North Star News

April 2022 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Mark Your Calendar

4/11 SUN Spring Session Begins

4/18-4/22 Volunteer Appreciation Week

4/19 PTC Virtual Meeting 6:30 p.m.

4/20 Immunization Exclusion Day

4/20 Connect to Kinder 4:30-6:00 p.m.

4/22 C&I Day, NO SCHOOL

4/25-4/29 Secretary Appreciation Week

5/1 National Principal Appreciation Day

5/2-5/6 Teacher Appreciation Week

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful spring break. School is back in session and in full swing for the rest of the school year, with only a few upcoming days off before summer break. This is a very busy time of year for teachers and students as they continue to work hard in class. Attendance is very important, so please help your student be successful by getting them to school on time everyday.

I also want to remind families that safety is a priority at North. During drop-off and pick-up, please follow the directions of staff, follow the flow of traffic, enter the parking lot only from the south (coming from Burnside), and be patient. Going around other cars, in opposite directions, or other unsafe actions puts people at risk, especially our students.

We have many exciting events coming up, including our Connect-to-Kinder event for incoming kindergarten students and their families. This will be on April 20th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Further details are below in this newsletter.

We will also have a spring book fair in May and an open house for families to come and finally get to see the school and meet teachers. More information to come next month about those two events!

Also, in April we recognize our wonderful volunteers and our secretaries. They do so much for our school, and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for all you do for North. We appreciate you very much. Next month, we will recognize our amazing teachers!


Shawnda Sewell


Register for Kinder 2022/2023!


Kindergarten registration is open for the 2022/2023 school year! Please register by June 1st. A child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2022 to enter kindergarten. All registrations are done online. Click this link to register.

The following documents are required for registration. Please have them ready to upload when registering online:

  • The student’s original birth certificate
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill or rental agreement
  • Immunization records

You will also need the names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and persons you authorize to pick up your student from school.

Would you like your child to be bilingual? Next year North Gresham is starting its third year of Dual Language Immersion (DLI)! This program is open to incoming kindergarten, first, and second graders. Click on this link for more information and to apply click here.

If you know of a neighbor who may have a student entering kindergarten in the fall, please pass this information along.

Connect-to-Kinder Event

If you have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2022/2023 school year, please join us for North’s Connect-to-Kinder event on Wednesday, April 20th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. This event will be at our school and is an opportunity for you and your student to come meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and participate in fun activities!

This event will be drop-in style, so you can come anytime during the event time between 4:30-6:00 p.m. Masks are optional. We hope to see you!

For more information and helpful family tips for incoming kindergarten students, click on the newsletter links below:

Connect-to-Kinder Newsletter (English)

Connect-to-Kinder Newsletter (Russian)

Connect-to-Kinder Newsletter (Spanish)

Health Room News - It's Allergy Season!

Spring is here! That means many plants and flowers are blooming and more pollen is in the air, which can cause allergies in some. We typically see an increase in headaches, itchy and watery eyes, and nose bleeds in students during the months of April and May.

Here are some things you can do at home to help if your student experiences these symptoms more frequently:

  • Stay hydrated - drinking plenty of water can help keep prevent dehydration from extra sneezing, runny nose, and help with headaches.
  • For itchy eyes, apply a cold compress to help provide relief.
  • For nose bleeds, it's best to have your child (or an adult) gently pinch the bridge (top) of the nose to apply pressure and have them tilt their chin down a little - tilting the head back can cause the bleeding to drain down the throat; also don't blow the nose, as this can cause more bleeding.
  • A warm compress applied to the face can help relieve sinus pressure.
  • When pollen counts are high it is best to stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut to minimize pollen in the home.
  • Changing clothes after outdoor play can help minimize the spread of pollen in the home and on furniture.
  • The steam from warm baths or showers can provide some relief from sinus pressure and other allergy symptoms, such as runny nose and sneezing - just make sure it's not too hot!
  • Consider a humidifier if the air is extra dry, which can help moisturize the nasal passage and make breathing easier.
  • There are also several over-the-counter medications that can help provide allergy relief. Please remember to always check with your child's doctor for advice on using any medication to treat allergies.
  • See this article from WebMD for more tips

Any medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription, must be checked in at the office and signed in by a parent or guardian. Medications, even cough drops or eye drops, cannot be sent to school with your child and need to be kept in the health room.

If you have any questions, or need clinic resources, please contact the office.

Immunization Exclusion is April 20th

Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, April 20th. Letters will be mailed or phone calls made to parents whose children are not up to date or whose records are incomplete. Should you receive a letter or phone call, please provide updated information to the school as soon as possible. Children who are not current for vaccinations by April 20th will not be able to attend school until records are complete. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.

