North Star News

Summer 2022 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Big picture

Mark Your Calendar

6/15 Last Day for Students

6/20 School Office Closed for the Summer

7/18-8/11 Summer SUN Session

7/25-8/11 EKT Program

8/24 School Office Opens

9/5 Labor Day, School Closed

9/6 First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade

9/6-9/8 Kinder Gradual Entry Days

9/12 First Full Day of School for Kindergarten

* Our Open House date and time is to be determined. Watch for communications in August!

22/23 School Year Calendars

The 22/23 school year begins on September 6, 2022 for all incoming 1st-5th graders (kindergarteners have gradual entry that week). Click here for the district school calendar. Spanish version here.

Field Day

Field Day was a huge success! Thank you to all of our volunteers, staff, and PTC who helped make this day possible and enjoyable for our North Stars. Also, we want to give a shout out to Miss Lindsey and Ms. Norris for putting this day together. It was so much fun!

Checkout our Facebook photo album with all of our Field Day pictures here.

Summer Reading Program

Participate in Multnomah County Library's annual Summer Reading Program - it's fun for the whole family! Did you know that all current students are already enrolled in the Multnomah County Library system? All they need is their student I.D.

Ms. Najdek sent home reading game boards with students if they want to participate. Visit the Gresham Library to checkout books this summer. Here is the link for more information:

Get out there and enjoy reading this summer!

From Our PTC

We had a great year trying to get back to normal. Thank you for everyone's help this school year! PTC will be back next year with Maria Apikelis as PTC President, Amanda Stanchfield as PTC Vice President, and Katie Hall as the PTC Treasurer. We're so excited for next school year!

The Book Fair will continue with the fair with Adriana Slavens. We still need lots of volunteers to keep us going and strong. If you are interested, please email the Like us on Facebook: North Gresham Elementary Parent Teacher Club or Visit our website at Have a safe summer!

Heather Ruggles

PTC President

North Gresham Elementary School – North Gresham Grade School Parent Teacher Club

PBIS with Mrs. Reed

Over the course of the year we taught students about character traits presented in Steven Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” Our North Stars exemplified these traits during the year, and we encourage them to continue to practice these habits over the summer:

Habit 1 - Be Proactive - You're in Charge

Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind - Have a Plan

Habit 3 - Put First Things First - Work First, Then Play

Habit 4 - Think Win-Win - Everyone Can Win

Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 6 - Synergize - Together Is Better

Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw - Balance Feels Best

Ask your North Star about each of these habits and how you can practice them each day!

We are also very proud our North Star attendance during this challenging year. We've consistently achieved 91% attendance or higher every month. They earned many attendance challenge awards, including extra recess, movie time, and seeing Mrs. Reed dressed up like a hot dog for the entire day!

Thank you for shining bright, North Stars!

From the Office

Summer Closure

The office will be closed for the summer beginning June 20th and will reopen on August 24th. If you need assistance before then, please call our district office at 503-261-4550.

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 21/22 school year and will attend next fall, you don't need to do anything - you're already registered! If your child attended North Gresham for any part of 21/22, but then withdrew at any point and you plan to return to North in the fall, you will need to re-enroll your student. Login to your ParentVue account to register them.

If you do not plan to have your student attend North Gresham next fall either due to a move or you have a 5th grader going into middle school, you will need to register your child at their new school.

All students who are new to North Gresham Elementary will need to register. All registrations are completed online by clicking this link:

If you need registration assistance over the summer, please contact our district office: 503-261-4550.

SUN News

Hello North Stars!

Thank you again NGES families for another amazing term of SUN! Our gardens are growing, lots of art projects were made, new favorite books were discovered, and basketball skills were learned! As we all get ready to head into summer, please remember that your SUN Team will still be available if you and/or your student have any unmet needs.

Our summer SUN session begins on July 18th. All families with students that have been enrolled have been notified. If you have any questions, please contact the SUN program at 503-258-4737.

We're hiring Summer Term Activity Leaders! If you or someone you know would like the opportunity to share a topic you're passionate about (soccer, dancing, art, gardening, entomology... you name it!), we would love to hear from you! Please visit, and search for 'North', for position and term details and dates.

Thank you, hope you have a great weekend!