Message from Technology Department about pop-up notification on phones

Below is an important message from Technology this morning:

You may have received a pop-up notification on your smart phone (work and personal phones, Android and Apple) regarding “Google Apps Devices Policy”.  If you did not receive this message, you may disregard this post.

This pop-up notification went out to all phones with a district google account attached to them (as in, added to the local accounts on your phone). A setting within our G Suite management console was accidentally turned on, which caused this notification to go out.

We’ve turned the setting off, so if you restart your phone, the “Google Apps Devices Policy” should go away.  If, after restarting, you still see this notification, please email the helpdesk at helpdesk@osd.wednet.edu for assistance.  Thank you!

Scott Baker
Technology Support Manager
Olympia School District

Gathering September 15 to celebrate life of Chris Sonnenstuhl

Photo and text about gathering to celebrate Chris Sonnenstuhl.A gathering to celebrate the life of Chris Sonnenstuhl is scheduled on Saturday, September 15 at 2 p.m. in the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center.

Sonnenstuhl, who taught special education classes at Olympia High School, passed away earlier this month. He also was the school announcer at high school football and basketball games.

Attire for the celebration is casual, and participants are invited to bring a potluck item to share. Donations will be accepted for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Apply for 2018-19 Olympia School District Education Foundation grants

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneath

The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is accepting grant requests for the 2018-19 school year!

It is a relatively simple process to apply for an OSDEF grant. The newly updated application and grant guidelines are available online and are sent electronically to speed up the process. Go to the OSDEF website grants page for the application and further information. Please be aware that all applications must be made using the new form.

Applications are processed each month of the school year. To be eligible to be considered for the next month, an application must be submitted to the OSDEF office no later than the 15th of each month. Applications received after the 15th will be considered two months out.

Grant money up to $1,500 is available to all teachers and staff members within the Olympia School District. Last year nearly $50,000 was awarded in support of special classroom projects, before- and after-school activities, tutoring and homework clubs, music, equipment, books and more. If you have questions, we are happy to help! Check out the OSDEF website, contact us at (360) 596-6110 or email Bev Sperry at bsperry@osd.wednet.edu.

Benefits Open Enrollment continues through September 28

Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year began on August 27 and continues through September 28, 2018.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page.

To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

Be cautious of phishing scams

Person holds cell phone to emphasize need to avoid fraudulent callers participating in phishing scamsWe have received several reports of employees being contacted this week at their schools by phishing scams. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and money, often for malicious reasons, by someone disguising as a trustworthy entity. Common phishing scams include people impersonating as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement or the courts.

Callers inevitably demand money to resolve “outstanding debts” or “legal issues” and often demand payment on reloadable gift cards, other prepaid credit cards, or wire transfers. Sometimes, they direct the person who answers the phone to a nearby store or bank to get and send money. A reminder that these are fraudulent calls. Hang up on these fraudulent callers.

Phishing scams can come in all forms, including phone calls, emails, letters and more. If you are ever unsure about the credibility of a call or other communication, you may always contact local law enforcement. You can also block future calls from a particular number on your mobile devices.

For calls of people impersonating the IRS, you may also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website. The website includes a list of scam alerts at the top of the Home page and a link to report fraudulent calls.