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A Word from the Principal — November 10, 2021

It is hard to believe that we are almost mid-November; fall conferences are coming up in just two weeks and tomorrow we do not have school in honor of Veteran's Day. This week, many Hollydale students learned about Veteran's Day and why we celebrate this day. As the sibling of a veteran I personally witnessed the sacrifice that they make for our country and I want to take a moment and say thank you to all our servicemen and women who work to protect our country and our freedoms.

We will see everyone back here at school on Friday, November 12th!

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!

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.

Parent Teacher Conferences & Report Cards

Online conference invitations have been sent! Please check your email and sign up for your conference if you have not already done so. If you have not received an email from your student's teacher please email them to request one or check your junk mail.

Report Cards will be online and accessible on your ParentVUE account by 8pm Monday November 22nd. If you have not validated your students 2021-2022 school year registration you will be asked to do so first. This process ensures we have all the most up to date information for you and your student.

You can access your ParentVUE account https://parent-gresham.cascadetech.org/gresham/PXP2_Login_Parent.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

If you cannot get into your account or have yet created on please contact Mrs. Eki at eki6@gresham.k12.or.us or 503-661-6226.


  • Thursday, November 11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL (there IS school on Friday, Nov 12)
  • Tuesday, November 16 - School Picture Retake Day
  • November 18 thru December 1 - Online Book Fair
  • Monday, November 22 & Tuesday, November 23 -Online Conferences - NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, November 24-Friday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
  • School Resumes Monday, November 29.
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Picture Retake Day is Tuesday November 16th. For students who missed picture day or would like a retake, picture retakes are scheduled for Tuesday, November 16. If you are requesting a retake, your student must bring their original photo package with them to turn in at the time of the retake. Students who missed the original picture day can bring their order form and money with them on retake day or parents can order online them online at mylifetouch.com. If you ordered pictures your student should have brought them home by now.

Counselor's Corner ~ Student Learn About Problem Solving

Over the past two weeks I have visited every classroom to teach students how to solve small problems on their own. First, students learned the definition of small problems - common conflicts that cause "small" feelings of annoyance, irritation or frustration. Small problems happen often to all of us from time to time, and students learned that how they respond to a small problem can either make the problem go away, or cause the problem to get bigger.

Then I introduced students to our Problem Solving Wheel, which offers 9 different strategies kids can use to solve small problems. We reviewed each strategy and then did some practicing using scenarios that students commonly experience.

Problem solving is an important skill that all children need to develop. It helps them gain confidence, improves self-esteem, and helps children learn to make good decisions. In addition, students learn that making good choices in resolving small conflicts can impact their own well-being and help them maintain positive relationships.

Below is a picture of the problem solving wheel we are using at school (the upper grade version looks a little different but has the same choices). These strategies can also be used at home! If you have a minute, ask your child to explain what they've learned about problem solving and to explain each of the possible choices.

Your child also learned that if they are experiencing a BIG problem, such as bullying or feeling unsafe, they need to tell an adult, rather than solving it on their own.

As always, if you have questions or need anything, I'm here to help!

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November Character Trait - FLEXIBILITY

Every month we focus on a character trait to learn about. Teachers choose students who are exhibiting that trait and award these students with a Hero award at our assembly at the end of the month. This month we are learning about flexibility.

At school, flexibility looks like going with the flow when the schedule changes, or having flexible thinking to solve a math problem in more than one way. It could also look like being flexible to let a friend chose the game to play. Ask your student this month how they are showing flexibility!

Our grade level assembly this month will be November 17th.

Online Book Fair

Hollydale earns 25% of all proceeds from our online book fair! These proceeds go to our library, teacher grants for classroom libraries, and MORE!! Online Shopping dates: Thursday 11/18 thru Wednesday 12/1.


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Inclement Weather & Emergency Closures

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.


Families with students attending schools in Multnomah County are invited to a panel webinar with local health professionals to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations. Tune in to this important webinar, co-hosted by the Multnomah County Health Department, Multnomah Education Service District, and Multnomah County school districts, on Wednesday, November 17th at 6 pm.

More information can be found here: https://www.multnomahesd.org/vaccine-forum-5-11.html

Registration for the event can be found here: https://multnomahesd-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x9jZlWw5QOOZXAASpCzw0w

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Tell us what you think!

The Gresham-Barlow School Board needs your input to help with the process of selecting the next superintendent of schools.

The Gresham-Barlow School Board is conducting a superintendent search to replace Dr. Katrise Perera who resigned on June 30. While the board conducts the search, James Hiu is serving as Acting Superintendent.

Your participation is essential

The school board needs your input to help with the process of selecting the next superintendent. To gather feedback, the school board is using a tool called ThoughtExchange so as many people as possible can participate. You can participate in a variety of languages including Spanish or Russian.

The School Board wants to know:

What should the new superintendent know about our District, and what important skills and qualities would help them be most successful in the role?

To participate, visit: bit.ly/GBSuptSearch


If your student will not be attending school you need to contact the office at 503-661-6226 before 8:30 am. Please feel free to leave a message 24/7 to report the reason your student will not be at school. THANK YOU!!

Sadly, we had 122 tardy students last week! Students need to be in their classroom in their seat by 8:35am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday's and 9:35am on Wednesdays!! Students coming in late to class is a big disturbance to teachers and classmates.

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COVID and Cold & Flu Season

As we enter cold and flu season it is often confusing to determine the difference between the cold, flu, or Covid. If your student has a cough, fever, body aches, diarrhea or vomiting please call the school to excuse your student and keep them home!! There are new routine illness exclusions in place to keep students safe and healthy!

You can leave a message on our attendance line at any time day or night @ 503-661-6226.

If you have questions please call and ask to speak with our amazing Health Team: Jess Nguyen or Megan Clohessy.

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Early Pick-up

  • If you are picking up your student early from school, please ring the doorbell when you arrive, and please be ready to tell the office staff the name of your child's teacher in order for us to expedite helping you. Please be sure to have a 5-8 minute buffer prior to the time that you actually need them to leave. This will allow time for them to pack up, get instructions for their homework and make their way out. We do not have the ability to have students wait in the office; we will call them down when you arrive.

  • After 2:40pm, unless it is an extreme emergency, we ask that you wait until the regular 3:05pm dismissal time.

Afterschool Transportation Change Guidelines

In order to make sure that your student gets home safely and via the method you want, it is extremely difficult for us to make transportation changes after 2:30pm. This timeframe allows us to safely convey the change of information to the teacher and any other adults who are in charge of dismissing your child. Please call the office with any changes prior to that time. (503) 661-6226.

Health Curriculum

Parents can review the health curriculum materials beginning Monday, November 22

  • Paper copies will be available at both the district office and the Hollydale office. You can call 503-261-4533 to set an appointment time at the District office or 503-661-6226 to set an appointment at the Hollydale office
  • Online parent codes will be available at conferences to review materials online


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.