Don’t forget to complete staff survey by 8 p.m. tonight, Dec. 4

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If you haven’t done so already, we want to remind and encourage all employees districtwide to complete a survey to share their thoughts about the effectiveness of the current remote learning model. We also ask that you answer questions that relate to general topics such as school/work climate, and cultural awareness and action. Survey responses will be anonymous. Data gathered will be used to inform planning going forward during the Pandemic response and gather baseline data to use as we strive to improve all workplaces in Olympia.

The deadline to complete this staff survey is 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, December 4.

  • Certificated staff onlyClick to take the survey
  • All other OSD employeesClick to take the survey (Note: For employees who work in support buildings, when you see questions that reference “school,” please answer as they relate to your support building site).

Newly updated webpage features expanded youth and family resources

Child Nutrition Services worker brings grab-and-go meal to a waiting car in a school parking lot as part of the meal distribution program. Worker also gives a treat to a dog in the front seat of the car.

Do you know of families, students or colleagues looking for information about support groups, crisis lines, help with meals or bills, social and emotional wellness, or tips for taming toddler temper tantrums? You can find all that and much more at our newly updated Resources for Youth and Families webpage.   

The webpage provides one-stop-shopping for almost any community or district resource that a student, family, staff or community member might need. Information is grouped by topic: Community Resources, Parenting Resources and Supports, District Resources for New Families, and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).

“In order to prepare students for career, college and citizenship, schools need to establish partnerships with families and the community,” said Kris Norelius, district social emotional learning program specialist. “The hope is that easy access to relevant resources will streamline the process of finding solutions and help students and families feel supported.”

The webpage is designed to be comprehensive enough so a staff member can offer a parenting resource to a struggling family, a community member can gain an understanding of social-emotional learning, a parent can find mental health support for their child or a family can find out how to get help with a utility bill.

“There are many resources out there but it is often overwhelming finding what we need,” Norelius said. “Families often don’t know where to start. Teachers are sometimes in the position of offering support to families. We wanted to provide enough information in one place so people can access help on their own if they choose to do so. If they need support in the process, district social workers and school counselors are here to help.”

Flu shot clinics set for October 16 and 17

Bandaid with heading Flu Shot ClinicThe 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:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Olympia High School, 2:30-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17 – 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.

As a reminder, everyone will need to complete a Patient Consent form which includes their name, address, date of birth, name of insurance carrier and individual insurance subscriber number. Please remember to bring your insurance card. This information is required in order to process the billing.

Uninsured participants will pay for their own flu shots. The $40.00 fee for the standard Quadrivalent flu shot, cash or check only, will be collected at the clinic at the time the shot is given.

For more information please contact Ken Turcotte, executive director of student support, at (360) 596-7530 or klturcotte@osd.wednet.edu.

Reminder: Final session for ‘Building Blocks for Success’ is Monday, April 15

Building Blocks for Success postcard, with QR code to register at bit.ly/2019BuildingBlocks and information contained in article.Be sure to remind families about the March 25 Building Blocks for Success event, which will provide information and activities on the topic “Raising a Mathematician” for families with children age 4 to 5.

The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School and is the final of three sessions to promote kindergarten readiness. Childcare will be available for children age 3 to 10.

Reminder: Next ‘Building Blocks For Success’ is set for March 25

Building Blocks for Success postcard, with QR code to register at bit.ly/2019BuildingBlocks and information contained in article.

Be sure to remind families about the March 25 Building Blocks for Success event, which will provide information and activities on the topic “From Families to Friendships” for families with children age 4 to 5.

The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School and is the second of three sessions to promote kindergarten readiness. Childcare will be available for children age 3 to 10.

Instructions for interpreter requests and interpreter phone service

Hand holds up a world globe to represent different languages spoken in OSD and need for translation servicesWith conferences coming up, the Student Support department has documents that remind people how to request an interpreter and how to use the interpreting phone service (Language Link). It is recommended to submit your requests in a timely manner.

Please contact Becky Paxton, administrative assistant in Student Support, with any questions. She can be reached at Ext. 7546 or at paxtonr@osd.wednet.edu.

Written translation requests should be directed to the Communications department at Ext. 6103.

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.

Instructions for interpreter requests and interpreter phone service

Hand holds up a world globe to represent different languages spoken in OSD and need for translation servicesWith conferences coming up in October, the Student Support department has documents that remind people how to request an interpreter and how to use the interpreting phone service (Language Link).

Please contact Becky Paxton, administrative assistant in Student Support, with any questions. She can be reached at Ext. 7546.

Translation requests should be directed to the Communications department at Ext. 6103.

Staff invited to free workshop February 22

All staff districtwide are invited to attend a free workshop on February 22 on “The Impact of Hearing Loss on School-Age Children.”

The Impact of Hearing Loss on School-Age Children

Knox Administrative Center 
Wednesday, February 22: 4-6 PM

This workshop will cover numerous aspects regarding the education for a deaf and hard-of-hearing child.  Audiology, appropriate accommodations, social/emotional support, American Sign Language, speech and English language support, curriculum and assessment will be discussed.  There will be several presenters, each with many years experience with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.  Come and bring any questions you may have.