Category Archives: Volunteer

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!

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

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.

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/