In The News                              June 2008   Vol. 11-6


President’s Message
As we approach the Fourth of July, this poem seems so fitting.  

The Flag Goes By

   Hats off! 
Along the street there comes 

A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums, 
A flash of color beneath the sky: 
   Hats Off! 
The flag is passing by!

Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines. 
    Hats off! 
The colors before us fly; 
But more than the flag is passing by.

Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great, 
Fought to make and to save the State; 

Weary marches and sinking ships; 
Cheers of victory on dying lips; 

Days of plenty and years of peace; 
March of a strong land's swift increase; 
Equal justice, right and law, 

Stately honor and reverend awe;

Sign of a nation, great and strong 
To ward her people from foreign wrong; 
Pride and glory and honor, ...all 
Live in the colors to stand or fall.

    Hats off? 
Along the street there comes 
A blare of bugle, a ruffle of drums; 
And loyal hearts are beating high; 
    Hats Off! 
The flag is passing by! 

Henry Holcomb Bennett 
(Born December 5, 1863; died April 30, 1924)

Happy Fourth of July! 

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Don't expect to enjoy the cream of life if you keep your milk of human kindness all bottled up. 

Author Unknown



Learning with


Studying the e-Tutor Way

Parents are integral to the success of their student in the teaching/learning process.  Parents are the home school teachers for their students when using the e-Tutor program.  

Expectations for Parents

  • Understand that you are your childs instructional and academic leader/coach.
  • Create an atmosphere for learning at home.
  • Establish learning goals with your student focusing on the subjects recommended by e-Tutor for the appropriate grade level.
  • Provide feedback to e-Tutor so that improvements to our program can be made.
  • Get to know your child's learning strengths and weaknesses.
  • Review, daily, completed e-Tutor projects and activities.
  • Expect your student to spend a minimum of one hour on each lesson module and approximately four and a half to five hours learning each day.
  • Provide your student with adequate equipment and materials to be a successful learner. 
  • Monitor and review quiz and exam scores with your student.
  • Work with your child in designating specific blocks of time for studying.
  • Contact e-Tutor if there is any change in your students educational program.
  • Enjoy the learning experience with your student!

  Twenty New Lesson Modules  
were added to the 
e-Tutor Lesson Library this month!

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e-Tutor Connections
(A New Program from e-Tutor)

e-Tutor PenPals: A great way for students to learn from others in the U.S. and around the world.  Miss Kate is already gathering names and email and postal addresses for students who are interested.  Contact Kate at

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   The Book Case

  The Perilous Road

                         By William O. Steele 
                         Grades 6 - 8

This historical novel is about the Civil War.  The novel is a Newberry award winner.  Chris Brabson is a boy whose family lives in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. His family encounters hard times when cavalry soldiers of the Union Army come and take most of his family's food and their one and only plow horse. Chris vows to get even with the Yanks. Chris' brother,  Jethro, has just recently joined the Union Army. Jethro's enlistment causes the Brabson family to be the victims of prejudice from their neighbors who are sympathizers of the Confederate Army.

Though Jethro is a Union soldier, Chris hates the Union troops. When Chris finds out that there is a wagon train in the area he alerts a friend of his, Silas Agee, who claims to be a Confederate spy.  It is only after he tells Silas about the wagon train that he finds out that his brother's job in the Army will be as a wagon driver. Chris then takes it upon himself to go tell his brother of the fact that the Confederates have been alerted about the wagon train in order to try to save Jethro's life.

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Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them..

Richard Evans (1906-1971) Church Leader


Saying 'No'

There are lots of ways to say NO  when it is appropriate to do so. Teenagers are more likely to stand up for themselves and their beliefs if they can do so without embarrassing themselves or offending their friends.  

One of the things that teens have to learn...and parents can teach that it is all right to be different once in a while, that real friends will respect their individuality and honesty.  You can point out that bucking the crowd can actually be a source of strength...and so can speaking up in an effort to change minds among their friends.

Discuss with your teen how peer pressure works.  Suggest that friends who are pressuring may be feeling pressure themselves and may even be relieved if someone else has the courage to say NO and to explain why. 

Talk about qualities that make a leader.  Explain that saying NO doesn't have to mean being left stranded by friends and peers.  One can disagree and gain support by offering a better idea.  People admire those who offer new ideas and seem confident of themselves and their beliefs.

