September 2022

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September 2022


Message from the Principal:

Hello Centennial families!

What a wonderful start to the year we have had. This week our kindergarten students will start which always brings a fun level of excited energy! Each year, I read a book to our primary students as a way to introduce myself. The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson, is the book I have selected to read this year. As I have been reading it in various classrooms, it became clear that this book is one that I wanted to share with our older students as well. This book is beautifully written and illustrated, telling a story about courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone which directly supports Student Outcome #1: be compassionate and kind. As I finish reading this book to classes, I tell students one of the things I love most about our school … is that students and staff show compassion and kindness to all!

As always, thank you for sharing your children with us and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Your very proud Principal,
Mrs. Ritter


Meet our new Family Liaison!

Hi families. My name is Sarah Foppiano and I am the new Family Liaison here at Centennial Elementary! I am looking forward to supporting all Centennial students and families this school year! Please save my contact information so you can easily reach me. I am available 5 days a week to answer questions, connect you with resources, and offer support to make sure your experience at CES is positive and successful.

Contact Information:
Work Phone: (360) 596-8517
Work Email: [email protected]

Family need survey:
Please complete this survey to let me know what kind of support you might need this school year. 

Lunch Menu

The OSD Food Service Department only offers the school menu online. Please refer to the OSD website or CES website for the link to the menu. Food Services is back to charging for meals. Breakfast $2 / Lunch $3. Payments can be made through the OSD payment portal, or Megan Green can take payment in the front office via cash/check/card.
Free & Reduced applications can be found on Skyward Family Access (see the last page for directions), or hard copies are available here at the school.

Picture Day!

Individual picture day is Friday, September 16th. A make up date is still TBD. Paper order forms are available here in the office. Online ordering can be found at:
Direct link for ordering: Clintworth Centennial Picture Ordering

Or go to:
Access code: 5317

Spirit Week at Centennial – October 3-6

• Monday 10/3– I’m So Sleepy: PJ & bed head hair day
• Tuesday 10/4 – Wear Centennial Spirit Gear (red, white or blue clothing is great too!)
• Wednesday 10/5 – Let’s Get Physical: favorite activity or sport
• Thursday 10/6 – Wear orange…’s Pumpkin Fund Day!

Welcome back Volunteers!

We are so excited to be able to welcome our volunteers back into the building! Please be patient as we settle into the school year; there will be volunteer opportunities that crop up. To volunteer, you must sign up every year. Please visit the OSD Volunteer page for more information. If your student’s teacher is not listed, please don’t worry, just leave it blank. You can still come in! (Per OSD policy, at this time, all volunteers are required to be vaccinated. Thank you!)

Wednesday Collaboration Days

Starting on September 14, 2022 we begin our 50 Minute Early Release on every Wednesday. School hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 1:25 P.M. (During Conference Week in October and March we will be dismissing at 11:05 a.m.)

Arrival at Centennial

Please remember that there is no staff supervision for students before 7:45 a.m. Students should not be dropped off prior to that time. This includes being dropped off early to the playfield. If a parent is supervising their child on the playfield, then this is the only exception to the policy.

Pumpkin Fund Run Thursday, October 6

Your classroom teacher will let you know when their track time is scheduled closer to the event. This is an annual ASB fundraiser for Centennial. Don’t forget to wear orange that day! More info to come on this.

Centennial Star Striders

You should have received communication from our PE teacher, Mrs. Draper, about the recess running club she is starting this year, called Centennial Star Striders. Students will be able to run, jog, or walk laps around the grass field during their recess times. Seven laps around the field is two miles. Students can try to complete 100 miles during the school year! It will be a great addition to outdoor recess. However, she does need help keeping track of laps as we do not have the staff to do it ourselves.

Recess times:

Kindergarten/1st grade/Campbell/Cunning: 9:00-9:15am and 11:00-11:15am
2nd grade/3rd grade: 9:40-9:55am and 11:35-11:50am (Cunning)
4th grade/5th grade: 10:35-10:50am and 12:20-12:35pm

For recesses that do not have a parent volunteer, the recess running club will not be offered. In order to volunteer at Centennial, you will need to be vaccinated and have completed the volunteer application.

If you are able to volunteer with this program during the month of September, please use the link below to sign-up through ‘Sign-Up Genius’. I will send out a new volunteer sign-up each month.


“I spy healthy athletes” Mrs. Draper would love students to bring in a photo of them doing something active if they would like it displayed on the bulletin board outside the gym.

Please Update your Student’s Information in Skyward

• Student Enrollment Information**
• Student Health Information
• Student Right’s Handbook (Acknowledgement page and Military page)
• Emergency Kits – still can be purchased from Booster Club $10.00 each
**Please do NOT add parents/guardians to emergency contacts. We will always call those numbers first. Thank you


Walk N Roll

The cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater and Thurston County proclaim October 2022 Walk to School Month and October 12th is National Walk & Roll to School Day! Students can join in the celebration by taking the Youth Walk Challenge!


All Thurston County youth can participate by walking ten days during the month of October. Participants can walk to school, to the park, to a friend’s house or just walk for fun and exercise. Participants record the minutes walked each day, then email their completed challenge to [email protected]. We will mail all participants a small prize and enter them in a drawing for the grand prize. Participants who include a photo of themselves walking will receive a bonus prize.

After School Change in Plans?

Please write a note or call the front office (360-596-8300) so we can be sure we get your child to the correct place after school. We do need to hear from parents/guardians regarding any changes. Thank you!

Attendance and Phone Calls

Please be aware if your child is not in school for an approved reason (see the OSD 2022/23 Handbook), you will get an automated phone call from School Messenger alerting you that your child is absent, even if you have contacted the school office regarding the absence. Please bring a note from your doctor or dentist when returning to school after your medical appointment. When leaving a message on the absence line (596-8303) please be specific regarding the reason for the absence.

Upcoming Dates

• 9/14 - Early Release Wednesday @ 1:25
• 9/16 - Individual Picture Day
• 9/21 - Early Release Wednesday @ 1:25
• 10/3-6 - Spirit Week
• 10/6 - Pumpkin Fund Run
• 10/7 - No School – Teacher In-Service Day
• 10/24-28 – Book fair is back in person!!
• 10/24-28 - Conference Week – School Dismissed at 11:05 a.m.


Login to your Skyward Family Access account and follow these steps:
1. Click “Food Service” on the left hand side menu.
2. Along the top of the page, click the drop-down box next to “All Students” and select a student from your household – you will only need to fill out one application for your household.
3. Click the “Applications” link located along the top of this new page.
4. Click the “Add Application” link.
5. Follow the prompts to complete and submit your application.


OSD 2019-20 Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.


The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures:


  • Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education, [email protected] (360)596-8534
  • Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, [email protected], (360) 596-7530
  • Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, [email protected], (360) 596-6102
  • Scott Niemann, Title IX Officer and Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, [email protected], (360) 596-6185. All four individuals may also be contacted at 111 Bethel Street N.E., Olympia, WA, 98506.