Chalk Talk


_ The Greywolf Science Lab got a wonderful donation from

Annette Hanson last month. A huge assortment of categorized seashells and seeds was given. Twelve glass tanks that house a variety of aquatics, reptiles and terrariums were included with 10 heat lamp sets and five pumps for circulating water. Carla Morton immediately put the equipment into use.

A wonderful almost museum-like classroom now exists with all of this wonderful equipment. The children at Greywolf love to go to science; now they get to see wonderful new collections of animals, shells, plants and seeds. Hanson said she donated them in memory of her late husband, Mark Hanson, who taught sixth grade, science, and math at Sequim Middle School for 24 years from 1975-1999. His love for teaching and science will carry on in Greywolf's science classroom.

- Carla Morton, science teacher

_ As we head off into the new year, Greywolf is excited to have an after-school strings program starting. Ten students are participating. They meet after school once a week to learn beginning violin technique, basic music theory and rhythm work. Last week, Penny Brewer donated five violins to the program, enabling even more students to have this enrichment, The students are working hard and are excited about taking on this new challenge and opportunity.

- Jamie Burton, teacher

_ Third-graders from Greywolf are joining Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning and Scholastic Book Clubs to help donate one million books to disadvantaged children.

_ This fall, students in Chris Stevens' class have pledged to read 100 books. The philanthropy-based literacy campaign is designed to teach children about the joys and importance of reading and giving. This is the second year that our classroom has taken part in this wonderful program. Last year, we helped donate books to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. ClassroomsCare helps children learn the real the importance of helping others in need and this is perfect this time of year.

- Chris Stevens, teacher


The next and last Helen Haller tutor training of this school year will take place on Jan. 13 in Betsy Smith's portable classroom at

3 p.m. This is a change in time from the last training. If you are interesting in helping children learn to read or improve their skills, please attend this session. For more information about the volunteer program, call Annette Hanson at 582-3264.

- Betsy Smith, reading specialist


The First Teacher room is closed for winter break and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4.

Monday, Jan. 4 - Reading Time with firefighter Steve Chinn at 10:30 a.m. Every child attending Reading Time receives a free book.

Tuesday, Jan. 5 - The Women, Infants and Children Program from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information about WIC, call Pam Walker at 417-2275.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Kids' Crafts at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 7 - Parent Connection with Nicole Brewer at 10-11:30 a.m. Parents have a conversation on building friendships through the First Teacher program. For information about Parent Connection call Nicole at 461-9992.

Friday, Jan. 8 - Have your toddler's bangs cut by Kathy Benedict. Please call 582-3428 to book an appointment for a free bang trim.

The First Teacher room is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information about the First Teacher program, call 582-3428 or 681-2250.

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator


On Dec. 10, students from the Life Skills class of Sequim High School canvassed at two local grocery stores, Safeway and QFC, for canned soup for the Dream Center.

This is a center for youths ages 13-24 years of age who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

The students did an extremely good job, collecting more than $170 in donations, more than 160 cans of soup and many other assorted items such as shampoo, shaving cream and crackers.

On Dec. 11, the same students assembled 35 "goodie bags" containing toiletry items, playing cards and treats.

The students sewed and stuffed each bag themselves, then added the label, "Made especially for YOU by the Life Skills Students of Sequim High School" with a raffia tie.

The students of Carol Wagner's Let's Get Cooking class made delicious stained-glass cookies for the homeless teens, too.

All the donations were delivered on Thursday, Dec. 17, to the Dream Center.

We wish to thank each and every one of you for generosity toward this project and wish all of you the very best of everything this holiday season.

- Louise Chitwood and Barbara Cooper, teachers

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