HAPPY LEAP DAY 2020! Happy Leap Day! Today (Feb. 29) marks a rare event in the calendar — an extra day that occurs each "Leap Year" to keep our calendar in check. Leap days happen every four years (with a few exceptions) and adds an extra day to the short month of February. Leap days are an essential part of keeping the Gregorian calendar — the calendar that most of the world uses to keep time — in alignment with the Earth's motion around the sun. Our calendar is normally 365 days long under the Gregorian scheme, but the actual year of the Earth is 365.25 days. Therefore, adding an extra day every four years to create a 366-day year keeps our calendar in sync with the seasons. We hope you

Sports and Fitness

Volleyball! Volleyball has become a very popular sport. The game was in-vented in 1895 by William G. Morgan. He was a teacher at a YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He combined parts of other sports like tennis, baseball, basketball and handball to create a new game played indoors. Morgan borrowed the net from tennis and raised it six and a half feet above the floor. It was different then compared to what it is today. At first, you could have as many players as you wanted on a team. There were nine innings per game with three outs per inning. There was also no limit on the number of hits of the ball on each side of the court. Read more about the rules of Volleyball in today's Sports an

All About Michigan

MICHIGAN INVENTORS Did you know five important inventors are from Michigan? Henry Ford Henry Ford is famous for developing and manufacturing the first affordable automobile known as the Model T in 1908. Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on his family's farm in Dearborn, Michigan and lived in Michigan his entire life. William Boeing William Boeing lived from 1881 to 1956. Although he later moved to Seattle, Washington, he was born in Detroit. As the name might give it away, he was the man responsible for The Boeing Company. Daniel Gerber Daniel Gerber was born in 1898 in Fremont, Michigan. After serving in World War 1, he took a job working for his father at the Fremont Canning Company in 19

Spotlight On Health

Make Sure You Take Your Vitamins! Vitamins are very important substances that are found in the foods we eat. Like minerals, vitamins are needed by your body to help it work properly. Every vitamin has a special role that it plays in your growth and development. There are two types of vitamins. They are fat soluble and water soluble. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the fat tissues of your body and in your liver. They wait until your body needs them. It could be a few days or up to six months! When it’s time for the vitamin to be used, special carriers in your body take them to where they are needed. Fat soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E, and K. Water-soluble vitamins don’t get stored

All About Music

Bassoon The bassoon is the lowest sounding and the largest of the woodwind instruments. They are made of maple wood and also of ebonite. Student sized bassoons are made of plastic resin to make the instrument more affordable. Most bassoon players need to have big hands so many students learn another instrument first. It has a double reed that is attached to the bocal which is a curved tube. Early bassoons were called Dulcians or Curtals. The main difference from those to modern day bassoons, is that the old instruments were carved from a single piece of wood and didn’t have any keys! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with some brain exercises in today’s Puzzle Fun! Find the 10 differences in the two pictures, complete the maze to help cupid find the couple, and solve the sudoku by adding the shapes to the puzzle! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, identify and color the tasty food that's good for you! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Webberville Elementary News

GIVING FROM THE HEART Mrs. Cloudman’s fifth grade students embraced the aspect of giving this holiday season. They continued to carry on the long-time tradition of helping our furry friends who are housed at the Ingham County Animal Control in Mason, Michigan. Students generously donated dog treats, carriers, duct tape, cat food, and much more. Well done, fifth grade STARS!!! Mrs. Cloudman with ‘Lunchbox’ (front) and her 5th grade class.

Cooking Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try Gimme a Kiss Cookies, Love Potion Smoothies, and Valentine Strawberry Shortcakes! Remember, always follow kitchen rules: 1. Always ask an adult if you can use the kitchen. 2. Have all the ingredients before you start. 3. Wash your hands before you touch food. 4. Wear an apron or towel to keep your clothes clean. 5. Always clean up when you are finished. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Travel With Us

Estonia Estonia is an Eastern European country which borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, between Latvia and Russia. It is about the size of New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined. The capital city is Tallinn. It is one of the best-preserved medieval cities. It is also the city of the first Christmas tree in the world. In 1441, the tree was put up in the town square. The government is a Parliamentary Democracy. Estonia re-gained its independence on August 20, 1991 from the U.S.S.R. Natural resources: Oil shale, phosphorite, limestone, blue clay. Estonia enjoys a mild climate because of marine influences. Read more about Estonia in today’s Travel With Us! Click HERE to download t

New Covenant Christian School

NCCS News Our wonderful K-4 students had a great time with the Spanish puppet presentation that our also wonderful 9th grade students presented. The 9th Graders made their own puppets and introduced some Spanish words in their stories. It was fun! Learning another language keeps your brain sharp! What a group of fine sharp students we have!

President's Day Quiz Answers

Presidential Quiz Answers Here are the answers to yesterday's Presidential Quiz. Did you get them all right?! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #president

Happy President's Day 2020!

Presidential Quiz Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February; Presidents Day 2020 occurs on Monday, February 17. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. On this President's Day, take a moment to test your knowl

DeWitt Elementary News

HERBISON WOODS Candy Canes for a Cause The Herbison Woods Elementary School student government hosted a fundraiser, Candy Canes for a Cause, to raise money to donate to Potter Park Zoo to help support the BIG Zoo Lessons. Candy canes could be purchased and delivered to students and staff, along with a note from the sender. The student government raised $1,000 to donate to Potter Park Zoo from the candy cane sales. Emily O'Rourke and Dr. George Berghorn from Potter Park Zoo were at Herbison Woods Elementary in December to receive the donation and thank the students. The funds donated will "give Potter Park Zoo resources needed to enhance our programming and enrich the zoo experience for a

Use Your Imagination

My Dream World In today's Use Your Imagination, write about your favorite book! What was your favorite book? What made you like it so much? If you were to write a book, what would it be about? Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

St. Mary’s Pinckney Elementary

Fourth graders at St. Mary Catholic School recently completed their book reports and presented them to their peers. Students picked from a selection of books to read. Students could choose from a variety of books like fiction, non-fiction, adventure, etc. After reading the book, students created projects to gather interest in the book from other students. “These were fun projects,” said Brooke third grade student. “ My mom taught me how to make this blanket from the story. My friends want to learn how to do it too.” "It is a great opportunity for students to learn public speaking as they present their reports to their peers’” said Principal Kinsey. Submitted by: Veronica Kinsey mrskinse

Math Adventures

We LOVE To Do Math! In today's Valentine's Day themed Math Adventures, fill in the missing numbers to complete the problems! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

All About Books

Looking for a good book? Check this month's book recommendations from the librarians at the Kent District Library. Have a great day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be A Geoscientist! Are you curious about the Earth that surrounds you? A geoscientist studies the Earth. There are many kids of geoscientists. A geologist studies the Earth’s rocks. A seismologist studies earthquakes. Volcanologists study volcanoes. Paleontologists study fossils. Do you know what fossils are? They are the remains of things that lived long ago such as dinosaurs. Fossils tell scientists how life on Earth has changed over time. Some geoscientists look for oil or minerals. Some make maps of rock layers, minerals or groundwater. Some study the history of the Earth. Some geoscientists also work to take care of the environment. Think about what kind of geoscien

Let's Make It!

Bubble Snakes! In the winter, sometimes it is nice to do summery things to remember fun times had in the warmth of summer. Here is a summer thing that you can try -- it's called Bubble Snakes! You may want to try this in the bathtub or another place that is okay to get soapy. Be sure to ask an adult first! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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