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

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November Principal News

Dear Families,

November is a time reflect on what we are thankful for. As I think about Holcomb I am overwhelmed by the feelings of gratitude and joy. Here are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for in our school community.


Students. Each child who walks into our school holds a tremendous amount of potential. I am grateful to get to witness that potential come to life. I am also thankful for the smile they put on my face every day!


Parents. I am thankful for our parents who support their children in meeting their educational goals. I am thankful when I see so many parents participating in school events.


Teachers. I am thankful for our hardworking and dedicated teaching staff! They go above and beyond in many ways everyday to ensure that each child they teach is on a path to school success! We have great teachers!


Instructional Assistants. I am thankful for our wonderful team of instructional assistants who assist teachers in delivering high quality instruction in the classroom and who support student success at recess, during lunch and throughout the building in many ways.


Specialists. I am thankful for the expertise of our Music Teacher, ELL Specialist, Learning Specialist, Speech and Language Pathologist, School Psychologist, and School Counselor. They provide incredible services for our students.


Secretaries. I am thankful for our secretaries who always greet families and kids with a smile and who keep our school running smoothly.


Custodial Staff. I am thankful for our hard working custodians who work tirelessly to keep our building clean and in repair.


Cafeteria Staff. I am thankful for the people who plan carefully to provide for the nutritional needs of our students.


Bus Drivers. I am thankful for the people who transport our students to and from school each day!


Volunteers and PTA Members. I am thankful for the many hours of volunteer time that benefit our students and our teachers.


As we enter the holiday season I encourage you to be thankful for all of the people at Holcomb Elementary School who strive to provide a quality education for our students! I am thankful to be a part of this team!



Holcomb will host parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. Conferences are a time for parents and teachers to come together to share accomplishments, give information, problem solve and build relationships that will help students succeed. Your participation in these conversations are very important. Your child’s teacher should have already contacted you to schedule a conference time.


Here are a few tips to ensure that you get the most out of this meeting with your child’s teacher:


Before the conference:

  • Talk with your child about how things are going at school.

  • Review any recent assignments or assessments that your child has brought home.

  • Write down any questions that you want to make sure to ask the teacher. Click HERE for an article from Edutopia that gives 19 meaningful questions you could ask your child’s teacher.


At the conference:

  • Arrive a few minutes early.

  • Listen to the information that the teacher shares and ask questions.

  • Ask how you can support your child at home and any questions that you have.


After the conference:

  • Discuss with your child what the teacher told you. Highlight the positive comments.

  • Continue to monitor your child’s  progress and contact the teacher if needed.

  • Talk with your child about school regularly and reinforce the importance of school success.




                    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.

-Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

-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.

-Lay out clothes, pack backpacks and

lunches the night before.

-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



We are still in need of volunteers to help during recess and lunch times. If you enjoy being around children while they are physically active and you enjoy being outdoors this may be a good fit for you! Please contact Mrs. Rhea at kelli.rhea@orecity.k12.or.us if you are interested in this opportunity. We also continue to need a volunteer to help in the library. ALL volunteers must fill out a background check form every year.




Oregon City School District is using a new safety reporting service that students, staff and parents can use to report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue. Please go to http://ocsd62.org/ to find out how you can help keep our schools safe.




  • The weather is now 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.

  • There are only 13 instructional days in the month of November. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is here for those days!



  • Wednesday, November 11th - No School, Veteran's Day/Holiday

  • Thursday, November 12th - No School, Report Card Prep Day

  • Friday, November 13th - No School, Teacher Inservice Day

  • Thursday, November 19th - Picture Retakes

        PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm

  • Monday, November 23rd, - No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences      

  • Tuesday, November 24th - No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Wednesday, November 25th - Friday, November 27th - No School     



  • Book Fair

  • Food Drive

  • Vision Screening

  • Music Programs


Best Regards,

Kelli Rhea