Dear Jason Lee Families,
It is with great excitement, and a little bit of sadness, that I get to announce that our wonderful assistant principal, Mr. Robertson, has just been named the new principal of Astor School in North Portland! I’ve had the privilege of working with Mr. Robertson the past four years, and I’ve seen the dedication and heart that he’s brought to our school each and every day. From the moment the front doors open, Mr. Robertson’s enthusiasm and energy can be felt as he greets students and works to ensure that each and every one of them has what they need to be successful.
This is a bittersweet moment as the recent announcement of school closures means that we won’t be able to finish out the year as we had hoped to, with the opportunity to see our wonderful students and families in person each day. Mr. Robertson will, however, be working at Scott School every Wednesday and Friday this month to help deliver lunches and curriculum to students and families. You are welcome to stop by to say hello to him any of those days. He’d love to see you!
Although we will be miss him greatly, I am excited that Mr. Robertson gets to return to Astor School, as it is a community that is near and dear to his heart. Not only was he previously a teacher at Astor, but it is also the school where his own children attend, allowing him to see them each and every day.
I am honored to call Mr. Robertson a friend, and I look forward to seeing and hearing about the amazing things that he will do at his new school, and the many return visits that he’ll have to Jason Lee.
Please join me in giving a big congratulations to Mr. Robertson,
Dear Jason Lee Families,
A short time ago, Governor Brown held a press conference to relay that Oregon schools, including Jason Lee, will remain closed the remainder of the academic year. I know what a challenging time this is for our parents, as they may be juggling unemployment, housing, being a first responder, working remotely, and the day-to-day hardships that come along with raising children. These are unprecedented times, but please know that all of the educators at Jason Lee are thinking of your and our students. If there is anything that you might need, please feel free to reach out to any of us and we will try to connect you with any resources that you might need.
We’ll be having a virtual Coffee Connections this Tuesday at 8:15 am. We welcome all parents to join us to talk about the remainder of the school year, what online distance learning will look like, and to just make space to gather as a community. One of the things that I love most about Jason Lee is the strength and support that we lend to one another in times of need. This challenge is no different, and I know that we’ll make it through this together.
We miss you all, we’re thinking of you, and we can’t wait until the day when we get to open the doors to our building once again.
Dear Jason Lee Families,
We’ve been thinking about you a ton the past few weeks and we hope that everyone has been able to stay safe and healthy during this time. Our teachers have been working hard to prepare for our transition to online learning, which begins this Monday, April 6th. In the first week, you can expect teachers to begin to build classroom systems and routines, and to get students accustomed to the online platforms we’ll be using, including Seesaw and Google Classroom.
For us, school is more than just the learning that occurs in classrooms, it’s also the community that we’ve built, and the traditions that make our school so special. Although our brick and mortar building is closed, we’ll continue to do daily morning announcements, to shout out birthdays, and to hold those big events that students look forward to, like our Talent Show and Leopard of the Month Awards Ceremony.
We know that this can be a difficult time for students, so we’re making Social Emotional Learning an important piece of the online work that we’ll be doing moving forward. Mr. Doherty, our school counselor, will continue to create lessons for students, and all teachers are taking part in a professional development on how to support students during this time.
Finally, we want to make sure that we’re engaging our parents too. We’ll still be having our Coffee Connections, although virtually, on Tuesday, April 14th, in addition to a new parent website that we’ve created to help you navigate the different online classrooms. You can find that here: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/jasonleeonline/home with some tutorials from Mr. Robertson on how to log on and access Seesaw or Google Classrooms.
As a parent myself, I know how stressful it can be to navigate this new normal - From keeping students engaged in learning while working yourself, to also keeping them active and healthy, even with having to stay inside most of the day. It’s difficult but you’re doing a good job! You have to believe that! We’ll look back on this time one day and have fond memories about all of the time that we got to spend with our kids.
We’re in this together, and I’m thankful that I get to continue working with this wonderful community year after year.
Principal of Jason Lee
Helpful Links for Parents:
Jason Lee Parent Portal: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/jasonleeonline/home
Jason Lee Online Classrooms, by teacher: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/jasonleeonline/jason-lee-online-classrooms
Jason Lee Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JasonLeeElementary/
Jason Lee Parent Connection Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2718826281547693/
PPS Updates: https://www.pps.net/coronavirus
Degrees and Certifications:
Jason Lee families,
I cannot think of a better school or community to call home, and I’m thrilled to be heading in to my fifth year at Jason Lee Elementary, and my fourth as principal. I’m excited about continuing to grow programs that we love, like our Friday Morning Mile, and I’m looking forward to the launch of some new, fun activities this year, like our bi-monthly adult cooking classes, the expansion of our weekly PSU music classes, and the construction of our new playground spaces! Every year we get better and this is bound to be our best year yet!
I originally began my teaching career in Houston, Texas, teaching 7th grade English/Language Arts, but I have had the pleasure of serving in a variety of roles since that time. I have been an instructional coach, working to coach and develop new teachers, a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and the Executive Director of an Oregon non-profit.
My wife and I have worked as educators for over a decade, working in schools throughout Texas, Oregon, and in Taipei, Taiwan. We have two sons, who are 2 and 4, and we are excited that we get to raise them in this wonderful city. I’m originally from New Mexico, where I graduated with degrees in Criminology and English, and I hold a Master’s degree in Public School Administration from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York. As a first generation college student, I believe that there is nothing more important than a quality education.
If you're ever on campus, please feel free to stop by our parent / community room or pop in to the office to say, "hello." I love getting a chance to sit down to speak to parents and community members, so please stop by any time. Our school and our community are a stronger place when we have the ability to work together.
I love working with the students, staff, and parents at Jason Lee and I hope to do so for years to come.
Degrees and Certifications:
Hello Jason Lee School students and families! This year, I’m returning for my fourth year at Jason Lee. Over the past year, I’ve seen our school transform from a K-8 to a K-5, and I’m so thrilled to have been a part of this work. We’ve welcomed Head Start to our community and created events and spaces to welcome all our families. As a school leader in climate and culture, I’m proud to see the caring, calm, and fun environment that adults work hard each day to create for all our students. I feel so fortunate to be a part of Lee for another year and continuing to make our school the absolute best in PPS!
My wife, Miranda, and I have called Portland home for the past 14 years. We have two daughters, Abigail and Gwenyth, who are both PPS students at Astor School in North Portland. I was born and raised in Virginia. I served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an Environmental Educator. After moving to Portland and working as an animal keeper and youth mentor at the Oregon Zoo, I began my teaching career in PPS. As a teacher I taught third through eighth grade classrooms and supported school climate as a climate coach. My passions beyond school include running, gardening, and coaching my daughter’s soccer team. Go Saints!
The work I do is driven by a mission to create a caring and safe environment for all students while providing rich opportunities that allow them to reach their fullest potential. This year, my focus with our climate and culture team is to increase students' sense of belonging. I want Lee to be a place where students feel respected by all and included throughout the day, whether that’s at recess or in the classroom.
I look forward to our work together towards a successful school year at Lee. Should you need anything at all, then please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by and see me at school. Here’s to a year.
Dear PPS Families,
We hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy summer break. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the re-entry survey we recently sent to you. While there are still numerous details to finalize, we wanted to update you on where we are with our efforts to ensure healthy beginnings for the 2020-21 school year.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to make sure you are aware of a change in meal distribution. For this week only, sacks of breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Wednesday instead of the usual Monday through Thursday. Sacks of breakfast and lunch will be distributed outside 14 of our schools, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dear PPS Community,
We wanted to remind you about opportunities to provide feedback on the 2020 School Bond Renewal, including one that is now open. The 2020 School Bond Renewal Survey is now available. The survey, which will allow you to share your input on priorities and approaches to funding, will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3: