October 26 - October 30, 2020

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In Otter News...


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

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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 hat

What 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?
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  • 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
  • 🚨RULES🚨

    1. You may only decorate with paint, markers, paper, craft supplies, etc. *No carving*
    2. Complete the submission form via Google Form link by 6PM October 28th.
    3. Be creative & have fun! Pumpkins will be scored on originality, creativity, and quality.

    👇🏻Google Form Submission Link👇🏻

    Good luck and have FUN!!The winner will be announced at the Olson PTA Virtual Family Fun Night, Thursday, Oct 29th.
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PTA Membership Meeting - Thurs., Oct, 29 - 6:30

Join us for our Spooooky PTA Membership Meeting Thursday, Oct 29th at 6:30 PM. PTA members can email to receive the Zoom link. Then stick around for our Virtual Family Fun Night!
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Virtual Family Fun Night!

The Olson PTA will be hosing a Virtual Family Fun Night! Come join us in your costumes, Thursday, Oct 29th at 6:45 PM (after the PTA Membership meeting, for fun Live Readings by some very special Mystery Readers! We'll send a Zoom link soon!
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At-Home Learners

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.

Daily Screening

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!

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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.

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PTA Reflections Contest - Deadline Extended!

Calling all students K - 6th! The deadline for participation in the PTA Reflections program has been extended through October 30th.

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:
    • The Categories are:
      • Visual Arts
      • Photography
      • Literature
      • Film Production
      • Music Composition
      • Dance Choreography
    • Please submit digital files of your work by Friday, October 30th to the Reflections' chair at 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
    • 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.
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Otter Pride

Show your school spirit with a yard sign

Signs are available to purchase through this School Pay link.

2019-20 Yearbook for Sale

We still have some yearbooks in limited supply if you would like to purchase one. Memories that can last a lifetime. Order here.
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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.

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It's a Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Party! Pick up a pizza and support our PTA! Tuesday, Oct 27th head to the Palio's Pizza Cafe at Custer and Hedgecoxe and get pie. Tell them you're with Olson Elementary and 15% of your dine-in and pick-up order will go towards the Olson Elementary PTA
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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!)

Cost: $15 (pre-register through 11/15, includes race shirt) | $15 (register 11/16-12/04)

Holly Jolly 5K (VIRTUAL FOR 2020!)

Cost: $25 (pre-register through 11/15, includes race shirt) | $25 (register 11/16-12/04)

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.

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Our character trait for October is : SELF DISCIPLINE. Self-discipline is defined as the ability to control one's feelings and behavior, with the intention of improving oneself, or the ability to make yourself do the things that need or should be done. Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Often it requires sacrificing an “in the moment” feeling or temptation for what matters most in life. Self-discipline is something that requires practice and development over time, and can be difficult. In order to develop self-discipline, you have to be aware of what you are doing and why. The “why” comes from a commitment that you are willing to make to a value or goal. Because self-discipline can be difficult, don’t pretend it is easy, instead find the courage to face it head on, encourage yourself and reassure yourself along the way. Share your value or goal with your family and friends so they can help you along the way. Talk as a family about some things you have accomplished or want to accomplish that required or require self-discipline.
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  • Spirit wear shop is live on the PTA home page. Order - your masks and shirts today!

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Order Your 2020-21 Yearbook

Your children are making great memories everyday, and the school yearbook is a great way to capture them! Yearbooks are on sale now.


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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:

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7:30 - 3:30 F

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