March 2020 Newsletter

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March is here! This brings blooming daffodils, Kindergarten registration, Spring conferences, and hopefully, Spring weather. Please take the time to fully read through the newsletter. It is full of information that many will need as we continue into Spring. In addition to our newsletter each month, please read the new readerboard outside of McLane; and if you come inside, you will see we have a new monitor in the main entrance as well. Our hope is that we will continue to improve communication and highlight all of the upcoming events and important dates at McLane Elementary.



Our teachers are looking  forward to meeting with you and your student.

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! 
Conferences are Tuesday, March 31st through Thursday, April 2nd from 12:45 pm to 4:05 pm.  
Student release time is 12:10 on Tuesday, March 31st through Friday, April 3rd. 


**Families with two or more students at McLane will be able to  sign up for conferences on March 16th.
**Scheduling is open to all McLane families from March 18th - March 29th. 

This process will ensure that those who require more than one conference can schedule them back to back. 

Parents who do not have access to the Internet can come to the McLane office from 8:30-4:00 on any school day to use our computers.  We will have staff available in the main office to help anyone who needs assistance with scheduling their student(s).

No Preschool on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during conference week.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Skyward Help Desk at 360 596-6150 or the McLane office 360 596-6600 if you are having trouble with scheduling a conference.


Monday, April 6th to Friday, April 10th - NO SCHOOL


Wednesday, March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 
Dismissal 2:37pm (50 min early)


The following is the schedule for our students to attend 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 make sure that you have sent in the permission slip.
Monday, Feb.10th 10:00 am, Grades 3-5, Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park
Wednesday, Mar.11th  10:00 am, Grades 1-2 & LifeSkills, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
Monday, Mar.16th 10:00 am, Grades 3-5, Showtime with Shakespeare
Tuesday, Apr.21st 10:00 am, Grades 1-2 & LifeSkills, he Boy who Grew Flowers


Thank you to all our volunteers who day in, and day out, come to McLane to volunteer with our students. Your service is truly appreciated.  In accordance with the Olympia School District Volunteer policy, all volunteers who work with students, help in the classroom, go on field trips, etc. must fill out and be cleared as a volunteer. 

For the safety of our students, McLane requires that all adults who enter student populated areas (lunchroom, hallways, classrooms, parties, presentations, or playground)be cleared through the volunteer screening process. 

If you are not currently cleared as a Volunteer follow this link, and sign up so you can participate in classroom activities and events .


All McLane Orchestra Students will be participating in the Festival at Marshall Middle School gym on March 5th, 2020, 7pm.
Orchestra members need to arrive early for tuning!



5th Grade Band concert will play with Marshall Bands at Marshall Middle School on March 12th at 7:30pm.  Students need to arrive at 7:00pm



Monday, March 9th at 6:30 pm



Please check the lost and found.  Unclaimed items will be sent to Goodwill Friday,  April 3rd. Take time to ensure that your student’s name is on all items they bring to school. We can return any lost item to the correct student if their name is visible.
The Olympia School District will hold its annual informational event. “Countdown to Kindergarten” from 10:00 - 11:30am 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 2020, 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 packets will be available at the “Countdown to Kindergarten” event.  After that date registration packets will be available at your neighborhood school.  Schools will be accepting registration packets on  Monday March 9th.


Please remember that the cold and flu season is upon us. If your child is sick, please keep them at home. 
There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections. These steps, also listed on the DOH website, include:
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.



Battle of the Books

4th & 5th Grade students have been participating in the Battle of the Books for the past three months.  Our teams are qualifying to battle by reading all twelve titles and passing comprehension quizzes.  Weekly we discuss the titles and practice battle in preparation for our final battle on Friday, March 20th at 9:30 in the gym.  Parents are welcome to attend our final battle.

Spring Book Fair

Conference week is also Scholastic Book Fair week.  March 30th-April 3 the book fair will be set up in the library and  open Mon.-Thur. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  and Friday 8:00 a. m.-12:00 p.m.  Scholastic will accept cash, checks (Made out to McLane Elementary), debit/credit cards and now has ewallets available.  eWallets are a secure digital payment option for students. Look for information coming home on how to easily set up your child’s account. 

Come by before or after your conference to check out the fair!

Overdue and Lost Books

If your child has misplaced a book, no worries.  You have options.  Replace the book with the same title, send me money and I”ll go purchase the replacement, or send a book of comparable value from your own book collections as home.  Give me a call if you have any questions at 360-596-6602.


Fifth Grade will be attending  outdoor school at Cispus Environmental Center in Randle, Washington, April 15th, 16th & 17th.  
Cost is $150.00 per student. If you need to make payments, please call Wilma in the office to set up a payment plan.
If your student needs to take a prescription or over-the-counter medicine, they require a OSD medical form signed by a doctor.   Medicine and doctor signed permission form needs to be at school by Friday, March 20th.




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;


Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education

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


Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator

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


Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator

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


Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness

Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-6102;