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Reading Partner volunteers needed!

We need about 8 more volunteers to serve all of the students in need of a Reading Partner at Olympic Hills this year. We hope to reach that number as soon as possible so each student can receive as much tutoring as possible before summer. Can you help? Contact sigourney.gundy@readingpartners.org.

Tuesdays:
9:30-10:15 2 tutors needed
12:00-12:45 1 tutor needed
12:50-1:35 1 tutor needed
1:50-2:35 1 tutor needed

Wednesdays
12:00-12:45 1 tutor needed

Thursdays
12:50-1:35 2 tutors needed

OH students learn about Safe Routes to School

Check out this awesome post from the Seattle DOT blog!

Students Learn About the Safe Routes to School Program

Reflectors

On Friday January 29, 2016, 296 students from Cedar Park Elementary (Olympic Hills Interim) learned how to be safe while walking or biking to school. Monica Sweet, an active member of Lake City Greenways, presented the importance of reflectors for visibility at night. One of the parents, Karoliina Kuisma, also joined her.

The demonstration at the school assembly featured Sweet sporting all-black attire with reflectors pinned to the front of her coat. The lights on stage were turned off and as she walked across the stage, the students had difficulty spotting her. Sweet turned to face the audience, as Kuisma used flash photography to illuminate the reflectors. The students were amazed at how bright the reflectors were.

After the presentation, Sweet and Kuisma visited each classroom to deliver packages of reflectors shaped like bicycles, umbrellas, hearts, and otter paw prints (the school’s mascot). This presentation would not have been possible without the help of the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program. This program provides up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups for education and encouragement programs for walking and biking to school.

We want to thank Monica Sweet and Karoliina Kuisma for educating the students at Cedar Park Elementary (Olympic Hills Interim) about our Safe Routes to School Program and for setting an example for future presentations.

To learn more about our Safe Routes to School Program as well as our mini grant program, visit our website.

Link to blog post here

Safe Routes to School Mapping Meeting 2/8

Safe Routes to School Mapping Meeting
at Olympic Hills Interim & Cedar Park ElementarySRTS 8.5x14

Bring YOUR valuable input for Circulation Plan and Walking School Bus Routes

Parents, Teachers, Students and Neighbors all Welcome!

Location: Cedar Park Elementary School cafeteria
13224 37th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Free Food provided by Goodies Mediterranean

This project is funded in part by a Mini Grant award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Transportation and hosted by Lake City Greenways
For more information: CedarParkSRTS@gmail.com and monica.sweet.lac@gmail.com

 

Race, Equity, and OH 2017 Boundaries: Community Meeting on 2/9

COMMUNITY MEETING TO CONFRONT RACE AND EQUITY ISSUES CREATED BY OLYMPIC HILLS ELEMENTARY 2017 BOUNDARY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2016

Olympic Hills Elementary Parent Teacher Association invite media to attend a Seattle Public Schools community meeting to discuss race and equity issues surrounding 2017 boundary changes February 9th, 6:30-7:30pm in the Cedar Park Elementary cafeteria.

The Growth Boundary Plan enacted in 2013 creates inequities and imbalances in the Olympic Hills and Cedar Park attendance areas for 2017-2018 when the new Olympic Hills building opens. This meeting offers an opportunity to address the following issues:

  • Significant over-enrollment at Cedar Park: CP is overcrowded at 300 students; the district anticipates 375 students assigned to Cedar Park in 2017.
  • Significant under-enrollment at Olympic Hills: the district anticipates only 214 students at Olympic Hills, built for 600+, in 2017.
  • The boundaries as drawn create an ultra-high-poverty school with a reasonable prediction of 90% of students receiving free and reduced-price lunch. When population heat maps superimposed over district-adopted 2017-2018 boundaries are reviewed it is clear that almost every student receiving English Language Learner services in the Lake City area is reassigned to Cedar Park for 2017-2018. While English Language Learner services are not a proxy for free or reduced-price lunch, there is a high correlation in our community, nearly 1:1.
  • The new Olympic Hills will house a health center for families living in poverty, small-group spaces for supports for our English learners, a kitchen space dedicated to families and community members, a large counseling area, and many other features specifically designed to support our school’s community. Every year just under 80% of our students receive free or reduced-priced lunch, over a third receive English Language Learner services, and approximately 20% typically receive special education services. The boundaries as drawn separate the new building from the population it was designed to serve.

This skewed enrollment will overwhelmingly impact our minority and high-poverty students, a violation of district policy as well as Seattle Public Schools best practice.

CONTACT

Helen Joung
Olympic Hills Principal
206-252-4300

Kevin Hilman
Building Leadership Team
206-388-2473

Maggie Cheung
Olympic Hills PTA Communications Liasion
206-619-4285

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Community Meeting 2/9 – We Need You!

The Olympic Hills community has the opportunity to have a face to face conversation with Seattle Public Schools staff about the boundary issues for 2017 and we need you to be there! Please come to the school cafeteria on FEBRUARY 9 from 6:30 to 7:30PM to give your feedback. This meeting will give families an opportunity to voice their concerns and let the district office know that all of our students deserve the best learning environment. Please come!

For background information, data, and maps on this issue, check out this previous post. Have questions? Email us! olympichillspta@gmail.com or call the school at 206-252-4300. If you’re wondering how you can advocate for our kids, the BEST thing you can do right now is attend the February 9 meeting to show your support. THANK YOU!

 

Science Fridays

Did you know that every Friday lunchtime recess includes a fun weekly science experience? The goal is to show how fun science can be and to practice using the scientific process. So far we have checked out many areas of science including: chemistry, physics, weather, and physiology. Based on the crowds of kids, cheering, and amazing questions, it’s a pretty big hit.

To inspire your young scientists over vacation, we will be sending home a booklet of all the things we have studied so far.

We are always looking for new ideas so if you have an interesting idea, skill or job related to science let us know. We would love to include you in a future Science Friday. Contact Stephanie Frans at steffeff@gmail.com.

Safe and Active Transportation to Schools: Happy Hour and workshops for parent champions

Are you a parent or teacher with a passion for walking or biking? Are you looking for a launching pad for your ideas and resources to make them happen in your school community?  Join the Cascade Bicycle Club on Wednesday, January 13 near Magnuson Park for drinks and snacks and learn from experienced community leaders about what it takes to start a Bike to School program, and walking school bus, organize a community bike event (bike rodeo),  or how to start a student safety patrol.   Free and open to the public.
RSVP to Clarissa at clarissaa@cascade.org.

5-5:30 p.m.      Happy Hour/Networking
5:30 – 6 p.m.    Welcome/Resources for starting and sustaining programs
Concurrent sessions
6 – 7 p.m.         Starting a Bike/Walk to School Program—learn tips from experienced leaders about starting a program or a walking school bus or bike train
6 – 7 p.m.         Bike Rodeo Community Event—learn how to organize a community event and set up bike skills stations  (hands-on demo)
6 – 7 p.m.         School Crossing Guard training—learn how to serve this important safety role in your community or organize a student safety patrol (presented by Dan Coon from AAA Washington)

Reading Partners coming to Olympic Hills

Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that works to expand life opportunities for elementary school children by empowering them with strong literacy skills.  At Olympic Hills Elementary, Reading Partners has transformed a dedicated space within the school into a reading center. Reading Partners recruits and train community volunteers to tutor students one-on-one for 45 minutes each week using a structured, research-based curriculum.

The Reading Partners program is designed to work with elementary school students whose literacy skills are between 1 month to 2 and a half years below grade-level benchmarks.

Founded in 1999 in the San Francisco Bay Area by three retired teachers, Reading Partners is entering its second year of service in the Seattle area.

In its founding year they served 112 students at Beverly Park and Sanislo Elementary schools in partnership with 167 community volunteers. In the 2015-2016 school year, they have expanded service to 200 students, incorporating Highland Park and Olympic Hills Elementary schools to the programming.

In their founding year, 85 percent of students accelerated in reading and 67 percent were able to make absolute gains in closing their grade-level reading gaps. Teachers also noticed that almost all students in the program increased in their overall confidence.

Sixty percent of fourth graders in Washington State are not reading proficiently. By tutoring for as little as one hour each week, volunteers can make an incredible impact on the life of a child.

For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sigourney Gundy at sigourney.gundy@readingpartners.org or by phone at (206) 992-4484.

To sign-up today visit: http://readingpartners.org/volunteer/