Reminder: Learn about the role of a school board member on March 8

cropped-dsc_0018.jpgLearn about the role of a school board director and get information about the three board seats open in the November 2017 General Election during a community meeting on Wednesday, March 8.

People interested in vying for a seat on the school board, as well as those who want to learn more about the role, are encouraged to attend the meeting. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E. in Olympia.

Superintendent Dick Cvitanich will share opening remarks, followed by guest speaker Tim Garchow, executive director of the Washington State School Directors Association.

Garchow will explain about the role and responsibilities of a school board member. His presentation will be followed by remarks from two veteran Olympia School Board directors: Eileen Thomson, who serves as board president this year, and Vice President Frank Wilson.

There will be three Olympia School Board director seats on the November 7, 2017 election ballot:

  • Director District #3, currently held by Eileen Thomson; 4-year term.
  • Director District #4, currently held by Justin Montermini. He was re-elected to the seat in November 2015; however, he has since moved outside of director district #4 but lives within the school district. The person elected to this seat will serve the remaining two years of the term.
  • Director District #5, currently held by Mark Campeau; 4-year term.

People interested in vying for a seat on the board may mail, drop off in person, or submit their application online to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division.

The Elections Division will begin accepting candidate filings by mail on May 1, and they must arrive at the elections office no later than May 19. Candidates may also fill out and submit an application online during candidate filing week May 15-19.

For more information about filing for an open seat on the school board, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division website.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, reside in the district for which they are filing and be a registered voter at the time of filing. There are some judicial exceptions; for more information, contact Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division at (360) 786-5408.

A primary election will be held on August 1, 2017, followed by a general election on November 7.

Maps of the district’s five director districts will be on display during the March 8 community meeting. Copies of the maps, including an interactive map in which community members can type in their address to find their director district, are also available on the school district website.

Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, provides information about preventing everyday eye fatigue.

Everyday Eye Fatigue

Do your eyes burn, itch or feel tired? Eye fatigue is a common condition that is uncomfortable but rarely serious. You can take simple steps to prevent your eye fatigue.

Anything requiring intense eye use can cause fatigue. Some common actions:

  • Reading
  • Screen time (computer or digital device)
  • Writing
  • Driving

If you look at bright light or spend time in a place that’s too dim, it can also trigger fatigue.

What Are the Symptoms?

Be on the lookout for:

  • Sore or irritated eyes
  • Trouble focusing
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders or back

Sleep or rest refreshes your eyes, and lack of sleep may lead to repeated eye irritation.

How Can You Prevent Eye Fatigue?

Make some simple changes to:

Your computer screen:

  • Place it 20-26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level.
  • Regularly clean off dust and fingerprints from the surface. Smudges can reduce contrast and create problems like glare and reflections.
  • Use a glare filter for your screen.

Your work environment:

  • Change lighting to get rid of glare and harsh reflections.
  • Use an adjustable chair.
  • Place a document holder next to your computer screen.

Your work habits:

  • Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Post a note that says “Blink” on your computer as a reminder.
  • Take regular breaks from computer work.

Your eye-care routine:

  • Apply a washcloth soaked in warm water to tired eyes.
  • Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry.
  • To help prevent dry eyes while indoors, use an air cleaner to filter dust and a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

If this does not help, then it’s time to see the doctor who can make sure your symptoms aren’t linked to a larger problem like an eye muscle imbalance. A doctor can also tell you if you need glasses or a contact lens prescription.

Did you eat a healthy breakfast this morning?

Image of grilled breakfast sandwich to support article about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.Don’t miss this month’s issue of the “Wellness is a Way of Life!” newsletter. The newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

The March newsletter includes articles about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.

Read the full March Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia  School District Child Nutrition Web page.