November 2019

November 2019 Newsletter
All School Announcements



October Monthly Progress was sent on Friday, responses are due by Wednesday, November 6th. Also, in the progress response comment please only write thank you, received, or something along those lines. If you have specific questions about your students’ progress or class work, please email that teacher directly. The teachers do not have access to the responses.

Monthly progress is based on a 1-4 scale. Please note that the letter grade assigned for progress is only used for progress, and does not go on transcripts. All students who have a 2 or above are making Satisfactory progress.

Evaluation Rubric
4- Satisfactory - Based on the teacher’s methods of evaluation, the student is not only making consistent progress toward meeting class objectives as stated in the class learning activities and learning goals but also shows leadership and helps others to meet those goals as well.
3 - Satisfactory - Based on the teacher’s methods of evaluation, the student is making consistent progress toward meeting class objectives as stated in the class learning activities and learning goals.
2- Satisfactory Needs Improvement - Based on the teacher’s methods of evaluation, the student is making progress toward meeting some of the class objectives as stated in the class learning activities and learning goals.
1 - Unsatisfactory Concerned - Based on the teacher’s methods of evaluation, the student is not making progress toward meeting the class objectives as stated in the class learning activities and learning goals.

In honor of Veterans Day we would love to collect photos of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings that have served or who are currently serving. If you sent pictures last year we still have the photos and you do not need to send them in again. If you did not share your veteran’s photo please email a .jpg to pcoon@osd.wednet.edu Please include a caption with the name, military branch, dates of service if known. You’re invited to share lunch with our students while the slide show plays. Thank you for providing pictures by Thursday, November 7. The slideshow presentation will be in the Commons between 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12.

If your family is in need of extra assistance this holiday season please contact our counselor Peggy Olsen at polsen@osd.wednet.edu or Celeste Waltermeyer at cwaltermeyer@osd.wednet.edu.

Lunch Menu change: ORLA's Thanksgiving Feast will be Thursday, November 21st.

A special thank you to the ORLA families who have taken the time to complete the required yearly forms from OSD. This week the office will be sending individual emails to those students/families who still need to complete forms. Please make sure to complete these forms as soon as possible.

The Lion's Club will be at ORLA for our annual Vision and Hearing Screening the morning of December 4th, 2019. We need 4 to 6 parent volunteers from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers will assist with hearing screening, escorting students to and from class, and being a "runner' for anything else that may be needed. If you are interested in helping, please email me Mel Robertson our school nurse at; mrobertson@osd.wednet.edu or call the school at (360) 596-7730

All Montessori/MAST pictures were given to students Friday. If you would like to order pictures, Lifetouch will accept orders for up to 6 months. Picture Retake Day is November 14, 9 AM-12 PM

Lifetouch pictures for hConnect and iConnect students & parents can pick up pictures before school, during lunch in the commons and after school. Lifetouch will accept orders for up to 6 months. Picture Retake Day is November 14, 9 AM-12 PM

Special PTA meeting November 5th at 3:45 PM to elect a new President and Vice President.

ORLA's 2019 Winter Festival is looking for crafty students and parents! More information about Winter Festival in the PTA section of the newsletter.

hConnect & iConnect
Do you have a 12 and older student at ORLA? Are you or another family member on campus frequently? If so, ORLA requires family and 12 and older to wear an ID Badge. This is a safety issue for us to know who should be on campus. ID Badges are made in the CRC between 11:30 - 12:00 daily.


hConnect Support Meetings- Are you new to ORLA and/or new to homeschooling? Are you a returning family who would like to meet others and learn more about ORLA? All are welcome! ORLA is offering a series of meetings that will focus on building connections and sharing information related to homeschooling. See below for schedule of upcoming meetings. Our meetings will take place from 10:30-11:25 AM in Room 120 with Laura Herman, teacher and Dean of Students at ORLA. Both new & experienced homeschooling parents are invited!
Sessions are Wednesdays, 10:30-11:25 AM in Room 120
★ November 7th Homeschooling with Exceptional Needs Students
○ Please note - this session will meet from 1:00-2:00 in room 120
★ November 20th Guest Speaker - How to Use TRL as a Resource
★ December 11th Guest Speaker - Self Care

 

Empower Hours--Every Friday any student who needs help can come to Empower Hours and receive additional help in ELA/Social Studies and Math/Science.


