OTTER OUTLOOK

October 19 - October 23, 2020

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In Otter News...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, October 19 - November 2

Sign up for 21 Day Challenge


Saturday, October 24

Medical Disposal Day


Monday, October 26

Student Holiday - No School


Tuesday, October 27

Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party


Thursday, October 29

PTA Membership Zoom Meeting and Fall Online Event!

PTA Reflections Program Extended Deadline - October 30th


Thursday, December 3

Picture Retakes


Saturday, December 5

Holly Jolly (virtual) Fun Run & 5K

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PARENT CONFERENCES

Communication between the home and school is valuable in creating a learning partnership to support the academic growth of students. Each year, Allen ISD designates a specific window of time for teachers to conduct formal conferences with parents regarding student progress. Traditionally, this is scheduled on campus during the last week of October. This year, elementary teachers will communicate with parents on academic progress through a variety of methods. Communication will occur during an extended period of time from now until mid-November and may include formal conferences, personalized phone calls, or academic reports. As always, if you have specific concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher.

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PTA Reflections Contest - Deadline Extended!

Calling all students K - 6th! The deadline for participation in the PTA Reflections program has been extended through October 30th.


We need your help to have Olson Elementary well represented, and there are MANY ways to participate! This year's theme is "I MATTER BECAUSE..."


  • Here is the link for the Reflections flyer on the PTA Website: https://olsonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections
    • The Categories are:
      • Visual Arts
      • Photography
      • Literature
      • Film Production
      • Music Composition
      • Dance Choreography
    • Please submit digital files of your work by Friday, October 30th to the Reflections' chair at ariemichelleco@gmail.com. Originals will be required for the Visual Arts and Photography categories if advancing to the state level.
    • A great way to share your film, music or dance choreography file is to upload it to your Google Drive and share the link with the PTA Reflections chair at ariemichelleco@gmail.com.
    • For additional information, visit the Texas PTA's Reflections Eligibility and Participate page. Please include the Student Entry Form with your submission.
    • Special Artist Division: Students who identify as having a disability may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW PTA PRESIDENT

During our special Membership Meeting held October 14th, the Olson PTA welcomed a newly elected PTA President, Myk Diaz. Please join us in CONGRATULATING MR. DIAZ.
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Otter Pride

Show your school spirit with a yard sign

Signs are available to purchase through this School Pay link.
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2019-20 Yearbook for Sale

We still have some yearbooks in limited supply if you would like to purchase one. Memories that can last a lifetime. Order here.
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LET'S GET HEALTHY TOGETHER!

21 DAY CHALLENGE SIGN UPS COMING UP

https://kids-teaching-kids.com/sign-up/

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MEDICATION DISPOSAL DAY!

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR ONLINE FALL BOOK FAIR

  • Thank you so much for supporting Olson's Online Scholastic Fall Book Fair. Your purchases will keep kids reading and our school thriving!
    • Congratulations to all of our 2020 Fall Book Fair Winners:
      • $50 Tiff's Treats "Milk & Cookies" Grand Prize: Emma Chesnut - 3rd Grade/Jensen
      • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Butterfly Growing Kit Grand Prize: Claire Kacer - 4th Grade/Landers
      • Daily Student Book Winners:
        • Monday, Sept 28: Adelyn De Villez & Manreen Parhar
        • Tuesday, Sept 29: Mlek Yidez & Lucas Chesnut
        • Wednesday, Sept 30: Journey Sparrow & Jayden Wu
        • Thursday, Oct 1: Aarav Nair & Juan Quintanilla
        • Friday, Oct 2: Avery Smith & Irmias Bekele
        • Monday, Oct 5: Jedidiah Palmer-Frels & Piper Lewis
        • Tuesday, Oct 6: Avery Johnson & Yuhan Han
        • Wednesday, Oct 7: Kamryn Gill & Micko Salipuran
        • Thursday, Oct 8: Mia Hernandez & Jesse King
        • Friday, Oct 9: Chandler Lewis & Alessandro Ramirez
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STORYBOOK CHARACTER PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST

  • Get into the Fall Spirit by decorating a pumpkin! Olson PTA is hosting the Storybook Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Contest rules and information will be posted soon to the Olson PTA Facebook page, so start brainstorming ideas. The winner will be announced at the Olson PTA Membership Zoom Meeting, Thursday, Oct 29th.
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CALLING ALL WATCH D.O.G.S.

We still need dads to sign up for

our virtual Watch D.O.G.S. program.

Each week, 2 dads will be spotlighted

in Olson's Weekly Announcements.

Participating dads should submit a video of

themselves answering the provided questions.

