North Star News

March 2023 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Mark Your Calendar

3/7 Spring Picture Day

3/8 Last Day of SUN Winter Session

3/9 & 3/10 Grading Day & C&I Day, NO SCHOOL

3/13-3/17 Classified Staff Appreciation Week

3/14 PTC Meeting in the Cafeteria 6-7 p.m.

3/20-3/24 Spring Book Fair

3/21 Book Fair Family Night 5:30-7:30 p.m.

3/27-3/31 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

4/3 School Resumes

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

March came in so quickly, and it is a busy month for us! We have many things going on this month - report cards, spring book fair, family night, and spring break.

We also celebrate our Classified staff in March during the week of the 13th. Classified staff include our educational assistants, custodians, secretaries, health assistant, and other essential staff. We truly appreciate all of the hard work they put in every single day to support our students and teachers, and I want to take the opportunity to thank them. They are truly Super Stars!

Is your student having an issue at school? I want to encourage you to help us solve school problems at school by reaching out as soon as possible if your child complains about another student that warrants intervention. Don't let it build. Feel free to call or email with any concerns.


Shawnda Sewell


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March Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click here to access a digital copy of our March breakfast and lunch menu.

Spring Picture Day March 7th

Spring picture day is Tuesday, March 7th. Spring picture day is optional. Only students with online orders or order envelopes will get their picture taken. If you would like to order, there are two options. How to order:

1) The easiest and most convenient way is to order online at: (search for North Gresham Elementary and click on the green Order button)

2) Order forms were sent home, so you can complete one and enclose payment. Please have your student turn it in to their teacher. Important: We can only accept exact payment in cash (we cannot make change), or you can send a check made payable to: Dorian Studio

Picture orders take a few weeks to arrive, and they will be sent home in your child's backpack once we receive them. If you have any ordering issues or questions about your order, please contact Dorian Studio directly at 1-800-826-3535.

*** Please note that the photography team will only be here for a few hours, so have your order submitted online no later than the morning of March 7th by 9:00 a.m., or send the order envelope with your student to hand in to their teacher when school starts. If you don't place an order by then, it will be too late to get your student's photo taken.

Spring Book Fair Is Coming!

Spring and our Scholastic Book Fair are just around the corner! Our Book Fair supports North Gresham's students, teachers, library, and more and we appreciate your support.

Book Fair Dates:

  • March 20th-24th - Student Book Fair (students only; purchase during recess time)
  • March 21st - Family Book Fair Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Flyers with more details will be sent home and posted soon. Be on the lookout! We also need volunteers for the Book Fair. We have many shifts available. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Mercedes at or Adriana at

News from Mrs. Huelsman

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend our Family Game Night in February! It was great to see our families in the building and provide opportunities for all family members to connect while playing board games and enjoying their dinner. We hope to see many of you at our Book Fair Family Night on March 21st, and other family events we have scheduled for the rest of the school year. Here are some photos from the event.

SUN News

Last day for Winter term is March 8th. The students have had a wonderful time!

SUN applications for the spring term will go home on Monday, March 6th. The last day to return them will be Monday, March 13th. Spring term will be from 4/10/23- 06/01/23. Please remember that spaces are limited.

Please feel free to contact the SUN office at 503-258-4737 or the SUN cell at 503-560-2855 with any questions. You can also reach me by email at:

Marilyn Arellano

SUN Site Manager

PTC News

Next PTC Meeting - Tuesday, March 14th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Our meetings are held in the cafeteria. Free childcare will be provided by Champions for school-aged children. We also have Russian and Spanish interpretation available. Please join us!

The PTC needs you! We currently have an open spot on our PTC Board for the Secretary position. If you're interested, please email for more information, or come talk to us at the next monthly meeting.

Don't forget to to scan your grocery receipts using the Box Top App (After you scan the receipt, click on the STAR “Credit”, and put in your child’s teacher’s last name to give Credit to that teacher. Yes! We will have competitions.)

You can also give back with (North Gresham Grade School Parent Teacher Club) and Fred Meyers Community Rewards (North Gresham Parent Teacher Club). All funds go back to the school and support our students!

Register for Kinder 2023/2024!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is open for the 2023/2024 school year! Please register by June 1st. A child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2023 to enter kindergarten. All registrations are done online. Click this link to register. If you know of a neighbor who may have a student entering kindergarten in the fall, please pass this information along.

The following documents are required for registration. Please have them ready to upload when registering online:

  • The student’s original birth certificate
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill or rental agreement
  • Immunization records
You will also need the names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and persons you authorize to pick up your student from school.

Registration for other grades

Registration is also open for students in grades 1st-5th. Please complete an online registration here if you are new to North Gresham Elementary. If your student already attends North Gresham this year and they plan to return next year, no registration is necessary. They are automatically enrolled. Parents with 5th graders going into middle school next year will need to register with the middle school in your attendance zone.

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

Would you like your child to be bilingual? Next year North Gresham is starting its fourth year of Dual Language Immersion (DLI)! This program is open to incoming kindergarten, first, second, and third graders. Click on this link for more information and to apply click here. If your child is already enrolled in the DLI program at North this year, there is no need to apply. They will automatically be enrolled in a DLI classroom next school year.

Parent Requests For IN-DISTRICT Transfers

Parent Requests For IN-DISTRICT Transfers

Accepted March 1-31, 2023 * Deadline is March 31, 2023

The Gresham-Barlow School District will accept in-district transfer requests for the 2023-2024 school year during the month of March only.

If you live within the Gresham-Barlow district and want your child to attend a Gresham-Barlow school outside of your attendance area, you need to request an in-district transfer. If your student currently has an in-district transfer and is moving from elementary to middle or middle to high, please submit a new request.

A digital transfer request form will be available on the Transfers section of the district website, The link to this form can also be emailed to you directly if you request it from any GBSD school or district office. Forms must be submitted by March 31, 2023.

You will be notified in writing after review of all requests. Please note: kindergarten and first grade requests may not be decided upon until late summer after more registrations have been received. For further information, contact the Gresham-Barlow School District Office at 503-261-4575.

View Report Cards on ParentVUE

We use ParentVUE to share your student's report cards. Winter report cards will be available to view on your ParentVUE account by March 15th.

What else can you do with your ParentVUE account?

* Register students for school

* View grades and report cards

* View attendance

* View bus routes

* Update your contact information and emergency contacts

* Find out who your child's teacher is

* and more!

If you registered your student online, you have a ParentVUE account! Here's the link to login:

ParentVUE Login

If you forgot your username or password, you can reset those by clicking the Forgot Password link below the login box. If you don't have a ParentVUE account? Please contact the school for an activation key.

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ParentSquare is our new communication tool district-wide (replacing Remind and SchoolMessenger). The app is free for download for all Android and iOS devices. Download it today to stay updated with school information, events, alerts, and to communicate with your student's teacher!

For more information and helpful tips, click here.

On February 21, we dismissed students early because of the snow. We rarely have to make this decision. Sending students home in the middle of the day is also a complex endeavor. One of the critical components for keeping students safe is the fast notification to families. During that February 21 event, we used ParentSquare to communicate with all of you. This tool gave us the ability to almost instantly and efficiently communicate with thousands of staff, parents, and students, ensuring these people knew our plans as soon as possible. This communication enabled families to make the necessary adjustments. It was invaluable. If you haven’t downloaded the app, you should! Using the app makes communication with all of you efficient and fast especially if you have students in multiple schools.

Health Room Request

The health room is in need of pants in children sizes small and medium. Pull-on style pants, like sweats and leggings, work best and are easier for our little North Stars to change into. If you have pants in these sizes to donate, please bring them to the school office. We ask that they be clean and free of rips and holes. Again, we only need pants at this time and we cannot accept donations of other clothing types due to limited storage. We appreciate your support!

Reminders from the Office

Contacting the Office

You can reach the office staff by calling our school at 503-661-6415, Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m. (9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays) to 4:00 p.m. You can also email our office team at any time. Nina Thomas at, and Yuli Nolasco at


Please call in your student's absence before 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m. on Wednesdays). Leave a message by selecting option 1 if you call outside of school hours. Please let us know your student's first and last name, teacher/grade, and the reason for the absence. Students not present by 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m. on Wednesdays) will be marked absent. Students that arrive late will receive a tardy slip, and their absence will be adjusted in the system to a tardy. Automated attendance calls go out and you may receive a call if your student arrives after the calls are made.

Changes of Transportation

If your student will go home differently than normal, please contact the office to make the change. Dismissal is a very busy time, so we appreciate you calling no later than 2:00 p.m. to make any changes.

Early Pick-Up

If you need to pick your student up early from school, please do so before 2:45 p.m. Dismissal is very busy, so if you arrive after 2:45 p.m. you will be asked to wait until dismissal time to get your student.


Register for ParentVue to view your student’s attendance, grades, and make changes to your contact information. If you need assistance with setting up ParentVue, please call the school at 503-661-6415. You can also email our secretaries at or Visit the ParentVue web page to login or sign up: