Roosevelt classroom mini-building ribbon cutting is Monday, April 30

Exterior of new Roosevelt Elementary two-story classroom mini-buildingThe newly constructed two-story Roosevelt Elementary classroom mini-building opened its doors to students on Friday, April 20 and will be the site of a dedication ceremony on Monday, April 30.

The community is welcome to join Roosevelt Elementary students and staff, Superintendent Patrick Murphy, school board members, district staff, and the architect and contractor in a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 4 p.m. on April 30.

Guests are welcome to walk through the new classroom building following the ribbon cutting.

Roosevelt Elementary is the third of five two-story classroom mini-buildings to open its doors. Construction continues on the McLane and Centennial elementary school mini-buildings, approved by voters as part of the 2016 school bond. Pioneer Elementary School’s mini-building opened in January, followed by Hansen Elementary’s two-story classroom addition in March.

Each of the mini-buildings has eight classrooms, a music room, a commons/general classroom space for multiple uses, small learning areas between classrooms for small-group teaching and learning, a musical instrument storage area, and an administrative office and storage area. Each building also has a covered walkway connecting it to the main school building at each site, an elevator, two sets of stairs, and restrooms on each floor.

Exterior finishes and colors are designed to coordinate with the main one-story school buildings on the same campus.

Last call for Employee Recognition Award nominations! Deadline is April 17

2016-17 winners of The Unsung Heroes award: Hansen Elementary Food Services and Custodial Staff

Winners of one of the 2016-17 “The Unsung Heroes” award: Hansen Elementary School Food Services and Custodial Staff. Who will win the award this year?

Please consider nominating any of your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. We are asking that nominations be submitted by tomorrow, April 17, so that we can officially honor the winners at the May 7, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. This annual tradition has become a great way to honor the hard work of those around you!

Categories for this year’s awards include:

  • The Innovator (Changes Making a Difference)
  • The Unsung Hero (Goes the Extra Mile)
  • The Champion of Differences (Celebrates Diversity)
  • The Coach (Supports Others)
  • The Dream Team (Above and Beyond)

Fill out and submit the online nomination form, which is sent to the Communications and Community Relations Department. If you have questions, please call the Communications and Community Relations Department at (360) 596-6103.

Nominations must be received by the Communications and Community Relations Department on or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Thank you!

Learn about retirement planning on May 2 at Knox Administrative Center

DRS flier about retirement planning announcing workshop at OSDIt’s never too early or too late to plan for retirement!

A team member from the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) will present information about state retirement plans in an information session open to all staff on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

If you are not sure which retirement plan you are in, check the payroll or benefits office before attending. You may also view your account online.

Safety Tip of the Week: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about the dangers of distracted driving.

The National Safety Council states that distracted driving is a public health issue that affects everyone. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor.

Each death is 100% preventable. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features –- all pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. Join the National Safety Council at Distracted Driving Awareness Month for more resources.

According to the Center for Disease Control, each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.

What are the types of distraction?

There are three main types of distraction:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.

Distracted driving activities

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph.

Take the pledge!

Take the pledge to be an attentive driver at Distracted Driving Pledge at the National Safety Council Web page.

Nominations due April 17 for Employee Recognition Awards

It is that time of year again! We are ready to recognize our employees who make the Olympia School District a special place.

Please consider nominating any of your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. We are asking that nominations be submitted by Tuesday, April 17 so that we can officially honor the winners at the May 7, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. This annual tradition has become a great way to honor the hard work of those around you!

Fill out and submit the online nomination form, which is sent to the Communications and Community Relations Department. If you have questions, please call the Communications and Community Relations Department at (360) 596-6103.

Nominations must be received by the Communications and Community Relations Department on or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Thank you!

2016-17 winners of The Unsung Heroes award: Hansen Elementary Food Services and Custodial Staff

Winners of one of the 2016-17 “The Unsung Heroes” award: Hansen Elementary School Food Services and Custodial Staff. Who will win the award this year?