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  http://olympichillspta.org 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 olympichillspta@gmail.com 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 olympichillspta@gmail.com 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

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.

A big pancake thank you

Thank you to those of you who joined us for the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. We raised  $1,438 for the PTA! A big thank you to the Lake City Lions Club for hosting and in particular to Chuck Dickey who organized it and the folks who cooked and served all of the delicious food. Thanks too to our wonderful teachers and volunteers who helped out on the day and to Bronwen Houck and Maggie Cheung for displaying student work from the after school Coloring and Art Clubs, and Michael Holland and the Olympic Hills Choir for their wonderful music and singing! 

It’s pancake breakfast time!

Join us this weekend for pancakes, eggs, and turkey sausage (GF pancakes available!) as we celebrate the end of a great year and raise money for the next. We’ll enjoy a performance from the school choir as well as check out what the after school photography, art, and color clubs have been up to!

This event is sponsored entirely by the Lake City Lions Club and all proceeds go to Olympic Hills. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for kids, or $20 for a family of two adults and two or more kids. Tickets are available at the door.

Bring your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, even your soccer team for great food and fun!

Principal evaluation survey for current OH parents

Interviews are getting underway for the OH principal position this Saturday, March 18. The PTA Board would like to provide the hiring team with parent feedback about our interim principal, Stacy Crum. Please fill out this PARENTS ONLY principal evaluation survey by this Thursday evening, March 16.

Know a parent who doesn’t check FB and isn’t a member of the PTA? Direct them to this link!



JAMS looking for PTSA leaders and volunteers!

Current and Future Jane Addams Middle School Families: Now is the Time to Nominate Next Year’s PTSA Leaders (2017-18)!

The Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) PTSA invites families to join our board.  Anyone can join the board, and the more diversity the better! Nominate yourself or a friend for one of the following key leadership positions.

There are also openings for other positions including Traffic & Transportation Chair(s), Volunteer Coordinator(s), Assistant Treasurer, Communications, Fundraising and PTSA Membership.

The Nominating Committee is seeking volunteers for all positions for next year’s leadership! Get involved! This is an amazing opportunity to work closely with Principal Montgomery and her amazing staff! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about ways to be part of the team!  Thanks for your participation! NCJAMSPTSA@gmail.com.


Nominating Committee Call for Volunteers17.18

Cedar Park meeting summary, but no update yet

We are still waiting on updates or community meeting dates for Cedar Park. In the meantime you can get up to speed with this district summary of the 12/15 “What Kind Of Option School Should We Be” meeting, with a link to the data collected. Most families prefer to open Cedar Park in 2017 with a defined focus.

As always, send your feedback to olympichillspta@gmail.com