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News and Events

September Supplies Needed
Mid-Summer is a great time to take advantage of sales on school supplies. So here is a list by grade level of what teachers need from families.
NOTE: These supplies are typically shared by the whole class so they do not need to be marked with your child’s name. Snacks can be contributed throughout the school year to keep our little tummies happy between meals.
 
KindergartenOne big bottle of white glue OR a pack of glue sticks, Kleenex (face tissue), sanitary wipes, hand-sanitizer, pretzels or cereal snack (low or no sugar)
 
Grade 1: Ziploc bags (small or large), glue sticks, sanitary wipes, face tissue, snacks such as pretzels, Ritz crackers, or Goldfish.
 
Grades 2 & 3: Sharpies (fine or regular tip), face tissue, sanitary wipes, snacks, sticky notes, glue sticks, smelly markers, clear tape, 4 plastic folders (no binders)
 
Grades 4 & 5:  ACADEMIC:  spiralring notebooks, Ticonderoga pencils, sticky notes

CLASSROOM: Kleenex (tissues), white glue, Expo markers, sanitizer wipes

Camp Orkila Photos
Olympic Hills' 4th and 5th grade students attended a 3 day/2 night Outdoor Education Experience at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island.
At camp our students climbed a challenge tower and learned about ponds, gardens and the life cycle of salmon. They built a geodesic dome and learned about forest ecosystems through an exciting game of tag that simulated producers (salmonberry bushes), primary consumers(bunnies) and secondary consumers (hawks). There was also time to play gaga, walk along the beach, row a boat, shoot in an archery range and hang out with friends. Evening activities included a dance and a campfire, complete with skits and s'mores.
Generous grants from the BECU Foundation and Camp Orkila made this trip financially accessible for all our children.

FREE Summer Lunches & Snacks for Kids!
The Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 years and under. Sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers. Monday – Friday 12:00 – 1:30 Lunches are given to children at the Lake City Community Center next to the Library. Information: 1-888-4-FOOD-WA
COUNTING MONEY AT HOME PAYS OFF!
Counting money is an important life skill that supports other math skills and number sense. Here at Olympic Hills we encourage every family to help teach their child to count coins and bills. Below the necessary skills are broken down by grade level. Keeping some loose coins in a jar really pays off!
 
KINDERGARTEN: By spring most kindergartners are ready to fluently count DIMES & PENNIES. Parent shows how to move coins from one pile to another. Start with dimes and count aloud. Switch to pennies and count by ones aloud. Give your child a chance to practice with several different amounts (under $1) like: 24 cents, 36 cents, 42 cents, etc.
 
FIRST & SECOND: If your child is skilled at counting dimes and pennies, it is time to try nickels. First practice counting by fives, from different ten numbers like 20 or 30. Count aloud as you demonstrate this.
 
THIRD: 3rd graders who are fluent with nickels, dimes & pennies are ready for QUARTERS.   Warm up with the progression 25, 50, 75, $1. This can be taken to $2 or $3 if the child is ready. Once the coins counting patterns are established, offer random amounts within $5 for your child to count. Teach counting off the quarters first, then the dimes, the nickels, and then the pennies. Introduce small bills when your child masters all coins.
 
FOURTH graders are ready for almost any amount within $100 and beyond. They should be able to handle currency (bills) like fives and tens along with the ones. Include all the coins. They are counting amounts like: $23.67     $78.02. Fourth graders should also practice reading dollar and cent amounts. Pick up a calculator to practice adding and subtracting. Addition & subtraction should also be done on paper. Kids practice keeping their decimals points aligned and print neatly to avoid confusion. Accuracy is king!
 
FIFTH graders are doing largely what we covered in fourth, but with larger amounts. Work with hundreds and even thousand dollar amounts. Fill each place with different numbers. Read amounts where zero might hold places, like: $204.06.
Work on fluency and accuracy. Teach your fifth grader more about managing money and keeping accurate records. Even with Smart Phones doing much of that these days, there’s a lot to be said about knowing old fashion record keeping. The brain is challenged and must stay organized.
 
All these skills will help your child do better on standardized tests and other tasks they will face in upper school grades.
Jump Start for Kindergarten 2014
Families of kindergarten students enrolling for September 2014, you are invited to participate in Jump Start at Olympic Hills!
Jump Stat is a week-long experience to help new kindergartners become familiar with the school environment through learning-enriched play. It will be held August 18-22 from 9am to noon.

All kindergarten families will receive a special letter in the mail ahead of time.  The letter will instruct you on how to sign up and provide the forms to complete.

This half-day camp is in the mornings and will help your child be ready for school in September.
We look forward to seeing you in August!

For more information on Jump Start call  206-252-0186

OLYMPIC HILLS STUDENT START DATES/TIMES
Grades 1-5 start on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014.

All Kindergarten Students will start on Monday, September 8th.

Morning Bell Times
:  
Warning Bell is at 8:35.  Students line up to come in.
Start Time Bell is at 8:40. Classes begin.
Ending Bell is at 2:50  Classes dismiss students.

IMPORTANT!
During the school year if your child arrives at school after 8:40, please check him or her in at the office to assure of us of conducting proper and safe attendance.

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