The Lion's Pride ~ Orgullo del León

James John K-5 School News & Updates ~Noticias y Información


Dear James John Families, ~Estimadas familias de James John,

Hello to you and I hope you are enjoying this nice fall weather this week. We are now completing our fifth week of comprehensive distance learning and I have noticed that students, parents and teachers are more familiar with the routines of the on-line schedule. As a parent, I know that this routine is not easy and I know we all wish we could return for in-person learning, but I definitely see a lot of "perseverance" by everyone in our school. In this newsletter, we will share some exciting updates about our things like school garden and our Student Council. These are ways that we are trying to maintain "business as usual" for our school and students in spite of the challenges we face. Please enjoy this newsletter and please reach out to us if you have any questions or feedback for us. Until next week!

~Hola y espero que disfruten de este agradable clima otoñal esta semana. Ahora estamos completando nuestra quinta semana de aprendizaje integral a distancia y he notado que los estudiantes, padres y maestros están más familiarizados con las rutinas del horario en línea. Como padre, sé que esta rutina no es fácil y sé que todos desearíamos poder regresar para el aprendizaje en persona, pero definitivamente veo mucha "perseverancia" en todos en nuestra escuela. En este boletín, compartiremos algunas actualizaciones interesantes sobre nuestras cosas como el jardín de la escuela y nuestro Consejo Estudiantil. Estas son formas en las que estamos tratando de mantener "las cosas como siempre" para nuestra escuela y los estudiantes a pesar de los desafíos que enfrentamos. Disfrute de este boletín y comuníquese con nosotros si tiene alguna pregunta o comentario para nosotros. ¡Hasta la próxima semana!

John Melvin, EdD


2020 - October 16 de Octubre

Updated School Website

We have been working on updating our school website and would like this to be a useful source of current information about our school. Please visit our website: for current information.

MAIN OFFICE ~Oficina Central

Office Hours: Mondays & Thursdays 9-4. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays.

Phone: (503) 916-6266 messages checked daily from 8-4 with a 48 hr turnaround.

Emails daily from 8-4 to or

Horas de Oficina: lunes Y jueves 9-4. Cerrado martes, miércoles, y viernes.

Teléfono:(503) 916-6266 mensajes revisados diariamente desde 8-4 con un tiempo de respuesta a 48 horas. Emails diariamente de 8-4 a o

Garden Update -

Hello James John Families!

We are Grow Portland, a local nonprofit that provides garden-based education around science, sustainability, and healthy eating. We are so excited to be starting a new partnership with your school this year! Over the summer the garden was expanded with some brand new raised beds thanks to some very dedicated parents and volunteers. It’s looking great and already growing fall crops! I am Madeline, James John's Garden Educator. I am a Portland native, a Master Gardener, and have a Master’s in Education from Portland State University. You can find out more about me in this video :)

So far this fall we have been hard at work harvesting produce from our ten garden sites to share with families. James John received 28 bags of produce earlier this month! You may have also seen activity handouts from us in your school lunches. Next up we will be sharing bags of apples for at-home tastings, thanks to our friends at Portland Nursery.

Like the rest of school, garden lessons will take place virtually this fall. We are sharing online lessons with classroom teachers that include videos and hands-on activities. You can find out more and download some of these activities at, or check us out on social media!

Take care,

Madeline Miller & the Grow Portland Team

Calendar & Events~Calendario y Eventos

Daily Virtual Hallway - Come Hang Out with a few staff and other students

Diariamente el Pasillo Virtual - Venga a charla con algunos educadores y otros estudiantes.

8:15 - 8:30 GOOGLE MEETING code = jjvirtualhallway

Monday, October 19 ~ octubre lunes

Main Office OPEN - 9 - 4

Technology Distribution- 3-5pm- Front of school HEADPHONES have arrived.

Food Distribution 3-5

Black Affinity - 5:45 - 6:45 affinity group Flyer w/ zoom code(case sensitive) below

Tuesday, October 20 ~ octubre martes

PTA mtg. – 6:00 – 7:30

Wednesday, October 21 ~ octubre miércoloes

Technology Distribution- 3-5pm- front of school HEADPHONES have arrived.

Food Distribution 3-5

Thursday, October 22~ octubre jueves

Main Office OPEN - 9 - 4

Fire Awareness day -

Friday, October 23 ~ octubre viernes

SCHOOL DAYS ~ Días en Colegio

James John Student Council and Schoolwide Election - (November 3)

James John Student Council and Schoolwide Election - (November 3)

Once again, we will have a Student Council at James John this school year. The Student Council will be comprised of two representatives from each classroom in grades 2-5. In the coming week, students in grades 2-5 who wish to serve on the student council will be writing statements of interest and will present these to their classmates. In the week of October 26 , 2nd-5th grade classes will choose their representatives and representatives will nominate 4th and 5th grade representatives to serve as officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer). On November 3 (national election day), all students will vote electronically for student council officers, school spirit days, as well as the name of our new school garden. Student Council will then meet with Dr. Melvin and Ms. Kieffer throughout the year to lend their voice to school leadership.

