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Principal's Update 2/3/2022

Safety is our first priority at Hollydale and I want to take a moment to discuss parking lot safety. This year we have had a huge increase in the number of students participating in parent drop off and parent pick up, which means more traffic in our parking lot. Please refer to the graphic below which highlights the traffic flow for parent pick up and drop off times. It is essential that families drive slowly and follow staff directions.

When dropping off or picking up your student by car, enter the parking lot and drive down the far-right lane; this is the lane that will take you in front of the school. Please pull as far forward towards our mailbox as you can, or to the next car in front of you. Once you have stopped at the curb, your student can get out and walk themselves into the building.Please remain in your car so we can keep the flow of cars moving.

During dismissal, we ask that you also remain in your car and wait for your student. They will be dismissed by a staff member when you have pulled up to the front of the building and will walk to your car.

Please remember to always exit out of the parking lot using only the middle lane. The far-right lane is reserved for our busses. We ask that you follow the directions of school staff to assure everyones safety.

This week I met with our district safety officer to review our parking lot safety am looking for ways to improve our traffic flow and safety in our parking lot.

Thank you for helping us to keep all of our students and staff safe.

Jessica Ramirez

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REMINDER: School starts at 8:35am!!!

Students need to be in class in their seats for the 8:35am Bell! Doors open at 8:15am.

Wednesdays school starts at 9:35am. Doors open at 9:15am on Wednesdays.

Free Breakfast is served every morning to all students who wish to eat but they must be here in time to eat, cleanup and get to class by 8:35am!


  • Monday February 21, 2022 NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
  • Thursday March 10, 2022 NO SCHOOL Grading Day
  • Friday March 11, 2022 NO SCHOOL C&I Day
  • Thursday March 31, 2022 In-District transfer Request Deadline
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 Immunization Exclusion Date (Subject to change)
  • Connect to Kindergarten April 20, 2022 4:00-5:30pm

Parent Requests for In-District Transfers - Deadline is March 31, 2022

The Gresham-Barlow School District will accept in-district transfer requests for the 2022-2023 school year during the month of March only.

If you live within the Gresham-Barlow district and want your child to attend a Gresham-Barlow school outside of your attendance area, you need to request an in-district transfer. If your student currently has an in-district transfer and is moving from elementary to middle or middle to high, please submit a new request.

A digital transfer request form will be available on the Transfers section of the district website, http://gresham.k12.or.us/Page/2249. The link to this form can also be emailed to you directly if you request it from any GBSD school or district office. Forms must be submitted by March 31, 2022.

You will be notified in writing after review of all requests. Please note: kindergarten and first grade requests may not be decided upon until late summer after elementary registration. For further information, contact the Gresham-Barlow School District Office at 503-261-4575.

Connect to kindergarten

If you or someone you knows has a student who will be attending Hollydale as a kindergartener in the fall please mark your calendar!! We will be hosting a Connect to Kindergarten event Wednesday April 20, 2022. More details to come.

Class Rotations

Last week as grade level teachers met to work on new reading groups students participated in Art, Craft, and Playworks rotations. Thank you to our WONDERFUL Educational Assistants who helped students with these rotations! The kids loved making bracelets, completing heart drawings, and playing games in the Gym!

February Character Trait

This month our Character Trait is Perseverance (doing something despite difficulty).

New District Language Arts Adoption

Our district is currently in the process of adopting new Language Arts curriculum materials and would love your input. Your student will begin learning with the new materials next school year. We have narrowed the field to two potential resources and are looking for feedback that will inform our selection process. Please see the information below if you are interested in reviewing materials.

What: You are invited to view the proposed instructional materials for Language Arts in grades K-12.

Why: To provide input to the selection committee.

Come in person on Feb 10, 5:30 - 7:00 pm to view physical copies of materials at West Gresham Elementary School OR view the materials virtually between Feb 7-10.

A virtual Question and Answer time is set for Thursday, February 10, 2022: 6:00 – 7:00pm

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/guc-vbof-umr

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 813-563-1545‬ PIN: ‪495 033 291‬#

Please reach out to hayden6@gresham.k12.or.us for additional support.

You will also be receiving an email invitation from the District.

State Testing-Grades 3-5

Students at Hollydale in grades 3, 4 & 5 will be participating in state testing in Language Arts & Math between March 8th and June 3rd. If you wish to opt your student out please complete this form and return to the office.









Share your ideas about the future of the west gresham buildling!

Share your ideas about the future of the West Gresham Building!

The Gresham-Barlow School District needs your input on the future uses of the vacant West Gresham Elementary School Building. The District is considering re-purposing the building to house multiple District and community services. To gather feedback, the school district is using a tool called ThoughtExchange so as many people as possible can participate by sharing their thoughts online. We want to know: What are your thoughts about how we could best use this building and what services might best go in this structure?

Participating takes only a couple of minutes! Share your Feedback

Immunization Exlcusion Day

Immunization Exclusion Day is April 20, 2022.

Your student(s) should be up to date with any of their required vaccinations to remain in school by April 20, 2022. If your child has recently received their vaccinations, or if you would like to check the status on your child's vaccination record, you can email Jessica Nguyen @ nguyen74@gresham.k12.or.us or feel free to contact the office at (503) 661-6226.

Here are some available School Based Health Clinics.


If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us or by phone 503-661-6226. I look forward to hearing from you.