Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal                                                                                                          October 2018


Hello Centennial families and students ~


It has been a terrific start to the year and I could not be more proud of the flexibility shown by all as we settle into this year.  While construction seems to overshadow things at times, our students and staff continues to ensure our students are learning at high levels and enjoying school.  

  • Due to our limited play field area, we switched things up and moved the Pumpkin Fund Run to the neighborhood and it was a huge success!  The off-site location made it feel like a “real run”.  A big thank you to our neighbors who welcomed us to their streets.  A few folks even came out to cheer us on. Thank you to Olympia Police Department and Thurston County Sheriff’s office for their presence.  And thank you to all our parents who came out to volunteer and cheer us on.  What a fun time together!
  • The first week of October, we introduced Self-Managers as a way to acknowledge students who are positive role models.  These students demonstrate School-Wide Expectations by being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE and SAFE here at school every day.  As of October 19th, we have 151 Self Managers!  Congratulations students and I know more names will be added to this list soon!
  • Our annual Fall Social sponsored by the Booster Club was also a hit.  Over 500 students and families attended this fun evening.  Our Booster Club has a movie night scheduled for Friday, November 30th.  More info to come but I think it is going to be” Incredible”.
  • And of course …. News about construction:
    • The main entry and bathrooms will be accessible for our Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 9th @ 9:15 a.m.
    • Phase 1A will be completed by November 19th and the following folks will be in their new spaces: The Main Office, Administrators, both Resource Classrooms, Counselor, SLP, SSC, Behavior Tech, Staff room and Workroom.  Hip Hip Hooray!
    • Phase 1B is tentatively scheduled to be completed by November 23rd.  At this time, all of our Kindergarten classrooms will move to their permanent location in Pod C (formerly known as Pod A).  All Pod B classrooms will move to their new temporary classrooms so demolition can start immediately.  More to come on this.
    • Our new 2nd gym and play-shed are scheduled to be completed when we return Winter Break in January of 2019.

I am so excited for everyone to see our new space.  It is going to be an incredible physical environment for learning. Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the different phases of construction.  And most importantly, thank you for your partnership in this adventure!

Shannon Ritter



With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, we ask families to remember to have their child wear appropriate attire to school. Please check with your individual teachers regarding plans for the day. Students are asked not to wear costumes, masks or anything that might scare other children and no look-a-like weapons. Also, remember no candy, due to the school district’s nutrition policy.



Free Parenting Workshops

The Olympia School District is pleased to offer free parent education workshops with Candyce Lund Bollinger.  Bollinger is a parent educator and private parenting counselor in Washington State and has been practicing for more than 35 years. She provides classes and consultations for schools, colleges, civic groups, private organizations and has a private practice.  She is the mother of four children and has two grandchildren.

2018-19 Workshop Details

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 2400 15th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Positive Discipline: This workshop is designed to give parents a map and techniques to facilitate healthy discipline.

Workshops are free and no registration is required.


Veterans Day Assembly

Mark your calendars. Centennial Elementary students will be presenting a Veterans Day program on Friday, November 9th at 9:15 a.m.  We will be acknowledging the veterans of our community’s families. Informational letters will be going home.

Please refrain from taking pictures or video of anyone other than your child. We have a large number of families who have requested their child not be photographed. Thank you for understanding.

Organization Made Easy

Good organizational skills will help your child find what he needs—and save time. Try these tips:

● Encourage your youngster to help with jobs that teach organization. For instance, have him organize your toolbox. Let him try his ideas, such as grouping together same size screws or arranging wrenches from shortest to longest.

● Point out that staying organized is easier than getting organized. If he cleans out his school desk and his backpack every Friday, those tasks won’t be overwhelming. Idea: He could put sticky notes on his desk and bag that say “Please clean me on Friday!”♥ Home & School Connection, October 2018


Head Lice Article from our Nurse

Fall is in the air! Conference Week and Winter 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.


    Student Handbooks

    Centennial’s Student Handbook is online at centennial.osd.wednet.edu. Inside you will see information on our schedule, teacher voice mail number, homework information and much more.


    With the rainy season upon us, please be sure your child brings a coat to school each day. Please be aware that the school does not have the resources to provide dry clothes for all children. We will try to place a call home for a change of clothes, when possible. We know it is very difficult for some families to get away from work to bring a change of clothes to the school.  Note there will be times when a student may have to wear wet/damp clothes in class. 

    Planned Absence Request Forms

    Remember, if you are going on a vacation or on a trip, please complete a Planned Absence Request Form. These forms are available in the office or call us and we will send a form home with your child. The 2018- 2019 District Calendar & Handbook and Centennial’s Student Handbook, both explain absences from school.

    Check out the “Parent Resources” Tab on Centennial’s (link) or Olympia School District web page. 

    There are instructions for managing your Family Access Account:

  • Skylert Notifications in Family Access
  • Timberland Library Card
  • Changing your Family Access e-mail
  • Forgot your Family Access password


    Super Homework Support

    Making homework an important part of life at home will show your youngster that her education matters. Letting her work independently will also send the message that you believe in her. Consider these strategies.

    Provide backup

    Allow your youngster to work on her own, but tell her you’re available if she needs you. Say she’s confused about the directions for an assignment. You could encourage her to reread them slowly or maybe read them aloud to her. If she’s not sure how to approach a math problem, you might look at similar problems together in her textbook.

    Give feedback

    Point out to your child what she’s doing well—you’ll inspire her to repeat the behavior in the future. For instance, if you notice she started a long-term project the day it was assigned, you could say, “Nice move! Now you have plenty of time to come up with good ideas and do your best.”

    Show interest

    Glance over finished homework so you know it’s done and your youngster knows you care. Also, look at returned assignments. She might proudly share a nice comment her teacher wrote on her essay. Or if a paper has spelling errors, ask how she can avoid the same problem next time, perhaps by looking up unfamiliar words in a dictionary.♥   Home & School Connection, October 2018


    Upcoming Dates

    10/22   Individual Picture Make-Up Day – morning only 9:00-10:00 a.m.

    10/22-26          Conferences – Dismissed at 12:05 p.m.

    11/8     4th Grade Field Trip to Kennedy Creek 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    11/9     Veteran’s Day Assembly – 9:15-10:15 a.m.

    11/12   No School Veteran’s Day Holiday

    11/13   Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

    11/21-23          Thanksgiving Break

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

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

    12/13   Lion’s Club Vision & Hearing Screening

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

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

    12/19 – 1/2      Winter Break


    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 in walking to school and having a fun autumn morning on November 14th.

    Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!

    Centennial is Walking N Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates.

    Nov. 14

    Dec. 12

    Jan. 9

    Feb. 13

    March 13

    April 10

    May 8 National Bike to School Day!

    June 12


    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: