325 Plymouth Street NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Office: (360) 596-6900
Fax: (360) 596-6901


Elementary School

Inclement Weather? Here's Where to Find Emergency Information

It’s getting to be that time of year when weather incidents can change school schedules. Click below to read our “Snow Bulletin” that includes information about how to find out if there’s a schedule change (page 1) AND snow bus routes (page 2).

Published: 2014-11-10


New Article

Dear Garfield Families,

We learned today that one of our students may have Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. The student is currently out of school and will remain so until they are healthy.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease affects the mouth, palms of the hand, fingers and soles of the feet and is caused by the Coxsackie virus. To learn more about the virus, including symptoms, treatment and ways to protect your family, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site at www.cdc.gov/Features/handfootmouthdisease/. If you do not have Internet access please visit our school office and we will provide you with copies of the information.

Our school is working diligently to make sure this virus is not spread to other students. We are cleaning the classroom of the impacted student and also asking staff to re-emphasize with students the importance of good hygiene, including hand washing, as a way to stay healthy. We hope you will partner with us in this effort by keeping your children home from school if they have a fever and/or exhibit signs of the Coxsackie virus.

If you have additional questions about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease I encourage you to contact the Thurston County Health and Human Services Department’s Prevention and Disease Control office at (360) 867-2500. If you have questions or concerns about how our school is handling this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at (360) 596-6900 or by e-mail at bchertok@osd.wednet.edu.

Thank you, as always, for working with us to keep our students safe and healthy.


Brendon Chertok
Principal, Garfield Elementary School

Published: 2015-01-26

Learn All About Kindergarten Event - Feb. 21

Will you have a kindergartner in the 2015-16 school next year? Come to the “Learn All About Kindergarten” event on Sat., Feb. 21, 10 a.m. at Capital High School. You’ll learn about registration, transportation, before and after school care, optional programs, Skyward and much, much more. Join us there! This event is primarily for adults, but children are welcome. Child care is not provided.

Event:  Learn All About Kindergarten
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 21
Time:  10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Capital High School Commons

Published: 2015-01-13


State of the Schools

Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich recently offered his annual “State of the Schools” report for OSD students, staff, parents and community members. We invite everyone to read this insightful overview of where we’re at as a school district. Here’s to a great 2015!

Published: 2015-01-09


Safe Schools Alert

Safety is our top priority.  SafeSchools Alert is a reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit concerns to our administration in four different ways; phone, text, email or via the web.  Anyone may easily report on bullying, harassment, alcohol/other drugs, vandalism or safety concerns through the SafeSchools Alert process.  Tips may be submitted anonymously.

If you have questions, contact your school principal or the District Compliance Officer, Jeff Carpenter at (360) 596-8544.

Published: 2015-01-07