September Newsletter 2019

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SEPTEMBER  2019 NEWSLETTER McLane Construction Logo


Greetings McLane Community, 

I am truly humbled to serve as the principal of McLane Elementary.  I am excited to meet all the wonderful students, families, and community members who make McLane a special community. I would like to take this opportunity to share a little bit about myself and the vision I have to help lead McLane into the next decade.   

I was born and raised in Olympia, WA and attended schools in the Olympia School District from Kindergarten-12th grade. I met my wife, Rachel Diane, in college. Together we embarked on a tremendous journey in education; she is a phenomenal elementary teacher within the district.  We have a remarkable daughter, Ella, who is three years old and will be in Kindergarten before we know it. You will often see our family around the school and we hope that you all will become part of our extended family. Prior to joining McLane, I served as a Vice Principal at Roosevelt Elementary and absolutely loved watching the “light bulb” go on for our amazing students.  

The school year is going to be fantastic! I am excited to announce that construction is expected to be completely finished within the next month. As always, our number one priority is the safety of our students. The front entrance will be the final part to be completed. We will have a regular pick/drop off routine, however, we will not go through the main entrance. Instead, we will route students through the cafeteria and gym. The end of banging, dust, or moving classrooms is near. The school is simply beautiful and I cannot wait for everyone to see the finished product. 

As we embark on the next chapter of McLane, I wanted to share with you our newly adopted Student Outcomes and Indicators. These outcomes will guide the direction of the Olympia School District and the work we do in the near future at McLane. It is my hope that you will partner with us at the school to ensure these outcomes are achieved for your student(s). 


I look forward to meeting the entire McLane community; let's all buckle up for a fantastic year!


Anthony Brock 

Here is what McLane’s back to school will look like

TUESDAY, September 3rd

Office open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. We ask that you enter from the back of the school.  We have signs directing you from the parking lot to the office. 

5:00 Back to School BBQ sponsored by the McLane PTSO in the Playshed.

5:30 - 6:30 Open House and Curriculum Night. Stop by and meet your teacher, drop off supplies, pick up curriculum materials, get bus pick up and drop off times, and tour the Owl’s Nest.

**Bus Pick Up and Drop of times are on the OSD website

WEDNESDAY, September 6th

8:30 Java and Jitters in the Library sponsored by the McLane PTSO.

8:50-9:05 students meet in the gym for morning announcements. 

**If dropping off students, the drive thru will be set up the same as in the past. Please respect and follow the staff directions. Students will be routed through the cafeteria and gym as the main entrance will be closed. 

 **If walking students in, please park in the lower parking lot and use the crosswalks and sidewalks to safely enter the building.

9:05-School starts

**Please be aware that all doors will be locked.  The front doors of the main building will be open in the morning between 7:00am and 9:05am.  If you bring your student in or if you take them out of school between school hours (9:05 and 3:27) sign the student in or out at the main office. Due to safety concerns PLEASE do not send students in on their own.

10:00-10:15 3-4-5 AM Recess

10:55-11:15 K  Lunch

11:15-11:40 1-2 Lunch

11:40-12:00 K-1-2 Recess

12:00 - 12:20 5 Lunch

12:20-12:45 3-4 Lunch

12:45-1:00 3-4-5 Recess

1:40- 1:55 K-1-2 PM Recess

3:27 End of day dismissal

**If picking up students, the drive thru will be set up the same as in the past. Please respect and follow the staff directions. 

 **If coming in to pick up your students, please park in the lower parking lot and use the crosswalks and sidewalks to safely enter the building. Please wait outside until the 3:27 dismissal bell goes and then you may enter the building.

MONDAY, September 9th

8:30 Java and Jitters in the Library sponsored by the McLane PTSO.

9:05 to 3:27 -School starts for Kindergarten (see above schedule)


We are off to a great start at McLane with lots of new students and families. A couple of reminders ;

 1. Please remember to check your student’s packet that they bring home on Monday September 9th.  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).   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, date and sign the note. If riding a bus include Bus Route #. Find your student's bus route here.


Wednesday, September 11th, 18th & 25th

Release time 2:37pm

** All buses will drop students off @ 50 minutes earlier than regular drop off times.



All applications processed after 1pm, May 1, 2019 will have an expiration date of July 1st 2020.   Volunteers will need to renew their applications for the summer 2019-2020 and upcoming school year.  You must register every year on-line at the OSD website, (Can take 7 to 10 days to be approved).

Get it done early so you won’t be disappointed when you can not participate in an event.  


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 & schoolwide 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!


Smile big and bright! Tuesday, September 17th will be our individual school picture day. 

If you would like to assist with pictures, please contact the office 360 596-6600. We need 2 volunteers from 9:00am to approximately 12:30pm. Thanks. 


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



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]