77. Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes

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On The Home Front…Bring A Child To Work Day…

Don’t forget that Thursday is Bring Your Child To Work Day. Cut grandma, the baby-sitter, day care, and mom a break today and take your kids to work. Let them drive your co-workers or office staff crazy. You know your children will make great conversation. Your friends will say your kids are just like you or thank God they are not like you in front of you and behind your back. In both cases it is win-win situation.

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Sitters get a break and your co-workers have something to talk about for the next month. Go to Google Images and cut out some of the more creative images of Bring Your Child To Work Day and spread them around the office. Have a five-dollar pool for the best ‘Bring Your Child To Work’ saying to further enliven the day.

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On The Home Front II…Autism Awareness Month

As Autism Awareness month ends don’t forget to join a local march or a local or regional information sharing session. The National Center For Disease Control (CDC) has released new figures following the skyrocketing numbers of children with autism. That number has almost doubled as two percent of children have autism or some type of social disorder.

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The United States Department of Health and Social Services has a great website with links to answer the many questions one would ask while researching autism (http://www.hhs.gov/autism). The second stop for autism awareness should be Medicine Net (www.medicinenet.com). Autism and files upon files of other clearly stated information about diseases is the great feature of this site.

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Movies…The Place Beyond The Pines

In this movie Ryan Gosling does for inside out t-shirts and tattoos what Alcoa did for aluminum foil. He stars in this quickly paced 2 hour and 20 ‘motorcycle half adventure’ with his companion of a year, Eva Mendes. Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta round out a big cast of cops, robbers, and bank thieves.

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The movie scans twenty years of good and bad decisions, heartbreak, and mind straightening. You first get to see the initial antagonist go at it. Then you see their male children grow up to be antagonists as young adults. Is this a strange coincidence or just good writing??!! Will their father’s mistakes be repeated and, if they are, what are the consequences, are two questions that run throughout the latter stages of the story. Schenectady, New York hosts the bank robberies and most of the movie’s action and family scenes. You might recognize some of your old haunts and motorcycles, cars, and trucks race down neighborhood streets. The city’s film office must be a good one to get this film staged in their region.

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Movies…Reese Witherspoon And Mud

Reese Witherspoon finally plays a bad girl in the movies. Her new movie with Matthew McConaughey is a big departure from previous roles where she wore pink throughout the movie. Her recent arrest for drunk and disorderly, or something like that, was a great movie preview stunt. Maybe you won’t recognize her in the movie or her mug shot as a brunette?

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Movies III…Olga Kurylenko…From Bond Girl To Bad Girl

Olga Kurylenko was just featured in our last column. Her new movie has her finally playing the bad female lead. What a change! Erased, not yet in your favorite theater, has her chasing Aaron Eckhart and his daughter. The movie is the poster child for the ‘bring your child to work’ effort. A former Eckhart lover and partner in many a covert kill mission, she is on the track to eliminate Eckhart, his daughter, and everyone on the way. Everyone in this case is somewhere around twenty and still counting.

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Books…The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Earth Day was a good time to read the classic tale of the Lorax as he tried to protect the trees and save the land for everyone. Two trees in Alabama couldn’t be saved yesterday. Two famous 107 year-old oak trees at Auburn University were cut down yesterday morning after a year-long battle to save them. An angry football fan poisoned the trees. That fan will now spend his next six months to three years in jail.

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The books The Lorax and The Giving Tree would be two nice donations to any classroom for Earth Day or any environmental initiative.

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Earth Day…Environmental T-Shirt Creations

Here is a great short or long-term project to celebrate Earth Day or Keep Our Planet Green Month:
(Your Name) T-Shirt Company

Your t-shirt company specializes in designs that bring the environment, science, and the Delaware Estuary’s mission into the local mindset. Can you think of ten can’t miss sayings that people would put on their t-shirts to show they know the importance of protecting and learning about the environment?  Can you recommend ten t-shirts that we can sell at the environmental center? Review and grade in terms of creativity the t-shirt sayings below (10-1, great-poor). See if you can create ten of your own.  Design two colorful t-shirts on the back of this page with your two favorite environmental sayings. Illustrate your shirts for our office bulletin board display.

Our T-Shirt Sayings

The three things I love in life…wildlife/the beach/and Italians.

Preserve endangered species not strawberries.

I think of insects…..Without scratching

Rocks…and Roll is my kind of music.

A quiet wood and Denzel are irresistible!

Shoot the Delaware River not animals!

Can a crab get crabby?

Martin Brodeur saves goals and whales.

I Delaware Bay…Watch

Comb a marsh and your hair, son!

Understand What’s Underwater.

The Ocean…Where The Wild Things Are

Place Your Scientific T-Shirt Sayings and Drawings Below…

 Community Service And More…

Helping Local Businesses And Individuals

  1. PracTutor

Every teacher and parent is looking for a step-by-step system that will allow children to progress at their own level of development and speed through reading and mathematics.

The PracTutor people claim they have invented that system. Here is what Sunil Kumar told me about their product:

Greetings Tom,
As a parent and teacher my biggest concern lately has been the education of my children and children across the world.
As a teacher and a parent, you know and understand the importance of being connected with your child and student’s education. Unfortunately there are no effective tools to help you do that until now.
PracTutor will help you know exactly how your class and each child is progressing and provide you with the necessary materials whenever they need any help.
We are launching soon and would like to invite you to pre-register to be one of the early adopters. Please accept the invitation by providing your Name and Email at http://www.practutor.com

As we are in the final stages of testing, I would like to show you the screencast of how the product works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWrae04Eshs

Thank You
Sunil

2. Bullying eMagazine

Shona Anderson wants to let everyone know that this month’s issue of eBullying Magazine is now on line. Schools throughout the country are taking the no bullying pledge with rules displayed throughout their cafeterias. Her magazine would be a great resource for these stop bullying efforts.

Her is what Shona said to me in an email:

The April 2013 edition of Stop-Bullies.com eMagazine is now available for viewing by clicking here:
STOP-BULLIES.COM APRIL 2013 eMAGAZINE
Please, also, visit the STOP BULLIES WEBSITE for more useful information.
Together we can bring an end to bullying.

Shona

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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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