First graders in Mrs. Gray’s class beat the teacher! AGAIN!! We are playing “beat the teacher” each day on our class. The first graders earn points by staying on task, following directions the first time, being kind friends, etc. Miss Shindollar and Mrs. Gray can earn points if they have to give directions repeatedly, the class struggles to get quiet or transition. So far, they have the best record! Today they earned an afternoon dance party!
Mrs. Gray’s first graders are loving getting to work with our student teacher from ISU, Miss Shindollar! Today, Miss S. And the gang worked on an opinion readers response. They wrote letters to the crayons of “The Day the Crayons Quit” and have them reasons why they should or shouldn’t quit. After writing, some of our firsties got on stage and shared their work! Well done everyone!!
First graders in Mrs. Gray’s class have a strong sight word game! Students practice their individual lists each day and are tested weekly to show what they have mastered! Students receive a red certificate when they have mastered all 164 1st grade sight words! They receive a purple certificate when they master the bonus list of 160 MORE words! Great job to all of our firsties as they master their lists. We can’t wait to hand out more certificates!
On Friday, Mrs. Gray wrapped up the week with a couple of polar bear explorations! We read the book “Ice Bear” and spent the week adding to our schema. On Friday, first graders participated in a stem challenge to create a polar bear den using jumbo and mini marshmallows with toothpicks. They also got to experience how a polar bear’s fat protects them from cold. They put their hands in a bowl of ice water. After, they put their hands in a bag of crisco to simulate the bear’s layers of fat. The students were impressed that they could no longer feel the cold water!
Olympia West Elem School, 302 N School St, Minier, is open as a warming center. If your power is out and you need a warm, safe place and some food, you are welcome to come.
Tonight’s boys basketball game has been rescheduled to Monday, February 4th, including the mini-cheer participation portion.
Due to weather conditions, all Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal Monday, January 28, 2019.
Due to cold temperatures all Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal Friday, Jan. 25.
Due to the possibility of icy roadways, Olympia schools will dismiss early Wed., Jan. 23. OHS and OMS dismiss at noon; elementary schools dismiss at 12:30. All programs and activities are cancelled the rest of the day.
Due to hazardous conditions, all Olympia Schools are closed Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Due to weather conditions, Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Due to visibility and road conditions, all Olympia schools will start one hour later then normal Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
The mini cheer clinic that was scheduled for Saturday Jan. 12th has been postponed to Sunday Jan. 13th from 12 pm to 3 pm in the high school.
All the little elves at Oly South will start counting down to winter break with gifts of kindness. Beginning Monday, we will reveal one gift of kindness each day and encourage our students to share their most priceless gifts with our school! #OlySpartanPride
All Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal today, Monday, November 26, 2018.
Remember, no costumes at Olympia South tomorrow! #OlySpartanPride
Tomorrow is Career Day at South! Don’t forget to dress up as what you want to be when you grow up! #OlySpartanPride
Firsties at South began last week reading “Bat Loves the Night” by author, Nicola Davies. This book led the students on a mission to learn about why a bat is not a bird, different types of bats, parts of a bat and more! The week finished with the first official BAT DAY!! Students spent the day in a bat cave with lights off, flashlights, glow sticks, and even a bat roost. Students worked on art, informative writing, comparing bats and birds, and a whole grade level activity to understand echolocation. The kids had a blast and were able to share what they had learned all week!
Telephones are currently down at Olympia South. If you need to reach the school, please call the District office at 309-379-6011. You can speak to someone and have your call transferred or you can dial 2020 when prompted. Sorry for the inconvenience!
First graders are building a strong classroom community with their morning meetings each day. To begin with, the class reads a message from Mrs. Gray. Students then greet each other in unique ways each day. Then, students are selected to think deep and answer the question of the day. Our meeting concludes each day with an activity that encourages the whole group to work together as a team. It is so fun to watch them grow as a community and become closer each day!
Oly South Picture Day-TOMORROW! Thursday, September 6th. Ordering information will be sent home after pictures are taken!
1st graders are excited for a magical year! On Thursday, they received a special delivery of magic play dough, and today they made magic bracelets! While we took time to make predictions of what would happen and talked about why our bracelets changed colors when we walked outside and glowed in the dark when we came inside, our favorite answer and the most logical answer came from a special first grader who said she thought the magic was brought on by our love and care! First graders at South are in for a magical year of learning and leading! #Olyspartanpride
The 18-19 school year is approaching quickly! If you have not completed online registration for your student through Family Access, please do that today! It’s important for our planning purposes to have all of our kiddos registered! #OlySpartanPride
Make sure to register your student for the 18-19 school year! ALL students have to be registered online through Skyward Family Access. Directions can be found on our website at www.olympia.org
Second graders enjoying a sing-along on their last music day of the year! #olyspartanpride
The first day of PARCC testing is going very well! So proud of how hard the kids are working! #OlySpartanPride
Reminder-Kindergarten Round Up/Pre-Registration for next year’s incoming Kindergarten students is THIS Thursday from 5-6:30 at Olympia South. You do not need to attend the full time. 2 sessions will occur: one at 5 and one at 5:45. Please call 217-648-2302 with questions or to RSVP if you have not done so already.
PARCC Spirit Week April 3-6!!