North Star News

Summer 2021 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

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Mark Your Calendar

6/16 Last Day for Students

6/16 Device Collection 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

6/21 Office Closed for the Summer

7/26-8/12 EKT Program

8/25 Office Re-Opens

9/7 First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade

9/7-9/10 Kinder Gradual Entry Days

* Our Open House date and time is to be determined. Watch for communications in August!

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

As my first year at North, I've been impressed by the staff, families, and especially the students as they navigated this unprecedented and challenging year.

My heartfelt appreciation and gratitude goes out to all of our North Stars. I'm excited for what next year brings, and I hope you all have a wonderful summer!


Shawnda Sewell


Counselor's Corner

Dear North Gresham Families,

Check out this link for fun family summer resources and activities:

Have a wonderful summer, North Stars!

Wishing you wellness,

Mrs. Harshfield and Ms. Chu

PBIS with Mrs. Reed

Over the course of the year we taught students about character traits presented in Steven Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” Our North Stars exemplified these traits during the year, and we encourage them to continue to practice these habits over the summer:

Habit 1 - Be Proactive - You're in Charge

Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind - Have a Plan

Habit 3 - Put First Things First - Work First, Then Play

Habit 4 - Think Win-Win - Everyone Can Win

Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 6 - Synergize - Together Is Better

Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw - Balance Feels Best

Ask your North Star about each of these habits and how you can practice them each day!

We are also very proud our North Star attendance during this challenging year. Our students were challenged to show up everyday, and because they rose to the occasion, they earned 7 attendance challenge rewards!

They got to see a bucket of ice water dumped on our principal, Mrs. Reed duct taped to a wall, Ms. Thomas turned into an ice cream sundae, our 1st grade team perform a popular Tik Tok dance, Ms. Coleman and Ms. O slimed, Ms. FJ and Ms. H water ballooned, and Ms. McDevitt and Ms. Hockett sing "I'm a Little Teapot" with water in their mouths! You can watch these awards by visiting our Facebook page and going to our Morning Announcements video playlist and watching our Virtual Assemblies.

Thank you for shining bright, North Stars!

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Summer Reading Program

Participate in Multnomah County Library's annual Summer Reading Program - it's fun for the whole family!

Mrs. Krueger sent home reading game boards with our hybrid students, and she made the fun graphic above with links for all students. Do you need a game board? Visit the Gresham Library to pick yours up! Here is the link for more information:

Click here for the link to Mrs. Krueger's fun graphic with clickable links.

SUN News

Hello North Stars!

As students and staff begin to leave for the summer, we wanted to remind you that your North Gresham SUN team will be available throughout the whole summer if you need help finding community resources for food, utilities, etc.

We will also be having a 4-week summer program starting July 19th, Monday through Thursday, from 8:45am-12:30pm. We will be following all of the COVID-19 safety guidelines that have been in place so far. We will have limited spots, so feel free to reach out to our SUN Site Manager Yessica Ramirez if you are interested in joining the summer program or call 503-519-8523.

If you have an incoming kindergartener who has not had Head start or pre-school experience in the last 12 months, we have a 3-week Early Kindergarten Transition Program that starts July 26th (same days and hours as the SUN Summer Program). This program gives incoming kinders the opportunity to meet our KG teachers and see their future classrooms and possible classmates, before the school year begins in the fall. If you are interested in being considered for this program please contact Yessica Ramirez SUN Site Manager. Spots are limited.

One last fun update! Highland Elementary SUN Program and EKT program will be joining us at North Gresham Elementary this summer and will be offering the same services as our school's SUN program at our site. If you know of any Highland Elementary families in your neighborhood that could benefit from our programs, feel free to pass along this information.

Have a wonderful summer!

From Our PTC

Thank you for your support this school year! The PTC will be back next year on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month starting September 21st at 6:30 p.m. More information to come in September!

We have many board and committee positions available. No experience needed, only a willingness to help our school community. If you are interested, please email Heather at See you next year!

Heather Ruggles

PTC President

North Gresham Elementary School

Please visit for more information!!

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From the Office

Summer Closure

The office will be closed for the summer beginning June 21st and will re-open on August 25th. If you need assistance before then, please call our district office at 503-261-4550.

Information Changes & Updates

If you have a change of address, phone number, email address, or emergency contact info over the summer, you can update that information in your ParentVue account. If you don't have a ParentVue account setup, please contact the office when it is open and we will assist you.

Do You Need to Register?

If your student attended North Gresham Elementary for the 20/21 school year and will attend next fall, you don't need to do anything. Your student is already registered. If your child attended North Gresham for any part of 20/21, but then withdrew at any point and you plan to return to North in the fall, you will need to re-enroll your student.

If you do not plan to have your student attend North Gresham next fall either due to a move or you have a 5th grader going into middle school, you will need to register your child at their new school.

All students who are new to North Gresham Elementary will need to register. All registrations are completed online by clicking this link:

If you need registration assistance over the summer, please contact our district office: 503-261-4550.

21/22 School Calendar

The 21/22 school year begins on September 7, 2021 for all incoming 1st-5th graders (kindergarteners have gradual entry that week). Click here for the district school calendar. Spanish version here.