Corbett Grade School

April 2022

Corbett Grade School Principal, Michelle Dawkins

Dear Families,

On March 10, we celebrated 100 days of school by enjoying a parade by our K/1 students. This year's celebration really tugged at my heart as I watched our K/1 students proudly march down the hallways making a lot of noise! Our hallways were also lined with the older students and many of our families cheering them on. We love a fun tradition and this one didn't disappoint!

During this spring, many of our classrooms will also be traveling to visit nearby places to further their studies of Native Americans, wildflowers, and animals in our area. Our students will be traveling to Eagle Fern Park, the Oregon Zoo, Rowena to view wildflowers, and a few more places in our area. Field trips are a wonderful way of seeing nature first hand and we are lucky to live in such a bountiful place.

Our grade school students have also been collecting coins for families affected by the war in Ukraine. We will continue to collect money until April 15. Mr. McDermott has family in Poland that has been able to let him know where money is needed most. His family has provided a couple of groups that will benefit for our school communities generosity. Thanks to Mr. McDermott and Mrs. Young for organizing this service project.

Please join me for coffee and donuts on Tuesday, April 5, at 8am for our first in-person Principal Chat of the 2021-22 school year! I look forward to seeing many of you and discussing how we can continue to make Corbett Grade School an inclusive place for children to learn and grow.


Michelle Dawkins

Corbett Grade School Principal



Tuesday, April 5 - Principal Chat 8am (in-person)

Wednesday, April 13 - Kindergarten Kick-off 5pm

April 25-28 - Corbett PTA Book Fair

May 2-5 - Staff Appreciation Week

Friday, May 13 - Teacher Inservice

Monday, May 16 - All School Music Concert 8:45-9:15am

Thursday, May 19 - Literacy Night

Monday, May 30 - No School - Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 1 - GS Portfolio Night 4:00pm-7:30pm

Friday, June 3 - Last day of school


The PTA is having its first Scholastic Book Fair in two years! Please join us on April 25 until April 28. The book fair raises money to supply books to the classrooms for both the teachers and students to use and enjoy.

Also, Staff Appreciation will be during the week of May 2-5, and we are looking for ideas, volunteers, and basket makers!

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The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:30pm .

The main topics we will discuss will be the book fair and staff appreciation week.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email


If your child will be absent for the day:

  • email your child's teacher and Carrie Evans (
  • let us know why your child is not in school (illness, appointment, vacation, etc.)
  • if your child is ill, please keep them home
  • if your child or someone in your household has recently tested positive for COVID-19, please keep them home
  • students may return 24 hours without a fever and use of medication
  • students may return 48 hours after last episode of vomiting or diarrhea
  • a staff member will call or email and let you know when your child may return to school


This year, ODE is requiring state assessments for our students.

  • Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments
  • Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 also take a Science assessment
  • Parents can opt their child out to the ELA and Math tests and can request that their student be exempt from the Science assessment
  • Email for opt out forms

Students in grade 3-5 will take assessments after spring break. More information will be coming from your student's classroom teacher.
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Corbett Grade School Playground Update Committee:

  • We are looking into grants and other sources of funding
  • If you have knowledge about writing grants, please contact
  • Still waiting for Wildwood Playground's proposal that will include phases and costs
  • Once the proposal is ready, we will share the design and cost with our school community


Please look at photos of our Lost and Found items for the months of February and March. We will be donating any unclaimed items on Monday, April 4.

Summer Enrichment

Corbett Grade School will be offering Summer Enrichment during the weeks of June 13-16 and June 20-23. Each day we will have classes available beginning at 9am until 3pm. Transportation will be available and there will be no cost to our families. We are working more or the details but plan to offer academics, athletics, and lots of fun during these two weeks.

Grade School Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a few volunteers to help out with:

  • extra lunch and recess supervision
  • maintaining (weeding/planting) in the area in the front of the GS
  • sorting books
  • reading with kids

Please contact: if you are interested

Field Trip Chaperones or Classroom Volunteers

If you plan to travel with your child's class on a field trip or volunteer in your child's classroom this spring, you will need to complete the required paperwork before volunteering. If you are unsure if you have completed the forms, please email Carrie Evans (

Volunteer/Chaperone Requirements:

Please provide a copy of your vaccination card or exception request form (medical or religious) to Nancy Gyerko, either in person or via email no later than two weeks prior to the event for which you are volunteering. As a volunteer, you will submit to Nancy at the same time a Criminal History Verification form with Confidentiality Statement agreement, and the COVID Waiver of Liability form. Please click on the links below for the required forms.

  1. Medical Exception Request Form
  2. Religious Exception Request Form
  3. Criminal History Verification Form with Confidentiality Statement Agreement
  4. COVID Waiver of Liability Form