Back to School Letter from Ms. Ramirez

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: 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 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,