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  • 4/28 Thursday BottleDrop, 8:30-9:00am drop off at the entrance near the office

    4/30 Saturday – Garden Fair and Plant Sale Pick up, 10 - noon

    5/2 JEDI Meeting via Zoom, 6:30pm

    5/9 PTA Meeting via Zoom, 6:30pm

    5/14 Saturday – Lewis PTA Auction at Pizza Roma, 5 - 9pm-ish

    5/17 Tuesday – Connect to Kindergarten 6pm in the school cafeteria

    5/24 Tuesday – Lewis Dines Out at Portland Bottle Shop

    5/30 Monday – Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

    6/1 Wednesday – Retirement Party for Ms. Kennedy, 2 - 2:45pm

    6/2 Thursday – Art Night, 6 - 7:30pm

    6/3 Friday – Field Day

    6/4 Saturday – Lewis Pride Parade, 10:30am - 1pm

    6/7 Tuesday – End of Year Picnic, 5 - 8pm

    6/9 Thursday – Fifth Grade Promotion, 1:15pm

    6/10 Friday – Move Up Day, 9:45 - 10:15am

    Dear Lewis Community,


    I am reaching out to you today , as we have three students that need clothing and shoes for the upcoming season. Needs include: shoes, socks, underwear, shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, sweats, pants and maybe even a swimsuit. Looking for gently used or new items. Families will also do shopping if you would rather drop off a gift card to Target or Fred Meyers. If you can help, please drop the items off in the school office. 


    2nd grade Boy - clothing size 8-9 /shoe size 2.5

    First grade Girl - clothing size 8-9/ shoe size 2

    Kindergarten Boy - clothing size 5-6 / shoe size 10.5


    Thank you so much for your support!!



    Deanne Froehlich


    Lewis School


    Congratulations to "The Rulers of Reading"

    Congratulations to the Lewis OBOB team, "The Rulers of Reading" (Ramona Freeman, Jack Freeman, Lily Palandri, Cory Tonkin and Lela Whitehead)!   "The Rulers of Reading" represented Lewis at the regional competition on Saturday and made it all the way to the Final Four battles.  Way to Go "Rulers"! 


    THIS SATURDAY: Garden Fair & Plant Sale with Student Vendors

    The Garden Fair and Plant Sale will be located at the 43rd Street entrance to the school (between Evergreen and Cooper, by the entrance to the garden). We will be outdoors, weather permitting. If it is stormy, student vendor and plant pick up will move indoors to the cafeteria. If you ordered plants, please pick them up on this day.  

    Miss out on ordering plants? We will also have herb, tomato, and vegetable starts, as well as geraniums available for day of purchase. Keep your kids busy with planting their own sunflower in the outdoor classroom and exploring the garden on a scavenger hunt.  

    Also, we're happy to announce that we will have 16 student vendors at the Garden Fair! Students will be selling their homemade crafts, including jewelry, bath bombs, key chains, baked goods (muffins, brownies, cookies), flan, chocolates, candles, crafty critters, stickers, and drawings. Come to the fair and support our students! Bring cash or check, as most students aren't equipped for electronic transactions. Hope to see you there! 

    Questions: contact Lee Pritchard at lee_pritch@yahoo.com

    NEXT WEEK: Teacher Appreciation Week

     Let's show our staff how much we love and appreciate them! Please check the fliers that came home with your student last week for the theme of the day. Items for the treat baskets that are nonperishable can be brought in now there will be a box in the office to collect those items. Need ideas? Think of your favorite snack, fresh fruit, beverage, chocolate bar, granola bar, anything! No need to purchase 50 of them, just bring as much as you desire! We want this week to be successful, choose to participate in one day or all. Can't make it to the store but still want to contribute to making this week amazing, a donation box is in the office, or send it with a note via Paypal. We can't wait to celebrate our amazing staff! Want to help put together the baskets and floral arrangements?  Sign up here

    "Walk and Roll" on Wednesday, May 4th!
    After a long, cold winter, it's time to pull out the walking shoes, bike, scooter, skateboard, wheelchair, etc.

