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April 13, 2018

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PTA is hosting The First Annual Silent Auction is tomorrow April 14th! We will party at the Abigail Stuart House downtown with dinner, music and lots of fun bidding. At this time there are six tickets left and they can be purchased at ptaorlaauction.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $25.00 and include a BBQ Buffet and dessert. The event is 21+.  We could also use some help!  Sign up to volunteer before or during this event:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0848aca62fa2f85-ptaauction

For more information check facebook @ORLAPTA

If you are not returning for the 2018-19 school year please contact Krista Johnson at  kajohnson@osd.wednet.edu as soon as possible.

Fresh off the tremendous success of our March Movie Night featuring 'Wonder', your PTA will show the Academy Award Winning movie 'Coco' on April 13 at 6:00 pm in ORLA Commons. Doors open at 5:30.  Come for the free movie and purchase some Mexican-inspired cuisine for dinner.

Science fair will be held April 26thApplications are due April 16th and can be completed online by using the ORLA Science Fair Registration link.

Has your family moved? Or have you changed phone numbers? Please stop by the office and update your information.

Attention: Vaccination Requirements for Sixth Graders (Outgoing 5th Graders)

Washington State Department of Health requires all children entering sixth grade or who are 11 years old to

show proof of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis) and Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccinations. If your child has

a check-up this spring, see if you need these vaccinations. Call the office or send a note with the date so that we

can update your child’s health record

Community Art Grant Project! Bee sure to have you and your child are submitting artwork for the beautiful structure that will be built outside! Visit the hive at the base of the stairs in ORLA’s lobby to get the necessary paperwork and submit finished art.

PBIS Update: Huge shout out to the following parents: Cheree, Molly, Christy, Chantelle, Rebecka & Chandra. Thank you so much for counting and sorting all of the ORCA cards! We appreciate you!

We have collected 1552 ORCA Cards already!!!! 595 of them are for arriving on time to Class! Great job ORLA!

We only need 448 more until our next ORLA way celebration!

One of the ORCA’s was earned by Charles in Montessori for showing ownership for his schoolwork! Thank you Charles. Another ORLA way accomplishment (25 cards) was earned by Mrs. Chanda’s entire class for be prepared and ready to work at 9:00. Thank you Mrs. Chanda’s class!


Attention all seniors: Your High school and beyond plans need to be completed by May 15thPlease schedule your appointment with Kristy Grinnell ASAP. kgrinnell@osd.wednet.edu

Graduation will be on June 6th  at Indian Summer Resort. Please contact Cheryl for tickets, announcements and cap and gown information. Please send your pictures to Tricia Coon at pcoon@osd.wednet.edu by May 11, 20018 for a slide show of graduates.

hConnect & iConnect

Arena Scheduling is now closed for the remainder of the school year. If you need to drop a class please stop by the office and we can assist you.

Attendance is a requirement. If your student is absent please call the office and let us know. There is a 24 hour message line 360-596-7730.

Discipline Referral Forms - ORLA uses the Olympia School District Discipline Referral Form that follows the district’s progressive discipline model. Because multiple complaints come into the office every day from children, parents, visitors, & staff regarding inappropriate behavior and unsupervised children in the hallways & Commons and reminders continue to be ignored, we have advised staff to use this form.

Are you new to ORLA?   Do you have questions about our programs, resources, or classes?  Or, perhaps you are an experienced family who would love to consult about homeschooling curriculum, scope and sequence of materials, or grade level expectations? Laura Herman is available for you!  Laura has been a teacher for 25 years. She has been on our ORLA staff for 7 years and has taught in the hConnect program, as well as MAST. On Wednesdays, she serves as a Parent Consultant who is happy to meet with families, find answers to questions you may have, help you navigate the world of Skyward/Schoology, and serve as a support in your use of our parent partnership program. Feel free to contact her at : lherman@osd.wednet.edu to schedule an appointment.  She looks forward to hearing from you!

We are working as hard as we can to consolidate information so we can accurately plan next year’s classes & schedule. At this time, we do not expect to have a schedule ready until late June and registration will occur in August.


Upcoming Field Learning:

4/27/18 Glacial Heritage - Need 2 more OSD approved volunteers to chaperone

5/4/18 Mima Mounds - Need 2 more OSD approved volunteers to chaperone

5/11/18 A-PRAIRATION Day!!! Onsite

5/18/18 MAST Shellfish Garden - Need 3 OSD approved volunteers to chaperone

5/25/18 Rainbow Falls - Need 1 OSD approved volunteer to chaperone

6/1/18 Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - Chaperones covered. Thank you!

6/8/18 Deschutes Falls County Park - Need 3 OSD approved volunteers to chaperone

6/18-6/20 End of year camp - Lake Wenatchee - Need 2 more chaperones. See Ms. Champion.


Mark your Calendars for Fifth Grade Outdoor School

Our fifth grade students will be attending Outdoor School at the Cispus Environmental Center in Randle,

Washington, May 9th, 10th & 11th. This will be a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday trip. The Center has been

developed specifically for students’ environmental studies and has excellent facilities for both study and

research. Cost is $150.00 per student. If you need to make payments or need financial assistance, please

contact Cheryl in the office to set up a plan. Also, if your student needs to take a prescription or over-the-

counter medicine, the medicine and doctors permission form need to be at school by Wednesday, April 25th

Volunteer Opportunities

Attending and volunteering at any PTA event counts towards your Parent Partnership hours in hConnect!

Science Fair!!! Contact the Steve Young's or the ORLA PTA to find out how you can support this popular event.

Fresh off the tremendous success of our March Movie Night featuring 'Wonder', your PTA will show the Academy Award Winning movie 'Coco' on April 13.  Come for the free movie and purchase some Mexican-inspired cuisine for dinner.

Upcoming Dates

April -

13th: PTA Family Movie Night featuring ‘Coco’

14th: 1st Annual PTA Spring Auction @ Abigail Stuart House - All ORLA
17th: Scott Cossu Pianist Assembly 9:30 am

19th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm

26th Eric Ode Singer, Poet & Writer assembly 9:30-10:30 am

26th: Science Fair   2pm -6pm

May -

4th: 30 Reasons not to be in a play performance 7 - 9 pm

5th : 30 Reasons not to be in a play performance 7 - 9 pm

9th - 11th Camp Cispus for 5th grade Montessori Students

11th PTA Movie Night Featuring ‘The Greatest Showman’

21st-25th: ORLA Spirit Week

28th: No School

Save the Date:

April 20: Montessori Singers Night

Children’s House & Upper Elementary @ 4:00 pm

Lower Elementary @ 6:00 pm

Woof! The Musical - hConnect

5/22 @ 4:00 pm

5/24 @ 6:00 pm

Arts Alive Performances - hConnect

6/7 and 6/8 at 7:00 pm

6/9 @ 2:00 pm

Spring Arts Night @ 5:00 pm - hConnect

Performance Presentations

6/11 7 pm - 9 pm

hConnect Support Workshops
Building Connections  Sharing Information  Empowering Families

Come Spend Time with Cassy & Laura
ORLA is offering a series of workshops that will focus on building connections and sharing information related to homeschooling.  
We will also talk about what ORLA has to offer to homeschooling families in the way of support and materials. Guest Panelists will include experienced homeschooling parents, as well as community resource experts. Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-11 in the CRC. Both new & experienced homeschooling parents are invited! Please sign-up in the front office if you are planning to attend.

April 18 - Building a Homeschooling Philosophy
April 25 - Homeschooling - planning, portfolios, high school
May 9  - Guest Panel - Curriculum Ideas & Examples
May 16 - Guest Speaker - How to Use TRL as a Resource
May 23 - Guest Panel - Homeschooling with Exceptional Needs
May 30 - Guest Speaker - The Practice of Self Care


The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.  The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures: Jeff Carpenter, Title IX Officer, (360) 596-8544; Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, (360) 596-7542; Steve Rood, Director of Career and Technical Education, (360) 596-6109; and Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, (360) 596-6193. All four individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.