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February 2018 NEWSLETTER



Thank you to all who attending Funapalooza!  The PTSO did a great job organizing, setting up, and running the event.  Thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time to make the event a huge success.

Kindergarten registration has moved up this year and packets will be available in the office starting on March 5th.  Please pass this important information on to any families who will have new Kindergarten students next year.  Thanks for your help.



Wednesday, February 7th– College Spirit Day

Friday, February 9th - 80’s Day



Friday, February 2nd for teachers to work on report cards.



No School Monday, February 19th and Tuesday, February 20th.






Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 3:30pm – 5:30pm - Early Release Wednesday 2:40pm – 4:40pm


Friday, February 16th- K-2 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, February 17th- K-2 Theater Performance 12:30pm – 2:00pm



We would like to welcome Sophath Min to the McLane staff.  Make sure you say “Hi”!


Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, February 16th.


The Olympia School District will hold its annual “Learn All About Kindergarten” informational event from 10:00 - 11:30 am on Saturday, February 10th at Capital High School.


If you know of neighbors or friends who have a child entering kindergarten in the Olympia School District in the fall of 2018, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend this free event. Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Avenue N.W. in Olympia.


The event begins at 10:00 am with a welcome by Superintendent Patrick Murphy. Families will then have until 11:30 am to visit school booths set up in the high school gym and learn about a variety of topics related to kindergarten and school in general.


Among other things, families may learn about kindergarten program options, riding the bus, how to register for kindergarten and how to use the district’s Family Access student information system to stay updated on everything from grades to lunch accounts. The school district’s Transportation department will also have a school bus on site for parents to learn about bus safety and rules, and to see the inside of the bus.


A reminder that children need to be 5 years old by August 31, 2018 to be eligible to start kindergarten in September 2018. The event is geared for adults of incoming kindergartners in the Olympia School District. Childcare is not provided.



Registration for students entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2018 begins on March 5th! Packets will be available in the front office. Students must be five years old before September 1st in order to register. A birth certificate and proof of immunizations are required to register. Please tell your neighbors and friends to come in!  Upon returning the completed packets, we will sign up parents and student for our “Taste of Kindergarten” event on Friday, June 8.  More information to come during registration week.



Parent/teacher conferences will be held Tuesday, March 27th through Thursday, March 29th from 12:45 pm to 4:05 pm.  Student release time is 12:10 on these days. McLane's On-Line Conferencing will begin scheduling using Skyward's Family Access. In order for the process to work smoothly, we request that families with more than one sibling at McLane sign up on March 10th and that all other families wait until March 12th. Scheduling will be open through March 23rd. This will ensure that those who require more than one conference can schedule them back to back.  Each conference time is only 20 minutes long. Please arrive and leave on time, this is essential to allow time for teachers to prepare for the next conference. Thank you, our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you! Please do not hesitate to contact McLane office at (360) 596-6600 if you are having trouble with scheduling a conference. Thank you!

Also, there is no Preschool on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during conference week.



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 & Life Skills - The Adventure of Bella & Harry, Thursday, February 22nd at 10:00am

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

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

Admission fee for 2 plays and transportation is $14.00. Each student must have an OJP envelope signed in order to attend. The signed envelope is your student’s ticket into the performances.



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.



Keeping your contact information up to date is vital in an emergency. When your child has been injured at school or is sick, the office needs to have accurate contact information. It is also necessary for teachers to have up to date contact information to keep you informed regarding your child’s progress. Please send a note in with your child if you have a change to your phone number(s), address, or email information.



Remember to call the Attendance Line at 596-6603 to report any absences or late arrivals.

The office needs to know as soon as possible. This is a 24-hour recording phone line. Please feel free to call this number at any time that you are aware that your child will be late or absent.



If your student is at a professional appointment, please bring us a note from the doctor.  This is for attendance purposes.



Fourth and Fifth grades are heavy into Battle of the Books.  This year our teams are reading eleven titles covering all genre and grade levels.  At this point in time the teams should be at least half way through the titles.  Please remember it is encouraged for families to read-a-loud to their students, gather the titles in audio form, and discuss the titles as they go.  This will help immensely in our Battle.  Teams are working well and reading wonderful adventures.


I have been showing second and third grades World Book Online to help with their class research.  To access this wonderful resource from home, go to McLane’s home page, click on Library, and use the username/password supplied. 


Kindergarten and First grades have been exploring non-fiction with me.  We love “real stuff”.


Mark your calendars for the last two book fairs of the school year.  Saturday, March 3rd McLane will hold a book fair at Barnes & Noble from 11:00-3:00.  Also during conference week I will be hosting Scholastic Book Fairs March 26-30th.  Hope to see you there.



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.



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 starting 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.


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



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

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


January Owl Recognition- Responsibility


Mrs. Burney- Landon Kane, Bailey Mondau                            Mrs. Caranci- Javier Bennett-Morales,

Gwendolyn Winans

Mrs. Mellum- Lekhya Dasari, Jose Andres Gaspar                 Mrs. Walker- Anthony Rogers,

  Angelica DiBenedetto Campos

Mrs. Shapley-Logan Kane, Emily Bennett                     Mrs. Wendling- Thapsi Ganumpally,

 Alexander Boden

Mrs. Hamilton- Caleb Moodenbaugh and Deacon Webb Ms. McLaughlin- Jaxon Chipman,

Riya Waterhouse, Avanthika Saravanan

Mr. Oas- Isaiah Woodward, Olivia Hainer                            Mrs. Brock- Josie Wynecoop & Brooklynn Yeates

Mrs. Jensen-Ava Benzing, Cameron Lemasters             Ms. Gordon- Claire Woodward, Locke Walker

Ms. Thrasher- Matthew Shuck, Jonah Shuck




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

 January Golden Ruler Award

 Mrs. Burney- Irene Blacketer                Mrs. Caranci- Karthi Dasari
Mrs. Mellum- Katerina Frank                  Mrs. Walker-Dimas Cruz
Mrs. Shapley-Bri Fork                           Mrs. Wendling- Alexander Boden
Mrs. Hamilton- Angel Nguyen                Mr. Oas- Jayden Bersin             
Mrs. Brock- Serenity Homolka &            Mrs. Jensen-Kayde Kvarnberg

Mckenzie Vance

Ms. Gordon - Grace Ballard                    Ms. Thrasher- Katelyn Long



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)




2nd - Half Day Release 12:10pm

5th - 16th- K-2 Theater Program 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday, Early Release 2:40pm-4:40pm

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 go home

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 Program Gr. 1 & 2

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

23rd – Owl Store 1:15pm – 3:00pm

26th - March 30h - Gr. 3- 5 Theater Program

                                              3:30pm - 5:00pm

28th - Early Release 2:37pm


1st - Westside Band Festival CHS 7:30pm - 8:30pm

2nd - Read Across America - Dr. Seuss Day

7th - Early Release 2:37pm

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

14th - College Spirit Day

14th - Early Release 2:37pm

16th- Every Shade of GREEN Day

16th- Ireland Assembly 2:00pm - 2:45pm

20th - Olympia Junior Program Gr. 3-5

21st- Early Release 2:37pm

22nd- 4th Gr. Green Congress

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

23rd – Owl Store 1:15pm – 3:00pm

26th - Global Heat Assembly 2:00pm - 2:45pm

27th - 30th Half Day Release 12:10pm

27th - 29th Conferences

29th- 3-5 Theater Performance 6:30

30th- 3-5 Theater Performance 6:30








 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, jcarpenter@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-8544


     Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, klturcotte@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-7542


     Steve Rood, Director of Career and Technical Education, srood@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-6109


     Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, sniemann@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-6193.


All four individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.