Dear Olympic Families,

I am pleased to report we are off to a great start to the school year!  Thank you for all your support in helping your student(s) be at school, on-time and ready to learn.  We have already met our attendance goal of 10 or fewer absences twice in September and our on-time goal of 10 or fewer tardies, once.  The whole school earns an extra recess when we meet our attendance goal and I will wear a purple wig when every students reach our on-time goal.  These incentives will continue to be awarded each time our goals our met throughout the rest of the school year.

Parent/Student Handbook
Our handbook provides students and their parents with important information about our school.  It came home with your child on the first day of school.  We ask that all parents read through the handbook to be familiar with our policies and practices at Olympic.  Please sign the top page and have your child do the same before he/she returns it to the classroom teacher. We hoped to have sign-off sheets back by the end of September.  It’s not too late to sign the form and send it back with your child.  Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

Wednesday Early Release
One of the ways we are working hard to help all our students reach their potential is by allowing teachers to meet together, weekly, to look at how students are progressing and make plans for meeting all students learning needs.  This weekly meeting happens from 2:30 – 3:30 on every Wednesday (except the first and last days of the school year).  So, we dismiss students at 2:00 on Wednesdays.

We have an OWLstanding PTO at Olympic and their first Meet and Greet of the year was held on Thursday, September 5th.  The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 3rd at 5:30 p.m.  All meetings are held in our library with dinner and childcare provided at no cost to families.  The time of the meetings will alternative between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to accommodate for the schedules of our families.  We welcome more parents to get involved with fundraising, family nights, helping in the classroom and more for the 2019-20 school year. Flyers will be going home each month to announce the date and times of PTO meetings.  They are also listed in the Longview School District calendar.

Explorer’s Club
Youth and Family Link provides an after school program called, Explorer’s Club, at Olympic that runs from 3:00 – 5:30 Monday through Thursday (Wednesdays  2:00 – 5:30).  Registration forms are in the main office and space is limited to 30 children.  So, you will want to fill out and return a form as soon as possible, if you are interested in your child(ren) attending this program.

Family Partnerships
At Olympic, we believe that students succeed when families and teachers work together and communicate.  Please call, e-mail, message on Classroom Dojo or write letters to your child’s teacher whenever you have questions and/or concerns.  This clears up issues quickly and effectively.

If you have questions about our school, have ideas for improvements, or would like to be involved in some way, please call me at 575-7084.


Mike Mendenhall
Principal, Olympic Elementary School