North Star News

March 2022 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Mark Your Calendar

3/8 Spring Picture Day

3/9 Last Day for SUN

3/10 Grading Day, NO SCHOOL

3/11 C&I Day, NO SCHOOL

3/15 PTC Virtual Meeting 6:30 p.m.

3/21-3/25 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

We have seen an increase in cell phone use particularly in the upper grades. Please remind your student that cell phones need to be turned off and in their backpacks at all times at school. This is part of the expectations that we teach at the beginning of the year and reteach after every break from school.

Students are taking pictures, trying to film TikToks, and sending messages. This takes away from their academics and the academic culture of the building, and is a disruption to learning. Due to this disruption to the academic environment, if a student is seen using their cell phone during school, it will be taken and parents will need to come and pick it up from the school. This expectation is the same at SUN and on the bus.


Shawnda Sewell


PBIS with Mrs. Reed

For the month of March, we are practicing Happy Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood means that it is better to listen first and talk second. By taking the time to listen to another person, you reach a higher level of communication.

Teaching Habit 5 to young children is done by first considering their age and development. Young children find it difficult to understand another’s paradigm (point of view). This habit is best approached by introducing listening as a skill that should be practiced. Learning to listen without interrupting and learning to listen with your ears, your eyes, and your heart will help children build a foundation for Habit 5. Simply put, we have two ears and one mouth so that we can spend more time listening with the intent to understand.

Counselor's Corner

Dear North Gresham Families,

Our district recently emailed GBSD families with resources for families impacted by the crisis in Eastern Europe. We want to share those resources again, and let our North families know that as your school counselors we are here to help. Please feel free to contact us if you need support.

Here are the resources recently shared by our district:


Solen Chu and Juan Diaz

From Our PTC

Please join us for the next PTC meeting on March 15th at 6:30 pm. Join us on the Google Meets Video call link at

Check out our Facebook page at & on our website at

Remember, to scan your grocery receipts using the Box Top App (After you scan the receipt, click on the STAR “Credit”, and put in your child’s teacher’s last name to give Credit to that teacher. Yes! We will have competitions.) You can also give back with (North Gresham Grade School Parent Teacher Club) and Fred Meyers Community Rewards (North Gresham Parent Teacher Club). All funds go back to the school and support our students!

Spring Picture Day

Spring picture day is Tuesday, March 8th. Spring picture day is optional. If you don't wish to order, your student won't get their photo taken. If you would like to order, there are two options. How to order:

1) The easiest and most convenient way is to order online at:

2) Order forms were sent home, so you can complete one and enclose payment. Please have your student turn it in to their teacher. Important: We can only accept exact payment in cash (we cannot make change), or you can send a check made payable to: Dorian Studio

Picture orders take a few weeks to arrive, and they will be sent home in your child's backpack once we receive them. If you have any ordering issues or questions about your order, please contact Dorian Studio directly at 1-800-826-3535.

Parent Requests For IN-DISTRICT Transfers Accepted March 1-31, 2022 * Deadline is March 31, 2022

The Gresham-Barlow School District will accept in-district transfer requests for the 2022-2023 school year during the month of March only.

If you live within the Gresham-Barlow district and want your child to attend a Gresham-Barlow school outside of your attendance area, you need to request an in-district transfer. If your student currently has an in-district transfer and is moving from elementary to middle or middle to high, please submit a new request.

A digital transfer request form will be available on the Transfers section of the district website, The link to this form can also be emailed to you directly if you request it from any GBSD school or district office. Forms must be submitted by March 31, 2022.

You will be notified in writing after review of all requests. Please note: kindergarten and first grade requests may not be decided upon until late summer after elementary registration. For further information, contact the Gresham-Barlow School District Office at 503-261-4575.

SUN News

Hello North Stars!

Reminder, the last day of SUN is Wednesday, March 9th. Spring session information will be sent home soon!

The SUN program at North Gresham Elementary has emergency funds available to assist any of our North families with bill assistance, food and clothes insecurities, or general financial support. If you are in need of any help with accessing community resources, please contact Yessica Ramirez SUN Site Manager 503-519-8523.

Yessica Ramirez,

SUN Site Manager

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Reminders from the Office

Contacting the Office

You can reach the office staff by calling our school at 503-661-6415, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. 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 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.

Changes of Transportation

If your student will go home differently than normal, including if they will not attend SUN after school, 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 Student Pick-Up

If you want to pick your student up early, we encourage you to do so before 2:30 p.m. Dismissal gets very busy, and this will ensure that you don't have an extended wait due to dismissal traffic, etc. When picking your student up early, please ring the bell at the front doors. The front office will buzz you into the lobby and have you sign your student out for the day.

Remind App

Sign-up for the Remind app to keep in touch with your student’s teacher! No matter where you are or what you’re doing, get important school updates right on your phone. More information and sign-up here.


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: