Chalk Talk


_ Buy a beautiful holiday poinsettia and benefit local schoolchildren! The Helen Haller Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring a holiday poinsettia sale. PTO members are taking orders for red, white, pink or red-flecked poinsettias. The flowers are available for purchase for $10 per plant now through Nov. 22. Poinsettias will be available for pick up at the school office on Friday, Dec. 3. Sales proceeds benefit Helen Haller Elementary School students. For more information or to place your order, call PTO member Jamee Metzger at 683-8386.

_ Parents and children (kindergarten to fifth grade) can join together to nurture a sense of wonder and build a brighter world for children through the power of discovery, creativity, learning and imagination at a new online website Wonderopolis. Check it out at

- Marsha Omdal, teacher-librarian

_ We will be having a Scholastic Book Fair in the Helen Haller library on Friday, Oct. 29, and during conference days on Nov. 1-2. The fair will be open during parent conferences, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices usually range from $4 up, with the average book around $6. Sales tax will be charged. Debit and credit cards may be used by parents. We also will have a teachers' wish list if you would like to purchase a book for your child's classroom. All proceeds go toward the support of our school library.

- Marsha Omdal, teacher-librarian

_ On Oct. 11, Sharle Osborne's fourth-grade class took a very special field trip. They boarded the Indigo, a 63-foot power vessel used for environmental education, and sailed into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the voyage they collected and examined plankton, learned about keeping our waterways safe and had a water safety lesson. Each student took a turn at the wheel, steering the boat. It was a gorgeous, calm day and they were able to sail along Protection Island before returning to shore. This opportunity was made possible through a grant from Service Education Adventure.

- Sharle Osborne, teacher


_ The Greywolf PTA would like to thank all the students and volunteers for another successful jog-a-thon (held Oct. 8). The following students will ride in a limousine and enjoy pizza with Principal Donna Hudson: Jameson Seaver, Aiden Lara, Lilly Janis, Anthony Cortani, Kaylee Dunlap, Conner Lamb and Jilian Hutchinson-Blouin. The staff members who raised the most funds were Jennifer Lopez and Sue Park. The classroom winner for mini-golf and a pizza party is Chris Steven's second grade. The classroom winner for the SARC pool and pizza party is Jennifer Lopez's fourth-grade class. This year students and staff raised more than $12,000!


_ Thanks to the help of the ASB, Caity Karapostoles, Tracy Barnes and all the parents that volunteered, the Barnyard Bash was an awesome schoolwide event! More than 660 students purchased tickets to the festival and 16 more earned tickets by selling magazines through our annual fundraiser. At the Barnyard Bash, we had a mechanical bull, which was a favorite of everyone! The art room became a face painting studio, manned by teacher Joshua Capps and high school Art Club members.

Everything from tigers to zombies emerged from the art room, much to the glee of everyone! Down in the big gym, inflatable games, including a cliff hang slide and a huge obstacle course, tested students' agility and courage. Most kids waiting in line admitted it was their third, fourth or fifth time! Down the sixth-grade hall, origami stars were created under the direction of Dave McInnes. In keeping with the Barnyard Bash theme, all-time favorite movie "Babe" was played in Michael Galligan's room, complete with free popcorn.

The smell of sugar permeated the school from the cookie decorating room where students decorated hundreds of sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles. If that wasn't enough sugar to fulfill a sweet tooth, the old woodshop room was turned into a cupcake walk. Dozens and dozens of cupcakes were donated by Sequim Middle School families and were a sure hit with all the cupcake walkers. In addition, a snack shack offered a variety of treats.

If any middle-schooler was still hungry, dozens and dozens of kids tried their talents at apple bobbing, the SMS way. With hands behind their backs, students attempted to take a bite out of an apple hanging on a string. Prizes were awarded to those with the greatest apple biting skills, or with the biggest mouths, and everyone got to enjoy the rest of their orchard treat. Something new this year was the interactive cowboy who demonstrated lots of roping moves and taught students cool tricks with the lasso and balancing a walking stick or a feather on their palm.

Always a favorite at the festival, the dance in the little gym was great, with SHS 2010 grad Danny Hall as the DJ! A lot of kids were dancing, some never leaving the room from the moment the music began until it ended two hours later. It was obvious that any calories consumed in the cookie decorating room or during the cake walk were quickly worked off! There were people starting trains and doing the worm around the room, and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The whole event was considered a huge success and we can't wait until the next schoolwide extracurricular activity!

- Riesa Sumida, student ASB public relations officer, and Caity Karapostoles, secretary and activities coordinator

_ Scholastic Book Fair will run from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 26-Nov. 5. Come one, come all to buy books! It is a great time to stock up on early Christmas gifts. The book fair caters to the young adolescent. We will be open during parent/teacher conferences as well. A percentage of the proceeds go directly into the library budget for buying books and promoting reading.

- Elizabeth Lawson, librarian



_ At Olympic Peninsula Academy in Kim Glasser's eighth-grade health class, we are exploring the circulatory system and dissecting a cow heart. The students also will be performing a heart transplant operation on the computer.

_ In Math Lab, Robert Converse's fifth- and sixth-grade students celebrated having successfully completed their first test in math. As they progress in number building and multi-step problem solving, Mr. Converse would like to spotlight the efforts of Anna Potter for helping her fellow students with problem-solving strategies. Thank you, Anna!

_ Students in Valerie Surgeon's pottery classrooms are utilizing the medium of clay to creatively express the season of "Autumn." Students are busy making fall leaves out of clay, which are then being used to form bowls, plates and platters.

_ Twenty-two students in grades 2-8, attended a matinee performance of "The Borrowers" at the Seattle Children's Theatre. The play, which was truly enjoyed by all, is based upon the series of popular books written by Mary Norton. Special thanks to Teri Kirsch for facilitating the field trip.

_ Lilli Hardesty's Future City classroom recently met with their mentor Garry Wohlegumuth to aid them in the understanding of how engineers influence our city's growth and production. Mrs. Hardesty would like to express appreciation to the students who are reaching out to make the class goals complete and meet their deadlines. Future City is a statewide competition-based class. Students research, design and build a "Future City" according to yearly themes and guidelines. Students travel to Seattle each January for event.

_ In Anita Morris' Spanish class students are learning day-to-day conversational Spanish. Mrs. Morris would like to recognize student Noah King, who is new to Spanish this year yet was able to use his knowledge thus far to communicate successfully with a visiting student who spoke very little English. Noah was able to welcome the visitor with enthusiasm, then invite him to participate in the class activity, while speaking completely in Spanish. Way to go, Noah!

- Terralyn Dokken, secretary, OPA

First Teacher:

Friday, Oct. 29 - Pumpkin painting in the Commons at 10:30 a.m. Come ready to paint your own free pumpkin! Drop in from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 1 - Reading Time with Charlotte Frazier at 10:30 a.m. Every child attending Reading Time receives a free book. Drop in from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 2 - WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.

First Teacher is in Room 4W in the Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St., next to the playground. Parents of preschoolers come with your children and enjoy activities, the playroom and the playground. Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter with parenting tips and information about local resources for families. For more about the First Teacher program, call 582-3428 or 681-2250.

Cynthia Martin, director, and Chase Hill, Vista volunteer


High school seniors, please note that senior photos for the yearbook are due by 3 p.m. Oct. 29. They should be digital and at least 500 KB in size. They can be e-mailed to teacher Jim Heintz at or dropped off at the main office.

For parents of seniors, if you are planning to place a senior parent ad in the yearbook, the deadline is Friday, Jan. 28, and the cost is $50 for a quarter-page ad.

High school seniors should plan to attend the scholarship notebook information session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the cafeteria. We will review the process of putting together a scholarship notebook, as well as discuss other scholarship opportunities. Please allow 45 minutes to one hour for this session. Reminder: If you are submitting a scholarship notebook, you must purchase your binder from Janet Peterson in the main office for $3. Scholarship notebooks are not a senior requirement but if you plan to submit one, you need to attend this informative session!

- Mitzi Sanders, Career Center specialist

_ Sequim High School is celebrating its 100th year. This school year marks the first year, 100 years ago, that Sequim had a ninth-grade class. This is a call-out to Sequim High School graduates from all years to share their high school photographs for centennial displays. Ideally we would like to work with scanned photos but if you don't have access to a scanner, bring your photos (with your name on them for return purposes) into the school district office and they will be scanned. Contact Loanna Torey at 582-3262, or e-mail scanned photos to

- Lora Millet, secretary

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