Chalk Talk


_ Thank you, Sequim, for the 60 percent-plus support of the Sequim School District's M&O school levy!


_ All parents and students: Please join us Thursday, Feb. 25, between 6:30-7:45 p.m. for a funfilled evening at Helen Haller for the Celebration of Young Authors. Your students will be sharing their reading and writing skills with you. You will be able to visit your child's classroom and view a presentation in our gym. Save room for some snacks prepared by our School Advisory Committee. You will learn how to help your child be more successful at school. More information to come.

- Vince Riccobene, principal

_ Derick Tollefson and Blake Gallauher present a set of six balance boards to Helen Haller students Austin Vorhies, Hannah Shaddock, Nick Mays and Chris Shore. Derick is in the building trades class at Sequim High School and hopes to make a career in the construction industry. Under the supervision of Riley Stites, Derick made the boards from scratch and even added special details to enhance usability. The boards will be used to help students improve motor skills that ultimately impact learning. The teachers at Helen Haller were so impressed with the professionalism and workmanship demonstrated by those involved. A big "Thank You" to Derick, Blake and teacher Riley Stites!

- Cherry Bibler, physical therapist

_ In teacher Claire Hallinan's third-grade classroom, her January Early Birds group passed the paper and relayed to continue stories until the end. In the February Early Birds, they read Asian American authors' books and filled out the story element charts, such as characters, setting, problems, main events and resolution. Students chose their favorite formats among five-fingers, Web and other charts. Students and families appreciated the different cultures by understanding unfamiliar names, places and historical events and how these events impacted the main characters.

By Kyle Morton and Michelle Morton (Mom)

Once upon a time, I was playing in my room when I looked out my window and saw a zebra in my backyard. No, it couldn't be. I rubbed my eyes and sure enough it was a zebra. I went downstairs to Dad; he was asleep of course. I woke him up and said, "Dad, Dad! There is a zebra." He said, "That's funny, you make funny jokes." Then I went back up to my room with Dad's cell phone to take a picture of the zebra so I could show him I wasn't joking. I looked out the window and now there were two zebras. I took the picture and ran back downstairs to show Dad. Dad was gone. Where did he go? I looked for Mom, but she was at the store, so I went back to Dad. He came and looked - still no zebra, just lawn. He came and looked again. "Wow, you were right; let's keep him."

The end

By Johnnie, Michael & Diana Young

Once upon a time, there was a giant rat that lived in a cupboard in the back corner of a princess' room. The princess did not know that the rat lived in her cupboard. The rat was very quiet, because he did not want the princess' maid to find him. He once saw her find a spider in the closet ... she screamed and tried to swat it with a broom! Luckily, the spider was very fast and he was able to get away.

One day, the rat went and attacked the maid and started pulling her hair and biting her all over. After the battle between the maid and the rat, the rat and the spider jumped out the window into the darkness. The next morning when the princess woke up, the rat and the spider were playing video games on her TV! She sat down beside them and said, "My name is Princess Oldie." She said, "What is your name?" The rat said, "Rat the Bat." The spider said, "Sammy Spider." The princess always had wanted to have a pet, but had never been allowed to. So, she went out to find her father, the king.

He was out in the courtyard with the maid. She was telling him about the attack. The princess explained to her father that the spider and the rat were very sorry. She asked if she could keep them as pets. At first, the king said, "Absolutely not!" But, when he saw the disappointment in his daughter's eyes, he gave in. "If they apologize to the maid, they can stay." The princess squealed with delight. From that day on, they were all friends!

- Claire Hallinan, teacher



_ Students in Louise Lemley's class recently finished a writing exercise, filing reports as journalists about Groundhog Day. Look for more such stories in next week's Chalk Talk.

"Phil Gone Missing!"

On Jan. 25, 2010, hundreds of interested spectators poured into the Punxsutawney Hotel before all the rooms were filled. It appears Phil, the groundhog, had left hibernation early and citizens wanted to know why. It is now believed that Phil had gone missing.

One of my trustworthy contacts, who owns a cruise ship, reported that Phil and the Easter Bunny had boarded the Stormy Sea the day before.

The ship immediately headed for one of the deserted islands of Hawaii. FBI agents combed every Hawaiian island. There was no sign of Phil. They decided that they would give a reward to anyone who found Phil. People came from all over North America with groundhogs of every shape and size. No one had found him.

Suddenly, the chief of police got an urgent phone message. Phil had been found! He was in jail! When Phil stole a head of lettuce for the Easter Bunny at the market, he was arrested. They shipped him back to Pennsylvania in a jet plane. Just in time! It was Feb. 1! The Easter Bunny had a great time in Hawaii and luckily Phil predicted the weather on time.

- Anna Potter

"Furry Celebrity Slips Away"

The celebrity groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has just made his first appearance as a pop star. The reporters and spectators watched wide eyed as the groundhog allegedly sang his songs. Spectators also claim that he reported that there will be six more weeks of winter.

Since the concert, his whereabouts are unknown. Although eyewitnesses say he was last seen hopping into his black stretch limo, no one is certain where he really is. Everybody is hoping he will put on another concert. But until then it will remain winter.

- Megan Begley

"Party Crasher Downtown"

The famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil was last sighted at Palonia Olson's 11th birthday party. According to an eyewitness, our furry friend popped his head out of the hot tub just before she climbed in.

Another eyewitness reported a sighting at the very same party. "He was spotted out the window while I was eating cake," the girl exclaimed. Punxsutawney Phil was last seen diving into the deep blue sea and swimming away. Is winter ever going to end?

- Sydney Lestage

"Groundhogs Gazette"

Students and staff at Greywolf Elementary are very concerned about the horrific event that took place on Feb. 2, 2010, on Groundhog's Day.

Alphrado Allen Groundhog was kidnapped by 11-year-old Kyle Cursten. The very few eyewitnesses estimate that it was around midnight when this whole incident happened. It was reported that Alphrado Allen Groundhog was happily going to the coffee shop when bystander Kyle leaped out and shoved Alphrado Allen into a potato sack.

Police suspect that kidnapper Kyle ran away with Alphrado to Nebraska. Until further notice, residents will continue to worry.

- Melanie S. Warders

"A Popping Discovery"

Sports fans in Seattle are worried. Nobody knows what will happen when a groundhog suddenly leaps out of the ground and pops every single football in the area during the Super Bowl on Groundhog's Day between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos! This happened right when the Seahawks were about to score the winning point. "There will be a rematch when the groundhog is caught!" the loudspeaker said as the fans went home.

Matt Hasselbeck says, "If the groundhog isn't soon under control, we'll probably have to close down Quest Field." Police have sent in a team to search for the groundhog, but we haven't heard from the troopers yet.

- Christopher Heintz

- Louise Lemley, teacher


_ News from First Teacher:

Raimey Brewer, age 2, was the winner of our Reading Contest raffle drawing on Monday, Feb. 8. Sequim High School Leadership students Brianna Gilles, Sierra Shelden and Katelyn Turner were the guest readers and drew the winning name out of the reading raffle box. The prize was a Walmart gift card and each child present received a free book courtesy of the Clallam County Literary Council.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Kids Craft at 10:30 a.m. - Make a Treasure Box ( Drop in from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), Developing Capable People Parenting class at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18 - First Teacher Fundraiser meeting at 10 a.m. and Parent Connection with Nicole Brewer at 10 a.m. Come meet other parents and talk about relative parenting topics while your children play together. For more information about Parent Connection, contact Nicole at 461-9992

Friday, Feb. 19 - Karen McCoullough, dental assistant, talks about oral health at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 22 - Reading Time at 10:30 a.m. Every child attending will receive a free book. Our guest readers will be Maren Reid and her parents Dana and Randy.

Tuesday, Feb. 23 - WIC is set up in the First Teacher room from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.


_ The SHS Athletes of the Month for January are John Textor for boys basketball and Samamtha Whiteside for bowling. John is the leading scorer and senior leader on the basketball team. Samantha competed at the state tournament for bowling with a Top 40 finish.

- Dave Ditlefsen, athletic director

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