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

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February Principal News

Dear Holcomb Families,


It is difficult to believe that we are halfway through the school year. We have come so far and yet have so much to accomplish before the end of the year. The students and teachers at Holcomb continue to focus on academic, social, emotional and behavioral success at school. One way that we do that is by promoting a growth mindset in our students. Here at Holcomb we believe in the power of “yet” and as educators we support students as they work to change their “yet” into their “did”.  

In the month of February we celebrate Presidents Day. Abraham Lincoln was a man who set a good example of the power of “yet”.  We often hear of his success, but did you know that he also had many failures? These are some examples of the challenges that he faced and overcame:


1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.

1831: Failed in business.

1832: Ran for state legislature - lost.

1832: Lost his job

1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.

1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.

1840: Sought to become elector - defeated.

1843: Ran for Congress - lost.

1848: Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.

1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.

1854: Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.

1856: Sought the Vice - Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention - got less than 100 votes.

1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost


1860: Elected President of the United States of America

At Holcomb we celebrate “failure” as a learning opportunity and we promote a growth mindset in our students! HERE is a wonderful video that describes growth mindset. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher to find out how growth mindset is being fostered in the classroom!


Please be kind and patient when dropping off and picking up! The line is long and we are all in a hurry.

If you are dropping your child off in the morning please pull forward to our drop off zone. This zone has been determined to be the safest spot for drop off. It also allows for the most efficient flow of traffic through our parking lot. Please practice kindness and thoughtfulness with others – please set an example for all of our students!

You may choose to park your car and then escort your child into the building. The parking spots are only for parents/guardians that are walking their students into the building.  It is not a safe practice to have your child walking between cars and busses without an adult in the morning. It is dark and unsafe!

Do not park in the handicapped parking spots unless you have the appropriate pass. It is important that those spots are available for those people who need to access them.

It is EVERYONE’S responsibility to create a SAFE and COURTEOUS morning drop off!

STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL     Student safety is our number one priority! One important way to ensure school safety is to have a plan of how we will respond when or if there is ever a safety incident at school. These incidents could include weather events, fire, accidents, intruders or other threats to student safety. Our school plans for and practices responding to such scenarios.

Every month we practice evacuation drills at school. In the month of February we will have practice drills for Lockout and Lockdown.

Here are some resources to learn more about SRP.

District Website http://ocsd62.org/emergency-management#Standard%20Response%20Protocol

PDF Handout http://iloveuguys.org/srp/SRP%20K12%20Student%20Parent%20Handout%20v2.pdf


In February we are focusing on kindness as a character trait. February is also a time to focus on friendship and what it means to be a good friend to others. As kids grow, the ground rules of friendships develop and change. It is important that parents and teachers support kids as they learn how to make and keep friends.

Here are some tips to remember as you work with your child.

  • Friends should be something that kids choose for themselves.

  • Conflict between close friends in inevitable.

  • It is normal for friendships to change often, especially in elementary school.

  • Kids look to adults for models of relationships.


Attending school is very important! We have made supporting student attendance a high priority!  We are happy to announce that the majority of our students are meeting our goal of 95% attendance rate. Soon we will be recognizing and rewarding students for good attendance and improved attendance. When a student’s absence rate is high, families will receive letters regarding our concerns.

Missing School Matters!                                     What Can You Do?

-Starting in Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

-Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

-Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

-Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

-Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school — and themselves.

-Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

-Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

-Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.

-If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school counselor, principal

for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

-Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

-Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session


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

  • The weather is wet and cold! We do not have indoor recess. Please make sure that your child has a coat/jacket and that it is labeled with their name. We are happy to support students who may need assistance getting a coat. Please let us know if we can help.

  • In the case of inclement weather please refer to radio and TV stations or see the OCSD website for the most up to date information on school closure or delay.


  • No School 2/12 Teacher Inservice

  • No School 2/15 Presidents Day

  • 2/16-2/18 Dental Sealants 1st & 2nd Grade

  • 2/17 Immunization Exclusion Day

  • 2/29 Third Grade Swimming Begins


  • 3/1 Preschool Open House 6:30

  • 3/3 PTO Meeting 6:30

  • 3/7 Kindergarten Round-Up 5:30 pm

  • 3/8 Spring Music Program 2nd and 4th grade 7pm Jackson Campus

  • 3/10 Family Fun Night / Art Lit Fair

  • 3/11 Last day for 3rd grade after school reading clubs

  • 3/16 and 3/17 No School Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • 3/18 No School

  • 3/21-3/25 No School Spring Break

Best Regards,

Kelli Rhea