September 28 - October 2, 2020

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Monday, September 28 - October 11

Virtual Book Fair

Wednesday, September 30

Allen 2020 Bond Meeting

Thursday, October 1

Fall Picture Day

In Otter News...

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We invite you to shop our Online Book Fair at, from Monday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 11. Olson receives 25% back in rewards, so all purchases will directly benefit our school.

Be sure to also visit the Olson PTA website or Facebook page to find out how to win FREE books or one of our two grand prizes:

  • a Tiff’s Treats Milk & Cookies Bedtime Story family pack, or
  • an Eric Carle “Very Hungry Caterpillar” Butterfly Growing Kit, including a voucher for live caterpillars!

Don’t miss these two upcoming weeks of contests, fun, and books!

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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.


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Both IN PERSON and AT HOME learners will have an opportunity to take a school picture.

All picture purchases are made through Lifetouch at using picture day ID EVTZ7N6D3.

AT HOME learners ONLY:

If you’d like for your child to have their picture taken, follow the link at the bottom of the message to sign-up for a time. Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time and wait in your car with your car tag visible. An Olson staff member will come to get the student to go into the gym for the picture and will escort them out when they are finished.

All adults will be masked and all students in grades 4-6 must wear their mask until we are ready to take the picture. We encourage all students in grades K-3 to wear a mask as well. At this time, only essential visitors are allowed in the building, so parents will need to wait in their cars. Don’t worry --- we’ll take great care of your kiddo!

If you are not comfortable having your child enter the school to take a picture but do wish for him or her to be represented in our yearbook, you will need to send in a photo no smaller than 4x5, 300dpi, and in JPEG format. Please upload your pictures directly to Josten’s at

Sign-up below for a picture time.

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The Second Nine Weeks Commitment Form is now available to complete online in Skyward Family Access. Parents and guardians requesting to change your student’s participation in either At-Home Learning or In-Person Learning for the 2nd Nine Weeks grading period must complete the Second Nine Weeks Commitment Form.

The deadline for completing this commitment form is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

If you are not requesting to change the learning option for your student for the 2nd Nine Weeks, then you do not need to complete the commitment form. All students will be scheduled with the same learning option for 1st Nine Weeks and 2nd Nine Weeks if a Commitment Form is not submitted requesting a change.

Please note that adjustments in instructional delivery model selections across the district may impact teacher assignments and student schedules. Staff may need to shift to align with new instructional model choices. Therefore, even students who do not change instructional models could experience a change to their teacher(s), course availability or class schedule as teachers are assigned based on the numbers of students and course requests in each environment.

Elementary students making changes to their instructional delivery model selection may not be guaranteed to be assigned to their home campus based on staffing and grade level seat availability.

Primary Guardians/Parents will use their “parent” Skyward Family Access login to access the form. A primary guardian/parent must complete this from for each student that you are requesting to change the learning option.

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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 Flyers are also available at each elementary campus’ peach jar link.
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Starting September 21, 2020, the district will provide meals free of charge to all students, In-Person and At-Home, Pre-K through 8, at all Middle and Elementary campuses through December 31, 2020. The USDA has offered this option as a support to families during the COVID19 pandemic.
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Sign up Today for the Final Bond Background Meeting

Looking for more information on the 2020 bond election? Join us for a Zoom webinar on September 30 from 6-7 p.m. There will be presentations from AISD’s experts in the areas of transportation, technology, and safety and security. The community is invited, and there will be time for questions. You must register to attend. Register today at

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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 .

Thanks everyone!

Jon Mark Preston

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Our character trait for September is RESPECT: showing others they are important by what you say or do. Respect is shown in many ways every day. We can show respect to adults, each other, our school, our country and the earth. Following are some examples of ways we can show respect: Standing for the pledge and the National Anthem are two ways we show re­spect for those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. Children can show respect for adults by listening to adults when they are talking, by holding the door for them, or giving up your seat to an adult when all the seats are taken on a bus or in a gathering. Obeying laws and rules in our school and in our society, such as cars pulling over to let an ambulance or police car go by are also examples of respect. When we recycle and reduce the waste we create, such as conserving water, energy or cleaning up areas that have been polluted show respect for our environment. Kids need to show respect for each other, they can do this by listening to one another’s point of view, even though they might not agree with each other. Respect is a very important part of any relationship. Discuss with your families ways that you can show respect at home, school, work, and in the community.


We are continuing our Watch D.O.G.S.

program virtually. 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.

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

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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 trick from the CDC for how to wash hands and wear a mask!


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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7:30 - 4:00 M - TH

7:30 - 3:30 F