School notes for Oct. 7, 2014

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‘Frozen’ party is set for Friday

Washougal Community Education is hosting a “Frozen” party Friday, Oct. 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

Participants will make snowflake wands, princess crowns, create snowmen out of glue and shaving cream, build frozen castles out of real ice, decorate snow flakes and make snowman soup. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite “Frozen” attire. Snacks are provided.

The fee is $25 for the first student and $15 for each additional sibling. Register in-person at the Washougal School District office, 4855 Evergreen Way.

The event will be held at the Gause Elementary School cafeteria, 1100 34th St.

Entries sought for Letters about Literature contest

An annual national contest encouraging students to write about a favorite or influential book is underway.

The Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead, and explain how a particular book changed their view of the world or themselves. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for all students in fourth through 12th grade.

Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. They cannot write about music lyrics. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the Washington state judges.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level 1 for fourth through sixth grade; Level 2 for seventh and eighth grade; and Level 3 for ninth through 12th grade. Entrants must be at least 9 years old. One letter from each level from each state is entered into the national competition.

All Level 3 entries must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 15. All entries for Levels 1 and 2 must be postmarked by Thursday, Jan. 15.

The state’s winners will be announced in April. A ceremony to honor the Washington champions, runners-up and honorable mentions will be held at the State Capitol in Olympia later in the spring.

An entry coupon must accompany each letter. Entry coupons and guidelines can be found at

Completed forms should be stapled to the last page of the letter.

For more information about the contest, contact the State Library’s Crystal Lentz at (360) 704-5275 or

VFW seeks nominees for America’s top educators

The Veterans of Foreign Wars are seeking nominees for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Those nominated must be current classroom teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for the award.

To nominate a teacher, describe in 350 words or less why they should be selected for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Nominations should be sent to Bob Hitchcock at For more information, call 260-7879.