North Star News

December 2021 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Mark Your Calendar

12/9 Last Day for SUN

12/14 PTC Virtual Meeting 6:30 p.m.

12/15 Virtual Award Assembly

12/20-1/2 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

1/3 School Resumes

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

As things progress with the pandemic, we continue to receive updated guidance regarding masks and other health protocols. On November 23, 2021, Governor Brown and representatives from the Oregon Health Authority announced a change to current mask guidance. The changes are as follows:

  • Masks outdoors at GBSD schools and programs are now optional.
  • This change applies to recess, outdoor instruction, and outdoor PE.
  • Please have a conversation with your student if you would like them to keep their masks on during these times.
  • Students have been instructed to wear masks until they are outside and then to place their masks in their pocket, pulled under their chin, or pushed up on their arm.
  • During line-up, students are reminded to put their masks back on before entering the building.
  • Parents are asked to continue to wear masks as often as possible when around students, including parents who walk up to pick up their child at the end of the day.

  • Masks remain mandatory indoors.

I'm also excited to share that we are now welcoming volunteers back into the building! Please see the information in this newsletter for requirements and steps to sign-up to volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.


    Shawnda Sewell


    Exciting News - Welcome Back Volunteers!

    Effective December 6, 2021, GBSD is able to welcome back volunteers into our schools! In order to be able to volunteer, volunteers will need:

    1. Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19
    2. A completed and approved volunteer application

    Since it's been two years since we've been able to have volunteers in our building, all past volunteers will need to reapply. New volunteers will also need to complete an application. To apply to volunteer, go to:

    Important: It takes about two weeks to process applications. If your application is not approved, you will receive a letter from the district. Approved applications do not receive notices. To check on the status of your application, please call or email the school: 503-661-6415,

    Once approved, you can reach out to our PTC and/or your student's teacher for volunteer opportunities. You will need to bring proof of your vaccination status when you first come to volunteer and check-in with the office. After you've provided proof, going forward you will only need to sign-in at the office when coming to the school to volunteer.

    Questions? Please contact Nina Thomas at the school number and email listed above.

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    What's Going On In 3rd Grade?

    Our North Star 3rd graders are working with arrays to model multiplication.They did a scavenger hunt around the classroom looking for real life arrays. Students wrote an equation for each array they found and solved for the product.

    In reading we are working on identifying the main idea of a text and using text evidence to support our main idea. In Ms. Coleman's class, students recently met a goal of passing 200 lessons on iReady, and they did it in just 3 weeks! To celebrate, students brought a stuffed animal to school with them for a day.

    We are very proud of all of the hard work and progress our 3rd graders are making!


    Ms. Coleman, Ms. Conan, and Mrs. Grieve

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    Inclement Weather & Emergency School Closure Information

    In the event of a school closure due to inclement weather, please make sure you are signed up for our district's SchoolMessenger system. You can opt-in by texting "Y" or "YES" to 67587. You will receive messages to your phone. You can also download the app by visiting the website here:

    If school closes early while students are already here, we will send a message to families to notify you of the early school closure. Please note that we send students home as you directed on the blue emergency transportation form you filled out in the beginning of the year. We do not have the ability to call all families and ask how students will get home in the event of an early closure, or to receive a high call volume for last-minute changes. In order to get students home safely and quickly, we rely on advance planning and the information from the emergency transportation form. If you didn't fill out a blue emergency transportation form at the beginning of the year, or need to make a change to your form, please contact the office as soon as possible.

    Counselor's Corner

    Dear North Gresham Families,

    Are you looking for support for the holidays? Please let us know. Although we have limited resources, we have partnered with East Hill Church and they are supporting some of our families by providing one gift per child. If you would like to apply, please email us at and so we can send an application with your child.

    Are you interested in providing support to our North Gresham families for the holidays? If so, please feel free to contact Mr. Diaz and Ms. Chu directly.

    Wishing you wellness,

    Mr. Diaz and Ms. Chu

    PBIS with Mrs. Reed

    For the months of November and December, we practiced Happy Habit 2 - Begin With the End In Mind. Begin with the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started.

    Our North Stars worked hard, and we will post our second virtual award assembly on December 15th. Teachers will award students who exemplified Happy Habit #2. You can watch the virtual assembly by going to our website or our Facebook page.

    Also, our students are working hard to earn a spirit week by earning Star Bucks and filling our school Star Buck bucket. They are so close! If they earn it, we will announce spirit week via Remind and Facebook.

    From Our PTC

    The PTC meeting for this month is on Tuesday Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting link is or watch online from search North Gresham PTC. We have open board positions, need parent volunteers and helpers. We can’t continue this year without your help.

    Fall Fundraiser Catalog items & prizes are expected to be delivered to school between the 10th and 15th of December. If items or prizes are small enough to fit in a student's backpack, then they will be sent home with students. If not, we will have an evening pick-up time Wednesday Dec. 15th from 5:30-8:30 pm. More information will be posted on our FaceBook page at, on our website at & through the Remind App notifications.

    Remember, to scan your grocery receipts using the Box Top App (After you scan the receipt, click on the STAR “Credit”, and put in your child’s teacher’s last name to give Credit to that teacher. Yes! We will have competitions.) You can also give back with (North Gresham Grade School Parent Teacher Club) and Fred Meyers Community Rewards (North Gresham Parent Teacher Club). All funds go back to the school and support our students!

    SUN News

    Hello North Stars!

    I hope you enjoyed your break during conference week! For all you SUN stars out there, I want to remind you that the last day of Fall term after school program is Thursday December 9th. Winter term for our after school program will start January 18th and registration forms will be sent home the week of 12/6-12/10. All Fall term SUN students wishing to join Winter term, will have to re-apply to be accepted. Spots are limited and selected on a first come first serve basis. The SUN after school program runs Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    As we are approaching the holiday season, I also wanted to remind you that any North Gresham Elementary family can reach out to us for help with resource navigation including, utility assistance, food & clothing needs, general financial support, etc. If you have any questions regarding resources in our community or about our after school program, please feel free to give me a call/text/email at 503 519-8523 Have a great week & stay warm!

    Yessica Ramirez,

    SUN Site Manager

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    Reminders from the Office

    Contacting the Office

    You can reach the office staff by calling our school at 503-661-6415, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also email our office team at any time. Nina Thomas at, and Yuli Nolasco at


    Please call in your student's absence before 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m. on Wednesdays). Leave a message if you call outside of school hours. Please let us know your student's first and last name, teacher/grade, and the reason for the absence. Students not present by 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m. on Wednesdays) will be marked absent. Students that arrive late will receive a tardy slip, and their absence will be adjusted in the system to a tardy.

    Changes of Transportation

    If your student will go home differently than normal, including if they will not attend SUN after school, please contact the office to make the change. Dismissal is a very busy time, so we appreciate you calling no later than 2:00 p.m. to make any changes.

    Early Student Pick-Up

    If you want to pick your student up early, we encourage you to do so before 2:30 p.m. Dismissal gets very busy, and this will ensure that you don't have an extended wait due to dismissal traffic, etc. When picking your student up early, please ring the bell at the front doors. The front office will buzz you into the lobby and have you sign your student out for the day.

    Remind App

    Sign-up for the Remind app to keep in touch with your student’s teacher! No matter where you are or what you’re doing, get important school updates right on your phone. More information and sign-up here.


    Register for ParentVue to view your student’s attendance, grades, and make changes to your contact information. If you need assistance with setting up ParentVue, please call the school at 503-661-6415. You can also email our secretaries at or Visit the ParentVue web page to login or sign up: