North Star News

May 2023 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Mark Your Calendar

5/1 Principal Appreciation Day

5/8-5/12 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/11 Special Olympics @ GRMS

5/12 C&I Day, NO SCHOOL

5/16 Spring Music Concert for Kinder, 1st & 2nd 5:30-6:15 p.m.

5/18 Spring Music Concert for 3rd, 4th & 5th 5:30-6:15 p.m.

5/23 PTC Meeting in the Cafeteria 6-7 p.m.

5/24 DLI Family Night 5:30-7 p.m.

5/26 Jog-a-Thon

5/29 Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

6/1 Last Day of SUN

6/14 Last Day of School

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

We have a lot going on during the last several weeks of school! State testing is going strong, we have upcoming field trips, the Special Olympics (hosted at GRMS), spring music concerts, DLI family night, jog-a-thon, field day, and more! We love having our families participate when possible.

As a reminder, if you plan to chaperone a field trip or volunteer for one of our school events, such as the jog-a-thon, you need to fill out the volunteer online application form with our district. You do not need to fill out an application to attend an evening event, such as a family night or music concert. Applications are required only if you plan to volunteer in the classroom, chaperone a field trip, or volunteer for another school event during school hours.

Please keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks for an application to process, so apply as soon as possible! Approved applications are good for two years. If you have any questions about your application status, please call our school office or the District main office.

As the school year wraps up and with all of the exciting events we have going on, we tend to see an increase in student behaviors as energy runs high. Please remind your students of the importance of following school expectations of being kind, safe, respectful and responsible. I also encourage families to keep up strong attendance as we finish out the school year.

Lastly, and certainly not least, I want to thank all of our amazing teachers. I have the privilege of working with an incredible staff that are dedicated to the success of your children. Please join me in celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week from May 8th-12th. Just a simple message to your child's teacher expressing your appreciation can really make their day.

Happy May, North families!


Shawnda Sewell


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May Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click here to access a digital copy of our May breakfast and lunch menu. For nutritional information, click here.

2023 Spring Music Concert Series

We are so excited to bring back our in-person music concerts! Our music teacher, Miss Roedel, and our students have been working very hard to prepare a wonderful spring music concert series for our families.

We will have two concerts. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will perform on Tuesday, May 16th. On Thursday, May 18th our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will perform. Both concerts will be held in our school gymnasium from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Miss Roedel is asking that students wear their North Gresham school t-shirt to the concert, or a blue shirt if they don't have their school shirt available. If you have any questions about the concert, please message our music teacher through ParentSquare, or by email at:

PTC News & Jog-a-Thon Volunteers Needed!

The jog-a-thon is back! We are so excited to hold this fun fundraising event again. Information packets will go home on 5/15. The jog-a-thon will be on 5/26. Packets will be due back on 6/1. We will need several volunteers to help with the event on 5/26, so if you're interested, please email us!

The North Gresham PTC (Parent Teacher Club) is responsible for organizing school functions, fundraising, and various other activities. We are helping our school become a better community for our students and staff. Each year all PTC board positions are available for nominations for the next school year. All PTC members can nominate/vote on the positions. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know for a PTC Executive Board position. If you are nominating someone else, please make sure you have their permission. We will vote at the next PTC meeting. Please join us on 5/23 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria!

We are looking for board members, committee members and helpers for the next year.

If you're interested or have questions, please email Maria at

PBIS With Mrs. Reed

Spring is a very busy time of year, and with all of the excitement we tend to see a rise in student behaviors as we finish out the school year.

At North, we follow the nationally recognized PBIS program. What is PBIS? PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Not only does PBIS help with behavior issues, it helps build a deeper sense of community among students and staff, and is a way for schools to encourage good behavior. We regularly teach our North Stars how to be Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible.

When students demonstrate these positive behaviors, we reward them with Star Bucks. Star Bucks are collected in each class bucket, and then added to our school bucket. When it is filled, students earn spirit weeks and other rewards. Class compliments are given when a whole class displays expected behaviors. When a class reaches a goal, they earn a reward such as an extra recess. We also do individual prize drawings at lunch each week.

How can families help? Talk with your kids about how they can be Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible at school and on the bus. Use that vocabulary with them at home - these are not just at-school behaviors, they are life-long behaviors that will help them to be successful.

News from Mrs. Huelsman

Dear Families,

I am excited to announce that our DLI Family Night will take place from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th. Dinner will be provided, and families will engage in math activities, games, and will have a chance to win free prizes. In addition, our 2nd Grade DLI class will perform a song for everybody to enjoy! We are excited to celebrate our students’ bilingualism and hope a lot of our DLI families will be able to attend this wonderful event!

Class Treats & Balloons

Just a reminder that class treats for snacks, parties, or birthdays, must be store bought. We cannot accept or serve homemade treats.

We strongly encourage snacks and treats be peanut-free due to the potential of a severe peanut allergy. It's best practice to check with your child's teacher before bringing treats to school to make sure to avoid any ingredients, including peanuts, that a student may be allergic to, and to let the teacher know when you'd like to bring treats. You can then drop treats or snacks off at the front office.

Balloons cannot go on the school bus due to safety issues, so if your student rides a bus after school, please avoid bringing balloons and/or have an alternate plan to pick up the balloons at the end of the day.

Register for Kinder 2023/2024!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is open for the 2023/2024 school year! Please register by June 1st. A child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2023 to enter kindergarten. All registrations are done online. Click this link to register. If you know of a neighbor who may have a student entering kindergarten in the fall, please pass this information along.

The following documents are required for registration. Please have them ready to upload when registering online:

  • The student’s original birth certificate
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill or rental agreement
  • Immunization records
You will also need the names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and persons you authorize to pick up your student from school.

Registration for other grades

Registration is also open for students in grades 1st-5th. Please complete an online registration here if you are new to North Gresham Elementary. If your student already attends North Gresham this year and they plan to return next year, no registration is necessary. They are automatically enrolled. Parents with 5th graders going into middle school next year will need to register with the middle school in your attendance zone.

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

Would you like your child to be bilingual? Next year North Gresham is starting its fourth year of Dual Language Immersion (DLI)! This program is open to incoming kindergarten, first, second, and third graders. Click on this link for more information and to apply click here. If your child is already enrolled in the DLI program at North this year, there is no need to apply. They will automatically be enrolled in a DLI classroom next school year.

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ParentSquare is our new communication tool district-wide (replacing Remind and SchoolMessenger). The app is free for download for all Android and iOS devices. Download it today to stay updated with school information, events, alerts, and to communicate with your student's teacher!

For more information and helpful tips, click here. If you are having issues with ParentSquare, please visit You can also try uninstalling the app and then downloading and installing it again.

Reminders from the Office

Contacting the Office

You can reach the office staff by calling our school at 503-661-6415, Monday-Friday 8:15 a.m. (9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays) 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 by selecting option 1 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. Automated attendance calls go out and you may receive a call if your student arrives after the calls are made.

Changes of Transportation

If your student will go home differently than normal, 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 Pick-Up

If you need to pick your student up early from school, please do so before 2:45 p.m. Dismissal is very busy, so if you arrive after 2:45 p.m. you will be asked to wait until dismissal time to get your student.


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: