Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal                                                                                                  September 2018

What a great start we have had!  Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we make adjustments to how we safely navigate the school day.  I am so proud of our crew of students and staff for their flexibility, patience and positive problem solving.  This will be a challenging year for sure but I have no doubt that our students, staff and families will help us to make it a fantastic year!


I have gotten to sneak into the new space and it is really starting to come together.  Here are some projected timelines to look forward to:

  •  The Main Office area, Resource Rooms and main hallway is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.  
  • The Library and Pod A is on track to be completed around the end of November.
  • The new Auxiliary Gym & Play Shed should be done by the first part of January 2019.
  • Pod B classrooms will be completed around Spring Break and Pod C, the kitchen, main gym, front entrance and parking lot will be completed over the 2019 summer and possibly into the fall of 2019.

Not only will we have a beautiful new school when this is all done, I am pretty sure we will also be the most fit school with all this extra walking it takes to get from Point A to Point B.  Thank you for all your support and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question or concern.  And as always, thank you for sharing your kiddos with us!  It’s so good to see them all!


Wednesday Collaboration Days

Starting on September 12, 2018 we will begin a 50 Minute Early Release on every Wednesday. School hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 2:32 P.M. (During Conference Week in October and March we will be dismissing at 12:05 p.m.)


Student Individual School Pictures 

Picture Day took place on Wednesday, September 12th for Centennial’s children in grades K, 1st, 2nd 3rd, 4th and 5th.  A picture make-up day is scheduled for Monday, October 22nd for those families that were not able to make this date.


Fair Tickets Available

Tickets are available at the school office for the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, August 31 – September 23. One per Centennial student. Send a note to the school if you would like a ticket sent home with your child or stop by the office.


Food Bank Weekend Food Bags

The food bank, in conjunction with the local school districts, has created a weekend program, which provides a bag of food items for kids to eat on the weekend. The food bank realizes that families sometimes have trouble getting to the food bank due to transportation and/or work schedules. They want to ensure that students have kid friendly food items that they can eat with minimal adult support if needed over the weekend.


The food bank will take into account your child’s age to create a weekend food supply. They are happy to provide siblings, both older and younger, a bag of food also. If you would like to have each of your children be given a bag with food they can bring home on Fridays, contact the school office at 596-8300.


Community Flier Distribution

Olympia School District is not distributing hard copies of community flyers to all students at the elementary school level.  Instead, OSD will post flyers electronically to the school district’s website. You can find approved flyers in the “Flier Distribution” section at:

Lunch Menu 

The OSD Food Service Department only offers the school menu online. Please refer to the OSD website or CES website for the link to the menu.  A few copies will be available in the school office for those families that do not have a computer.

Spirit Week at Centennial – October 8-11

Monday 10/ 8– wear Centennial Spirit Gear (red, white or blue clothing is great too!)

Tuesday 10/9 – Sports Day

Wednesday 10/10 – Wear PJs Day

Thursday 10/11 – Wear orange it’s Pumpkin Fund Day


Arrival at Centennial

Please remember that there is no staff supervision for students before 8:50 a.m.  Students should not be dropped off prior to that time. This includes being dropped off early to the playfield. If a parent is supervising their child on the playfield, then this is the only exception to the policy.


After School Change in Plan - Riding the Bus

If your child is going to ride the bus to another friend’s house the following information is needed to complete a bus pass for your child to board a bus after school:

  • date
  • child’s name
  • address of the friend’s house (friend’s name included)
  • Bus Route (22, 23, 26 or 29)
  • Guardian/Parent’s name/signature 

OSD Transportation Department has implemented this procedure. A bus pass with the above information is now required. Please make changes prior to school in the AM.


Pumpkin Fund Run Thursday, October 11

Your classroom teacher will let you know when their track time is scheduled closer to the event. This is an annual ASB fundraiser for Centennial. Parents, helpers, and visitors need to check in at the office prior to going out to the field. Don’t forget to wear orange that day! 

