November 2021

November, 2021

Hello Families,

November is a time of giving thanks and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I want to express my gratitude to all of you.  Your support of our school makes a positive difference. Seeing so many of you at parent conferences and at the PTO “Fall Fun Fest” event was wonderful.  Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  We are dedicated to providing your children with a quality education in a caring environment. 

I also want to give thanks to our veterans.  Your service is appreciated!  Our staff has been sharing information about Veterans Day with students this week with music, picture books and presentations. Please note, Veterans Day is a federal holiday; there is no school on Thursday, November 11th.  

We continue to be committed to following COVID guidelines.   Updated information, regarding COVID 19, can be found on the  Frequently Asked Questions webpage  on the OSD website. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me to share your questions, concerns or ideas. 

Sincerely,
Principal Hauschka

Volunteers
We are in the planning stages of bringing volunteers back into the building on a limited basis. 

Volunteer Guidelines:
-Complete the Volunteer Application on the district website.
-Provide proof of vaccination when entering the building.
-Follow COVID 19 protocols while in the building.
-Complete a Volunteer Survey.
-Review this Volunteer Information Packet.  
-Understand that the volunteer opportunities available may not be in your child’s classroom. 

The plan is to match interested volunteers (who have followed the guidelines above) with volunteer opportunities within the next two weeks. 

Art Update
You are invited to  Come and see “Living in the Light” - a fantastical community of animals in a winter wonderland. Students from LP Brown, the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, NOVA, and several community artists are transforming the storefront windows of the Goldberg Building, on the corner of 4th and Capitol in downtown Olympia. The installation is being created with support from the Olympia Artspace Alliance as part of their Art in Olympia Storefronts initiative to  create a series of  art installations in vacant storefront windows. “Living in the Light” will open Saturday, December 4th and will be up through January. Thank you to our art teacher, Divina Clark for leading this project at LP Brown. 

Instructional Coach
As part of our recovery plan, the Olympia School District is placing Instructional Coaches at each elementary school in the district.  The Instructional Coach at LP Brown is Carolyn Balderston.  

Carolyn has been a teacher in the Olympia School District since 2010 and taught here at LP Brown from 2010- 2013.  She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Washington, Tacoma.  She has taught grades PreK-5th in both general education and special education settings.  Carolyn’s depth of knowledge across various grades and ability levels will greatly benefit the educators she is coaching. 

Roles of  Instructional Coaches include:

-Model, co-plan, co-teach, reflect/debrief  lessons with teachers
-Provide professional development to enhance teacher content area learning and best teaching practices
-Mentor and coach teachers in best practices pedagogy in alignment with Danielson’s instructional framework.
-Mentor teachers who are new to the profession as part of the teacher induction program (BEST grant)

We are excited to have Carolyn on our staff. 

Extra Clothing
It is helpful for our students in the primary grades, to have a change of clothes for accidents or rainy days.  If you have not yet sent in an extra set please consider doing so this month.


Panorama Family and Student Surveys
Our district is participating in the Panorama survey this month.  Students in grades 3-5 will take two brief  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) surveys (approximately 15 minutes in length) on November 17th.  These surveys consist of questions  on SEL Competencies and SEL Supports.  Parents will also have the opportunity to complete surveys. We want to hear from you and we value your input. Baseline survey data from students and parents will be used to measure growth in the Spring, when students and parents will be asked to take the survey again.  The Panorama Survey results will inform decisions across the district and in our building.  
 
For more information, please visit the letter that the district sent home to families. 
 
Library News
My name is Brandi Appelgate and it is my absolute joy to be the Teacher-Librarian at LP Brown. Your students have gotten off to a fabulous start in the library this year! K-3 students are enjoying award-nominated books each week in order to vote for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award later this year. Fourth and Fifth-grade students have been learning library, research, and digital citizenship skills while being introduced to last year’s award-winning books. 

Our book checkouts are high, and students have been extremely responsible about returning their books. Thank you for providing a safe place for students to keep their books and reminding them to bring their books back each week. 

I would also like to thank everyone who was able to participate in our online Scholastic Bookfair. Families purchased over $2200 in books- earning about $550 for our school library! I hope your families enjoy the books you purchased for your home library. I look forward to adding more high-quality, high-interest books to our school collection!

Have you gotten an overdue notice? Each month an automated overdue/fines notice will be emailed to families if your student has books that have been overdue for more than 30 days. Many students still have textbooks from last year checked out to them. These would be books that have “Wonders,” “History Alive,” “Washington State History,” or “TCI” on the cover. (We do not need to have student workbooks returned- no “Your Turn” or “Bridges” workbooks that can be written in.) If your student has lost a book and you need to report that it is lost, please send me an email @ bappelgate@osd.wednet.edu. I will mark the book as lost. Then, you can pay the lost book fine on Skyward, through Intouch payment, online OR you can send money to the office. I am unable to collect money/fines in the library. Students with outstanding fines/loans from last year are still able to check books out this year.

Thank you again for supporting your child’s love of reading and responsible library patronage! If you have any questions or feedback, please contact me at bappelgate@osd.wednet.edu or 360.596.6802.

Holiday Giving
LP Brown has a tradition of hosting a holiday outreach program to help families in need by providing holiday gifts to students. If you anticipate your family needing support this holiday season and would like your family to be considered for the program, please complete the information on this form. The form must be completed no later than Tuesday, November 23rd
Additionally, if you would like to help an LP Brown family by providing gifts to students, you can sign up on the second part of the Google form. 

Lost and Found
Is your child missing an article of clothing?  If so, please remind them to check the Lost and Found racks in the gym. Any items not claimed by December 18th will be donated to charity. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 11th - Veterans Day (No School)
November 24th-26th - Thanksgiving Break (No School)
December 20th-31st -Winter Break (No School)

Link to District Calendar
 
November PTO Notes:
Dear LP Brown Community~

Happy November! I can’t believe how fast this school year is going!! Here are some PTO reminders for the month: 

Thank you to those of you that participated in Fall Fest!! It was a well attended event and so nice to have the community together again!! 

State Employees: We are an approved charity with the Washington Combined Fund Drive (CFD)!  The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is Washington State’s workplace giving program for active and retired public employees. State and higher education employees are invited to give to our PTO and other charities through payroll contributions and agency fundraising events.  

Ways to Give...A state employee can safely and easily give through the CFDs online system, or with a paper contribution form in any of the following ways:
Monthly Contribution: A recurring amount will be taken out of each paycheck until the employee chooses to stop.
One-time contribution: A single donation is collected and distributed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Limited Time contribution: Donations will be taken out of each paycheck for a set amount of time as defined by the employee.
Personal check
Upcoming PTO Dates:
November 16, 6pm: PTO General meeting on Zoom. Link will be sent out closer to the meeting. We hope you can attend, we have a lot on the agenda including “bullying prevention” and “planting coastal redwoods”. 
March 10, 2021: Save the date for our first LPB Panera Day! More info to follow. 

Remember to find us on FB, Instagram, or email at l.p.brownelementarypto@gmail.com  And help support PTO via “Amazon Smile” or “BoxTops”

Wishing you all the very best and glad to have you as a part of our LP Brown community! 

~Brenda Burns 
PTO President