March 2021

Orca News March 2021

ORLA Orcas Demonstrate Ownership, Respect, Leadership, & Awareness.


March Newsletter


All School Announcements

New Office Hours
The ORLA office is open from 8:15 am to 3:00 pm Monday - Friday. Please wear a mask, covering your nose and mouth, into the building. Please take your temperature and sign-in when entering the office. Please practice social distancing if the office is busy.

Welcoming students back on campus
Over the last few weeks we started welcoming students back on campus. You can check out our first day photos here on FacebookOpening in a new window. Want to share your student’s first day or online learning photo on our Facebook page? Send your photo to Patricia Coon at

Connecting with your student’s teacher
Just a friendly reminder that if you have a question for a teacher about the classroom environment please reach out to the teacher in an email or during the teacher's office hours and not during the Zoom class session. Thank You! You can find contact information for your student’s teacher through our Staff DirectoryOpening in a new window.

Attendance Matters
All students need to be on time and in class every day. If your student is absent please call the 24-hour attendance line at 360-596-7773. Please make sure that students continue to take their daily attendance via OSD Portal. If you have any questions regarding attendance please contact the ORLA office at 360-596-7730.

What if my student needs mental health support?
Our wonderful counselor Peggy Olsen is available for phone and Zoom meetings. She also is a great resource to contact for community resources. Peggy can be reached at in a new window

My family could use financial assistance. Can the school help?
The school admin team does have access to additional funds to help families through the Olympia Education Foundations Principal Checkbook. These funds can be used to assist families with rent, utilities, food, and other needed items. Additionally, the admin team has $50 food vouchers for Ralph’s or Bayview Thriftway. If you are in need of assistance please contact Celeste Waltermeyer at or Peggy Olsen at

Butterflies for You
For many, butterflies are a symbol of hope, transformation, and persistence. Flying together they are stronger. Come by and get some butterflies to color. You can pick them up by the front entrance of ORLA. Drop them off there, in our butterfly box, by the end of March. We are putting them up in the window that faces Boulevard Ave. If you want to make a really large monarch butterfly, let me know and I can get you supplies for that or make more small butterflies if you want more for your windows at home. Lea Mitchell,

Check Out CRC Library Materials Online!
Check-out this Google slideshow for details: in a new window On the Student Portal, select Destiny Library Catalog under Research. Select Hold then Log in with the Student Google email then Hold for pickup. The maximum holds per child are 10 at a time. After placing your materials On Hold watch for a confirmation email with your pick-up day on Tuesday or Friday between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please only place holds on the materials you will use because all materials must be returned or renewed after 4 weeks. This will help us with inventory issues. Renewals can be done online or by emailing Patricia Coon at Returns are currently held in a minimum 3-day quarantine before they can be checked out.

ORLA is currently NOT offering photocopying services of materials. The Timberland Regional Library offers free photocopying at their locations. If you need to print something upload print jobs at printing.trl.orgOpening in a new window and pick it up at your local branch during library takeout hours. TRL allows 100 pages per week for free.

ORLA is not open to the public at this time. The CRC remains closed to in-person browsing. Materials will be available for curbside pick up Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. You’ll receive an email when your materials are ready. Drop off any returns M-F 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to the Office. Please label CRC returns.

Art Volunteer Opportunities
Do you want to help paint and restore some of our outdoor easels? Color butterflies for our front window? Drill holes in wood so students can use it to mount sculptures?Take home and help organize our image bank or sort our oil pastels and do some coloring along the way? Let me know if you are interested and I can send you a list of some of the needs and ideas. Meantime, keep on creating and connecting where you can. Lea Mitchell, Visual Arts Instructor.

ORLA is having a Talent Show!!
This will be an all inclusive Talent Show with students AND staff. Tell a funny joke, showcase your fashion, do a Science experiment. The possibilities are endless! Send your videos and/or photos to Cristy Havens at by May 4th. A live showing will be held on Zoom, May 18th at 6:00 p.m. For more information, check out the flier hereOpening in a new window.

hConnect/iConnect/MAST Advisory Time
Advisory meets on Monday from 10:50-11:15 am and will be the last part of your class time.

Dana Holmes was a winner in the Scope Scholastic Magazine Contest: Write a sequel to the short story: The Stars Between Us.

The contest required students to keep true to the settings, characters, and mood of the original story. Scope received thousands of entries including ORLA students Jade Austin and Rachel Pestinger. You can find more information about the Scope Scholastic Magazine Contest hereOpening in a new window.

6-12 Grade Game Night
The ASB will be hosting Game Night Wednesday, March 31st from 4:00-5:30 pm. We will be playing Among Us via ZOOM. New to Among Us? No worries. Our ASB students will walk you through it. We hope to see you there!!! Questions? Please email me at       Zoom link 4:00-5:30 pmOpening in a new window

Montessori Kindergarten Lottery
ORLA is holding their Kindergarten Lottery Information Night on Thursday, March 18th. Students must be 5 years old prior to August 31, 2021 to register for kindergarten. Parents MUST sign up below and attend one Zoom meeting to be eligible for the Kindergarten Lottery. The Zoom link will be emailed on the day of the meeting one-hour before it starts.  Kindergarten Lottery Information Meeting Sign-UpOpening in a new window

School Hours
School starts at 8:30 am (doors open at 8:15). Drop-off will begin at 8:15 am, students should remain in their car until their temperature is taken. If your student will be tardy, please walk them into the front office to check in. School ends at 1:52 pm. Please pick your student up no later than 2:00 pm. Please make sure that the front office has a current Transportation form on file. If there is a change in your student’s transportation plan, please call the office by 1:30 so we can send a note to your child’s teacher.

ORLA Traffic and Crosswalk
The speed limit on Boulevard Rd is 25 miles per hour and 20 miles per hour during school hours. Please be alert while you drive as we have many more students walking and biking to school.

ORLA Parking Lot reminders
Students are back on campus! Please drive SLOWLY through the drop-off/pick-up lane. Also, be kind to the neighbors, do not block or park in neighboring residents driveways.

Student Conference week
March 30 - April 2. Conferences will be scheduled through Skyward. More information to come.

Upcoming Dates

15 Montessori Supply Pick-up 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 4:00 - 6:00 pm
16 Montessori Supply Pick-up 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
18 Montessori Kindergarten Lottery Information Night at 6:00 pm
30-31 Montessori Conferences
31 6th - 12th Grade Game Night 4:00-5:30 pm

1-2 Montessori Conferences
1 hConnect/iConnect/MAST Supply Pick-up at 2:30-4:00 pm
2 hConnect/iConnect/MAST Supply Pick-up at 11:00 am-1:00 pm
5-9 Spring Break
28 6th - 12th Grade Game Night

Who to contact with questions

Staff Name and Contact


Celeste Waltermeyer, Administrator

Kristy Grinnell, Asst Administrator

Krista Johnson, Program Manager

Peggy Olsen, Counselor

Lacie Williams, Secretary

Cheryl Baker, Secretary

More information about ORLA PTA can be found at http://www.orlapta.orgOpening in a new window

From The District Office
Attached are two approved District communications from Seattle Children’s Hospital about Firearms in homeOpening in a new window and “Teens, Depression and Firearms”Opening in a new window

Spotlight on SuccessOpening in a new window

Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the District by visiting their website at osd.wednet.eduOpening in a new window

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. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506, (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:

Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506
Michael Hart, Title IX Officer
(360) 596-8545

Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education
(360) 596-8534

Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator (Students)
(360) 596-7530

Starla Hoff, ADA Coordinator (Staff)
(360) 596-6185

Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
(360) 596-6185

Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness