Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

May 2019


As we get closer to the end of the school year, those of you that will be moving please make contact with the school office so we have all our paperwork in order, for your withdrawal.  Parents of 5th grade students that are not planning to go to WMS need to let the school office know that there will be a different 6th grade direction for their child. Thank you for keeping us in the loop. It’s been a great school year and we have many more, great days ahead of us.

Hope that everyone had a fun time at the Carnival last week and got an opportunity to peek into all the new spaces.  We are so excited about all the changes to come.  The second gym is getting a new wood floor this week. We will have a new Lost & Found closet across from the new gym.  Do continue to check the table and coat rack in the school hall for items that you might be missing.  As the weather warms, our students start to shed layers and they forget to pick up their jackets and sweaters when they come in from the outside.

Booster Club’s Seussical Jr. actors and actresses have been busy over the last few months preparing for their performances that will be at the end of May. The children will be performing in the Centennial Elementary School Gym/Multipurpose Room on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 1st 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Set aside one of these days to attend.  It should be a fantastic performance. More information to come on how to purchase tickets.          

Last Day of School in June

The last day of school will be on Friday, June 21st. School will dismiss at 12:05 p.m. No lunch will be served. More information will be going home regarding our annual field day, that is on the last day of school.  A day full of lots of fun!

Spring Choir Concert

Centennials’ Advance Choir will be performing at Centennial Elementary Gym on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Band & Orchestra Concert

Students in 4th and 5th Grade Band and Orchestra will have an end of the year concert at Centennial at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, June 10th.


Celebrate National Bike Month!

School Bike Challenge

May 1-15th

Have fun, ride your bike, and win a prize! To participate, pick up a mileage log in the front office, record your bike rides, and return your completed log to the collection box in the office by May 17th.  All students who turn in a log will win a prize!

By biking to school we reduce traffic, get exercise, help the environment, and meet our neighbors. This event is supported by Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll Program, a program that encourages youth to walk, bike, and use transit. Questions?  Contact Aimee Christy (


Bus Riding -  Notes, Changes in Routine

Families when you call, email or send a hand written note to have your child ride the bus home or to a friend’s house we need you to indicate clearly your child’s first and last name, the bus number, your home address or friend’s address.  The bus drivers are insisting that this information be provided on every bus note.  This helps the transportation department when there is a sub driver on a route and the school office when we are making changes to the end of the day routines for your child.


Spring Clothing

The warm weather is on its way (we are hopeful) so are the children’s desires to get into their spring and summer clothing.  On warm days, children may wear shorts to school.  We suggest that the shorts be mid-thigh in length, both for ease of movement and for comfort when sitting on plastic chairs.  We ask that all clothing be appropriate for school and not a distraction to the learning environment or to other students.  Clothing with drug or alcohol slogans, or violence-related clothing, are not considered appropriate for school.  Also, students should avoid shirts showing bare midriffs and backs.  We also strongly recommend that children not wear open-toed shoes or sandals to school because of the risk of injury to the feet on our busy playground.


After School

Students should head home after school is out and not stop to play on the school equipment. This is for the safety of your child, unless you are present as a parent to supervise at the end of the day. Please be aware that there is heavy equipment work on our campus that is waiting until school is dismissed for the day.


School Arrival

A reminder that we do not have supervision before school or after school.  A number of students have been arriving early. Teachers are in meetings and planning for their day.  The classrooms are open by 8:50 a.m. This is the soonest that students should arrive.  Parents need to remain with their child if they do come before that time.

Volunteering on Field Trips

There are many field trips planned for the month of May and June.  Be sure you have not let your volunteer application expire if you are wanting to chaperone a field trip. An email reminder would have been sent to you as a reminder to update your volunteer status in HelpCounter program.


Food Service

Olympia School District has an automatic phone message service to alert families when their child’s meal account is getting low. All outstanding balances need to be paid in full by the end of the year, so that kitchen staff can balance their books. Money remaining in a child’s account at the end of the year will carry over to the next school year. Fifth graders’ accounts will roll over to the OSD middle school they will be attending.


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 at the school. Any items not claimed by Monday, June 24 will be donated to a local charity.


Summer Learning Traditions

Your child has spent the entire school year learning new things. Help him hang onto that knowledge, and learn even more, by starting summer traditions like these.

STEM Olympics Boost your youngster’s STEM skills with a series of household engineering competitions. For the first contest, each person could build a catapult with craft sticks and rubber bands. See whose catapult can launch a ball the farthest. Next, maybe family members will compete to engineer a boat that carries the most pennies without sinking.

Family Celebrations

Have your child use math to plan special events, such as an Independence Day cookout. Give him a budget, and let him look through grocery and dollar store flyers for the best prices on ingredients and supplies. He should list items and prices, and add up the total. Next, perhaps he’ll host a National Ice Cream Day party on July 21 or a back-to-school celebration the last weekend of summer break.

Reading Pals For a fun way to stay in touch—and practice reading—help your youngster find a relative to be his reading pal. Maybe he and his grandfather will take turns reading chapters of a novel via video chat. Or record a video of your youngster reading a book to send to a younger cousin. The little one can do the same to show her big cousin how she’s learning to read.♥ Home & School Connection, May 2019

Beyond Please &Thank You

Whether your child is at home, in public, or at someone else’s house, using good manners shows respect for others. Consider these tips. Acknowledge visitors. Explain how to welcome guests. If your youngster is playing a game and people visit, she should stop and chat. Likewise, let her know to acknowledge when they leave by walking them to the door and saying goodbye. Share public spaces. When you use an escalator, you might say to your child, “We’re standing on the right side. The left side is for walking.” Or while waiting for the elevator, you could tell her, “Let’s step back so people can get off before we get on.” Answer politely. “Would you like pretzels or grapes?” When your child is offered options at someone else’s home, she may think it’s good manners to reply, “Either one.” Point out that it’s more helpful for the host if she says what she wants. (“I’d like grapes, thank you.”)♥  Home & School Connections, May 2019


Upcoming Events




Field Trip Mrs. Roedell & Mrs. Balderston 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


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


Field Trip Mrs. Askew 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Field Trip Mrs. Knight 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Field Trip 3rd grade 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Memorial Day – No school


Seussecial Jr Musical Performance 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Elementary School


Field Trip 5th grade to WMS 9:05-10:30 a.m.


Showcase Assembly – at 2:45 p.m. featuring First Grade


Seussecial Jr Musical Performance 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Elementary School


Seussecial Jr Musical Performance 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Elementary School


Taste of Kindergarten – by appointment


Spring Choir Concert at Centennial Elementary 7:00 p.m.


Field Trip Second Grade 9:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.


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 – Miss Rethwill & Mrs. Peterson 10:15-1:50 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


What’s in the Newspaper?

A newspaper brings plenty of learning opportunities to your youngster’s doorstep. Take advantage of the paper with these activities.

Alphabet grab bag

Let your child cut out individual letters from headlines and use them to spell as many words as possible. He might also make sentences using uppercase and lowercase letters.

Comic Relief

Your youngster can put events in a logical sequence with this idea. Cut out comic strip panels, mix them up, and ask him to arrange them in the right order. For a bigger challenge, mix up panels from several comic strips for him to sort and put in order.

Picture This

Have your child practice critical thinking. Cut out a newspaper photograph and show it to him without the caption or article. Can he figure out what the article is about? He could write a caption for the photo, then read the article to see if his caption makes sense.♥ Home & School Connection, May 2019

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: