School Briefs

Free 'Incredible Years' program set

"The Incredible Years," a free series of classes for parents of children not yet in school, starts in January.

This 10-session class is designed to help answer questions and give parents a chance to talk about being a parent and raising children.

Team-taught by Elna Kawal and Darinda Hagstrom, the class meets Mondays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 5. The class continues Jan. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, Feb. 2 and 5.

The program schedule is 5-5:30 p.m., dinner; 5:30-8 p.m., class time.

The class meets in the First Teacher room, 4W, at Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St. Those interested are asked to preregister by calling 582-3428 or 681-2250.

First Teacher sets

January calendar

The First Teacher program at Sequim Community School - 220 W. Alder St. - has a number of special activities planned for January.

The First Teacher room, 4W, is home to Monday reading times. On Jan. 5, students from the Sequim High School leadership program read to guests. On Jan. 12, First Teacher mom Karen Charters reads family favorites.

First Teacher also hosts special Friday events. On Jan. 9, young visitors make paper snowflakes. On Jan. 16, Sequim Police officer Darrell Nelson and other volunteers from the Sequim Police Department help parents create a safety file for their children that includes fingerprints and DNA samples. On Jan. 23, esthetician Kathleen Prince talks about and demonstrates good skin care techniques. On Jan. 30, dentist Brian Hughes talks about the importance of good early oral hygiene for children.

First Teacher also hosts two special events in January. On Jan. 15, Bonnie Schmidt from Music Together demonstrates baby/toddler sign language, and on Jan. 21 is the United Way-sponsored "Listening to Community Voices" program, a time to talk with others about community needs (call First Teacher in advance to reserve a spot).

For more information, call Patsene Dashiell at 582-3428 or Cynthia Martin at 681-2250, or see

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