Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

April 2019

  Hello Families ~

Welcome back from what was hopefully a wonderful spring break full of just what you needed.  I don’t know what you are feeding those kiddos but when we returned, they all seemed a good 6 inches taller!  We are coming into the even more busy season of spring with lots to be proud of and look forward to.  Here are a few updates and events to look forward to:

  • Conference Week
    • Thank you for another outstanding attendance rate!  Only 8 families out of 522 students were not able to meet for a parent, student, teacher conference.  Wow!
  • Better late than never - we will officially be moving back into B Pod, Friday, April 19th.
    • Classrooms in B Pod will be:  All of 1st grade (Anderson B4, Evans B5, Leach B3 & Martin B6) and two 2nd grade classrooms (Kapsandy B1 and Sorrell B2)
    • Mrs. Thies will finish out the year in the A Pod - room A3
    • Two additional moves at this time will be to portables - Mrs. Lee O’Neil P6 and Mrs. Olsen P7
  • Outdoor Learning at Camp Cispus, April 24th - 26th
    • I will be heading to camp this year as one of the Camp Directors.  If you have any questions or need support in purchasing items for your student, please do not hesitate to reach out.  The OSD Ed Foundations generously provides a “Principals Checkbook” to support families in need.
  • Big Top Carnival, May 4th
    • The excitement is building for another fantastic carnival.  If you are new to Centennial this is an amazing community event - the more the merrier.  Our Booster Club is looking for volunteers - come be part of the fun!  All proceeds from this event directly support our students.  Thank you!
  • SBA testing
    • Grade level teams are preparing our students in class for this annual state assessment. Here is a link if you would like to provide additional practice at home. https://wa.portal.airast.org/training-tests.stml
    • Thank you for sending students to school with a full belly and a good night's sleep.  Our kids are going to do great!
  • Mark your calendar for Suessical Jr.  I snuck into rehearsal yesterday and boy are we all in for a treat!  This will be a fun event for the whole family.  The musical will be here at CES in the gym.
    • Friday, May 31th @ 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 1st @ 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Last day of school will now be Friday, June 21st.  School will be dismissed at 12:05 pm


As always, thank you for sharing your children with us and for your partnership.  What a wonderful community Centennial is.


Shannon Ritter


Centennial is Walking N Rolling!

Join us by walking or biking to school on:

May 8

June 12

Big Top Carnival

Mark your calendar for this year’s Booster Club Carnival that will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. This year’s event is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening for the entire family. There will be plenty of laughs and fun including games, bingo, fantastic food, and our annual raffle. This Booster Club event is for the whole family. Come enjoy the cakewalk, book walk, splash tank, games of skill, the maze, and much more.


Public School Volunteer Week April 15-19

Thank you parents, grandparents, and community members for the many hours of faithful volunteering you give to us at Centennial. We could not do the job as well without your help.


Honoring Centennial’s Volunteers

We are planning to celebrate and thank our Centennial’s Volunteers on Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3rd.  We will have a little gift for our volunteers in the office and then invite you to visit our staff room for treats that will be available through-out the week. More information to come from your classroom teacher.


Is Your Child Returning to Centennial?

As we make plans for the next school year, we need to begin collecting information about the number of students who will be at each grade level. To enable us to be more accurate, we are asking each family to indicate whether or not they are planning to have their child attend Centennial next year. If you haven’t returned your form, please return it by April 26.


Class Pictures

Mark your calendar. Class pictures will be on Thursday, May 2. A reminder notice will be sent home closer to picture day. The payment envelope will go home a few days before picture day. Payments should be sent with child on May 2nd.


Did You Know?

Spending time outdoors can build your child’s observation skills. Play “I Spy” with clouds (“I spy a cloud that looks like a rabbit”) and see who else can spot it, too. Or take a walk with a magnifying glass, and have your youngster look closely at plants and animals. Home & School Connection, April 2019


Fifth Graders Going to CISPUS

Our fifth grade students will be attending Outdoor School at the CISPUS Environmental Center in Randle, Washington for three days at the end of the month.  Students and staff will leave Centennial on Wednesday morning, April 24, and will return in the afternoon on Friday, April 26 around 2:00 p.m.


Message for Families Regarding Temporary Change to Salad Bar Offerings

As our building continues its beautiful remodel project, we want to make you aware of a slight and temporary change to our food service choices starting the week after spring break. Beginning Monday, April 8 and continuing through the end of this school year, our students will have a smaller selection of salad bar choices. Our hot lunch selection will remain the same, and breakfast will also continue to be offered.


Thanks for your understanding as we near the finish line of our newly remodeled school.


Upcoming Events




Walk ‘n’ Roll


Advance CES Choir Performing at Mariner’s Game 1:00 p.m. T-Mobile Field-Seattle


Star Showcase Assembly- featuring 3rd grade at 2:45 p.m.


Fifth Grades to CISPUS


Grade 4-5 OJP Performance “The Phantom Tollbooth


4th Grade Field Trip 9:30-1:30 p.m.


Spring Pictures


Booster Club’s Carnival 4:30-8:00 p.m.


1st Grade Field Trip 9:15-2:00 p.m.


Walk ‘n’ Roll


Star Showcase Assembly – featuring Kindergarten at 2:45 p.m.


3rd Grade Field Trip


Memorial Day- No School


Musical Performance – Suessical Jr. 7:00 p.m.


Musical Performance – Suessical Jr. 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Taste of Kindergarten Event & Screening – by appointment


Early Dismissal – Half Day 12:05 p.m. – Teachers working on Report Cards


Field Day 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Last Day of School - Early Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.


Community Class – Preschool Families – Getting Ready for Kindergarten

The third and last Building Blocks for Success community evening will be on Monday, April 15th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School. These events are open to any family and our hope is to build a bridge to support the transition to kindergarten. We provide food for dinner (6:00- 6:30) and we are giving parents the book Zero to Five – 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science and Research.  The children also take something home with them to support play-based activities.

The focus for Monday’s evening is Early Mathematics – Raising a Mathematician. In the past 4-5 years there has been a national focus on early mathematics and research has shown that strong skills in early mathematics is a strong predictor of success in later grades – more so than social emotional and reading.

OSD 2018-19 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: