With 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 email@example.com.
Written translation requests should be directed to the Communications department at Ext. 6103.
Be sure to remind families about the March 4 Building Blocks for Success event, which will provide information and activities focusing on literacy 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 first of three sessions to promote kindergarten readiness. Childcare will be available for children age 3 to 10.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Below is an email sent by the Technology department to all employees on December 27 announcing the school district’s voicemail system upgrade is complete. The email also included directions for how employees can reset their voicemail and passcode.
To all OSD Staff,
We have completed the upgrade to our new voicemail system. All voicemail boxes have had the greeting reset to the factory default, and the voicemail password has been set to the phone extension number. Please dial into your voicemail at your earliest convenience to record your name and greeting, as well as select a new passcode. The new system can be accessed from anywhere by dialing 360-596-3334, or by pressing the voicemail button on your district phone.
Due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to migrate old voicemails from the old system to the new one. The old system is currently active and reachable at 360-596-3333 so that any remaining messages can be retrieved.
If you have any questions or need assistance with accessing your voicemail, please contact the Helpdesk at x6172.
In recognition of Disability History Month, Kari Lewinsohn, executive director of Student Support, has encouraged staff to visit online links to access information about Disability History Month and disability awareness. Several weeks ago in this blog, we featured information and the link to the Disability History Museum.
This week, be sure to take a look at a Disability Awareness Activity Packet that outlines activities and resources for teaching students about disabilities.
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Una celebración de familias will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in the Knox Administrative Center Boardroom.
The event is geared toward Spanish-speaking families to learn about Skyward Family Access and other local services and resources available in the Olympia community. Pizza and refreshments will be available to all attendees.
Community organizations attending include:
- South Sound Reading Foundation, donating books in Spanish and English to families.
- Centro Integral Educativo de Olympia (CIELO), providing education, social services and cultural activities for Spanish-speaking and underserved communities of South Puget Sound.
- Thurston County Public Health, offering no-cost flu immunizations (ages 3-18 years).
- Choice Network, providing information about affordable health care.
- Hands on Children’s Museum, giving away free passes to the museum.
- YMCA of Olympia, giving away free passes to the local YMCAs.
In recognition of Disability History Month, Kari Lewinsohn, executive director of Student Support, encourages staff to visit the “Disability History Museum.”
The Disability History Museum is a virtual project that aims to provide site visitors, including people with and without disabilities, with tools “to help deepen their understanding of human variation and difference, and to expand appreciation of how vital to our common life the experiences of people with disabilities have always been.”
Its mission, as printed on the museum website, is to “foster a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experience of people with disabilities, their families and their communities over time.”
Visit the Disability History Museum