The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the district boardroom, 503 N. Sequim Ave. The public is invited to attend, and time is set aside for public comment. To view the agenda and minutes of past meetings, click on “Board of Directors” and “2017-2018 agendas” on the district’s website at www.sequimschools.org.
Students can help fight the flu! You’ve probably already heard it: the telltale sniffles of flu season, which peaks in January and February. Navigate flu and germ season with these tactics for prevention and care:
• About the Vaccine
Though it’s best to get vaccinated in the fall, it’s not too late to get a flu shot at the start of winter. Everyone age 6 months and older can receive the vaccine, which is available as an injection or nasal spray. Children are at a higher risk for the flu, since their immune systems are developing. It’s especially important to vaccinate children younger than 5 and those with chronic health conditions. Don’t forget to get vaccinated yourself!
• If Your Child Is Sick
Children who are feverish, nauseated or bone-tired can’t learn well, and can spread their illness to others. So, keep them home. Before returning to school, your child needs to have gone without a fever or vomiting for at least 24 hours (Remember, a fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
Stress the importance of hand-washing. Use lots of soap and water, and scrub until there are bubbles. Many brands of liquid hand soap come in fun designs, scents or colors, and letting children pick their own can be a fun way to encourage hand washing. Use the “birthday song” method. Teach your child to wash his or her hands for as long as it takes to sing the entire “Happy Birthday” song.
• Cough like Dracula
Have your child cough into his or her sleeves, not hands, to prevent the spread of germs. Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth. Trash the tissues. Used tissues are full of germs. Teach your child to immediately put used tissues in the trash, and then wash his or her hands. Set a healthy example.
Model all these healthy behaviors, and your child will follow suit.
— Sonja Bittner, Sequim School District nurse
GREYWOLF, HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
The Sequim Irrigation Festival is looking for their junior royalty for the 2018 Irrigation Festival, themed, “123 Come to Sequim With Me.” Third-graders can submit an essay by Feb. 2 for a chance to be selected as royalty. Students are asked to write an essay of no more than 100 words with the prompt, “If you could invite someone to Sequim, what would you show them?” Essays must include the following information: name, age, grade, school, teacher and contact number.
One boy and one girl from each school will be selected as winners of the contest, which will be announced Feb. 5.
Winners of the contest must be available for and attend the following activities:
• Pageant dress rehearsal, Feb. 9
• Irrigation Festival Pageant to be crowned and read their speech, Feb. 10
• The festival’s Kids Parade, May 5
• The Irrigation Festival Grand Parade, May 12
• Other functions, as announced
For more information, call Karla Williams at 360-809-0262.
GREYWOLF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Report cards go home with all Greywolf students on Feb. 7. The next report card will be mailed at the end of June.
Greywolf celebrates the 100th day of the school year on Feb. 12!
HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
This winter at Helen Haller Elementary School, fourth-grade students have been learning about geometry. They have become proficient at drawing points, lines, line segments, rays, and perpendicular and parallel lines.
Using protractors, students have also learned how to both measure and draw angles. These fundamental concepts have then been used to classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of types of lines or angles.
Students have also enjoyed drawing lines of symmetry for two-dimensional figures.
Starting in February, students begin learning about fractions.
Helen Haller’s next box top collection is coming up. Turn in all box tops to teachers or the main office by Feb. 15.
Chess club meets from 2:45-4 p.m. each Wednesday through Feb. 28 in room 2E. Learn how to play, and play for fun or competitively. Contact Tiffany Malean at email@example.com or 360-582-3226 for more information.
SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL
The Sequim High Senior Class Play “Be True to your School,” an early 1960’s parody on high school life, has scheduled performances for 7 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 3 in the SHS auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Admission is $5 for SHS seniors with ASB cards, $8 for ASB members, $10 for students and senior citizens, $15 general admission and $25 for families.
Sequim High School students will be attending an HIV/AIDS class on Monday Feb. 5. The HIV/AIDS curriculum will be taught their DEN classes. Attendance is a senior class graduation requirement.
ASL students: Graduating seniors that want to wear the ASL Honor Society Cords at graduation need to give teacher Sonja Miller a transcript and their current five hours of service record by Feb. 2.
The Sequim Education Foundation is sponsoring a poster contest to promote this year’s Film Festival and Art Show. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the contest winner. The contest us open to all students in grades 9-12. Posters must promote attendance for SEF 2018 Student Film Festival. For official rules and application, see teacher Christy Ditlefsen in room A-4.
Juniors and seniors in good standing may now apply for second semester responsibility. Applications are in the main office. Students do not need to reapply if they had responsibility in first semester. Forms are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Remember: the campus is closed for all students who have not filled out a responsibility application.
Open gym girls fastpitch is going on now in the Sequim Community School gymnasium. Open gyms are 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4-6 p.m. on Saturdays. This will continue until the spring season starts on Monday, Feb. 26.