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January 2018 NEWSLETTER 

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Last month’s Gift Giving Tree Program was a tremendous success!  12 McLane families benefited from the generosity of the McLane Elementary community, we were able to provide gift cards to Safeway and Target for these families.  We would also like to acknowledge the following local businesses who gave generous donations:  Good Shepherd Church, Delphi Pioneer Family Chapel and McLane Fire Department.  Thank you all for your continued support of this wonderful program!

Thank you to the PTSO who purchased new shirts with the new McLane logo for all of the staff!  We truly appreciated all you do for the staff and the students.



 Wednesday, January 10th – College Spirit Day

Friday, January 12th – Crazy Hair Day



The following is the schedule for our students to attend the OJP at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Students will depart the school 30 minutes prior to show time and will arrive back at McLane approximately two hours later.  Please schedule appointments for after school time on these days!

Grades 3-5 - Waters of the Earth, Tuesday, February 13th at 10:00am

Grades 1 & 2 - The Adventure of Bella & Harry, Thursday, February 22nd at 10:00am

Grades 3-5 - Frindle, Tuesday, March 20th at 10:00am

Grades 1 & 2 - Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Tuesday April 17th at 10:00am

Admission fee for 2 plays and transportation is $14.00. Please watch for the envelopes to be coming home soon.  Make sure you have signed and sent in the OJP envelope. The signed envelope is your student’s ticket into the performance.



Mark your Calendars for Fifth Grade Outdoor School. Our fifth grade students will be attending Outdoor School at the Cispus Environmental Center in Randle, Washington, April 11th, 12th & 13th.  This will be a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday trip. The Center has been developed specifically for student’s environmental studies and has excellent facilities for both study and research. Cost is $150.00 per student. If you need to make payments, please call Wilma in the office to set up a payment plan. Also, if your student needs to take a prescription or over-the-counter medicine, the medicine and doctors permission form needs to be at school by Friday, March 30th.



CHANGE IN END OF DAY ROUTINE: Please do not call the office after 1:00pm with changes to end of day routine unless it is an emergency.  Classes are not always in their room and sometimes it can be hard to find your child(ren).  It is important to plan ahead and send in a note with the change in the routine. Please include date, your child’s legal first and last, teacher’s name, where you want your child to go (porch, inside, bus #, Y-Care or Boys and Girls Club) and sign your name. The note will be given to teacher and then sent to the office.


ABSENCE DUE TO APPOINTMENT: If your student is absent due to a counseling, dental, medical or legal appointments, please ask their office for a note to excuse your absence from school. Send these appointment notes when your child returns to school.  


ABSENCE DUE TO ILLNESS: If your child is sick for 3 or more days a doctor's note is required to excuse subsequent, consecutive absences.


PLANNED ABSENCE FOR 3 OR MORE DAYS: If you are planning an absence for three or more days it is required by the OSD that you fill out a PLANNED ABSENCE REQUEST form before you leave, in order to have those days excused.  Forms are available in the school office.


REPORTING ABSENCES: Anytime your child is absent from school, parents are required to call the ATTENDANCE LINE at 360 596-6603 to notify us as to the reason for your child’s absence.  If possible, PLEASE CALL BEFORE 9:30am. The attendance line is a 24-hour voicemail number that you can call anytime; or send a note to the teacher/office explaining the reason for your child’s absence the next day.  A student is marked unexcused if they are absent from school and the office does not receive a phone call the day of the absences, OR if no written or verbal notification is given to the office prior to the absences.  Thank you for your cooperation.




Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program being offered to 4th and 5th grade students at McLane Elementary. The goals of this program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interest, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence. Students choose to read books from a list of selected titles. They discuss the books, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams to correctly answer questions based on the books from the list.


The Battle of the Books is a team effort. Each student of a 4 or 5 member team must do his or her part by reading the assigned books and practicing once per week (during class) with his or her team. Students may find these books in many different places such as home, down-load from the internet, or have an adult help them to read as they follow along.  Teachers help students select their teams. These teams register with the teacher-librarian. Practices will take place in the library during classes. The final battle will take place on Friday, Mar. 16, 2018.


 If you have questions, please contact Ms. Moore at 596-6602.





Awkward                                            Closed For the Season

by Svetlana Chmakova                      by Mary Downing Hahn


The Girl Who Could Fly                   Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

by Victoria Forester                            by Bruce Coville


The Keeper of Lost Cities                Kenseku’s Kingdom

by Shannon Messenger                      by Michael Morpurgo


Menagerie                                          My Life in Dog Years

by Tui Sutherland                                by Gary Paulson


No Talking                                         Redwall

by Andrew Clements                          by Brian Jacques



by Cynthia Lord



Awarded to students and staff focusing on one of our 6 Pillars of Character

-trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship –


Mrs. Burney- Ryder Luther, Juliana Crodua             Mrs. Caranci-Taetyn Hainer, Norah Louis

Mrs. Mellum- Noah Shutter, Skyler Solid                  Mrs. Walker- Eleanor Kinn, Alex Miles

Mrs. Shapley-London Charles, Miko Claudio       Mrs. Wendling-Halle Bacon, Jorge Sanchez Mora

Mrs. Hamilton- Nolan Potts, Eshara McCarty          Ms. McLaughlin-Summit Desmarteau, Ruthie Colyar

Mr. Oas- Savannah Esteves, Adlyn Sanchez           Mrs. Brock- Amber Baroma, Lauren      Dietrich

Mrs. Jensen-Layla Fisher, Jaden Okos                     Ms. Gordon-Jaxon Stone, Baron Allen

Ms. Thrasher- Sahirah Shamsid-Deen, Daemyn Hainer



Golden Ruler Award

Awarded to students who shows growth in an academic or social area.


            Mrs. Burney- Savannah Crump                     Mrs. Caranci- Ayanna Crump

            Mrs. Mellum- Flora Oliver                               Mrs. Shapley-Brian Crump

            Mrs. Wendling-Hayden Kniestedt                   Mrs. Hamilton- Brennan Frank

            Ms. McLaughlin-Corinne Halmos                   Mr. Oas- Kirra Hallwirth

            Mrs. Brock- Kayla Freeman                           Mrs. Jensen-Westley Graff

            Ms. Gordon-Aspyn Smith                               Ms. Thrasher- Matthew Shuck




OSD  Emergency Information



Buses and schools are two hours late. There is no a.m. preschool, no zero hour classes, no before-        

school activities such as music or clubs, and no a.m. Avanti High program (for periods 1-3).        

Breakfast and lunch is served throughout the district. Other program-specific information is

shared in district communication about the event, including whether buses will run on emergency

snow routes.



The 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,

the Olympia School District and media outlets will announce the use of “snow routes” or

“emergency routes.”

                        View Emergency Snow Routes (East)

                        View Emergency Snow Routes (West)





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 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 staring antibiotic treatment. Stay home if uncomfortable.

Head Lice or Scabies

Head lice or scabies treated & Nits/Eggs removed (wait at least 24 hours and must be rechecked by the nurse or health room assistant upon return)

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.




2nd – First Day back to School

3rd - Early Release 2:37pm

10th – College Spirit Day

10th - Early Release 2:37pm

12th – Crazy Hair Day

12th – Martin Luther King Day - No School

17th - Early Release 2:37pm

24th - Early Release 2:37pm

26th - Owl Recognition Assembly 9:15am – 10:00am

26th – Owl Store 1:15pm – 3:00pm

26th – FUNAPALOOZA 6:30pm – 8:00pm

31st - Early Release 2:37pm




2nd - Half Day Release 12:10pm

5th - 16th- K-2 Theater Program

7th - College Spirit Day

7th - Early Release 2:37pm

9th - 80’s Day

10th - Kindergarten Info. Day 10:00am - 11:30am

at Capital High School

12th - PTSO Meeting 6:30pm - 7:30pm

13th - Olympia Junior Program Gr. 3-5

14th - Early Release 2:37pm

15th- 4th Grade Water Quality Field Trip

16th- Report Cards

16th- K-2 Theater Performance 6:30

17th- K-2 Theater Performance 12:30

19th- Presidents’ Day - No School

20th- Mid-Winter Break - No School

21st- Early Release 2:37pm

22nd- Class Pictures

22nd- Olympia Junior Programs Gr. 1 & 2

23rd- Owl Recognition Assembly 9:15am – 10:00am

23rd – Owl Store 1:15pm – 3:00pm

26th - March 23rd - K-2 Theater Program

28th - Early Release 2:37pm






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 2017-18 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 following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures: Jeff Carpenter, Title IX Officer, (360) 596-8544; Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, (360) 596-7542; and Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, (360) 596-6193. All three individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.