13521 Gaffney Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045 | 503-785-8600 | fax 503-650-6688

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About Gaffney Lane Elementary

Gaffney Lane School, its families and community are actively committed to nurture and develop safe, respectful, and responsible learners.


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 8:00 a.m. must sign in at the office with a parent. If your child is sick, please report the absence to the main office by 8 a.m. Also, please make every effort to schedule appointments and vacations so as not to 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 tardies. Thank you for your partnership in reaching our goal of every child having a 91% or higher attendance rate.

Family Vacations

Gaffney Lane Elementary is committed to the academic success of every student that steps through our doors. Classrooms are continually filled with exciting opportunities where students learn, connect, and grow within the school community. The only way students have access to these experiences is by coming to school every day. Attending school daily has a significant impact on student achievement levels and social skill development.
When making plans for family vacations, the Gaffney Lane staff asks you to consider not scheduling your vacation during the school year. Every day missed is an opportunity lost. 
We also understand that family emergencies may occur which require an absence. Life happens to all of us. Keeping the school informed during unexpected events, allows our teachers to properly plan and support students while they are away. We thank you in advance and look forward to creating an amazing school experience for your student and your family.


Individual conferences with parents are held twice each year. See the school calendar for specific dates. The kindergarten schedule will be announced prior to conference time. Teachers may request to meet with parents throughout the year. We hope that parents will email, call, or visit us when they have questions or concerns. Please contact the office or email the teacher directly. Teacher emails can be found on the contact page.


The school counselor helps students, parents, and staff. The counselor teaches guidance topics in the classroom, helps parents and teachers with student behavior issues, and acts as a liaison between school and community services. The counselor serves as a resource for the entire Gaffney Lane School community. The counselor works with students in small groups as well as teaching whole classes and sees students individually. Please see our Contact page if you would like to contact Teresa Scott, our school counselor.

Health and Medication

When a child is found to be ill at school we will contact the parents or guardians. The child is usually sent home until the condition clears or a doctor advises that school attendance is approved. As stated above, attendance is important; however, parents should not allow a child to come to school sick, with an undiagnosed rash, or with some other questionable condition. Please communicate with us so we can work together to support your child when he/she experiences illness during the school year.

There are times when students need to take medication at school. State law requires that the school follow certain procedures. Please be aware of the following:

  • Prescription medication should be administered at school only if the prescribed frequency requires it to be given during school hours.

  • Non-prescription medication means only commercially prepared, non-alcohol based medication to be taken at school that is necessary for the student to remain in school. This is limited to eye, nose and cough drops, cough suppressants, analgesics, decongestants, antihistamines, topical antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and antacids.

  • Medication needs to be brought to school by the parent in the original container.

  • A medication permission form needs to be filled out and signed by the parent. This form may be obtained in the school office.

Head Lice

From time to time we have students at Gaffney Lane with head lice or phone calls asking about how to prevent or treat head lice. When we are alerted to an active case (either by a parent or a teacher noticing excessive itching) we follow the Oregon City School District Head Lice Policy (link below). Also attached are tips for prevention and treatment. It is a good idea to look for signs when you are shampooing or brushing your child's hair. Cases that are caught early are much easier to treat.

HEAD LICE POLICY and Tips for Prevention


Gaffney Lane
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 7:55-2:20 p.m.
Wednesdays: 7:55-1:20 p.m.

Items Not Allowed At School

In keeping with the Oregon City School District Dress Code Policy, students are expected to wear appropriate, suitable clothes for school. The Gaffney Lane School staff will prohibit student dress or grooming practices that: present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or to others in the school, interfere with school work, create disorder or disrupt the educational program, cause excessive wear or damage to school property, and prevent the student from achieving his/her educational objectives. Students need safe, sturdy shoes for the playground and P.E.

Please refer to the guidelines in the printed school calendar.

Leaving School

Student safety is our number one priority. Students must have written permission before they will be allowed to leave school with anyone other than their parents.

