Hello OHE PTA Members and Families!

Hello OHE PTA Members!

We hope that you had a wonderful summer and are having a good start of the school year!  The PTA is preparing for a great year ahead with lots of fun programs for our kids and opportunities for families to be involved with our amazing school.  Check your student’s backpack this week for a Membership Form, Volunteer Form, and more info about upcoming programs and events.

Here are a few things to consider as we kick-off the year:

ALL volunteers must complete the required Volunteer Application before volunteering at the school or chaperoning field trips.  Applications are available online here or you can get a paper copy from Ms. Joyce in the main office.

We’d love to help you find a volunteer opportunity that will be fulfilling and fun, have a great impact on our students, and fit your schedule!  You can fill out the Volunteer Form here and we’ll be in touch with details soon.  Please note that the form will help us get an idea of volunteer interest and availability but will not lock you into a specific task or date.

Our first PTA Meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th and we would love to see you!  We’ll start with dinner at 6PM (details to follow soon!), conduct a little bit of PTA business at 6:30PM (Standing Rules!  Financial Review! Budget!), and then hear from our Art Docent Team and new art teacher, Ms. Nancy Smith, on how they are working together to bring art to EVERY student at OHE!  And then… WE GET TO DO ART! Ms. Smith will lead us through a fun project to give us a taste of what our kiddos get to do at school. Free childcare and Spanish interpretation provided.

Let’s advocate for our kids!  Please take a few moments and fill out the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly Survey and have a voice in naming the Top 5 Advocacy  Issues for Washington State PTA. Your results will help our Legislative Chair represent our community at the Legislative Assembly.  Please submit by Oct. 5th!

Please check out  http://olympichillspta.org and like us on Facebook @OlympicHillsElementary to stay up to date with events and announcements.  If you have any questions or feedback, please email the PTA at olympichillspta@gmail.com and we’ll get your note to the appropriate person.

The board is  always happy to connect with you and answer any questions!

President: Jennie Guiley

Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator: Karoliina Kuisma

Treasurer: Sean Dawson

Secretary: CJ Cousins

Teacher Liaisons: Allison Halley and Julie Solarek

Building Leadership Team Representative: Ann Hilman

Membership Chair: Brandi Forray

Community Liaison: Josh Finkelstein

Legislative Chair: Sanjay Mishra

Communications Chair: Mariah Voutilainen

Internal Outreach and Diversity Chair: Julia Sandler

Thank you for all that you bring to our school community!  We are honored to work with you to serve ALL of our kids and look forward to a great year of community building and collaboration.

In partnership,

Jennie Guiley and the OHE PTA Board

Welcome Back Otters!

Welcome to the Olympic Hills Elementary (OHE) Parent Teacher Association (PTA)!  Our mission is to work together to support, inform, and connect the diverse community of Olympic Hills Elementary by investing in our children’s education, safety, and well-being through fun and inclusive community activities, after school enrichment programs, and fundraising.


We are an open and welcoming group of people from many different backgrounds and would love to meet you!  Get to know other families while doing project prep for teachers at a monthly Work Party; share your passion and talents with students in our After School Enrichment, Art Docent, or Science Fair Programs; pass out treats at the Ice Cream Social; connect with your school community at Family Resource Nights and More!  Your participation and involvement at any level is incredibly valuable to ALL of our students!  We rely entirely on volunteer help from parents, guardians, and community members, so come join the fun!  


PTA membership is encouraged, but not required, to participate in events, attend meetings, or get involved!  A membership form is included in your packet; membership allows you to vote on PTA business and your voice and vote matter!  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and members decide how PTA resources are allocated to best serve ALL OHE students.


The first Family Resource Night of the school year is on October 4th at 6pm.  All families are invited!  Family Resource Nights start with a potluck dinner, followed by a bit of PTA business and a presentation OHE teachers or staff, or other community leaders.   Stay tuned for details! We offer FREE childcare during meetings to make family participation as easy as possible.

Please reach out to us at olympichillspta@gmail.com with any questions, or talk to a board member at pick-up or drop-off–we’re always happy to chat and learn more about the families who make up our amazing school community.  


Thank you,

Your OHE PTA Board

November Newsletters and a WSPTA survey

Hello OH PTA Members!

Linked below is the November newsletter in both English and Spanish. We hope you find it convenient to access the newsletter online in addition to that wrinkled copy from the bottom of your child’s backpack.
Also the Washington State PTA is asking PTA members to take a survey regarding how best to engage in advocacy for the 2018 legislative session. Please consider clicking the link below and adding your thoughts. The survey will ask for your region and council numbers so those are Region: 6 and Council: 15.

Get your Olympic Hills T-shirts!

The PTA is selling Olympic Hills t-shirts and sweatshirts in all different sizes and colors. Download the form here and bring to school with payment. Purple with yellow writing! Gray with black writing! Every size! Find the perfect shirt to represent YOUR school spirit.

Washington State PTA Survey

Hi PTA Members and Supporters of Olympic Hills,

 Every Fall  the WA State PTA (WSPTA) votes on the WA State PTA Legislative Short-term platform and Resolutions. This year the existing platform is expanded and there are 4 new resolutions and 7 short-term issues  up for a vote.

We need to hear from YOU, our  PTA Members on each of these issues so our delegates can represent our PTA’s voice. Here’s the links you need – but  HURRY the survey closes on MIDNIGHTMonday, 10/9.  

–          Survey Link: Seattle Council Survey

–          More info on the issues and the current WA State PTA platform:

o   2017 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voter’s Guide: WSPTA Legislative Assembly Guide

o   WSPTA Legislative Platform (including current Resolutions): Board Positions and Resolutions

The WSPTA current short-term platform includes the following issues and your voice will help decide which issues to add. These positions help us advocate at both the state and district levels. So please take the survey ASAP.

–          2016-2018 WSPTA TOP 5 SHORT-TERM ISSUES:  1. Social Emotional Learning, 2. Amply Fund Basic Education,  3. Closing the Opportunity Gap, 4. Standards for Para-Educators and 5. Breakfast After the Bell

–          Also Supported Issues (Alphabetical order): Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children, Engaging Families in Student Success, Post-Secondary/Higher Education Access and Affordability, Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Restorative Justice and School Safety (school discipline )

Next year,  and all even years, a new Short-term platform will determined.  If there’s an issue important to you or our PTA, please contact WA state Region 6 Legislative Chair Heidi Bennett heidi@bennettdirect.net or Hillary Shaw, legchair@scptsa.org,  our Seattle Council PTA Legislative State chair. New platform submissions are due May 1, 2018.

Thank you for being a member of Olympic Hills PTA and for making your voice heard. Take the Seattle Council Survey ASAP before it closes on 10/9.


Ann Hilman
OHE PTA President

 P.S.  Seattle Council PTSA is co-sponsoring  Seattle School Board  Candidate Forum, on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7pm at the Centilia Cultural Center. With so many issues facing our schools, this is an important event to attend.

Kick off the new school year with the OH PTA

We invite the friends and families of Olympic Hills to join us at our first PTA meeting of the year. We’ll kick things off at 6pm with a family potluck and the meeting starts at 6:30pm. Our new principal, Libby DeBell, will be introducing herself and you’ll get to know our new executive officers as well. Come hear about all the grand plans for the 2017-2018 school year and how YOU can participate! Free childcare and Spanish interpreter provided. We hope to see you there!

Confused about drop off/pick up?

This should help!

Buses only on 20th Ave NE, no U-turns. Park at the church parking lot if you are walking your child into school. If you are just dropping off, use the half circle drive where staff will help you unload kids from the car!

Welcome Back!

The Olympic Hills PTA is so excited to welcome everyone back to school and into our brand new building! We are looking forward to all the great opportunities our new space will bring. The BEST way to learn more is to come to our first PTA meeting, Thursday, September 28 from 6:30-7:30PM. We always gather for a quick potluck dinner in the half hour before our meeting, so we also welcome you to bring food to share at 6pm before the night’s program begins.At this first meeting we’ll hear from our new principal, Libby DeBell.  We offer free childcare at PTA meetings and Spanish interpreters. EVERYONE IS WELCOME, even if you are not a member!

Read our Summer Welcome letter!

Eager to join our amazing crew of friendly and hardworking PTA volunteers? You can find this year’s membership form here!

Questions? olympichillspta@gmail.com

Come together for Sand Point Elementary and Charleena Lyle

Brisk clap, friends and families of Olympic Hills. It’s time to come together to support a neighbor school and larger community, and we only have 24 hours to help.

Sand Point Elementary PTA is requesting support to create small care packages for their families who are residents of Solid Ground Housing (Brettler) in Magnuson Park whose lives are deeply impacted by the killing of one of their parents, Charleena Lyle.

We hope to make 230 care packages that include:

1) Notes of support for adults and children
2) Grocery gift cards for parents in $10 denominations from Safeway
3) Bottles or packets of bubble bath for children
4) Packets of microwave popcorn
5) Bottles of bubbles or other happy non-age specific item for children. (stickers?)
6) fruit rollups/fruit snacks
7) gift bags/ribbon

Email point person Bronwen Houck (bronwen.houck@gmail.com) for drop off location. Donations are needed by Wednesday morning. You can also PayPal (info@bronwenhouckphoto.com) donations for grocery gift cards and/or supplies.