Dec. 15, 2023 Newsletter

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Dec. 15, 2023 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 

December 15, 2023



Upcoming Events

  • December 15 - Winter Concert Assembly
  • December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break - No School
  • January 12 - MLK Assembly
  • January 15 - MLK Jr. Day - 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.


Conger’s Closet

Conger's Closet Holiday Open House

  • December 15th
  • 5-7pm

Place your order online by December 11th and pick it up on the 15th.

Orders placed after the 11th can be picked up at the Athletic Office, December 18 or 19th, 8-3:45.


World Stride’s Roman Conquest Tour  

Are you a Capital Cougar who wants to see the world? Are you currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior? Do you need a little time to save up for the adventure of a lifetime? If you answered yes to these questions, you're in luck!

Embark on World Stride's Roman Conquest tour. Depart with Ms. Samson after the school year's end in the summer of 2025.

13 lucky travelers will set out to see the sites in Barcelona, then cross into France (a great time to use the French you've learned from Madame McCann!) to visit the fortified town of Carcassonne. Explore the Nimes area and see remarkably preserved ancient ruins. Visit tiny-but-rich Monaco. Cross into Italy and visit Pisa. Marvel at artwork in Florence. Finally, enjoy Rome, where you can walk in ancient footsteps, enjoy the art of the Vatican, and eat a lot of gelato.

Are you ready to sign up? Do you want to learn more? Come to our informational meeting on January 23, 2024, 6:30-7:30pm in room B-5 at CHS.

Spots are limited! Get yours while you can.

Happy Travels!


European Travel Opportunity

Dear Interested Travelers and Parents,

It’s 2023, a year where the world has finally thrown open its doors after a long, pandemic-induced hiatus. Imagine standing under the Eiffel Tower, gazing up at its iron lattice work against the Parisian sky. Imagine yourself strolling through the quaint streets of Lucerne, feeling the pulse of history in the heart of Berlin, and breathing in the alpine air in Innsbruck. This is your call to an adventure, an invitation to join me on a journey that transcends textbooks and classrooms.

Since 2003, I have had the privilege of guiding students like you across Europe, a continent teeming with history, culture, and stories waiting to be discovered. Thirteen times we've embarked on this journey, each trip writing a new chapter in the lives of those who joined. Our last sojourn was in 2018, and though we had to put our wanderlust on hold in 2020, this year we are ready to make up for lost time.

Here's the plan: From June 25th to July 6th, we'll embark on a grand tour of France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. We'll experience the night lights of Paris, the serene beauty of Lucerne, the historic allure of Innsbruck, the vibrant energy of Munich, and the undeniable spirit of Berlin. This isn’t just sightseeing; it's an immersive dive into different cultures, an opportunity to see the world through a new lens.

I am thrilled to announce a Parent Information Meeting on November 30th at 7pm in Pod A, Room A6. This evening will be about more than dates and destinations; it's about understanding the transformative power of travel. We'll discuss the practicalities – the costs, the logistics of group travel – but more importantly, we'll explore the intangible benefits: the growth, the learning, the memories that will shape your view of the world and your place in it.

To join this epic journey, visit and click the “I’m interested” link. A simple form awaits – just your name and your parent's email address – and you'll be all set to receive reminders and updates.

This trip is more than a vacation; it’s a rite of passage, a chance to step out of the familiar and into a world of endless possibilities. I've seen firsthand the impact these experiences have on students: eyes opened, perspectives shifted, lives changed.

So, will you join us? Will you take the leap into a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is exhilarating? Use the included QR code to see more information.

Warm regards,

Steve Hamilton


Community Connections

OSD Resources for Youth & Families

Looking for information about support groups, crisis lines, help with meals or bills, social and emotional wellness, or tips for taming toddler temper tantrums? You can find all that and much more in our Resources for Youth and Families webpage.

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston & Mason County

The clinic provides a 24-hour 7-day a week service to anyone who calls, offering crisis intervention and emotional support, as well as information.


360-586-2777 Youth/Teen Helpline                                           

NAMI Thurston-Mason

NAMI Thurston-Mason (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. NAMI serves residents across Thurston-Mason counties with free mental health support, online groups, resources and education. 



CHS Literary Magazine

Submissions are open for student writing and art for our print literary magazine until January 3! You can pre-order your copy of the print magazine of student writing and art here. You can also make a donation that would cover the cost of extra copies for students in need. Questions? Email Liz House at [email protected]. It’s going to be an amazing celebration of student voices! The website with more information is here.


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!


Health Room Reminders

Now that cold, flu, and COVID season are in full swing, we wanted to remind everyone what the current guidelines are for students and staff.

  • COVID: Stay home 5 days from the onset of symptoms. Onset day is day zero. If you do not have symptoms then stay home 5 days from the positive test date. You need to be fever free for 24 hours and your symptoms should be improving. You can return to work/school on day 6 but should wear a mask on days 6-10. 
  • Flu and all other illnesses: you need to be fever, vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Please contact Joy Fulling with any questions or concerns: 360-596-8008 or [email protected]


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.


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 Library and CHS Book Club are working with Browsers Books for a Book Fair Fundraiser this holiday season.  If you plan to purchase a new read or book lover merchandise for a gift, please do so on December 16th either online or in person at Browsers Books!  Tell them you are there to support the Capital High School Library and we'll get 20% of the proceeds for future purchases at Browsers!  Store hours are 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.  With online purchases made on Dec 16th only, add "Capital High School Library" to the comment section.  Set a reminder on your device now and thank you in advance!


Capital High School Parent Organization



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].


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.


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