North Star News

January 2022 - We Reach! We Rise! We Shine!

Mark Your Calendar

1/17 - MLK Jr. Holiday, NO SCHOOL

1/18 PTC Virtual Meeting 6:30 p.m.

1/24 Winter SUN Session Begins

1/28 C&I Day, NO SCHOOL

Principal's Message

Dear North Gresham Families,

As we see Covid-19 cases rise across the county, and are well into the cold and flu season, I want to encourage our families to continue to make the health and safety of all a priority.

How can you help?

  • Keep your child home when sick, regardless of whether it's Covid-related or not. We still exclude for symptoms such as: a fever of 100.5 or greater, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, etc. If you're unsure if your student's symptoms are excludable, please keep your student home as a precaution and call the office for further direction.
  • If your student or anyone in your household has a pending Covid-19 test, we encourage you to keep your student home until you get the results. This will reduce the spread to others at school in case the results are positive.
  • If anyone in your household tests positive, please keep your student home even if they test negative, or aren't showing any symptoms and contact the school.

We work closely with MESD to track illnesses and obtain return dates according to county health guidelines. Please be patient when waiting to hear back about your student's return date. With the rise in cases and illnesses, our MESD team's caseload has significantly increased and processing times are delayed.

Guidelines change rapidly. When there are changes that affect our families, we will notify you as soon as possible. Thank you again for your continued support and flexibility as we navigate this challenging time together. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our families to keep our staff and students healthy and safe!


Shawnda Sewell


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What's Going On In 4th Grade?

Our North Star 4th graders are working on many things. Multiple digit multiplication, citing text evidence for stories, books and lessons on Mars, Flocabulary, and tear art snowmen. Ask your 4th grader to tell you all about what they're learning!

We are very proud of all of the hard work and progress our 4th graders are making!


Ms. Alexander-Blake, Mrs. Daniels, and Mr. Keo

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Student Drop-Off & Safety Reminders

Parents who drop their children off at school:

  • Doors open at 8:15 AM across the district, but we have had staff outside between 8:05-8:10 AM, allowing drop off early. Due to staff shortages, do not let your student out of the car until 8:15 AM. This will ensure we have enough adults at duty.
  • Please make sure to pull forward to the flag pole or vehicles are stopped before letting your child out of the car.

Safety Note: Pulling around cars is an extreme safety issue, as some students exit on the passenger side. Please wait until cars pull forward to exit the parking lot. Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of all!

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Inclement Weather & Emergency School Closure Information

In the event of a school closure due to inclement weather, please make sure you are signed up for our district's SchoolMessenger system. You can opt-in by texting "Y" or "YES" to 67587. You will receive messages to your phone. You can also download the app by visiting the website here:

If school closes early while students are already here, we will send a message to families to notify you of the early school closure. Please note that we send students home as you directed on the blue emergency transportation form you filled out in the beginning of the year. We do not have the ability to call all families and ask how students will get home in the event of an early closure, or to receive a high call volume for last-minute changes. In order to get students home safely and quickly, we rely on advance planning and the information from the emergency transportation form. If you didn't fill out a blue emergency transportation form at the beginning of the year, or need to make a change to your form, please contact the office as soon as possible.

PBIS with Mrs. Reed

For the month of January, we are practicing Happy Habit 3 - Put First Things First. Put First Things First means to decide what is most important and to take care of that first. Thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow or by the end of the week can be overwhelming, especially for children. Learning to think of which things are the most important and taking care of them first allows children (and adults) to be less stressed.

If your child uses a planner at school, then he or she has a great organizational tool to Put First Things First in writing. By writing down his or her responsibilities and planning ahead, last-minute trips to the store, missed events, or missed homework are avoided. If your child does not use a planner, having a weekly log would also be helpful. This could simply be a piece of paper that is used each week. Modeling this behavior is one of the best ways to teach children.

One activity you might try with your child is to create a list of things your child needs to accomplish throughout the week. With your child, rank the tasks in importance. Then rewrite the list in order of importance. You can also use a calendar or a planner to schedule time so that the important things are done first.

From Our PTC

PTC is looking for innovative ideas, volunteers, and new leaders to help this spring & the future of PTC. Please bring your ideas to the PTC meeting on the 3rd Tuesday meeting on Jan 18th at 6:30 pm. Please join us on the Google Meets Video call link at

Check out our Facebook page at & on 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!

SUN News

Hello North Stars!

We are back with another term of SUN after school program starting on January 24th. Space is limited and we will select based on first come first serve. Confirmation calls will be made this week. Feel free to call or email me at if you are unsure of your application status. If you do not make it into this winter term, you will still have the chance to participate for Spring term as well. I look forward to seeing our SUN stars after school!

The SUN program at North Gresham Elementary has emergency funds available to assist any of our North families with bill assistance, food and clothes insecurities, or general financial support. If you are in need of any help with accessing community resources, please contact Yessica Ramirez SUN Site Manager 503 519-8523.

Yessica Ramirez,

SUN Site Manager

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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: