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Students Take Journey of Culture During the month of November, the third-grade learners at Journey Elementary study the cultural heritage that is the foundation of our country. One aspect of this includes examining the Plains Native Americans. During this unit of study, we invited a member of the Old Court House Museum to present on the Native American culture which includes the assembling of a miniature sized tipi and parts of the buffalo used by the Native Americans. The

learners find this to be fascinating. As a culminating activity for this unit, the learners researched their family’s heritage along with traditions and traditional food. We share our discoveries in the form of a Heritage Potluck inviting parents to come learn about heritage, traditions, and taste testing various traditional foods. This is a wonderful display of the unique diversity that makes up our country.

Third graders take in Native American culture at Journey Elementary in November.




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How to beat Str8ts – Like Sudoku, no single number 1 to 9 can repeat in any row or column. But... rows and columns are divided by black squares into compartments. 2 1 4 Each compartment must form a straight 6 4 5 a set of numbers with no gaps but it can be 4 5 in any order, eg [7,6,9,8]. Clues in black cells 4 3 6 2 remove that number as an option in that row and column, and are not part of any straight. 3 5 2 1 Glance at the solution to see how ‘straights’ 2 1 3 are formed.


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3 Home Projects to Transform Your Yard into a Refuge for Birds (StatePoint) Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally.

Everyone, but especially those who enjoy having birds visit their yards and gardens, should take steps to make their homes a safer place for birds. “Birds are part of a healthy ecosystem. Turning your home into a refuge for birds is good for the environment, saves lives and can add beauty to your garden,” says Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert, a company that offers decals and UV Liquid that are highly visible to birds but barely noticed by people. Schock is offering three home projects you can do to help protect


• Do some planting: Creating a bird-friendly yard does not have to be at odds with your desire to have a beautiful garden. Plant trees, shrubs and flowers that provide birds with the nourishment and shelter they need. The good news is that there are many beautiful varieties of birdfriendly vegetation. To be a good environmental steward, opt for species native to your region. • Make Windows Visible: Preventing birds from striking your windows is easier than you may think because birds can see certain light frequencies that humans can’t. An easy way to make your windows visible to birds in a way that won’t disrupt your view outside your window is by applying UV decals and UV liquid to your windows. Consider

those from WindowAlert, which are proven to effectively alter the flight path of birds and prevent window strikes. While the ultraviolet coating will look like etched glass to you, it will be quite visible to birds. For best application techniques, visit • Monitor the Cat: If you have cats that like to spend time outdoors, be sure to monitor them to prevent bird hunting. If possible, consider keeping birds safe by creating an outdoor area for your cat to roam that’s enclosed. If you’re handy, you may try building this area yourself, but keep in mind, read-made structures are widely available, too. With a few simple steps, you can convert your garden and yard into a veritable safe haven for birds.

Good Earth School Outreach Comes to Liberty Elementary Mrs. Andre, Mrs. Kraayenbrink, Mrs. Otten, and Mrs. Yerdon On November 14th, the kindergarten classes at Harrisburg Liberty Elementary enjoyed a presentation from Jen Nuncio, a naturalist with Good Earth State Park. Students learned about the specialized adaptations of the nocturnal animals in South Dakota through their School Outreach Program. This program provides resources to help educators teach their science standards in a fun, handson way. A few of the students’ favorite activities included hearing

a story, playing interactive games and touching the pelts of a few of the animals that they learned about. The students enjoyed this presentation very much and the kindergarten teachers at Liberty would like to encourage everyone in the Harrisburg community to go out and visit Good Earth State Park. They have beautiful trails and a wonderful new visitor center with a variety of educational experiences that families are sure to enjoy!

Issue 42 January 2018  
Issue 42 January 2018