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Kindergarten Family Tours
Open Enrollment Tour of Olympic Hills for K families planning to enroll in the 2015-2016 school year for new families.  Meet the principal, tour the building, visit classrooms in session, and ask questions! 
Tours are: February 5 and February 23
Location:  Olympic Hills Cafeteria: 
Time 9:15-10:00am.
Seahawk Spirit at Olympic Hills!
In our PE Classes 4th and 5th graders are creating dance routines to the Seahawk tribute song "Over the Line" which was created by a local area band.  In groups, students are using their bodies in creative ways to express themselves through dance and movement.  We hope to see many of our students perform at our Friday morning assemblies as the Super Bowl draws near. Come to see us!
To hear the song visit:  www.uprights.info
Additional Volunteer Requirements
Dear Volunteers:
There have been changes made to the Seattle School District’s volunteer policies. As a result, there are some additional things that you must do before volunteering at Olympic Hills or any other Seattle Public School.
You must complete the following forms each year that you wish to volunteer:
Additionally, you must complete the following on-line course:
If you do not have computer access, please let the office know and we will arrange for you to have access to a computer at school.
For your convenience, I have included the necessary forms with this letter. I know that many of our volunteers completed some of these forms already this year. If you have, please just indicate which forms you have already completed. 
While it may seem that this process is a lot of work, it is for the safety of your children and all of the children here at Olympic Hills. We appreciate all of the work you do and know that we could not provide everything that we do without your help.
Helen Joung, Principal
Want to Help Fund Olympic Hills?
Families can help raise fund s for Olympic Hills when buying gasoline at CHEVRON.  Follow the link below to see what Chevron is doing to help us when you buy their gas.  You may need to copy & paste this link into your browser.

Bus Transportation (English)
September  2014
As approved by the school board in February, the following walk-to-school and busing boundaries apply for the 2014-15 school year:
Elementary students living more than 1 mile from their neighborhood school will receive yellow bus service to that school.
Transportation resources:
We certainly understand there are concerns for a number of families and our staff is working hard to help find solutions with the limited funds and flexibility we possess. In addition to securing more ORCA passes, we are taking requests for spots on buses on a space available basis. Please keep in mind, space is very limited at this time and places on the bus are offered on a first come, first served basis. To request a space, please call 206-252-0900 or email your request to transdept@seattleschools.org.
As an additional measure, we are encouraging individual schools to work together with their parents, PTSAs, and communities to help identify solutions, such as carpools, walking school buses, and walking buddies.
Again, we are working hard within the boundaries of our new policy to find solutions to each concern. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to give each of your concerns the attention it deserves.
Bob Westgard
Director of Bus Transportation & Logistics
· NOTE As of the beginning of this school year, only students within a school’s attendance area are eligible to receive bus service to that school, as long as they live outside the walk-to-school boundary. These reductions in district-funded student transportation, while painful, allowed the school board to avoid cuts in services to teaching staff and other services. To help reduce impacts on our families, we’ve been making every effort to notify folks affected by these changes over the past seven months and are trying to find ways to meet individual needs.
Bus Transportation (Spanish)

Septiembre del 2014
Estimados padres/tutores de las Escuelas Públicas de Seattle:
Les pedimos una sincera disculpa por la confusión y frustración por los recientes cambios hechos a nuestras políticas relacionadas con transportación y cambios en los límites del año pasado, que han causado durante este nuevo año escolar. Espero que Ia siguiente información ayude a resolver sus inquietudes.
En febrero del 2014, la mesa directiva aprobó cambios en el plan de transporte estudiantil del distrito. Como parte de estos cambios, transportación elimino en todo el distrito los “privilegios” para estudiantes que viven fuera del área de asistencia escolar.
A partir de este año escolar, solamente los estudiantes que vivan en el área de asistencia escolar son elegibles para recibir servicio transporte escolar, siempre y cuando vivan fuera de los límites de ir caminado a la escuela. Estas reducciones en el servicio de estudiantil financiado por el distrito, aunque penosas, permiten a la mesa directiva evitar recortes de personal y otros servicios. Para ayudar a reducir el impacto en nuestras familias, hemos hecho todo lo posible para informar a las personas afectadas por estos cambios en los últimos siete meses y estamos tratando de encontrar la forma de satisfacer las necesidades individuales.
Tal como fue aprobado por la mesa directiva en febrero, se aplican los siguientes límites de ir caminado a la escuela y transportación para el año escolar 2014-15:
• Estudiantes de escuela primaria que vivan más de una milla de distancia a su escuela más cercana, recibirán servicios de autobús amarillo a esa escuela.
• Estudiantes de escuela secundaria que vivan más de 2 millas de distancia de su escuela de asistencia reciben servicio de autobús amarillo a esa escuela. Sin embargo, en respuesta a las inquietudes de los padres, hemos podido hacer lo siguientes ajustes para los estudiantes de secundaria: estudiantes de escuela secundaria que vivan entre 1.5 a 2 millas de asistencia de su escuela, tienen la opción de caminar o de aceptar un pase de King County Metro ORCA para viajar en el (transporte urbano) “Metro”. Si su estudiante tiene preguntas sobre como usar un pase ORCA o para el horario y rutas del (transporte urbano) “Metro”, favor de visitar http://metro.kingcounty.gov.
• Estudiantes de la Escuela Preparatoria de las Escuelas Públicas de Seattle tienen un contrato con King County Metro para proporcionar servicio de autobús a todos los estudiantes de escuelas preparatorias que vivan más de 2 millas de la escuela preparatoria que asistan. (Reduciendo de 2.5 millas del año pasado.) No se proporcionara servicio de autobús amarillo a la mayoría de los estudiantes de la escuela preparatoria.
• Toda educación especial, estudiantes con necesidades especiales y aquellos inscritos en programas especiales, continuaran recibiendo servicio de transporte amarillo sin importar la distancia a la escuela a la que asistan según la ley estatal.
Recursos de transporte:
Ciertamente, comprendemos que hay inquietudes por un número de familias y nuestro personal esta trabajando arduamente para ayudar a encontrar soluciones con los limitados fondos y flexibilidad que contamos. Además de asegurar más pases ORCA, estamos considerando las peticiones en función a espacios disponibles. Por favor tenga en cuenta que el espacio es muy limitado en estos momentos y que los lugares en el autobús son ofrecidos por orden de llegada. Para solicitar un lugar, favor de llamar al 206-252-0900 o envié su solicitud por correo electrónico a transdept@seattleschools.org.
Como medida adicional estamos invitando a las escuelas individualmente a trabajar junto con los padres del PTSA y las comunidades para ayudar a encontrar soluciones, tales como, transporte colectivo, ir caminado a la escuela y caminado con compañeros.
Una vez más, estamos trabajando arduamente dentro de los límites de nuestra nueva política, para encontrar soluciones a cada inquietud. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión, mientras trabajamos para dará a cada una de sus inquietudes la atención que se merece.
Bob Westgard
Director de Logistica y Transportación
Escuelas Públicas de Seattle
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.
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