June 2023

School Newsletter

June  2023


Message from the Principal:


Hello Centennial Families ~

It’s hard to believe the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close in the next few weeks and that I will be heading into my 10th year here at Centennial. One of my favorite parts of working with elementary school students is to see their growth over the years. Another favorite is a new tradition that towards the end of the year, our graduating Olympia High School students will come back in the caps and gowns and walk the halls. It is wonderful to see so many of our former stars and so exciting for our little stars to imagine themselves coming back one day to walk the halls in their cap and gown. The tradition leaves me feeling all the feels! I am grateful to work alongside you all and so fortunate to lead this incredible group of dedicated, passionate and caring educators.

As we wrap another year, I want to thank you once again for sharing your students with us each and every day! Enjoy these last few weeks of school!

~Mrs. Ritter


Class Placements

Due to some budget reductions that have impacted staffing, class placements will be shared at the end of August, accessible via Skyward. If you are unable to access Skyward, please contact our office and we will be happy to share placement with you.


Half Day on Friday, June 9th

Teachers will be working on report cards in the afternoon on this day. School is dismissed at 11:05. Grab & go lunch will be available.


Last Day of School & Field Day!

The last day of school for all students is Thursday, June 22. School is dismissed at 11:05. NO lunch is served. Mrs. Draper is organizing Field Day for the school. If you would like to help, you need to be an approved OSD volunteer. Mrs. Draper will be sending out more information soon.


Summer Food Program

The OSD Children Nutrition Services will host the Summer Food Program from June 26- August 18th. It will be served at Roosevelt & Garfield Elementary Schools from 11:30-12:00 for children 19 & younger. Meals must be consumed on sight. Check food services in June for more info.


Fall 2023 – 2024 School Begins

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 grades 1-12
Monday, September 11, 2023 for Kinder
Bell Schedule - 8:00 to 2:15*
*Early release every Wednesday @ 1:25 begins on Sept 14


Will you be moving this summer or making other arrangements? If so, please inform our school office staff ASAP.


Pick Up Medications

If your child has medication at school, please make plans to pick up the medication by the end of the day on Thursday, June 22nd . If you wish to have your child continue taking medications when school begins next fall, a new authorization form needs to be signed by both you and your physician.


Fines, Negative Balances and Library Books

Please return all library books, textbooks, pay for any lost or damaged library books by June 9th and clear up any negative food service balances before the end of school.


Emergency Kit Reminders

Most of our students had emergency kits in zip-lock bags stored at school for use in an emergency. We would like to thank our Booster Club for organizing and providing these for purchase. These kits will be sent home for storage and repacking over the summer. Please plan to return them first thing in the fall.


Welcome Back to School Event in the Fall

The staff and Booster Club would like to invite all of next year’s families to join us for a Welcome Back to School Day on Tuesday, September 5th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come any time during this hour and a half, meet your child’s teacher, pick up the fall paperwork that needs to be completed, have your child put his/her supplies in their desk, and visit the Booster Club tables set up in the gym area. We will send more details home in the August Newsletter.


Booster Club

We would all like to thank our Centennial Booster Club for their continuing support throughout the year. Many of the members and officers put in hundreds of hours. We would like to say a special thank you to our 2022-23 officers Amy Hill – President, Erinn Zeitlin – Vice-President, Loriel Miller – Secretary, Theresa Woodward & Sarah Miller – Co-Treasurers, Debbie Ritenour – Communications, Volunteer Coordinator – Jessica Davis. Also, thank you to all the project chairs and their committee members that work on special projects throughout the school year. The Centennial Booster Club supports many of the programs in our school through financial assistance and volunteer work. Field trips, library books, music equipment, reading textbooks, enrichment software for the whole school and enrichment materials for each classroom are just some of the items and programs made available by Booster Club. This is truly a highly effective school because all of us have worked together. We are all appreciative of the support from this tremendous group. Thank you, Booster Club!
Booster Club News!
Check out the Booster Club’s website for the latest news from Centennial Booster Club at www.centennialboosterclub.org Our last General meeting is Tuesday June 13th @ 7:00. We hope you will join us. We have 2 open positions on the board (Secretary &Treasurer). If you are interested, please plan to attend or reach out to Amy Hill, President.


Update Your Child’s 2023-24 Enrollment Information

As of right now, families can start to update their child’s information for the next school year. Go to your Family Access Account and click on the tab that is label “Update Your Students Information 2023-24”. We need all CES families to verify their child’s information each school year. Verify that your information is still current or make corrections to your child’s Skyward Account. Please DO NOT add parents as emergency contacts. The school will ALWAYS call parents/guardians first in the event of an emergency.


Upcoming Events:

6/9 School Color Spirit Day
6/7 Taste of Kindergarten Screening and Orientation – by appointment
6/9 Early Dismissal – Report Card Preparation Release @ 11:05. – Grab & Go lunch available
6/12 CES BBQ
6/13 Booster Club meeting @ CES --- 7:00
6/14 Walk-n-Roll to School!
6/14 OHS Senior Walk (& CES spirit Day!)
6/14 District Wide All-Grades Band Concert – 7:00 p.m. @ Ingersoll Stadium
6/16 CES Band/Orchestra/Choir concert @ 8:30
6/19 NO SCHOOL— Juneteenth Holiday
6/22 Last Day of School & Field Day!!! School dismissed @ 11:05 --- No lunch served
6/22 Check Skyward family access for report cards & update information as necessary

Lost and Found

Centennial has a number of coats, sweatshirts, and an extensive assortment of other odds and ends that need to be found! Please look when you are here. Any items not claimed by June 24 will be donated to a local charity.


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: