Cougar Chronicle

Kelly Creek Elementary School

Principal's Message - December 2020

Dear Kelly Creek Elementary School Community,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break with their family. During this time of year, we often reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. I have not shared this recently, but I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing, welcoming school community. Your kindness and acceptance, coupled with your support and love for Kelly Creek Elementary School make me one lucky Principal.

December is usually a magical month filled with hope, love, and traditions. I know that for many of us those traditions that we hold in our hearts might look a little different this year. However, I am hopeful that we will see a brighter future ahead of us filled with health and promise! I look forward to the day when we can safely bring back our students to our beloved school building. When that day comes, things will surely look different, however, with continued collaboration, planning, and preparation we can make this the best experience possible for our students.

My wish for our families is that we all find peace and happiness this holiday season. Be well, be safe, and stay healthy!

Please know you can always reach out to your child's teacher or me for anything you need or any questions you might have along the way. I can be reached via email at or via phone at 503.663.7483.


Sam Maranto


December 2020 Important Dates

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the families that participated in our Parent/Teacher Conferences! We were able to connect with 92.5% of our families. A huge shout out goes out to the families in Mrs. Temple, Mrs. Taylor, and Mr. Day's class for having 100% family participation!

If you did not attend your child's conference, you can always reach out to your child's teacher via email!

Thank you to all our families for all your hard work and dedication to Kelly Creek during our Comprehensive Distance Learning! GO COUGARS!!!

Counselor Corner!

Hello Kelly Creek Families!

Our staff has been in communication with our families during this unique school year. We have been hearing similar challenges and experiences from our families. Feelings of Anxiety, Frustration, Content, and Confusion. We wanted to give families a few tricks and tips around how to best support your student learning in a virtual world. We also recognize that every family is different and what works for some may not work for others and that is okay! At Kelly Creek, we want to acknowledge that this year is challenging and that everyone is doing the best that they can. Recently, Mrs. Reed hosted a Family Support Night in hopes to give some families a little support around tips to help a student that is unregulated emotionally, promote self-compassion, and to prioritize family wellness. If you are interested, the presentation is below/attached.

English Presentation

Spanish Presentation

MOD Pizza Fundraiser for KCES!

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 11am

1844 Northwest Eastman Parkway

Gresham, OR

**Save the Date - Fundraiser Update**

On Wednesday, December 9th the delicious and generous MOD Pizza (1844 NW Eastman Pkwy) is donating back 20% of Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to support a great cause -- Kelly Creek PTC!

On behalf of Kelly Creek PTC you’re invited to join us and eat out, not only in support of the organization but to show one of your Gresham restaurants some love too!

We ask that you RSVP here: (even if you’re not completely sure) so MOD Pizza knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.

We hope you can make it, and please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and family.

Thanks in advance for your support!


PTC Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

If you are interested in any of our open PTC positions, make sure to email

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 997 4474 8254
Passcode: fy2GNC

Position Openings in PTC


Attend monthly Board meetings and PTC meetings. The Treasurer shall receive all moneys of the Organization. He/she shall make expenditures out of the Organization’s funds only as authorized by the Organization or the Board and only for purposes consistent with these bylaws. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate written record of receipts and expenditures. He/she shall present a statement of account of the Organization at general meetings, and shall perform any additional duties as shall be directed by the Board.

(Average 3 hours per month)

Volunteer Coordinator and Co-Coordinator

Attend monthly Board meetings and PTC meetings. This team is responsible for all PTC communications with the greater school community, both online and off. This person serves as the webmaster for the Kelly Creek social media outlets (Facebook, etc.). Also serves as the coordinator for the monthly newsletter blurb.

(Average time per month 3 hours)

If interested in joining the PTC Board, please email us at We are happy to answer any questions you have!

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KCES Master Schedule 2020 - 2021

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KCES Vaccination Rates

Every year we are required to share with the community the vaccination rates of the students who attend Kelly Creek Elementary School. Below are the rates for KCES in English and Spanish:

Vaccination exclusion day is Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - all vaccine records must be submitted to the front office in order for your child to not be excluded from school.

If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations, please call the front office at 503.663.7483.

Connect with Principal Maranto

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out! Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!