October 26 - October 30, 2020
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Tuesday, October 19 - November 2
Sign up for 21 Day Challenge
Monday October 26 - 30
Red Ribbon Week - Dress Up Days!
Monday, October 26
Student Holiday - No School
Tuesday, October 27
Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party
Thursday, October 29
PTA Membership Zoom Meeting and Virtual Family Fun Night
Friday, October 30
PTA Reflections Program Extended Deadline - October 30th
Red Ribbon Week October 26 - 30
Red Ribbon Week is a nationally recognized week focused on drug and alcohol abuse prevention in young adults/adolescents. We participate by talking about what we can do to keep ourselves healthy, as well as themed dress up days. Each day we highlight a protective which is a combination of external and internal competencies that are critical for healthy adolescent development. The protective factors and theme days are listed below, along with discussion points for families.
Tuesday – Meaningful Participation – “Don’t ‘Flip Flop’ on Being Happy & Healthy!”
Wear flip flops, slippers, or fun socks (bring tennis shoes for PE & recess)
What does it mean to participate meaningfully in something? Why is it important to participate with meaning? What is something that you can do today that would be meaningful for someone else? Have the kids brainstorm how making a donations, helping others, being kind could have a very meaningful effect in someone’s life.
Wednesday – Safe Places & Caring Relationships – “Dream of a Healthy & Drug Free World!” Wear pajamas (school appropriate & bring tennis shoes for PE & recess)
Where are safe places in your environment? Who are safe people to talk to? What makes them safe? Just because a person looks safe, does that mean they are safe?
Discuss with students what caring about yourself looks like, feels like, thinks like, etc. Discuss the importance of caring for yourself. Discuss a caring relationship should look like, sound like, feel like, etc…. Talk about what doesn’t fit into a caring relationship.
Thursday – Positive Activities – “Team Up to Be Happy & Brave!”
Wear favorite team jersey or team colors
What activities are you involved in? How do these activities help you become a better person? How do these activities keep you out of trouble? What if you are not involved in any activities? As you grown older, what might happen? Talk with the students why doing drugs is not a positive activity. Volunteering, playing sports, joining clubs, etc…are. Why? (resumes, college applications, job applications, etc…)
Friday – High Expectations – “Hats Off to Being Happy & Drug Free!”
Wear your favorite hatWhat were some of the expectations do your parents have for you? What do you expect of yourself and others? What do others expect of you? How do expectations and challenges connect?
STORYBOOK CHARACTER PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST
- Get into the Fall Spirit by decorating a pumpkin! Olson PTA is hosting the Storybook Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Submissions Due by Wednesday, Oct 28th @ 6PM
- You may only decorate with paint, markers, paper, craft supplies, etc. *No carving*
- Complete the submission form via Google Form link by 6PM October 28th.
- Be creative & have fun! Pumpkins will be scored on originality, creativity, and quality.
👇🏻Google Form Submission Link👇🏻
PTA Membership Meeting - Thurs., Oct, 29 - 6:30
Virtual Family Fun Night!
FROM THE NURSE
The state of Texas requires Hearing and Vision screenings to be completed on all Kinder, 1st, 3rd & 5th grade students. A sign up genius will be sent out soon for you to sign up for a time slot to have your student screened.
Please make sure you are screening your child for COVID - 19 symptoms each morning before sending them to school each day. Click here for tips and tricks from the CDC for how to wash hands and wear a mask!
Communication between the home and school is valuable in creating a learning partnership to support the academic growth of students. Each year, Allen ISD designates a specific window of time for teachers to conduct formal conferences with parents regarding student progress. Traditionally, this is scheduled on campus during the last week of October. This year, elementary teachers will communicate with parents on academic progress through a variety of methods. Communication will occur during an extended period of time from now until mid-November and may include formal conferences, personalized phone calls, or academic reports. As always, if you have specific concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher.
PTA Reflections Contest - Deadline Extended!
We need your help to have Olson Elementary well represented, and there are MANY ways to participate! This year's theme is "I MATTER BECAUSE..."
- Here is the link for the Reflections flyer on the PTA Website: https://olsonpta.membershiptoolkit.com/reflections
- The Categories are:
- Visual Arts
- Film Production
- Music Composition
- Dance Choreography
- Please submit digital files of your work by Friday, October 30th to the Reflections' chair at email@example.com. Originals will be required for the Visual Arts and Photography categories if advancing to the state level.
- A great way to share your film, music or dance choreography file is to upload it to your Google Drive and share the link with the PTA Reflections chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For additional information, visit the Texas PTA's Reflections Eligibility and Participate page. Please include the Student Entry Form with your submission.
- Special Artist Division: Students who identify as having a disability may enter in the Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.
- If you have any questions, contact your Olson PTA Reflections Chair: email@example.com
Show your school spirit with a yard sign
LET'S GET HEALTHY TOGETHER!
CALLING ALL WATCH D.O.G.S.
We still need dads to sign up for
our virtual Watch D.O.G.S. program.
Each week, 2 dads will be spotlighted
in Olson's Weekly Announcements.
Participating dads should submit a video of
themselves answering the provided questions.
Please see the sign up genius for instructions.
2020 HOLLY JOLLY VIRTUAL FUN RUN & 5K
HOLLY JOLLY 5K AND FUN RUN (VIRTUAL)
One of Allen's most exciting holiday events, the annual Holly Jolly 5K and Fun Run (formerly the Rudolph Run), is now virtual!
This family-friendly competition is open to all ages and skill levels. The top 3 runners for each gender and age division of the Holly Jolly 5K will receive a medal. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall and Master's (40+) male and female winners.
Holly Jolly Fun Run (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)
Holly Jolly 5K (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)
Track and submit your virtual 5K race time
If you're participating in this year's virtual 5K and you want to track and submit your race time/results, you have two options to do this.
For more information, please call 214.509.4810 or email Athletic Program Supervisor Joey Ramos.
SPIRIT SHOP IS NOW LIVE
- Spirit wear shop is live on the PTA home page. Order - your masks and shirts today!
Allen ISD Student Nutrition Department
Reimbursable meals served in elementary and middle schools and at the 4 curbside pickup locations (Rountree, Boyd, Ereckson and Curtis) are FREE through the end of the school year. Students are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch per day. Parents should not pick up meals for students eating at school. Meals can be preordered for the student and siblings ages 1-18 years of age for pickup at the 4 curbside locations only. Curbside pickup can be ordered by clicking here.
Please compete the application for this school year even though meals are currently free for elementary and middle school students. Free or reduced meal application link: https://www.allenisd.org/Page/50163