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An immunization clinic is offered on Thursday, April 7, at all schools for required vaccines for school attendance. Parents, please fill out a consent form to send with your student on that day. Forms are available at each school office or can be printed off the district website at under “Announcements.”
— Ardis Mangano, health clerk


• The kindergarten readiness meeting is from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the library. Meet kindergarten teachers, the school principal and other staff. Information about curriculum, registration, busing and other topics will be covered.
Kindergarten registration will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 2. Your child needs to be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Bring the child’s original birth certificate or passport, immunization record with dates, and proof of residency. Your child will go through a brief screening process with the kindergarten staff while you complete paperwork. For more details, consult the district website at or phone the school office at 582-3200.
— Debbie Buchillo, secretary

• Here are more metaphor poems by students in Pam Landoni’s fourth-grade class:
I am a hippo!
I’m strong,
I’m brave,
I’m confident,
I am a hippo!
— By Bailey Gorr

I am a sponge!
I am soft,
I am holey,
I absorb info,
I am a sponge!
— By Josh Sutton

I am a snake!
I’m slick,
I’m sneaky,
I’m yellow with brown spots,
I’m a snake!

I’m a cake!
I’m sweet,
I’m big and love to be tasted,
I’m a cake!
— By Hailey

— Pam Landoni, teacher


Kindergarten registration for fall 2011 is ongoing. Please register your children for kindergarten now for the 2011-2012 school year. Registration packets can be picked up in the office during regular school hours. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31.
A kindergarten screening will be held on from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, for new students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2011. Enrollment packets can be picked up in the office during regular school hours. If you have any questions, call the office at 582-3300 or check the district website at
— Tricia Stratton, secretary


During January, the students in Joe Landoni’s seventh-grade science classes intensively investigated earthquakes as part of their comprehensive study of catastrophic events. They learned about plate tectonics, p and s waves, faults and subduction zones, trenches and the Ring of Fire.
The massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan several weeks ago left students wondering what they could do to help. How about a food drive? What about a blanket collection? It ultimately was decided to take up a collection of money to donate to a Japanese recovery and relief fund. Over the course of eight days, coins and bills poured into a 1-liter graduated collection cylinder. All totaled, the seventh-graders ended up raising $296.46 to send to the humanitarian relief agency World Vision, based in Tacoma. Spontaneous generosity, benevolence and care for fellow humans in crisis are indeed alive and well at Sequim Middle School!
— Joe Landoni, science teacher


First Teacher activities:
From 5:30–7 p.m. on Thursdays, April 7-May 12, the class “Self-Care Skills for Parents Parenting Class,” is taught by Annette and George Lindamood. Attendance at all six 90-minute sessions is required. Child care is available for a small fee. To register, call First Teacher at 582-3428 or e-mail
Friday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. — Ken Feighner brings his bagpipes.
Monday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. — Reading Time with guest reader Charlotte Frazier. Each child attending receives a free book to take home.
Tuesday, April 12 — 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

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