Jan/Feb Newsletter 2021

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Hi McLane Families, 

We have been busy at McLane doing everything in our power to safely bring more and more students to campus. Our Kindergarten students started hybrid, in-person learning, on February 1st. Our first and second grade students will start hybrid, in-person learning, on February 22nd. We will continue working diligently until all students, who would like to be back, are on campus. 

Students who attend in-person are required to do a monthly attestation process. This is a form on Skyward that you fill out each month ensuring that you will not send your student to McLane if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms or have knowingly been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19. If this is not completed, then you will be getting a friendly reminder from our front office. In addition to monthly attestation, all students go through a health screening, including a temperature check upon arriving at school.     

As we welcome more and more students to campus, we will also need to shift our schedule for all students a little bit. In-person learning will happen between 8:35-1:57 at McLane and our remote learners will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additionally, we will need to switch the start times of music, PE, and any small groups (this could include reading groups, ELL, SPED and classroom small groups). Over the next week, our teachers will work to communicate how these shifts will impact individual classes and student schedules. Our goal is to only have to make this transition once. 

Most importantly, if you have the opportunity to connect with any of the McLane Staff please give them a huge THANK YOU! We have roughly ⅓ of students who want to remain in distance-learning and ⅔ who want to come in for hybrid, in-person learning. Our entire McLane Family has had to make some significant shifts and sacrifices; however, WE are committed to serving our students and our entire staff worked to ensure we can meet all of our students' requests and learning needs. Simply put, our McLane Staff is amazing and they are doing everything within their power to support your student(s) during this time. 


Principal Brock


Friday - February 12th

red box and arrow around the Portfolio button on Skyward

Report cards are viewable in the Portfolio tab, as well as student login and password info


This has helpful information on how to access Skyward Family Access, Chromebook troubleshooting, how to reset passwords etc.



The McLane Fire Department generously provided some fantastic, brand new 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. 


Monday, February 15th to Tuesday, February 16th - NO SCHOOL


1st & 2nd Grade - Cohort A Monday, February 22nd  8:35a.m.-1:57p.m.

1st & 2nd Grade - Cohort B Tuesday, February 23rd  8:35a.m.-1:57p.m.


Kindergarten Only 

Thursday, February 18th 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Friday, February 19th 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Everyone Else: Feb 24th 12:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. 

All Grades:

Wednesday March 10th 12:00p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday March 24th 12:00p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 14th 12:00p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Thank you for supporting our families! 

December’s Gift Giving Tree Program was a tremendous success!  Twenty One 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, McKenzie Baptist 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! 




Battle of the Books has begun. It will look very different this year than it has in the past.   4th & 5th grade students that wished to participate have been placed on mixed-grade teams.  There are 7 teams this year containing 4th and 5th grade students.  They are busily reading/listening to our 6 titles. This year, Battle participation is optional but the further we get into the battle season, teammates are depended upon.  Battle of the Books (BOB) meetings will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays at 3:00-3:45.  Teams will work together in Break Out rooms, we will discuss the individual books as a whole group, and we will hold practice battles to get us ready for the final battle  Over the next four months we’ll discover the protagonists, antagonists, themes, settings, and genre of each book.  April 30th is the final battle!

Book Club for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade continues to meet on Mondays at 11:30.  The Zoom link can be found in the Library Schoology course by just clicking on the “Big Red Book”.  Hope to see you there.

Curbside Book pick-up is going strong.  Your child can peruse the library bookshelves digitally through Destiny Discover.  Just go to the Library Schoology Course, click on the Destiny Discover button, have your child login via the “Google” button and begin searching for wonderful books.  Place them on Hold, I will pull the books and check them out to your child, then an email will be sent via Remind to let you know the books are ready.  You can come to the school Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 and call the phone number that is on the window by the front door.  I’ll bring the books out.  

As always, if you have any library questions, give me a call at 360-596-6602.


The Olympia School District will inform you as soon as possible when school schedules change through our phone/email messaging system, our district website and district social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

The school 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, media outlets will be asked to announce the use of "snow routes" or "emergency routes."




McLane website


Skyward/Family Access


Volunteer Application form. Forms can be found on the OSD website. This must be renewed every year.


OSD Transportation 360 596-7700


Emergency Information


Alternate Bus Routes & Snow Bulletin


OSD 2020-21 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 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; [email protected]


Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education

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

360-596-8534;  [email protected] 


Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator 
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
360-596-7530; [email protected]


Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
360-596-6185; [email protected]


Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-6102; [email protected]