Open labs still available to help staff sign up for credit monitoring

DSC_0041The district continues to offer staffed open computer labs where current and former employees affected by the April 12 data breach can drop in to receive technical assistance in signing up for credit monitoring.

Five remaining drop-in times are scheduled in the training/computer lab, Room 308 at the Knox Administrative Building, 1113 Legion Way S.E. in Olympia. No appointments are necessary. The time to complete the enrollment process varies from one individual to the next; however, it is recommended you allow 30 minutes of time in the computer lab.

The remaining drop-in times are scheduled:

  • June 3, noon-5 p.m.
  • June 17, noon-5 p.m.
  • June 20, 7 a.m.-12 noon
  • June 21, 7 a.m.-12 noon
  • June 24, 7 a.m.-12 noon

Please bring your activation code (unique to you) that we sent you in the mail and your personal email address, and we will help you sign up for credit monitoring. Remember that each current or former employee who receives an activation code needs to enroll by July 31, 2016 in order to take advantage of the Experian services.

Gmail Tip of the Week

Creating a calendar event from a Gmail message

Have you ever received an invitation via email and wished there was a simple way to put the event on your calendar?

See the step-by-step instructions in this two-minute screencast, similar to a short video, that describes this simple process.

Follow us now on social media!

Don’t miss out seeing your colleagues and the many amazing students across the district who are featured on the school district’s social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To follow us and like/comment on posts, click on the social media icons on the first page of the blog, (symbols) located just under the featured photo at the top right side of the page. The images are inserted in this blog post as well.

If you aren’t following us on social media, here is some of what you have missed! We will continue posting photos and stories over summer.

  • Nikhil Patel, a second grader at Centennial Elementary, was recently Principal for the Day!
  • Howard Keck, Garfield Elementary teacher, is our latest ‘OSD Featured Faculty’!
  • More than 45 photos feature the annual Ice Cream Social, including recognition of OSD retirees, as well as the Olympia Education Association advocates of the year and teacher of the year.

In addition to our own photos and articles, we also link to media coverage of our staff and students, including articles in and The Olympian.

Finally, don’t forget to bookmark the link to the district’s YouTube account to see the many videos completed this year. There will be more posted over summer, and you don’t want to miss them!

Sign up for the various social media accounts by clicking these icons:

Facebook logo  New-Instagram-Logo (1)   Twitter logo  YouTube-logo-full_color

How to navigate the staff blog

Did you know you can quickly access the Olympia School District website Home page and social media accounts from this employee blog site?

OSD-Logo JPEG - Copy email smallTo access the district website, simply click on the OSD logo just below the featured photo at the top of the page. One click will take you to the website Home page.

Similarly, you can click any of the social media icons to take you directly to the district Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube sites.

If you want to see posts that are no longer visible on the Home page of the blog, visit the “Archives” heading on the right side of the page and click the month in which the post appeared. Also, if you have been busy and haven’t had time to read all of the Gmail Tips of the Week, they are all grouped together in one place for easy access. On the right side of the page, go to the “Categories” heading. Scroll down to “Technology,” and you are one click away from seeing all of the Gmail Tips of the Week to date!

Also, while links to the newest blog posts are only sent to all employees once a week, this site is continually updated. Be sure to save it as a favorite on your computer and check back often for updates.

Ice Cream Social is tomorrow, Thursday, May 26!

Ice Cream Social Poster (1)Don’t forget to join us tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, for this year’s ice cream social at Olympia High School.

Ice cream will be served at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow in the high school Commons, 1302 North St., Olympia.

All staff are welcome to help honor district retirees and celebrate the following advocates of the year and the Teacher of the Year selected by the Olympia Education Association:

Teacher of the Year (OEA)

Claire Tolstyga-McGibbon (Avanti)

Advocates of the Year (OEA)

Kristina Ackley (Garfield)
Nathan Allen (Madison)
Amanda Benjamin (McKenny)
Teresa Bond (Avanti)
Jennifer Bowman (Pioneer)
Dayna Dayton (Capital)
Dee Freeman (Boston Harbor)
Albin Gersich (Reeves)
Eria Hoffman (Roosevelt)
Katie Hurley (Jefferson)
Scott Johnson (Olympia)
Amy Long (McLane)
Meghan Mikkelson (LP Brown)
Angela Nadeau (Hansen)
Kristin Redman (ORLA)
Tracey Shmaltz (Washington)
Arlen Speights (Garfield)
Anne Wilson (Centennial)
Amanda Yonker (Marshall)

2015-16 Retirees

Vicki Ames
Donna Andrews
Michelle Baxter
Rebecca Beswick
Stanley Bratt
Charlene Didier-Colby
David Eby
Carol Hahn
Louise Hakola
Howard Keck
Debra Knotts
Sandra Madsen
Martha Manley
Lois Midles
Sherry O’Connor
Tom Reeves
Ross Regester
Jennie Lou Ronning
Paula Jo Rosenkranz
Wendy Starkey
Laury Thorson
Brian Walsh
Judith Weisenfel
Brian Wentz
Carol Wintercorn
Dave Wynkoop

Flags to lower to half-staff over Memorial Day weekend

FlagGovernor Inslee has directed that all Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including school districts, be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 30 or at the close of business this Friday, May 27 through first thing Tuesday morning, May 31, in recognition of Memorial Day.

Olympia School District facilities that have lights directed on flags may continue to fly flags at half-staff throughout the Memorial Day weekend, including evenings, starting at close of business on Friday.

This federal holiday is in remembrance of the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

IRS employee communication

Over the past week, several employees reported receiving a letter from the Internal Revenue Service notifying taxpayers they had received an item from them or an authorized third party on April 15, 2016. The letter does not ask for any action; rather, it says the IRS needs an additional 45 days to respond.

We checked with the IRS agent assigned to our April 12, 2016 district phishing incident, and he said the letter is likely in response to large number of school district employees who faxed or mailed the IRS Form 14039, “Identity Theft Affidavit,” several days after the reported breach. At the end of the work day on April 14, the district provided an email link to the Identity Theft Affidavit form, as well as a fax cover sheet and the offer to use district fax machines to fax the forms and required documentation. Many employees faxed their information on April 15.

If you want to confirm information in the IRS letter you received, call the toll-free phone number listed on the letter: 1-800-829-0922.

Ice cream social is May 26


A snapshot of last year’s ice-cream social

Remember to mark your calendars for Thursday, May 26, 4-5:30 p.m. at Olympia High School!

All staff are welcome to attend the Olympia School District’s annual ice cream social and help honor district retirees and celebrate advocates of the year and the Teacher of the Year selected by the Olympia Education Association.

Ice cream will be served at 4 p.m., with an awards ceremony to follow. The high school is located at 1302 North St., Olympia.

No RSVP required. Please come honor your OSD colleagues!

Ice Cream Social Poster (1)


Flags lowered to half-staff today

FlagGovernor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff today, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in memory of Washington National Guard First Lieutenant David A. Bauders, 25, of Seattle. He died in Iraq in a non-combat related incident.

Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Interment is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 1:00 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery.