Oct. 20, 2023 Newsletter

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Oct. 20, 2023 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 



Upcoming Events

  • October 19, 20, and 21 - Fall Drama Production
  • October 24 - School Photo Retakes
  • October 24 - Choir Concert
  • October 26 - Orchestra Concert
  • November 9 - Veterans Day Assembly
  • November 10 - Veterans Day Observed - No School


CHS Theatre News

Please see information regarding the upcoming CHS fall drama production October 19, 20, and 21st:    The Play That Goes Wrong


Students can audition on Monday, October 23  for our upcoming student written and directed play festival.  General auditions are in the Lecture hall after school on Monday from 3:30 - 5:30; and call backs are on Tuesday, also running from 3:30 - 5:30 .  Informational packets are available in the Black Box theatre and in the main office.  You can contact Kristina Cummins for more information - [email protected]


Starting on Wednesday, October 25 from 2:45 - 3:45, CHS Theatre is sponsoring musical theatre dance workshops for any and all students interested.  No experience needed.  These workshops will continue to be held every Wednesday during that early release hour.  For more information, contact Kristina Cummins at [email protected]


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.

  • Thursday, Oct. 26
  • 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Olympia High School Library
  • 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.


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.


IB Program Information

There will be a meeting for 11th and 12th grade parents of students enrolled in IB classes on Monday, October 23rd.

  • 6:00 Meeting for all Diploma Candidate Parents 
    • The focus of this portion of the meeting will be on understanding the requirements of the full diploma, supporting the full diploma candidates and offering time for questions pertinent to this particular group.
  • 6:30 General meeting for information about IB Exams
    • Registration, Costs, the Value of Testing and which classes test which years (classes that have senior year only testing are English, History, Chemistry, Film and World Language* -- *unless a junior is in 4th year World Language course)
  • General IB information can be found on our website or during spring registration information sessions


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 https://get.ridwell.com/capital-hs and Ridwell will donate $20 to our school! These funds will be used to continue sustainable projects at CHS.


Career Center News 

  • On Friday October 27th, a Representative from University of Portland will be visiting the CCRC during both lunches. Please sign up in Naviance under College Visits to assure your spot. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Mrs. Smith in the CCRC.
  • To stay in the know, please check out the College and Career Readiness Center page, under Counseling on the CHS website. There is information about upcoming College/Career/ASVAB Visits, FAFSA/WASFA and Scholarships, Naviance and High School and Beyond Plan 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!


School Photos Retakes - Tuesday, October 24th

School photo retakes will be held on Tuesday, October 24th in the Mezzanine.  Please be sure to bring your original photo back with you if you are planning on getting retakes.  Students who were absent on school photo day can get their photos taken on retake day.  Please see the O'Connor Photography order link:  https://www.oconnorphotographystudio.com/


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, www.familyid.com
  • 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, 
  • https://wa-olympia.intouchreceipting.com/
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:


CHS Little Cougar Boys Basketball

Little Cougar basketball is a recreational basketball league for West Olympia area boys in grades 3-6.  The emphasis is on sportsmanship, having fun, and allowing all to participate.  Our goal is to give our future CHS Cougars a chance to learn basketball fundamentals and develop skills through practice and games.  Every boy will receive a Little Cougar reversible jersey, a basketball, instruction at weekly practices, and lots of encouragement. Registration is Saturday, October 21st and Saturday, October 28th from 9 to Noon in the Capital High School main entrance lobby. Registrations can also be turned in (during school hours 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) at the Capital ASB Office.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Vandiver at [email protected].


Capital High School Parent Organization

Attention Parents!

  • The Capital High School Parent Organization needs your help. CHSPO is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the students and staff at CHS. Major projects include the Grad Night event, Holiday Giving Tree, staff appreciation and more. All parents and voices are welcome. There are many opportunities to volunteer.
  • CHSPO is also a great communication channel between Capital parents and school administrators.
  • Learn more and join today at https://chspo.org or contact us at [email protected]



  • Senior signs are a great way to support students, school spirit, and the Grad Night 2024 event sponsored by the Capital High School Parent Organization. Basic signs will sell for $35 and individualized signs with photos sell for $40. Please note, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends are welcome to purchase signs as well. Proceeds support the Grad Night 2024 event, a safe celebration for graduating seniors.
  • Email [email protected]  to get on the list. More details will be shared soon. Thanks to CHSPO Secretary Michelle Grippo for leading this effort.


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.


Girls Bowling Team Information

  • Have fun!
  • Meet nice people!
  • Learn a lifelong skill!
  • The Girls' Bowling Team is a Winter Sport that will allow you the opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter and a PE waiver!
  • We have a ton of serious fun mastering the sport of bowling while hanging out with friends.
  • Our pre-season meeting will be Thursday, October 26, at 3:30 in Room A-12.
  • The season runs from November through January. Come check it out!

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:  https://capital.osd.wednet.edu/counseling


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

Starting September 12th - Capitol High School will be opening 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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