years.

    Help us reach out to grandparents!  We know how much they love and care for their grandkids and want to help!  Donation forms are going home this week and include a grandparent focused donation form that you can pass along!  

    Want to connect?  https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Apple and Pear Fundraiser for Sellwood Middle School
    The Sellwood Middle School PTA has a fundraiser to order boxes of freshly-picked apples and pears. All fruit comes from Kiyokawa Family Orchards in the Hood River Valley. The fruit is delicious and will store for months; several varieties are offered as well as mixed boxes. The deadline to submit orders is 10/11 and you can pick up the boxes of fruit from 10/16 through 10/18. This is a great way to support our neighborhood middle school and get some amazing apples and pears at the same time. For more information and to place in your order: https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/McHT

    Southeast Portland Girls Basketball Club:
    We are currently organizing new LEWIS Girls’ teams for the 2019-2020 bball season and beyond.  JOIN US!  We currently operate 23 1st through 8th grade teams – 20 Lewis students are on several of those teamsd. Special 1st/2nd grade program & off season program and more.

    Info & Register at www.sepdx-girlsbasketballclub.com or call Steve Cooper @ 503-887-2928

    NO tryouts and ANY girl can play regardless of family financial issues.  Scholarships available.

    Cleveland Youth Boys Basketball Winter League Information for grades 3rd-8th
    Goldenball Recreational Basketball through PPR:  The Cleveland Youth Basketball Program is organizing Boys REC Teams for grades 3rd-5th.  Registration opens October 1st, space is limited and registration is first come first serve.  All REC league teams require parent volunteer coaches.  REC season practices will begin in November, Pre-Season Jamboree is in December and League games are on Saturdays Jan-Feb.  Cost is $195.  More information and REC registration is available here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/rec-warriors
    Warrior Prep:  Cleveland Youth also offers a club tournament/travel team option for advanced skilled 5th-8th grade boys.  Tryouts for Warrior Prep teams are REQUIRED and will take place, November 2nd & 3rd. Register to tryout here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/warrior-prep  
    Youth PIL Coaches are needed for all grade levels.  PIL Youth Coaches are PAID positions, clearance through PPS is required.  For more information about coaching a Cleveland Youth Boys team, please email us at:  info@cleveland-warriors.com

     




    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING,
    PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE!

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    October 2, 2019

    UPCOMING DATES:
    Lewis t-shirt sales are open through Sunday October 6th
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Oct 3rd: BottleDrop Day
    Friday, October 4th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, Oct. 9th: Talent Show Auditions from 3-5pm
    Friday, October 11th: Statewide Inservice – Schools Closed
    Monday, October 14th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm


     PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 
    Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing

    Sciencepalooza: Has been postponed until January 31st.  More info will come, as we get closer to the event

    Garden FUNd Run:
    It’s not too late to turn in pledge money!  Every dollar helps!
    Please give collected funds to your child’s teacher or bring it to the office

    Checks should be made payable to Lewis PTA.    Question?  Contact Tracy 503-916-6360 tgiordano@pps.net

    Lewis T-Shirt are Available Now:
    The webstore is now open, and will close on October 6th  at 11:59 pm. 
    Orders be be delivered to your child in their classroom sometime during the week of October 21st
    We have 2 designs available in various styles/colors. 
    Please follow this link to place an order: http://bashors.tuosystems.com/stores/lewis-fall-2019

    Clothing Needed:
    We need new packages of underwear and socks and gently used pants with elastic waists for children, sizes 4-14, for our Lewis Clothing Closet.  Please drop off donations at the office.  Thanks!

    Lewis 5th Grade Band:
    The Lewis Band is open to all 5th graders. No experience necessary. Instruments available to rent from PPS. 
    Sign ups are open now! Classes begin the week of October 7th.
    Sign-up at: tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/band

    5th Graders! Last Chance to Join Safety Patrol!
    Ms. Angela will accept permission slips through this Friday (10/4) from 5th graders interested in joining Safety Patrol. Safety Patrol is a fun and important way to help our school community (and 5th grade volunteers get a thank-you trip to Oaks Park at the end of the year)! Permissions slips are available in the school office. Questions? awood1@pps.net

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar Vendor Update:
    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for December 7, 2019.  Is your student a maker? Applications for student booth spaces are available NOW.  Student Booth spaces are $10.  Due to a great deal of early interest, adult booth spaces are currently full.
    If you are interested in being an adult vendor, please apply and you will be put on a waitlist.
    Students and adults can apply online here: https://forms.gle/ZqusnhqBUeNTogMQ6 or paper applications are available in the office. Handmade goods only please. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Have your student be part of a Lewis tradition, share their creativity, and reserve a space today!

    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/ for vendor updates and other information.

    Pie Fundraiser for 5th grade science camp
    Please come visit the pie table at Walk and Roll this friday morning before school to order your pies. Bring cash or check.

    Pies will come frozen and will be a great time saver for the upcoming holiday season. Pies will be ready for pick up October 28th.

    Proceeds to help fund the 5th grade science camp.

    Book Orders Due by October 4th for Author Visit October 21st
    What are people saying about Remy Lai's new book? "A perfect balance of flavors." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review; "An undeniable sweetness." —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review; "A delight." —Shelf Awareness, starred review; "Heartbreakingly honest; in equal parts funny and poignant." —The Horn Book, starred review

    Remy Lai's debut, upper elementary novel is available for purchase ($12.99) in advance of her presentation for our students in grades 3-5 on October 21st and Remy will sign and personalize each book purchased on or before October 4th. Books may also be available for purchase on the day of the event and will be signed, but autographs may not be personalized.  Students in ALL grades are invited to purchase books to be signed and personalized by October 4th. 

    Please contact our Librarian, Lisa Tegethoff: ltegethoff@pps.net for an order form if needed.

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process:
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Milk Carton Recycling:
    Hello Lewis Supporters, Welcome October!   It definitely feels like Fall.  Come join us at lunch time in the Lewis Cafeteria to help prepare our milk cartons for recycling.  It takes less than an hour to help us keep a big garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill every day.  Please check out the online Sign Up Genius, and sign up to help if you can. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-october4

    Thank you for your ongoing support!
    Kathleen Gagnon-Witter

    Calling all Lewis talent! The Talent Show is coming!! 
    Pick up your permission slip in the office starting Monday, September 23rd. It needs to be turned in by Friday, October 4th! Slips should be turned in to the office. Auditions will be on Wednesday, October 9th. All sessions (auditions and rehearsals) are mandatory! The talent show can't happen without parent help, If you are able to help at rehearsals and night of, please contact Jennifer Meyer at jmeyer1@pps.net, Sheri Davis sdavis2@pps.net, or Cyndi Redmond at credmond@pps.net. Looking forward to seeing the talent!

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    Our direct appeal month continues!  Join the foundation in making an impact on future staffing at Lewis. School funding is a continual issue in our state, and school foundations are the existing option to add staffing beyond the school district allocations. Our community is feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions last year, and we hope to improve the situation in future years.

    Help us reach out to grandparents!  We know how much they love and care for their grandkids and want to help!  Donation forms are going home this week and include a grandparent focused donation form that you can pass along!  

    Want to connect?  https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Counselor’s Corner  
    Hello Lewis Families, I hope everyone has been enjoying this lovely Fall weather! Please see below for some updates on the Lewis school counseling program, resources for families, and attendance.

    Counseling Program

    Classroom Lessons: Here is a link to the draft plan showing when during the year there will be counseling lessons in your students’ classroom(s).  Currently, I am enjoying the opportunity to teach in the first and second grades.  Also, Here is a schedule of the counselor visits this month. First grade is learning about Making and Keeping Friends, and second grade is Learning about Identifying Feelings and Self Regulation.

    Groups:  I have also started several small groups, including Calming Skills for Worry and Anxiety, Loss & Grief, and Making Friends.  Additionally, I am currently looking at starting some groups focused on Relational Aggression.  Groups are formed as needs arise. These groups will all last about 5-6 weeks.  If you are seeing a need in your child and are  interested in having them in a group, just let me or their classroom teacher know, and I will put their name on a list for groups in the making.

    Resources:

    • At this time of year, anxiety in kids tends to rise.  Here is a list of a  few good resources for supporting students experiencing anxiety:

    Create More, Fear Less

    • Families often inquire about parent training resources.  Here is a link to some upcoming events.
    • Kids in the Game offers financial assistance to low income families for sports registration fees through our PASS program. Click here for more information and for applications in English and Spanish.

     Attendance:

    Did you know………..students who miss 10% of the school year (or 17 days throughout the year)  are considered chronically absent

    • This number includes excused AND unexcused absences
    • Missing 10% or more of the school year can make it harder to learn to read
    • Attendance is one of the three school success indicators reflected in our school’s report card issued yearly by the state
    • When students reduce absences, they can make great academic gains

    If you have any questions about your child's attendance or if you need resources for your family to help support school attendance, don't hesitate to call me through the main office at 503-916-6360

    Cleveland Youth Boys Basketball Winter League Information for grades 3rd-8th
    Goldenball Recreational Basketball through PPR:  The Cleveland Youth Basketball Program is organizing Boys REC Teams for grades 3rd-5th.  Registration opens October 1st, space is limited and registration is first come first serve.  All REC league teams require parent volunteer coaches.  REC season practices will begin in November, Pre-Season Jamboree is in December and League games are on Saturdays Jan-Feb.  Cost is $195.  More information and REC registration is available here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/rec-warriors
    Warrior Prep:  Cleveland Youth also offers a club tournament/travel team option for advanced skilled 5th-8th grade boys.  Tryouts for Warrior Prep teams are REQUIRED and will take place, November 2nd & 3rd. Register to tryout here:  https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/warrior-prep  
    Youth PIL Coaches are needed for all grade levels.  PIL Youth Coaches are PAID positions, clearance through PPS is required.  For more information about coaching a Cleveland Youth Boys team, please email us at:  info@cleveland-warriors.com

     




    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING,
    PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE!

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    September 25, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Lewis t-shirt sales are open from 9/16-10/6

    TOMORROW! Thursday, Sept. 26: BottleDrop Day
    Week of Sept. 23-27: Garden FUNd Run
    Friday, Sept. 27th: School Picture Day:
    Friday, Sept. 27th: Reading Squad Info Session - 8:45am in the Tech Lab


    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 
    Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing

     

    Dear Lewis Community,
    Thank you for participating in our GARDEN FUND RUN that has been occurring this week. Please make sure to collect your funds and bring them back to your classroom teacher. These funds will truly support our garden renewal and get kids hands into the dirt.

    The school yard-garden makeover has begun.  Over the past few weeks I have been getting bids from major landscape companies to come in and help us get a handle on our grounds. I selected Hillside Landscape Maintenance to do the job. Yesterday, a crew of nine guys, spent 9 hours working in the garden area. They removed over 40 yards of debris  and created a whole new space. They will be returning within the next week or two to finish up the other projects around the school, so we will totally be in tip top trim shape for the fall season.

    In the next month, I would love to get a garden team started…if you are interested in joining or would like to chair the garden committee please let me know by email. Thanks!

    When our grounds are completed in the next few weeks, I will let you know, so that you can take a tour of the new look of the grounds before or after school with your children.

    Thanks for a great Back to School night! We had a wonderful turn out!

    Our third, fourth and fifth grade students have begun the MAPS testing, which is Portland’s testing assessment during the next few weeks.  Children in grades k-2 have been completing the DIBELS testing.  This will give teachers our start of the year data.

    On Thursday, September 26th we will practice our Lockdown drill. The saying for this is Locks, Lights, and Out of Sight.  The drill will be short, and teachers will talk to their class about the event and the importance for practice.

    Lots of great things happening in the building!

    Happy Fall!
    Mrs. Froehlich, Principal

    Sciencepalooza: Has been postponed until January 31st. More info will come, as we get closer to the event


    Garden FUNd Run:

    We are raising money to support our Learning Garden and Garden Education.  Our Garden FUNd run will provide funds we need to continue our garden education.

    Pledge forms will be coming home this week with the number of laps your child ran.  Please collect the pledge money and return it to your child’s teacher or the school office by October 4th.  Checks should be made payable to Lewis PTA.

    Question, contact Tracy 503-916-6360 tgiordano@pps.net

    Lewis T-Shirt are Available Now:
    The webstore is now open, and will close on October 6th  at 11:59 pm. 
    Orders be be delivered to your child in their classroom sometime during the week of October 21st

    We have 2 designs available in various styles/colors. 
     
    Please follow this link to place an order:
    http://bashors.tuosystems.com/stores/lewis-fall-2019

    Picture Day is Friday, September 27th:

    Paper order form envelopes are being sent home today.  Pre-orders for picture packages may now be placed online at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here ERJMD94E. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after picture day.  The order envelope MUST be brought to school ON PICTURE DAY.  Complete the order form and put your payment, or a copy of your online receipt, in the envelope.
    After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders ship directly home.

    Lewis Reading Squad
    We will be hosting a Reading Squad Info Session on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:45am in the Tech Lab.  Please stop by for a coffee and information even if you aren't certain about your schedule.   We welcome any and all support ... 30 minutes a week can provide one-on-one time and a personalized lesson (provided!) for one of our readers.   

    Thank you, Ms. Ala (TechSmart Coach)

    Lewis 5th Grade Band:
    The Lewis Band is open to all 5th graders. No experience necessary. Instruments available to rent from PPS. 
    Sign ups are open now! Classes begin the week of October 7th.
    Sign-up at:tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/band

    Milk Carton Recyclers Needed in October

    Please help Lewis remain a 'green' school by coming in at lunch time to rinse out milk cartons so that they can be recycled.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag of milk cartons out of the landfill.  It's a great opportunity to come have lunch with your kiddo and help out at the same time.  If you haven't done this before, we are happy to show you the ropes.  Signing up is easy, just click on the link below and sign up for a day that works for you.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-october4


    Book Orders Due by October 4th for Author Visit October 21st

    What are people saying about Remy Lai's new book? "A perfect balance of flavors." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review; "An undeniable sweetness." —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review; "A delight." —Shelf Awareness, starred review; "Heartbreakingly honest; in equal parts funny and poignant." —The Horn Book, starred review

    Remy Lai's debut, upper elementary novel is available for purchase ($12.99) in advance of her presentation for our students in grades 3-5 on October 21st and Remy will sign and personalize each book purchased on or before October 4th. Books may also be available for purchase on the day of the event and will be signed, but autographs may not be personalized.  Students in ALL grades are invited to purchase books to be signed and personalized by October 4th. 

     Please contact our Librarian, Lisa Tegethoff: ltegethoff@pps.net for an order form if needed.


    Lewis Holiday Bazaar Vendor Update:

    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for December 7, 2019.  Is your student a maker? Applications for student booth spaces are available NOW.  Student Booth spaces are $10.  Due to a great deal of early interest, adult booth spaces are currently full.
    If you are interested in being an adult vendor, please apply and you will be put on a waitlist.Students and adults can apply online here:https://forms.gle/ZqusnhqBUeNTogMQ6

     or paper applications are available in the office. Handmade goods only please. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Have your student be part of a Lewis tradition, share their creativity, and reserve a space today!

    Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/ for vendor updates and other information.


    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Calling all Lewis talent! The Talent Show is coming!! 

    Pick up your permission slip in the office starting Monday, September 23rd. It needs to be turned in by Friday, October 4th! Slips should be turned in to the office. Auditions will be on Wednesday, October 9th. All sessions (auditions and rehearsals) are mandatory! The talent show can't happen without parent help, If you are able to help at rehearsals and night of, please contact Jennifer Meyer at jmeyer1@pps.net, Sheri Davis sdavis2@pps.net, or Cyndi Redmond at credmond@pps.net. Looking forward to seeing the talent!


    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    IMPORTANT, UPDATED INFORMATION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

    The front doors on Evergreen St. and the playground doors by the kindergarten classrooms are the only doors open for morning drop-off. 

    For the safety of our students and staff, and for the security of our building, the front doors on Evergreen St. are the only available entrance during the school day.  These doors will be locked at 4:30. All other doors will remain locked throughout the day.  At the end of the day, students may exit any of the doors in the building, but they will not be unlocked.

    Students may not be dropped off before 8:30 unless they are having breakfast in the cafeteria; then they can be dropped off at 8:20, as we do not have staff supervision available before 8:20.

    A responsible adult/parent/guardian must be with students if they are on school grounds before 8:20 or after dismissal at 3pm.
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.

    What Were Your Summer Adventures?
    Mr. DeMonte is excited to see what our students have been doing this summer. He is setting up a bulletin board called "Active All Stars" Please bring in a printed picture of you being active in your favorite activity. It could be ANYTHING (Soccer, Dance, Baseball, Skateboarding, Biking, etc.) as long as you are active in the picture (No video game pics!). 

     

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs are Open for Registration!
    We have many options for Enrichment Programs available for all of our students.  Programs are
    posted on the Community Bulletin Board by our front door, and on our PTA website
    https://www.lewispta.org/ under the Enrichment tab.  Our PTA has also made scholarships available; you can find the Scholarship Application in the Enrichment tab as well.
    Questions? Please contact Tracy in the school office (503-916-6360 or
    tgiordano@pps.net)


    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing

    Our direct appeal month continues!  Join the foundation in making an impact on future staffing at Lewis. School funding is a continual issue in our state, and school foundations are the existing option to add staffing beyond the school district allocations. Our community is feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions last year, and we hope to improve the situation in future years.

    Help us reach out to grandparents!  We know how much they love and care for their grandkids and want to help!  Donation forms are going home this week and include a grandparent focused donation form that you can pass along!  

    Want to connect?  https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    We Love Volunteers!!
    Whether you have 30 minutes or a few hours in the day/week, or one day a year to help with an event, we can always use your help!  Our volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and our students. Having adults in the building gives our students the knowledge that people are there to help them succeed, and to help make our school the amazing place that it is.

    Fill out the Volunteer Form from the Back-to-School Packets (or pick one up from the office), contact your child’s teacher, or check this Wednesday Newsletter weekly for Volunteer Opportunities!
    One of our volunteer opportunities is to join the Reading Squad.  Click here to check it out! Reading Squad

    Please be sure you have a cleared background check so you can volunteer throughout the year! This is a no cost application, only takes a few minutes to complete, is valid for 3 years once you have been cleared and it clears you district wide for any PPS School.  For Application: https://www.pps.net/Page/149

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Free/Reduced Meal Program:
    Meal benefits expire at the end of each school year. Families approved the prior school year have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefi­ts at the start of the school year if they still meet federal income guidelines.
    This program could potentially contribute valuable resources to Lewis School.  We encourage you to submit the application even if you may not use the service. Here’s the link to set up a meal account and apply: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

     




    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE.  

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    September 18, 2019

    UPCOMING DATES:
    Lewis t-shirt sales are open from 9/16-9/30
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Sept. 19: BottleDrop Day
    TOMORROW! Thursday, Sept. 19: Back-to-School Night @6pm
    Saturday, Sept. 21: Reed College 5K FUNd Run
    Week of Sept. 23-27: Garden FUNd Run
    School Picture Day: Friday, Sept. 27th

    PTA Meeting Minutes:
    Did you miss the meeting? Want to know what’s going on? 
    Here’s a link to our meeting minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W_fqi-gVdobdQYdxdrS3ckkAIUwr71JqE42WNaoWOWY/edit?usp=sharing

    FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND THE BUILDING, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRE LANE.  

    Back to School Night:
    Thursday, September 19......Back to School Night from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
    Please join us on the playground promptly at 6pm.  Children are welcome.
    We hope to see you all there!

    Garden FUNd Run:
    We are raising money to support our Learning Garden and Garden Education.  Our Garden FUNd run will provide funds we need to continue our garden education.
    Pledge forms went home last week Talk to your family members, friends, etc. and collect pledges.  Pledge forms are due to your child’s teacher by Sept. 19.
    The week of Sept. 23-27, your child’s class will participate in the run during their PE class with Mr. DeMonte.  Pledge forms will be returned after their run.  Funds are due back to the school by Sept. 4th.  Question, contact Tracy 503-916-6360 tgiordano@pps.net

    Lewis T-Shirt are Available Now:
    The webstore is now open, and will close on September 30th  at 11:59 pm. 
    Orders be be delivered to your child in their classroom sometime during the week of October 21st
    We have 2 designs available in various styles/colors. 
     Please follow this link to place an order:
    http://bashors.tuosystems.com/stores/lewis-fall-2019

    Picture Day is Friday, September 27th:
    Paper order form envelopes are being sent home today.  Pre-orders for picture packages may now be placed online at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here ERJMD94E. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after picture day.  The order envelope MUST be brought to school ON PICTURE DAY.  Complete the order form and put your payment, or a copy of your online receipt, in the envelope.
    After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders ship directly home.

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar
    The annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for December 7, 2019.  Are you a maker? Applications for vendor booth spaces are available NOW.  Lewis Parent Booth spaces are $40, Student Booth spaces are $10.  Outside Vendor Booth spaces are $55.  Paper applications are available in the office or you can apply online here: https://forms.gle/ZqusnhqBUeNTogMQ6

     Using the online application is preferred (it makes it easier for the organizers). Handmade goods only please. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Be part of a Lewis tradition, share your creativity, and reserve your space today! Follow us on Facebook for vendor updates and other bazaar info: https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/

    Talented and Gifted News
    Mark your calendars!  If you are the parent/guardian of a currently identified TAG student or are interested in learning more about the TAG program and process, the Lewis TAG parent meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19th, from 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM in the Lewis Library.
     

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Calling all Lewis talent! The Talent Show is coming!! 
    Pick up your permission slip in the office starting Monday, September 23rd. It needs to be turned in by Friday, October 4th! Slips should be turned in to the office. Auditions will be on Wednesday, October 9th. All sessions (auditions and rehearsals) are mandatory! The talent show can't happen without parent help, If you are able to help at rehearsals and night of, please contact Jennifer Meyer at jmeyer1@pps.net, Sheri Davis sdavis2@pps.net, or Cyndi Redmond at credmond@pps.net. Looking forward to seeing the talent!

    Sciencepalooza: Has been postponed until January 31st. More info will come, as we get closer to the event.
     

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    IMPORTANT, UPDATED INFORMATION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
    The front doors on Evergreen St. and the playground doors by the kindergarten classrooms are the only doors open for morning drop-off. 

    For the safety of our students and staff, and for the security of our building, the front doors on Evergreen St. are the only available entrance during the school day.  These doors will be locked at 4:30. All other doors will remain locked throughout the day.  At the end of the day, students may exit any of the doors in the building, but they will not be unlocked.

    Students may not be dropped off before 8:30 unless they are having breakfast in the cafeteria; then they can be dropped off at 8:20, as we do not have staff supervision available before 8:20.

    A responsible adult/parent/guardian must be with students if they are on school grounds before 8:20 or after dismissal at 3pm.
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
     

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    Our direct appeal month continues!  Join the foundation in making an impact on future staffing at Lewis. School funding is a continual issue in our state, and school foundations are the existing option to add staffing beyond the school district allocations. Our community is feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions last year, and we hope to improve the situation in future years.

    Help us reach out to grandparents!  We know how much they love and care for their grandkids and want to help!  Donation forms are going home this week and include a grandparent focused donation form that you can pass along!  

    Want to connect?  https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    We Love Volunteers!!
    Whether you have 30 minutes or a few hours in the day/week, or one day a year to help with an event, we can always use your help!  Our volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and our students. Having adults in the building gives our students the knowledge that people are there to help them succeed, and to help make our school the amazing place that it is.
    Fill out the Volunteer Form from the Back-to-School Packets (or pick one up from the office), contact your child’s teacher, or check this Wednesday Newsletter weekly for Volunteer Opportunities!
    One of our volunteer opportunities is to join the Reading Squad.  Click here to check it out! Reading Squad

    Please be sure you have a cleared background check so you can volunteer throughout the year! This is a no cost application, only takes a few minutes to complete, is valid for 3 years once you have been cleared and it clears you district wide for any PPS School.  For Application: https://www.pps.net/Page/149

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs are Open for Registration!
    We have many options for Enrichment Programs available for all of our students.  Programs are
    posted on the Community Bulletin Board by our front door, and on our PTA website https://www.lewispta.org/ under the Enrichment tab.  Our PTA has also made scholarships available; you can find the Scholarship Application in the Enrichment tab as well.
    Questions? Please contact Tracy in the school office (503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net)

    Back-to-School Packets and School Supply Money:
    If you have not already done so, please send your child’s forms to school ASAP.  This is the last opportunity to get your forms in to ensure you are in the Family Directory.  Also, if your child does not have the Student Profile Form and Walkng Field Trip formed turned in, s/he will not be permitted to attend ANY field trips until we have the forms in the office.
    Please also bring your $50 contribution for school supplies if you have not already done so.  

    What Were Your Summer Adventures?
    Mr. DeMonte is excited to see what our students have been doing this summer. He is setting up a bulletin board called "Active All Stars" Please bring in a printed picture of you being active in your favorite activity. It could be ANYTHING (Soccer, Dance, Baseball, Skateboarding, Biking, etc.) as long as you are active in the picture (No video game pics!). 

    Free/Reduced Meal Program:
    Meal benefits expire at the end of each school year. Families approved the prior school year have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefi­ts at the start of the school year if they still meet federal income guidelines.
    This program could potentially contribute valuable resources to Lewis School.  We encourage you to submit the application even if you may not use the service. Here’s the link to set up a meal account and apply: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Counselor’s Corner 
    Dear Families,

    It has been such a joy to be working again with you and your children in the last few weeks!  I wanted to provide some information, updates and resources.  In the Fall, the monthly Counselor’s Corner portion of the newsletter always tends to be a bit lengthy.  There is a lot of information to frontload!  Hence, I am going to try chunking some information out on a weekly or bi-weekly basis this quarter.

    District-Wide Counseling Priorities   This year PPS K-5 school counselors continue on the following priorities for their comprehensive school counseling programs.  These priorities were developed in a collaborative effort by all K-5 counselors in 2018. More information on how Lewis will be addressing these priorities to come.  As you will see below, some of the work has already begun!

    • KG-2nd Grade Priority: “Each K-2 student will be able to identify emotions & 2 strategies to help them self-regulate.  All students will learn how to solve minor/small problems through restorative practices.”
    • 3rd-5th Grade Priority  “All students will understand and demonstrate skills of upstander behavior in the school, community and online.”

    What’s the Counselor Been Up To?  This month I have been making my way into every classroom.  In grades KG, 1st, & 2nd, I have been teaching lessons that introduce or review how the school counselor is available for students.  Links to the books that I have been using are provided above.  In the upper grades, I have delivered introductory lessons on the following:

    What’s Coming Up?  Beginning in October, I will begin 3-week rotations teaching lessons on topics that at the time, seem needed by classroom teacher.  In October, I will be teaching in the 1st & 2nd grades.  In November - 3rd, 4th, & 2/3 blend, and in late November/December - KG and 5th grades. Topics could include (but are not limited to):  making and keeping friends, emotion identification and regulation, worry/anxiety/mindfulness, growth mindset, or more specific targets, such as:  dealing with name-calling/teasing, joining a game, ect.

    What’s Up with the Compass Cards?  We are over halfway to our school-wide goal of earning 1500 Compass Cards for a school-wide surprise!  When you’re in the building take a look at the meter displayed in the hall between the cafeteria and the gym. 

    And the “Mascots”?  Recently, you may have noticed some “Found” postings in the hallways with pictures of stuffed dogs.  These are our Lewis Mascots.  They have since found their compasses while exploring, and are awaiting final results on a vote on their new names.  Each Friday, we count how many Compass Cards individual classrooms earned that week.  Top earning rooms in both the lower grade and upper grade hallways get to be home to one of the mascots the following week.  This is an inclusive competition, and all classrooms will be top-earners more than once this year!

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    September 11, 2019

    UPCOMING DATES:
    Lewis t-shirt sales are open from 9/16-9/30
    Thursday, Sept. 19: Back-to-School Night @6pm
    Week of Sept. 23-27: Garden FUNd Run

     

    Dear Lewis Community,
    Thank you for a great first couple of weeks! The house is full and everyone has settled into the school routine.  I love the start of school where everyone is so excited to meet the teacher, see old friends and make new friends, and get started with a new year of learning.

    I appreciate all of the parents and students who are following our new school entrance routine in the morning. I recognize that this is new, the beginning of the year always has more parents in the building, and for some of the parents it seems like a long walk from one end of the school to the other. Safety is a high priority for me, and having everyone enter through the front is one step in keeping everyone safe. Please try and make it part of your routine to come through the front doors in the morning. Students in the upper hallway (grade 3.4.5) who enter the front have been encouraged to head up to the dip prior to the bell ringing. It is also important to teach our children that school rules need to be followed. Even when there appears to be a simpler way, we teach our students that there are reasons behind rules that hopefully will be good for all.

    I also recognize that the dismissal process has its own set of issues. Parents who are picking up their 3.4.5 grade students in the building please enter through the front doors and walk up the hallway. You can then exit out of the main doors in the upper hallway. As a staff we will work on a dismissal plan in the next month or so, which will hopefully streamline the pickup routine.

    Thanks to the PTA for supporting our school in so many ways. We had a great turnout for the kindergarten social last week and look forward to the after school social on Friday afternoon at 3:15 on the playground.

    Please keep Thursday, September 19th open for Back to School Night. This is a great time to learn about the upcoming year from your child’s teacher.

    The city of Portland is at work, and it happens to be right around Lewis.  I have asked that they notify me when they will block off streets and redirect traffic over the next week so that we can send out a quick message to all of you. Thanks for your flexibility on Tuesday morning, it was a bit of a surprise to all of us to be redirected and have big trucks moving around. This phase of the project should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

    Feels like we have jumped right into FALL!

    Cheers,
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal, Lewis Elementary

    Garden FUNd Run:
    We are raising money to support our Learning Garden and Garden Education.  Our Garden FUNd run will provide funds we need to continue our garden education.
    Pledge forms are coming home today.  Talk to your family members, friends, etc. and collect pledges.  Pledge forms are due to your child’s teacher by Sept. 19.
    The week of Sept. 23-27, your child’s class will participate in the run during their PE class with Mr. DeMonte.  Pledge forms will be returned after their run.  Funds are due back to the school by Sept. 4th.  Question, contact Tracy 503-916-6360 tgiordano@pps.net

    CORRECTION FROM PRINTED NEWSLETTER: Lewis T-Shirt are coming soon!:
    The webstore will be open Monday, Sept. 16th and will close on September 30th  at 11:59 pm. 

     We have 2 designs available this year in various styles. 
     Order link will be sent our soon!

    CORRECTION FROM PRINTED NEWSLETTER: Picture Day is Friday, September 27th:
    Paper order form envelopes will be sent home next Wednesday, 9/18.  Pre-orders for picture packages may now be placed online at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here ERJMD94E. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after picture day.  The order envelope MUST be brought to school ON PICTURE DAY.  Complete the order form and put your payment, or a copy of your online receipt, in the envelope.

    Medication Reminder from our Health Room Staff:
    This is just a reminder that it is against MESD and PPS policy for children to carry or hold medication, even over the counter medication, (cough drops, Tylenol, and topical medication) on their persons. For safety reasons all medication must be brought to school by an adult and checked in to the Health Office, and the appropriate medication forms be filled out before it can be given at school. We ask this to keep all children at school safe. What may be fine for your child could be a deadly allergen to another. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.  Questions? Please contact Nurse Bev at bobrien@mesd.k12.or.us

    Talented and Gifted News
    Mark your calendars!  If you are the parent/guardian of a currently identified TAG student or are interested in learning more about the TAG program and process, the Lewis TAG parent meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19th, from 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM in the Lewis Library. 

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 26th, 2019.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Lisa Tegethoff, at ltegethoff@pps.net

    Back-to-School Packets and School Supply Money:
    The Student Profile Form and the Forms Packet needs your attention ASAP.  The profile form needs to be reviewed, updated if needed and signed, and the forms need to be completed.  Please return them to your child’s teacher by this Friday, September 13th.
    The rest of the packet is for you to keep.  Important information we wanted to share with you, the Lewis School Handbook and Calendar, and lunch menu are included.
    Please also bring your $50 contribution for school supplies if you have not already done so. 

    What Were Your Summer Adventures?
    Mr. DeMonte is excited to see what our students have been doing this summer. He is setting up a bulletin board called "Active All Stars" Please bring in a printed picture of you being active in your favorite activity. It could be ANYTHING (Soccer, Dance, Baseball, Skateboarding, Biking, etc.) as long as you are active in the picture (No video game pics!). 

    Free/Reduced Meal Program:
    Meal benefits expire at the end of each school year. Families approved the prior school year have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefi­ts at the start of the school year if they still meet federal income guidelines.
    This program could potentially contribute valuable resources to Lewis School.  We encourage you to submit the application even if you may not use the service. Here’s the link to set up a meal account and apply: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    IMPORTANT, UPDATED INFORMATION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
    The front doors on Evergreen St. and the playground doors by the kindergarten classrooms are the only doors open for morning drop-off.  

    For the safety of our students and staff, and for the security of our building, the front doors on Evergreen St. are the only available entrance during the school day.  These doors will be locked at 4:30. All other doors will remain locked throughout the day.  At the end of the day, students may exit any of the doors in the building, but they will not be unlocked.

    Students may not be dropped off before 8:30 unless they are having breakfast in the cafeteria; then they can be dropped off at 8:20, as we do not have staff supervision available before 8:20.

    A responsible adult/parent/guardian must be with students if they are on school grounds before 8:20 or after dismissal at 3pm.
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.

    Milk Carton Recycling:
    Tomorrow is the first day of school for 1st through 5th graders at Lewis!  We need your help to keep Lewis green by rinsing out our milk cartons so that they can be recycled.  It takes less than an hour, and makes a big impact.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill.  Please sign up by clicking on the sign up genius link below and help us keep this Lewis tradition going.  If you've helped with this in the past, we would love to have you back!  If you haven’t helped with milk cartons before, I will happily show you the ropes. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-lewis3  Hope to see you soon!

    Box Tops for Education
    The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we earn cash for our school!  Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label.
    Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now.
    The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.
    If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition
    by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.  BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW APP OR UPDATE YOUR EXISTING APP.
    If you would rather just turn your receipts into the office, we will scan them for you. 
    KEY POINT: We only have 14 days to scan the receipt, so don't wait!!

    Lewis has earned $7,700 since we joined the program!  Thanks for helping our school get what it needs!

    We Love Volunteers!!
    Whether you have 30 minutes or a few hours in the day/week, or one day a year to help with an event, we can always use your help!  Our volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and our students. Having adults in the building gives our students the knowledge that people are there to help them succeed, and to help make our school the amazing place that it is.

    In the Back-to-School Packet your child brought home last week, you will find a Volunteer Interest Form.  There are many opportunities available, big or small projects, and a variety of ways to share your time with us.  Teachers always have needs in their classroom, and you absolutely can connect with them directly to find out what they need, or you can sign up for the many different opportunities listed on the volunteer form.  Our PTA will also post volunteer sign-up sheets outside of the office door when we have events coming up and need your help!
    One of our volunteer opportunities is to join the Reading Squad.  Click here to check it out! Reading Squad

    Please be sure you have a cleared background check so you can volunteer throughout the year!
    This is a no cost application, only takes a few minutes to complete, is valid for 3 years once you have been cleared and it clears you district wide for any PPS School.  Click here for the application: https://www.pps.net/Page/149

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs are Open for Registration!
    We have many options for Enrichment Programs available for all of our students.  Programs are
    posted on the Community Bulletin Board by our front door, and on our PTA website https://www.lewispta.org/ under the Enrichment tab.  Our PTA has also made scholarships available; you can find the Scholarship Application in the Enrichment tab as well.
    Questions? Please contact Tracy in the school office (503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net)

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    September 4, 2019

     

    DAILY SCHEDULE
    School Begins:l 8:40 am
    Tardy Bell: 8:45am  
    Dismissal Bell: 3:00pm

    UPCOMING DATES:
    Thursday, Sept. 5: BottleDrop Day
    Thursday, Sept. 5: Kinder Family Social from 6-7pm
    Sunday, Sept. 8: Lewis Dines Out at Laughing Planet
    Sunday, Sept. 8: Woodstock Gives Back
    Monday, Sept. 9: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    Friday, Sept. 13: PTA After School Social @ 3:15pm

    Lewis Dines Out at Laughing Planet:
    One of our PTA’s most successful fundraisers is our Lewis Dines Out (LDO) events.  Our local businesses support Lewis and we support our local businesses.  We all win!
    The first LDO event is at Laughing Planet on Woodstock on Sunday, Sept. 8th

    Laughing Planet is generously donating 15% of the net sales for the entire day back to Lewis!
    All proceeds from Lewis Dines Out events go toward the Teacher Classroom Project funds.  Teachers are doing some great things with the project, including Jackson Pollock style art supplies, book collections focused on empathy, card making supplies for Mercy Corps, class quilt making, audio books with listening devices and more!!

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    IMPORTANT, UPDATED INFORMATION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
    The front doors on Evergreen St. and the playground doors by the kindergarten classrooms are the only doors open for morning drop-off. 

    For the safety of our students and staff, and for the security of our building, the front doors on Evergreen St. are the only available entrance during the school day.  These doors will be locked at 4:30. All other doors will remain locked throughout the day.  At the end of the day, students may exit any of the doors in the building, but they will not be unlocked.

    Students may not be dropped off before 8:30 unless they are having breakfast in the cafeteria; then they can be dropped off at 8:20, as we do not have staff supervision available before 8:20.

    A responsible adult/parent/guardian must be with students if they are on school grounds before 8:20 or after dismissal at 3pm.
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.

    For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

    • Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
      If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

    **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

    Back-to-School Packets
    These packets were sent home with your child(ren) last week.  The Student Profile Form and the Forms Packet needs your attention ASAP.  The profile form needs to be reviewed, updated if needed and signed, and the forms need to be completed.  Please return them to your child’s teacher by September 13th.
    The rest of the packet is for you to keep.  Important information we wanted to share with you, the Lewis School Handbook and Calendar, and lunch menu are included.

    Free/Reduced Meal Program:
    Meal benefits expire at the end of each school year. Families approved the prior school year have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefi­ts at the start of the school year if they still meet federal income guidelines.
    This program could potentially contribute valuable resources to Lewis School.  We encourage you to submit the application even if you may not use the service. Here’s the link to set up a meal account and apply: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    PTA Meeting Monday 9/9
    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Please join the PTA in the library at 6:30 on Monday 9/9 to connect with your school community and learn about the many ways in which you can be involved. There will be free childcare. Enter the building through the doors on the west side, by the small parking lot.

    Talent Show Announcement!
    There has been a change to the school calendar and the talent show auditions and rehearsals have been changed to the following days: 

    • Wednesday, October 9th (audition)
    • Wednesday, October 16th (rehearsal)
    • Wednesday, October 23rd (rehearsal)
    • Friday, October 25th (Talent Show performance)

    Look for more information in upcoming newsletters. It is imperative that performers are at all scheduled auditions/rehearsals. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create with your schedule.

    BottleDrop:
    This and every Thursday of the school year, help us raise money for the PTA the easy way- with BottleDrop! Pick up a blue bag in the office and fill it up with your empty cans and bottles. Bring it to the Evergreen St. entrance every Thursday morning at drop off and we will drive them to the donation center. You can also drop them off yourself at any BottleDrop location!  
    We are also looking for a couple volunteers. If you have an extra 20 minutes on Thursdays after drop off, check and see if we need help driving a load to the BottleDrop center. Contact Tracy in the office or email Jen Barnes at jbarnes.ca@gmail.com 

    Milk Carton Recycling:
    Tomorrow is the first day of school for 1st through 5th graders at Lewis!  We need your help to keep Lewis green by rinsing out our milk cartons so that they can be recycled.  It takes less than an hour, and makes a big impact.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill.  Please sign up by clicking on the sign up genius link below and help us keep this Lewis tradition going.  If you've helped with this in the past, we would love to have you back!  If you haven’t helped with milk cartons before, I will happily show you the ropes.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-lewis3
    Hope to see you soon!

    What Were Your Summer Adventures?
    Mr. DeMonte is excited to see what our students have been doing this summer. He is setting up a bulletin board called "Active All Stars" Please bring in a printed picture of you being active in your favorite activity. It could be ANYTHING (Soccer, Dance, Baseball, Skateboarding, Biking, etc.) as long as you are active in the picture (No video game pics!). 

    We Love Volunteers!!
    Whether you have 30 minutes or a few hours in the day/week, or one day a year to help with an event, we can always use your help!  Our volunteers are an integral part of the success of our school and our students. Having adults in the building gives our students the knowledge that people are there to help them succeed, and to help make our school the amazing place that it is.

    In the Back-to-School Packet your child brought home last week, you will find a Volunteer Interest Form.  There are many opportunities available, big or small projects, and a variety of ways to share your time with us.  Teachers always have needs in their classroom, and you absolutely can connect with them directly to find out what they need, or you can sign up for the many different opportunities listed on the volunteer form.  Our PTA will also post volunteer sign-up sheets outside of the office door when we have events coming up and need your help!
    One of our volunteer opportunities is to join the Reading Squad.  Click here to check it out! Reading Squad

    Please be sure you have a cleared background check so you can volunteer throughout the year!
    This is a no cost application, only takes a few minutes to complete, is valid for 3 years once you have been cleared and it clears you district wide for any PPS School.  Click here for the application: https://www.pps.net/Page/149

    Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
    Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
    Apps are $15, Books are $25: Lewis receives 50% of sales from both the book and app

    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow t link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus!
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
    • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
      Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs are Open for Registration!
    We have many options for Enrichment Programs available for all of our students.  Programs are
    posted on the Community Bulletin Board by our front door, and on our PTA website https://www.lewispta.org/ under the Enrichment tab.  Our PTA has also made scholarships available; you can find the Scholarship Application in the Enrichment tab as well.
    Questions? Please contact Tracy in the school office (503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net)




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    June 12, 2019


    IMPORTANT SUMMER/FALL DATES:
    June 26th: Office closes for Summer

    August 9th: Office re-opens for Fall Enrollment

    August 14th: Office Closed for Staff Development
    August 24th: Community Care Day 9am-noon

    Ist Day of School, grades 1-5: August 28th

    August 28th-August 30th: Kinder Assessment days

    September 2nd: Labor Day Holiday, Schools Closed

    September 3rd: 1st Day of School, Kindergarten
    September 4th: Sellwood M.S. BBQ 5-7:30pm

    September 5th: Kinder Family Social @ 6pm
    September 6th: 1st Walk + Roll Day
    September 9th: 1st PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    September 11th: Sellwood M.S. Back-to-School Night @ 6:30
    September 13th: PTA After School Social
    September 19th: Lewis Back-to-School Night 6-7:30pm

    September 21st: Reed College 5k FUNd Run/Walk
    September 27th: Fall Picture Day

     

    Message from Mrs. Glasgow:
    As I write my final Lewis newsletter message, I am reflecting on my two years leading this community. I am proud of the work we have done developing an increasingly rigorous and coherent approach to literacy instruction, creating systems to positively recognize students for their daily contributions to our community, and learning together how to better understand and intervene when students are struggling.
    It has been a pleasure watching the many ways family and community members support Lewis and an honor coming to know and helping to serve your children.
    My last day at Lewis will be June 30th. Before that time, I will be working to close this year’s work and planning for a smooth transition. Mrs.
    Froehlich and I will have time to meet and share information during that time. I will make sure that I leave my forwarding information with the office in case you need to reach me for any reason after June 30th.
    In the meantime, I wish you and your families safe, healthy, fun, and relaxing summer vacations!

    TechSmart Update:
    All students will receive a letter with summer login instructions this week.  PPS is changing the domain in June so all student usernames will change.  Students will continue to have access to e-books in myON, but Lexia will be turned off over the summer since it's a blended learning tool intended to be used with teacher support. 

    A final Seesaw Invite will also go home to families of students in grades K-2.  Students have posted many projects in their digital journals as we wrap up the year.  Family access to your child's Seesaw journal should not be affected by the domain change.  


    Help us plan next year's Sciencepalooza STEAM event!

    Sciencepalooza is a free PTA sponsored event happening at Lewis in October 2020. The evening event features interactive STEAM based activities for parents and students to explore together. All are welcome. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics).

    We are in need of parent volunteers to help make the October 2020 event a success. Whether you work in a STEAM field or not, and are interested in creative, engaging ways to explore the sciences, all are encouraged to join our planning team. There are many ways to help: outreach to local science groups, facilitate a science activity table, event advertising/communications, design/print event materials, and more. Please contact Susan for information: susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com


    BottleDrop PTA Fundraiser:
    BottleDrop has raised over $6500 so far this year for Lewis PTA! Thank you to our awesome community for making this such a great success! 

    Don’t forget to pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer!  You can drop these off at any Bottle Drop location including one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King & Linwood.  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop-off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money. 
    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.

    Proceeds from the BottleDrop fundraiser allow us to continue to provide PTA events like Family Movie Night free of charge!  Thank you for your continued support of our community!

    Lost & Found:
    Please stop and look through the Lost & Found for any of your students lost items.  The Lost & Found Is HUGE, overflowing onto the floor and bins.  ALL items not claimed by June 12th will be donated to charity.

    BOX TOP COLLECTION COMPETITION - WINNING CLASS!

    It is hard to believe we only have a few days of school left!  The classroom Box Tops Collection Competition was a big success!  Thank you to ALL for collecting and submitting those box tops!  But don't stop now!  Save box tops up over the summer because each one is worth 10¢... which really adds up and is used to help fund the fabulous Music Program here at Lewis!  

    And now... drum roll... the winner of the classroom popcorn party is... Ms Brenan's Room!  With a huge surge in the final stretch, they took the lead, hitting 541 box tops collected!  Ms. Cindy's class was close on their heels at 499 and then Ms. Dana's class at 387. This year, Lewis families collected a total of over 5,000 box tops, raising over $500 for the Lewis music program!  Thank you for your efforts!

    This summer, keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie to bring to school next fall. Remember, they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date. Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Here is a quick Box Tops video:   http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101

    Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com 

    MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF SCHOOL MODERNIZATION

    To: Lewis Elementary School Community

    From: Chris Boyce, Office of School Modernization
    Subject: Lead Paint Stabilization Program
    As part of the May 2017 Bond program, paint stabilization work will take place at Lewis Elementary School shortly. These painting projects address areas of deteriorated paint that are presumed to contain some level of lead. This first phase of work at Lewis will focus on accessible interior locations frequented by kindergarten through second grade students.

    Project Details:

    • The paint stabilization work at Lewis does not disturb the painted surfaces. No sanding or scraping of painted surfaces will take place therefore no lead dust is released.
    • Areas to be painted during this phase of work include doors, door jambs and trim, cabinet work, built in shelving, and some window trim.
    • These areas are cleaned to remove dirt and grease from the surface. Any existing dust or paint chips are removed with a HEPA vacuum, which removes fine particles. Surfaces are primed with a bonding primer/sealer and then painted with high performance architectural grade low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint.
    • Our paint program uses low VOC paint and Green Performance Standard GPS-1 primers. These paints are low odor and dry quickly. Mobile fans and cross ventilation will be used to help dissipate any odors.
    • This phase of the paint stabilization work will be completed during summer break.
    • PPS is a State of Oregon lead Renovate, Repair, and Painting Certified Renovation Firm (OHA Certification number 1058-RRP FIRM) and painters on site at Lewis will be EPA RRP Certified Renovators.

    Additional information about the painting project can be found on the PPS Bond Lead Paint web page. For more information about this or any school building improvement bond project email schoolmodernization@pps.net Or call us at 503-916-2222.

    Message from Nutrition Services:
    MEAL PRICES AND MEAL ACCOUNTS 2019-20
    For the 2019-20 school year, breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same as this year.   All account balances, both positive and negative carry over or remain year to year for every student. Families may contact the department for information and account transaction reports.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services     
    x63276      
    wellersi@pps.net

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    June 5, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Friday, June 7th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, June 12th: 5th grade Promotion @ 1:30
    Wednesday, June 12th: Last Day of School
    THIS WEEK, from 3-4pm: Scholastic Book Fair in the Library

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Amazing that there is just one week left! I want to start with a shout out to Mr. DeMonte and all of our parent volunteers who made Field Day such a big success! Also, a second appreciation to our PTA for hosting a wonderful end-of-year celebration for the community.

    As we near the very end of the year, final staffing shifts are falling into place. We have had one more teacher shift since the last time I provided an update. Brooke Murphy (2nd grade teacher) will be transferring to another PPS school in the fall. I will hopefully be able to provide an update on her replacement in next week’s final newsletter. I should also have more information about the new staff coming to open our K-2 Communication-Behavior classroom by that time.

    Field Day:
    What a fantastic day it turned out to be!  Thank you to Mr. DeMonte and all the wonderful volunteers that made helped to make this such a fun, wonderful event for our kids!

     

    PTA End-of-Year Celebration:
    Thank you to our PTA for a terrific End-of-Year Celebration!  This community event could not have taken place without all of our fantastic volunteers!

    Thanks to our food vendors BBQ by Michael, Café de Crepe and Island Daydream Shaved Ice for offering their delicious fare, and to Inez and her team of face painters and Randy the Balloon Guy for providing added fun!

    Lost & Found:
    Please stop and look through the Lost & Found for any of your students lost items.  The Lost & Found Is HUGE, overflowing onto the floor and bins.  ALL items not claimed by June 12th will be donated to charity.

    Help us plan next year's Sciencepalooza STEAM event!

    Sciencepalooza is a free PTA sponsored event happening at Lewis in October 2020. The evening event features interactive STEAM based activities for parents and students to explore together. All are welcome. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics).

     

    We are in need of parent volunteers to help make the October 2020 event a success. Whether you work in a STEAM field or not, and are interested in creative, engaging ways to explore the sciences, all are encouraged to join our planning team. There are many ways to help: outreach to local science groups, facilitate a science activity table, event advertising/communications, design/print event materials, and more. Please contact Susan for information: susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com

    The Scholastic Book Fair is THIS WEEK!!
    We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from June 3rd to June 7th and many classes will have a chance to visit the fair during school this week to create a wish list. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to find books they really love. And, we know kids read more books when they get to choose their own.  The more kids read, the more their reading skills improve.

    Stop by and stock up for Summer Reading!!

    The Book Fair will be open after school every day this week.  If you can’t make it, you can also visit the Online Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lewiselementaryschool15

    The Online Fair:

    • Includes an expanded selection of books for all ages — from preschoolers to adults
    • Offers FREE shipping to our school on all orders
    • Allows you to shop by reading level, grade, and price
    • Provides a chance for you and your child to create and send wish lists to friends and family so they can shop at our school’s Online Fair
    • Is open for an extended time, giving you more days to shop

    All purchases at the Book Fair and Online Book Fair benefit our school.

    Thank you for helping get more kids reading, and kids reading more. 

    We need volunteers to help staff, stock and assist with sales.  To sign up, please follow this link:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-20191


    BottleDrop PTA Fundraiser:

    BottleDrop has raised over $6500 so far this year for Lewis PTA! Thank you to our awesome community for making this such a great success! 
    There’s only one more collection day at Lewis before summer break:
    before school TOMORROW, Thursday, Junes 6th.

     

    Don’t forget to pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer!  You can drop these off at any Bottle Drop location including one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King & Linwood.  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop-off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money. 
    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.

     

    Proceeds from the BottleDrop fundraiser allow us to continue to provide PTA events like Family Movie Night free of charge!  Thank you for your continued support of our community!


    Last "Walk and Roll" Friday, June 7!

    Come join us for music, fun, and juice-based popsicles for the kids--not to mention the chance to be entered into the drawing for fabulous prizes at lunch time!

     

    In addition, The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is sending over a few special guests.  You may have noticed the new ADA-compliant ramps for the crosswalk at SE 45th and Evergreen that were constructed over spring break.  They will be celebrating this Fixing Our Streets project and the students at Lewis. Participants will get prizes and have an opportunity to cross the crosswalk with zebra mascots! A member of PBOT’s Parking Enforcement team will be present (in a non-enforcement capacity) to share prizes and information with families.

     

    I would like to thank James Hazuka and Justin Boyles for being stalwart volunteers during the past two years plus.  Without their help, Walk and Roll simply would not be possible.  These two have committed to staying on next year.  In fact, Justin will be taking over as Walk and Roll Coordinator.  That said, we would welcome more help.  Please consider volunteering for this event on the first Friday of every month, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables,
    making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!

     

    If you are interested in helping with Walk and Roll next year, please drop me an email or stop by and chat with me on Friday morning.

     

    Brett Bolstad

    Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019

    brettbolstad@yahoo.com

     

    BOX TOP COLLECTION COMPETITION - WINNING CLASS!

    It is hard to believe we only have a few days of school left!  The classroom Box Tops Collection Competition was a big success!  Thank you to ALL for collecting and submitting those box tops!  But don't stop now!  Save box tops up over the summer because each one is worth 10¢... which really adds up and is used to help fund the fabulous Music Program here at Lewis!  

     

    And now... drum roll... the winner of the classroom popcorn party is... Ms Brenan's Room!  With a huge surge in the final stretch, they took the lead, hitting 541 box tops collected!  Ms. Cindy's class was close on their heels at 499 and then Ms. Dana's class at 387. This year, Lewis families collected a total of over 5,000 box tops, raising over $500 for the Lewis music program!  Thank you for your efforts!

     

    This summer, keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie to bring to school next fall. Remember, they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date. Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Here is a quick Box Tops video:   http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101

    Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com 

     

    Parent Meeting Feedback:
    Below is the link to view the feedback from the parent community meeting on May 6th.  While this feedback is not the perspective of every parent at Lewis, it is a summary of the main themes from the parent meeting.  We so appreciate all those that were able to participate.  

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jdu00V--3wSF3_FcE16c8kBZuQbyjy-rd3lHnDY0YH8/edit?usp=sharing

    Message from Nutrition Services:
    MEAL PRICES AND MEAL ACCOUNTS 2019-20

    For the 2019-20 school year, breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same as this year.   All account balances, both positive and negative carry over or remain year to year for every student. Families may contact the department for information and account transaction reports.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services     
    x63276      
    wellersi@pps.net

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    May 29, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    THIS WEEK: Last week for Library Classes
    Wednesday, May 29th: Volunteer Breakfast @ 8am

    Thursday, May 30th: Spring Music Concert @ 6:30pm
    Friday, May 31st: ALL Library Books are Due
    June 3-7: Scholastic Book Fair (see below for details)
    Tuesday, June 4th: Field Day (wear your Lewis t-shirt!)
    Tuesday, June 4th from 5-7pm: PTA End-of-Year Picnic (see below for details)
    Friday, June 7th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, June 12th: 5th grade Promotion @ 1:30
    Wednesday, June 12th: Last Day of School

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    This week at Lewis, we will be taking a moment to step back and appreciate one of our most invaluable resources—our volunteers! I know that I speak on behalf of our staff when I express my sheer gratitude for all of you who have taken time out of your personal and professional lives this year to give back to Lewis. Whether you are a trained Reading Squad member, a milk carton helper, a classroom volunteer, an office helper, a PTA member, helped out at an event, chaperoned a field trip or someone who has come in to support special projects, your time, care, and support is hugely appreciated and utterly priceless. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    PTA End-of-Year Celebration:
    We are celebrating another great year with our annual End-of-the-Year Celebration on Tuesday, June 4th from 5-7pm.
    This year we are broadening our fun with some carnival games, face-painters, Balloon Guy Randy, music from our own Boomin’ Beats with the fabulous Mr. Jamesbarry, food vendors and more!

    Bring your own picnic or purchase something from our local food vendors.  Food vendors BBQ by Michael,
    Café De Crepe and Island Daydream Shave Ice will be joining us.

    All activities, and fresh watermelon, are free of charge; food will be available for purchase.

    As always, we cannot do this without the help of our fantastic volunteers! 
    Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-ptaendoftheyear or outside the office door.

    Questions? Want to help organize and make final plans??  Contact Tracy: tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360

    Field Day Tuesday, June 4th:
    Another Lewis tradition is our Field Day, a fun-filled end of the year event that involves fun outside activities for our students, staff and volunteers!

    We will have 2 sessions this year:  
    Grades K-2 will be in the morning from 10:00-11:20
    Grades 3-5 (including Ms. Canales' class, Room 16): 1:00 - 2:20

    We need your help with running the different stations. 
    Please click here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-2019

    Help us plan next year's Sciencepalooza STEAM event:  Meeting this Friday!

    Interested in sharing ideas and helping to plan next year's Sciencepalooza STEAM event? Join us for a kick-off meeting at 9:00 AM this Friday, May 31st, at Papacinno's Coffee House on Woodstock BLVD. Can't make it? Please contact Susan at susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com to be added to our planning team.

    Lost & Found:
    Please stop and look through the Lost & Found for any of your students lost items.  The Lost & Found Is HUGE, overflowing onto the floor and bins.  ALL items not claimed by June 12th will be donated to charity.

    Grades 3-4 Testing Schedule:  Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher
    April 22 – 26                  Grade 4               MAPS testing
    TBD                               Grade 3               MAPS testing
    May 13-17                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, ELA testing (CAT and PT)
    May 22-24                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (CAT) 
    May 29-31                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (PT)
    June 3-7                        All Grades           SBAC make-up if necessary


    A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!

    We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from June 3rd to June 7th and many classes will have a chance to visit the fair during school during that week to create a wish list. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to find books they really love. And, we know kids read more books when they get to choose their own, and the more kids read, the more their reading skills improve.

    We would also love for you to be a part of our Book Fair Family Event. It’s taking place on June 4th from 5-7 PM during the PTA End-of-Year Picnic. You can shop for books for your entire family! And, if you can’t make it, you can also visit the Online Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lewiselementaryschool15

    The Online Fair:

    • Includes an expanded selection of books for all ages — from preschoolers to adults
    • Offers FREE shipping to our school on all orders
    • Allows you to shop by reading level, grade, and price
    • Provides a chance for you and your child to create and send wish lists to friends and family so they can shop at our school’s Online Fair
    • Is open for an extended time, giving you more days to shop

    All purchases at the Book Fair and Online Book Fair benefit our school.

    Thank you for helping get more kids reading, and kids reading more. 

    We need volunteers to help staff, stock and assist with sales.  To sign up, please follow this link:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-20191


    BottleDrop PTA Fundraiser:

    BottleDrop has raised over $6500 so far this year for Lewis PTA! Thank you to our awesome community for making this such a great success! 
    There are two more days to drop your blue bag at Lewis before summer break:
    before school this Thursday, May 30th & next week on Thursday, Junes 6th.

     Now is the time to pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer!  You can drop these off at any Bottle Drop location including one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King & Linwood.  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop-off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money.  Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.

    Proceeds from the BottleDrop fundraiser allow us to continue to provide PTA events like Family Movie Night free of charge!  Thank you for your continued support of our community!

    Counselor's Corner:
    Thank You!!  
    I wanted to say thank you to all the parents that have been such wonderful partners in helping ALL our students develop and grow in their social-emotional learning. I care deeply about our students social and emotional health and am happy to be a partner with our families in working together to create such an amazing, caring, and kind community. Please let me know of any topics that you would like for me to address with your students or in the Counselor Corner for next year. I am very open to new topics, or topics that you would like me to go deeper into addressing.. As always, please feel free to contact me ksundberg@pps.net

    ~ Kylea

    Resources for Free Summer Meals:

    Summer Meals Oregon

    Multnomah County Library Summer Lunches

    Resources for raising kids with challenging behaviors:

    Raising Troubled Kids

    Think:Kids Online Parenting Groups

    Free lunch & play, movies, concerts…...Also, register for summer camps!:

    Portland Parks and Recreation

    Summer Reading and Literacy:

    For most parents, it's a huge challenge to keep kids reading and writing all summer. Suddenly 10 weeks of summer can feel like a very long time! Here are a few ideas to help make this summer full of fun, creativity and learning!

    1. Make reading a daily routine. Encourage your child to spend at least 15-30 minutes reading or exploring the pages on their own.
    2. Take your child to the library and check out a book. Make sure to enroll your child in the Summer Reading Program if you haven’t already. More information here: https://multcolib.org/summer-reading
    3. As a parent or caregiver, set a good example. Instead of watching TV, pick up a book—encourage your child to do the same.
    4. Allow your child to read about topics that interest them. When your children are excited about reading, they are more likely to do it!
    5. Listen to books on tape or learning programs in the car.
    6. Play games in the car. Ask your child to find the alphabet with the letters they see on signs and license plates.
    7. Start a summer “book club” for your child and their friends. Let them talk about the favorite books they are reading. PTO Today: Start a Parent-Child Book Club
    8. Writing is also important for your child’s reading skills. Encourage your child to practice writing. A great way is have them keep a travel journal, collect postcards and write about their summer travels.

    Successful Schools Framework Surveys – a message from PPS:
    The Successful Schools Survey provides insight from more than 26,000 participants, including students (from grades 5, 7 and 10), families, staff, and teachers.  This is the highest participation rate in the history of the district. The results will be made available to the public on May 30th and used by school sites and district leadership to inform our work that directly supports the improvement of students’ school experiences, as well as at the district level to support system-wide priorities. Schools cannot do this work alone; the district is committed to providing robust supports, resources, and services to help our schools achieve our desired targets. Some of the results may look concerning, but this year’s responses are baseline data and the feedback from families, students and staff offers all of us an opportunity for growth. We believe in transparency and want to dig deeper into how we can continue to move our schools forward in a collaborative way with our staff, students, and community. In addition to our areas of growth, we will also honor what is going well and will highlight our school’s areas of strengths.  We have cause for celebration and it is highly important we celebrate all of the great things that are constantly taking place in our school, and especially in our classrooms. The survey will be conducted annually and will be administered again in 2019-20.  This helps us to continue to be a learning organization; one that is strengthened by student, staff and family input.


    Message from Nutrition Services:
    MEAL PRICES AND MEAL ACCOUNTS 2019-20

    For the 2019-20 school year, breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same as this year.   All account balances, both positive and negative carry over or remain year to year for every student. Families may contact the department for information and account transaction reports.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services     
    x63276      
    wellersi@pps.net

     




     Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    May 22, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    TOMORROW, Thursday, May 23rd: PTA After School Social
    Monday, May 27th: Holiday – Schools Closed
    May 27th-May 31st: Last week for Library Classes
    Wednesday, May 29th: Volunteer Breakfast @ 8am
    Thursday, May 30th: Spring Music Concert @ 6:30pm
    Friday, May 31st: ALL Library Books are Due
    June 3-7: Scholastic Book Fair (details to come)
    Tuesday, June 4th: Field Day (wear your Lewis t-shirt!)
    Tuesday, June 4th from 5-7pm: PTA End-of-Year Picnic (see below for details)
    Friday, June 7th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, June 12th: 5th grade Promotion @ 1:30
    Wednesday, June 12th: Last Day of School


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    As we wind down the school year, we are engaging in many levels of planning conversations for next year. I want to keep you apprised of some of these conversations as they progress.
    As you know, our school and PTA jointly funded the Playworks Team Up program at Lewis this year. The Playworks program—led by Coach Ruby—has helped to set up structures and systems to support safer and more inclusive recess at Lewis. We have decided not to continue paying for direct Playworks support next year. Instead, Mr. DeMonte and Ms. Sundberg will take the lead on helping the staff maintain some Playworks structures next year—in particular, the 4th-5th grade Junior Coach Program and the core games and stations that students have learned this year.
    This week, we are also working on a first draft of class lists for the 2019-20 school year. Please know that staff put a tremendous amount of thought, care, and time into the process of creating balanced class lists.
    While we do not incorporate parent requests/preferences into this process, you can trust that educators who have come to know your child well will make every effort to ensure that your child is placed in his/her most supportive possible learning environment for the coming year.
    As always, you will receive your class assignments in August.  In the coming weeks, we will be continuing to nail down schedules and other program plans for the fall. As these things take shape, I will keep you in the loop via the newsletter and the June Coffee Talk (June 5th).
    As always, feel free to contact me directly with specific questions or concerns.

     

    PTA After School Social:
    Please join us right after school on the playground for popsicles and play right after school TOMORROW, Thursday May 23rd, courtesy of the Lewis PTA!



    PTA End-of-Year Picnic:
    We are celebrating another great year with our annual End-of-the-Year Picnic on Tuesday, June 4th from 5-7pm.

    This year we are broadening our fun with some carnival games, face-painters, Balloon Guy Randy, music from Boomin’ Beats, some organized activities, food vendors and more!

    Bring your own picnic or purchase something from our local food vendors.  We will have BBQ by Michael, Café De Crepe, and Canby Asparagus Farm joining us.

    All activities, and fresh watermelon, are free of charge; food will be available for purchase.

    As always, we cannot do this without the help of our fantastic volunteers! 
    Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-ptaendoftheyear or outside the office door.

    Questions? Want to help organize and make final plans??
    Contact Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360

    Field Day Tuesday, June 4th:
    Another Lewis tradition is our Field Day, a fun-filled end of the year event that involves fun outside activities for our students, staff and volunteers!

    We will have 2 sessions this year:  
    Grades K-2 will be in the morning from 10:00-11:20
    Grades 3-5 (including Ms. Canales' class, Room 16): 1:00 - 2:20

    We need your help with running the different stations. 
    Please click here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-2019
     

    A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!
    We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from June 3rd to June 7th and many classes will have a chance to visit the fair during school during that week to create a wish list. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to find books they really love. And, we know kids read more books when they get to choose their own, and the more kids read, the more their reading skills improve.

    We would also love for you to be a part of our Book Fair Family Event. It’s taking place on June 4th from 5-7 PM during the PTA End-of-Year Picnic. You can shop for books for your entire family! And, if you can’t make it, you can also visit the Online Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/lewiselementaryschool15

    The Online Fair:

    • Includes an expanded selection of books for all ages — from preschoolers to adults
    • Offers FREE shipping to our school on all orders
    • Allows you to shop by reading level, grade, and price
    • Provides a chance for you and your child to create and send wish lists to friends and family so they can shop at our school’s Online Fair
    • Is open for an extended time, giving you more days to shop

    All purchases at the Book Fair and Online Book Fair benefit our school.

    Thank you for helping get more kids reading, and kids reading more. 

    We need volunteers to help staff, stock and assist with sales.  To sign up, please follow this link:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-20191


    5th Grade Parents:
    The Sellwood Middle school PTA has reached out to Lewis parents, inviting our involvement. They are still seeking board members for next year with co-president and treasurer open. If you are interested please contact Libby Van Vleet: klvv@comcast.net or Kristine Thayer: kristinethayer@hotmail.com.

    Grades 3-4 Testing Schedule:  Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher
    April 22 – 26                  Grade 4              MAPS testing
    TBD                               Grade 3              MAPS testing
    May 13-17                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, ELA testing (CAT and PT)
    May 22-24                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (CAT) 
    May 29-31                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (PT)
    June 3-7                        All Grades           SBAC make-up if necessary


    Message from Nutrition Services:
    MEAL PRICES AND MEAL ACCOUNTS 2019-20

    For the 2019-20 school year, breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same as this year.   All account balances, both positive and negative carry over or remain year to year for every student. Families may contact the department for information and account transaction reports.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services     
    x63276      
    wellersi@pps.net





    Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter
    May 15, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:

    TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 15th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    TONIGHT May 15th & TOMORROW 16th: LDO at Pizza Roma…flyer (check your child’s backpack!) MUST be presented to cashier
    Monday, May 20th: Lewis Foundation Meeting @ 6pm
    Monday, May 27th: Holiday – Schools Closed
    Wednesday, May 29th: Volunteer Breakfast @ 8am
    Thursday, May 30th: Spring Music Concert @ 6:30pm
    Tuesday, June 4th: Field Day (wear your Lewis t-shirt!)
    Tuesday, June 4th from 5-7pm: PTA End-of-Year Picnic
    Friday, June 7th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, June 12th: 5th grade Promotion @ 1:30
    Wednesday, June 12th: Last Day of School


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I want to start by offering a huge appreciation to this year’s Reading Squad—9 Lewis parents who dedicated a tremendous amount of time to supporting students with ongoing reading intervention this year. The positive impact of their work can be seen in our Lexia data. The Squad will be recruiting new members for next year—if you have the time, this is a great way to get involved at Lewis!
    I also want to share the news that Lewis will be opening a new Communication Behavior (CB) classroom next year (like Mr. Post’s classroom, but for K-2 students). The district has determined a need for more CB classrooms in SE Portland and designated Lewis as a host site. The addition of this classroom will allow students with disabilities in our community to have a full continuum of support from kindergarten through grade 5. The new classroom will be located in Room 12 (currently our Sensory Lab) and we will be relocating the Sensory Lab to an alternate space in the building. The new classroom will be staffed by a SpEd teacher and three paraprofessionals — trained to meet the needs of students assigned to the CB program.


    PTA Meeting:
    Wednesday the 15th at 6:30. This is the last PTA meeting of the year! We will be electing a new board for next year and approving next years budget. Please join in weighing in on these important decisions! There will also be a guest speaker, Scott Cohen, from Portland Bureau of Transportation seeking input on bike lane safety along 45th.

    If you missed the April meeting and are interested in learning about what was covered here is a google docs link: April PTA meeting.


    Lewis Foundation - Board vote
    Our May 20th meeting will include voting in the 2019-20 board. Board positions are open to all members of the Lewis community, and all community members can participate in voting. To learn more about the board positions, please go here--http://bit.ly/LEF_boardroles

    Funds raised through the foundation this year have been earmarked for a much needed 1/2-time educational assistant for next year. Join the board and help continue the efforts of filling the funding gap for staffing. It's a great way to make a positive impact in our community.


    Lewis Dines Out at Pizza Roma TODAY & Tomorrow, May 15th & 16th:
    LDO at Pizza Roma!   Pizza Roma is donating 20% of ALL sales from BOTH days!  Tell your friends!!

    A flyer (coming home today) MUST be presented to the cashier for us to benefit from this great event.

    Stop by and support Lewis and a great community partner.  Get a whole pie, pizza by the slice or other tasty items form their menu.  Dine-in & take-out.

    Proceeds from LDO events go toward the Teacher Classroom Project funds…teachers are doing some great things with the project, including Jackson Pollock style art supplies, book collections focused on empathy, card making supplies for Mercy Corps, class quilt making, audio books with listening devices and more!!


    5th Grade Parents:
    The Sellwood Middle school PTA has reached out to Lewis parents, inviting our involvement. They are still seeking board members for next year with co-president and treasurer open. If you are interested please contact Libby Van Vleet: klvv@comcast.net or Kristine Thayer: kristinethayer@hotmail.com.


    Principal Hiring Process:

    For those of you that missed the meeting and would like to know the process, here is a PDF of the process:
    https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A529a032a-6716-48b1-a9c5-b20531a1025b

    Thank you very much for your advocacy for Lewis and your interest in selecting the new principal. We are grateful to have so many parents that were willing to participate on our interview panel.  We try to select a representative group based on the information volunteers provided on the Google form.

    Again, thank you for engaging in this important process.

    Here are the participants selected to sit on the panel:
    Micah Chu

    Emily Hebbron

    Amber Ziring

    Sarah Porter

    Tracy Giordano

    Sarah Kohn       

    Angela Wood      

    Scott Demonte 

    Jennifer Meyer  

    Kristie Lindholm
    Senior Director
    Office of School Performance
    Portland Public Schools


    Grades 3-4 Testing Schedule:  Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher
    April 22 – 26                  Grade 4              MAPS testing
    TBD                               Grade 3              MAPS testing
    May 13-17                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, ELA testing (CAT and PT)
    May 22-24                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (CAT) 
    May 29-31                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (PT)
    June 3-7                        All Grades           SBAC make-up if necessary


    Message from Nutrition Services:

    MEAL PRICES AND MEAL ACCOUNTS 2019-20
    For the 2019-20 school year, breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same as this year.   All account balances,
    both positive and negative carry over or remain year to year for every student. Families may contact the
    department for information and account transaction reports.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services     
    x63276      
    wellersi@pps.net

     





    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    May 1, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:

    Thursday, May 2nd: 30th Annual Lewis Art Night @ 6pm
    Friday, May 3rd: Walk + Roll
    Monday, May 6th: Lewis Community Meeting @ 6pm
    Tuesday, May 7th: Spirit Day – Lewis t-shirt day
    Wednesday, May 8th: School Closed – No school for students
    Wednesday, May 15th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    May 15th & 16th: LDO at Pizza Roma…flyer (coming soon) MUST be given to cashier
    Monday, May 20th: Lewis Foundation Meeting @ 6pm
    Monday, May 27th: Holiday – Schools Closed
    Wednesday, May 29th: Volunteer Breakfast @ 8am
    Thursday, May 30th: Spring Music Concert @ 6:30pm


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    This week is all about preparations for Lewis’s 30th Annual Art Night!! Pieces are being finalized and mounted, displays are being hung, and docents are being prepared. We hope that you’re all planning to join us on Thursday night at 6:00 pm!

    Art Night is TOMORROW!
    Lewis School’s 30th Annual Art Night is right around the corner.
    Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm

    Lewis has been transformed into a gallery of student artwork, with our students themselves standing as your personal art docents to the amazing work we have done!

    Our musical performances are as follows:
    6:00 5th Grade Band                                 
    6:30 3rd Grade Recorder Club                 
    7:00 Boomin' Beats

    Part of the Lewis Art Night tradition is our Paint Brush Café`, where you can purchase a slice of a gourmet dessert and sit down to enjoy music performances from our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

    We need your help to make this happen!
    We need donations of store bought, gourmet desserts (these will not be needed till the day of Art Night), and we need volunteers to run the Café’. 

    Time slots are quick and easy 30 minute increments so you will still have plenty of time to stroll the halls, take in all of our amazing art presented by our student docents, and listen to the music performances.

    Proceeds from the Paint Brush Café` support our art program.

    Here’s the link to our Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a time slot:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-paint
             Questions?  Please contact Tracy in the school office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net


    Community Potluck and Conversation is next Monday, May 6th

    Please join other Lewis parents in the cafeteria from 6-8pm on Monday, May 6th, for a forward-looking conversation focused on what we love about Lewis, where we see opportunities for change, and what we can commit to as parents within the greater school community. Bring a dish to share for the potluck. Free childcare is available. Please RSVP via this link no later than Friday, May 3rd, so that we can make sure to have enough space and childcare providers: https://forms.gle/1JnFwmLixFha3mho8 More details about the event are available on the PTA and Foundation Facebook pages.

     

    Final Day to Order a Signed Copy of Danger Gang is Friday, May 3rd

    Lewis is excited to welcome novelist, adventurer, teacher, and storyteller Stephen Bramucci to our school on May 20th to give a presentation for students in grades 3-5 (including the 2/3 class). Steve's two children's novels, Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! ($7.99) and Danger Gang and the Isle of Feral Beasts! ($16.99) are available for purchase in advance of the presentation and Steve will sign and personalize each book purchased on or before May 3rd. Books may also be available for purchase on the day of the event and will be signed, but autographs will not be personalized.   Students in ALL grades are invited to purchase books to be signed and personalized by May 3rd. 

     

    Please email our Librarian, Lisa Tegethoff: ltegethoff@pps.net for details on ordering.


    Lunch Menu Change For Tuesday, May 7
    :

    Due to the change in schedule with May 8, the menus district-wide will be changed.  Instead of chicken tacos on the
    K-8 menus and oven roasted chicken thigh with mashed potatoes for the high schools, we will be serving, for all grades, the rotini pasta with marinara topped with mozzarella and served with a side of roasted zucchini.

     

    Grades 3-4 Testing Schedule:  Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher
    April 22 – 26               Grade 4                    MAPS testing
    TBD                              Grade 3                    MAPS testing
    May 13-17                   Grades 3&4              SBAC, ELA testing (CAT and PT)
    May 22-24                   Grades 3&4              SBAC, Math (CAT) 
    May 29-31                   Grades 3&4              SBAC, Math (PT)
    June 3-7                      All Grades                 SBAC make-up if necessary


    Join the Lewis PTA Board for 2019-2020!

    We are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors. From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all of the kids at Lewis! The nomination window will open at our April PTA meeting and we will vote on the new Board in May. To learn more about what the Board positions entail, please visit our website: https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership  All positions are open to those who are interested.  If you have questions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please email lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com or come to our April meeting.


    Dear Lewis Staff and Community,

    Lewis K-5 will have a new principal next year. We want to invite staff and parents to attend a Community Meeting to understand the process for selection of next year’s principal and to get your ideas and input; they are important!

    Community Meeting for Selection of Next Year’s Principal:
    Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Lewis School Cafeteria

    The community meeting is one of the first steps taken in our principal hiring process. Keeley Simpson, Area Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Kristie Lindholm, Area Senior Director, will come to your school and meet with school staff and parents. The purpose of the meeting is to hear what you think is special about your school. We want to know about your programs, demographics, parent involvement, special projects, etc., and about the type of person you would like to have as your Principal. This information helps us select candidates that have qualifications that support those elements.
    At the meeting we will also take time to explain the full hiring process.

    Important PPS Message– Revised Last Day of School:

    Last month, we shared with you in a message that the Oregon Education Association designated May 8 as a statewide “Day of Action.” From our communications with Portland Association of Teachers and our principals, we now have an estimate of how many teachers intend to be absent on that date in order to advocate for full funding of K-12 public schools. We have a clear indication that the number of teacher absences will exceed our ability to safely open and operate our schools.
    Because student safety is our highest priority, all PPS schools will be closed on May 8, 2019
    A few exceptions will apply: 

    • Outdoor School will remain open and uninterrupted the entire week of May 6-10.
    • Night classes will continue as regularly scheduled on May 8.
    • Previously scheduled A.P. and I.B. testing will continue as planned on May 8.
    • YMCA for Lewis students will be held at Llewellyn for package 1 families only

    To make up the instructional hours lost on May 8, the last day of school for PPS students will now be June 12. We will need to utilize the third and final designated makeup day identified on the 2018-19 district calendar.   We (Lewis School) will hold our 5th grade Promotion Ceremony on June 12th.


    Cinco de Sellwood: a Run/Walk for Education!

    Saturday May 5th 2019- Sellwood Middle School Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Education. All proceeds benefit the SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION which raises funds to support the amazing Elective Programs at Sellwood Middle School. 

    Register or donate: https://sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org/

    Contact Lemmy Cooper with questions at lemmy.cooper@gmail.com






    Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter
    April 24, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Monday, April 29th: Spring Picture Day & All School Picture
    Wednesday, May 1st: Coffee Talk w/ Emily @ 8:45
    Wednesday, May 1st: Plant Sale order pick-up from 3-5pm

    Thursday, May 2nd: 30th Annual Lewis Art Night @ 6pm
    Friday, May 3rd: Walk + Roll
    Tuesday, May 7th: Spirit Day – Lewis t-shirt day
    Wednesday, May 8th: School Closed – No school for students
    Wednesday, May 15th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    May 15th & 16th: LDO at Pizza Roma…flyer MUST be presented to cashier


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    First and foremost, I hope you’ll join me this week in giving extra love and appreciation to Tracy and Kathleen in honor of Secretary Appreciation Day. As you all know, these two women keep us running—always with patience, grace, and a smile. I’m also excited to announce that we have finalized a hire for our ½ time Learning Center position for the fall. We will be welcoming Alana (Rene) Barnhardt to the position. Ms. Barnhardt has a great deal of experience teaching both special education and general education—she will work at both Lewis and Grout next year. As for what’s happening in classrooms this week—I would say it’s an “art-y” week at Lewis. Since we’re just over a week away from the big night, students are putting finishing touches on their Art Night pieces and our 3rd-5th grade students have begun their Tai Ko drumming residency. If you haven’t already, ask them how it’s going!

    IMPORTANT PPS MESSAGE– REVISED LAST DAY OF SCHOOL:
    Last month, we shared with you in a message that the Oregon Education Association designated May 8 as a statewide “Day of Action.” From our communications with Portland Association of Teachers and our principals, we now have an estimate of how many teachers intend to be absent on that date in order to advocate for full funding of K-12 public schools. We have a clear indication that the number of teacher absences will exceed our ability to safely open and operate our schools.
    Because student safety is our highest priority, all PPS schools will be closed on May 8, 2019

    A few exceptions will apply: 

    • Outdoor School will remain open and uninterrupted the entire week of May 6-10.
    • Night classes will continue as regularly scheduled on May 8.
    • Previously scheduled A.P. and I.B. testing will continue as planned on May 8.
    • YMCA for Lewis students will be held at Llewellyn for package 1 families only

    To make up the instructional hours lost on May 8, the last day of school for PPS students will now be June 12. We will need to utilize the third and final designated makeup day identified on the 2018-19 district calendar. 
    We (Lewis School) will hold our 5th grade Promotion Ceremony on June 12th.

    Art Night

    Lewis School’s 30th Annual Art Night is right around the corner.
    Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm

    Lewis is transformed into a gallery of student art work, with our students themselves standing as your personal art docent to the amazing work we have done!

    Our musical performances are as follows:
    6:00 5th Grade Band                     
    6:30 3rd Grade Recorder Club               
    7:00 Boomin* Beats

    Part of the Lewis Art Night tradition is our Paint Brush Café`, where you can purchase a slice of a gourmet dessert and sit down to enjoy music performances from our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

    We need your help to make this happen!
    We need donations of store bought, gourmet desserts (these will not be needed till the day of Art Night), and we need volunteers to run the Café’. 

    Time slots are quick and easy 30 minute increments so you will still have plenty of time to stroll the halls, take in all of our amazing art presented by our student docents, and listen to the music performances.
    Proceeds from the Paint Brush Café` support our art program.
    Here’s the link to our Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a time slot:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-paint

    Questions?  Please contact Tracy in the school office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net


    Lunch Menu Change For Tuesday, May 7:
    Due to the change in schedule with May 8, the menus district-wide will be changed.  Instead of chicken tacos on the K-8 menus and oven roasted chicken thigh with mashed potatoes for the high schools, we will be serving, for all grades, the rotini pasta with marinara topped with mozzarella and served with a side of roasted zucchini.

    Grades 3-4 Testing Schedule:  Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher
    April 22 – 26                  Grade 4               MAPS testing
    TBD                               Grade 3               MAPS testing
    May 13-17                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, ELA testing (CAT and PT)
    May 22-24                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (CAT) 
    May 29-31                     Grades 3&4         SBAC, Math (PT)
    June 3-7                        All Grades           SBAC make-up if necessary


    Join the Lewis PTA Board for 2019-2020!
    We are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors. From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all of the kids at Lewis! The nomination window will open at our April PTA meeting and we will vote on the new Board in May. To learn more about what the Board positions entail, please visit our website: https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership  All positions are open to those who are interested. If you have questions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please email lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com or come to our April meeting.


    Parent Community Meeting
    All Lewis parents are invited to come together for an evening of community building. Bring a dish to share for a potluck and join us in a conversation guided by professional facilitators.

    Date & Time: Monday, May 6, 6-8pm
    Location:       Lewis Cafeteria

    We acknowledge that a lot has happened in the last three years. As we face another principal transition it feels important to come together as a cohesive community. This will be an opportunity to discuss ideas for moving forward, keeping a focus on what we care about most, our kids.

    What do you love about Lewis? Where do you see opportunities for change? What can we commit to as parents within the greater school community? Share your perspective!

    While Portland Public Schools Administration is supportive of this meeting, nobody from PPS will be in attendance. This is a space exclusively for parents to talk to one another about what we can do to create a positive future for our community.

    Please RSVP using this form so we can ensure we  have enough seating for adults and childcare providers for children. Childcare will be provided free of charge.

    If you aren’t able to join us and would like to provide feedback, please submit this form.

    Feel free to contact us with any questions--

    Claire Giesige - clairestar.g@gmail.com
    Ellen Kotler - ellen.yerkes@gmail.com
    Kendyl Watts - kendylann3@yahoo.com
    Sarah Porter - slydiamcd@gmail.com

    Who are we? Claire and Kendyl are the PTA Co-Presidents, and Ellen and Sarah are the Lewis Foundation Co-Chairs. Between the four of us we’re parents of an incoming kindergartener, two first-graders, three second graders, one fourth grader, and two fifth-graders.


    Cinco de Sellwood: a Run/Walk for Education!
    Saturday May 5th 2019- Sellwood Middle School Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Education. All proceeds benefit the SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION which raises funds to support the amazing Elective Programs at Sellwood Middle School. 

    Register or donate: https://sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org/

    Contact Lemmy Cooper with questions at lemmy.cooper@gmail.com
     

    Lewis Foundation Fundraiser: Sips and Stones Jewelry
    Local jewelry designer, Kimberly Stafford, has been delighting modern-day women with her beautiful jewelry for more than 15 years! Her collection, A Stone’s Throw is made in her NW Studio where she blends elegance with a little edge and pays close attention to the finest details. Kimberly only uses top-quality metals and stones, making her pieces timeless, gorgeous, and always a conversation-starter! 

    Not only are her pieces affordable, but Kimberly donates a portion of all her sales to various non-profits that support women and children. She will be donating 10% of Saturday’s sales to Lewis Elementary Foundation! Please stop by to enjoy a glass of wine, get yourself a little something special, and support a local artist and Lewis Elementary! Hope to see you!

    Contact Julie Glasser for more information: 503-753-3641 or jglasser9@gmail.com

    Dear Families,  I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely Spring!  Below, please see some updated information and resources from the April Counselors’ Corner.
    Lewis Social-Emotional Learning [SEL] Leadership Team:

    Last month, a team of Lewis team members attended a professional development on social-emotional learning.  We will be looking at SEL at Lewis for next year. Team members include: Pamela Kennedy, Sarah Kohn, Emily Glasgow, and myself.  We will keep the Lewis community posted on next steps in this process.

    • Small Groups:  Friendship and Social Skills groups are still in progress, and a few are being re-constructed.  Groups will be gradually culminating from next week through the first week of June, in order of their start dates.
    • CICO (Check & Connect, and Individual Supports):  Many students continue to receive individual supports, such as Check-In/Check-Out, Check & Connect, or student break plans.  If you have questions about individual supports, please feel free to contact me.
    • Attendance: Lewis is participating in the PPS attendance initiative, "Every Student, Every Day". Our goal is to decrease the number of students at our school who attend less than 90% of the time and thus are at risk of falling behind academically. During the third quarter of school, 79.3% of Lewis students had “good or acceptable” attendance. “Good or acceptable” attendance means missing no more than 2 days per month. This also means that we had 20.7% of students who were “chronically or severely” absent and were not here enough to participate fully with their classes. Please help us reach our attendance goal and help your child reach their dreams by making school attendance a priority for your family
    • Resource: For fun summer activities, day-camps, and lessons for all ages - Portland Parks and Recreation:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/



    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    April 17, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    NEW DATE! Wednesday, April 17th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    Friday, April 19th: Lewis Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day
    Monday, April 29th: Spring Picture Day & All School Picture Day

    Wednesday, May 1st: Coffee Talk w/ Emily @ 8:45
    Thursday, May 2nd: 30th Annual Lewis Art Night @ 6pm
    Friday, May 3rd: Walk + Roll


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and came out to support our very talented performers last week—the Talent Show was a packed house and a huge success! This week, we welcome Lynne Leake back to the building as a long-term sub in 5th grade, covering Natalie Speer while she is out on maternity leave. Please join me in wishing Ms. Natalie a healthy and happy delivery. Also this week, we will have leadership from the Playworks organization at our PTA meeting to share data on Playwork’s impact at Lewis—if you’re interested in learning more about this topic, please attend the PTA meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

    PPS Message Regarding the Extended School Year:
    With hopes that inclement winter weather is done for this school year, we wanted to touch base with you regarding making up snow days. We thought it was important to share an update with you before Spring Break. 

    We have three makeup days (June 10-12) listed on the district calendar, days available to be used when needed. We will use two of those days to make up two snow days on June 10 and 11. Adding these two days at the end of the academic year enables us to restore instructional hours that were lost to weather in February.  

    Because of senior graduation schedules, we are working on a solution for high schools that restores mandatory instructional time--we will let high school students and families know what that plan is as soon as we have finalized it.

    In addition, we are monitoring what the Oregon Education Association has designated as a statewide “Day of Action” on May 8, as there could be staffing impacts that require us to close schools on that day. We expect at least some district teachers to be absent on May 8 to join the Day of Action in Salem. If projected absences reach a point where we cannot confidently offer a safe and meaningful instructional day to students, we will announce a district-wide closure for May 8 and make up that instructional day for grades PK-11 on June 12, with an alternate plan for seniors.

    In considering these decisions, we are making every attempt to keep the needs of students at the forefront. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

    Spring Picture Day & All School Photo:
    Monday, April 29th Dorian Studios will be here for our Spring Personality Photos and the All School Photo.  The Spring Personality Photos are different that the photos taken in the Fall.  There are fun, more casual poses and package options.  The All School Photo includes ALL Lewis students and staff, and will be available to purchase (a larger version of last years photo is on the wall by the front door of the school).

    Order forms are coming home today and should be brought back on Picture Day, April 29th.  Only students that have the Spring Portraits order form will have their picture taken and there will NOT be a picture make-up day.
    *Note, there is a separate order form for the All School Photo; it is not on the portrait order form.
        ***Please disregard the picture date on the order form, as we had to reschedule.

    Questions? Please contact Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360

    Lewis Foundation - Board vote
    Our May 20th meeting will include voting in the 2019-20 board. Board positions are open to all members of the Lewis community, and all community members can participate in voting. To learn more about the board positions, please see this document.

    Funds raised through the foundation this year have been earmarked for a much needed 1/2-time educational assistant for next year. Join the board and help continue the efforts of filling the funding gap for staffing. It's a great way to make a positive impact in our community.

    Grades 3-4 Testing Schedule:  Questions?  Contact your child’s teacher
    April 22 – 26          Grade 4                 MAPS testing
    TBD                       Grade 3                 MAPS testing
    May 13-17             Grades 3&4          SBAC, ELA testing (CAT and PT)
    May 22-24             Grades 3&4          SBAC, Math (CAT) 
    May 29-31             Grades 3&4          SBAC, Math (PT)
    June 3-7                All Grades             SBAC make-up if necessary

    Join the Lewis PTA Board for 2019-2020!
    We are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors. From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all of the kids at Lewis! The nomination window will open at our April PTA meeting and we will vote on the new Board in May. To learn more about what the Board positions entail, please visit our website: https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership  All positions are open to those who are interested. If you have questions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please email lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com or come to our April meeting.

    Reporting a Student Absence:
    Whenever possible, please call the Attendance Line (503-916-6366) by 9:00am to report when your child is absent.  This will allow us to excuse your child’s absence and prevent you receiving the AutoCall from the district.  Thank you!

    BottleDrop-Remember the blue bags!
    Our BottleDrop Team is picking up every Thursday morning!  You can drop off your filled blue bags inside the door Wednesday evenings (after school is out) at either the Glenwood or Evergreen doors.  Or hand your bags off to the team Thursday morning.  They are there every week!

    Author Stephen Bramucci to visit Lewis students
    Lewis is excited to welcome novelist, adventurer, teacher, and storyteller Stephen Bramucci to our school on May 20th to give a presentation for students in grades 3-5 (including the 2/3 class). Steve's first children's novel, Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo! was published in 2017 while his follow up novel, Danger Gang and the Isle of Feral Beasts! was published in 2018. Steve will be talking to our students about storytelling and sharing his insight on the writing process. Students are invited to purchase either of his books in advance of the presentation and Steve will sign and personalize each book purchased on or before May 3rd. Books may also be available for purchase on the day of the event and will be signed, but autographs will not be personalized.  Children in grades 3-5 and the 2/3 class will be bringing home order forms or you may use the order form attached to the newsletter. Students in ALL grades are invited to purchase books to be signed and personalized by May 3rd. 

    Please direct any questions you have to our Librarian, Lisa Tegethoff: ltegethoff@pps.net

    2019-2020 PPS Calendar:
    The school board has approved (but it is subject to change) and published the 2019-2020 District Calendar.

    Here are some of the more important dates for the year:

    August 28th: Grades 1-5 1st Day of School
    September 3rd: Kindergarten 1st Day of School
    November 25th-29th: No School (Conference Week & Thanksgiving Holiday)
    December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break
    March 23rd-27th: Spring Break
    June 5th: Last Day of School (all grades)

    To view the full calendar, follow this link: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/2019-20-School-District-Calendar.pdf

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/  Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.

    Traffic and Pedestrian Safety:
    Please be aware of students and families when you are driving through and around School Zones.  We have had numerous reports of drivers exceeding the speed limit, parking facing the wrong direction, not slowing at cross walks and not being observant around our school.  We have student crossing guards to help with crossings on Evergreen & 44th, Evergreen & 45th and on Glenwood & 44th.   Please stay alert, be observant of the speed limit and the crosswalks and please, be mindful of our students and families.  Accidents can be prevented with just a little care and caution.  And please no idling!  Thank you

    Playground After School:
    We do not have staffing to provide playground supervision before or after school. We ask for your help to keep our students safe.  Student MUST have an adult on the playground with them that is responsible for them if they are staying to play after school.

    We ask parent to please be aware of what your children are doing on the playground before and after school.  The far baseball diamond should remain off-limits.  Children should not be climbing on it or the fence surrounding it.  It does have a slippery surface and we have had a serious injury from a student slipping off it.

    We ask that you help protect our trees and not allow your children to climb on them.   And please remember that even though dogs are cute and well loved, not everyone likes them and some children are afraid of them.  ALL dogs should be on a leash at all times on school property, and please clean up after your pet.  Thank you for your help and cooperation

    Renew Your Chinook Book App Anytime!!!
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx
                 Lewis receives 50% of the sales from both the book and the app.

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow the link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser.     Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    April 3, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Friday, April 5th: Walk + Roll
    Friday, April 5th: Family Movie Night
    Monday, April 8th: No School for Students/Planning Day

    Friday, April 12th: Talent Show @ 6:30pm
    Monday, April 15th: LDO @ Hopworks
    Monday, April 15th: Lewis Foundation Meeting @ 6pm

    NEW DATE! Wednesday, April 17th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s April is here. The play is behind us, kids of all ages are busily preparing for the Talent Show, and conversations about Art Night are underway (May 2nd—if not already on your calendar). Our K-2nd grade students are wrapping up their Body Vox creative movement residency and our 3rd-5th grade students are getting ready to start their Tai Ko drumming classes. This week marks the end of our 3rd quarter. Teachers will be working on report cards next week and you should be receiving them at home by April 15th. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s report card, please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with his/her teacher. We want to make sure that we are well-connected and ready for a strong and successful push through the final quarter of the year!

    PPS Message Regarding the Extended School Year:
    With hopes that inclement winter weather is done for this school year, we wanted to touch base with you regarding making up snow days. We thought it was important to share an update with you before Spring Break. 

    We have three makeup days (June 10-12) listed on the district calendar, days available to be used when needed. We will use two of those days to make up two snow days on June 10 and 11. Adding these two days at the end of the academic year enables us to restore instructional hours that were lost to weather in February.  

    Because of senior graduation schedules, we are working on a solution for high schools that restores mandatory instructional time--we will let high school students and families know what that plan is as soon as we have finalized it.

    In addition, we are monitoring what the Oregon Education Association has designated as a statewide “Day of Action” on May 8, as there could be staffing impacts that require us to close schools on that day. We expect at least some district teachers to be absent on May 8 to join the Day of Action in Salem. If projected absences reach a point where we cannot confidently offer a safe and meaningful instructional day to students, we will announce a district-wide closure for May 8 and make up that instructional day for grades PK-11 on June 12, with an alternate plan for seniors.

    In considering these decisions, we are making every attempt to keep the needs of students at the forefront. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

    Reporting a Student Absence:
    Whenever possible, please call the Attendance Line (503-916-6366) by 9:00am to report when your child is absent.  This will allow us to excuse your child’s absence and prevent you receiving the AutoCall from the district.  Thank you!

    30th ANNUAL LEWIS TALENT SHOW is coming soon!
    The Lewis Talent Show is a fabulous event that is enjoyed by all!  Join us on Friday, April 12th from 6:30-8:00 in the school cafeteria.  Lewis students have been busy practicing and refining their amazing talents and are ready to perform them for the Lewis Community.  Please come out to support our local talent!  

    Our Spring Plant Sale is Coming! 
    Our annual plant sale fundraiser is coming up, and you will have the opportunity to buy plants for your garden while raising money for Lewis.  Order forms went home March 20th and are due TODAY, with payment attached (cash or checks made out to Lewis PTA).  Our plant delivery date is set at May 1.   
    All proceeds benefit our Lewis Garden and our General PTA Fund.

    Movie Night this Friday!
    This Friday, April 5th, the PTA is hosting a movie night in the cafeteria. Pizza, carrots, cookies and drinks will be available for purchase in the kitchen. After facing multiple challenges at our last movie night, we are not planning to provide popcorn this time so please "BYOP" if you so desire! What movie will we be watching?! That is an excellent question! Follow this link to vote before midnight tonight: https://forms.gle/KayeRdqS6id2Xz2RA  We will announce the winning film on our Facebook page and via posters at school tomorrow morning!

    Join the Lewis PTA Board for 2019-2020!
    We are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors. From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all of the kids at Lewis! The nomination window will open at our April PTA meeting and we will vote on the new Board in May. To learn more about what the Board positions entail, please visit our website: https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership  All positions are open to those who are interested. If you have questions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please email lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com or come to our April meeting.

    BottleDrop-Remember the blue bags!
    Our BottleDrop Team is picking up every Thursday morning!  You can drop off your filled blue bags inside the door Wednesday evenings (after school is out) at either the Glenwood or Evergreen doors.  Or hand your bags off to the team Thursday morning.  They are there every week!

    2019-2020 PPS Calendar:
    The school board has approved (but it is subject to change) and published the 2019-2020 District Calendar.

    Here are some of the more important dates for the year:

    August 28th: Grades 1-5 1st Day of School
    September 3rd: Kindergarten 1st Day of School
    November 25th-29th: No School (Conference Week & Thanksgiving Holiday)
    December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break
    March 23rd-27th: Spring Break
    June 5th: Last Day of School (all grades)

    To view the full calendar, follow this link:
    https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/2019-20-School-District-Calendar.pdf

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/  Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.

    Traffic and Pedestrian Safety:
    Please be aware of students and families when you are driving through and around School Zones.  We have had numerous reports of drivers exceeding the speed limit, parking facing the wrong direction, not slowing at cross walks and not being observant around our school.  We have student crossing guards to help with crossings on Evergreen & 44th, Evergreen & 45th and on Glenwood & 44th.   Please stay alert, be observant of the speed limit and the crosswalks and please, be mindful of our students and families.  Accidents can be prevented with just a little care and caution.  And please no idling!  Thank you

    Playground After School:
    We do not have staffing to provide playground supervision before or after school. We ask for your help to keep our students safe.  Student MUST have an adult on the playground with them that is responsible for them if they are staying to play after school.

    We ask parent to please be aware of what your children are doing on the playground before and after school.  The far baseball diamond should remain off-limits.  Children should not be climbing on it or the fence surrounding it.  It does have a slippery surface and we have had a serious injury from a student slipping off it.

    We ask that you help protect our trees and not allow your children to climb on them.   And please remember that even though dogs are cute and well loved, not everyone likes them and some children are afraid of them.  ALL dogs should be on a leash at all times on school property, and please clean up after your pet.  Thank you for your help and cooperation.

    Renew Your Chinook Book App Anytime!!!
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx
                 Lewis receives 50% of the sales from both the book and the app.

    • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow the link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.
    • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser.     Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

    Counselor’s Corner 
    Dear Families, Happy Spring! 
    You are receiving the March Counselor’s Corner in April, as I was ill for a bit of time in March.  Sorry for the delay!  I wanted to update you on a few things from the counseling office:

    • 5th grade visit to Sellwood:  Lewis 5th graders will be visiting Sellwood Middle School on April 26th.
    • Bullying Prevention - This month, 5th grades have been learning about Bullying: Recognizing, Reporting, and Refusing.  Upon return from Spring Break, we will dig deeper, by looking into Bystanders:  Power & Responsisibility.
    • Counselor Mobile Phone number:  I have recently had a change to to my mobile contact number.   My number has been switched to the following:  503-489-7174.
    • Resource:  Portland Parks and Recreation - has many great offerings for spring and summer classes/camps.  Schiolarships available!  Please take a look here.
    • Attendance: Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school. Students who have consistent attendance are more likely to have school success:
    1. They are much more likely to graduate from high school.
    2. High school graduates make, on average, a million dollars more than someone who does not complete high school, throughout their work life.
    3. Students with regular attendance, even in elementary school, are much more likely to graduate from high school.
    4. Students are learning important social and problem solving skills that they will use throughout their lives.

    Thanks and stayed tuned to hear from me again later this month!




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    March 13, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:

    Wednesday, March 13th @ 6:30 – PTA Meeting
    Thursday, March 14th: Talent Show Permission Slips Due
    March 14, 15 & 16: Drama Production (see below for more information)
    Monday, March 18th @ 6pm: Lewis Foundation Meeting
    Thursday, March 21st @ 3pm: Talent Show Auditions
    March 25-29: Spring Break


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I wanted to use this week’s message to talk about staffing—both to provide a quick update on staffing this year and to

    provide you with a little more detailed information about the budget and staffing picture for next year.

     

    First, I wanted to make you aware that we have had an unexpected shift in our custodial staffing. Monday of this week was Kim Messuri’s last day at Lewis and, yesterday, we welcomed Craig Beaumont as our new Senior Custodian. This was a staffing shift that was made by our Facilities Area Manager, Tim Carman. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Craig to the community.

     

    Looking forward, as I shared at last week’s Coffee Talk, our staffing for next year is looking very similar to our staffing for this year (with a few minor adjustments). Here are some highlights and details:

    • We will still have 15 general education classroom teachers next year (3-kindergarten; 3-1st grade; 2-2nd grade; 1-2nd/3rd grade blend; 2-3rd grade; 2-4th grade; 2-5th grade).
    • We will still have our 3rd-5th grade CB classroom with one teacher and three paraprofessionals.
    • We will still have 1.5 Learning Center teachers. We will also continue to have three paraprofessionals supporting our Learning Center.
    • We will still have full-time Music and half-time Media/Library (with a half-time assistant).
    • We will go up from 1.0 PE to 1.2 PE (which means that we will hire someone to do an extra day of PE instruction in addition to Mr. DeMonte’s full-time schedule).
    • We will still have 1.5 secretaries in the Main Office.
    • We will still have a full-time Counselor and a half-time Tech Smart coach.
    • We will no longer have the part-time support teacher position that has been filled by Mrs. Zimmerman.
    • We will be adding a .5 Educational Assistant position (thanks to the support of our new Foundation!!).

     

    At this point, I am anticipating that most teachers and staff members will be staying in their current grade-levels/roles. The only teacher vacancy I am anticipating is in 1st grade, as the wonderful Mrs. Logue will be retiring at the end of the year.

     

    I understand that many of you are concerned about the implications of this staffing on class size. As is the case all around the district, we are seeing increasingly large class sizes at Lewis. District officials have explained that this is the result of a $17 million budget gap. At Lewis, our K-1 class sizes are likely to remain small (approximately 22/class), our 2nd-3rd grade class sizes are likely to fall at about 28/class, and our 4th-5th grade class sizes will likely range between 28 and 33.

     

    As we discussed at last week’s Coffee Talk, parents are welcome to share their concerns about class size with both district and state officials. I also encourage our community to continue supporting our growing Foundation—as funds raised by this group can support staffing increases in future years.

     

    Please let me know if you have questions about the materials covered in this message. I will also be at the PTA meeting this Wednesday night at 6:30 pm if people would like to hear more information about next year’s staffing.

