Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 13, 2013

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District Stories
School Board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17 
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

District offices changes 
This summer several departments relocated within the district office. The Business Office is now located in the southwest corner of the building in the former Special Education area. The Curriculum Office moved to the former Business Office area in the front section of the building near the reception area. Special Education is now located in the former Curriculum Office. Please check in with Receptionist Veronica Esparza for more assistance when visiting the district office.

District to participate in statewide Taste Washington Day 
School kitchens throughout the district will be filled with the aroma of local beef, fresh fruits and vegetables Wednesday, September 25 as part of the statewide Taste Washington Day. School lunches will be scratch cooked with local foods.

Taste Washington Day Menu:
- Meatloaf or Meat Balls (local beef)
- Peppers, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Grapes, Green Beans, Onions, Pluots, Pears, and Potatoes
- All fruit and vegetables are from local farms and will be picked fresh for this event.

“We are celebrating the bounty of the Walla Walla Valley,” said district Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson. “This event also supports our Farm-to-School program which attempts to source some school foods locally, while providing complimentary education activities that emphasize food, farming and nutrition.”

For more information about Taste Washington Day, contact Milleson at 509.527.3016 or by email: pmilleson@wwps.org


School Stories
Sharpstein actors perform to raise money for Books for Babes 
The neighborhood actors of the Double B Acting Troupe performed The Three Little Hogs last weekend. Neighbors, friends and family alike generously donated to this Sharpstein group of actors as they raised enough money to buy 10 bags for the Books for Babes program. This contribution totaled $164.50.

The troupe includes Taliia, Stella, Lucy and Kia Billingsley and Noah and Sylvia Bruce. The troupe worked all summer making props and scenery, costumes and working on lines, jokes and songs, according to Books for Babes Coordinator Kay Barga.

“Principal Matt Bona stated he and his family, ‘Got our money's worth’,” Barga said. “Fun was certainly had by all and plans are in the making for a holiday event!”


Sharpstein Carnival open to the public 
Thursday, September 19
4:30 to 7 p.m. at Sharpstein School

Open to the public! Fun for the whole family!
Four inflatables (bounce houses, slides, obstacle course), carnival-style games, dunk tank, style studio, dinner and tasty treats!

Most activities $.50 or $1 each or all-inclusive wristbands available for only $6 (excludes dunk tank, jail and style studio).

All proceeds benefit the Sharpstein PTA


Tickets on sale now for Walla Walla High School’s Big Blue Weekend 
Walla Walla High School students are gearing up to spend an entire weekend working to make their school a better place and reflect on their own behavior as part of Big Blue Weekend October 4-6. Big Blue Weekend is held at the Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, OR. The cost to attend the event is $100 and a limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are due by Sept. 11 and final registrations are due by Sept. 18. Registration is capped at 370 students based on a first come, first served.

Donations needed for Big Blue Weekend scholarships 
Twenty to 30 scholarships are still needed for Wa-Hi students to attend Big Blue Weekend Oct. 4-6. A total of 102 Scholarships will be awarded for Big Blue Weekend, but the school needs additional $60 donations to fund scholarship requests, according to Assistant Principal Mindy Meyer.

“Walla Walla High School students are gearing up to spend an entire weekend working to make their school a better place and reflect on their own behavior as part of Big Blue Weekend,” Meyer said.

Big Blue Weekend is held at the Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, OR. The cost to attend the event is $100 and a limited number of scholarships are available. Final registrations are due by Sept. 18. Registration is capped at 370 students based on a first come, first served.

Big Blue Weekend was created to break down social barriers and build a positive school community. This year’s keynote speaker is Stu Cabe who uses humor to deliver powerful message about treating people with respect. Adult volunteers and donations are still needed.

To make a donation or sign up to volunteer, contact:
Assistant Principal Mindy Meyer
mmeyer@wwps.org
526.8662


Fall 2013-14 Open House Dates (remaining events) 
Berney Elementary
September 18
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
BBQ

Prospect Point Elementary
September 19
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
September 24
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
September 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
September 23
6 - 8 p.m.


Wa-Hi Choir groups plan car wash 
Saturday, Sept. 14
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
O'Reilly's Auto Parts (9th and Poplar)

Walla Walla High School FFA students strong showing at 2013 Fair 
Walla Walla High School had 42 Future Farmers of America members participate in this year’s Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days. All of the swine, steer, goat and sheep participants sold their market animals during the Sunday auction at the Walla Walla County Cattlemen’s Youth Market Sale, according to FFA advisor Jessica Johnson.

“If we added up all the checks they received from selling their animals, it would amount to $57,056,” Johnson said. “Of this amount, approximately $31,000 of that amount is profit for the students.”

The Wa-Hi FFA chapter won herdsmanship awards in four areas: Beef, Sheep, Swine, and Horse. This award goes to the FFA chapter that keeps its pens and aisles clean, and have members share information about their projects to fair guests.

“I had the kids complete a post-fair survey and found that each student put in an average of 50 hours with their animal over the time they owned them,” Johnson said. “Almost all of the money the members invested stayed here locally, supporting our local economy, at businesses such as PGG, Bordertown, NorthWest Farm Supply, Ranch & Home, the Walla Walla Farmers Co-op and many others.”

