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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 6 August 2017


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Happy Summer!

Back to school is Super Cool, after all, we get to spend lots of time with our friends! We see them in the classroom, in the cafeteria, at assemblies, on field trips and much more! Another thing we get to do at school is PRACTICE. Practice makes PROGRESS! We practice spelling, math, reading, studying, sports, band, and many other subjects. We also practice language, social skills, manners and being kind to others. Everyone wants to be loved and accepted, no one wants to be bullied. Right? So with that in mind, we can all make an extra effort this year to practice love and acceptance with EVERYONE at school, including fellow students, teachers, school staff and visitors. By the end of the year, you will feel great and be more awesome than ever! Have a great first month back to school and remember to always BE GREEN LIKE ME! Learn more by clicking BE GREEN at my web site, where you can also read this entire magazine from your phone or computer. COOL!! Peace and Love, Jabberblabber

Editor's note: For over 8 years, "Be My Pen Pal" has been a popular and regular feature in Jabberblabber Magazine. Children from all over the Mid-South write letters to Jabberblabber on a regular basis. Our purpose is to improve letter-writing skills as well as promote the use of language, sentence structure, penmanship and postal practices of the US Mail. The format we provide begins with "Dear Jabberblabber" and ends with "Sincerely" with space in between for children to write a letter. Children also send letters written on their own paper. When Jabberblabber receives mail, he reads each one aloud to his team. Then, they handwrite letters back to each child and include a nice shiny sticker! Here are just a few of the many letters he receives on a daily basis:

Dear Jabberblabber, I think you are awesome! I love your magazines! I have so much fun doing them. I want to be your friend. I want to get your picture, so please send me one. I hope you liked my letter. Sincerely, Mary Thomas, age 8, Memphis

Dear Jabblbabber, You are very intelligent + I am going to become a member. It's so cool to be green. Please come surprise my mom Aug 9 you got my address. You inspire people to do good things, that's what's a role model. I am a big fan and I always try to look for Jabber in the public library at Benjamin Hooks but they're out. I love Jabberblabber. P.S. I received your letter. Sincerely, Rayalle Burnett, age 9, Memphis Dear Jabberblabber, I like to send and receive letters. I'm about to be in your club. I love to be your pen pal. I live in Raleigh it is so much FUN. Sincerely, Kendall T. Hardin, age 9, Memphis

Dear Jabberblabber, I haven't written you a letter for a while! I'm really excited to go to my new school. It's a charter school for grades 6-12. Also can I get another "Be Green Like Me" card? Also, sorry I didn't make it to your birthday party. Thanks in advance! Sincerely, Malaci AKA Navy Ranger, age 11, Memphis




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Hot Air Balloon Facts!

The first human-carrying flight technology was the hot air balloon. While unmanned balloons have been around in some form for thousands of years, the first untethered flight with people on board was in 1782. The large balloon on top is called an ‘envelope‛. It holds hot air created by a heat source known as a burner. The burner creates an open flame by burning a mix of liquid propane and air. Hot air balloons are buoyant because the hot air inside the envelope has a lower density than the colder air outside. Passengers typically stand in a wicker basket beneath the envelope. While most envelopes have a standard balloon shape, others are designed to look like animals, cartoon characters and other fun objects. The top of the balloon usually has a vent which allows the pilot to control the speed of ascent/descent (along with the burner). Hot air balloons can fly to amazing heights, the world record is over 68,900 feet. It‛s tough to breathe up there so oxygen is needed from around 16,400 feet. The temperature inside a hot air balloon is usually kept below 248 Fahrenheit. A typical envelope is made from nylon with a melting point around 446 Fahrenheit. Using the color chart, fill in the hot air balloon below. Pick any color you like for all the areas marked “1”.


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Tips to Ease the Transition to Full-Day School

By Jessica Efird

I’ve had my share of unrealistic expectations of mothering, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that when my older son began full-day school, it was far from what I’d imagined. I expected my son’s first full day of school to be a smooth and happy experience; however, like many children, he had to transition emotionally, physically and mentally to being “on” for a whole day. He spent the first weeks—which turned into months—coming home, as we deemed it, a grumposaurus.

When I started talking to some mommy friends, I found solace in the fact that I was not alone. Here are tips to help you and your child survive the transition to full-day school:

Practice the school routine prior to school starting.

To help your child adjust, plan to shift their schedule from summer to school mode before school starts. Shares Lee Nodes, a mom from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, who has worked as a counselor and special education teacher, says, “Routine, especially at home, is so important. We start the early-to-bed routine several days before school starts in the summer to get the kids used to it, so it isn’t a shock.”

Adjust their lunch schedule to their school’s timing.

Sarah Sheridan, a fifth-grade teacher in Rockford, Illinois, suggests, “You can contact your school to find out when your child will be eating lunch. A child who is used to eating at 11 a.m. can get hungry if their scheduled lunchtime isn’t until noon.”

Reduce morning stress on school days.

Reducing stress in the morning can help make the whole day turn out better. Be sure to lay out school clothes at night and give your kids plenty of time to eat a healthy breakfast. Helping them with their morning routines can prevent stress too. “Give kids a pictorial checklist. You can download great pictures to match your child’s list of things to do … down to the exact backpack they will be heading off to school with,” suggests Jennifer Bailey, a teacher and autism consultant who is mom to two elementary-aged boys.

