Parent Newsletter October 16th, 2023

October 16, 2023

Hello Gilham Families, 

Regular School Schedule — The  school schedule this year.  
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday  starting at 7:55  and ending at  2:25.
Wednesday starts at 7:55 and ends at 1:10.

School Pictures are October 18th – You can order pictures by visiting
The picture day ID is EVTWWR3QX

Calling all Duck families! – On November 3rd, mark your calendars and get ready for the University of Oregon Family Day!  Your Oregon Volleyball team will take on the Utah Utes in a fun atmosphere centered around families!  
The University of Oregon is serving up an incredible offer you can’t pass up. Using the code: 23VBFAMILY, you can grab tickets for the whole family for just $3 each. So, bring out the entire family, grab your Oregon gear, and enjoy some good old family fun. 


Learn to Ride a Bike – Thursday, October 19th
Drop-in between 4-6 pm
4J Safe Routes to School program and partners are hosting another free, all-ages learn-to-ride-a-bike event for “not-yet-riders” at the 4J Ed Center at 200 N. Monroe St., Oct 19th, drop-in 4-6 pm. Click here for more information


Students can wear costumes to school — Tuesday, October 31st  students can come to school in a favorite costume or fancy outfit. The following costume dress code will be enforced:

  • Students must be able to remove the costume to use the bathroom independently 
  • NO props or weapons or weapon-like props
  • NO costume masks 
  • NO especially scary, gory costumes, or blood
  • NO inflatable costumes
  • NO dressing as another race, ethnicity, or culture


Health Coverage for Your Family – Free coverage or financial help may be available to kids, teens, and adults through the Oregon Health Plan. CLICK HERE to find out what coverage and savings you can get at


Join the SHELDON COLLEENS for an awesome DANCE CLINIC!!!
Saturday, October 28, 2023
9:00 – 10:30 AM
@ Sheldon HS in the main gym
This clinic is for dancers of all ages (Pre-K – 8th grade) as we will be splitting up into different clinics/groups.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! (Must register BEFORE the 25th to get a shirt) REGISTER HERE

Toys for Tots Information – 4J Welcome Center will once again be hosting and collaborating with Toys for Tots this year to be a satellite distribution site for all 4J families with students from ages 0-13yrs old.
Deadline: Nov 24, no applications will be accepted after this date.
Distribution Date: Saturday, Dec 9  Time/Location: TBD


Breakfast & Lunch Menus – Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the 4J Menu Website.  Make sure you filter to Gilham Elementary.


PTO Updates:
Jaguars, we have a busy week!

The Scholastic Book Fair starts tomorrow. Doors open at 7:30am for shoppers and again after school until 3:30pm. Also, we have an evening shopping session on Wednesday from 5-6:30. A great opportunity to bring the family and pick out books together.

Don’t forget to join us for our Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser on Tuesday the 17th. It will be a great night to skip cooking! Flier here.

Then our October PTO meeting is on Thursday at 5:30pm in the library. Please join us and learn about what the PTO does and all of the opportunities that you can get involved in. 

Lost and found: Please use this link to view all of the items in the lost and found. If you see something that belongs to your student, please email the PTO or call the office and let us know so that we can get it back to them.

Let’s have a great week with activities supporting our amazing teachers!


Important Dates — 
10/16 –  Scholastic Book Fair Starts
10/17 – Papa’s Pizza Dinner Club 
10/18 –  School Picture Day
10/18 – Scholastic Book Fair Evening Session 5:00 – 6:30
10/19 – 4:00-6:00 –  Learn to Ride a Bike Event (4J Ed Center)
10/19 – PTO Meeting in the library
10/20 – Last day for Book Fair
10/24 – Jog a thon Envelopes due
11/9 –  No School – Mid-Term Grading Day
11/10 – No School – Veterans Day (observed)


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