Jan/Feb Newsletter 2020

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Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2020 is going to be a great year. Before we talk about the year ahead, I am truly grateful for the tremendous support the McLane community provided to our school and our students leading up to break. It was truly remarkable to have so many families and individuals support our school, Thank you! looking ahead into 2020, I believe this is the year of no major construction! We will have a few minor things here and there. We are all truly grateful for a supportive community that provides a remarkable place for our students to learn.  

I look forward to spending less time worrying about construction and focusing on what is most important, supporting students and the wonderful adults who work with them everyday. 

Weather this time of year is always unpredictable, please be sure to check info about school delays and closures (resources below) and make sure students come to school equipped with proper clothing. If your student is ever in need of anything please do not hesitate to contact me. We have a well stocked closet of new coats, shoes, clothing and school supplies if students ever need anything.

Finally, now that we are done with construction McLane is back to fully serving as a resource for our community. Many organizations including the PTSO and the YMCA rent McLane for various activities and sports. We love being able to provide this for our community and I  want to give a huge shout out to our two main custodians Sophath and Smitty. They work relentlessly to ensure McLane is in the best condition for these organizations while also ensuring it is ready for our students and staff each and everyday. If you have an opportunity to interact with either Sophath or Smitty in the coming weeks, please give them a big thank you as we could not do this without them. 

Principal Brock 


A huge thank you to Hops n’ Drops in Lacey!!!  They generously donated 12 bikes that were given to McLane students.  The McLane Fire Department also provided new helmets for these students.


Thank you for support for our families! 

Last month’s Gift Giving Tree Program was a tremendous success!  Sixteen 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: Westwood Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and McLane Fire Department.  Many of our families and staff also generously contributed. Thank you all for your continued support of this wonderful program! 



The McLane Fire Department generously provided some warm coats for students at McLane. Please let us know if you have a student that needs a warm coat.  We have a variety of sizes and styles. 


Wednesday, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th &  February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 

Dismissal 2:37pm (50 min early)

*Please note that if your student is part of the school play, practice will end at 4:30 on early release days. 


Monday, January 20th - NO SCHOOL


Friday - January 31st - 12:10 Dismissal


Monday, February 17th to Tuesday, February 18th - NO SCHOOL


Hope all of you are enjoying a positive start to 2020!   We sure are excited about our production of Lion King Jr. 2020!  

Performance dates are January 31th, Friday at 7:00pm and again on Saturday, February 1st at 2:00pm!   

Ticket sales information will be forthcoming soon!


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 showtime and will arrive back at McLane approximately two hours later.  Please watch for permission slips coming home in the next few weeks.

Grades 3-5 - Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park, Monday, February 10th at 10:00am

Grades 1, 2 & Life Skills -Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Wednesday, March 11th at 10:00am

Grades 3-5 - Showtime with Shakespeare, Monday, March 16th at 10:00am

Grades 1, 2 & Life Skills - The Boy Who Grew Flowers, Tuesday, April 21st at 10:00am


Does your child often come home with clothes from the nurse’s office?  If so we would like to suggest that you place a clean shirt, pants, underwear, and socks in a gallon-size Ziploc bag. Place the bag in the bottom of the backpack and leave it there throughout the school year. This way, if your child gets wet or dirty, we can keep them dry and clean. 

On that note, our Nurse’s office has been depleted of  small and x-small clothing. If you have any clothes that are from our Nurse’s office please return them (no undergarments).  We will wash them and distribute them as needed. We will also take donations of sweats and t-shirts in good shape that are size appropriate for our students. Thank you!


The Olympia School District will hold its annual informational event. “Countdown to Kindergarten” from 10:00 - 11:30 am on Saturday, March 7th 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 2019, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend this free event. Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Ave. 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 commons 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, 2019 to be eligible to start kindergarten in September 2019. 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 2020 begins on March 7th! Packets will be available in the front office of your ‘home’ school. Students must be five years old before September 1st in order to register. A birth certificate, proof of residency and proof of immunizations are required to register. Please tell your neighbors and friends to come in!  Upon returning the completed packets, More information to come during registration week.


Monday, February 10th  6:30pm - 7:30pm


Happy New Year!  

The primary grades are finishing up the 20 nominated titles for the 2020 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award and will be voting soon.

Battle of the Books has begun.  4th & 5th grade teams are busy reading our twelve titles.  We’ve set up our time line, studied our pacing chart, and have started organizing our notes.  Over the next three months we’ll discover the protagonists, antagonists, themes, settings, and genre of each book.  March 20th is the final battle!


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.



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 15th, 16th & 17th.  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. 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 27th. 




Prompt and regular attendance is necessary for successful school work. Any time your child is absent from school, parents are required to call the attendance line at (360) 596-6603 to report the reason your child is not in school. 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 or email the day of the absence, OR if there was no written or verbal notification given to the office prior to the absence. 

Olympia School District Policies and Procedures Policy 3200 states: When a student reaches 10 or more total unexcused absences during the current school year, the District is required to file a court petition.

If your child is going to be gone from school for more than 3 consecutive days for a vacation, we ask that you complete a planned absence request form. The form is available on the website or in the main office.


If your student is at a professional appointment, please bring us a note from the doctor.  This is for attendance purposes. Please try to schedule appointments outside of school time as students coming and going during class time can be disruptive for the entire class.


As part of the Olympia School Districts commitment to maintaining a healthy learning environment, the following guidelines are directly related to flu symptoms and are provided to assist you in determining when to keep your child at home.

The flu is usually accompanied by a fever of 100 to 102 degrees

and can last up to four (4) days. Students should stay at home

until they have a normal temperature for at least 24 hours,

without the assistance of medication.

General aches, pains, fatigue and weakness also accompany the

flu and make it difficult for students to actively participate in the

school day. Until students can fully participate in the school day

they should remain at home.

It is common for those with the flu to have chest discomfort and

a cough. Until the chest discomfort has passed and the cough has

lessened students should remain at home.

These guidelines are meant to help decrease illness at school and allow your child to be ready and able to fully participate in school. By working together, we can prevent the spread of illness and keep our children the healthiest they can be.

 If you have any questions please contact your school nurse at  360 596-6608.


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)






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; sniemann@osd.wednet.edu


Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education

Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506

360-596-8534;  alara@osd.wednet.edu 


Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator 
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
360-596-7530; kturcotte@osd.wednet.edu


Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
360-596-6185; sniemann@osd.wednet.edu


Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-6102; pcusack@osd.wednet.edu