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Welcome February! We have a lot to SMILE about in February because it's National Children's Dental Health Month! Read about how to take care of your teeth and keep your smile beautiful (page 10). February also brings happy Valentine's Day smiles! Valentine's Day reminds us to let the people we love know how much we appreciate them. Have fun making cards and writing Valentine's Day poems for your family, teachers, and friends! February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. Read books about African American heroes and be inspired! Parents and teachers can visit africanamericanhistorymonth.gov for teacher resources. It has been cold here in the North Carolina Triangle lately, but not nearly as cold as it usually is in the winter in Minnesota. Read about the St. Paul, MN annual Winter Carnival, and check out pictures of some of the amazing ice palaces and ice sculptures (page 14). The 2016 Chinese New Year (celebrated in China this year on February 8th) is the Year of the Monkey. Learn about Chinese New Year traditions, and a local celebration at Carrboro High School on page 8. Stay warm inside at Discovery Nook at Northgate Mall in Durham, while you have fun and try cool new science experiments on STEMville Saturdays of Science (pages 7 and 8). Have fun with a parent, grandparent, or teacher and complete the Kids Across, Parents Down Crossword puzzle and Math-a-Muse math puzzles together. Can you guess what the picture on the dot-to-dot puzzle will be (page 15)? February is also Library Lovers' Month, so go to the library and read some great books! Have a fabulous February!

NATIONAL DENTAL HEALTH MONTH ARE YOUR TEETH “SUPER” HEALTHY? DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THEM LIKE A “HERO”? Take our quiz to see if you are doing everything you can to have a super strong and healthy smile!! 1) Do you brush your teeth twice a day? YES

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5) Do you go to the dentist twice a year for a check-up? YES NO If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are a super hero at taking care of your teeth. If you answered no to any question then you may have a little work to do. It’s ok, just try hard everyday to make good, healthy choices, brush and floss daily and remember to see your dentist regularly! Keep working hard! You can do it!

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Watching El Niño Closely… From Space! - By Katie McKissick,, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This past year, Earth has had unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. Believe it or not, this one thing can lead to a lot

of interesting weather events all over the globe. We call it El Niño. It happens because of changes in winds and ocean circulation.

We can’t predict an El Niño before it happens, but we can watch it closely when it does. This is one of the many things that

scientists at NASA do: they keep an eye on Earth and track big events like El Niño.. What exactly are they looking at? Because El Niño causes so many strange things to happen, scientists have plenty to watch. They use information from more than a dozen satellites orbiting Earth to keep track of what’s happening all over the planet. A big thing they’re looking at is temperature and how different it is from usual. This includes the temperature of the air and the temperature of bodies of water like the ocean. Temperature affects a lot of things, like the sea level height, humidity, clouds, and storms—even big tropical storms like hurricanes and typhoons. The temperature of the ocean also affects all the things that live there, from small phytoplankton to fish and whales. NASA is keeping an eye on all of it. You might be wondering how NASA scientists could monitor living things in the ocean from space. After all, it is quite a distance away. But you can tell a lot by looking at the color of ocean waters. The colors can give us clues about living things in the water and how much food there is for them to eat. Phytoplankton, for instance, is bright green. We can see the green color in the ocean with Earthorbiting satellites. During El Niño, the water is less green than usual because there is less phytoplankton. This is bad news for fish because that’s what they eat. Scientists also keep a close eye on rainfall all over the world during an El Niño year. In the western United States, El Niño brings lots of rain, but in places like Australia, El Niño brings less rain. Some places have floods while others experience drought. El Niño makes a lot of things change.

This image shows the Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTA) of this year’s El Niño. The big red band in the Pacific ocean shows where the water is much warmer than usual. Image credit: NASA/JPL/PODAAC, NOAA

Since El Niño changes the amount of rainfall, there is also a difference in the number of wildfires. During El Niño years, there are more wildfires, especially in Indonesia, Central America, and the southern and central Amazon. Some of NASA’s satellites observe wildfires and can even tell the difference between active flames and smoldering burns. These satellites can also monitor the affects of all the smoke and ash that go into the atmosphere during a big fire. El Niño causes some big changes and strange weather, but NASA scientists are watching closely. Every day they learn more about El Niño, the weather, and our planet. Want to learn more about El Niño? Visit NASA Space Place, and then whip up some El Niño pudding! spaceplace.nasa.gov/el-nino.

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

Elon University Students Howl with the Wolves at the Conservators Center: Fun Field Trip for Class about Wolves

With the help of the Conservators Center's highly trained wolf-handling team (led in part by Dr. Kim Pyne), one Elon University class recently received the experience of a lifetime: howling with actual wolves! Elon University students in the English literature class, "ENG255: Big Bad Wolves" (a study of wolf-related literature) got to learn from Professor Pyne out of the classroom and in her natural habitat... with the animals she adores at the Conservators Center. Dr. Kim Pyne is a professor of English and Education at Elon University and is an Assistant Director of Elon Academy (a flagship college access and success program). She teaches senior pedagogy to English-teachers-in-training, a variety of courses including a popular Harry Potter-themed course, and is always looking for ways to connect her knowledge and work related to the Conservators Center and exotic animals to her courses at Elon.

Dr. Pyne joined the Conservators Center as a volunteer in Animal Care and Construction in the spring of 2007, and has contributed in many ways since, including helping with volunteer coordination, leading tour guide training, and giving educational outreach programs at community centers, schools, and museums. Kim came to the conservancy with wolf handling experience; as a result, she has been instrumental in developing and leading the Center’s wolf handling team. She says she was drawn to the conservancy by the genuineness and expertise of the Wolf brothers Roland and Trekkie Monster howl at the Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC) with two of staff and the observable happiness of the animals on site. their handlers, Mindy Stinner and Dr. Kim Pyne (far right), and Elon students. Photo by Kevin Robinson. Come visit the wolf brothers Trekkie Parents and teachers: Sign up for the Conservators Centers' monthly e-newsletter (www.conservatorscenter.org) to read the latest about the and Roland and all of their friends at animals and upcoming events at the Conservators Center each month. the Conservators Center soon! To learn more about wolf brothers Roland and Trekkie and hear them howl, parents and teachers can watch with their kids/students a fascinating (5-minute) YouTube video "Wolf Socialization at the Conservators Center" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsYDC9cQ_tc.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas:

· A tour of the Conservators Center.

· Items from the Conservators Center's onsite or online gift shop, including animal art, clothing, books, and much more. · Lifetime Adoption, which offers your loved one the chance to build a bond with one of the wild residents at the Conservators Center.

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Hidden Picture Puzzle HIDDEN PICTURE PUZZLES by Liz

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Northgate and Durham County Library Discovery Nook February 2016 Events About the Discovery Nook

On the1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month through May 2016, Northgate Mall and Durham County Library along with UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, present STEMville Saturdays of Science, free educational events for children and their families at Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook, suite 109, in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway. STEMville Saturdays of Science February 2016 Events Include: Saturday, February 6 at 12:30pm Musical Masterpieces Learn about the science of music and listen to musical works featuring interactive activities and experiments. Saturday, February 20 at 12:30pm Fantastic Physics Hands-on activities open up the fascinating world of physics, the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.

Northgate Mall's Discovery Nook is located in Children’s Alleyway and features kid-centered educational reading events and presentations two Saturdays per month (1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 12:30pm). Northgate partners with Durham County Library to bring this dedicated kid-friendly, educational zone to the mall. The Nook offers stories, drama, local authors, and fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). All Discovery Nook events are free and open to the public. Attendees may also visit the Bookmobile on the Plaza to borrow or return Durham County Library materials. Learn more and find more great family events at northgatemall.com.

Is Spring around the Corner? Ask the Groundhog! On February 2nd every year, weather forecasters around the country include a report on whether the groundhog saw its shadow on that day. Weather forecasters don't usually predict the weather based on an animal, so how did the Groundhog Day tradition begin? According to American folklore, if it is cloudy when the groundhog comes out of his burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it's sunny (so that he can see his shadow,) he will go back into his burrow and there will be 6 more weeks of winter.

Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire." (Prognosticate means to predict). That was a long name! He is now simply called Punxsutawney Phil, and people enjoy hearing the news of whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on February 2nd. Phil's first prediction was an early spring. Since then, he has been right about 40% of the time. The famous Pennsylvania Groundhog Day festivities now take place at Gobbler's Knob, a wooded hill with a beautiful view. Punxsutawney Phil rests in a heated burrow beneath a fake tree stump before making his prediction each February 2nd at 7:35 am.

The tradition of Groundhog Day has been observed in parts of Europe since the 18th century. However, it hasn't always centered around a groundhog or been called by that name. Groundhog Day has origins in Candlemas Day, and began in Germany. When German settlers came to America and settled in Pennsylvania and beyond, they brought the Candlemas Day tradition with them. Candlemas marks the midpoint between the shortest day (Winter Solstice) and the Spring Equinox (first day of spring). In the German tradition, it was believed that if the weather on Candlemas Day was stormy, the second half of winter would be fair. If the weather was fair and sunny on Candlemas Day, winter would stretch on with more cold weather.

North Carolina has its own famous groundhog: Sir Walter Wally!

"For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, So far will the snow swirl until May For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day, So far will the sun shine before May." Eventually in Germany a hibernating animal such as a badger or even a bear was used for predicting the upcoming weather. In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania a hibernating mammal was used: the woodchuck or groundhog. Pennsylvania's first official celebration of Groundhog Day took place on February 2, 1886. The groundhog used in the festivities was given the name and official title, "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers,

In the North Carolina Triangle you can visit Sir Walter Wally every year on Groundhog Day (February 2nd) at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and participate in the annual North Carolina celebration of Groundhog Day. Here in North Carolina where the winters are warmer for Sir Walter Wally than they are for Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, they say that Sir Walter Wally is almost always right! Parents and teachers can visit the Museum's website at naturalsciences. org to learn more.

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Chinese New Year 2016 Year of the Monkey One of the most important traditional Chinese holidays, the Chinese New Year, will be celebrated this year in China on February 8th. The traditional Chinese lunar year begins at sunset on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice. The Chinese New Year is celebrated with family feasts, firecrackers, and parades featuring giant colorful dragon and lion puppets. The Chinese New Year is followed by a Lantern Festival fifteen days later. The Chinese astrological calendar has a 12-year cycle of animal symbols to represent each year: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey! In China it is believed that people born in a Monkey Year are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. People born in the Year of the Monkey are also said to be fast learners and go-getters.

To commemorate the 2016 Year of the Monkey, the Taiwan postal service issued a set of two stamps featuring colorful, monkeys with a cheerful floral design.

There will be a Chinese New Year Celebration from 2 - 5pm on Saturday, February 6th, at the Carrboro High School Auditorium, 201 Rock Haven Rd. in Carrboro, NC 27510. Free entry and open to the public. The celebration will feature children's performances, games, red envelopes, food and prizes. For more information visit www.csch-nc.org.

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FEBRUARY Sunday Revolutionary War Living History Day February 20, 2016

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HEALTHY KIDS FEBRUARY is National Children's Dental Health Month! You probably visit your doctor regularly to make sure you feel good and that you’re growing up healthy and strong, right? Yep! Well, regular visits to the dentist are just as important to make sure your teeth are in good health too!

Keep Your Smile Great: 5 Reasons to Visit the DENTIST Dr. Clifton and Dr. Mauney remind us that there are five important reasons why kids should make it a habit to visit their dentist regularly: 1. The dentist will show you how to take care of your teeth -- how to brush and how to floss -- so food and bacteria is not left in your mouth which may lead to painful cavities and irritated gums.

4. Dentists can instruct you the right time to be evaluated by an orthodontist, a dental specialist who can make sure your beautiful smile develops properly as you grow. 5. Finally, regular checkups will help you get and keep a great smile!

Your teeth help you eat and digest your food. They also help you speak and give 2. You’ll find out that what you eat you a great smile! Visiting the dentist is affects your teeth and you’ll learn which an easy thing to do, when your teeth do foods and drinks are good for healthy so much for you! teeth. Husband and wife team Dr. Lenise Clifton and Dr. Charles Mauney (also 3. Regular visits to the dentist will affectionately known by his patients as ensure that your teeth are growing Dr. Chuck) are the owners of Clifton properly and your mouth and gums are & Mauney Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (www.cliftonandmauney.com) healthy. in Chapel Hill, convenient to Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Durham, less Pointers for Healthy Teeth than a mile from I-40. •It's important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day! •The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, poor oral hygiene or unusual growth patterns. •When you visit the dentist, your mouth will be examined for overall oral health. Your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. After the cleaning, fluoride will be applied to the teeth to help protect and strengthen the weak areas against decay. •What does fluoride do? Cavities form when there is weakening in the mineral composition of the enamel of the tooth. Fluoride promotes the remineralization of these weak spots, helping to prevent cavities. Dr. Lenise Clifton and Dr. Charles Mauney at center, with Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry's friendly and helpful staff.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Paul Revere not only

made his famous midnight ride, but was also the first advertised dentist in America? He practiced dentistry in the late 1700's. Read more about Dental Health Month and take the quiz on page 3.

•A well-balanced diet is important in preventing cavities and to ensure good general health. But cavities are not only the result of what you eat but also how often you have meals. Frequent snacking without brushing leaves food on the teeth longer and increases the likelihood of a cavity developing. Frequent "sipping" on sugar drinks (including juice) can cause dental cavities. •When playing sports, be sure to use a plastic mouth guard to protect your teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries.

Q: WHAT DO YOU CALL A VERY SMALL VALENTINE? A: A Valentiny!

