Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal                                                                                                December 2018

We are adjusting to life in our new space up in the office and loving it! The completion of Phase 1B is just around the corner so I wanted to send home a brief update regarding room changes and walking routes.


  • Mrs. Sorrell and Mrs. Kapsandy (both 2nd grade) have moved out of B Pod and are located in Portables 6 and 7 respectively.  They will remain in these classrooms until B Pod is completed in late March/early April.
  • The following classrooms will move out their current classrooms on Friday, December 14th and into the newly completed Pod A
  • Mrs. Hendrix (K), Mrs. Goode (K), Mrs. Dooley (K) & Mrs. Anderson (1st)
  • Mrs. Leach (1st grade) will move into Pod C
  •  Pod B is scheduled for demolition on Monday, December 17th which means we will lose our “exterior” hallway.  

Thank you for again for your patience and flexibility as we continue with this adventure.  The new learning spaces are beautiful and I can’t wait for you all to see them!  Have a wonderful, relaxing Winter Break!


Shannon Ritter



Change in Weather

The days are growing shorter which means that it’s a good time to remind students, parents and community members to exercise caution in and around school zones, bus stops and roads that are frequently used by walkers and bikers. Reflective clothing is a good idea, especially for those students who walk or bike to school in the morning and afternoon when it is dark.


Dress for the Weather

Every child at Centennial has outdoor recess during the day. While indoor options are available during the very wet weather or extremely cold weather, children are otherwise expected to be outside. Children in kindergarten - fifth grades have recesses up to 35 minutes in length. This is a long time to be outside if improperly dressed for the weather. Thank you for double checking to be sure your student is dressed appropriately each day.

Lion’s Vision & Hearing Screening

This week the Lion’s Vision and Hearing van stopped at Centennial to screen all kindergarten, first, second, third and fifth grade students.  It was a busy day and thank you to all our volunteers that helped with this event.

Centennial Families Contributed to the OHS Annual Canned Food Drive

Centennial just wrapped up the canned food drive this last week and the last of the canned goods were picked up this week.  We collected food can for Olympia High School Annual Canned Food Drive. The food drive will support our local Thurston County Food Bank. Thank you for donating cans and other non-perishable foods.

Proposed Dress Code for Olympia School District

Don’t forget to send in your survey and comments regarding the proposed new dress code for students.  See the survey on the OSD homepage.

Put Memory to Work

Many card games build working, or short-term, memory. This kind of memory lets your youngster remember and use information he learned recently. Play Go Fish or Crazy Eights together. By keeping track of which cards have been played, your child will make better moves! Home & School Connection, December 2018

Taking the Lead

You may have heard the phrase “a born leader.” But leadership skills, such as speaking up and taking initiative, can be learned. Encourage your youngster to practice during group projects. For example, she might suggest a way to divide up tasks or offer to give the introduction during the group’s class presentation.  Home & School Connection, December 2018


Phase 2 Construction at Centennial

Pod B will begin construction over winter break. Please note there will be fences around Pod B to block access to this area. All areas on the map in red will have fences to block access.

When students return in January they will be trained on how to navigate around the school campus during this next phase.

Please enter the school thru the main entrance to access Pods A and Pod C.  Students in Portables 1-3 will also enter through the main entrance and then go to their portable through Pod C.

Students in Portable 6 & 7 and the Intermediate Building grades 4 & 5 will be able to access their classrooms the same as they have in the past.

There has been no change to the Siskiyou Neighborhood path to the school, so families can continue to access the campus by Portable 1.

Please refer to the article on the first page of this month’s newsletter.


The Downtown Host Lion’s Club

Made their annual visit to Centennial and presented free dictionaries to all our third grade students in November.  The students and teachers were very appreciative of their generous gift.


As part of the Olympia School Districts commitment to maintaining a healthy environment, the following guidelines are provided to assist you in determining when to keep your child at home.




Fever Over 100 Degrees

No fever for at least 24 hours. Temperature under 100 degrees, without assistance of a medication, (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.)

Diarrhea or Vomiting

24 hours after Diarrhea &/or Vomiting Stops

Rashes with a fever or itching, (Unless diagnosed by a physician)

Physician note &/or no longer present for at least 24 hours. No fever for at least 24 hours, (See above “Fever Over 100 Degrees”).

Sore throat

Recommend consulting a physician. Stay home at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. Stay home if uncomfortable.

Head Lice or Scabies

Head Lice or Scabies treated & Nits/Eggs Removed (Wait at least 24 hours & must be rechecked by the nurse or health room assistant upon return)

Cough with congestion or fever

Cough has lessened, or illness has been treated by physician (Coughing can be a real distraction to the class &/or student if severe)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is highly contagious

Physician note.

Strep Throat

Diagnosed & at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

Chicken Pox

May return to school after all lesions have formed crusts, usually 5-10 days after start of rash.


These guidelines are meant to help decrease illness so your children can be in the best environment for learning.  Please cover all wounds & encourage hand washing.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse. By working together, we can prevent the spread of illness and keep our children the healthiest they can be.


The Olympia School Nurses





Frosty Science

With this experiment, your child can see frost and learn why people sprinkle salt on icy sidewalks and roads. How? Have your youngster rinse out two empty soup cans, remove the labels, and fill each can halfway with ice. She should stir 1 – 4 cup salt into just one can and set both cans aside. What happens? After 10 minutes, she’ll notice frost on the “salty can” and water on the other one. Why? Salt lowers the melting point of the ice, so the can with salt got colder than the other can. When water in the air condensed onto the cans, it froze into frost on the one with salt. That’s why salt is useful in winter—it melts snow and ice, making it safer to walk or drive.♥  Home & School Connection, December 2018


Upcoming Events

12/12   Walk ‘n’ Roll to school

12/13   Lion’s Club Vision & Hearing Screening

            Field Trip Mrs. Knight and Miss Askew’s classes 9:15-1:00 p.m.

12/14   Star Showcase Assembly – 9:15-9:45 a.m. – CES gym -NOTE CHANGE OF TIME

12/17   Field Trip Mrs. Peterson & Mrs. Thies 9:30-11:30 a.m.

            Field Trip Mrs. Miner & Mrs Rethwill 11:00-1:00 p.m.

Fourth & Fifth Grade Choir Concert – OHS-PAC 7:00 p.m.

12/18   PJ Day

12/19 – 1/2      Winter Break

1/8       Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

1/9       Walk ‘n’ Roll to school

1/14- 1/15        Science on Wheels at Centennial

1/21     Martin Luther King Jr Holiday – No school

1/25     Star Showcase Assembly @ 2:45 p.m.

1/31     End of Semester

2/1       Early Dismissal for Grading at 12:05 p.m.


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: 


Centennial Staff wishes all their families and friends a Happy and safe Holiday!