Discuss ways of saying NO  gracefully.  A polite "No, thank you" will have a better effect than a rude or insulting refusal.  Giving a reason without being critical is less threatening to the other person.  Using humor eases the tension and takes the spotlight off a refusal.  And, suggesting alternatives will let friends know that you still want to be with them...even if you don't want to do what they have suggested.  

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 Looking for Opportunity - Start Digging!

If opportunity, like diamonds, is hidden you must start digging to find it.  And, like diamonds, you might have to move a lot of "sand" to find just a little opportunity.  You're not going to strike pay dirt with every one you make.  But being consistently "opportunity minded" will eventually make you a more successful person.  Where, specifically, can you dig for diamonds?

Look at the people around you.  Can you expand your ambitions and ability to serve through them?  Can you make a community member a more effective person by doing everything to help and support?  Can you support the community member's ideas even if you don't always agree?

How about the friend, the neighbor, the postal carrier, and, yes, the family?  Are your giving the little bit extra day in and day out to help them do better at their tasks?  Ultimately, your opportunity must come through serving others better.  It starts by your developing habits of treating everybody like a "diamond" and not just trying to "butter up" the people you think can do you some good.

Look at the way you do things.  Are you doing everything as well as you know how?  Or are you just getting by?  There is real opportunity in doing things to impress others favorably.  Done continuously, this habit will win you recognition and the "diamonds" of greater success.  People are always impressed by a task done with pride and excellence.

A friend helping an invalid parent with cheerfulness and thoroughness, a neighbor welcoming newcomers and taking pride in introducing them to the neighborhood, a parent settling a "playmate problem" with promptness and keen interest, are like a well painted landscape, things of beauty.  Acts such as these, like diamonds, do not go undiscovered long.  

Adapted from The Public School Administrator

Family Times

Families need to be strong to withstand the external pressures they face in the changing world.  Five family strengths contribute to healthy family functioning.

  • Communication.  Members share their feelings and concerns and listen and respond to each other.

  • Decision making.  Everyone has a role in family decisions.  They share power and rules, and reasons are given for discipline.

  • Pride and loyalty.  Members are proud of themselves as a family and of what makes them unique as a family, and they enjoy special traditions.

  • Family and community ties.  Members know who to turn to for help.  They are involved with schools, churches, or community organizations that promote the well-being of individuals and families. 

  • Affirmation and caring.  Members trust and affirm one another.  They show their feelings of pride, affection and caring, and balance togetherness with time spent on individual interests. 

Adapted from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Say What You Mean

Here's a tale to remind us of how tricky communication can be if we don't choose our words carefully.

"I need a huge favor," said a woman to her friend.  "I promised I'd  take this pair of penguins to the zoo today, but an emergency just came up and I need to be across town in the next half hour.  I can't possibly do both."

"Not to worry,"  assured her friend.  "I'll take the penguins to the zoo for you, and you just deal with the emergency."

Once the woman finished tending to the situation across town, she drove to the zoo to make sure the delivery went as planned.  Much to her dismay, neither her friend nor the penguins wee anywhere in sight.  The zookeeper said there'd been no deliveries in the last few hours.  

So the woman got back in her car to look for the wayward group.  Just as she was about to give up her search, she spotted her friend coming out of an ice cream parlor...with the penguins in tow!

"Hey, where have you been?  I thought you were going to drop off the penguins at the zoo for me?  I've been worried sick!"

"I did take them to the zoo.  But we saw most of the animals there...the penguins sure do like monkeys.  And since you weren't done yet, and they were so well behaved, I thought I'd take them out for sno-cones and sundaes until you came back."

Adapted from the Energize, Inc. Web Site


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A five-word sentence that could change the world tomorrow is "What would love do now?".

 Neale Donald Walsch, Writer

Making Friends

Some children need extra help socializing effectively.  But don't assume there is a problem just because your child likes to spend a lot of time alone.  If a child is happy and confident, don't worry about the number of friends, says Elizabeth Pantley, author of Perfect Parenting (1998).  Sometimes a child is more introverted.  Only step in if the child perceives a lack of friends as a problem.  

It's difficult for children to admit that they don't have friends, so when they do speak up, listen.  "We tend to jump in and say 'Of course, you have friends.'  We tend not to validate their feelings,"  says Charlene Giannetti, author of Cliques: 8 Steps to Help Your Child Survive the Social Jungle. They may have friends, but just not the one they want.

