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Principal's Update 1/27/2022

I want to thank our Hollydale community for the patience and flexibility that has been shown as we have worked to navigate the quickly changing health and safety guidance. We are working hard to implement the latest guidance and keep our students, staff, and community safe.

We just finished winter reading assessments and are very impressed with the growth that students have shown since the fall assessments in September. Keep working hard Hollydale!

Jessica Ramirez


  • Friday January 28, 2022 NO SCHOOL C&I Day
  • Monday February 21, 2022 NO SCHOOL Presidents Day
  • Thursday & Friday March 10th & 11th NO SCHOOL Grading Day & C&I Day

A message from our school nurse - when to stay home

It is important to remember that your student should stay home from school if they are sick. “Toughing it out” and sending them to school can lead to more students getting sick.

Students with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

People who are experiencing these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This can be so confusing…is it a cold, is it the flu, is it what????

  • If your student has a fever greater than 100.4 F or a new, persistent, productive cough, they need to be fever-free or cough-free for 24 hours without taking fever- or cough-reducing medicine.
  • If diarrhea or vomiting is their symptom, the student must be symptom-free for 48 hours before they can return to school.
  • Sore throats, headaches, body aches, congestion, runny nose are all signs of illness also and your student should stay home until they feel better.

Together we can make this a successful school year.

Thank you!

Cyndi Smith, RN

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Recess, Weather & Alerts

As the weather is getting colder and wetter please make sure your child is dressed for it! Recess can get cold, windy and at times wet. If you have a younger student you may want to send an extra set of clothes in their backpack if they are one who cannot contain their excitement in the elements!

To keep our younger students safe and out of the mud we have closed the field for Kindergarten thru 3rd-grade students until further notice. Children will be able to play on the playground, blacktop, and undercover at recess.

In the event of a weather or emergency-related school closure, the district uses the following methods of communications to relay urgent information to district families and the community:

Auto-Dialer Calls - Please make sure we have the most current phone numbers for you on file. Check your ParentVUE account and contact the office @ 503-661-6226 to make any changes you cannot make on ParentVUE.

Flash Alert Emergency Notification System - This internet-based service is used to provide weather-related school closure information and is important in the event of an emergency. You can sign-up to Flash Alert @ http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=66

District Website - When possible the district website will be updated.

Local Radio & TV Stations - Area media outlets will receive information and updates.

Parking Lot Safety

As you are dropping off or picking up your student, it is important that we all follow these safety guidelines:

  • Please follow the directions of staff as they work to direct traffic to manage the flow of busses and passenger vehicles.
  • Please use the crosswalk to cross through the parking lot. It is not safe for students to be crossing the parking lot at locations other than the crosswalk.
  • Many families have opted to drive their students to school so the drop-off line is quite long. If you are in a hurry and cannot wait in the drop-off line, it is recommended that you park in the neighborhood and walk your child down the sidewalk.


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.