North Gresham Elementary is on TikTok!

Join Miss Liz on TikTok to get an inside look at what's going at North! Follow us @northgreshamelementary for fun videos with staff and students.

Please note that our school account is meant to be a fun, safe place for our families and North community. All follow requests and comments are monitored. Any bullying, discriminative, or other inappropriate comments will be deleted and user will be removed.

Class Treats & Balloons

Just a reminder that class treats for snacks, parties, or birthdays, must be store bought. We cannot accept or serve homemade treats.

We strongly encourage snacks and treats be peanut-free due to the potential of a peanut allergy. Some classes are completely peanut-free due to known severe peanut allergies. It's best practice to check with your child's teacher before bringing treats to school to make sure to avoid any ingredients, including peanuts, that a student may be allergic to in their class, and to let the teacher know when you'd like to bring treats. You can then drop treats or snacks off at the office.

Balloons cannot go on the school bus due to safety issues, so if your student rides a bus after school, please avoid bringing balloons and/or have an alternate plan to pick up the balloons at the end of the day.

PBIS with Mrs. Reed

For the month of April, we are practicing Happy Habit 6 - Synergize. Synergize is when two or more people work together to create a better solution that either would have thought of alone. It’s not your way or my way, but a better way. Talk about the equation: 1+1=3 (or more). How is that possible? 1 person + another person = 2 ideas + many more than either of them would have thought of alone. Synergy is taking good ideas and making them better by working together. Discussions can focus on other examples of synergy in nature, history, literature, and personal experiences. For example, synergy happens in nature when a flock of geese heads south for the winter. They fly in a V formation, because due to the updraft the entire flock can fly farther than if each bird flew alone.

Activity to try:

Institute a “15-minute program” where everyone drops what they are doing and pitches in to work as a team to clean the kitchen, pull weeds in the garden, wash the dishes, sweep the front porch, etc. Cutting out a small block of time where everyone helps makes the work go quicker.

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North Library News

Happy April North Star Families!

We have had some great opportunities in the Library that were a welcome addition to our reading community.

In honor of National Women’s History Month, we all enjoyed stories read by Kiernan Shipka, Oprah Winfrey, and Rita Moreno. It’s always fun to have such accomplished people show how much fun reading is!

Miss Coleman’s third grade class was kind enough to produce a play and stage it for not only the rest of third grade, but also some of our kindergarteners and staff. It was a great way to introduce narrative accounts to some of our youngest students. It was exciting to see so many students using the library at once!

Just a quick reminder: It’s very common for students to misplace their library book. Where do most students find their missing book? The three most popular answers are under their bed, in their backpack, and in their desk at school. However, that doesn’t mean they haven’t found their missing book behind the couch, at their friend’s house, or in a siblings’ things. One of our books got returned to the middle school!! Encourage your student to look anywhere, even if it seems like an unusual spot.

Counselor's Corner

Dear North Gresham Families,

This month, we are going to continue visiting classrooms. We have really enjoyed speaking with our students about who to reach out to when they need help, the importance of taking care of our physical, emotional and mental health, and how to support friends.

If you need help finding counseling services or mental health support resources for your student or family, please feel free to reach out to us.


Solen Chu and Juan Diaz

SUN News

Hello North Stars!

We have a new SUN Site Manager - Michelle Reid! Michelle is excited to lead our SUN program and work with our North students and families.

April SUN News:

  • Spring Term begins April 11th! Please be sure to return Activity Packets no later than April 5th.
  • SUN will have a 20 minute reading period each day. Please encourage your child to bring a book that they would enjoy reading, we will also have a limited number of books to choose from on site. We will also have a story read aloud for our students who are still practicing their reading skills.
  • New Class Alert! SUN is excited to offer our Outdoor Explorers Club for Spring Term. Students will learn about the natural world around them in the beauty of North Gresham Park, which is located directly next to our school. Students in this class should come prepared for the elements - rain or shine!
  • Is your family currently experiencing a hardship due to the COVID Pandemic? If so, please contact our office at 503-258-4737 to speak with us and learn about how we may be able to help you.


Michelle Reid

SUN Site Manager

From Our PTC

PTC is starting to plan our spring events and is looking for the future leaders & helpers of PTC. We finished our T-shirt Order Form, starting to plan for the Book Fair & looking for Spring Fundraising ideas. Please join us at our PTC Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, April 19th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Video call link:

Questions? Email Heather at Check out our Facebook page at & 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!

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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: