Gilbert Heights Elementary
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Remembering Jenni

On July 22nd, communication was sent to families sharing the news that one of our students, Jenni, and her father tragically drowned in the Sandy River. Jenni’s family is raising funds for funeral expenses. If you would like to donate, here is the link to do so. Attached are the letters of communication sent out by Principal Deems. Our thoughts are with Jenni’s family during this difficult time.

Hello Gilbert Heights Families,

Photo of the new Principal Shannon Deems

  It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Gilbert Heights Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to partner in building a relationship with our school community. I have been dedicated to the field of education for the last ten years.  My background is in special education with a focus on school behavior systems, educational equity and building inclusive practices. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Gilbert Heights Elementary and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

    We are living in unprecedented times and the previous year demonstrated how crucial the partnership between home and school is for our learners, and I hope to continue that work. More than ever we have been reminded that our students are resilient, strong, and flexible human beings. It is truly a privilege to share them with you. As we look towards fall, know that our district is working hard to provide as typical a learning environment as possible, focusing on access and equity for all. I ask for your continued patience and grace as we navigate this together.

   All of us at Gilbert Heights are eager and excited to welcome our families back in September. Please be on the lookout for future communication regarding fall reopening and opportunities to connect. My door is always open and I welcome your input as I dive into this exciting new role. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.  

I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Gilbert Heights meet their goals and have a successful school year!

Best Regards,
Shannon Deems

Gilbert Heights Elementary School Mission Statement
Gilbert Heights will provide meaningful, equitable and highly effective instruction so that each student will grow and thrive socially, emotionally and academically.  We will ensure this occurs in a safe, respectful and culturally responsive environment where all students, families and staff feel welcomed and supported. 

Most district communication and updates for families will occur via email and online platforms, and all student education will occur in this format.  If you need assistance with this, please reach out via DDSD family support for technology: Phone number-503.261.8391, Email: The district is currently applying for grants to help provide Wifi to families in need.

Office Contacts

12839 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97236

Fax: 503-261-8454

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Shannon Deems

Kim Anderson

Julie Keim

Records Secretary
Michelle Cook

Health Assistant
Eleasha Tryon


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    Food Pantry

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    Food Pantry

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  • Friday 

    Food Pantry

    9:00am - 10:00am
    Gilbert Heights