May 2021

CES May Newsletter

Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

May 2021


Hello Centennial Families ~


Each and every day, I am thankful for this community. We have come together during this incredibly challenging time to do what we do best, and that is support students. In true Centennial form our teachers, staff, students and families continue to go above and beyond to support each other.


We currently have 366 students on campus each day along with 126 students remaining in a fully remote classroom. These last several weeks have been especially difficult though as we have had to say good-bye to some students and while saying hello to new students one more time as we combined cohorts and brought back an additional 50 remote students. It is hard to put into words the range of emotions we have all felt during this year +. While it has been wonderful to have so many students back on campus, I cannot wait until all of our students and staff are back together this fall, under one roof. We certainly are better together!


The flexibility, determination, positivity and resilience shown by our students, staff and families has been impressive and inspiring!


While we are starting to think and plan for wrapping up the 2020 - 2021 school year, we are also actively preparing for a full return this fall. Many details still need to be finalized but it is exciting work. As those details come in, we will communicate them with you. One piece I can share regarding the 2021 - 2022 school year is the exciting news that Centennial students will be gaining a new teacher …. An Art Specialist! This fall, students will benefit from weekly Art, P.E. Music and Library!


On that positive note, I will end with this . . . Finish strong Stars! We’ve got this!  ~ Shannon Ritter


May 26th – Zoom Assembly

 Aloha! This month in music class students are learning about the musical traditions and culture of Hawaii! Students will be learning about Hawaiian musical traditions such as song, chant, instruments, and dance. This exciting series will end with a special guest, Jay Currie (son of Mrs. Currie!), who will be sharing some traditional Hawaiian music with us at both a virtual assembly and a virtual Luau on Wednesday, May 26th at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. At the Luau, students will also have the opportunity to share what they have learned with their families, as well as enjoy a performance by Jay Currie. A Zoom link to both these events will be sent out to families the week of the event. We can't wait to see you there! Olivia Thronson, Music Teacher


Spirit Week at Centennial

  • Monday – 5/24 Wear Your Favorite Color
  • Tuesday – 5/25 Pajama Day & Crazy Hair
  • Wednesday – 5/26 Hawaiian Day
  • Thursday – 5/27 Sports Day Early


Release Days in June - New Times!

Note the new hours for these two early release days on Friday, June 11th and the last day of school on Tuesday, June 22nd. The half-day schedule is now 8:30 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. for in-person students.


Grab & Go Lunches

Are available on Wednesdays only. Families can stop by and take an individual lunch or 5 days meal. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Note that on June 11th (Early Release- half day) students will take home a Grab & Go Lunch if they choose this option. No hot lunches will be served at school, on this day.


Not Returning to Centennial Next Year - Moving or going to another school

Centennial families please contact the school office to let us know that your child will be withdrawing at the end of June; this will allow us to prepare for next year enrollment. Families that are returning next year, you do not need to call the school. We will have you update your 2021-22 student’s information online; the same as last year, in the fall.


Online New Enrollment Registration

OSD is providing a link for families that are new to Olympia School District and are wanting to enroll their child. See the following website.


This is only for families new to the school district.


Families still need to know that they will need to pick up a registration packet from Centennial to complete the enrollment process. We have several forms that are specific to our school that need to be completed and important informational flyers for our new families.


From Kris Norielus – School Counselor

Families check out these resources on our school district’s webpage



Reminder to parents/guardians to complete your child’s monthly attestation form in Skyward Family Access when your child first starts on-site learning/activities, and again at the start of each month thereafter, that attests they will complete this daily wellness screening, including checking your child for symptoms of COVID-19 before they come on campus.


CES Library Books

  • June 9th ~ ALL library books are due for remote students
  • June 7th - 11th ~ One Book Week: in-person students may check out ONE book from the library
  • June 14th ~ ALL Library books are due for in-person students
  • June 16th ~ Timberland Regional library will be at our library Zooms to talk about the TRL Summer Reading Program!

Books to Go – Your, to-go library service! Visit Mrs. Slater’s Schoology page under “Books to Go”.


Books need to be placed on hold. See the Books to Go link above to walk you through the process.  


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 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.


Classroom Packet Pick-up for students in 100% Remote Learning Students

Instructional materials aka “packets” are available for pick-up every two weeks on Wednesdays. Completed packets can be turned back in to the teacher when you collect the new packets. Make sure your child’s name and teacher is on the packet. Drive to the Bus Loading Zone to pick up items on these dates and times.


May 26 – Wednesday

June 9 - Wednesday

NOTE: The 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m time slot was discontinued due to so few people coming.

 Lunchtime 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 Evening pick up now 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – change in time


Staff is only available to help on Wednesdays. If you cannot make this Wednesday pick up date, go to the school office and staff will assist you during normal office hours 7:30-3:30 p.m.


Upcoming Events

  • 5/24-27 Spirit Week
  • 5/26 Packet Pick up Remote Learning Students 11:30-1:00 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
  • 5/26 Zoom Assembly at 2:30 p.m. – Hawaiian Musical Event
  • 5/26 Zoom Family Night Assembly at 7:00 p.m. – Hawaiian Musical Event
  • 5/28 Snow Makeup Day – No School
  • 5/31 Memorial Day – No School
  • 6/9 Packet Pick up Remote Learning Students 11:30-1:00 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
  • 6/9 Taste of Kindergarten Screening and Orientation – by appointment
  • 6/11 Early Dismissal – Report Card Preparation 8:30 a.m.-11:35 a.m. – Grab & Go lunch available
  • 6/15 5th Grade Band Concert – Virtual Performance with WMS at 7:00 p.m.
  • 6/16 Staff Parade at Centennial – CES Families Drive through the school parking lot 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 6/22 Last Day of School - 8:30 a.m.-11:35 a.m.


OSD 2020-21 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:

 Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education, [email protected] (360)596-8534

 Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, [email protected], (360) 596-7530

 Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, [email protected], (360) 596-6102

 Scott Niemann, Title IX Officer and Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, [email protected], (360) 596-6185.

All four individuals may also be contacted at 111 Bethel Street N.E., Olympia, WA, 98506.