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Bonjour! This month I thought it would be fun to learn the days of the week Plus, we will learn “my” and all the cool ways it is used! You can visit Bonjour.com lesson # 2 to hear these words pronounced. You already know Tuesday, We say it when we talk about the “big party” in New Orleans (hint: it means Fat Tuesday). Do you know the answer already? Trés Bien! (that means Your Friend, Well Done!) (Votre Ami),
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Thursdays will never be the same... What are you doing on Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30? If you are in the Plattsburgh area I hope you and your Mom or Dad are visiting Ms. Alice Sample and her friends in the middle of the Champlain Centre Mall. Every Thursday lots of kids from babies to pre-teens take part in
Journey into Reading Here kids get a story read to them by one of the nice volunteers and then the really cool thing is the kid gets to take a book home FOR FREE!!!!! You can come back every week and hear a new story and get another book to read at home. One of the things Ms Alice said was that right now Journey into Reading is having a
My is a word that has three ways to say the same thing. It depends on what you’re talking about. In French certain words are for girls (feminine) and certain words are for boys (masculine) and then there is the plural. Mon frére = My brother Ma mére = My mother Mes amis = My friends (see here we are talking about more than one friend)
Here is great way for kids like us to help, If you have “gently used” books that you no longer read you can donate them. Ms Alice said that they can always donate money. With money donations she is able to buy lots of books through Reading is Fundamental. That is a program that encourages parents to read to and with their children. Ms Alice said every penny of a donation goes to buy books, Journey into Reading is all volunteer and RIF does not charge her shipping. If you would like to donate, you can take books and checks to the Mall on Thursday nights. The Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country located at 194 US Oval, Plattsburgh, NY 12901(P.O. Box 2640) can accept donations too. Your Friend, Editors Note: As with so many programs right now RIF is facing budget cuts so the help that Ms. Alice used to get may not be available in the future. That means that we all need to donate to this great local program that has been around for 10 years and given more than 25,000 books to kids like us.
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Truman@denpubs.com EMAIL ME, I LOVE MAIL! Dear Kids, It’s November, and Thanksgiving is coming up! It is one of my favorite holidays, with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, oh my! It s a great time to relax with family and remember what we truly can be thankful for. In addition to Thanksgiving, we also have Election Day and Veterans Day in November. Always remember that the freedoms that our country enjoys, such as the freedom to vote and elect our leaders, are due to the sacrifices made by the veterans of our country. It’s especially important to remember that now, as so many of our military are away from their families this Thanksgiving. With the holidays coming up, it might be a great time to send a letter to our troops and give them a “Thank you” this Thanksgiving. With a parent or teacher, visit a website such as www.amillionthanks.org or www.letterstosoldiers.org to get started and send your letters to our troops. It’s important to share our gifts with others. This month, I talked with a special boy who has a gift for music. Although he is blind, he is an amazing musician and doesn’t let any thing stand between him and his piano! Read all about it in this issue. Have a noteworthy November!
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glide with the other. You need to have balance and glide yourself forward on the ice. Because ﬁgure skating, speed skating and ice hockey are all very different sports, they require different equipment. The ice skates used for each sport are a little bit different. For instance, ﬁgure skates are made so that the skater can perform acrobatic moves. The blades are longer and have toe rakes or toe picks at the front of the blade. These saw-like teeth bite into the ice and help the skater perform certain jumps and spins. Learning to ice skate requires good safety habits. Outside, the biggest danger is skating on ice that is too thin and risking falling through the ice to the frigid (extremely cold) waters below. When skating outside, it’s important to skate only in areas that are approved skating areas and never to skate on natural ice alone. When skating indoors at an ice rink, the biggest danger is usually colliding with other skaters. Always make sure you know the rules of the rink before you hit the ice. If you really like ice skating, you might want to take lessons and learn how to do other types of ice skating, such as ﬁgure skating, ice dancing and speed skating, or maybe join a team sport such as ice hockey. Both ﬁgure skating and speed skating became ofﬁcial Olympic events in 1924. Ice dancing became an ofﬁcial Olympic event in 1976. Sources: Turner, Stephen C., Ice-Skating, The New Book of Knowledge; Greiff, James M., Ice Skating, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Scholastic Library Publishing.
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Stay Tuned for the Aurora A “Cool” Cafeteria — It’s Really Possible By Barbara Gilmour “It was fun to have Clarissa visit our class last time. Tanner, Nicole, Rudy, Carmen, Stephen and Truman the dragon all wanted to know when she could come back. I hope she will come back soon.” “How many of you took the Cafeteria Challenge at your school?” All hands went up. Rudy jumped up and said, “My school cafeteria needs a lot of work. We had a low score. Kids push and shove and don’t wait patiently in line.” Tanner shared, “Mine is like that, too. The kids don’t seem to care about how they act.” Nicole added, “I don’t like when some kids won’t let others sit with them. That is just mean.” Everyone agreed. Stephen shared, “Some kids in my cafeteria throw food or take others’ food. They think it’s funny.” Everyone nodded that the same things were happening in their cafeterias. It didn’t sound like there were any great scores. “Did the Cafeteria Challenge list we made up last time help you to see some of the things that need to be improved?” All the kids said, “YES!” Tanner was excited to share, “I took the list to my principal and asked him if we could do the Cafeteria Challenge, and he said, ‘Yes.’ I think that is great. Now all the kids will learn how ‘Cool Kind Kids’ can act to have a ‘Cool Cafeteria’.” Rudy added, “That’s so cool. I want to do that at my school.” Carmen was looking at Truman and asked, “Truman, you’ve been very quiet today. What is going on in your cafeteria?” He sadly said, “My school cafeteria isn’t any better than yours. We need to improve all the things on the Challenge list. It bothers me to see the unkind things that happen in the cafeteria.” Carmen asked, “What do you mean?” Truman continued, “The cafeteria is an easy place for kids to be mean and not get caught. Every day I see kids teasing and making fun of other kids. Many exclude kids for no reason. Some are bullying other kids. I try to stop this when I see it. I can do that because I’m so big. But kids need to know how much they are hurting other kids and stop this. Part of our Cafeteria Challenge should be to step in and help someone who is being bullied or get an adult.” The kids all jumped up and cheered for Truman. “Do you think that you can help stop these things by stepping in when you see unkind things happen?” Tanner was quick to respond, “Yes! ‘Cool Kind Kids’ stand up to bullies. We aren’t afraid of them!” Nicole added, “I think some of them are hurting, so we can be nice to them.” Stephen said, “I think some of them just need a friend. We can be friends to them.” “Let’s do it!” they all shouted. “Cool Kind Kids” help in bullying situations and know that telling when someone is being hurt is not tattling. © Cool Kind Kid. 866-KID-KIND. www.CoolKindKid.com.
By Dr. Marc Rayman Sometimes, the night sky is ﬁlled ﬁlled with dancing curtains of blue-green light, with patches of red and pink. It’s the aurora borealis, also called the northern lights. The closer you live to the North Pole, the more likely you will see an aurora. The same light show is also visible near the South Pole, where it is called the aurora australis, or southern lights. The auroras look like Earth is performing for us, with the sky for a stage. However, the Sun is actually directing the show. The Sun is always sending out a stream of electrically charged particles called the solar wind. When the particles get close to Earth, they start to feel the effect of Earth’s strong magnetic ﬁeld. Earth is like a giant magnet, with its ﬁeld curving all around the planet and coming together into The aurora borealis, as seen from Bear Lake, almost a funnel Alaska. (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Joshua Strang) shape near each of Earth’s two poles. This ﬁeld ﬁeld is called Earth’s magnetosphere. It protects us from the solar wind, most of the time steering the charged particles away from our planet. But the magnetic ﬁeld ﬁeld also traps some of the charged particles and funnels them down toward the poles. Then we get an enormous ﬂow ﬂow of electricity right into Earth’s atmosphere. When the charged particles collide with the thin air 60 miles or more above the ground, the gases in the atmosphere give off light like the glowing gas in a neon light tube. Nitrogen may turn red, blue and violet, and oxygen can color the sky red and green. Although auroras occur every year, some years the Sun is more active. Sometimes, huge explosions on the Sun ﬂing tremendous numbers of charged particles into space. If these happen to be aimed at Earth, we can be treated to an especially marvelous display two or three days later, once the particles have raced across the space between the Sun and us. The new GOES-R satellite will keep track of these charged particles from the Sun as part of its regular duties. Help GOES-R gather up all this data. Play the fun, colorful game Satellite Insight on The Space Place at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight. This article was provided through the courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, C.A., under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and support from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Helping kids just like us! This month I have an experiment for you. You’ll need a plastic water bottle (full). Hold it up in front of your eyes. Now try to read the blackboard. What do you see? Pretty blurry huh? Well that’s kind of what a kid sees who is legally blind. We all think of the blind person as someone who cannot see anything, no light at all. But a legally blind person sees light and colors just like you and me but even with glasses they cannot see clearly. I’m sure you know kids who need really thick glasses or maybe walk with a cane to help them find their way around. Isn’t it great that they are no different than us, they just have a few more challenges. I had the chance to interview Ms Donna Abair the Executive Director of the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired (NCAVI). Ms Donna told me there are other reasons someone might be considered legally blind. She said some kids, adults too, suffer from Usher syndrome. That refers to a condition that affects both hearing and vision. The major symptoms of Usher syndrome are hearing loss and an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP. RP causes night-blindness and a loss of side vision as the retina gets worse. The retina is a part of your eye used for vision. As RP progresses, the field of vision narrows – that’s called “tunnel vision” - until only the ability to see straight ahead remains. Ms Donna said people with RP do not always have Ushers syndrome and that visually impaired can refer to many different vision problems. Ms Donna pointed out that most kids who don’t see well are not legally blind they just need glasses. So if you are having problems seeing the blackboard this year, ask Mom or Dad to take you for an eye test. There is too much out in the world to miss just because you need glasses. Ms Donna also introduced me to Ms Anne Wittmann. Ms Anne is an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, she is the person who would help a visually impaired kid learn traveling skills, that could be a cane or she said they have other ways too. Ms Anne also told me about some of the services NCAVI can help provide to visually impaired kids to help them keep up at school, things like talking computers or a magnifier that helps them see the blackboard better. Some kids may need to write with a thick pen so they can see it. Both Ms Anne and Ms Donna told me about a great support group available thru NCAVI. It’s open to visually impaired kids and their parents to meet and share experiences. Ms Donna and Ms Anne told me some kids are visually impaired from birth and other kids become visually impaired because of other life saving methods. They said many babies who are born really early may need a lot of oxygen to help them survive but that sometimes is hard on their eyesight. They also said that kids who have very little pigmentation are more likely to be visually impaired. Pigmentation is the stuff that gives us
color in our skin, eyes and hair, and people who have very little are called albinos. If a kid is not seeing well parents can contact their schools’ Special Ed Department for help and to learn what is available. This does not mean the kid goes to Special Ed, the program is just handled through the Special Ed Department. I know a lot of kids and parents worry about stuff like that, mainly because so many kids get bullied because they seem different. We know they aren’t and it’s our responsibility to make sure that all kids whether they have problems seeing or learning are treated with kindness. Don’t you agree? Here’s a way we can all help a visually impaired kid. Ms Donna and Ms Anne told me that one of the hardest things to learn is who’s who just by their voice. So sometimes visually impaired kids may seem like they are ignoring you, but maybe they are not sure who you are ‘cause they can’t see you. Here’s what to do, When you are at the lunch table, take a moment and tell the visually impaired kid who is at the table with them and where everyone is seated, then they can join in and visit too. Plus, if you see a visually impaired kid someplace else, like in the hall say, “Hi, Johnny! It’s Stephanie”. Then I bet you’ll get a great big “Hi” right back when Johnny knows who you are! (I’m sure you know to use their name and your name in the proper places) Ms Donna told me how much our contributions to the United Way make all of the programs at NCAVI possible. “The United Way is huge for us” she said. “Very supportive for more than 20 years!” “They just get it”. By that she meant that she talks to all sorts of groups to raise funds but that the United Way and all those who contribute are so very generous, they understand the meaning of LIVE UNITED. During this campaign time and all year round remember to GIVE,ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER the United Way! See you next month! Your Friend,
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November 2 is the 10th anniversary of the date that people ﬁrst began living in space! The Soyaz shuttle left Earth on October 31, 2000, headed to space with the ﬁrst crew to live at the International Space Station. American commander Bill Shepard and two Russians, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, arrived on November 2 and lived on the space station for four months. The International Space Station, at an altitude of 230 miles, orbits the Earth every 90 minutes.
November 1-2 is the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, in Mexico. It is also recognized by Catholics as All Souls’ Day. “Dead Men’s Bread,” round loaves decorated with sugar skulls, are sold in bakeries. Families remember their family members that have died with happiness, not mourning. They visit the graves of their loved ones, decorate them and hold candlelight vigils. They also decorate altars with ﬂowers, fruits and vegetables.
On November 1, at the Day of the Dead Kite Festival in Santiago Sacatepequez, people use kites to communicate with the spirits of the deceased. It is believed that the deceased relatives communicate through the wind and the movements of the kites. Families ﬂy kites constructed of cloth, colored paper, bamboo and wire. The kites come in all sizes, from eight to 30 feet. They are beautifully decorated and are brightly colored. There is a prize for the best design. Sometimes the kites are ﬂown from cemeteries.
You probably know the cute lemur from the movie Madagascar. The country of Madagascar is also the only place in the world where lemurs are a native animal. This means that lemurs are “endemic” to Madagascar. There are almost 100 species of lemurs. One of the most popular, the ring-tailed lemur, is easy to recognize by its black-and-white ringed tail. It spends more time on the ground than Kingdom: Animalia the other types of lemur. They also like to sunbathe! Like most lemurs, the ring-tails face many threats to their habitat. Fires, over-grazing and Phylum: Chordata development all contribute to habitat loss. Class: Mammalia In some parts of Madagascar the ring-tailed Order: Primates lemur is hunted, and individuals are kept as pets. Suborder: Strepsirrhini Lemurs are cat-like in their appearance, Family: Lemuridae with a pointy nose and whiskers. They have long bushy tails that help with balance when they leap through trees. They can be from 4 to 24 inches long. The tiniest lemur weighs only one pound, but they can weigh up to six pounds. Their ﬁngers and toes have ﬂat nails, not claws. Lemurs rely on their sense of smell to communicate with other animals. They mark their territories with special scent glands on their wrists and bottoms. The ring-tailed lemur, Lemur catta. Photo by Chris Gin Lemurs are social animals, living in groups of up to 25 individuals. They live from Auckland, New Zealand. in the trees in the tropical rain forest They feed on ﬂowers, fruit, leaves, bark and sap from plants. They are mostly vegetarian but sometimes eat insects and small vertebrates. Lemurs have an important ecological job on the island of Madagascar. They feed on a variety of seasonal fruit. It’s gross, but as they travel, they help spread the undigested seeds in their manure. The seeds sprout and replenish the vegetation. Sources: SeaWorld, www.seaworld.org; The Zoological Society of London, www.zsl.org.
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ART GALLERY Paul Signac & Pointillism Paul Signac was a French artist made famous for beginning of pointillism. Soon, pointillism went even further and came to be helping to develop the pointillism style. Up close, his called Neo-Impressionism, a style in which artists used the pointillism technique paintings just look like thousands of colorful dots. But, to showcase bold colors. Georges was the father of Neo-Impressionism, and when when you take a step back and look again, the dots blend he died, Paul became the leader of this new art movement. artfully together to show landscapes, people and other Paul spent his career working with pointillism and Neo-Impressionism. He scenery. used this style to capture landscape scenes of the French Paul Victor Jules Signac was born on coast and other areas. A sailor, in 1892 he began November 11, 1863, in Paris, France. The traveling to various European ports and painted large only child of wealthy parents, Paul grew canvases based on rough sketches he made on his travels. up in a neighborhood filled with famous Color was very important to him, and he loved to artists and stage actors. As a child, he was experiment with different mediums. He painted drawn to the creative world but decided watercolors and oil paintings but also made many to study architecture instead of fine arts. etchings and pen-and-ink drawings, all done in the small However, when Paul was 18, he saw the dots of pointillism. By the turn of the century, however, he artwork of Claude Monet and became took pointillism to a new level and started creating works convinced that he should be a painter of art out of small squares of color rather than the instead of an architect. thousands of dots. This stayed in the Neo-Impressionism style but gave his later work more of a mosaic feel. Although Paul had no formal art Paul died on August 15, 1935, in Paris. He left behind training, he was supported by his parents’ numerous important works of art, as well as a book and money and did not have to work. So, he could spend time painting and learning from his own mistakes. He several articles that are all now used to set the standards was particularly drawn to Impressionist art, which used bright colon Neo-Impressionism artwork. Written by Tamar Burris, a former elementary school ors and short brushstrokes that did not include a lot of detail work. teacher who now works as a freelance writer and curriculum In 1884, Paul met fellow artist Georges Seurat, who painted in a developer for PBS, the Discovery Channel and other educationdifferent style. Working with Georges, Paul soon abandoned his related companies. Sources: Paul Signac on Art Archive, www. short brushstrokes and began experimenting with painting artchive.com/artchive/S/signac.html; Paul Signac on Renoir Fine Women at the Well, 1892, by Paul patterns of dots on his canvases. Together, the dots formed an Art, Inc., www.renoirinc.com/biography/artists/signac.htm; Paul Signac. On display in the Musée image of a landscape or a portrait of a person. This was the Signac on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Signac. d’Orsay, Paris.
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Located on the west coast of the continent of Africa, Tanzania is home to both the highest mountain and the largest lake on the continent. Kilimanjaro the highest mountain, is located in northeast Tanzania near the Kenya border, rising in two snowcapped peaks to 19,340 ft. The higher of the two peaks was first climbed in 1889. Lake Victoria, also referred to as Victoria Nyanza, is the main reservoir of the Nile River. It is located on the borders of Tanzania and Uganda with a small part extending into Kenya. Lake Victoria occupies an area of approximately 26,800 square miles and is the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, the only larger one being Lake Superior in North America.
Open a faucet, and fresh water will quench thirst. Turn a handle, and a shower will cleanse a person. But what if the tap was dry, and bringing water home was your job? Almost one billion people around the world live this way. One in eight people does not have immediate access to clean water, and lugging it home for miles often is the only option. Within the next 10 to 20 years, worldwide demand for fresh water could outstrip supply by 20 percent. It soon could cost more than oil. Growing up in Greenwald, Minnesota, Daniel Ohmann was acquainted with pumping water. Windmills were found on most farms. His father installed many windmills to pump water before electricity reached the area. Years later, as a Maryknoll priest in Tanzania, Father Ohmann thought about the windmills as women carried five-gallon water buckets on their heads six miles from a river. Drought is common in Africa. Villagers often can be seen scooping murky water from makeshift wells in scorched riverbeds. “You don’t need to be here long to see that water is the number-one need in this part of Africa,” said Father Ohmann. When Minnesota farmers converted to electricity, many donated their windmills to Father Ohmann. Others were purchased from Nebraska, Australia and South Africa to support Tanzania’s initiative to ensure all homes had access to water. Government ineffi ciencies, though, eventually closed the windmills for 15 years. But Father Ohmann was committed to get them pumping again, and more were installed. Twenty windmills now provide water to 18 villages. Each fi lls a 2,000-gallon tank, and water can be used to irrigate gardens and orchards. “People enjoy better health in the villages served by clean water,” said Father Ohmann. And he’s proof that one person’s ideas can make a difference. Source: NewsUSA and www.maryknollsociety.org.
Tips for Healthy Meals Before, During and After School (NewsUSA) - The school year marks a hectic time for parents. Children run out the door to catch the bus, then spend their evenings at after-school programs or practice. As parents rush children between activities and struggle to balance work and family obligations, many might choose the easiest option available to feed their kids - fast food or convenience foods, like chips and cookies. But there’s no reason that busy families can’t enjoy healthy meals and snacks through the school year. The Weight-control Information Network (WIN), an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), offers the following tips for providing healthy food no matter how tight your schedule: Make sure that children eat breakfast. Without a healthy breakfast, children won’t have the energy to sit through their morning classes. Plus, they’ll be more likely to eat larger, less healthy meals later in the day. Even if your children are running late, they should be able to eat a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter or a berry smoothie as they dash for the bus. Allow children to pack their own lunches. Children are more likely to eat meals that they help prepare. Give children choices between healthy options. For example, allow them to choose what kind of fruit they would like in their lunch. Try to include fruits, vegetables, a whole grain and healthy protein in your children’s lunches. Offer healthy snacks. If children want to munch after school, make sure that they aren’t reaching for potato chips by stocking your kitchen with healthier options. For healthy, kid-friendly snacks, try dried fruit and nuts; fresh fruit and yogurt; rice cakes, whole-grain crackers or whole-grain bread served with low-fat cheese, peanut butter, almond butter or soynut butter; pretzels or air-popped popcorn; homemade fruit smoothies made with fresh or frozen fruit and low-fat milk, soy or rice milk, or yogurt; and whole-grain cereals. For more information, call WIN at 1-877-946-4627 or visit www.win.niddk.nih.gov, and read the free brochure, “Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents.”
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P ARENTOWN’S K ID S HAPE Kids & Gifts: How Much Is Too Much? Despite the many messages from all corners promoting a “more is better” philosophy when it comes to holiday gifts, the truth is far more complex — especially for children. While most parents work hard to give their kids everything they need and much of what they want, it is often hard to draw the line, prompting many well-intentioned moms and dads to ask, “How much is too much?” In general, the answer lies within each family. Parents should purchase what makes sense to them and what they believe their children will use and appreciate. However, in recent years, child psychologists and experts in child development have returned to these questions as economic conditions have forced many families to scale back, both throughout the year and during the holiday season. Books such as The Pampered Child Syndrome by Maggie Mamen, Give Me, Get Me, Buy Me by Donna Corwin and several others on the same topic offer similar conclusions: When children are given too much over the course of their childhoods, they can develop a serious case of entitlement, become unappreciative of what they have and begin to equate love with “stuff.” And for younger children, receiving a huge pile of gifts in one sitting can be both overwhelming and overstimulating. If you have been wondering about these issues, here are some general guidelines for having a fun-ﬁlled holiday with just enough stuff. Make a gift plan: Before setting out on your ﬁrst shopping expedition, devise a plan that makes sense for your family. If you have younger
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children, decide on the number of gifts for each. With older children, you might want to establish a dollar amount rather than a gift amount. Once you’ve made the plan, stick to it — no matter what. Draw names: Particularly in bigger families, gift-giving can become a ﬁnancial and emotional burden if everyone buys for everyone. Drawing names not only reduces those burdens, but often results in more meaningful gifts all around. Opt for a shared experience: Consider pooling the money you would have spent on individual gifts and putting it toward a special outing, vacation or shared item for your home. Long after the toys have broken and the electronics have stopped working, your children will cherish their memories of a holiday that focused on sharing time together. Communicate: If Grandpa Mike or Aunt Emily has a reputation for heaping on the presents at Christmas or Chanukah, let them know ahead of time that one will do, and then offer a suggestion that is sure to please your son or daughter. If they insist that they want to do more, consider asking them to make a donation in your child’s name to a charitable organization or to purchase a gift for a local child in need. Collaborate: Sometimes one big gift makes a lot more sense. If your child would love a new bike or a trampoline or horseback riding lessons, consider asking extended family members to contribute to that item or to items that go with it, such as a helmet or other gear. Source: MetroCreativeConnection.com
