By Elizabeth Richardson
Photos by Lisa Allmendinger
What do goat, biodiversity, salmon, banana, photosynthesis and waffles have in common?
The definitions and spellings can all be found in “A Student’s Dictionary,” a copy of which was given to Wylie Elementary School third-graders by the Chelsea Kiwanis Club Wednesday morning.
Oh, and those words were examples of some chosen by the Dexter students as their favorites.
In a more than 5-year tradition, the Chelsea Kiwanis gave each third-grade student a dictionary they could keep, and it’s something that’s long remembered by students in both the Chelsea and Dexter School Districts years after they’ve graduated. (Here’s a link to the Chelsea dictionary give-away that took place this fall.)
So Wednesday morning, after meeting with the School Principal Mary Cooper and school secretary Vicki Allie, the five Kiwanians were off into the hallways pushing a cart filled boxes of dictionaries.
“Our staff and students are so grateful for the generosity of the Chelsea Kiwanis and the kids love their dictionaries,” Cooper said.
In total, Kiwanis members visited nine classrooms where they talked about Kiwanis – how it was established to help people in need, especially children. And, one classroom of children were interested enough that they asked their teacher if they could start a K-Club, for kids.
Bob Milbrodt took the lead, explaining all the special sections of the dictionary, known as a gazetteer, while Kiwanians Joe Scheuring, president-elect, Fred Model, Neil Horning and Ray Kemner handed out the books.
The group visited the classrooms of Rebecca Mann, Jennifer Steele, Jill Ringlein, Brian King, Lisa Suomala, Jennifer Johnson, Kate Boynton, Megan Hendricks, and Sarah Nolan.
Students were instructed to put their names on the first page where it read, “This dictionary and all the words inside it, belong to” They proudly wrote their name on that title page while Milbrodt asked them if they knew what a dictionary was.
With wildly enthusiastic hand-raising they said, “A book of words that tells people about the words”, “words in alphabetical order”, “how words are pronounced”, ”easier than a website, you just pick it up and find the word”.
Milbrodt then told them that this dictionary was much more than just a place to look up words, it had information about the presidents, states, weights and measures, the periodic and multiplication tables, “The Declaration of Independence,” maps, planets, sign language and much more.
He ended his talk by showing the kids the longest word in the English language, which has 1,909 letters and was on the back page of the book. (There was also discussion with the teachers who joked that the students might find it on their next spelling test.)
Before the Kiwanis members left each classroom, students were asked about their favorite word. Hands flew up in the air and wonderful, sometimes crazy words, were given.
Thank you’s were yelled with great enthusiasm to the Kiwanis members as they left each classroom. And, a glance back inside revealed students excitedly flipping through the book’s pages.
Oh, and some of the other favorite words? Spartan, Dexter, archeologist, microscopic, baseball, chocolate, fuzzy, Michigan, rocket, doodle, dictionary, zebra, orange and pneumonia.
Please enjoy the slideshow below.
The Chelsea City Council will hold a work session tonight, Dec. 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the new police station in the City Council chambers.
It’s expected that City Manager John Hanifan will explain and field questions about a series of procedural issues — including the annual budget-setting process.
Included on the agenda is an explanation of how the council agenda is put together, including the process for both City Council members’ and citizens’ submissions.
There will be updates on future joint work sessions with both Sylvan and Lima townships, upcoming collective bargaining and employee relations, how work orders for operations and utilities are determined, and the process for board appointments such as the Downtown Development Authority, which currently has a vacancy.
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If you’re looking for a gift that gives back, Chelsea Center for the Arts has a great deal for you.
Purchase any private music lesson package or visual art/music group class for winter/spring 2014 term, and receive a $20-off coupon toward any spring or summer 2014 registration for you or a loved one with each new registration, paid in full (but these must be purchased by Christmas Eve.
In addition, all registrations purchased this week (Dec.9 – 15) for winter/spring 2014 will receive an additional discount – $20 off private music lesson packages and $5 off visual arts and music group classes.
Use these Coupon Codes: Private Music Lessons: bogo20, Group Music or Visual Arts: bogo5
Please call the CCA office with any questions at 433-2787, and ask for Christina.
All registration will be tracked and $20-off coupons will be mailed out on Jan. 8.
The $20 coupon is valid for any registration between March 1-Aug. 31, 2014. Registration must be paid in full.
CCA’s address is 400 Congdon St.
Is one of your 2014 resolutions to learn to cook new dishes and perhaps eat healthier using locally grown ingredients?
Did you want to do more volunteering in the community?
Then the Chelsea Community Kitchen can help you get started.
Join the group on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, from 7-8 p.m. for CCK’s annual volunteer open house and appreciation party. It’s a chance to meet the people who have helped to make CCK events happen during 2013 and to share what we’re all about with new people.
If you’ve got an interest in working with our group, here’s your chance to find out more about CCK while enjoying wine and treats.
The group will gather at 620 Flanders St. at the second house on the right.
You can RSVP or request more info here.
Ella M. Aldrich, Chelsea, Michigan. Age 84, a long-time resident of Chelsea, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Arbor Hospice. She was born May 1, 1929, the daughter of Russell & Ethel (Dean) VanAmberg.
She lived in the same home since 1957, moving from the Fowlerville/Howell area. Ella was a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church, and a Charter Member of the Chelsea Community Hospital Auxiliary.
For the full obituary, click here.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Marcus Kaemming for the information in this story.)
The free North Creek Variety Show will take place Friday, Dec. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Washington Street Education Center auditorium. The fun performance is open to the community.
And, as the Christmas break grows closer, check to make sure your North Creek child isn’t missing an items. All items at the school in lost and found will be donated on Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.
Throughout the remainder of the school year, Chelsea Update will accompany Chelsea Superintendent of Schools Andy Ingall and pop into classrooms unannounced in all four Chelsea Schools to give reader’s a look at what students are learning.
Our first stop was North Creek Elementary School that last week had a book fair ongoing.
Inside the media center, we met 24 students in Mike Brown‘s second grade class, who were checking out the more than 500 age-appropriate books for sale. This was the first of two book fairs that are held in both elementary schools (North Creek and South Meadows) and at Beach Middle School each year.
The book sales are fundraisers for the schools and help replenish the schools’ media centers with new titles, said Andy Ingall, superintendent of Chelsea schools.
This is the fourth year that Clerk Michelle O’Hara has set up the large book displays — something she says she’s got down to a science. She explained that they take place during the weeks of parent-teacher conferences, once in the winter and once in the spring.
Brown said the Lego books and the “Notebook of Doom” series by Troy Cummings were among the popular titles with his students. And, yes, students would have time during the school day to read the books they’d purchased. Each day, students participate in “Reader’s Workshop” — an hour to and hour and 20 minutes devoted to reading.
The students read to themselves, to others, listen to other readers, work on their writing and do word work (vocabulary).
So, we popped into Kirsten Smart‘s second grade class that was working on reading skills. Smart was leading a guided reading group while other students were reading to themselves, to their classmates, and working on word work sheets.
One student was reading a book and finding specific words that fit categories such as nouns and adjectives and listing them on a sheet of paper. Others were using specific words in a sentence.
“Everything is individualized and we get students at their level and challenge them,” Ingall said, adding that teachers find a balance so “it’s not too easy and boring, but not so hard that it’s frustrating for students.”
Please enjoy the photo gallery below.
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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jim Duncan for the information in this story.)
Chelsea Chiropractic Center is again collecting hams for Christmas distribution by Faith in Action.
The hams can be dropped off during regular business hours through Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the chiropractic center, 901 Taylor St. Hams of any size are helpful to Faith in Action to meet the rising needs of the community. The non-profit plans to fill about 80 baskets this year.
In addition, here are Chelsea Chiropractic Center’s holiday hours.
Monday, Dec. 23, 9:30-noon, 1:30-6:30
Tuesday, Dec. 24-26, the office will be closed.
Friday, Dec. 27, 9:30-noon, 1:30-5:30
Monday, Dec. 30, 9:30-noon, 1:30-6:30
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8-noon
Wednesday, Jan. 1 the office will be closed.
Thursday, Jan. 2, 9:30-noon, 1:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 3, 9:30-noon, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Keith Bloomensaat for the photos and information in this story.)
(Publisher’s note: A huge apology to Tyler Lukomski for the incorrect spelling of his name.)
Tyler Lukomski from Chelsea Boy Scout Troop 425 gave a presentation to the Chelsea Lions Club about his Eagle Scout project at the American Legion Hall.
In addition, Trinh Pifer, executive director of the Chelsea Area Senior Center was in attendance to explain the future plans for the Senior Center and update the club on the Meals on Wheels Program, which is now headquartered in the senior center.
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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tressie Davis for the information in this story.)
There will be a future Bulldog Night during tonight’s Chelsea v. Skyline hockey game at the Arctic Coliseum.
Game time is 6 p.m. and the Chelsea Mini Mites will take the ice during the first and second period intermissions.
During the 1st period intermission, there will be a 5-minute shoot out.
During the 2nd period intermission, there will be a 5-minute scrimmage.
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