Bell times might change again…

…and here’s your opportunity to provide input.
Seattle Public Schools is seeking input on 2017-18 School Schedule Changes
As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time.
As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time. Click here for more information and to take the survey:

Give your input on traffic safety around Cedar Park

How would you improve traffic safety?
SDOT is currently gathering community feedback about traffic safety around our current location at Cedar Park. They hope to identify safety problems that face our kids (and their adults) and generate ideas for improvements such as speed controls, new sidewalks, signs, and safer places for families to walk and bike to school. Check out the project website at

Here are three ways that you can help inform these decisions:
1. Take a brief survey.  Help us identify traffic safety problems and possible solutions. The survey is available near the main office or online at

     2. Pinpoint problems on a map. Share your comments on the map across from the main office at the school.
     3. Attend a community open house. Share your opinions with SDOT staff. Thursday October 20. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Lake City Presbyterian Church (3841 NE 123rd Street).

Questions?  Stephanie Frans    206-794-8335

Cedar Park: Racial Equity?

For the last year and a half, the Olympic Hills school community (in interim at Cedar Park) has pushed hard for SPS to revisit the proposed Cedar Park boundary due to major concerns about equity and safety.

Last week, SPS pell_overlay_cpublished its recommendation to the school board’s operations committee, and unfortunately, the proposal addresses capacity, but not equity.  We are very frustrated, and disappointed with the SPS proposal.

The SPS recommendation is especially troubling because a taskforce (including teachers and parents, myself included) met with SPS staff to attempt to use the SPS racial equity “toolkit” to analyze the boundary, yet the final decision making (which did not include teachers or parents) was based on capacity, not equity.

Have a look at the numbers and compare for yourself.

First, the Cedar Park numbers from the current, board-approved boundaries for 2017-18.  Remember, these are the numbers that caused the initial equity concerns that led to community meetings and the taskforce:

  • 38.6% English language learners (ELL)
  • 65.3% free/reduced lunch (FRL)
  • 72.2% historically underserved

Then, the Cedar Park numbers for the proposed amendment.

  • 43.8% English language learners (ELL)
  • 69.0% free/reduced lunch (FRL)
  • 76.2% historically underserved

All along, our community’s desire has been to reduce the concentration of historically underserved students in Cedar Park.  However, because the proposed solution is based on capacity rather than equity, the percentages for all the categories actually increase.

If you have concerns or comments on this recommendation, let the SPS staff know by writing to and also write to the School Board at  The School Board will have the final decision on the boundaries.

There will also be upcoming community meetings where SPS will share these decisions:

  • Sept 28, 6:30pm, Olympic Hills  Meeting (at Cedar Park)
  • Oct 5, 6:30pm, John Rogers Meeting (at John Rogers)

Please come and share your thoughts.

Source: 2016-09-15 Operations Committee Agenda, Appendix C, Cedar Park Racial Equity Analysis Tool, Scenario A (Table 1) & Scenario F (Table 2).

First PTA meeting of the year

Hey OH Families! The first PTA meeting of the new school year is THIS THURSDAY, September 22, 6-7:30. In case you need a little convincing, here are the Top Five Reasons The PTA Meeting Is An Excellent Way To Spend Your Thursday Evening:

1. Adult conversation over dinner! Our PTA meetings kick off with potluck dinner from 6 to 6:30.

2. Wishing you knew a few other OH parents? At the first meeting EVERYONE is new. You’ll fit right in!

3. Overwhelmed by all the papers that came home the first week of school? Our first speaker is Acting Principal Stacy Crum who will give you the lowdown on everything Olympic Hills.

4. Overwhelmed by volunteer opportunities? We’ll make it all clear! We’ll have tables and information and people who can answer all your questions. Not ready? No pressure!

5. Did we mention childcare? WE PROVIDE FREE CHILDCARE. I mean, that’s all you really need to know right there.

Hope we see you there!



Support OH with your Fred Meyer card!

If you link your Fred Meyer rewards card to Olympic Hills, the school receives a percentage of your spending each quarter that we can put towards teacher supplies, after school programs, and more great stuff! Follow the SUPER DUPER EASY steps below:


  1. Go to and either Sign In or Register if you do not already have an online Fred Meyer account
  2. Once your account is setup go to Account Summary under Account Settings
  3. Enter your Rewards card number – if you haven’t done so already
  4. Preferred Store
  5. Personal Information
  6. Community Rewards – In the search field type in “Olympic Hills PTA”
  7. Select Olympic Hills PTA – Organization # 84933

Thank you!

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New traffic plan for drop off and pick up

Please read the following letter to OH families and the surrounding community around Cedar Park regarding new traffic procedures!

Dear OHE Families and Community,

Thanks for being a part of our school community. We encountered some challenges our first year in Cedar Park and we are glad to report that we thrived! As we embark on a new year, we will continue to grow and improve together.

One area of improvement we have addressed for the new school year is traffic safety. You spoke, you swerved, you honked. We listened. OHE staff, PTA, Lake City Greenways, and Seattle City officials have collaborated to come up with ways to improve our drop-off procedures. We now have a plan that we hope will address the issues and ensure that students get to school safely.

Beginning Wednesday, September 7, we will implement a new morning drop-off policy between 7:15 and 8:00 AM. The most important changes

• Between 7:15 am and 8:00 am NE 135th ST will become one way on the block adjacent to the playground and school (between 37th and 39th)

• No U-turns will be permitted.

• No parking will be permitted on the north side of NE 135th St.

Please carefully review the attached map. Over the next few weeks, we will be communicating via many different channels in an attempt to make sure everyone is aware of the changes. If you have any questions, please call the office at 206-252-4300 or email

Sincerely, Stacey Crum, Interim Principal, Olympic Hills Elementary Dedy Fauntleroy, Planning Principal, Cedar Park

All the details HERE


School’s about to start… Welcome to the OHE PTA!

Welcome to the Olympic Hills Elementary (OHE) Parent Teacher Organization (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 well­being through fun and inclusive community activities, after school enrichment programs, and fundraising. We rely entirely on volunteer help from parents, guardians, and community members​, so come join the fun! Our meetings start with a potluck dinner and social time. We also offer FREE childcare during meetings to make family participation as easy as possible.

Membership is encouraged and required in order to vote, but optional and not necessary in order to attend the meetings. We’d love to welcome new families to our organization and you can find a membership form here.  Our volunteer form is here (also in Spanish).  We do a lot more than provide funding for classroom supplies, after school programs, and support for Camp Orkila every other year­ check out our list of events, projects, and past achievements!


Family Movie Nights
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week:​ first week in May
OHE Spirit T­shirts: ​Orders taken in fall and winter
Memory Books:​ Orders taken in spring
After ­School Enrichment Program: Chess Club and STEM (science, technology, engineering & math)
Science Fair: ​March


Pancake Breakfast: (Date TBD)  Located at Lake City Community Center. Approximately $1400  was raised last school year.
Student Walkathon: (Spring) Students collect donations and pledges from family and friends for the number of times they walk around the track. The PTA also hosts a party for the students after all the donations are collected. We raised approximately $4500 last year and had a great time!
Amazon Fundraising​: When you use the link from the fundraising page on our website to buy something from Amazon, a percentage of your purchase goes to the OHE PTA!
Box Tops: ​Receptacle in front hallway for collecting Fred Meyer Rewards Card: Register your card to benefit Olympic Hills PTA (organization # 84933)


Logo and Motto Contest: ​In Fall 2015 the PTA sponsored the Logo and Motto Contest that decided the final design now featured on our letterhead, t­shirts, and sweatshirts.
Science Fair: ​Members of the PTA researched, initiated, and planned our now annual Science Fair.
After School Enrichment: ​The PTA expanded the after school enrichment program by soliciting grants and other funds.


Educate​: ​The PTA plans to invite speakers to help educate our parents on topics of concern. Exact topics to be announced. Inform:  ​Our website, email list, FB page, and newsletters and meetings will have information about events, projects, and issues.
Connect: ​Our focus this coming year will be to connect with the various language groups in our school.
Prepare: ​We hope to help prepare our community for the upcoming transition from one to two schools: For the 2017­-18 school year Olympic Hills returns to the original Olympic Hills site, and Cedar Park opening as a new neighborhood school.

Read our welcome letter in Spanish!