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AT THE MOVIES Happy Feet Two (In Theaters: Nov. 18) If dancing-and-singing penguins are your thing, then you’ve come to the right place with the musically energetic follow-up to the Oscar-winning animated feature Happy Feet. Antarctica appears in 3D with a story about a tap-dancing penguin named Mumble. Mumble has a problem. His tiny son Erik is afraid to dance. The shy little guy runs away from home and meets up with a penguin who calls himself “The Mighty Sven.” Sven can ﬂy! Poor little Mumble just can’t seem to measure up until the perfect opportunity comes along. Naturally, Erik’s dad has something to do with making such an important transition possible for his son. Erik has more potential than he gives himself credit for. There’s plenty more animals than just penguins who get involved in the musical fun that is Happy Feet Two. You might just want to get up and dance! Not Rated at press time. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Arthur Christmas (In Theaters: Nov. 23) Aardman, the same animation company that brings you “Wallace and Gromit,” and Sony Pictures Animation introduces a new kids’ movie set on Christmas Eve. Arthur Christmas promises to ﬁnally answer the mysterious question about how Santa Claus delivers presents to every child on Earth in just one night. Santa is a high-tech kind of guy. These days he uses a giant spaceship instead of a sleigh drawn by ﬂying reindeer. James McAvoy is the voice of Santa’s son Arthur. He’s a boy who loves Christmas more than his dad. Arthur’s 136-year-old grandfather Grandsanta isn’t such a fan of the modern world. For as perfect as Santa’s new high-tech system of present delivery is, a problem comes up when one child gets missed. It’s up to Arthur to put things right. He might have to resort to some old-school methods to get the job done. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. (Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman Animation) Hugo (In Theaters: Nov. 23) “It’s Neverland and Oz and Treasure Island all wrapped up into one.” Martin Scorsese directs his ﬁrst children’s movie with Hugo. Based on
Brian Selznick’s award-winning fantasy novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the story follows the adventures of a little boy named Hugo (Asa Butterﬁeld). Hugo lives in ‘30s-era Paris when he becomes an orphan. The lonely boy lives inside the walls of a train station with a mechanical automaton left him by his deceased father (Jude Law). The mystery of Hugo’s hope for a home warms up when he meets a girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) who possesses a magical heart-shaped key to Hugo’s automaton. Created in 3D, and beneﬁting from an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugo promises to be an instant classic of children’s cinema from America’s master ﬁlmmaker Martin Scorsese. Not Rated at press time. (Paramount Pictures)
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Cars 2 (Available Nov. 1) The tow truck named Mater is best friend to Owen Wilson’s little red racecar champion Lightning McQueen. A televised announcement about the World Grand Prix, an upcoming three-city race in Tokyo, Porto Corsa and London, inspires McQueen to bring his tow-truck pal overseas where, unbeknownst to them, a spy plot is unfolding. Finn McMissile (splendidly voiced by Michael Caine) is a James Bond-styled sports car loaded with plenty of gadgets. Finn can climb buildings and motor underwater as a submarine. Finn’s sleek assistant is a little purple British number named Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). Alternativefuel mastermind Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) provides the ecological foundation for the big race wherein all the competing cars will run on his “Allinol” biofuel to prove the days of Big Oil are over. John Turturro voices McQueen’s Italian rival, an open-wheeled racecar named Francesco Bernoulli. The detailed animated renderings of exotic locations are positively beautiful. Cars 2 is a keeper. Rated G. 107 mins. (Disney Pixar) Cole Smithey, also known as “the smartest ﬁlm critic in the world,” has been a ﬁlm critic for 11 years and writes for over 50 publications, in print and on-line. Truman loves to watch movies and has the highest appreciation for great popcorn.