Race Across America

For P.E. this year there will be a “Race Across America” challenge. Students will be working as a class to “travel” from Olympia to Washington, DC. For each hour of physical activity completed outside of the school day students will earn 1 mile for their class. A maximum of one hour per day is allowed to be submitted. Students can turn in their activity time to their classroom teacher or to Mrs. Draper when they come to P.E. Activity forms turned in need to have a parent or guardian signature. Mrs. Draper will be tracking each class’ progress on a map of the United States located in the gym. If you have any questions about this program please contact Mrs. Draper at


Free Parenting Classes:  

Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ORLA presented by Candyce Bollinger.


Elementary Classes:

October 9, 2018   Managing Your Parental Response

Nov 13, 2018 Positive Discipline

Feb 12, 2019 Safety Without Fear

May 14, 2019 Anger


Walk n Roll Dates:

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 celebrating International Walk to School Day on October 10th.Students who walk or roll to school get a prize! Centennial is Walking N Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates.

Oct. 10 International Walk to school Day!

Nov. 14

Dec. 12


Reminders from Centennial: Bicycles, Crosswalks and Older Students coming from WMS and OHS on their Early Release Days

Families - please talk with your students about bicycle and cross walk safety. Be sure to wear your helmet and always walk your bike when you are on school property.


Thank you for using the designated crosswalks with adult supervision or crossing guards at them. 

If you have an older student at WMS or OHS, we are asking that they not cut through our playground to take short cuts home since this is during recess time.


Please Return

  • qStudent Enrollment Information
  • qStudent Health Information
  • qTransportation Form
  • qStudent Right’s Handbook (2 pages must be returned- Acknowledgement page and Military page)
  • qEmergency Kits – still can be purchased from Booster Club $8.00 each


Student Handbook and Monthly Newsletters Online

To save resources (paper, money and time) we are making only a few copies of the handbooks and the monthly Centennial newsletter. Centennial’s Student Handbook will be available by mid-September online at  Centennial’s monthly newsletter is posted on the school’s website and sent to your email via Skyward-Message Center. If you need a hard copy let your child’s teacher know. Time sensitive Reminders/Flyers will continue to go home in your child’s backpack as needed.


For the safety and security of our children at Centennial we are requesting that the only adults on the playground are our staff members during the school day. Only exceptions will be parents assisting at recess with the Fall Pumpkin Fund Run activity and the end of the year Field Day activity. Thank you for your understanding.

Attendance and Phone Calls

Please be aware if your child is not in school for an approved reason (see the back of the 2018/19 Calendar & Handbook), you will get an automated phone call from School Messenger alerting you that your child is absent, even if you have contacted the school office regarding the absence. Please bring a note from your doctor or dentist when returning to school after your medical appointment. When leaving a message on the absence line (596-8303) please be specific regarding the reason for the absence.


After School Pick Up Procedures

*Striped area of parking lot is the only area to load/unload students*

  • Students that are being picked up by a parent/guardian should wait under the “Student Pick-up Area” sign.
  • Cars will slowly work their way along the sidewalk lane until they are in the striped area in front of the “Student Pick-up Area”.
  • Please do not pick up your child prior to this area, for the safety of your child as well as other students.
  • Once you are at a complete stop in the striped area, your child may go to your car.  Be sure to pull as far forward as possible to allow as many cars to pick up at one time as room allows.
  • Only children that have permission to walk/bike home should be on the sidewalk area.  All others should be waiting under the “Student Pick-up Area” sign.
  • If you do not see your child and you are at the front of the striped pick-up area, please either park or loop back around, in order to keep the pick-up line moving.  Staff have radios to communicate if you feel your child may not be where they are supposed to be.
  • If you want to greet your child at the front of the school, please park and stand to the opposite side of the pick-up area, to alleviate congestion.
  • Cell phones should not be used while picking up or dropping off your students.

We appreciate your cooperation as it is key to making this a successful pick up routine.

Message from the OSD Assessment Department

The SBA ELA and Math PDF test score have been uploaded into skyward.  They will live under the "portfolio" section in family access.  A copy was mailed home to all families with students in fourth and fifth grade

Upcoming Events

9/19     Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

9/25     Curriculum Night

5:00-5:45 K-2 grades

            6:15-7:00 3-5 grades

10/8 -10/11 Centennial Spirit Week

10/11   Pumpkin Fund Run

10/12   No School – Teacher In-Service Day


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: