Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

March 2019

Hello Families


Well that was sure an interesting February!  March has been much better to us and we have gotten back into a groove and our students are working hard. In January, some of our Student Council Members wanted to do a project around Kindness. They came up with the idea of putting a more intentional focus on being kind during the month of March. This group of students wanted to call attention to the idea that “one kind word or action can change someone’s day”.  As a result, students created “Kindness Counts” slips as a way for staff to acknowledge random acts of kindness. During morning announcements, student names are read and they receive a Centennial Pride bracelet. I continue to be impressed by our students each day and this is just one example of why our Stars are so special!


Switching gears to construction now - there is a lot happening. Here are some highlights updates to construction:

  • Our kitchen will be temporarily located into the cafeteria space and a wall will be built so Lincoln Construction can start work on the kitchen early due to the scope of work.  The Star Cafe will be cozy but will be open for business with full hot lunch service.
  • “The Next Great Move” . . .for B Pod is scheduled for Friday, April 12th @ 3:45 pm.  We should be able to do a soft move starting on Tuesday, April 9th like what we did with the A Pod move.  The students sure seemed to enjoy getting to help move into their new classrooms.  Many hands sure does make the work lighter!
  • Teachers moving into their permanent location in B Pod will be:  Mrs. Anderson (1st), Mrs. Martin (1st), Mrs. Leach (1st), Ms. Evans (1st), Mrs. Kapsandy & Mrs. Sorrell (both 2nd grade)
  • The teachers moving out of C Pod into various locations will be: Mrs. Thies (3rd into A-3), Mrs. Lee- O’Neil (2nd - into P-6) and Mrs. Olsen (2nd - into P-7)
  • Demolition for the old C Pod will begin Monday, April 15th.
  • The new play shed is scheduled to be ready around the first of April with the brand new full size gym ready for students by the end of April.


A huge thank you to our staff, students, families and community and we continue to live and learn in a construction zone!  We can’t wait for you to check out the new spaces during conference week!


Spring Break

No school the week of April 1-5

Conference Week March 26-29

Online Parent-Teacher Conference sign up will continue for families until March 17th.  After that time contact your teacher by email to assist you.  Monday, March 25th will be a normal school day 9:00-3:22 p.m. Conference will take place starting Tuesday-Friday, March 26-29.  School hours during conference week will be 9:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

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, April 14th, at 1:10 p.m. Mrs. Thronson will send more details home to the Advance Choir members at a later date. Ticket order information will be going out to families sometime after March 1st. Tickets will be $14 and there are 300 seats reserved for Centennial.


Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2018

Began on Monday, March 4 Pickup kindergarten registration 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 3. Parents can sign up for their choice of orientation times when they return the registration packet to the school office.


Centennial is Walking N Rolling!

Join us by walking or biking to school on:

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12

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 13 to visit with our fifth graders and hand out registration packets. Parents, please fill out and return the sixth grade registration forms your child brought home. All forms will need to be back to school within two weeks (March 29). 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 24, and will return in the afternoon on Friday, April 26 around 2:00 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.


Head Lice Article from our Nurse

Spring is in the air! Conference week and Spring Break are just around the corner. This is often a time when we see more incidences of head lice. Prevention of head lice is key:

  • Encourage children not to share personal items such as coats, hats, brushes, combs, hair barrettes/scrunchies, pillows, etc.
  • Lice do not fly or jump, they crawl.
  • If your child is scratching his/her head more than usual, this is a warning. Using a bright light, check for lice, nits & scratch marks.
  • Lice & nits are very small. Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed. Nits feel like a little grain of sand stuck to the hair shaft and must be manually removed or they hatch into lice.
  • If your child has been treated for lice, please check in at the main office prior to returning to school.
  • The internet is a great resource for how to get rid of nits & lice.

A List-Making Habit

Get your child in the routine of making checklists in a student planner or notebook. Suggest that he write down tasks in the order he needs to complete them. Encourage him to check off each item as he tackles it—he will enjoy a sense of satisfaction as his list grows shorter. Home & School Connection, March 2019

Be a STEM Thinker

With science, technology, engineering, and math jobs in demand, STEM is a hot topic these days. Being a curious, critical, creative thinker who can solve problems will help your child do well in STEM— and in every area of life. Try these ideas. Wonder out loud Bring out your youngster’s natural curiosity by discussing what you’re curious about. (“I wonder why rainbows are curved and not straight.”) Then, he could experiment to find out. Perhaps he’ll create his own rainbows using a flashlight, a mirror, and a pan of water. Make a “tinker box” Your child will use critical thinking skills by tinkering with natural objects and loose parts. In a shoebox, let him collect items like pebbles, acorns, seeds, straws, rubber bands, and clothespins. He could add new objects as he finds them. Maybe he’ll design a “claw machine” that picks up small objects or examine an acorn under a magnifying glass. Promote problem solving Treat everyday problems as learning opportunities. Say the TV remote won’t work, even though you just replaced the batteries. Have your youngster think of solutions and test them. He might check that the batteries are inserted correctly, try batteries he’s sure are fresh, or turn the TV off and on again.♥ Home & School Connection, March 2019


Learning to be Patient

Patience is a skill that can be learned. Kids who develop it tend to have greater self-control and even do better in school. Foster patience in your youngster with these tips. Live in the moment. Encourage your child to enjoy what’s going on right now, rather than looking forward to what will happen next. For example, she could look out the window at the sunset while she waits for you to get off the phone. Or if she’s having trouble falling asleep because she can’t wait to visit her friend tomorrow, she might focus on how warm and cozy she feels in her bed now. Enjoy the payoff. Have your youngster think of something that took her a while to master, such as learning to read music. Then, remind her of how good she felt when she succeeded. Share an example from your life, too. Idea: Let her take on an activity or a project that requires patience, like growing a plant or putting together a jigsaw puzzle.♥ Home & School Connection, March 2019

Upcoming Events

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.

3/20     Fifth & Sixth Grade Band Festival at WMS 7:00 p.m.

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

3/22     Star Showcase Assembly @ 2:45 p.m. – Second Grade to be highlighted

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

4/1-5    Spring Break – No school

4/10     Walk ‘n’ Roll

4/14     Advance CES Choir Performing at Mariner’s Game 1:00 p.m. T-Mobile Field

4/24-26 Fifth Grades to CISPUS

4/29     Grade 4-5 OJP Performance “The Phantom Tollbooth” 

4/30     Grade 4 Field Trip to the Capitol

5/2       Spring Pictures


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: 

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.

Numbers to Remember:

Attendance Line (24 hr)         360-596-8300

School Main Office                360-596-8300

School Kitchen                        360-596-8307

School Nurse                          360-596-8308

Transportation Department     360-596-7700