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A Word from the Principal… Ms. Ramirez — April 2021

April 29, 2021

Dear Hollydale Families,

We had a beautiful, sunny day to welcome and meet many incoming Kindergarteners at our outdoor Connect to Kindergarten event! More than 30 families dropped by Wed., April 28 throughout the two-hour period to let us know they would be joining us for Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. We are excited to have them! There were opportunities for parents to meet our staff, hear about our programs, and ask questions. The children were able to show off their inner artist with sidewalk chalk drawings, and each child was able to choose a book to take home with them, courtesy of our Title I staff.

Please continue to watch for information to come via email and social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us or by phone 503-661-6226. It is an honor to be a member of the Hollydale community and I look forward to working with each of your children.



Wednesday, May 12 - Curriculum & Instructional Day for Teachers. NO classes for students.

Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL.

Coming Soon -- Virtual Online Book Fair

Be sure to check our next issue for information about our upcoming online Scholastic Bookfair!

Celebrate STEM - Take the Challenge!

For the entire month of May, the Gresham-Barlow School District will celebrate STEM with activities your family can enjoy together. Each week, you will have the opportunity to participate in specific STEM challenges. Share a photo or video of your family completing the challenge (share in the comments section of a STEM post on the GBSD Facebook page or send to your child’s teacher) to be entered to win a prize! Complete all four challenges to be entered to win the Grand Prize!

For complete details, visit the STEM Month Challenge Website: bit.ly/GBSDSTEM

The first challenge will begin next Monday! Check with your child’s school if you are in need of supplies to complete the challenges.

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Hybrid In-Person School Hours 12:05pm - 2:35pm

Students should not arrive to school before 12:05pm. There will not be supervision on the playground or in front of the school before 12:05pm. Thank you for your understanding.

Office Hours - 8am - 3:30pm

The office is open weekdays between 8am - 3:30pm for in-person pick-ups. Phone office hours are 8am - 4pm. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave us a voice- mail and we will return your call as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

End of Day Transportation Changes

Please call the office at 503-661-6226 no later than 2pm if you need to change your child's end of day transportation.

Emergency Contact Information

As the school district is transitioning to in-person learning, it is important the office has your current contact information as well as up-to-date emergency contacts. Please take a moment to check your phone number, email, and emergency contacts in ParentVue and make updates as necessary. Click here to access your ParentVue account.

Media Exclusion Notice

As students are returning to the building we will be taking photos for use on our website, newsletter and social media accounts. If you DO NOT wish for your child's photo to be used online, please email Mrs. Eki, elementary secretary, at eki6@gresham.k12.or.us

Kindergarten Registration

Will your child be 5 on or before Sept. 1st, 2021? If yes, register now. To register your student for Kindergarten, visit the Gresham-Barlow School District Website, select the “Parents” tab, and click on “Online Registration.” This webpage has information about the registration process, a link to get started, additional forms for each school, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Immunization Requirements to Enter K-6th Grade:

5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
4 Polio
1 Varicella (chickenpox)
2 MMR or 2 Measles, 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella 3 Hepatitis B

2 Hepatitis A

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A Message from Clear Creek Middle School to our 5th Graders


We want to welcome you and your soon-to-be 6th grader to Clear Creek! Please check out our 6th Grade newsletter:

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¡Queremos darles la bienvenida a Clear Creek a usted y a su futuro alumno de sexto grado! Por favor, consulte nuestro boletín informativo de sexto grado. Esperamos enviar uno cada dos semanas.

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If your child is not feeling well, please call the office to let them know as soon as possible. Jessica Nguyen, the Care Room health assistant, will contact you for more information regarding your child's symptoms. If necessary, I will also contact you to determine when your child can return to in-person learning. These phone calls will be brief and will be kept confidential.

If your student becomes sick at school, it will be important to pick them up as soon as possible. While they are waiting to be picked up they will be kept in a space that is separate from other students and staff that is safe, comfortable, and supervised. Please make sure your emergency contact phone numbers are up to date.

