POLAR BEAR EXPRESS

April 2022

A MESSAGE FROM MS. PENCE

As our evenings are lighter and spring is upon us, we are moving into the last trimester of the 2021-2022 school year. Please check your child’s backpack for their trimester two progress report. These reports were sent home on Friday, April 1st. If you have questions concerning the progress report, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher.


It is critical I share the importance of your student(s) coming to school on time each day. Most teachers start with a class meeting that frames the day by highlighting upcoming learning. Our teachers work hard to make every minute count for your child(ren). When a child enters the classroom late, our teachers stop their teaching to welcome the student into the classroom community and catch them up on what they have missed. This impacts the flow of learning for the other students in the classroom. On behalf of the Olivia Park Staff, we would appreciate your efforts in getting your child to school by 8:55 each morning.


Finally, I want to give a huge thank you to our wonderful PTA and all they do for our students, staff, and community. I know we are always looking for members to provide input and time regarding the many enrichment opportunities for students. Join the April 21st meeting via Zoom at 6:00pm. I provide a principal report regarding all the happenings at Olivia Park at each meeting. Come check it out!

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Break beginning on April 9th. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or needs.


Fondly,

Katie Pence

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES - APRIL

Ongoing -Kindergarten Registration - details at end of Newsletter

April 1 - Progress reports go home

April 5 - Parent Cafe 6pm - Zoom

April 5 - El Cafecito 7pm - Zoom

April 11-15 - Spring Break - No School

April 21 PTA meeting 6pm - Zoom

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL NOW FRIDAY, JUNE 17!

Due to the school closure on Jan 3, there is one day to make up for loss instruction. Thursday, June 16, will be a regular school day and Friday, June 17, will be an early dismissal for all students. The revised year-at-a-glance calendar is attached and updated on the district website.

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Ramadan

Olivia Park wishes you a happy, meaningful, and peaceful month of Ramadan to all who observe in the OP Community, and around the world.

Arab American Month

In April we celebrate National Arab American Heritage month. During this month, we celebrate the rich and diverse culture and contributions of Arab Americans in this month. For more information on this important celebration, please visit the Arab America Foundation.

April is Autism Awareness Month

In April we recognize the contributions of people in the autism spectrum. We join the United Nations and the U.S. government in recognizing the needs of people on the autism spectrum and their families. For more information please see the following links IACC

A Proclamation on World Autism Awareness Day, 2022

School Library Month and National Library Week

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Learn about this in this link


At Olivia Park we want to recognize the amazing work our Librarian Mrs. Le does every day! Thank you Mrs. Le for always teaching us about the wonders of reading and cultivating a love of libraries to our students.

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Help us keep our end-of-day routine safe and swift

If you need to make transportation changes for your child, please call the office at:


(425) 366-3300 before 2:50pm


We might be unable to accomodate transportation changes after 3pm as classes are already in end-of-day transitions.

If you pick up students in our Car Pick Up line, please have your car tag number visible. If you do not have one, please contact the office for one.


Office needs to be notified by Parent/Guardian before a change in transportation is made. For their safety, students cannot make their own transportation changes.

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WE NEED YOU! Join the PTA !

*Ready to plan our FUN Run! come join our PTA FUN Run Committee!

*We'd love for you to join us! Join the PTA by the online link or fill out the membership flyer if you need to use cash or check.

Online link: oliviaparkpta.memberplanet.com


Next Meeting is Thursday April 21 @ 6PM through Zoom (link to be sent)

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Click to join our Parent Café: Tues April 5 @6pm

Meeting ID: 931 3921 9488 Passcode: 077424

Haz Click Aqui: Martes Abril 5 a las 7pm

Meeting ID: 949 5017 2499 Passcode: 546118

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YOUR THOUGHTS WILL HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE

Thank you to those of you who have already participated in the ThoughtExchange which will help inform the district’s strategic plan. There is still time to share your thoughts through this ThoughtExchange. You can share one or multiple thoughts in response to the question, “What are the most important skills and experiences our students need to prepare them for success in learning and life?” You can view and rate other people’s thoughts and participate again and again until it closes on April 11.

The exchange is available in over 50 languages including Arabic, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. It is open to all students, staff, families and community members!

STUDENT AND FAMILY WELL-BEING SURVEY

Earlier this month, we shared with you that we are inviting staff, students (grades 3-12) and families to participate in a social emotional and well-being survey again this spring. The survey is open through April 8. The survey should only take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and is available in several languages including English, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Korean, Arabic and Vietnamese.


Take the family survey

We encourage you to have your children take the survey too if they are in grades 3-12. The access code is the student’s ID number.

Take the student survey

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Kindergarten Polar Bear Spotlight

Dalexa H. G.

"Dalexa has worked extremely hard this year. Her growth both academically and socially has been remarkable. She is kind and helpful to all her friends. We are so lucky to have her in our class." Mrs Walker - Kindergarten Teacher

Hasan K.

"Hasan is a leader in the classroom. I can always count on him to be respectful and following expectations. He is a very hard worker with all tasks I give him. He keeps trying and will ask questions until he understands it. Hasan also regularly will help out around the classroom. Whether it is putting something away or cleaning up he will always help without being asked" Ms S Davis - Kindergarten Teacher

Dylan C. H.

"Dylan is a leader in our classroom. He is kind to all those around him and always ready to lend a hand to those in need. Dylan is so mature and thoughtful" Mrs Picha - Kindergarten Teacher

James M.

"James is responsible, respectful, safe, and kind. He is a role model for other students by constantly being engaged, ready to learn, and following directions. James has and continues to work hard to meet academic goals. We are so lucky to have James in our class this year." Mrs J Davis - Kindergarten Teacher

Polar Paws and Polar Pride

Polar Paws - Because Students are doing a great job!


Here at Olivia Park, classrooms are recognized by staff members who see all students in the class modeling our school expectations of being safe, respectful, and responsible. This special ticket is given to the class and collected. Each time a classroom achieves the goal of earning 20 Polar Paws, they have a special celebration to recognize their hard work as a group.

Polar Pride

Students get "polar pride" tickets every time they are showing exceptional character. We will be drawing student names on Fridays during each of the grade level lunches. Students who are drawn will have their polar pride ticket hung for display for the week in the gym and will get to pick a prize.

MARCH Polar Pride Winners -


Yarik (Yaroslav) Simonenko - Mrs. J. Davis

Micheal Temesegen - Mrs. Walker

Ebrahim Sawaneh - Mrs. Picha

Jack Thorp - Ms. S. Davis

Aurelia Sanchez- Mrs. Walker

Malick Kujabi - Mrs. J. Davis

Kirsten Caraos- Mrs. Picha

Christopher Gama-Resendiz - Ms. S. Davis

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Is your child younger than 5 Years Old? Preschool is available!

Mukilteo ECEAP Preschool is accepting applications for the upcoming school year. Morning and afternoon classes are held Mon - Thur. Children must be 3 or 4 by August 31st. Free (income eligible) slots are available. Located at 3616 South Road #C4, Mukilteo, WA 98275. Please call 425-356-1312 for more information or email at mukilteoECEAP@mukilteo.wednet.edu

Do you or someone you know have a child turning Five this year?

Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year is ongoing. Children 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2022, are eligible to attend Kindergarten. You can register online or pick up a registration packet in the school office between 9am-3pm.


Kindergarten parents who would like to submit an in-district transfer, can fill out the request form online. Students do not need to be registered in order to submit the transfer. They will need to be registered before we can process the transfer in September.


Share this information with any neighbors that have kids turning 5 on or before Ago 31, 2022.


Thank you

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COMMUNITY EVENTS AND RESOURCES

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Your Right to Know— Title I, Part A schools


Professional Qualifications of Teachers

Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the educators who teach students core subjects—reading, English language arts and mathematics.

At a minimum, the information given to you must explain these three essential components of an educator’s qualifications. Whether the student’s teacher–

1. Has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.

2. Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

3. Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

Qualifications of Paraprofessionals

Parents of children attending Title I, Part A schools have the right to request and receive information about the qualifications of the paraeducators who teach students in a core academic subject area.

Paraeducators must work under the supervision of a certified teacher. In schools that operate a schoolwide program, all paraprofessionals must have special qualifications. Schools that operate a Title I, Part A program must have a high school diploma or GED and completed the following:

1. Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or

2. Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or

3. Meet a high standard of quality either through a) the ETS ParaPro Assessment; b) a paraeducator apprenticeship program approved by Washington State; or c) portfolio program.

District disclaimer:

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Dan Dizon (425-356-1319), dizonds@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.