Johnson says 95 percent of the students stated that they would like to show again in 2014. FFA Advisors Arch McHie, Lindsey Butcher and Johnson spent time with the members over the year and invested many hours working with the students.

“We helped students with the selection, feeding and care of their animals as well as their preparation for the fair,” Johnson said. “We also entered projects in the ag mechanics division and coached teams tractor driving and livestock judging.”


Harvest of the Month features tasting tables with locally grown food 
Starting this week, volunteers at every school will host a Harvest of the Month tasting table every third Tuesday of the month throughout the year. These tasting tables will highlight a locally grown food and the farmers that grew it. Occasionally farmers will visit schools during the tasting table events. Connecting students with healthy foods by providing as much information and exposure as possible, is a goal of the Farm to School Program. Research shows students will make healthier choices for themselves when providing this type of education, according to Farm-to-School Program Coordinator Beth Thiel. Two school garden coordinators will start working at four elementary schools this Monday as part of the Americorps Program.

"Allowing students to grow, nurture, harvest and cook their own foods is another powerful way to connect them with healthy foods," said Thiel. "Although the coordinators are in place for this school year, the school garden program will thrive with parent volunteers. Please talk to you child's teacher about volunteering in the school garden."

"I didn't think I liked tomatoes either, until I tasted them in the garden," said one kindergarten boy to another.


Community Stories
Humane Society plans “The Big 10” free carnival 
The Blue Mountain Humane Society is celebrating 10 years in the George Street building. There will be reduced adoption fees, shelter tours, games and prizes, a petting zoo, dunk tank, hot dogs and more all at no cost! The Ice Cube will be selling home-made snow cones and pet accessories will be available for sale at the All-Pet Network.
- Location: Blue Mountain Humane Society (7 E George St, Walla Walla, WA 99362)
- Date: September 21
- Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Phone: (509) 525-2452
- Cost: Free

Volunteers needed for Carnegie Picture Lab program 
Looking for a fun way to volunteer at school this year? Help Carnegie Picture Lab bring ART to kids! Carnegie Picture Lab is an all-volunteer non-profit organization which brings art technique and art history lessons three times every year to every elementary classroom in the Walla Walla Valley.

We need your help! Consider teaching a lesson, assisting in the classroom, organizing behind the scenes, helping with Family Fun night and more! Picture Lab will be teaching three lessons this year: Photography: History, Perspective, Exposure & Optics, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Attend a volunteer training session to become involved. The photography lesson includes a 15 x 15’ camera obscura tent which requires it’s own room.

Those volunteering for Edison, Rogers and Prospect Point will train on:
- Tuesday, September 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Elementary (200 SW Academy Way, College Place).

Those volunteering for Sharpstein, Blue Ridge, Green Park, Assumption, Davis and Berney will train on:
- Wednesday, September 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. or,
- Thursday, September 19 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Picture Lab office at 515 E. Main Street

Please contact Carnegie Picture Lab Volunteer Coordinator, Heidi Cohan, at hrcohan@mac.com to volunteer at one of the schools we serve!

Carnegie Picture Lab operates through partnerships with the teachers, administrators and PTA’s at each school served. We receive generous support from area trusts, Walla Walla Public Schools, individual donors, and in-kind donations.


Camp Fire Walla Walla After School Camp 
At Camp Fire Walla Walla, we believe that young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides youth the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. In Camp Fire it begins now…

Located on site at Berney, Edison, Green Park, Prospect Point and Sharpstein elementary schools (Blue Ridge students are bussed to Prospect Point), After School Camp operates throughout the school year, Monday-Friday from school dismissal time until 5:30 p.m.

The Camp Fire Walla Walla After School Camp is licensed through the Department of Early Learning, and we receive tuition assistance from D.S.H.S. In addition, scholarships are available for families in need.

Camp Fire also offers options for attendance and payment schedules. Your child can attend full time or part time based on you individual family’s need. Prices are adjusted on a percentage basis for program attendance.

Activities include; science experiments, outdoor games and recreation, homework and reading help, nutritional snacks, arts and crafts, holiday celebrations and educational presentations from community professionals.

To register your child for After School Camp, please stop by our office today.
Registration Fee: $25 per child or $35 per family
Cost: $8:50 per child, per day.

For more information contact our office:
Camp Fire Walla Walla
414 South Park
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-3180
www.wwcampfire.org or visit us on FaceBook!


Fall Family Meal Time classes 
The Moms’ Network is excited to announce the launch of two new Family Meal Time classes for the Walla Walla Community. The goal of the Family Meal Time program is to focus on the family meal as a way to build and strengthen families. By learning tips to be better organized for meal time, families can enjoy eating together and sharing the day’s events.

Both classes will be taught by Chef Damon Burke of Salumiere Cesario. The first class is September 17 and Damon will discuss the importance of basic pantry items and how to make good stock. Stock is one of the basic and fundamental ingredients in soups, sauces and many classic dishes. The class will teach the basics of making stock, how to store it and use if effectively when cooking at home. Each participant will also take home a quart of homemade stock.

The second class is October 8 and Damon will discuss how to shop, prepare and organize a frozen dinner plan. Having frozen dinners on hand can elevate meal time stress on those busy afternoons.

Each class is $10 per person and space is limited. To learn more about the Moms’ Network Family Meal Time program or to reserve your spot please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com


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