Back to School Letter from Ms. Ramirez

A Letter from Principal Ramirez

Dear Hollydale Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!    

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.

2023-2024 Back-to-School Announcements

  • First day of school for 1st - 5th grade: Tuesday, September 5th, 8:35-3:05 pm. Doors open at 8:15 am.

  • Kindergarten Gradual Entry: September 5th -8th. Kindergarteners will attend school for two days during gradual entry from 8:35am-1:30pm (parents/guardians are responsible for transportation during gradual entry). A parent meeting will be held from 8:45-10 a.m. on the first day your student attends. Full-time Kindergarten and transportation begins Monday, September 11th. Kindergarten families, you will receive a communication before August 31 with gradual entry start dates and times for your child.

  • Friday, September 1st class placements for students in 1st - 5th grade (teacher) will be available in ParentVue

  • Back To School Night: September 21 from 5:30-7pm.

  • Kindergarten Registration. If you have not already registered your incoming kindergartener, please visit:  Online Kindergarten Registration

  • Registration 1st-5th grade. If you are new to Gresham-Barlow School District, please visit:  Online Registration 1st - 5th grade

  • School Breakfast and Lunch will continue to be provided this school year at no cost. Breakfast begins at 8:15 am / 9:15 am late start Wednesdays. 

  • Here is a link to the menu.

  • The school district will provide classroom supplies. Parents will not need to purchase school supplies. Hollydale will not be collecting a school supply fee this year. Families will need to provide their students with a backpack, lunchbox, and water bottle. 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.

  • 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 be at dismissal. 

  • School Bus Route information can be found here: First Student Bus Routes

  • Please review this bus safety information.

  • Medications at School. If your student needs to take medication during the school day, please drop it off in the office and fill out the required paperwork. 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, including cough drops, must be checked into the office by a parent/guardian.

  • Please review the Gresham-Barlow Parent Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

  • We are making changes to our early pick-up process & end-of-day transportation changes. We ask that you call no later than 2:30 pm to ensure we have enough time to notify your student of a transportation change. Next, when picking your student up early from school, we will need to have the Parent/Guardian/Approved Adult sign your student out; we may ask to see ID. 

    • Student Drop-off/ Pick-up. Please follow the arrows for car rider drop-off and pick-up.

    • Stay Connected: Download the ParentSquare app to receive announcements from the office and classroom teachers:

    • 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 Megan or Elia in our office. 

    • Volunteers Needed: Sign up now to become a volunteer. We have lots of opportunities waiting for you to be a part of.  Online Volunteer Application

    • The Hollydale office is now open;  If you have questions, please call Megan Clohessy, head secretary, at 503-661-6226. 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.

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Thank You!

Jessica Ramirez,