Staffing Update: New Teachers and Para-Educators

August 30, 2014
New teachers: Mr. Hansen, Ms. Rollins, Mr. Richner

We are happy to welcome Mr. Mark Hansen, Ms. Ashley Rollins, and Mr. Mark Richner to our teaching staff. Also next week we will be welcoming para-educators Vianca Estrada and Hayley Reinauer to Lewis. We are finalizing on the replacement for Ms. Gillies in our Learning Center and will announce this candidate next week.

We want to wish all of our former staff members well in their new endeavors, and are very thankful to have been able to find such outstanding individuals to join us here at Lewis. We are looking forward to a wonderful year. 

Reed College Community Day 5K Run!

August 27, 2014

Reed College Community Day

September 20, 2014
9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Celebrate the glorious Reed College campus at our annual Community Day event. Alumni, neighbors, and friends of all ages are welcome to join us for a day of music, food, and fun.

The full schedule and registration information for the 5K is now available. Highlights of the day will include:

  • a nonprofit fair—learn how you can partner with local nonprofits to make our neighborhood stronger
  • the Reed College 5K run/walk to benefit neighborhood elementary schools!
  • popular Portland food carts
  • family-friendly activities in the Quad, including a performance by Portland Jugglers and music by the Freak Mountain Ramblers
  • a dog show sponsored by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association
  • campus tours

Mark your calendars and plan to be there!

Welcome Mark Richner

August 23, 2014

On Monday, we interviewed for our 5th grade opening. We had several outstanding candidates and I am happy to share the news with you that Mr. Mark Richner has joined our 5th grade team. Mark comes highly recommend and his passion for learning and working with students was evident during our interview. As way of an introduction, I have asked Mark to share a bit about himself. You can find that below. 

I would like to thank Paul Colvin and Abby Rotwein for their help with our interviews. 

I am excited to be teaching fifth grade at Lewis!  I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin, where I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then taught elementary school in the Madison public schools.  Evie, my wonderful wife, got into graduate school to pursue an art degree at the University of Florida in 2011.  During our “Florida years,” I got my masters in elementary education while working at a school with elementary kids and student teachers in the University of Florida elementary teacher preparation program.  So I’ve worked with students from age five through 23!  It has been a busy and productive summer.  Evie and I took time to visit with friends and family, including my grandma, aunts, uncles, parents, her sister and brother-in-law, and my brother who lives in Seattle.  There were plenty of evening walks and bike rides around the neighborhood, two of my favorite ways to wind down a summer day.  It’s going to be an exciting school year!  I look forward to meeting each of you and getting to know the Lewis Elementary community.

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.

Opening Day Information

August 28, 2014

Our first day of school for students in grades 1st – 5th will be Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The first day of school for kindergarten students will be Friday, September 5, 2014.

School begins with our entry bell at 8:40 am and the school day officially starts at 8:45.

Students attending half day kindergarten are dismissed at 11:30 am.

Dismissal for full day kindergarten and all other students is at 3:00 pm.  

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

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: 


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Fundraising Primer

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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... Friday morning #tw

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

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"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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