Archive for January, 2017

Ground Hog Day!

January 28, 2017

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Looking for answers to your Groundhog Day questions? You’ve come to the right spot! Click the links to the left to learn about various aspects of the Groundhog Day holiday, and how we’ve been celebrating it in Punxsutawney since 1886.

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the holiday:

. Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

. How often is Phil’s prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course!

. How many “Phils” have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years!

. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the “elixir of life,” a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.

. On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

. No! Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in “Groundhogese”(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.

. The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May…”

. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887.

. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.groundhog-sm

Emotional Literacy

January 24, 2017

Emotion’s Express

Emotional Literacy

EMOTIONAL LITERACY is the first step towards emotional intelligence. It is the ability to recognize, understand and appropriately express our emotions. It is an essential skill which we must work to develop. Once acquired, it gives us an alternative to violence, illness, drug abuse, dysfunctional relationships, and global societal conflicts.

As we evolve and our cultures change, new forms of literacy are required to give us the proper tools to deal with a broad and ever-changing spectrum of issues.

Today the need for Emotional Literacy is ever increasing, and is one of the best investments that we can make for ourselves and our children.

Emotions are an integral part of human nature. Through them we respond to life in many different ways, such as with anger, happiness, fear, love and loneliness. Emotions influence our thoughts and actions; they inspire our needs; they affect our bodies and impact on our relationships. They are not enemies to be rebuffed, repressed or rejected but rather allies to be honored, understood and directed. Ignored they become willful tyrants; respected they are our cherished helpers.

Becoming emotionally literate is learning the alphabet, grammar and vocabulary of our emotional life. In a world where academic literacy is increasingly the norm and other literacies, such as technological and computer, are expected, emotional literacy must become commonplace in order for human beings to grow, evolve and face the challenges of the future.

A major contributing factor to many of the problems in modern society is unawareness of the key role played by emotions. Emotional Literacy is a positive preventive tool, which properly understood, can assist society in solving many of its ills.

The capacity to deal with emotions positively is an essential element of good health. The direct connection between good health and the emotional state of a person is well documented.

Dysfunctional relationships on all levels are destroying individuals, families and whole communities. Emotional Literacy will support families and permit them to grow as individuals while sustaining a close bonded relationship.

The baby whose distress is responded to lovingly and promptly will learn confidence. A child who understands the important role of emotions will have a better foundation for a joyful, fulfilled and integrated life. Adults living in healthy relationships will serve as positive role models for their children. Older people who have learned to practice emotional literacy can complete their days with peace of mind.

Emotional Literacy can help businesses by transforming individuals and making them more efficient. By encouraging employees and managers to solve emotional problems as they occur, optimum results will be achieved.

Emotional Literacy is universally relevant. It can benefit every individual, every organization, and every profession because it has the capacity to transform each person and his or her relationships.

Emotional Literacy is a key to taking advantage of all your possibilities. It is basic to joy and enthusiasm for life. It is fundamental to your ability to love others.

Emotional Literacy is a profound and beautiful language available to everyone that can be implemented rapidly, safely, and with lasting effect. Learning how to become emotionally literate is one of the best investments that human beings can make for themselves, their children, and the future.

Discovery Quest

January 18, 2017

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Mrs. Renz’s Quest

Brain Busters

Kids News Room

January 17, 2017

Kidsnewsroom.org: providing children with a safe, kid-friendly Internet site.

Math Zone

January 16, 2017

Great new site to explore. We made beautiful graphs in class today.

Kid’s Zone

Chinese New Year

January 16, 2017

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 China

Chinese New Year – AOL Research & Learn

Holidays- Chinese New Year: Fast Facts – AOL Research & Learn

Chinese New year and Chinese Spring Festival

The Mathematics of the Chinese Calendar

City Scape

January 9, 2017

Class X03 and Miss Seminara explored children’s impressions of living in a big city… The students’ artwork is now displayed at 400 First Ave, NYC, NY

MLK

January 9, 2017

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I have a dream that one day the state… will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

MLK  Fact Monster

Activities

Timeline of Events in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life

Martin Luther King

Happy Birthday, MLK