• June 11, 2020

    Hello families!

    Before the end of the school year, here are a few updates from the school district and Olivia Park:

    • In-house registration will take place 6/15-6/19 at OP from 8:15-4:00. If you know a family who needs to register a child for school, we’d greatly appreciate your help in spreading this information!
    • Computer Return -Students who are leaving the Mukilteo School District should bring their computers to OP – Don’t forget the charger – on  6/15-6/19 from 8:15-4:00 at OP
    • Yearbooks will be mailed to families, so if you purchased one and have moved, please contact the office at (425) 366-3300.

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    June 1, 2020

    Hello families,

    Below is a message I posted to our Google Classroom this morning. There has been a lot going on in our community lately, between the pandemic and now the civil unrest being portrayed on the news. As I'm sure you know, these events quickly trickle down to the ears of our children, and they often feel curious, worried, anxious, or fearful about what they hear. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your family or 4th grader. There are numerous resources for having hard conversations with children I would be happy to share with you, should you want them.

    In solidarity,
    -- Ms. Jette

    Dear 4th graders,

    You may have been watching the news with your family, or have been hearing in some way about what's going on in our community and the rest of the country. I want to remind you that even from far away, I am available to listen any time you need someone to talk to. You can send me a private comment through an assignment to let me know you'd like to talk.

    There are many injustices still occurring today, just like the ones we learned of when we read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, and Malala Yousafzai. I want you to know that I stand in support of all who are fighting for equal rights and justice and I will always stand and fight--for you. I miss you all very much.

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    May 19, 2020

    A message from Olivia Park's Technology teacher and Librarian--

    Greetings! In person computer help is now available! Every Thursday in the Olivia Park library from 9am-12pm, you may come in to get help with any technology issues or needs. You may drop in at any time between 9 and 12. If you would like an interpreter, please send me an email at mcgoldenma@mukilteo.wednet.edu ahead of time so that I can arrange for that. Please bring your computer fully charged. If a different time is needed-earlier or later, please email me and we can arrange that. As always, if you just have a question, you may email me about that.

    Thank you, Mali McGolden and An Le

    And as always, please shoot me an email if you are in need of any support for your 4th grader!

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    May 8, 2020

    Thank you to the 4th graders who joined me this morning for our first class meeting through Zoom! We will have another meeting next week. Please look to your email for the invitation.

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    May 4, 2020

    This Friday, May 8th from 11AM to 1PM, our Technology teacher Ms. McGolden will be in the Olivia Park library to help deploy this last round of device checkouts and help families troubleshoot computers. If you haven't already communicated with me or Olivia Park that your 4th grader needs a device to access distance learning, please let me know immediately so I can add you to the list. If you were not able to pick up your student's supplies last week, you can stop by on Friday. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your 4th grader's access to distance learning and Google Classroom.

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    April 30, 2020

    Hello families,

    Every year around this time, I begin a supplemental reading unit on historical fiction incoporating different texts about the Holocaust. At this age in 4th grade, children have already been exposed to the idea of war, whether through the news, books, TV and movies, or conversations they take part in or overhear. Many have heard about World War II as a major historical event. Historical fiction is especially engaging to children at this age because of their natural curiosity about world events and their developing ideas about justice and fairness. 

    In the past, my 4th graders have spoken of the stories we read as part of this unit as their favorite books. They are enaging, beautifully told, and meant for children. However, they are about the Holocaust, which means they can be dark, terribly sad, and sometimes a little bit frightening. I have never had any 4th graders or their families share concerns about the subject matter nor the feelings they have while reading the stories, but it is important that you know what is in the stories so you can make informed decisions about what your 4th grader reads (or watches).

    Starting next week, I will be posting OPTIONAL read aloud videos of picture books and a chapter book that take place during the Holocaust and involve characters who witness their Jewish neighbors being taken by Nazi soldiers or characters who take part in resisting Nazi occupation. The stories help children gain an understanding of the Holocaust as a historical event as well as the fear and pain felt by the individuals and families victimized. But most importantly, many of the stories focus on the fact that people were willing and brave enough to help their friends and neighbors in need.

    I am including a list of the books, which are linked to Amazon so you can get a description of the text. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns I haven't addressed here; I'm happy to explain more about the stories or the benefits of this historical fiction reading unit.

    The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix (Nonfiction)

    Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust, by Eve Bunting

    The Butterfly, by Patricia Polacco

    Rose Blanche, by Roberto Innocenti

    Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

    I hope your 4th grader will be able to enjoy these stories, and that if you have time, you'll listen to them as well and engage in conversations with your student around them. I have found that the books are great conversation-starters and 4th graders have an amazing ability to talk about the ideas presented in them. :)

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    April 27, 2020

    Hello families,

    Thank you for your support and patience as we have launched distance learning through Google Classroom. Starting today, lesson videos and assignments in our Google Classroom will cover new and essential 4th grade content. It is important for your student's readiness for 5th grade (and beyond) that they log on daily, watch lesson videos, and engage with the learning materials assigned. 

    Tomorrow and Wednesday, families are able to pick up their students' belongings and school supplies. Please remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

    • Students with the last name ending in A-M pick up materials on April 28th from 10:00-3:00
    • Students with the last name ending in N-Z pick up materials on April 29th from 10:00-3:00
    • Families can have someone pick up their materials if they can’t make it.
    • We encourage families to come in a vehicle in order to keep an appropriate social distance but if that is not possible we will have a station for walk-ups.
    • We encourage students to return library books on April 28th or April 29th.
    • We will have Lost and Found materials out on tables in front of the school.

    I will be at Olivia Park tomorrow and Wednesday between 11:30-12:30 to wave to students as they are picking up their supplies. I hope to see you during that time, but even if I don't, I am thinking of our wonderful students and miss them very much! 

    Lastly, there is a new resource available on the Student Resources page: TumbleBooks, an animated, picture book library! There are numerous books, including chapter books, your student can read/listen to online for free. I encourage you to check it out!

    -- Ms. Jette

     

    April 20, 2020

    Happy Monday!

    This week on Google Classroom:

    • review math lesson, Monday-Thursday
    • writing activity, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

    Please also take note of the important information regarding school supply pick-up at Olivia Park. You will be able to pick up your 4th grader's belongings that are still at school as well as school supplies to use for distance learning.

    • Students with the last name ending in A-M pick up materials on April 28th from 10:00-3:00
    • Students with the last name ending in N-Z pick up materials on April 29th from 10:00-3:00
    • Families can have someone pick up their materials if they can’t make it.
    • We encourage families to come in a vehicle in order to keep an appropriate social distance but if that is not possible we will have a station for walk-ups.
    • We encourage students to return library books on April 28th or April 29th.
    • We will have Lost and Found materials out on tables in front of the school.

    And as always--email me if you have any questions or concerns! :)

    -- Ms. Jette