Olympic Hills Family Newsletter


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Dear Olympic Hills families,

I want to take a moment to honor the nine Asian-American women who were murdered in Atlanta on Tuesday, and acknowledge the increase in hate crimes across the U.S. against Asian-Americans. We love, support, and stand in solidarity with our Asian students, families, and staff at Olympic Hills. Click here for more information, support, or ways to get involved.


As you may know, students in preschool and Focus special education programs will return to in-person learning March 29th. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade will return April 5th. Families can also choose to remain fully remote.

I know this is a big decision to make for your family with little time, and you probably have many questions. While this agreement still needs to be voted on by the union on Tuesday, families can and should begin to plan.

What is the instructional model?

Students who return will be in a hybrid model, in-person half the day (morning or afternoon) and remote learning half the day, four days a week. Wednesdays will continue to be remote.

Will there be another survey?

  • Preschool and Focus: If you would like to change your preference, call the main office at 413-2200 or email Joyce Phitts at jophitts@seattleschools.org.
  • Kindergarten - 5th grade: The district will email a new survey due early next week.

Will my child change teachers?

It is important to understand this will be a transition for all students. While we will strive to keep students with their current teacher when possible, many students who return or stay remote will have new teachers, and all students will experience change in classmates. We have amazing staff at Olympic Hills, and if your child transitions to a new teacher, they will be in good hands.

Will there be transportation?

At this time, our understanding is there will only be transportation for students receiving special education services and McKinney Vento (a service provided to families in transitional housing). I recognize not having transportation will cause hardship for many of our families, and I am very sorry for this news. The transportation department does not have sufficient buses or drivers at this time to bus all students. We have been told they are evaluating their capacity, and they will prioritize buses for schools using an equity lens, including Olympic Hills. On the family survey, please indicate if you need busing. I am prioritizing getting answers and finding solutions and will keep you all updated.

Will the Boys and Girls Club reopen?

Unfortunately, the regional director informed me the Boys and Girls Club will not reopen this spring. We were hopeful because we know having childcare on-site would be very helpful for families. I will let you all know if this changes.

Is it safe to return to school?

  • Yes! A recent mega-analysis of 130 studies around the world shows transmission rates in schools are low and do not contribute to the spread of Covid-19.
  • Yes! Olympic Hills is a brand new building with updated HVAC systems, hepa filters, many entrances and exits, and separate bathrooms in each pod. Our safety team has met since January, and we will share our Covid handbook with you in the coming week.

What will remote learning look like?

  • Remote learning will be similar to the current schedule but there will be changes in times and adults who work with students. We are committed to providing welcoming and engaging instruction for all students, including remote and in-person!

What will happen the week before school reopens?

  • For students in preschool and Focus, 3/22-3/24 will be asynchronous learning and 3/25-3/26 will be remote synchronous learning. Students return to school 3/29.
  • For students in Kindergarten - 5th, 3/29-3/31 will be asynchronous learning and 4/1-4/2 will be remote synchronous learning. Students return to school 4/5.

When are the Family Information Q&A Sessions on Monday March 22nd?

How should I talk to my child about this transition? Talk to your children early on so they can feel prepared. Here are some ways you might talk to them:

  • Schools are reopening around the country and now Seattle schools are opening. It is safe for students to return to school!
  • Some students will return and some will continue learning remotely, and this is a choice each family will make based on what is best for your family.
  • This is a transition for most students at Olympic Hills. Many students will have a new teacher, and all the teachers at Olympic Hills are caring and love our students.
  • It is okay to have big feelings and to talk with you about them.

We recognize this is a moment of transition for students and families, and there will be many different emotions for the upcoming changes. We are here to support you in your decisions. As questions arise, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Please look for more frequent communications from me over the coming weeks.

In partnership,

Libby DeBell

Assembly Video

OH Multicultural Cookbook

Upcoming Dates

3/31 Beep and Greet

3/22-3/24 Asynchronous learning for preschool & Focus

3/29 Return to In-Person Learning for Preschool & Focus

3/29-3/31 Asynchronous learning for Kindergarten - 5th grade

4/5 Return to In-Person Learning for Kindergarten - 5th grade

4/12-4/16 Spring Break

For Your Information

Introducing the Multicultural Cookbook Project! The ELL Department is excited to announce the Olympic Hills Multicultural Cookbook project! We are hoping to gather virtually as a community to share recipes from around the world, and to collect these recipes into a cookbook for every family. We look forward to receiving recipes from all of you! Recipe templates will be sent home at the Beep and Greet on 3/31.

4/23 – Due date for all recipe submissions.

Beep and Greet March 31st

  • Materials provided: Multicultural Cookbook recipe template for families, memory book order form, spring break activity, and Otter Gear order form.
  • Schedule: 4:00-4:30 preschool, 1st, 4th. 4:30-5:00 2nd & 5th. 5:00-5:30 Kinder & 3rd.
  • Supply donation: Please consider donating the following materials that we will use to create individual student materials bins for students returning to the building: pencils, small pencil sharpeners, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and hand sanitizer. Thank you!

Canceling asynchronous assessment day and spirit week: Due to the changes in the schedule, we are cancelling our April 2nd asynchronous day and postponing spirit week. Stay tuned.

Ms. Paulina: I am sad to share our counselor Ms. Paulina will not be returning. Ms. Paulina was an important member of our school community and will be missed by staff, students, and families. We are in the processing of posting and hiring a new counselor. Below is a message from Ms. Paulina:

Dear OH Community,

I hope you all are doing well. I miss you! I want to let you know how lucky I feel to have had the chance to be part of the OH community. I appreciate you all very much! These two years, I learned so much from everyone, adults and children at OH.

Moving on is a hard decision. I think OH is a special place in so many ways! Our students, our families, our teachers, and our administration are all amazing :)

I wish I had the bandwidth to be able to fulfill the needs of the school for 2022. Unfortunately, my work as a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer is not compatible with a full time counseling position.

Please know I am here, so please feel free to reach out to connect or just say hi. I would love to stay in touch. My personal email is: paulinapmkyk@yahoo.es

Thank you everyone. Be well,

Paulina Cuevas-Vega

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Kindergarten and New Student Enrollment

For incoming kindergarten students or new students, registration is now open. Please spread the word and encourage friends and neighbors to register at the Enroll My Student webpage.

Nathan Hale Resources

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.

Medical Clinic at Nathan Hale: This year, the clinic is open to students of all ages who attend Seattle Public Schools. The nurse practitioners there can see students who need a physical, vaccines, a medication refill, or to complete medical forms required for school, among many other primary care needs. Services are free regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Call (206) 302-1840 to schedule an appointment.

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