Hollydale HERO Highlights

A news publication for the parents and students of Hollydale

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Thursday March 3, 2022

Dear Hollydale Families,

In follow-up to Acting Superintendent Hiu’s letter to families that was emailed on Monday, February 28.

Our hearts go out to the students, families, and staff who may be directly impacted by the situation unfolding in Ukraine. We want you to know we are here to provide support for you and your family. Below are some additional tips to help guide discussion with your children and additional resources to support your family as needed.

Tips for Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Ask what children have heard, what they are feeling, and what they think.

  • Help your child to express their feelings and offer comfort to help them feel safe.

  • Process your own feelings so you can be available when your children need you.

  • Limit exposure to the news to times when you are together. Help kids make sense of what they hear in an age-appropriate way.

If you would like to talk with someone about how best to support your student, please contact the main office at 503-661-6226 and ask to leave a message for our licensed professional school counselor, Mrs. Christine Fitch. Mrs. Fitch can provide support as well as assist in connecting your family to additional mental health supports.

Accessing Support in the Community

There are community-based organizations that can serve as a resource for families impacted by the conflict. To connect with these organizations please click on the links below.

We are dedicated to the safety and well-being of ALL our students and staff. During this time of uncertainty, please know that we are here to provide support in whatever way we can.


Jessica Ramirez


  • Thursday March 10, 2022 NO SCHOOL Grading Day
  • Friday March 11, 2022 NO SCHOOL C&I Day
  • Wednesday March 16, 2022 Hollydale PTC Meeting in Library
  • 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

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

The Hollydale Team has been working hard to support positive behavior throughout the year! Positive behavior reinforcement is used to improve school culture and student behavior, promoting a safe environment for learning. Students are putting these teachings into use everyday and we want to celebrate their hard work!

Tomorrow, Friday March 4th students will have popcorn bingo parties in class and will get to participate in a special art or craft project.

To date all students have been able to participate in these events, however we will be moving toward earning this reward starting with the March incentive. Students who receive minor or major referrals will participate in alternate activities during the celebration time. Please talk to your students about keeping on track, making good choices and being responsible school citizens so they can join in on the fun things we have coming!

Third Grade Diaper Drive was a HUGE Success!!

THANK YOU for all the donations to your Third Grade "Spread Kindness Diaper Drive!" We were able to donate 3,145 diapers!!! That is enough to support approximately 105 families!! We also donated 78 packs of wipes to PDX Diaper Bank!

Thank you so much for supporting our students spreading KINDNESS!!


We are excited to announce Hollydale PTC (Parent Teacher Club) is back up and running! There are a number of exciting things happening with PTC this spring so stayed tuned for more information soon!

The first official PTC meeting of the 2021-2022 school year will be held March 16th at 5pm in the library at Hollydale.

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new Hollydale families as well! Nominations for 2022-2023 PTC board members will be held at this meeting. If you are interested in serving on the board of your Parent Teacher Club please email Lindsay Cereghino at president@hollydaleptc.org

We can’t wait to reconnect with you all soon!

Hollydale PTC

Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year is OPEN!!!

If you or someone you know has a child who will be 5 year old on or before September 1, 2022 they can register for Kindergarten NOW!!

Registration is online through ParentVUE and can be accessed HERE.

If you need assistance with accessing your account please contact Mrs. Eki @ 503-661-6226 or eki6@gresham.k12.or.us.

Connect to kindergarten

If you or someone you know has a student who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2022, and 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.

State Testing Opt Out

State Testing for grades 3-5 is between April 1, 2022 and June 10, 2022. If you would like to Opt your student out please complete the attached form.

Opt-Out Google Form - English

Opt-Out Google Form - Spanish

Opt-Out Google Form - Russian

Immunization Exclusion Day

Immunization Exclusion Day is April 20, 2022.

Your student(s) should be up to date with any of their required vaccinations by April 20, 2022 in order to remain in school by that date. 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.

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.


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.