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A Word from the Principal… Ms. Ramirez — October 2021

October 7, 2021

Dear Hollydale Families,

Thank you for following staff directions in the parking lot. Things are running a lot smoother during the drop-off and pickup times and we appreciated your patience as we worked through the first few weeks of school. Please remember that masks are required on the entire Hollydale campus if you are out of your car.

We are noticing an increase in the number of students who are arriving late to school. Please remember that school starts promptly at 8:35am M, Tu, Th & Fri, and 9:35am on Wednesdays. There is a warning bell at 8:28/9:28 and then a final bell at 8:35/9:35. The expectation is that students are in their seats and ready to learn when the final bell rings. Students who are tardy miss out on important instructions and information about the schedule of their day. Thank you for your help in making sure your student gets to school on time each day!

We are starting targeted reading groups for all students on Monday, October 11. Staff are looking forward to being able to provide reading instruction that will meet students at their individual levels.

Health letters regarding our health curriculum are coming home with students the week of October 11. These are opt-out letters so you only need to respond if you want your student(s) to opt-out of the instruction.

If you are interested in being a part of site-based decision making for Hollydale, we would love to hear from you about being the parent representative on our Site Council. Please send me an email if you would like additional information about serving on this important committee.

Parent conferences are coming up in November. Please make sure that you watch for information that will be sent out regarding the scheduling of the conferences. Look for this important information around the beginning of November.

Please continue to watch for information to come via email and social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about things that are happening at Hollydale. Be sure to check our website too!

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. It is an honor to be a member of the Hollydale community and I look forward to working with each of your children.


Thursday, October 7 - No School For Students; Teacher In-Service Day

Friday, October 8 - No School For Students

Tuesday, November 9 - School Picture Retake Day

Thursday, November 11 - No School - Veteran's Day

Early Pick-up

  • If you are picking up your student early from school, please ring the doorbell when you arrive, and please be ready to tell the office staff the name of your child's teacher in order for us to expedite helping you. Please be sure to have a 5-8 minute buffer prior to the time that you actually need them to leave. This will allow time for them to pack up, get instructions for their homework and make their way out. We do not have the ability to have students wait in the office; we will call them down when you arrive.

  • After 2:40pm, unless it is an extreme emergency, we ask that you wait until the regular 3:05pm dismissal time.

Afterschool Transportation Change Guidelines

In order to make sure that your student gets home safely and via the method you want, it is extremely difficult for us to make transportation changes after 2:30pm. This timeframe allows us to safely convey the change of information to the teacher and any other adults who are in charge of dismissing your child. Please call the office with any changes prior to that time. (503) 661-6226.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Free breakfast and lunch are available for all of our students for the 2021-2022 school year. If your student is interested in eating breakfast at school, breakfast starts at 8:15 am weekdays M, T, Th, F and 9:15 am on Wednesday (Late Start).

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Counselor's Corner

This year we're rolling out a new Social/Emotional curriculum for our students called RULER. This curriculum helps students learn to:

R- Recognize emotions

U - Understand causes and consequences of emotions

L - Label emotions and increase emotional vocabulary

E - Express emotions appropriately

R - Regulate emotions

Teachers have been introducing students to these ideas for the last few weeks. One important tool of the curriculum is the development of a Classroom Charter. During this activity students collaborate to determine how they want to feel when they are at school every day. Students then talk about the words and actions that are needed to ensure that everyone feels how they'd like to feel at school. Below is an example from Ms. Hutchings 2nd grade class.

Students are also learning about the Mood Meter. This is a tool to help students organize and think about emotions. Students are learning that emotions have different levels of energy and pleasantness. I have been visiting classrooms this week to teach supplemental lessons about the Mood Meter. I hope you can take a minute to ask your child to explain the Classroom Charter and Mood Meter to you. It's amazing how well they are understanding and enjoying these lessons!

As always, if there is anything you need help with, please reach out by phone or email.

Christine Fitch, M.Ed.

Licensed School Counselor

Hollydale Elementary School

503-661-6226 x 2290


Notes from the HEALTH ROOM

Prescription Medication

If your child will need to take prescription medication during school hours: 8:15 am - 3:05 pm, please contact our Health Assistant, Jessica Nguyen, at (503) 661-6226 ext. 2285 or email nguyen74@gresham.k12.or.us to set up an appointment to drop off medication and fill out the required paperwork.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center closest to Hollydale Elementary is at Centennial High School, where they are offering students in-person healthcare and telehealth services for families with or without insurance from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm weekdays. Call (503) 988-5488 to make an appointment.

Student Health Centers are also open at David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt, and Reynolds high schools. They offer convenient physical and mental health care services to all Multnomah County students ages 5-18 regardless of where they attend school.

There are no out-of-pocket costs. Services include:

  • COVID-19 testing
  • Physical exams
  • School immunizations
  • Mental & behavioral health services
  • Sports physicals
  • Treatment for illness and injury
  • Vision, dental, and blood pressure screenings
  • Age-appropriate reproductive health
  • Routine lab tests
  • Prescription medications
  • Health education, counseling and wellness promotion
  • Fitness, nutrition education, and counseling
  • Referrals for healthcare services not provided at the clinics

Click here for more information: multco.us/health/student-health-centers

Oregon Health Plan

The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is free health coverage for children and teens under 19 who meet income and other criteria. It covers regular check-ups, prescriptions, dental care, mental health care, vaccinations, and more. Enrollment is always open.

Click here for more information: OHPcoversme.org


(503) 661-6226 ext. 2285


Family resources including: Housing, Food, Child Care, Health Care, Covid-19 Vaccine and more. Contact Christine Fitch, School Counselor, if your family needs help with resources that may not be on the list—503-661-6226 or fitch@gresham.k12.or.us

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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.