    Please join us for "Walk and Roll" on Wednesday, May 4th in the morning before school.  Kids who walk and roll to school can enjoy a healthy treat, receive incentives, and have a chance to register for a raffle at noon. Come join the fun!

    Join the PTA 

    Are you ready for an exciting year next year? Want to help ensure community events and fundraising are some of the best yet? Want to be an advocate for staff and the community? Join the PTA. We are actively looking for board members to join in on the fun next year! Reach out to our current co-presidents Megan Murphy or Kellie Grunde if you are interested or email lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com! All are welcomed and encouraged! 

    Please join us for the next PTA meeting on Monday, May 9th at 6:30pm via Zoom.  You do not need to be a member to attend.  Anyone can become a member at any time, just click here. 


    Thank You Volunteers!

    A huge thank you to everyone who came out to help at the annual Earth Day garden work party. We love welcoming new families into the space and seeing familiar faces hard at work side by side. We were able to prep garden beds so we can plant donated plants at this weekend's garden fair. We will be growing fruit and vegetables in the garden to nourish Lewis students and families all summer and into next fall. A special thank you to the children of Ms. Kennedy's kindergarten class for coming out in force. We had a lot of fun and laid the groundwork for teaching the next generation of kids at Lewis how to care for each other, their school, and our earth. Don't be surprised if you see some guerilla gardeners planting wildflowers throughout the neighborhood with their seed bombs. A big thank you also to our event sponsor Coco Donuts. Please check out this great local small business.


    From The Stand

    It’s been an exciting week for the farm stand. Last week we had over 35 families pick up seed kits to grow at home. Take a look at kindergartner Lily Grandgeorge’s pic of her green beans!

    Please continue to email pictures of your plants to olivia.basimah@gmail.com. It’s great seeing the progress! Don’t forget to jot down how many ways your vegetables can be prepared and eaten. New recipes and ideas help us to use our produce in as many ways as possible to cut down on food waste. 

    Ms. Kohn and her 5th grade class are continuing their lessons about food justice, farm stands and community service. I had the pleasure of speaking to the class and walked away inspired. The students have been busy drawing artwork and helping to build ideas and a framework to help our produce be more accessible to everyone. It’s easy to be inspired when you see our children creating ways to contribute to others in our community! Jordan, from Ms. Kohn’s class, provided the artwork for this week’s stand newsletter.

    The incredibly important work being created at the Lewis farm stand has inspired local artist Daniela Chiloiro, to generously offer to paint a mural for the Farm Stand wall. While we wait for our remaining  garden boxes to arrive, many were delivered and assembled by a team of parent volunteers. Special thank you to the Grunde, McMurphy, Ortega, McFarland, Grandgeorge and Jane N. families! 

    As always, please continue to plant seeds of service!

    Carts on Foster Fun-raiser for the Ukraine

    Check it out!


    Resources from our Social Worker Alexis Scher





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    Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    All Lewis Community members are welcome to join the next Lewis PTA Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Team meeting, May 2 at 6:30 pmLearn more about your JEDI Team

    Join our meeting via Zoom.

    JEDI Mission

    At the March meeting, we will receive updates on the following JEDI Team priorities: 

    • Recognizing Black leaders 
    • Lewis Pride Parade 
    • Lewis Multicultural Event

    Our meeting will also  include time to continue discussions on White supremacist culture that we began in February. (Prior attendance is not required to join us in this conversation!)

    Can't make the meeting but still want to be involved? Email JEDI Team Co-Chair Melissa Duclos at melissaj.duclos@gmail.com to be added to the JEDI Team email list. Parents who opt into the email list contribute ideas for monthly meetings, share readings and other resources, and build relationships with each other. Joining the email list does not mean you are obligated to attend meetings.