October 2020

October 2020

Centennial Elementary School

Shannon Ritter, Principal

October 2020

Conference Week & Signing up for your Conference Time

Fall Conferences will start on Tuesday, October 27th through Friday, October 30th from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are looking forward to partnering with you! We will Zoom Conference with families and students via Schoology, this Fall.  Log into your child’s Schoology page and click into your teacher’s “Zoom” link at your conference time.  This is the same area your child logs into daily for Remote Learning.

This fall, conference scheduling will take place in Skyward Family Access. You will sign into your Skyward - Family Access account and click on the Conference tab to see available conference times.

·      Families with 2 or more Centennial Students may sign up for conferences starting October 15th & 16th

·      All Centennial Families sign up starting on October 17th

Online conference scheduling will close on Friday, October 23rd. If you need to schedule or make changes after that time, please contact the classroom teacher.


Tip: Use your desktop computer or laptop to access the Skyward - Conference Tab.  The Skyward-Mobile App on your phone does not have all the features to set up conferences. The Skyward-Mobile App is best used as a view only.


The following link is the instructions on how to sign up on the Conference Tab  Instructions Signing up for Conferences.pdf  This is the same information sent to families in September.


October 9th – Teacher In-Service Day – No School

Families that will be picking up lunches, breakfast or a Weekend Food Bag will need to pick up their food for both Thursday and Friday on Thursday, October 8th.  Please note that staff will be at the school to hand out “packets” during the morning and lunch pick up times. See below.


Wonders Textbooks and Packet Pick-up --Mark your calendars!

Please continue reading for important information about picking up textbooks, grade level specific teacher created paper packets and library book check out


Distribution dates: 

Instructional materials aka “packets” will be available for pick-up every two weeks. Please note 5th grade student packets will begin October 8th - 9th. Completed packets can be turned back in when you collect the new packets 2 weeks later. Make sure your child’s name and teacher is on the packet.


October 8, 9 (non-school day on the 10/9; staff will be at the school this day to pass out packets)

October 22, 23

November 5, 6

November 19, 20

December 3, 4


Pick-up schedule:  Drive to the Bus Loading Zone to pick up items on these days and times

  • Morning pick-up time 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (Thursday and Friday)
  • Lunch time 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday) 
  •  Evening 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Thursday only)


CES Library Books

Do you need a new book to read? Try our library’s Books to Go – Your, to-go library service! View the slide show by clicking on the link below or 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. When the books are ready for pick up, an email will be sent to you with the date you can pick them up.  Walk around to the back of the school to the backdoor entrance of the library, to pick up your books. The library back door is across from the three portables, behind the school.  Follow the signs.


Fall Forms – Update Student Information Online- Please complete

Parents can start to update your child’s “Fall Start of School Forms” in Skyward-Family Access. 

Look for 2020-21 School Registration Tab and click on your child’s name to start the update. Start clicking on the forms located on the right side: updating your phone numbers and emergency contacts, Housing Survey, Military Family Status Form, Student Information Verification, OSD Handbook (with Acknowledgement), and Health Information. If you need to make an address correction you will need to contact the school office. Follow the instructions on that tab; fill out the form and then click submit. A quick video to help families  



If you are a newly registered family, you do not need to update unless you want to make any changes or additions.



Families please remember to call the Attendance Line at 360-596-8303 to let us know that your student will be absent from school (Remote Learning or Hybrid Model) for an illness, medical appointment or if you are gone a trip. This will eliminate the School Messenger “robo” calls from going out.  Also continue to monitor your child’s Remote Attendance Daily Check In process to be sure they are counted present for the day.


Chromebook or Technical Support

The OSD Tech Department is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., they are closed from 12:30-1:00 p.m. for lunch.  Families can come by to receive assistance.


The Knox District Office Building is downtown at 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA. The OSD Technology Department is located on the lower level of this building. Enter the parking lot and loading dock area on Tullis Street NE.


Chromebook Problems

If the OSD Chromebook is damaged, broken or is lost or stolen, please report it to the OSD Technology Department as soon as possible. Technology Helpdesk at 360-596-8530.


Check out the Technology Resource page https://www.osd.wednet.edu/families/technology_resources. There are a number of videos and step by step resources to help you navigate remote learning on these OSD Chromebooks or your own computer.


School Board Changes Meeting Dates

School Board decided to move its regular board meetings to the second and fourth Thursday of the month, effective October 8. See the following link.


Upcoming Events




Packets pick up 8-9 a.m. 11:30-1:00 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.


Packets pick up 8-9 a.m. 11:30-1:00 p.m.


Teacher In-Service Day – No School


Packets pick up 8-9 a.m. 11:30-1:00 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.


Packets pick up 8-9 a.m. 11:30-1:00 p.m.


Fall Conferences 12:30-5:00 p.m.


Booster Club’s Yearbook Covers due – include name and teacher’s name on the back of the cover (passed out on 10/8-10/9 packet pick up days)


Complete update of Student Information Forms for 2020-21 in Family Access


Taproot Theatre Virtual Assembly – teachers will share more information that week


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

·      Michael Hart, Title IX Officer, [email protected], (360) 596-8545

·      Scott Niemann, 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.

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