Nov. 3, 2023 Newsletter

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Nov. 3, 2023 Newsletter


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Upcoming Events

  • November 9 - Veterans Day Assembly
  • November 10 - Veterans Day Observed - No School
  • November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • November 27 - December 4 -8 - CHS Food Drive
  • December 6 - Senior class meeting during Coug Time - PAC
  • December 12 - Winter Concert 1 - 7:00 p.m.
  • December 14 - Winter Concert 2 - 7:00 p.m.
  • December 15 - Winter Concert Assembly
  • December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break - No School


OSSEC - Olympia Schools Supportive Educational Council

  • Please see the link regarding the OSSEC program for families of students who are receiving IEP and 504 support plans.


Parent Education Series

The Olympia Education Foundation is proud to present:

  • 2023-2024 parent education series with Emily Mcmason
  • For Middle and High School Families and their students
  • Anxiety, stress & school: how to help at home.

The school year can be an exciting time filled with great moments. it can also come with sleep problems, procrastination, anger and lots of other symptoms of stress and anxiety. Come join us for a conversation about what’s going on–from the brain changes in middle school to the best approaches to take with students in high school. Tweens & teens are welcome to join us so the whole family can learn about the tools to use all year long.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13
  • 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Washington Middle School Library
  • All OSD families are invited to attend at no cost!
  • Click HERE for more information.


After School Tutoring Now Available

After school tutoring/homework help is available  every Wednesday from 2:40 to 3:25 in the library.  Our paraeducators provide support in all subject areas!


Staff and Student Yoga

  • Staff and Student Yoga! Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in B9 with Ms. House. Mats and props provided, but feel free to bring your own.  Please contact Mrs. House at [email protected]  for more information.


Latinx Youth Summit

The Latinx Youth Summit is on Friday, November 17th. This conference is multi-cultural collaboration on a mission to strengthen the Latino community through partnerships, education, community building and cultural representation. If you are interested in attending the Latinx Youth Summit please see Mr. Rubio or Mrs. Sande in the Counseling Center for the packet before November 1st.


Ridwell Recycling Program 

In the world today, plastic pollution is a massive environmental threat. Not only this, but in the US 79 percent of plastics that are supposed to be recycled are just thrown in the landfills after being collected for recycling! Ridwell is a monthly subscription program that collects plastics–and materials that wouldn’t normally be able to be recycled–and guarantees to recycle them!  CHS has partnered with Ridwell for a program where Ridwell will recycle all of our school’s multi-layered plastics from the month of October for free! There will be bags in classrooms where students can put their plastics for recycling, AND if students collect their own multi-layer plastics at home throughout the month of October they can bring them into the school from November 1st-3rd. We want to make sure everything collected can be recycled, so please shake out any crumbs and wash anything that is sticky/greasy with soap/water and add to your collection once dry!

  • More information can be found about which types of plastics can be collected in the Ridwell program here.  For those interested in learning more about Ridwell and how to get many-material recycling for your own home, more information here
  • Sign up for Ridwell between now and 11/17/2023 using and Ridwell will donate $20 to our school! These funds will be used to continue sustainable projects at CHS.


Parents on Deck at School (PoDS) 

  • Parents, please see the PoDS program flier.  We would love to have you join our new parent volunteer program!


CHS Library News

The CHS Book Club is sponsoring a book drive for the South Sound Reading Foundation.  The SSRF attends community events around the sound, promoting the love of reading by giving away books to kids/teens.  If you've been meaning to get those books for children and young adults, from pre-K to teen, to the next book lover, your opportunity is here.  Donations can be brought to the CHS Library through November.  

Battle of the Books sign-ups have begun.  Students need to send their team captain to the library to sign-up.  While students usually create their own teams of 2-4 players, individual students who would like to be placed in a team should talk to Mrs. Bonds.  Battles will not begin until late February or early March.  We also have a Thurston County battle, which will take place April 22nd.  For more information, email [email protected] or have your kiddo stop by the library. 


Attendance Information

  • If you wish to have your student released from class early, Please call the attendance line at 360-596-8019 and leave a message at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the time you wish for your student to be dismissed.  
  • Please see the  link for more detail.
  • All absences should be reported to attendance at 360-596-8019 within 48 hours.


CHS Winter Sports 

FamilyId is open!  If you are registering your student for a winter sport (girls bowling, gymnastics, boys and girls basketball, boys swimming, boys and girls wrestling) please continue reading this entire message.

  • YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR STUDENT FOR  "2023-2024 Winter Sports" using FamilyId,
  • If you have previously used FamilyId, please log into your existing account.
  • Registering your student for a sport does not "clear" them for participation.  You must upload a current physical (valid 13 months from the date of the examination), purchase an ASB Card AND make the Pay to Play payment. We can take care of the asb card/pay to play for free/reduced students on our end.  *Running Start/Homeschool/New Market students please see the message at the end of this email.
  • Once we receive your registration, we will review it and notify you through FamilyId that your student is cleared.
  • Bowling athletes first day of practice is October 30th.   You must register by October 30th, 8:00am to attend the first practice.
  • All other sports, first practice is on November 13th and must be registered by November 12th, 5pm to attend the first practice.
  • Payment is made using the OSD Payment Portal, 
You must sign in using your Skyward Family Access Username.  This is important so your payment/purchase links to your student's account.

Once you have entered the portal:

  1. select the student you are shopping for
  2. select "Items At Student's School including School Lunch"
  3. select "High School"
  4. select "Capital High School"
  5. select "Athletics"
  6. Buy "ASB Cards sold to Athletes" and select the Pay to Play for the sport you are registering your student in.
  7. Make payment

Running Start students must complete this form and turn it in prior to being cleared:

Home Schooled students must complete this form and turn it in prior to being cleared:

New Market students must complete this form and turn it in prior to being cleared:


Capital High School Parent Organization



The Capital High community has generously supported many families in need over the past 16 years. This year's Giving Tree campaign is now open. Your donation will purchase gift cards to help students and families in need. These gift cards will be distributed just before the holiday season. Donate at

P.S. Many thanks to our first donors for supporting CHS students and families! Let's keep going!



Grad Night tickets are on sale now. Lock in the early season savings at just $99. Attention grandparents -- This is a great holiday gift for CHS seniors. The 2024 Grad Night celebration is an outstanding special event for graduating seniors. Buy your ticket at



Senior signs sales are underway. You can choose a sign with photos or a generic CHS graduate sign. Learn more: 


Questions? Contact the Capital High School Parent Organization at [email protected].

Attendance Reminders

  • If you wish to have your student released from class early, Please call the attendance line at 360-596-8019 and leave a message at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the time you wish for your student to be dismissed.   Please see the link for more details.
  • All absences should be reported to attendance at 360-596-8019 within 48 hours.


CHS Student Parking Pass

  • All students attending CHS will need to have a parking pass on their car.  This is a safety issue and we will be enforcing parking passes starting October 2.
  • If you have purchased an ASB Card the parking pass is free.
  • Students without an ASB Card the parking pass is $5.
  • Stop by the ASB/Athletic Office to pick up an application while parking passes are still available and avoid getting a fine.


Counseling Center News

Seniors who have not met with their school counselor for a one-on-one appointment for all things graduation and post high school planning must do so immediately.   Encourage your senior to read their email or at least make an appointment with their counselor on our site:


November School Break and Food Assistance

We recognize that some families would benefit from additional food support during school breaks. The Olympia School District is partnering with 4 the Love Foundation and the Olympia Education Foundation to provide extra food support for families during our November break. Families who need extra support in November can request a food basket.

  • If your family is in need of extra support, please contact Kim Senger, CHS Social Worker at [email protected] or call at 360-239-7413.
  • The deadline for requests is November 3rd, 2023
  • If your family is able to contribute to the efforts of our community partners, please donate to the Olympia Education Foundation and 4 the Love.


Alternative Lunch Space

Capital High School has opened an alternative space during lunches for students who are seeking a quiet space to enjoy their lunch period. The “Alternative Space” will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during both lunches, and located in E-1 next to the student store.


Career Center News

Next week in the CCRC (College and Career Readiness Center) during both lunches (unless noted differently) the following institutions will be visiting. Students are welcome to bring their lunches in and visit with these representatives.

  • Monday, Nov. 6th: Seattle University
  • Tuesday, Nov 7th:
  • Before School at 8:30am Pacific Northwest College of Art-Willamette University's
  • During Lunches: South Puget Sound Community College
  • Wednesday Nov 8th ASVAB will be for Seniors only who have signed up (in Naviance under College Visits) from 9am-12pm
  • Thursday Nov 9th Gonzaga University 

Some College/University deadlines are approaching. If you are applying through Common App, please make sure you have Matched Common App with Naviance. 

Scholarship, Financial Aid, Naviance and High School and Beyond Plan information is posted online.

Please Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Smith in the CCRC if you have any questions.


IB Program

Reminder that registration for IB testing is open and ongoing between now and November 9th.  Students can get registration forms from their teachers. Forms and payment need to be submitted to Ms. Grods in the ASB Office.  If you have any questions, please email the IB Coordinator, Amelia Young, at [email protected]


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