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Weekly Newsletter


    11/9 TODAY – NO Pie Pick-up - Rescheduled to 11/16 - 5th Grade Pie Fundraiser

    TOMORROW – Bottle Drop, 8:30 to 9:00 am

    TODAY thru 11/14 – Lewis PTA Winter Wreath Fundraiser

    TODAY thru 11/16 – Silver Graphics Art Fundraiser

    TODAY thru 12/2 – Lewis PTA See's Candies Fundraiser

    11/11 Friday –Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

    11/14 Monday – Lewis Family Directory Survey Due

    11/14 Monday – World Kindness Day Celebration

    11/14 Monday – PTA Meeting, 6 pm

    11/15 Tuesday – LEWIS DINES OUT - Laughing Planet - All day dine in or take out. 10% of the proceeds go back to Lewis!

    11/16 Wednesday – Pie Pick-up in Cafeteria, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

    11/17 Thursday – The Art of Henna Workshop at the Farm Stand

    11/18 Friday – Fun for the Arts Dance-a-Thon

    11/21 - 11/22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

    11/30 Wednesday – Picture Retake Day

    12/3 Saturday – Lewis Winter Bazaar, 10am - 1pm

    Dear Lewis Community,


    Happy Fall! The leaves a finally changing color! It is really hard to believe that we are already in November, the school year is flying by! The month of November is always a bit choppy with a teacher planning day, Veterans Day, Parent-Teacher conferences, and of course Thanksgiving. Then we just jump right into the holiday season and wintery weather. 

    Please be sure to sign up for conferences with your child's teacher. Conferences are an important time for you and the teacher to work together to best support your child's learning. This quarter, you will receive the fall report card on November 17th. This will give you the opportunity to look it over, talk with your child and then together with the classroom teacher talk about areas of success and also areas to work on improving or developing with more growth.  

    I want to thank the PTA for so many new and fun activities this year! I also want to thank all of you for all of your support in the activities. We've missed a predictable routine these past 3 years, and it now feels like we are coming back into some form of normalcy.  Your support of the Jog-A-Thon (October), and the Fun For The Arts Dance-A-Thon (November 18) will now give us the funding to bring back opportunities that we have not had over the past few years. After the November 18th Dance-A-Thon event, the staff will look at performance opportunities for our building, which is very exciting. 

    The weather is definitely changing! PLEASE be sure to send your child to school with a jacket (put your child's name inside). We are continuing to get outside for fresh air unless it is pouring rain, so make sure your child is dressed appropriately every day. 

    I look forward to seeing all of you at conference time!

    Happy Fall!



    Deanne Froehlich


    Lewis School


    Lost and Found

    Please be sure to check the Lost and Found, in the hall between the cafeteria and gym, at conference time!


    5th Grade Pie Fundraiser: Pie Delivery Rescheduled for Wed. 11/16

    Thank you to all those who have placed an order for our 5th grade pie fundraiser! We just found out that Willamette Valley Pie Company will not be able to have our order prepared by our previously scheduled delivery date on November 9th. 

    Instead our new pick up date is on Wednesday, November 16 from 3-4:30 pm. It will still be located in the school cafeteria.


    Thank you so much for your support and understanding!

    If you have any questions, please let me know!





    Lewis Family Directory Survey

    A school directory is finally in the works. Please be sure to fill out the Lewis Family Directory Survey by Monday, November 14 to be included. We will get this directory out soon to help students and families connect outside of school.


    Just ONE WEEK LEFT to collect pledges before our #FunForTheArts Dance-A-Thon/Move-A-Thon on November 18, 2022! Bringing your own dance moves is encouraged! 


    Register online here: https://bit.ly/3Ehzywa 

    Collect pledges here: https://bit.ly/3UD8Ovx

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    Lewis PTA Winter Wreath Fundraiser ends 11/14 - Order NOW!

    Get your wreath, centerpiece, and swag from the Lewis PTA Winter Wreath Fundraiser!  

    Order here: https://forms.gle/k3EqGdbCBDQhNagj6


    Lewis Dines Out at Laughing Planet on 11/15


    World Kindness Day Celebration on Monday 11/14


    Silver Graphics Art Fundraiser, Orders due 11/16


    Farm Stand News - 11/17 The Art of Henna Workshop


    See's Candies Fundraiser, Orders due 12/2


    The Counselor’s Corner 

    Hello Lewis community!

    I’m sure you heard about the Popsicle Party on the Playground  last month.  Did you know that Lewis students earned this event by accumulating 2000 Compass Cards in the second All-School Compass Card Count?! We have since been working toward earning an accumulated 6500 cards - in order to have another school-wide celebration.  Stay tuned for updates!


    November & December’s Character Trait Theme of the Month:  “Empathy” - Empathy is the essential tool in life - of being able to care for both the needs of oneself - and the needs of others.  Also, to understand how another might be feeling because one can remember having been in a similar situation, or is able to “picture” how it might feel to be in that situation. In December, we will be extending this topic with the trait of “compassion”.


    Lewis School Counseling Program

    We have talked about the following topics in my class visits-

    In the last month:

    Your Homework!

    • Go over the trait -”EMPATHY” - with your child. 


    Interesting Articles/Blog Entries:

    How Babies Detect Social Bonds

    How to Help Children Follow Rules


    To Contact Counselor Sundberg:




    Registration for Cleveland Boys 3rd-5th Recreational Basketball will be CLOSING soon!  

    Some levels have reached capacity (waitlists are open).  You can find Winter Basketball details and registration HERE   

    Important note:  ALL 3rd-5th grade recreational teams require parent volunteer coaches/. Volunteering is not a huge time commitment, super fun and rewarding!  Please email Cleveland Basketball if you are able to help at info@cleveland-warriors.com 


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    Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JEDI) Newsletter


    October is National Down’s Syndrome awareness month

    Take some time to learn about the experiences of people affected by Down’s Syndrome.  Stay tuned for more in upcoming newsletters about Down’s Syndrome in our community.


    October is LGBTQIA+ History Month

    Sellwood will be honoring LGBTQIA+ History month with an advisory lesson on trailblazers in American history.  There is so much for parents and caregivers to learn about with even a quick look at this great resource!  What could be more American than having the freedom to be your own person, free of persecution?  

    If your family would like to share about how LGBTQIA+ history and culture enriches your lives, please email Bridget at strengthinrelations@gmail.com and we will include it in our next newsletter.


    October 10th, 2022 is Indigenous People’s Day 

    We stand on the territory of cultures that existed here for thousands of years before any migrated from other lands.  Go to native-land.ca to find out more about the people and cultures originally of this place.  According to the map on that website, our children come to school every day on the land of the Stl’pulmsh (Cowlitz); The Clackamas; The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

    Last year, President Biden was the first US President to declare Indigenous People’s Day.  The holiday has been celebrated since 1977 on the second Monday of October and began as a counter holiday to Columbus Day, which celebrates a European explorer who was one person who led the movement for European migration and also played a part in enslavement and the more brutal aspects of colonization.  While colonization is a big part of our country’s history, celebrating only those who colonized this land, leaves us without an understanding and appreciation of the people and cultures that graced our land for thousands of years.  Indigenous People’s Day gives us a chance to take a wider look at our history and the American Native, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian cultures that have formed this nation.   

    There are nine tribes in Oregon.   Learn more about the tribes: The Burns Paiute of Harney County; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw; Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; Confederated Tribes of Siletz; Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians; Coquille Indian Tribe and the Klamath Tribes.   

    If your family would like to share how your Indigenous culture enriches your lives, please reach out to Bridget at strengthinrelations@gmail.com and we will share it in the next newsletter.


    PPS Seeking Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee Members

    Portland Public Schools is currently seeking to fill 12 advisory spots - made up of middle school and high schoolers, parents and staff -  to form its PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice Community Advisory Committee (RESJ CAC.)  These are volunteer positions and PPS is seeking to reflect the diverse communities within PPS.  These leaders will advise both the Superintendent and the School Board about the racial equity and education impacts of policy decisions and help build PPS's progress toward a more equitable educational culture. Applications are due by October 20th and more information can be found here.


    Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month is here! 

    September 15 - October 15

    Did you know that while English is the most spoken language in the world, there are more native Spanish speakers in the world (534 million) than English speakers (374 million)? 

    Over 41 million people in the United States alone (or 13% of the population) speak Spanish at home.  After English, It’s the most commonly spoken one of the many languages of our country’s diverse population. 

    The Latin world is huge!  It’s comprised of 33 countries and 15 territories, all with their own unique cultures!  Many from the Latin world emigrate to the United States every day making their cultures part of the beautiful fabric of our society. 

    Did you know that the work of migrant farmworkers from Latinx/Hispanic countries is the driving force behind the food system in the US that we rely upon to bring us the fruits, vegetables and meats we eat every day?  Migrant families’ children, regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a free and fair education under the law and Portland Public Schools has its own Migrant Education program to support the unique needs of families who experience migration as part of their lived experience. 

    Make teaching your kids about Latinx/Hispanic heritage fun by looking here for ways to celebrate and learn.  Make albondigas in the kitchen (que rico!) or play Loteria enjoying the beautiful colors and drawing of this popular game.  


    If you or your family would like to share some ways that your Latinx/Hispanic AND/OR NATIVE AMERICAN heritage enriches your lives, please contact us at LewisElementaryJEDI@gmail.com so that we can share it in our next JEDI section of the newsletter.  



    Amazon Future Engineer Program for Children from Underrepresented Communities

    This program is a childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities.  

    If you think your child or a child you know would benefit from learning more about this rich program with internship and scholarship options, check it out at amazonfutureengineer.com.   The opportunities that abound for some kids with existing

    community connections can, through programs like these, be made available for all kids.  Our beautiful future lives in our kids’ minds! 


    Some places to start learning: