October 2018 Newsletter

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OCTOBER  2018 NEWSLETTER McLane Construction Logo


School safety is our number priority at McLane Elementary School.  Here are a couple of safety procedures that we have implemented at McLane.

Our staff regularly talks with our students about safety procedures and practice drills monthly.  Drills include fire, earthquake, shelter in place and lockdown.

All exterior doors, including portable classroom doors are locked all day.  The front door in the Owl’s Nest is the only open access point during the school day except at recess.  When we move back into the new office, the Owl’s Nest front doors will not be open. The only open doors at that time, will be the front doors of the main building.  We hope to be back in the main office for conference week. In addition, each classroom has a safety latch or lock switch that can be flipped to close and lock the door.

In the event of a major emergency, staff are assigned specific roles in order to support our students until emergency personnel arrive.

Families and their identified emergency contacts will be notified of emergencies via the automated School Messenger phone calls, emails, social media and our school/district website.  

If directed by law enforcement to evacuate our campus, families will be notified of the reunification site via the above communication routes.  Our reunification site is the McLane Fire Station. School personnel will release students to parents and identified emergency contacts only. Please make sure that you have updated your emergency contact information if needed.


Half day release at 12:10 - Tuesday, October 23rd to Friday, October 26th

Parent-Teacher Conferences are upon us and all families will be able to schedule their conference using Skyward’s Family Access Online Scheduling.

First Step:

Do this as soon as possible to ensure you are ready to schedule your conference. Please make sure you are able to sign into : Skyward Family Access by following this link https://www2.crdc.wa-k12.net/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wolympis71/seplog01.w


Tuesday, October 23rd - Thursday October 25th

Scheduling times are 12:45 to 4:05.  Please note that each conference time is 20 minutes long. This is important to allow time to prepare for the next conference. Please arrive and depart on time.

Early Release:

Monday is a regular scheduled day.Tuesday, October 23rd - Friday October 26th at 12:10.  Please note that there is no Preschool Tuesday through Friday of conference week.

Scheduling Conferences:

**Families with two or more students at McLane will be able to  sign up for conferences on October 8th.

**Scheduling is open to all McLane families from October 10th - October 21st.  

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).

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.

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


Here is a link for you to check out our updated McLane Handbook



Wear your college gear Wednesdays

Wednesday, October 3rd


‘McLanewear’ or Favorite Sports Team


October 19: Superhero Day

November 9: Red, White and Blue Day

December 14: Holiday Sweater Day

January 11: Crazy Hair Day

February 8: Disney Day

March 1: Read Across America- Favorite Book Character Day

March 15: Every Shade of Green Day

April 12: Polka Dot Day

May 10: Sports Day

June 14: Tie Dye Day


Wednesday, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st

Release time 2:37pm


Friday, October 12th


Thursday, October 11th 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Tuesday, October 23rd

Thank you to everyone who has donated money for daffodil bulbs this year.

The kids from McLane School will plant the bulbs on Tuesday, October 23, at 9:30am. Volunteers are more than welcome to come and assist.  We need your help. Rain or shine….. Mark your calendars today.

If you have not contributed to bulbs this year and desire to do so, we still could use more money.  Please send checks to kids bulb planting, McLane Elementary School, 200 Delphi Road, Olympia WA, 98502. Your donation is Tax deductible. A special thank you to each and every person who has donated to the fund.  We have ordered 5000 bulbs to plant.


Thank you to the Eagle Scouts who have

constructed benches for our trail and to those families that dedicated a

bench to a family member or friend.  We can make arrangements for a bench if

you want to contribute one.  They are very helpful.

It is so much fun watching these McLane School kids grow up to be successful adults who contribute so much to our society.

You are all a part of this. Thank you to each of you.

Ralph Munro

Triple Creek Farm

5041 Houston Road

Olympia,Washington, 98502

360 791 1887


Saturday, October 20th will be the kick-off day for our Fall Barnes & Noble Bookfair.  We will be at the westside store on Cooper Point and Black Lake Blvd. from 11:00-3:00. Come complete a scavenger hunt, color some things to take home, and build to your heart’s content with Legos.  