    Our Spring Sale is Coming! 
    Our annual plant sale fundraiser is coming up, and you will have the opportunity to buy plants for your garden while raising money for Lewis.  Order forms will be going home next week, and will be due the first week back in April.  Our plant delivery date is set at May 1. 
     

    Staff Appreciation Dessert Extravaganza - Thursday, March 21st

    There are many ways we say thank you to the amazing Lewis staff over the course of the year, but this is by far the most decadent.
    Please join the PTA in spoiling our staff with a day of delicious desserts! Treats can be dropped off in the office the morning of March 21st and we'll have your serving items clean and ready for pick-up that afternoon. Store-bought and homemade treats are both great; please include a list of ingredients for staff who may have specific dietary needs (we have vegetarians and GF folks on staff). Sign up online for an email reminder!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff5

    Lewis School Play - The Enchanted Bookshop:
    March 14 & 15 at 6:30pm, March 16 at 3pm

    Our 19th annual school play opens next week!  Please come support the fifty-six 4th and 5th grade students that have worked hard to create this year's offering for our community.  The link to purchase tickets is: https://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Lewis-School-Play-the-Enchanted-Bookshop/Mc62

     $5/Adults, $2/Students.  

    Seating is General Admission.  Rows of seats in the front will be reserved for students.  We ask that pre-schoolers sit with their adults.

    We wish for every student and family to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay -- If you need financial assistance for tickets please contact Tracy Giordano in the school office.

    Talent Show applications are due tomorrow!!

    Pick up your permission slip in the office. Slips should be turned in to the office. We must have slips returned to the office by tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th to get a spot to audition on Thursday, March 21st. All sessions are mandatory! The talent show can't happen without parent help, If you are able to help at rehearsals and night of, please contact Cyndi Redmond at credmond@pps.net, Jennifer Meyer at jmeyer1@pps.net, or Sheri Davis sdavis2@pps.net. Looking forward to seeing you next Thursday.


    2019-2020 PPS Calendar:

    The school board has approved (but it is subject to change) and published the 2019-2020 District Calendar.

    Here are some of the more important dates for the year:

    August 28th: Grades 1-5 1st Day of School
    September 3rd: Kindergarten 1st Day of School
    November 25th-29th: No School (Conference Week & Thanksgiving Holiday)
    December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break
    March 23rd-27th: Spring Break
    June 5th: Last Day of School (all grades)

    To view the full calendar, follow this link:
    https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/2019-20-School-District-Calendar.pdf

     

    BottleDrop-Remember the blue bags!
    Our BottleDrop Team is picking up every Thursday morning!  You can drop off your filled blue bags inside the door Wednesday evenings (after school is out) at either the Glenwood or Evergreen doors.  Or hand your bags off to the team Thursday morning.  They are there every week!

    21st Annual Sellwood Moreland St Patrick's Day parade and carnival!
    March 16 is the 21st Annual Sellwood Moreland St Patrick's Day parade and carnival! Family friendly parade starts at noon with bagpipes and the big fire engine, all are encouraged to wear lots of green and join in.
    The old fashioned carnival is open from 12:30 to 4:30 with a cake walk, face painter, balloons, and a variety of fun games. Food carts and beer garden will be open from noon to 5:00 with authentic Irish dancers and live music. https://www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/st-patricks-day for more information.

    Cleveland Varsity Basketball
    Head Coach, Dondrale Campbell and Assistant Varsity Coach, Jazmyn Foster are hosting a Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls during Spring Break!  Option to sign up for one, two or all 3 days of camp, March 25th-27th!  Complete Details and Registration here: https://www.cleveland-warriors.com/youth-camps


    Reporting a Student Absence:

    Whenever possible, please call the Attendance Line (503-916-6366) by 9:00am to report when your child is absent.  This will allow us to excuse your child’s absence and prevent you receiving the AutoCall from the district.  Thank you!


    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:

    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/  Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.


    Traffic and Pedestrian Safety:

    Please be aware of students and families when you are driving through and around School Zones.  We have had numerous reports of drivers exceeding the speed limit, parking facing the wrong direction, not slowing at cross walks and not being observant around our school.  We have student crossing guards to help with crossings on Evergreen & 44th, Evergreen & 45th and on Glenwood & 44th.   Please stay alert, be observant of the speed limit and the crosswalks and please, be mindful of our students and families.  Accidents can be prevented with just a little care and caution.  And please no idling!  Thank you


    Playground After School:

    We do not have staffing to provide playground supervision before or after school. We ask for your help to keep our students safe.  Student MUST have an adult on the playground with them that is responsible for them if they are staying to play after school.

     

    We ask parent to please be aware of what your children are doing on the playground before and after school.  The far baseball diamond should remain off-limits.  Children should not be climbing on it or the fence surrounding it.  It does have a slippery surface and we have had a serious injury from a student slipping off it.

    We ask that you help protect our trees and not allow your children to climb on them.   And please remember that even though dogs are cute and well loved, not everyone likes them and some children are afraid of them.  ALL dogs should be on a leash at all times on school property, and please clean up after your pet.  Thank you for your help and cooperation.                                                                                                

     




     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    March 6, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Tuesday, March 12th – LDO @ Reverend’s BBQ
    Wednesday, March 13th @ 6:30 – PTA Meeting
    Thursday, March 14th: Talent Show Permission Slips Due
    March 14, 15 & 16: Drama Production (see below for more information)
    Monday, March 18th @ 6pm: Lewis Foundation Meeting
    Thursday, March 21st @ 3pm: Talent Show Auditions

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Because this week is Classified Staff Appreciation this week, I want to start by asking you to join me in expressing gratitude for the invaluable work that our classified staff do at Lewis every day: Tracy, Kathleen, Christine, Angie, Steve, Angela, Laurie, Abby, and Tori! When you see these folks this week, please offer an additional hug, handshake, or thank you—we couldn’t do what we do without them!!
    I also want to take a moment to remind you of the importance of on-time attendance. I had two student Principals for a Day on Monday (Principal Matthew and Principal Sadie) and one of their biggest observations was, “Wow—there are a lot of kids who come late!”
    Lastly, thank you to everyone who attended this week’s Coffee Talk to learn more about staffing and class size for next year. I will also share detailed information on these topics at next week’s PTA meeting (March 13 @ 6:30 pm) and in next week’s newsletter.

    2019-2020 PPS Calendar:
    The school board has approved (but it is subject to change) and published the 2019-2020 District Calendar.

    Here are some of the more important dates for the year:

    August 28th: Grades 1-5 1st Day of School
    September 3rd: Kindergarten 1st Day of School
    November 25th-29th: No School (Conference Week & Thanksgiving Holiday)
    December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break
    March 23rd-27th: Spring Break
    June 5th: Last Day of School (all grades)

    To view the full calendar, follow this link: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/2019-20-School-District-Calendar.pdf


    OBOB-Congratulations to the Flying Foxes

    The Lewis OBOB team “The Flying Foxes” went to regionals over the weekend and did great! They made it through the morning competition to compete in the sweet 16 round and were eliminated with a close score and a great game.  Nice job!!!  Thank you to the coaches and families for your support!

    Reporting a Student Absence:
    Whenever possible, please call the Attendance Line (503-916-6366) by 9:00am to report when your child is absent.  This will allow us to excuse your child’s absence and prevent you receiving the AutoCall from the district.  Thank you!

    BottleDrop-Remember the blue bags!
    Our BottleDrop Team is picking up every Thursday morning!  You can drop off your filled blue bags inside the door Wednesday evenings (after school is out) at either the Glenwood or Evergreen doors.  Or hand your bags off to the team Thursday morning.  They are there every week!


    Lewis School Play - The Enchanted Bookshop - March 14 & 15 at 6:30pm, March 16 at 3pm

    Our 19th annual school play opens next week!  Please come support the fifty-six 4th and 5th grade students that have worked hard to create this year's offering for our community.  The link to purchase tickets is: https://pps.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Lewis-School-Play-the-Enchanted-Bookshop/Mc62

     $5/Adults, $2/Students.  

    Seating is General Admission.  Rows of seats in the front will be reserved for students.  We ask that pre-schoolers sit with their adults.

    We wish for every student and family to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay -- If you need financial assistance for tickets please contact Tracy Giordano in the school office.

    Calling all Lewis talent! The Talent Show is coming!!
    Pick up your permission slip in the office and get it turned in by next Thursday, March 14th! Slips should be turned in at the office. Auditions will be on Thursday, March 21st. All sessions are mandatory! The talent show can't happen without parent help. If you are able to help at rehearsals and night of, please contact Cyndi Redmond at credmond@pps.net, Jennifer Meyer at jmeyer1@pps.net, or Sheri Davis sdavis2@pps.net. Looking forward to seeing the talent!

    21st Annual Sellwood Moreland St Patrick's Day parade and carnival!
    March 16 is the 21st Annual Sellwood Moreland St Patrick's Day parade and carnival! Family friendly parade starts at noon with bagpipes and the big fire engine, all are encouraged to wear lots of green and join in.
    The old fashioned carnival is open from 12:30 to 4:30 with a cake walk, face painter, balloons, and a variety of fun games. Food carts and beer garden will be open from noon to 5:00 with authentic Irish dancers and live music. https://www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/st-patricks-day for more information.

    Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance:
    Thank you to the fantastic Lonesome Teacher Trio for another great event!  This is another one of our favorite events of the year, and we couldn’t do it without these great musicians who donate their time and talent.  We also very much appreciate the PTA for their support.  Proceeds from this dance helps to pay for the 5th grade Outdoor School transportation.  Thank you for your continued support!

    Three FREE ways to raise funds for Lewis Elementary PTA
    We have three very quick and easy ways to raise funds for our PTA.  They take just a couple of minutes to set up and cost you nothing.  See the flyer coming home today for additional information

    • Link your Amazon Smile account up with Lewis Elementary PTA (make sure it is Portland, OR) to ensure donations go to Lewis. Then when you shop Amazon, go to www.smile.amazon.com and Lewis will benefit.
    • Box Tops for Education™ - Collect box tops from items you purchase every day and drop them off in the school office
    • The Fred Meyer Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Lewis Elementary at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/  Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.

    Check Out Your Child's Digital Journal!
    We're very excited half of our Grade K-3 families have connected to Seesaw.  These digital portfolios allow you to view your child's work and hear personal reflections on learning.  Students have submitted posts on reading, writing, art, math, science, and social studies.  Please remember Seesaw is not social media and you can only view your own child's work.  Each student can have up to 10 family members join.  We're sending home another Seesaw invitation so please let us know if you have any difficulty viewing your child's journal.

    Lewis Parent feedback about Seesaw:  
    "Seesaw has helped me gain insight into what my daughter is working on at school.  I particularly enjoy hearing the recordings and viewing her slide show presentations.  It seems like a great tool for other family members like grandparents who don't get to see the work that kids bring home every day."

    Traffic and Pedestrian Safety:
    Please be aware of students and families when you are driving through and around School Zones.  We have had numerous reports of drivers exceeding the speed limit, parking facing the wrong direction, not slowing at cross walks and not being observant around our school.  We have student crossing guards to help with crossings on Evergreen & 44th, Evergreen & 45th and on Glenwood & 44th.   Please stay alert, be observant of the speed limit and the crosswalks and please, be mindful of our students and families.  Accidents can be prevented with just a little care and caution.  And please no idling!  Thank you


    Playground After School:
    We do not have staffing to provide playground supervision before or after school. We ask for your help to keep our students safe.  Student MUST have an adult on the playground with them that is responsible for them if they are staying to play after school.

    We ask parent to please be aware of what your children are doing on the playground before and after school.  The far baseball diamond should remain off-limits.  Children should not be climbing on it or the fence surrounding it.  It does have a slippery surface and we have had a serious injury from a student slipping off it.

    We ask that you help protect our trees and not allow your children to climb on them.   And please remember that even though dogs are cute and well loved, not everyone likes them and some children are afraid of them.  ALL dogs should be on a leash at all times on school property, and please clean up after your pet.  Thank you for your help and cooperation.                        





    Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter
    February 20, 2019

    Please note...We will not be sending home a paper copy of the newsletter today, but copies are available in the office.

     


    UPCOMING DATES:

    Thursday, February 21st @ 6pm: Connect to Kindergarten
    Friday, February 22nd @ 6:30 pm: Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance
    Tuesday, February 26th @ 6pm – Family Race Dialogue Meeting
    Friday, March 1st – Walk + Roll
    Friday, March 1st – t-shirt sales end
    Tuesday, March 5th – Spirit Day: Pajama Day
    Wednesday, March 6th @ 8:45 – Coffee Talk w/Emily
    Tuesday, March 12th – LDO @ Reverend’s BBQ
    Wednesday, March 13th @ 6:30 – PTA Meeting


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    This week marks our 100th day in school! This is always a turning point when we dig in to meet our current year goals and, simultaneously, start planning toward the next year. I shared at the PTA meeting last week that I will be receiving our staffing allocations for the 2019-20 school year next week. By mid-March, I should have information on this front to share with the community (including how our Foundation’s hard work this year will support staffing for next year). I also want to take a moment to remind everyone about our event scheduled for February 26th—this is an opportunity for parents to come together and talk about how and why to talk with our children about race.

    We will be basing our conversation on the article, “How Silence Can Breed Prejudice…” (linked here or available at this website: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/07/06/how-silence-can-breed-prejudice-a-child-development-professor-explains-how-and-why-to-talk-to-kids-about-race/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.46ce7a85b414). I encourage you to take a glance at this article and see if it peaks your interest—if so, please join us on February 26th @ 6:00 to dialogue with fellow parents about the questions, challenges, and inspirations offered in this article.

    Reporting a Student Absence:
    Whenever possible, please call the Attendance Line (503-916-6366) by 9:00am to report when your child is absent.  This will allow us to excuse your child’s absence and prevent you receiving the AutoCall from the district.  Thank you!


    Three FREE ways to raise funds for Lewis Elementary PTA

    We have three very quick and easy ways to raise funds for our PTA.  They take just a couple of minutes to set up and cost you nothing.  See the flyer coming home today for additional information

    • Link your Amazon Smile account up with Lewis Elementary PTA (make sure it is Portland, OR) to ensure donations go to Lewis. Then when you shop Amazon, go to amazon.com and Lewis will benefit.
    • Box Tops for Education™ - Collect box tops from items you purchase every day and drop them off in the school office
    • The Fred Meyer Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Lewis Elementary at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

     

    Lewis t-shirts are now available!
    The web store is now open, and will close on March 1st at 11:59 pm.  Orders can be placed online only. 
    If you need assistance with this, please contact the school office.

    We have 2 designs available this year in various styles.  Please follow this link to place an order:

    https://bashors.tuosystems.com/stores/lewis-elementary-2019


    Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance: THIS Friday, February 22, 6:30-8:00pm
    The Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance is this Friday! Proceeds from the dance go toward bus transportation for the fifth grade science camp. Support a fun Lewis tradition and have a great time all in one evening. Admission is a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Pizza, beverages and cookies will be available for purchase. Help make the event a success by volunteering for a short shift during the evening! To sign up go to: https://tinyurl.com/yyrb3r5n


    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:

    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/  Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.

     

    Successful School Survey / Family Survey window is open from Monday, Feb 4 to Friday, Mar 1
    Survey Access: Families of students in all grades will be able to access their surveys by going to surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily.
    They will then select their school to complete the survey. You can also use the PPS Family Survey Access Flier-All Languages.
    Students in grades 5, 7, and 10 will be offered the student version as well.  They will be given a time during school to take the survey.

    Check Out Your Child's Digital Journal!
    We're very excited half of our Grade K-3 families have connected to Seesaw.  These digital portfolios allow you to view your child's work and hear personal reflections on learning.  Students have submitted posts on reading, writing, art, math, science, and social studies.  Please remember Seesaw is not social media and you can only view your own child's work.  Each student can have up to 10 family members join.  We're sending home another Seesaw invitation so please let us know if you have any difficulty viewing your child's journal.

    Lewis Parent feedback about Seesaw:  
    "Seesaw has helped me gain insight into what my daughter is working on at school.  I particularly enjoy hearing the recordings and viewing her slide show presentations.  It seems like a great tool for other family members like grandparents who don't get to see the work that kids bring home every day."

    Calling all Lewis talent! The Talent Show is coming!!
    Pick up your permission slip in the office starting Thursday, February 28th. It needs to be turned in by Thursday, March 14th! Slips get turned in at the office. Auditions will be on Thursday, March 21st. All sessions are mandatory! The talent show can't happen without parent help, If you are able to help at rehearsals and night of, please contact Cyndi Redmond at credmond@pps.net, Jennifer Meyer at jmeyer1@pps.net, or Sheri Davis sdavis2@pps.net. Looking forward to seeing the talent!

    Traffic and Pedestrian Safety:

    Please be aware of students and families when you are driving through and around School Zones.  We have had numerous reports of drivers exceeding the speed limit, parking facing the wrong direction, not slowing at cross walks and not being observant around our school.  We have student crossing guards to help with crossings on Evergreen & 44th, Evergreen & 45th and on Glenwood & 44th.   Please stay alert, be observant of the speed limit and the crosswalks and please, be mindful of our students and families.  Accidents can be prevented with just a little care and caution.  And please no idling!  Thank you


    Playground After School:

    We do not have staffing to provide playground supervision before or after school. We ask for your help to keep our students safe.  Student MUST have an adult on the playground with them that is responsible for them if they are staying to play after school.

    We ask parent to please be aware of what your children are doing on the playground before and after school.  The far baseball diamond should remain off-limits.  Children should not be climbing on it or the fence surrounding it.  It does have a slippery surface and we have had a serious injury from a student slipping off it.

    We ask that you help protect our trees and not allow your children to climb on them.   And please remember that even though dogs are cute and well loved, not everyone likes them and some children are afraid of them.  ALL dogs should be on a leash at all times on school property, and please clean up after your pet.  Thank you for your help and cooperation.

    Congratulations to all Lewis OBOB participants! Each of the teams did an amazing job and read a TON of books. The final battle went all the way to a tie breaker before being decided! The Flying Foxes will be representing Lewis at the regionals on March 2nd. Wish them good luck and happy reading!   

     




                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    January 23, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Friday, February 1st: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, February 6th: Coffee Talk w/ Emily
    Saturday, February 9th: Lewis Foundation Auction
    Tuesday, February 12th @ 9am: Connect to Kindergarten
    Tuesday & Wednesday, February 12th & 13th: LDO @ Bridge City Pizza
    Wednesday, February 13th: Spirit Day – Inside Out & Backward Day
    Monday, February18th: Holiday – Schools Closed
    Tuesday, February 21st @ 6pm: Connect to Kindergarten
    Friday, February 22nd @ 6pm: Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance



    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I hope you all enjoyed a nice long weekend. It’s hard to believe that we are officially halfway through the 2018-19 school year (having just wrapped up the 2nd quarter). As you know, teachers spent yesterday hard at work on report cards. You should be expecting your child(ren)’s report card to be sent home via backpack by next Wednesday. If you have questions or concerns about a report card you receive, please connect ASAP with your child’s teacher. Please note that—due to our mid-year PE Teacher transition—students will not be receiving PE grades this quarter. PE grades will resume at the end of the 3rd quarter.

    Also, I want to put in a plug for the Lewis Foundation Auction scheduled for February 9th. If you have not yet bought tickets, I hope that you’ll consider attending. Many of you have shared with me your concerns about large class sizes, insufficient staffing, etc. Auction proceeds—along with all direct donations to the Foundation—will go directly toward alleviating these needs.

     

    Reporting a Student Absence:
    Whenever possible, please call the Attendance Line (503-916-6366) by 9:00am to report when your child is absent.  This will allow us to excuse your child’s absence and prevent you receiving the AutoCall from the district.  Thank you!

     

    The Lewis Foundation Auction is fast approaching! 

    February 9, 2019, 7-10pm at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Blvd.

     

    All proceeds go toward funding additional staff at Lewis.  

     

    Ticket sales through Friday, January 25th  from the school office or online at https://goo.gl/forms/h2Q15umA4hb89XFR2

     

    Please note there will be no ticket sales at the auction.


    Ticket prices are $30 per person (cash or check made payable to Lewis Elementary Foundation).  Tickets will be valid for entrance to the auction and include appetizers, and one drink ticket.

    Volunteering at the auction is a great way to contribute to the success of this important event. Shifts are short so you can also have a great time bidding on items and socializing with friends.

    Signup to volunteer--https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054cabab23a7f94-mardi

    Interested in what auction items we’ve procured? Check out the foundation website https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/auction-partners-1

    Email lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com if you have questions.


    Seesaw Family Invitations
    :

    During January,  families in grades K-3 will receive a personalized invitation to your child's Seesaw Journal.    Seesaw is a digital portfolio where your child can share a sampling of his/her work and learning with an authentic audience...you!  Seesaw is not social media and your child's journal can only be viewed by your family.  In fact, we have disabled likes and comments to differentiate from social media and to encourage family conversations.

    Seesaw provides a conduit to your child's learning in school.  You can view photos of your child's work, hear your child reading or reflecting on his/her learning, and see examples of your child developing digital literacy.  

    Please don't hesitate to email me (afagan@pps.net) with questions or feedback.  Here is a link to a 3-minute video on Seesaw and their privacy policy.   
    Ala Fagan, TechSmart Coach

    Connect to Kindergarten:
    On February 12th at 9am and February 21st at 6pm we will be holding our Connect to Kindergarten events.  These are optional, information meetings for families to get a review of our program, get answers to questions you may have, and get a tour of our school.  If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, registration packets will be available to pick up from the school office after February 12th

    Please share the dates with your neighbors and friends of incoming kinders!


    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/  Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.

     

    Portland PTA Clothes Closet:
    Just a reminder that the PTA Clothing Center is open to all PPS students who have a need for clothes and shoes.  You must receive an application from Tracy in the school office. The center is open Monday and Thursday school days from 10am-1pm for students to receive clothing. 

    ***We are in need of  volunteers to help out at the Clothing Closet on our next Lewis date, Feb 11th.  A sign-up sheet will be posted outside of the office soon!

     

    Show your Lewis pride with the new Lewis Decals!
    Pick up your official Lewis stickers in the office now! These 3” vinyl all-weather stickers are $2 each and available in 4 awesome designs created by Lewis 4th graders!
    Show your Lewis pride and help raise funds for their 4th grade Oregon Trail Camp.  Perfect for on a water bottle or car.

     

    Box Tops Help Support our Music Program:

    All proceeds from Box Tops allows Mr. J to purchase instruments, music and other things he needs for our amazing Music Program here at Lewis.  Thanks to you, he just received a check for $423!  Keep up the collecting!
    Here is a quick Box Tops video - http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101  Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping! 
    Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com


    When inclement weather hits, here’s how PPS keeps you updated

    The long-range weather forecast for Portland is calling for a mild winter, but if you’ve been in Portland for any length of time, you know forecasts can be only so accurate. If you have students in Portland Public Schools, please get to know the ways we inform you when weather forces closures and delays. 
    There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:

    • Phone calls: Automated calls to your student’s primary phone number on record
      Email: An automated message sent to the email address you listed in your child’s registration.
    • Text message: You will receive a text message on your cell phone, but first you’ll have to opt in to the SchoolMessenger system by texting “Yes” or just “Y” to 68453.

    PPS will also post updates online:

    • Twitter: Follow our account, @PPSConnect
    • Facebook: Connect with us at com/pps.homepage.
    • Our website: Go to https://www.pps.net/ and look for a yellow bar across the top of the page.




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    January 9, 2019


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Wednesday, January 9th @ 8:45: Coffee Talk w/ Emily
    Wednesday, January 9th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Thursday, January 10th @ 8:40: BottleDrop Collection
    Friday, January 11th @ 6pm: Family Movie Night
    Monday, January 14th @ 6pm: Lewis Foundation Meeting
    Wednesday, January 16th: LDO @ Dick’s Primal Burger
    Friday, January 18th: Spirit Day – Monochromatic Day

    Monday & Tuesday, January 21 & 22: No School


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:

    Happy new year and welcome back! It’s hard to believe it’s 2019! It’s been wonderful to see our students’ smiling faces back in the building. This week, we are pleased to welcome Mr. DeMonte as our new PE Teacher. I also want to remind you that a small group of parents will be meeting this week to talk about ways to engage our community in deeper conversations about equity and inclusion. If you’re interested in getting involved in this conversation, you can join us on Friday @ 2:00. In case you are interested but cannot attend, we’ll make sure to share updates and next steps with all.
    Last reminder is that we will be working to take students outside for recess whenever possible—please make sure that your children have adequate gear each day for rainy and/or cold weather.

     

    PTA Meeting is tonight!

    Please join us in the library at 6:30pm tonight for our monthly PTA meeting. In addition to our normal business, special guest Diedre Davis will be talking to us about the statewide testing our 3rd-5th graders will be participating in over the next few months. Ms. Davis has a wealth of knowledge as the PPS Testing Coordinator so bring your questions! As always, free childcare is provided.

     

    PTA Movie Night this Friday!

    Did you hear we won $1000 in the Oregon Bottle Drop contest? Let's celebrate with a movie night! And did we mention the whole thing is free?! FREE movie, FREE popcorn and FREE pizza for all! Gluten-free pizza options will be available. We'll have cups and water on hand, or you can bring your own water bottle to fill.
    PJs and blankets are welcome as well!

    Here are the details...

    What: SMALLFOOT (watch a preview here: https://tinyurl.com/ydz7hzao)

    Where: Lewis Cafeteria

    When: Friday, January 11th, movie starts at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm

    Who: Everyone! Let's celebrate the community-wide effort that led us to Bottle Drop contest victory!

     

    The Lewis Foundation Auction is fast approaching! 

    February 9, 2019, 7-10pm at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Blvd.

    Ticket sales will run from Monday January 7th through Friday January 18th.  Stop by a ticket table, located by the school office or the 43rd Street entrance before and after school, to purchase tickets from one of our Foundation Committee Members.

    Tickets will also be available to purchase from the school office.  Ticket prices are $30 per person (cash or check made payable to Lewis Elementary Foundation).  Tickets will be valid for entrance to the Auction and include appetizers, dessert, and one drink ticket. 

    Or you can reserve tickets online here: 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBr889MENmSm6QvoL-3lx6u5XERAdtpz5rcl8C-Tis1nb8Ng/viewform  **Please note: we are not providing a paper ticket.  Once you purchase your Auction tickets, you will be on our attendee list. 

    All proceeds will help with staffing at Lewis.  Thank you for your support!  

    Visit https://tinyurl.com/y88t8nrk for more information about the event and how you can help.

    Email lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com if you can help, or if you have questions.

     

    Lewis Dines Out at Dick’s Primal Burger on Woodstock:
    Dick’s Primal Burger is once again supporting Lewis with an LDO on Wednesday, January 16th.

    15% of the entire days’ sales will come back to Lewis to support our Class Projects.  In the past, teachers have chosen projects such as audio books with listening devices, quilt making, classroom books that focused on a particular topic like empathy or diversity, and many other projects.

    Be sure to stop by and support this wonderful community partner and Lewis School.

    Dine in and take out~

     

    SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser:

    It’s never too late to order or do upload different artwork to the website!  You’ll just need need to pay for shipping.

    https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  If you no longer have your students access code, our generic code is: LewisArt18, choose your child’s teacher, and then your child’s art.

    Chinook Book App:

    Just a reminder that even though we no longer have the book available for purchase, you can still renew your Chinook Book app on line and Lewis will receive 50%.
    Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser. 

    Please be sure to use our partner ID is: lewispdx


    Message from Nutrition Services:

    Starting the week of January 14, 2019, the Nutrition Services department will be utilizing School Messenger to notify families by phone and email about student meal account balances.  Kitchen staff will continue to provide personal phone call reminders and/or paper letters home.  If you have questions about student meal accounts or other information, please visit our webpage www.pps.net/nutrition or call our department 503-916-3399.

    When inclement weather hits, here’s how PPS keeps you updated
    The long-range weather forecast for Portland is calling for a mild winter, but if you’ve been in Portland for any length of time, you know forecasts can be only so accurate. If you have students in Portland Public Schools, please get to know the ways we inform you when weather forces closures and delays. 
    There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:

    • Phone calls: Automated calls, in all supported languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali), will be placed to your child’s primary phone number. If you’ve changed your number recently, please update it with your school.
    • Email: An automated message will be sent to the email address you listed in your child’s registration. The message will be translated into our five supported languages.
    • Text message: You will receive a text message on your cell phone, but first you’ll have to opt in to the SchoolMessenger system by texting “Yes” or just “Y” to 68453. Note: If you opt in, you will still receive an auto-dialer call.

    PPS will also post updates online:

    • Twitter: Follow our account, @PPSConnect
    • Facebook: Connect with us at com/pps.homepage.
    • Our website: Go to https://www.pps.net/ and look for a yellow bar across the top of the page. That’s where you’ll find more detailed information.



    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    December 12, 2018


    UPCOMING DATES:
    TONIGHT! December 12th PTA Meeting CANCELLED
    Monday, December 17th: Winter Break Begins
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019: School Resumes
    Wednesday, January 2nd: Coffee Talk w/ Emily
    Friday, January 4th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, January 16th: LDO @ Dick’s Primal Burger



    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:

    It’s hard to believe we’re already wrapping up 2018 and moving into Winter Vacation! I wanted to take a moment to share with the whole community some highlights from last week’s Coffee Talk. The families who were able to join this conversation shared personal impact, thoughts, and feelings about the anti-Semitic graffiti found at Lewis prior to Thanksgiving. This dialogue led into a larger conversation about how we can work together to become increasingly intentional about developing and defining the inclusive community we aspire to be. Some parents at the meeting expressed interest in organizing a team of parents to think about and lead this work. If you are interested in getting involved with this emerging parent group, please email me directly for more information about initial meeting times. We also talked about how we talk with our children about incidents of bias and hate that occur in our community at large. As a resource, I distributed a brochure from the Anti-Defamation League called “Discussing Hate and Violence with Children” (linked here). I feel honored to be part of a community that holds the value of inclusivity so central and I look forward to further dialogue and work together on these tough issues that feel increasingly present around us. And, in the meantime, I wish you and your families a safe, happy, and restful vacation. We’ll look forward to seeing you back at school in 2019!!

     

    SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser:

    It’s not too late to order!  But you will need to pay for shipping.

    https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  If you no longer have your students access code, our generic code is: LewisArt18, choose your child’s teacher, and then your child’s art.

    We believe that we have fixed all of the mistaken orders for the mugs.  If you have not heard from me, are missing something from your order, or still have a mixed up order, please contact me at tgiordano@pps.net or call the office 503-916-6360


    Our Second Annual Season of Sharing is Here!

    Please consider helping our families in need this year. 

    1. Stop in the office
    2. Pick up a tag
    3. Purchase the gift on the tag
    4. Wrap it
    5. Attach the tag to the gift
    6. Bring it to the office by Friday December 14th.

    We still have some needs that have not been filled! 
    We are also accepting cash donations, and donations of gift cards for Fred Meyer, Target, Safeway, and local restaurants.

    We also have one of our Season of Sharing families that really needs some help with some home repairs (broken windows and doors mostly). If you have any resources or can give some ideas on how we can assist this family, please contact Tracy tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360

    Thank you for your support~**gift cards and cash donations are also welcome~Thank you!


    Staff Information:

    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!  We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!


    Lost and Found

    Lost & Found items will all be donated over Winter Break, so please be sure to stop and look for lost items before this Friday

     

    Lewis Play 2019
    All 4th & 5th grade students received an invitation/information flyer with rehearsal schedule today.  Please consult it for details about the first information meeting.

     4th & 5th grade students interested in participating in ANY capacity should REGISTER online at:  tinyurl.com/y7buwo4f to attend an information meeting for students on Wednesday, January 2nd from 3-5:15pm in the cafeteria.   Students MUST be registered to attend.


    Save the date for the Lewis Foundation Mardi Gras Auction! 

    February 9, 2019, 7-10pm at the Eastmoreland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Blvd.

     

    Join us for food, drinks, music, good company, and games to raise money to increase staffing next year. Tickets will be $30/person (includes one drink ticket), and sales start January 2nd.

     

    Visit https://tinyurl.com/y88t8nrk for more information about the event and how you can help.

    Email lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com if you can help, or if you have questions.


    BottleDrop Update:
     

    Bottle Drop - WE DID IT!!  We surpassed our goal of $1000 to get a 30% bonus on all donations during the HolidayGive! Our total -$1150 earns us a bonus $345, making nearly $1500 for Lewis PTA in one month!  Thank you to everyone who made this event a huge success!

    Even though the matching promotion is over, the year is just beginning for BottleDrop - every blue bag you donate gives 100% of the deposit fees to Lewis PTA. Drop your bags off every Thursday before school or at any BottleDrop location.

     

    Show your Lewis pride with the new Lewis Decals!
    Pick up your official Lewis stickers in the office now! These 3” vinyl all-weather stickers are $2 each and available in 4 awesome designs created by Lewis 4th graders!
    Show your Lewis pride and help raise funds for their 4th grade Oregon Trail Camp.  Perfect for on a water bottle or car.

     

    Portland PTA Clothes Closet:
    Just a reminder that the PTA Clothing Center is open to all PPS students who have a need for clothes and shoes.  Forms are available at the Lewis office. The center is open Monday and Thursday school days from 10am-1pm for students to receive clothing. 

    If you missed out on volunteering this time, our other date to help is Feb 11th. 

     

    When inclement weather hits, here’s how PPS keeps you updated
    The long-range weather forecast for Portland is calling for a mild winter, but if you’ve been in Portland for any length of time, you know forecasts can be only so accurate. If you have students in Portland Public Schools, please get to know the ways we inform you when weather forces closures and delays. 

    There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:

    • Phone calls: Automated calls, in all supported languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali), will be placed to your child’s primary phone number. If you’ve changed your number recently, please update it with your school.
    • Email: An automated message will be sent to the email address you listed in your child’s registration. The message will be translated into our five supported languages.
    • Text message: You will receive a text message on your cell phone, but first you’ll have to opt in to the SchoolMessenger system by texting “Yes” or just “Y” to 68453. Note: If you opt in, you will still receive an auto-dialer call.

    PPS will also post updates online:

    • Twitter: Follow our account, @PPSConnect
    • Facebook: Connect with us at com/pps.homepage.
    • Our website: Go to https://www.pps.net/ and look for a yellow bar across the top of the page. That’s where you’ll find more detailed information.


    Message from Nutrition Services:

    Starting the week of January 14, 2019, the Nutrition Services department will be utilizing School Messenger to notify families by phone and email about student meal account balances.  Kitchen staff will continue to provide personal phone call reminders and/or paper letters home.    If you have questions about student meal accounts or other information, please visit our webpage www.pps.net/nutrition or call our department 503-916-3399.