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!

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15. A ____ is a winter sports lover who might smile as he I just lie on your bed all tells you that his life is day, but I keep you cozy going downhill and warm on a frosty night. 17. Fire on a log burning in the What am I? fireplace Powder power!: A 19. What water does in a kettle mountain's side that a that lets you know that it's snowboarder speeds ready to make your hot down while vacationing cocoa at a winter resort This "heartwarming" movie 20. Female reindeer about a princess had many 23. The only place in California where you can find a live fans singing, "Do You Want polar bear to Build a Snowman?" 24. A long-handled scooper Now you see it, now you people use to clear snow don't: An ice sculpture is from the sidewalk a type of ____ that will slowly disappear if the room 25. It's a wintertime shower of falling flakes gets too warm 26. Hand-warmers that let your The Siberian Husky is a thumb stand alone ____ that can pull a sled What you stomp on while Parents Down you're standing outside a 2. It's a Vail vacationer's pickdoor to get the snow off me-up of your boots

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Piedmont EMC Awards Grants to Teachers for their ‘Bright Ideas’ by Rachael Benedict

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Piedmont EMC awarded $25,287.53 in Bright Ideas education grants to 23 area teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 6,800 students at schools in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Orange, and Person counties will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by Piedmont EMC this year.

$600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.6 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 1.8 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 9,200 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

“Our Bright Ideas grant winners are making a real difference for students,” said Randy Brecheisen, CEO of Piedmont EMC. “Teachers have so many innovative ideas to engage students in learning, and we’re excited each year to support pioneering initiatives and creativity in the classroom through our Bright Ideas grant program.” Winning projects include a Destination Rain Forest in Caswell County, Tree Rescue in Orange County, a Biotech Mobile Lab at Orange High School, a School Geography Lab in Person County, and numerous other sustainable Bright Ideas. Bright Ideas Winners were awarded their grants at the Bright Ideas Luncheon held on the campus of NC State University on November 5, 2015.

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Piedmont EMC has contributed more than $376,297.09 to local teachers for their classroom projects. “Piedmont EMC is committed to the communities we serve, and we believe there is hardly a better investment than in the education of our youth and future leaders,” Mr. Brecheisen said.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2016. To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.pemc.coop or the Bright Ideas website at www.ncbrightideas.com.

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Congratulations to Piedmont EMC’s 2015 Bright Ideas Grant Winners! Alamance County Melaine Rickard Droning On and On and On Western Middle Caswell County Beth Kirby Destination Rain Forest! Stoney Creek Elementary Teresa Perkins Destination Desert! Stoney Creek Elementary Samantha Lawrence Little Minds Learning with Legos Stoney Creek Elementary Mauriah Smith Can You Hear Me Now? Stoney Creek Elementary Durham County Thomas Johnson Engineering with Little Bits Jennifer Umbarger PLearning in the Library

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Orange County Christen Campbell Why Pay For Water when it is Free? Chapel Hill High School Keith Yow Solar Powered Wood Kiln Cedar Ridge Kim Kelleher Tree Rescue New Hope Elementary Eric McDuffie Environmental Literacy Proj. Based Stanford Middle Natalia Johns Literacy Room Grady Brown Elementary Julianne Mertz The Classics Exposed A. L. Stanback Middle Claire Capps Stability Balls A. L. Stanback Middle Lauren Aldridge Biotech Mobile Lab Orange High School Person County Lauren Copley Barrels of Fun Southern Middle Elizabeth Sinnott Wild and Wonderful Weather! South Elementary Lindsey Hensler Habitable Hornets Helena Elementary Whitney Sharlow 3Rs Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Southern Middle Barbara Jenkins Hands on Math & Science w/twist Northern Middle Pamela Parham Unlocking Learning with iPads North Elementary Douglas W. Glenning School Geography Lab North End Elementary Julie Goodwin Chromebooks for a Brighter Tomorrow Woodland Elementary

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Winter Wonderland: Saint Paul Winter Carnival

"The Coolest Celebration on Earth" Celebrates 130 Years Last month in the North Carolina Triangle, we had enough snow and cold weather for sledding and snowballs, but can you imagine sculpting a gigantic palace of ice, or carving a unicorn from blocks of ice?

Every year (from the end of January through early February), St. Paul, Minnesota holds a Winter Carnival featuring an Ice Palace, magnificent ice sculptures, snow sculpting and ice sculpting contests, sledding, dogsled races, torchlight parades, live music, festivities, and even a treasure hunt for Winter Carnival medallions.