Refresh and encourage your child while they are at school.

No, you can’t attend school alongside your child, but don’t underestimate the value of a note or other reminder in their lunchbox. Sheridan reminds parents, “For the youngest students, missing their parents can be a real concern. Family photos can be a reminder for the nonreaders that their parents will be waiting for them at the end of the day. Whether it’s a photo taped in a lunchbox or a small photo on a yarn necklace, it can be a real comfort.”

Create a home environment that allows after-school downtime and sharing.

Whether you pick them up at school or they arrive home on a bus, children coming home from full-day school will most likely be ravenous and needing to relax. Bailey’s advice to parents is simple: “No trying to ‘talk’ about [their day] until we have their basic needs met—hydrate them, snack them, rest time.” Allow your son or daughter some time to play outside or in their rooms, before talking about their day. But then, whether during dinner or at bedtime, allow them to unload. Nodes finds with her family that “Right before bedtime is the best time to talk to them. … They seem to be an open book at that time of night.”

Practice patience.

The first week of full-day school may be a big shock for your whole family, but be patient, as the tiredness and grumpiness may linger beyond that week. Sheridan explains, “For younger grades it takes much longer, around winter break, for students to slip into their schedule, whereas upper-elementary students take a few weeks to fall back into their routines.” Bailey agrees. “It takes our whole family a good month to get into the groove of the school year. … Try to limit overscheduling.” Lastly, if your efforts don’t seem to be working, be flexible. Nodes concludes, “Adjust routines if needed. Are they getting enough sleep, food, et cetera? Anything else going on at school?” By keeping your patience, you will help ease the transition to full-day school for your child and, perhaps just as important, yourself!


Jessica Efird is a writer and blogger at Before blogging, she worked on Capitol Hill covering education policy. She is a wife and mom to two young boys.

Parents and Kids




By Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D., FAAP

Seems like summer vacation just began and here it is time once again to prepare children for returning to school. This month I’d like to offer a few basic tips to ensure school readiness from the standpoint of good health.

Annual Physical Exam

Regardless of what grade your child may be entering this school year, an annual medical checkup is a wise idea. While it may not seem urgent, a yearly complete physical exam by your pediatrician or family physician is an important part of your child’s total health care. This checkup, especially for those children entering school for the first time, might include: • Height, weight and blood pressure measurement; • Vision and hearing screening; • Complete, unclothed physical exam including sports-related areas when appropriate; • Review and update of required immunizations; • Discussion with child and parent about school experiences, peer relationships, family conflicts and day to day stresses; • Dental screening and advice on dental care.

A valuable spin-off of this annual checkup might be referral for needed services such as educational diagnostics, vision or hearing remediation, dental care or mental health and counseling services.

An added bonus of such an exam might be what’s known as anticipatory guidance or counseling for parents in such areas as safety (bikes, automobiles, guns), proper nutrition or sexuality issues depending on the child’s age and understanding.

School Shots

Also known as required immunizations, school shots are mandated by law as a prerequisite for school attendance. Such shots are safe and effective preventive measures for your child entering the school environment and its inherent daily exposure to multiple sources and contacts.

Your pediatrician, family practitioner or Health Department nurse will advise you on which shots are need by your child for school entry plus any booster shots to ensure proper immunity.

Modern day vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective for your child to ward off many infectious and contagious diseases. This small inconvenience to you and your child will provide years of protection and peace of mind.

Be sure to discuss meningitis and HPV vaccines for your adolescent child. Ideally between the ages of 11 and 13 years, these two vaccines are recommended. Both are safe and provide protection for potentially serious diseases.


Most school age children use a backpack to carry books, school supplies and other daily necessities to and from classes. This can often amount to a considerable weight load for a child. When used properly, a backpack can be a good choice for carrying heavy and awkward items, distributing the weight evenly and leaving the hands free.

Improper backpack usage can place undue strain on the back, neck muscles and the joints of the spine and shoulders. Some important features to look for when selecting a school backpack are: • Double shoulder straps which are adequately padded. Avoid narrow straps. • Lightweight construction to minimize the final weight load. • Waist strap to better distribute the load. Proper usage of the backpack: • Avoid carrying the pack over one shoulder. Always use both straps to avoid spinal curvature. • Restrict maximum load to 20% of the child’s weight; e.g. a 50 pound child should carry a pack weighing no more than 10 pounds. • Lift a loaded pack with the knees bent thus lifting with the thigh muscles rather than stressing the back. • Rest periodically and transfer some items to a school locker if not immediately needed in class.

This current back-to-school season is an ideal time to take a look at your child’s total health and perhaps avoid problems before the busy school year begins. Contact your pediatrician or family doctor soon and schedule that annual checkup. You and your child will be glad you did.

Sources: Caring For Your School-Age Child, American Academy of Pediatrics








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11. James Carter

12. Dwight D. Eisenhower 13. Abraham Lincoln

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Theodore Roosevelt Calvin Coolidge

Dwight D. Eisenhower John Adams

Harry S. Truman Gerald R. Ford

Ronald Reagan

William Howard Taft James Monroe

James Garfield

James Buchanan John F. Kennedy

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