December 2015  
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PRINCIPAL'S Message      NOVEMBER 30, 2015  

Dear Olive Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter break are quite busy. Here are some important dates to remember.

Friday, Dec. 4, 9:00 a.m.: First Friday Coffee guest; Laura Kennett from Marin County Library/Novato will share ideas on how to read to your child, great book ideas and services at the Novato libraries for families. Be sure to join us.

Monday, Dec. 7, 11:00-12:00: Hour of Coding Kick off for 2nd-5th grade students. An Olive kindergarten parent, Rachel Rose, is the senior engineer for research and development at Lucas Films and the lead for animation and creature  development (love that title!!) working on the Star Wars movie.  Ms. Rose will share with Olive students why coding is so important in film and in other parts of our life. During the week students will work in the lab on how to code. Please look at these links for more information on coding:

Hour of Code Video
Hour of Code News Article

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 12:45:  Railroad Safety Assemblies. Especially important with the SMART rail in our backyard.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Walk and Roll to School-ride you bike, your scooter or walk to school and reduce pollution.

Friday, Dec. 11: Holiday Store and Movie Night

Monday, Dec. 14: 3:15 ELAC meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 16: 5th grade State Expo

All my best,
Elizabeth Sesma-Olinyk


Gift Cards  Gift Card Fundraiser
Support Olive Elementary School by purchasing your holiday gift cards through our gift card fundraiser.  Click here for detailed information and order form. Hour of Code @ Olive Elementary
For the 3rd consecutive year, Olive School will be hosting "Hour of Code" activities during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 7-13). We will kick-off our activities with guest speaker Rachel Rose, senior engineer for research and development at Lucasfilm. Students will participate in engaging coding activities including with tutorials from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Minecraft & more.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration Information
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration packets will be available on January 4th, 2016, both online at and at your neighborhood elementary school. Completed packets should be turned in to your neighborhood elementary school. Please check with your school if you are interested in scheduling a parent tour.  For more information click here.
"Go Green" Car Raffle  Go Green” Car Raffle 
Don’t miss your chance to win a 2015 Toyota Prius 3 Year Lease by purchasing raffle tickets for the Olive Elementary PTA “Go Green” Car Raffle!  Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100, and ticket sales will be limited to just 5,000 tickets.  Olive students will also be entered into a drawing to win an Apple iPad Air 2 for each ticket that they sell.  Check your student’s backpack for the Official Entry Form. Entry forms and payment can be returned to the office, or by mail or fax.  Please support Olive PTA in its biggest fundraiser of the year!

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