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

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year


I want to officially welcome you to the 2016-2017 School Year! All of us at Holcomb Elementary School are eager to begin what promises to be an exciting new year. We know that by working together we can deliver on the promise of a successful school experience for each child that walks through the doors of our school. Our focus on relationships and belonging will enable us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. Over the summer break the school has been cleaned, and new personnel were hired. Our dedicated staff has been working hard to ensure a successful start of school on Tuesday, September 6th.

This will be my second year as principal of Holcomb. I am honored to be the instructional leader of this school and to work with the committed teachers and staff that make it great. My passion is teaching and learning. I love children and I am committed to meeting their unique needs. I look forward to building lasting relationships with each and every member of the Holcomb community. Please do not hesitate to introduce yourself! I am eager to meet you and your family!

Lets get started!


Our school day begins at 8:00AM every day and ends at 2:20pm. The exception to this is that every Wednesday we end our school day at 1:20pm. This early release time allows for important instructional planning and teacher training. It is one of the many ways that we work to provide the best possible education for your child.

*** The first Wednesday of the year, Sept. 7nd,  will not be an early release day. Please see the calendar below for more details on the first weeks of school.


It has been proven that children who have good attendance are more successful in school. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently absent and/or tardy are at a clear disadvantage. All students who arrive after 8:00am must sign in at the office. If your child is sick please report the absence by calling 503-785-8083 by 8:15am. Also, please make efforts to schedule appointments and vacations so that they do not interfere with the school day. We are here to support you and your family so that your children can be successful learners. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for help with attendance or tardiness. Thank you for your partnership in reaching our goal of every child having a 95% or higher attendance rate.


School lunches will be served starting the first day of school. Students who were approved for a free or reduced lunch last year will remain eligible for the first month of school. New applications must be submitted for the new school year by October 1st. Please do this as soon as possible to account for processing time and to avoid a disruption to your free or reduced lunch status. Menus, prepayments, and other pertinent lunch information can be accessed online on our Nutrition Services Website.More information will be sent home on the first day of school.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE: We are happy to partner with After The Bell to offer extended day care for your child from the end of the school day until 6pm. Please go to the Oregon City District Community Education Website for detailed information about the program or call 503.785.8520.


Our educational program is dynamic, engaging, and structured to ensure that each child receives a well-rounded and challenging education. Our standards and expectations are high! Our number one goal is providing our students with a quality learning experience in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. Our teachers are dedicated to instructional improvement and participate in professional learning and collaborative opportunities throughout the year.



Open House


  • Class lists will be posted
  • Meet your teacher and drop off your supplies
  • Exclusive one day book fair (credit or debit card only)
  • Join the PTA
  • Kona Ice and Bounce House


First Day of School

  • Staggered Start for Kindergarten Last Names A-F
  • PTA coffee hour
  • First through fifth grade a normal day


  • Staggered Start for Kindergarten Last Names G-M
  • NO EARLY RELEASE 8:00am-2:20pm
  • PTA coffee hour
  • First through fifth grade a normal day


  • Staggered Start for Kindergarten Last Names N-Z
  • PTA coffee hour
  • First through fifth grade a normal day


  • Normal day for ALL grades


  • Normal day for ALL grades


  • Normal day for ALL grades


  • First EARLY RELEASE DAY 8:00am-1:20pm




  • Normal day for ALL grades
  • PTA Meeting 6:30PM


       • Normal Day for ALL grade



* Please see the school calendar and our school website for more important dates.


It is important that teachers and parents work together to make a child’s school year a happy and successful one! It is hoped that you will be able to build a trusting relationship with your child’s teacher and other parents in the Holcomb community. If you are able to help in school we have many opportunities for parent volunteers. We understand that not all schedules allow for in school help. Please work with your child’s teacher or our PTA to learn about ways that you can help ensure a successful school year for your child. Every parent is welcomed at Holcomb!

The Oregon City School District is instituting an online sign up system to apply to be a volunteer in our schools.

Starting the 2016-17 School Year, when you come in to volunteer, you will sign in on a computer in the office instead of signing in on the clipboard. Then you will sign out on the same computer. You will be able to enter where you will be volunteering in the building that day and the computer will keep track of your time spent helping.

Click Here for the Volunteer Background Check Form Online



We strongly encourage all of our families to join our Parent Teacher Organization. Our PTA is an essential component to the success of our school. Our PTA organizes many of the events that make the Holcomb Community a fun and enriching place to learn. Please participate in our fundraisers, book fairs, assemblies, art shows and family fun nights!

We look forward to seeing all of you soon. If you have any questions related to school policy and procedures, schedules, etc., please feel free to notify the main office at 503-785-8100 or check our school website via http://www.holcombschool.org/ . Please LIKE us on Facebook for updates and school news!  Enjoy the remainder of the summer!

Warm Regards,

Kelli Rhea


Holcomb Elementary School