Update your calendar to reflect changes made to 2018-19 district calendar

Please note there have been a few changes to this year’s school calendar. The changes were not reflected on previous versions of the school year calendar, both those printed or posted on the district website, as employee contract negotiations were not yet finalized.

Please note the following changes on all Olympia School District calendars, including the 12-month wall calendar distributed in September. Calendars posted on the district website have been updated to reflect the following changes:

  • November 9, 2018 is a Half Day for Middle School Students Only due to grading.
  • The end of first semester is February 1 instead of January 31.
  • April 12, 2019 is a Half Day for Middle School Students Only due to grading.

Print and download the one-page school year calendar posted on the district website

Did you miss the “Opt-In for texting” text message? No worries, just follow these directions

Message balloon with words Opt-In in the center to accompany article about opting in to receive OSD text messagesAs many of you know our “opt-in for texting” text message went out to staff and families yesterday afternoon.

If you did not receive this message, but would like to receive text message communications to your cell phone from the Olympia School District, simply send a text to the OSD “Short Code” of 67587 with a message of “Y”.

You will receive an immediate confirmation response via text and will be opted in to receive text message communications from the OSD!

Congratulations to our newest Everyday Heroes. Kudos to you!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Give a shout out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
Several Support Service Center Employees

I would like to recognize several colleagues working out of our Support Services Center. Having had many opportunities to call upon their skill and support, I want to give a shout-out to: Jeff Smith, Darin Pfaff, Devin Guy, Ben Amidon, Ben Swick, Theresa Jones, Cory Greene, Rod Greene and Matthew Murdock. These individuals have been responsive to emergent needs at Garfield. Each time I have requested their help they arrive soon, ready to understand our needs and always come with a positive attitude. I personally appreciate their patience and ability to explain very technical problems in a way that I understand. They keep our school safe, looking good and ready for both students and staff. On behalf of the Garfield community, I want to thank these individuals for being an important part of our community.
Submitted by Brendon Chertok, principal at Garfield Elementary School

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • 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 on a weekly basis and archived each week.

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


Common Sense PD and Certification for OSD Educators

Common Sense Certification for OSD Educators is a self-paced, supported pathway toward integration of digital citizenship awareness and practices into your instruction.

Earn up to 6.5 hours of compensation and clock hours as you develop digital citizenship and media literacy resources for your school community.

Attend one of these 30-minute orientation sessions to get started:

Spring cohorts will be listed in pdEnroller soon.

New one-page accessibility guides posted on district website

Hands using keybaord to communicate to accompany article about worksheets that direct staff to learn how to create accessible documents.As part of the district’s ongoing efforts to further enhance the accessibility of our content and engage more of our community, the Communications Department has put together a series of one-page guides on authoring accessible content.

These guides are available on the district’s Website Accessibility Resources page, and currently cover:

These guides are not definitive, but they cover the steps involved in authoring and publishing most content in an accessible format. If you have feedback, or suggestions for other guides, please send them to RHardy@osd.wednet.edu.

Memorial set for Annette Stewart

Orange flowers in garden with butterfly feeding on blooms serene photo to accompany article about memorial for teacher who passedA memorial service for Annette Stewart, a long-time kindergarten teacher at Roosevelt Elementary who passed away earlier this week, has been scheduled at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 29.

The memorial will take place at Saint Michael Parish, Westside location. The address is 1835 Overhulse Rd. N.W. in Olympia.  This is a public event and open to anyone who would like to attend.


Auditions set for OSD Players musical Mary Poppins

Auditions for this year’s OSD Players musical Mary Poppins are set on November 19. All OSD employees and their family members who are at least 10 years old are welcome to audition for a part in this year’s production.

To audition, please review the following attachments and complete the audition form. It is important that everyone who is interested comes to the audition on November 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School, 3100 Cain Rd. S.E., Olympia.

Those interested in a lead role (see link to character list below) must also come to an audition on Tuesday, November 20, 6:30-9 p.m. at Washington Middle School.

One attachment below describes the Mary Poppins audition process, including rehearsal and show dates. Another is a listing of Mary Poppins characters, and the third is an audition form to download, print, fill out and bring with you to the auditions.

Performances of Mary Poppins are scheduled at 7 p.m. on February 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m on February 2 and 3 at Olympia High School.

OSDEF payroll deduction form due October 31

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThere are many ways for employees to give to non-profit organizations, including via individual initiative, through annual drives such as United Way, and through the Olympia School District Education Foundation automatic OSD payroll deduction option.

Employees who wish to sign up for the monthly OSDEF automatic payroll deduction may do so by downloading the form attached and returning a signed copy to the Knox Administrative Center Payroll Office. Forms may be sent through inter-district mail or dropped off in person.

Please download and fill out your OSDEF Payroll Deduction form (attached) and return it by October 31, 2018 to the Payroll Department at Knox via inter-district mail.  You can add, change or discontinue your donation at any time by contacting the OSD Payroll Department.

Download the OSDEF automatic payroll deduction form

For more information, email the Payroll Department at help-payroll@osd.wednet.edu.

OSD payroll deduction form

Staff and families will receive text opt-in message on Thursday, October 25

Person holds finger on the on switch for cell phone as if to check messagesOn October 25, the district will offer text messaging communications to OSD families and staff. This will be via an opt-in text that will be generated by SchoolMessenger, the company that we contract with for the school district’s website, automated calling and email systems. The opt-in text will go to all OSD staff and OSD families that have cell phone contact information entered in any of the phone number fields in Skyward.

Here is how it works:

  • On October 25, SchoolMessenger will pull phone number information from Skyward and an opt-in text message will be generated to all available cell phone numbers entered for OSD families and staff in any of the phone number fields listed.
  • The opt-in message will come from the Olympia School  District “short code” phone number: 67587. All text communications from the district will be generated from this number.
  • This is an opt-in. Only individuals who reply Y or YES will be opted in to receive text messages. Anyone who does not reply will not receive text messages.
  • Once opted in, families and staff will be able to receive OSD text messages sent as General or Emergency communications.
  • Texting is most often used in emergency situations such as school lockdowns, late starts or school cancelations due to weather, or a last-minute cancelation of events or activities.
  • Staff and families may also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying ‘Stop’ to one of the text messages.
  • If after opting in staff wish to change their phone contact information in employee access, please contact the OSD Human Resources department at Ext. 6185.

District offers flu shots October 23 and 24

Image of bandaid and the words Flu Shot Clinic to support an article about district flu shot clinicsThe Olympia School District is committed to helping keep students, staff, parents/guardians and community members healthy throughout the flu season. The district has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide flu shot clinics.

Clinic Dates and Locations:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Olympia High School, 2:30-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Capital High School, 2:30-6 p.m.

The clinics are open to all OSD staff, students, families (children must be four years of age or older) and community members. Please note that students under 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent/legal guardian.

You must provide health insurance information. While almost all insurance plans are accepted, the SVNA does not accept Cigna.

Download the Consent Form here. Forms will also be available at the flu shot clinic.

Students under 18 without insurance coverage will be offered the shot at no cost. Adults without coverage must pay $40 by cash or check only.

For more information please contact Ken Turcotte, executive director of student support, at (360) 596-7542 or klturcotte@osd.wednet.edu.