March 2020

March 2020

Centennial Elementary School
Shannon Ritter, Principal
March 2020

CES Drama Club – Mrs. Thronson
Our CES Drama Club production of Honk! Jr. is coming up!  We have 63 of our amazing 3rd-5th grade Centennial students performing in this upbeat, musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.  In this story, our sweet mother duck, Ida, discovers that what she thinks is a turkey’s egg, has fallen into her duckling nest.  Once everyone hatches, her and father duck, Drake, discover that indeed there is one duckling who is very different  from the rest.  Our story follows this different little duckling as he wanders through the big world alone, meeting friends and foes along the way.


We will have a sneak preview of this fantastic show at an assembly on Tuesday, March 17th at 2:45pm, and the performances are March 20th at 7:00 p.m., and March 21st at both 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Olympia High PAC.  Tickets are $7 and free for 5th grade and under. You won’t want to miss this amazing show! See you there! 


A huge thanks to our CES Booster Club and our generous donors for supporting us and making this show possible! 


Conference Week March 31 – April 3
Online Parent-Teacher Conference sign up will start for families on March 12 through March 22nd. After that time contact your teacher by email to assist you. Monday, March 30th will be a normal school day 9:00- 3:22 p.m. Conference will take place starting Tuesday-Friday, March 31- April 3. School hours during conference week will be 9:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.


Spring Break
No school the week of April 6-10


Centennial’s Advanced Choir Singing at Mariner’s Game
CES Advanced Choir is singing the National Anthem at T-Mobile Field for a Mariners game on Sunday, March 31st , at 1:10 p.m. Mrs. Thronson will send more details home to the Advance Choir members. Tickets need to be purchase by March 13th . Costs of the seats are $12 higher-level seats and $27 for lower-level seats.


Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2020
Beginning on Monday, March 9 families can start to pick-up kindergarten registration packets between 8:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. in the school office.

 Registration can be returned to the office during regular school hours for kindergarten
and any child that is new who will be entering Centennial in grades 1-5 in the fall.

Taste of Kindergarten and Screening will be held on June 1. Parents can sign up for their choice of orientation times when they return the registration packet to the school office.


Walk ‘n’ Roll
Hey Centennial Stars, it’s time to Walk N Roll to School! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and families to join Centennial in celebrating the start of spring with a morning walk or roll on March 11th!

Remember to look left, right and left again before crossing the street, making eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you!

Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!

Centennial is Walking N Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates.


March 11
April 1
May 13 National Bike to School Day
June 10


Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Information
Parents, please make sure your fifth grader has all their immunizations up to date for middle school. If your child has had the required immunizations, please send the information to school and we will get it entered. Washington Middle School Counselors plan to be at Centennial on March 18 to visit with our fifth graders and hand out registration packets. Parents, please fill out and return the sixth grade registration forms your

child brings home. All forms need to be back to the school within two weeks (April 3). Thank you for your help.


Fifth Graded Outdoor School
Our fifth grade students will be attending Outdoor School at the CISPUS Environmental Center in Randle, Washington for three days. Students and staff will leave Centennial on Wednesday morning, April 29, and will return in the afternoon on Friday, May 1 around 4:00 p.m.

The Center has been developed specifically for student environmental studies and has excellent facilities for both study and research. Information regarding Outdoor School was distributed in February. The cost for a child to attend for these three days is $150. If you have any questions or need a scholarship, please contact
your child’s teacher or Roz in the office.


Short Notes

Heads or Tails Logic
This brainteaser will encourage your youngster to think logically. Have each family member line up four pennies with heads facing up. The challenge is to turn them all to tails. The catch? Flip over exactly three pennies each time. Who can do it in the fewest number of tries?


A Day in the Life
What would life be like if your child were a shoe? How about a bicycle? Suggest that he write a diary entry from an object’s point of view. Prompt him to imagine and write details about what the shoe or bike would see, hear, feel, and think. Home & School Connection, March 2020


Make a Crossword Puzzle
Sidewalk chalk and pavement are all you need for this activity that boosts your child’s vocabulary and
spelling skills. Each person chooses a different color of chalk. The first player writes down something
she spots (say, honeysuckle). The next person finds something that shares a letter with the previous
word and writes its name crossword-style. She might write sparrow starting with the s in honeysuckle. The next player could use the w in sparrow to add web. Keep adding words until no one can think of another one or you run out of space. Then, spot something else, and start a new crossword! Home & School Connection 2019– Bonus Activities Taking Learning Outside

Observe Animals
Let your youngster pretend he’s a scientist who studies animals. He’ll build observation skills and work on nonfiction writing by creating this field guide. Sit outdoors together quietly, and have him choose an animal to observe. In a notebook, your child can write about its appearance and behavior. Example: “A squirrel has a bushy tail and munches on nuts.” Have him draw pictures and diagrams, and add captions to illustrate each entry. Tip: Suggest that your youngster add to his field journal when he visits other places where animals
live, such as the zoo or his cousin’s farm. Home & School Connection 2019 – Bonus Activities Taking Learning


Upcoming Events
3/3 Field Trip – Fourth Grade Touring Capital 9:30-1:00 p.m.

3/7 Countdown to Kindergarten – Informational Parent Meeting sponsored by OSD 10:00- 11:30 a.m. at Capital High School

3/10 OJP Field Trip - gr 1-2 Miss Nelson has a Field Day 9:20-11:30 a.m.

3/10 Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

3/11 Walk ‘n’ Roll to school

3/12 Battle of the Books Championship 3rd gr 1:30-2:15 p.m. and 4th & 5th gr 2:15-3:00 p.m. CES – Multi-Purpose Room
3/12-22 Sign up Online –Spring Conferences – Skyward Family Access >Conference Tab

3/17 Booster Club’s Honk Musical Showcase Assembly – 2:45 p.m.

3/18 WMS Counselors visiting with 5 th grade students in morning

3/20 OJP Field Trip – gr 3-5 Showtime with Shakespeare 9:20-11:30 a.m.

3/20 K-1 Assembly at CES - Princess and the Pea – at 1:15 p.m.

3/20 Booster Club’s Honk Musical – 7:00 p.m. performance at OHS PAC

3/21 Booster Club’s Honk Musical – 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at OHS PAC

3/24 OlyFam Concert at OHS

3/31 Advanced Choir Singing at Mariners Game 7:10 p.m. T-Mobile Stadium Seattle WA

3/31-4/3 Spring Conferences – Early Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.

4/20 OJP Field Trip – gr 1-2 The Boy Who Grew Flowers

4/28 Luggage comes to the school for CISPUS – stored in gym

4/29-5/1 CISPUS Field Trip – gr 5


Numbers to Remember:
Attendance Line (24 hr) 360-596-8303
School Main Office 360-596-8300
School Kitchen 360-596-8307
School Nurse 360-596-8308
Transportation Department 360-596-7700


Families, when calling the attendance line to leave a voice message about your child’s illness, please
indicate whether your child has the flu, a fever, cold/cough, or rash. When calling about appointments be specific, if it is a dentist appointment, medical appointment or a therapy appointment. Calling to say you have an appointment only, will not be an excused absence. During the flu season we are required to report
high absences and we need to know the reason.


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