did September get by us? And October? My goodness! Does it ever slow
down? In spite of our being very busy, we continue to have fun at what
we are creating. It is so exciting to hear from parents and students
who have embraced online learning. They get the picture of how the
applications we use through the Internet not only make learning great,
but take the instruction and learning process to a whole new level.
For me it is even more inspiring, because I know that we are still in
the infancy of this movement that will change almost everything we do
in the teaching learning process. I look forward to sharing with you
the advances we are making and hope that you will share with us some
of your experiences also.
we last wrote it was warm and many were just getting back from
wonderful vacations. The seasons are changing again and we are
preparing for colder weather. The leaves in our part of the country
have changed and we are enjoying the yellows, oranges and reds of
Fall. As the seasons give way from one period to another it is a time
to reflect on all that has happened over the season past and
anticipate what the new period will bring. Fall is a time to gather
all that is warm and dear to us and to share with others our bounty. I
extend to you an opportunity to share in what we have been creating
for students and their educators around the world.
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.
this harvest season!
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by Julia L. Sauer
Grades: 5 - 8
had always loved the fog—the soft gray mist that rolled in
from the sea and drifted over the village. The fog seemed to
have a secret to tell her. Then one day when Greta was walking
in the woods and the mist was closing in, she saw the dark
outline of a stone house against the spruce trees—a house
where only an old cellar hole should have been. Then she saw a
surrey come by, carrying a lady dressed in plum- colored silk.
The woman beckoned for Greta to join her, and soon Greta found
herself launched on an adventure that would take her back to a
past that existed only through the magic of the fog.
1944 Newberry Honor
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
As You Like It
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Halloween festivities are
chock-full of sugary fun, especially when it's trick-or-treating time.
But there's no getting around the fact that while candy tastes yummy,
eating too much can have frightful effects on blood sugar levels,
dental health, and more. To keep Halloween's ghoulish side
effects to a minimum, heed these tips from the American Dietetic Association.
kids about moderation. The bite-size candies often passed
out at Halloween aptly demonstrate that less can be more.
Encourage children to savor one or two pieces after dinner each night
instead of gorging on the whole bag at once.
say yes. Forbidding sugar will encourage your child to
crave it and seek it out at someone else's house. Halloween is
only once a year, so indulging a bit won't undo a usually healthful
away sugar. Even healthy treats, such as cereal bars,
trail mix, raisins, and fruit leathers, deliver sugar that is damaging
to teeth, so be vigilant about brushing. On the go? Have
kids swish with water to rinse away sugary bacteria until they can
the wealth. Let kids choose and keep their favorite
trick-or-treat candies. Then go with them to donate the
remainder to a nursing home, clinic, or homeless shelter.
What Can't Be Undone
to a 19th-century Jewish folktale, a villager developed a grudge
against his rabbi and spread slanderous tales about him all over
town. Days later, the gossiper came to his senses and was
overcome with remorse. He begged forgiveness from the rabbi and
offered to do any penance necessary.
rabbi surprised him by instructing him to take a feather pillow into
the woods, rip it open, and let the wind take the feathers. The
man did as instructed and returned to tell the rabbi.
gather up all the feathers." said the rabbi.
the wind has scattered them....it's impossible."
is. And though your wish to make amends maybe sincere, you
can't call back your hasty words anymore than you can recover the
feathers scattered by the wind."
Telushkin, Uncommon Sense
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is
no path and leave trail.
Having a good laugh is a great way to
reduce the stress of family life.
Create your own "humor first aid
kit" for days that don’t go well. Collect items that will make
you and your kids laugh....silly books, squeaky toys, cartoons, and
Find a special place to tape up cartoons
and other funny items....if your kids like silly poems, they’ll love
Shel Silverstein’s, Where the Sidewalk Ends
(Harper & Row).
Some families like to write stories
about funny things that have happened to them....you may want to
create your own silly stories.
Every library is full of humorous
stories and songs that your children will love. And don’t forget the
joke and riddle books. Ask your librarian to recommend a few.
Laughter is not a cure-all, but it
1929, Roy Riegels made history in a college football game. Near the
end of the first half, Riegels lost his bearings after recovering a
fumble from the opposing team. The center ran 69 yards toward his own
goal before a teammate stopped him. Unfortunately, members of the
other team tackled him, securing the ball within one yard of the goal
line. He was so embarrassed he wanted to sit out the rest of the
incident earned him the nickname "Wrong Way Riegels" and the
story stretched far beyond the football field. From across the
nation, people ribbed him with "humorous" gifts.
Sportswriters clung to the nickname and kept it alive throughout
with them. That's all you've got to do," Riegels would later tell
other players being teased for unusual mistakes.
Riegels took his own advice to heart, apparently as early as the
second half of that infamous game during which he played exceptionally
well. The following season, he earned all-American status as
captain of the football team. Years later he became an active member
of the coaching staff; eventually, he was inducted into the halls of
fame for both the Rose Bowl and his alma mater.
decades later, Riegels' name is still mentioned whenever a football
player runs the ball n the wrong direction. Maybe that's the nature of
making mistakes: Some people will never let you live down a
failure even though you've acknowledged it, forgiven yourself, been
forgiven, and moved on.
years later, Riegels would still be gracious about it. "It
certainly wasn't the most serious thing in the world, "he wrote
to a high school football player who'd committed the same offense.
"I regretted doing it, even as you do, but you'll get over
it." Even if the rest of the world doesn't.
from the New York Times
People and Values
There is no such thing as a value
unless there are people involved. A value is something that provides
benefit or opens up the possibility of benefit for someone. Values do
not hang like clouds in the air. The have to be attached to people.
Values require a constant asking of questions.
Every educator knows....or should
know....that there is no "average" student in the class. If
there are characteristics of intelligence, discipline, laziness,
energy, trouble making, or boredom, troubles at home, and so on, then
a teacher knows that every possible combination of these factors will
be exhibited in an individual.
- Who is going to be affected by this?
- Who is going to benefit?
- Who is going to be inconvenienced?
- What will the perceptions be?
- What are the immediate effects, both
short and long term?
- Will this value be noticed, will
people talk about it?
- Are there any special circumstances
where the value will be different?
- Are there special people for whom
this could be a value?
The trick is to
recognize individuality as a source of value.
By Edward de Bono
What one cannot, another can.
a place where the sun shines every hour of every day - for almost half
of the year! Then - darkness for the rest of the year. This is the
home of the Throps - rulers of the long summer day. This is the home
of the Squallhoots - rulers of the long winter night. Story, songs,
games, learn about the Arctic, and MORE!
Amusement Park Physics:
Learn about the physical principles behind daredevil rides such as the
roller coaster and the free-fall. This site combines an introduction
to the basic physics of the rides with some historical notes on the
Paper Airplanes: The
author of this site holds the Guinness world record for time aloft for
paper airplanes. This site is a good resource for paper airplane
aerodynamics, paper airplane history, and instructions for building
super paper airplanes!
Women of Our Time: Visit
this beautifully designed interactive gallery from the National
Portrait gallery to explore photographs of some of twentieth-century
America's famous and influential women.
Bat Conservation International:
Conserving the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy
planet. This site is a veritable compendium of information about bats,
including descriptions and pictures of different bat species, audio
files of bats' echolocation calls, and reading lists about for
students and teachers
Have a SPOOKTACULAR
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