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October 2013 • Vol. 3, Issue 2
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” A common question children are asked for when describing future visions of themselves. Spiderman, Superman, Wonder Woman are just a few that top the charts of awesome answers to this question. Although, any opportunity to grow up and become a masked vigilante sounds exciting, there are other superheroes out in the world that get overlooked. This month we chose a position in the field of medicine that is in great demand… Nursing. Jordan Slayton, 26, of Lynchburg, VA knew as a small child, that she wanted to help others live well. She grew up the youngest in a family of five, in the outskirt farmlands of Sutherlin & Ringgold, VA. She attended school in Pittsylvania Co., a 2005 graduate of Dan River High School. Remembering back to her Kentuck Elementary School days, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply, “I loved animals, so I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I can remember going to school dressed up as a Vet for Career Day.” Jordan did not grow up to be a Veterinarian. Her compassion for helping others led her to another profession in the medical field as a Registered Nurse for the Centra Healthcare System in Lynchburg, VA. Read on to hear her story and see where this Career has taken her. “As I got older, I chose Nursing because nurses are in my family. My mom and two aunts are nurses. All of them were able to have jobs they loved and flexibility in their work schedules. Also, in Nursing, you can choose a specialization and there are always options to change and grow in new areas… that is, if you get bored in one specific area. I’m a Cath Lab Nurse now.
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The typical day in my type of work can range from laid back to very hectic. I work in what’s called the Cardiac Catherization Laboratory. We take pictures of the heart blood arteries ( a type of blood vessel ), using a special camera called an X-Ray Machine. If we find that one of those arteries has a blockage, it’s our job [ the physician, nurses and techs ] to try to open the vessel. We are kind of like Plumbers for the heart. If one of the “pipes” in your heart gets clogged, its my job to assist in removing the clog so the blood can run through. Sometimes the patients I encounter are having something called a heart attack. The patient, often is very sick, and if we do not open the heart vessel in time, the patient’s heart can stop working. In high school, I found that Biology and Math helped me the most. In college, Anatomy and Physiology was definitely a key course in helping me better understand the human body. Even though Math was not my strongest subject, and I never thought I would use it again as an adult ( I’m more of a Science person ), I use addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division all the time in my career. I use A LOT of MATH! For example, I have to convert Kilograms into Pounds very often for calculating medicine dosages. Communication is also very important in Nursing. Being able to communicate with doctors, colleagues and patients thoroughly is a must. It’s also a key factor in teaching others about what I do, such as Nursing students, patients and their families. I recently had a test on my own communication skills. I, as well as two doctors from my hospital, traveled to a city in Tanzania, Africa to help open a Cardiac Cath Lab and train the doctors and nurses on how to take care of patients undergoing a cardiac catherization. Dar Es Salaam, the city in Tanzania that we were visiting, is like many places in the world; it has nice areas and poor. There are many parts that don’t have running water or electricity. However, the citizens are very smart and make the best of what few things they have.
Read more about Nurse Jordan’s trip to Africa on page 6
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On September 17th G.L.H. Johnson celebrated Constitution Day. Our 4th graders sang along to the School House Rock Constitution video.
Goddess at Westwood The 8th grade teachers of Westwood Middle School dressed to impress in their Goddess attire as a part of studying Greek Mythology.
Schoolfield News Schoolfield Celebrates "I Have a Dream" Mr. Cumbo's third grade students recited a poem in honor of the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream speech. The poem by Langston Hughes is titled I Dream a World. They recited the poem to the entire school over the intercom with morning announcements and to other classes during the school day. Fourth grade students also read about Dr. King's speech in the media center and listened to a brief excerpt of the actual speech as it was delivered on August 28th, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Dress Like a Farmer Day Celebrating “Healthy Virginians Week” Schoolfield students honored farmers. Students are aware that agriculture is an important part of Virginia’s economy. Local farmers provide nutritious food. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provided fruit or vegetable snacks every day this week to promote healthy eating among our students. We celebrate this week to remind students of the importance of eating healthy and getting regular exercise. We remind faculty and parents, that academic success is supported by good nutrition and physical activity
Congratulations G.W.’s LiteraryArt Magazine —Euantes Euantes wins from American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) FIRST PLACE with a score of 975 out of 1000. Judge's comments: "Euantes is an excellent publication which deserves a FIRST PLACE award in the American Scholastic Press Association's annual magazine competition. Your magazine shows the superior efforts of talented and creative editors, writers, artists, photographers, layout designers, staff members and advisor. ASPA congratulates you on your First Place award!" Finally, American Scholastic Press Association also awarded Euantes, Best Senior High School Literary Art Magazine 2013.