A student must have written permission from home and permission of the teacher or school office if he/she is to remain on the school grounds after dismissal. Children planning to visit a friend after school or go home by a different route than usual must have a note from their parents permitting them to do so. Such permission slips should be presented by the student to the school office where they can be approved and logged.

Students are expected to leave promptly at dismissal time unless asked by their teachers to remain at school. However, the child's parents will be notified before this is done.

Parents and others are requested to sign an early release form in the office before taking children from school.


A meal menu can be found online at Sodexo. Additional information including meal prices and free and reduced applications can be found on the district website

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Visit our PTO Gaffney Lane Facebook Page or contact our PTO at GaffneyLanePTO@gmail.com


School district policy allows two room parties a year. Parents of students may send store-bought treats for class parties. No home prepared foods are allowed due to County Health Department regulations.

Birthday food treats need to be prearranged and approved by the teacher. Treats should be healthy items, books, or other small items like pencils. No sugary treats like cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Arrangements for parties held at homes are to be made outside the school. If children are going directly to a party from school, a note giving parental permission must be presented to the office before the children leave the school. See our "Leaving School" section for more information.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with students at the end of each grading period. End-of-the-year report cards will be mailed home to students.


Gaffney Lane school expects students to follow the three school rules developed by the students and staff:

  • Be Safe

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

Site Council

Gaffney Lane has a Site Council composed of classroom teachers, specialists, classified staff, parents, and the principal.  The council meets the second Monday of the month, or more often as needed.  The Site Council addresses issues that affect the school's instructional program, student behavior, and staff development.

Student Management 

The goal of student behavior expectations is to insure our school has a learning environment where all students feel challenged, involved, and comfortable.

Students are responsible for behavior that exhibits respect for human dignity and individual differences.

Students and staff share the responsibility of maintaining a safe and orderly climate that promotes and encourages learning.

Students have the right to know the guidelines for expected behavior and be assured that they are consistent throughout our school. Our primary goal is to prepare students to be contributing members of a democratic society.

Students should recognize that they are in jeopardy of losing their rights when their actions infringe on the rights, needs, or property of others.

Student Recognition

Positive school behavior themes, attendance, and improvement will be recognized throughout the year.  We are proud of our Gaffney Lane students and their accomplishments.


We welcome visitors at Gaffney Lane at any time. Our only request is that they be considerate and try not to distract children and teachers from their work. For special classroom visitations, and as a courtesy to the teacher, please email or call ahead to make special arrangements with that teacher prior to your visit.

All visitors must sign in and out on forms provided in the office. Please wear a visitor badge while you are in the building. These badges may be found by the sign-in sheet, and they let the students and staff know that you belong here. People in the building without a visitor's badge will be kindly asked to stop in the office and get one. We pay close attention to visitors in the building in order to promote the utmost safety for our students and staff.


We welcome parent volunteers at Gaffney Lane. Volunteers are a vital part of our school and we try to make volunteering as easy as possible for parents. If you desire to volunteer but find a barrier such as transportation, childcare, language or anything else, please contact us. We will work together to find ways for you to contribute to our school community! We are grateful for your commitment to your child and to our school!

With the safety and well-being of our students always our number one priority, the Oregon City School District requires that all individuals volunteering within the school district (including those accompanying students on field trips) fill out a Volunteer Registration form and have a criminal background verification completed prior to beginning their volunteer activities.

Starting this year, forms are completed online: Click here for our webform. Please complete the Volunteer Registration form every year if you are planning to volunteer. New forms must be filled out each school year.

If you have any questions about the District's policy concerning volunteers, please contact Gaffney Lane's principal, Cyndi Borgmeier, at 503-785-8600 or Cyndi.Borgmeier@orecity.k12.or.us or the District Community Involvement Coordinator, Debbie Cole, at 503-785-8877 or Debbie.Cole@orecity.k12.or.us


If you find any mistakes on this page please report them to Cyndi.Borgmeier@orecity.k12.or.us. Thank you!

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