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Twenty-four students in Sharle Osborne’s fourth-grade class received thank you letters for their submissions to the Irrigation Festival Button Contest. Though a different design was chosen, her students were glad to hear it was another fourth-grader who had the winning design. They also were pleased that as the class at Haller with the most students entering, their teacher received a gift certificate to Office Depot she looks forward to spending on the classroom! Thanks to community member Shawnna Rigg for coordinating this contest.
— Sharle Osborne,  teacher

Tami Wall’s third-graders wrote about Christmas traditions. Here’s a late entry:

My family and I like to decorate the Christmas tree and the trees of my front yard. Once we’re done, we do more the next day. After we take a break. Once we are done having a break, we wait and wait and wait and finally we get to open the presents!
— Erick Morales

Sue Gellor’s fifth-grade class will continue to collect jars of peanut butter for the Sequim Food Bank until
December 10. Donations can be placed in the small wagon by the school office.
— Sue Gellor, teacher

Personal narratives by Chris Stevens’ second-graders:

“Licorice,” by Ava Rich
I saw a kitten at the Humane Society. I heard it purring. I felt it and it was soft. I learned that kittens are fragile and have to rest to grow up to be a big cat. She is my family’s kitten and we adopted her from the Humane Society. Her name is Licorice. She is black, all black and she has yellow eyes. She sleeps sometimes under my bed. She likes to play fetch. She likes to watch TV and Toy Story 3 with me. When I cry she snuggles with me and makes me happy. When I cry she sniffs me on the forehead. I love my cat.

“I Broke My Foot,” by Joe Grasser
I broke my foot from jumping off the couch. I was trying to jump over a foam light saber. Instead I landed on a plastic light saber. When I broke my foot my dad said, “Your foot isn’t broken,” but he was wrong.

“Copper,” by Aly Throop
One day I was playing outside with my dog Copper. I was pretending I was his trainer. He was running. He brushed up against me. He was barking too. I am learning to take care of my dog. I have fun with him. My dog is playful. We play ball together. I like my dog.

“I got hit by a ball,” by Yessi Torres
I got hit by a ball. I saw it coming toward me. I felt a smooth round ball. I learned to pay attention to the ball. The ball came fast and caught me on the face. It hit me hard. OUCH! The ball hit me on the face so hard.

“I found a LadyBug,” by Jayla Julmist
I found a ladybug on the ground. I picked it up and I put it on my clothes. Then it flew over my head and I tried to catch it but I didn’t catch it at all.

“My touchdown,” by Hayden Eaton
I played a game on Thursday. The quarterback threw me the ball. I caught it over my head, someone pulled my flag. I tripped and he ran over my leg, it hurt. I still scored a touchdown and we won by one point.
— Abby Hare, assistant secretary

The Science Department would like to showcase the following students as “Catalysts” for first 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.
In sixth grade, teacher Meredith Johnson celebrates the accomplishments of Mary Jones, Isabel Burns, Anna Nieto, Sydney Balkan and Anna Nielson.
Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Kaila Sundquist, Ben Sinclair, Emily Funston, Jordan McMinn and Calvin Hazard.
For her seventh-graders, Isabella Morrison gives a standing ovation to Benjamin Hughes, Madison Matthews, Sydney Baker, Matthew Cook, Mattie Clark, Stone Diggs, Morgan King, Matthew Schock, and eighth-graders Emily Carter and Joshua Cibene.
Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Karen Chan, Ryan Nestor, Megan O’Mera, Stephen Silliman, William Andrews, Hazel McHenry, Erica Chapman, Joey Terwilliger, Nicholas Fazio and Grace Hibler.
Finally, eighth-grade teacher Debbie Beckett applauds Brenna Neal, Ashley Balstrusitis, John Ryan, Katherine Shade and in her science and engineering teams class, Ryan Robarts.
Keep up the fantastic effort, young scientists! You are excellent role models for your peers.
— Joe Landoni, science teacher

First Teacher activities:
Friday, Dec. 10: “Talk about Nutrition Issues” with registered dietician Erika Van Calcar at 10:30 a.m. she is a Maternity Support Services Dietitian with First Step, and she provides nutrition education to women and families on topics such as healthy eating during pregnancy, early infant feeding, gestational diabetes, picky eaters and food allergies.
Monday, Dec. 13 – Reading Time with Olympic Gentle Paws therapy dogs and handlers 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, Dec. 14 – WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
First Teacher is located in classroom 4W in the
Sequim Community School at 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, program director and Chase Hill, Vista volunteer
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