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  • 11/10 Wednesday– TODAY, Phase II SEGC Open House CANCELLED

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

    11/11 Thursday – No BottleDrop drop off 

    11/12 Friday –  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

    11/12 Friday – Garden Work Party, 12 - 2pm

    11/15 Monday – Silver Graphics Orders due 

    11/15-12/1 – BottleDrop Holiday Give matching  

    11/17 Wednesday - Wreath/Swag Centerpiece Sale order due ORDER HERE 

    11/18 Thursday – BottleDrop, 8:30-9:00am drop off at the entrance near the office

    11/22-11/26 – NO SCHOOL - Please sign up for conferences with your teachers

    11/25 Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving

    12/4 Saturday – Bake Sale and Wreath/Swag Centerpiece Pick-up 10-12 


    Dear Lewis Community,

    As the holiday season gets closer we begin to think about the needs of others in our community. We have many within our own school community that appreciate the support and caring of others during the holiday season. The "Giving Snowman" will appear in the main office, on rolling racks outside before and after school, with a variety of options for giving. Please feel free to stop by, pick out a tag or two, and support someone in need. The Giving Snowman will be up from November 18th to December 14th, with gifts being delivered prior to winter break. Please bring your items to Mrs. Froehlich's office. The gifts do not need to be wrapped, as I will include wrapping paper and tape with gifts, for parents to enjoy the wrapping experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for your children to be involved in giving to others and recognizing that there are others in our community that are in need of some holiday cheer.

    Thank you for your support!


    Deanne Froehlich

    Lewis Elementary Principal




    Thank you all for your patience. Many students who were nominated last year for reading and math have been assessed, however intellectual assessments have been rolling out later than planned. Lewis is currently scheduled to test all 2nd and 3rd graders for intellectual giftedness on Tuesday November 30th.

    If you are interested in nominating your student for TAG in Reading, Math, or Intellectual ability, please reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss. Online nomination forms for this year have been extended and will be due on or before January 7th and can be found on the Lewis website at https://www.pps.net/Page/16317.

    If you have further questions, please contact Lisa Tegethoff: ltegethoff@pps.net or visit www.pps.net/tag.


    Lost and Found

    At 3pm on Wednesday, November 17th we will put our Lost and Found outside, under the covered area near the cafeteria. Please come and check out all the items found and claim your child's belongings.


    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Name Change Petition

    Hi! This is Brynn, Emma, and Lily, a group of Lewis Elementary 5th graders!  Last year we started a project to change the name of Meriwether Lewis Elementary School. We want to change the name because we believe that too many school buildings are named after white people and that contributes to white supremacy.  We want the name of our school to be inclusive to everyone and to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans.  We believe it is important to get input from the Lewis community on the idea and the new name we have proposed.

    Many of you have already signed our petition last year, but we wanted to share it again for families that are new to Lewis or didn’t have a chance to sign it last year.  If you already signed it you do not need to sign it again.  

    Here is a presentation we created to explain our project:  SHARING Slideshow for Name Change

    Here is a link to our petition to give your feedback: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdArTP745C-L2tUIIFEXFPZTomnWpPZ52_A9kwDDZbb6ADR8g/viewform

    We kindly ask that you look over our presentation and sign our petition to give your input if you haven’t already.


    Thank you!  

    Brynn, Emma, and Lily


    Covid Vaccine Information

    There will be clinics for children 5 years old and older to receive the recently authorized pediatric Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at Reynolds Middle School and David Douglas High School. More information about the event can be found here.

    Check out this Free PDF to make a "Poke Plan" with your child before getting a shot. "Things go better when we have a plan!"


    FRIDAY: Garden Work Party

    Not sure what to do with a newly announced day off? Trying to figure out how to balance your job and childcare? Or just looking for a midday break? Come join us at the re-scheduled Lewis Garden Work Party. We will be meeting from noon to 2 PM on Friday, November 12. Bring your kids to play on the playground while you help us keep the rain gardens, raised beds, and butterfly garden in tip-top shape. We will provide snacks and drinks so everyone in your family gets a break. Please bring your mask, shovels or other tools, and a pair of gloves if you have them. We will be meeting on the blacktop. See you there! 


    Order Your Holiday Décor today

    If wreaths, swags, or centerpieces are already part of your winter décor, buy from the Lewis PTA!  About 50% of all sales go to the Lewis PTA, and items are competitively priced. We partner with a nearby farm to provide these items, so they are fresh and local.  Order form can be found here: Lewis Elementary PTA Winter Fundraiser  

    Orders due November 17th. Items will be available for pick up in the front parking lot of the school on December 4th from 10a.m.- 12 p.m.


    We will also be hosting a Bake Sale Social, same date and time. Fingers crossed for good weather so we can all take a little time to say hello and enjoy a coffee and a doughnut (or other tasty treat). Stay tuned for more info! 


    The PTA funds important school projects like playground improvements, additional classroom supplies, support for "specials" (library, music, and P.E.) and much more. We strive to make Lewis a place where students have what they need to learn, so they can thrive! 


    Your child’s art is the perfect gift for any occasion! 

    Personalized paper order forms for the Silver Graphics Fundraiser went home with your student on Tuesday, so be sure to check their backpack. 

    Your students worked hard on preparing colorful art projects in class, and Silver Graphics turns the art into cute keepsakes like mugs, bags, coasters, and ornaments. Items ordered by Monday, November 15th will arrive before Winter Break.  



    Enter Access Code:  LewisART21  

    After you enter the Access Code, you’ll be able upload additional art. All orders will benefit our school! 


    BottleDrop Holiday Give matching donations!

    All BottleDrop donations will earn 20% more November 15th-December 1st!  BottleDrop is matching donations for the annual Holiday Give fundraiser.  We’ve already earned $1600 this school year and the next two weeks could bring in a big boost!  There’s no BottleDrop pick up at school on no school days but you can always drop off full bags at any BottleDrop center. The closest BottleDrop center is on SE Linwood Ave and King Rd. 


    You can pick up blue bags from the Little Free Library by the Office Entrance. 

    And we’ll have a special BottleDrop pick up at school on 12/1 just for the Holiday Give match. 


    Does your student love to sing or perform?  We are looking for volunteers to help with a short video for the BottleDrop Holiday Give Social Media Contest.  Participation only requires 5-15 minutes of your time.  Interested?  Email b7austin@gmail.com Please include “bottledrop video” in the subject line.



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    Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Lewis JEDI meeting on 11/1 at 6:30pm. Newly formed in spring 2021, the Lewis Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee seeks to ensure all members of the Lewis community feel welcome at and connected to the school. All are welcome to join JEDI meetings, which are held via Zoom on the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm. Meetings are a space to create community, raise concerns, share resources and learning opportunities around JEDI principles, and engage in shared problem-solving and decision-making.  

    If you have a topic you'd like to see addressed at a JEDI meeting, please reach out to Committee co-chairs Caroline Dubuque or Melissa Duclos, or just drop in to a meeting!  


    Caroline Dubuque, carolinedubugue@gmail.com, 707-227-0297 

    Melissa Duclos, melissaj.duclos@gmail.com, 914-584-3517 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 83026861185 



    Pride Parade Flier

    Online Group for BIPOC Students begins April 29th and 30th and will continue every Thursday ages 8-12 and Fridays ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.
    Signup sheet link:  https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

    BIPOC Flier