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    December 5, 2018


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Friday, December 7th: Walk + Roll
    Friday, December 7th: Parents Night Out (see below for details)

    Wednesday, December 12th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Monday, December 17th: Winter Break Begins
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019: School Resumes



    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I want to start with a huge shout-out to all of the families who participated in (and shopped at) the annual Lewis Bazaar last weekend! This event is such a testament to the creativity, talent, and commitment of our community!

    Next, I want to take a moment to share some unfortunate news: I recently learned that Mr. Williams, our PE teacher, will be leaving Lewis at the end of this month. He was offered an unexpected opportunity that will take his family back to the mid-west this winter.

    Here are some words from Mr. Williams about his time at Lewis: “It has been an amazing experience serving the students of Lewis Elementary alongside the brilliant group of instructors, support staff, volunteers and our principal. Words cannot express the experiences of teaching these wonderful, funny, and talented students. I leave with the hope that the students, instructors, support staff and our building administration will support whomever fills the vacancy that my departure has created.”

    This vacancy was posted last week and I am currently working with PPS HR to find and screen candidates. If you know anybody who has a complete or in-process PE license, please spread the word and/or connect them with me directly! I will do everything in my power to have a new PE teacher hired by the time students return to school in January. If I am unable to meet that goal, we will have a long-term sub in place while we continue to pursue a more permanent hire. I will keep you posted on this process.

    In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in thanking Mr. Williams for his terrific work at Lewis and wishing him and his family well on their new adventure.

    Holiday Bazaar:
    A big, huge, tremendous shout out to all of our PTA Board and all the amazing volunteers that put in hours before, during and after the bazaar to make this year another fantastic success.

    And another huge thank you to all the families that came out and shopped, showing your support to all of our fantastic adult and kid vendors.

    We would like to thank Jennifer and Robert from La Buca for their support (and a delicious lunch) and Dave Harsey and his family business, Harsey Forest Products, for supplying our trees and all the tree trimmings for our swags and wreaths.

    This is a huge group effort, and we cannot do it without all of you~  Thank you so much!

    Our Second Annual Season of Sharing is Here!
    Please consider helping our families in need this year.  

    ~Stop in the office
    ~Pick up a tag...
    ~Purchase the gift on the tag
    ~Wrap it
    ~Attach the tag to the gift
    ~Bring it to the office by Friday December 14th.
    Gift cards and cash donations are also welcome.   Thank you for your support~**gift cards and cash donations are also welcome~Thank you!

    Trail Blazers Fundraiser is Here!
    Everyone who purchases a ticket through the link below will have access to that night's exclusive fan experience and a portion of each ticket will be donated back to Lewis! 

    It's a Win/Win for everyone!!
    https://groupmatics.events/group/schoolfundraisingmn  For questions: Mike North, mike.north@rosequarter.com

    Fan Experiences:

    • 12/6 vs. Phoenix - Early Entry: enter Moda Center early to watch warm-ups before doors are open to the public!
    • 12/21 vs. Utah - Postgame Free Throws: come onto the Moda Center court after the game to shoot a free throw, just like the pros!
    • 12/23 vs. Dallas - Early Entry: enter Moda Center early to watch warm-ups before doors are open to the public!

    The PTA is Offering a “Parents Night Out” event:
    Ready for ‘date night’?  Need to do some holiday shopping?  Have we got the opportunity for you!! 
    Parents Night Out is being offered for the first time ever!  Drop your kids off with PTA Board Members and enjoy some kid-free time. 
    Space is limited to 40 children, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis  Reserve your spot(s) today by completing this form (one submission per child).  
    Here are the details:

    • Friday, December 7th from 5pm-8pm
    • Space is limited to 40 children over the age of 4 (child must be potty trained)
    • Payment in the form of cash or check (payable to Lewis PTA) is due when you drop your child off. 
    • Please send your child with a water bottle.  Snacks will be provided (please feed them dinner prior to dropping them off)
    • We can make arrangements to get them from YMCA Aftercare if applicable
    • Fee is a flat rate of $20 per/child.  Multiple-child household: $20 for first child, $10 for each additional child

    Staff Information:
    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!  We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!

    Music Notes
    If you are in 3rd grade you might be interested in joining the Lewis Recorder Club. This group is designed for complete beginners, but we welcome any skill level. Registration and information can be found on my website -  https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/recorder-club/ Registration opens on December 7th.

    If you are 4th or 5th grader at Lewis you might be interested in signing-up for the Boomin’ Beats. The Beats have been around since I arrived at Lewis nearly 20 years ago! This is a high energy dynamic group that plays and performs world music on xylophones, drums and unpitched percussion instruments. There is singing and dancing and great musical challenges.  Registration also opens for this group on December 7th. Registration and information can be found on the my website at - https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/boomin-beats/

    Lewis Students Support Street Roots:
    In the coming weeks students in several classes at Lewis will be collecting donations for Street Roots newspaper vendors.  Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media.  http://streetroots.org/

    Participating classes will have a Street Roots donation tub outside their classrooms.  Between now and Friday, December 14th, families may bring in supplies and place them in any tub. Over Winter Break, we will deliver all the Lewis donations to the Street Roots office. Some of the items they are most in need of are: gloves, hand warmers, ponchos and socks, as well as medical supplies (Ibuprofen, bandaids, Ace bangages,) and personal hygiene items.
    Thanks in advance for your support of this Winter service project.

    BottleDrop Update: 
    BottleDrop is this Thursday before school. Bring your blue bags to the main door or the Glenwood door before school.

    BottleDrop Holiday Matching Update - Our goal is $1000 and we’re at $560 so far after 2 collection days, 2 more to go! Help us earn up to 40% bonus matching funds on all donations until December 9th.  Also go to the Lewis PTA Facebook page to cheer for and share the Lewis BottleDrop Video to help us earn another bonus $1000 for promoting the Holiday Give Program!  Check it out here: bit.ly/lewisbottledropsong.  Keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/ for a new video!

     

    Show your Lewis pride with the new Lewis Decals!
    3” vinyl all-weather stickers available in 4 designs, designed by Lewis 4th graders, were created to raise money for a 4th grade trip to Oregon Trail Camp!  
    Stickers are available for purchase in the office.

     

    Portland PTA Clothes Closet:
    Thank you volunteers!!  Thanks to the volunteers who helped at the PTA Clothing Center last week. Just a reminder that the PTA Clothing Center is open to all PPS students who have a need for clothes and shoes.  Forms are available at the Lewis office. The center is open Monday and Thursday school days from 10am-1pm for students to receive clothing. 

    If you missed out on volunteering this time, our other date to help is Feb 11th. 

     

    When inclement weather hits, here’s how PPS keeps you updated
    The long-range weather forecast for Portland is calling for a mild winter, but if you’ve been in Portland for any length of time, you know forecasts can be only so accurate. If you have students in Portland Public Schools, please get to know the ways we inform you when weather forces closures and delays. 
    There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:

    • Phone calls: Automated calls, in all supported languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali), will be placed to your child’s primary phone number. If you’ve changed your number recently, please update it with your school.
    • Email: An automated message will be sent to the email address you listed in your child’s registration. The message will be translated into our five supported languages.
    • Text message: You will receive a text message on your cell phone, but first you’ll have to opt in to the SchoolMessenger system by texting “Yes” or just “Y” to 68453. Note: If you opt in, you will still receive an auto-dialer call.

    PPS will also post updates online:

    • Twitter: Follow our account, @PPSConnect
    • Facebook: Connect with us at com/pps.homepage.
    • Our website: Go to https://www.pps.net/ and look for a yellow bar across the top of the page. That’s where you’ll find more detailed information.


    Message from Nutrition Services:

    Starting the week of January 14, 2019, the Nutrition Services department will be utilizing School Messenger to notify families by phone and email about student meal account balances.  Kitchen staff will continue to provide personal phone call reminders and/or paper letters home.    If you have questions about student meal accounts or other information, please visit our webpage www.pps.net/nutrition or call our department 503-916-3399.


    Lice Information:

    Lice have nothing to do with personal hygiene. Lice love everyone, including the cleanest kid in the class! Lice are easily spread in schools and other group settings (like camp or even slumber parties) because these are places where people are in close contact. One reason why younger kids get lice more often than teens is because kids play together closely and often share more stuff.  Lice is always in our schools.  If you notice any symptoms (mostly scratching) check your kids, contact your child’s doctor or the school office.

    Duniway Holiday Home Tour

    Join us for the 40th Annual Holiday Home Tour!  Running in conjunction with the tour is the Holiday Boutique, featuring the wares of many local artists and merchants.
    Anyone can attend the boutique, held at Duniway Elementary on the day of the tour, without purchasing a Home Tour ticket.   A portion of all boutique sales also benefits Duniway students.

    THE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR WILL BE OPEN FOR BOTH DAY AND EVENING TOUR SESSIONS:
    Day Session: 10AM-3PM
    Evening Session: 5PM-9PM

    Holiday Boutique: 9AM-7:30PM

    Ticket Price: $30 for pre-sale tickets, $35 for day-of tickets.   The Boutique is free for all.
    https://www.duniwayhometour.org  Tickets can be purchased here: https://impactflow.com/event/2018-duniway-holiday-home-tour-9394

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    November 28, 2018


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Saturday, December 1st: PTA Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale
    Wednesday, December 5th @ 8:45: Coffee Talk w/ Emily in Room 13
    Friday, December 7th: Walk + Roll
    Friday, December 7th: Parents Night Out (see below for details)

    Wednesday, December 12th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Monday, December 17th: Winter Break Begins
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019: School Resumes


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I hope you all had ample time to enjoy family and friends last week. Last night, I had the opportunity to hear from our new Lewis Foundation board about the hard work they’re doing to raise money in support of Lewis staffing. I am so grateful to be part of a community that supports its school in this way. You can join the Foundation’s efforts by making a donation at any time and/or by attending their auction on February 9th—sound like a lot of fun! As I shared before break, we will take time at next week’s Coffee Talk (12/5 at 8:45 am) to dialogue about the anti-Semitic graffiti incident that occurred before the holiday. Many of you have emailed and expressed interest in further conversation about this teachable moment—about how our community teaches against and responds to bias and hate. I look forward to engaging with you in this conversation that is very close to my own heart. Lastly (on a lighter note), the rainy season is upon us. At Lewis, we make every effort to take students outside every day (unless weather is absolutely prohibitive)—so please make sure you send your children to school with rain gear and clothing appropriate for the weather.

     

    Holiday Bazaar News:
    This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community.  

    Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and pick up a holiday tree or door swag.
    All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.

     

    We can’t do this alone! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!   There are countless ways to volunteer at the bazaar!  Sign-ups are posted outside the school office or follow this link to sign-up online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-lewis2

     

    We have a couple of needs related to the bazaar…
    We are in need of a canopy or pop-up cover we can use for the volunteers that will be manning the tree sale
    We need someone with a truck (or a couple of folks) that can pick up 10-8’ tables from Mt. Scott Community Center this Friday between 2-5pm.

    Questions? Contact Tracy in the office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net

    Swag and Wreath Foliage Needed!

    We are making holiday swags and wreaths to sell at the Lewis Holiday Bazaar. We need your help: pinecones, berries, pretty foliage, etc. to decorate the swags and wreaths.

    ​Please drop off your cuttings (in a paper bag is fine, labeled, “Swags”) in the school office sometime between Monday, November 26th and Wednesday, November 28th.

    We will be assembling the swags and wreaths on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  Please consider volunteering to make a few swags.
    This is a fun and successful fundraiser for our school! Thank you.

     

    Our Second Annual Season of Sharing is Here!

    We have reached out to our families in need and hope you are able to help us during this Season of Sharing.

    If you would like to contribute, please stop by the office and check out our bulletin board.

    Contributions are due to the school office by December 14th


    Trail Blazers Fundraiser is Here!
    Everyone who purchases a ticket through the link below will have access to that night's exclusive fan experience and a portion of each ticket will be donated back to Lewis!  It's a Win/Win for everyone!!

    https://groupmatics.events/group/schoolfundraisingmn 
    For questions: Mike North, mike.north@rosequarter.comv

    Fan Experiences:

    • 12/6 vs. Phoenix - Early Entry: enter Moda Center early to watch warm-ups before doors are open to the public!
    • 12/21 vs. Utah - Postgame Free Throws: come onto the Moda Center court after the game to shoot a free throw, just like the pros!
    • 12/23 vs. Dallas - Early Entry: enter Moda Center early to watch warm-ups before doors are open to the public!

     

    Milk Carton Recyclers Needed for December:
    Next week is December, and we have a new sign up genius ready for people to sign up for milk carton help.  If you have 30 minutes free during lunch time, consider signing up to help keep Lewis green!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-december3

     

    The PTA is Offering a “Parents Night Out” event:
    Ready for ‘date night’?  Need to do some holiday shopping?  Have we got the opportunity for you!! 
    Parents Night Out is being offered for the first time ever!  Drop your kids off with PTA Board Members and enjoy some kid-free time. 
    Space is limited to 40 children, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis
    Reserve your spot(s) today
    by completing this form (one submission per child).  

    Here are the details:

    • Friday, December 7th from 5pm-8pm
    • Space is limited to 40 children over the age of 4 (child must be potty trained)
    • Payment in the form of cash or check (payable to Lewis PTA) is due when you drop your child off. 
    • Please send your child with a water bottle.  Snacks will be provided (please feed them dinner prior to dropping them off)
    • We can make arrangements to get them from YMCA Aftercare if applicable
    • Fee is a flat rate of $20 per/child.  Multiple-child household: $20 for first child, $10 for each additional child


    Staff Information:

    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!  We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!


    Lewis Students Support Street Roots:

    In the coming weeks students in several classes at Lewis will be collecting donations for Street Roots newspaper vendors.  Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media.  http://streetroots.org/

    Participating classes will have a Street Roots donation tub outside their classrooms.  Between now and Friday, December 14th, families may bring in supplies and place them in any tub. Over Winter Break, we will deliver all the Lewis donations to the Street Roots office. Some of the items they are most in need of are: gloves, hand warmers, ponchos and socks, as well as medical supplies (Ibuprofen, bandaids, Ace bangages,) and personal hygiene items.
    Thanks in advance for your support of this Winter service project.


    BottleDrop Update:
     
    BottleDrop is this Thursday before school. Bring your blue bags to the main door or the Glenwood door before school.

    BottleDrop Holiday Matching Update - Our goal is $1000 and we’re at $560 so far after 2 collection days, 2 more to go! Help us earn up to 40% bonus matching funds on all donations until December 9th.  Also go to the Lewis PTA Facebook page to cheer for and share the Lewis BottleDrop Video to help us earn another bonus $1000 for promoting the Holiday Give Program!  Check it out here: bit.ly/lewisbottledropsong.  Keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/ for a new video!

     

    Show your Lewis pride with the new Lewis Decals!
    3” vinyl all-weather stickers available in 4 designs, designed by Lewis 4th graders to raise money for their trip to Oregon Trail Camp!  They are only $2 and available at the Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, along with a great selection of other Oregon themed stickers and a ton of awesome students booths that are donating to the camp fund.  If you miss the chance this weekend, stickers will be available in the office after the bazaar.

     

    Box Tops Classroom Competition to win a popcorn party! 
    Raises money for the Lewis Music Program

    Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you might purchase for your holiday cooking and baking. Clip those Box Tops, place them in an envelope or baggie with your teacher's name on the outside, and submit them to the collection box in the school office. If you like using the pre-made Box Top collection envelopes or the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, the classroom that collects the most Box Tops will receive a popcorn party at the end of the year!  Here is a quick Box Tops video - http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101  Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

     

    Counselor’s Corner:
    Dear Families,
    I hope that everyone had a lovely November break.  I just wanted to update everyone regarding counseling lessons in Lewis classrooms and provide some current information on attendance.

    Classroom lessons: Lessons on the Zones of Regulation in K-2 classes have been wrapping. In January, 3rd-5th grade students will begin to receive lessons on promoting up-stander behaviors in ourselves and each other.  More information on these lessons will come out in the next Counselor's Corner. 

    Attendance: Lewis is participating in the PPS attendance initiative, "Every Student, Every Day". The goal of this initiative is to decrease the number of students at our school who attend less than 90% of the time and thus are at risk of falling behind academically. Our goal this year at Lewis is to have 90% of students with good or acceptable attendance. During the first quarter of school, 86.6% of Lewis students had good or acceptable attendance. Good or acceptable attendance means missing no more than 2 days per month. This also means that we had 13.4% of students who were chronically or severely absent and were not here enough to participate fully with their classes.
    Please help us reach our attendance goal and help your child reach their dreams by making school attendance a priority for your family.
    Resource:  Lastly, I also wanted to share this resource that I came across last week: How to Help Kids Manage Sleep, Schoolwork and Screens

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    November 21, 2018

     


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Wednesday – Friday, November 21 – 23: Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
    Monday, November 26th: Foundation meeting @ 6pm
    Saturday, December 1st: PTA Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale
    Wednesday, December 5th @ 8:45: Coffee Talk w/ Emily in Room 13
    Friday, December 7th: Walk + Roll
    Friday, December 7th: Parents Night Out (see below for details)
    Wednesday, December 12th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Monday, December 17th: Winter Break Begins
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019: School Resumes



                        From the entire Lewis Staff, we wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
     

    Scrip is gift cards that earn money for Lewis School PTA.
    There’s little to no work for you!  Simply place an order for gift cards that you would normally buy.  Grocery and everyday shopping, birthdays or holiday gift giving.  Lewis receives the % noted for each card.  This is the only order we will please this school year, so take advantage of easy gift giving! 
    Order forms are available in the office or click here to print.
    Stock up - the cards don't expire!  Orders are due Monday November 26th by 3pm, and they will be available for pick-up Friday, December 7th.

    The PTA is Offering a “Parents Night Out” event:
    Ready for ‘date night’?  Need to do some holiday shopping?  Have we got the opportunity for you!! 
    Parents Night Out is being offered for the first time ever!  Drop your kids off with PTA Board Members and enjoy some kid-free time. 
    Space is limited to 40 children, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis
    Reserve your spot(s) today
    by completing this form (one submission per child).  

    Here are the details:

    • Friday, December 7th from 5pm-8pm
    • Space is limited to 40 children over the age of 4 (child must be potty trained)
    • Payment in the form of cash or check (payable to Lewis PTA) is due when you drop your child off. 
    • Please send your child with a water bottle.  Snacks will be provided (please feed them dinner prior to dropping them off)
    • We can make arrangements to get them from YMCA Aftercare if applicable
    • Fee is a flat rate of $20 per/child.  Multiple-child household: $20 for first child, $10 for each additional child

    Our Second Annual Season of Sharing is Here!
    We have reached out to our families in need and hope you are able to help us during this Season of Sharing.
    If you would like to contribute, please stop by the office next week and check out our bulletin board.
    Contributions are due to the school office by December 14th.

    Holiday Bazaar News:
    We can’t do this alone! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!   
    There are countless ways to volunteer at the bazaar! 
    Sign-ups are posted outside the school office.

    This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community.  
    Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and pick up a holiday tree or door swag.
    All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.  
    We need helpers to hang Holiday Bazaar posters around town.  If you are able to help with this, please stop by the office and pick up a few! 

    Please note…ALL of our booth spaces (local vendor, parent and student) are full!  Thank you to all who applied.
    Questions? Contact Tracy in the office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net

    Swag and Wreath Foliage Needed!
    We are making holiday swags and wreaths to sell at the Lewis Holiday Bazaar. We need your help: pine cones, berries, pretty foliage, etc. to decorate the swags and wreaths.
    Please drop off your cuttings (in a paper bag is fine, labeled, “Swags”) in the school office sometime between Monday, November 26th and Wednesday, November 28th.
    We will be assembling the swags and wreaths on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  Please consider volunteering to make a few swags.  
    This is a fun and successful fundraiser for our school! Thank you.


    Playground News:
    Huge shout out to Lewis parents Camela Raymond and Erik Chrstiansen for spearheading the re-painting of our playground (with grit!). This new layer of paint looks just as bright and beautiful, but should be much less slippery in the wet weather. If you would like to contribute to the cost of materials that these parents purchased for this project, please drop off funds in the office.

    Staff Information:
    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!  We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!

    Box Tops Classroom Competition to win a popcorn party! 
    Raise money for the Lewis Music Program!
    Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you might purchase for your Thanksgiving meal prep or your holiday cookie baking. Clip those Box Tops, place them in an envelope or baggie with your teacher's name on the outside, and submit them to the collection box in the school office. If you like using the pre-made Box Top collection envelopes or the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, the classroom that collects the most Box Tops will receive a popcorn party at the end of the year!  Here is a quick Box Tops video - http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101  Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

     




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    November 14, 2018



    UPCOMING DATES:
    Wednesday, November 14th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Wednesday, November 14th: SilverGraphics Order Deadline
    Friday, November 16th @ 6pm: PTA Family Bingo Night
    Mon. & Tues., Nov. 19 & 20: No School for Students-Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Wednesday – Friday, November 21 – 23: Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
    Monday, November 26th: Foundation meeting @ 6pm
    Saturday, December 1st: PTA Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Hopefully, you all have your conference times scheduled for next week. Conferences are an excellent time for a two-way conversation about your child's progress and needs. I encourage you to come ready with topics you'd like to address and questions you'd like to ask to ensure that you get what you need from your conference slot. Please remember, out of respect to our teacher's contract, we are trying to keep all conferences within the allocated two days (Nov. 19-20). If you are going to be out of town, you should feel free to schedule a phone conference during these dates. We have also asked that families with multiple households make every effort to schedule one conference/child. I will also be available during the conference days and evenings if you need to check in with me for any reason. Beyond conferences, I wish you a happy, safe, and warm Thanksgiving holiday with your families.
    We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Nov. 26!

    Scrip is gift cards that earn money for Lewis School PTA.
    There’s little to no work for you!  Simply place an order (being sent home today, and available in the office) for gift cards that you would normally buy.  Grocery and everyday shopping, birthdays or holiday gift giving.  Lewis receives the % noted for each card.  This is the only order we will please this school year, so take advantage of easy gift giving!  Stock up - the cards don't expire!  Orders are due Monday November 26th, and they will be available for pick-up Friday, December 7th.

    Holiday Bazaar News:
    This annual tradition has been going on for over 10 years and it is the PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year! It is a delightful time to celebrate the start of the holiday season and support local artisan vendors as well as our school.  There is no fee to attend – we just want you to come, shop and enjoy the day!

     If you are attending the bazaar for the first time, you will find local artisan vendors that sell only hand-made or locally made goods.  Lewis students also have booths to sell their crafty wares!  Christmas trees or handmade swags/wreaths will be available to purchase. 

    Lunch will be available for purchase again this year.  La Buca Restaurant, a Lewis family owned Portland establishment, will be serving up some of their tasty specials.
     

    We can’t do this alone!  There are countless ways to volunteer at the bazaar!  Sign-ups are posted outside the school office. This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community.  Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and pick up a holiday tree or door swag.
    All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.  We need helpers to hang Holiday Bazaar posters around town.  If you are able to help with this, please stop by the office and pick up a few!
    Please note…ALL of our booth spaces (local vendor, parent and student) are full!  Thank you to all who applied.
    Questions? Contact Tracy in the office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net

    Staff Information:
    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!  We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!

    Book Harvest for the Children’s Book Bank:
    We sorted and counted all of the donated books this week and Lewis collected over 1000 books for the Children’s Book Bank!  Great work everyone, thank you!! If you want more info about how the books are prepared and distributed, or would like to learn about volunteering at the Book Bank, go to www.ChildrensBookBank.org.

    Lewis Foundation Meeting

    Monday, November 26th,  6-7:30pm in the Lewis Library

    Join us to learn more about why Lewis has a foundation (hint, it's about staffing), and help us plan for the upcoming auction! Free childcare provided in the cafeteria.

        6-6:30 -- Learn about the Foundation

        6:30-7:30 -- Auction discussion

    Questions? Connect with us--

    Email - lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com

    Website - https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/


    SilverGraphics Art-Based Fundraiser ordering Ends TONIGHT!

    The PTA is once again taking part in the Silver Graphics Art-Based Fundraiser Program to support the Arts at Lewis (we receive 33% of every item sold).
    Your student’s artwork can be made into goods such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, and much more for you to purchase, and they arrive in time for the holidays.  Think FAMILY gifts!
    The order forms are student specific; each student receives their own Access Code.  Once you receive the order form, go to the website: https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  enter your student’s access code, and place your order.  Order deadline is TONIGHT! Wednesday, November 14th.
    Your order will arrive at the school and be sent home with your student the week of December 3rd.
    Samples of items available are in the school office.  Questions? Contact Tracy in the office (tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360)


    Bingo Night is THIS Friday, November 16th at 6pm!

    Bingo Night is right around the corner. This free event is a favorite of many Lewis students and their families! Lots of games means lots of winners - will you be one of them? Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

    We are on the hunt for prizes! One fun Bingo Night tradition is the assortment of "white elephant" style prizes that kids (and adults!) get to choose from when they win. If you have any unwanted "treasures" you're willing to contribute to our prize table, we'd love to have them! Bring donations to Tracy in the office anytime between now and Nov. 15th.

    We're also looking for a few volunteers to help with set up and clean up. Please consider signing up for an easy 30-minute shift to help us get in and out quickly that night. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-bingo1

    Oregon Battle of the Books

    If you have not gotten an email from me, Cyndi Redmond, regarding your OBOB team by today, Wednesday the 14th, it means you are not yet on the list and I need you to contact me ASAP. Please send an email with your team information to credmond@pps.net or stop by Room 17 to sign up. I will be sending correspondence and resources out periodically and I need to be sure I have an email address for your team’s coach. We currently only have information for seven teams. If you just aren’t sure, or have questions, please ask. Thanks!

    BottleDrop Update: 
    Now premiering - The Lewis BottleDrop Video!  Go to:bit.ly/lewisbottledropsong to watch the video and learn the song.    We’re looking for pictures or short clips of kids doing the “cup song” or gathering recycling to add to this, send these to laura@thetroxels.net so we can share them before Dec. 9th.  BottleDrop Holiday Matching event kicked off with over $300 in donations in 1 week!  If we can get to $1000 by December 9th, we get a bonus $400! Please grab a blue bag (or two or three!) from the office, ask your friends and neighbors and co-workers to donate their cans and bottles to Lewis this month.  
    Drop off your cans and bottles at Lewis EVERY Thursday before school at the main entrance or now at the Glenwood door, too! You can also take your bags directly to any BottleDrop center like the one at SE King & Linwood.  

    Box Tops Classroom Competition to win a popcorn party! 
    Raises money for the Lewis Music Program

    Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you might purchase for your Thanksgiving meal prep or your holiday cookie baking. Clip those Box Tops, place them in an envelope or baggie with your teacher's name on the outside, and submit them to the collection box in the school office. If you like using the pre-made Box Top collection envelopes or the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, the classroom that collects the most Box Tops will receive a popcorn party at the end of the year!  Here is a quick Box Tops video - http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101  Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com





    Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter

    October 31, 2018


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Friday, November 2nd: Walk + Roll to school
    Thursday, November 8th @ 6pm: Boys Alive Family Workshop
    Tuesday, November 13th: Picture Re-take Day
    Tuesday, November 13th: Lewis Dines Out at Westmoreland Pizzicato
    Wednesday, November 14th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Friday, November 16th @ 6pm: PTA Family Bingo Night


    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Happy Halloween to all who observe--I wish you a happy and safe evening out and about the neighborhood. I wanted to share with you the exciting news that, in celebration of our new mission statement, our students and staff are working on a new community art installation. Lewis parent Sally Rudolph is volunteering her time to design and assemble a beautiful mandala project for our cafeteria. Students will be working on their mandalas over the next few weeks and our goal will be to have the new art pieces assembled by early January. Please stay tuned for more!
    Emily

    Holiday Bazaar News:
    This annual tradition has been going on for over 10 years and it is the PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year! It is a delightful time to celebrate the start of the holiday season and support local artisan vendors as well as our school.  There is no fee to attend – we just want you to come, shop and enjoy the day! 

    If you are attending the bazaar for the first time, you will find local artisan vendors that sell only hand-made or locally made goods.  Lewis students also have booths to sell their crafty wares!  Christmas trees or handmade swags/wreaths will be available to purchase. 

    Lunch will be available for purchase again this year.  La Buca Restaurant, a Lewis family owned Portland establishment, will be serving up some of their tasty specials. 
    We can’t do this alone!  There are countless ways to volunteer at the bazaar!  Sign-ups will be posted outside the school office soon, or email Tracy Giordano at tgiordano@pps.net to find out how you can help.  This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community.  Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and pick up a holiday tree or door swag.
    All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.

    We need helpers to hang Holiday Bazaar posters around town.  If you are able to help with this, please stop by the office and pick up a few!


    Calling all Crafty Students! (Great News!  Our Adult/Parent Vendor spaces are FULL!)
    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 1st from 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    For applications, go to the PTA website https://www.lewispta.org/parents print an application, and return it to the office with your booth fee, or you can pick up an application in the office  Questions: Contact Tracy Giordano at tgiordano@pps.net

    Lewis Dines Out at Westmoreland Pizzicato
    ALL DAY, Tuesday, November 13th!  Lewis receives 20% of the entire days sales (11am-9pm) from Pizzicato’s Dough for Dollars fundraising event. 
    All menu items, dine-in, take-out and gift cards are all eligible, so plan ahead and stock up!
    https://www.pizzicatopizza.com/ 1630 SE Bybee Blvd.  503-736-0174

    2018-2019 Lewis Family Directory:
    The directory is coming home today.  If you need an additional copy, please stop by the office to pick one up.

    Milk Carton Recyclers Needed:
    November is right around the corner, and the new milk carton recycling schedule is online.  If you have some time at lunch time, sign up to help prepare our milk cartons for recycling. 
    It doesn't take much time to keep a large bag of milk cartons out of the landfill.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-november3
    Thanks for supporting our green school! Kathleen Gagnon-Witter

    Casting Call - Help us make a promo video for BottleDrop!
    We have a chance to win $1000!

    Join us Thursday, Nov. 1st at 3pm, meet in the 4th/5th hallway. We’ll be learning how to do the cup song and the lyrics to the Lewis BottleDrop song. 

    Planning to film our video on Monday, 11/5 after school. We could use students and parents to be in the video in lots of rolls- not just singing.  This will be fun! 

    If you want to be in the video, please wear a lewis shirt and join us Monday at 3 (even if you can’t come on Thursday). Permission slips will be required and will be in the office. Questions? Email laura@thetroxels.net
    For a link to the permission slip and to hear our bottle drop song, click Lewis Bottle Drop

    SilverGraphics Art-Based Fundraiser!
    The PTA is once again taking part in the Silver Graphics Art-Based Fundraiser Program to support the Arts at Lewis (we receive 33% of every item sold).
    The classroom teachers have been busy creating art with your students to submit for this fundraising opportunity.
    Order forms are coming home today.  Your student’s artwork can be made into goods such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, and much more for you to purchase, and they arrive in time for the holidays.  Think FAMILY gifts!
    The order forms are student specific; each student receives their own Access Code.  Once you receive the order form, go to the website: https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  enter your student’s access code, and place your order.
    Your order will arrive at the school and be sent home with your student the week of December 3rd.
    Samples of items available are in the school office.  Questions? Contact Tracy in the office (tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360)

    Portland Council PTA Clothing Closet volunteers needed -
    Thursday, November 8, 9:30am-1:30pm

    Do you have a few hours to help PPS students at the PTA Clothing Closet?  Tasks include sorting clothes and helping students “shop” for much-needed winter clothes? If so, please join us at the PTA Clothing Center on Thursday, November 8th from 9:30am-1:30pm (at the Marshall campus)!
    This is one of only two days per year that Lewis is responsible for staffing this important community resource, which provides free clothing to PPS students.
    Please contact Tina Matheis at tmwesterlund@gmail.com or sign up on the sheet in the office window.  We need 5-6 volunteers.  Thanks!

    Staff Information:
    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!  We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!

    Children’s Book Harvest
    The annual Children’s Book Harvest kicks off this Monday, October 22nd. All books are cleaned and restored at the Children’s Book Bank and given to students in our community who might otherwise not have books of their own at home. We have 3 weeks to collect as many books as we can, this weekend is a great time to sort through your collection. Our goal for Lewis is 1000 books!

    Greatest needs:

    • Picture books                          
    • Non-fiction picture books                   
    • Culturally relevant books
    • Books in Spanish           
    • Early reader books                           
    • Easy chapter books

    We have a special opportunity at Lewis! Wallace Books has offered to help collect and sort all books received, and trade out any adult books they can use for more children’s books to go to the Book Harvest!  So bring all your book donations to Lewis, boxes are spread around the school.

    For more info, go to www.childrensbookbank.org, or email laura@thetroxels.net.

    Counselors Corner:
    Dear Families, I know current events are on everyone’s minds. I like to provide this resource that may be helpful for talking with our youth:

    Classroom lessons: Lessons on the Zones of Regulation in K-2 classes have been going well.  Kindergarten students have been digging deeper into learning to identify emotions, and to sort them into the Zones.  They have also been introduced to calming tools for self-regulation. First and second grade students have furthering their knowledge of calming tools and cognitive strategies for self-regulation for real-life application. Lessons have centered around a book called The Legend of the Regulators and the Secret List. Classes will be wrapping up at different times up until conferences.  In January, 3rd-5th grade students will begin to receive lessons on promoting up-stander behaviors in ourselves and each other.

    Kylea Sundberg, Lewis Counselor
    ksundberg@pps.net

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    So far the Lewis community has donated just over $4,100 of our $30,000 goal toward additional staffing for the 2019-20 school year. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in this effort!

    Our community is currently feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions this year: 1.0 FTE classroom teacher, 1.0 FTE educational assistant, 0.5 FTE of an office staff position, and 0.5 FTE reading specialist. These losses have a great impact on the educational experiences of Lewis students, and we hope to improve the situation in future years with community support of the Lewis Foundation.

    Donate now to make a difference for Lewis Students! Under Select Recipient choose Select a PPS School. Then choose Lewis ES from Select a School.

    Want to extend your impact? Share this appeal with grandparents and other family and friends who have an interest in the education of your child(ren), and check with your HR department to see if your employer matches gifts.

    Learn more at https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/ and connect with us at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    Funds contributed to the foundation are fully tax-deductible. Portland Schools Foundation is a section 501(c)(3) corporation under the federal tax laws. Tax ID #93-1149789.




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    October 24, 2018


    UPCOMING DATES:
    Monday, October 29th: No School for Students: Planning Day
    Friday, November 2nd: Walk + Roll to school
    Thursday, November 8th @ 6pm: Boys Alive Family Workshop
    Tuesday, November 13th: Picture Re-take Day
    Wednesday, November 14th @ 6:30pm: PTA Meeting
    Friday, November 16th @ 6pm: PTA Family Bingo Night

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I want to start by sharing tremendous appreciation for our Lewis parent team who stepped forward to envision and plan our 1st annual Sciencepalooza! What a terrific opportunity for our community to engage together in science inquiry and experimentation! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun! I also want to highlight a few upcoming events:

    ·         Community Celebration: Next Wednesday, we will have our October Community Celebration assemblies. These assemblies are new this year. At the end of each month, these assemblies provide an opportunity for teachers to recognize students who have embodied the core values in our Lewis mission statement over the past month. As a staff, we have decided not to invite families to these assemblies moving forward. While we appreciate the high level of family involvement at Lewis, we also understand and respect that many family's work schedules do not allow for attendance at mid-day events. To ensure that you can join us in recognizing your children, if/when your child receives an award, your teacher will send the specific recognition home to you either on paper or via email. We will also be posting photos of our recognized students each month on a bulletin board in the main hall.

    ·         Boys Alive: One of our staff professional development goals this year is to deepen our understanding of strategies to support the unique learning needs of boys. To support our learning, we will be working with Janet Allison from Boys Alive. Janet will also be hosting a parent workshop to help Lewis families better understand how to support the positive development of boys at home. That workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th @ 6:00 pm. I hope many of you will take advantage of this learning opportunity. If you would like to learn more about Janet's work, you can visit her website: http://boysalive.com/

    I also wanted to take a moment to answer a few questions that have been coming up lately:

    1.     When will the gym be ready? I have been told that the gym will be done, aired out, and ready for use by November 14th. 

    2.     Can students wear Halloween costumes to school? Our general policy at Lewis is no Halloween costumes during the school day. In an effort to be inclusive of all students and families--those who do and do not observe Halloween as well as other holidays--we make an effort to not celebrate holidays at school. 

    It's NEVER too late to turn in Run for the Arts Money!
    All funds collected, at any time, can be submitted to Young Audiences by the school to be put into our account for Art Residencies, so please drop off your collected sponsor money as soon as you can.  Thank you!

    Lewis Dines Out at the Portland Bottle Shop was FANTASTIC!
    Thanks to the great turnout, $375 is coming to Lewis from this great event.  Thank you for supporting The Portland Bottle Shop and Lewis School!
    Next month…Lewis Dines Out at Pizzicato on Tuesday, November 13th. More details coming soon!

    Holiday Bazaar News:
    This annual tradition has been going on for over 10 years and it is the PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year! It is a delightful time to celebrate the start of the holiday season and support local artisan vendors as well as our school.  There is no fee to attend – we just want you to come, shop and enjoy the day!

    If you are attending the bazaar for the first time, you will find local artisan vendors that sell only hand-made or locally made goods.  Lewis students also have booths to sell their crafty wares!
    Christmas trees or handmade swags/wreaths will be available to purchase. 

    Lunch will be available for purchase again this year.  La Buca Restaurant, a Lewis family owned Portland establishment, will be serving up some of their tasty specials. 

    We can’t do this alone! 
    There are countless ways to volunteer at the bazaar!  Sign-ups will be posted outside the school office soon, or email Tracy Giordano at tgiordano@pps.net to find out how you can help.  This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community.  Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and pick up a holiday tree or door swag.
    All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.

    Calling all Crafty Parents and Students!
    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 1st from 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Parent booth: $40 (6'x6')           
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    For applications, go to the PTA website https://www.lewispta.org/parents print an application, and return it to the office with your booth fee, or you can pick up an application in the office  Questions: Contact Tracy Giordano at tgiordano@pps.net

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/

    Information for these programs will be under the “Before/After School Enrichment Programs” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.
    The PTA has scholarships available. Information and an application can also be found on the PTA Website.

    SilverGraphics Art-Based Fundraiser!
    The PTA is once again taking part in the Silver Graphics Art-Based Fundraiser Program to support the Arts at Lewis (we receive 33% of every item sold).
    The classroom teachers have been busy creating art with your students to submit for this fundraising opportunity.
    On October 31st, order forms will be sent home.  Your student’s artwork can be made into goods such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, and much more for you to purchase, and they arrive in time for the holidays.  Think FAMILY gifts!
    The order forms are student specific; each student receives their own Access Code.  Once you receive the order form, go to the website: https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  enter your student’s access code, and place your order.
    Your order will arrive at the school and be sent home with your student the week of December 3rd.
    Samples of items available are in the school office.  Questions? Contact Tracy in the office (tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360)

    Staff Information:
    Parents often ask the Office Staff what their child’s teachers like to do, the food they like to eat, etc.  In case you are wondering…We have a Staff Questionnaire book in the office by the Volunteer Sign-In computer with the answers you are looking for!
    We appreciate the thoughts…Thank you!

    BottleDrop Fundraiser:
    Special Opportunity We need your help and ideas!! BottleDrop has a matching program for Nov 8 - Dec 9, the more we collect, the higher they will match.  They are also offering a $1000 prize to the group that comes up with the most creative fundraising and promotional plan to take advantage of the matching.  WE NEED A GREAT IDEA!  How do we get our BottleDrop donations through the roof? How can we get our friends and neighbors to donate? What can we do to win that $1000? Email all your great ideas to laura@thetroxels.net.

    BottleDrop collection is every Thursday before school, pick up your blue bags in the office!

    Children’s Book Harvest
    The annual Children’s Book Harvest kicks off this Monday, October 22nd. All books are cleaned and restored at the Children’s Book Bank and given to students in our community who might otherwise not have books of their own at home. We have 3 weeks to collect as many books as we can, this weekend is a great time to sort through your collection. Our goal for Lewis is 1000 books!

    Greatest needs:

            • Picture books

            • Early reader books and easy chapter books

            • Non-fiction picture books

            • Books in Spanish

            • Culturally relevant books

    We have a special opportunity at Lewis! Wallace Books has offered to help collect and sort all books received, and trade out any adult books they can use for more children’s books to go to the Book Harvest!  So bring all your book donations to Lewis, boxes are spread around the school.

    For more info, go to www.childrensbookbank.org, or email laura@thetroxels.net.

    Sciencepalooza! Thank you!!
    That was a blast! What a great turnout for a fun evening of science and creativity. A huge thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped make this event possible. We are ever grateful to the science groups and parents that generously contributed their time and expertise to our event. Thank you!

    Let’s do it again next year! To help make that happen, there are a couple things you can do:

    - Join the planning team! Email susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com

    - Complete a short survey. Hearing about your experience at Sciencepalooza will help us to design and improve our next event. We’ll be sending out a survey to gather community input soon. 

    If you’ve caught the STEAM bug and are searching for more family friendly science opportunities around town (in addition to OMSI), look for the Get out and Science! flier in the office.

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    So far the Lewis community has donated just over $3,300 of our $30,000 goal toward additional staffing for the 2019-20 school year. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in this effort.

    Our community is currently feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions this year: 1.0 FTE classroom teacher, 1.0 FTE educational assistant, 0.5 FTE of an office staff position, and 0.5 FTE reading specialist. These losses have a great impact in the educational experiences of Lewis students, and we hope to improve the situation in future years with community support of the Lewis Foundation.

    Join in the effort and make a donation today! To make a recurring or one-time donation online go to https://allhandsraised.org/donate/
    Under Select Recipient choose Select a PPS School. Then choose Lewis ES from Select a School.

    Want to extend your impact? Share this appeal with grandparents and other family and friends who have an interest in the education of your child(ren).

    Learn more at https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/ and connect with us at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

    Funds contributed to the foundation are fully tax-deductible. Portland Schools Foundation is a section 501(c)(3) corporation under the federal tax laws. Tax ID #93-1149789.




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    October 17, 2018

                                        

    UPCOMING DATES:
    Friday, October 19th: Sciencepalooza! STEAM Family Night @ 6:00pm
    Monday, October 22nd: Run for the Arts Sponsor Sheet & Pledges are due
    Monday, October 22nd: TAG Info Meeting @ 5:30pm in Room 5
    Monday, October 29th: No School for Students: Planning Day
    Friday, November 2nd: Walk + Roll to school

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    I wanted to take a moment to answer a few questions that have been coming up lately:

    1. When will the gym be ready? I have been told that the gym will be done, aired out, and ready for use by November 14th. 
    2. Can students wear Halloween costumes to school? Our general policy at Lewis is no Halloween costumes during the school day. In an effort to be inclusive of all students and families--those who do and do not observe Halloween as well as other holidays--we make an effort to not celebrate holidays at school. 

    As always, please feel free to send questions of any kind in to me and/or your child's teacher. I look forward to seeing many of you at our first annual Sciencepalooza event this Friday night! It sounds like an amazing opportunity for us to engage in exploration and learn together with our kiddos!

    SCIENCEPALOOZA! Lewis STEAM Family Night: Friday, Oct. 19th!
    Test drive a robot, hold a brain and learn how it works, construct pipe cleaner neurons, design a building to withstand a simulated earthquake, make slime, see animals in a new way: through an infrared camera, and more THIS FRIDAY NIGHT @ 6:00 PM in the Lewis cafeteria! Please enter the building through the West side entrance.

    Sciencepalooza is a celebration of the sciences, a new FREE Lewis community event featuring interactive science activities for parents and students to explore together. This is a free PTA sponsored family event; all ages welcome! (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). 

    Activities and demonstrations will be facilitated by local scientists and students, such as: NW Noggin (nwnoggin.org), Wilson High School robotics team 7776 Loose Screws, Department of Environmental Quality, Portland State University (PSU) Seismic Lab, PSU Agile and Adaptive Robotics Lab, Saturday Academy, Metro Healthy Homes Program, a zoologist, botanists, OHSU biostatisticians, and more.
    Check out https://www.lewispta.org/sciencepalooza-2018 for more info.  Questions? Contact susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com

    Holiday Bazaar News:
    This annual tradition has been going on for over 10 years and it is the PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year! It is a delightful time to celebrate the start of the holiday season and support local artisan vendors as well as our school.  There is no fee to attend – we just want you to come, shop and enjoy the day!

     

    If you are attending the bazaar for the first time, you will find local artisan vendors that sell only hand-made or locally made goods.  Lewis students also have booths to sell their crafty wares!
    Christmas trees or handmade swags/wreaths will be available to purchase. 

    Lunch will be available for purchase again this year.  La Buca Restaurant, a Lewis family owned Portland establishment, will be serving up some of their tasty specials. 

    We hope to see you there!  Do some holiday shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and some FREE entertainment by local entertainers (TBA).

    We can’t do this alone!  There are countless ways to volunteer at the bazaar!  Sign-ups will be posted outside the school office soon, or email Tracy Giordano at tgiordano@pps.net to find out how you can help. 

    This is a great community event where the money spent is not only supporting Lewis Elementary but also keeping your money in the community. All proceeds support Lewis School, allowing Lewis to continue bringing the programs and opportunities it has offered for many years.  A win/win for everyone!  Thanks so much for supporting our great school and amazing programs.

    Calling all Crafty Parents and Students!

    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 1st from 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Parent booth: $40 (6'x6')
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    For applications, go to the PTA website https://www.lewispta.org/parents print an application, and return it to the office with your booth fee, or you can pick up an application in the office  Questions: Contact Tracy Giordano at tgiordano@pps.net


    SilverGraphics Art-Based Fundraiser!

    The PTA is once again taking part in the Silver Graphics Art-Based Fundraiser Program to support the Arts at Lewis (we receive 33% of every item sold).
    The classroom teachers have been busy creating art with your students to submit for this fundraising opportunity.
    On October 31st, order forms will be sent home.  Your student’s artwork can be made into goods such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, and much more for you to purchase, and they arrive in time for the holidays.  Think FAMILY gifts!
    The order forms are student specific; each student receives their own Access Code.  Once you receive the order form, go to the website: https://www.silvergraphics.com/shop/  enter your student’s access code, and place your order.
    Your order will arrive at the school and be sent home with your student the week of December 3rd.
    Samples of items available are in the school office.
    Questions? Contact Tracy in the office (tgiordano@pps.net or 503-916-6360)


    OBOB Informational Meeting - Wednesday, October 17th.

    Calling all 3rd - 5th graders interested in participating in this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books competition. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 17th at 3:15 in Room 17. Please join us to find out more. Each team is comprised of five students and must have an adult coach. If you can’t make it to the meeting, but are ready to sign up, please send an email to credmond@pps.net listing the students participating, as well as the coaches name and email address. Hope to see you there!

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing

    Join the foundation in making an impact on future staffing at Lewis. School funding is a continual issue in our state, and school foundations are the existing option to add staffing beyond the school district allocations. Our community is currently feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions this year, and we hope to improve the situation in future years.   

    To make a recurring or one-time donation online go to https://allhandsraised.org/donate/
    Under Select Recipient choose Select a PPS School. Then choose Lewis ES from Select a School.

    Learn more at https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/ and connect with us at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/
    Funds contributed to the foundation are fully tax-deductible. Portland Schools Foundation is a section 501(c)(3) corporation under the federal tax laws. Tax ID #93-1149789.


    Run for the Arts was fantastic!! 
    THANK YOU to all of the parent volunteers and staff for helping to make this such a great event!
    All sponsor forms and money collected is due back MONDAY OCTOBER 22ND.

    Lice Information:
    Fall season and the start of school brings about many fun and exciting things, but also some not so fun things…. Lice have nothing to do with personal hygiene. Lice love everyone, including the cleanest kid in the class! Lice spread in schools and other group settings (like camp or even slumber parties) because these are places where people are in close contact. One reason why kids get lice more often than teens is because kids play together closely and often share more stuff.

    What Are Lice?
    The head louse is a tiny, wingless insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on extremely small amounts of blood. Lice (the plural of louse) are a very common problem. Kids are most likely to get lice, but teens can get them too. Lice aren't dangerous. They don't spread disease. But they are contagious, so they can spread from person to person easily. They're also annoying: louse bites can itch. If someone scratches a lot, it may lead to skin irritation and even infection. A head louse can survive up to 4 weeks on a person's head and lay 10 eggs a day. Since that means lice can multiply fast, it's a good idea to treat head lice quickly.

    Signs of Lice

    Lice are tiny, but you can still see them — though it's not always easy. An adult louse is grayish white or tan and about the size of a small sesame seed. Lice move fast, so you're actually more likely to see their eggs than the lice themselves.
    Louse eggs are called nits. Nits look sort of like dandruff, except they don't brush or fall off as easily as dandruff. Lice attach their nits to pieces of hair, close to the scalp. If you think you have lice and see a small, oval blob on a strand of hair, it's probably a nit.
    If nits are yellow, tan, or brown, it means the lice haven't hatched yet. If the nits are white or clear, the lice have hatched and just the egg remains. Lice eggs hatch within 1 to 2 weeks after they're laid.
    Besides seeing nits or lice on the head, itching — or the feeling of something moving around on the scalp — is another clue that you might have lice. Like mosquito bites, the itching is a reaction to the saliva of the insect. Some people with lice also get a rash of small red bumps from scratching.  Your child’s teacher may send your child to the office to be checked if any of these signs are noticed.

    How They Spread

    Lice cannot jump or fly. They spread from person to person when people's heads touch or after sharing things like hats and other clothing, combs, brushes, headbands, or barrettes. Lice can live up to 2 days without feeding on a person, so you also can get lice from pillowcases, sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, other bedding cloth seats and head rests in the car.

    If your child has Lice

    MESD Policy states that students with Lice must be excluded from school until treated at home.  Having nits alone does not require exclusion.  After treatment, a student must be checked by our school nurse, heath aide, or staff member in the office. 
    If you have questions, please contact your child’s physician or our MESD health team in the school office. 

    TAG (Talented and Gifted ) News
    This year, Brooke Murphy will be serving as our TAG Coordinator. We will be holding our Fall Family TAG Meeting on October 22 at 5:30 in Room 5. We encourage families of TAG-identified students and/or families curious about the TAG program to join us that evening. In the meantime, if you have questions about supports for your TAG-identified students and/or the TAG nomination process, please contact your classroom teacher, Ms. Murphy (bmurphy@pps.net), or Ms. Glasgow (eglasgow@pps.net). 

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/

    Information for these programs will be under the “Enrichment” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.

    Update from the Lewis Emergency Preparedness Team:

    Last week every classroom was restocked with a fresh supply of bottled water, using PTA funds that are set aside for emergency preparedness.

    Extra drinking water is one of the most important and easiest things to keep on hand in case of an emergency, this is a great time to make sure you have some at home! The Red Cross recommends you keep a supply of 1 gallon per person per day for at least 2 weeks, but having even a few gallons on hand is great start. Think about grabbing a few gallons next time you’re at the store, they’re usually around $1-2 each and last 2+ years.

    Interested in learning more about or joining the preparedness team? Email laura@thetroxels.net

    Counselor’s Corner:
    Dear Families,

    I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely Fall season!
    A word about attendance - school attendance is very important. Did you know that students with good attendance are 4 times more likely to graduate high school than those who are chronically absent?
    Here at Lewis last year, 84.5% of our students had good or acceptable attendance but 12.7 % of our students were chronically absent. Chronically absent means missing more than 2 days per month. 
    This year, please help us provide the best possible education to your child by sending your child to school every day, on time. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's attendance, please let us know. We are here to support your family.

    What you can do to support your child's attendance:………

    ·         Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

    ·         Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before

    ·         Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach-ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

    ·         If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

    ·         Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

    ·         Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. 

    ·         Contact school staff or community partners to find resources around transportation, housing, employment, or health care.

     

    On another note…..Some Resources that families may be interested in:

     

    Free healthcare and/or counseling services for students are uninsured or on OHP :

    ·         Western Psychological and Counseling Services:

    o    503-888-9283

    ·         MultCo Student Health Centers  - Many families are not aware that these services are accessible at our local high schools!

    o    Cleveland HS Student Health Center - 503-988-3350

    o    Franklin HS Student Health Center - 503 988-3370

    Thanks Everyone!
    Kylea Sundberg, Lewis Counselor

    ksundberg@pps.net




    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter

    October 3, 2018

                                       

    UPCOMING DATES:
    Wednesday, October 3rd: Coffee Talk w/ Emily @ 8:45am in the Library
    Friday, October 5th:  Walk + Roll
    Friday, October 5th: Run for the Arts
    Wednesday, October 10th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm
    Friday, October 12th: No School: Statewide Inservice Day
    Tuesday, October 16th: LDO at The Portland Bottle Shop
    Friday, October 19th: STEAM Family Night @ 6:00pm

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    Big thank you to everyone who came out to help us paint and garden last Saturday! The playground is looking great--and we've only just begun! If anyone is able to donate (or get donated) additional concrete paint in bright colors (and a small can in black), we'd love to keep working on adding games and designs.  Did you notice our spruced up soccer goals? Special thanks to Lewis parent Tye Ortego and the organization www.pitch-invasion.com for giving the goals new life!

    Next week, we will also have our first visit from our Playworks Coach Ruby. Coach Ruby will be meeting with every class to teach new playground routines and games. She will also launch our Junior Coach program, which will provide a leadership opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students. I'm also looking forward to Run for the Arts this Friday. It's always fun to run with the kids in support of Lewis's arts program. Last year, this event raised over $14,000, which allowed us to bring in additional arts residencies and performances and will also support an upcoming community-wide art installation. Thank you in advance for your support of this annual event!

    Run for the Arts is coming up this Friday Oct. 5!! 
    Forms were due back today, please turn them in ASAP!  Please do not turn money in at this time. A Volunteer sign-up sheet is outside the school office, so sign up to help on run day!
    CONGRATULATIONS to Paloma Rios on winning the 5th grade t-shirt design for 2018's Run for the Arts!
    There were lots of amazing entries!! THANK YOU to all who participated. All participants received a certificate! You all did a great job!
    Reminder: EVERYONE receives a t-shirt regardless of how much money you earn!
    Grades 3-5 run at 9:15, Grades K-2 run at 1:20
    Questions? Contact Gina @ glbiehl@yahoo.com  Looking forward to a GREAT Run for the Arts! ART IS GOOD FOR YOU!!

    Lewis Elementary Foundation - The Campaign for Staffing
    Join the foundation in making an impact on future staffing at Lewis. School funding is a continual issue in our state, and school foundations are the existing option to add staffing beyond the school district allocations. Our community is feeling the impact of losing the equivalent of three full-time positions this year, and we hope to improve the situation in future years.
    Donation forms are going home today with the newsletter. Learn more at https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/ and connect with us at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/
    Funds contributed to the foundation are fully tax-deductible. Portland Schools Foundation is a section 501(c)(3) corporation under the federal tax laws. Tax ID #93-1149789.

    A message from the PTA...
    We hope you will join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, October 11th. We'll be learning about Lewis from some of the most qualified experts we know - Lewis 5th graders! That's right, bring your questions, because we'll have a panel of Lewis 5th graders on hand to tell you about specials, classroom routines, favorite Lewis traditions, why the cafeteria line is longest on Thursdays, and anything else you'd like to know. The meeting will be in the library from 6:30-8pm and free childcare is provided. Hope to see you there!

    Harvest Dance and Book Sale
    Don't miss your chance to dance and hula hoop the night away! The Harvest Dance and Book Sale is coming up on Thursday, October 11th from 6-8pm. Admission is a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family, but all are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Pizza (including gluten free) and beverages will be available for purchase. When your feet need a break from dancing, the book sale will be waiting for you in the library. We are in need of volunteers for this event! If you'd like to help, you can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-lewis1  Shifts are just 30 minutes long so that you'll have plenty of time for fun with your family. We can't wait to see everyone!

    Box Top Collection Contest
    Along with this week's newsletter, you should find information about Box Tops as well as a collection sheet you may use to turn in your clipped Box Tops. Submit your unexpired Box Tops to the collection box in the school office to be counted toward your classroom's total. At the end of the year, the winning classroom will receive a popcorn party!  Remember to put your TEACHER'S NAME OR ROOM NUMBER on your submission (on a collection sheet or in an envelope/baggie), so it can be counted for your classroom.  Look for Box Tops on hundreds of products (like cereal, zip lock bags, Annie's mac & cheese). They come in all shapes and sizes and each one is worth 10¢ for schools. Lewis has designated the funds raised by Box Tops collection to support our fabulous music program!  Box Tops don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date - expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com


    Calling All Garden Volunteers!
    Kathleen needs help with some garden projects before the wet weather season arrives!  Please contact her at kgagnonwitter1@pps.net or 503-916-6360 if you are able to help.
    Thank you!

    TAG (Talented and Gifted ) News
    This year, Brooke Murphy will be serving as our TAG Coordinator. We will be holding our Fall Family TAG Meeting on October 22 at 5:30 in Room 5. We encourage families of TAG-identified students and/or families curious about the TAG program to join us that evening. In the meantime, if you have questions about supports for your TAG-identified students and/or the TAG nomination process, please contact your classroom teacher, Ms. Murphy (bmurphy@pps.net), or Ms. Glasgow (eglasgow@pps.net). 

    Join the milk carton Recycling Crew!
    Every day we keep a large bag of milk cartons out of the landfill because of our dedicated volunteers who rinse them out to prepare them for recycling.  

    It only takes 30 minutes during lunch time, so look at the attached sign up and help out if you can.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-october3

    Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
    With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/

    Information for these programs will be under the “Enrichment” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.

    4th graders get FREE passes to the National Parks, good for the whole family
    We did some research to find out why this is for 4th graders only, and here is what we discovered: Fourth-graders were specifically chosen for "logistical, educational and instructional reasons", according to a White House official. The National Park Service as well as other public agencies already have fourth grade programs in place. Furthermore, many states within the United States teach state history during fourth grade, so National Park programs are relevant to the grade. Other reasons include ease in coordination of trips by a student's one teacher (rather than multiple teachers, as present in higher grades) and the idea of youth building early connections with nature.

    Your child can take you amazing places! With the pass, fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures free for a full year. Good Sept 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.  You must sign up at https://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/campaigns-initiatives/every-kid-park

    Here’s just a few places in Oregon and Washington you can pick up and use your free pass:

    Crater Lake National Park, Southern Oregon, John Day Fossil Bed National Park, John Day, Lewis & Clark National Historic Park, Astoria, Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction, Yaquina Outstanding Natural Area, Newport National Oregon Trail Museum, Baker City Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
    For a more complete list, check out this link: https://findyourpark.com

    SCIENCEPALOOZA is coming Friday, Oct. 19th!
    Robots, brains, earthquakes, infrared technology, math games, slime, and more are coming to the Lewis cafeteria on Oct 19th from 6-8pm! Sciencepalooza is a new PTA sponsored event featuring interactive STEAM based activities for parents and students to explore together. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). All are welcome!    Check out https://www.lewispta.org/sciencepalooza-2018 to learn more and sign up to volunteer.
    We are in need of parent volunteers to help during the event (30 minute shifts):
    - Oversee open exploration tables: play dough, Duplo blocks, and construction materials
    - Welcome Table 
    Thank you for supporting our new science event!






    • Lewis Elementary School
      Weekly Newsletter

      September 26, 2018


      UPCOMING DATES:
      Friday, September 28: Picture Day (order forms are coming home today)
      Saturday, September 29th: Lewis Community Care Day, 9am-noon
      Wednesday, October 3rd: Coffee Talk w/ Emily @ 8:45 in the Library
      Friday, October 5th:  Walk + Roll
      Friday, October 5th: Run for the Arts
      Wednesday, October 10th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30
      Friday, October 12th: No School: Statewide Inservice Day

       


      Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:

      It was fabulous to see so many of you at Back-to-School Night last week. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a positive and engaged school community! I wanted to take a moment to give you some background on two happenings this week:

      • This Wednesday, we are holding our first monthly Community Celebrations. These are recognition assemblies that we will hold at the end of each month to celebrate classmates who have excelled during the previous month in the Core Values embedded in our new mission statement (curiosity, innovation, inclusion, personal growth) and in school attendance. These community assemblies will be student-led and will also include school announcements and a new school song. When your child is being presented with an award by his/her teacher, you will be notified and invited to join us. 
      • This Thursday, we will have our first Lockdown Drill of the year. These safety drills are an opportunity for staff and students to practice what our response would be if there were ever an active safety threat inside our building. In accordance with PPS policy, we do this type of drill twice per year. During the drill, staff lock and close their doors, turn out the lights, move students to an area of the classroom that is not visible from the outside, and maintain silence in the room. Because we know that this type of drill can cause anxiety for some students, we work hard to pre-explain and debrief the drill with students in developmentally-appropriate ways. Your support in processing the experience at home is also encouraged and appreciated

      A message from the PTA:
      Thanks so much to everyone who came to the first PTA meeting of the year. What a great turnout! We are thrilled to have so many new and returning families eager to create the best possible experience for our kids this year. If you missed the meeting, the minutes will be shared on our website (www.lewispta.org) and on the PTA bulletin board near the dip. There are also volunteer sign-up sheets posted on the office windows - swing by and pick a project to help with! If you checked the PTA box on the volunteer form you returned at the beginning of the school year, we'll definitely be in touch as opportunities arise. Membership forms are available in the office if you still need one. And if you have any questions at all, you can always reach us at lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com, or talk to any Board member.

      Please join our Lewis Community for 2018 Project Community Care on September 29th from 9 am to 12 pm!
      Project Community Care is an annual tradition and a wonderful opportunity to help beautify our school grounds in preparation for the first day of school.  Lewis’ had been postponed due to construction.  Volunteers assist with outdoor projects, such as weeding and spreading mulch.  We are also planning on having a playground painting activity.  Look for more details about this in next week’s Newsletter.
      Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves, water and a snack.  No volunteer registration or background check is required for this community event. All ages are welcome. Questions? Please contact Kathleen @kgagnonwitter1@pps.net

      Picture Day is THIS Friday, September 28th:
      Paper order form envelopes are being sent home today.  Pre-orders for picture packages may now be placed online at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here C3WVVMPL. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after picture day.  The order envelope MUST be brought to school ON PICTURE DAY.  Complete the order form and put your payment, or a copy of your online receipt, in the envelope.

      TAG (Talented and Gifted ) News
      This year, Brooke Murphy will be serving as our TAG Coordinator. We will be holding our fall family TAG Meeting on October 22 at 5:30 in Room 5. We encourage families of TAG-identified students and/or families curious about the TAG program to join us that evening. In the meantime, if you have questions about supports for your TAG-identified students and/or the TAG nomination process, please contact your classroom teacher, Ms. Murphy (bmurphy@pps.net), or Ms. Glasgow (eglasgow@pps.net). 

      Join the milk carton Recycling Crew!
      Every day we keep a large bag of milk cartons out of the landfill because of our dedicated volunteers who rinse them out to prepare them for recycling.  
      It only takes 30 minutes during lunch time, so look at the attached sign up and help out if you can.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-october3

      Run for the Arts is October 5th!!
      Run for the Arts is a fun and active event where students earn money for the Lewis Arts program by running laps and having each lap sponsored by family and friends! The Artists in Residence programs have included: Theater, African drumming, Visual Arts and many others. You should have your pledge forms and be getting your family and friends to pledge! They are due back by Wednesday October 3nd. All money is collected after the run and due back Monday October 22nd.

      Please note that ALL Lewis students will receive a t-shirt for participation REGARDLESS of the requirements described on the form. The Lewis Run for the Arts t-shirt will be designed by a Lewis 5th grader!! 

      Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities! E-mail Gina Biehl with any questions: glbiehl@yahoo.com

      Before/After School Enrichment Programs:
      With the school districts policy changes and programs not being permitted to send information home, we are sharing available programs on the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/

      Information for these programs will be under the “Enrichment” tab.  You can also contact the school office for a list of programs currently being offered.

      4th graders get FREE passes to the National Parks, good for the whole family.
      We did some research to find out why this is for 4th graders only, and here is what we discovered: Fourth-graders were specifically chosen for "logistical, educational and instructional reasons", according to a White House official. The National Park Service as well as other public agencies already have fourth grade programs in place. Furthermore, many states within the United States teach state history during fourth grade, so National Park programs are relevant to the grade. Other reasons include ease in coordination of trips by a student's one teacher (rather than multiple teachers, as present in higher grades) and the idea of youth building early connections with nature.

      Your child can take you amazing places! With the pass, fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures free for a full year. Good Sept 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.  You must sign up at National Parks Foundation and print out the voucher to get your free pass.

      Here’s just a few places in Oregon and Washington you can pick up and use your free pass:

      Crater Lake National Park, Southern Oregon, John Day Fossil Bed National Park, John Day, Lewis & Clark National Historic Park, Astoria, Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction, Yaquina Outstanding Natural Area, Newport National Oregon Trail Museum, Baker City Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Bend, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver, WA, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
      For a more complete list, check out this link: https://findyourpark.com

      Lewis Elementary Foundation - Campaign for Staffing
      The Lewis Elementary Foundation is a parent-led effort to raise funds for staffing not covered by the Portland Public Schools budget. The foundation was established to counteract reductions in staffing that happened this year, equivalent to three full-time positions. These reductions resulted in larger class sizes due to one less classroom teacher, and fewer support staff hours.

      During the month of October we’re holding our direct donation appeal. A letter is going home today with more information, and a donation form is going home next week. Learn more at https://www.lewis-es-foundation.com/ and connect with us at lewis.es.foundation@gmail.com and https://www.facebook.com/lewiselementaryfoundation/

      Chinook Books on Sale NOW!!
      Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!
      Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx
                   Lewis receives 50% of the sales from both the book and the app.

      • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow the link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app.  If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.
      • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
      • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
        Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

      We need 2 persons or committee(s) for 2 important Lewis Events:

      • The PTA is looking for volunteers to plan and prepare a simple but scrumptious meal to be offered to both our vendors and attendees at the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 1st.  In the past we have served things like soup/salad/bread or burrito bowls. 
      • Our school is looking for someone to lead/coordinate our 30th Annual Talent Show this year.   We need a person, or small team, to help us continue this amazing Lewis tradition.

      If you are interested or would like additional information about either of these opportunities, please contact Tracy in the school office at 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net.  Thank you~

      SCIENCEPALOOZA! is looking for parent volunteers
      Sciencepalooza is happening Friday evening, October 19th! This free PTA sponsored event will feature interactive STEAM based activities for parents and students to explore together. (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). All are welcome.
      We are in need of parent volunteers to help make this a successful event. There are many ways to help: run a station activity during the event, set-up/clean-up, event advertising/communications, design/print event print materials, and more. Want to get involved? Contact Susan Rosenkranz: susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com

      PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser:
      Thank you to everyone who dropped off BottleDrop bags over the summer - we raised over $500 since June! That’s on top of the $1500 we raised last year. Can we beat that total this year?  BottleDrop collection begins Thursday, September 6th, before school by the front door. Drop off will be EVERY Thursday starting next week. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill it with clean mixed cans & bottles and drop off before school on Thursdays.  You can also turn the bags in yourself at any Bottle Drop location, there’s one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood. Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan, open the deposit door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!  Check out https://www.bottledropcenters.com/Home for a full list of locations and for details on which containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.
      Proceeds from our BottleDrop Fundraiser helps to support our Lewis Community events like Movie Night and Bingo Night.  We hope to continue to offer these events free of charge to our community.  Please continue to drop off those blue bags!  Every can and bottle helps!

      Reed College 5K FUNd Run/Walk:
      Thank you to all that joined us for this FUNd event!  The Reed 5K FUNd Run/Walk brings our community together as well as brings financial support to schools in the neighborhood, including Lewis.
      The support is priceless!

      Counselor’s Corner
      Dear Families,  Wow, how time has been flying - I can’t believe that it’s already almost October!  It was great to be able to visit with many of you on Back-to-School Night.  Please always feel free to stop by my office anytime to chat, or to make an appointment.  I am often out and about in the building, but I can also be reached by mobile, at: 971-804-4783.

       I just wanted to update you on a few things:

      Small Groups:  While K-2 students are receiving classroom lessons, small groups are being formed for 3-5 students who may need extra support.  Since Back-to-School Night, I have been receiving more signed permission forms for small groups, and am in the process of forming those groups now.  My hope is that many of the groups will start in the first week of October.  If you are interested in having your child in a small group, please confer with your student’s teacher to see if this would be a good fit for them.  Small groups address specific needs, listed on the permission form for which I am attaching a link below.  Also, some instructional time is missed for small group participation. Lastly, a limited number of Fall small groups will be open to K-2 students who may have a pressing need for a sooner start date.  Lewis counselor-led small groups interest form

      K-2 classroom lessons:   Lessons on the Zones of Regulation are underway in all K-2 classes.  Students have been learning to identify emotions, and to sort them into a system of categories we call the Zones.  Soon we will be talking about our personal triggers and our tools/strategies for managing emotions and self-regulating.  Here is a small description of the Zones:

      The Zones of Regulation

      The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum for students to help build skills for understanding and self-regulating their emotions. Throughout our day we find ourselves in a variety of zones.  We might be in the Blue zone and tired when we first wake up, but after eating breakfast we feel more awake, focused, and in the green zone.  It is not a bad thing to be in any of the zones, but our goal is to be in the green zone.  How we move in between the zones and stay in the green is by using our tools.  This could be as simple as taking deep breaths, or a longer activity like taking a break or going on a walk.  

      Examples of common language that you could here at home might sound like:  “I’m in the yellow zone”, or “I’m headed for the red zone!”.  You can always ask your child about which zone they are in, and how they can get back to a more comfortable zone.  You may also hear students say from time to time that they need to take some “belly breaths” or deep breaths, as we have begun to touch on calming strategies

      Zones:

      Blue Zone - Tired, sad, bored, sick

      Green Zone - Happy, calm, focused, feeling okay

      Yellow Zone - Frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited

      Red Zone - Mad/Angry, mean, terrified, yelling/hitting

      Here is the link to the Zones curriculum :website

      FYI…..Some Resources or Upcoming Events that Parents May be interested in:

       

       

      ·         Collaborative Problem Solving An Innovative Approach for Teaching, Treating and Parenting Kids with Challenging Behavior: November 7-9. For more information clickhere.

      ·         211info: Local Community Resources , including but not limited too:

      o    Counseling

      o    Medical

      o    Dental

      o    Food

      o    Energy

      o    Housing

      Website here

      ·         Headspace App:  Meditation Made Simple -  bite-sized mindfulness exercises for busy schedules.  Website here








    • Lewis Elementary School

      Weekly Newsletter

      September 5, 2018

                                         

      UPCOMING DATES:
      Thursday, September 6th @ 6pm: Kinder Family Social
      Friday, September 7th: Walk + Roll
      Wednesday, September 12th @ 6:30pm: Lewis PTA Meeting
      Friday, September 14th: PTA After School Social
      Thursday, September 20th: Lewis Back to School Night
      Saturday, September 22nd: REED 5k FUNd Walk/Run
      Friday, September 28: Picture Day (order forms will be sent home on September 19th)
      Saturday, September 29th: Lewis Community Care Day, 9am-noon


      Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:

      It’s been another smooth and productive week at Lewis! I’ve enjoyed watching your children settle into their new classrooms—learning new routines, making new friendships, and connecting with new adults. Each year, each child’s Lewis circle expands a bit—it’s truly a beautiful thing to watch. In the coming weeks, we also have several opportunities for adults in our community to connect, re-connect, and expand circles—our Kinder Family Social, the PTA After School Social, Back-to-School Night, etc. I hope that you and your family will make an effort to join us for as many of these community events as possible. If your family likes to walk and run together, I also encourage you to register for the Reed FUNd Walk/Run (5K) on September 22, 2018. All of the proceeds from this super-fun event go back into neighborhood elementary schools—Lewis included. I’ll be running with my daughter, and I’ll hope to see you there. You can register at this link: https://www.reed.edu/5k/.
              Here’s to another great week!  Emily

      Woodstock Gives Back
      Join us at Portland Family Health this Sunday, September 9th, from 10am-3pm in support of Woodstock Gives Back and Lewis Elementary! We are located at 4004 SE Woodstock Blvd. just next door to the Woodstock Wine and Deli.  

      Woodstock Gives Back is a Woodstock business community event hosting family fun up and down the street to raise money for various causes and charities.  

      Visit us at Portland Family Health for FREE chair massages on our porch, corn hole competitions for all ages, face painting by recent Lewis alumni, and other prizes and festivities, including a raffle to win things like a free nutritional consultation, acupuncture or craniosacral treatment with our many providers. Or just pop in to say hi!

      Additionally, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jen Kearns for an acupuncture treatment, dietary or herbal consultation, or for chiropractic care or massage therapy with another wonderful provider during the week of Sept. 10-15 and 10% of all new patient proceeds will go back to Lewis! All of our providers treat all ages.

      Check out more event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/299903160599750/

      Chinook Book on Sale NOW!
      Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!

      Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx
                  
      Lewis receives 50% of the sales from both the book and the app.

      • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow the link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app. If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.
      • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
      • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
        Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

      We are looking for adult volunteers for lunch duty:
      Each day during lunch period, we need 2 volunteers to assist Kelly and Laurie (our Nutrition Service staff) in servicing lunch to our students.  We have utilized 4th & 5th grade student volunteers in the past, but with our change in our lunch routine, students would miss most of their lunch recess.  In an effort to avoid this, we are looking to our volunteers.  Our 2 volunteers would assist in serving lunch to our students.

      If you are interested, please click on this SignUp Genuis link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-lewis1

      Milk Carton Recycling:
      Help continue our recycling tradition at Lewis!  Come to the cafeteria during lunch for 30 minutes and rinse milk cartons to prepare them for recycling.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill.  Click on the link to sign up:
      https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-august1

      For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
      All doors except the West side door on SE 43rd are open from 8:30-8:45am for drop-off and from 2:55-3:15pm for pick-up.
      The West side door on SE 43rd is ONLY open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm. 
      For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
      The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm.
      For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

      Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
      If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

      **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

      Lewis School Mail Volunteers Needed!
      We are looking for adult volunteers to assist our Junior (K-2nd grade student) Mail Carriers in collecting, sorting, hand-cancelling and delivering our Lewis School Mail.
      Our students write letters to their classroom friends, drop it in our Lewis mailbox, and excitedly wait for our mail to be delivered.
      This volunteer opportunity takes appx. 1 hour and you will work with 2-3 students each time.

      Thank you so much for helping us to keep this wonderful Lewis tradition alive! 
      Please follow this link to sign-up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-lewis2

      Please send your students prepared for school:
      Please be sure to send your student to school with the appropriate gear for the weather, as we will go outside for recess even on rainy days.  Closed-toed shoes are recommended for our playground, as the bark chips can give splinters and the logs can become slippery.
      Also, please send water bottles!  On PE days, athletic shoes and no long dresses please.  Thank you in advance for sending your child(ren) to school ready for a successful day!

      Playground Access from Glenwood Street, the section of blacktop from the Glenwood Street fence to the Gym, and the bike racks in that area will be inaccessible while the seismic upgrades to the Gym are completed.  The anticipated completion date is late October.  All other parts of the playground will be open and accessible. 
      This past weekend, the blacktop was pressure washed and cleared of all construction debris and the field was inspected and any remaining debris has been removed.

      School Meals:

      • We encourage parents to submit a Free and Reduced Meal applications online via SchoolCafe` at schoolcafe.com or by paper (available from the office). Whether you are going to use this benefit or not, Lewis has the potential to access additional resources if we have a certain percentage of Free and Reduced qualifying families.  Please consider submitting an application.
        Families that were approved last year for Free and Reduced Meals have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefits for this year.  After the 30 day grace period, families will be charged for meals.
      • Please note: students will no longer be able to purchase a la carte milk OR a second meal.

       

      PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser:
      Thank you to everyone who dropped off BottleDrop bags over the summer - we raised over $500 since June! That’s on top of the $1500 we raised last year. Can we beat that total this year?  BottleDrop collection begins Thursday, September 6th, before school by the front door. Drop off will be EVERY Thursday starting next week. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill it with clean mixed cans & bottles and drop off before school on Thursdays.  You can also turn the bags in yourself at any Bottle Drop location, there’s one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood. Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan, open the deposit door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!  Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on which containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.

      Proceeds from our BottleDrop Fundraiser helps to support our Lewis Community events like Movie Night and Bingo Night.  We hope to continue to offer these events free of charge to our community.  Please continue to drop off those blue bags!  Every can and bottle helps!

      Walk + Roll begins Friday, September 7th!
      Welcome back to school!  Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean the kids have to put away their walking shoes, bike, scooter, skateboard, or wheelchair.

      Please join us for "Walk and Roll" beginning Friday, September 7th in the morning before school.  There will be popsicles for the kids, coffee from First Cup for the adults, and a bike mechanic from The Missing Link for those much needed adjustments to the kids' bikes, plus a raffle, music, and good cheer!
      Parents, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering for this event and on the first Friday of every month thereafter, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!
      Please email me your contact information to be added to the emailing list:
      Brett Bolstad
      Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
      brettbolstad@yahoo.com

    • Lewis Elementary School
      Weekly Newsletter
    • August 29, 2018
       

    Upcoming Dates:
    Thursday, August 30: 1st Day of School for Kindergarten
    Monday, September 3rd: No School: Labor Day Holiday
    Thursday, September 6th @ 6pm: Kinder Family Social
    Friday, September 7th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, September 12th @ 6:30pm: Lewis PTA Meeting
    Friday, September 14th: PTA After School Social

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    It's been so wonderful to see your kiddos back at school this week--they have settled back into the swing of things without missing a beat! Kinder families, we can't wait to greet your little ones tomorrow! As your kids may have told you, one of our new shifts this year is that we are trying recess before lunch. In conjunction with our new Playworks program, we have confidence that this switch will lead to safer playing, healthier eating, and better focus in class after lunch. If you'd like to review some of the research on this shift, you can find it here. Also, while our building is looking great, I know some of you still have questions and concerns about the effects of summer and ongoing construction. I have asked partners from PPS Communications and the Bonds Office (including a contracted environmental hazards expert from OHSU) to join us for a community meeting/Q&A session next Wednesday, September 5th at 8:45 am (right after drop-off) in our Tech Lab. Please join us if you have questions about the information that has already been sent out or would like more information about the continuing construction in our gym. If you are unable to make this meeting, but are seeking answers to questions, feel free to email me your questions and I will work to get you answers. 

    As always, please feel free to stop in and visit or email/call with any questions/concerns/ideas that are on your mind. I believe that communication works best when it is often and early--so, don't hesitate to reach out. I hope your kids have had a great first few days. I know it's going to be a terrific year!

    Counselor’s Corner:
    Dear Lewis Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Although many of you already know me, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Kylea Sundberg and I am the school counselor at Lewis.  My hours are full-time and I am located in Room Eleven.  As a school counselor, I offer a variety of student services, including but not limited to:  classroom lessons based on social and emotional learning, small groups centered on a variety of student needs, individual check-ins and breaks for students who may need them.  I am also available to help with finding access to outside counseling and resources for families.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing more specific details about what’s coming up in our school counseling program at Lewis. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-916-6360 or ksundberg@pps.net.

    Back-to-School Packets were sent home with your child(ren) this week.  The Student Profile Form and the Forms Packet (white paper with the color cover) needs your attention ASAP.  The profile form needs to be reviewed, updated if needed and signed, and the forms need to be completed.  Please return them to your child’s teacher by September 7th.
    **For Kindergarten Families, you will receive these packets when you and your child come in for your Assessment Meeting on either Monday or Tuesday.  You will complete these forms while you are here.
    The rest of the packet is for you to keep.  Important information we wanted to share with you, the Lewis School Handbook and Calendar, and lunch menu are included.
    **There was an error in the website information for our PTA in the packet.  Please note the PTA’s website is https://www.lewispta.org/

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    All doors except the West side door on SE 43rd are open from 8:30-8:45am for drop-off and from 2:55-3:15pm for pick-up.
    The West side door on SE 43rd is ONLY open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm. 
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
    The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm.
    For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

    Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
    If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

    **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

    Playground Access from Glenwood Street, the section of blacktop from the Glenwood Street fence to the Gym, and the bike racks in that area will be inaccessible while the seismic upgrades to the Gym are completed.  The anticipated completion date is late October.  All other parts of the playground will be open and accessible. 
    This past weekend, the blacktop was pressure washed and cleared of all construction debris and the field was inspected and any remaining debris has been removed.

    School Meals:

    • We encourage parents to submit a Free and Reduced Meal applications online via SchoolCafe` at https://www.schoolcafe.com or by paper (available from the office).   Whether you are going to use this benefit or not, Lewis has the potential to access additional resources if we have a certain percentage of Free and Reduced qualifying families.  Please consider submitting an application.
      Families that were approved last year for Free and Reduced Meals have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefits for this year.  After the 30 day grace period, families will be charged for meals.
    • Please note: students will no longer be able to purchase a la carte milk OR a second meal.

    We are looking for adult volunteers for lunch duty:
    Each day during lunch period, we need 2 volunteers to assist Kelly and Laurie (our Nutrition Service staff) in serving lunch to our students.  We have utilized 4th & 5th grade student volunteers in the past, but with our change in our lunch routine, students would miss most of their lunch recess.  In an effort to avoid this, we are looking to our volunteers.  Our 2 volunteers would assist in serving lunch to our students.

    If you are interested, please click on this SignUp Genuis link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-lewis1

    Milk Carton Recycling:
    Help continue our recycling tradition at Lewis!  Come to the cafeteria during lunch for 30 minutes and rinse milk cartons to prepare them for recycling.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill.  Click on the link to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-august1

    PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser:
    Thank you to everyone who dropped off BottleDrop bags over the summer - we raised over $500 since June! That’s on top of the $1500 we raised last year. Can we beat that total this year?  BottleDrop collection begins Thursday, September 6th, before school by the front door. Drop off will be EVERY Thursday starting next week. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill it with clean mixed cans & bottles and drop off before school on Thursdays.  You can also turn the bags in yourself at any Bottle Drop location, there’s one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood. Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan, open the deposit door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!  Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on which containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.
    Proceeds from our BottleDrop Fundraiser helps to support our Lewis Community events like Movie Night and Bingo Night.  We hope to continue to offer these events free of charge to our community.  Please continue to drop off those blue bags!  Every can and bottle helps!

    Walk + Roll begins Friday, September 7th!
    Welcome back to school!  Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean the kids have to put away their walking shoes, bike, scooter, skateboard, or wheelchair.
    Please join us for "Walk and Roll" beginning Friday, September 7th in the morning before school.  There will be popsicles for the kids, coffee from First Cup for the adults, and a bike mechanic from The Missing Link for those much needed adjustments to the kids' bikes, plus a raffle, music, and good cheer!
    Parents, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering for this event and on the first Friday of every month thereafter, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!
    Please email me your contact information to be added to the emailing list:
    Brett Bolstad
    Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
    brettbolstad@yahoo.com

    Pets in our building/District Policy:
    Per district policy, pets are not permitted in school buildings.  We apologize for this inconvenience, but we have concerns about students and family members with allergies, fearful pets, and students that are fearful of dogs and other animals.  Please leave your pets outside if you bring them at drop-off or pick-up time. 
    If your child(ren) has an interest in bringing a pet to class for sharing, please contact the teacher to make those arrangements. 

    Coat Exchange:
    We are holding a coat exchange event during this first week of school.  You can donate a coat that your child has outgrown and/or find a new one for the school year.  The coat rack is in the hallway by the front door.  Please help yourself.

    Open House for Errol Heights Park Project:
    Neighborhood residents and park enthusiasts have two opportunities to weigh in on the city’s plans to improve Errol Heights Park to maximize recreational opportunities and enjoyment of nature. Please share this information your friends, neighbors, colleagues and family.
    1. Open House for Errol Heights Park Project - Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 am- 1pm.  Come join us at SE 52nd Ave and SE Tenino Court for morning coffee and scones. Learn about upcoming park improvements and provide input on two concept designs, guiding principles and park elements/programming.  Park Ecologist, Christian Haaning will be leading trail walks at two different times that morning.
    2. Survey – Provide input on all aspects of the project. The survey deadline is September 22, 2018. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/errolheightspark

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    August 25, 2018

    We are excited to welcome you and your child(ren) to the new school year~

    Before you return on Monday, we wanted to send you a few reminders and let you know of a few things happening this week~

     

    Back-to-School Packets will be coming home with your child(ren) on Monday.  The Student Profile Form and the Forms Packet (white paper with the color cover) needs your attention ASAP.  The profile form needs to be reviewed, updated if needed and signed, and the forms need to be completed.  Please return them to your child’s teacher by September 7th.
    **For Kindergarten Families, you will receive these packets when you and your child come in for your Assessment Meeting on either Monday or Tuesday.  You will complete these forms while you are here.
    The rest of the packet is for you to keep.  Important information we wanted to share with you, the Lewis School Handbook and Calendar, and lunch menu are included.

     

    Playground Access from Glenwood Street, the section of blacktop from the Glenwood Street fence to the Gym, and the bike racks in that area will be inaccessible while the seismic upgrades to the Gym are completed.  The anticipated completion date is late October.  All other parts of the playground will be open and accessible. 
    This weekend, the blacktop will be pressure washed and cleared of all construction debris, all debris will be removed, the field will be inspected and any remaining debris will be removed.

     

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…

    All doors except the West side door on SE 43rd are open from 8:30-8:45am for drop-off and from 2:55-3:15pm for pick-up.
    The West side door on SE 43rd is ONLY open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm. 
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
    The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm.
    For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

    Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
    If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

    **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

     

    Information from Nutrition Services:

    • The PPS Nutrition Services website has been updated pps.net/nutrition with new menus, new meal prices and updated meal benefits related information.
    • Parents can use SchoolCafe` to deposit funds to purchase school meals, view transactions and balance, setup low balance alerts, transfer funds from one student to another, etc. Parents need to create a SchoolCafe` account to use the system. There is no cost to use SchoolCafe` features, except when a debit/credit card is used to fund a student’s meal account. The minimum payment is $15 and there is a 5% fee per online transaction. Cash and check (made payable to Portland Public Schools) payments can be submitted directly to the cafeteria or school office.
    • Parents can submit Free and Reduced Meal applications online via SchoolCafe` at schoolcafe.com or paper. Families that were approved last year for Free and Reduced Meals have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefits for this year.  After the 30 day grace period, families will be charged for meals.
    • NEW! Families can download the SchoolCafe` mobile app on any Android or iOS device and submit a meal application as well as use all of the other features listed above.
    • The kitchen will be offering the opportunity for students to receive one breakfast and one lunch per day. Students will no longer be able to purchase additional meals or a la carte milk.

     

    Coat Exchange:

    We will have a coat exchange available the first week of school.  You can donate a coat that your child has outgrown and/or find a new one for the school year.

                                       

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Newsletter

    June 6, 2018               
            

    Upcoming Dates:

    June 7- Bottle Drop Collection 845am
    June 8- Last Day of School
    June 9- Lewis Dines Out- Portland Fish Market’s Fish and Chip Window.
    June 25- Lewis School office closes
    Aug 13- Lewis School office reopens


    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    It's hard to believe that this is truly our last newsletter! I want to sincerely thank you for welcoming me to the Lewis community this year and for entrusting me with the care of your wonderful children. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and learning the ways of Lewis.
    I wanted to take this last newsletter opportunity to offer well-wishes to staff who will be leaving us this year and to share updated news about staffing for next year. I hope you'll join me in honoring the hard work and dedication of the following staff members who will be moving up, on, and away at the end of this school year:

    Lynne Leake--congratulations on your retirement!! Wishing you well-earned rest & relaxation!
    Mark Hansen--we wish you well on your international adventure with your family!
    Mark Richner--we wish you well on your family's move to Tennessee!
    Heather McDaid--best of luck in your new full-time position!
    Quiana Allen--thank you for all of your hard work in kindergarten this year!
    Vianca Estrada--best of luck as you transition with the student you support to middle school!
    Sarah Fakhoury (Health Asst)--best of luck on your next adventures in nursing!
    Janice Weber (Kinder EA)--we will miss your steadfast support in kindergarten!
    Wendy Connolly (student teacher)--it was a pleasure to have you learn with us this year!

    And, for some staffing updates:

    We will be welcoming two new teachers to the building next year--Shannon D'Aurora to join Jennifer Meyer in the Learning Center and Kira Parker in Kindergarten. While these assignments have the potential to shift over the summer, we are pleased to welcome Shannon and Kira to our team.

    Since Mark Richner announced his plans to relocate, we have made some shifts in grade assignments with current teachers. Ms. Elissa will now be moving back up to teach 4th grade next year and Ms. Leslie will be transitioning from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. This means that we will be posting a vacancy to hire a new Kindergarten teacher later this month.

    In terms of student placements, please know that our teaching teams have been extremely deliberate and thoughtful about the class lists they've created for next year. You can expect to receive a letter from Lewis in mid-August notifying you of your child(ren)'s class and teacher assignment.

    I wish you all safe, happy, and healthy summers! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time if questions/concerns arise (eglasgow@pps.net).
     

    Medication End of the Year Pick Up

    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.

    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located inside the main entrance.

     

    News from the School Office:

    Despite the summer construction going on, the office will remain open until June 25th.  The office will reopen for the Fall on August 13th.
    Registrations for new, incoming students for grades K-5 are still being accepted for Fall Enrollment, but please don’t wait!  We would love to have registrations in by mid-June so we have a clearer picture of our enrollment before we close for the summer.

    Report Cards will be mailed home June 15th.  You will also receive information regarding school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year.
    2018-2019 Welcome Letters from your child’s teacher will be mailed home the week of August 13th.

    For news and info over the summer, be sure to follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lewispdx/) and check the Lewis Website (http://www.pps.net/Domain/135).

    Also follow the Lewis PTA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/) and their website as well (https://www.lewispta.org/)

    As always, please feel free to email Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net if you have any questions.

     

    Want an easy way to show your appreciation for all our teachers' great work? 

    One of the ways we say a big Thank You! to our staff is to clean out the lunch bins at the end of the year.  It's quick, easy and the staff love the help!  This year we'll be cleaning bins on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th from 3:00-4:00.  We'd love your help!  Click the link below to sign up!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff4

     

    BottleDrop collection this Thursday 6/7. 
    BottleDrop has raised over $1500 so far for Lewis PTA!

    It’s time to prepare for summer - Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer, fill up with clean returnable bottles, go by any Bottle Drop location including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!
    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.


    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis

    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer.  
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.   The adjacent field and play structures will remain open and accessible as long as there are no safety concerns once construction begins.  
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.

    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond
     

    OBOB 2018/2019

    Looking for some reading suggestions over the long summer? Want to branch out a bit and try some new books and titles? Want to ask your friends to read with you, to laugh together, solve mysteries together, learn about history?  Ever heard of Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)? OBOB is a reading and comprehension program (http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/) starting in 3rd grade all the way to 12th grade. Their mission states to “encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students”. They have picked out some excellent books, for everybody to sure find a new favorite. Find the list here: http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2018-2019-obob-book-titles/ Ask your friends to join you and form a team (4-5 members), brainstorm a team name, have fun with the books and get ready for the OBOB battle at Lewis in the new school year.

    The Multnomah county library has all titles available and books stores around town usually have a shelf dedicated to the OBOB books. Happy reading and have great summer. If you have any questions, please email stadleranja@gmail.com

     

    Thank you from the PTA board!

    As we wind down and head into summer break, a huge thank you to all the volunteers and participants who have played a role in the successes of the PTA this spring.

    We've raised money through

    Lewis Dines Out at Reverend’s BBQ, Laurelwood, and Pizza Roma, and coming up this Saturday at Portland Fish Market
    The Lucky Luau and Auction
    The plant sale and Earth Day Fair
    Bottle drop, Scrip, BoxTops, Fred Meyer Rewards, and Amazon Smile

    We've also had a lot of fun at movie night, socials, walk and roll, the Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance, and the end of year picnic. These events are really important ways to build community and encourage fun for the whole family.

    Curious about what we raise funds for? Want to learn more about getting involved? Join the conversation by coming to a PTA meeting in the fall. Can’t attend a meeting? Connect with us--

    lewispta.org
    facebook.com/ptalewis/
    lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com

    We are very grateful to everyone who joined the PTA in supporting all Lewis students this spring.

     

    Keep Reading this Summer

    We’re excited to announce a great resource for reading this summer: Capstone Interactive eBooks!

    This summer, Capstone is providing free access to thousands of ebooks that can be read from school, home, or on-the-go. These eBooks can be used with a laptop or desktop computer or an iPad.
    Best of all, Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists. Plus, the easy navigation makes it inviting for your student to find their Capstone favorites: like the spunky Katie Woo, stunning photography from PebblePlus books, and thrilling reads like Library of Doom from Michael Dahl.  And you can feel comfortable knowing your student is exploring an ad-free website bursting with resources to help them read in and out of the classroom.

    Check out all the titles available using the login information below.

    Go to www.mycapstonelibrary.com
    Login: summer18
    Password: lovetoread

    P.S. Want to read offline?
    Download the app directly from iTunes!



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Newsletter

    May 30, 2018
       
                

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm
    June 1- Walk and Roll
    June 1– End of the year picnic 6pm
    June 6- Coffee Talk with Emily
    Last Day of School is June 8
    June 9- Lewis Dines Out- Portland Fish Market’s Fish and Chip Window.

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    It's hard to believe that we're this close to the end! Thank you to everyone who came out to help with Field Day--what a fun and playful day for everyone. Hopefully, many of you are planning to attend our Spring Music Concert on Thursday night and our End of Year Picnic on Friday night! Lots of opportunities to come together and celebrate everyone's hard work this year. Personally, the end of the year is providing me with a great opportunity to reflect on all that we've accomplished during my first year at Lewis and all that lies ahead. For those of you interested in that level of reflection, I am working on a "State of the School" narrative that I plan to have out by early next week. Our last Coffee Talk of the year--scheduled for next Wednesday after morning drop-off--will be an opportunity to dialogue around some of the themes in that narrative. If you cannot make the Coffee Talk, but would like to have some discussion about our work at Lewis, feel free to reach out at anytime.

    News from the School Office:
    This week will be our last week for Classroom Notes via School Messenger. Look for end-of-the-year news directly from your child’s teacher.
    The Lewis Weekly Newsletter will continue through June 6th.
    Despite the summer construction going on, the office will remain open until June 25th.  The office will reopen for the Fall on August 13th.

    Registrations for new, incoming students for grades K-5 are still being accepted for Fall Enrollment, but please don’t wait!  We would love to have registrations in by mid-June so we have a clearer picture of our enrollment before we close for the summer.

    Report Cards will be mailed home June 15th.  You will also receive information regarding school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year.

    2018-2019 Welcome Letters from your child’s teacher will be mailed home the week of August 13th.

    For news and info over the summer, be sure to follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lewispdx/) and check the Lewis Website (http://www.pps.net/domain/135)

    Also follow the Lewis PTA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/) and their website as well (https://www.lewispta.org/)

    As always, please feel free to email Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net if you have any questions.

     

    Want an easy way to show your appreciation for all our teachers' great work? 
    One of the ways we say a big Thank You! to our staff is to clean out the lunch bins at the end of the year.  It's quick, easy and the staff  love the help!  This year we'll be cleaning bins on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th from 3:00-4:00.  We'd love your help!  Click the link below to sign up!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff4


    Please note the following changes to our Lunch Menu for the month of June:
    Friday, June 1st:  Alaskan Pollock OR BBQ Chicken Drumsticks w/ Roasted Potatoes & Coleslaw
    Monday, June 4th: Orange Chicken w/ Rice
    Tuesday, June 5th: Vegetable Lasagna
    Wednesday, June 6th: Hamburger OR Cheeseburger
    Thursday, June 7th: Pizzeria Day
    Friday, June 8th: Oven Roasted Chicken

    Spring Book Drive- Thank You!
    Lewis's Little Free Library is well stocked and ready to go for the new school year.  Thank you for your generous donations.  Happy reading!


    BottleDrop collection this Thursday 5/31 before school! And one more next Thursday 6/7. 
    BottleDrop has raised over $1500 so far for Lewis PTA!

    It’s time to prepare for summer - Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer, fill up with clean returnable bottles, go by any Bottle Drop location including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!

    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.


    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis
    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer. The adjacent field will remain open and accessible.
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.
    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond
     

    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located in the hall between the gym and the cafeteria.


    The Lewis End of Year Picnic is coming!
    June 1, 6-8pm on the playground
    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!
    Otto’s hot dogs and sausages for sale
    6:00 - Boomin' Beats performance
    6:30 - Kickball game
    7:00 - Limbo
    7:30 - Hula Hooping

    We need your help to make this fun event a success! Sign up for short shifts here
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-endofyear1

    For more information and updates, visit
    https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic
     

    OBOB 2018/2019
    Looking for some reading suggestions over the long summer? Want to branch out a bit and try some new books and titles? Want to ask your friends to read with you, to laugh together, solve mysteries together, learn about history?  Ever heard of Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)? OBOB is a reading and comprehension program (http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/) starting in 3rd grade all the way to 12th grade. Their mission states to “encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students”. They have have picked out some excellent books, for everybody to sure find a new favorite. Find the list here: http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2018-2019-obob-book-titles/ Ask your friends to join you and form a team (4-5 members), brainstorm a team name, have fun with the books and get ready for the OBOB battle at Lewis in the new school year.

    The Multnomah county library has all titles available and books stores around town usually have a shelf dedicated to the OBOB books. Happy reading and have great summer. If you have any questions, please email stadleranja@gmail.com


    Lewis Foundation Meeting- Tonight!
    Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm in the Library
    You might have heard that Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions next year. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that Lewis families are used to, a school foundation is being started. A community meeting took place on May 10 to discuss creating a foundation and there was enough interest from the parents attending to make it happen.

    Our first official foundation meeting will take place on May 30th at 6pm in the Lewis library. Free childcare will be provided in the cafeteria.
    The agenda will include:
    (a) election of the board of directors;
    (b) election of officers;
    (c) setting the meeting schedule for 2018-19;
    (d) next steps

    Are you interested in joining the board of directors? Read more about the positions and nominate yourself using this form
    https://goo.gl/forms/XWW9QHsl3Vu7nUx72
    Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the conversation. Please reach out if you have questions to ellen.yerkes@gmail.com


    Reminder: Lewis school library books are due back to the library by June 1st

     

    Last "Walk and Roll" Friday, June 1!
    Come join us for the last Walk and Roll of the school year on Friday, June 1!  In addition to celebrating the use of human power to get to school, there will be juice-based popsicles for the kids.  And don't forget to sign in for the drawing at lunch time.

    I would like to thank James Hazuka and Justin Boyles for being stalwart volunteers during the past year.  Without their help, Walk and Roll simply would not be possible.  These two have committed to staying on next year, but we would welcome more help.  Please consider volunteering for this event on the first Friday of every month, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!

    If you are interested in helping with Walk and Roll next year, please drop me an email.
    Brett Bolstad,  Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
    brettbolstad@yahoo.com


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.

    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.
    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO


    Staff questionaires
    A reminder from the PTA... Did you know all Lewis staff members have filled out forms listing their likes/dislikes and these forms are available to view in the office? As we approach the end of the school year and families start thinking about how to thank the wonderful staff members who care for our kids each day, these forms can be a big help! Ask Tracy in the office if you'd like to take a peek at them.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 30, 2018

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Wow! I can't believe we only have 8 days of school left.

    The kindergartners had a blast yesterday during field day. Many students said yesterday was the best day ever.  We have a few fun activities planned over the next 8 days.  This Friday we will be attending the Children's Museum from 10am-1pm. Parent volunteers who will be joining us are Esther, Annie, Kevin, Jessica, and Kendyl.

    Next week,  Wednesday the 6th we will be walking to the park with our 2nd-grade reading buddies. I will be sending home more details; It would be nice if we could have a few volunteers join us next Wednesday at 10 am.

    Reading and writing workshops are going well; it has been amazing seeing all of the reading and writing growth. Tomorrow we will go book shopping for the last time. This week will be wrapping up with our science unit. The students have had a fabulous time learning about worms, fish, and seashells.

    Reminders: On Friday, June 1st we will be going to the Children's Museum, and we will leave at 9:45 and will return by 1 pm. Also, all library books are due Friday, June 1st. Lastly, please continue to provide a snack each day for your child, we have no more class snacks available.   Thank you!

    P.S. I have pictures of your child from the school year, and I would like to put together a simple yearbook, please let me know if you have experience putting together a yearbook, and would like to help. Since we have 8 days left, I might send the pictures to Kinkos and pay to make a yearbook for each child, so please let me know if you have any other suggestions. Also, I would like to have a kindergarten last day of the school celebration next Thursday at 2:30, I will send home more details A.S.A.P.

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    I can’t believe this is our final addition of Classroom Notes from Room 4! What a remarkable year it has been. The emotional, social and academic growth has been just phenomenal to watch unfold. When we look at work that was completed at the beginning of the year and compare it to the work that is being done now, the improvement is truly amazing. Ms. Connolly has been an invaluable addition as a student teacher and I have great faith that she will be in charge of her own classroom in no time. Thanks so much to the friends and families of Room 4 for the contributions at home and in the classroom.

    If you are available to join us on Friday June 8th around 2pm, we are having a kindergarten celebration. This is a low-key event. We will share some relatively health snacks, watch a slide show, and take one last tour around the classroom. Hand me a hankie!

    The final batch of weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Wow, what an amazing year we have had!  Can you believe there is only a week and a half left of Kindergarten?  We are filling our last days of school up fast with tons of fun activities.  Yesterday we had so much fun playing games with our friends during Field Day.  Thank you to Mr. Williams and all our volunteers who came to help out! Friday is our field trip to the Children’s Museum.  We will be leaving school at 10:00 and returning at 1:00. We will be eating before and after our trip so try to send extra snacks if you can!

    Yesterday we had our first two Special Interest Project presentations and they rocked it!  A great visual poster about sharks and an interactive model about tornadoes had our students eager to learn more.  This is an optional project, but if your student would like to participate, they may bring their presentation to school up until our last day.  They may not get to present on the day they bring their project, but we will definitely get to them all. Each student is giving kind feedback to the presenter by writing a comment on a post-it note.  I love seeing their faces light up when reading the comments from their friends :) Let me know if you have any questions about this project!

    On Thursday, June 7th, we will be going to Berkeley Park for an end of the year celebration with our 3rd grade buddies from Ms. Cyndi’s class.  We will walk to the park at 1:00, play some games, have a treat, and play until 2:30.  If you would like to join us or donate a treat, please let me know.

    As we wrap up this year I want to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for your support this year.  You have volunteered in the classroom, hung art, made copies, chaperoned field trips, read to your students at home and so much more.  It has been a pleasure working together with you this year to help your student grow. We will be sending home reflection papers and art projects this last week of school so be sure to check folders and take time to celebrate all your students wonderful accomplishments from this year.  Leslie

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    We have been having so much fun in Room 3.
    We’re another week closer to the end of the year! Field Day was so much fun Tuesday.  The weather was perfect, and the kids had a great time playing the different games. This week we are wrapping   up our farm unit by writing stories about our farms and acting them out with partners. The kids loved having the opportunity to play around with the farms that they worked so hard to create. The whole unit was hard work but a lot of fun! We are looking forward to much celebration as we wind down the year. Our class won the box top competition and got popcorn and apple juice as a reward. We will be having a little class party sometime early next week. Our class is featured on the bulletin boards on the dip between the upper and primary hall. We have been learning about poetry and each wrote a piece about ourselves using a few of the things we learned about poetry. I think they are really sweet and I'm proud of the work they did.

    We will be taking a walking field trip with our buddies on June 7th from 1-2:30.Parents are welcome to join us! We will be asking for snack/treat contributions closer to the date.

    It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is so close! Second grade, here we come.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    I hope your Memorial Day weekend was wonderful! I was able to spend time relaxing and hiking at the beach with family and friends and feel rejuvenated and energized for our final weeks of school together!

    This week we continue working on our fairy tale and all about stories during writing and in math, students are working hard to accomplish a variety of assessments and Farm Math continues with the addition of chickens, horses and later, crops, ponds and fields!

    We are planning a Summer Birthdays Celebration at 2:15 on June 7th. Let me know if you would like to contribute a little snack or drink:)

    Please take a little time daily with your child at a set time and place to enjoy reading, writing and math together through out these last weeks and into summer. I will be sending home a list of resources soon!

    Thanks so much,  abuckley@pps.net
    Mrslogue.wordpress.net (for photos)
    Twitter@AnneAbuckley

     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    Wow, it is hard to believe that there are only 8 days left in the year! This will be our last week of classroom notes… First of all, I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Secondly, we had a blast at Field Day on Tuesday morning. What a great way to kick off the week! The kids rotated through some great activities- and the sun even came out towards the end! A big thanks to our parent helpers - its always nice to have a few extra pair of hands!

    In the classroom, we are starting to wrap up things up. In writing, we will be crafting letters to our future Second Grade teachers. After learning the parts of a friendly letter and working together to write a thank you to Mr. Williams for a fabulous Field Day, we will be writing to introduce ourselves for our 2nd grade teachers. Please take a minute to help your kiddo think about what they might want to include when introducing themselves to their next teacher.

    In math, we are also finishing up our unit on double digit addition. We will be having some fun with data collection and math in the coming days, as well. As things wind up will we be continuing many of our routines with a few fun things along the way, just to mix it up.

    Finally, we will be having a Summer Birthday celebration on Tuesday, June 5th. Please check in with me if your student has a summer birthday, as we would like to have lemonade tasting party along with a birthday treat to share with the group.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Summer! Be sure to stop by and say hello next year and beyond!  Cheers,  Ms. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. Murphy - 2nd Grade

    WOW! It is hard to believe there are only 7 days of school yet. We will be going on two walking field trips to Berkeley park. I will be sending out a request for parents to join us soon. 

    In math we have started new workplaces. The kids are working with play money to add and subtract larger numbers. We will be working a lot this week on brushing up our math skills to prepare for our final year end math assessment. 

    In reading we are finishing up the series book clubs. The students have moved on to reading more books in our series or trying new books in new series. The kids are loving these books and I hope the students can continue reading these books over the summer!

    In writing, we are finishing up our opinion letters. The students have worked hard on finding evidence to support their opinions. We have primarily been focusing on writing about our book series. This week I will be collecting a final writing sample to score for the last report card.

    In science, we will be working on researching and creating a slide show about a particular habitat. This week students chose a habitat to research and are looking for information from a variety of kid friendly websites. They will transform the research into a slide show later this week and early next week.

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    Dear Lewis Families and Community,  
    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making my days at Lewis some of the most rewarding ones.  As I write this, it is hard to believe that this year marks the end of my 37 year career in teaching.  I will retire this June and will have many fond memories of my 11 years at Lewis.

    Thank you for hanging out after school and for sharing stories of your lives. One of my most important missions has been to build community with my families and I've done my best to get to know you and your children. Thank you for all of the supportive emails, warm wishes, thoughtful cards and gifts over the years. They are testimony that the work I've done has been valued and is important. I love being a part of such a caring community!

    As we close out the year, I would love to say goodbye to each of you if you have a few minutes to stop in after school. This will be the first time in 50+ years that I won't be starting school in the fall. I imagine that will be a freeing experience but also know that it will be a bit of a challenge for me to sit with myself and be open to what else life has in store for me. My plan for retirement is to spend time with my family and friends, my dog Simon, and explore my creative side. I hope to take a class or two and try some different art forms.

    Thank you again. I will cherish the time I've spent here at Lewis. I am sure that I won't be able to stay away for long and know that you will see me in the halls sometime in the future



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
                  

    May 23, 2018               

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 24- PTA After School Social
    May 28- Memorial Day- No School
    May 29- Field Day
    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm
    June 1- Walk and Roll
    June 1 – End of the year picnic 6pm
    June 6- Coffee Talk with Emily
    Last Day of School is June 8

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    It was a pleasure to celebrate with many of you at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this morning. Thank you to all of you who take time to support our work at Lewis. Next year, in an effort to streamline the many volunteers in our community, we'll be offering a new "volunteer squad" system. Look for more information on this in your opening day packet next year. I also wanted to circle back and report that--after gathering feedback from you, from students, and from staff--our School Site Council has drafted a refreshed mission statement for Lewis: "At Lewis, we nurture personal growth within a supportive community. We encourage curiosity, seek innovation, and embrace inclusion." We will be working to bring this new mission statement to life next fall through regular monthly celebrations with students, a community art project, and classroom lessons on the values embedded in this statement.
     

    Field Day is a fun-filled end of the year event that involves fun outside activities for our students.  We need your help with running the different stations.

    We will have 2 sessions this year: 
    Grades K-2 will be in the morning from 10:00-11:15
    Grades 3-5 (including Ms. Canales' class, Room 16): 1:30 - 2:45

    The link below will take you to the sign-up page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-2018
    Thank you!


    Want an easy way to show your appreciation for all our teachers' great work? 
    One of the ways we say a big Thank You! to our staff is to clean out the lunch bins at the end of the year.  It's quick, easy and the staff  love the help!  This year we'll be cleaning bins on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th from 3:00-4:00.  We'd love your help!  Click the link below to sign up!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff4


    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis
    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer. The adjacent field will remain open and accessible.
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.

    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond
     

    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located in the hall between the gym and the cafeteria.


    The Lewis End of Year Picnic is coming!  June 1, 6-8pm on the playground
    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!

    Ottos hot dogs and sausages for sale
    6:00 - Boomin' Beats performance
    6:30 - Kickball game
    7:00 - Limbo
    7:30 - Hula Hooping

    We need your help to make this fun event a success! Sign up for short shifts here
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-endofyear1
    For more information and updates, visit
    https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic
     

    Book Room Helpers Needed
    Our Literacy Couch Ala needs help on Monday, June 4 getting the Book Rooms back in order before next year.
    Signup for an hour, or a couple of hours if you are inclined.  We can use all the hands we can get!
    Follow the link to sign-up:

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-book

     

    Lewis Foundation Meeting  
    Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm in the Library
    You might have heard that Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions next year. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that Lewis families are used to, a school foundation is being started. A community meeting took place on May 10 to discuss creating a foundation and there was enough interest from the parents attending to make it happen.

    Our first official foundation meeting will take place on May 30th at 6pm in the Lewis library. Free childcare will be provided in the cafeteria.
    The agenda will include:
    (a) election of the board of directors;
    (b) election of officers;
    (c) setting the meeting schedule for 2018-19;
    (d) next steps

    Are you interested in joining the board of directors? Read more about the positions and nominate yourself using this form
    https://goo.gl/forms/XWW9QHsl3Vu7nUx72

    For more information about what was discussed at the May 10 meeting, go here--

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1i35ayFtBlY8RzLS_wN2_PaOSNAEkDaRU

    Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the conversation. Please reach out if you have questions to ellen.yerkes@gmail.com
    Reminder: Lewis school library books are due back to the library by June 1st

     

    Last "Walk and Roll" Friday, June 1!
    Come join us for the last Walk and Roll of the school year on Friday, June 1!  In addition to celebrating the use of human power to get to school, there will be juice-based popsicles for the kids.  And don't forget to sign in for the drawing at lunch time.

    I would like to thank James Hazuka and Justin Boyles for being stalwart volunteers during the past year.  Without their help, Walk and Roll simply would not be possible.  These two have committed to staying on next year, but we would welcome more help.  Please consider volunteering for this event on the first Friday of every month, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!

    If you are interested in helping with Walk and Roll next year, please drop me an email.

    Brett Bolstad
    Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
    brettbolstad@yahoo.com

     

    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!
    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!


    Spring Book Drive for Lewis's Little Free Library
    Lewis Elementary School’s Little Free Library needs more books. We want to make sure that our little library is stocked and ready for readers this next school year. The Spring Book Drive kicks off next Monday the 21st. You must participate! (Actually, it’s optional.) All you have to do is find a kids book that you don't read anymore and drop it in one of the boxes. It would be very helpful because we want everyone to have plenty of books to read. After all, that’s one of the reasons we put up the library. Hey, if there are no good books in the little library, or no books at all, then what books will we have to read? Boxes will be located in front of room 20 and next to the office. The Spring Book Drive will be from May 21st to 25th. Happy reading!


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.


    Planning for 2018-2019 Events
    Did you have a favorite PTA event this year? Maybe your kids loved the Lonesome Teacher Trio dance, Walk and Roll mornings, or an after-school social? Want to help make it even better next year? We are currently looking for people to help coordinate next year's events - sign up sheets are on the office windows. Sign up now and we'll contact you as the event gets closer to remind you and offer support! If you have questions about what is involved, contact Kendyl Watts (kendylann3@yahoo.com) or Claire Giesige (clairestar.g@gmail.com) for more information.


    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.
    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!

    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO


    Staff questionaires
    A reminder from the PTA... Did you know all Lewis staff members have filled out forms listing their likes/dislikes and these forms are available to view in the office? As we approach the end of the school year and families start thinking about how to thank the wonderful staff members who care for our kids each day, these forms can be a big help! Ask Tracy in the office if you'd like to take a peek at them.

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 23, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    May continues to be a terrific month in room 16!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: We are working through our Character Studies unit. Right now we are reading Because of Winn-Dixie and learning about story structure.

    Writing: We’ve finished up poetry, now we are working on some end of the year tasks and graphic novels (using what we’ve learned about story structure in reading).

    Social Studies: We are finishing up our Vanport unit by creating collaborative posters. Next we will start our mini-unit on Bridges.

    Math: 2nd graders are working on Unit 5. They’ve been working hard at using different strategies for 2 digit addition and subtraction. Ask them about the open number line or decomposing a ten. 3rd graders are finishing up testing and focusing on multiplication and division strategies.

    Reminders

    June 6th: we will be walking to Berkeley park in the afternoon with our buddy class. More info to come!

    Send in pre-cut 2 by 1 foot pieces of cardboard for our Bridges building. Sending them in pre-cut is super helpful!

    Check out our DonorsChoose page if you’d like to help fund some projects for our classroom. Right now we have one project up for balance ball seats and another project for more wobble stools! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Our page website is:

    https://www.donorschoose.org/cassiecanales

     

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    To start, I have some big personal news.  My partner and I have been trying to find jobs teaching overseas for a few years.  There have been some near misses but this year we landed on what feels like a good match.  In July we will be moving to Prague, Czech Republic, to teach at the International School of Prague.  I have very mixed feelings, because it is a dream come true but I am sad to be leaving our Lewis community.  My teacher email will stay active for a bit so feel free to reach out if you want to stay in touch.

    I also want to thank you all for allowing me to work with your amazing children.  We have formed a tight, little unit in our class.  I also want to thank Jill for being a great teaching partner and Angela for how much she brings to our class.  This year has been a real highlight in my career. 

    These last days of school will hold a lot of fun projects.  We are researching bridge engineering, learning about the bridges of Portland and also building bridges.  For families with older siblings that went to Lewis, this will look a little different than how they built bridges.  This will not be a take home project; we will build them in class.  I know that some of you are cheering that and others will miss the fun project.  If you find yourself with and un-scratchable itch to build a bridge, please reach out so that we can invite you to join us.  We will need help managing supplies, supporting safe use of hot glue guns and following building plans. 
    Best always,  Mark

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    May continues to be a great month in Room 17! Boy is it flying by though!

    We finished our last official Reading unit on Character Studies and I was really impressed with how students did on the post assessment. Moving forward, in addition to a little more Freading (Free Reading,) much of our reading will revolve around bridges, as we really dig deep into the NF book, Big & Awesome Bridges. We will also do quite a bit of writing related to this new Social Studies unit we started yesterday. As part of the unit, students will also be making models of a truss bridge. This will most likely take some grown-up assistance, so please let me know if you have time toward the end of next week to help out. Speaking of Social Studies, we wrapped up our unit on Vanport this week. Please check out the collaborative posters the students made, which are hanging outside the classroom. The final assessment was a letter to someone about Vanport. Many of you will be receiving one, so be on the lookout. In Math, we are continuing to work on fractions.

    As the end of the year approaches, we will be doing several reflective writing assignments. Students will write a letter to their future 4th grade teacher, which I will pass along in the Fall. They will also write a piece about the best parts of 3rd grade. We brainstormed, as a class, a list of all the different things we have done this year. I’m excited to see what the favorites were. One of my favorite activities we have done, just recently, has been with our paper chain counting down the remaining school days, a bittersweet activity for me. We started with 24 rings, one for each student. I pull a name of someone each day and then give a little description of that student and their many wonderful qualities. I would say 95% of the time students are able to guess who it is on the first try. A testament to how much we have grown to know each other as learners and individuals. I will miss this closeness and community next year.

    We have some important dates coming up:

    Tuesday, May 29th, 1:30 - 2:45 - Field Day
    Wednesday, June 6th, 8:45 - 3:00 - Field trip to Bull Run Watershed (please turn in your permission slip if you haven’t already - we still have a few chaperone spots open. Let me know if you are interested in joining)
    Thursday, June 7th, 1:00 - 2:30  - Walking field trip with our buddy class to Berkeley Park
    Friday, June 8th - Last day of school

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    We are keeping busy, busy, busy right up until the end!  We have been learning to multiply larger numbers, working to refine our structured writing skills, and diving into the history of Japanese Americans in Portland.  Lots of events coming up, so read on to learn more!

    We will take our end of unit test later this week on large number multiplication strategies.  Students have explored several ways to approach a multi-digit multiplication problem: sketch an array, use partial products, and we have dipped a toe into using the standard algorithm.  Students will refine their techniques in 5th grade.  We are continuing to work on our multiplication fluency - keep practicing at home!

    Students have been composing a letter to themselves to open when they are 30 years old.  They are making some predictions about what their life will be like (or what they hope it will be like), where they will be living, and what they will be doing for work.  These letters are a great read and I hope you will help your child in finding a good place to keep their letter safely for a few years.  :)

    Next Wednesday is our field trip to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in downtown.  This field trip blends perfectly with our Japanese American history unit.  Please make sure that your child's permission slip is returned by this Friday.  We have space for a few chaperones, so please indicate if you are interested in joining us!  Additionally, we will be having a culminating event at the end of this unit so students can share their learning with you.  An invitation was sent home on Monday.  Please come join us on Wednesday, June 6th from 8:40 - 9:40 to see what we have been working on and to see some performances!

    Our buddy field trip to Berkeley Park is coming up on Thursday, June 7th.  We will head down the hill around 1:00 and return before the end of the day.  I will post a sign up outside of our room for chaperones and/or to bring games and popsicles.

    Finally, we are having another 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing Along on the last day of school this year!  Come spend some time chatting and snacking with friends from 8:15 - 9:00 and then join us for a sing along led by Mr. Colvin.  It will be a perfect close to the year!
    Take care,  Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    Students are heavily invested in our Japantown Storyline unit. Here's what we have been up to:  Each family unit has a special Japanese tradition that they are known for.  Families researched their tradition, taught the class about it, and then did a small performance.  Students began their character journals about what daily life is like in Japantown.  Residents had both ups and downs last week.  Every family had a positive community interaction last week- cookies and a nice note from the landlord's wife, a letter of praise from their child's teacher, or a police report thanking them for helping stop a burglary.  One family received a letter from their cousin in Japan expressing dismay at no longer being allowed to immigrate to the United States due to the passage of the "Immigration Act of 1924," which halted all further immigration from Japan.  Residents of Japantown were saddened to realize this meant permanent separation from their family members.  Families woke up on Monday morning to find that their homes and neighborhood had been vandalized with racial slurs.  They held a community meeting and decided to contact their landlord and police.  The landlord and police were both unhelpful and blamed residents for not "being American enough."

    We are continuing to read "The Westing Game" mystery as a class.  Students are loving the novel and I am enjoying hearing their "detective theories" about what is happening in the book.

    Students are taking their final math assessment on multiplication strategies this Friday.  This is also the last week of homework.  Our times tables quizzes will continue into the last week of the school year so please make sure your child continues to study for ten minutes each evening.

    In writing, students are writing an essay/letter to their thirty-year-old self.  In the letter, they are writing about where they will live, their occupation, and what they will enjoy doing in their free time.  My hope is that you save the letter for them so they can read it on their 30th birthday!

    We have some important dates coming up:

    Thursday, May 31st, 9:00-1:30, Nikkei Legacy Center Field Trip
    Wednesday, June 6th, 8:40-9:40, Japantown Showcase, Room 22
    Thursday, June 7th, afternoon, Walking Field Trip with Buddy Class to Berkeley Park
    Friday, June 8th, 8:15-9:30, 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!

    Team 20 has had yet another busy and productive week. We began a poetry project, venturing into the Lewis garden to collect poetic images. Kids will use the images that they collect to grow their poems while pulling on their poet’s tool kit of strategies. Here are some photos: bit.ly/team20-poetry
    We also began writing a play. This year’s play takes the form of a news report and features a return of some favorite characters from prior plays, including FedExians (FedEx aliens), and a plot featuring more than a few surprising twists and turns. The writing and rehearsals will dominate a good chunk of our remaining time. We will perform our play on both Wednesday and Thursday morning at 9:40. Family is invited, and know that if you cannot make it in that the play will be live-streamed through our Twitter feed (twitter.com/LewisRoom20) and archived on our blog.

    We had a wonderful bike safety retreat. In the classroom, kids learned how to navigate right of way at five different types of intersections, how to use turn signals, and how to size and fit a bike helmet. With the instructors from PBOT/Safe Routes to School, kids practiced some street scenarios on the playground before we put it all together with some practice at a nearby intersection and went on an afternoon ride as a whole team to Woodstock Park. Here are some photos: bit.ly/bike-safety

    On Monday, we talked as a team about the importance of sustaining daily reading during the summer. It felt kind of silly to have this conversation, considering that kids in Team 20 love to read. However, many kids were surprised to learn that when kids do not read during the summer that they actually forget some of what they have learned. We talked about how this effect is cumulative, that this loss can build over multiple summers. At the same time, continuing their established daily reading habit can have the opposite effect of sustaining and strengthening their reading abilities. I encouraged kids to think about what their reading routine will look like this summer. When will they read? What is their favorite reading spot? How can they support their siblings’ reading?

    I also shared that all kids at Lewis are already enrolled in Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading (multcolib.org/summer-reading). Kids will bring their game board home during the last week of school. MCL’s Summer Reading encourages kids to read whatever they want.  If your kid doesn’t have a library card, here’s how to get one: multcolib.org/get-a-library-card. More great news is that there are no longer any late fines for kids 0-17 for any items. All existing late fines on kids’ accounts and materials have been lifted. Kids who are going into sixth grade and older may volunteer for the Summer Reading team: multcolib.org/volunteer/volunteer-summer-reading-team

    We have several school-wide activities scheduled. Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 1:30. The Spring Music Concert will be the evening of Thursday, May 31st, and the afternoon of Friday, June 1st at 1:00. All Lewis Library books are due by Friday, June 1st. The PTA End of Year Picnic is Friday, June 1st at 5:30 p.m. Alex Addy will return to put on a drumming performance with the Obo Addy Legacy Project on Tuesday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m.  On Friday, June 8th, we will be having our 4th Grade Family Breakfast. It will be a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to come together to celebrate our year. The breakfast is for all 4th graders and will take place from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. in room 22. A flyer with more details will come home soon. Fifth Grade Promotion will be scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, June 8th, in the cafeteria. More details about Fifth Grade Promotion will be forthcoming, and family is certainly welcome to attend.

    So, welcome to the final weeks of the school year! It has been an outstanding year. The kids have done so much! They have progressed by leaps and bounds! The last two week should be a celebration of all we have done!
    Have a good week!  Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    I can’t believe we’re down to out last few weeks of school! We have many fun things going on the next few weeks. Several of our planned activities will involve walking trips to local neighborhood spots so please let me know ahead of time if you have things scheduled that will interfere with daily student attendance. Also make sure you are checking with your kiddos every night to see if I’ve sent home info or requests. We want to make the most of our last days as a fifth grade family. I’m going to miss these kids! I better switch to updates before I get too sentimental…

    Thursday, May 23rd- Safety Patrol Picnic to Oaks Park
    Monday, May 28th- No School- Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 29th- Field Day-Make sure your kids are wearing comfy shoes
    Thursday, May 31- Spring Concert at 6:30pm
    Monday, May 4th- Zoo Trip
    Friday, May 8th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- More info to come on details!!

    *Please let me know if you have any wonderings about out last few weeks

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    First, let me extend a big THANK YOU for all the lovely treats during Teacher Appreciation Week. I haven't yet had time to sit down and write notes, but please know that each and every gesture filled my heart. It is hard to believe that we have such a short time left together. It is such a busy time here at Lewis and in Room 23! We finished our Colonial work with our Colonial Trade Fair on Tuesday and it was terrific! Thanks for your support in helping your kids learn their trade and be prepared with their projects. There are several upcoming events to note. Tuesday, Thursday, many kids are headed to Oak's Park in appreciation for their service with Safety Patrol!  May 29th is Field Day. If you want to come out and have some fun with the kids, we would love you to join us. It will be in the afternoon from 1:30- 2:30. On Monday, June 4th, we are heading to the zoo to have some fun as a community. Parents are driving. Thank you to all who have volunteered. We may need one, or two more chaperones. If you are able, please reach out. I promise to let you off the hook, if we end up not needing you. We must have enough drivers to make the trip! On June 5th, we are going to Berkeley Park with our buddies in Room 10. I will have a sign-up outside the door next week. We have ice cream sundae's along with the fun! Again, I would love to have some parent help, so please either drop me a note, or swing by the room and sign-up. Many of you are checking in on 5th Grade promotion. That will happen on the last day of school, June 8th. There will be a luncheon for the students prior to welcoming all of you. I am not yet sure about the timing, yet, but will keep you posted. If you are interested in helping with the luncheon, please contact Eryn Kehe @ edeeming@alum.mit.edu

    You can expect work to come home little by little that final week. I try not to send kids home with one huge bag, but to send it in stages, so you can look at it and decide what to keep, what to recycle and what to toss. As always, it is such an honor to work with these kids. While I am looking forward to summer, spending time with family and relaxing, it is bittersweet, as I will miss each and ever child in my class more than I can ever express. Don't hesitate to check in if you have any questions, or concerns.

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    For our Unique Learning System unit “See How They Grow”,  we have been reading and learning about the life cycle of plants. We have done activities like going to the Lewis garden and drawing sketches of plants, and identifying the “yummy” parts of plants, like lettuce leaf, carrot root, apple fruit, etc. We are also preparing to do an experiment to compare a set of beans that get water and light with a set of beans in a dark box.

    For Math, we finished a review unit on subtraction. Now we are reviewing strategies for multiplication and division. For Reading, leveled groups are doing red folder work with books and literacy packets about plants.

    For Writing, students have been doing Grammar and Writing practice. Next they will start a writing project about what they would like to grow in a garden. Last week, they finished making Google Slide projects about their superhero’s stats, like their superpowers, strengths, and background info and shared these with their classmates. On Wednesday, we went to  “Superhero APE Field Day” at Jefferson High School. Everyone (including the adults) had a blast dressing up and acting like heros for the day! We made it through most of the field day events, and one highlight was the Aquaman Relay with APE Teacher Chuck as Aquaman. Another fun event was the tug-of-war; we did DC characters vs. Marvel characters.

    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    The end of the school year is fast approaching and we have one last big performance before heading off into summer break. This performance will feature music from all three of our musical groups, and will be the culmination of our students’ year long work. The Spring Concert is Thursday, May 31 @ 6:30 PM. There will be a repeat performance for the Lewis student body and staff on Friday, June 1 @ 1:30. I’ve sent out information to all families and will post the info on my blog. Hope to see you there!



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School 
    Weekly Newsletter
                  

    May 16, 2018               

     

    Last Day of School is June 8

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 17- Bottle Drop Pick Up 845am
    May 17- New Kinder playdate 3:15pm

    May 23- Volunteer Breakfast 8am
    May 24- PTA After School Social

    May 28- Memorial Day- No School
    May 29- Field Day

    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Next Wednesday, we will be holding our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. In advance of that event (in case any of our fabulous volunteers can't make it), I want to sincerely thank all of you who have given your valuable time to support teachers, students, and classrooms at Lewis this year. It truly does take a village, and it has been tremendous to see what the Lewis village offers to support our building. Also, I want to give you the heads up about a major summer construction project happening at Lewis this year. We will be having both seismic and ADA upgrades. Long-term, this is a great thing for the security and accessibility of our building. Short-term, we will feel the impact of a major summer construction project. Please see below for further details from the Facilities Department.

     

    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis
    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer. The adjacent field will remain open and accessible.
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.
    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net
    BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond

     

    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located in the hall between the gym and the cafeteria.

     

    Music Notes from Mr. J
    The Spring Concert is  Thursday, May 31st. Band, Recorder Club and Boomin’ Beats will be performing at 6:30 PM on the Lewis stage. They will then play for the student body on Friday June 1st. For Band and Recorder this will be their final performance. Band students will need to turn in their instruments after that school performance. If Band student would like to rent an instrument over the summer, they will have to arrange that with their middle school band teacher. If you have questions, please contact me. The Boomin’ Beats will have one last performance to help open the PTA End of Year Picnic on Friday June 1st at 5:30 PM. I will send out more detailed info to families later this week.

     


    BOX TOP COLLECTION - Deadline: May 23 for Classroom Popcorn Party
    As we near the end of the year (what?! I know... crazy) let's make that final push to turn in all the Box Tops you have been collecting. The deadline for the Box Tops competition is May 23 and the winner of the classroom popcorn party will be announced in the May 30 newsletter! The current top three classrooms are: Ms. Dana at 811, Ms. Cyndi at 578 and Ms. Leake at 497! Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie with your child's teacher's name on the outside. Bring them to the collection box in the school office. If you like the "official" Box Top collection envelopes or using the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping - even over the summer! Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

     

    Reminder: Lewis school library books are due back to the library by June 1st


    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!
    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!

     

    Spring Book Drive for Lewis's Little Free Library
    Lewis Elementary School’s Little Free Library needs more books. We want to make sure that our little library is stocked and ready for readers this next school year. The Spring Book Drive kicks off next Monday the 21st. You must participate! (Actually, it’s optional.) All you have to do is find a kids book that you don't read anymore and drop it in one of the boxes. It would be very helpful because we want everyone to have plenty of books to read. After all, that’s one of the reasons we put up the library. Hey, if there are no good books in the little library, or no books at all, then what books will we have to read? Boxes will be located in front of room 20 and next to the office. The Spring Book Drive will be from May 21st to 25th. Happy reading!


    The Lewis End of Year Picnic is coming!
    June 1st, 6-8pm

    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!
    Details are being finalized--the Boomin' Beats will be performing, and there's rumor of a possible kickball game.
    For more information as details are set, go to https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic or https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.


    Planning for 2018-2019 Events
    Did you have a favorite PTA event this year? Maybe your kids loved the Lonesome Teacher Trio dance, Walk and Roll mornings, or an after-school social? Want to help make it even better next year? We are currently looking for people to help coordinate next year's events - sign up sheets are on the office windows. Sign up now and we'll contact you as the event gets closer to remind you and offer support! If you have questions about what is involved, contact Kendyl Watts (kendylann3@yahoo.com) or Claire Giesige (clairestar.g@gmail.com) for more information.


    Oregon Health Plan
    Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is available to more children and teens younger than 19, regardless of immigration status. OHP is free health coverage for Oregonians who meet income and other criteria. It covers many health care services such as check-ups, tooth fillings, glasses and prescriptions. It also covers labs, x-rays and hospital care. It even pays for rides to and from the doctor’s office. Apply to see if you qualify. Help is free. A trusted and OHP-certified community partner nearby can help you apply. You can find one by calling 1-800-699-9075 or 711 (TTY). You can also go online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Pages/OHPcoversme.aspx.


    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.
    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO
     

    Attention Cleveland Youth Football Families!
    Registration is NOW open for Cleveland Youth Football (Fall Season).
    Spring is here and football season is near! Registration is now open for the Cleveland Warriors Youth Football fall season. There will be teams for the following grades: 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th (JV) and 8th (Varsity).
    Our motto is Safety + Youth Development + Success. All players who register by the end of May will receive a free Warriors T-Shirt. Need-based scholarships are available. Register now at http://clevelandwarriorsfootball.com and check out our FREE preseason skills clinic and parent meeting on May 19th - 2pm @ Cleveland HS Football Field.
    Questions? Contact Richard Melo - richard.melo@gmail.com
     

    Staff questionaires
    A reminder from the PTA... Did you know all Lewis staff members have filled out forms listing their likes/dislikes and these forms are available to view in the office? As we approach the end of the school year and families start thinking about how to thank the wonderful staff members who care for our kids each day, these forms can be a big help! Ask Tracy in the office if you'd like to take a peek at them.

     

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 16, 2018

     

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Thanks to all of you who attended Art Night, and thanks for allowing your child to be a docent. They took their job serious so thanks again! We will be taking a field trip to the Children's Museum on June 1st, so more details will be coming home soon. The kindergartens are enjoying our 2X2 science unit, kudos to Mrs. Janice for making this happen. She has been teaching our science unit, and handling those squirmy worms; today will be learning about snails. Next week, we will learn about goldfish and guppies.

    Students are no longer allowed to bring stuffies or toys to school.
    It has become a distraction when parents linger around after the school bell rings.  Your child has been in school for over 150 days, so please say goodbye at the classroom door. Thank you! ☺

    Reminder:
    Please remember to pack your child a small snack to school each day.
    On May 23 I will be out all day attending a literacy workshop.
     

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy – Kindergarten

    In Writing Workshop, students are creating and sharing their second How-to Book. We are learning the importance of going back into a piece of writing, adding more detail, and revising so things make more sense. Many students have completed all levels of their Word Rings and are incorporating that knowledge into their stories. It is really rewarding to watch as students become experts and help one another. There are only a few more Words Their Way lessons as we wrap up that portion of our curriculum.It has been a rather rollercoaster of weather this week! I personally don’t need it to be 88 degrees when school is in session. The first grade teachers might have a chuckle next fall, as former kindergarten students in Room 4 will be remarking on the importance of staying hydrated! It always amuses me to see and hear what children pick up and mimic from their current teacher.

    With Science having come to a successful conclusion, we are back to a full math class in the afternoons. Please continue to work with your child on number sense whenever possible. A few examples: If you have one bowl of 14 snap pea pods and one bowl of eight pepper slices, how many veggies do you have in all? If you have 12 grapes and eat five, how many are left? How can you split six crackers between two people? Rather than just having your child state an answer, please have say the number sentence and explain their thinking. For instance, “14 plus eight equals 22, so there are 22 veggies in all.”

    Last week, after filling a continuous row of numbers along one and a half walls, we ran out of room. The remaining school days are being placed in the front of the room now. On Monday, we began counting down, with only 19 days left! We have one final field trip for all three kindergarten classes: on June 1st, we are headed to the Children’s Museum. Look for permission slips to come home soon. Also, I would like to have a kindergarten celebration around 2pm on Friday June 8th. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, just some snacks and a chance to watch a slide show together. I have been saving my favorite images of the year, and we will go backwards until we arrive back at September 2017. There may be a few tears on my part.

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!
     

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Hi Families,
    We LOVED our field trip to the Children’s Theater to see the Hungry Caterpillar play.  It was such a wonderful performance with beautiful costumes and set designs. The students were buzzing about their favorite stories and characters when we returned to school.  Thank you so much to our chaperones for keeping us safe and respectful during this performance.

    It looks like it might finally be getting warmer around here.  Our classroom gets very hot with the warmer weather so I will be encouraging students to drink lots of water.  If you got out of the habit, please remember to send your student to school with a clean water bottle to school each day.

    Last week we chose new “just right” books for our book tubs.  It was so much fun to see our avid readers find books that they enjoy reading and even some books that are a bit challenging!  I am so proud of all our readers and the strategies I see them using to improve their reading skills.

    Art Night was amazing!  Thank you to all who came to support our students and their wonderful art.  I was so proud of our student docents and thankful to those who stopped by to ask our experts questions about the artwork.  The next few weeks of school will be busy! We have a field trip to the Children’s Museum on June 1st (keep an eye out for a field trip form SOON!) a walking field trip to the park with our 3rd grade buddies, and more!  Looking forward to lots of fun in our last month of Kindergarten :)
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    The past few weeks have been filled with so many fun things at Lewis School. We of course got to celebrate the artistic talents of our students with Art Night. The Buckman Choir came and performed for us and we got to hear the Boomin' Beats preform as well. The energy in the building is just so positive with all the creativity. We are really looking forward to our field trip this Friday to see Frog and Toad at the Oregon Children's Theater. We are culminating our informational reading and writing units this week and will be present to our buddy class at the end of the week. We are going to do a mini writing and reading unit around poetry.  We are also having a final day of mindfulness with Ms Jennifer. We will have a tea party and talk about all the learning we've done this year around the topic of mindfulness.

    We will also be doing a short science unit on animal biodiversity which goes very well with our farm unit in math. We will be learning about the sheer range and variety of animals that inhabit our planet. We are about midway through our Farm unit in math. We are creating our own farms. Each student has to use a variety of math skills to build their farms. We use play money to purchase land and animals, a farm house, a barn, fences a silo and wheat to feed the animals. There is a lot of problem solving, adding and grouping numbers, planning, geometry. The kids are having a blast with this unit.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and enjoyed the little strawberry plant and card from your beautiful child! I spent time with my daughters and relished each moment with my awesome 84 year old Mom! Feeling so lucky and loved:) What an exciting time in the classroom and especially in our mini science lab! Elliot brought in an amazing insect terrarium , (habitat), full of interesting bugs found in his backyard, including pill, stink and lady bugs! All five of our Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars made it to the final stage of metamorphosis and we celebrated by setting them free to fl