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

New park in Lake City needs your input

Lake City neighbors and friends: Join Us! We need your input for the new park in Lake City.

To participate in a survey for the new park to be located at 12510 33rd Ave. NE please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeCityHUV.

lakecitypark

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!

JAMS STEAM fair

Celebrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) at JAMS! We welcome all incoming JAMS students and their families to join us for an evening of innovative exhibits from students, families and community. Launch a flying contraption into a wind tunnel, design and build a robot, extract strawberry DNA, test earthquakeproof structures, examine natural artifacts and participate in other interactive exhibits throughout the school. Speak to community STEAM professionals or hobbyists and see what our students have been creating. Exciting Student and Community Exhibits!

Jane Addams Middle School
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
JAMS Community Potluck & Setup at 6:00 pm
Exhibits from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Jane Addams Middle School STEAM flyer for feeder schools

Lake City Neighborhood Alliance advocates for Olympic Hills and Cedar Park students

On March 10 the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance membership voted overwhelmingly to advocate for our Lake City students by writing a letter to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Nyland and the Board of Directors. Please see the text of the letter below:

March 22, 2016
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland
Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors

Dear Dr. Nyland and Board Members, I am writing on behalf of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA), an alliance of organizations with the mission to protect and enhance the quality of life in the greater Lake City area. LCNA is comprised of 27 member groups representing neighborhood, business, faith, school, special-issue, and serviceprovider groups throughout Lake City. Like you, each member organization cares deeply about the education, safety, and well-being of all students in our community. At LCNA’s March 10th meeting, we held a discussion about some of the proposed changes in our neighborhood schools, especially the elementary schools. That discussion raised a number of concerns. Our membership voted overwhelmingly to advocate for the following issues:

1. CAPACITY MANAGEMENT. Adjust boundaries so that enrollment is consistent with building capacity, with a reasonable amount of space set aside to accommodate enrollment growth at all schools. The enrollment numbers that were presented to us implied overcrowding in one school and significant under-enrollment in another.

2. RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND SOCIOECONOMIC EQUITY. Adjust boundaries so that English Language Learners (ELL) and Free/Reduced Lunch (FRL)- qualified students are more evenly-distributed between multiple schools and not concentrated at Olympic Hills Elementary School (ES) and Cedar Park ES. There are two major boundary areas of concern: (a) The “slice” of the Little Brook neighborhood (with high numbers of ELL and FRL students), just west of Lake City Way NE to 30th Avenue NE and between NE 123rd Street and NE 145th Street, would be reassigned from Olympic Hills ES to Cedar Park ES. We strongly support that students in this “slice” continue attending Olympic Hills ES. (b) The southern boundary of the Cedar Park ES attendance area reassigns a significant population of students who qualify for ELL and FRL to Cedar Park ES. Of specific concern are the approximately 70 ELL students now assigned to John Rogers ES, but under the geo-split model, would be reassigned immediately to Cedar Park ES, resulting in the sudden loss of needed support staff at John Rogers ES. We urge you to readjust that boundary so that these students remain at John Rogers ES.

3. WALKABILITY AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL. The Cedar Park boundary should not cross major arterials, such as Lake City Way NE (State Route 522!) Page 2 and NE 125th Streets. The walk zone should be drawn at 35th Avenue NE and NE 125th Street.

4. STUDENT REASSIGNMENTS. Using the geo-split model is too disruptive for students. The rollup model has been used for the opening of all new Seattle attendance-area elementary schools since 2010. As part of the roll-up model, allow all elementary school age siblings to attend the same elementary school.

5. IMPROVEMENTS FOR CEDAR PARK ES. In its current state, the Cedar Park ES facility is substandard. Explore the possibility of using Cedar Park ES for something other than an attendance area school. Or, with additional funding, improve the facilities so that it could be a more functional neighborhood school in the future. Thank you for considering our concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Very sincerely,
Sandra Adams Motzer
Chair
sandymotzer@aol.com
206.819.8056

Lake City Future First Conversation on Seattle Public Schools

Lake City Future First is hosting a Community Conversation on Achieving Equity and Excellence in our Public Schools on April 6. The meeting will be at the Lake City Community Center from 5-7pm with free refreshments. Kids and families are encouraged to come! The topic will be Seattle Public Schools.

LCFF is working in collaboration with City Departments and the Mayor’s office to take part in the community conversation schedule that is happening around the city to inform the Mayor’s Education Summit taking place on April 30th.

We hope you can attend! Click here for more information

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