Una celebración de familias set Nov. 3 at Knox Administrative Center


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Una celebración de familias will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in the Knox Administrative Center Boardroom.

The event is geared toward Spanish-speaking families to learn about Skyward Family Access and other local services and resources available in the Olympia community. Pizza and refreshments will be available to all attendees.

Community organizations attending include:

  • South Sound Reading Foundation, donating books in Spanish and English to families.
  • Centro Integral Educativo de Olympia (CIELO), providing education, social services and cultural activities for Spanish-speaking and underserved communities of South Puget Sound.
  • Thurston County Public Health, offering no-cost flu immunizations (ages 3-18 years).
  • Choice Network, providing information about affordable health care.
  • Hands on Children’s Museum, giving away free passes to the museum.
  • YMCA of Olympia, giving away free passes to the local YMCAs.

Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares tips about the importance of hand-washing.

Hand-washing wins in the classroom and office!

Hand-washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of illness in the classroom and office. As we head into winter and flu season, clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and help reduce absence from illness.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • Before eating food.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal.
  • After touching garbage.

What is the right way to wash your hands?

Follow the five steps below to wash your hands the right way every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

What should you do if you don’t have soap and clean, running water?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is the next best option.

How do you use hand sanitizers?

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

See the latest Spotlight on Success newsletter

unnamed-4Be sure to see the latest issue of the district’s newsletter, which features stories and photos about students and staff. Kudos to everyone featured in this issue!

Remember to send ideas for articles, photos and videos featuring our students and staff to communications@osd.wednet.edu. If you have family or friends in the community who would like to receive the newsletter, please have them email their name and email address to communications@osd.wednet.edu. We will add them to our “Friends of the OSD” email list.

View the October 19, 2016 newsletter

Department of Retirement Systems offers November employee webinars


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The Washington State Department of Retirement Systems offers live webinars to give employees another option to learn about state retirement plans.

Each webinar is scheduled for one hour; however, generally they last between a half hour and 45 minutes with the remaining time dedicated to questions.

Click the adjacent DRS fliers to learn more about the various webinars offered in November.




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Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Essentials Series continues


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The Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Essentials Series continues to meet from 4-5 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Knox Administrative Center.

Workshops are geared towards new and intermediate level GAFE users. Each session is offered as a stand-alone class, but the series is designed to provide deeper understanding of the integrated Google suite. Sessions are led by the instructional technology coaching team.

Sessions are eligible for compensation through Tech PD or Self-Directed SD. Clock hours will be offered under the blanket Tech PD course at the end of the school year. Sign up on MyOSD.

Attendees should bring a fully charged laptop loaded with Chrome browser.

The Knox Administrative Center is at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

October is Disability History Month

In recognition of Disability History Month, Kari Lewinsohn, executive director of Student Support, has encouraged staff to visit online links to access information about Disability History Month and disability awareness. Several weeks ago in this blog, we featured information and the link to the Disability History Museum.

This week, be sure to take a look at a Disability Awareness Activity Packet that outlines activities and resources for teaching students about disabilities.

Free flu shot clinics Oct. 25 and 26

14671313_1253408988053698_5185266772472071360_nThe Olympia School District is committed to helping keep students, staff, parents and community members healthy throughout flu season. The district has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide annual free flu shot clinics.

The clinics are open to all OSD staff, students, families (children must be 4 years of age or older) and community members. Please note that students under 18 need a Patient Consent Form signed by their parent/legal guardian. The SVNA will bill most insurance plans, including Group Health, for the flu shot. Insurance plans not billed include Cigna and Kaiser.

Students under 18 without insurance coverage will be offered a flu shot at no cost. Adults without current coverage may pay $30 by cash or check.

Clinic dates and locations:

Tuesday, October 25: Washington Middle School Eighth-Grade Commons: 3-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26: Capital High School Commons: 3-6:30 p.m.

For information contact Jeff Carpenter, director of health, fitness and athletics, at 360-596-8544 or jcarpent@osd.wednet.edu