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Dear Kids, It’s 2009! A new year is here! The start of a new year is a time when many people make New Year’s resolutions. These are promises that they make to themselves for things they want to do, or quit doing, during the new year. For many people, their resolution is to get in better shape, lose weight, exercise more or eat better. So this month, I thought it would be appropriate to talk to a fitness instructor. John Velandra owns Designs in Fitness and helps people with their fitness goals every day of the year! New this year in Kidsville News! is a special feature, “Little Lessons. Big Results.TM” with Boomer and Halley. They are the dynamic duo featured in a series of books by Mary Jane McKittrick. You’re sure to learn something each month from this lovable pair! Also in this issue, you’ll learn more about the walrus — that great big animal with flippers that lives on ice shelves. And speaking of chilly mammals, here’s a joke for you. Where do seals go to watch movies? The dive-in, of course! Have a great January! Enjoy the new year, and be sure to visit my Web site at www.kidsvillenews.com for more fun.

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This food drive was coordinated by teachers Connie Weeks, Teri Creamer, Shannon Redwine and Mandi Young as part of a Quality, Teaching and Learning (QTL) project. The school collected 1,383 food items. All the food was donated to Brunswick Family Assistance. Students and teachers are pictured here with Joe Cannon, Exec. Director of Brunswick Family Assistance.

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It’s 2009! A new year is here! While most people in America recognize January 1 as the start of the new year, it does vary from culture to culture. Did you know that the Chinese New Year is January 26? In Ethiopia, they celebrate New Year’s Day on September 11. March 22 is New Year’s Day in India. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated on September 19. So really, you can celebrate New Year’s Day several times during the year. That’s one of the reasons that I’ve decided not to make just one New Year’s resolution.

What are resolutions anyway? A resolution is simply a decision to do something or to make something happen. When a person makes a New Year’s resolution, they decide that they are going to do a certain thing during the new year. A New Year’s resolution usually involves some type of self-improvement. It is thought that the resolution dates back to 153 B.C. in Rome. Janus was a mythical king of early Rome. He had two faces, one looking towards the past, and one facing forward to the future. The Romans named the first month of the year, January, after Janus, the god of beginnings. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica; Chase’s Calendar of Events.

Truman’s New Year’s Resolutions!

This year, I’ve decided not to make just one New Year’s Resolution, but to make 12, one for each month of the year! I’m going to resolve to do these things the whole year to make it one of the best ever. 1. Be kinder to other people, and not just when I want something. 2. Do my chores daily, without my mom reminding me. 3. Pay more attention to my handwriting, and try to make it the best it can be. 4. Exercise every day. 5. Eat more fruits and vegetables and less junk food. 6. Play outside more and video games less. 7. Read every night. 8. Volunteer to help others in my community. 9. Help the environment by using electricity wisely, recycling and reusing. 10. Use good manners every day. 11. Start saving money towards a goal. 12. Always try my best in everything I do.

In January 1914, Henry Ford announced that employees would receive a minimum wage of $5 a day. To receive the minimum wage, an employee had to have “good personal habits.”

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King. In those days, life was very different in the United States. Our country was segregated, which meant that white people and black people were not allowed to use the same bathrooms, attend the same schools or churches or sit in the same places in public. King graduated from high school at age 15; continued his education through college, the seminary and a doctorate and became a minister, like his father and grandfather. He married Coretta Scott and settled in Montgomery, Alabama. King first began to fight for desegregation in December 1955, when Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her bus seat for a white person. Parks was arrested, and King led the Montgomery Improvement Association in a boycott of the city’s buses. A year after the boycott, the buses were desegregated. His fight for desegregation included peaceful protests, such as sit-ins, protest marches and speeches to groups around the country. His most famous speech is known as “I Have a Dream,” where he talks about a future where blacks and whites would live together as equals and not be judged by the color of their skin. He gave this speech in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, and it was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. The speech is often considered to be one of the greatest speeches in history. In 1964, the Civil Rights Law was passed to outlaw segregation, and King received the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed at a hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The hotel is now the National Civil Rights Museum. To honor King’s memory, the U.S. Congress designated the third Monday of January as Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday.

January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day! It was started in 2004 by Mrs. Donita Paul to celebrate the release of her book DragonSpell.

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January 17 is Kid Inventor’s Day. Water skis, ear muffs, the popsicle — these are just a few things invented by kids! Put your thinking cap on. You might come up with the next great invention!

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AR UND THE W RLD Greece

In Greece, January 8 is Midwife’s Day or Women’s Day, also sometimes called Women’s Rule. On this day, men do all the housework and take care of the children, while women go out for the day, relaxing in cafés and coffee shops and playing card games. Events during the day focus on midwives, who parade through the streets on carts. In some villages, men who are caught outside, and not home doing chores, are chased by women and drenched with a bucket of cold water!

Australia

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26 and is the official national day of Australia. It recognizes the day in 1788 when a ship led by Captain Arthur Phillip first arrived to settle and establish a penal colony in Australia. To relieve the crowding in British prisons, the British established a colony in Australia and sent prisoners there. The day is celebrated with ceremonies all over the country. There are ferry races, tall ship races and surfing competitions, as well as music concerts and fireworks displays.

Sweden

Some families have a Christmas tree-decorating party and invite friends to help hang ornaments and string garland on their tree. But in Sweden, they have a tree un-decorating party. Its called St. Knut’s Day, or Julgransplundring, which means plundertime. The custom began nine centuries ago when King Knut (who ruled from 1080-1086) ordered that the Yule season should last 20 days, from December 25 to January 13. Ever since then, Swedes have made January 13 the day to take down the tree and have a party at the same time! It is also celebrated as Tyvendedagen in Norway.

Walrus

The walrus, a huge mammal with flippers, is the only living member of the Odobenidae family. But it’s also a pinniped — a fin-footed mammal — which includes other marine mammals like seals and sea lions. There are two subspecies of walrus: the Atlantic walrus and the Pacific walrus. A third type, which lives in the Laptev Sea near Russia, is also considered a subspecies by some scientists. The Pacific walrus gets to be very large. The male can weigh over 3000 pounds! Kingdom: Animalia Even as a baby, the walrus is Phylum: Chordata big — it weighs 130 pounds Class: Mammalia at birth. That’s a big baby! Order: Carnivora The walrus has huge Superfamily: Pinnipedia tusks that grow very long (up to three feet!) and can Family: Odobenidae weigh up to 12 pounds. It has a rounded head, small eyes and long whiskers. Its wrinkled skin is grayish and is covered with short brownish-red hair. The walrus can turn its hind flippers forward and crawl using its four flippers. It lives on the coasts and ice shelves and doesn’t go into deep waters. It mostly eats clams, shrimp and mussels — but it must eat a lot to weigh 3,000 pounds! The walrus lives in a group which can include as many as 100. They live to around 40 years old. Sources: “Walrus,” Encyclopædia Britannica.

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Foxes and Beavers and Bears – Oh My! That’s what students at Virginia Williamson Elementary School said when Conservation Officer Bill Lester from the NC Wildlife Resource Commission visited their After School program last month. A grant from the Brunswick Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council is being used for a seven-week environmental education through art project. Known as “Dream Seekers,” students in the Communities In Schools (CIS) After School Program are learning to identify the ecosystems in Brunswick County, including the plants and animals which live here. Other activities include making a collage from litter collected around the school, a presentation by the Bald Head Island Conservancy, and a visit to an art gallery to learn how artists are inspired by nature.

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The Truman Track

Truman has decided to exercise more this year. Help him get the outside of the track!

January Word Find

Find the words below that relate to this January issue of Kidsville News! AUSTRALIA DRAGON EXERCISE FITNESS

S N Z R N I E F X U J A H P S

Q A O H E N W X U S V E J L N

G Z B F W A I A E D A A K R O

INAUGURATION JANUARY KING MARTIN

W L U I Y U N F F R N G D A W

I C A W E G T J I U C H H G B

U F N E A U E G A T A I I H O

B W H H R R R R W Q N D S X A

Q L C G P A Y N M C R E O E R

K D J X H T E B I A W N S G D

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTION SNOWBOARD WINTER

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R E S O L U T I O N I I M T O

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P D K F V V J C F F G W W X M

KIDSVILLE COUNTS Help Truman complete this math square. Try to fill in the missing numbers. Use the numbers 1 through 16 to complete the equations. Each number is only used once. Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation. Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

Hey Kids! Come visit the Kidsvile News! website. Check out the cool games, info and puzzles. Plus — talk to Truman! Also See Our “Flip Editions Online”

