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

28th - picture day

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
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

Second annual Children's Book Harvest to begin in November

October 23, 2014
James John students enjoy books they chose during last year's Children's Book Harvest distribution. Portland Public Schools, the Children's Book Bank and the Portland Council PTA are teaming up again this year to encourage Portlanders citywide to recycle children's book and get them to children in need.


Student leaders amplify students' voices

October 22, 2014

This year’s student representative to the Portland School Board says she’s excited to serve at a time where the district is rebuilding programs and making schools more equitable.


PPS enrollment, hiring on the upswing

October 22, 2014

Student enrollment and hiring is going up, up, up at Portland Public Schools as primary and high school grades swell and state school funding improves.


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