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.


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!

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!

Time to talk safety at Cedar Park

SDOT is hosting a an open house about safe routes to Cedar Park. The meeting is Thursday, October 20 (THAT’S TOMORROW!) from 6-8pm at Lake City Presbyterian Church 2841 NE 123rd. Everyone is welcome to share opinions about how to make it safer and easier to walk and bike in the Cedar Park neighborhood.


Click here to learn more at the SDOT website.

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 http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/SafeRoutesCedarPark.htm

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

     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   steffeff@gmail.com    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 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).