Capitol Hill School

A Great Place to Grow

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  • Back To School Information

    Please read attachement for all important back to school information.


    Back to School Information

  • Students not returning next year

    Are you leaving Capitol Hill or PPS?

    If you have a student in grades K-4 that will not be returning to Capitol Hill School next year, please let the office know via email or phone call.  You can reach our School Secretary, Mike Eskew at or our Principal Secretary, Heidi Reichelt at  If you will not be returning to PPS, please plan on returning your chromebook on June 11th, 14th or 15th.  The office will be open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Students may keep their school chromebook over the summer. We will be collecting the chromebooks at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

    Thank you.

  • Supply lists for 2021-2022





    • 1 pack of sharpened #2 Pencils
    • 2 erasers
    • 2 packs of Washable Markers
    • 1 pack of colored pencils
    • 1 pack of crayons
    • 1 pair of scissors
    • 3 glue sticks
    • 2 plastic folders
    • 1 highlighter  
    • 2 dry erase markers
    • Pencil pouch (hold individual supplies)
    • Water Colors
    • Zip lock bags (any size)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • 2 boxes of Tissue
    • Headphones - no ear buds

    First Grade 

     Classroom Supplies

     1 box 12 YELLOW or recycled wood TICONDEROGA sharpened #2 pencils

    • 1 box 24 CRAYOLA colored pencils
    • 2 boxes 10 count  CRAYOLA Markers 

    (1 box classic, 1 box fine line) 

    • 1 box 24 count CRAYOLA crayons
    • 1 black fine point Sharpie marker
    • 4 large ELMERS’s glue sticks
    • 2-4 fine dry erase markers (EXPO)
    • 1 pair safe scissors
    • 1 pencil sharpener
    • 1 box of tissues

    Healthy Body Supplies 

    • 1 leak and shatter proof  water bottle, labeled with name, to bring to school EVERY DAY. 
    • 1 mini hand sanitizer for personal use 



    2nd Grade Supply List

    . Pencil box or bag

    . 1 box of 24 count Crayola crayons

    . Crayola classic markers (10 count)

    . 1 pack of Crayola colored pencils (12 count)

    . 1 package of assorted post-it notes (3x3 in.)

    .  Headphones for computer (in Ziplock bag with name)

    . 2 Composition books

    . Watercolor paper

    . 1 black Sharpie fine tip

    . 1 black sharpie ultra fine tip

    . 3 pocket folders (plastic) blue, red, green

    . Scissors

    . Pencil sharpener (hand held) with pencil shaving catch


    . 2 large boxes of kleenex

    . 1 bottle of hand sanitizer

    . 1 container of sanitizing wipes

    . 2 dozen sharpened TICONDEROGA pencils

    . 4 large glue sticks


    3rd Grade Supply List 

     2 composition notebooks 

    3 folders

    1 pair of scissors

    1 pack of markers

    1 highlighter pen (or 1 pack of highlighters)

    1 pack of crayons 

    1 pack colored pencils

    1 pack of oil pastels

    1 set of watercolor paints

    1 bottle of Elmer’s Glue       

    24-48 pencils

    A good quality pencil sharpener

    A pencil case that holds daily supplies

    1 or 2 sharpies

    1 pack of 3x5 notecards (for flashcards)

    1 pack of post-its (3x3)

    1 ruler with inches and centimeters

    1 protractor 

    1 pair of headphones that plug into Chromebook


    optional: Snugs ear muffs to cancel out background noise

                   A mouse to use with the school chromebooks (with corded to plug into USB port)


    Capitol Hill 4th grade 

    classroom supply list 2021-2022

    • We are community supplies classrooms - please do not mark the supplies with your child’s name.
    • We make a custom supply list each year based only on what is needed that year and make a point of reusing supplies year-to-year (e.g. scissors) to limit family expenses.


    3 dozen sharpened #2 pencils with erasers (prefer Ticonderoga - no mechanical pencils)

    5 two-pocket folders (plain solid colors - no designs); 1 yellow, 1 green, 

    1 red, 1 blue, 1 purple

    4 spiral notebooks, wide-rule; 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 red

    3 large boxes facial tissue

    1 box of wipes

    1 king size black Sharpie and 1 fine point black Sharpie

    If you wish to make an additional purchase to donate to the classroom, we typically need more notebooks and folders. Thank you.