The first St. Paul Winter Carnival was held in 1886! The 1886 Ice Palace was built with 20,000 blocks of ice and was 106 feet high. The 1887 Ice Palace followed with over 35,000 blocks of

1886 Ice Palace, St Paul, Minnesota

ice.

The Ice Palace is lit up with beautiful colors at night. 1887 Ice Palace, St Paul, Minnesota

WINTER FUN DOUBLE PUZZLE Unscramble each of the clue words. (Hint: Clue words can be found in the paragraphs above.) Copy the letters in the numbered boxes to the boxes below with the matching numbers. CIE NOWS DILGEDSN LECPAA NIUNRCO RUUTECPLS COIRENTEABL

February Word Find Puzzle answers on p. 2.

Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally.

R G R O U N D H O G D A Y W D

Q H O Q S E H RH OT XF WL ER XM IG VE LN FG U S V I S

N A S E Y MC ZA OL LA GP GE UC JI XJ WI L H S

O E Z S P U E MI M I T ET NR MC BE TO QH ES PT RB AE K O R C O V E R Y N

R T H E R N L E C L B C L S V S D I S A F A F L N I T Y Y C D R E OY HB AL I IA IT TH MM OW NN D TE NR VC MR IO TE O EI HR RV MH CA RL I NA AL YR OI SA HE C CN EE RO TV NI KR F HZ OG SH CX EE SI A TN FK TS RT RE RH W FW GG BB PF GE TB E RL UL AA NR RS ES B OM LE FC P A R A D E S U R B H T O N X M S K B T

FEBRUARY EL NIテ前 FLOSS GROUNDHOG DAY TOOTHBRUSH SIR WALTER WALLY HEALTHY TEETH DISCOVERY NOOK CHINESE NEW YEAR STEMville MONKEY SCIENCE

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E EH N V F OM LR CE SE TD AN EI AE IR FR P B X O

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WOLF BROTHERS WINTER CARNIVAL ICE PALACE HEART LOVE VALENTINE

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FEBRUARY 2016 Flick Picks The Good Dinosaur (DVD Release Date: February 23, 2016)

Available on DVD on February 23, 2016, The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend, a boy named Spot. When Arlo falls into a river and finds himself swept hundreds of miles away from home, he's forced to face his fear for the first time in his life. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears. With the help of his friend Spot, Arlo discovers that he is capable of much more than he ever thought.

Snowtime! (In theaters: February 19, 2016)

With its American premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Snowtime! features stunning CG animation, beautiful snowy landscapes, and fun, lovable characters. It is a modern animated re-make of a classic and beloved live action French-Canadian children's film, in which an epic snow battle ends up bringing the two battling sides together. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins.

The all-star cast of voices includes Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Marcus Scribner, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, and A.J. Buckley.

The youthful fun and enthusiasm of an epic childhood snowball battle ends up helping the children learn valuable life lessons about friendship, the importance of unity, and overcoming pointless rivalries. The film's music includes songs from Canadian vocalist Céline Dion and rockers Simple Plan.

Rated PG (for peril, action and thematic elements.) 1 hr. 40 min. (Disney / Pixar Animation Studios).

Rated PG (for mild thematic elements and rude humor). 1 hr. 22 min. (Shout! Kids Factory and CarpeDiem Film).

5 Rules for Energy Safety 1. Always ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity. 2. Don’t yank or pull cords from a wall. Pulling cords can damage the outlet, the appliance or the plug. 3. Ask a grown-up to put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets. This can also help save energy by stopping drafts. 4. Keep electrical stuff away from water. Water and electricity don’t mix. Most electrical accidents in the home happen when people use electricity near water. 5. Never touch or go near any kind of power line! Stay away from power lines that have fallen down. Never climb an electric tower or pole, or any tree that is near electric lines.

Meet LED Lucy and CFL Charlie and visit www.kidsenergyzone.com for fun games, activities, and Super Energy Saver learning tools.

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Dot-to-Dot Instructions Connect the dots in order from 1 - 82, then color in the picture.

We love to publish your original art work, letters, poems and stories! Ask your parent/guardian to send or email your original art, along with their signed permission to publish, to the ChillKids mailing address on p. 2.

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Deep Sleepers

Hibernation Hidden Picture Find the 10 things hidden in this hibernation scene.

Black Bear

Ursus americanus

Black bears can sleep for six months of the year, but they are not true hibernators. They go into a deep sleep called torpor. They don’t eat or drink, and their body does cool off, but unlike true hibernators, they can wake up in case of danger.

Hibernation Fun Fact! The heartbeat of true hibernators slows from about 80 beats per minute to just four, while their temperature can drop from 98° to 40°!

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