Schoolfield PTA receives Award The Schoolfield PTA received an award for outstanding membership recruitment for the 2012-2013 school year. The award was presented by Sheri Wright, PTA representative for District 2 to Nicole Toomer, PTA president. This outstanding award would not be possible without the support of our great and caring parents. Everyone celebrated with cake and ice-cream at our first PTA meeting of the year. Page 2 • Classcandy© •October 2013
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Woodberry Hills The Annual Grandparent’s Day luncheon was held on Friday, September 6th. Title I teachers did an outstanding job coordinating the event. Students enjoyed having their grandparents visit them for lunch. Kindergarten students performed a special song they learned in music class entitled, Happy Grandparent’s Day written by Teresa Jennings. There are lots of important things happening in the classrooms. In third grade, students experienced butterfly camouflage (sol 3.4) first hand. They colored butterflies to look like the classroom environments. Then the students took turns being hungry birds looking for lunch, trying to look for the camouflaged butterflies. They are also practicing their writing skills by writing a paragraph on the American Hero Thurgood Marshall (sol 3.11). Students are going through the writing process, as they expand their knowledge in social studies. Students in the fourth grade are working on author’s purpose. They used the latest edition of Class Candy to look for examples of writing to persuade, inform, and entertain. Constitution Day was celebrated on September 17th. Students enjoyed listening to the Schoolhouse Rock version of the Preamble to the Constitution on the morning announcements. Teachers and students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to show off their patriotism. Kindergarten classes wrote their very own Class Constitution that consisted of class rules and responsibilities. They enjoyed signing it and proudly displaying it in the hallway. First graders gathered around the flag pole to say the Pledge of Allegiance and to sing The Star Spangled Banner. They also enjoyed creating a flag. Throughout the building, teachers and students enjoyed participating in patriotic activities to remind them of the importance of this special day
Making Playdough at Northside Preschool Mrs. Beale’s class made blue playdough. We measured the ingredients from our recipe and put them into a large bowl. We mixed flour, salt, oil, water and cream of tartar to make our special dough. The children were thrilled to watch as we added blue food coloring to the white mixture. Wow! It changed like magic from a white mixture to a blue mixture . We discussed how the students would not be able to play with the liquid mixture. They were excited when we heated the mixture in an electric frying pan and the liquid turned into a solid! We also discussed the temperature of the playdough. After the dough cooled for a few minutes, the students had a great time making snakes, balls, cookies and many more items from the freshly made playdough.
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Gretna Elementary School held its first BINGO for Books. The students and their parents enjoyed an evening of playing BINGO and winning books. Admission to the event was a two liter bottle of soda. The soda along with popcorn was served as refreshments for the evening.
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Pictured: Faith Adkins(fifth grade teacher at GES) Bryce Adkins
Gretna Elementary School A drawing was held for those students who participated in the School Mall Program. Chance Myers was the winner of the radio. PICTURED: Chance Myers and Mrs. Dianne C. Travis, Principal
Kentuck Elementary School Principal, Pamela Fields, and Assistant Principal, Bobby Shields, serve ice cream sundaes to Sydney Adkins and Rodney Brandon. Sydney and Rodney were two of eighty five students in grades 2-5 that mastered math facts.
The administration of Gretna Elementary School (GES) recognized the students that passed their SOL tests last spring. Students that made a perfect score on one or more tests were given a free pass to the Gretna Hawks football game. Everyone was proud of the hard working students and faculty at GES. Pictured: Front: Zaelah Doss Rear Right: Mrs. Dianne C. Travis, Principal Rear Left: Mrs. Paula B. Cocke, Assistant Principal
Kentuck Elementary Students and faculty members from The University of Wales Trinity St. David in Carmarthen, Wales visited Kentuck Elementary School to learn about education in the United States. Students met with the administration to ask questions about the students, teachers, and curriculum at Kentuck Elementary School. They also visited classrooms to get firsthand knowledge about classroom interactions at Kentuck. Luke Murphy (Wales Student) observed Savannah Adkins, Allyson Jefferson, Gates Burdette, and Grace Doss completing a center activity. Southside Celebrates World School Milk Day Southside Elementary School students had a “Moo-velous” time on September 25 celebrating World School Milk Day. Students dressed in their favorite flavors of milk, wore milk related hats and tags, and some even decorated shirts. Students participated in milk activities ranging from making butter to stacking milk cartons in gym. Teachers and students decorated their doors and trailers in hopes of winning the door decorating contest. Mrs. Adkins’ class won first prize for her “I Mustache You a Question: Got Milk?”, Mrs. Conner ‘s class won second place for her pirate cow ship “Ahoy Mooteys”, Mrs. Terry’s class won third place for her milk carton pirate ships “Real Pirates Drink Milk”, and Mrs. Houck’s class won honorable mention for her “Udderly Funny Facts About Milk.” All students received a moustache and sticker to wear during lunch. Each student who bought milk at lunch received a pencil and a chance to win a milk skateboard key chain. Mrs.Brenda Saunders, Southside’s Cafeteria Manager, wishes to thank everyone for making this World School Milk Day a success.
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Southside Students Soaring to the Top
Twenty-three students were recognized at the September 9, 2013, PTO meeting for having obtained a perfect score of 600 on one or more SOL Tests administered during the 2012-2013 school year. The students were congratulated and presented a medallion for outstanding achievement by Ms. Regina Majied, Principal-Elect. Third Graders Bailey Moore (Math and History), Katie Moser (Math), Holly Motley (History), Aubree Murray (History), Lucas Reese (Reading), Rebekah Stowe (History), and Kyndrake Zaher (Science and History). Fourth Graders Dylan Alvarado (VA History), Lakivonia Apple (VA History), Caleb Dunevant (VA History), Jayla Edmonds (VA History), Michael Groom (VA History), Shamari Harris (VA History), Brent Kerley (VA History), Tanner Merricks (VA History), Lacey Newton (VA History), Kendall Parsons (Math and VA History), Grace Powell (Math), Noah Scott (Math), Brandon Snead (Math), Elijah Stanfield ( VA History), Ethan Stowe (VA History), and Cheyenne Williams (Math and VA History). Congratulations to our students for their outstanding performance on the 2012-2013 SOL Assessments!! PICTURED:
First Row Left to Right Lucas Reese, Holly Motley, Rebekah Stowe, Aubree Murray, and Brent Kerley
Southside Elementary 5th Grade Soccer Champions Mrs. Laura Snead’s 5th grade homeroom won the schools indoor soccer championship last week. The team outlasted the other 5th grade classes to win the week long tournament. PICTURED: Back Row left to right Shemaiah Ferrell, Donna Toone, Kendra Brown, Elizabeth Trent, Jade Mason, Naomi Moore, Blake Dalton, Tynia Wright, Kayla Conard, Byron Robertson, Tiana Royal Front Row left to right Malik Bethel, Noah Herndon, Ronta’ Swanson, Kristen Tipton, Christina Motley, Jada Davis, Elijah Stanfield, Jacob Morris, Angel Layne, Nanieka Adams
Back Row Left to Right Shamari Harris, Elijah Stanfield, Jayla Edmonds, Noah Scott, Tanner Merricks, Caleb Dunevant, and Lakivonia Apple First Row Left to Right Dylan Alvarado, Bailey Moore, Katie Moser, Cheyenne Williams Back Row Left to Right Kendall Parsons, Grace Powell, Lacey Newton, Brandon Snead, and Ethan Stowe Students from the Averett University Theatre Group performed their version of the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. The students and faculty at Gretna Elementary School enjoyed the performance. PICTURED: From Left to Right: Karin Epperson, DaNiesha Carr, Elisabeth Brogden
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Nurse Jordan’s trip to Africa continued from page 1 There are about 5 million people living in Dar Es Salaam. THAT’S ONLY ONE CITY!! So, the hospital is very crowded. The setup is like that of the United States’ hospitals. There are wards that specialize in certain types of illnesses. For instance, if there is a patient that has a broken bone, they would go to the Orthopedic floor. We are now, presently working on a Cardiac Cath Lab for those who have heart problems. The cool thing about Dar Es Salaam’s hospital is that it’s a teaching hospital, where medical students from all over can come and learn from specialists in certain fields. I met a lot of doctors and nurses in the hospital. One doctor I worked closely with, was Dr. Mohammed Janabi. Dr. Janabi is a Cardiologist and a Professor. He is also the doctor to the President of Tanzania! I also worked with a Physician from South Carolina, named Dr. Humphrey. He is a doctor with the Peace Corps, and also teaches at the Medical School in Dar Es Salaam. My two travel companions, Dr. Peter O’Brien and Dr. Chad Hoyt also added their abilities to the team in Africa. Dr. O’Brien is an Interventional Cardiologist, who specializes in fixing hearts in the Cath Lab. Dr. Hoyt is a Cardiologist that specializes in Cardiac Imaging, where he does tests called Echos, CTs, and MRIs. I also had my own group of Cardiac Cath Lab Nurses, that I got to teach my skills to. Through language barriers, some translating and being hands on with many techniques, I was able to provide the knowledge they needed to set a foundation for their new Cardiac Cath Lab facility. Nursing provided me the ability to travel to a far away place. Like MATH, I never thought I would ever visit a place like Africa. It was beautiful. Aside from working in a hospital my entire trip, I got to do some sight seeing, too. I went on a real life African Safari where I saw lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, antelope and baboons, in their natural habitat. Even though I’m not a Veterinarian now, I still love animals, and this was such an experience.
Punny Thoughts I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me.
Zanzibar is a little island that I got to visit, too. It was gorgeous and surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The scenery and the people reminded me of a childhood fairytale. Very exotic and mystical. Further in, there is a very historical place known for its architecture, spice trade and many other attributes from the 19th Century, called Stone Town. There, we visited a spice and fish market, where villagers lined the streets to sell and buy products.
I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it. What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing - but it let out a little whine.
My trip to Africa was very fulfilling. It reminded me of why I chose Nursing as a career. I love helping people. I really do save lives. Nurses are important team members in helping patients get over their illnesses. I mostly enjoy the teamwork within my unit, such as that of Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Hoyt. We work close to help improve the lives of others.
The primary responsibility for a child's education is apparent.
If you decide on the Nursing Profession in the future, there are many different options and paths in education to choose. There are two year and four year degree programs. After finishing your degree, you will have to take a test called a State Board, which certifies you to practice as a Registered Nurse. There are many opportunities for anyone who wants to become a Nurse. Many hospitals offer job shadowing that allows students in Middle School and High School, to observe nurses at work. Like I said before, you can even choose what type of Nurse you want to be. You have the option of working with children, hearts, in the operating room, the emergency room, etc… I definitely suggest shadowing a nurse before choosing to this route to go in life.
Her company distributes gift-boxed cashews, and she has a delivery guy that drives her nuts.
