October 2023 | Olympic View Elementary School
From the Desk of our Principal
Dear Orca Families,
I hope this letter finds you well. The school year is off to a great start, and I wanted to take a moment to share some important announcements with you.
I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the wonderful start we've had. It has been incredible to see our returning students back in action and to meet new students who have joined our school community. Each and every one of them brings a unique perspective and adds to the rich diversity of our school. We are truly grateful for their presence.
Please partner with us to get your students to school. Regular attendance is crucial for your child's academic success. Please make every effort to ensure that your child attends school on time and is present throughout the day. If you need to check your child out early, please remember to visit the office and sign them out, regardless of the time. This helps us ensure students get home the correct way and helps us keep them safe.
Additionally, I wanted to remind everyone about the pick-up procedures. If you are changing the way your child will be picked up from school, please call the office as soon as possible so we can get the messages delivered. Also, if you are driving to pick your child up from school, please remember that the gates do not open until 3:15 since there are students utilizing the back of campus. Please do not line up on campus before 3:15 so we do not create a large traffic jam on Regatta Dr. Finally, please be cautious when bringing dogs to pick up your child(ren). While we love our furry friends, dogs can be unpredictable and some children may be afraid or allergic to dogs. Let's be mindful of this and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all.
Lastly, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continued partnership. Your involvement and support make a significant difference in the education and growth of our students. Together, we can create an environment where every child thrives and reaches their full potential. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to your child's education.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. We are here to support you and your child.
Wishing you a wonderful month ahead!
General Office Contact Information
Office contact number: 360-279-5150
Office contact email: email@example.com
Mrs. Esvelt's class making applesauce
Upcoming Student Voice Survey for third and fourth graders:
In Oak Harbor Public Schools we are committed to creating positive learning environments, fostering belonging, and supporting the holistic development of all our students. One way we support this work is through student voice surveys. For the past four years, we have partnered with a third party vendor to administer a survey to students in grades 3-12. The purpose of the survey is to help increase student voice in our district. It gives us an indication of where our strengths are and where we can do better in service to our students.
The survey will be administered twice this year, in October and April. Here is some additional information about the survey:
The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be administered in class.
The survey results are confidential.
The survey content asks students to reflect on their supportive relationships, feelings towards school, self-management, social-awareness, and emotional regulation.
If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.
The survey contains both multiple choice and short answer questions. A few examples of questions include:
“Do you have a teacher or other adult from school that you can count on to help you, no matter what?”
“What do you wish your teacher knew about how school feels for you?”
If you have any questions about our student voice survey or concerns about your student participating, please contact one of the following members of the Teaching and Learning team:
Emily Couch, Multi-tiered Systems of Support Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Ritz, Director of Teaching and Learning email@example.com
NOTES FROM THE OFFICE
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering at OVE.
- Mondays are now Early Release Days. Students will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m. If they are bus riders they will be arriving an hour before their regular dismissal days time.
- Change to end of the day transportation. Please remember to call the office before 2:45 p.m. if you are changing your student's mode of transportation home. On Monday please call before 1:45 p.m. This ensures that we are able to inform the students and their teachers in a timely manner.
Taproot Theater Assembly
NEWS FROM OUR NURSE
SEASONAL RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES
Resources for Cold & Flu Season
As we head into fall and spend more time indoors, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community from seasonal respiratory illnesses. Respiratory viruses include COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza (flu), and other common cold viruses (rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and other viruses).
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu vaccines decrease the severity of flu-related illness, reducing the need for medical care and hospitalization. Symptoms of the flu include sudden onset of high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, nausea, and fatigue.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that typically causes mild cold-like illness. Most people recover in a week or two, but infection can be serious for infants and older adults.
Many people with COVID-19 have mild illness, but some people can become severely ill. Symptoms may include headache, fatigue, muscle aches, runny nose, fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, and fatigue.
In infants and children:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish lips or face
- Ribs pulling in with each breath
- Chest pain
- Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
- Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
- Not alert or interacting when awake
- Fever above 104 degrees Fahrenheit that is not controlled by fever-reducing medicine
- In children younger than 12 weeks, any fever
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to arouse
- Not urinating
- Severe muscle pain
- Severe weakness or unsteadiness
- Worsening of chronic medical conditions
Our First Assembly of 2023 - 2024 School Year
Fall = Sweater Weather
Mrs. Hackler's class did a Science Experiment on pennies
Mr. Martin's class enjoying Science experiments
Free Meals for 2023 - 24 School Year
Dear Olympic View Families,
We are excited to announce that beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, Olympic View Elementary School is eligible for free school meals for all students. New legislation will provide state funding for free meals to elementary schools (grades K-4) with 40 percent or more enrolled children eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. The eligible schools include: Broad View Elementary, Olympic View Elementary and Crescent Harbor Elementary. Students at these schools are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch daily at no cost, regardless of household income.
While meals will be free to students at these eligible schools, in order to maintain this eligibility, families must continue to complete their free and reduced price meal applications every year. It is important for families to ensure their free and reduced-price lunch applications are filled out and returned to the school district as soon as possible.
In addition to determining a family’s qualification for daily free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch, applications determine an elementary school’s eligibility to provide no cost meals and help maintain other state educational funding which pay for classroom resources and reduce school fees. To complete the free and reduced meal application, go to the Oak Harbor Public Schools website or contact your child’s school for a printed application.
Penny War Fundraiser
Our New Parent Communication System
Beginning the 2023-2024 school year, Oak Harbor Public Schools will use ParentSquare to communicate with you at the school, and in your classrooms and groups. ParentSquare provides a simple and safe way for everyone at school to connect. With ParentSquare you’ll be able to:
- Receive all school and classroom communication via email, text, or app
- Communicate in your preferred home language with automatic translation
- Direct message teachers and staff
- Have access to your school's documents and pictures/videos that come in your ParentSquare messages
- Easily sign up to volunteer and/or bring items
At the beginning of the school year, you will receive an invitation in your email to join ParentSquare. This invitation will go to the email address or phone number you provided at the time of registration. Please click on the link in the message to activate your account. You can also use your email or phone number to set up your account without an invitation. You can use ParentSquare on any device. In the links on the right navigation, you can download the free mobile app for Android or iOS.
Our goal is for every family to join ParentSquare. Please contact the Communications Department if you have questions or need information.
About Olympic View Elementary
Location: 380 Northeast Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor, WA, USA