August 2021 Newsletter

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Hello McLane Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the start of a wonderful school year. I want you all to know that we are committed to fully opening for in-person learning five days a week at McLane Elementary. In addition, Covid is still a threat in our community and we will work diligently to ensure the safety of our students. Individuals may have questions about the upcoming school year and I would encourage you to look at the Frequently Asked Questions page that our school district has provided.

One big change for the upcoming year at McLane will be our school Start and End Times. School will take place from 8:00 AM until 2:15 PM. Students can be dropped off as early as 7:50 AM.

If you have not done so already, I would encourage you to be sure to grab school supplies for the upcoming school year. School supplies for each grade level can be found here. If you need any support getting school supplies, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. You can call me at 360-596-6605 or email me at [email protected].

I hope our McLane Owls enjoy the last few weeks of summer and hope you all know that you have the most amazing educators excited to welcome our students back on September 8th.

Take Care,

Principal Brock



Important Dates


August 23rd - McLane office Opens 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
August 30th - Kindergarten Play day (See Below)
September 3rd - Class Placements released via Skyward at 4:00 PM
September 7th - Back To School Event (See Below)
September 8th - First Day of School (Except Kindergarten) 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM
September 13th - First Day of Kindergarten 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM


Office Hours

Our McLane Office will officially be open starting Monday, August 23rd from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Monday-Friday.


Kindergarten Play day

On August 30th, we invite all of our incoming Kindergarten students and families to come and play on the McLane Playground. We will have two times: one from 10:00-10:30 AM and another from 3:00-3:30 PM. This is a time where our Kindergarten students can gather and start meeting new friends; this is also an opportunity for families to connect as well. Our Kindergarten Teachers and our school Principal will also be there. Hope all of our Kindergarten families will be able to join us. A friendly note: masks are required for individuals who are on McLane’s campus.


Back to School Event

We will have a Back to School Event on Tuesday, September 7th from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. This event will be in partnership with our Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO). Families are invited to come by McLane and drop off their students' school supplies in their classroom. It is great for students to see their classrooms prior to the first day of school. Please know that our teachers will not be able to spend more than one or two minutes with each family. If you have anything specific you would like to share with your student’s teacher I would encourage you to to email them or set up a time to connect. Sweet Lee’s Ice Cream truck will also be on campus. All McLane students will be provided a coupon for a free Ice Cream; families are welcome to buy ice cream as well.


In order to provide social distancing between groups, please do your best to follow the schedule below: it is based on the first letter of your student’s last name. Lastly, masks are required for individuals who are on McLane’s campus.


Last Name Starts with:


A-G - Drop off 2:00-2:45
H-O - Drop off 2:45-3:30
P-Z - Drop off 3:30- 4:15
Evening time - 4:15-5:00 PM Please only use this time if you are unable to make your time



Teacher assignments will be posted on Family Access for the 2021-2022 School Year at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 3rd. Please know that class placements take a significant amount of time as our teachers work hard to ensure we have balanced classrooms and are able to meet the needs of all of our remarkable students. While we do not take requests for specific teachers, it is important to note that our teachers collaborate daily and your student will be provided with a remarkable year at McLane. Remember to sign up for Family Access so you are able to view your child’s teacher assignment for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are having trouble with Family Access, please contact the Olympia School District at (360) 596-6150. Also, did you know that you can view your child’s food service balance, test scores, report cards and attendance with Family Access?




2021-2022 School Year Registration for K – 5th grade. If you have neighbors with school-age children, please let them know we are in the process of registering new students. New students are required to provide Immunization Record, Proof of Residency (current utility bill) and Birth Certificate. Call the office at 360-596-6600 or go online at OSD Student Enrollment.

If families prefer to register in person they are welcome to come to our McLane office and receive a hard copy of the enrollment paperwork.



Bus Route Information for the 2021-2022 School Year is now available on Infofinder.
To access Infofinder, go to the Olympia School District website (, and click on the large "Buses" icon on the left side.

More detailed instructions for how to use the infofinder website are available on the Olympia School District website under "Departments" and then "Transportation".

Please note that all families are encouraged to check their bus information for the upcoming school year. School bell times have changed, and this resulted in a change in many bus routes.

If you have questions about the busing information or you are unable to find information for your child, please call the Transportation Office at 360-596-7700 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or send an email to [email protected].