In The News                      October 2012   Vol. 15-10

President’s Message 

Are the months galloping by for you, as they are for me.  It is hard to believe that the middle of October has passed.  The month is very special to me, as it was during October that both of my sons were born.  As a young parent I worried about how they would be as adults.  Now after many years, it is during this period that I reflect on how it must have been for them growing up....hard times, fun at times and always challenging.  As the month passes there is a sense of wonder, happiness and sheer joy at knowing they have taken their place in this world as wonderful young men, contributing to their communities and families in so many worthwhile ways.  This, not so much from my parenting skills, but from their willingness to set their own journey in this world.  What more could a parent ask for?

Yesterday on my walk through the neighborhood, the wind was blowing rivers and streams of brightly colored leaves creating a delightful path to following. Fall's painting of trees and shrubs....reds, yellows, oranges were everywhere.  The burst of color was sheer eye candy.  Oh, to capture the season and hold it for the months ahead when those colors will only be a memory.  

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.


The task of the wind is nearly complete, as today many of the trees and bushes are barren waiting for the blanket that winter promises.  

Have a most wonderful month! 



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You must do the thing you think you cannot do.


Learning with eTutor

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  • The eTutor instructional program is renowned for academic rigor. This is exciting and at the same time challenging. Help your student understand the benefits of the knowledge and skills they will gain while studying with eTutor.
  • Time management is crucial from the very beginning. Encourage your student to use one of the eTutor planners and to transfer every lesson module and time commitment to it.
  • It is okay to get help! Remind your student that everyone can benefit from the resources available to them.
  • Take advantage of the expertise of eTutor instructional staff.
  • Encourage your student to analyze each part of the lesson module. What is he/she expected to do? This often includes analysis and critical thinking beyond memorization.
  • Check daily with your student - Is he or she completing the recommended number of lesson modules, keeping up with Activities and Extended Learning, completing the self check by answering the Problem Statement and using the vocabulary and resources appropriately?
  • Encourage recreational activities.

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   The Book Case            

The Door in the Wall
by Marguerite de Angeli

Ages 10 and Up  

Robin, son of a nobleman, is destined to become a knight of the king. However, destiny has a way of playing cruel jokes on one's hopes and dreams, especially when you live during the Middle Ages. 
Robin had to be brave when his father left to fight the Scots and when his mother was called away to care for the Queen. He was brave when he became sick and his legs would no longer hold him up or could even be felt. But, when the servants deserted him and he was left alone, he began to doubt how long he could hold on. Brother Luke saves his life, but Robin must face many problems and dangers.

1950 Newbery Medal Winner

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fail. 

Cherish the Innocence

Has a baby patted your cheek and pulled at your nose? If so, you have been touched by innocence. Babies grow so fast. Soon they're walking, pulling the books down from the shelves, and jumping on your bed.  Next thing you know, they are catching bugs in jars and selling lemonade from a stand. Just discovering something new pleases and amazes them. 

But it's not just babies.  If you have ever heard the voices of a first grade choir, your heart swelled up so big you thought it might burst. And you have probably experienced a child saying something so straightforward, so truthful, that you're stunned. Such purity catches you off-guard. Perhaps that is why parents walk with such pride on graduation night or cry at their child's wedding.  And perhaps that is why the smell of baby powder floods your brain with memories that you can't even put into words. 

We all have known adults who seem to expect the worst; they are cynical, sarcastic, and wary of others.  They don't trust anyone and are out only for themselves.  They too were once innocent babies, but they lost their innocence on the way to maturity. Our children are exposed to too much too soon...we push them to grow up and we deprive them of  childhood.  With so much glitz and glamour plastered everywhere, it seems as though our whole society is anti-children and anti-innocence. A shift in emphasis is badly needed, and we can start in our own homes.  

The truly grown-up people aren't those jaded by "maturity" but rather the ones who have kept the innocence alive in their own hearts.  They have a sparkle in their eyes and spring in their step.  Just being around such a person lifts you up; you feel happy and inspired.  Respect the mature innocence in grown-up people you know and, whenever you can, look into the eyes of a child so you might catch a glimpse of theirs. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford

Talking to Children 
About Tough Stuff

Our children often ask tough questions particularly when it comes to understanding acts of violence, terrorism, and war.  We can help our youngsters to understand current world events factually, to facilitate open and healthy discussions about how these events impact their lives, and to help them take action to identify their own emotional and behavioral reactions to these events.  The following suggestions will help guide you.

