ORCA SOUNDINGS

January 2022 | Olympic View Elementary School

From the Desk of our Principal

Happy New Year! I hope that winter break provided you with time to connect with those you love and share some laughter! Connection with those around us is such an important part of creating and maintaining healthy relationships. While this short video primarily talks about relationships with kids from birth to age 5, it serves as a simple reminder for all of us about the importance of putting down our devices or setting aside outside distractions and interacting with those we love.


As we embark on a new year, I encourage you to find small ways to be intentional in connecting with those you love!


Reach out to us with any questions or if we can provide you with any assistance.


Warm regards,

Mrs. Lucero


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • School Resumes | Jan. 3
  • PTA Meeting | Jan. 11
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Jan. 17
  • Bread Pantry | Jan.20
  • Cookie Friday | Jan. 27

WINTER WONDERLAND

NOTES FROM THE OFFICE

Back of School Drive-up Arrival and Dismissal:

  • Gates to the back of campus will open from 8:30AM-8:50AM for arrival and 3:10PM for dismissal.

  • When driving through campus, please make sure you drive slowly and keep a watchful eye out for students! This is to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

  • If you are dropping your child off or picking them up behind the school, please do not get out of the car during arrival and dismissal.


Arrival:

In order to maintain the safety of students, please move forward to the red “Student Waiting” area located on the map. Pullover to the right to drop off your student(s). After your child exits the car, please exit on the left of the drop off area to make room for the next family.


Dismissal:


All families will be given a car tag, to place in their car for drive-up dismissal. When you enter the campus at the corner of 5th and Regatta, please have your car tag on the right side of your car’s front window or the passenger side window. Students will be waiting in socially distanced lines at the back of campus and when their name is called, students will be able to move to the front of the line and to the appropriate cone. This will allow us to ease congestion at pick up and ensure your child is ready to go.


  • If there are changes in the dismissal plans of your child, please call the office before 2:00 PM to ensure we get the information to classrooms.

  • Have your car tag with your student's 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 if you need a new one or an extra.

  • Pull your vehicle up so that the car door is lined up with the cone.

  • Please remain in your vehicle during drop off and pick up.

  • Follow the directions of the staff that are directing traffic. We want to have the process be as safe and quick as possible.

  • Pick-up your child when they are at a cone, and not before.


Front of School Arrival and Dismissal:

  • If your child needs extra time to load/unload, please park in the parking lot at the front of the building and walk your child across the crosswalk to the front entryway of the building.

  • Children should not be dropped off in the parking lot in front of the school in the morning, they need to be walked across the crosswalk by an adult.

  • At dismissal, parents need to park, walk to the front of the building and escort their child to the car.

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Character Strong: Perserverance

This month we are talking about the trait of Perseverance. The dictionary defines it as: "Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success." The definition we are using in class is


Perseverance: the ability to work through situations even when there are obstacles or challenges in the way.


A lot of research today is telling us that the highest indicators of success in our kids isn't just about their grades or their IQ. The number one skill that helps people of all walks of life be successful is GRIT! The ability to persevere in the face of adversity or even failure. Over the course of the month, we will talk about inspiring people who faced many failures before they found success. We will talk about what it means to navigate tough stuff, even when it feels overwhelming or really hard. We will talk about having a Growth Mindset- to see challenges and failures as an opportunity to grow instead of a brick wall.


K-2 Family Letter (English). | Spanish Version

3-5 Family Letter (English). | Spanish Version

COUNSELOR CORNER

Hello and Happy New Year! With the holiday gift giving season behind us, your children may have some new technology toys to enjoy! Whether it's a cell phone, tablet, or video game, it's always helpful to keep in mind some important reminders about children and technology use. This article from HealthyChildren.org is provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and provides some great suggestions about the healthy use of technology - not only for our children but for ourselves as well! It also links to another very important article, How Virtual Violence Impacts Children's Behavior: Steps for Parents. Given the amount of aggressive play we have been seeing this school year, this is a topic well worth exploring. For these articles and more, visit:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Tips-for-Parents-Digital-Age.aspx

MRS DUDA'S CLASS PAINTED ORNAMENTS

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NEWS FROM OUR NURSE

11 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active


Did you know that only about 1 in 4 children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day?


Participation in all types of physical activity drops dramatically as a child's age and grade in school increase. It's important that physical activity be a regular part of family life. Here is some information to help keep your children healthy and active.


The benefits of physical activity

Being physically active means moving enough to breathe heavily, be short of breath, feel warm, and sweat. Exercise is vital to the health and well-being of children. Physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, for example. It can help keep a healthy body mass index and reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease later in life. It can help children fall asleep quickly and sleep well.


Beyond benefits to the body, physical activity also boosts a child's mental and behavioral health. It increases a child's enthusiasm and optimism and boosts self-esteem, school performance, attention, and behavior. It also reduces anxiety, tension, and depression. It can foster teamwork and friendship when it's part of an organized sport.


11 ways to get started

Parents can play a key role in helping their child become more physically active. Some suggestions:



  1. Talk with your child's doctor. Your child's doctor can help your child understand why physical activity is important. Your child's doctor can also help you and your child identity sports or activities that may be best for your child.
  2. Emphasize fun. Help your child find a sport that they enjoy. The more they enjoy the activity, the more likely they will be to continue it. Get the entire family involved. It's a great way to spend time together.

MRS. MORRISON'S CLASS MADE GINGERBREAD HOUSES

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COVID Questions?

If you are looking for information or have questions about COVID or quarantine please use this link or phone number.

https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

or

360-678-2301 Mon - Fri 08:00- 4:30pm

PTA UPDATES

Please join our Olympic View PTA

For more information please contact them at:

olympicviewelementarypta@gmail.com

or

On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OVEPTA

January Lunch Menu

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Harvest Of The Month

Importance of this form

For the 2021-22 school year, all the meals for the students will be free again thanks to the USDA. However, we strongly encourage all parents to submit a Free and Reduced Lunch Form. Filling out a meal application may help provide many resources for your student and their school. In addition, eligible families who fill out the form before August 31 may qualify for P-EBT benefits. You may pick up an application at any school or the district office. Electronic forms are available on our website or by accessing the Food Service tab in Skyward Family Access. It's critical our families complete this step. Much of our school's funding is tied around our free or reduced meal percentage. Please take a few minutes to fill out the form and see if you qualify. Families who do qualify may be eligible for additional federal benefits later this year. Please contact us if you have any questions.

About Olympic View Elementary

Our office hours are 8:30 am -4:00 pm. Please feel free to contact us for any questions or information that you might need.