Consejo Estudiantil James John y Elección Escolar - (3 de noviembre)

Una vez más, tendremos un Consejo Estudiantil en James John este año escolar. El Consejo de Estudiantes estará compuesto por dos representantes de cada salón de clases en los grados 2-5. En la próxima semana, los estudiantes en los grados 2-5 que deseen formar parte del consejo estudiantil escribirán declaraciones de interés y las presentarán a sus compañeros de clase. En la semana del 26 de octubre, las clases de 2º a 5º grado elegirán a sus representantes y los representantes nominarán representantes de 4º y 5º grado para servir como oficiales (presidente, vicepresidente, secretario y tesorero). El 3 de noviembre (día de las elecciones nacionales), todos los estudiantes votarán electrónicamente por los funcionarios del consejo estudiantil, los días de espíritu escolar y el nombre de nuestro nuevo jardín escolar. El Consejo de Estudiantes se reunirá con el Dr. Melvin y la Sra. Kieffer durante todo el año para dar su voz al liderazgo escolar.

School Spirit ~ Espíritu de la escuela

October focus is PERSERVERANCE -

We may not be there YET but each day we are getting better and closer to our goals!

Every week one student from each class will be selected for their Cultural Responsive Positive Behaviors of being Safe, Responsible, Respectful and Kind. Mondays we will announce their names. At the end of the month we will have an assembly honoring our hard work and acknowledge students who have perservered.

Friday Oct. 30th will be a Spirit Day. Costume Day!!!

El enfoque de octubre es la PERSEVERANCIA -

¡Es posible que TODAVÍA no estemos allí, pero cada día somos mejores y nos acercamos a nuestras metas! Cada semana, un estudiante de cada clase será seleccionado por su comportamiento positivo culturalmente receptivo de ser: Seguro, Responsable,Respetuoso y Amable. Los lunes anunciaremos sus nombres. Al final del mes tendremos una asamblea para honrar nuestro arduo trabajo y reconocer a los estudiantes que han perseverado.

¡¡¡El viernes 30 de octubre será un día espiritual. Día del disfraz !!!

Black Affinity Group

For the past two school years, we have been developing a Black Parent Affinity Group at James John. All families (and staff) who identify as Black/African-American are invited to attend this meeting. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to support this event.

Chess For Success ~Ajedrez - Contact Jeff Walker if you are interested.

Open to 3-5 graders - Come learn and play chess in a supportive environment. See Flyer Below

I am the Chess for Success Coach this year. It is an after-school, online club.

  • Chess for Success Club meets ONLINE on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS from 3:30-4:45 pm
  • Students use their JJ Chromebooks to participate through a Google Meet
  • Class size is about 15 students
  • Club runs from October 22, 2020 to March 2021
  • There is NO cost to join the club
  • Members will receive a FREE T-shirt

The first 15 minutes will be structured lessons on chess skills as developed by The Chess School's online curriculum The rest of the time will be spent playing chess! Students will use a virtual chessboard for games and competition.

Abierto para estudiantes de 3 a 5 grados: venga a aprender y jugar al ajedrez en un entorno de apoyo. Vea el folleto a continuación

. Soy el entrenador de Chess for Success este año. Es un club en línea después de la escuela.

  • Ajedrez - Un club que reúne LÍNEA los lunes y jueves de 3:30-4:45 pm

  • Los estudiantes usan sus Chromebooks a participar a través de unGoogle Meet

  • tamaño de clase es de unos 15 estudiantes

  • empieza 22 octubre 2020 a marzo de 2021

  • hay ningún costo para unirse al club

  • Los miembros recibirán una camiseta GRATIS

Los primeros 15 minutos serán lecciones estructuradas sobre habilidades de ajedrez desarrolladas por el plan de estudios en línea de The Chess School ¡El resto del tiempo lo pasarás jugando al ajedrez! Los estudiantes usarán un tablero de ajedrez virtual para juegos y competencias.

Community News - Noticias Sobre la Communidad

James John Parent Teacher Association

Join this team of influencers in making things happen. únete con este equipo de los quienes influencian a hacer que las cosas sucedan.

Child Care

Camp Fire Columbia is supporting PPS students with their Comprehensive Distance Learning! Currently, they are holding a program at James John and Hayhurst, and spaces are open to students ages 5-12 years old. If your family is interested in learning more, please email or call the Department Director Jon Myers at<> or 503-784-4093. He will address any questions and help you apply for tuition subsidies that could save your family up to 85% in monthly tuition costs!

JAMES JOHN Elementary School Built in 1929.

James John Elementary is a K–5 school within the Portland Public Schools district located in the St. Johns neighborhood of north Portland, Oregon, United States. Built in 1929, it feeds graduates to George Middle School which then feeds Roosevelt High School. We host a dual language Spanish pathway, Social Emotional Classroom, and a variety of educational options to engage and continue in the pursuit of knowledge and self improvement.
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