October Newsletter 2020

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OCTOBER  2020 NEWSLETTER

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NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Happy October! 

What a remarkable month September has been and we are here to embrace what the future holds. Please join me in giving a huge shout out to teachers; they have been remarkable this first month of school and have been working relentlessly to ensure your student has the best possible experience for this school year. Our teachers at McLane are phenomenal and I am truly humbled to work alongside them. 

During our school board meeting on September 28th, Superintendent Murphy discussed our phases and metrics to bring students back to campus. In the near future, families will begin seeing our district do more and more to bring students back. You can follow along our process at this website: 

https://www.osd.wednet.edu/our_district/district_information/fall_2020_school_reopening_plans

Regardless of what stage of distance, hybrid, or in-person learning we are in, please know you have an amazing team of educators at McLane to support your students and families. I can say with complete confidence that we will do everything we can to support your family and provide a phenomenal education for your student. 

Principal Brock  

McLane Elementary School


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ATTENDANCE:


Starting Monday, 10-05-2020 OSD will require us to mark attendance as excused or unexcused.  So far this year we have coded all attendance as “COVID Related”.  This has allowed us time to make accommodations for online learning. Knowing that the change will happen starting Monday please ensure that each student is checking into the portal correctly every day. Here is a short video to watch  Student Attendance Video. Please make sure that the student clicks on the submit button.
Attendance can be taken at any time throughout the day. For students who do not, sign into the portal or have contact with their teacher, will have a call sent out the next day to alert the parent/guardian of their absences.  Please call our attendance line 360 596-6603 to let McLane know the reason for the absence.

CONFERENCES:


Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th 

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 in to Skyward Family Access by following this link: https://www2.crdc.wa-k12.net/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wolympis71/seplog01.w

ZOOM Conferences: 

Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th
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 sign in on time.

Scheduling Conferences:


**Families with two or more students at McLane will be able to sign up for conferences on October 12th.

**Scheduling is open to all McLane families from October 14th - October 23th.  

Please do not hesitate to contact the Help Desk at 360-596-6172 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.


BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION:


***VERY IMPORTANT***

2020-21 Student Information Update & Handbook Acknowledgment


Student Information Update application opens on Monday 09-28-2020.

Every year we send home a paper print out of your student’s Skyward registration.  This allows us to verify student information and ensure that your student’s information is accurate and up to date. 

This year the process will be done online in Skyward. Here are directions to follow. 
 
You can also access a video by clicking on the link. The 60-second video walks you through what the application looks like.

https://www.skyward.com/parents-and-students/family-access-toolkit/parents/video/online-enrollment 


NO SCHOOL - TEACHER IN-SERVICE:


Friday, October 9th

McDonald's TAKE OVER:


Thursday, October 8th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
At the McDonald’s by Haggin’s

BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKFAIR:


Wednesday, October 21st through Sunday, October 25th

READ-A-THON:


Thursday, October 1st through October 31st

There is a great explanation in this episode of “The Hoot” for how students can record their minutes for Read-A-Thon.  Students will be asked to report once per week, starting October 8th for the dates October 1-4.

https://youtu.be/hjhIG5Dyi1A


BULB PLANTING:

 
McLane School Families,
 
Every year since 1992, the students at McLane Elementary have planted trees or bulbs in our neighborhood.  This year we will plant 5000 daffodil bulbs that have been donated by the McLane School Forest and Trails Committee.  Because of COVID, this year we will plant THIS SATURDAY.  
 
PLEASE BRING YOUR FAMILY AND JOIN US THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, AT THE MCLANE FIRE HALL.  YOU CAN PICK UP A BAG OF BULBS THERE AND PLANT THEM IN NUMEROUS LOCATIONS NEARBY.  ALL OF THE HOLES HAVE BEEN PRE DUG.  IT WILL ONLY TAKE A BIT OF YOUR DAY AND IS A VERY WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE FOR THE KIDS.
 
10 AM TIL 2 PM.  SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 3.  MCLANE FIRE STATION. 
 
Thank you.  We hope to see you there.
 
Ralph Munro, Bob Barnes, Dave Pearsall

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

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.  

LIBRARY NEWS:


I am so excited to say we have curbside library services this fall! Students can put books on hold and pick them up to enjoy at home.  Here are the days and times for curbside pick-up:

Tuesdays  11:30-1:00
Thursdays 3:00-4:00
Other times, parents can call the number posted on the front window of the school Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:00.
Mrs. Moore will be available to hand-out/collect library books at the above listed days and times.

1. If your child wants books ready for Tuesday, the books must be on hold the Friday prior.
2.If your child wants books ready for Thursday, the books must be on hold the Monday prior.
3. Please return the books in the heavy-duty plastic bag that came from the library.
4.On pick-up days (Mondays & Thursdays), do not leave your car.  Pull to the front of the school and Mrs. Moore will bring the books to you.

Here is a short video showing how to place library books on hold….click here.  Students may put 4 books on hold at a time. They are due within 14 days or can be traded out as frequently as the above schedule allows.  Please return any library books that may still be at home from this past spring.  Here is a video showing how to check your child’s library account for books on hold, checked out, and any fines...click here.
 

IMPORTANT LINKS:


McLane Website
https://mclane.osd.wednet.edu/
Skyward/Family Access
https://www2.crdc.wa-k12.net/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wolympis71/seplog01.w
Volunteer Application form. Forms can be found on the OSD website. This must be renewed every year.
https://osd.wednet.edu/community/volunteer
OSD Transportation 360 596-7700
 http://osd.wednet.edu/departments/transportation
Emergency Information
https://osd.wednet.edu/families/emergency_information
Alternate Bus Routes & Snow Bulletin
https://osd.wednet.edu/departments/transportation/emergency_snow_routes_west/

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; 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