Please see the sign up genius for instructions.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EAEAF2CA5FECE9-watch

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It's a Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party! Pick up a pizza and support our PTA! Tuesday, Oct 27th head to the Palio's Pizza Cafe at Custer and Hedgecoxe and get pie. Tell them you're with Olson Elementary and 15% of your dine-in and pick-up order will go towards the Olson Elementary PTA
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2020 HOLLY JOLLY VIRTUAL FUN RUN & 5K

HOLLY JOLLY 5K AND FUN RUN (VIRTUAL)


One of Allen's most exciting holiday events, the annual Holly Jolly 5K and Fun Run (formerly the Rudolph Run), is now virtual!


This family-friendly competition is open to all ages and skill levels. The top 3 runners for each gender and age division of the Holly Jolly 5K will receive a medal. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall and Master's (40+) male and female winners.


Holly Jolly Fun Run (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)


Cost: $15 (pre-register through 11/15, includes race shirt) | $15 (register 11/16-12/04)

Holly Jolly 5K (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)


Cost: $25 (pre-register through 11/15, includes race shirt) | $25 (register 11/16-12/04)


Track and submit your virtual 5K race time

If you're participating in this year's virtual 5K and you want to track and submit your race time/results, you have two options to do this.


https://www.allenspecialevents.org/153/Holly-Jolly-5K-and-Fun-Run-VIRTUAL.



For more information, please call 214.509.4810 or email Athletic Program Supervisor Joey Ramos.

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Our character trait for October is : SELF DISCIPLINE. Self-discipline is defined as the ability to control one's feelings and behavior, with the intention of improving oneself, or the ability to make yourself do the things that need or should be done. Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Often it requires sacrificing an “in the moment” feeling or temptation for what matters most in life. Self-discipline is something that requires practice and development over time, and can be difficult. In order to develop self-discipline, you have to be aware of what you are doing and why. The “why” comes from a commitment that you are willing to make to a value or goal. Because self-discipline can be difficult, don’t pretend it is easy, instead find the courage to face it head on, encourage yourself and reassure yourself along the way. Share your value or goal with your family and friends so they can help you along the way. Talk as a family about some things you have accomplished or want to accomplish that required or require self-discipline.
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SPIRIT SHOP IS NOW LIVE

  • Spirit wear shop is live on the PTA home page. Order - your masks and shirts today!



https://olsonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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Order Your Yearbook

Your children are making great memories everyday, and the school yearbook is a great way to capture them! Yearbooks are on sale now.


ORDER YEARBOOK

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AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES

Community Education’s afterschool classes will look a little different this fall! All our afterschool classes have gone virtual! Classes start the week of October 5, 2020. Our providers have all transitioned to a live online format. Available providers can be found at the Community Education home page www.allenisd.org/communityed Flyers are also available at each elementary campus’ peach jar link.
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Allen ISD Student Nutrition Department

· Reimbursable meals served in elementary and middle schools and at the 4 curbside pickup locations (Rountree, Boyd, Ereckson and Curtis) are FREE through December 31, 2020 regardless of eligibility.

· Students are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch per day. Parents should not pick up meals for students eating at school. Meals can be preordered for the student and siblings ages 1-18 years of age for pickup at the 4 curbside locations only. Curbside pickup can be ordered by clicking here.

· If you think you may be eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, please compete the application for this school year even though meals are currently free for elementary and middle school students. Free or reduced meal application link: https://www.allenisd.org/Page/50163

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OLSON CAFETERIA MONITORS NEEDED

HI Otter Families,


I wanted to reach out to our community to recruit two cafeteria monitors for the Olson lunch room. Lunch room monitors supervise our students from 10:30-1:30 while they eat lunch. In addition to student safety, primary duties include handing out sporks and napkins and visiting with our students! If you or someone you know might be interested in the position, please apply through the Allen ISD job posting link here .

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FROM THE NURSE

DAILY SCREENINGS


Please make sure you are screening your child for COVID - 19 symptoms each morning before sending them to school each day. Click here for tips and tricks from the CDC for how to wash hands and wear a mask!

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SCHOOL HOURS

School Hours: 7:45 am - 2:55 pm


The building opens at 7:30. Student supervision begins at that time. Please contact the office no later than 2:30 if there are changes in how your child will be picked up. Please email or call the school office in the morning if your child is absent or leave a voicemail 24/7 at 972-236-0600, ext. 1800. When your child returns to school, he/she will need to bring a signed note with the reason for the absence.

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SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS:

7:30 - 4:00 M - TH

7:30 - 3:30 F