Please continue to do the following to keep yourself, your family, and the school community safe:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a face covering when not at home
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others outside of your immediate family

If you or someone in your household has been notified that they are a “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you or a household member have tested positive, please keep your student at home and call the office to let them know as soon as possible.

Kimberly Marsh, RN

School Health Services

Gresham Barlow School District



Recently I recorded personal safety lessons for our students to watch during their morning meeting with their teachers. These lessons are designed to help students understand what to do if they find themselves in unsafe or uncomfortable situations, the difference between good secrets and bad secrets, and the difference between safe, unwanted, and unsafe touching. Teaching body safety is an important component of Erin's Law, which aims to prevent child sexual abuse.

It's important to start conversations about body safety when your child is young. After all, you teach them rules about strangers, fire safety, and being home alone, so personal safety is just another aspect of helping them to feel confident managing a wide variety of situations. Click here for an article with some helpful tips on continuing this conversation with your child at home.


If you have any questions or concerns about this topic, please feel free to call or email me at 503-661-6226 or fitch@gresham.k12.or.us.

I hope you all have a happy spring!

Christine Fitch

Licensed Professional School Counselor

Hollydale Elementary 503-661-6226



The Student Health Center at Centennial High School is now open, offering students in-person healthcare and telehealth services 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays. Call 503-988-5488 to make an appointment. Student Health Centers are also open at David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt, and Reynolds high schools. Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They offer convenient physical and mental health care services to all Multnomah County students ages 5-18 regardless of where they attend school. There are no out-of-pocket costs. Services include:

  • COVID-19 testing
  • Physical exams
  • School immunizations
  • Mental & behavioral health services
  • Sports physicals
  • Treatment for illness and injury
  • Vision, dental, and blood pressure screenings
  • Age-appropriate reproductive health
  • Routine lab tests
  • Prescription medications
  • Health education, counseling and wellness promotion
  • Fitness and nutrition education and counseling
  • Referrals for healthcare services not provided at the clinics

Click here for more information: multco.us/health/student-health-centers



Every Wednesday, the Nutrition Services Department will be offering 7-day Meal Box Kits FREE to children ages 1-18. These kits will be delivered by school bus and families can also pick up the kits through evening curbside pickup at select schools.

  • Bus Routes, 3, 10, 15 will continue to deliver meals mid-day.
  • Curbside Pickup at Hollydale from 4-6pm.
  • You must reserve your Meal Box Kit ahead of time!

To participate, each household will need to fill out an online form. A confirmation email will be sent once you have submitted this form. If you don't receive a confirmation email please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 503-261-4594.

Click here to fill out the online form to reserve your Weekly Meal Box Kit.

Bus Delivery Routes and Times:
In Town Meal Drop Off Sites (pdf)

Sun Community School

We will be starting the spring term of SUN next week. Registration for the activity kits is closed now. Students, who have been confirmed for this term, will be contacted soon!

Just a reminder of our Metropolitan Family Service FOOD PANTRIES throughout the week! The types of foods at each location vary from day to day but will include some combination of oil, margarine, 3-6 fresh produce items, canned fruit and vegetables, canned and dry beans, cereals, shelf-stable milk, rice, pasta, applesauce, etc. THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS TO SHOP - EVERYONE IS WELCOME! *Please maintain 6 feet spacing for safety and face coverings are required*


If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Jones, SUN Site Manager @ 503-380-0464(call/text) or sandraj@mfs.email (English) or Daisy Sanchez at daisyst@mfs.email (Spanish).


Family resources including: Housing, Food, Child Care, Health Care, Covid-19 Vaccine and more. Contact Christine Fitch, School Counselor, if your family needs help with resources that may not be on the list—503-661-6226 or fitch@gresham.k12.or.us

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If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us or by phone 503-661-6226. I look forward to hearing from you.