OCTOBER 08 - OCTOBER 15, 2021
14 - Girl Scout Information JOIN EVENT; 1st Chess Club Meeting
16 - Allen Litter Less Day!
17 - PTA Spirit Night at Hat Creek
18 - PTA Virtual Meeting
25 - 29 - Red Ribbon Week
28 - Reading with THE EAGLES
29 - Storybook Character Day; Fall Festival
04 - Picture Re-takes
*Please send water bottles with your student...It's HOT!
*Mondays are Olson Spirit Wear
*Fridays are Allen, Olson, College, or Aloha Spirit Wear
Dear Olson families,
Allen ISD is launching the Empower 1:1 Student Mobile Device program this year, which is a product of the 2020 bond project, designed to prepare students for their future by providing digital technology to every student.
As you acknowledged when completing your back-to-school forms, all students who check out a school-issued device are required to sign the Allen ISD Responsible Use Policy and to purchase device insurance through SchoolPay. There is no additional form to sign for the Allen ISD Responsible Use Policy, however device insurance must be purchased prior to a Chromebook being assigned to your student. The annual device insurance costs $30 and will cover any kind of device malfunction, repairs, and replacement parts stemming from unintentional damage. The device insurance fee does not cover intentional damage, loss of device or peripherals as informed in the back-to-school forms. To review the details of non-covered events and associated fees provided in the back-to-school forms, follow this link.
Please follow this link to School Pay to purchase the device insurance for the 2021-2022 school year. To check out a device, the student must have paid the $30 insurance fee prior to checking out a device.
Beginning on Wednesday, October 13, 5th and 6th grade students who have paid the insurance fee through School Pay, will be able to bring their Chromebooks home, as needed. Third and 4th graders will be able to bring their devices home later this fall. Our kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will not be required to purchase insurance as their devices will remain at school for in-class use.
In the meantime, we encourage families to look at Common Sense’s Family Resources for tips and resources on practicing digital citizenship at home.
RISE & SHINE: MORNING ARRIVAL AT OLSON
Way to go, parents, on getting your kiddos to school on time! Our number of tardies has steadily decreased over the past couple of weeks. As a reminder, students arriving after the bell rings at 7:45 am will need to be signed in by a parent/guardian at the office.
In addition, please do not drop-off your student before 7:30 am. We do not have staff available to supervise until 7:30. Thank you!
CLICK LINK BELOW FOR INFORMATION LETTER ABOUT UIL - 2021-22
Otter Cheers for Volunteers!
Walk/Bike to School Day 2021 was Otterly amazing! Many thanks to the volunteers who helped celebrate this event by awaking extra early to lead students to school safely and praising students' commitment to health and school spirit! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful fall sunrise to guide us on our journey, and we are already counting down to next year!
Show Your Otter Spirit!
Order an Olson shirt today and show your Otter Spirit! Order here.
- Mondays are Olson Spirit Wear Days
- Fridays are Allen, Olson, College, or Aloha Spirit Wear Days
- Field trip shirts are recommended (but not required) for all students, staff & chaperones
Items will be delivered to the school and sent home in student backpacks. Questions/suggestions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your PTA patronage!
Love Our Otters? You Otter Volunteer!
Volunteering is one of the best ways to get involved, and when adults volunteer, all students benefit! Choose when and where you volunteer by browsing our volunteer opportunities. Current opportunities include:
- Help us celebrate our Otterific Otters each month! We need volunteers from 7:40 AM to 9:00 AM on specific days to help with set up, taking photographs, and making a guest appearance as Splash the Otter! Click here to sign up.
- Be a copy cat! Olson teachers need our help to make sure important papers are copied for distribution to students and/or parents. Choose your preferred dates and times to help out by signing up here.
OTTERS RUNNING/WALKING CLUB
READY TO GET FIT FOR FALL
The core of the program is the “21-Day Challenge,” an innovative, three-week nutrition education initiative backed by participating school districts, educators and parents. During the challenge, elementary school students are invited to change their current after-school snacking habits by consuming more fruits and vegetables. Using the recipe books and our Healthy Snack Finder as a foundation, kids are empowered to create fun, healthy snacks on their own or with minimal supervision.
Data collected at the end of each challenge shows that kids are changing their eating habits, trying new fruits and vegetables, and introducing the program to their extended families.
*Track your snacking from September 22nd ~ October 12th
*Take the survey - October 26th ~ November 2nd
Below is the link to register. Please feel free to share with your families.
Join your child's grade level Facebook group!
This is a great way to meet other parents, share information and questions, stay up to date on important dates and events, and see the latest volunteer opportunities! Click on a link below to join today!
Spirit Night at Hat Creek on Sunday, 10/17 from 5-9 PM
Oooooh a SUNDAY spirit night?! And there are yummy food (and drink) choices for the kids AND the adults? Count us in.
Swing by Hat Creek Allen (drive-thru or dine-in) and leave your receipt in the bucket for Olson!
**Hat Creek is donating 10% of gross sales back to the PTA!**
Facebook event reminder: https://www.facebook.com/events/457828682105868
PTA Membership Meeting
- When is it: Monday, 10/18 from 7-8pm
- Where is it: Online (meeting link emailed in advance)
- Who is invited: All Olson Elementary PTA members (Not a member yet? Sign-up here!)
All Olson Elementary PTA members are invited to attend the 1st MEMBERSHIP meeting of this school year! *We only meet 3 times a year (and we won't meet again until March). Now's the time to meet & chat with the board, get updates on what's been going on, and assist in planning for what's ahead.
Please submit questions, feedback or suggestions in advance on this form. We'll do our best to cover everything!
Hope to see you there,
Your Olson Elementary PTA Board
READING WITH THE EAGLES - OCTOBER 28
Guidelines for Storybook Character Costumes:
Characters / costumes must be from elementary age appropriate books.
Costumes may not involve blood, other horror type elements or anything else that may frighten other children. They also cannot be a distraction to our learning environment.
Color in the hair, face paint, and hats may be worn; however, masks will not be allowed.
Costumes may not be revealing in nature … may not be see through material, low cut, or tight fitting.
Tights and leotards are acceptable if covered with tutu, skirt, or shorts.
Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day
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.
Calling All D.O.G.S.!
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is a program from the National Center for Fathering, whose purpose is to provide positive male role models for students by being present in education.
Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day during the school year by helping in the classroom, lunch, recess, specials, at arrival and dismissal, etc.