Learn to create a teacher Web page at SchoolMessenger training on March 22

Certificated staff interested in creating a teacher Web page on the SchoolMessenger website are invited to attend the next two-hour class, where you will learn how to use the new tool to create content, post photos and more.

The SchoolMessenger website training is on Thursday, March 22 from 4-6 p.m. in Room 201B at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

To sign up for the class, please email the Communications and Community Relations department at communications@osd.wednet.edu.

Reminder: Send us your Everyday Heroes and read about this week’s honoree

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

We invite all employees districtwide to let us know about a colleague in any school or department who has done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Here is this week’s honoree!

Everyday Hero Rachele Chertok
Preschool Teacher, Hansen Elementary School
“Rachele, thank you for stepping in to help calm a child getting on my school bus who was having a difficult day. The child’s teacher was not present and, although not one of your own students, you did what you could to try and calm the student. I know you had a meeting to attend, but you stayed and assisted.”
Submitted by: Robert Aaron

Nominate a new Everyday Hero

The process is simple:

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write Everyday Heroes in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

All submissions will be posted in this blog and archived each week.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, teachers, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

‘Alternative Route Programs Seminar’ is Tuesday, January 30

OSD Paraeducator Alternative Route Programs Seminar registration informationAre you an OSD paraeducator interested in pursuing your teaching certificate? The OSD Human Resources Department is hosting an “Alternative Route Programs Seminar” on Tuesday, January 30, from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room.

This is a great opportunity to discover alternative route programs for current OSD paraeducators to receive residency certification. Presenters include City University of Seattle, Northwest Educational Development, Seattle Pacific University and Pierce College Education Programs.

These programs are open to all OSD paraeducators regardless of education and experience. Enrolling in any one of these programs allows you the ability to continue working for the Olympia School District while you earn certification.

Register for the seminar via pdEnroller: Session ID #50413

Please contact the Olympia School District Human Resources office at 360-596-6185 for further information.

Safety Tip of the Week: Take preventative actions to fight the flu

 

Hands covered with suds in sink demonstrating washing of hands

This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about preventative actions to fight the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges the public to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu). In addition to a recommended yearly flu vaccine, the CDC recommends:

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu.

Register by March 5 for retirement planning seminar in Tumwater

Thinking about retirement in the next five years? Consider attending this year’s retirement planning seminar to learn about your retirement plans (Plan 2 or 3), medical/dental options, sick leave buyout (VEBA), and social security options.

The seminar will be held from 4 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the New Market Skills Center, 7209 New Market St. in Tumwater. Registration fee is $10 (pay at the door, and spouse is free).

Register and RSVP on or before March 5 by contacting Ronald Crawford at 360-236-9305 or ronaldwcrawford1@comast.net.

The seminar is sponsored by the Thurston County School Retirees’ Association.

View more information about the event and directions

A big shout-out to our first three OSD Everyday Heroes!

Everyday Hero red apple outline

Last week we introduced a new “Everyday Heroes’ feature in this weekly staff blog. We invited all employees districtwide to let us know about a colleague in any school or department who has done something deserving of encouragement and praise.

Take a moment and read about the first three employees we are proud to have on the OSD team. Then send us your own quick write-up of how one of your colleagues made a difference in the life of a student, parent, volunteer, fellow staff member, or community member.

Kudos to these Everyday Heroes:

Everyday Hero Roxanne Bogart
Administrative Assistant, Boston Harbor Elementary School
“Roxanne Bogart, Heart of Our School … I hope you know how much everyone at BHES appreciates your ready smile, impressive patience, lightning-quick multi-tasking skills and the way you make each of us — from student to staff member to parent — feel like we belong here.

The other day I watched you wipe down a table in the office for one of our kiddos who needed a rest.  The child has an allergy and when she asked why you were cleaning the table you said, with a smile, that you just wanted to know it was all clean for her because sometimes people eat snacks there.  You are always thinking about everyone’s needs, two steps ahead of everyone else.  You set the tone for a welcoming community and we ALL appreciate your kindness and skills so much.  Thank you, Ms. Bogart!”
Submitted by: Elizabeth Wilson

Everyday Hero Lisa Estcourt
Reading Specialist, Madison Elementary School
“Thank you for pouring love into all you do at Madison. You’ve been the best mentor anyone could ever ask for.”
Submitted by: Rebecca Poppe

Everyday Hero Jill Johnson
ELL Teacher, Capital High School
“Jill, you fill so many roles for our ELL students — teacher, advocate, translator, mentor, role model. They are especially lucky when you go the extra step and recognize that families may not be able to follow through on advice from, say, the school nurse, because of the language barrier and lack of transportation, or maybe from non-traditional work hours. When you went to the store for one of our students last week who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get the gloves they needed for their cleaning job, it was such a testament to your huge heart. They are so lucky!”
Submitted by: Kelli Samson

Now send us your own Everyday Hero!

The process is simple:

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write Everyday Heroes in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

All submissions will be posted in this blog and archived each week.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, teachers, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

OSD and OEA offer employees early retirement and/or resignation incentive

The Olympia School District and the Olympia Education Association offer employees (OEA membership only) an early retirement and/or resignation incentive. Since we are always anxious to post and find the best qualified candidates for openings, we are hoping to hear from you early if you are planning to retire or resign at the end of this 2017-18 school year.

The district is offering two paid days (fill out a time slip in June) at the end of the school year for any OEA member who provides a letter of retirement or resignation to the Human Resources Department on or before February 16, 2018.

If you have already provided the Human Resources department  a letter of resignation or retirement, you have done what you need to do in order to receive the two incentive days. Remember: in June you must submit a time slip for the two incentive days. On the time slip, write “Early Notice Incentive” and record 6 hours for each day — a total of 12 hours. This incentive time is intended to be paid time so you can “tie up loose ends, pack and check out of your building.” Time slips must be turned in by June 29 to receive the early incentive payment.

If you submit your letter of resignation or retirement after February 16, 2018, you will not be eligible for the two incentive days.

As always, thank you for your dedication to the Olympia School District.

Sincerely,

Scott Niemann
Executive Director of Human Resources