Wolverine News

September 13, 2021

Dear Families,

Now that in-person learning for all students has returned, we are finally experiencing a sense of normalcy. It is so exciting to see students back in the building roaming the hallways and actively engaged in classrooms.

Parents are reminded that the school opens at 8:35 AM and the school-day ends at 3:35 PM. We know that traffic continues to be challenging. Please plan ahead and be patient as you follow the established traffic patterns.

As always, I wish to express our sincere gratitude toward our entire school community. We would not be the amazing school that we are without the help and support of all of you. Thank you so much!!!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email at catanese@gresham.k12.or.us or via phone at 503-663-3323.

Go Wolverines!

Ms. Elise Catanese


Wolverines are EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)

Important Dates in September

September 6: Labor Day, No School

September 7: First Day, 6th Grade Only

September 8: First Day, 7th & 8th Grade

September 24: No School, Staff Inservice

West Orient Safety Measures

Again, our top priority is the safety of our students and staff and for that reason we will be following our district's safety protocols developed by the Oregon Department of Education Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework. Included in this newsletter is the Gresham-Barlow Return to Learn Health And Safety Plan.

Some important things to highlight:

  • Masks must be worn by all staff and students throughout the entire day, including lunch recess. The only exception is during lunch when students are eating or drinking. Masks must cover mouth and nose at all times.
  • Students and staff will try and stay 3 feet apart to social distance whenever feasible.
  • There will be no visitors or volunteers until further notice.

Thank you all for your understanding as we are doing what is necessary to keep our students and staff safe!

ParentVue Reminders

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that ParentVUE is the best place to find most information you need including bus schedules, student schedules, student grades, etc. You must first acknowledge that you have reviewed the Rights & Responsibilities Handbook before gaining access to the above information. Also, please remember to update your contact information.

If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 503-663-3323.

Picture Day is Coming

Please save the date for October 1st.

We have partnered with Lifetouch for our student photos and picture packets will be sent home with your child the week of 9/20. There will be more information to come in the following week.

Covid Testing Consent Forms

Dear WOMS Families,

We are required to have Covid testing consent forms on file in the event we need to test your child for Covid.

Please note: Testing kits are only available for students that are symptomatic. We are not a COVID testing clinic and do not offer testing to families and community members.

Please complete a form and return or email authorized forms to mattecheck@gresham.k12.or.us

Covid Testing Consent English (Fillable)

Covid Testing Consent English (Printable)

Covid Testing Consent Spanish (Fillable)

Covid Testing Consent Spanish (Printable)

Back to School Supplies

This year, our school will be providing all of the supplies that our students will need throughout the year. Additionally, there will not be a Supply or Student Body fee this year. The only supply that is not provided is a backpack. Backpacks can be supplied for families in need.

Return to Learn Health and Safety Plan for 2021-22

Every school in the district is taking health and safety precautions to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. Our Return to Learn Health and Safety Plan was developed by following guidance in the state’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework.

View our Return to Learn Health and Safety Plan

At West Orient this will mean that all students and staff will be required to wear masks while indoors and outdoors.

We will also be working to maintain 3 feet of physical distance whenever possible. To help limit crowding, students will be asked to bring their school supplies (including their Chromebooks) in a backpack which they carry with them during the day. This will help keep students from being in close contact with each other around lockers during passing times.

Increased ventilation in classrooms and frequent handwashing/hand sanitizing will be additional measures we take to help limit the spread of germs in the school.

Students will not be required to badge in or out of the building as they did last year. Instead, student contacts will be tracked through classroom attendance each day.

As guidance changes, we will modify and adjust our practices to make sure we are following the best advice for keeping students safe while they are at school.


Conozca nuestras precauciones de salud y seguridad

Todas las escuelas del distrito están tomando precauciones de salud y seguridad para proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y saludable. Nuestro Plan de Regreso al Aprendizaje Salud y Seguridad se desarrolló siguiendo las pautas en Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework del estado.

Vea nuestro Plan de Regreso al Aprendizaje Salud y Seguridad


Узнайте о наших мерах предосторожности в отношении здоровья и безопасности

Каждая школа округа принимает меры здравоохранения и безопасности, чтобы обеспечить безопасную и здоровую среду обучения. Наш план «Возвращение к обучению» был разработан в соответствии с рекомендациями штата в руководстве «Готовые школы - ученики в безопасности».

Ознакомьтесь с нашим планом возвращения к обучению


One of the greatest goals we set each year is to build meaningful relationships with our students. This year we are taking extra steps to focus on care and connections while establishing critical relationships as we know how important it will be to provide those social-emotional connections that have been missing for more than a year.

This year, advisory classes will be mixed grades and consist of the following content;

  • Develop meaningful relationships with all students.
  • Foster connectedness and promote open communication.
  • Build a positive community where students feel safe and valued.
  • Closely supervise academic progress and attendance.
  • Provide social-emotional learning support.
  • Celebrate student successes and accomplishments.

School Bus Information

Your child's bus information is available to view in your ParentVue account! Similar to last year, First Student will not be sending out bus cards to families with their child(s) bus route and pick up/drop off times. Please check your ParentVue accounts for this information.

Immunization Requirements

Dear West Orient Families,

Many families fell behind on required vaccines and well-visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to help you catch up before in-person school starts in September! Visit one of our Back-to-School Immunization events in August to get your child up to date and protected against serious diseases like chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus and whooping cough. Call 503-988-5558 to make an appointment. Find more information at multco.us/school/school-immunizations. Can’t make it? Get your child up to date at any Multnomah County Student Health Center (multco.us/student-health) or Multnomah Community Health Center (multco.us/health/primary-care-clinics).

Muchas familias se retrasaron en sus vacunas de requerido y las visitas de bienestar durante la pandemia de COVID-19. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarle a ponerse al día antes de que comience la escuela presencial en Septiembre! Visite uno de nuestros eventos de vacunación de Regreso a la Escuela en agosto para que su hijo tenga su últimas vacunas y esté protegido contra enfermedades graves como varicela, sarampión, paperas, tétanos y tos ferina. Llame al 503-988-5558 para hacer una cita. Encuentre más información en multco.us/school/school-immunizations.¿Se te hace difícil llegar a lugares de vacunación? Mantenga a su hijo al día con sus vacunas en cualquier Multnomah County Student Health Center (multco.us/student-health) o Centro de Salud Comunitario (multco.us/health/primary-care-clinics).

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Please contact Tamara Cochran in the school office at (503) 663-3323 if you have questions.

Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

Dear Parents,

The Parent/Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for the 2021-2022 school year is available to review.

R&R English Handbook

R&R Spanish Handbook