October 2018

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Message from Principal Rascon

Greetings!  I hope your family had a fun and relaxing summer and you are finding your child’s transition into this new school year a smooth one.  There is much information to be shared, so please have your pencil and calendar available as you read through this communication.

 We extend the warmest of welcomes our first year to Hansen teachers. In first grade we have Lisa Simmons. In fifth grade, please welcome Kristen Carson. Also, Nurse Connie Johnson, Social Services Coordinator William Schermerhorn, Speech and Language Pathologist Joel Peach, and Developmental Learning Classroom teachers Sarah Wernke and Tami Corbin, New para educators to our building are Alex Davidson, Yin Garner, Tami Langford, Maria Cumache-Medina, Teri Schold, and Kristen Toney. We have a new technology specialist in Monique McFarland.

We are continuing our implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Our school will make greater academic gains by building a school wide positive social culture. PBIS organizes adults and students to create a social culture in schools that encourages positive behavior and positive interactions. This will lead to a safer environment where students achieve academically and build positive relationships with each other and with adults. This will be accomplished by defining clear expectations, direct teaching of the behavior expectations, supervision, consistent acknowledgement of the expected behaviors, and consistent correction of the problem behaviors. We are continuously reviewing data to help guide school wide interventions in the classroom and non-classroom settings.

Our school hours are 8:20 am - 2:42 pm, daily. The front doors open at 8:20 am. All students are directed to the gym upon arrival to be picked up by their classroom teacher. We have noticed an increase in traffic into and out of the school at arrival and dismissal times. We have placed cones in the entry way as the circle and exit really get jammed up. Please remember to pull as far forward as you can in the circle to drop off or pick up your child(ren). If you need to leave your vehicle, please find a parking stall and those are quite scarce. Please drive carefully. I’ve noticed a number of drivers using their mobile devices while driving. Please wait until you are parked and it is safe to talk on your cell phone or to text message. No child stands a chance against a moving vehicle with a distracted driver behind the wheel. Please do not use the bus gate to avoid traffic in the circle at morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. I realize it’s a little quicker but it would be a shame to have an automobile collide with a child. Let’s keep our kids safe during traffic times.

Please mark your calendars now for the weekly, every Wednesday early dismissal at 1:50. We have had some kiddos remain at school quite a while the first few Wednesdays. We would greatly appreciate everyone making sure their child is picked up on time or proper day care arrangements have been made for early dismissal Wednesdays.

Student, parent, and teacher planning conferences are scheduled for the week of October 23 through 26. School will be half day and dismiss at 11:25 during conference week. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria during conference weeks. The fall conference is a very important time to talk with your child’s teacher to lay out a plan for success. There is no half day kindergarten during conference week. Let’s aim for 100% school wide attendance.

Please be sure to complete and return any forms that have been sent home with your child. We are finding numerous files with very outdated information, including emergency contacts and non-working telephone numbers. This information will enable us to help your child should they become ill or if an emergency arises. Please remember that new registration cards and emergency contacts need to be completed annually. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Thanks to all of you who have already completed and turned in your forms. 

Please make sure your child has your telephone number memorized.

When you visit the school for any reason, please sign in at the front desk. If you wish to volunteer, you must complete the volunteer application annually. You may go to the OSD website and click on Community to fill out an application online or pick up a hard copy in the school office. Submit your application sooner rather than later. The system cannot accept and approve volunteer applications on the day you want to volunteer or go on a field trip.

Our H.C.C. meeting is this Tuesday evening, October 2, at 6:00 pm. At this time we will have our annual Volunteer Social. This will be followed by a H.A.P. parent meeting at 7:00 pm.

For more information about what’s happening around the Olympia School District, I would encourage you to visit the Olympia School District website at 
http://osd.wednet.edu.  Please follow the links to find out what you need to know.

Let’s have another fabulous school year!




  Ernie Rascon

Mark Your Calendars! 

