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

May 6, 2021

Dear Hollydale Families,

May 3 - 7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to the talented, amazing teachers at Hollydale for all they do each day to ensure our students are engaged and inspired in their studies! Please feel free to contact your child's teacher with a note of thanks.

“A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.” Author Unknown


We were lucky enough to have a visit today from Travis Stovall, the Mayor of Gresham! He visited Mrs. Snodgrass' 1st/2nd-grade classroom and had great conversations with both the students in the classroom and also with our online eGBSD students. It was great to have the Mayor see our school back in session!

Mrs. Snodgrass shared:

We have been reading stories in our class about the different jobs in cities and the things people do to help make a city a better place. We talked about the people who run our city (Mayor, police, fire, teachers, etc.). We talked about things we can do personally to make the City of Gresham a better place. Then, we decided to write letters to our new Mayor, asking what things he does to make Gresham better, and telling him the things we each plan to do to make Gresham better. We have been practicing letter writing and the structure of a letter since October, so this was a compilation of our Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. We gave the kids envelopes and stamps to mail their letters. Then, a couple of weeks ago, the Mayor's assistant contacted me stating he would love to meet the kids and talk to them about his job and what his plans are. The kids were sooooo excited that we were getting a visitor ONLY because they wrote letters (this is something I constantly teach the kids is our purpose for writing letters - to get someone to hear us and respond). The students loved the time the Mayor spent with them and really enjoyed asking him questions.

Please continue to watch for information to come via email and social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.


Wednesday, May 12 - Curriculum & Instructional Day for Teachers. NO classes for students.

Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL.

Please Support our Online Hollydale Scholastic Book Fair

Now is a great time to order books for your child to read over the summer!

  • Please log on using the link below from Wednesday, May 12 through Tuesday, May 25th to shop online and place an order.
  • Books will be sent directly to your home, not to Hollydale.
  • Every order earns Hollydale 25% of the sale, given directly back to the school.
  • Free shipping with any book order $25+.
  • Please share the shopping link with any family or friends who would like to support our school!


Celebrate STEM - Take the Challenge!

For the entire month of May, the Gresham-Barlow School District will celebrate STEM with activities your family can enjoy together. Each week, you will have the opportunity to participate in specific STEM challenges. Share a photo or video of your family completing the challenge (share in the comments section of a STEM post on the GBSD Facebook page or send to your child’s teacher) to be entered to win a prize! Complete all four challenges to be entered to win the Grand Prize!

For complete details, visit the STEM Month Challenge Website: bit.ly/GBSDSTEM

The second challenge begins Monday, May 10! Check with your child’s school if you are in need of supplies to complete the challenges.

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A Message from Clear Creek Middle School to our 5th Graders


We want to welcome you and your soon-to-be 6th grader to Clear Creek! Please check out our 6th Grade newsletter:

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¡Queremos darles la bienvenida a Clear Creek a usted y a su futuro alumno de sexto grado! Por favor, consulte nuestro boletín informativo de sexto grado. Esperamos enviar uno cada dos semanas.

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Sun Community School

We are starting the spring term of SUN this week. Registration for the activity kits are closed now. Students, who have been confirmed for this term, have been contacted through the Remind app/text messages.

If your student is in hybrid learning, they will receive the activity kit this week, when they are at school. If your student is online learning, the kits were delivered last Friday (4/30) to your doorstep.

The kits will also correspond with our online programming, available on our Hollydale Elementary MFS SUN Community School Facebook page (SUN Facebook page) and YouTube website (SUN YouTube channel). The online programming and activity kits are completely optional and are part of our supplemental programming, through the SUN program.

If you like, comment and/or post a picture about the activity you completed, from the kits, your student will be entered in a live Facebook drawing for a SUN goodie bag!

Just a reminder of our Metropolitan Family Service FOOD PANTRIES throughout the week! The types of foods at each location varies from day to day, but will include some combination of oil, margarine, 3-6 fresh produce items, canned fruit and vegetables, canned and dry beans, cereals, shelf-stable milk, rice, pasta, applesauce, etc. THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS TO SHOP - EVERYONE IS WELCOME! *Please maintain 6 feet spacing for safety and face coverings are required*


If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Jones, SUN Site Manager @ 503-380-0464(call/text) or sandraj@mfs.email (English) or Daisy Sanchez at daisyst@mfs.email (Spanish).


If your child is not feeling well, please call the office to let them know as soon as possible. Jessica Nguyen, the Care Room health assistant, will contact you for more information regarding your child's symptoms. If necessary, I will also contact you to determine when your child can return to in-person learning. These phone calls will be brief and will be kept confidential.

If your student becomes sick at school, it will be important to pick them up as soon as possible. While they are waiting to be picked up they will be kept in a space that is separate from other students and staff that is safe, comfortable, and supervised. Please make sure your emergency contact phone numbers are up to date.

Please continue to do the following to keep yourself, your family, and the school community safe:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a face covering when not at home
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others outside of your immediate family

If you or someone in your household has been notified that they are a “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you or a household member have tested positive, please keep your student at home and call the office to let them know as soon as possible.

Kimberly Marsh, RN

School Health Services

Gresham Barlow School District



The Student Health Center at Centennial High School is now open, offering students in-person healthcare and telehealth services 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays. Call 503-988-5488 to make an appointment. Student Health Centers are also open at David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt, and Reynolds high schools. Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. 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 and nutrition education and counseling
  • Referrals for healthcare services not provided at the clinics

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


Hybrid In-Person School Hours 12:05pm - 2:35pm

Students should not arrive to school before 12:05pm. There will not be supervision on the playground or in front of the school before 12:05pm. Thank you for your understanding.

Office Hours - 8am - 3:30pm

The office is open weekdays between 8am - 3:30pm for in-person pick-ups. Phone office hours are 8am - 4pm. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave us a voice- mail and we will return your call as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

End of Day Transportation Changes

Please call the office at 503-661-6226 no later than 2pm if you need to change your child's end of day transportation.

Emergency Contact Information

As the school district is transitioning to in-person learning, it is important the office has your current contact information as well as up-to-date emergency contacts. Please take a moment to check your phone number, email, and emergency contacts in ParentVue and make updates as necessary. Click here to access your ParentVue account.

Media Exclusion Notice

As students are returning to the building we will be taking photos for use on our website, newsletter and social media accounts. If you DO NOT wish for your child's photo to be used online, please email Mrs. Eki, elementary secretary, at eki6@gresham.k12.or.us

Kindergarten Registration

Will your child be 5 on or before Sept. 1st, 2021? If yes, register now. To register your student for Kindergarten, visit the Gresham-Barlow School District Website, select the “Parents” tab, and click on “Online Registration.” This webpage has information about the registration process, a link to get started, additional forms for each school, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Immunization Requirements to Enter K-6th Grade:

5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
4 Polio
1 Varicella (chickenpox)
2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella 3 Hepatitis B

2 Hepatitis A



Every Wednesday, the Nutrition Services Department will be offering 7-day Meal Box Kits FREE to children ages 1-18. These kits will be delivered by school bus and families can also pick up the kits through evening curbside pickup at select schools.

  • Bus Routes, 3, 10, 15 will continue to deliver meals mid-day.
  • Curbside Pickup at Hollydale from 4-6pm.
  • You must reserve your Meal Box Kit ahead of time!

To participate, each household will need to fill out an online form. A confirmation email will be sent once you have submitted this form. If you don't receive a confirmation email please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 503-261-4594.

Click here to fill out the online form to reserve your Weekly Meal Box Kit.

Bus Delivery Routes and Times:
In Town Meal Drop Off Sites (pdf)


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.