Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

James John Elementary School

Home of the James John Lions!

7439 N Charleston Ave.  | Portland, OR 97203
Phone: (503) 916-6266 | Fax: (503) 916-2641

A Message From the Principal

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Principal Samantha Ragaisis

October 2014

Dear James John Community,

I am excited to lead James John as your new principal. 

As you know, Principal Beth Shelby is on leave to take care of a surgery and Superintendent Smith took this opportunity to bring me from Glencoe Elementary in Southeast Portland to lead James John. Principal Shelby will lead Glencoe when she is back from her leave.

I come to James John from the Salem-Keizer School District where I worked with an elementary school very much like James John. The teaching staff and I were able to support students in making great gains in achievement. I look forward to supporting the James John team to do the same.

I am excited to meet James John families. If you have questions or just want to say hello, please know that my door is always open. Read more.

Samantha Ragaisis


James John Elementary

School News & Announcements

October 2014

29th & 30th - conferences

     no school for students

31st - no school for students

November 2014
1st - James Johns grounds clean up
@ 9:00-11:00
2nd – Daylight Saving Time Ends
set clocks back 1 hour
4th – PTA Meeting
2nd & 3rd grades presentations
@ 6:30-7:30
5th – Walk To School Day
7:45 @ Community Center
10th – planning day
no school for students
11th – Veterans’ Day
no school
11th – Burgerville Night
@ 4:00-8:00
14th - Vision & Dental Screening
Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd & 5th grades

19th – S. T. E. M. Night
@ 5:30-7:30
21st – SUN School ends
24th – SUN School Showcase
@ 5:30-7:30
27th & 28th – Thanksgiving
no school


Daily Schedule

7:45 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:00 a.m. Breakfast Ends
8:00 a.m. First Bell
8:05 a.m. Tardy Bell
10:50 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. K-5 Lunch and recess are on a rotation
2:10 p.m. Dismissal (Grades K-2)
2:15 p.m. Dismissal (Grades 3-5)

James John Calendar

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PPS News

High school info nights for 8th graders

October 28, 2014

Learn about your neighborhood high school or focus schools Benson and Jefferson. Information sessions for 8th graders start in November with Wilson, Cleveland and Grant. 


Youngest readers receive reading calendars during conferences

October 28, 2014
Stacks of Multnomah County Library reading calendars were distributed to schools by language needs this week. Nearly 17,000 Portland Public Schools kindergartener, first, second, and third graders will take home special Multnomah County Library Reading Calendar Tips during parent/teacher conferences this week. The distribution fosters a culture of reading and helps parents support young readers. 


Grant hosts anti-violence speaker Giffords

October 27, 2014
From left: Grant Magazine design editor Bella Rideau; former U.S. rep. Gabrielle Giffords; Grant Magazine editors-in-chief Hunter Stewart, Koji Wieber and Eliza Brown; Grant Magazine volunteer instructor David Austin.

Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was in Portland Oct. 21 leading a roundtable focused on the intersection of domestic violence with gun violence, reported Grant Magazine.


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