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A Word from the Principal… Ms. Ramirez — May 2021

May 13, 2021

Dear Hollydale Families,

It's hard to believe, but the end of the 2020-21 school year is almost here!

The last day of in-person hybrid instruction will be Tuesday, June 15.

Wednesday, June 16, is the last day of school for all students, with the morning SEL meeting taking place as always.

There will be many things coming up, so please be sure to read the newsletter each week to keep up with the information as we share it.

For the 2021-22 school year, all students will be moving up to their next grade level. Please feel confident that the unfinished learning from this year due to Covid-19 will be seriously and vigorously addressed.

Save the Date(s)

We will be collecting Chromebooks, cases (iPad from the kindergarteners), and the Journeys textbooks. The tentative dates for those items to be turned in are Thursday, June 17, and Friday, June 18. Please save those dates on your calendar; more information to follow soon.

We are in the process of working on an end-of-the-year school-wide celebration, as well as a celebration for our 5th graders who are moving on to Middle School. We don't have anything definite quite yet. Stay tuned for details!

If you know a neighbor or friend who opted to withdraw their student from Hollydale for this year (i.e, homeschooling, private school, etc.) and who is planning on re-enrolling at Hollydale for next year, please have them call or email Cheryl Eki at, eki6@gresham.k12.or.us and she can help them with that process.

Please continue to watch for information to come via email and social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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. It is an honor to be a member of the Hollydale community and I look forward to working with each of your children.


Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL.

Wednesday, June 16 - Last Day of School for all students

Please Support our Online Hollydale Scholastic Book Fair!

Now is a great time to order books for your child to read over the summer!

  • Please log on using the link below from now through Tuesday, May 25th to shop online and place an order.
  • Books will be sent directly to your home, not to Hollydale.
  • Every order earns Hollydale 25% of the sale, given directly back to the school.
  • Free shipping with any book order $25+.
  • Please share the shopping link with any family or friends who would like to support our school!


Celebrate STEM - Take the Challenge!

For the entire month of May, the Gresham-Barlow School District will celebrate STEM with activities your family can enjoy together. Each week, you will have the opportunity to participate in specific STEM challenges. Share a photo or video of your family completing the challenge (share in the comments section of a STEM post on the GBSD Facebook page or send to your child’s teacher) to be entered to win a prize! Complete all four challenges to be entered to win the Grand Prize!

For complete details, visit the STEM Month Challenge Website: bit.ly/GBSDSTEM

The third challenge begins Monday, May 17! Check with your child’s school if you are in need of supplies to complete the challenges.

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A Message from Clear Creek Middle School to our 5th Graders


We want to welcome you and your soon-to-be 6th grader to Clear Creek! Please check out our 6th Grade newsletter:

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¡Queremos darles la bienvenida a Clear Creek a usted y a su futuro alumno de sexto grado! Por favor, consulte nuestro boletín informativo de sexto grado. Esperamos enviar uno cada dos semanas.

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If your child is not feeling well, please call the office to let them know as soon as possible. Jessica Nguyen, the Care Room health assistant, will contact you for more information regarding your child's symptoms. If necessary, I will also contact you to determine when your child can return to in-person learning. These phone calls will be brief and will be kept confidential.

If your student becomes sick at school, it will be important to pick them up as soon as possible. While they are waiting to be picked up they will be kept in a space that is separate from other students and staff that is safe, comfortable, and supervised. Please make sure your emergency contact phone numbers are up to date.

Please continue to do the following to keep yourself, your family, and the school community safe:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a face covering when not at home
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others outside of your immediate family

If you or someone in your household has been notified that they are a “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you or a household member have tested positive, please keep your student at home and call the office to let them know as soon as possible.

Kimberly Marsh, RN

School Health Services

Gresham Barlow School District



Hybrid In-Person School Hours 12:05pm - 2:35pm

Students should not arrive to school before 12:05pm. There will not be supervision on the playground or in front of the school before 12:05pm. For safety reasons, please do not allow your students who walk to school to come early and spend time on the playground! Thank you for your understanding and help in keeping our students safe.

Office Hours - 8am - 3:30pm

The office is open weekdays between 8am - 3:30pm for in-person pick-ups. Phone office hours are 8am - 4pm. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave us a voice- mail and we will return your call as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

End of Day Transportation Changes

Please call the office at 503-661-6226 no later than 2pm if you need to change your child's end of day transportation.

Emergency Contact Information

As the school district is transitioning to in-person learning, it is important the office has your current contact information as well as up-to-date emergency contacts. Please take a moment to check your phone number, email, and emergency contacts in ParentVue and make updates as necessary. Click here to access your ParentVue account.

Media Exclusion Notice

As students are returning to the building we will be taking photos for use on our website, newsletter and social media accounts. If you DO NOT wish for your child's photo to be used online, please email Mrs. Eki, elementary secretary, at eki6@gresham.k12.or.us

Kindergarten Registration

Will your child be 5 on or before Sept. 1st, 2021? If yes, register now. To register your student for Kindergarten, visit the Gresham-Barlow School District Website, select the “Parents” tab, and click on “Online Registration.” This webpage has information about the registration process, a link to get started, additional forms for each school, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Immunization Requirements to Enter K-6th Grade:

5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
4 Polio
1 Varicella (chickenpox)
2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella 3 Hepatitis B

2 Hepatitis A



Every Wednesday, the Nutrition Services Department will be offering 7-day Meal Box Kits FREE to children ages 1-18. These kits will be delivered by school bus and families can also pick up the kits through evening curbside pickup at select schools.

  • Bus Routes, 3, 10, 15 will continue to deliver meals mid-day.
  • Curbside Pickup at Hollydale from 4-6pm.
  • You must reserve your Meal Box Kit ahead of time!

To participate, each household will need to fill out an online form. A confirmation email will be sent once you have submitted this form. If you don't receive a confirmation email please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 503-261-4594.

Click here to fill out the online form to reserve your Weekly Meal Box Kit.

Bus Delivery Routes and Times:
In Town Meal Drop Off Sites (pdf)


Family resources including: Housing, Food, Child Care, Health Care, Covid-19 Vaccine and more. Contact Christine Fitch, School Counselor, if your family needs help with resources that may not be on the list—503-661-6226 or fitch@gresham.k12.or.us

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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.