If I had to say, my family was my most motivational influence in school. They supported me and I loved hearing the stories that my mom and two aunts told me about their job. They kept me excited about achieving my professional goals. Those who I went to Nursing School with also helped keep me focused. We would often meet to study and discuss certain subjects which really helped me keep my grades up. Nursing School and the Profession is very hard, yet very challenging. Keeping your eye on the “prize” and knowing that once you obtain your degree, you can go ANYWHERE. I did.”
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As growth and development for Danville and Pittsylvania County continues to change, one thing that remains the same is the efforts in striving for a strong cutting – edge academic system. Part of creating such a sturdy, educated community is the vital afterschool programs. These programs reinforce, tolerate, innovate, and trigger youth. After-school programs reinforce what has been taught during the school day, they give parents and teachers a break by tolerating the rowdy students necessary energy, they innovate students by giving them the quintessential means to open their eyes at future technologies, advancements, and jobs. Ultimately afterschool programs trigger that deep down curiosity every student has that enhances the potential for them to become the next Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs. The need for increased participation in after-school programs is why United Way of Danville – Pittsylvania and Danville Science Center are inviting you to our annual Lights On Afterschool event. This national event, held once a year, spotlights the afterschool community. So join us, along with 7500+ afterschool programs nationwide, in celebrating our afterschool programs and engaging our youth. When and Where? The Danville Science Center, 677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA October 17, 2013 from 4pm-6pm. Come enjoy fun games and educational activities! Free admission to the Danville Science Center and free food and drinks to the first 100 participants! www.classcandy.com
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Conversation Starters for Kids
When you just can’t think of anything to talk about, ask some of these questions to get the conversation going...
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What was something fun you did this week? What is your favorite meal that your mom makes? What is your least favorite meal that your mom makes? Describe your day if you were a zoo keeper. What is one thing you couldn’t live without? What cartoon character would you most like to meet and why? What job would you like to have when you grow up? What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite part of it? What is something you are afraid of? If you could redesign your house, what would you change? What is your favorite joke? If you were to create your own country, what would you call it? What laws would you have? If you could do anything for your next birthday party, what would you want to do? What would you do if someone teased you? How would you describe your father to someone? How would you describe your mother to someone? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and why? What television show would you want to be on and what would your character be like? Who is the funniest person you know? What 3 words would you use to describe your teacher? What 3 words would you use to describe yourself? What is something you are really proud of? What is something that you wish you hadn’t done? Where is the best place you have ever been? If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?
Ten Study Skills All Students Should Know (NAPSI)—In school, your child takes English, history, math and other classes. But a key area of academic development isn’t taught in a specific class, and without it, a student will struggle to excel in school. That skill is studying. Sylvan recommends the following tips for elementary and secondary-level students to help improve their study skills: 1. Planners are a sanity saver. Time management is tricky. Having all major deadlines, due dates, events and extracurriculars in one place helps kids visualize their week, manage their time and stay on track. 2. Breaking it down is a good thing. Understanding how to break daunting projects into more manageable ones is a key skill. For example, to make studying for a giant math final approachable, list all the concepts on the test and review them one at a time. 3. Organization isn’t overrated. Keeping notes, projects and reading materials in logical order helps kids find what they need right away, cutting down on time spent
tracking things down and upping time spent actually studying. 4. Good notes matter. Practice picking out the “main ideas” in conversations with you, in news reports or in magazine articles. 5. Study slow and steady. The best way for kids to do well on tests is to review the information daily at home. Studying with friends in small groups outside of school can encourage this. 6. Harp on homework. Getting homework done thoughtfully and on time is one of the most fundamental study skills.
7. Concentrating is critical. To avoid distraction, make sure their cell phones are tucked away and don’t let a chatty classmate cause them to lose focus.
example, Sylvan Learning at http://tutoring. sylvanlearning.com/ study_skills_programs. cfm has a great record of helping kids improve study skills.
10. It’s fine to have fun. Come up with some cool “rewards” with your kids—extra time with you, a favorite treat, later curfew—to let them know you
recognize their efforts. Support and encourage them and keep your sense of humor. It all helps.
8. Directions aren’t always direct. Students can get tripped up by homework or test instructions. Encourage kids to listen carefully and spend plenty of time reading directions. Also make sure they know it’s OK to speak up if they don’t understand testing directions. 9. Know you’ve got help. If prepping for tests is a tough ordeal and your child is losing confidence, a lack of study skills could be to blame. Luckily, there are places to go for help. For
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Congratulations to the Varsity Soccer team who as of Tuesday night are 11-2-1 (2-1 VACA SE) on the season. The 11 wins ties the school record for the most wins in a season for Varsity Soccer — and their season is still in process!! Earlier this season Seth Wilson scored his 100th goal in his WCA career. He has since added to that total. Congratulations, Seth, on this great accomplishment!!
Saturday, October 5 WCA Band @ SE Guilford HS Band Field Show Wednesday, October 9 3:30 pm - PSAT prep class 5:00 pm - PSAT prep class Thursday, October 10 HALF DAY of School (Parent / Teacher conferences) Saturday, October 12 WCA Band @ Bluestone HS Band Field Show Wednesday, October 16 PSAT @ WCA Fall Athletic pictures Thursday & Friday, October 17 –18 NO SCHOOL (Teacher In- Service) Friday, October 25 Academic Updates Monday & Tuesday, October 28-29 Eighth grade trip to Washington DC
Congratulations to the following: • Brooke Phelps was named to the 2013-2014 Junior Leadership Southside. • These students were honored for their athletic ability by the Danville Register and Bee for the 2012-2013 school year: Rebekah Hoskins — All Metro Softball — 1st Team Seth Wilson — All Metro Boys Soccer—1st Team Zack Taylor — All Metro Boys Soccer—2nd Team • In the latest VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association) ranking, WCA’s Varsity Volleyball is the #1 team in Division 3.
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Kids & Parents Healthy Tips! By: Fitness Trainers (and Parents) Dave Gluhareff & Suzanne Stowe!
From Dave Gluhareff of TrainWithDave.com:
Make Your October Healthy & Exciting! I love the month of October here in Southside Virginia! I love the feeling of cool air gently blowing in and the leaves on the trees turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red! Our kids’ weekdays are full with school, learning, and after school playtime then there’s Friday night football. Saturdays will soon be a time for the whole family to be jumping into piles of fallen leaves. I love getting to put on a pair of blue jeans and boots for the first time in the Fall season. Taking hikes with my boys and exercising with them and my clients outdoors smelling the cool, fresh, and crisp air is just fantastic! October ushers in cooler weather while the hot and humid September becomes a thing of the past. October is the perfect month here to get outside and do healthy activities such as family hikes, walks in the neighborhoods, group bike rides on the River Walk Trail system, Father Son basketball games in the driveway, and so many other healthy options. Picnics with family and friends are always fun in October too! We can go to Anglers Park mountain bike trails and hike or bike then finish the fun with a low calorie picnic full of fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grain breads and crackers along with a light dip! Pack all the picnic foods in the cooler with cold water to drink! We are lucky to be in Southside Virginia in such a gorgeous part of the world experiencing all 4 seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter) in such an awesome way! Make October a healthy month for you and your family and get outside to enjoy nature by keeping active. Remember Halloween is just around the corner too so have a fun and happy Halloween!
Congratulations to Ryan Stewart, 1st Grader at Twin Springs Elementary School, who won the Classcandy Hidden Object contest for September He was awarded a Superhero coloring book, Ninja Turtle markers and a $25 Gift Certificate to Target.
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Be Excited, not Scared!
Do you ever feel excited and scared at the same time? Just a few weeks ago my daughter was reciting her locker combination as she waited for the bus on the first day of school. She was on her way to a new school and lots of new things to learn. Now she knows what to do, where to go, and enjoys being a part of Middle school. Maybe you were excited about the new school year and even felt a little nervous. Now, you know the names of lots of new friends and new teachers. You know the way to your classroom, the library and the cafeteria. You have favorite subjects and activities. Now you know, and it’s not scary anymore. You may already be thinking about what you want to be when you grow up or maybe just thinking about what to be for a special day coming up this month. Will you be a Superhero, a Fireman, a Dancer, or some other special character? Even if you don’t know what you will be, whether you celebrate Halloween or a Harvest Festival, choose to be safe and celebrate the events this month as a family. Here are some ideas: go to a pumpkin patch and carve Jack-o-Lanterns together, attend a local Harvest Festival, and if you Tricko-Treat stay with a grown up, carry a flashlight, know the area you are walking…and be excited, not scared! www.classcandy.com
To celebrate October, find the piece of candy corn hidden someplace in the pages of this issue of Classcandy. Email the location to info@ classcandy.com. A winner will be chosen at random to receive a special prize!
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Short Story from the Headmaster’s Blog “How about some ice cream?” Sally suggested, using a tone that communicated that, although she would really enjoy some, she knew such extravagance was out of the question. “I wish we could,” replied her mother, “but we have to stick to the basics at the grocery store today.” She reviewed the list aloud with the rest of the family: milk, eggs, rice, beans, spam, bread, peanut butter, jelly. “This is about as far as our $20 will take us,” she announced. Dad grabbed the keys to their ’92 Chevy van. “OK, gang, all aboard!” he called with a smile. Eight-year-old Sally and her younger brother Joseph clambered into the back seat, while Mom took her customary place in the front passenger seat. Twenty minutes later, the van swung into the parking lot. Joseph pointed out the crowd at the front of the store. “What’s all that about?” he asked his father, who shrugged his shoulders.
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“Don’t know, son. Let’s see what is going on.” Joseph and Sally ran ahead to determine the source of the commotion and were breathless with excitement when their parents arrived at the front of the grocery store. “There is a man with a beard who wants to give me a $100 bill!” screamed Sally. “Calm down,” said Mom. “Surely there is some misunderstanding.” But there was no misunderstanding. Sally had it absolutely right. The man with the beard did indeed have a $100 bill, and he did offer it to Sally and her family. Dad reached out his hand and said, “We can’t thank you enough, sir. You cannot imagine how much we need this, especially today. We can buy some absolute necessities we’ve had to do without — and maybe there’s even enough here to get Joseph a new pair of shoes.” With that, he couldn’t help but glance at the holes in the toes of his son’s sneakers. “Not so fast there, young man,” boomed the bearded gentleman in a voice that seemed too loud for his advanced age. “This money must be spent on caviar and only caviar. Everyone should have caviar.” “But we don’t need caviar, sir,” said Sally politely. “We need eggs and milk and rice and maybe just a little bit of ice cream.” But the bearded man didn’t hesitate. “Well, then, I’m sorry. You cannot have the money. Come back and see me when you are ready to buy some caviar.” Dad shook his head sadly. “It would have been nice to have the money,” he said to Mom, “but I have no idea what we would do with the caviar. The kids would hate it. Heck, even I don’t like fish eggs.” And, flashing his bright smile, he led his family to the dairy aisle. Please consider an unrestricted gift to this year’s Annual Fund. We have thought long and hard about necessities and priorities. We would appreciate your trust as we work with you to build a better Carlisle for our children. Thanks to Carlisle faculty in Danville and Chatham, who have already reached 100% participation in the 2013-14 Carlisle Annual Fund.
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Notable Events for October
What Makes Popcorn Pop? The Science of Popcorn People have been fascinated by popcorn for centuries. Some Native Americans believed that a spirit lived inside each kernel of popcorn. When heated, the spirit grew angry and would eventually burst out of its home and into the air as a disgruntled puff of steam. A less charming but more scientific explanation exists for why popcorn pops. Popcorn is scientifically known as Zea mays everta. It’s a type of maize, or corn, and is a member of the grass family. Popcorn is a whole grain and is made up of three components: the germ, endosperm, and pericarp (or hull). Of the 4 most common types of corn—sweet, dent (also known as field), flint (also known as Indian corn), and popcorn—only popcorn pops! Popcorn differs from other types of corn in that its hull has just the right thickness to allow it to burst open.
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Each kernel of popcorn contains a small drop of water stored inside a circle of soft starch. Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to pop. The soft starch is surrounded by the kernel's hard outer surface. As the kernel heats up, the water begins to expand. Around 212 degrees the water turns into steam and changes the starch inside each kernel into a superhot gelatinous goop. The kernel continues to heat to about 347 degrees. The pressure inside the grain will reach 135 pounds per square inch before finally bursting the hull open. As it explodes, steam inside the kernel is released. The soft starch inside the popcorn becomes inflated and spills out, cooling immediately and forming into the odd shape we know and love. A kernel will swell 40-50 times its original size!
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The Parent Corner Learn the early warning signs of bullying Children grow and develop their personalities in various ways. While many youngsters are teased or receive some good-natured ribbing at some point in their school careers, some teasing can eventually turn into bullying. The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Furthermore, more than 70 percent of students report incidents of bullying at their schools. Although children in lower grades have reported being in more fights than those in higher grades, there is a higher rate of violent crimes in middle and high schools than in elementary schools. According to the association Make Beats Not Beat Downs, harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school shooting incidents. Bullying can take many forms, and learning the warning signs as a parent can help prevent harassment and potentially dangerous situations. Verbal: If your child reports being called names, being the recipient of racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, or being spoken to in an offensive or suggestive way, this can be a form of verbal bullying. Cyber: Social media, email and text messaging has become a way for bullies to spread malicious messages or photos. In the era of digital media, this type of bullying has increased considerably. Physical: Some bullies engage in physical attacks, including hitting, kicking, spitting, or other forms of physical confrontation. Destroying personal property also is considered physical bullying. Indirect: Gossiping and spreading nasty rumors about a person is another form of bullying. This type of bullying may go hand-in-hand with cyber bullying. Signs your child is being bullied Parents can recognize certain signs that their child is being bullied at school. Bullied children frequently make excuses to avoid going to school. While the desire to stay home is something many children may express, those who are bullied may do so much more frequently. Bullied children tend to avoid certain places and may be sad, angry, withdrawn, or depressed. They may have trouble sleeping or experience changes in appetite, and bullied youngsters' academic performance may suffer. Also, parents may notice that children return from school missing some of their belongings. Signs your child is the bully Parents may not want to imagine their children bullying other students, but bullies do exist. Children who bully other kids have strong needs for power and negative dominance. They may find satisfaction in causing suffering to others. Some signs that your child may be a bully include: * easily becoming violent with others * having friends who bully others * blaming others quickly * comes home with belongings that do not belong to him or her * getting in trouble with teachers or school administrators * picking on siblings * not accepting responsibility for actions
Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest? A: An Investigator Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish? A: Every morning you’ll rise and shine! Q: “What’s the difference between a guitar and a fish?” A: “You can’t tuna fish.” Q: Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and the tomato? A: The lettuce was a “head” and the tomato was trying to “ketchup”! Q: What do lawyers wear to court? A: Lawsuits! Q: What gets wetter the more it dries? A: A towel. Q: Why did the belt get locked up? A: He held up a pair of pants. Q: What do you get when you cross fish and an elephant? A: Swimming trunks.
There are ways parents can teach their children to act properly when faced with a bully. First, parents should explain that bullying is not the child's fault and he or she does not deserve to be picked on. Next, parents can let children know that being assertive but not violent with bullies may diffuse the situation, as some bullies thrive on the fear of their victims. If the bullying behavior continues, the student should speak to an adult or authority figure. Parents of bullies may need to be especially mindful of their children's behavior. Counseling could be necessary to determine what is compelling kids to bully other students. www.classcandy.com
Q: What do you call a fake noodle? A: An Impasta
Q: Where do bees go to the bathroom? A: At the BP station! Q: Who earns a living driving their customers away? A: A taxi driver.
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