Chalk Talk


Parents: There will be no school on Friday, May 28, which was reserved as a snow make-up day. Also, there will be no school on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.


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. It may seem early, but we need to register your child now so we can plan for fall teaching staff. For registering your child for kindergarten, you will need to bring:

• Original birth certificate or passport

• Immunization records

• Proof of residency - something showing one's physical address (lease, PUD bill, etc.)

Questions? Contact our office, 582-3200.

- Debbie Buchillo, secretary

Sharle Osborne's fourth-grade class, Tami Wall's third-graders and Ione Marcy's first-graders wrote letters to students in Benavente, Spain. Those pen pals are working very hard at composing replies in English to send back to our classes. The students here are looking forward to hearing from children halfway across the world. Thank you, Kathy Strozyk and Joan Henry for making this opportunity available.

Sharle Osborne's fourth-graders reflected on learning during the past year:

Last year I could only do division. Now I can do really long division. At the beginning of the year my handwriting was extremely sloppy, now it has gotten better. Last year I could only do fractions, this year I can do fractions, decimals and percentages. At the beginning of the year I could only do one-digit times one-digit multiplication, now I can do three-digit times three-digit.

Byron Rice

At the beginning of the year I didn't know many math facts but now I know all my multiplication and division facts. I used to read smaller books but now I read big chapter books. I used to run pretty fast but now I run much faster.

Sydnee Linnane

Last year I used to hate writing but now I am able to write longer and I love it now. I used to write small, little sentences, but now I write eight paragraphs. I even know my 12s now.

Emily Klein

Last year I could hardly walk home but now I can walk and run home easily. At the beginning of the year I only knew some multiplication facts, but now I know all my multiplication and division. I used to hate math but now math rocks to me. Last year if you asked me to do one-times two-digit multiplication I would say, "What's that?" Last year I only had 30 or 40 Accelerated Reader points, this year I have 68. Last year I was good at art, but this year I am even better!

Luke Silliman

Last year I could not read, but this year I am reading Boxcar Children chapter books.

Victoria Kingsley

Last year I only had 23 AR points but this year I have 152. Last year I was horrible at soccer, but this year I am really good. Last year I wasn't good at math but this year I went to the Math Olympiad with my friends.

Kevin Meyer

At the start of the year I could not do any multiplication facts, now I know them all. In P.E. I could only do 10 pushups, now I can do 17. I went up 15 points on the MAP test. Last year in reading I was only fifth-grade level; now I am in seventh.

Noelle Bittner

I used to read short, little stories. Now I read chapter books. Last year I didn't know my math facts, now I know almost all.

Aaron White

Last year I was slow at reading, now I am fast. At the beginning of the year I hated math, now I love math. This year I am a lot better at writing. Last year I didn't want to go to school, this year I do. I'm better at art too!

Greta Himmelberger

Now I know all of my multiplication facts. At the beginning of the year I didn't know much about P.E. but now I know a lot about the human body.

April Babb

I have learned all the multiplication facts and some division. I used to only write a little bit but now I write many paragraphs.

Nathan Ponte

Last year I wasn't that good at multiplication but this year I get 100 percent on multiplication and division. I used to get 30-50 percent on AR tests; now I get 100 percent.

Steele Petersen

I used to not be able to tell time that well but now I am really good at it. I also know all my multiplication facts and some division. I could not draw so well, but now I am really good at it.

Rene Flores

Last year I was a poor speller, now I am a good speller. I went from multiplication to long division. I was a slow reader and now I read a chapter book in 2-3 days. This year I like to write and I love math.

Kelsie Mackey

This year I know some division facts and am better at spelling. I learned a lot of multiplication.

Tristin Cousins

This year I have gotten much better at math, writing, music and multiplication and art, too.

Destiny Staus

- Sharle Osborne, teacher



Mo Brasher's first-grade class visited the First Teacher room on Monday, May 10, to share their newly acquired skills by reading to the young children. For their efforts, the first-graders were treated to riddle books and dirt cups. Ms. Brasher said it was a good experience for all her readers, and the children loved eating the "dirt" with "worms!"

- Monique Brasher, teacher



First Teacher activities:

Wednesday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. - Kids Craft.

Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m. - Parent Connection with Nicole and Raimey Brewer. Come and meet other parents and discuss relative parenting topics while your children play together. For more information, contact Brewer at 461-9992.

Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m. - Hear Sequim High School's trash can band under the direction of Vern Fosket. Meet first at the First Teacher room at 10 a.m. and we will walk to the

band room together. (Please note: This will be loud!)

Monday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m. - Reading Time with retired teacher Nancy Magisos. Each child attending Reading Time receives a free book.

Tuesday, May 18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - WIC (Women, Children and Infants) is in the First Teacher room. For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.

First Teacher is in Sequim Community School at 220 W. Alder St., next to the playground. Drop-in times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge to visit the room. Parents can check books out of the parenting library and children can enjoy the playroom and playground. Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter with parenting tips and information about local resources for families. For more information on the First Teacher program, call 582-3428 or 681-2250.

- Patsene Dashiell, First Teacher events coordinator


Here it comes ... Art Attack! Join us for a fun evening rich with this year's student art work, art demonstrations, live music, snacks and student art cards for sale on Wednesday, May 26, in the high school library from 5-8 p.m. We hope to see you there!

- Martha Rudersdorf, teacher

Sequim High's cooking class (for sophomores and older) is working this week with freshly laid eggs from chickens in the school's agricultural facility. Students learn all aspects of cooking, from measuring ingredients to cleaning up the kitchen.

The kitchen classroom slowly is being updated by the labor of vocational students under director Stu Marcy. Local growers supplement the modest class grocery budget by donating surplus produce.

Assigned dishes made this year include spaghetti, scalloped potatoes and chicken cordon bleu. Students cite the most challenging recipe so far as apple pancakes, with loads of ingredients and lots of steps.

Their favorite recipe comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with teenagers: pizza with fresh crust! The students are gearing up to bake cookies for the upcoming Art Attack show on May 26 in the school library.

- Carol Wagner, teacher

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