Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

June 2019

Hello Centennial Families ~


As we move into June it is fun to reflect on the year and think about being able to slow down just a little over the summer break.  This has certainly been a year for the books!  At the start of the year, we laughed about a little motto we had . . . “If Plan A doesn’t work, that’s okay, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet!”, and thank goodness because we often had to move onto Plan B, Plan C or even Plan D. A huge thank you to the Centennial Community for your patience and flexibility as we finished up with and moved into the Intermediate Building and began the modernization project.


It certainly was a different sort of year for me and there were days where all I did was construction related.  Boy, did our students learn a lot about flexibility, patience and perseverance this year and they handled it beautifully.  I was continually amazed by how our students and staff not only took it all in stride but turned events into something to laugh and learn from. While the modernization is not complete yet, we are closer and the final product is beautiful!  Work will continue over the summer and most likely into the fall.  Summer work will include the completion of the last Pod which will be home to two 2nd grade classrooms and four 3rd grade classrooms, a new main entrance with secure vestibule, a new cafeteria and kitchen, stage area and gym.  Our parking lot will be revamped with different parent pick-up/drop-off cueing and a bus lane (YES!!!!) along with removal of the bark chips on the playground and grass on our playfield. I am unsure of how easily the office will be accessible when we return in August but we will keep you all in the loop and include clear signage of how to find us in the office and navigate the campus.


We also have some staffing changes for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Mrs. Hayes completed a very successful Principal Internship year and will be moving to the district office in her new role of Mathematics TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment).  She will be supporting Centennial and all of the elementary schools.  This is an exciting leadership opportunity but we will miss her greatly!
  • Mrs. Balderston will be changing grade levels in order to be our 4th Kindergarten Teacher this fall.  What a great addition to our Kinder Team!
  • We are also excited to welcome Ms. Smith to Centennial as our new DLC teacher (Developmental Learning Center).  What a wonderful addition this program will be!


As we wrap up this unique year, I want to say thank you one more time.  Thank you for trusting us with your most precious little ones.  Thank you for your support and partnership.  We make quite a team!  Enjoy your summer!


Shannon Ritter



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

The last day of school for all students is Friday, June 21. We will have our annual Field Day in the morning with lots of games and activities. It will look a little different this year. School will be dismissed at 12:05 p.m. Lunches will not be served.

Walk ‘n’ Roll

Hey Centennial Stars, it’s time to Walk N Roll! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and families to join Centennial for the final Walk N Roll day of the year! Come out and enjoy the end of school with this always-fun event on June 12th!

Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!


Fall 2019 – 2020 School Begins

Wednesday, September 4, 2019   9:00 a.m. – 3:22 p.m.

Check your child’s report card for a flyer announcing who will be your child’s teacher next year, for the 2019-2020 OSD School Calendar and 2019-20 supply list for Centennial. The school website will also have a link to the flyers.

Next Year’s Teacher

Please look for a flyer in your child’s report card announcing who will be their teacher next year.


Will you be moving this summer or making other arrangements? Are you currently enrolled in more than one school? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, please inform our school office staff. Our voicemail will be in operation all summer and will be checked periodically through June and then starting again in August. Having accurate enrollment numbers is critical to our planning. Please help by keeping us updated of your plans. Also, encourage new neighbors to register at the school through June 28. These new families may also leave a message on our voicemail. Thanks for your assistance.

The Little Red School House Project Distribution Day

A free distribution of supplies and school clothing to Thurston County students will take place Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Komachin Middle School – 3650 College Street Lacey WA – for directions call the school at (360) 412-4740. Intercity Transit bus route #64. If you know a family who may need help, please let them know!

Lost and Found

is overflowing with 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 25 will be donated to a local charity.


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 Friday, June 21st. 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 8th and clear up any negative food service balances before the end of school.  If your child does not receive a report card on the last day of school, it may be because books are missing or fines have not been paid.  The office will hold report cards until all fees are paid.


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 Emergency Kit Coordinator, Andrea Cunning, for organizing this activity. 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, Booster Club and PBIS Council would like to invite all of next year’s families to join us for a Welcome Back to School Day on Tuesday, September 3, 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 that will be mailed to families.


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 2018-2019 officers Geoff Pohl – President, Erinn Zeitlin – Vice-President, Kelly Hallett– Secretary, Marcea Basham & Brandi Sorem – Co-Treasurers, and Kelly Boyer – Communications, Historian- Robin Bailey. 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


Booster Club Annual Meeting: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. in the library.  Everyone is welcome to participate in our last Booster Club meeting of the year.  We will discuss upcoming activities like field day, vote for Booster Club Board of Director positions, construction update, and set our budget for next year.


Thank you for making Carnival 2019 such a successful event!  We hope you enjoyed the Big Top Circus as much as we did!  A special thank you to all of you that volunteered on a committee, donated an auction item, delivered cakes and cookies, volunteered to run a game, worked in the kitchen, and so many more behind the scenes!  We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s help.


Upcoming Events




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


Field Trip – Kindergarten 9:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Band & Orchestra Concert at 2:35 p.m.


Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m.


Field Trip – Mrs. Olsen 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Field Trip – Miss Rethwill & Mrs. Peterson 10:15-1:50 p.m.


Field Trip – Mrs. Currie 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


OHS Senior Walk at Centennial 9:10 a.m.


Field Trip Mrs. Thies & Mrs. Miner 10:15-1:50 p.m.


Talent Show at Centennial’s gym - gr 3 at 1:30 and grades 4 & 5 at 2:10 p.m.


End of the School Year BBQ Lunch menu


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


Last Day of School - Early Dismissal – no lunch served - 12:05 p.m.


Start of New School Year


Talent Show at Centennial’s gym - gr 3 at 1:30 and grades 4 & 5 at 2:10 p.m.


End of the School Year BBQ Lunch menu


Field Trip – Mrs. Lee-O’Neil 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Kindergarten-Parent Program in the Class at 2:00 p.m.


Thursday Sing Assembly at 2:45 p.m.


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


Last Day of School - Early Dismissal – no lunch served - 12:05 p.m.


Last Day School Office is Open


School Office Opens


Welcome Back to School Event – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


First Day of School - Start of New School Year


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