           5th Grade School Supply List

    • #2 pencils – NO mechanical pencils
    • erasable ballpoint pens (1 red/ 1 blue)
    • 1 plain pencil sharpener with cover – NO toy shapes
    • 1 set colored pencils
    • 1 4oz. bottle white glue
    • 1 glue stick
    • 1 solar calculator
    • WIDE RULED notebook paper
    • 1 pair scissors
    • 1 12” ruler with inches and centimeters
    • 1 small box facial tissues
    • 1 container wet wipes
    • 1 3-ring binder-large rings with dividers(dividers should have tabs where a subject card can be inserted in slot) – large rings
    • 1 pack of subject dividers (dividers should have tabs where a subject card can be inserted in slot) 
    • 1 highlighter

  • Link to Comprehensive Distance Learning Modules

Principal's Message

  • September 3, 2021

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

    This has been an amazing first week back to school! It has been a joy to us to hear our students happy voices, laughter, and footsteps in our classrooms and hallways once more. We are fortunate to be a school where all of our classes are able to accommodate at least 3 feet of distance between students, a covered play area that allows students to eat lunch 6 feet apart, and hallways that are wide enough for classes to pass each other with 6 feet of space in between. Our teachers have been focusing on community building, teaching routines, and get to know you activities. They have also taught their students to space out in line using creative techniques including “zombie arms.” Although this creates the longest lines we have witnessed in some of our largest classes, it helps us to be safer while together at school. Things are running very smoothly and I am happy to say, we are meeting all of the guidelines provided in our district’s standard operating procedures!! Thank you for your patience as we have kicked off this new year while implementing so many new procedures to protect us from the transmission of COVID. Please remember that there is no school on Monday because it is a holiday. We will be back to business on Tuesday and will be looking for each one of your children’s smiling faces then. 

    If you are dropping your child off in the morning, it is important that you wear your mask and socially distance yourself as you wait for your child to enter the building. There are dots painted in front of the school to help you. You might have noticed many parents coming to drop off their students in Kindergarten through second grades. Our Kindergarten and first graders have had a staggered start to the school year, meaning that each day since the first day of school, we have welcomed a new group of our youngest students to school. That also means that multiple adults may have arrived to see their little one off and take pictures. Tuesday is our last group of Kindergarten students who will be having their first day of school so we expect the traffic to continue to be heavier than usual. We do expect it to be much less on Wednesday of next week and beyond. Thank you for your patience and support as we welcome our new students into our school for their first day.

    It is very important that every child have a water bottle labeled with their name and a snack. If you cannot send a snack to school, your child can pick up a breakfast and save it for snack time. If your child also need both a breakfast and snack, they can pick up extra food in the morning when they get their breakfast. We want to be sure every child has enough food and water to get them comfortably through the day. If you have a student in the primary grades, please also remember to send a change of clothes in a gallon baggie labeled with their name in case of an accident. 

    Finally, all children need to be screened for illness by you using this checklist. If your child is sick, we urge you to keep them home. If your child comes to school and develops symptoms, we will call you to pick them up right away. If you want your child to be COVID tested due to  primary symptoms that developed while at school, please fill out our COVID Testing Consent Form and return it to school. If you don’t have a printer, we have printed copies at school. There is going to be an option for weekly screening tests for families who are interested, but we don’t have them yet. When we get them, we will send out more information. 

    It has been such a pleasure to be back in our learning spaces with our students this week. We appreciate all you are doing at home to prepare them for school each day and get them ready for this year together. 

    In partnership,
    Aimee Alexander-Shea




    December Newsletter




    Please review the attached drop off and dismissal procedures for the ‘19-‘20 school year. Help us make safety a priority by following these guidelines. Here are a few very important things to remember about drop off and pick up. Our building opens at 7:45am so please wait until that time to drop your child off at school. Please remember to return your After School Plan on the first day of school so we know how your child is getting home. I encourage your to visit our school website at for school supply lists, upcoming events, student/parent handbook, important reminders, and classroom updates.

    As your new Principal, I am honored to join the Capitol Hill Community. The high level of dedication, care, and support each family and staff member shows at our school has already become apparent in the short time I have been here. If you volunteer at our school, thank you! If you don’t, please consider signing up. The first step is filling out the background check at It takes a village to raise children and we would love to have you join ours. I am committed to working with each of you to create a nurturing school environment that meets your needs and expectations.

    Thank you for entrusting us with your precious child. We are committed to ensuring that Capitol Hill is a safe and loving place that truly is a great place to learn and grow. Please drop by, call or email me if you ever you have a question, concern, or would simply like to introduce yourself.



    Aimee Alexander-Shea





             I also want to encourage you to follow our Capitol Hill Traffic Plan. Remember that you are welcome to park in any available space in the parking lot and that you're welcom to come early to school. The drop-off is not busy at 7:45. Here are some general suggestions from our traffic plan:


    • Pedestrians and bikes only on Carson 7:30 - 8:15; 2:00 - 2:30
    • Cross only at crosswalks
    • Drop students off school curbside only
    • Keep 17th One Way - south during drop-off times
    • Be mindful of students crossing at 16th and Carson

    Please Don't: 

    • Make U turns in front of the school (it's unsafe and illegal)
    • Load/unload students at the crosswalk/yellow curbs
    • Block the parking lot entrance/exit
    • Park in the wrong direction


     Pick up and drop off on 17th in the designated Drop Off Only Zone in front of school

    • Drop students school curbside
    • Do NOT drop at yellow curbs
      • Limit vehicle traffic on Carson 7:45 – 8:05; 2:05 – 2:30


    • Please no U-Turns
    • Please park the correct direction

    traffic pattern









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