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A Word from the Principal… Ms. Ramirez — April 2021

April 21, 2021

Dear Hollydale Families,

We have been very fortunate to have beautiful weather lately and more and more parents are walking to pick up their students after school. This has created a need to clarify the District's policy regarding animals on the Hollydale school grounds. For the safety of all, if you are bringing your dog along while picking up your child, you must wait with your leashed dog on the park side of the school. Otherwise, we ask that you please leave your dog at home for the short time you will be here picking up your child. Thank you in advance for your understanding of our need to keep everyone safe.

New for the 2021-22 school year, we are very excited to be able to offer our incoming kindergarten students a way to access the new dual-language program at North Gresham. This is a great opportunity for our community of learners to be able to honor their heritage and develop their language skills in both Spanish and English. There will be more information available about this program at our Connect to Kindergarten event on April 28.

Student report cards are now available to be viewed in ParentVue. If you have any questions, regarding accessing them, please call Cheryl Eki in the Hollydale office.

The Gresham-Barlow School District has opted-out of state tests for the 2020-21 school year.

This is an update to the information that was shared a couple of weeks ago. The district sent an email to all parents the morning of April 21 that explains their decision. Please refer to that if you need additional information.

Please continue to watch for information to come via email and social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us or by phone 503-661-6226. It is an honor to be a member of the Hollydale community and I look forward to working with each of your children.



1:30pm -3:30pm Drop-In

Connect to Kindergarten

If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021, be sure to join us for Hollydale's Connect to Kindergarten event on Wednesday, April 28, 1:30-3:30pm on a drop-in basis.

We will have multiple stations outside under our covered play area to allow for social distancing. Reminder: Even though it will be held outside, masks are still required anytime you are on the Hollydale campus.

  • Information on how to register your child online
  • The dual language immersion option
  • Immunization requirements
  • An opportunity to meet the Kindergarten teachers
  • Watch a short video about the Gresham-Barlow Kindergarten program
  • A free book for each incoming kindergartner
  • Additional activities


Hybrid In-Person School Hours 12:05pm - 2:35pm

Students should not arrive to school before 12:05pm. There will not be supervision on the playground or in front of the school before 12:05pm. Thank you for your understanding.

Office Hours - 8am - 3:30pm

The office is open weekdays between 8am - 3:30pm for in-person pick-ups. Phone office hours are 8am - 4pm. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave us a voice- mail and we will return your call as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

End of Day Transportation Changes

Please call the office at 503-661-6226 no later than 2pm if you need to change your child's end of day transportation.

Emergency Contact Information

As the school district is transitioning to in-person learning, it is important the office has your current contact information as well as up-to-date emergency contacts. Please take a moment to check your phone number, email, and emergency contacts in ParentVue and make updates as necessary. Click here to access your ParentVue account.

Media Exclusion Notice

As students are returning to the building we will be taking photos for use on our website, newsletter and social media accounts. If you DO NOT wish for your child's photo to be used online, please email Mrs. Eki, elementary secretary, at eki6@gresham.k12.or.us

Kindergarten Registration

Will your child be 5 on or before Sept. 1st, 2021? If yes, register now. To register your student for Kindergarten, visit the Gresham-Barlow School District Website, select the “Parents” tab, and click on “Online Registration.” This webpage has information about the registration process, a link to get started, additional forms for each school, and answers to frequently asked questions. Be sure to attend Connect to Kindergarten on Wednesday, April 28.

Immunization Requirements to Enter K-6th Grade:

5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
4 Polio
1 Varicella (chickenpox)
2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella 3 Hepatitis B

2 Hepatitis A

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Every Wednesday, the Nutrition Services Department will be offering 7-day Meal Box Kits FREE to children ages 1-18. These kits will be delivered by school bus and families can also pick up the kits through evening curbside pickup at select schools.

  • Bus Routes, 3, 10, 15 will continue to deliver meals mid-day.
  • Curbside Pickup at Hollydale from 4-6pm.
  • You must reserve your Meal Box Kit ahead of time!

To participate, each household will need to fill out an online form. A confirmation email will be sent once you have submitted this form. If you don't receive a confirmation email please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 503-261-4594.

Click here to fill out the online form to reserve your Weekly Meal Box Kit.

Bus Delivery Routes and Times:
In Town Meal Drop Off Sites (pdf)


The Student Health Center at Centennial High School is now open, offering students in-person healthcare and telehealth services 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays. Call 503-988-5488 to make an appointment. Student Health Centers are also open at David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt, and Reynolds high schools. Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They offer convenient physical and mental health care services to all Multnomah County students ages 5-18 regardless of where they attend school. There are no out-of-pocket costs. Services include:

  • COVID-19 testing
  • Physical exams
  • School immunizations
  • Mental & behavioral health services
  • Sports physicals
  • Treatment for illness and injury
  • Vision, dental, and blood pressure screenings
  • Age-appropriate reproductive health
  • Routine lab tests
  • Prescription medications
  • Health education, counseling and wellness promotion
  • Fitness and nutrition education and counseling
  • Referrals for healthcare services not provided at the clinics

Click here for more information: multco.us/health/student-health-centers

Sun Community School

A few amazing facts about our SUN programs, across the district, and other MFS programs! We have been able to offer over $500,000 in Client Assistance through the CARES Act. Through our partnership with CashOregon, our volunteers have helped put refunds of $2.2 million into the pockets of our low-income Oregonians at no cost. Since November 2020, we have tutored over 600 sessions with our school partners. And last but not least, our Hunger Relief team has distributed 1.5 MILLION pounds of food to thousands of community members, in the last year!

At Hollydale, SUN has served over 200 families through our Client Assistance and activity kit/virtual programming!

We will be starting the spring term of SUN next week. Registration for the activity kits is closed now. Students, who have been confirmed for this term, will be contacted soon!

Just a reminder of our Metropolitan Family Service FOOD PANTRIES throughout the week! The types of foods at each location vary from day to day but will include some combination of oil, margarine, 3-6 fresh produce items, canned fruit and vegetables, canned and dry beans, cereals, shelf-stable milk, rice, pasta, applesauce, etc. THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS TO SHOP - EVERYONE IS WELCOME! *Please maintain 6 feet spacing for safety and face coverings are required*


If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Jones, SUN Site Manager @ 503-380-0464(call/text) or sandraj@mfs.email (English) or Daisy Sanchez at daisyst@mfs.email (Spanish).


Family resources including: Housing, Food, Child Care, Health Care, Covid-19 Vaccine and more. Contact Christine Fitch, School Counselor, if your family needs help with resources that may not be on the list—503-661-6226 or fitch@gresham.k12.or.us

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If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us or by phone 503-661-6226. I look forward to hearing from you.