Hollydale HERO Highlights

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Message from the Principal 2/17/2022

All students have joined new reading groups and they are off to a great start! Please ask your student about their new group, who is leading it, and what are some of the things that they like about best about it. Encourage your student to practice reading aloud to you! This at-home support and encouragement will definitely help with their reading success!

Jessica Ramirez


  • Monday February 21, 2022 NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
  • Thursday March 10, 2022 NO SCHOOL Grading Day
  • Friday March 11, 2022 NO SCHOOL C&I Day
  • 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

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


We have had an amazing response to the return of our Speed Racer program!

We had 387 students from all grade levels participate in Speed Racers in its first week back!! How exciting!!


Julie Melton for organizing volunteers and getting the program back up and running!

Jaime & Ryan Gallagher and Sierra Gray for covering the first week of lunches. Without volunteers, the kids would not have been able to participate this week. They even weathered the downpour on Monday!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Speed Racers Volunteers Needed

AT THIS TIME Speed Racers is a recess option on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We would love to offer this on Tuesdays and Thursdays but need more volunteers.

Anyone can volunteer! Grandparents! Aunts! Uncles! If you have a family member looking to help our school community please have them complete the volunteer application.

Volunteers Needed! Please email Julie Melton at melton10@gresham.k12.or.us if would like to volunteer or have any questions.

  • Volunteers are needed at least one day per week from 11am - 1pm during lunch recess to tally cards as students run/walk laps around the track. Our goal is to offer this recess option to students 5 days per week!
  • Volunteers can work in a two-person team.
  • There may also be the option to work on some of the prep at home.
  • We will be supplying all of the materials, prepped and ready to go at 10:50am at the office window in the vestibule.

All volunteers must have a current, cleared, volunteer application on file with the school district and provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Please apply or renew your application: Click Here to Apply to Volunteer. Please note that it can take a couple of weeks for your application to be fully processed.

Recess Start Time (Each lunch recess is 20 minutes - Pick up supplies at 10:50am)

First Grade 11am

Kindy 11:20am

Third Grade 11:40am

Second Grade 12pm

Fifth Grade 12:20pm

Fourth Grade 12:40pm

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.

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.

Immunization Exlcusion 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.


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.