Chalk Talk


■ The Sequim School District is looking for community participation in the Strategic Plan Workshop from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St. Lunch is provided. Call Patsene Dashiell, community liaison, at 582-3264 to reserve a spot. The current Strategic Plan is available for viewing on the district website at
■ The Sequim School District would like to invite the public to attend our Spring Campus Tour, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22. The tour begins at Sequim Middle School, and also includes Greywolf Elementary and Sequim Community School. Lunch is provided. Call 582-3264 to reserve a spot. Reservations are necessary so we can prepare for ample food and transportation for the day’s events.


■ Wolf Pup Writer’s Club for first-graders takes place each Tuesday and Thursday in Alex Ogilvie’s classroom. Ogilvie, the club’s facilitator, reports the club has been meeting since Jan. 11 and will continue until March 10.
On March 10, the club will wrap up with an Authors’ Tea and the students will invite parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special people in their lives.
At the tea, the young writers will have an opportunity to share what they have published.
Each time the club meets, Ogilvie goes through a mini-lesson, which usually includes reading a picture book.
During one session, the club decided to write an animal-themed A-B-C book and each student picked a letter of the alphabet to write and illustrate for the book.
Each student keeps a writer’s notebook to work on individual pieces during club time.

Samplings from the
Greywolf Elementary First Graders’ Wolf Pup
Writer’s Club

The Important Thing
By Addie Smith
The important thing about a horse is that it has a mane. Its hair shines, it has hooves and it is beautiful. But the important thing about a horse is that it has a mane.

The Important Thing
By Henry Hughes
The important thing about a coat is that it keeps you dry. It can be different colors, it can be in different sizes and mine is yellow. But the important thing about a coat is that it keeps you dry.
T is for Tigers
(from the animal A-B-C book)
By Olivia Webb

T is for tigers. Tigers have stripes. They eat small things and they have sharp teeth.

R is for Rabbit
(from the animal A-B-C book)
By Ellie Turner
R is for Rabbit. A rabbit can eat
carrots and it can jump.

O is for Owl
(from the animal A-B-C book)
By Amelia Hermann
Owls have wings. They can fly and they say hoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Big Snow Day
By Skyler Weidemier
(Example of prewriting  
for a personal narrative)
1. went sledding
2. the snow falling
3. hearing the snow
    going crunch
4. getting hot chocolate
5. making a snowman
6. eating lunch

My Brother Wyatt
By Amelia Hermann
(example of a personal narrative)
I have a brother named Wyatt. He likes me a lot. Wyatt is not really my brother. His real mom is Mindy. Mindy is my best friend. I stay the night at Mindy’s. We call Wyatt my brother because I have known him a long time. I love Wyatt a lot. What I love about Wyatt is that he can come to the barn when me and Mindy do chores. My brother is the best brother.
— Alex Ogilvie, first-grade teacher


On Wednesday morning, March 2, Marla Varner’s second-graders read with high school seniors from Steve Corcoran’s class. The high school students came to Helen Haller for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Their visit was part of “Read Across America,” when students participate in special reading activities. The high school students helped the second-graders read information that was scientific and hard for them to read. Our students were excited to read, listen and talk about books with their high school partners. It was thoughtful of them to take time to come to Helen Haller Elementary. Mrs. Varner’s class can’t wait for next year’s visit!

I learned a lot
about wolves — like when the female alpha has babies she goes in a burrow, cave or den.
Garret Hoesel

At the beginning of the book, he read the author’s name and the “About the Author” part.
Bailey Gordeuk
She talked to me about the book and the author.
Amara Sayer

My partner read fast.
Coral Disinski

My partner was nice to me. He read “The Cat in the Hat.”
Kaiden Brown

We took turns reading to each other.
Isabel Frutos

She showed me how to write her name in cursive, and she had pretty earrings.
Saffy Schweitzer

He took a while to let me look at the pictures after he read. He talked to me about the book we read.
Joseph Elias

He read the whole introduction to my book, Cockroaches.
Oscar Walchenbach

— Written by Marla Varner’s second-graders


Authors and Washington residents Eric Ode and Jesse Joshua Watson visited Greywolf Elementary School during the week of Feb. 28. Ode is a poet, songwriter and former educator. Students participated in a large group presentation, where they sang songs and listened to poetry. Mr. Ode emphasized the importance of the writing process, particularly during two writing workshops of about 30 students each. Students wrote the following poem and put it to music with Mr. Ode during one of the workshops.
Have you even seen a soccer-playing dog?
My dog is a Labradoodle
He plays on a soccer field
With a Boxer, a Bloodhound, and a Poodle

He’s the fastest runner on the field.
He’s as fast as a race car wheel.
He wears soccer shorts and shoes.
The coach thinks he’s a really big deal.

So come to the big game today
Of the dogs versus the cats
It’s a really sunny afternoon
So wear your sunglasses and hats

Jesse Joshua Watson is an illustrator and writer who resides in Port Townsend. He discussed his life, work and humanitarian efforts.
A majority of his large group presentations focused on his book “Hope for Haiti,” which takes place in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in Port au Prince.
He also taught a smaller group writing workshop that focused on telling a story through illustrations. Students worked on using varying perspectives in their drawings.
Thanks to the Greywolf Parent-Teacher Association and the Sequim School District for providing funds to bring these fantastic writers to the students of Greywolf.
— Maribeth Stewart, Greywolf teacher-librarian


First Teacher activities:
Friday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. — Shirley Anderson from the Feiro Marine Life Center will share information about sea stars.
Monday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. — Reading Time with Charlotte Frazier. Each child attending Reading Time receives a free book.
Tuesday, March 8 — WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
— Cynthia Martin, director and Chase Hill, VISTA volunteer


Upcoming advanced placement exams: If your son/daughter is planning to take one or more AP exams in May, please plan to send a $13 nonrefundable payment for each exam to secure a placement for that test.
This payment is due by March 18. Please do not send in money before that time. Advanced placement exams are ordered shortly after March 18 in order to assure their arrival by testing time. Total amount due is $87. The balance of $74 is due before the exam begins. A reduced fee is available for eligible students.
Students have been given the “Bulletin for AP Students and Parents.” This booklet explains and shares information regarding the AP exam process, including dates and times of testing. For questions, contact Rik Napora in the counseling center at 582-3613.
— Lora Millet, secretary
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