Wolverine News

October 11, 2021

Dear Families,

Thank you for taking the time to carefully read through our school newsletter. You may notice that some articles remain in the newsletter for multiple weeks. That is intentional so that important information gets communicated to all families as we roll out new processes and procedures for in-person learning.

Now that we are back to in-person learning, here are a couple of important reminders for you and your child:

  • Cell Phones: Cell phones should be off and away and not in use from 8:57-3:35pm. Parents should contact the main office at 503-663-3323 to reach their child during school hours.
  • Chromebooks & Chargers: Students should bring BOTH Chromebooks and chargers with them to school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged when students arrive to school.

Again, thank you for partnering with us to help ensure a successful start to the school year.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email at catanese@gresham.k12.or.us or via phone at 503-663-3323.

Go Wolverines!

Ms. Elise Catanese


Wolverines are EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)

Important Dates in October

Friday, October 1: Picture Day

Tuesday, October 5: PTC Meeting (Virtual), 6 PM, Meeting Link

Thursday, October 7: No School, Teacher Inservice and grading day

Friday, October 8: No School, Statewide Inservice

October 11, 12, 13 (Mon-Wed): Outdoor School for 6th Grade @ West Orient Middle School

UPDATE: Change in Arrival time

Our arrival time for students has changed from 8:35 AM to 8:40 AM. Starting October 18th, students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:40 AM. This also includes students who walk to school. Safety is our number one priority and we want to ensure that your child is supervised during this time. We thank you for your understanding.

Midterm Progress Reports

Progress report grades will be posted to ParentVue and StudentVue by the end of the day Monday, October 11. Progress grades are NOT final grades. Students and families should check their StudentVue and/or ParentVue accounts for progress report updates.

As always, students and parents will be able to monitor progress through both StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If you do not have a ParentVUE account at this time, please email Carla Hunt, our counseling secretary at: hunt@gresham.k12.or.us.

If you have further questions, please contact the main office at 503-663-3323.

Updated Information for 6th Grade Outdoor School

Multnomah Education Service District has finalized the 2021-2022 Outdoor School schedule. They built a schedule that supports a 6-day Outdoor School experience. This year they are providing a 2-part hybrid option for students. Every student will receive the same number of days (6), but it will be split into two parts over the year.

Fall 2021

  • Days 1-3, the Outdoor School Program staff will come to West Orient Middle School and work with our students on our school grounds, (Oct 11, 12, 13).

  • On Monday morning students will get an introduction and overview of the Outdoor School Program from the Outdoor School program staff.

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will attend two, 2-hour sessions of Outdoor School Programming, one session in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

  • Lunch will take place each day as usual at the usual times. Please plan for student lunches as you normally would.

  • Classes and activities over the three days may take place outdoors, as they would at the Outdoor School sites. Students should plan to wear appropriate rain gear and warm clothing each day. The weather forecast predicts some rain each day, so being dressed appropriately will make a huge difference for the experience of students on these days.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are scheduled for November 12. Students can bring their order form and money with them on picture day or parents can order online from Lifetouch.

Care Solace Partnership


Support your family’s well-being

Gresham-Barlow School District is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. We are proud to announce our partnership with Care Solace to support our ongoing commitment. If you or your family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace will quickly connect you to community providers matched to your needs. Call 888-515-0595 or search on your own at caresolace.com/gbsd.


Apoya el bienestar de tu familia

El Distrito Escolar de Gresham-Barlow está comprometido con la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. Estamos orgullosos de anunciar nuestra asociación con Care Solace para respaldar nuestro compromiso continuo. Si usted o un miembro de su familia está buscando ayuda con la salud mental o el uso de sustancias, Care Solace lo conectará rápidamente con proveedores comunitarios que se adapten a sus necesidades. Llame al 888-515-0595 o busque por su cuenta en caresolace.com/gbsd.


Поддержите благополучие вашей семьи

Школьный округ Грешем-Барлоу стремится к обеспечению здоровья, безопасности и благополучия наших учащихся, сотрудников и семей. Мы с гордостью объявляем о нашем партнерстве с Care Solace, чтобы поддерживать наших учеников. Если вам или члену вашей семьи нужна помощь в связи с психическим здоровьем или употреблением психоактивных веществ, Care Solace быстро свяжет вас с местными поставщиками услуг, соответствующими вашим потребностям. Позвоните по телефону 888-515-0595 или выполните поиск самостоятельно на сайте caresolace.com/gbsd.

Covid Notification Letters

If there is a positive case of Covid in our school, you will receive a notification letter sent via School Messenger indicating that there has been a confirmed positive Covid case in our school. This is just a notification. There is no further action needed on your part.

If your child was exposed or in close contact with someone with Covid while at school, your child may need to quarantine. Close contact is described as closer than 6 feet without a mask for 15 minutes or longer. If that is the case, you will receive a phone call and a separate letter with quarantine details and timelines.

As always, please feel free to contact the school office if you have any questions. 503-663-3323.

Covid Testing Consent Forms

Dear WOMS Families,

We are required to have Covid testing consent forms on file in the event we need to test your child for Covid.

Please note: Testing kits are only available for students that are symptomatic. We are not a COVID testing clinic and do not offer testing to families and community members.

Please complete a form and return or email authorized forms to mattecheck@gresham.k12.or.us

Covid Testing Consent English (Fillable)

Covid Testing Consent English (Printable)

Covid Testing Consent Spanish (Fillable)

Covid Testing Consent Spanish (Printable)

Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

Dear Parents,

The Parent/Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for the 2021-2022 school year is available to review.

R&R English Handbook

R&R Spanish Handbook