Education Support Professionals Week is March 9-13

OSD School Board joins Bargaining Unit Reps for a photo during recognition of Education Support Professionals WeekThe Olympia School District is joining the state in recognizing Education Support Professionals Week March 9-13.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation during the February 24 Olympia School Board meeting recognizing March 9-13, 2020 as Education Support Professionals Week. He also presented copies of the proclamation to members of the district’s employee bargaining units.

Nearly 800 education support professionals work with and help children throughout our district. They are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and school grounds; providing administrative support; preparing and serving meals; providing safe transportation; keeping school facilities clean; assisting in the classroom; providing a secure environment; providing information technology and media services; and offering other specialized services.

The resolution states in part that “education support professionals are instrumental in fulfilling the state’s responsibility to educate all students.” The one-page resolution, which is posted in every school and support building from March 9-13, also states that by supporting the learning environment, “education support professionals are crucial partners with teachers, parents, administrators and school boards.”

Please remember to thank an education support professional working in our schools.

Read the full Olympia School Board proclamation.

Congratulations OSD Teacher of the Year Elaine Rinker

OSD Teacher of the Year Elaine Rinker poses with CES Principal Shannon Ritter, Superintendent Patrick Murphy and OSD Board President Hilary SeidelCongratulations to Elaine Rinker, a teacher of special education students at Centennial Elementary School, who has been named this year’s Olympia School District Teacher of the Year.

Rinker’s colleagues erupted in applause when Superintendent Patrick Murphy made the surprise announcement during an impromptu staff meeting at Centennial Elementary. School Board President Hilary Seidel joined other district leaders and the entire Centennial Elementary School staff for the surprise announcement.

Rinker will be recognized at the April 20 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia.

Group photo of all CES staff with OSD Teacher of the Year Elaine Rinker in the center

Learn the latest about coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC Stop the Spread of Germs one-page handout that features six health tips: Avoid close contact with people who are sick; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care; and Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Get the latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Olympia School District website.

We know this is an evolving situation, and information can change quickly. We keep up-to-date information on a single webpage that includes copies of all communications to date. The page features email messages to families, staff and the community,  as well as links to documents including frequently asked questions, health bulletins, an OSD Pandemic Contingency Plan, hygiene handouts and a parent guide published by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Get the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Oly Bear Preschool registration runs March 9-18 for OSD employees

Oly Bear Preschool registration is from March 9-18 for OSD employees and their families.

Registration for the community begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 19.

Details about the preschool, including ages served, tuition, and more is on the OlyBear webpage on the Olympia High School website. For more information, contact Preschool Director Shelly Wilson at or (360) 596-7021.

To register, download. fill out and return the Oly Bear registration form to the preschool located at Olympia High School.

Download and fill out the Oly Bear registration form

Countdown to Kindergarten is March 7 at Capital High School

Countdown to Kindergarten info flyer. Information is contained in the articleParents and guardians who will have children in kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year are invited to learn about transitioning to kindergarten by attending this year’s Olympia School District “Countdown to Kindergarten” event.

The annual event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Capital High School. The school is located at 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia.

Countdown to Kindergarten begins in the high school theater at 10 a.m. with a welcome by Olympia School District Superintendent Patrick Murphy. He will be followed with a presentation by Executive Director of Elementary Education Autumn Lara.

After the presentation, families are invited to walk through an information fair in the school Commons. During the fair, families can meet staff from elementary schools around the district and learn more about:

  • Registering for kindergarten;
  • Using Skyward Family Access (the district’s Student Information System);
  • Riding the bus;
  • Alternative kindergarten program options;
  • Before- and after-school child care; and
  • Community partner services. 

Please note that this event is geared toward adults, although children are welcome. Child care is not provided.

Take the 2020-21 budget priorities survey by March 18

Graphic of a tablet with lines for questions and a checkmark to indicate a surveyAs preparation for the upcoming school year, the superintendent and Olympia School Board seek community, staff, parent and student input on the Olympia School District budget development. Due to recent changes in the state school funding system, the district is projected to face a deficit in the 2020-21 school year.

The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Tickets on sale now for OSD Night at the Tacoma Rainiers on June 1

OSD Night at the Rainiers graphic; information such as date and time are included in the articleTickets are available for the annual Olympia School District Night at the Tacoma Rainiers on Monday, June 1.

The Rainiers will take on the Salt Lake Bees (Utah) beginning at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m. at Cheney Stadium, 2502 South Tyler St. in Tacoma.

All students, staff, families and the Olympia School District community are invited to join us for this fun-filled district event. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and show support for the Rainiers and our school community.

Make sure you’re on time to watch OSD Superintendent Patrick Murphy throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Washington Middle School Choir will be performing the National Anthem.

Group Express tickets are $14 per person and include a reserved seat and ballpark meal. Group Double Play tickets are $19 and include a reserved seat, ballpark meal and limited edition Rainiers hat.

Purchase tickets