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Principal's Message

  • NEW SCHOOL HOURS 8:30-3:00 PM


    Dear Centennial Parents and Students,

    I am excited to welcome you to Centennial Elementary School. The staff at Centennial is preparing to welcome all students and begin the 2017-2018 school year. For those of you new to our school and/or district, you will find a staff of exceptional people that have a reputation of creating a learning environment that is warm and demanding.

     My name is Chris Brauer, principal at Centennial. As principal, I value building relationships and student achievement, and am clear on the belief that all students can and will learn. Centennial Elementary is part of “No Excuses University.” A program that helps define the culture at Centennial which challenges students to realize their full academic and social potential, ensuring each student is prepared for college or any post high school program, should they choose that path.

    Student Drop Off/Pick Up: Our student drop-off and pick-up zones have changed. This new student exchange zone will flow on the west end of our parking lot between the portables and ILC classrooms. Signs are marked to direct parents, and staff will be out to assist with this change. We ask parents to remain patient, as we get comfortable with our new system in the morning and afternoon. I believe these changes are in the best interest of student safety and applaud the district’s support.

    Reminders: (Please reference map as a visual) MAP LINK

    1. Drop-off/Pick-up students in designated areas only (This area is outlined in yellow along the curbside – Multiple cars should be able to drop off and pick up at anytime along the designated area).
    2. Students will exit and enter the right side of the vehicle directly adjacent to roadside curb (students should never walk in front of or behind the vehicle).
    3. Staff will assist students getting in and out of the vehicle as needed.
    4. Parents will continue to flow out of the circle, yielding only to busses entering/exiting campus.
    5. Parents may be asked to leave the drop-off/pick-up loop and park their cars in the designated parking area if students are late to parent pick up.
    6. Daycare vans will have designated parking area during student pick-up only. Staff will walk all daycare-designated students to the appropriate vehicle.
    7. Please don’t drop your students off before 8:00am (The doors open for breakfast at 8:10am / The doors open for remaining students at 8:15am)
    8. Parent Pick-Up - Please don’t line up in the loop prior to 2:45pm – 15 minutes before school gets out.

    Parents who wish to walk their students into school, please pull in and park in the designated visitor parking area, similar to previous years.

    Back To School Meet & Greet: This event will be held on Wednesday, September 6th from 2:30pm – 3:30pm. You will have the opportunity to:

    • Meet teachers
    • Visit Classrooms
    • Drop off school supplies

    Open House / Back 2 School BBQ: This event will be held Thursday, September 28th from 5:00PM – 7:00PM.

    • Learn about, sign up for, pay for a variety of things during our "Centennial Info Fair" including:
      • Centennial/NEU shirts
      • PTA
      • Yearbooks
      • Volunteer applications
      • Volunteer opportunities (Trunk or Treat, Winter Wonderland, Dr. Seuss Night, Career Day, and more)!
      • MobyMax
      • ClassDojo
    • Enjoy a BBQ with the Centennial Staff and other Cub families
    • Learn about your students’ grade level core curriculum with grade level teachers
    • Sign the NEU (No Excuses University) commitment poster
    • Parents will also have the opportunity to drop off any medications at this time in the school office and meet with our nursing staff if you have any specific questions.

    To all new incoming students and parents, I welcome you to the Centennial family. The staff at Centennial looks forward to working with you both this year and the years to come. Ways for parents to partner with the school and support your student this year are as follows:

    1. Have your student to school prepared and on time each day. School attendance is important and a main indicator for student success.
    2. Checking your student’s backpack and discussing its contents as well as your student’s day.
    3. Initiating communication with your student’s teacher to ensure a positive school experience.
    4. Signing in and out of the office each time you visit.

    Lastly, I want to be clear that educating our students is a partnership with the school and home. I want to encourage parents to take the opportunities to get involved and share in the journey with us.

    Upcoming Important Dates:

    September 6th – Back to School Meet & Greet / 2:30pm – 3:30pm

    September 7th – First Day of School / Grades 1 – 5 only / 8:30am – 3:00pm

    September 7th, 8th, and 11th / Kindergarten WA Kids Testing

    September 12th – 1st Day of Kindergarten

    September 28th – Open House/Back to School BBQ

    October 5th- Picture Day

    Feel free to contact the Centennial office staff or myself if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for being part of the Centennial family; have a wonderful school year!


    Chris Brauer, Principal




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    Graham, WA 98338

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