Corbett Grade School

February 2022

Corbett Grade School Principal, Michelle Dawkins

Dear Families,

After winter break in December, January always seems like a long month and this one was no exception! The good news is that with the support from our outstanding staff and families, we were able to overcome the challenges of the Omicron variant and the mighty East wind.

We thank everyone for helping with the early dismissal last week due to the power outage. All of our students made it home successfully, and we appreciate our families' flexibility. We are also fortunate to have staff that are able to step in and step up during an unusual end to our day.

Our staff continues to see a lot of our students making progress in many areas. Families can help their students by promoting reading at home, working on math facts, and encouraging them to be kind to their classmates.


Michelle Dawkins

Corbett Grade School Principal


When your child is experiencing illness or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

Please have your student remain home if your student is experiencing illness or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please have your student remain home if your student has been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive with COVID-19 and if your student is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Students that are fully vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 may come to school as long as they are not experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Please keep your student home until your student's fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Students are also required to stay home until they have had 48 hours without vomiting or diarrhea.

Below is our Communicable Disease Response: Flowchart. We use this guide and rely on Multnomah County Health Department to make the final recommendation.

Please contact our office if you have any concerns or questions. By working together, we are able to continue safely educating our students in-person.

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If your child will be absent for the day:

  • email your child's teacher and Carrie Evans (
  • let us know why your child is not in school (illness, appointment, vacation etc.)
  • if your child is ill, please keep them home
  • if your child or someone in your household has recently tested positive for COVID-19, please keep them home
  • a staff member will call and let you know when your child may return to school

We appreciate your help in following the guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), and the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD).


Friday, February 4 - Inservice for Certified Staff

Wednesday, February 16 - CSD Board Meeting 7pm

Monday, February 21 - No School President's Day

Friday, February 25 - Friday School Day

Thursday, March 3 - End of the Winter Trimester

Friday, March 4 - Assessment Day for Certified Staff

March 21-March 25 - Spring Break


When we experience inclement weather in Corbett, it can often make getting to school safely a challenge. During this time, we may have a school closure or a two-hour delayed start. You will be notified by email and/or a text message. Announcements of closures or delays can also be found on our district website and local news media.


Please contact your classroom teacher if you would like to volunteer in your student's classroom. All volunteers will need to follow Corbett School District COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a face covering indoors and practicing physical distance when possible.

All volunteers will need to complete a background check, a confidentially statement, a COVID-19 release form, and be fully vaccinated to be eligible to volunteer at school.

Here is the link to the required forms:


We will continue to have students outside for recess when possible, but we have our gym and shed areas when the weather is too cold to safely and comfortably be outside. We are asking that students come prepared to be outside each day by bringing a coat and hat to wear. Gloves are also helpful on those chilly days. Please label coats with your student's name.



Corbett Grade School Playground Update Committee held their first meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 4:30pm. The meeting allowed the committee to focus on what upgrades and additions are needed, the people that will need to be involved in planning and installation, and the next steps in the process.

For our next meeting, the committee will be:

  • Gathering photos of other playgrounds
  • Looking into grants and other sources of funding
  • Talking with our staff that supervises recess
  • Consulting with our maintenance staff on safety requirements and location limitations
  • Begin planning of phases to purchase and install new equipment

The next committee meeting will be held virtually on Monday, Feb. 7, at 5:30pm.


Last chance Lost and Found. Please go to the link below. If you see an item that belongs to your student, please email your teacher. Items will be donated on Thursday, Feb. 24.


For the past two years, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has not required schools to administer annual state assessments. This year, ODE is requiring a return to assessment for our students.

  • Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the English/Language Arts and Math assessments
  • Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 also take a Science assessment
  • Parents can opt their child out to the ELA and Math tests and can request that their child be exempt from the Science assessment. We will email those forms in the beginning of February.

Students in grade 3-5 will take assessments after spring break. More information will be coming from your student's classroom teacher.


Corbett School District will be holding a lottery for the 2022-23 school year for out of district families. Families may apply to the lottery beginning February 22 until March 8 at noon. If your child is already a student at Corbett, you do not need to apply to this the lottery.

Information will be posted on our district's website: