Wolverine News

October 18, 2021

Dear Families,

There are a few new articles in the newsletter this week worth mentioning; lockers, sports, library news, and state testing. Please take a moment to review these important topics.


  • Cell Phones: Cell phones should be off and away and not in use from 8:57-3:35pm. Parents should contact the main office at 503-663-3323 to reach their child during school hours.
  • Chromebooks & Chargers: Students should bring BOTH Chromebooks and chargers with them to school each day. Chromebooks should be fully charged when students arrive to school.

Again, thank you for partnering with us to help ensure a successful start to the school year.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email at catanese@gresham.k12.or.us or via phone at 503-663-3323.

Go Wolverines!

Ms. Elise Catanese


Wolverines are EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)

Student Lockers

This week, students will be assigned a locker. 6th grade will receive lockers on Tuesday, Oct 19, 7th on Wednesday, Oct 20, and 8th on Thursday, Oct 21. Students will have an opportunity to learn locker expectations and practice locker combinations this week.

  • Lockers are optional. Students do not need to use a locker. They may still carry their backpack.

  • Lockers should be used to lighten the load for single use items such as PE shoes, lunch, and coat for recess.

  • Students should still bring their backpack with binder, Chromebook, water bottle, etc. from class to class.

  • Morning release plan stays the same. Students go directly to advisory/1st period. First stop to the locker can be AFTER Advisory on Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, and after 1st on Wed.

  • Students should not go to their locker between every class. Lockers should be used sparingly.

  • Because we are social distancing, hanging out at your locker with friends in not allowed.

Fall Boys Basketball

This year students in 7th and 8th grade will be provided the opportunity to participate in organized after school sports. The Boys Basketball season will start in November and run through mid-January. The Girls Basketball season will run from mid-January through March. If your 7th or 8th grade student would like to participate, they will need to have a current sports physical on file. Now is a good time to get that scheduled. More information will be coming soon.

State Testing Information

Each year students in middle school take state tests in English Language Arts and Math. These tests ensure that all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. This year students will test sometime between March 8th and June 3rd. Please see our school website for more information about the tests and the rights of parents regarding student participation on these tests.

Library News


  • Return Books

  • Check Out Books

  • Request Books

Tuesdays & Thursdays during lunch. Wednesdays before school.

Oregon Battle of the Books


Join the West Orient OBOB team today!

GO TO https://forms.gle/TLH1YLYy78bq2sfX6 TO JOIN!


Important Dates in October

Friday, October 1: Picture Day

Tuesday, October 5: PTC Meeting (Virtual), 6 PM, Meeting Link

Thursday, October 7: No School, Teacher Inservice and grading day

Friday, October 8: No School, Statewide Inservice

October 11, 12, 13 (Mon-Wed): Outdoor School for 6th Grade @ West Orient Middle School

UPDATE: Change in Arrival time

Our arrival time for students has changed from 8:35 AM to 8:40 AM. Starting October 18th, students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:40 AM. This also includes students who walk to school. Safety is our number one priority and we want to ensure that your child is supervised during this time. We thank you for your understanding.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are scheduled for November 12. Students can bring their order form and money with them on picture day or parents can order online from Lifetouch.

Care Solace Partnership


Support your family’s well-being

Gresham-Barlow School District is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. We are proud to announce our partnership with Care Solace to support our ongoing commitment. If you or your family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace will quickly connect you to community providers matched to your needs. Call 888-515-0595 or search on your own at caresolace.com/gbsd.


Apoya el bienestar de tu familia

El Distrito Escolar de Gresham-Barlow está comprometido con la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. Estamos orgullosos de anunciar nuestra asociación con Care Solace para respaldar nuestro compromiso continuo. Si usted o un miembro de su familia está buscando ayuda con la salud mental o el uso de sustancias, Care Solace lo conectará rápidamente con proveedores comunitarios que se adapten a sus necesidades. Llame al 888-515-0595 o busque por su cuenta en caresolace.com/gbsd.


Поддержите благополучие вашей семьи

Школьный округ Грешем-Барлоу стремится к обеспечению здоровья, безопасности и благополучия наших учащихся, сотрудников и семей. Мы с гордостью объявляем о нашем партнерстве с Care Solace, чтобы поддерживать наших учеников. Если вам или члену вашей семьи нужна помощь в связи с психическим здоровьем или употреблением психоактивных веществ, Care Solace быстро свяжет вас с местными поставщиками услуг, соответствующими вашим потребностям. Позвоните по телефону 888-515-0595 или выполните поиск самостоятельно на сайте caresolace.com/gbsd.

Covid Notification Letters

If there is a positive case of Covid in our school, you will receive a notification letter sent via School Messenger indicating that there has been a confirmed positive Covid case in our school. This is just a notification. There is no further action needed on your part.

If your child was exposed or in close contact with someone with Covid while at school, your child may need to quarantine. Close contact is described as closer than 6 feet without a mask for 15 minutes or longer. If that is the case, you will receive a phone call and a separate letter with quarantine details and timelines.

As always, please feel free to contact the school office if you have any questions. 503-663-3323.

Covid Testing Consent Forms

Dear WOMS Families,

We are required to have Covid testing consent forms on file in the event we need to test your child for Covid.

Please note: Testing kits are only available for students that are symptomatic. We are not a COVID testing clinic and do not offer testing to families and community members.

Please complete a form and return or email authorized forms to mattecheck@gresham.k12.or.us

Covid Testing Consent English (Fillable)

Covid Testing Consent English (Printable)

Covid Testing Consent Spanish (Fillable)

Covid Testing Consent Spanish (Printable)

Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

Dear Parents,

The Parent/Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook for the 2021-2022 school year is available to review.

R&R English Handbook

R&R Spanish Handbook