Panther News

Powell Valley Elementary School-August 27, 2021

On behalf of the staff of Powell Valley Elementary I am pleased to welcome you and your student to the 2021-2022 school year. We are so excited to have the opportunity to welcome students back into the building.

Based on what you are hearing in the news about case rates there may be some concerns about sending your student back to school. While I can't predict the future, PVES staff have been diligently working through safety guidelines that will be in place to provide layers of protection while your student is in the building.

These include sanitizing the building, hand sanitizing stations at entires and in classrooms, mandatory mask use while inside, and of course vaccinations for all staff per the Governor's most recent orders.

We are so looking forward to your student's return and for the start of a successful school year.

Please enjoy the last few weeks of summer!!!


As you enjoy the last few days of summer, there are a few suggestions I would like to make that will help your student transition to their school year successfully. I am sure many of these suggestions will be met with groans, but these are helpful tips that will really make your student’s life a bit easier.

  • Start talking to your student about what they would like to accomplish this year in school. Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily have to focus on grades. Goals could be around developing better or new friendships, spending more time with family, or learning a new sport. The key here is to have a meaningful conversation with your student about their hopes and ambitions for the year.

  • Encourage your student to pick up a book, magazine, or an on-line(guardian approved)source to read on a regular basis. If they read for 30 minutes a day, this will get their brains working and exercising to better prepare them for the flood of information they will get when they start school. Think of it as a “warming up their brain” period.

  • If you have not already done this, take some time to relax and talk with your student. Whether it is a 10 minute or 30 minutes conversation, taking a few minutes to talk, catch up, and visit with your child will make a huge difference in your relationship. The conversation doesn’t need to have a purpose other than to just talk. The time you spend now is a great investment.

Getting ready for school to start is often one of those last minute rushes that sometimes sneaks up on us. If you take a bit of time and gradually ramp up to the start of the school year, kids will have a smoother transition and more success when beginning. Please be sure to enjoy the last few weeks of summer away from school and with your family and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Masks at School-Update

Masks are required for all students while at Powell Valley Elementary. This includes indoors and while your student is at recess.

If your child forgets their mask we have a supply of masks here at school.

Meet and Greet!

Wednesday, Sep. 1st, 5:30-6:30pm

4825 Southeast Powell Valley Road

Gresham, OR

Come and join us for a quick meet and greet! Students and families will be able to meet their teachers.

The PTC table will be there with special treats! Hope to see you there!

The first day of school!

Unfortunately at this time we cannot allow parents/guardians/families to walk students to their classrooms on the first day of school. I know this is not ideal and may cause some family members some anxiety. We will have multiple staff members available to make sure your student gets to class on time and safely.

School Start & End Times

It has been a while since we've had a regular start and end time here at Powell Valley Elementary. Here is a friendly reminder of our times:

Start/End times on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

8:30-3:05 the tardy bell will ring at 8:35.

Start/End times on Wednesdays

9:30-3:05 the tardy bell will ring at 9:35


We are not collecting any money for school supplies! We will provide all necessary supplies for your student. This does NOT include a back pack or water bottle. Please provide that for your student.


We will have gradual entry for our kindergarten students.

The week of August 30th the Kinder teachers will begin to reach out to you and schedule a quick assessment for your child. This will be 15 minutes and adults are allowed to wait in our vestibule with masks and social distancing.

If your child comes in for an assessment on Tuesday(9/7) your child will attend a soft start full day of Kinder on Thursday(9/9). If your child comes in for an assessment on Wednesday(9/8) your child will attend a full day soft start on Friday(9/10).

All Kinder's will start full days on September 13, 2021.


ParentVue offers parents and guardians the ability to check their student’s attendance, report cards, bus routes and demographic information online. It is a very convenient method for keeping track of your student’s academic performance.

Those who have accessed this service in the past will still have an active account.

If you have an account already, but forgot the password, simply go to the login screen of ParentVUE and click the forgot password link and a password reset process will be sent to you via email


The Gresham-Barlow School District will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge for all students in all schools through June 2022! We still want families to submit an application for Free/Reduced-price meals because this helps the district get the most out of federal, state, and grant dollars.

School Attendance

Powell Valley Elementary School recognizes the importance of consistent attendance as a driver of student success. Accurate attendance records are also an important part of maintaining student and community safety. We look forward to partnering with parents and guardians to support students as they rebuild the habits of attending school in person.

When your child will be absent, please call the office before 8:00am to let us know. This can be done at anytime of the day. Outside of the office hours you can leave a message.

Please include the following:

  1. Child's name
  2. Teacher's name
  3. Reason and number of days child will be absent

After attendance is taken, our auto dialer will call home or other designated number if your child is absent and you have not made a call to the office.

Keeping your child at home due to illness

  • If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID please do NOT send your child to school. We will be monitoring closely which includes temperature checks. If your child has any symptoms of COVID she/he will be asked to remain in our care room until a parent or guardian can come and pick them up.


We will continue with our pick up and drop off model as we did during hybrid learning.

We ask for your continued patience as we have not really had all of our students at pick up and drop off in almost two years. We will adjust and learn as we go. We appreciate that you are flexible and understanding of our learning curve.

  • Families please pull all the way up to the front of the parking lot. There will be signs indicating where to stop.
  • For the safety of your child please seat her/him on the passenger side of the vehicle, not the driver side. We have multiple moving parts during drop off and dismissal-we want to keep our students as safe as possible.

We will stagger our dismissal. K-2 bell to release at 3:00pm. 3-5 bell to release at 3:05pm.