Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal                                                                                                                    November 2018


Construction Updates:

  • Phase 1A will be complete and we will be moving back into some of our new spaces on Friday, November 16th after school. This will include the Main Office, Administration, both Resource Classrooms, Counselor, SLP, School Psychologist, Behavior Technician, the Staff Room and Workroom. The movers will begin once school is dismissed.  
  • Our next big move, Phase 1B, is schedule for Friday, November 30th after school. This will include all of our Kindergarten Classrooms and about half of our 1st and 2nd grade classrooms.
  • The Library is estimated to be completed by the end of Winter Break and the Auxiliary Gym and Play-shed completion date has been pushed back to the end of February 2019.


    Musical Theater is coming to Centennial!

    Our new Musical Theater Club will be performing the production of Seussical the Musical Jr. This will be a great show for young performers; it means singing, dancing, acting and lots of energy from every performer. We will have three performances the end of May, with two dress rehearsals the week of the performances. Performances will be held on the CES stage in the cafeteria. Thank you to Booster Club for sponsoring this.  


    More information to come soon but here is a sneak peek.  Rehearsals will be Mondays and Wednesdays after school (1.5 hours) from early February to the performance in late May. We will have auditions for lead and solo parts during the first week of rehearsals, then students will be cast in their roles. 5th graders will be given priority and considered first for larger parts, then 4th graders, and 3rd graders will be singing chorus parts. Any students who do not want to be considered for a solo part but still want to participate will be cast in the chorus. 


    Centennial Self-Manager Program

    You may have heard the news and are wondering about our exciting Centennial’s Self-Manager program. With only two months into school, we already have over 200 Centennial Self-Managers. The Self-Manager program is a positive recognition program that supports our PBIS Tier I system. The purpose of the Self-Manager program is to recognize and celebrate students who are consistently following our Centennial Expectations of Being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe each and every day. Centennial Self-Managers consistently make positive choices and manage themselves in the classroom and across all other school settings. ALL Centennial students are eligible and capable in becoming a Centennial Self Manager. Students who are not quite there yet and need to continue to work on becoming a Self-Manager are able to assess themselves with the Self-Manager checklist and set goals with their teacher to give them some areas to work on. Our goal is to have ALL Centennial students become Self-Managers by the end of the school year. Once a student becomes a Self-Manager, they will continue to wear the Self-Manager dog tag and be held to the Self-Manager expectations by all Centennial staff. Each quarter, all Self- Managers will be invited to participate in the Self-Manager celebration. We encourage you to have conversations with your student(s) around being a Self-Manager so that we can meet our school-wide goal of 100 percent.


    Hispanic Night at OSD Knox Building

    On Thursday, November 15th, Hispanic Night will be held once again. This year Hispanic Night will occur in the Board Room at Knox, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. The intent is to enable our Spanish-speaking families to learn about Skyward Family Access, along with other important services and resources within the Olympia community 

  • Happy Thanksgiving

  • Enjoy the day with family and friends.  No School November 23-25

  • Upcoming Performances- Mark your Calendar

  • Winter Choir Concert 4th & 5th Graders at OHS PAC 7:00 p.m. December 17th at 7:00 p.m.
  • CES Band & Orchestra Concert CES Gym December 7th at 9:15 a.m.

    From our Counselor Kris Norelius:

    Love and Logic is a parenting program that offers regular tips by email, called The Insider's Club. The suggestions are offered in the context of a short family story that we can all relate to. To sign up for the Insider's Club go to and scroll to the bottom of the page. Enter your email address and enjoy! Below is the most recent email from Love and Logic, an important message about how to help our children become more resilient:


    All School Assembly

    We will have our first "Star Showcase" Assembly on November 30th starting at 2:45 p.m.  Fourth grade will be highlighted! 


    Volunteering at Centennial

    Planning to help out in your child’s class, in the library or on a field trip?  Make sure you have completed a volunteer application. Update your information online if you haven’t done this for the 2018-2019 school year. It can take up to a week to get approval from the time you submit your application. To access the online application, go to the school district’s website under quick links.  The office also has instructions on how to access the online application. Hard copies are available if someone does not have access to a computer.  Families should go to to sign up. 


    Emergency Instructions for Parents

  • Make sure your contact information is accurate and updated. This ensures you’ll receive all information that we send out.
  • Make sure your child has an emergency kit for the classroom.  Families can make their own (see school office) or purchase one of the Booster Club’s pre-made emergency kits for $8.00 while supplies last.
  • Wait for direction from the District if you need to pick up your child, and if so, when and where. You may be contacted via robo call, email, or text. Information will also be posted and updated on the District website.
  • Remember that all school staff have a role in the response, and we may not be able to answer the phones. In addition, the school phone lines need to remain open and available for emergency responders.
  • The District will advise you of the Reunification Site to pick up your child. Unless the District has advised you, do not come to the school. Parents arriving en masse will interfere with the emergency response and potentially put themselves and others in danger.
  • Reunification Sites could be located at any one of the following locations. The District will direct you to one of these sites.
    1. Centennial Elementary School
      1. Siskiyou Loop Road - Muirhead Property (behind the school playfield)
      2. Log Cabin Road SE – CRC Christian Reform Church


        Thank you to our families for your generous support of the ASB Pumpkin Fund Run. We collected over $11,000. in donations. This money will be used to support cultural, athletic, social & recreational activities at school that will benefit our students.


        School Emergency Procedures

        To protect our students and staff. Our school performs various safety drills throughout the year, which are practiced on a monthly basis.

  • Lockdown
  • Fire Drill/Evacuation
  • Shelter-in Place
  • Earthquake

    During an emergency event the school district will make every effort to provide information to parents and guardians of our students. This information is sent to you based on the contacts you have provided the school, which is why it’s incredibly important that your contact information is always updated and correct.

    Study Up

    The more different ways your youngster reviews what he’s learning, the more likely he is to remember the information. Here are games that will add variety to his study time.

    Spelling Scramble

    Let your child use magnetic letters or Scrabble tiles to practice spelling or word-study words with this game. Each player secretly chooses a word from his spelling list and drops its letters into a cup. Exchange cups. On “go,” dump out your letters, and arrange them to spell a word. The first person to spell his word correctly earns 1 point. After using all the words, high score wins. Note: If a player spells a word correctly but it’s not the one on the spelling list (say, porter instead of report), he still gets 1 point. Be sure to tell him the actual word, and have him spell it, too.

    Vocabulary Hangman

    Try this vocabulary version of hangman. One player draws dashes to stand for each letter in the definition of a word. Other players take turns guessing letters to fill in the blanks. The player who reveals the definition and can name the vocabulary word wins the round.

    Math War

    Your youngster can work on math with this twist on War. Deal a deck of cards evenly to players, who stack their cards facedown (ace = 1, face cards = 10). On each round, players flip over two cards (say, 3 and king) and add their values (3 + 10 = 13). The player with the highest total takes the cards. If there’s a tie, each player flips over two more cards and adds again. Collect all 52 cards to win the game. Variations: Multiply your cards instead of adding.  Resources for Educators, Bonus Issues 2018


    A Family Guide to Homework

    Homework is valuable practice for what your child is learning in school. To help it go smoothly in your home, here are tips that have worked for other parents. On the issue next month, you’ll find a section with ideas to make study time more fun and productive, too.

    Getting Started

    “Our son Jake was always ‘just a minute’ away from doing homework. We discovered that sticking to a regular time and place made a big difference. He knows that every evening after dinner, we clear off the table and he starts homework. His dad or I often sit with him and do our own ‘homework,’ such as paying bills, catching up on emails, or making a grocery list. As a result, it’s easier for Jake to get going—and sometimes he has to remind us that it’s time to work.”

    Staying Focused

    “A big family plus a small house equals a lot of distractions at homework time. Sophia, our third grader, would pay attention to what everyone else was doing instead of focusing on her work. So we put together a ‘study station.’ I got a trifold cardboard display (like those used at a science fair), and Sophia personalized it with her artwork. She loves standing it up to make an ‘office’ area, and it has helped her to block out distractions.”

    Being Thorough and Careful

    “I recently came up with an idea to encourage my son Seth to do his homework more carefully. Before, he’d rush through it, which meant he sometimes made careless mistakes. Plus, his handwriting was hard to read. Now I have him ‘grade’ his own homework. He pretends to be a teacher as he looks over each completed assignment. Then, he tells me what grade he thinks he would earn. This gives him a chance to make his work more legible and to correct his mistakes before he turns it in for a real grade. Since Seth started looking at homework through a teacher’s eyes, he has been handing in cleaner work.”

    Remembering Assignments

    “When my daughter Emma left her homework assignment at school for the third time in a week, I knew we needed to do something. I took her to the dollar store and let her pick out a folder to use just for homework. At school, as soon as she gets an assignment, she tucks it inside the folder. We also attached a bright pink luggage tag to her backpack that says ‘Homework?’ This reminds her to put the folder in her backpack at the end of the day. These two changes are great reminders— now Emma is a lot less likely to forget her assignments.”  Resources for Educators, Bonus Issues 2018


    Upcoming Events


    11/21-23          Thanksgiving Break

    11/26-12/7 CES Canned Food Drive to go towards the OHS Food Drive

    11/29   Parent Information Night Screenagers- Growing up in the Digital Age at OHS-PAC 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    11/30   Star Show Case Assembly – 2:45-3:15 p.m. – gym

                Booster Club Movie Night – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    12/7     Band & Orchestra Concert at CES – 9:15 a.m.

    12/12   Walk ‘n’ Roll to school

    12/13   Lion’s Club Vision & Hearing Screening

    12/14   Star Showcase Assembly – 2:45-3:15 p.m. – CES gym

    12/17   Fourth & Fifth Grade Choir Concert – OHS-PAC 7:00 p.m.

    12/19 – 1/2      Winter Break


    Parent Night - The Screenagers Movie- Growing Up in the Digital Age

    Parents are invited to view this film with other eastside families from OSD elementary schools on November 29th at the OHS PAC. The screening will begin at 6:00 -7:30 p.m.


    Screenagers dives deep into how technology impacts kid's development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world where parents must compete with.

    Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

    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: