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  • Dessert with the Principal

    Dessert with the Principal
  • Kinder Playdates

    Hello incoming kindergarten families!
    As we get closer to the start of the school year, Jen Barnes (PTA secretary and parent of an incoming kindergartner) has suggested some casual play dates on the Lewis playground.
    They will be once a week in August, so families that are traveling will hopefully have a chance to come at least once. See below for details.
    If you have any questions about the upcoming school year, feel free to reach out to the Principal's Secretary, Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net
    What: Kinder Play date
    Where: Lewis Elementary play ground
    When: Tuesdays in August from 6:00-7:00 pm (August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th)
  • BottleDrop Summer Collection

    Are you running out of space to keep all your full blue bags?
    Drop them off at the school on Sunday 7/28 from 12 to 2 PM! Pick up new blue bags while you are there to get you through the rest of summer.
    We may need help transporting the bags to the BottleDrop location, so if you have the time and a vehicle to load some bags in, please come by closer to 2:00.  Thank you!! 
  • Announcing new principal at Lewis, Deanne Froehlich

    Deanne Froehlich

    Dear Lewis Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Deanne Froehlich, a veteran educator in Portland Public Schools, will become the new principal at Lewis Elementary School. Deanne has three decades of accomplishments in PPS, with a history of community building that will be a great fit at Lewis.

  • Important Summer/Fall Dates


    June 26th: Office closes for Summer


    August 9th: Office re-opens for Fall Enrollment

    August 14th: Office Closed for Staff Development

    Mid-August: Class Assignment Letters Mailed Home

    August 24th: Community Care Day 9am-noon

    1st Day of School, grades 1-5: August 28th

    August 28th-August 30th: Kinder Assessment days

    September 2nd: Labor Day Holiday, Schools Closed

    September 3rd: 1st Day of School, Kindergarten

    September 4th: Sellwood M.S. BBQ 5-7:30pm

    September 5th: Kinder Family Social @ 6pm

    September 6th: 1st Walk + Roll Day

    September 9th: 1st PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm

    September 11th: Sellwood M.S. Back-to-School Night @ 6:30

    September 13th: PTA After School Social

    September 19th: Lewis Back-to-School Night 6-7:30pm

    September 21st: Reed College 5k FUNd Run/Walk

    September 27th: Fall Picture Day

Weekly Newsletter


  • Lewis Families,

    Welcome back to an exciting new year at Lewis! As you know, our building underwent major seismic and ADA upgrades this summer—which means that our building is safer and more accessible than ever! Thank you for bearing with the limited access during the summer months.

    This year, we will be continuing our hard work on the practices and initiatives that make Lewis such an amazing learning community—integration of technology and arts, focus on social justice and equity issues, workshop literacy instruction, and an emphasis on relationships and community. Thanks to the hard work of our School Site Council, we now have a revised Mission Statement to capture these things that make Lewis such a special place: “At Lewis, we nurture personal growth within a supportive community. We encourage curiosity, seek innovation, and embrace inclusion.” We will be celebrating our new Mission Statement this year with monthly Community Celebration assemblies.

     Other new things you can look forward to learning more about this year include:

    • Playworks: We are pleased to welcome Playworks as a new partner at Lewis—they will be helping us restructure our playground/recess periods to ensure that recess is a safe, positive, inclusive time for all students.
    • Volunteer Squads: We are looking to harness all of the wonderful volunteer energy at Lewis this year by inviting you to join one of four Volunteer Squads. You can find more information and an opportunity to express interest in our opening day packet.
    • Lewis Foundation: A group of Lewis parents has come together to initiate a Lewis Foundation—a group that can explicitly raise funds to support staffing at Lewis. Be on the lookout for more information about how you can help!

    We will continue to send out Weekly Newsletters each Wednesday—both electronically and in hard copy. Teachers will be taking over the digital distribution of their own Class Notes this year. As principal, I remain committed to communicating regularly with you about community celebrations and concerns as well as issues that directly impact your child—via phone, text, email, School Messenger, our Lewis Facebook page, etc. Please know that I value two-way communication—feel free, at any time, to reach out to me in-person, via email, or via phone. 

    I look forward to a terrific year as I continue to get to know you, your children, and our community.


    Emily Glasgow, Principal 


    Our Mission Statement
    At Lewis, we nurture personal growth within a supportive community.
    We encourage curiosity, seek innovation, and embrace inclusion.

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