Dear Lewis Community,
Welcome Back to School! It was so lovely to have student voices in the building yesterday! We had a great start and everyone has nicely settled back into the school routine. Half of our kindergarten students will start tomorrow and the other half will come on Friday. Then on Tuesday, September 5th we will be a completely full house!
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Franco - Chief of Staff, Dr. Armstrong - Chief of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. Buno - Chief of Student Support Services. Together we had a wonderful walk-through in the building, visited every classroom, and Lewis shined with first day energy and learning! It was great to show off our school on the first day!!
We love volunteers in our school! Please be sure to visit the PPS website and complete a background application, so that you are ready to participate in a variety of school experiences. Classroom teachers will reach out with volunteer opportunities, and the PTA will also be reaching out. Your support helps us with so many aspects of running a school in both learning and fun!
Several of you received an email last week from PPS transportation about new bus routes that have been added to our community. The communication to the school did not occur until parents started asking questions about buses. This created a rocky start for all of us involved. So if you received an email about buses from PPS, your child can now ride a bus to and from school. However, it is vitally important that you let your child's teacher know if you will use this method to get to and from school. Most teachers have sent home a questionnaire on the topic, please be sure to fill it out. Students must have a bus tag, which has your address and stop information, and bus number. I am truly sorry for the confusion and roll out, but we are getting everything into place to make this a successful experience for all. I have included the district's Supplemental Transportation Plan (STP) for you to read down below, which may clear up some of the confusion. Lewis has not been a bus school for the past twenty years, except for special education buses. So we have had to adjust rather quickly to this new development. If you are a kindergarten parent please be sure to meet your child at the bus stop otherwise your child will be brought back to school. If you have questions about this District STP Plan please call Transportation at 503-916-6901. If you still have questions please reach out and we will figure this out together.
Back to School Night will be on Thursday, September 21st from 6-7pm. Looking forward to seeing all of you!
Cheers to a great year ahead!!
Lewis Library Info and Volunteer Opportunities
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year, Lewis families! Please view the Lewis Library info linked below:
We are also seeking volunteers to shelve and help out in the library! If you have any interest or would like more information, please use the linked Volunteer Form.
-Ms. Lisa, email@example.com
To start the year we will be looking for Room Parents in each classroom; Room Parents connect teacher to families and help spread the word about ways to be involved at Lewis. It's one way to be part of the team of volunteers who join our teachers and staff in making our school a great place to grow up!
Interested in being a Room Parent or Volunteer? CLICK HERE
Please sign up for the committees that most interest you and where you feel most able to help. Sign up for one or all! This is not an obligation commitment but an interest form to do what you most feel comfortable with! Do as little or as much as you would like! If you have been a Room Parent before, we hope to give new parents an opportunity to voluneteer!
After School Programs
Art of Science
Tuesdays 3 - 4:30 pm
9/12 - 12/12 (NO CLASS 11/21)
Register with this link!
Portland Reign Basketball
Register with this link!
Playwell Lego Engineering
Wednesdays 3 - 4:30pm
9/20 - 12/13 (NO CLASS 11/22)
Register with this link and enter 97206 to find the Lewis classes.
Families may apply for meal benefits online here. Or fill out a paper application which you can find online here. You are also welcome to come into the main office to get a paper application. Click here for the Nutrition Services website to find out about prices and how to pay for school meals.
Today, we offered compromises that would both reward our educators and further our students’ success. We were able to raise our compensation offer substantially. We are not there yet, but we are committed to the hard work of finding common ground.
Today, we started the state-led mediation process with one priority: our children’s success. We offered compromises that would keep that vision at the heart of our work – and maintained our position on proposals that would negatively impact students.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board - Study Session
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Regular Meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Study Session with vote on a consent agenda
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Student Success Committee
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Facilities and Operations Committee meeting
Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JEDI) Newsletter
Amazon Future Engineer Program for Children from Underrepresented Communities
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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: