Wolverine News

November 15, 2021

Dear Families,

With the holiday season upon us, I want to take this opportunity to express how grateful I feel to be part of such an outstanding school and community. I am thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn. Our students are our number one priority and they give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. I am thankful for our amazing staff who work so hard to engage our students in these most difficult and challenging times. I see how dedicated they are and how tirelessly they work to reconnect with students to make sure they feel seen, heard, and cared for. Last, but not least, I am thankful for our supportive families and community members. You continue to trust us and advocate to be a partner in your child's education, safety and well-being. For this, I am ever so thankful.

I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

Note: Due to the Thanksgiving break, there will be no newsletter next week.

Important Dates in November:

  • November 11: Veteran's Day - No School
  • November 19: End of Trimester 1
  • November 22, 23: Student-Led Conferences
  • November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29: School Resumes

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)

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Superintendent Search

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


Dinos que piensas!

La Junta Escolar de Gresham-Barlow necesita tu opinión para ayudar con el proceso de selección del próximo superintendente de escuelas.

La Junta Escolar de Gresham-Barlow está realizando una búsqueda de superintendente para reemplazar a la Dr. Katrise Perera, quien renunció el 30 de junio. Mientras la junta realiza la búsqueda, James Hiu se desempeña como superintendente interino.

Tu participación es esencial

La junta escolar necesita su opinión para ayudar con el proceso de selección del próximo superintendente. Para recopilar comentarios, la junta escolar está utilizando una herramienta llamada ThoughtExchange para que puedan participar tantas personas como sea posible. Puede participar en una variedad de idiomas, incluido español o ruso.

La Junta Escolar quiere saber:

¿Qué debe saber el nuevo superintendente del Distrito, y que habilidades y cualidades importantes le ayudarán a tener más éxito en el puesto?

Para participar, visite: bit.ly/GBSuptSearch


Мы хотим знать ваше мнение!

Школьный совет Грешем-Барлоу нуждается в вашем участии в процессе выбора следующего суперинтенданта школ.

Школьный совет Грешем-Барлоу ищет суперинтенданта, чтобы заменить доктора Катрис Перера, которая ушла в отставку 30 июня. Пока совет проводит поиск, Джеймс Хью исполняет обязанности суперинтенданта.

Ваше участие очень важно

Школьному совету необходимо ваше участие в процессе выбора следующего суперинтенданта. Для сбора отзывов школьный совет использует ThoughtExchange - инструмент, который позволит участвовать как можно большему количеству людей. Вы можете участвовать на разных языках, включая испанский и русский.

Школьный совет хочет знать:

Что новый руководитель должен знать о нашем округе и какие важные навыки и качества помогут ему добиться наибольшего успеха в этой должности?

Чтобы принять участие, посетите: bit.ly/GBSuptSearch

Student-Led Conferences

This year conferences will be student-led and conducted virtually through your child's advisory class via Google Meets. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes. It's important that your child is with you during the conference as they will be reviewing their progress and final grades for each class.

If you haven't already, don't forget to sign up for a conference time.

Please contact your student's advisory teacher or the Main Office at (503) 663-3323, if you need assistance in scheduling a conference day/time or if you need an Interpreter present for your conference.

Boys Basketball Games to start soon!

Boys basketball team practices begin Monday, November 15. Games will begin on Wednesday, December 1.

In order to participate, students/parents will need to complete and turn in following forms: (Forms are attached below).

  • Out of School time form
  • Insurance waiver
  • Current sports physical on file (within the last 2 years)

Insurance Waiver Form

OST (Out of School Time) Form - English

OST (Out of School Time) Form - Spanish

GBSD Physical Form

Immunizations Reminder

If your child has received updated Immunizations, including Covid, please send or email your documents to our Health Assistant Pamela Mattecheck at mattecheck@gresham.k12.or.us.

You can also FAX them directly to West Orient at (503) 663-2504. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at (503) 663-3323.

Library News


  • Return Books

  • Check Out Books

  • Request Books

Tuesdays & Thursdays during lunch. Wednesdays before school.

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