ELA/Social Studies:
10-11 - Ashenhurst in room 119
11-12 - Bingaman in room 120

Math/Science:
12:30-1:30 - Erickson in room 118
1:30-2:30 - Ong room 119

MAST
All Montessori/MAST pictures were given to students Friday. If you would like to order pictures, Lifetouch will accept orders for up to 6 months. Picture Retake Day is November 14, 9 AM-12 PM

MAST is decorating for the Winter Festival on November 23 and will be providing childcare, face painting, crafts, and games for donations to help pay for end of year camp. MAST students will get to study a variety of ecosystems, experience life pre-colonization by the Nisqually Nation, and study pioneers of the United States after westward expansion while attending end-of-year camp.


Montessori
All Montessori/MAST pictures were given to students Friday. If you would like to order pictures, Lifetouch will accept orders for up to 6 months. Picture Retake Day is November 14, 9 AM-12 PM

Upcoming Dates
November

1 Progress sent to families
1 PTA Movie Night 6pm
6 Parent response to Progress due
9 PTA Barnes and Noble Book fair
11 Veteran’s Day No School
14 Picture Retake Day
23 PTA Winter Festival
27-29 Thanksgiving Break

December
5 6-12th grade ASB sponsored Winter Dance
6 PTA Movie Night
17 PTA General Meeting
19 PTA Club Culmination Night
23-3 Winter Break


PTA
ORLA's 2019 Winter Festival is looking for more crafty students and parents!

This year's Festival will take place on November 23rd from 11 am to 2 pm in the Commons. (Please note that the student vendor form that went out a week ago incorrectly had the previous year's date.) It features a craft fair with handmade goods - students and non-student vendors in past years have sold and traded anything from jewelry, art, and slime to churros, chocolates, and wizard wands. In order to participate, all you have to do is email orlawinterfestival@gmail.com with your name, the name of your parent/guardian, what items you wish to sell, a good phone number and email address, and whether you'd like a full or half table. For non-student vendors, there is a $25 table fee that helps cover the cost of the festival as well as benefit enrichment activities for ORLA students.

The deadline to apply has been extended to November 20th. If you know of any local businesses that would be interested in hosting a table, please invite them to apply! The only criteria is that the items must be made by the seller or their personal business - for example, bath products made by a local business at a table hosted by one of the employees would be appropriate, while MLM sales from larger organizations such as Lularoe and Scentsy would not.

There will be food and drink available for purchase from the ORLA PTA, a face-painting station, a silly photo booth, and more! This is a wonderful community event that showcases our students' talent and teaches valuable business skills. Hope to see you there!

PTA Sponsored Clubs at ORLA

Here is a list of all our clubs and their information. Contact the club’s sponsor to get your child started!
Monday
Drama Club 3:30 – 5:30 pm | 2nd – 6th grade | ORLA Stage Michelle Whittaker |  Keystonecenter6@gmail.com
Spanish Club 3:45 – 4:45 pm | 1ST – 5TH grade | ORLA Classroom | Ethan & Isabella Rogol | irogol@osd.wednet.edu

 

Tuesday
3-D Printing 3:30 – 5:00 pm | 1st -12th grade | ORLA Classroom 201 Danny Sigel | Steven.daniel.siegel@gmail.com

 

Wednesday
Pokemon Club 2:40 – 3:40 pm | All ages | ORLA CRC Shawn Raymor | ShawnRaymor@gmail.com

 

Thursday
Magic the Gathering Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th – 12th grade | ORLA CRC Chelsea Johnson | chejohnson@osd.wednet.edu
Dungeons and Dragons Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th – 12th grade | ORLA CRC Eva Lang | evamlang@gmail.com
Book Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th – 12th grade | ORLA CRC Chelsea Johnson | chejohnson@osd.wednet.edu
3-D Printing 3:30 – 5:00 pm | 1st -12th grade | ORLA Classroom 201 Danny Sigel | Steven.daniel.siegel@gmail.com
Chess Club 3 – 4:30 pm | 4th-12th grade | ORLA CRC chejohnson@osd.wednet.edu


Friday
3-D Printing 3:30 – 5:00 pm | 1st -12th grade | ORLA Classroom 201 Danny Sigel | Steven.daniel.siegel@gmail.com

 

See the attachments. Also, more information about ORLA PTA can be found at http://www.orlapta.org

 

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


Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-6102; 
pcusack@osd.wednet.edu