Five Tips to Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives (1) Create screen-free times and zones. (2) Try parental controls. (3) Establish clear family rules. (4) Watch and play together. (5) Help kids identify healthy behaviors. Read more @ http://bit.ly/OlyMBTipsE
How Much Screen Time? “...the reality is that there really is no magic number that's "just right." What's more important is the quality of kids' media, how it fits into your family's lifestyle, and how you engage your kids with it.” Read more @ http://bit.ly/OlyScreenTime
Are you looking for a conversation starter with your family around media balance & well-being? This Family Media Agreement is a great way to chat about family media habits. Check it out today! http://bit.ly/OlyAgree
September OlyDigCit Focus: Media Balance & Well Being. "We live in a world overflowing with digital media and technology. All of us -- adults and kids -- have constant access to real-time information from around the globe. But do the benefits of being ever-connected also come with risks to our mental health? It's an important question to ask -- especially for our kids." Read more about Media Balance & Well-Being! https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/topic/media-balance-and-well-being
Today was the Pre-K promotion. Those who completed one year and those moving on to Pre-K received their special awards and celebrated with parents. Thank you to all those who made this day possible and helping out. (Mrs. Lindsey, Mrs. Lang, Mrs. Bertram, Mrs. Brammeier, Mrs. Rummerfield and Candice Logsdon for our cool Oscar man) Big thank you to all the parents who came for their child, and Pre-K for working so hard!
Huge thank you to Mrs. Lang for letting us use the Learning Center all week. Pre-K finished out their camping trip with a partner I Spy game. They took turns finding the camping pictures we've talked about, counted them, and wrote the number while taking turns with a partner. Lastly, we worked with our teams and went on a scavenger hunt finding certain items that were long, rough, bumpy, smooth, heavy, tiny, and more! This was a good test of listening skills. Good work, campers!
Today, Pre-K used the camping words and pictures they have been learning about to play and match in a game of BINGO. Then, during snack they ate smores cereal, were read stories, and used their imagination to come up with a story on their own. We had a close call with a bear at the end of story time, but luckily made it back to our classroom as a whole class!
Pre-K has been exploring the wilderness as they enjoy their camping unit. Monday was a relay of review, as each team raced to visit each tent and complete the review skills task. They not only had to use their prior knowledge of skills to complete each activity, but they had to "hike" from tent to tent using their gross motor skills to get there. They climbed over hills, and crawled under fallen trees, balanced on rocks along streams, and crawled through a fallen tree log. The week is full of more camping fun and using our imagination to learn!
Pre-K took a pretend trip to the zoo while participating in their zoo stations this week. They used their alphabet/literacy skills to put zoo animals in alpha order, or play a memory game with their partner, sorted zoo animals from farm animals, and then graphed how many for each animal, went on a zoo animal scavenger hunt and either wrote the first letter or whole animal name, and lastly, some worked on beginning letter sounds for zoo animals.
Music & PE collaboration
PreK modeled great perseverance and patience when creating their astronaut helmets. To celebrate, we used our imaginations to count backwards and blast off into space. They were able to see and review everything we learned about, the stars, sun, moon, and planets. Thank you to Mrs. Schultz for the special rocket ship bomb pops for snack! It was the perfect treat!
PreK used their fine motor skills, taking turns/working with a partner, following directions, number sequencing, and puzzle skills to learn all about the planets in the solar system. They also worked very hard to finish their astronaut helmets in preparation for our space trip Thursday. They were introduced to counting backwards and will review during our take off.
Week one of Outer Space in PreK involved learning about the Sun, stars/star constellations, and the moon. They used their fine motor skills, working together, and literacy and math skills to perform their stations this week. This week we are preparing for blast off as we learn all about the planets and solar system.
Pre-K learned about different kinds of weather this week. They participated in an active find the weather, do the action game. Reviewed counting and taking turns in a weather board game (some also practiced graphing). Then, practiced quantifying "raindrop links" to match the number on the raincloud. Ask them to name a form of precipitation, our big word of the week.
Pre-K became some dinosaur eXperts this week. They learned about some new words such as eXtinct and paleontologist, as well as some pretty tough dinosaur names. They used fine motor skills to build a dinosaur out of shapes, their counting and number recognition to sequence and quantify dinosaurs, and went on a dinosaur hunt to find our letter Xx. If you're looking for a conversation starter-just ask them about dinosaurs!
The last two days of Pre-K's Spirit Week. Thankful Thursday, where the students dressed like someone or something they are thankful for and shared why with the class. Lastly, we all wore green in honor of St. Patrick's day and raced to match the numbers, count, and fill the pots of gold with the right amount of coins before the other team did.
Pre-k has been working on listening to their letter sounds with their Spirit week theme days.So far, (M) Mustache Monday, (T) Tie-dye Tuesday, and (W) Wacky Wednesday. Cutting, writing their names, voting, and more or less were practiced in Monday through Wednesday's activities, too. More to come...stay tuned!
PreK talked about how practice makes perfect-not only in sports! They reviewed letters and letter sounds with ping pong basketball, shot til they scored to find the number they needed in their sequencing game, and reviewed rhyming with puzzles. They also learned the difference between telling something and asking a question. A combination of fine motor, large motor and learning through play= a win in Pre-K!
Pre-K had so much fun practicing their rhymes this week with all the Dr. Seuss themed days. They voted on whether they thought they would like green eggs and ham. The students were very pleased with the surprise of there being no actual green eggs and ham. They enjoyed the vanilla pudding and wafers with delight. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!!!
The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at Olympia West. Today students enjoyed a preview day. The book fair will be open from 8:00-2:25 Monday-Thursday as well as during parent-teacher conferences March 4 & 5. This is a great time to build your child’s library.
Family Fun Night tickets are available at Minier FS, Minier IGA and Hopedale Casey's. They are 4/$1, get yours today and join in the fun Saturday night! Doors open at 4:00pm, everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
Family Fun Night is this Saturday night! Doors open at 4:00pm. Stop by for fun, games, food and some great auction items. Silent and bag auction begins at 4:00pm, live auction begins at 6:30pm.
Olympia West's Family Fun Night is one week away! Doors will open at 4:00pm, live auction begins at 6:30pm.
Pre-k celebrated Valentine's day with some fun Valentine stations. They sorted by color, made letters, counted, and created patterns, all using candy hearts. They strengthened their fine motor skills by using clothespins to pinch and match upper case to lower case, and numbers. They enjoyed a special snack, crafts, and entertaining games as well. BIG thank you to all the parents who made this possible!!!
Thank you so much to Mrs. Nehls and her hardworking students. The books they made for the PreK class were a fun read for everyone. It was obvious the time and effort each student took to create the characters the PreK class portrayed to them. I enjoyed watching the littles interact with the bigs while they read the books and had their snack. Thanks, again, for such a fun collaboration!
Family Fun Night tickets are on sale! In Minier at IGA and FS and in Hopedale at Casey’s. We hope to see everyone on February 23!
Pre-K had a fun and fit week learning about the letter H for Health week. We learned about healthy foods and the food groups by sorting them, we practiced counting and recognizing our numbers in our roll and work out station, and we learned all about dental health words in our write the room activity, then circled our letter H in them. The kids participated in daily work outs at the start of each day with us. Some students even chose white milk instead of chocolate milk by the end of the week. Way to be healthy, PreK!
Pre-K had a lot of fun talking about Groundhog day. We learned a lot about shadows, what you need to make a shadow, and what it means if the groundhog sees his shadow or not. We reviewed the letter Gg, did some shadow letter naming and writing, practiced patterns, used our fine motor skills for lacing, wrote the letter Gg on the board, and lastly voted whether the groundhog would see his shadow or not. 18 voted yes and 19 voted no. (Both classes combined) We will discuss this more on Monday!
Today the morning Pre-K class collaborated with some HS students on a project they are working on in their class. They practiced answering questions and using their imaginations to explain what they would look like, what powers would they have, and what they would like to do if they were a super hero. In 2 weeks, we'll see the results of their project in graphic design. Can't wait! Thanks Olympia HS students and Mrs. Nehls!
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.
Pre-k worked on the letter G for Things that GO, and the 3D shape cone. We did a car launch to practice our counting, finding numbers, naming numbers, and writing numbers. We did a letter car game called crash to practice naming and recognizing letters. We did a things that go sort. Lastly, during indoor groas motor time, we pretended to drive on scooters around cones.
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.
Parents, if you have not taken the 5 Essentials survey, please use the link below to complete the survey. The survey is administered by the State of Illinois every other year and the information is used as part of our School Report Card. The survey will remain open through January. http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
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 OHS Mini-Cheer clinic rescheduled for today, January, 13 has been cancelled.
This week's learning targets for Pre-K were the letter B for Bear, number 16, and practicing cutting. They went on a letter Bb bear hunt in the learning center, cut out polar bears and brown bears, and practiced number recognition with bear claws and the number 16. For art on Friday, they reviewed small, medium, and large while making a polar bear.
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.
The mini cheer clinic that was scheduled for Saturday, January 12 has been postponed to Sunday, January 13 from 12pm-3pm at the high school.
Pre-K worked harder than usual to show their kindness to their friends or teachers to model for the Grinch. They helped others zip up their coats, held doors open for teachers without being asked, helped friends put toys away, and more. I would say the Grinch was FILLED with kindness and his heart grew more than two sizes!
Students enjoyed watching the Polar Express today!
Pre-k had fun with our Gingread theme this week. We went on a letter hunt around the room, finding uppercase letters, tracing them, and circling the letter of the week. We practiced drawing shapes on a gingerbread man, and then cutting him out. Lastly, we hunted around the learning center for 14 runaway gingerbread men for our number of the week. We also practiced drawing a 14 and tracing and finding numbers 1-6 or 6-12.
Pete the Cat week has been so groovy! Check out all the fun activities PreK has been doing all week. Following directions, finding the color, and coloring Pete's shoes, finding letters and feeding Pete, reviewing numbers 1-10 with pin the shoe on Pete, then roll, count, and color the numbers. We had a few enrichment games of Hide Pete- modeled, then student led. They practiced their number recognition to uncover or flip a shoe to find Pete. They also practiced beginning sounds with naming words and feeding them back to Pete. Pete the Cat week concludes tomorrow...stay tuned!
All Olympia schools will start one hour later than normal today, Monday, November 26, 2018.
OWE students enjoy a lesson on perseverance from Juggling Jeff today. Join us tonight for our annual Community Claus dinner at St. John’s, doors will open at 4:30pm. Family Reading Night will follow at West. The evening will feature a performance by Juggling Jeff. Doors open at 6:30pm and our program will start at 6:45pm
Pre-K has been enjoying 5 senses week. They practiced their sense of smell by smelling different items such as coffee, tuna, pickles, lotion, perfume, and more. They used their sense of touchy with the touch and feel game. They lost their sense of sight by tracing with and without some foggy glasses. Played telephone and guessed different sounds for their sense of hearing. Lastly, tomorrow will be the taste test. More pics to come!
4th graders are answering the essential question: Will a Mountain Last Forever? After experimenting with sugar cubes and shaker boxes to replicate and observe what happens when a rock tumbles down the mountain, we learned a mountain will not last forever. The ice cubes broke into smaller pieces, just like boulders do when it splits from the mountains. #olyspartanpride
It’s not too late to join us for the Color Run. Registration is open until the start of the race at 9:00am!
So much pumpkin fun this week! 4 pictures, just isnt enough! Today, PreK drew their jack-o-lantern face, voted for their favorite, and helped clean the pumpkin out for carving. They also enjoyed some jack-o-lantern making with playdoh, and scratch off art. Carved jack-o-lantern pictures coming soon...
Pre-K ended fire safety week with a visit from some local firemen! They practiced their stop, drop, cover your face, and roll. They learned not to play with hot things like matches, stoves, campfires, and more. They were able to see everything a fireman wears. Lastly, they practiced calling out if a fireman comes to the rescue. Their homework was to go home, and practice a fire drill with their family!
Excited for the Mile Run! We are ready to set our PR. #Olyspartanpride #4thgrade
Great to see everyone at Open House tonight! Can’t wait for the first day of school tomorrow!
Open House for students in Pre-K and grades 1-5 will be Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00-6:00 pm.
If you have a student entering kindergarten at Olympia West, join us for Kindergarten Open House on Monday, August 13 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Are you new to Olympia West this school year? New student registration is Monday, August 6 from 8am-12pm and Tuesday August 7 from 1pm-6pm.
We had a great day today recognizing some amazing Spartans at our annual awards assembly. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
It’s National School Nurse Appreciation Day and we’ve got the best at West! Thank you Mrs. Birky for all you do to take care of our students!
Third Graders love spendjng time with the chicks that hatched at the end of Chick It Out! #OlySpartanPride
Principal Lisa Castleman agrees to wear this cape if all grade levels meet their benchmark!
Learning new technology things at institute today! You can teach an old dog new things!
Reminder Kindergarten Round-up/Open House is tomorrow night from 5-6:30pm. Contact Oly West at 309-392-2671 with questions or to RSVP.
Kindergarten Round-Up/Open House will be held on Thursday April 5 from 5:00-6:30. If you have or know someone who has a child who will be 5 on or before September 1,2018 please make plans to attend.
Have a great Spring Break! We will see you on April 3!
It's a great day to be a Spartan!