Wolverine News

October 4, 2021

Dear Families,

This is a reminder that there is no school on Thursday and Friday of this week. Also, this is a heads up for 6th grade parents. The Outdoor School Program is coming to West Orient Middle School to work with our students on our school grounds Oct 11, 12, & 13. Please take a moment to review the ODS article in the newsletter below.

Enjoy the short week and long weekend!

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

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

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

Welcome New Staff Member

Dear Families of 6th Grade Students,

It is with great excitement to introduce our newest member of the West Orient Staff, Ms. Madison Plummer. She will be replacing Mrs. Moffat as the 6th grade science teacher for the remainder of the school year. Mrs. Moffat has been substituting since the beginning of this school year until we were able to find a permanent replacement.

Ms.Plummer is a Sam Barlow High School graduate and comes to West Orient with a strong background in the sciences. She has a Bachelor Degree in Science with a Minor in Biology from Portland State University and a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology from The University of West Alabama.

Ms. Plummer is passionate about the sciences. Her background in science includes various academic studies such as biology, science education, zoology, geology, oceanography, geography, research, and many other conservation topics.

Ms. Plummer will be at West Orient Middle School this week observing, working with staff and teachers on the 6th grade team, and completing her orientation. Ms. Plummer will officially begin teaching in the classroom on October, 11.

I have no doubt that Ms. Plummer will be a great addition to our school and community.

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)

ParentVue Reminders

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that ParentVUE is the best place to find most information you need including bus schedules, student schedules, student grades, etc. You must first acknowledge that you have reviewed the Rights & Responsibilities Handbook before gaining access to the above information. Also, please remember to update your contact information.

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

Immunization Requirements

Dear West Orient Families,

Many families fell behind on required vaccines and well-visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to help you catch up before in-person school starts in September! Visit one of our Back-to-School Immunization events in August to get your child up to date and protected against serious diseases like chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus and whooping cough. Call 503-988-5558 to make an appointment. Find more information at multco.us/school/school-immunizations. Can’t make it? Get your child up to date at any Multnomah County Student Health Center (multco.us/student-health) or Multnomah Community Health Center (multco.us/health/primary-care-clinics).

Muchas familias se retrasaron en sus vacunas de requerido y las visitas de bienestar durante la pandemia de COVID-19. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarle a ponerse al día antes de que comience la escuela presencial en Septiembre! Visite uno de nuestros eventos de vacunación de Regreso a la Escuela en agosto para que su hijo tenga su últimas vacunas y esté protegido contra enfermedades graves como varicela, sarampión, paperas, tétanos y tos ferina. Llame al 503-988-5558 para hacer una cita. Encuentre más información en multco.us/school/school-immunizations.¿Se te hace difícil llegar a lugares de vacunación? Mantenga a su hijo al día con sus vacunas en cualquier Multnomah County Student Health Center (multco.us/student-health) o Centro de Salud Comunitario (multco.us/health/primary-care-clinics).

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Please contact Tamara Cochran in the school office at (503) 663-3323 if you have questions.

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