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Weekly Newsletter


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

    10/5 - 10/24 – 5th Grade Pie Sale - Place your orders

    10/7 Friday – Picture Day - Don't forget your forms

    10/7 Friday – Donuts with the Principal, 8:45 - 9:30 am

    10/10 Monday – PTA meeting, 6pm

    10/12 Wednesday – International Walk & Roll to School Day

    10/12 Wednesday – OBOB Informational Meeting, 3:15pm

    10/13 Thursday – Jogathon

    10/13 Thursday – TAG Google Meet with Ms. Lisa

    10/14 Friday – Teacher Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

    10/15 Saturday – Garden Committee Zoom Meeting, 8:30 - 9:30 am

    10/20 Thursday – Farm Stand Class with Sarah Marshall

    10/22 Saturday – Fall Work Party in the Lewis Peace Gardens, 10am - Noon

    10/28 Friday – Trunk or Treat


    Donuts with the Principal - Friday, October 7th 8:45 - 9:30 am in the Cafeteria

    Future dates and times will vary throughout the school year.

    OBOB Informational Meeting - Wednesday, October 12th.

    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 12th at 3:15 in Room 17. Please join us to find out more about the competition. Information may also be found on the OBOB website. 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 coach’s name and email address. Hope to see you there!




    Counselor's Corner

    Hello Lewis community!

    I’m sure you heard about the All-School Wear-A-Hat to School Day last month.  Did you know that Lewis students earned this event by accumulating 500 Compass Cards in the first All-School Compass Card Count?!  Well, Get Ready because Lewis Students are about to do it again!  Take a look at the Compass Meter Below, and a Special announcement from our mascots, Flashlight and Evergreen!

    Click here: Special Announcement from Flashlight and Evergreen

    October’s Character Trait Theme of the Month:  “Fairness” - Fairness is when everyone is treated equitably, and no one is left out.  Examples include: taking turns, following rules, sharing, and only taking what you need.


    Lewis School Counseling Program

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

     In the last month:

    Coming up this month:

    Your Homework!

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


    Interesting Articles/Blog Entries:

    When Not to Apologize to Your Child

    Parents Have Grown Accustomed to Instant Gratification

    To Contact Counselor Sundberg:






    Lunch Volunteers

    Click this link to sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-lunch


    OHSU COVID-19 Screening Program - Pick up day is Thursday

    Please check out this website if you would like to sign up for OHSU's free COVID 19 Screening Program:


    Lewis Elementary's testing kit pick up day is THURSDAY. Have your student bring in the test kit on Thursday mornings and hand it over to staff at the door.


    International Walk & Roll Day 10/12




    QR CODE! Scan to pledge! October 13th is coming up! Sign up to volunteer here! Should be so fun for the students!

    Send this link to your friends and family for pledges! 

    Jogathon 10/13 Schedule:

    Kindergarten/1st Grade 1 - 1:20 pm

    2nd/3rd Grade 1:30 - 1:50 pm

    4th/5th Grade 2 - 2:20 pm


    PTA meeting 10/10

    The 2nd PTA meeting of the school year is Monday October 10th…please join us for fun and information about upcoming events! This is a great way to get involved with no commitment! We are not your Mother’s PTA ;) 


    5th Grade Pie Sale

    Order online here.


    Staff Appreciation for October

    Would you like to donate silly Halloween decor or treats to make the staff lounge a little spooky?! ???? Or want to help decorate? Reach out to Lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com to get involved on 10/14.



    Have you signed up? Decorate your trunk for the Lewis students!! 5-7pm 10/28- have pizza with all your peeps in the cafeteria before or after Trunk Or Treating! 

    Click here for Trunk or Treat CAR SIGN UP





    LEWIS! You showed up to support our Custodial Team and can we just say WOW!

    This was heartfelt and amazing. Thank you for your generosity; looked like Don, Jesus, and John had special notes, treats, and gifts from a special community!

District News

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  • Ventilation and Air Quality in Our Schools

    Recently, we have received several questions from staff, families, and a media outlet, asking us to detail our efforts at maintaining optimal air quality in our schools. We understand the concern and the need for reassurance from our students and employees – that as a school system, we are taking prudent measures to promote a safe and healthy learning environment.

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  • Center for Black Student Excellence

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    On September 20, 2022, the Portland Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education unanimously approved a historic agreement that centers Black students, and embarks on the development of a community plan for their future by making the voter-approved Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE) a reality.

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  • Announcing COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

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    We are pleased to announce that we will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority. The clinic will be open to all, and offer first, second and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. Additionally, this clinic will include access to the new bivalent vaccine (12+). The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older, and boosters for everyone 5 years and older.

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  • PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice Community Advisory Committee

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    We are currently seeking membership applications for the district’s inaugural PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice Community Advisory Committee (RESJ CAC). This committee will advise both the Superintendent and School Board about about the racial equity and education impacts of policy decisions and work collaboratively to increase understanding and progress towards the PPS Racial Educational Equity Policy and the PPS RESJ Plan and Framework, PPS reImagined, and the PPS Strategic Plan.

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  • We the Future Bulletin Board

    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: