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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!

PTA Meeting Tuesday, October 20th

PTA Meeting Tuesday, October 20th in the OHE at Cedar Park cafeteria.

We will have a potluck dinner beginning at 6:00pm (bring a dish to share), and the PTA meeting will occur between 6:30-7:30pm.

Come learn about how school boundaries are being changed for the 2017-18 school year and how it could affect our students. This is also a great opportunity to meet other OHE families and ask any questions you may have about the PTA or our school.

Free childcare is provided.

Bell Times, they are a changin’

Seattle Public School bell times (School start times) are changing as of 2016-2017 school year. The district has published their draft schedule in order to align high school and middle school start times with overwhelming evidence that show adolescents do better in school when their school day starts later.

As a result of this change, elementary schools have been split into two times: one earlier than the high schools: Tier one (8am start) and one later: Tier Three (9:40am start) The argument made by the school district in favor of the three different times, is that fewer buses and drivers are needed which therefore saves the district money (about 8 million dollars is the district’s estimate, though that budget has not been made publicly available)

Olympic Hills has been slated to start at 9:40 starting in 2016-2017. At our open house, the PTA was able to distribute and collect surveys where families can indicate whether they are in favor of this change or prefer the earlier time, but if you haven’t filled out the survey, you can either take one from the PTA bulletin board across the hallway from the main office or download the “Letter to families of elementary students” in your preferred language here: Bell Times survey print it and fill it out and return to the front office or with your child no later than Friday morning October 16.

The form is not completely clear, so to clarify:

If you prefer the 9:40 start time, put your X next to “I support the 2016-2017 bell times as proposed in the recommendation”

If you prefer the 8:00 start time, put your X next to “I would prefer the other option”

Feel free to include comments, and please print: Everything noted will be included in the data our PTA reports to the school district.

At community forums and blogs, various groups and individuals have raised concerns about the 3 tiered bell start times (particularly the later start time of 9:40) and some are currently advocating for a two tiered start time; which means that all elementary schools would start at the same time. Others have expressed the desire to keep their current start times. It is not clear whether the two tiered start time or keeping current 2015-2016 start times will be considered, but please note in the comments if either is your preference.


Open House on Thursday

Open House on Thursday

Oct 8 6:00pm -7:30pm

Open House & Free Pizza Dinner!
Title I provides dinner and interpreters. Bring the entire family.

Learn about your child’s curriculum and how you can be involved in your child’s education.

You will also get to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences taking place in November. For your convenience, please ask to schedule all of your Olympic Hills children on the same day.

Invitation to attend the opening of Cedar Park School

Location: Cedar Park School, 3737 NE 135th Street
Date: September 8th, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Dear Cedar Park Community:

You are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Cedar Park School on Tuesday, September 8th at 10:30 a.m. to mark the opening of the remodeled building.

Cedar Park School will be the home to the students and staff of the Olympic Hills Elementary School program until their new building is ready in September 2017.

Entrances will be open on NE 135th and 39th Avenue NE sides of the building. The event will take place in the commons/lunchroom. You are also invited to tour the newly renovated building after the ceremony. We hope you will be able to attend!


Seattle Public Schools Capital Projects Team

Final General Membership Meeting, Thursday June 11

All families and staff are invited to attend our final PTA meeting of this school year on:

  • Thursday, June 11, 6:00PM-7:30PM.

This month we will have a shortened business meeting to wrap up the year, officer elections with nominations taken from the floor, Award presentation,  and time to socialize.

Potluck dinner begins at 6. Please bring a side dish or main dish to share. Dessert provided by OHE PTA.

Business meeting starts promptly at 6:30. Childcare is provided and a Spanish language interpreter is also available. Check out the website for more information about our PTA:

April 2nd, General PTA meeting: SBAC testing and Officer Elections

Join us tonight, April 2, for our General PTA meeting. OHE Cafeteria

On the agenda:

  • Officer Elections for 2015-2016
  • SBAC information presented by our Math Specialist Katy Pence
  • discussion about future PTA sponsored events
  • recap of past events.

As always, all Olympic Hills families and staff are invited to attend.

6:00 potluck: bring main dish or side dish to share.

6:30 meeting: Childcare provided and Spanish interpreter available.


We hope to see you tonight!