Chalk talk, June 22, 2011


• On Friday, June 10, Cathy Raycraft’s second-grade class celebrated with their annual Hawaiian Luau. Each student made paper leis and a Polynesian-style place mat. Mrs. Raycraft played her “Hu ke Lau” music and taught them all how to hula. She also brought in her “poi balls” which are commonly used in traditional performing arts. The covered balls are held in the hand and swung in circular patterns.
This fun and educational day was completed with a potluck which included fresh and canned pineapple, fresh and shredded coconut, assorted tropical fresh fruit, Hawaiian bread, homemade sweet and sour meatballs, steamed rice, Hawaiian punch and fresh coconut macaroons. Special thanks to Elizabeth Trent, Darcy Ulin and Brenda McDonald for their extra-special contributions to this event.
— Tricia Stratton, secretary

• The school library was standing room only on Monday, June 13, for the volunteer reception. The volunteers, teachers and staff enjoyed cake, cookies and tea sandwiches, accompanied by a citrus cooler punch. Principal Donna Hudson greeted the volunteers and thanked them for their countless hours of help during the school year. For the first time, the school had a volunteer in the science room twice a week. The second-grade classes were fortunate to have a volunteer who spent one whole day per week reading with students. Thank you, volunteers, for a wonderful year! We hope to see you again in the fall!
— Candy Olmer, paraeducator

• The kindergarten classes would like to thank Olympic Game Farm for the amazing field trip on June 16! The guides were incredible and very knowledgeable about the animals. How thoughtful it was of the staff to provide goodie bags for each student at the end of the field trip! From the bottom of our hearts, a big Greywolf howl to everyone at Olympic Game Farm for memories that will last a lifetime.
Thanks to our wonderful school bus driver, George Stuber, for being a fantastic tour guide. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers for their time and watchful eyes. Our field trip would not have been the same without you!
— Olivia Shea, Kelli Mishko, Bethanie Robbins and Patty Sullivan, teachers


• Avoid the rush and register now for fall kindergarten. The office is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.), until June 30, then closes for the summer until Aug. 23.
— Debbie Buchillo, secretary

• Fifth-grade students left their permanent mark on Haller by each painting a tile on the outside walls. The outside walls of Haller are peppered with painted tiles of fifth-grade students from over the years. Haller’s Parent-Teacher Organization provided the acrylic paints, and after the students are done painting, their tiles will be coated with a sealer to protect them. This has been a tradition for many years and older students always enjoy seeing the tiles when visiting their former school.
— Robi Andison, teacher

• Helen Haller Elementary had another successful After-School Running Club this spring. About 150 students  from grades 1-5 met for 10 weeks prior to the North Olympic Discovery Kids Marathon, with even more younger and older kids joining parents and siblings on the track every Monday and Wednesday. Supervisors for the Running Club were first-grade teacher Ione Marcy and P.E. teacher Meghan Thompson.
Despite the frequent rain and cooler temperatures, students met faithfully to run, working hard to earn tokens for every 5 miles they ran. In Ione Marcy’s class alone, students accumulated 900 miles’ worth of running! About 50 Haller students participated in the 1.2 Mile Marathon Finale on Saturday, June 4.
A quote from Joyce Carol Oates states our feelings on this wonderfully fulfilling and energizing sport: “Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.”
— Ione Marcy, teacher


Crazy Shoe Day, a natural follow-up to Crazy Hair Day, was the perfect way for students and staff to show their school spirit! As the end of the school year draws to a close, there are some crazy shoes running around the middle school! That was the theme for the last spirit day of the year and lots of students and staff joined in the fun.
Ten thousand spirit points were awarded for the grade with the most participation, and once again, the seventh grade reigned supreme! The overall enthusiasm of the seventh-grade class throughout the year earned them an ice cream party for the last day of school.
The coveted Spirit Stick, made many years ago by the incredible local totem pole carver, Dale Faulstich, has been passed on to them for safe-keeping.
— Caity Karapostoles, ASB secretary and activities coordinator

First Teacher activities:
Friday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – Bring Your Bubbles for Outside Play!
Monday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. — Reading Time. Stephen Rosales, our own beloved “Frosty,” is the guest reader. Every child attending Reading Time receives a free book.
Tuesday, June 28 – WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
— Cynthia Martin, director,
Nicole Brewer, parent coordinator

Rakers Car Club of Port Town-send is showing support by giving back to a common cause. During the
Sequim Irrigation Festival Car Show at Walmart, the Rakers Car Club donated $500 to Sequim High School Engineering Technology Club. The money will be put toward assembling the Engineering Tech Club’s’ 1934 Ford Coupe.
Rakers Car Club treasurer Jerry Johnson contacted Bill Seabolt, club advisor, and said they chose the high school club to receive these funds because of shared interest in mechanics and fabricating hot rods. This donation came in time to help purchase a rolling chassis for the club’s second-annual E-Tech Classic Car Show, held at the high school stadium parking lot June 4.
The high school club’s car show is growing; last year’s show included 74 cars and this year’s E-Tech Classic sported well over 100 of the best cars on the peninsula.
The car show has enjoyed lots of local support from businesses and car clubs, which has helped make it a great success.
— William Seabolt, instructor

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