Guest speakers at December 8 PTA meeting

The Hot Social Event of December is happening Thursday, December 8, in the Cedar Park cafeteria! Join the OH PTA where we’ll hear from the Fostering Together and Children’s Administration organizations. There is a need in our community for short term, emergency living arrangements for students who go to our school. This is something we, OH families, can provide outside of standard foster care. If we can minimize instability for these kids and keep them in their school community, LET’S DO IT.

Also, our very own Eileen Barracoso will introduce RULER and how parents can use the mood meter at home. Brief updates about upcoming PTA events as well.

Thinking these are some pretty interesting topics and you’d sure like to learn more, but wondering how in the world you’ll manage a dinnertime meeting with the kids? We’ve got you covered with our POTLUCK DINNER (5:30-6, please bring a main or side dish to share) and then [gasp] FREE CHILDCARE from 6-7pm during the meeting. Spanish Interpreter provided as well. Hope to see you there!

Cedar Park School: First meeting

On December 15, Cedar Park Elementary will hold its first community meeting after being designated an option school. Please come join us 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cedar Park to learn more about the next steps on this exciting journey.

Date and Time: Thurs., Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Cedar Park Elementary
13224 37th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Happy Hour fund raiser

Lake City’s Hellbent Brewing company is having a happy hour fundraiser to benefit our school.

On Wednesday, November 16th, from 5-9pm, $1 of every pint will be donated to Olympic Hills Elementary PTA.

We use these funds primarily to subsidize scholarships for after-school programs for families who otherwise cannot afford after-school enrichment programs.

See you at the brewery!  13035 Lake City Way NE

Cedar Park Option School Survey

The school board will be discussing all the ideas for Cedar Park at their work session on November 9 and here’s your opportunity to influence the vote on November 16. Please take a quick survey about what you want to see in an option school at Cedar Park. It’s fast! Easy! Very helpful for our advocacy efforts! And share with any Olympic Hills/Cedar Park parent you know.

These are the options currently being considered:

1) keep the current 2017-2018 boundary proposal

2) 5A Cedar Park as Option school

3) 5B Open Cedar Park as Kindergarten only in 2017-2018, then to become option school the following year.

4) Postpone the vote until January to coincide with student assignment plan.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBPYK67

It’s late, but it’s MOVIE NIGHT tonight!

Reminder! It’s MOVIE NIGHT at school tonight – 5:30 PM! – and how did I possibly forget to remind you what with my own kids yammering at me about watching ZOOTOPIA with all their FRIENDS! $5 requested donation per family includes your first bag of popcorn. DINNER IS PLANNED.

Also! Lest you start to think too hard about spending your evening sitting on the cafeteria floor with hundreds of elementary school students, we are hoping lots of parents show up so we can pick your brains for opinions on Cedar Park as an option school. Our teachers will have a poster set up where you can take a look at the possibilities and let us know which ones meet general approval. It’d be great to get some feedback on this issue now to prepare us to respond to the school board’s scheduled vote on 11/16. And, as always, we invite you to send your thoughts to olympichillspta@gmail.com.

In the meantime: ZOOTOPIA! Your kids insist you attend!

Boundary vote postponed

Update from last night’s board meeting: the vote was POSTPONED. The vote for Approval of the Growth Boundaries Plan and any amendments has been postponed to the Nov 16 board meeting to allow for a work session on Nov 9. This is more waiting, but ultimately good news since it allows more time for the board to make a thoughtful decision. Thanks to our parents and teachers last night for their testimony and support. We’ll keep you posted!

School boundary vote happening Wednesday

The Seattle Public School Board will be voting this Wednesday, November 2, on amendments to the 2017-2018 growth boundaries proposal. Some of these amendments, including 5a and 5b, affect Olympic Hills and Cedar Park communities.

Amendment 5A – Approval of this item would amend the proposed 2017-18 Implementation Amendments to the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan in order to open the new Cedar Park Elementary site as an option school, rather than an attendance area school, establish a geozone for Cedar Park, retain area 88 in the attendance area for Olympic Hills, retain area 95 in the attendance area for John Rogers, provide focused district support for new school visioning and community engagement prior to and during the open enrollment process, and place a high priority on mitigation spending for the new Cedar Park Elementary until the earlier of the first two years of operation are completed or until enrollment reached 80% of capacity. (Directors Burke, Geary, Pinkham)

Amendment 5B – Approval of this item would amend the proposed 2017-18 Implementation Amendments to the 2013-20 Growth Boundaries plan in order to open the new Cedar Park Elementary site as a Kindergarten roll-up attendance area school, allowing current students at John Rogers and Olympic Hills to remain at those schools, and direct staff to initiate a community planning process to determine a curricular focus for an option school at Cedar Park Elementary starting in the 2018-19 school year and provide the Board recommendations by September 2017 for this transition. (Directors Burke, Geary, Pinkham)

See the entire agenda here: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/one.aspx…

If you would like to voice your thoughts, and we need them, please email OlympicHillsPTA@gmail.com. CONFUSED? We’re working on translating this into something people can understand – stay tuned!

OH PTA statement on 2017 boundaries and Cedar Park

The OH PTA membership approved this letter last night at the 10/25 PTA meeting. It was sent to the school board on 10/26.

 

Dear Seattle School Board Directors:

The Olympic Hills Elementary Parent Teacher Association stands together to express its grave concern regarding the 2017-2018 growth boundary adjustments for Olympic Hills and the future Cedar Park. The plan creates a high poverty school with a large historically underserved population within a substandard and too-small building.

We stand with our fellow North Seattle school communities in recommending a stop to growth boundary changes for the next year. The boundary changes were drawn in response to projected growth that never materialized and continuing with the plan as is will drastically decrease diversity across the north end, concentrating the majority of our historically underserved population at Olympic Hills and Cedar Park. Moving forward with needless changes will also disrupt the education and established communities of more than 800 students throughout North Seattle.

In addition we request a reevaluation of Cedar Park as a neighborhood assignment school. Our 400 students are currently housed in this building while the new Olympic Hills is being built. A makeshift library in a single classroom, a computer lab on the stage, no plumbing in the eight portables, pull out spaces set up in the hallway, and teachers working in glorified broom closets may be workable for an interim school, but is not acceptable for opening a neighborhood school with some of the largest projected FRL and ELL percentages in the district.

The new Olympic Hills is designed to serve these families. With a health clinic, designated pull-out spaces, preschool, and before and after school childcare spaces, the new building will provide educational supports and programs to specifically address the needs of our community. Should Cedar Park open as a neighborhood attendance school in 2017, the boundary change will remove our highest needs population from the school designed with them in mind.

During the summer, several of our parents participated in the Cedar Park Race and Equity Analysis Team. The final scenario was one that kept Cedar Park as a neighborhood attendance area school and increased the percentages of FRL, ELL, and historically underserved students from even the original proposed scenario. The parent representatives agree that in this instance, the application of the Race and Equity Toolkit failed.

In light of the increased inequity and unnecessary splitting of communities across North Seattle, the Olympic Hills PTA respectfully requests the board reevaluate the 2017 growth boundary plan, and specifically reconsider opening Cedar Park as a neighborhood school.

Sincerely,

The Olympic Hills PTA Board and Membership

Printable Letter Here