October 13 - October 16, 2020

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In Otter News...

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Monday, October 12

Student/Staff Holiday

Tuesday, October 13

Staff Development/Student Holiday

At Home Learners Only-2nd Nine Weeks Deployment 12 PM - 3 PM

Wednesday, October 14

2nd Nine Weeks Begins

Wednesday, October 14

PTA Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 27

Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party

Thursday, October 29

PTA Membership Zoom Meeting

Thursday, December 3

Picture Retakes

Saturday, December 5

Holly Jolly Fun Run & 5K

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Communication between the home and school is valuable in creating a learning partnership to support the academic growth of students. Each year, Allen ISD designates a specific window of time for teachers to conduct formal conferences with parents regarding student progress. Traditionally, this is scheduled on campus during the last week of October. This year, elementary teachers will communicate with parents on academic progress through a variety of methods. Communication will occur during an extended period of time from now until mid-November and may include formal conferences, personalized phone calls, or academic reports. As always, if you have specific concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher.

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2nd Nine Weeks Deployment Distribution

Hi Otter Families,

Our 2nd nine weeks materials distribution is scheduled for

Tuesday, October 13th from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Here is all the info you will need to know…

  1. Prior to your arrival, place a sheet of paper on your passenger side dash with your students name and grade level.
  2. Please arrive at Olson during your scheduled window for pick-up.


12:00 - 12:40


12:40 -1:20


1:40 - 2:20


2:20 - 3:00

We will run the same traffic pattern we used for the 1st nine weeks materials distribution (see picture attached).

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Last chance! There are just THREE DAYS LEFT of our Scholastic Book Fair! Let's keep our kids reading and raise needed funds for our school. Remember, every dollar you spend results in 25% back in rewards. Be sure to visit the Fair by clicking here, now through this Sunday!
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  • Calling all bookworms! Enter to win this week's Grand Prize: An Eric Carle The Very Hungry CaterpillarTM Butterfly Growing Kit, with a voucher for free live caterpillars! In Carle's story, the very hungry caterpillar eats four strawberries on Thursday. How many "strawberries" do you think we've collected in our jar? Email your student's name, grade, homeroom teacher and his/her guess of how many strawberry candies are in the photographed mason jar to The student who guesses the closest to the actual number, will win the kit, valued at $48!
    • Limit one entry per student. All entries must be received by Sunday, Oct 11th. There will be a random drawing from all tied entries, if necessary. The winner will be notified at the email address from which the entry was received.
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We still need dads to sign up for

our virtual Watch D.O.G.S. program.

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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It's a Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party! Pick up a pizza and support our PTA! Tuesday, Oct 27th head to the Palio's Pizza Cafe at Custer and Hedgecoxe and get pie. Tell them you're with Olson Elementary and 15% of your dine-in and pick-up order will go towards the Olson Elementary PTA
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One of Allen's most exciting holiday events, the annual Holly Jolly 5K and Fun Run (formerly the Rudolph Run), is now virtual!

This family-friendly competition is open to all ages and skill levels. The top 3 runners for each gender and age division of the Holly Jolly 5K will receive a medal. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall and Master's (40+) male and female winners.

Holly Jolly Fun Run (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)

Cost: $15 (pre-register through 11/15, includes race shirt) | $15 (register 11/16-12/04)

Holly Jolly 5K (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)

Cost: $25 (pre-register through 11/15, includes race shirt) | $25 (register 11/16-12/04)

Track and submit your virtual 5K race time

If you're participating in this year's virtual 5K and you want to track and submit your race time/results, you have two options to do this.

For more information, please call 214.509.4810 or email Athletic Program Supervisor Joey Ramos.

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Our character trait for October is : SELF DISCIPLINE. 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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BE the ONE is an initiative to link Allen ISD schools in their efforts towards Character Education. The goal of BE the ONE is to create positive gains in the value structure of the students, faculty, parents, and community. BE the ONE is a common thread between the schools that will demonstrate to the community of Allen, Texas that Allen schools are working toward a common goal in the areas of Character Development.

We want to encourage you to purchase Be the ONE shirts for your family to spread the message that Olson is strong in supporting Character Education. Together, we can make a difference, but one by one we can show our community how effortless and contagious kindness can be.

If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, you may do so from September 29th – October 11th. The shirts will be a black logo on the front, as well as a design on the back. Sizes range from Youth-Adult 4XL. Shirts may be ordered online at Allen ISD School Counselor page.

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Thank you PTA for the "SCHOLASTIC BUCKS" to spend in our library and in our classrooms. We truly appreciate you! :)
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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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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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Allen ISD Student Nutrition Department

· Reimbursable meals served in elementary and middle schools and at the 4 curbside pickup locations (Rountree, Boyd, Ereckson and Curtis) are FREE through December 31, 2020 regardless of eligibility.

· Students are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch per day. Parents should not pick up meals for students eating at school. Meals can be preordered for the student and siblings ages 1-18 years of age for pickup at the 4 curbside locations only. Curbside pickup can be ordered by clicking here.

· If you think you may be eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, please compete the application for this school year even though meals are currently free for elementary and middle school students. Free or reduced meal application link:

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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 .

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

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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