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 growthboundaries@seattleschools.org and also write to the School Board at schoolboard@seattleschools.org.  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 www.fredmeyer.com 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!

Have a Frequently Asked Question? 

https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-frequently-asked-questions

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 jerothmeyer@seattleschools.org

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

All the details HERE

Map 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!

PTA EVENTS & PROJECTS

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

FUNDRAISING FOR THE PTA

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!  http://olympichillspta.org/fundraising
Box Tops: ​Receptacle in front hallway for collecting Fred Meyer Rewards Card: Register your card to benefit Olympic Hills PTA (organization # 84933)

PAST SUCCESSES OF OLYMPIC HILLS PTA

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

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!

Join the Rotary Kids Parade at Salmonfest

Join the Rotary Kid’s Parade! Saturday, August 6 at Lake City Salmonfest

All Kids 15 years old and under are welcome. Come as a group or come as one. Trophies will be awarded for the best costumes and/or theme entered. Everyone gets a prize just for entering!

Prize categories include:
Western
Sci-Fi / Super Hero
Princesses / Fantasy
You and Your Pet
Misc.

No Pre-Registration!
Assemble at 5 PM
Parade at 6 PM
Wells Fargo Bank parking lot at NE 130th and Lake City Way

For more information, please call:
Rotary Club of Seattle NE, Kent Questad 206-527-3557

Final PTA Meeting Thursday June 16

Join us for our last PTA meeting of the school year. Thursday June 16.

Stephen from Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) will present information for where to find free summer lunches for kids as well as information on how to volunteer.

We will wrap up business, discuss some plans for next year.

And present the Acorn Award.

We will finish out the evening with a cake and ice cream social.

6:00 Potluck dinner (please bring a main or side dish to share)
6:30-7:25 meeting/social Free Childcare provided.

Hope to see you there!

Superintendent Nyland agrees: Cedar Park boundary needs another look

At the June 1 Seattle School Board meeting, SPS Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland announced the Cedar Park 2017 boundary needs to be reexamined:

We now know there is not enough room at Cedar Park for the students assigned there, so there will be a boundary re-draft.  Dr. Herndon and his staff are working through that process to consider those alternatives.

Dr. Nyland acknowledged concerns about diversity, but did not go into further detail.  Watch his comments at the meeting on YouTube here.
While we still have a lot of work left to do, it’s encouraging to learn the Superintendent is acknowledging the issues affecting our students and community. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, and community members for their advocacy!