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Newsletter October/November 2011

by admin on November 3, 2011

News, Information and Career Advice

Oct./nov. 2011

August/September 2011 Newsletter

Celebrate American Education Week this November 13-19

This year marks the 90th anniversary of American Education Week. The National Education Association, in conjunction with the American Legion, sought to improve the public’s awareness of the value of education. The NEA called for “An educational week … observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.” This week was first celebrated in December of 1921.There are many things that you can do to celebrate American Education Week this year:

  • If you have school-age children, make sure to communicate with them and discover what they are learning about in school. You can help to make the educational experience even more interactive by going on your own “field trips” to local libraries, museums, and historic centers. Instead of family movie night, try family story night and take turns reading to each other. The more involved you are with your child’s education, the more likely he or she is to succeed in school. You may even be invited into the classroom to observe a typical day if your child’s school celebrates Parents Day.
  • Some communities host Educator for a Day events, in which you may be able to teach classes and take over other responsibilities, such as lunch and recess duty. Standing in for a teacher can really help you to appreciate what he or she does for the children and the community.
  • Look for other ways that you can make a difference in your local schools by finding ways to volunteer.
Remember that education doesn’t stop once you leave high school. There are numerous ways that postsecondary education can improve your life. The more education you have, the greater your opportunities. You can see these benefits in measurable terms, such as the achievement of promotions, moving into better-paying or more rewarding jobs, and gaining greater responsibilities at work. You might not, however, notice the smaller payoffs. When you continue your education, you have the chance to relearn study skills and hone both your patience and self-motivation. These skills and habits will help you with other aspects of your home and work life.

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Improve your Study Skills with Technology

As an online student, you may be wondering what methods are available to you when it comes to note-taking and organization. Today, there are many products on the market, and some free alternatives, which can help you get the most out of your studies. One such resource, Evernote, is a free application that is compatible with most mobile devices, tablets, phones and ereaders. Users can enter typed notes, images from cameras and recorded audio notes, in addition to saving favorite web pages and scanned documents. You can sync with your Mac or PC, and have your notes available anywhere that you go. Use Evernote to create a to-do list, make notes for yourself and upload corresponding attachments, and sort your notes into relevant folders. Using technology can help you keep your study notes in order and reduce paper clutter. Similar products include Microsoft OneNote, simplenote, Memonic, and gnote. With a little research, you can find the product that is right for you and fits your note-taking style.

Autumn is Here

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Like every season, autumn has its own unique events and sights, sounds and smells. It is a time of harvest and abundance, a time of storing and saving for the long winter season ahead and a time of festivity and reunion. For many, autumn is one of the most awaited seasons; the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. The leaves begin to drop off the trees and cooler weather sets in.

As the weather turns from oppressive to brisk, with a slight nip in the air, many find themselves drawn to the things that remind them of fall. Children playing amidst the fallen leaves, pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple picking, frosty mornings, and the smell of pumpkin pie remind us of fall. Baseball season hits the home stretch, while football season is just warming up. Temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and the woodland critters are storing up for the long haul of winter. Some great ways to spend time with family or friends this season include fall festivals, sightseeing and visiting farms that are open to the public. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities without the worries of sunburns or frostbite!

The Blackstone staff wishes you and your family a healthy, safe and happy autumn! Our office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from 4 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 23 and reopen on Monday, November 28 at 9 a.m. (EST). If you have any questions or need assistance during this time, you may contact us via e-mail or phone (1-800-826-9228), leave a message, and we will respond as soon as possible when we re-open.

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Did You Know?

August/September 2011 Newsletter

  • Trees take water from the ground through their roots and take carbon dioxide from the air. They also use the energy from sunlight to produce sugar in a process called photosynthesis.
  • Fall colors are best when late summer is dry and autumn has bright sunny days and cool nights below 40 °F.
  • Fall days become shorter and many plants stop making food. That is when the green chlorophyll starts to disappear from the leaves.
  • Most leaves fall from trees because the ends of the branch are sealed off near the leaf stem to protect the tree through the long winter months.
  • Composting fall leaves is an excellent way to improve yard and garden soils. Mixing green and brown materials together is the basic rule.
  • Mulching fall leaves where they fall lets them decompose so that they can release their minerals back to the underlying soil.
  • The leaf colors red, yellow and brown are in the leaves all year long and only become exposed when the green chlorophyll disappears in the fall.
  • Maples, Oaks, Elms, Birch and Ash trees are just a few of the trees that give spectacular colors during the autumn season.

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