Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

February 2019

Dear Centennial Families,

Spring Conferences

We are excited to announce that we will be using Family Access in Skyward to schedule conferences this Spring. This process will allow you to log in and see available time slots for conferencing that best fit your schedule. In order for this to work smoothly, you will need to make sure our office has your email address. If you do not have access to a computer or email, please let us know so we can help you navigate how to schedule. We will be sending home a letter in March with steps on how to schedule. Please note: the online scheduling system will not be visible in Skyward until the conferencing window is open on March 7-17. These dates will also be provided in the letter that goes home. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the school at 360.596.8300.  Thank you for your continued partnership.  We look forward to seeing you all during Spring Conferences


Count Down to Kindergarten

On Saturday, February 9, the Olympia School District will hold its annual Kindergarten informational event starting at 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Capital High School. A reminder that children should be 5 years old by August 31, 2019 to be eligible to start kindergarten this fall. The event is geared for adults of incoming kindergartners in the Olympia School District. Child-care is not provided. Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia. The District will re-schedule this event if the weather makes traveling dangerous.


Construction Update

We are happily back in our new, mostly finished, beautiful library and our students in Kindergarten have settled into their new classrooms nicely.  Pod B is starting to take shape with walls, electrical and plumbing.  At this time, we are on schedule to move back into Pod B by the end of March.  The play-shed and additional full size gym are behind schedule with a revised completion date of late March for the play-shed and the end of April for the gym.  The new gym will have hardwood floors and some spectator seating!


We don’t have all the details yet, but our kitchen will be undergoing some significant changes as well starting April 1st (no kidding!)  In order to be ready for the start of school in September our construction crew needs to get into the kitchen sooner than later due to the scope of work.  Spring Break will be used to set up a temporary kitchen in the multi-purpose room.  Students will still be able to have breakfast and full hot lunch options including milk.  Our student’s food will be prepared off-site, stored in heated or refrigerated containers and driven over to be served. We will use recyclable utensils and paper products instead of trays which I am sure the kids will think is fun. If you have not had a chance to stop by and check out our new spaces, we are all loving them!


Battle of the Books Championship

March 12, 2019 - Final Battle of the Books Competition at Centennial Gym

1:30 – 2:15 P.M. - Grade 3

2:15 – 3:00 P.M. - Grades 4 & 5


Reading Month – “Reading is Sweet”

This is a time to continue to encourage students to read at home.  Students can count oral reading, silent reading and being read to.  Students are to count only reading done at home, not in school. Information has been sent home. Extra forms to record reading minutes are available in the library and in the office. If students meet their reading goal school-wide, students will earn a popcorn party and bookmark. Top readers will join Mrs. Ritter for lunch.

  • Reading Month: February 11-March 8
  • Used Book Sale: Thursday, March 7
  • Character Day: Friday, March 8

    We will be celebrating the end of our Reading Month on Friday, March 8 by having a “Character Day” at school. Students may come dressed as a favorite character from a book they have read. Please be aware that the outfits must be school appropriate. Your teachers will have more information.


    Wanted: Gently Used Books for the Used Book Sale

    Check under your beds and in your closets for gently used books for Centennial’s Used Book Sale that will take place on Thursday, March 7.  This is a fun event for all our children to browse and select books to purchase from 5¢ - $1.00. This is a one-day event. Students shop during their recesses.


    Adventures By Mail

    Your child can explore the world without leaving home! This activity turns him into a “flat traveler”— like Flat Stanley in the popular book series. First, let him mail a photo of himself and a letter to a relative or friend who lives out of town. He could write questions that will help him learn about the place, perhaps about the weather, language, foods, geography, or landmarks. The person should mail back answers, along with photos and even tourist brochures or postcards. For instance, his aunt may snap a picture of your child’s photo on a snowy mountain or in front of a famous skyscraper. Suggest that your youngster put everything in a scrapbook that he can read to remind him of the places “he” has been. Then, he can send his photo on another adventure with a different long-distance relative or friend! Home & School Connection, January 2019


    Attention: Vaccination Requirements for Sixth Graders

    Washington State Department of Health requires all children entering sixth grade or who are 11 years old to show proof of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis). If your child has a check-up this spring, see if you need this vaccination. Call the office or send a note with the date so that we can update your child’s health record.


    Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2018-2019

  • Registration Forms available starting – March 4
  • Return registration forms startingMarch 5
  • A Taste of Kindergarten & Screening at CES – June 3

    Parent orientation & student screening


    Looking for gently used boy’s pants or sweat pant size 5-10.


    Centennial Science & Engineering Fair

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Registration Forms due by Friday, February 15. All forms are available on Centennial’s website. 

    Your child has an opportunity to be part of the CES Science & Engineering Fair, where your child will choose a question and design a science project that uses the scientific process to solve a problem. This is an at-home task that your child can do independently or with the whole family. We hope you agree that the educational benefits are numerous, as your child will develop skills in writing, oral presentation, creative thinking, and problem-solving. We are all looking forward to another year of boundless enthusiasm and terrific projects.

    Read to Succeed

    Whether your child is solving a word problem in math or following instructions for a science experiment, strong reading skills play an important role. Here are activities to build his comprehension as he learns in three key subjects. Math Suggest that your youngster read a math story problem aloud and then retell it in his own words—leaving out the numbers! This allows him to focus on what the problem is asking him to do before he tries to solve it. Example: “A panda had a lot of bamboo. Then he ate some. Now he has less. How much bamboo does he have left?” He’ll know that he needs to subtract. Science Diagrams, charts, tables, and other graphics help your child “see” science concepts. Encourage him to create his own visual aids. If he’s reading about the layers of the Earth, maybe he will draw a diagram and label the crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core. History Your youngster will go back in time by reading historical fiction about topics he studies. He’ll feel as if he’s walking the streets of ancient Greece, for instance, while also getting background information on people, places, and events. He might try a series like Magic Tree House (Mary Pope Osborne) or Blast to the Past (Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon).♥ Home & School Connection, January 2019


    Attendance calls for Centennial should be left on the Attendance Line voice mail phone number at 360-596-8303. This is a 24-hour voice mail number that you can call at any time of the day.


    Centennial’s Character Day is March 8th

    Mark your calendar and begin to plan your child’s costume for Character Day.  This is an annual event that is celebrated at the end of our reading month. Students may come dressed as a favorite character from a book they have read. There are lots of wonderful books characters to choose from; let your imagination soar! Please be aware that the outfits must be school appropriate.


    Highly Capable Referral Window Open January 28 - February 11

    The referral window is open for children in grades 2-8 for next year Hi Cap Program. Parents can go to the district webpage to locate the referral forms. The Olympia School District screens students in grades two through grade seven in the spring of each school year. The screening process is comprehensive and multi-layered, using objective criteria. See the Olympia School District website for information on the Highly Capable Program https://osd.wednet.edu/academics/highly_capable


    Let’s Collaborate!

    Knowing how to collaborate with classmates will help your youngster work well and learn in a group. Try these tips to practice collaboration skills at home. Balance speaking and listening. During family discussions, give each person a chance to talk. Your child should listen carefully so he can acknowledge what everyone says and build on their ideas. (“I liked what you said about _____. I think _____.”) Encourage compromise. If your youngster has a disagreement with a sibling or friend, such as whether to play indoors or outdoors, think of it as a learning opportunity. Ask them to think of a way they could both feel satisfied, perhaps by doing a jigsaw puzzle outside at a picnic table. Or they might flip a coin to decide which to do first.♥ Home & School Connection,  February 2019


    Upcoming Events

    2/9                   OSD Kindergarten Information Event at CHS @ 10:00 a.m. “Countdown 2 Kindergarten”

    2/11-3/8          Reading Month Begins

    OJP Field Trip gr 4 & 5 “The One and Only Ivan” 9:20 a.m.

    2/13                 Walk ‘n’ Roll to school

    2/15                 Spirit Day- students and staff wear their CES spirit gear (red, white or blue)

    2/18-19            Mid-Winter-break – No School

    2/22                 Star Showcase Assembly @ 2:45 p.m. –Second Grade to be highlighted

                            Movie Night – Booster Club sponsored movie night –  more information to follow

    3/1                   Spirit Day- students and staff wear their CES spirit gear (red, white or blue)

    3/4                   Registration for Fall 2019 begins for Kindergarten and grades 1-5      

    OJP Field Trip grades 1-3 “Penguin Goes to Flight School9:20 a.m.

    3/5                   Centennial’s Science Fair

    3/7-3/17           CES Spring Conference – Family Access is open for scheduling conferences. See article.

    3/7                   Used Book Sale

    3/8                   Character Day

    3/18                 OJP Field Trip gr 1-3 “Three Pigs” 9:20 a.m.

    3/19                 FamOly Choir Concert at 6:00 p.m. Advance Choir at OHS 6:00 p.m.

    3/22                 Spirit Day- students and staff wear their CES spirit gear (red, white or blue)

    Star Showcase Assembly @ 2:45 p.m. –Third Grade to be highlighted

    3/26-29            Conference Week dismissed at 12:05 p.m.

    4/1-5                Spring Break – No school


    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: