14625 Holcomb Blvd. Oregon City, OR 97045 | Phone: 503-785-8100 | Fax: 503-657-4795

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April Principal News



I know that it seems cliché to say that this school year has absolutely flown by. However, it is now April and we only have two months left of the 2015/2016 school year. Even though only a short time is left, we have many learning opportunities remaining for your children. We are pleased to offer a spring section of after school enrichment clubs. From soccer to theater to art our students will engage in fun and enriching learning experiences led by our wonderful teachers and instructional assistants. If your child is participating in clubs they will stay after school on Tuesdays 2:30-4:00. The last day for clubs will be May 24th.


Beginning in April,  all students 3rd -5th grade will begin taking the Oregon State Assessment.  If you have a 3rd, 4th or 5th grader please make sure your child is on time to school, has plenty of rest, and eats a healthy breakfast.  All of our teachers, K-5,  have worked diligently to prepare your child to “show what they know” on this assessment! Please encourage your child to do their very best and remember that this is one of many ways that we assess students skills, abilities, and track progress.


I want to bring special attention to a special event at Holcomb on the evening of April 28th. It is our M.A.S.H. night. Math, Art, Science, and Health! Our 5th grade teachers will be hosting math and science while our PTA will host art lit displays and a health fair. It is going to be a fun way to connect with your school community. Please mark your calendars and keep your eye out for more details on the event.


NO MORE UH OH’s  Holcomb teachers and staff are committed to supporting student needs to achieve school success. School success includes academic, social, emotional and behavioral success. Holcomb teachers and staff are also always looking for ways to improve our impact on student success. One way that we are looking to improve is in the way that we respond to student behavior when it does not meet our expectations for being respectful, responsible, safe or kind. Previously students would receive an “Uh Oh” if their behavior was not respectful, responsible, safe, or kind. Holcomb will no longer be using the “Uh Oh” forms. Instead you can expect to receive a phone call, an email, a classroom specific note, or a letter in the mail about the behavior. It is our goal to improve our response so we can shape and guide student behavior and to improve our communication and connection with parents. 


What can you do to help us?

  1. Make sure that we have updated contact information. You can call our office to update phone, numbers, email addresses, and home addresses.

  2. Communicate with your child’s teacher about your preferred form of communication and the best time to reach you. 

  3. Follow up with your child and support our efforts at school. When students know that we are working as a team to support their academic, social, emotional, and behavior needs then we will see improved outcomes in all of those areas!


The students at Holcomb are awesome and we believe that they all deserve and are capable of achieving school success! We will work hard to provide the environment and the relationships necessary to meet student needs!

WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LICE  While the odds of your child contracting head lice are relatively small, it is a common concern among families. The best advice and best practice is to routinely check your child’s head once every couple of weeks and keep an eye out for symptoms. The following information is offered by our school nurse Ms. Moore, with the intent that the best treatments are knowledge and prevention.               

What are head lice?                   

Head lice are parasites that are human specific and are generally found on the scalp, around the ears and at the back of the neck. The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed and can be reddish brown color. Eggs, or nits, are smaller and are silver in color and are found very close to the scalp, firmly attached to a shaft of hair. They cannot jump or fly but can crawl very fast.                   

What are the symptoms of head lice?                   

The most common symptom of head lice is head scratching, especially at night, and you may notice red bite marks on your child’s head.                   

How common are head lice?

About one in every 100 U.S. elementary school children will be infested in any given year. It can occur anytime of the year.                   

How do you contract head lice?                   

Lice are “equal opportunity” parasites. They infest all socioeconomic groups, races, genders and ages but are more commonly found in children due to their close contact with each other. It is not considered an infectious disease and they do not transmit disease. Lice are NOT a sign of poor hygiene. Lice are mostly spread by direct head to head contact or by sharing pillows or bedding. It is less common but possible to spread through the sharing or combs, hats, or similar items. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1-2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed. Nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.


If you are concerned your child has head lice or would like more information, please contact your health care provider, or your school nurse.



CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH: A positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes. In April we will continue to focus on developing positive attitudes in our students. You can help at home too.  Here are some tips!

Be a Role Model: Kids watch everything that adults do. When children grow around calm, happy and positive parents, they thrive.

Avoid Giving Negative Labels to Your Child: Children will become what we tell them they are. If you give your child a negative label it is possible that he/she will eventually take on the role permanently.

Avoid Criticism: Try and help your child when he is struggling or is stuck and appreciate his effort. Let him/her understand that all types of experiences are important for learning, even struggle and failure.              

Focus on Gifts and Strengths of Your Child: Every child has unique gifts and strengths. Whether your child is an extrovert or an introvert, he/she possess some strong skills. Find out what they are and support him/her to develop those skills.



The PTA is looking ahead to the 2016‐2017 school year where big changes to the PTA board are anticipated. Next year the following PTA board member OPENINGS are;

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Grant Coordinator


Each year the PTA supports our school in the following ways: Jogathon, Readathon, Field Day, Movie

Nights, Family Fun Nights, Fundraisers, Art Lit Fair, Book Fairs, Popcorn Fridays, and Staff Appreciation Week. To give you an idea of how beneficial a thriving PTA can be, this year alone the PTA has raised approximately $17,424, installed a walking path in the field, a brick path near the library, is in the process of purchasing a projector for the gymnasium and laptops for classrooms. The PTA offers Family Fun Nights and have been able to supply every teacher with additional money to support their classroom. The PTA needs your help to continue this legacy.  Without your help, Holcomb Elementary School will lose the benefits that the PTA has brought to the school for so many years. If your time is limited and you are unable to commit to a board member position, consider sitting on a committee for one of the PTA activities noted above. Sitting on a committee for a particular event would not involve running the entire event, but instead would involve picking one area within that event to help with.   


If you are interested in learning more about a position or in finding out how you can help at one of the PTA run events, please contact holcombpta@gmail.com.


READY- SET- LEARN  Do you have a preschool or kindergarten student? Do you know someone who does? Please spread the word about this wonderful event!



  • If your child is going to miss school please call the Attendance Line 503-785-8083 and let us know.

  • Students cannot be dropped off at school prior to 7:30am and should be picked up no later than 2:30pm.

  • The weather can change in an instant. Please dress your child in layers and send a coat just in case. We go outside to recess rain or shine!



  • April-May 3rd-5th SBAC (see your teacher for class specific dates)

  • 4/4-4/8 2nd Grade Swimming

  • 4/5 Spring Pictures

  • 4/11 NO SCHOOL- Teacher Workday

  • 4/28 April Family Fun Night MASH - Math, Science, Health, Art Lit

  • 4/29 NO SCHOOL Teacher Inservice





  • 5/2-5/6 Spring Book Fair

  • 5/3 Grandparents Day (Kindergarten - 2nd grade) 10:30-12:30

  • 5/5 Grandparents Day ( 3rd-5th grades) 11:00-1:00

  • 5/23-5/27 4th Grade Swimming

  • 5/25 5th grade visit to Ogden

  • 5/30 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day



Best Regards,


Kelli Rhea


Holcomb Elementary School