April 2021 | Olympic View Elementary School
From the Desk of our Principal
Greetings Orca Families,
Happy April! This month brings a big change to Olympic View Elementary School. On Monday April 19, 2021, we will welcome back all of our hybrid students to school 4 days a week. Yahoo! The amazing Olympic View Elementary School staff is busy preparing to have all of our in-person students on campus. It would be wonderful to start preparing your child now for the change by setting a schedule that includes regular wake-up and bedtimes (I know that our daughter does not have the same schedule on the days not in school).
Please be aware of the following changes for our pick-up process:
Due to an increasing number of people in the back of the school during pick up time, we are implementing some changes. If your child is not able to buckle independently, alternate arrangements will be made with your family. If you would like more information about this, please contact Mrs. Lucero at 360-279-5153. We will be adding additional cones to the “rainbow” area to speed up loading time. Please read the bullets below to ensure a safe and efficient pick up process.
Have your pink/purple card with your students first and last name visible.
Please have a card in every car that is authorized to pick your child up.
Additional cards are available, please tell your child’s teacher or call the office (360-279-5150) if you need a new one or an extra.
Pull your vehicle up so that the car door is lined up with the cone.
Follow directions of the staff that are directing traffic. We want to have the process to be as safe and quick as possible.
Pick-up your child when they are at a cone, and not before.
Please reach out to me with questions or needs. Thank you for your continued partnership.
Orcas are Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Kind.
Orcas are Character Strong!
Character Strong: Honesty
This month we’re talking about Honesty! The dictionary defines it as: “fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; adherence to the facts.” The definition we are using in class is:
Honesty: living truthfully in your words and actions and thoughts!
Honesty is a lot more than just telling the truth – it is also about thinking and acting in a way that feels consistent, kind, and sincere. What do we do with honest thoughts that aren’t very nice? How do our actions in Honesty help or hurt our relationships? Over the course of the month, we will talk about people from Emily Bronte to Jackie Robinson who lived out Honesty in their words and actions. We discover new games and techniques to make us more honest competitors and more thoughtful friends. It will be a time of challenging, but rewarding conversations – thanks for being a part of them! To view the complete Family Newsletter that contains “Conversation Starters” and other meaningful family activities click here:
Care Solace (Mental Health Services)
The Oak Harbor Public Schools fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, parents, and staff. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, the district has partnered with Care Solace.
Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. Care Solace is a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. Their proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes.
For more information about the "Care Solace Partnership" click on the link: https://www.ohsd.net/domain/383
NEWS FROM OUR NURSE
April is Autism Awareness Month
What is World Autism Month?
Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, beginning with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support. This year, we are committed to keeping the spirit of the month alive, as now more than ever we know the autism community needs support, kindness and compassion. In April 2021 we're inviting the community to #LightUpWithKindness.
How can I participate?
There is power in kindness and one small act can have a ripple effect to foster kindness in our communities. We believe that that kindness can help create a world where all people can reach their full potential.
Supporters can participate in the initiative by visiting autismspeaks.org/wam where they can:
Commit to take action toward a kinder world.
Connect with kindness by sharing resources and stories on social media to increase global understanding and acceptance.
Lead with kindness by advocating to help advance policies that positively impact the autism community or starting a kindness campaign at work.
Learn with kindness in the classroom with daily kind acts and fundraising activities.
Care with kindness by accessing and sharing resources, including our Autism Response Team who provide real-time support, guidance and reliable information and services.
Other ways to participate include wearing blue on April 2, lighting buildings blue and exploring stories and photos shared by the diverse autism community.
HARVEST OF THE MONTH
April Lunch Menu
Month of the Military Child
April is designated as Month of the Military Child – a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. The month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations such as the DoDEA.
“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day for DoDEA Communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue all are thought to combine together as a single color, purple.
Communities and schools that host military families celebrate the Month of the Military Child over the entire month of April. Olympic View Elementary activities will include children sharing poems on the topic "I am a Military Child;" a "Purple Up Day" classroom competition and photo opportunities with children from military families in front of our Month of the Military Child banner.
There are also the usual military base-level events, ceremonies, contests, and special nights through the month of April, urging military families to get involved, be more vocal about their military lifestyle, and learn from the past experiences of other military families. Many Exchanges will often celebrate Purple Up! Day by offering free treats to any child who wears purple worldwide.
Friday, April 23, 2021, is Purple Up Day!
SPRING WEATHER IS HERE!
Please remember as we move into Spring to have your Orcas dress for rain, occasional warmth, and still even some chances of snow. They spend a good deal of time outside for recess, mask breaks, and fresh air. Some classes even have lessons outside and our Orca friends need to be bundled up!
Free and reduced numbers provide critical funding that directly supports our Orcas. We are asking our families to take a few minutes to complete the Free & Reduced Application. The application doesn’t take long, so apply today! Click here for more information.