Back to School Letter from Ms. Ramirez

A Letter from Principal Ramirez


Dear Hollydale Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  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.  

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.

  • 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 need 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 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: 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. 

  • The Hollydale Office is open 8am-3:30pm. 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.

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Thank You!

Jessica Ramirez,