Cougar Chronicle

Kelly Creek Elementary School

Principal's Message - September 2021

Dear Kelly Creek Elementary School Community,

Welcome Back to School!

I hope all of you had a chance to rest and recharge for the upcoming school year. I am extremely excited to have students back for 5 full days of instruction per week. The health and safety measures put in place by the State of Oregon, the Gresham-Barlow School District, and Kelly Creek Elementary School will help ensure our school stays healthy throughout this Global Pandemic.

If you have not had a chance to read my full Welcome Back Letter, please check it out by clicking the link. I look forward to seeing all our students back on campus, wearing masks, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021! GO COUGARS!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email at or via phone at 503.663.7483.


Sam Maranto


September 2021 Important Dates

  • 09/06 - Labor Day, No School
  • 09/07 - First Day of School (Grades 1-5)
  • 09/07- 9/10 - Gradual Entry for Kindergarten
  • 09/08 - Late Start Wednesday
  • 09/15 - Late Start Wednesday
  • 09/22 - Late Start Wednesday
  • 09/24 - Curriculum & Instruction Day, No School
  • 09/29 - Late Start Wednesday

GBSD News!

Learn about our health and safety precautions

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

View the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

An updated version of the Gresham-Barlow Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be viewed in ParentVue and on this page of the District website.

Kelly Creek Safety Measures

Kelly Creek Elementary School takes the health and safety of all students, staff, and stakeholders. The 2021 - 2022 school year is no exception. You can read more detailed information by reviewing our updated KCES Return to Learn Plan.

Some important things to highlight:

  • Masks must be worn by all staff and students throughout the entire day, the only exceptions are during times when students are eating or drinking.
  • Students and staff will try and stay 3 feet apart to social distance whenever feasible.
  • Visitors and volunteers will be limited until further notice.

Thank you all for your understanding as we are doing what is necessary to keep children and faculty healthy.

Student Transportation Survey

Please complete this survey in order to communicate transportation arrangements for the upcoming school year. If you have multiple children at our school please make sure to submit a survey for each child.

Student Transportation Survey - English

Student Transportation Survey - Spanish

Teacher Assignment Information

We are happy to announce that the teacher assignments for students 1st-5th grade will be viewable in ParentVUE starting September 1st! Kindergarten families will be notified of their student's teacher via phone call on Friday, September 10th after their gradual entry session. To access ParentVUE click here.

Kindergarten Gradual Entry

Dear Parents,

Gradual Entry/Assessment Schedule-Your child will attend one of the three Gradual Entry/Assessment days during the week of September 7th-9th. Transportation will need to be provided by parents on your scheduled date. We unfortunately cannot have parents in the building. Mrs. White, Mrs Carvajal and Ms. Temple will be waiting at the front entrance for your child. The kindergarten teachers will escort your child to our kindergarten classrooms. Please be back at the front of the school 5 minutes before your child’s session ends. We will escort you to the back of our school where you will be able to meet our kindergarten teachers and from the outside view the kindergarten classrooms.

On Friday, we will build our balanced classrooms. Teachers will call you to notify you who your student's teacher will be and to ask some questions about your child, share information, and answer any questions that you may have.

Student's gradual entry day is assigned based on the first letter of their last name.

Students whose last name begins with:

A-G will attend on Tuesday September 7th from 9:00am-2:00pm

H-R will attend on Wednesday September 8th from 9:00am-2:00pm

S-Z will attend on Thursday September 9th from 9:00am-2:00pm

Students will be provided lunch at school during their gradual entry session. If you prefer to pack your own you may do so.

We are looking forward to seeing you at drop off.

Masks-The Oregon Health Authority/Oregon Department of Education has made It is mandatory for students and staff to wear face coverings when inside a school building. The goal of requiring face coverings is to ensure students are able to safely return to full-time, in-person learning this fall, five days per week and with minimal disruptions.

Buses-If your child will be riding the bus-

Please note that buses will not be available the week of gradual entry. Your child will begin riding the bus Monday, September 13th. Please call First Student for your child’s bus schedule or if you have any questions, at 503-665-8193.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfasts and Lunches are free for all students for the upcoming school year.

We still encourage all of our families to submit the online application for free and reduced lunch regardless.

Please follow this link to submit your online application:

Student Daily Attendance

Attendance Matters at Kelly Creek!

Help your child be successful in their education. Start them off early for a successful school year by attending school daily and on time.

We understand that life happens and absences and tardies occur.

Absences & Tardies

Please call in your student's absence before 8:40 a.m. (9:40 a.m. on Wednesdays). Students not present by 8:40 a.m. will be marked absent and an automated phone call will go out to the family. If you do receive a call, please notify the school immediately of the reason for your student's absence.

Students that arrive after 8:40 a.m. (9:40 a.m. on Wednesdays) are considered tardy and will receive a late slip. Their attendance will be updated in system.

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Transportation Changes and Early Release

We encourage all students to be here full day. However, please call the office no later than 2:30p.m. with any transportation changes for your student. The end of the day is extremely busy, so calling earlier in the day ensures the safest and easiest transportation change for your child.

If you need to pick your student up early, please do so before 2:45 p.m. After this time, you will be asked to wait until dismissal at 3:05 p.m. Call the office ahead of time and notify us of the early release.

Health and Medications

Illness- Please do not send your child to school if they are sick. Call our office to report their illness and to excuse their absence from school.

Medications: Please do not send medications with your child to school. A parent or legal guardian must sign in all medications at the school office, including over-the-counter medications. All medications must be in original packaging with (children, not adult) dosing instructions.

PTC Fundraising Event

1, 2, 3, 4 We Declare a Penny War!

Monday (9/20) - Thursday (9/23), students should collect loose change from family and friends to play Penny Wars!

  • There will be jugs for each grade near the front office.
  • Pennies and bills will ADD points to each grade's total, and silver coins SUBTRACT points from each grade's total.
  • The grade that has the most points will earn an ice cream celebration!

Each grade will be represented by a color so have your kiddo dress in their class color to show some school spirit to kick off Penny War Week!

  • K - Green
  • 1st - Red
  • 2nd - Blue
  • 3rd - Yellow
  • 4th - Purple
  • 5th - Orange

Please help us raise funds for an electronic reader board so we can communicate upcoming news and events with the Kelly Creek community.

2021-2022 Open PTC Board Positions

The PTC board has open positions for 2021-2022.

No experience required!

Please contact the PTC at:

Communications Secretary: Vacant for 2021-2022

Attend board meetings and PTC general meetings (two early evenings a month).

Will manage all communications and marketing for the PTC; including but not limited to PTC monthly newsletter blurb, email broadcasts, social media, bulletin boards, etc.

Recording Secretary: Vacant for 2021-2022

Attend PTC board meetings and PTC general meetings (two early evenings a month).

Will record minutes for PTC board meetings and general PTC meetings. Be in communication with the PTC president to develop the agenda for the general PTC meetings.

Contact Sarah Sanseri and/or Shelby Bithell at for more information regarding each position, and if you’d like to be considered for a position.

School Calendar

School Academic Calendars for all grade levels are available on our district website click here to view. For easy access to our Elementary School Calendar please see attachment below.

Champions- Daycare Program

If you need before and after school daycare. Champions is available at Kelly Creek, and will take place in our building! We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible, spots do fill up quickly. Click on the following link for more information

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!