• April 14, 2020

    Superintendent's Message to Staff:

    Stronger Together

    Greetings Staff,

    YOU DID IT!!  

    I knew that your Oregonian pioneering spirit would shine through. Our district successfully kicked off Distance Learning for All (DLA), yesterday. While I know there is a lot Perera more we will need to do to make this a successful way to facilitate learning - by working together, I can say that WE will all learn together. WE will grow together. WE will emerge from this stronger together. 

    Although we are only in Day 2 of Distance Learning for All, we have already received positive feedback and comments from parents.  They expressed appreciation that learning has resumed and they are elated that their children, although remotely, are back in class! 

    The closure of school buildings for the remainder of the school year and the requirement for Oregonians to practice social distancing was a hard but necessary decision by Governor Brown. It’s refreshing to know that even at the highest level of our state legislative branch the health and safety of everyone comes first. During a press conference this morning, she reiterated her orders to continue practicing social distancing, expressed her appreciation for everyone adhering to the orders, and shared that Oregon, California, and Washington have formed a Western Pact for any future reopening considerations. 

    GBSD has been working to keep everyone informed by sharing messages with staff and the community in a variety of ways, including email messages, website posts, and social media posts.  

    Due to the constantly changing circumstances, numerous messages have gone out and it can be difficult to keep up with everything that has been shared. Although every “all staff” message is from my office, I wanted district staff to have access to the various communications that I have personally sent out since school buildings were closed. 


    Please see the links below to review the messages previously shared as well as some new ones!

    March 18: Superintendent's Message for Staff

    March 27: Superintendent’s Message for Staff

    Last Week: Superintendent’s Open Letter to the Class of 2020

    Superintendent Perera’s Interview on MetroEast Community Hotline

    April: Superintendent’s Message for Staff


    Lastly, but more importantly, WE know that these are challenging times for everyone. Now more than ever - WE need one another to remain focused on the future of this great community. Despite the challenges we face, as a district - WE will face them together and end up stronger. 

    Michelle Obama states in her book, Becoming, “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”  

    Stay focused on your WHY and STRONG! 

    As always, thank you for all that you do on behalf of our students.  


    Yours in education,

    Dr. A. Katrise Perera

    Superintendent of Schools