  • October 2nd - Individual Pictures
  •  October 2nd - 6pm, HCC meeting and Volunteer Social
  •  October 2nd - 7PM HAP meeting
  • October 4th - 6:30 pm Jeff Evans Magician Performance
  •  October 10 - Walk'N'Roll to school!
  • October 19th - 6-8 pm HAP Game Night
  • October 22 - 26 - Scholastic Book Faire
  • October 23 - 26 - Conference Week; school released at 11:25 am

October 29 - November 2 - SPIRIT WEEK!

Monday - Workout Day
Tuesday - Backwards Day 
Wednesday - Superhero v.s. Villains
Thursday - Color Day (K Yellow, 1st Blue, 2nd Red, 3rd Green, 4th White, 5th, Black)
Friday - Pajama 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.


Scholastic Book Fair October 22-26! (conference week)
Come support the Hansen library at the Scholastic Book Fair
8:00am-4:00pm - Monday-Wednesday-Thursday 
8:00am-5:00pm - Tuesday
8:am-12:00pm - Friday
The online sale will be from Oct 14- Oct 31. 
Go to http://www.scholastic.com/bf/hansenelementaryschool3

Keep those library books safe!

The best place for students to keep their library books is in their backpacks. Please help your children get their books back to the library on time and in good condition. Thank you!! 


Hansen Parents, welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Olympia School District has been working on a tiered system of behavioral supports for all students. Hansen is at full implementation in this process! PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) is a 3-tiered system with combinations of universal and tertiary interventions. TIER 1 includes school-wide incentives and recognitions for Hansen's three expectations.

Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Free to learn.

When "caught" following these expectations students are eligible to receive Hawk Eyes. Names are recognized daily with shout-outs over the morning announcements. Classes can also earn Hawk Eyes for expected whole class behaviors. In addition, students can earn Self-Manger Badges with regular school-wide celebrations, and/or One-timer badges.

PBIS Tier 2 interventions are temporary but more specific, provided in groups, for students needing a little more support or skill building. These small groups are for students struggling across school settings. Included is our Rockin' Hawks program which is a daily check in and check out with our Behavior Technician to encourage increased positive attention by settings goals with teacher and parent. Lunch Buddies and Alternative Recess opportunities are available to all grade levels to work on social skills related to perspective taking and problem solving.

PBIS Tier 3 is more individualized for students not responding to Tier 1 or 2 interventions and are highly personalized. Typically, this would include a behavior contract identifying specific goals but can include the use of a mentor, buddy classroom, school counseling, mental health counseling with the embedded Behavioral Health Resources therapist, interventions for sensory needs, a special classroom job, etc.. 

Questions? Call 360-596-7400. Ask for Scott Nye or Gayle Luce.


Hansen Self-Manager Program

Again this year, Hansen Elementary will be recognizing students through the Hansen Self-Manager program. Teachers will begin nominating students October 1st. The Self-Manager program is a positive recognition program that supports our PBIS Tier I system. The purpose of the Self-Manager program is to recognize and celebrate students who are consistently following our Hansen Expectations of Being Safe, Kind, and Free to Learn. Hansen Self-Managers consistently make positive choices and manage themselves in the classroom and all other areas of the school. ALL Hansen students are eligible and capable in becoming a Hansen Self-Manager. Students who are not quite there yet and need to continue to work on becoming a Self-Manager are able to assess themselves with the Self-Manager checklist and set goals with their teacher to give them some areas to work on. Our goal is to have ALL Hansen students become Self-Managers by the end of the school year.

Once a student becomes a Self-Manager, they will continue to wear the Self-Manager dog tag and be held to the Self-Manager expectations by all Hansen staff. Each month, all Self-Managers will be invited to participate in the Self-Manager celebration. We encourage you to have conversations with your student(s) around being a Self-Manager so that we can meet our school-wide goal of 100 percent!


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