Summer Skies…

August 19, 2014

Class Placement Letters…

August 19, 2014

Classroom placement letters will be mailed to families later this week. The letter will include:

  • A welcome note from your child’s teacher
  • A supply list
  • PPS Registration Verification Form
  • PPS Demographic form

Families should review the registration information carefully and make any changes (address change, phone numbers, emergency contact…) on the form, and return the document, along with the PPS Demographic form, on the first day of school.

Staffing Update: II

August 19, 2014

I wanted to share with you the news that Mr. Matt Marchyok will not be returning to Lewis for the 2014-2015 school year. Last week, Mr. Marchyok accepted a position with our district’s Talented and Gifted Department and will be leaving Lewis. We thank Mr. Marchyok for his service to Lewis and wish him well in his new assignment.

Another change is that Ms. Laura Gillies, our .5 Learning Center teacher will be moving to California and will also be leaving Lewis. We thank Ms. Gillies for her work and service and wish her well.

In addition Para-Educators Haley Ward and Rachel White will not be returning to Lewis. We thank both of them for their fine service and wish them well.

We are working this week to fill these vacancies and will share our new staff once they have been officially hired.

Staffing Update

August 2, 2014

I wanted to share with you some staffing changes that have recently taken place.

In early July we received permission to add a 3rd kindergarten session. Ashley Rollins, who had been hired to teach our 2/3 classroom, will instead be teaching kindergarten in Room 4. This adjustment created a 2/3 opening and we posted that position. We had 167 applicants for the position and after interviewing several strong candidates, I am very happy to share with you that Mr. Mark Hansen will be joining our staff and will teach the 2/3 classroom.

Mark has most recently taught at Peninsula School, teaching a 3/4 classroom. Mark also serves as the Co-Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark College. Mark brings his 13 years of experience to Lewis along with a strong desire to engage with his students and families. By way of an introduction, I asked Mark to share a bit about himself and you will find that below.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Hansen to our school.

Mark Hansen – “Both of my parents were teachers, my partner, Katharine Johnson, is a teacher, and my son is a rising fourth grader.  So school is a big part of my life! My family moved a lot while I was growing up but I have called Portland home for 20 years. I started working for PPS in 1998,  as an assistant for students with special needs.  I got my Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark and have taught 2nd – 4th grade since 2001.  I am a co-Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis and Clark, a teacher-led network that collects and spreads essential and promising practices for teaching writing.  I am a dedicated cyclist but am slightly daunted by my new longer commute to Lewis.  This summer I am volunteering at Street Roots newspaper, just to help out, but also with a mind to creating a classroom connection to their work.  I love to build, tinker, and explore wild places. I love to learn about and with my students, and try to create many pathways for families to take up the work of our classroom.  Above all, I am excited to meet and get to know the Lewis Elementary community.”

Tech Helpers…

July 18, 2014

Oregon Special Olympics State Games – July 12, 13

July 7, 2014

Come cheer on 2,000 of Oregon’s finest competitiors at Games Ceremonies July 12th at 7 pm at Newberg High School. Click here for competition schedule and venues. 

Community Care Day Grounds Clean Up

August 19, 2014
Images from last year's event...

Lewis Community Care Day is set for Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Please plan to join us as we work to weed and prune the school grounds in anticipation of the new school year.

No registration is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Tools and supplies will be provided; individuals may also bring their own.


Office Opens August, 14, 2014

August 9, 2014

The Lewis Elementary School office will reopen on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Office hours will be from 8:00 – 4:15.

Reed College 5K Benefit Run

July 23, 2014

The third annual Reed College 5K is a 5K run/walk open to all ages and abilities.

The Reed College 5K, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday September 20, 2014, will wind around the campus and touch on the Eastmoreland, Reed, and Woodstock neighborhoods. 

Proceeds from the the run will benefit local elementary schools, including Lewis!

To register please visit the following link:  Reed College 5K

Interested in volunteering? Send us an email at: 

Upcoming Events at the Woodstock Library

July 18, 2014


Thursday, July 24, 2014

9:30 am

10:30 am

Friday, July 25, 2014

9:30 am

10:30 am

3:00 pm

School Supply Lists

July 14, 2014

Upcoming Events at the Woodstock Library

July 3, 2014

Reed Benefit Run for Local Schools


The third annual Reed College 5K is a 5K run/walk open to all ages and abilities - Saturday September 20, 2014

Proceeds from the the run will benefit local elementary schools, including Lewis!

To register please visit the following link:  Reed College 5K

Interested in volunteering? Send an email to: 

Summer Reading

summer reading Play the Summer Reading game June 13 - August 31, 2014 Play the Summer Reading game June 13 - August 31, 2014 any Multnomah County library Reading suggestions The Library has created made lots of reading lists for kids and for teens, broken down by grade level and more. The Summer Reading program is made possible by The Library Foundation with generous support from our sponsors. Registration information will be sent home this week.

Lewis Staff Twitter

Lewis Archive

Lewis Images

Working at the dry erase table in Room 17... #tw Photographer... #tw Morning recess... #tw Gregory MacNaughton the Reed College Cooley Art Gallery visiting with our kindergarten students in preparation for their field trip next week...

Staff Picks: Favorite Books

Throughout the year we will be highlighting favorite books selected by our staff members...


Title: Charlotte’s Web Author: E.B. White Staff Member: Mr. Colvin

Multnomah Country Library Link

"Before the movie, before the cartoon, was the book. The book and I are about the same age, having both arrived in the early 1950s. I was in fourth grade in Mrs. Stansell's class in Gold Beach, Oregon and she read several novels during the year, but the one that hooked me was Charlotte's Web. I have read it to every class I have ever taught since I started teaching. Plus I read it to my own two kids when they were around 9 or 10.

Mr. Colvin
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Fundraising Primer

For many years we have attempted to explain our various PTA fund raising opportunities. Recently Lewis parent Jordan Benner created this great video that explains those PTA fund raising opportunities in a very understandable manner. Please take a look and consider taking part. 201309042122.jpg Direct Donation escript/Scrip Shopping Donate & Recycle

Lewis Direct Giving Campaign

Lewis Logo Lewis PTA Direct Giving Campaign. Please consider a one time, or ongoing contribution to help support Lewis Elementary School. More information: Lewis Direct Giving Campaign

Inclement Weather

Weather-related PPS news, can be found on the following sites:



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