From the WCPSS Press Office:
In its meeting today, the Board of Education approved the 2009-10 bell schedule including a change for the use of time to support learning and teaching, developing techniques for strengthening and enriching students’ skills.
2009-10 Bell Schedule
The new school schedules add 10 minutes to the school day and provides one hour early dismissal on Wednesdays. On six of those… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 31, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Thought I'd share another column from writer Tom Poland, aka my dad. Wouldn't it be fun for our kids to see some of these old TV shows?
Across the Savannah
TV’s Golden Era Was Black & White
By Tom Poland
Remember the first TV you saw? I do. A small, boxy TV that had a pink cabinet. It just caught two stations ’cause that’s all there were back then. For a long time, we caught just two stations through a rickety antenna strapped to the… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 31, 2009 at 11:00pm —
In her most recent post our Health TRACKer, Jen Goodall, tuned us into the dangers of too much high fructose corn syrup in our diet. We were so intrigued by it, we decided to devote our April Linkzine to "Dangerous Foods"
such as high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.
Of all the foods on the market that tempt our children—and us—a majority of them contain an ingredient that, when consumed in large… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 30, 2009 at 6:16pm —
Here here and a bold toast to the "good old days" when we kids could amuse ourselves without, believe this or not, hand-held devices....We did have barbie dolls and Nancy Drew books and many hours at the creek where we would create palaces with leaves and acorn shells....I thoroughly agree that we used our imaginations plus nature to build indelible memories of summers long past. Liked your article very much. Liz N.
Added by LIZ NEELY on March 28, 2009 at 9:32pm —
Since my now 5 year old son was just a few months old we've taken him on the road. From 4 hour trips to picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway to 9 hour adventures between the Tarheel and Sunshine states. Many of these trips I have done alone with my kids. Over the years many friends have patted me on the back for my "gutsy toddler travel", saying they haven't gone anywhere in years because they're just too scared of the combination of kids, backseats &… Continue
Added by Janice on March 28, 2009 at 1:06pm —
Track 4 are you ready for this? You've got 45 different activities taking place for kids across the Triangle to choose from during your track-out break. Here's our list of fun track-out activities through April 19. We'll add more as we come across them.
1. There are 11 different Easter egg hunts in the Triangle starting this weekend and extending through April 11. Click here to see the… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 27, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Dakota Lee, author of "Flash of Freedom," has written a beautiful story of friendship about a girl named "Tara" and a horse named "Freedom." Ms. Lee is only in 7th grade, but I've read the excerpts from her book on her website
and I'm quite impressed with her mastery of language, vocabulary and detail. As a writer myself, I've learned that the best writing comes from authors who love to read and who experience life fully. Dakota appears to… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 27, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Okay, this will DEFINITELY be on our list of things to do during our spring track-out break! Go to this link
to see examples of Star Wars Paper Model-Making Kits you can build with your kids--or let them tackle all on their own--for less than $14
. My 11-year-old son and I discovered this on the… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 27, 2009 at 6:30am —
Above: Kids get a close-up look at Hurricanes practice. That's Hurricanes hall of famer Ron Francis (left) and Tom Rowe on the ice, both assistant coaches for Carolina.
Here's an idea for both parents and kids — and it's one you may not have thought about: Have you ever been to a Carolina Hurricanes practice?
They are free and open to the public!
In fact, the National Hockey League is the only major sports… Continue
Added by Kurt Dusterberg on March 25, 2009 at 11:30pm —
We’ve got the wings.
We’ve got the sky.
You just bring your butterfly.
On May 2, 2009 during Peakfest
(Apex’s annual arts and craft’s fair), at Laura Kelly Designs in downtown Apex, we’ll be creating special Butterfly portraits of your little boys and girls against Laura Kelly’s Summer background!
$2 from each session will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs (of Wake County).
Very special package pricing, starting at just $19 will be… Continue
Added by Aimee Bickers on March 25, 2009 at 9:33pm —
Pure Expressions Photography adds its 20th option for in-studio photography with a natural light studio.
Pure Expressions Photography, a rapidly growing full-service photography studio started in 2005, has added a natural light studio to its in-studio photography options. “We’re very excited to have been able to add this area in our studio. While we love the control our studio lights give us, natural light has a quality that cannot always be described,” says studio owner,… Continue
Added by Aimee Bickers on March 25, 2009 at 4:48pm —
The N&O published an article today summarizing the Wake County School Board's preliminary show of support Tuesday for releasing schools early once a week to give teachers more planning time. The proposal would allow ALL schools to dismiss an hour early one day a week, and elementary and middle schools would also add two more half-days a year. The board will take a final vote on this issue March 31, and the changes could be implemented in July.… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 25, 2009 at 7:00am —
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 24, 2009 at 10:14pm —
I'm posting a column written by a professional writer based in Columbia, S.C., who also happens to be mydad. His "Across the Savannah" column appears regularly in his hometown newspaper, "The Lincoln Journal," the newspaper for Lincolnton, Ga. This particular column caught my eye because, like my dad, I spent every waking hour playing outdoors during summer vacation. Whether in my grandparents Athens, Ga., creek swimming or catching minnows with a strainer and bits… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 23, 2009 at 11:30am —
Check out YouTube's featured video
today about the lack of clean water in some countries.
What a great way to share with your kids about the difference clean water can make to a community.
to see the video.
Added by Janel on March 22, 2009 at 3:30pm —
I am THAT mom at the birthday parties. You know the one that I am talking about. The one who doesn’t allow her kids to eat the cake and instead brings special treats for them. Most people assume that it is because my oldest is intolerant to wheat and because my youngest has issues with corn. And that’s true, but only part of the answer. The biggest reason is because I try desperately hard to feed my kids food with whole natural ingredients. Most cakes are filled with partially hydrogenated oils… Continue
Added by Jen on March 19, 2009 at 4:17pm —
My first job out of college for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools opened my eyes to the challenges school board members face. If you are a people-pleaser, don’t bother campaigning for a position on a school board. Board members must have an opinion, listen to input, research the issues, change their opinions if necessary, vote in unpopular ways, take the heat, deal with problems that were created many years before their terms began and be able to explain their decisions to various media… Continue
Added by Anne Woodman on March 19, 2009 at 10:01am —
That's right Star Wars fans (and I'm talking to you parents out there, too). Star Wars has an official blog, which I discovered thanks to Twitter
! I thought this Star Wars lunch bag art blog entry
was pretty cool. Check it out when you get a chance.
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 18, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Have you been introduced to Raggs, yet?
Raggs is a new TV show, just for kids, starring 5 colorful canine friends. With over 200 original songs, children will enjoy "live" music throughout the show from these doggy pals along with valuable lessons for your preschooler. Entire shows center around one topic such as Opposites, Water or Friendship.
I like the music and the activity of each show but I think my favorite part is when one of the main characters, a cat named… Continue
Added by Janel on March 17, 2009 at 4:57pm —
You may have already heard about this. Nickelodeon and Mattel officials recently released the first full portrait of their new interactive Dora the Explorer doll, who is 10 years old, has longer hair and is wearing jewelry. But don't worry, no makeup! Company officials promise the TV Dora will NOT change, and that this is just for the doll, which is aimed at 5- to 8-year-olds and will arrive in stores in October.…
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on March 17, 2009 at 1:30pm —