Olympic Hills Family Newsletter

6-1-2020

Dear Olympic Hills families,


Like many of you, I am heartbroken and outraged by the killing of another Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, and on the heels of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. On top of this, the African American community is experiencing compounding oppression, with a higher percentage filing for unemployment and disproportionately dying from Covid-19.


In this moment, I am thinking about how I can be a white ally and how I can talk to my four year old son in an age appropriate manner about George Floyd and how racism is so present in our country. Although it is difficult and I will make mistakes, I also know that racism starts in infancy and having these conversations is the first step in raising my white son to be an advocate for a more racially just world.


I am also thinking about how we as a school can show up in solidarity with our Black students, families, and staff. We believe Black lives matter at Olympic Hills and hope to support the next generation to be advocates for racial justice. This starts with acknowledgement and conversation. In classes this week, some of our teachers will give space for kids to discuss and share their feelings about what is happening. We need to take the time to listen to our students, and we will use their questions and grade level to guide the scope of our responses. Because of the work of our Racial Equity Team during Black Lives Matter Week in February, as well as OHE's tradition of valuing equity and equality over the years, we have a foundation to have these conversations about race in our classrooms. If you are looking for ways to start and continue these vital conversations with your children at home, click here for some resources.


Our staff are planning to caravan through the neighborhood on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. The original intent of the caravan was to show our students and families how much we miss you all. Now, our caravan is also an opportunity for the Olympic Hills staff to show our support for our Black students, families, and staff as well as the Black community throughout our country. You will see us wearing our Black Lives Matter shirts and our Olympic Hills shirts. We encourage you to show your support of our Black community with signs and messages supporting justice and equality. We miss you all so much and know that our students have the ability to become the next generation of advocates and activists for racial justice.


As always, please feel free to reach out to a trusted staff member or myself at school with questions or feedback. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday evening. Please see below for a map of the caravan route! We will start at Olympic Hills at 7:00pm on Wednesday and follow the arrows on the map.


In partnership,

Libby DeBell

e: ecdebell@seattleschools.org | m: 206-556-6296

Follow me on Instagram @principaldebell

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Upcoming Dates

Week of June 1-5: Staff Caravan through the Olympic Hills neighborhood Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00pm!

Week of June 8-12: Student belonging pick up June 10th and 11th

Week of June 15-19: 5th grade graduation celebration June 18th. Last day of school June 19th.

Information and Resources

Student Belonging Pick Up: June 10th and 11th. We will send out a full schedule and details within the week.


Books: We need more books for the book exchange at school! Please donate and return books that you have finished. Thank you!


Food is Love: Food Is Love started the week after Seattle Public Schools shut down, with a mission to support both families and restaurant workers by using donations to buy food at restaurants and deliver the meals to families. It was started by parents and community members at multiple schools, because with this pandemic, people are struggling to eat, and restaurants are struggling to stay open. With donations, Food is Love is pairing the two to help both survive. Lake City restaurants are rotating through and supporting Food Is Love.

At this time, Food is Love is providing over 30 meals a week to Olympic Hills Elementary families, from Lake City restaurants. Right now, Food is Love is run under the umbrella of Lowell Elementary PTSA and very soon we will begin to work through Fare Start. If you donate, all your money goes directly to buy local restaurant food, and to supporting families. https://www.finding-common-ground.org/foodislove


Summer Meals: I am very happy to share Olympic Hills will continue to be a meal distribution site over the summer! We do not yet know the days or hours, but will share this information when we can.


Hiring for Crossing Guards for 2020-21 School Year:

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Counselor's Corner

Dear OH Families, I am excited to share with you our NEW Virtual Counseling Office. Welcome to visit and explore it!


FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

  • ESPAÑOL: Criando en tiempos de Covid-19. Vean el resumen de la PRIMERA SESSION aquí. Los invitamos a conectar con otras familias, y a aprender herramientas de Disciplina Positiva que les apoyarán en la crianza. MARTES Jun 2, 9, 16 @ 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 894 2971 8001. Password: 058987
  • ENGLISH: Parenting in times of Covid-19. Watch a summary of the FIRST SESSION here. We invite you to connect with other families, and learn Positive Discipline tools that will support you in your parenting. Wed Jun 3, 10, 17 @ 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 871 8076 7167. Password: 554566


FOR STUDENTS/ PARA ESTUDIANTES:

  • Mondays/Lunes @2:00- 2:30pm: From Boredom to Creativity Del Aburrimiento a la Creatividad. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 876 8232 5028. Password: Counselor
  • Wednesdays/Miercoles @2:00-2:30pm: Celebrating Diversity Series. Bilingual Story Time / Cuenta cuentos bilingüe. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 826 6973 1607. Password: Story