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  • A Letter from Principal Ramirez

     

    August 23, 2022

    Dear Hollydale Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are extremely excited about the start of a new school year and the endless opportunities that await our school community. Hollydale Elementary is fortunate to have dedicated, knowledgeable and nurturing staff who are ready to provide your children with an effective and engaging educational experience.  

    This letter contains a lot of back to school information. Thank you for taking the time to read each item. During the school year we will communicate regularly in our weekly newsletter on ParentSquare. You can also find information on our website and social media pages.

    This summer staff participated in training workshops for: the district-wide Wonders Curriculum, Leadership, Support Staff Professional Learning, Counselor Professional Development and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports).  All of these training workshops will support our students academically, social emotionally, and behaviorally. A few staff members and parents also spent many hours maintaining the school garden including overseeing the installation of a permanent gazebo. We are excited our outdoor learning area will be accessible to all students rain or shine.  Our custodians have spent the entire summer cleaning the building and preparing each classroom for students to return September 6. The office staff is now busy registering new students, ordering materials, and updating student files. Last, but not least, the Parent Teacher Club (PTC) is gearing up to welcome families, offer exciting events and volunteer opportunities.

    This year we will continue to ensure that all students have the tools necessary to be successful. Our work will continue to align with our vision and mission of creating an equitable community learning to think creatively and achieve high academic goals. Our focus will be continuing to ensure that each and every Hollydale student has access to quality, grade level instruction as well as different levels of support to meet their academic, social and emotional needs. 

    Back to School Announcements

    • The first day of school for 1st - 5th grade is Tuesday, September 6, 8:35-3:05pm.  Doors open at 8:15am. Families will be able to walk students to class on the first day of school.  Please park in the neighborhood and walk with your student(s) into the building. There will be a short time frame where you can walk your student to their classroom and say your goodbyes before class starts.

    • Student Placement: Class lists are created to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level and have been balanced academically and socially. Classroom placements will be available in ParentVue the week of August 29th.

    • Kindergarten Gradual Entry will take place September 6 - 8. Kindergarteners will attend school one day during gradual entry from 8:45am -1pm (parents/guardians are responsible for transportation during gradual entry).  A parent/guardian meeting will be held from 8:45-9am on the day your student attends. Full time Kindergarten and transportation begins Monday, September 12. Kindergarten families will receive an email with gradual entry start dates and times for your child by Wednesday 8/31/2022.  

    • Our Back to School Night will take place in September.  Watch for details coming soon!

    • School Breakfast and Lunch will continue to be provided this school year at no cost. All students may have free breakfast from 8:15-8:30am / 9:15-9:30am on late start Wednesdays. If your child will eat breakfast at Hollydale, please be sure they arrive prior to 8:20 to ensure that they have time to eat.  (NOTE: Hollydale Elementary qualifies for free breakfast and lunch for all students under the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). If you only have children attending CEP schools you should not apply for Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS). All students at CEP schools automatically get all meals for free. These schools are East Gresham Elementary, Hall Elementary, Highland Elementary, Hogan Cedars Elementary, Hollydale Elementary, Kelly Creek Elementary, North Gresham Elementary, Powell Valley Elementary, Clear Creek Middle, Dexter McCarty Middle, Gordon Russell Middle, and Gresham High.)  If you have at least one child at a school that is not CEP, please submit an application for FARMS. See the district webpage for more information.)

    • Classroom Supplies will again be provided by the school district. Parents will not need to purchase school supplies or pay a school supply fee this year.  Families will need to provide their students with a backpack, water bottle, and lunchbox if bringing lunch from home. Please be sure to select a backpack that is large enough to fit a binder and remember to write student names on all personal belongings, especially coats.

    • Medications at School. If your student will take medication during the school day, you can drop it off and fill out the required paperwork on Friday, 9/2 or on the first day of school.  Please remember non-expired medication must be in the original packaging with a prescription label. Students cannot keep medication on them during the school day. All medications, prescription or non-prescription must be checked into the office by a parent/guardian.
    • School Bus Route information can be found here: First Student Bus Routes
      Staff will attach bus tags to kindergarten and first grade students’ backpacks.

    • How will your student get home each day?  Please complete our online Transportation Form so we can make sure your child gets where they need to at dismissal. 

    • Student Drop-off/ Pick-up. Safety is our number one priority; therefore we ask that families exercise patience, respect, and adhere to the traffic flow pattern and drop-off/pick up procedures. Please follow the arrows for car rider drop-off and pick-up. 

