Congratulations Brenda Beck, this year’s OSD Classified School Employee of the Year

OSD Classified School Employee of the Year Brenda Beck smiles and holds a bouquet of flowers. She is joined by Avanti HS Principal Mike Velasquez and Superintendent Patrick Murphy.

Congratulations to Brenda Beck, Avanti High School Office Manager and ALE Coordinator, for being named this year’s OSD Classified School Employee of the Year. The annual award recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.

Brenda will be recognized at the Olympia School Board meeting on Thursday, December 8. The recognition portion of the meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506. The board meeting will also be available on Zoom.

2022 OSD Holiday Concert Schedule

Two middle school students dressed in white shirts and red bow ties (Washington Middle School colors) pose for a photo during a band concert

Friends, family and the public are invited to attend our Olympia School District 2022 holiday concerts. Please be aware that any concert dates/times (listed below) will be updated on the district website should there be any changes.

December 1, 2022

Reeves Middle School Band & Orchestra Winter Concert

  • 7 pm – Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

December 5, 2022

Washington Middle School Orchestra Concert

  •  7 pm – Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

December 7, 2022

 Washington Middle School Choir Concert

  • 6 pm – Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Jefferson Middle School Winter Band Concert

  • 7 pm – JMS Gym

Reeves Middle School & Thurgood Marshall MS Choir Concert

  • 7:30 pm – Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Washington Middle School Band Concert

  • 7 pm – WMS

December 8, 2022

 McLane Elementary School K-2nd Grade Concert

  •  1:30 pm – McLES

December 9, 2022

 McLane Elementary School 3rd-5th Grade Concert

  •  1:30 pm – McLES

 Boston Harbor Elementary School Winter Concert

  •  1 pm – BHES (General Music and Orchestra)

 Pioneer Elementary School Band and Orchestra and Concert

  •  1:45 pm – PES

December 12, 2022

Thurgood Marshall Middle School Orchestra & Band Concert

  • Orchestra 6 pm – Capital High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)
  • Band 6:45 pm – Capital High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Olympia High School Non-Auditioned Band, Choir and Orchestra

  • 7:30 pm – Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

December 13, 2022

Capital High School Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert

  • 7 pm – CHS

Olympia High School Auditioned Groups Band, Choir and Orchestra

  • 7:30 pm – OHS

Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) Orchestra Concert

  • 2 pm – ORLA

Madison Elementary School All School Winter Sing

  • 2 pm – MES

December 14, 2022

Jefferson Middle School Orchestra Concert

  • 7 pm – Capital High School Auditorium

December 15, 2022

 Centennial Elementary School 4th/5th Instrumental and Vocal Concert

  • 1:15 pm – CES

Capital High School Band, Choir and Orchestra

  • 7 pm – CHS

Olympia High School Auditioned Groups Band, Choir and Orchestra

  • 7:30 pm – OHS

December 16, 2022

 Capital High School Music Assembly Concert

  • 7 pm – CHS

Washington Middle School Music Department Assembly

  • TBD – WMS

Reminder: United Way Annual Giving Campaign ends November 30

Olympia School District’s annual United Way Giving Campaign continues through Wednesday, November 30. This year all pledges should be submitted online.

United Way is a national organization that provides a multitude of services to thousands of people right here in the Olympia community, including many of the students and families served by the school district.

Donations through the United Way support a variety of organizations. In past years, United Way has supported organizations such as the Thurston Food Bank, Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB), Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County and the Olympia School District Education Foundation.

Additional details about the United Way of Thurston County can be found on its website.

If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Renee Hunsaker at

All online pledge forms need to be completed no later than November 30.

View the online pledge form.

United Way Giving Campaign 2022 Poster showing teen reading a book on a bed with the words Give, Advocate, Volunteer, then contact information included in the text of the article

Thanksgiving and Winter Break Schedule

Grouping of orange and white pumpkins and colored corn decor on a table with a vase in the background.

All Olympia School District schools and the Knox 111 Administrative Center will be closed to the public during Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.

  • Thanksgiving Break is from Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25. School resumes on Monday, November 28. School and administrative offices also reopen to the public on November 28. 
  • Winter Break is from Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2. School resumes on Tuesday, January 3. School and administrative offices also reopen to the public on January 3.

While Knox Administrative staff will be working on-site and remotely over breaks, the Knox building will be closed to the public throughout Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Any deliveries should be made at the lower level of the Knox building, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia on business days (November 23, December 19-21 and December 27-29). Please plan ahead and make an appointment to work with central office staff over Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.

In remembrance: Services Saturday, Nov. 19 for former Roosevelt Elementary head custodian

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022 for Thomas Lee Jorgenson, a former head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary, who died on October 24, 2022.

Jorgenson graduated from Olympia High School in 1972. He retired several years ago from his role as head custodian. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Heritage Baptist Church of Tenino, 1315 Sussex Ave. E., Tenino, WA 98589, followed by a reception at the church.

To learn more about Jorgenson’s life and/or to leave a memory online, visit the Funeral Alternatives of Washington website

Olympia High Theatre Arts presents ‘Into the Woods’

The Olympia High School Theatre Arts Department presents “Into the Woods,” a classic American Musical Theatre written by Stephen Sondheim.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on November 10, 11, 12, 17 and 19. Additionally, a matinee understudy performance will be held at 1 p.m. on November 12.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, or $8 for seniors (65 and older) and students (18 and younger). Tickets are available online and at the door. More information about ‘Into the Woods’ is posted on the Olympia High School website.

Poster for Into the Woods performance at OHS; shows a child sitting in the forest surrounding by trees.

Olympia High Annual Bearzaar is Saturday, November 19

The Annual Olympia High Bearzaar featuring 150 local craft vendors is scheduled on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Admission is free between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or $5 for early admission between 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Childcare is available for ages 2 and older.

Bearzaar is held at Olympia High School, 1302 North Street S.E., Olympia.

Snowflakes are creeping into our long-range weather forecasts! See the 2022-23 Snow Letter

hands covered in blue mittens hold a white snowflake with some snowflakes falling in the bakcground

Recently we have seen hints of snowflakes in some long-range weather forecasts. We have been lucky to only have rain to date, but colder days are ahead!

There is no time like the present to read through the 2022-23 Snow Letter, which outlines protocols for 2-hour late starts, school closures and communication protocols. We will be emailing the Snow Letter and routes to all OSD families tomorrow in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

View the 2022-23 Snow Letter posted on the district website. Scroll to the bottom to click to see the updated Snow Routes.