December Newsletter 2019

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I hope everyone was able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. We work extremely hard to provide a quality education for your student(s). This is a responsibility we take extremely serious and are grateful for the partnerships we have with families to support student learning. With that being said, we also have a little bit of fun when the students leave. Check it out: Click for video of Turkey Bowling!

New Class Lunch Carts Purchased by PTSOOn a more serious note, December is here and we have three great weeks of learning ahead of us. As a school we work to ensure students will discover their passions, be curious and love learning. What this looks like in practice over the last few weeks has been students engaging in Art projects that include using the mediums of markers, watercolor, and clay. Additionally, some other students have been focusing their attention on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects that apply the skills and concepts they learn in class. I love seeing the joy in students when they share how they created something and the process they went through to accomplish it. If your students come home and are excited about Art and or STEM projects, please know that we are working closely with the PTSO to provide additional after school opportunities for students. This includes an afterschool art class and coming soon an after school robotics program for students. Please know that we want as many students to be able to participate and we offer scholarships for students to ensure all can attend.

Ukuleles and ukulele cart purchased by PTSOSpeaking of the PTSO...I know Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, however I am extremely thankful for our remarkable PTSO. The month of November was a busy month for the PTSO, as the Read-a-thon concluded and we had a wonderful movie night with in our “new theater.” Throughout the year the PTSO has several events for our students, in addition they are always there to meet a need whenever we have one. A huge thank you for two big purchases this month. The PTSO provided much needed lunch carts and baskets for several classes and a wonderful ukulele stand for music, THANK YOU!

Principal Brock


We have passed the date for sending in the requests for assistance through the Giving Tree. We are now onto the next step of gathering donations.

Our Giving Tree is up in the office area! At this time of year, we have families that need a bit of help for the holidays. We have 16 families that have asked for help during this holiday season. We are using only Safeway and Target due to both stores being closer to our family neighborhoods. The goal is to give $50 per child so grab as many tags as you can!

Please donate by December 11th. This allows time for receiving families to pick up before school is released for winter break. You can either bring in cash donations or gift cards in $25 or $50 marked amounts to the front office or directly to the PTSO. Any donation is welcome!

We hope to have either money donations directly to PTSO, or actual gift cards for either Safeway or Target. Your generosity is much appreciated.


This month, the music classroom has been full of singing, as students have been working on learning the songs that they helped choose for their winter concerts! We've been applying state music standards as students helped select the music they enjoyed the most for what they wanted to perform, and then as we've been rehearsing that music in class, evaluating what the styles and rhythms are, and refining the musical elements so that some of the music can have added instruments! This last week we focused on musicianship and style, and we've been working on choreography and thinking about how to add meaning and connect our experiences to the music as well.

(2nd-5th Grades) Additionally, we have some wonderful news! Our school was approved for a grant for ukuleles, and with the PTO's help to store them, we have been able to purchase a classroom set! So this January you will start hearing about students in second through fifth grade beginning to use these instruments and how we can use them to discover a little bit about American music traditions as well as making music ourselves, singing and playing!


Wednesday, December 18th, Advanced Strings (5th Grade) will be performing at Marshall Middle School at 7:30pm - 8:30pm (Arrive at 7pm for tuning) for a combined concert with Hansen, L.P. Brown, and Marshall musicians.

K through 5th will perform at out school's winter music concert on Friday, December 20th at 2PM. Both the band and orchestra will also perform.


Wednesday, December 4th, 11th & 18th

Release time 2:37pm (50 min early)


Wear your college gear Wednesday, December 4th, 11th & 18th


‘McLanewear’ or Favorite Sports Team


Monday, December 9th 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Find the most recent PTSO newsletter here!


No school Monday, December 23rd through to Friday, January 3rd
Monday, January 6th School Resumes


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:




Classes have been attending library lessons covering:

  • Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety for grades 3rd-5th.
  • Using LEGO specific kits for guided builds and higher level thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The primary grades, K-2nd, have been reading 20 titles that have been nominated for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award. Students from these grade levels will submit their vote in the coming months.
  • 4th & 5th Grade are gearing up for Battle of the Books which will be introduced mid-December and finish in mid-March.
  • All grade levels are exploring multiple genres for reading choices.
    Go to the Library web page for details!





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;