Chalk Talk returns: Sept. 2, 2015

School is back on and Sequim schools have plenty going on.

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

Reminder that the buses are in a different configuration in the stadium parking lot this year due to the installation of new portables. Please be patient as we begin this new school year.

Call the transportation office at 582-3274 for information.

DISTRICT

There is no school on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in observance of Labor Day. The district office also will be closed.

The next school board meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the boardroom. To view the agenda for this meeting, go to www.sequim.k12.wa.us and click on Board of Directors.

There is time set aside at every board meeting for public comments.

The fourth-annual Back 2 School Family Fun Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the high school track, with fun for the entire family.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and there is a suggested donation of $5 per person, with proceeds going toward funding the Sequim Education Foundation classroom grant program.

For more information, call Patsene Dashiell at 582-3264.

The Washington State Fair once again is providing free tickets for our Sequim students and educators to attend the fair in Puyallup.

Tickets may be picked up at your student’s school office.

The fair runs from Sept. 11-27.

HELEN HALLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Teacher and reading specialist Betsy Smith is looking for volunteers to help children practice their reading.

Smith will hold two training sessions, with Part 1 on Sept. 22 and Part 2 on Sept. 29, both sessions from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the school library.

Plan on attending both sessions. If you have questions about the reading tutor program, e-mail Betsy Smith at bsmith@sequim.k12.wa.us.

For information about becoming a registered volunteer, e-mail volunteer coordinator Patsene Dashiell at mdashiell@sequim.k12.wa.us.

GREYWOLF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Our Washington Reading AmeriCorps members will provide a reading tutor training for people interested in becoming volunteer reading tutors at Greywolf on Sept. 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 142.

Trainers are Holly Ambro, Lauren Best and Kim Dodson. Call reading specialist teacher Krista Chatters at 582-3300 if you have questions.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA ACADEMY

Otter Day, a mandatory orientation and workshop event for OPA students and parents, is from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Students may pick up schedules and make initial SLP appointments as well as have their school photo taken. There will be a potluck, so families should bring a dish to share. For more details, call Terralyn Dokken at 582-3403.

SEQUIM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Parents of band students may arrange for band instrument rentals from 3:30-7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the school.

SEQUIM HIGH SCHOOL

We are excited to announce the first annual College Fair scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23! The fair will run from 12:45-4 p.m. in the gymnasium. Juniors and seniors will attend the fair from 12:45-2:45 p.m. while interested freshmen, sophomores and parents are invited and encouraged to attend from 2:45-4 p.m.

Representatives from four-year and two-year colleges/universities will be on hand, as well as representatives from vocational/technical schools, career training programs and the military. Information on topics such as Job Corps, AmeriCorps and FAFSA also will be available. We hope to provide post-high school options for all students. Stay tuned for updates! For more information, contact Mitzi Sanders at mitzi@sequim.k12.wa.us.

Students who were not at Wolf Pack days and did not get their picture taken, picture make-up day will be Sept. 8.

Commitment to Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the auditorium. All freshmen and their families are encouraged to attend.

The first graduation party planning meeting for the Class of 2016 will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the library.