November 2021

November Newsletter

Message from the principal...


Dear Families ~


It is hard to believe that we are entering November.  This time of the year many of us start to think about all the things we are thankful for.  Many of you may have seen this table making the rounds on social media.  When I think back to the last “normal” school year for our students, more so than ever, I am thankful for the group of educators here at Centennial and our family and community partnerships and know our students are in good hands. 


 The last normal school year...  


 for students in ….                                   was ….

Grade 5

Grade 2

Grade 4

Grade 1

Grade 3


Grade 2


Grade 1





As always, thank you for sharing your children with us.  Here’s looking forward to a more normal school year!


Shannon Ritter



Pumpkin Fund Run Update

THANK YOU to our families for your generous support of the ASB Pumpkin Fund Run. We collected over $18,000 in donations. Our best year yet! This money will be used to support cultural, athletic, social & recreational activities at school that will benefit our students.


Virtual Veterans Day Program

One of our Music teachers, Mrs. Thronson, is putting together a virtual Veteran’s Day Assembly. It will be shown in the classrooms, and a link will also be sent out to families if you would like to view it at home. If you have any Veterans in your family, please send those pictures to [email protected] no later than Friday, Nov 5th.


Virtual Taproot Theatre -  “Allies From Outer Space” Assembly

During the week of November 15-19, your student’s classroom teacher will be attending our school’s virtual assembly put on by Taproot Theatre. This will be an assembly that will address the subjects of bullying behavior, accepting differences & using technology responsibly. Teachers will talk to their students about the story behind the play prior to the assembly.


Virtual PE Night

Please join our PE teacher, Mrs. Draper, for a fun, virtual family PE night on Thursday, November 18th at 6:30. A zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. Keep an eye out for it!


Health Room News

Thank you for continuing to keep your student home if they are feeling under the weather. Don’t forget to call our attendance line to excuse them: 360-596-8303

Please continue to send in those health room forms! They are so helpful to have in case of an emergency. If you can’t find your form, please let us know in the front office. We’ll be happy to get on to your student’s teacher to send home. Thank you!


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.


Emergency Kits

Families don’t forget to either make your own emergency kit for your child to have at school or purchase one of the CES Booster Club’s Emergency Kits for $9.00, in the school office.  There are instructions as to what to include in the kit if you make your own.

To purchase through the Booster Club:


Last week for the book fair!

The book fair ends on Friday, November 5th. Get those orders in while you can!


Our online book fair helps our students discover new books and characters AND every online purchase helps our school buy new BOOKS for our library! So if you can, please visit our Scholastic Book Fair webpage to place a book order. Shipping is free on book-only purchases over $25. 


Thank you for instilling a LOVE of reading and supporting our Book Fair! Click the link to visit our Book Fair webpage:


Walk ‘n’ Roll

Hey Centennial Stars, it’s time to Walk ‘n’ Roll to School! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and families to join Centennial in walking or rolling to school and having a fun autumn morning on November 10th.

To make yourself more visible in the rainy weather, remember to always wear bright or reflective clothing when you walk or roll to school!

Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!


Centennial is Walking ‘n’ Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates.

Nov. 10

Dec. 8

Jan. 12

Feb. 9

March 9

April 13

May 13 National Bike to School Day

June 8


Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the day with family and friends.  No School November 24-26


Sub Bus Drivers Needed

Olympia School District Transportation Department is requesting Bus Drivers. They are will train for free. Call 360-596-7700.


OSD is hiring: Para educators & Teachers

Know anyone who wants to work at the schools? OSD is hiring! Please check the job postings on


Upcoming Events




Book Fair!


Support the CES Booster club at MOD pizza night.


Walk ‘n’ Roll to school


Veterans Day – No School


Taproot Theatre – “Allies From Outer Space” will be shown


Virtual PE night


Apple Cup Spirit Day!


Thanksgiving Vacation – No School


Walk ‘n’ Roll to school


Festive/Ugly Sweater Day!


Winter Break


School Resumes after winter break


OSD 2019-20 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.