November Newsletter 2019

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Dear McLane Families,


Wow, it is hard to believe that it is November. It felt like yesterday we were planning for your students to show up for the first day of school and now November is here. The construction crew is nearly all moved out. Thank you all for your support and patience through this modernization. There are still several things to button up, but all of the “big stuff” is done. In the coming weeks, I will share the date for a ribbon-cutting ceremony where we all can celebrate the amazing learning facility that was built for our students. 


Speaking of learning, I have had the opportunity to be in several classrooms over the last few weeks and I am simply blown away by the phenomenal individuals supporting your student(s). We have a remarkable team of Para-Educators who support students in everything from small group teaching to recess, to being a caring adult when students need it most. Simply put, we could not do the world’s most important work without them. In addition to our Para-Educators, our teachers blow me away by maximizing the learning of our students each and every day. During conference week, I had a chance to talk with several families and I loved hearing about all the things their students were learning and how the year was going so far. All of the educators at McLane work tremendously hard to support your students. Next time you have an opportunity, please take a moment to thank the wonderful people supporting your students; they are truly amazing! 


November brings my personal favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving! I will get us all started by sharing that I am extremely thankful for the individuals in the front office that I have been blessed to work with each and every day. Ms. Wilma and Ms. Anne are the two individuals who have been rock steady through the modernization and have helped me tremendously learn my new role here at McLane. In addition, Ms. Corrine (School Counselor) and Ms. Heather (Health Room) have been remarkable in building a caring and supportive community for our students and staff. Thank you all. 


Principal Brock   



Wednesday, November 6th, 13th & 20th

Release time 2:37pm (50 min early)



‘McLanewear’ or Favorite Sports Team



Assembly - Thursday, November 7th 10:15am All family members who actively serve or are Veterans of any of the Armed Forces are invited to attend and be recognized for their service. 


No School - Monday, November 11th



To help ensure the safety of the students we have implemented a new protocol for changes to student’s “regular routine” pick up. Only a parent or legal guardian may change the end of day pick up from the student’s “regular routine”.  A student’s “regular routine” is what the student does weekly. This can be different on different days but every Monday is the same and every Tuesday is the same etc…


It is preferred that a  parent or legal guardian send a signed note to indicate a change in their student’s pick up. Please date and sign these notes and put your student’s full name and teacher on it. The  parent or legal guardian may contact the office to make a change in the case of an emergency. We would prefer this to be done before 12:30 pm to ensure we can get a note to the student. 


If a note is not sent to school and a call from a parent or guardian is received in the office we will change to safely put a student on a regular bus or send them to Y Care.  For any other change we will ask that the student be met in the office by the person picking them up. The person picking up will have to park in the lower parking lot and come to the office with appropriate ID.  That person must be listed in Skyward as a parent, legal guardian or Emergency Contact for that student. 



Tuesday, November 12th 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Friday, November 15th 9:15am - 10:00am



Friday, November 15th -  Beyond the Palace Gates 2:00pm - 2:45pm 


Princess Eleanor wants to go on an adventure outside the palace gates, and once she learns the magic word, she gets permission to leave the castle. On the way out, the King and Queen tell her “the sky is the limit!”, and she takes their words to heart. Outside, Eleanor finds all sorts of familiar characters who need her help–Chicken Little, Little Bo Peep, and Jack and the Beanstalk to name a few–and she will stop at nothing to lend a helping hand. As the story unfolds, the princess climbs ever higher and tries ever harder, because she knows that when you believe in yourself, anything is possible. This play celebrates finding independence, believing in yourself, and perseverance all things that we love to embrace here at McLane.



If you wish to update your settings to receive texts, you may do so by accessing your Skyward Family Access account. Once logged into Skyward, you may add/remove text message communications as you see fit.


The OSD hopes you and your family find this communication option useful!



No school Wednesday, November 27th through to Friday, November 28th



All notes must be scanned and it really helps if you do not use small pieces of paper or sticky notes.  ALWAYS INCLUDE student’s first & last name, teacher’s name, date & signature


Please plan ahead and send a note: To change regular after school routine. The office will not take changes over the phone after 12:30 unless it is an emergency.
To leave school during the day. Please allow for time as your child will be called down when you arrive For an absence, or call the attendance line 360 596-6603 


 For an absence of 3 or more days require a planned absence request to be filled out


If you send an email to the teacher regarding a child's transportation change or absences do not expect the office to get this email.  If the teacher or office staff are absent the email will not be seen by a substitute. Therefore it must be a paper copy (preferred) or a call to the office for an emergency pick up change. For all attendance please call # 360 596-6603 and leave a message.


Students Arriving Late: We greatly appreciate the effort families make to ensure students are here on time. We have seen a significant increase in students arriving late, please know that we must stop serving breakfast to prepare for lunch and we cannot guarantee breakfast for students arriving after 9:05. Thank you!  



As part of the Olympia School Districts commitment to maintaining a healthy environment, the following guidelines are provided to assist you in determining when to keep your child at home.



When to Keep your Child Home:  When to Return to School:

Fever over 100 degrees

No fever for at least 24 hours. Temperature under 100 degrees, without the assistance of a medication, (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.)

Diarrhea or Vomiting

24 hours after diarrhea and/or vomiting stops.

Rashes with a fever or itching, (unless diagnosed by a physician)

Physician note and/or no longer present for at least 24 hours. No fever for at least 24 hours, (see above “Fever Over 100 degrees”).

Sore Throat

Recommend consulting a physician. Stay home at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. Stay home if uncomfortable.

Head Lice or Scabies

Head lice or scabies treated & Nits/Eggs removed. Our school nurse is able to help check your student if needed. 

Cough with congestion or fever

Cough has lessened, or illness has been treated by physician (coughing can be a real distraction to the class and/or student if severe)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is highly contagious

Physician note

Strep Throat

Diagnosed and at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

Chicken Pox

May return to school after all lesions have formed crusts, usually 5-10 days after start of rash.



These guidelines are meant to help decrease illness so your children can be in the best environment for learning.  Please cover all wounds and encourage hand washing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse.  By working together, we can prevent the spread of illness and keep our children the healthiest they can be. THANK YOU! The Olympia School Nurses



Thank you to the families that were able to support McLane’s library during the Scholastic Book Fair during conference week.  I do not have the final total as of yet, but Saturday afternoon over $3000 worth of books had been purchased and McLane will get a portion of that sale.  


Classes have been learning many things in the library since the start of the school year, including how to use the library, finding just the “Best Fit” book, fiction vs nonfiction, and how to be a good Digital Citizen when on the internet.  


As the weather gets colder and wetter we may be spending more time inside.  What better thing to have than a good book to snuggle in with.  




The Olympia School District will inform you as soon as possible when school schedules change through our phone/email messaging system, our district website and district social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

The school district will make every effort to operate normally, despite the weather. On rare occasions, however, weather conditions may make it necessary to modify bus routes, and when that occurs, media outlets will be asked to announce the use of "snow routes" or "emergency routes." Below you will find our Snow Bulletin & Emergency Snow Routes for the 2019-20 school year:



McLane website

Skyward/Family Access

Volunteer Application form. Forms must be renewed every year.

OSD Transportation 360 596-7700

Emergency Information

Alternate Bus Routes & Snow Bulletin

OSD 2019-20 Notice of Nondiscrimination



The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.


The Olympia School District offers many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses in the following areas: Skilled and Technical Sciences/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); Agriculture/Natural Resources; Business/Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Health Sciences. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 985016, (360) 596-6102. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs.


The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures:


Scott Niemann, Title IX RCW 28A.640 Officer
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-6185;


Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education

Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506



Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator 
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506


Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506


Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-6102;