Olympic Hills Family Newsletter

6-7-2020

Dear Olympic Hills families,


Click here to view our newest Olympic Hills staff video about reading! Thank you to Ms. Meyer for creating it!


I was incredibly proud to be a part of the Olympic Hills school community on Wednesday during the Caravan to support Black Lives Matter. It was powerful to see so many of our students, families, and community members standing on the streets with signs and cheering in support of racial justice and equality, and I was glad for our students to have an opportunity for participation and advocacy in this moment. Many of our teachers will continue to have conversations and hold space in their classes for students to talk about race, Black Lives Matter, and the protests. Having these conversations early is a way for our students to create a "new pattern," as they learned in the book, Something Happened in Our Town. As always, I am here for any feedback, suggestions, and ideas. I am grateful for this community.


We are all anxious to know what school will look like in the fall. The district has announced they are deciding between three options: A) K-5 in person with secondary on A/B schedule. B) K-12 on A/B schedule. C) K-12 fully remote. They will announce the decision by the last day of school on June 19th. We will be working over the summer to develop our plan for the fall, taking into account learning models, social emotional supports, family supports, and safety and hygiene procedures. If you are interested in joining one of these committees over the summer to help us plan, please let me or a trusted staff member know!


In partnership,

Libby DeBell

e: ecdebell@seattleschools.org | m: 206-556-6296

Follow me on Instagram @principaldebell

Upcoming Dates

Week of June 8-12: Student belonging pick up June 10th and 11th (see plan below)

Week of June 15-19:

  • June 18th @ 1:30 - 5th grade graduation
  • June 19th - Last day of school

Student Belonging Pick Up Plan

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Welcoming New Staff

Please join me in welcoming two more new staff members to Olympic Hills!


Jordan Rocco, Classroom Teacher: Jordan Rocco is a recent graduate from The University of Washington, who is proud to be a Husky. With a major in Public Health from Central Washington University, he has the heart to help others and give back to the community. Born and raised in Tacoma Wa, he went to Wilson High School and played varsity football and track for all four years, which he transferred to college as well. Jordan saw a great opportunity in serving the community, especially working with kids and students, which was offered through his City Year Seattle experience. With City Year, Jordan worked at Van Asselt Elementary and after that, he set off to graduate school and student taught 3rd grade at Broadview Thomson K-8 and 4th grade at Van Asselt. Then Jordan received his Masters In Teaching at the Univerusity Of Washington (GO DAWGS). Jordan is passionate about everything he does and cares deeply about his community and the people around it. When Jordan isn’t working he enjoys live music shows, playing sports such as soccer, football, frisbee, and basketball. Jordan is excited to be working at Olympic Hills and cannot wait to be an Otter.

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Erica Martin, Special Education Resource Teacher: I was born and raised in the Seattle Area. I attended Whitman College for my undergrad, where I majored in Studio Art and Sociology. This summer I will graduate from the Seattle Teacher Residency Program. Before going back to school to earn my masters, I worked as a preschool teacher in the Seattle Parks Department for many years. I have two wonderful children, Desmond and Nia, who will hopefully be joining me at Olympic Hills this fall. I enjoy spending all my spare time, with family at the beaches and waterways around the Northwest. I’m beyond excited to continue working with the Olympic Hills family.
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Information and Resources

FOOD LIFELINE: Weekly food box pick up available for anyone!!

  • Tues June 9th, 11:00am - 3:00pm (and every Tuesday)
  • New Location: North Seattle College - SOUTH LOT. Please enter from College Way
  • Food items change weekly but last week families were provided the following: 2 gallons milk (2% and skim), quart of half-n-half, cheese, butter, yogurt, 2 dozen eggs. Produce box is potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, apples, oranges and a small box of strawberries.


Look, Listen, & Learn is "children's programming that aims to bridge the achievement gap in our schools 'by showcasing Black and Indigenous people and people of color learning, teaching, and exploring, television becomes a tool to provide positive media representation of diversity as well as greater access to early learning principles in more homes.'" Click here to visit the website and click here for the Youtube channel.


Digital Resources for Families from Ms. Nuzhat:

Counselor's Corner

Dear OH Families: Welcome to visit the New Virtual Counseling Office!!


Queridas Familias de OH: Bienvenidxs a visitar la Nueva Oficina de Consejería Virtual!!