Chalk Talk


Parents - Please remember that during May there will be NO SCHOOL on two Fridays, May 14 and May 28, because they originally were reserved as snow make-up days. Also, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 31, NO SCHOOL.


Register your fall kindergarten student - We are looking for children who will be 5 years old on/before Aug. 31. They are eligible to start school in September. Registration for 2010-2011 kindergarten classes is from 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Helen Haller Elementary School library, 350 W. Fir St. Spread the word to friends and family who may not have children in the school system yet. It may seem early but we need to register your child now so we can plan appropriately for teaching staff.

You will need to bring your kindergarten student with you. Children will go through a brief screening with kindergarten teachers and other staff while you complete the required paperwork. You also will need to bring:

_ Original birth certificate or passport

_ Immunization records

_ Proof of residency-something showing your physical address (lease, PUD bill, etc.)

Questions? Contact our office, 582-3200.

- Debbie Buchillo, secretary

Last week Judie Lawson's first-grade class visited Dr. Bud Davies' dental office. We learned a lot about teeth. Here is what we learned.

David Ayala: I learned that white things bugs spit out stuff and make allergies (the bacteria makes acid). They make your teeth yellow. I liked the horse that spits.

Jacob Nicholson: I learned that there is a lot of sugar in ice cream. I liked when Harry the horse sprayed out water.

Sid Johnston: I liked when they showed us the filling material. I learned how you brush your teeth.

Zoe Zimmerman: I learned bacteria gets in your tooth and makes a hole. You have to get behind your teeth when you brush. I liked when Harry the horse squirted us.

Julianna Frease: I learned how they put the spacers in your teeth. I liked when Harry the horse and Asia sat in the dental chair.

Rebekah Parker: I learned how they put fillings in your teeth when there is bacteria. I liked when Harry the horse squirted water at us.

Mya Janssen: I learned about the spacers. I liked when Harry the horse sprayed water at us.

Braden Bean: I liked when we saw the big tooth. I learned to always brush your teeth every night.

Caylie Hammond-Neske: I learned about what is inside the big tooth and what makes the hole inside it and makes it all dirty. I liked the horse that spits water at us.

Kenny Chapman: I liked when Dr. Davies showed us the call buttons in the room. I learned to brush your teeth every day and every night.

Asia Thomas: I learned that when you brush your teeth in one spot and count to 10 every time. I liked when Dr. Davies squirted water at us.

Coral Disinski: I learned that you have to brush your back teeth. I liked when Asia got to sit in the dental chair and we got to see inside her mouth.

Isabel Frutos: I liked the train that goes around Dr. Davies' office. I learned that when they fill in a tooth when it gets a hole they squirt out some squishy thing and they put it under a light and it turns hard like your teeth.

Peter Silliman: I learned that the red tube squirts water in people's mouths. I liked when Dr. Davies' horse squirted water. When Asia sat in the chair was really cool. Also I liked seeing the big tooth.

Taig Wiker: I liked the white filling material. I liked how it was really squishy at the beginning but it got hard when you put the light on it. I learned you actually brush your teeth on the outsides first and then the insides. I am brushing like that now.

Thank you Dr. Davies for taking the time to teach us about dental health and for the fun "goodie" bag you gave us.

- Judie Lawson, teacher


Here are a few Earth Day letters that my students wrote.

Dear Earth,

Thank you for the air. I breathe it every day but not just me, everyone breathes air every day. Thank you Earth for everything.

Love, Kayleigh Campbell

Dear Earth,

Thank you for the trees so I can climb on your trees that you make for us. And the water so I can swim in the lakes and ocean.

Love, Edwin Albright

Dear Earth,

Thank you for the animals and grass, plants and trees. Thanks you for the air we breathe.

Love, Hunter Clemons

Dear Earth,

Thank you for the water that we drink. The air that we breathe, the food that we eat, and most of all my life.

Love, Mathew Fowler

- Chris Stevens, teacher


The science department of Sequim Middle School would like to showcase the following students as "Catalysts" for third quarter. Just what is a catalyst, you ask? Well, these are students who consistently display an exceptional level of participation in their science class. They ask those thought-provoking questions that extend understanding. They clearly and accurately share their observations, both verbally and in writing. They are the sparks that ignite learning! So without further ado, let us recognize and celebrate these fine young scientists.

_ Sixth grade

Teacher Meredith Johnson celebrates the accomplishments of Morgan King, Karen Chan, Sydney Porlier and Kaylen Barber.

Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Elizabeth Merrikin, Jessica Craig, Abigail Hill, Kyle Chamblin and Jatesa Gahimer.

_ Seventh grade

For her students, teacher Isabella Morrison gives a standing ovation to Travis Priest, Rebecca Schroepfer, Ian Peers, Danielle Barrow, Emily Wallner, Brenna Neal, Grace Shore, Paul McMullin and Katherine Stevenson.

Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Dylan DePrati, Alex Barry, Tia Bourm, Victoria Cummins and Benny Dalm.

_ Eighth grade

Teacher Debra Beckett applauds Alexandria Williams, Mikayla Ahlin, Melanie Guan and Vianey Cadenas; and in her Science and Engineering Teams elective class, seventh-grader Eli Berg.

Keep up the fantastic effort young scientists! You are excellent role models for your peers.

The science department also would like to recognize those fine students who find themselves "On-a-Roll." These students were able to boost their third-quarter final grade at least 10 percentage points, sometimes more, from their second-quarter final grade. Congratulations to:

Sixth-graders Jeremy Meyer, Juan Cadenas, Kaleigh Cassal, Stone Diggs, Kaylah Aquino, Pearl Barry, Stephen Silliman, Kregg Thaens and Ian Dennis

Seventh-graders Austin Allen, Kathryn Bertelson, Caitlin Cathro, Josiah Anastasi, Dylan DePrati, Mark Nobbs, Rory Roberts, Katelyn Tapia, Shawndraya Taylor, Logan Wadley, Megan Petersen, Ali Saad, Serena Hipple, Will Hays, Julianna Milles, Ali Thill, Kaliska Yette-Simcoe, Gabi Dumler, Martin Morales, Wyatt Billings, Hanna Hardwick, Sheena Peterson, Chase Ridgway and Christian Salas

Keep on rolling, middle schoolers!

- Joe Landoni, science teacher

Sixth-grade students in Meredith Johnson's and Steve Koehler's combined science classes enjoyed the unique opportunity to study limnology with Holly Clark. Clark, a biologist and former teacher now with Clark Farm in Dungeness, introduced a realm previously unknown to the students. Their excitement was obvious as they called attention to their discoveries of the intriguing microorganisms in pond water samples they had collected. The students and teachers are very grateful to Mrs. Clark for her generous donation of two full days at SMS with 223 sixth-graders.

- Steve Koehler, sixth-grade science teacher

This year's ASB annual Spring Fling is coming up soon! Besides all the usual events, this year we are bringing in some major fun stuff! We are going to have giant hamster balls that you and a friend can get in and race against each other. We are also having laser tag in the small gym. We usually have three or four of the large inflatable games, but this year we are only having one awesome one. It's a giant slide, but climbing up it is, well, quite an obstacle.

Another fun event we are going to have is that we are bringing in a 32-foot trailer with lots of 52-inch flat screen TVs on which you can play various video games against your friends. Besides all these fun new events, we also will have all of the usual popular events such as an awesome dance and the always crowded spot-the-snack-shack! We will be selling pizza, pink lemonade and lots of other tasty treats. Tickets are on sale all week during lunches from Monday-Friday, April 26-30. Tickets are $10 with an ASB, $12 without an ASB and $15 at the door. This always is a well-anticipated event at the middle school, and with all the extra fun events we have planned, it should be even more popular than in previous years.

- Grace Koenigsaecker, ASB public relations officer

Term three of our middle school year has just ended and the grades of our students have been astounding! Three hundred forty-eight, or more than half of our students, are on the honor roll this term! Students who made the honor roll received notices to take home to their parents indicating they would be honored. The school hosted breakfasts April 26-27 for the students and their parents, celebrating their academic success. These ASB council members volunteered to serve their classmates and parents: Ciara Westhoven, Heidi Stallman, Betsy Merrikin and Anthony Pinza. They were honored the next day. Stone Diggs, Janey Griffith, Grace Koenigsaecker, LaVee Hess, Jesse Francis, Pearl Barry, Christie Honore and Savannah Fowler also served their classmates and parents. They were honored the day before! We are so proud of all of our students for doing their personal best each and every day!

- Grace Koenigsaecker, public relations officer; and Caity Karapostoles, secretary and ASB supervisor


The district has been awarded a grant from OSPI to initiate a breakfast program at the Community School. The grant is valued at $6,250 to fund equipment purchases. Kudos to Sodexho Food Services director Laurie Campen for writing a winning application!

- Brian Lewis, district business manager

Olympic Peninsula Academy, Sequim School District's Parent Partnership Program, will be having its annual preregistration potluck luncheon for the 2010-2011 school year from noon-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6. If you are interested in enrolling at OPA next year, plan on attending to sign up for classes. Bring a dish to share and join us for lunch, too! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other families and staff. You also may come in to OPA anytime prior to May 6 and pick up an application packet. Class sizes/age groups are limited so hurry and get your student on the list! For more information, call OPA at 582-3403.

- Terralyn Dokken, OPA secretary

Here's what's happening at First Teacher:

Wednesday, April 28 - Kids Craft at 10:30 a.m. We will create caterpillars out of clay.

Thursday, April 29 - There will be no Parent Connections meeting and the First Teacher room will be closed.

Friday, April 30 - At 10:30 a.m., Naomi Foley will make up as Peaches the Clown for the children.

Saturday, May 1 - 11 a.m.-2 p.m., look for the First Teacher booth at Family Fun on the Field at Carrie Blake Park

Monday, May 3 - Reading Time with Brian Marts and Bamboo at 10:30 a.m. Each child attending Reading Time receives a free book.

Tuesday, May 4 - WIC (Women, Infants and Children) 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

Wednesday, May 5 - At 10:30 a.m. is a special Reading Time with teacher Gina Hietpas and Sequim Middle School students as guest readers! She also will talk about the Read Right Program. Each child attending Reading Time receives a free book.

The First Teacher Room 4W is located in the Sequim Community School at 220 W. Alder St. Drop in times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge to visit the room.

For more information on the First Teacher program, call 582-3428 or 681-2250.

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 20
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates