OLSON OUTLOOK

EDITION #5 - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

IMPORTANT DATES

September 9 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

September 13 - PTO Color Run

September 20 - School Pictures

September 24 - Author Visit - All School Assembly

September 26 - Family Night - Color Your World With Books

40 BOOK CHALLENGE

This year we challenge all Olson students and staff to read 40 books from August 25, 2019 - May 15, 2020.


Classroom teachers have shared the grade level expectations and all students are participating. For every 10 books read in the classroom, students receive a ticket that will be entered into a drawing for gift cards to local establishments. We will draw 15 "winners" each trimester, however all students are winners as they develop their reading skills and increase their literacy experiences with a variety of genres.


At the end of the year we will celebrate with all students who have completed the 40 Book Challenge! Thanks for your help and for your participation!

BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL

Breakfast is served daily in the cafeteria from 7:20-7:40 AM. We encourage our students to eat all of the breakfast, however if they don’t finish it, they may take some items with them for a snack later in the day. The cost per breakfast is $2.20, and students who qualify for reduced $.30 and free-lunch is $.00. Perishable items such as milk, juice, yogurt and hot breakfasts (eggs, hash browns, pancakes, etc.) should be consumed in the cafeteria. The rest can be brought with the students to eat later (like during the classroom snack or after school at home). Students who arrive after 7:40AM are offered a "Grab and Go" breakfast that may be eaten in the classroom or hallway before class begins.

District 200 Employment Opportunities - Please visit this website if interested in any of the positions District 200 has available. We have several openings at Olson and would welcome a chance to share information if you are interested! Please call the school office for more information: 815-338-0473.

COLOR RUN 2019

Thanks to our PTO for their planning and organization of our annual Color Run.


Our 5th annual Color Run will take place on Friday, September 13th from 5PM - 7PM in the back field at Olson. Packets and collection envelopes were sent home with students the first week of school! You are welcome to attend and cheer on our runners, even if you didn't collect pledge money!


In order for a student to participate we ask that they collect at least $15 in pledge money. Immediate family members can join the students for FREE. They can purchase additional T-shirts and color packs if they would like to as it states on the order form. Teachers and staff are always welcome to join us and we welcome volunteers to help at a station or to help with encouraging runners or passing out supplies! Please contact our PTO members with any questions - adrienne.schefke@gmail.com ( PTO President)

SAVE THE DATE - SEPTEMBER 26 - COLOR YOUR WORLD WITH BOOKS FAMILY NIGHT AT OLSON - 6PM - 7PM

WHAT IS DIFFERENTIATION?

What is differentiation? Imagine having a classroom of 26 students. Each student learns differently. Some students learn by seeing pictures, some learn by listening, and some learn by taking notes. In order to reach all students, a teacher must work to adjust his/her instruction to ensure each and every student is learning to their fullest potential. Teachers evaluate each lesson they are teaching to determine what they can do to the lesson to make sure each student has the best chance for success. When assigned a practice activity, some students need the page to have fewer choices and/or more space for writing. When doing a lesson, a teacher may choose to teach a lesson in 5 small groups rather than one whole group. Each year, teachers take a few weeks to learn how their students learn best and how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each and every student. Our teachers are evaluating their needs and how they learn! Your student’s work may look different than their friends…. That’s because the teacher used differentiation when assigning it!

(Mrs. Fosnaugh - Learning Behavior Specialist and 1st Grade CoTeacher)

ABSENCE, TARDIES, CHANGE OF DISMISSAL PLAN

It is very important that you notify the school office of any change in your child's dismissal from school. An email to the teacher or Dojo message does NOT provide adequate information and may result in the message not being provided to the appropriate staff members.


PLEASE make sure to send a note or call (815-338-0473) to let us know of any change of plans. Without a note or call, your child will be sent home as per your "usual method of transportation" form.

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BAND NOTES

I am excited about the talented students we have signed up for band, but would LOVE TO ADD A FEW MORE!! We will be getting started soon, finishing up our instrument trials next week and selecting our favorite instruments just before the rental meeting dates.

Saturday, September 14th from 9-11:30am at Woodstock High School, in the South Street Entrance Hallway (just in front of the auditorium entrance)

AND

Monday, September 16th from 4-7:30pm at Creekside Middle School band room (enter the main CMS entrance and turn right, it is on the right side)


The meeting times are scheduled based on the times you selected most convenient for you on the registration form, to keep the line short and moving. If you didn't schedule an appointment , signed up late, wished you had signed up, or thought you didn't need one then realize you do- just show up! It is absolutely no problem.


I know that we have lots of very talented musicians at Olson, and can't wait to get started with our OWN instruments very soon. Please reach out with any questions you may have. I'd love the opportunity to work with your children.

Debbie Schweihs

dschweihs@wcusd200.org

HELP YOUR TEACHER WIN A $25 GIFT CARD!

All you need to do is download the Box Tops App (from the Apple App Store or Google Play), create an account or log into your account if you already have one, screenshot it, and email it to olsonptoboxtopscoordinator@gmail.com


Don’t forget to write your teacher’s name so we can count your entry for him/her. The class with the highest percentage of emails sent will earn the gift card for their teacher!


All other teachers with class participation will be entered in a drawing for a prize.

** Winner will be announced on October 4th

OLSON STAFF "SHOUT OUT"

Please complete this form to positively recognize an Olson staff member! We'll share these with staff!

Google Form - Olson Staff "Shout Out"

EVERYONE READS PROGRAM

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EDITION #5 - WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2019