East Orient Elementary School

Home of the Soaring Eagles March 16, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear East Orient Families,

We are currently putting the finishing touches on our back-to-school plan for our school's hybrid model. I truly appreciate that our East Orient families have done their best to make the right decision for their individual family dynamics.

I wanted to wish you all a restful week off as we head into our Spring Break. When we get back from our time away (school resumes on Wednesday, March 31st), we will be on the cusp of opening our doors in the afternoons for our A and B hybrid cohorts.

Dates To know

March 17th - St Patrick's Day (wear your green)

March 22nd - 26th Spring Break

March 29th - 30th No School (K-5) Classroom Preparations for Hybrid students.

March 29th - 30th School for Learning Essentials Students.

Thurs., April 1st - K-1 ONLY B Cohort Student's First day back (12:05-2:35)

Tues., April 5th - K-1 ONLY A Cohort Student's First Day (12:05-2:35)

Thurs., April 8th - ALL GRADES B Cohort (2nd-5th First day back) (12:05-2:35)

Tues., April 12th - ALL GRADES A Cohort (2nd-5th First day back )(12:05-2:35)


April 15th - TAX DAY:)

Essential Materials Pick-Up Event

Our next essential materials pickup dates will be right after our Spring Break.

All families are free to pick up their student's materials during any of the times listed below.

Tuesday, March 30th, 1pm - 6pm

Wednesday, March 31st 11:30am - 4:30pm

This pick up is for every student. All students will receive the materials needed for their time online. In addition, students returning to the building will receive their two masks, lanyard with ID badge, and a Chromebook carrying bag.

School Schedule starting April 1st

In our previous newsletter, a general school schedule was shared that did not provide times for the day. Please find below an example of what a school day will look like for both online and students returning for some building time.

One-piece to note is that the morning will consist of 3 live lessons for all students. This is where teachers will engage students with their core curriculum.

After lunch, online students will engage with online practice and application while the in-building students engage with in-person practice, application.

Each grade level will have some small variants to the schedule below, depending on their unique grade level and classroom dynamics.

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COVID-19 Testing Information

Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school will have access to a COVID-19 test.

Following are some important details to know about the COVID-19 test:

  1. The test is VOLUNTARY. Students must have a “COVID-19 Testing Consent Form” on-file before a test can be administered to a student. The form must be fully completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

  1. Testing is intended for students who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

    1. COVID-19 symptoms include fever of 100.4° F or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and new loss of taste or loss of smell.

  1. Students are required to administer their own test by swabbing their own nose. A testing administrator will oversee the process and provide verbal instructions to the student.

    1. Testing will be conducted in the school’s Care Room or private space.

  1. Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms on-site and are tested (whether positive or negative result) will be sent home. Further instructions will be provided at that time.

  1. Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms while not at school may not get tested at the school. Testing is only available for students who are already on-site and are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

Please use this information to decide what is best for your student. If you have more questions, contact the East Orient main office at 503-663-4818.

The self-testing consent form will be sent home in our essential materials bag on the 30th and 31st for all hybrid students.

Here's a copy for your convenience

Consent form

Kindergarten & New Student Registration is Open for the 2021-2022 School Year.

Starting March 1st, families with incoming kindergartners or any other new students to Gresham-Barlow may register online. In order to complete the registration, please be prepared to upload (or make arrangements to bring in to the school) one piece of current residency, a birth certificate, and immunization paperwork.

The Kindergarten team is currently planning on a virtual Connect to Kindergarten event. More information will be forwarded to the community after Spring Break.

Click here for Kindergarten Registration information.

Click here for New Student to East Orient Registration

In District Transfers due 31st March

The Gresham-Barlow School District is accepting in-district transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year during the month of March only. If your reside within the district but would like your child to attend a Gresham-Barlow school outside of your attendance area, you will need to apply for an in-district transfer. If your student currently has an in-district transfer and will be moving from elementary to middle or middle to high, you will need to submit a new request.

Digital transfer request forms are available below. You can also request that a form be emailed directly to you, by contacting any GBSD school or our district office. Forms must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

Families will be notified in writing after reviewing all requests - elementary and middle grades will not be before May 1.

Please note: kindergarten and first-grade requests may not be decided upon until late summer after elementary registration.

In-District Transfer Request Forms


Gresham-Barlow School District’s "ParentVUE" provides parents and guardians access to information regarding their children’s demographic information, attendance activity, emails from the teacher, report cards, and class schedules via the Internet.

You may login to ParentVUE using the link below. You will be taken to a login window in our Synergy (electronic Student Information System) website. You will need both your username and password to be able to log in. If you have not yet activated your account, you may receive an activation key by contacting one of the schools your children attend.

Important: Please do NOT bookmark the Login Page as that will inhibit you from being directed to the fastest available server and could result in slower browsing speeds.

Login to ParentVUE

Download ParentVUE Getting Started Guide (pdf)

When The Time Comes, We Will Be Ready:)

2020-21 School Yearbook

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We have decided to go ahead and continue with a yearbook for the 2020-21 school year. We want to ensure that we've documented the year, the best that we can. We are asking parents to send in pictures throughout the year of our Eagles, as they participate in online learning. If you have a picture of your little eaglet that you'd like to share, please email it to milliken2@gresham.k12.or.us. We will be reminding everyone as the year goes on. Thanks for helping us ensure we have a yearbook to document this crazy year:)
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Informational Links for Parents

Ready Schools,Safe Learners Guidance for Schools

I-ready Family center

Here's a great place to explore and learn how to support our students with i-ready math and reading.