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january 2009


Story Time with Truman The Sea Turtle Story Chapter One - Pancake

A Quality Serials Story By Mary Maden Illustrated by Vicki Wallace It was a beautiful summer day. Pancake swam peacefully in the big blue ocean. The sea turtle glided gracefully through the water. Pancake was a female loggerhead turtle. (Loggerheads are called that because of their big heads!) She was a beautiful yellow and reddish-brown color. Like most sea turtles, Pancake was a solitary creature. She spent her days alone, happily swimming underwater and looking for food. Pancake mostly hunted for crabs, clams and mussels. She would dive down to the bottom of the ocean to find the tasty shellfish. Although Pancake spent most of her time submerged underwater, she had to come to the surface to breathe. Pancake rose to the surface to take a breath. Unknown to the turtle, a boat was very close to her. It was speeding through the waves. The people in the boat were having fun and talking. The driver was chatting with one of his friends behind him. He didn’t see the turtle come up for air. Suddenly, the boat hit the loggerhead turtle. Pancake was hurt! Her shell had been cut by the boat’s propeller. The people in the boat never even saw the turtle. They sped away, unaware of what they had done. Poor Pancake was all alone, with no help in sight! The sea turtle was badly injured. Pancake’s injuries made her weak. It was getting harder and harder to swim. The tide was carrying her closer and closer to shore. Pancake couldn’t swim against the strong tide. She was too exhausted and weak. For days, poor Pancake was trapped in the rough surf. She battled against the tide, but it was sweeping her closer and closer to shore. Desperately, the sea turtle struggled in the waves, but she was getting very tired. Things were looking very bad for Pancake! As the hurt turtle struggled, people were enjoying their day at the beach. Everyone was busy swimming, surfing and sunbathing. No one noticed the poor sea turtle being tossed around in the surf. Pancake was getting more tired by the minute! A mom, dad and their two children were having fun swimming and playing at the beach. The boy and his younger sister were boogeyboarding in the waves. The boy paddled out through the surf, then rode the waves back to shore. His little sister stayed closer to the beach, floating on her boogey-board. The boy paddled out a little farther. He watched the waves to january 2009

pick just the right one. Suddenly, he spotted something in the surf. The young boy wasn’t sure what it was. He could see something moving in and out of the waves. The boy caught the next wave and rode his board in. He called to his dad. “Dad, come here!” The boy dragged the boogey-board out of the water and stood on the beach. He stared out at the ocean. “What is it, son?” his father asked. “I don’t know,” the boy replied. “I saw something strange in the water. It looks like some kind of marine animal, but it was just bobbing around in the surf. What do you think it is?” Immediately, his mom and sister joined them. They all looked out across the waves. “I think it’s a sea turtle,” the mom observed. “It looks like it’s in trouble!” Another man heard them and came over. He had some binoculars. “It’s a sea turtle, all right,” the man agreed, looking through the binoculars at Pancake. “I think it’s sick or hurt. Either way, it is in trouble.” “We have to get help!” the mom said. She ran back to their beach cottage to call for assistance. “Hang on, turtle!” the little girl cried. Once there, the boy’s mom wasn’t sure whom to call. She knew that there were organizations that helped sea turtles, but she wasn’t sure how they were listed. She couldn’t waste any time — the poor turtle needed help right away. She decided to call the local police department. “I called the police,” she said, returning. “They’re sending rescuers right away.” Soon a crowd gathered on the beach. The kind people were all concerned about the sea turtle. They shouted words of encouragement to her. They anxiously waited for help to arrive. Pancake was getting swept closer to shore. The surf was stronger the closer in she came. Pancake was almost too exhausted to swim. She was in real danger of drowning or being stranded on the beach. Valiantly, the brave sea turtle struggled, swimming with all her might. It was apparent to the concerned onlookers that the sea turtle was tiring out fast. It looked as though she could barely swim. She was getting tossed around even more by the waves. The rescuers were on their way. But would they make it in time to save Pancake? Next Time… The Rescue

A Teacher’s Guide to accompany this six-chapter story is available on the Kidsville News! Web site at www.KidsvilleNews.com. Copyright 2001 by Mary Maden. All rights reserved. Mary Maden is an award-winning author. Visit her on the Web at www.marymaden.com!

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Hey Kids!

By: Britney Bolivia Elementary

Helpful Hint: Send in your drawings IN COLOR AND ON UNLINED PAPER!

Parent’s Signature (Permission): ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Your signature (This is my own work): ______________________________________________________________________________________________

School________________________________________________________________________________________

City___________________________________________________________State____________ Zip_________________

Address________________________________________________________________________________________

Name___________________________________________________________________________Age___________

later issue or use them on our website! Just have your parents fill out this form and send it with your work to: Kidsville News!, PO Box 15944, Wilmington, NC 28408

Hey Kids! Truman wants your original artwork, letter, poems and stories! We may print them in a

By: Hailey Bolivia Elementary

Send me your artwork and poetry (be sure to use the ‘Send It’ form). Also, send in something for “Me & My...” It could be a picture of you and your best friend or favorite animal, anything really — just be sure to write two paragraphs telling me about the photo.

Self Portrait

By: R’dayah Bolivia Elementary

By: Alexis Bolivia Elementary

By: Parker Bolivia Elementary


Chinese New Year

First Winter Olympics, 1924

✪ This symbol recognizes the holiday as a Presidential Proclamation.

l New Moon

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✪ Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday

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Batman TV Premiere, 1966

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Catholic Schools Week

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Pooh Day Birthday of A.A. Milne, 1882

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International Printing Week

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New Year’s Resolutions Week

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National Mentoring Month

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Camcorder Developed, 1982

Inauguration Day

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New Mexico Became 47th U.S. State, 1912

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Oatmeal Month

National Skating Month

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New Year’s Day

Earth’s Rotation Proved by Jean Foucault, 1851

Kansas Became 34th U.S. State, 1861

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National Handwriting Day

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North Brunswick Business Expo @NBHS

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Kid Inventors’ Day

Arbor Day in Florida Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929

Religious Freedom Day

Birthday of Benjamin Franklin, 1706

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5th Annual Run For Food Ocean Isle Beach @9:00 a.m.