    • Parking: Please do not park and leave your car unattended at the red curb in front of the school, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This is a fire lane and must remain clear at all times during the school day. If you need to visit the school, please park your vehicle in an authorized parking space and come to the front door and ring the doorbell.  

    • ParentVue: Please login to your ParentVue account to do your yearly verification and review the updated Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. It is important that all phone numbers for you and your emergency contacts are up-to-date. If you are having an issue getting into your ParentVUE account please contact Cheryl or Elia in our office. 

    • Stay Connected: The office and teachers will use ParentSquare to communicate with families. You will receive messages via email and text.  Please sign-up and download the ParentSquare app: https://www.parentsquare.com/signin. You can set personal preferences for when you get our messages. 

    • Volunteers Needed: Sign up now to become a volunteer. We have lots of opportunities for you to support including: Speed Racers, classrooms, activities, and our amazing Parent Teacher Club (PTC).  Online Volunteer Application

    • School Counselor: Please contact Mrs. Christine Fitch if you are in need of any resources for your family. fitch@gresham.k12.or.us 

    • The Hollydale Office is open beginning Wednesday, August 24, 2022. If you have questions, please call us at 503-661-6226 and Cheryl & Elia will be happy to help you.  When visiting the school, please use the doorbell located on the brick wall near the left side front door.  Please be ready to give your name, student’s name and the reason for your visit.

    New School Year, New Faces!

    Please join me in welcoming the following staff to the Hollydale Heroes Family.

    Justin Brophy, Music; Chad Nichols, PE; Lisa Barrow, LE1; Erin Hansen, Behavior TOSA; Rebecca Hines,1st Grade; Amy McKinnon Building Substitute; Mayra Lewis, Brie Grinstead, Tricia Abbas, as instructional support staff and Megan Clohessy will transition from Care Room Assistant to Health Room Assistant.

    Throughout the Fall, we will be sharing staff highlights and introductions on our social media pages. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and PTC-Facebook:

    Thank You!

    Please visit the Hollydale website to learn more about our school and staff. Back to school information will be updated in the coming days, so check the site frequently.

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me or contact the office at 503-661-6226 for additional information.  THANK YOU for all you do in supporting your child to be on time and ready to learn each and every school day. It is an honor to serve the Hollydale community.  I  look forward to an amazing 2022-2023 school year working with you and your children.

    Jessica Ramirez,
    Principal
    ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us

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  • Hollydale to begin piloting ParentSquare for school-to-home communication

    Communications platform designed to keep families informed and encourage greater connection between school and home

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  • KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

    If you have a child turning 5 years old prior to September 1st, 2021, please click on the link below for information about how to register your student for Kindergarten, and other Kindergarten related information.

    Kindergarten Registration Information

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  • Family Resource List

    Families please click on the links below to access our list of family resources. This includes Gresham-Barlow Meal Pick up and Delivery, food pantries, housing, childcare, health clinics and financial assistance resources.

    English: https://www.smore.com/6j81f  

    Spanish: https://www.smore.com/wdf68  

    Please contact our counselor, Christine Fitch if you have any questions. 

    Christine Fitch, M.Ed. fitch@gresham.k12.or.us

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  • Immunization Rates

    Immunization Exemption Information

    The State of Oregon requires schools to notify parents of their immunization rates for each required vaccine. These rates will be posted on our school’s website, in our school office, and sent home to parents. The rates attached are the exemption rates as of the February exclusion date - which is always the third Wednesday of that month. Schools are required to publish this information twice each school year. These rates will be posted within thirty days of the February exclusion date. The same information will be shared again during the first month of school next school year. Again, these rates are collected and tallied each February.

     

    Información Actualizada sobre la Exención de Inmunizaciones

    El estado de Oregón requiere que las escuelas notifiquen a los padres las tasas de vacunación para cada vacuna requerida. Estas tasas se publicarán en el sitio web de nuestra escuela, en la oficina de nuestra escuela y se enviarán a los padres. Las tasas adjuntas son las tasas de exención a partir de la fecha de exclusión de febrero, que es siempre el tercer miércoles de ese mes. Las escuelas deben publicar esta información dos veces cada año escolar. Estas tasas se publicarán dentro de los treinta días a partir de la fecha de exclusión de febrero. La misma información se compartirá nuevamente durante el primer mes de clases el próximo año escolar. Una vez más, estas tasas se obtienen y se contabilizan cada mes de febrero.

     

    2021 Hollydale Immunization Rates

    2021 Hollydale Immunization Results - Spanish

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  • Join the conversation!

    Every voice matters at Hollydale Elementary

    Let's Talk!

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  • Transfer Information

    Distrist transfer information is now available to those interested in attending a Gresham-Barlow school.

    Please visit our transfer page for all dates, forms and deadlines.

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  • In case of Inclement Weather

    Learn how to find out about emergency school closures due to snowstorms and icy conditions.

    School Closure Information

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  • Volunteer in our school

    Learn about volunteer opportunities and how to sign up.

    Volunteer Information

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District News

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Ms. Ramirez

Friday, August 7, 2020

 

Dear Hollydale Heroes:  

This spring and summer have brought unique and life-altering challenges as we have continued to learn and adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, both personally and professionally.  As the new principal of Hollydale Elementary School, I feel fortunate and grateful to be joining the new Hollydale community which is committed to providing all students with the best education possible. I assure you that I approach this year with optimism, energy, and a commitment to apply what was learned last spring to work together and continue to increase our support for our school community and most importantly, for our students. 

The Gresham-Barlow School District website contains helpful information regarding back to school and this information is updated as new mandates and requirements become known. This will be your most current and easily accessible source of information. Students will virtually return to school on September 14 and will participate in comprehensive distance learning through mid-October. At that point, using the re-opening metrics and guidelines provided by the State of Oregon, the district will re-evaluate the situation and provide additional information to families. You can expect to receive a weekly school newsletter which will also highlight this information. 

While this is certainly an unconventional way to begin a school year, there is an opportunity to mold some of our current systems into systems that better support our students, families, and community. I believe that working with families to build these systems is essential. Your voice will be especially important this year as we work together to think creatively and find new ways to engage, inspire, and empower each student in our community.  The Hollydale parent group and Site Council are additional opportunities for your voice to be heard. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact me at ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us

If you have any questions or would like to connect with me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email or, once the school office is open, through the office. It is an honor to be a member of the Hollydale community and I look forward to working with each of your children. 

Sincerely,

Jessica Ramirez 
Principal
Hollydale Elementary School

 

Estimados héroes de Hollydale:

Esta primavera y verano han traído obstáculos y retos únicos que han cambiado nuestras vidas mientras que continuamos aprendiendo y ajustándonos a los impactos de COVID-19, tanto personal como profesionalmente. Como nuevo directora de la Escuela Primaria Hollydale, me siento afortunada y agradecida de unirme a la nueva comunidad de Hollydale, que está comprometida a brindar a todos los estudiantes la mejor educación posible. Les aseguro que comenzaré este año con optimismo, energía y un compromiso de aplicar lo que aprendimos la primavera pasada para trabajar juntos y continuar aumentando nuestro apoyo a nuestra comunidad escolar y, lo más importante, a nuestros estudiantes.

El sitio web del Distrito Escolar de Gresham-Barlow contiene información útil sobre el regreso a clases y esta información se actualiza a medida que se conozcan los nuevos mandatos y requisitos. Esta será su fuente de información más curente y de fácil acceso. Los estudiantes regresarán virtualmente a la escuela el 14 de septiembre y participarán en un aprendizaje comprensible de distancia larga hasta mediados de octubre. A ese punto, el distrito volverá a evaluar la situación utilizando las medidas y guías proporcionadas por el estado de Oregon, sobre el próximo paso de abrir nuestras escuelas. Durante este tiempo información adicional va hacer proveída a las familias, empezando en septiembre las familias recibirán un boletín semanal con más información importante sobre los cambios que siguieron durante el año escolar. 

Aunque esta situación es un poco diferente para comenzar un año escolar, existe la oportunidad de adaptar y cambiar algunos de nuestros sistemas actuales para apoyar mejor a nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidad. Creo que trabajar con las familias para construir estos sistemas es esencial. Su voz será especialmente importante este año a medida que trabajemos juntos para pensar creativamente y encontrar nuevas formas de involucrar, inspirar y capacitar a cada estudiante en nuestra comunidad. El grupo de padres de Hollydale y el Consejo del Sitio son oportunidades adicionales para que su voz sea escuchada. Si está interesado/a en cualquiera de estas oportunidades, comuníquese conmigo en ramirez26@gresham.k12.or.us

Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea comunicarse conmigo, no dude en comunicarse conmigo por correo electrónico o, una vez que la oficina de la escuela esté abierta, a través de la oficina. Es un honor ser parte de la comunidad de Hollydale y espero trabajar con cada uno de sus hijos.

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