  • Be aware of time and place - Kids need time, attention, and a safe environment to discuss their perceptions, understanding, fears, worries and concerns.
  • Take the first step - It's often necessary for adults to initiate dialogue themselves. A good starting point is to ask the kids how they think and feel about what they have heard. 
  • Look for opportunities to start a discussion - We should not be afraid to loo9k for opportunities to discuss issues in healthy ways as they arise. 
  • Focus on kids feelings and thoughts- It is important to provide the child opportunities to openly talk about thoughts and feelings without judgment, suggestion or lecturing about issues. 
  • Listen to and address feelings - You may be surprised by your child's sharing his/her concerns, so addressing your own personal fears may be necessary.
  • Reassure your child - Explore issues together and maintain routines and structure.  Avoid "what if" fears by offering reliable, honest information. 

Adapted from An Educator's Guide to Working with Military Kids

Success Builds Success

The formula for success is not too complicated.  To become successful in life you have to get things done. There re only three ways that you can get something done:  

  1. Do it yourself
  2. Get help
  3. Give help

The first way, doing it yourself, is a good way to get something done.  You only become as successful as your own time and effort will allow.  Studies have shown that those achieving outstanding success have generally done it by expanding their efforts through others.  That means that they have learned to get things done by getting help or giving help. 

That idea of "getting help" is particularly interesting because it is a concept that is often overlooked.  It means that you can get things done, become successful, by helping others get things done. In other words you become successful yourself by helping others become successful. 

Adapted from The Public School Administrator

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Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.


"Press On"

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;  the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.   

Calvin Coolidge

 Happy and Healthy Halloween

Make sure all your little ghosts and goblins are safe this Halloween by following a few simple safety tips.

  • Make sure costumes fit correctly, are made with fire-retardant materials and are light-colored or decorated with reflective tape so children can be seen by motorists.
  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material. 
  • Bags or sacks should be light-colored or trimmed with reflective tape.
  • Feed children a light meal before going out so they won't be tempted to snack before they return home.
  • Make sure you examine each and every treat your children bring home before letting them eat it.
  • Only allow children to consume commercially-wrapped treats.
  • Discard any homemade candy or treats and when in doubt, throw it out.
  • If driving on Halloween, be sure to watch for children walking on roadways and darting out from between parked cars. 

Adapted from National Safety Council, Consumer Product Safety Commission
Food and Drug Administration

Today's Women?

Does this speak to you?  Is it reflective of who you are?  According to one study, fifty-eight percent of the women surveyed said they associated success with being in control of their lives and having the ability to take a dy off at will.  Other findings:

  • Women's priorities today are "family, a good steady job, friendships and enjoying life."
  • Women prefer to spend their free time at home instead of in a store. 
  • When women shop, they want convenience and efficiency. They tend to buy only essentials and shop in fewer stores.
  • Women feel that paying full prices for items is unfair.  Why: "Super sales" are advertised so often. 
  • They prefer to buy products made by well-established companies.  And seventy-three percent said they are brand-loyal. 
  • They rate "on-the-spot salespeople" as the most important source of product information.  

No mention of how many women were in the study. I think we have a lot more substance. Too bad we don't have a study of men's priorities.  It would be interesting to compare.

Adapted from Communication Briefings

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All glory comes from daring to begin. 

Outstanding October Links:

Math Live:  Math Live, a fantastic site for upper elementary students, is full of cartoon math tutorials on subjects like fractions, multiplication, area and perimeter, tessellations, probability, and a variety of other topics. The glossary section is an amazing collection of math concepts animated for more solid understanding. content/me5l/html/math5.html

NeoK12:  NeoK12 is a fantastic collection of videos, arranged by subject, that have been individually reviewed by K-12 teachers. The videos are all (at least the ones I've seen) via YouTube, all the ads have been stripped, and all related videos removed which, for an educator, is a great thing! There are also quizzes, games and puzzles as well as a cool presentation creator that helps teachers or students create presentations within the site. Also cool is the How it Works section.

Invention at Play:  Invention at Play is a fantastic interactive website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. When asked what inspired them to become inventors, many adults tell stories about playing as children. The Invention Playhouse takes this fact and offers up great activities to increase problem solving ability, visual thinking, collaboration and exploration.

Whales: Explore information and photographs of many types of whales, including Humpback, Right, Blue and Orca. You'll learn about the many people who have been involved in the making of the film, Whales, and the exciting events they have been able to capture. index.htm

Science Bob: Science Bob is a fun, interactive site that has several different areas for kids to choose from. There are videos, experiments, science fair ideas and a research help link with many fantastic links to other sites. index.php

These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.

Wishing you and all your little goblins a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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