Showing posts from October, 2015

Paying it Forward

The other day at school something happened that made me rethink my own actions. School was out for the day, and as always there was an onslaught of kids and parents making their way to the front door. This is a time when everyone is in a hurry and usually the time when someone pushes their way through the crowd. A little girl, who I recognized as a kindergartner, was in the lead but instead of flinging the doors open and escaping for the day, she turned and held them for the other kids. Her mom was nearby and asked her to let the doors go and follow her. The little girl shook her head and said, "Mom, I can't. I'm paying it forward."
Now I've heard the expression many times, and I have been on both the giving and the recieving end. However, I've never thought of it in terms other than an "adult's" random act of kindness. Shame on me for not remembering that paying it forward is not an adult's original idea, but one created everyday by you--the…

Release Day for Kiki and Jacques

KiKi and Jacques by Susan Ross
Release Day Blast October 15, 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK                            
Kiki and Jacques
Author: Susan ROss
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Release Date: October 15th, 2015
Publisher:  Holiday House SYNOPSIS: A local boy and a refugee girl from Somalia overcome cultural challenges in a small Maine town. Twelve-year-old Jacques meets Kiki, a Somali girl with a mysterious scar. Jacques expects to be captain of the soccer team, by Kiki’s brother, Mohamed, becomes his new rival. Kiki is also a talented player and wishes her family would let her join the girls team. A dangerous older boy implicated Jacques in a blot to rob the Army Navy Store, but Mohamed is mistakenly arrested. The boys on the soccer team shun Mohamed, and Jacques must decide if he will step forward.
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PRAISE “Jacques and Kiki are intriguing chracters, strong and empathetic. Despite problems of culture, they find their way to friendship in a stor…

Kids: How to stay safe at school.

There is no doubt in my mind that by now all of you have heard about the shooting at an Oregon Community College, so I know school violence must be on your minds. It's on mine, too.  Violence is identified as any behavior that uses physical force to hurt or kill.  The only difference between someone pushing you, a friend, or someone you don't even know up against the wall and a shooter who shows up at school is the extent of the violence. So what can you do, or should you do, to keep yourself safe at school?  First and foremost, talk with your parents. This post is not written to take their place, but to give you a few ideas to start the discussion.  Second, choose your friends wisely. I know you hear that from your parents, but it is true. If you want to be safe, stay away from kids who are openly aggressive, always angry, the ones on drugs, and any kid that your "Kid Safe Radar" says to avoid. (Your Kid Safe Radar is that little warning bell that goes off in your …