Objectively, watch your child's behavior with other children.  His attitude toward others may prevent good kids from being attracted to him.  Is he bossy on the playground?  Does she interrupt?  Is he teased because of a grooming issue?  Tackle one issue at a time.  Just like a good coach, encourage practice and role play to make your child a winner. 

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Double Your Brain Power

You probably sometimes wish that you could think faster, grasp new information quicker and recall more of what you read and hear.  I know I do.  You and I can, with these tips.

  • Tackle information you want to commit to your short-term memory in the morning.  Reason:  The brain section that stores short-term memory items performs about 15 percent better in the morning.  But switch to the afternoon for items you want to keep in your long-term memory because that part of your memory bank hits its stride later in the day.

  • Reverse and rephrase"  to overcome negative thoughts about your ability to learn something new:  Example:  Instead of "I won't remember what I'm learning,"  tell your brain "I've already learned to recall many things...names, dates, computer commands.  So I can and will remember this."

  • Plan for an upcoming learning event by selecting a reward you will give yourself afterward.  Pick something you wouldn't usually buy or do.   Picture yourself enjoying the reward just before the learning event starts.  Repeat the process whenever you feel anxious about learning the information.  Note:  No matter how things turn out, give yourself the reward.  

  • Answer these questions after you read something that you want to remember:  What was it about?  What parts of it were most important?  What opinions, if any, did it contain?  What's my opinion of it?  What element makes it unique? Note:  Do this mentally or in writing...whichever works best for you.

  • Rely on graphic devices to increase your reading speed and to help you zero in on the main points in books and other publications.  Examples: italics, boldface, underlining, bulleted lists, charts, graphs, etc.  As you go through pages, ignore regular text and scan only for these devices.  When you find one, slow down and read those sections more carefully.

  • Boost your thinking power by taking the time to really think about the answers to these questions about a situation, some information or a problem:  What seems to be the key idea here?  Does this resemble or parallel anything I've already learned or experienced:  Do I still have a nagging question about any part of this?  When I put everything together, what do I see as most important?

Double Your Brain Power: Increase Your Memory By Using All of Your Brain All the Time, 
by Jean Marie Stine

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Fortunately for children, the uncertainties of the present always give way to the enchanted possibilities of the future.

Gelsey Kirkland, Ballerina

Jumping June Links:

Connecting the Continent:  What does it take to connect a continent for communication? In these days of satellite transmissions, it does not seem like such a huge task. Go back in time, and across the continent of Australia, to 1870 to connect the continent together with an overland telegraph line. This website traces the route, the stories, and the settlements that grew along its path. Students can participate in a webquest, observe Virtual Reality (VR) images of the countryside, and hear audio clips of assorted residents. Flash and Quicktime are required for certain features.


Paul Revere Virtual Museum:  Thanks to Kimberly Hamilton, who created this site in conjunction with the SCORE project in California. Five exhibit halls cover the Poem by Longfellow, The Real Story, Colonial Boston, Ride with Paul Revere across the Charles River, and Music of the Revolutionary War. Activities and resources are covered in each exhibit hall.


Your Sky:  Working with map skills? Help your students build a sky map. This program lets you choose a nearby city, or enter your latitude and longitude, to find out what is in the sky presently. Using fairly easy-to-use controls, you can then manipulate the data to find a star map for the next night, or the next week.


Arctic Alive:  Arctic Alive is a distance-learning environment for learners. Although the actual interaction with researchers has already taken place, teachers can use the background materials on the arctic, earth systems, and climate with students. Lessons, or investigations, often link to activities on other sites.


An Uncommon Mission:  For more than two hundred years, the twenty-one California Missions have helped shape California state history. View paintings of the Missions created by Father Jerome Tupa, explore the history of the missions, and look at historic structures a new way. Activities accompanying the paintings target vocabulary, the arts, and history.


Explore Mars:  This interactive, Flash-based website lets you explore the Mars Base Habitat and Rover and learn about the science and technology behind them. Sections include: base layout, lab, airlock, medical, bunks, personal hygiene, greenhouse, design drawings, and more.


Animated Atlas:  Growth of a Nation:  A ten minute narrated movie, divided into smaller segments, which depicts the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to fifty states. Geographic elements are interactive, as is the timeline.



Happy Summer Days!

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