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Staffing Update

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.”

Staff Changes…

We have had a few staff changes this summer and I would like to share that information with you.

Mrs. Keefer has accepted a position at Forest Heights School and will be joining the staff there to teach 4th grade. Mrs. Keefer’s new school is just minutes away from her home, and the change will allow her to be closer to her family. Mrs. Keefer has been a part of the Lewis community for the past 11 years. Her commitment to her students and to the larger school community is something I have always admired. We will miss the passion and commitment that she brought to her work, and also her humor. We wish her the very best as she makes this move.

Mrs. Keefer’s move created a vacancy at 5th grade and I am happy to share with you the news that Mr. Marchyok will be moving to 5th grade. Mr. Marchyok is very excited to take on this assignment and is looking forward to working with Ms. Jen at this grade level.

Mr. Marchyok moving to 5th grade created a vacancy at 4th grade. I am happy to share with you the news that Abby Rotwein will be joining our staff. Abby is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Graduate Teaching Program and most recently worked at Rigler Elementary School where she also did her student teaching. Abby also has experience as a Playworks coordinator ( ), having run the program at Grout Elementary School for two years. Abby brings to our staff a person with a wide range of experiences and knowledge that I believe will blend in well with our staff. I am very happy that she will be joining us and please join me in welcoming her to our staff.

Finally I recently talked with Stephanie Wieand and she and her family will be moving to Indiana and she will not be returning to Lewis in the fall. We wish Ms. Wieand and her family the best as they make this move and thank her for her work at Lewis. I am pleased to share with you the news that Elissa Dingus will move from half time to full time and will teach 3rd grade in Room 16.

I am looking forward to a great school year.

Tim Lauer

Mrs. Keefer

Arts Attack Curriculum

Over the summer we have had a project up at Donors Choose, that if funded, would allow us to buy the Arts Attack curriculum for our school. This curriculum package would help us supplement and expand the work taking place by our teachers to achieve our goal of 3 – 5 art projects per month. The curriculum package includes teacher lesson plans, high quality art prints, DVD sample lessons, and background information to help teachers implement these high quality lessons.

Today we are starting to make a push to see if we can get the project fully funded. Out PTA has indicated that they will help fund this project, but we would like to see if we can enlist the support of our larger school community to publicize and encourage others who might be inclined to make a donation to help us achieve our goal.

Please share the following web link with your family and friends:

That link will take you to our project page on We have 29 days left to reach our goal and we thank you for spreading the word.

Class Placement Letters –

Class placement letters will be mailed home on Monday, August 23, 2010. These letters will have student placement information, along with a welcome from your child’s new teacher, and information about the start of school. A reminder that school begins for our first – fifth grade students on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. The first day of Kindergarten will be Friday, September, 10, 2010.

The 2010-2011 supply list is available for download. Lewis Supply List 2010-2011

School Hours:

  • 8:20 breakfast
  • 8:40 Arrival Bell
  • 8:45 Tardy Bell
  • 3:00 Dismissal

Fire Lane

Parking Lot Situation and our Fire lane: PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE FIRE LANE
A reminder that we will soon be enforcing a no parking policy in the fire lane area in the parking lot. Recently we have begun to post informational “tickets” on car windshields that are parked in the fire lane. Today the fire lane area began to be painted and we plan to enforce the no parking policy starting next week…

Kindergarten Round Up Meetings Scheduled

This winter Lewis will be offering two informational meetings for prospective kindergarten families. The dates and times are listed below. We also offer tours of the school each Wednesday in January and February except for the late opening days, (Jan. 20 & Feb 17)

Lewis Kindergarten Round Up Meetings
Thursday, February 4, 2010 – 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – 6:00 pm

Information regarding transfers and the transfer process can be found on the Enrollment and Transfer Page of the PPS web site.