Chalk talk, Oct. 19, 2011

On Thursday, Oct. 20, a nurse from the Clallam County Department of Health will be at Greywolf Elementary School beginning at 9 a.m., going on to Haller Elementary School, then returning to Greywolf for afternoon kindergartners to vaccinate any student who brings a completed consent form. Parents: consent forms and vaccine information sheets are available on the school’s web site, from your school nurse, or from the health department.
Health department nurses can be reached at 417-2439 or 417-2582 to address any questions or concerns you have regarding vaccination or influenza.
Any vaccines that are listed on the consent form are available, not just the flu vaccine.
— Ardis Mangano, health services coordinator

Greywolf Parent-Teacher Association’s new program, the Birthday Book Club, is aimed at enhancing the school library collection. Parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends can donate a book to the Greywolf Library in honor of a child’s birthday.
To participate in this program, go to and click on Wish List. Go to Find Someone’s List, and then type in Greywolf Elementary School. Choose any book from the wish list, only please make a purchase online and choose the option to have the book mailed to Greywolf Elementary School.
Be sure to check that it is a gift so you can include a free message, such as: “This book is a gift to all the students at Greywolf Elementary School in honor of Amy Smith’s 7th birthday on November 4, 2011. Love, Grandma.”
This program will help build our collection of high-interest, good quality books that will assist Greywolf students in becoming successful readers. The books will remain part of the library’s inventory, but your student will be given the first opportunity to check it out, and a special sticker will be placed in the book with your message.
You can order anytime, whether it is before, after, or on your child’s birthday.
If you have questions about the Birthday Book Club, please e-mail Maribeth Stewart at
— Maribeth Stewart, Greywolf librarian

To the Clallam County Emergency Response Team: Thanks from all the students in Mrs. Brasher’s first grade class. We love our new crayons! Thank you so much for thinking of us!
— Monique Brasher, teacher

• Robi Andison’s fourth-grade class enjoyed a wonderful day at the River Center. Here are more of their comments:

Slice! Slice! I like Nash’s carrots. Crunch! Crunch! The carrots are crunchy and orange and were so good. Some kids even went back for seconds. Thank you Nash for the yummy, healthy snack!
Maddie Henderson

WOW! Bracelets! So cool, I want one! You get to pick out a piece of driftwood and 4 beads. Mine is orange, green and pink. My group got one. Awesome! I like a lot of the other activities too. It was a fun field trip.
Madalyn Richmond

There was a booth at the field trip for the PUD. They had a bicycle that when you peddle, it lights up the lights. It uses the energy from your peddling. When you were done lighting up the fluorescent light bulb you got a color-changing pencil. I learned that you still waste energy when the television is plugged in, even when it is turned off. I think the entire field trip was a great experience, learning about lots of things.
Brenton Barnes

When the class and I went to the field trip to the river center, we went to the talk where Powell Jones was telling us what to do if we ever saw a cougar or a bear. One of the most important things to do is never run, because the cougar will come after you. You should always look into its eyes. If you turn your head away it might attack you. Now I know what to do if I see a cougar. I liked the festival. It was a great day!
Gemma Davis

Our field trip was cool with looking over the bridge and seeing a lot of fish spawning. I was in Mrs. A’s group. We did lots of fun things like making the bracelets. They gave us a piece of driftwood and four beads and we made a bracelet. We also got “mood” pencils that when you rub them they turn different colors. That was so fun!
Kyliegh Solway

OW! That salmon just bit me! (Just kidding!) Why do salmon even have teeth? So they can protect their eggs and eat their prey. You did know they have to eat and protect their eggs, right? It was a great day at the river festival.
Jaren Trujillo

The most fun at the River Center Field trip was the stationary bike. We made energy go to the light. The easiest was the middle one … the fluorescent bulb. I thought maybe I could power a TV. My whole group went on that bike. I hope I get to go on it again next year.
Echo Naputi

The most fun thing about the river festival field trip was when we watched the show about bears and animals and what to do when you come across wild animals. First, you make yourself look huge and make your voice deep, loud and angry. They said that there is a bear spray that works on cougars too. He said not to run or the animal will catch you. I loved the river festival.
Gabby Happe

What I liked about the field trip to the river festival was the stationary bike. I got ALL of the 3 lights to light up by peddling really hard. I learned that one bulb used less energy than the others. It was the fluorescent one. It was awesome! Thank you for the field trip.
Sequoia Swindler

Oh my gosh! Look at that little, cute, purple butterfly flittering around. Whoops! Is it actually a little girl with her face painted like a butterfly? There were some clowns there that did face painting and gave balloon bracelets to the kids. It was a great day at the river festival!
Ajene Heaton

• Just for the fun of it, and to celebrate the eclectic collection of programs and people housed in the Sequim Community School, staff and students participated in “Wear your RED SHOES Day” on Friday, Oct. 14. Guess whom these red-shod feet (at right) belong to?
— Colleen Robinson, Special Education Secretary

• First Teacher activities:
Thursday, Oct. 20 – Retired Kindergarten teacher Carol Kruckeberg presents “Making a Successful Kindergarten Student Begins Way Before Kindergarten,” at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 24 – Reading Time with John Bridge at 10:30 a.m. Every child attending Reading Time receives a free book. Drop in from 10 a.m.-noon.
Tuesday, Oct. 25– WIC (Women, Infants and Children). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
First Teacher is located in Room 4W in the Sequim Community School at 220 W. Alder Street, 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 Paula Cunningham, AmeriCorps member

• Mark your calendars: Wednesday, Oct. 19, is Picture Retake Day.

• On Saturday, Oct. 22, students will be taking the ACT test from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students need to sign up in advance.

• The Jazz Dinner and Dance featuring the Stardust Big Band and the Sequim High School Jazz Band takes place in the Sequim High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 per couple, and are available at Frick’s, the high school office or at the door. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the music begins at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds support the Sequim High School Band program.
— Lora Millet, secretary
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