Cougar Chronicle

Kelly Creek Elementary School

Principal's Message - May 2021

Dear Kelly Creek Elementary School Community,

I cannot believe it is already May! We only have a few weeks left of school before summer vacation. My goal is that our students finish the year strong academically and socially. With that being said, I would like to remind families that our hybrid students are required to attend virtual sessions in the morning. These lessons that are taught in the morning are core content that is necessary to learn prior to coming to school for in-person instruction. We realize that families are working hard to ensure our students are attending all of their online classes, and we also recognize we have seen a slight decrease in our morning attendance. We appreciate all your efforts to get your child engaged in online learning.

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week! I want to personally thank all of our teachers and applaud their hard work this school year. Every year teachers work extremely hard for their students, this year in particular was a challenge for all of us, and our teachers rocked it! The continued ambition, professionalism, and flexibility our teachers have shown this year continue to amaze me. To all the teachers, I want to thank you for your service and commitment to our school community. I would also be remiss not to say thank you to all of our families who have collaborated with us throughout the year and have made it possible for our students to access online education!

On Wednesday, May 19th we will be having our last Material Distribution event for the school year. This event will be for our e-GBSD students ONLY. All students participating in our hybrid instructional model will get materials during their afternoon school sessions.

Enjoy the warmer weather, and please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, I can be reached via email at or via phone at 503.663.7483.


Sam Maranto


May 2021 Important Dates

  • 05/03 - Teacher Appreciation Week Begins
  • 05/11 - PTC Meeting @ 6:30
  • 05/12 - Curriculum & Instruction Day, No School
  • 05/12 - MOD Pizza Fundraiser - use code GR170300K
  • 05/19 - Materials Distribution (e-GBSD ONLY) - 11:30 - 6:00
  • 05/31 - Memorial Day, No School

Cooperation Award Winners

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Mr. Maranto get a pie thrown in his face by the KCES Cougar!

PTC Meeting

Tuesday, May 11th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 997 4474 8254 Passcode: fy2GNC

MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 12th, 10am-10pm

1844 Northwest Eastman Parkway

Gresham, OR

You can participate in this fundraiser by:

  • Take out
  • Delivery
  • Pick up

To place your order visit MOD Pizza's online order website. Use the promo code of "GR170300K" and 20% of your meal’s price will be donated back to Kelly Creek PTC.

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e-GBSD ONLY Material Distribution Event

Wednesday, May 19th, 11:30am-6pm

2400 Southeast Baker Way

Gresham, OR

This will be our last Material Distribution event and it will only be for our students who are participating in e-GBSD. All other students will be getting their materials when they are at school in the afternoon.

PTC Fundraising Event

The PTC is selling 2020-2021 Window Decals with all proceeds going towards a new school reader board! Orders are due by May 10th. Decals are $5.00 each and payment is through Paypal. Decals will be delivered to your child if attending hybrid or in their supply bag at the May 19th distribution if they are eGBSD students. If you have any questions please email the PTC at:

Click on the Window Decal Order Form Link to order!

Kindergarten Registration

Will your child be 5 years old by September 1st, 2021?

Click here to register online! Please make sure to select the 2021-2022 school year!

Please have the following ready to complete the registration process:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of address preferable a rental/mortgage statement with current date and address
  • Telephone numbers of emergency contacts

Kindergarten Requirements

A child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1st, 2021 to enter kindergarten.

Students who are 6 years of age on or before September 1st, 2021 will need to enter first grade.

If you are unsure which school attendance area you live in? Please check out this tool:

If you need additional support with registration please contact the front office at 503-663-7483.

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2021 - 2022 School Year

We are currently planning for the 2021 - 2022 school year. In an effort to balance classrooms, parent requests for a teacher will not be accepted. I have the utmost respect for the teaching staff at Kelly Creek Elementary School. I can say with complete confidence that regardless of who your child is placed with for the 2021 - 2022 school year they will have an amazing experience.

Families will be notified in August of your child's class placement.

The next school year will be very exciting for the Gresham-Barlow School District. With additional Federal funds, we will be able to have a full-time Music & PE teacher at KCES. Additionally, we will get to keep our full-time counseling position. The district is also working on hiring support positions to help build teacher capacity with instruction.

State Testing Update

The Gresham-Barlow School District has decided to not move forward with testing our 3-5 grade students on state testing. This decision falls in line with many school districts in Oregon.

Students at Kelly Creek Elementary School will be tested on the iReady Math & Reading Diagnostic Assessment at the end of May and beginning of June. Students will be taking the DIBEL Assessment to check fluency, reading accuracy, and comprehension.

In-District Transfer Request

In-District transfer requests are now open for the 2021 - 2022 school year. If you would like to attend a different school in GBSD or if you moved out of the KCES boundary and are still within the GBSD, you can fill out a transfer request. Transfer requests are not guaranteed, the school district will notify you of the outcome of your requests. Decisions will not be made until the summer months in order for the schools to get a better picture of the 2021-2022 enrollment.

This year transfer requests will be done electronically. Below are the links to the In-District Transform Forms:

English Survey Request

Spanish Survey Request

If you have any additional questions about In-District Transfers, please feel free to contact the front office.

Connect with Principal Maranto

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