❍ FULL MOON, also called the Wolf Moon

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Drinking Straw Patented, 1888

Alaska Became 49th U.S. State, 1959

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Appreciate a Dragon Day

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School Level National Geographic Bee, Jan. 2-16

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Anniversary of the First Super Bowl, 1967

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Birthday of Paul Revere, 1735

Ellis Island Opened, 1892

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS... AUSTRALIA?

It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called meridians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world! Australia Day is celebrated on January 26. This holiday commemorates the first British settlement in Australia in 1788. To find Australia, get out your globe, and find longitude 133º E and latitude 27º S. Australia is both a country and a continent. It is located in the Southern Hemisphere between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. The entire continent is a little bit smaller than the United States. It's the smallest continent, but one of the largest countries

on Earth! Australia was one of the last continents, besides Antarctica, to be explored by Europeans. It is believed that the first Aboriginal explorers arrived in Australia at least 60,000 years before the European explorers. When Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in 1788 and established the first British settlement, there were up to 500,000 Aboriginal settlers already there. The terrain of Australia varies. There are beaches, hilly wooded land, mountain ranges, tropical rainforests, dry plains and deserts. One third of the continent is desert. Australia is a very arid continent. In most areas, it gets less than 20 inches of rain per year. The climate is very hot in most areas. During the summer, which is December to February, the temperature is usually Where in the above 100° F. World Word When you think of Australia, you probably think of the kangaroo. It's the national animal of Australia. Because the arid [ar-id] being continent is so distant from other lands, it has many unique plants and animals. It is home to the platypus and echidna — without moisture, the only egg-laying mammals on Earth. Koalas, kookaburras and dingoes are also native to Australia. Australia is also extremely dry. home to The Great barrier Reef. This is the greatest mass of coral in the world. Sources: The World Factbook prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency; "Australia," Encyclopædia Britannica.

Young Authors Competition

Brunswick County Emergency Services

Students were asked to compose papers and poems on the topic “Bridges”. Winning compositions were written by first graders Kaitlin Jones and Kyleigh Bryant, second graders Juan Bautista and Tamiyah Johnson, fourth graders Kaitlyn McLeod and Makayla Randolph, and fifth graders Ian Niggles and Alayna Miller.

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These students will go on to compete in the Brunswick County Young Author’s contest, an event sponsored annually by Brunswick County Reading Council.  Reading Resource teacher Ramona Parker is Supply Elementary’s Young Author’s chairwoman. 12 KIDSVILLE NEWS

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE... A FITNESS INSTRUCTOR? In January, I always seem to hear a lot of people talking about New Year’s resolutions. And, it seems as if they usually have to do with losing weight, getting more exercise or eating better. I recently met John Velandra, owner of Designs in Fitness. He was working with a group of elementary students and their physical education coach, and he also helps grown-ups of all shapes and sizes to reach their fitness goals. I asked him to tell us more about what it’s like to be a fitness instructor or personal trainer.

TRUMAN: What does it take to become a fitness instructor? VELANDRA: Education can range from college education to certification. Those are anywhere from weekend courses all the way to multiple-period training, where you can take several courses and earn certification. With personal training, there is no hard and fast rule. Unfortunately, many states don’t even require certification.

TRUMAN: In the January issue, we’re talking about New Year’s resolutions, which a lot of times deal with exercise and getting healthy. Why don’t people keep their resolutions? VELANDRA: Either the decision they make is based on emotion or they don’t manage their quality decisions to change. It’s easy to say “Tomorrow, I’ll get to it tomorrow.” We have the best of intentions, and we get nowhere. It’s easy to say tomorrow. But what happens is they don’t manage that decision. Life is about managing those decisions. If you mess up, it doesn’t mean give up and never do it again; it simply means start over.

TRUMAN: You were in the military for 10 years. How did you become interested in being a personal trainer? VELANDRA: When I first started, it was because I loved fitness and wellness. I came from a power-lifting, body-building background, and I’d been a competitive cyclist, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed community; I enjoyed helping people. But once I started doing it, I enjoyed teaching them health, wellness and lifestyle changes. So it really morphed from purely athletic to more preventative care. TRUMAN: What’s a typical day at work like for you? VELANDRA: A typical day is centered around my clients or the people I work with. I can’t even call them clients because to me, they’re family. Most of the people I work with, and for, are people that have been with me for years. So my day depends on what the individual needs. It may be nutritional counseling, exercise or listening to the individual. It boils down to what they need for that specific time. A lot of times, I’ll have a game plan in mind but when they come in, it totally changes. TRUMAN: How heavy are the weights that you lift? VELANDRA: It varies depending on each person. Everyone lifts what’s right for them and we just have to find what’s appropriate. TRUMAN: What’s the hardest part of your job? VELANDRA: I don’t have one. I wake up every day hanging out with friends and helping people. I enjoy the business side of it, too. I have a great day every day. But sometimes it’s frustrating dealing with nutrition. Nutrition is everyday, day in day out, and that’s the hardest part for people. I enjoy working with non-athletes and showing them what they are capable of. I enjoy working with people with eating disorders, showing them what they can do. Everybody starts at a different place. And it’s a blast — they’re doing things they’ve never done, achieving things they’ve never done before, and it builds confidence.

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John Velandra encourages an elementary student doing a bear walk exercise (above) and demonstrates a situp for students at Vanstory Elementary School in Fayetteville, NC.

TRUMAN: Well, you can see that I have a little bit of a belly. What are some changes I could make to get rid of that?

VELANDRA: One of the best ways to get rid of belly fat is to stop drinking soda or juice. You’re drinking diabetes. The math is simple. Every 4 grams of sugar is one teaspoon — the average soda has 32 to 42 grams per serving, so does juice, and so does most yogurt. So you’re sitting down and eating or drinking 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar! If they would just do that, they’d see an immediate change. Stop eating cereal and instead have a couple scrambled eggs. With these changes, they would see that belly start to change. TRUMAN: How about all the special diets that you hear about? VELANDRA: Don’t get on a “diet.” Statistics are roughly that one out of four girls has an eating disorder. Now you are also seeing that with boys. Eat good food, natural food, and don’t worry about dieting. Often, parents are so worried about their own appearance and get so caught up in “dieting” that their children pick up on it and adopt it for themselves. Kids, don’t do that! Parents — stop that! TRUMAN: What kind of advice would you give to kids who might be interested in one day becoming a personal trainer? VELANDRA: Play — don’t play with a video game all the time — get outdoors and play. Get outdoors and kick a ball, ride a bike, be active. For me, until high school, I never played a team sport, and before that, it was martial arts. It doesn’t have to be the football or soccer player, solely the athlete, that becomes a personal trainer. Anyone that enjoys physical fitness, a healthy lifestyle and is serious about helping people achieve wellness can enjoy a career in fitness training. TRUMAN: Thanks so much for talking to us. It sounds like you have a great job!

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This publication is dedicated to the loving memory of

Nancy Hall-Godbey

May we all strive to be as intelligent as she was!

Virginia Williamson first graders used the concept of small, medium, and large to create some very unique snowpersons as part of their winter art projects. 14 KIDSVILLE NEWS

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ART GALLERY J.R.R. Tolkien, Father of Fantasy developed his love for writing. J.R.R. Tolkien was a British author who wrote J.R.R. attended Oxford University on a scholarship. When he The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Called graduated in 1913, he joined the British Army and fought in World War the “Father of High Fantasy,” J.R.R.’s ideas have I until getting “trench fever” in 1916. A lot of soldiers died from trench inspired everything from movies to video games! John Ronald Reuel fever, but luckily J.R.R. survived. Still, he spent the rest of the war (J.R.R.) Tolkien was born recovering. This was when he wrote on January 3, 1892, in his first collection of stories, The Book South Africa, where his of Lost Tales. father, an English bank After the war, J.R.R. went to work manager, had been for the Oxford English Dictionary. He transferred. Sadly, when specialized in words beginning with J.R.R. was three years old, “w”! In 1920, he became a professor his father died. His family S Q G W I U B Q K P T M R A P (Over, Down, Direction) of English at Leeds College. He later returned to England, N Birmingham A Z L C F W L D Z D G E I D AUSTRALIA (14, 9, in N) the would teach at several departments settling Z O B U A N H C J Cover Y R G design S L K for the three volumes of The Lord of the DRAGON (7, 12, NE) within Oxford University until his area. R H F I W E H G X X Z R O A F Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. EXERCISE (1, 7, SE) retirement in 1959. An adventurer, J.R.R. N E W Y E A R P H W R D L R V FITNESS (4, 8, SE) In the 1930s, J.R.R. wrote a fantasy story for his three sons. Called explored all of Birmingham. Some places, like INAUGURATION (1, 6, E) I N A U G U R A T I O N U T V The Hobbit, this tale was a big hit when it was published in 1937. It was his aunt’s farm “Bag End,” would later be used E W I N T E R Y E Q S N T S J JANUARY (2, 13, NE) followed with another classic tale about Middle Earth, The Lord of the in J.R.R.’s books. J.R.R. also X A to F learn J G Rnew N Bthings. C O Q His I Umom C KING (12, 11, E) really Fliked Rings, in the 1950s. taught him about plants allowed X Uhim E FtoIread A W whatever M I G L books E O A he F MARTIN (13,and 13, NW) NEW YEAR (1, 5, E)he was U an S Despecially R U T Q good C A Tstudent H A N at D St. F J.R.R. died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81. But, his millions could get his hands on. And, RESOLUTION (13, 1, S) JSchool. V A N C A N R W Y R K I N G Philip’s School and King Edward’s of adoring fans worldwide keep his extraordinary vision alive! SNOWBOARD (1, 15, E)a poetry A E A G H Iwith D Esome N G of N AhisI friends. H W Written by Tamar Burris, a former elementary school teacher who now As a teenager, J.R.R. formed club WINTER (2, 7, E) H J K D H I S O S D E G M G W works as a freelance writer and curriculum developer for PBS, the Discovery Called the “Tea Club and Barrovian Society,” they would drink tea at the P L R A G H X E G S B Q T E X Channel and other education-related companies. Sources: “J.R.R. Tolkien: A Barrow’s store near their school. Sometimes, they’d even sneak into the S N O W B O A R D L P V O W M Biographical Sketch;” The Tolkien Society, www.tolkiensociety.org. school library and drink tea in secret! These meetings were where J.R.R.

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A New President Takes Office On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama will become the 44th President of President escort the outgoing President and Vice President to their departure. the United States. The Presidential Inauguration begins at noon on that day The Departure of the Outgoing President and First Lady is usually done by and is the most important part of a whole week of festivities. The official helicopter. theme for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama is “Renewing The new President and Vice President then return to the Capitol America’s Promise.” Building for the Inaugural Luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional On that day, Mr. Obama will be very busy from Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. morning until night. Traditionally, the President-elect When the luncheon is over, the newly sworn starts the day with a Morning Worship Service, followed President and Vice President will lead a parade down by the Procession to the Capitol, which also includes the Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Then they, Vice President-elect, their wives and the outgoing their wives, and special guests will watch the rest of the President. Upon their arrival at the U.S. Capitol building, Inaugural Parade as it passes in front of a specially built the Vice President’s Swearing-In Ceremony takes place reviewing stand. on the west steps of the Capitol. A specially built Traditionally the new president and his wife end the platform will hold more than 1,600 people for the day by attending several Inaugural Balls held in their inauguration! honor. Many more balls and galas will be held throughAt noon, the President’s Swearing-In Ceremony out the Washington, D.C., area from January 15 – 24, takes place when the Chief Justice of the United States 2009. administers the oath of office to the President-elect. The Although January 20, 2009, will be a historic day, oath, as mandated by the United States Constitution, as Barack Obama becomes the first African-American says, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithpresident of the United States, the day itself will be fully execute the office of President of the United States, steeped in tradition. and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and Presidential Inaugurations have been held in defend the Constitution of the United States.” Washington, D.C., every four years since 1801. Thomas Next comes the Inaugural Address. Since George Jefferson was the first president to take his oath in Washington in 1789, every President has delivered an Washington, D.C., which officially became the federal A crowd estimated at 300,000 attended Inaugural address, ranging from 8,445 words (William the inauguration ceremony for George W. capital that year. In 1937, the Twentieth Amendment to Bush at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 20, 2001. Henry Harrison), to just 135 (Washington’s 2nd term). the Constitution changed Inauguration Day from March White House photo by Wally McNamee. 4 to noon on January 20. “Most Presidents use their Inaugural address to present their vision of America and to set forth their goals for Written by Sheri Collins, contributing writer for the nation.” Kidsville News! Sources: Inaugural History, inaugural.senate.gov; PresidenAfter the President has delivered his Inaugural address, he and the Vice tial Inauguration 2009, dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Inauguration.htm.

Oh the places you can go when you read a book... Like to an Ice Cream Party With Truman!

The students of Ms. Stewart’s 2nd Grade class at Lincoln Elementary were treated to an AWESOME Ice Cream Party with Truman for being the 2nd Grade class to read the most books in November.

Sicilia Cipalla from Roger Bacon Academy cut her hair for Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. More information is available at www.locksoflove.org

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A SECTION ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS

BOOKSHELF

March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

sure to make readers young and old get up and exercise!

Happy Birthday to You!: The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the World

Author/Illustrator: Christine King Farris, London Ladd (Illustrator) Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. Age Range: 9 to 12 From the Publisher: On a hot August day in 1963, hundreds of thousands of people made history when they marched into Washington, D.C., in search of equality. Martin Luther King, Jr., the younger brother of Christine King Farris, was one of them. Martin was scheduled to speak to the crowd of people on that day. But before he could stand up and inspire a nation, he had to get down to business. He first had to figure out what to say and how to say it. So he spent all night working on his “I Have a Dream” speech, a speech that would underscore a landmark moment in civil rights history—the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This would be one of the first events televised all over the globe. The world would be listening as one of the greatest orators of our time shared his vision for a new day. From the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes this moving account of what that day was like for her, and for the man who inspired a crowd—and convinced a nation to let freedom ring.

