Olympic Hills Family Newsletter


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Dear Olympic Hills families,

Only one more day until mid-winter break! I hope you can turn off your screens, get outside in the snow, and spend quality time with loved ones. Happy Lunar New Year, 100th Day, and Valentine's Day.

I am happy to share we have 11 students currently receiving special education services in-person at Olympic Hills, which is one of the highest numbers in the district. I want to thank everyone who has made this return to learning possible. Our students and staff are following Covid safety procedures, and this is helping us to refine our plans for when more students return to school.

Regarding the return to in-person learning, the district is hoping to bring back students in the Focus special education programs March 1st, and students in PreK, K, and 1st later in March. I know this uncertainty creates anxiety for families trying to juggle childcare, jobs, multiple children, safety concerns, and more. We are continuing to prepare the building and procedures, and we will be ready to welcome students back as soon as we hear more. The district plans to announce a return date Feb 22nd. The district will also send out a second survey for families to indicate if you would like for your child to return now that the schedule has changed to an AA/BB two days a week in-person model.

Please reach out to me with any questions or feedback. I have been out of the office recently due to a family situation and am catching up on email, so I apologize if I have not responded to yours yet. Thank you for your understanding.

In partnership,

Libby DeBell

Assembly Video

OHE celebrates Black History Month & Lunar New Year

Would you like to participate in an upcoming assembly?

  • We would like to feature Black staff, students, and families for our assembly videos in February sharing about your family and culture.
  • We always need more students to sing the Olympic Hills song!

If you would like to participate, please send videos to Ms. Toledo (mesalesrojas@seattleschools.org / 509-830-5539) or Ms. Gardner (rrgardner@seattleschools.org / 509-710-5914).

Upcoming Dates

2/12 Lunar New Year; 100th Day of School

2/15-2/19 Mid-Winter Break (No School)

2/24 Beep and Greet: Materials Pick Up

3/11 PTA Family Night

Meal Service is Happening over Mid-Winter Break!

There will be no meal service from Nutrition Services on Monday, Feb. 15.

Regularly scheduled meal times will resume on Tuesday Feb. 16!

Do you have an extra hour to help sort crayons or science materials?

There are lots of ways to volunteer right at home and we'd love your help! If you are interested in volunteering with the PTA, please fill out this quick survey. We'll contact you when projects come up so we can work together to serve our school community! Here's the quick survey: tinyurl.com/otterhelp

Thank you!

The Olympic Hills PTA

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.

Olympic Hills Elementary School

Where kids and teachers love to learn and grow

School Office Hours and Contact Information:

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