Etcetera - 4/22/13

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Youngsters entering kindergarten, and their parents, now have packets to welcome them to the Walla Walla public school system courtesy of Donna Austin, a bilingual instructional specialist.

A kindergarten teacher who instructed the youngest students at Sharpstein Elementary for 10 years, Donna designed the welcoming materials to help parents prepare their kids for kindergarten.

Packets feature items in English and Spanish, suggesting 10 activities parents and their children can use during the summer. They’re available at district elementary school offices.

Each one has a fun, helpful DVD produced by Walla Walla High School teacher Dennis DeBroeck that features “Mr. Potato Head” skits to help hold the interest of young viewers. The DVD includes 34 clips featuring Walla Walla kindergarten teachers offering learning tips for parents and students.

“Our parents love their children and want the best for them. I included the Mr. Potato Head funny skits so the children would want to watch the DVD over and over again.”

Berney Elementary Principal Donna Painter also played a key role in supporting Donna’s efforts throughout the project’s development, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter .

Packets will be distributed as parents register their children for school. Contact your attendance-area school for more information. Kindergarten registration dates and hours are today until 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-May 3.


Walla Walla High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Precision Rifle Team bested its competition during the Civilian Marksmanship Program Western Regional Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier in April.

Precision team members Cadet Capt. Caitlyn Lasseigne, Cadet Staff Sgts. Andrew Jenkins, Sarah Jameson and Allison Juergensen, fresh from a third-place win nationally in Anniston, Ala., in March, brought home the first-place trophy after a commanding lead over the other teams in the event.

This is the first year the Civilian Marksmanship Program hosted a western regional championship open to all teams, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

More than 700 shooters competed in local matches for 150 seats at the regional championship. In addition to the first-place trophy and individual gold medals, the team was also awarded a $5,000 Midway USA endowment and a $1,500 CMP cash award for Walla Walla’s shooting program.

“We didn’t really know what to expect at this match,” Sarah said. “This match was open to everyone, so there were a lot of athletes here that we have never competed against before.”

This first-place finish comes with an invitation to the CMP-Junior Olympics National Championship in July at Anniston, Ala.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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