Author/Illustrator: Margot Theis Raven, Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator) Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Age Range: 5 to 11 “Imagine having a birthday with no one singing the song ‘Happy Birthday to You.’ Before the 1900s, that’s exactly the way things were.” The opening line of this book, makes you think about something you probably never thought about before — where did this song come from? The book engages the reader through the tale of two Kentucky sisters finding their way in the world through music and education. From the origins of Kindergarten to the creation of a world-famous song, the book is a delightful read. The “Footnote to History” section in the back further follows the song from its start in a Kentucky school room in the 1800s to its eventual copyright in 1935. The beautiful illustrations bring the characters and the joy of the music to life in amazing color. — JK

Learn Cursive Handwriting

Get Up & Go! Author/Illustrator: Nancy l. Carlson Publisher: Penguin Group Age Range: 5 to 8 From the Publisher: We all come in different shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t matter if you are tall, short, skinny or round. Your body is your own, and you need to take care of it. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or simply time for a change, this book is the perfect catalyst to get readers moving. Vibrant, fun-filled illustrations and an encouraging text explain the many great reasons to exercise, from making new friends to going to new places, or just because it’s good for your body. Nancy Carlson’s gleeful, kid-friendly story is

Authors/Illustrator: Lorette Konezny, Danle Cantor, Ray Goudney Publisher: Studio Fun House, Inc. Age Range: 7+ National Handwriting Day is right around the corner on January 23. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to practice better penmenship, this book is the answer for you! Learn Cursive Handwriting is a reusable book that comes with a non-toxic pencil. Use it over and over to practice your curves, connecting strokes and proper spacing for perfect cursive handwriting. Other books in the series include Get in Shape to Write, Learn to Print Express, Learn to Write Numbers, and Learn Time. — JK

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P ARENTOWN’S K ID S MART True Prosperity and Putting the “Do” in Donate By Susan Beacham

The market news is sobering and scary to many of us. Our “money” is causing stress that our children are bound to pick up on in our behavior and conversation. Right now is a good time to focus our nervous energy on putting the “DO” in Donate. Start the process with a family conversation about what true prosperity means. True prosperity means more than money and financial well-being or the accumulation of things. Remind them (and yourself) that true prosperity is defined by the richness we experience having family and friends to share our lives with — both the ups and the downs. True prosperity is found in the wisdom we have gained, the energy we have to tackle what comes our way and the humor we are able to see in everyday life. True prosperity means being aware of the gifts we have in our life and the ability to help others in need by calling on those gifts. Pick a project. Just this morning, one found me. I was talking with my colleagues at work and heard about a working mom that had $50,000 in medical bills due to a child’s illness. They have three children. Her husband lost his job

of 11 years one year and a half ago. He now has taken a job that pays him $10 an hour. It’s not enough. Their house is going into foreclosure. We all picked up the phone and started calling our network to see what we could do to help this family. I’m not sure where we will end up, but we will use our energy, and our gifts to try to help. Ask your kids what ideas they have for putting the “Do” in donate. I guarantee they will have many ideas. Kids are instinctual givers. Look around your neighborhood. Ask at church. Plan to do something “anonymously” for a family that has just lost their job. Take what is happening in our markets right now and turn it into a positive. Take your time and talent and start helping. It will help you and your children feel more in control during these unsteady times. Susan Beacham is the founder and CEO of Money Savvy Generation, which creates innovative products and services to help parents, grandparents and educators teach children money-management skills. E-mail her at Susan@MSGen.com. Copyright 2008. All Rights Reserved.

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A “New” New Year’s Resolution: Help Your Child Learn to Read * Create a “reading space” in your home. A comfortable chair, a library On January 1, thousands of people will challenge themselves to quit smoking, exercise more, eat better or take more pictures — all worthy of fun and interesting books, a fuzzy rug — anything that makes your child feel comfortable and ready to learn. goals. But there are other worthy goals that get left off the New Year’s Resolution list. * Let your child choose the books to read. This will encourage your child to take an active role and will make certain Children who grow up reading with their parents your child is interested in the subject matter. attend school more regularly and are more likely to complete their educations. Why not add “helping * Indulge your child and read the same book multiple times. your child to read” to your list of resolutions for Hearing a book repeated helps your child become more familiar 2009? And let’s face it, the pleasure of bonding with with the language and the story. your child over a favorite book is bound to make this * As you read, pause in places to allow your child to complete resolution easier to keep than your resolution to go to a rhyme or repeat a phrase or sentence. the gym. * Point to words as you read them and encourage your child “There’s no substitute for reading with your to repeat them after you. child,” says Kyle Zimmer, president and co-founder * As your child begins to recognize some of the letters, of First Book, a nonprofit group that distributes challenge him to find a particular letter on a page. books to children in low-income families. “Early and * Point out words everywhere. Reading doesn’t always have frequent reading with children builds important skills to be from books. Road signs, advertising, billboards, menus and and helps them learn to love reading, and it’s fun to Parental involvement in early posters can all be opportunities to read. do.” child literacy matters more to Hooked on Phonics, maker of award-winning educational Studies show parental involvement in early child student success than family tools to help parents teach their children to read, is hosting a literacy matters even more to student success than income or family education. Web site where parents can sign up to make their New Year’s family income or family education. Resolution to help their children read. To celebrate the first To help you and your child get your resolution off to a good start, here 15,000 resolution pledges, Hooked On Phonics will donate 15,000 Learn are a few tips for 2009: To Read kits to First Book to ensure that all parents, regardless of income, * Set aside “special time” for reading with your child. Just 20 minutes a can help their children read. To make your resolution, visit day will help make reading part of their daily routine. www.learntoread2009.com. Courtesy of ARA Content.

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Community Helpers

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Flavor for the New Year!

No New Year’s resolution list is complete without a nod to eating more healthfully. Here are delicious tips for eating right with great taste: • Make smart substitutions — such as using lowfat dairy products in recipes. Lowfat evaporated milk is richer yet has the same amount of fat as regular lowfat milk. It adds wonderful creamy goodness to recipes without adding extra fat. • Use big-flavor ingredients, such as fresh or dried herbs and spices for a bold flavor profile in any dish. • Add nutrient-dense ingredients, such as pumpkin, in dishes you already prepare. Stir into soups, stews and pasta sauces. This easy-to-make chicken soup is sure to warm you up in chilly January, and the whole family will love it!

CHICKEN AND WILD RICE SOUP WHAT YOU NEED: • 1 box (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix, prepared according to package directions • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 2 (about 8 ounces total) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, chopped • 2 cups (8 ounces) sliced fresh mushrooms • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 2 cans (14.5 fluid ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk • 2 tablespoons cornstarch • 2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional) • Green onions, toasted slivered almonds (optional)

Heidi Hart of Pineview Mobile Veterinary Services visited with Mrs. Grice’s second graders recently.  Dr. Hart is a large animal veterinarian in our area, and she talked with the students about the animals she works with, as well as equine dentistry.  She also gave them a tour of her mobile vet vehicle.  Ms. Hart’s visit was in conjunction with second grades current unit of study, “community helpers.” 

HOW TO MAKE IT (makes nine servings): With adult help: HEAT vegetable oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is no longer pink. ADD rice, broth, tarragon, thyme and black pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Combine small amount of evaporated milk and cornstarch in small bowl; stir until smooth. Add to saucepan along with remaining evaporated milk and wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until soup is thickened. Top with green onions and almonds, if desired. Nutrition Facts per Serving: 160 calories, 2.5g total fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 5g sugars, 11g protein, 10% calcium. Courtesy of Family Features and Nestlé.

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Seahawk Science What to do: 1. Fold the dollar bill into an ‘S’ shape.

What you need:

2. Put a paperclip at each of the two outer loops. Hook the paperclips so that the short, single wire faces you (see picture). 3. Use both hands to quickly pull the ends of the dollar bill.

- 2 paper clips - Dollar bill (or paper in the same shape)

The paperclips will hook together and shoot into the air!

Challenge your friends and family to figure out all of the word puzzles!

How does it work? When you pulled on the ends of the dollar bill, you forced the paperclips to the middle. The paperclips met each other, hooked together, and flew off the paper!

Answers: A. Half hearted B. Jack in the box C. See for yourself D. Wake up

Visit the Watson School of Education at www.uncw.edu/ed or call (910) 962-4142 for more information.

saturday marine explorers for children ages 6 – 10 years old Saturdays, 9 a.m. – Noon Jan. 17 • Feb. 14 • March 14 • April 11 • May 16 $15 each, $65 for spring series Jan. 17

¿Ha considerado en hacerse maestro? ¡Haga una diferencia en la vida de niños! ¡Ayude a los niños a aprender! ¡Se una influencia positiva! Los programas están disponibles para los niveles elementales, los grados medios, colegio, y la educación especial. Las becas y la ayuda económica están disponibles. Para más información, visita a http://www.uncw.edu/ed/spanish/ o llame a (910) 962-4142. Las clases están ofrecidas en inglés. Para información en español comuníquese con Jorge Trujillo al teléfono 910 296 1520 o al correo trujilloj@uncw.edu

Mystery of the Disappearing Blue Crab – Where do they go? Register by Jan. 14 UNCW is an EEO/AA Institution

summer camps

for children ages 5 – 17 years old HALF–DAY CAMPS Sea Squirts • Sea Safari FULL–DAY CAMPS Sea Camp • Sea SI • Coast Trek • Shore Shots ArtSea • Ocean Lab • Camp S.E.A.S. Camp O.C.E.A.N.S. • Oceans 17 To register and more information, visit

www.uncw.edu/marinequest or call 910.962.3195


January 2009 Brunswick KVN