North Star News

August 2021 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

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Mark Your Calendar

9/1 Back-to-School Outdoor Event 5-7 p.m.

9/7 First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade

9/7-9/10 Kinder Gradual Entry Days

9/24 C&I Day - No School

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Community


Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year!


My hope is that you were able to take part in some summer fun even when anxiety is running high on how school will look during this academic year. Spending time with family, creating long-lasting memories, and unwinding are elements of the summer that I hope you were able to enjoy. I know that this global pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. Hardships and loss have swept our world and the North Gresham community is no exception. As we return to school, please know that the health and wellbeing of all is our top priority. In order to achieve this, I am asking in advance for your flexibility as we adhere to changes that are required by mandates.


So many changes have happened during the spring and they continue to change throughout the summer and as we head into fall. The flexibility and understanding that has been demonstrated by the North Community is unwavering and appreciated.


Here are a few things we would like to share with you:


Transportation- North Gresham Elementary has a large number of families who pick their children up instead of using our buses. Please consider allowing your child to ride the bus. First Student is requiring all students to wear their masks on the bus. If you choose to pick your child up from school, please be patient. It usually takes us about two weeks to get to know cars, numbers and match students with parents for pick up.


Should you choose to pick your child up from school, it is required that you have a number assigned to you PRIOR to the first day of school. These numbers will be handed out and explained at our Back to School Night. Please hold the date and time of September 1st from 5-7 p.m.


It is also important to note that cars will only be able to pull in our driveway from the South (please do not come up 217th from Stark). This blocks our buses and creates a bigger traffic jam.


All students and staff in the building will be required to wear masks at all times unless actively eating or drinking. Students will be seated at the required distance during lunchtime.


Parents and volunteers will not be permitted in the building at this time.


Again, thank you all for your continued support and partnership in your child's education.


Sincerely,


Shawnda Sewell

Principal

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School Supply Fee

As the beginning of the school year approaches, many of you are wondering about supply lists and supply fees. Please be aware that North Gresham will not be collecting a school supply fee this year. Parents will not need to purchase school supplies. All supplies needed for your child will be provided for the 2021-22 school year.


Parents will still need to supply a backpack for their child and a lunch box (if you choose to send lunch).


Free Breakfast & Lunch for the 21/22 School Year

North will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students during the 21/22 school year.

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Return to Learn Health & Safety Plan

The Gresham-Barlow School District continues to be dedicated to the health and safety of students and staff. Please read the complete Return to Learn Health & Safety Plan by clicking this link: https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/Page/9570


Watch for a mailer with this information coming soon!

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From the Office

Office Hours

The office is now open and can be reached Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 503-661-6415. You can also email our secretaries: Nina Thomas, thomas82@gresham.k12.or.us and Yuliana Nolasco, nolasco8@gresham.k12.or.us.


Information Changes & Updates

If you have a change of address, phone number, email address, or emergency contact info over the summer, you can update that information in your ParentVue account. If you don't have a ParentVue account setup, please contact the office when it is open and we will assist you.


Do You Need to Register?

If your student attended North Gresham Elementary for the 20/21 school year and will attend this fall, you don't need to do anything. Your student is already registered. If your child attended North Gresham for any part of 20/21, but then withdrew at any point and you plan to return to North in the fall, you will need to re-enroll your student.


If you have moved or do not plan to have your student attend North Gresham this school year, please contact the office to withdraw your student.


All students who are new to North Gresham Elementary will need to register. All registrations are completed online by clicking this link: https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/domain/2431


21/22 School Calendar

The 21/22 school year begins on September 7, 2021 for all incoming 1st-5th graders (kindergarteners have gradual entry that week). Click here for the district school calendar. Spanish version here.

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