In The News                           October 2008   Vol. 11-10

ident’s Message
nother month has sailed past.  Why is it, that as we age there is less and less time.  One would think it would be just the opposite.  Thankfully we enjoy every moment for the challenges and excitement that make each day a joy. .  

As I look out the window, I am surrounded by the golds, reds, rusts, browns and greens of Fall.  What a picture!  The days are crisper and the nights cooler, preparing for the months ahead.  We hope that like us, you have found many opportunities to be outside....picking up leaves, noticing longer shadows, enjoying a first frost or just enjoying a fall sun.  It is a wonderful time for learning.  So, if you haven't done so, put on a sweater or jacket and go exploring....let your child teach you!

October gave a party: 
The leaves by hundreds came 
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, 
And leaves of every name.  
The Sunshine spread a carpet, 

And everything was grand.  

Miss Weather led the dancing, 
Professor Wind the band. 

                  George Cooper                           

May your month be filled with all that Fall has to offer.  


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When the student is ready, the master appears.  

Buddhist Proverb



Learning with


While online education represents a new kind of challenge for students it also is a challenge for parents as they adjust to a new way of teaching and learning.   At this time of year e-Tutor welcomes many new students who are using an online instructional program for the first time.  Below are some things that you may want to keep in mind. 

    Helpful Transition Tips

    • Empower your student to take the initiative and solve his or her own learning problems within reason.
    • Familiarize yourself with e-Tutor lesson modules and resources in the event you will need to assist your student in them.
    • Advise e-Tutor if you or your student experience difficulty
    • Remember that students often change their minds and this is okay
    • Avoid too much advice, too much supervision, solving their problems, and second-guessing your student
    • Stay positive

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

Join the e-Tutor world of learning today to view the Lesson Library.

   The Book Case

All Sail Set
A Romance of the Flying Cloud
by Armstrong Sperry
 Illustrated by Armstrong Sperry
                 Ages 8 - 14


"The most beautiful ship ever to taste the water."

That is what men said of the Flying Cloud when she was launched. In this ship Dinald McKay, the master builder, had reached the full flower of his genius. The year was 1851, and big things were happening. The wind ships had accepted the challenge of steam. They adjusted their masts to a keener rake, and cracked on more and more sail to hold their own against the invader. Roaring days, those, of iron fists and sail triumphant. America's Golden Age on the sea.

In East Boston, Enoch Thacker had been born with the tang of the sea in his blood. When he was fourteen, circumstances forced him to earn his own living. In Donald McKay's drafting room the boy saw the first lift-models and mechanical drawings of the Flying Cloud. He fell completely under the spell of the beautiful clipper ship, as day by day she moved toward perfection. And like a knight of old he swore a vow: he would give to this ship the best that was in him; his life, if need be. There came a day when he was to remember that vow, and the quality of it was to be tested. 

Here is a tale to quicken the pulse of young readers.  A tale of those heroic years when ships were ships and and science had not yet driven romance from the swinging seas.

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Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.   

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Make Things Happen

It has been said that people are generally divided up into three different types:  (1) those who make things happen, (2) those who watch things happen, and (3) those who don't even know what's happening! 

Down through the ages famous philosophers have pretty much agreed that action to make things happen is what living is all about.  Sir William Asler wrote:  "To know just what has to be done, then do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life."  The Emperor Titus ruling Rome before 100 A.D. was accustomed to exclaim (no doubt to murmurs of admiration from his courtiers!)  that he had "lost a day" on those days when he had failed to perform some noble act

This sentiment has been echoed by great men ever since.  Longfellow said it this way:  "Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose."  Longfellow became captured by his own philosophy when he wrote his "Psalm of Life,"  a poem that has inspired millions to lead lives of action.  In it, words such as these burst forth:

"Not enjoyment and not sorrow, 
Is our destined end or way; 
But to act, that each tomorrow 
Find us, then, be up and doing, 
With a heart for any fate; 
Still achieving, still pursuing, 
Learn to labor and to wait."

Many celebrated people, people who have made things happen, have acknowledged the influence of this poem in their lives.  Henry Ford memorized it as a boy and claimed it inspired him to effort and action all through his life.  Firestone, Edward Bok, Gandhi, and many others gave credit to the classic for contributing to the momentum of their lives.  "Let us,, then, be up and doing!"  Take action! Make things happen!  As Olive Wendell Holmes advised, "Life is action!"

The Public School Administrator

Reading Faces

A person's face has more than eighty muscles, and usually presents a pretty good portrait of what a person is really feeling.  When people force a smile, for example, they rarely use their eye muscles and often don't raise their cheeks.  When someone's really smiling, however, the eyes will wrinkle and there will be bagged skin underneath. 

Working Smart

Ask Yourself Four Questions

Every once in a while, get off the merry-go-round and ask yourself these questions:

  • What are we doing?

  • What should we be doing?

  • What should we be doing next?

  • What should we not be doing?

Adapted: From 36,000 Feet

Make Room for the Crankies and the Quarrels

From time to time everyone in your household is going to be moody, out-of-sorts, temperamental, or just plain hard to live with.  And every family has disagreements, little annoyances, and complaints with one another.  But the crankies and the quarrels do not have to ruin your day or your family life.  When you've had a bad day, there's no reason to take it out on yourself, your spouse, or your kids; and there's no need to be miserable just because your spouse is being difficult or your child is being fussy. 

It's a good idea to teach your children how to voice their complaints and how to respond to yours.  Let them know that they can disagree with you and that you won't put them down for it.  Demonstrate how you can arrive at creative solutions together.

When dealing with family crankies and quarrels remember you can't always please your children.  If you try to, you will lose yourself.  Likewise they will not always please you, so don't make them feel as though they have to.  You don't have to be right all the time and, when you are right, it isn't always necessary to make it known.  Don't exacerbate the problem by turning it into an issue of who's right or wrong.  Choose your battles carefully.  If you make a big deal out of everything, the important things get lost in the shuffle.  Overlook the small stuff and remind yourself that healthy quarrels with win-win resolutions can lead to better communication and a more cooperative family life.  And just because one person is cranky, not everyone has to get flustered. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child,  by Judy Ford

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Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.  

 Abb Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928


Do They Like Me?

Of course you want others to like you, but you must realize that you can't please everyone.  However, you can do many things that will help you get along well with people.  Take the following quiz to see if you are aware of them. Answer YES or NO to the following:

  1. Do you smile when you meet and talk with people?

  2. Are you really interested in people and what they do?

  3. Do you greet people as soon as you see them?

  4. Do you call people by name?

  5. Are you a friendly and helpful person?

  6. Do you give the impression that you enjoy life?

  7. Do you feel you have a good sense of humor?

  8. Are you generous with praise?

  9. Do you look for the good rather than the bad in people?

  10. Do you reflect optimism rather than pessimism when facing problems?

  11. Are you considerate about others' feelings?

  12. Do you try to be positive rather than negative when expressing yourself?

  13. Do you avoid criticizing people if possible?

  14. Are you patient with people?

How did you do on the quiz?  Count the number of your YES answers.  A score of 12 or higher is outstanding, marking you as perceptive and knowledgeable on human relations.  An average score is 10.  A score of 8 or lower should tell you that you must be more people-oriented if you want others to really like you. 


Phrases That Kill Creativity

  1. We tried that before.
  2. We don't have the time.
  3. Let's get back to reality.
  4. That's not our problem.
  5. I don't like the idea.
  6. We're not ready for that.
  7. Let's give it more thought.
  8. Not that again.
  9. Where'd you dig that one up?
  10. We did all right without it.
  11. Let's put that one on the back burner for now.
  12. Let's all sleep on it. 
  13. It can't be done.
  14. Quit dreaming.
  15. It's too much work. 

Excerpts from The Public School Administrator

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I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.   

Abraham Lincoln


Outstanding October Links:

Virtual Autopsy:  Five centuries ago, a teenaged girl was sacrificed to the Inca gods on a mountaintop in Peru. Anthropologist Johan Reinhard discovered her preserved body in 1995. Using computed tomography (CT) scans and studying tissue samples, scientists have gleaned information about her DNA and possible links to living relatives as well as details of her death that provide new insights into Inca ritual and religion. This stunning National Geographic site offers a "virtual autopsy" (annotated images of the CT scans) and a "virtual climb" with Reinhard on a new Andes expedition. The site also links to Ice Treasures of the Inca, a chronicle of the mummy's discovery.


Bat Unit:  Use this site to get ideas for a thematic bat unit or find a fun Halloween activity for your elementary students. Sections cover basic information, resources (web links, books, etc.), projects & activities, art, science, conservation, literature, environment, sports, and even a Bat Quiz. Be sure to try the BatQuest online activity. Even with some sections unfinished, there is still plenty to do at this site. Created by students of CSU Hayward's Educational Technology Leadership Graduate Program.


Schools and Landmines:  This UN CyberSchoolBus & I*EARN project tackles the international problem of landmines. The Web site includes resources and information, access to teaching units, and more. "The bold claim of this project is that we can all make a difference, that our actions (as well as our inactions) in the world have consequences not just in our immediate environment but in places we could not have imagined."


EcoQuest - Desert Edition:  Created by teacher Mark Kirk, this WebQuest was designed to help 7th and 8th graders learn more about the desert ecosystem. Students look at characteristics and challenges of the desert from different perspectives. After they learn about the desert and complete the assignments given to them, they design a multimedia presentation describing what they have found and present it back to the class. This project was designed to take about a week to do, with kids in groups of 5 or less.


Necklace in a Box:  In this graphical adventure game, kids must correctly guess the answers to simple multiplication and division problems to work through the story. Colors make some text difficult to read, but elementary students should enjoy this enrichment activity.


Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad:  Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is an interactive web site created by a second grade class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The site includes an interactive quiz, timeline, research links, character sketches, and much more.


Renaissance - What Inspired This Age of Balance and Order:  This Annenberg/CPB Projects online exhibit transforms you back to a time of great discovery. Find out what inspired this age of rebirth in Europe and see how life changed for those who lived during this period. This exhibit is inspired by The Western Tradition, a video series in the Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection.

Enjoy a Boo...tiful Month!

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