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Have you ever noticed when you are in a grocery store, pharmacy or a convenience store that there is a lot of cigarette and smokeless tobacco advertising all around? There is especially a lot at the checkout counter where you stand and pay for your items. This is not an accident. The tobacco companies know that if they can get kids like us to try smoking we will most likely get addicted and then they have a customer for many years. Did you know that in 2006 the tobacco industry spent nationally 12.5 billion dollars on this kind of advertising? It’s referred to Point of Sale or POS. The reason they use POS marketing is because many years ago laws were passed that forbid tobacco advertising on TV and billboards. Have you ever noticed this type of advertising? How did it make you feel? I thought so, kids like us are twice as likely as adults to recall tobacco advertising, that’s because the advertising is designed to work on things that are important to us like being popular, having lots of friends and feeling good about ourselves. Pretty • Bad Breath sneaky Huh? Well now that we know • Yellow Teeth that is what they are up to how can we guard against this kind of POS • Smelly clothes advertising? I think if we are armed with the true • More and coughs facts about the harm that smoking can do • Difficulty keeping up to our bodies with friends when those tobacco companies don’t playing sports stand a chance! Here are just a few • Empty Wallet — things to think cigarettes about if you start to think you and tobacco want to try products are smoking.
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Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. You know those rubber bracelets that were created to bring attention to different causes? The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids created a red one with the number 1,200 on it. Why 1,200? That’s the number of people who die each day due to smoking. The nicotine and other poisonous chemicals in tobacco cause lots of diseases, like heart problems and some kinds of cancer. If you smoke, you hurt your lungs and heart each time you light up. It also can make it more difficult for blood to move around in the body, so smokers may feel tired and cranky. The longer you smoke, the NOVEM worse the damage BER 17 th becomes!
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What’s It Like? Kids are just naturally curious about everything, but there are just some things you don’t even need to try. Smoking is one of those things. Maybe this will help; People don’t like smoking or chewing tobacco at first. Your body is smart, and it knows when it’s being poisoned. When people try smoking for the first time, they often cough a lot and feel pain or burning in their throat and lungs. This is your lungs’ way of trying to protect you and tell you to keep them smoke free. Also, many people say that they feel sick to their stomachs or even throw up. If someone accidentally swallows chewing tobacco, they may be sick for hours. Yuck. I sure don’t want to spend a lot of money so I can get sick, do you? We today we learned why we never want to smoke. Always remember the tobacco companies think kids are dumb and that we will start smoking just because they tell us to. We are too smart for that. If you don’t start you never have to quit. Just ask an adult if they wished they had never started. Also remind them the Great American Smokeout is Thursday November 17th and you will help them if they would like to try to stop smoking. See you next month!
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Warm & Quick Is Just the Ticket for Fall Meals Fall is here! The weather is cooler, and it’s always nice to have a warm plate of spaghetti or a fun, quick taco night. How about a little bit of both? This quick meal will warm you up and get you going to soccer, football or cheerleading practice in time! Fiesta Spaghetti Tacos Prep Time: 25 minutes Start to Finish: 25 minutes 5 servings (2 tacos each) What You Need: • 5 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken in half • 1 pound lean (at least 80 percent) ground beef • 1 package (1 ounce) Old El Paso 40 percent less-sodium taco seasoning mix • 1/2 cup water • 1 1/4 cups tomato pasta sauce (any variety) • 1 box (4.7 ounces) Old El Paso Stand ’N Stuff taco shells (10 shells) • 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup), if desired • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese How to Make It: • Cook spaghetti as directed on package; drain. • Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 3 to 4 minutes or until thickened. • Stir in pasta sauce; cook over medium heat until hot. Stir in cooked spaghetti. • Meanwhile, heat taco shells as directed on box. Spoon about 1/2 cup spaghetti mixture into each taco shell; top with tomato and Parmesan cheese. Variation: If you like corn, add 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn with the pasta sauce. Cook about 5 minutes or until hot.
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