Olympic Hills Family Newsletter


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Dear Olympic Hills families,

We made it! 2020 is almost over, and I know we are all looking forward to a new year. I hope you find time over the break to close your screens and do the little things that bring you joy. I'm looking forward to baking cookies with my children, reading a fantasy series I can't put down, and just having some time to step back and reflect on this fall. I would love to hear how you are spending the time with your family. As always, I am just a phone call or email away.

Thank you so much to all of our families and community partners who helped with the holiday drive!

I want to share a special video with you: Garfield High School choir's video performance of "You Will Be Found." Grab a tissue!

Happy holidays from my family to yours :)

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Assembly Video - Winter Break Send Off!

Winter Wishes OHE

Upcoming Dates

12/18 One hour early dismissal

12/21-1/1 Winter Break

1/4 First Day Back

1/18 MLK Jr. Day

1/20 Beep and Greet

1/26 PTA Night

New Schedule Starting January 4th

As I shared last week, our scheduling committee has revised our schedule to reflect the feedback from the family and staff surveys. The main change to our schedule is moving core subjects such as math, ELA, and science to the morning, and moving specialists and Otter Block small groups to after lunch (for almost all grade levels).

Schedule Start: Our new schedule begins January 4th with a slow start the first week back. Afternoon small groups begin the second week, January 11th. Click here to see an overview of the schedule. Teachers will email specific schedules to families. Please help your child learn their schedule by reviewing it together, giving them reminders, setting a timer for afternoon sessions, etc. Thank you!

Asynchronous Days: Thank you for your feedback! Of the 106 families who responded to our poll, 11 families did not want asynchronous days, and 95 families were split between Wednesdays, monthly Fridays, or either option. Since our new schedule allows more flexibility for teachers to do 1:1s and small groups with students in the afternoon and Wednesdays, we have decided to just do quarterly asynchronous days for 1:1 reading assessments with students. We will have 2-3 of these Fridays this spring and will let you know dates soon.

Awesome Otter Fun Time! We heard from you that students would like more social clubs/opportunities. On Wednesdays, we will offer clubs at 12:30 for PreK-2nd and 1:15 for 3rd-5th. More details coming!

As always, please reach out to me with any questions, feedback, or concerns.

Meal Distribution Over Break

Regular meal distribution will be closed over winter break. One-week meal box pick up will be available at Olympic Hills:

Monday, December 21, 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29, 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

In Person Learning Survey for PreK - First Grade Families

As you may have heard, Governor Inslee has recommended schools begin reopening plans this spring. Seattle Public Schools is beginning plans to bring back preschool through first grade in March. PreK-1 families will be contacted about your intention for returning to in-person learning or continuing with remote learning after the winter break.

Family Connectors University

SPS families are invited to sign up for the Family Connectors University (FCU) class designed to support you in Winter 2021!

The FCU class is a partnership between North Seattle College and the Family Partnerships Department at SPS. Here are some examples of topics we'll be covering:

  • How to help your child with remote learning
  • Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
  • Becoming a supportive partner at your school
  • Helping your child with literacy and math
  • Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions

The class will take place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, January 12th at 6pm and parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously (sessions will be recorded).

It will be facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy from Queen Anne Elementary, Asosa Sailiai, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator, and other special guest speakers. This year's curriculum is very exciting and has been immensely helpful to parents during Fall 2020.

The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42 and scholarships are available. Please email Asosa as soon as possible to reserve your spot if you're interested in enrolling: amsailiai@seattleschools.org.

Information and Resources

*Report Cards will be available for families to view in the Source on December 28th.

Technology Resource Center at Nathan Hale: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00am to 6:00pm, lunch from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Still first come, first served. No appointments can be made.

Family Works at Nathan Hale: Wednesdays 12:45pm-3:00pm. An organization called FamilyWorks is providing Family Support Services to help families navigate various services and resources. They will be staffed with individuals who speak Somali, Spanish and English.

Virtual Volunteering: Are you interested in becoming a virtual volunteer to help support in breakout sessions or tutor students? Please reach out to Danielle Vaillancourt at olympichills.volunteer@seattleschools.org or call (425) 616-2516.

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Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:00pm