December Newsletter

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I would like to send a big Thank You to our PTSO who continue to support the students at McLane.  Our Read-A-Thon fundraiser met the goal of 75% of our students participating by reading during the month of October.  Much to the student’s delight I got to eat spicy cuisine including spicy gummy fish and spicy potato chips.

Thanks to all of you to helped to make this happen!

Mrs. West



Friday, December 1st – Backwards Day

Wednesday, December 6th – College Spirit Day

Friday, December 15th – Holiday Sweater Day



Our winter program will be held on Friday, December 15th at 2:30pm. 4th and 5th grade Choir will be singing, our 4th and 5th grade Orchestras’ will be performing, as well as our 5th grade Band. Come and enjoy the music. 


Thank-you PTSO for the $5000 donation made for non-fiction books for our library.  This is in addition to the $4000 donation made last spring.  McLane is so very lucky to have a supportive community working for "our kids". 


4th and 5th grade students will begin participating in the Battle of the Books in December.  Be looking for information coming home with your child. 



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

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


Mrs. Burney- Isabella Juarez & Derrick Sanchez                  Mrs. Caranci-Bryce Bacon & Mikah Nelson

Mrs. Mellum- Macie Cook & McKenna Frazier                     Mrs. Walker-Jerry Zamora

Mrs. Shapley-Alexander Thomas & Sarah Kauffman           Mrs. Wendling-Claire Kim & Maeya Damnuen

Mrs. Hamilton- Franny Belgau & Tate Gosnell                      Ms. McLaughlin-Charlee Albright & Wes Fox

Mr. Oas- Mikaela Blocher & Malachi Cordona                      Mrs. Brock- Josie Wynecoop & Parker Mondau           

Mrs. Jensen-Aiden Mellum & Jaxon Anderson                      Ms. Gordon- Grace Ballard & Eden Baldwin

Ms. Thrasher- Noah Kinn, Brooke Yackley





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


                          Mrs. Burney- Serenity Wylie          Mrs. Mellum- Riley Webb

                          Mrs. Walker-Joshua Collett                Mrs. Shapley-Betsy Sale

                          Mrs. Wendling-Kale Putt           Mrs. Hamilton- Caleb Moodenbaugh

                          Ms. McLaughlin- Brody Rau               Mr. Oas- Ethan Howe

                          Mrs. Brock- Alaiza “Lacey” Kemp      Ms. Thrasher- Lexi Semidei




Volunteer Vs. Visitor


Always sign in as a ‘VOLUNTEER’, even if you are not ‘volunteering’


            VOLUNTEER SIGN IN:

You must register every year on-line at the OSD website, (Can take 7 to 10 days to be approved)
During school hours, 8:50 to 3:27, you must be cleared to:

            -be in the classroom or library              

            -attend lunches or parties

            -go out on the playground

            -deliver an item to the classroom

            -walk your child to their classroom

            -attend field trips & school wide activities


            VISITOR SIGN IN:

            During school hours 8:50 to 3:27 to:

            -attend a staff led meeting

            -take a staff led tour of the school

            -attend a staff led assembly


Thank-you for helping to keep our schools safe!


OSD Emergency Information

In the case of an emergency or weather event, the school district will keep the community informed through a variety of methods. It is important for families to keep their contact information up-to-date in Skyward Family Access.


Depending on the situation, the district will use one or more of the following communication tools to communicate weather-related events or a school emergency:



One of the fastest means of getting information to our students, families and community is

through social media. We share school schedule changes, as well as emergency information, on the school district's Facebook and Twitter social media pages. Occasionally, messages are also posted on the Olympia School District Instagram site.



In the event of a change in school schedule due to inclement weather or an emergency, a red alert message will appear at the top of the district and school websites when families or the community first open the sites. Additionally, information about the situation may be posted in  "Announcements" near the top of the district and school website Home pages.



The district uses an automated phone calling system, called School Messenger Connect, to send Robo-Calls to families to quickly notify them of emergencies or weather-related events. Families may identify which numbers they want called in Skyward Family Access.



Families also have the option to receive text message notifications in the event of an emergency or inclement weather school schedule change. To sign up to receive text messages, visit Skyward Family Access.



In the event of an emergency or school schedule change, the district will email families the

 information. Depending on the severity or time-sensitive nature of the situation, the district may also call or text the numbers families have on file in Skyward Family Access.



FlashAlert distributes emergency messages, such as breaking news or weather closure

information. The system collects emergency information and news releases from Puget

Sound school districts and other organizations and distributes it to the news media via a

continuously updated website and e-mails. It automatically places emergency information into the web sites of participating radio and television stations, as well as newspapers, and can send it directly to the public. To sign up to receive FlashAlert notifications, visit the

FlashAlert newswire website. Information is published to major television and radio stations

including the following:

                        KXXO Mixx 96.1

                        KIRO Radio 97.3 FM

                        KOMO Radio 1000 AM or 97.7 FM

                        KOMO TV Channel 4

                        KING TV Channel 5 or KONG TV Channel 6

                        KIRO TV Channel 7



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)

At other times, weather conditions may require schools to close early. In that event, the normal busing sequence will be followed -- that is, returning high school and middle school students home first, followed by elementary students approximately one to two hours later. Please instruct your child what to do should there be an early school closure when you are not home during the regular school day. Parents are also asked to remind students to be especially careful when walking or waiting for a bus during bad weather.



Schools closed. Specific information about the status of after-school/evening activities will be

shared in district communication about the event.


Please understand there are many factors when deciding to close or delay school. We exercise caution and overall safety for all 9,000-plus district students when determining if school should be canceled or delayed. The 80 square miles covered by our district are very diverse geographically, and what one family experiences can be very different from what another family is experiencing on the other side of the district. Staff drive the streets in the early hours of the morning to determine the safety of all routes.




1st – Backwards Day

6th – College Spirit Day

6th - Early Release 2:37pm

11th – PTSO Meeting 6:30pm – 7:30pm

13th – Early Release 2:37pm

15th – Holiday Sweater Day

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

15th – Owl Store 10:15-12:00

15th – Music Assembly 2:30pm

18th – Winter Break Begins




2nd – First Day back to School

3rd - Early Release 2:37pm

10th – College Spirit Day

10th - Early Release 2:37pm

12th – Crazy Hair Day

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

31st - 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.