Panther News

Powell Valley Elementary School-January 4, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Powell Valley Panther Families,

We are pleased to welcome all of our students and families back to learning at Powell Valley Elementary School!

We hope that you all had a restful and wonderful holiday break!

As we get back into the routine of school please take a moment to remind your child of the school expectations that we have. Be safe, Be respectful, and Be responsible. We are taking this week to remind our students and to reteach our behavior expectations. As always we appreciate our families and always want to work together as a team for our students!

Kind regards,

Principal O'Daniel

Reminder for all families

As we are all getting back into the routine of school We must revisit our safe drop off and pick up expectations for all parents and caregivers.

There are multiple students being dropped off at both the K-2 and 3-5 sections of our building. It is imperative that all drivers be aware that children are walking across the pathway to enter the building and drivers must be patient and wait for them to enter PVES safely before pulling around to leave the parking lot area.

Kindergarten Families!

Hello Kinder Families,

Friendly Reminder:

We need a copy of your child's birth certificate on file at PVES. There are a few ways that you can get that to us:

1. If you are comfortable email to Tracy Junk.

2. Put a copy in your child's backpack teacher folder and let the teacher know so she/he can get it to us in the office.

3. Bring in a copy to the office between the hours of 8:30-3:30.

Winter Performances-POSTPONED!

Unfortunately we are going to have to postpone the winter performances until further notice. We will send out more information later in the school year.

Student Vaccination Cards

Parents and Caregivers if your student is fully vaccinated please take a picture of the vaccination card and email that to Amoreana Collins at We appreciate your help with this!

Oregon Health Authority Site at Kmart for the vaccine

The site is open!

Monday thru Saturday the hours are from 12 pm to 7 pm.

Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

They are capable of 1,000 to 2,000 doses a day to all age groups.

Vaccinated Status for Students

  • Students who are vaccinated (fully) which means 14 days out from the second vaccine will not be required to quarantine.

  • Please call the office to let us know if your child is vaccinated we will update that information in our system.

PVES Counselor's Corner

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope winter break was a relaxing and enjoyable time for you and your family. As we are in the coldest time of the year, I want you to know that if your student is in need of coats and your family is unable to purchase it please let me know. I have some brand new coats in my office donated by Fred Meyer a few years ago.

I also want to remind you that this month, I will start my lesson on personal safety that includes safe, unsafe and unwanted touches. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the curriculum.

Don’t forget to contact 2-1-1 if you are in need of food, utility or housing assistance or check out their website to find out the latest information. Additional resources can be found here: GBSD Food Resources. If you receive SNAP benefits, please contact your local self-sufficiency office to inquire about assistance.


Nelia Collins

School Counselor

Test to Stay and Test to Return Programs

Keeping Students in School Safely:

With low in-school transmission of COVID-19, the Gresham-Barlow School District has been exploring ways to maximize access to in-person learning while continuing to keep our COVID-19 numbers low. Beginning in January, we will start a Test to Stay and Test to Return Program so students exposed to COVID-19 can stay in school safely. Learn More About these Programs

Programas de Prueba para permanecer y Prueba para regresar

Mantener a los estudiantes en la escuela de manera segura:

Con baja transmisión de COVID-19 en la escuela, el Distrito Escolar de Gresham-Barlow ha estado explorando formas de maximizar el acceso al aprendizaje en persona sin dejar de mantener bajos nuestros números de COVID-19. A partir de enero, comenzaremos a utilizar un Programa de Prueba para permanecer y Prueba para regresar para que los estudiantes expuestos al COVID-19 puedan permanecer en la escuela de manera segura.

Más información sobre estos programas.

SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE-Please fill out the application linked here! It will help your child receive more support at PVES!

The Gresham-Barlow School District will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge for all students in all schools through June 2022! We still want families to submit an application for Free/Reduced-price meals because this helps the district get the most out of federal, state, and grant dollars.

Filling out this application helps Powell Valley Elementary directly receive grant dollars that will then allow us to provide extra programing and support for your child!

PLEASE take the time to fill this application out!!