Due to the construction going on with our McLane Library, our book fair will be taking place all during Conference Week October 22-26th at Barnes & Noble.  Go into the store at your convenience. A portion of all purchases benefit out McLane Library by mentioning the school book fair to the cashier when you check out.  Hope to see you all Saturday the 20th!


Tuesday, November 6th


1. Please remember to check your student’s packet that they bring home in the first week.  Complete and return the following documents as soon as possible to your student’s classroom teacher.  Review, make changes and sign the Student Enrollment Form, Student Health Information, Student Housing Survey (if applicable) and Free/Reduced Lunch application (if applicable).  Also review the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and sign the following pages 63, 65 and 67.  Return all applicable, signed forms to school as soon as possible

2. In accordance with the Olympia School district volunteer policy, all volunteers who work with students, help or visit the classroom, go on field trips, etc. must have on file a Volunteer Application form completed and they need to have been given clearance. Forms can be found on the OSD website.

3. Please send in notes with any student pick-up changes to the office and we will get them a slip for the end of the day to avoid any confusion. Please include child’s first and last name, teacher’s name, also date and sign the note. If riding a bus include Bus Route #, found here.


All applications processed after 1pm, May 17th, 2018 will have a expiration date of July 1st 2019.  All applicants currently on file expire on July 1, 2018. Volunteers will need to renew their applications for the summer 2018-2019 and upcoming school year.

You must register every year on-line at the OSD website.

(Can take 7 to 10 days to be approved)

Thank you for doing this early!


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



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!


The Olympia School District is pleased to offer free parent education workshops with Candyce Lund Bollinger. Bollinger is a parent educator and private parenting counselor in Washington State and has been practicing for more than 35 years. She provides classes and consultations for schools, colleges, civic groups, private organizations and has a private practice.  She is the mother of four children and has two grandchildren.

2018-19 Workshop Details

● Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

● Location: Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 2400 15th Ave SE, Olympia, WA

Elementary Parent Workshops (K-5)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Managing your Parental Response: It's important in parenting to be responsive and intentional vs. reactive. In Managing Your Parental Responses, we will look at the old belief systems that undermine intentional parenting, and parents will be provided tools to be more effectively responding to their children's behaviors.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Positive Discipline: This workshop is designed to give parents a map and techniques to facilitate healthy discipline.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Safety Without Fear: A workshop designed for parents to help facilitate their children having self skills for personal safety, without increasing anxiety & fear in their children.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Anger: A workshop designed to help parents understand anger, as well as learn tools to manage anger in themselves and their children.

Middle & High School Parent Workshops (6-12)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Managing Your Parental Response: It's important in parenting to be responsive and intentional vs. reactive. In Managing Your Parental Responses, we will look at the old belief systems that undermine intentional parenting, and parents will be provided tools to be more effectively responding to their children's behaviors.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Developmentally Appropriate Expectations/Ages 11-19: Understanding brain development at any age is crucial for positive communication and relationship with a child. This workshop will give parents and educators information about teen development.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Positive Constructive Communication with Teens: A workshop designed to teach practical skill building techniques to help create more effective communication between parents and their children. Positive communication will be emphasized, and guidance techniques including engaging children's cooperation, interpreting emotional and behavioral development and implementing alternatives to punishment.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Effective Teen Discipline: This workshop is designed to give parents the basic philosophy of discipline and a toolbox of techniques to work with to support positive teen discipline

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Teen Relationships/LGBTQAI:  A workshop designed for parents in regards on questions and topics around relationships and sexuality.    

Workshops are free and no registration is required


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 2018-19 Notice of Nondiscrimination


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:

·         Steve Rood, Title IX Officer, srood@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-8545, or Nancy Faaren, Assistant Superintendent, nfaaren@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-6117

·         Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, klturcotte@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-7530

·         Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, sniemann@osd.wednet.edu, (360) 596-6185

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