OCTOBER 01 - OCTOBER 08, 2021

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SCHOOL HOURS 7:45am - 2:55pm


4 - 8 - Fire Prevention Week; Book Fair

5 - Olson's Fall 2021 Book Fair Family Night

6 - Olson Walk/Bike to School Day

7 - Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A

14 - Girl Scout Information JOIN EVENT; 1st Chess Club Meeting

16 - Allen Litter Less Day!

17 - PTA Spirit Night at Hat Creek

*Please send water bottles with your student...It's HOT!

*Mondays are Olson Spirit Wear

*Fridays are Allen, Olson, College, or Aloha Spirit Wear

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Dear Olson families,

Allen ISD is launching the Empower 1:1 Student Mobile Device program this year, which is a product of the 2020 bond project, designed to prepare students for their future by providing digital technology to every student.

As you acknowledged when completing your back-to-school forms, all students who check out a school-issued device are required to sign the Allen ISD Responsible Use Policy and to purchase device insurance through SchoolPay. There is no additional form to sign for the Allen ISD Responsible Use Policy, however device insurance must be purchased prior to a Chromebook being assigned to your student. The annual device insurance costs $30 and will cover any kind of device malfunction, repairs, and replacement parts stemming from unintentional damage. The device insurance fee does not cover intentional damage, loss of device or peripherals as informed in the back-to-school forms. To review the details of non-covered events and associated fees provided in the back-to-school forms, follow this link.

Please follow this link to School Pay to purchase the device insurance for the 2021-2022 school year. To check out a device, the student must have paid the $30 insurance fee prior to checking out a device.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 13, 5th and 6th grade students who have paid the insurance fee through School Pay, will be able to bring their Chromebooks home, as needed. Third and 4th graders will be able to bring their devices home later this fall. Our kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will not be required to purchase insurance as their devices will remain at school for in-class use.

In the meantime, we encourage families to look at Common Sense’s Family Resources for tips and resources on practicing digital citizenship at home.


Susanne Miller


Olson Elementary

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Way to go, parents, on getting your kiddos to school on time! Our number of tardies has steadily decreased over the past couple of weeks. As a reminder, students arriving after the bell rings at 7:45 am will need to be signed in by a parent/guardian at the office.

In addition, please do not drop-off your student before 7:30 am. We do not have staff available to supervise until 7:30. Thank you!

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The core of the program is the “21-Day Challenge,” an innovative, three-week nutrition education initiative backed by participating school districts, educators and parents. During the challenge, elementary school students are invited to change their current after-school snacking habits by consuming more fruits and vegetables. Using the recipe books and our Healthy Snack Finder as a foundation, kids are empowered to create fun, healthy snacks on their own or with minimal supervision.

Data collected at the end of each challenge shows that kids are changing their eating habits, trying new fruits and vegetables, and introducing the program to their extended families.

*Track your snacking from September 22nd ~ October 12th

*Take the survey - October 26th ~ November 2nd

Below is the link to register. Please feel free to share with your families.

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Allen Fire Department

October 4th-8th is Fire Prevention week.

In order to provide more awareness, the Allen Fire Department hosts a bookmark (3rd-6th) & poster contest (K-2).

Please refer to the flyers for this year’s theme and additional information.

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Spirit Wear & Field Trip Shirt Update!

The first batch of orders from August/September have been DELIVERED! If it wasn't shipped to your home, check your child's backpack. Thank you all for your patience!

Keep an eye out for a NEW Spirit Shop (link coming soon) for another opportunity to purchase field trip shirts and additional spirit wear options for students, parents, and staff.

Thanks to all for the PTA patronage! Any questions/suggestions? Email

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Get Involved by Volunteering!

Volunteering is one of the best ways to get involved, and when adults volunteer, all students benefit! Choose when and where you volunteer by browsing our volunteer opportunities. Current opportunities include:

  • Help us celebrate our Otterific Otters each month! We need volunteers from 7:40 AM to 9:00 AM on specific days to help with set up, taking photographs, and making a guest appearance as Splash the Otter! Click here to sign up.
  • Keep parents and students informed by updating our marquee! The Marquee Manager volunteer position is flexible, so you can arrive at Olson anytime between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM to update the marquee. Information to include on the marquee will be provided. Click here to sign up for the weeks that work best with your schedule.
  • Be a copy cat! Olson teachers need our help to make sure important papers are copied for distribution to students and/or parents. Choose your preferred dates and times to help out by signing up here.
  • Keep our students reading! Volunteer at the book fair and help us get the books we need to keep our children reading all year long. Sign up here for a time slot that works best for you during the week of October 4th.
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Otter Cheers for Volunteers!

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A special thank you to these volunteers who donated their time and organization skills this week to decorate and set up for our Fall Book Fair!

The students loved getting a sneak peek of all the books, and we can't wait to help them shop and choose their favorites.

We hope to see you all at our Book Fair Family Night on Tuesday, October 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM so you can see our volunteers in action!

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Please join us at Chick-fil-A on Stacy Road for Olson Spirit Day on Thursday, October 7th.

You can visit Chick-fil-A anytime between 6:00am-10:00pm to help support our school. Tell the cashier when you are ordering that you are an Olson Otter, so that we get credit for you attending.

Please have your student bring your receipt on Friday to Mrs. Oliver to be placed in a drawing for a prize.

Thank you for supporting Olson through Chick-fil-A!

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Spirit Night at Hat Creek on Sunday, 10/17 from 5-9 PM

Oooooh a SUNDAY spirit night?! And there are yummy food (and drink) choices for the kids AND the adults? Count us in.

Swing by Hat Creek Allen (drive-thru or dine-in) and leave your receipt in the bucket for Olson!

**Hat Creek is donating 10% of gross sales back to the PTA!**

Facebook event reminder:

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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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Calling All D.O.G.S.!

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a program from the National Center for Fathering, whose purpose is to provide positive male role models for students by being present in education.

Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day during the school year by helping in the classroom, lunch, recess, specials, at arrival and dismissal, etc.

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