October 2019

October 2019 Newsletter

All School Announcements


Have you moved or change phone numbers? Please make sure to correct your address, phone number, and email addresses on Skyward. If we do not have the correct information we cannot contact you. Also, remember to update and opt in to receive text message reminders for monthly progress.

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.

hConnect & iConnect

Arena schedule is open until 10/25

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
October 23rd Guest Panel - Curriculum Ideas & Examples
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 students who need 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

HS/MS Cooking class is going great! Ask your student to make a simple but delicious shepherds pie this fall.

The Creative Writing Class has made a Haiku board and invites students to submit their own Haiku Poems. Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. Students may submit Haiku poems by placing them in the envelope on the board near room 202.


The Current events class has prepared a survey about Climate Change. Middle and high school students may respond to the survey by using the link: https://forms.gle/woNMZe9kQdrJ83iDA

Parents as a reminder: students should not be unsupervised on the playground, empty rooms, corner halls or outdoor spaces! Thank you for helping reinforce this required behavior.

MAST

School Conferences for MAST are Friday October 18th and 25th. Students will NOT have school on those Friday’s. MAST students have full days of school on October 22-24 and busing home will NOT be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Now that we are an ALE (Alternative Learning Experience) Program. There are new rules and requirements. One of the requirements that will affect you is that we are required to communicate monthly progress to you via email, and you then have to communicate to us that you received the progress, within a certain time frame. This is why you received the email on October 2nd with the progress link in the email. All you need to do is click the link fill out the form and comment "received" "thank you" "got it" anything really. This is a very important part of our program in many aspects, but mostly this is how we obtain our funding for our program. If progress is now acknowledged we cannot claim funding on your student. It should only take you a minute or less to click on the link. Thank you so much for taking the time to do so.

Montessori
Don't forget to sign up for a conference! Online sign-ups in Skyward close on 10/18
Student Conference week October 22-25. School ends at 12PM each day. Conferences will be scheduled through Skyward. More information will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.

 

Now that we are an ALE (Alternative Learning Experience) Montessori Program. There are new rules and requirements. One of the requirements that will affect you is that we are required to communicate monthly progress to you via email, and you then have to communicate to us that you received the progress, within a certain time frame. This is why you received the email on October 2nd with the progress link in the email. All you need to do is click the link fill out the form and comment "received" "thank you" "got it" anything really. This is a very important part of our program in many aspects, but mostly this is how we obtain our funding for our program. If progress is now acknowledged we cannot claim funding on your student. It should only take you a minute or less to click on the link.

Upcoming Dates

October
15 ASB Used Book Sale
18 MAST Conferences--No School for MAST only
22 OSD Parent Workshop @ ORLA
22-25 Montessori Conferences ½ days. School Ends at 12pm
24 PTA MOD Pizza Fundraiser
25 MAST Conferences--No School for MAST only

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

PTA
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

 

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