Dear Odle Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  I hope you have all been enjoying your summer with family and friends.  I’d like to offer a special welcome to our 6th grade families and all families who are new to Odle or Bellevue.

Our mission at Odle is to empower all students academically, socially, and emotionally in a welcoming, equitable, and safe environment, so they can grow as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and responsible members of local and global communities.  Each year, building on a tradition of excellence, we make a commitment to continuous improvement so that we may realize this mission for each student.

As we begin a new school year on Thursday, August 30th, please know that the entire Odle staff is here to challenge your student to reach new levels of learning and to support the unique needs of your student.  Below I am including important information for your review in preparation for the new school year:

Taking Care of Business Day (TCBD)

All 6th grade families and families who are new to Odle should plan to attend our “Taking Care of Business Day” (TCBD) between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. on August 23rd.  This year, TCBD is only for 6th grade families and families who are new to Odle.

At TCBD, parents can learn more about nutrition services, medical forms, clothes for physical education (PE), Odle spirit wear, PTSA membership, Family Connection Center services, and Jubilee Reach sports. Parents will also have an opportunity to meet Odle office staff, learn about school fees, turn in and pick up forms, ask questions, and pick up students’ draft schedules.

Students’ schedules at TCBD will be draft schedules; final schedules will be distributed on the first day of school (starting at 8 a.m.).

6th Grade Orientation (“WEB”)

All 6th grade students should plan to attend our 6th Grade Orientation program, “Where Everybody Belongs” (WEB), on Thursday, August 23rd, from 8:45 am – 12:30 pm in the Odle gym.  WEB is only for students.  If you have questions about WEB, please contact one of our teacher WEB facilitators: Kat Farkas (farkask@bsd405.org), Deanna Burmester (burmesterd@bsd405.org), or Brandon Yancey (yanceyb@bsd405.org).

Principal’s Welcome to 6th Grade Parents and New Parents

On August 23rd at 9:00 am in the Odle commons, I will be welcoming 6th grade parents and parents who are new to Odle.  I will explain the TCBD process and provide a general introduction to Odle.

ParentVUE Online Student Data Verification

Online Student Data Verification is now open. Please log into ParentVUE to verify information for your student by August 24th. This will ensure that we start the new school year on August 30th with current, accurate, and complete student information.  More information about online student data verification is available here.

Draft Student Schedules for 2018-19

Draft versions of all students’ schedules will be available through ParentVue on August 28th. Final schedules will be distributed on the first day of school (starting at 8 a.m.).

One-to-One Laptop Initiative

All Odle students will be issued a laptop computer during the second week of school as part of our One-to-One Laptop Initiative.

The One-to-One Laptop Initiative helps provide more equitable access to technology and provides all students with greater access to a broader range of educational content and media, including new ways of representing information, more tools for expression and communication, more individualized learning, and additional opportunities for intellectual engagement.

The initiative also supports a greater emphasis in middle school on college-and-career readiness skills, such as inquiry-driven research, digital citizenship, and authentic collaboration.  For those interested in additional details about our One-to-One Laptop Initiative, click here.

We will be sharing additional information about this initiative, including a Student and Parent Laptop Handbook and a Student User Agreement, as we get closer to the laptop distribution date.

Curriculum Night September (September 13th)

Our annual Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 13th, from 6:00 pm-8:25 pm.

The evening will begin in our main gym where I will provide an overview of our instructional program followed by presentations from the Odle PTSA and the Bellevue Schools Foundation.  Then, from 6:45 pm – 8:25 pm, you will have an opportunity to attend 10-minute presentations from each of your student’s teachers. Teachers will provide an overview of the course content and expectations for students’ learning.

Community Partnerships

The Odle PTSA is one of our critical community partners.  The Odle PTSA supports many enrichment programs at Odle, provides opportunities for volunteering at Odle, and advocates for students at the state level.  Click here to become a member.

The Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) is another one of our critical community partners.  BSF provides essential community support for the Bellevue School District.  As an independent, private, non-profit organization, the Bellevue Schools Foundation promotes and helps fund the best possible learning opportunities for all students in the Bellevue School District.  Here are some of the ways BSF investments support students at Odle: BSF Investments at Odle

New Assistant Principal

I am thrilled to announce that Melissa Schweitzer is joining the Odle staff as a new Assistant Principal.  Ms. Schweitzer has served as an educator in the Seattle Public Schools for the past twenty years as a middle school special education teacher, instructional coach, middle school assistant principal, and, most recently, as principal of Whittier Elementary School for the past six years. Ms. Schweitzer has been working with Ms. Barut del-Fierro (Assistant Principal) and me for the last two weeks as our administrative team prepares for the new school year.

School Supply List

A list of recommended school supplies is posted on the Odle web site.

Stay Connected

If you have general questions, please call our main office at 425-456-6600.  Our main office is currently open from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Beginning Monday, August 20th, we will resume regular hours (weekdays 8:00 am – 4:00 pm).  Updates and information about school news and activities will also be posted on Odle’s school website.

The Viking News, the PTSA’s electronic newsletter, is another good source for information.  The Viking News contains important information about both school and PTSA events.  If you are not receiving the Viking News and would like to, you can sign up here.

School Fees

A full listing of various class and school fees are available here: Student Fees (2018-19)

Some fees may apply for your student. Fees for elective classes (if applicable) will be automatically added to your student’s account in late September and can only be paid at that time. We recommend paying fees online at www.bsd405.org/pay.

Free and Reduced Lunches / Fee Waivers

Families must check the Fee Waiver box when submitting an application for Free and Reduced Meals through Nutrition Services to be eligible for either free or reduced fees. These forms are now available through Nutrition Services. The form is available here.

School Picture Orders

Annual school pictures will occur during the school day on September 12th.  Picture re-take day will be October 18th.

Finalized Class Schedule

When classes begin on Thursday, August 30th, all students will need to pick up their final schedule between 8:00 am – 8:30 am. Counselors will be working during the last few days before school starts to balance class sizes, make necessary corrections, and register new students. Some students’ schedules will change from the draft schedules that are available in ParentVue, so it’s important that all students pick up a hard copy of their schedule on the first day of school.

Sincerely,

Aaron Miller

Principal

Odle Middle School