Introducing OHE PTA’s 2018-19 Board!

We’re so proud to have a marvelous team of individuals to represent our PTA. From Top (L-R): Community Liaison Josh Finkelstein, Leg. Rep Sanjay Mishra, BLT Parent Rep Ann Hilman, VP/Volunteer Chair Karoliina Kuisma, Treasurer Sean Dawson; Middle Row (L-R): Pres. Jennie Guiley, Membership Chair Brandi Forray; Bottom Row (L-R) Teacher Rep Julie Solarek, Sec. CJ Cousins, Communications Chair Mariah Voutilainen, Internal Outreach Chair Julia Sandler. (Not Pictured: Teacher Rep Allison Halley)

Happy October PTA Members!

October 2018

Dear OHE PTA Members,

Thank you to all who joined us for our first Family Resource Night and Membership Meeting!  It was wonderful to connect with you all and welcome our new families! There are only 3 more meetings this year!  See you on January 17th, April 18th, and June 11th!

We want every family member to feel welcome and valued at school and be involved at whatever level works best for their schedule.  We understand that life is busy and that schedules don’t always allow us to be at school during school hours! Here are a few ways to support and stay connected with the school and the PTA and to get the most of your PTA Membership.

  • Like us on Facebook @olympichillselementaryschool  and stay up to date on both community and school activities and events.

  • Check out and learn about the many financial benefits of being a PTA member!  Discounts on event tickets, car rentals, office/school supplies, and more!  You’ll need your login information that was emailed out with your PTA membership card.  Please let me know if you haven’t received your membership card via email and we can resend it!

  • Bring in your unexpired Box Tops for Education tabs (found on lots of household products and food) to the main office or have your kiddo give them to their teacher.  We’ve set a goal of raising $500 this year!  Look for fun collection posters in KidMail soon and get your kids to help!

  • Help support the PTA while doing your regular online or in-store shopping!  Follow this Amazon Link and the PTA will get up to 8% of your purchase!

  • Any interest in joining an evening PTA Work Party?  Want to help teachers with copying, cutting, laminating, etc. after work?  Please email us at if this would be of interest and we’ll get it on the books!

  • Want to help teachers do prep work from the comfort of your own couch?  Email us at and we’ll connect you with a teacher and/or project that you can work on during off hours.  Volunteer paperwork/background check/proof of residency is NOT required to do these projects from home.

Please feel free to email us at with any questions or feedback.  We’d love to hear from you and explore new ways to help ALL of our families feel connected to this amazing school.

Thank you so much!



Jennie Guiley and the OHE PTA Board

Octubre 2018

Estimados miembros del OHE PTA,

Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron en nuestra primera Noche de Recursos Familiares y Reunión de Miembros! Fue maravilloso conectarnos con todos ustedes y así mismo dimos la bienvenida a las familias que se incorporaron este año! Solo nos quedan 3 reuniones más este año! Esperamos verlos el 17 de enero, el 18 de abril y el 11 de junio!

Nuestro principal deseo, es que todos los miembros de familia se sientan bienvenidos, apreciados en la escuela y que puedan participar en las actividades que mejor coordine con sus horarios. Entendemos que tenemos una vida muy agitada y ocupada y no siempre podemos estar presente en reuniones escolares. Sin embargo tenemos formas para que ustedes puedan apoyar y mantenerse en contacto con la escuela, el PTA y aprovechar al máximo su membresía del PTA.

Denos un “me gusta” en el Facebook @olympichillselementaryschool de esta manera se mantendrá informado sobre las actividades y eventos tanto así como comunitarios y los escolares.

¡Visite y aprenda sobre los beneficios que tiene por ser miembro del PTA! Tales como, descuentos de boletos para eventos, alquiler de automóviles, útiles de oficina  y escolares, y mucho más! Para aprender más de esto, necesitará su información de membresía, la misma que se le envió por correo electrónico con su tarjeta de membresía del PTA. Avísame si aún no ha recibido tu tarjeta de membresía por correo electrónico cosa que lo enviamos nuevamente!

Traiga a la oficina de la dirección sus recortes de Box Tops for Education (Estos se pueden encontrar en muchos productos del hogar y alimentos) O también su hijo/a lo puede entregar al maestro de clase. Nuestra meta es recaudar $500 este año! Preste atención a los carteles KidMail  y haga que sus hijos los ayuden!

¡Ayude al PTA mientras realiza sus compras regulares en por internet o en las tiendas locales! ¡Siga este enlace de Amazon y por cada compra que haga, el PTA obtendrá hasta el 8%!

También puede apoyarnos con compras en Fred Meyer Rewards, eScrip, etc. Estos están disponibles a través de:

Tiene interés de unirse a la fiesta de trabajo de la PTA? ¿Quiere ayudar a los maestros con hacer copias, cortar, laminar, etc. después del trabajo? Envíenos un correo electrónico a si le interesa  y lo pondremos en la lista de voluntarios.

¿Le gustaría ayudar a los maestros a preparar trabajo de clase desde su hogar? Envíenos un correo electrónico a y lo conectaremos con un maestro y/o proyecto en el que pueda trabajar durante las horas libres. El formulario de voluntariado/verificación de antecedentes/comprobante de residencia NO se requiere para hacer estos proyectos desde casa.

Por favor, no dude en enviarnos un correo electrónico a si tiene alguna pregunta o comentario. Nos encantaría saber de usted y aprender nuevas formas para estar conectados con TODAS nuestras familias y así para que todos se sientan conectados con nuestra increíble escuela.

Muchas gracias!

Hasta pronto,

Jennie Guiley y la Junta de OHE PTA

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 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 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 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 or Hillary Shaw,,  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!