December 2018

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December 2018

Message from Hansen Elementary

Greetings! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. We now move into the end of the year, fast. Although December is a short school month, it is packed with fun events. Take a look at the calendar of events below for all the fun and festivities.

Weather has been quite mild this year, but winter does bring adverse weather. Looking at the forecast for December, snowflakes will fall here in Olympia. Make sure your car is equipped with extra warm clothes, blankets, water, portable radio and flashlight with fresh batteries. 

Familiarize yourself with Olympia School District Emergency Information. Go to the OSD webpage, scroll to the bottom and click on the Emergency Information tab in the blue ribbon. You fill find snow bus routes listed and local radio/TV channels to tune into for further school information in the event of an emergency. 

This is also a great time of year to review safety tips with your kiddos. Good things to go over are:
• Stay in groups when walking to/from school
• Review safe walking routes to/from school
• Review where it is safe to play/visit
• Go over your home emergency plan in case of fire or other emergencies
• List of safe people to call or go to in case of emergency

Winter break begins Wednesday, December 19 and school resumes on Thursday, January 3. Have a wonderful holiday break. See you next year.


Hansen Elementary

Mark Your Calendars! 

  • Dec 3 @ 10:15 am - Battle of the Books Assembly @ 10:15 am
  •  Dec 10 - 14 Holiday Grab Bags
  •  Dec 11  @ 8:45 am  - Alex Zerbe Assembly
  • Dec 12 - Walk N' Roll to School; Meet at Cooper Crest water tower @ 7:55 am
  •  Dec 12 - Treats for Teachers
  • Dec 13 @ 2 pm - 4th - 5th Grade Winter Concert
  • Dec 18 @ 1:50 pm - 4th - 5th Grade Market Faire
  • Dec 19 - Jan 2 - Winder Break!

Walk N Roll

Hey Hansen Hawks, it’s time to Walk N Roll! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and their families to join Mr. Nye in walking to school and having a fun autumn morning on November 14th. Meet at 7:55 at the Cooper Crest water tower (2022 Cooper Crest St NW). Look for Mr. Nye and members of the Olympia Police Department and Fire Department! Hansen is Walking N Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates:

  •  December 12
  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8 +  National Bike to school day!


Lost and Found

Don’t forget to check the lost and found on a regular basis. Twice a year all unclaimed items are donated to charity. Come before it goes.


Thank you to EVERYONE who supported our book fair during conference week. We had just over $9800 in sales, which is a school record! A HUGE thank you to Karah Trevan for organizing such a successful fair and to all the volunteers who worked at it.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate how the Hansen community comes out every year and supports the book fair which provides funds to buy books for the library. THANK YOU!

Patty Arbuckle
Teacher Librarian


With winter weather, we tend to gravitate indoors, leading us to more screen time. Common Sense Media can help parents make informed media choices with their children and navigate questions like:

 - What movies, TV shows, apps, and games are OK for my child?
- What should I do if my child is a victim of cyber-bullying?
- What YouTube sites are appropriate for my eight-year-old?

If you haven't already done so, check out Here are some quotes from their website:

"Common sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology."

"Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Leaning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century."

November Self-Managers!

Brianna Tran
Austin Hornecker
Kimberly Sanchez
Hadlee Quinn
Ashlee Harris
Shanthosh Dhamodharan
Nolan Smith
Tsatou Jallow
Willow McDonald
Raegan Tyson
Ellis Meacham
Kasen Sarber
Adam Thomas
Sofia Walker
Sierra Newell
Maram Sabrah
Serenity Garcia
Trevyn Marshall
Mia Nielson
Ashley Hendry
Gavin Wettstein
Hunter Daniels
Miera Clark
Khanh Nguyen
Abrianna Lyse
Torin Biswas
Braxton Ludahl
Kelson Penno
Nicholas Evans
Grace Nieves


Does your student have a food allergy?
OSD provides special diet plans. We must receive a note from your student’s MD stating they have an allergy and we will make sure your student’s dietary needs are met.


Call 360.596.7403 and leave a voicemail excusing student’s absence.


Call 360.596.7700 for answers.


MUST be called into the office NO LATER THAN 2:15 PM. (1:15 on Wed).


  • Breakfast: $1.60
  • Reduced: free
  •  Adult b’fast: $2.10
  •  Lunch: $2.65
  • Milk: $ .60
  •  Reduced K-3rd: Free
  •  Reduced 4-12: $ .40
  • Adult Lunch: $3.55