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A Word from the Principal… December 9, 2021

Winter break begins Monday, December 20. As a mother of four I understand how challenging it can be to keep students engaged and occupied during extended breaks like this; because of this your fabulous Hollydale staff have put together a Winter BINGO activity that families can complete together and earn prizes! These BINGO cards will be sent home next week and include a variety of family friendly activities.

I also want to remind families that dogs are not allowed on campus during school hours, this includes during drop off and pickup. I appreciate your support as we work together to keep all of our students safe.

Jessica Ramirez


Please continue to watch for information to come via email and social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about things that are happening at Hollydale. Be sure to check our website too!


  • Winter Break December 20 thru January 2 - NO SCHOOL
  • School Resumes Monday, January 3, 2022!

Counselor's Corner

Hello Hollydale Parents!

For the past two weeks I've been visiting classrooms to teach our students about bullying and other hurtful behaviors. I have shared this definition of bullying with our students:

Bullying: Hurtful words or behaviors that are done on purpose, are one-sided, and happen over and over again.

Our older students learned that there are different kinds of bullying: physical, verbal, social, and online (cyberbullying). Students learned that it's important to report all bullying right away to an adult. That not only keeps them safe but allows us to work with the student who is bullying so they can change their behavior.

Your child is also learning that sometimes hurtful words or actions happen that don't fit the definition of bullying. I call these Mean Moments. Sometimes mean moments happen because a person does not stop and think before they say something or someone makes assumptions that aren't true. Mean moments hurt just like bullying hurts. Students are learning that it's important to use kind words all the time to ensure that everyone feels safe and cared for at school.

At the older grades, we also discussed Unwanted Comments. These are negative comments about someone's appearance, skin, hair, body, clothing, etc. We learned that these negative comments can hurt feelings and are always unwelcome. There is wisdom in the old saying, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

The goal of these lessons is to help promote a positive and inclusive environment at Hollydale and also to help students learn important social, emotional, relationship, and life skills. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday break!

Christine Fitch, M.Ed.

Licensed School Counselor

Hollydale Elementary School



Media Exclusion

If you wish to have your child excluded from video or photos on our social media or print please make sure you have selected that option in your student's yearly online verification through your ParentVUE account or email Mrs. Eki at eki6@gresham.k12.or.us. Thank you!

Covid update: Test to Stay & Test to return

The Test to Stay program will begin in the Gresham-Barlow Schools right after Winter Break, and students must have a permission form on file to participate. If you would like your student to be eligible for the program, please turn in a signed permission form to the office. We are looking forward to maintaining access to in-person learning when covid-19 exposures occur in our school!

COVID Test Forms:

English Consent Form

Spanish Consent Form

YearBook Cover Contest

Just a reminder!! Yearbook Cover Contest entries need to be handed into Mrs. Rector in the office by Friday December 10th!

Please make sure all directions are followed!

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.


Next week Hollydale's first Annual Winter Break Bingo Card will be sent home with each student.

Students can win prizes for participating!

Watch for more information to be shared in next week's newsletter!


This Winter, Hollydale SUN will be offering FREE AFTER SCHOOL programming to Grades 1-5, January 18th - March 17, Monday - Thursday, 3:05 pm - 5:20 pm. The daily schedule will be: hands-on fun class to deepen your student’s learning, Recess, Homework Help, and Reading times. There will also be a hot meal and snack served to your student. The class will be grade-appropriate!

Maximum of 15 students per class,

Covid-19 safety protocols are being followed,

Assigned seating in the cafeteria and in the classroom,

Would your student be interested in this? WE ARE REGISTERING STUDENTS NOW! Follow this link to sign your student up.


Health Room/Clothes Closet


This time of year Oregon is bringing lots of rain, so please suit your kiddos up for the weather! We are not able to provide a change of clothes if kids get wet during recess activities. We recommend packing an extra pair of clothes in your child's backpack to prepare.

Clothing Donations

Accidents happen, and that's okay! We do our best to provide a change of clothes for injuries and bathroom accidents, but our supply is limited to smaller sizes. Comfy elastic-waisted clothes that can fit multiple sizes would be great! Please no denim material. Hollydale would greatly appreciate any clothing donations that include the following:

  • Leggings
  • Sweats
  • Shorts
  • Brand new undergarments (all sizes)
  • Brand new socks (small sizes)

Thank you for supporting us at Hollydale!

Vaccine Clinics

Hollydale would like to provide as much information as possible on opportunities for you, your students, and your family to receive the COVID-19 vaccination should you choose to. Please see the attached flyers below in English, Spanish and Russian: (Click on the links below or download the PDF)

Legacy Health @ North & East Gresham Grade Schools




Oregon Health Authority

Gresham K-Mart Location

If your child has received a Covid vaccine please email Megan Clohessy at clohessy@gresham.k12.or.us so we can update our vaccination records. If you have any questions please call the office at 503-661-6226.


As of December 6, 2021 volunteers are now allowed back at Hollydale! In order to be able to volunteer, you must have a completed background check. If you are interested in volunteering please complete the district volunteer application at https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/Page/62. The volunteer status of those who were cleared pre-COVID, has expired and you will need to submit a new application. Please be aware that due to the volume of applications, it may take 2-3 weeks (possibly longer) for your application to be processed and approved. Once a volunteer is approved, our office will need to verify vaccination status by seeing a card or picture of the card, prior to volunteering.

We are seeking district-approved volunteers to assist with recess activities for all grade levels! Lunch recess begins at 11:00 am and the last one ends at 1:00pm. If you have completed your district volunteer paperwork and background check please contact us for more information by calling the office at 503-661-6226 or emailing our principal.

Masks at recess

Following Governor Brown's guidance, the district has changed the outdoor mask policy. Please discuss with your student(s) whether you would like them to wear a mask at recess or not or if you are comfortable with them being mask-free outdoors.

We do ask that parents wear masks as often as possible when around students outdoors.

Masks remain mandatory indoors.


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.