Cougar Chronicle

Kelly Creek Elementary School

Principal's Message - January 2021

Dear Kelly Creek Elementary School Community,


Happy New Year! I hope that 2021 brings our community much needed health and happiness. I hope that all of you had a restful Winter Break and are ready to start school again!


The Gresham-Barlow School District is continuing to plan for a safe return to in-person instruction. Parents will be given two options when that time comes: Hybrid Instructional Model and eGBSD. Additional information can be found later in this newsletter, you'll want to pay careful attention to that information so you can make an informed decision for your family.


I understand that this is a difficult decision, one my family needs to make as well, please know I will do my best to answer any questions or concerns as you make this decision for your family.


Please know you can always reach out to your child's teacher or me for anything you need or any questions you might have along the way. I can be reached via email at maranto2@gresham.k12.or.us or via phone at 503.663.7483.



Respectfully,


Sam Maranto

Principal

January 2021 Important Dates

  • 01/04 - Classes Resume
  • 01/12 - PTC Meeting @ 6:30
  • 01/13 - Chipotle School Fundraiser
  • 01/18 - MLK Day - No School
  • 01/19 - K-5 Materials Distribution @ 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • 01/20 - K-5 Materials Distribution @ 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • 01/29 - Grading Day - No School

PTC Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 6:30-8:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99744748254?pwd=VE4wd056WkViL2J4ajNlTXdNakx5UT09

Meeting ID: 997 4474 8254
Passcode: fy2GNC

K-5 Materials Distribution

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 1-6pm

2400 Southeast Baker Way

Gresham, OR

All students in grades K-5 can swing by Kelly Creek Elementary School for their next set of materials.


This event will be subject to change depending on health metrics and our Hybrid Model of Instruction start date.

K-5 Materials Distribution

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 1-4pm

2400 Southeast Baker Way

Gresham, OR

All students in grades K-5 can swing by Kelly Creek Elementary School for their next set of materials.


This event will be subject to change depending on health metrics and our Hybrid Model of Instruction start date.

Hybrid Instructional Model & e-GBSD

The Gresham-Barlow School District is hopeful that we continue to see a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases in Multnomah County. If we meet the metrics of having less than 100 positive cases per 100,000, we will start the process of transitioning from Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) to our Hybrid Model of Instruction. Families can elect to keep their children 100% online with our eGBSD option. The eGBSD option strongly mirrors what students are currently experiencing in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). This could change based on ODE guidance - as I know more, I will share the information with the community.


For those families that sign-up for our Hybrid Model of Instruction, students will attend school 2 days per week. We will have two cohorts of children - The A Cohort will attend school in-person on Monday and Tuesday; and online Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The B Cohort will attend school on Thursday and Friday. Cohorts will be created with odd/even addresses, however, exceptions may be made for us to balance classrooms. While the students are not in school they will be getting online instruction from an eGBSD teacher. By splitting the school into two cohorts we are estimated to have about 15 students in the class on any given day to ensure proper social distancing.


Families will be required to fill out the below survey for each elementary-aged child in their household. This type of information is vital in our planning for our return to school. Please have this survey complete by Wednesday, January 13, 2021.


KCES Survey (English)

KCES Survey (Spanish)

KCES Survey (Russian)


If you'd like more information, please watch this short presentation on what to expect for a Hybrid Model of Instruction vs. an eGBSD Model of Instruction.


View Video (English)

View Video (Spanish)


Currently, we will only return to school for in-person instruction if health metrics are met for Multnomah and Clackamas County. As we monitor the metrics we will be in communication with our families about the next steps. You can find my formal letter of communication with the families of Kelly Creek Elementary School HERE.


In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about the transition to our Hybrid Model of Instruction, I can be reached via email at maranto2@gresham.k12.or.us or via phone at 503.663.7483.


Respectfully,


Sam Maranto

Principal

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KCES Vaccination Rates

Every year we are required to share with the community the vaccination rates of the students who attend Kelly Creek Elementary School. Below are the rates for KCES in English and Spanish:



Vaccination exclusion day is Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - all vaccine records must be submitted to the front office in order for your child to not be excluded from school.


If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations, please call the front office at 503.663.7483.

Connect with Principal Maranto

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