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Locker Clean Out Day!

Mr. Rob, the very best custodian in the world, has asked that we clean out our lockers on Friday, January 23. The winter clothing is overflowing from the lockers, and I am sure that there are many pairs of mittens, gloves — as well as numerous scarves, hats, and sweatshirts residing in some children’s lockers.

We will also have all the lost and found spread neatly on two tables in the rotunda. As students walk through the halls on Friday, they will have the opportunity to look for missing items to bring home.

If you know that your child is missing an article of clothing, please encourage him/her to look during locker clean out day, January 23, 2009!

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Presidential Inauguration, 2009

Our country is amazing in that we can peacefully transfer presidential power from president (George W. Bush) to the Barack Obama, one party to another in the midst of millions of celebratory people within a few hours! Today, January 20, 2009, the United States of America welcomed it’s 44th PresidentBarack Obama, to the highest position of power in our great and free country.

At our school, students and teachers watched the event, witnessing an event as great as Constitution Day, which we just honored this past semester.  These discussion were poignant in that teachers modeled political party affiliation was not the focus of this event.  The focus of the learning experience:  Living in a great country with unimaginable freedoms and rights.   Please note that the soundtrack, though not patriotic, is symbolic of the city that President Obama has resided in for the past several years, Chicago, Illinois! Enjoy the sounds of Blowin’ in from Chicago!


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Snow…snow…and more snow!

I took some fabulous and very impressive pictures of Georgetown on a beautiful snowy Monday in January. Compare this most recent photo of our school to the school photo on our header!

In addition to the icicles and sparkling, crystalized tree branches, I snapped photos of the mounds of snow…and children playing in it (with the help of Mr. Bowen). Enjoy the video slideshow!

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A Shout Out to Ethiopia…and Mrs. Fabbro!

It is official!  We have had our first internet visitor from the continent of Africa.  This mysterious visitor logged in from Ethiopia, located on the eastern edge of Africa, situated in the Horn of Africa.  I suspect that Mrs. Fabbro, one of our fabulous Georgetown parents, had something to do this with this visit.   Many thanks to you, Mrs. Fabbro and the mystery visitor from Ethiopia.  You made this techie principal very happy.

To view some fun maps of Ethiopia and learn about this fascinating country, click on 3D Earth

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Snap Shots: A New Blog Tool

While snowed in today (AGAIN), I visited some beautiful blogs around the world.  A new favorite of mine is the Green Park School Blog in the UK.  Their main school page links to the many classroom blogs, just like ours.  On their brilliant site (to borrow a word from Mr. Rafferty), I found nice little tool called Snap Shots.  Thank you Green Park School!

This tool enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, display inline videosRSSMP3sphotos, and more.

Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you “look ahead,” before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

Mrs. Reagan

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

With the many winter weather advisories issued this past month, we have been faced with the issue of checking the wind chill temperatures daily.  This is a task that Mrs. Ripley and Mrs. Nurenberg take on as our incredible school secretaries.  If you take a peak at their computer desktops, you will see that they have the school WeatherBug data posted to enable them to check the wind chill live for our playground.

When the wind chill temperature drops below zero, we keep the children inside for recess.  Wind chill temperature is “how cold people and animals feel when outside. Windchill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by wind and cold. As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. Therefore, the wind makes it FEEL much colder. If the temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is blowing at 15 mph, the wind chill is -19 degrees Fahrenheit. At this wind chill temperature, exposed skin can freeze in 30 minutes.”  (Information for the NOAA)

We anticipate that the weather will be much better this week.  However, it will be brisk on the playground. PLEASE dress your child warmly.  And, 5th graders:  Wear the warm stuff!  It is more important to be warm that lookin’ cool!

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It’s a small world!

I imagine some of you humming the Disney tune in your head as you read this post! Our school blog has had well over 8,000 visitors since it’s launch in early November. This is truly amazing, especially when you consider that these visitors have come from six of our seven continents! The only continent to not yet light up on our board: Africa.

We have had many repeat visitors from schools around the world. I have honored them by creating links to their classroom and school blogs on our main page. This link is titled: Blogs From Around the World.

Enjoy visiting the blogs. I encourage you to leave comments on their blogs. I assure you, they will share these with their students and respond.

Mrs. Reagan

To check our visitors, click on the clustrmap to the right.  So far, we have been visited by these countries  (# of visits for each country listed as well):

United States (US) 4,738
Taiwan (TW) 3,189
Australia (AU) 62
Canada (CA) 53
United Kingdom (GB) 46
New Zealand (NZ) 24
Japan (JP) 24
Germany (DE) 11
Singapore (SG) 11
Hong Kong (HK) 8
France (FR) 5
Korea, Republic of (KR) 5
Europe (EU) 4
Poland (PL) 4
Spain (ES) 4
Asia/Pacific Region (AP) 4
Argentina (AR) 4
Indonesia (ID) 3
Philippines (PH) 3
Sweden (SE) 3
Brazil (BR) 2
Belgium (BE) 2
Bulgaria (BG) 2
Chile (CL) 2
Russian Federation (RU) 2
Vietnam (VN) 2
Slovakia (SK) 2
Norway (NO) 2
Thailand (TH) 2
Lebanon (LB) 2
Malaysia (MY) 2
Denmark (DK) 1
Finland (FI) 1
Czech Republic (CZ) 1
Netherlands (NL) 1
Ecuador (EC) 1
Italy (IT) 1
Cambodia (KH) 1
United Arab Emirates (AE) 1
Puerto Rico (PR) 1
Turkey (TR) 1
Portugal (PT) 1
Switzerland (CH) 1
Macau (MO) 1
Macedonia (MK) 1
Paraguay (PY) 1
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