Monday, January 31, 2011
Portland got 29.1 inches of snow in January, exceeding the normal average of 20.5 inches. Since July, Portland has received 42.3 inches of snow, with the average for the season being 37.4 inches.
How will your family spend Wednesday?
Sunday, January 30, 2011
David La Graffe
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Mon., Jan. 31: Machias University of Maine at Machias, Performing Arts Center, 116 O’Brien Ave
Wed., Feb. 2: Bangor Eastern Maine Community College, Rangeley Hall, Room 501,Sylvan Road,
Thurs., Feb. 3: Auburn Central Maine Community College, Jalbert Hall, Room 15, 1250 Turner Street,
Mon., Feb. 7: Sanford Sanford Town Hall, 919 Main Street, 1-3 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 9: South Portland Southern Maine Community College, Howe Hall, Room 306, 2 Fort Road, 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
If you missed it and want to see the film, or want to send a loved one, it is being shown again at Cape Elizabeth High School on Monday February 7th
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
and more importantly, we've begun to try to think about the logistics for creating a great debrief and threshing session within our own community, after the film but perhaps at least before vacation...
any brilliant ideas out there?
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Top 10 strategies for reducing (our own) prejudice @ greatergood
Be the Change @ Facing History and Ourselves (videos and info about activists today)
Watch some school house rock
or a Ted Talk by Zoe Weil of the Institute for Humane Education (located here in Maine)
political, and sexual shift that's exploding on mobile devices and social
networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Our kids are using cell
phones and computers to interact on social networking sites, teenagers have the
ability to share information quickly with their peers and networks. Without
proper parental supervision, many of our children may be susceptible to making
poor decisions regarding posting or sharing information online. Many parents
are unaware that their children are making quick decisions about personal
photographs and data that are communicated instantly across the Internet. What
is even more alarming is that few parents have guidelines or practices in place
to create limits and boundaries for their children.
Janet P. Judge, president of Sports Law Associates will discuss with parents the
types of social networking used by kids these days. We will learn how we can
help them ensure that their participation in an online community is a safe and
Please join us at the Cumberland Congregational Church on Monday, January 31st
at 7:00 pm where we will have a presentation by Janet on Social Networking and
it's ramifications. There will be time afterward for a question and answer
period so, please bring any specific situations you would like to discuss
relating to this topic. Light drinks and snacks will be provided.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Raffi's major new essay, The Right To A Future, is now available on the Centre website.
A shorter version has just been published as a blog on Huffington Post.
This essay reflects the the culmination of Raffi's many years of systems thinking about the perilous state of the world, and how to see its connected root causes.
Putting commerce ahead of kids & community has created a dire global situation that requires fundamental systems change. Elevating money above life values has imperiled the future of
humanity and its young. Raffi presents an Earth & Child lens as part of a new lexicon for conveying (and addressing!) the climate threat.
Monday, January 17, 2011
She provided a link to another fabulous resource - a bibliography of books that include illustrations of children doing things kids do -- these are not books about race but books that include images of kids from all kinds of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
(ASO also suggests these blogs: Mitali Perkins, Amy Bowllan, The Brown Bookshelf, Neesha Meminger, Zetta Elliott)
Kids also need the chance to learn directly about race and racism, and there are a lot of gorgeous books that provide opportunities for conversation. A few:
The Color of Us by Karen Katz /activity ideas
Although old (from 2002, mostly) Cynthia Leitch Smith provides some great links, and has a unique emphasis on transracial adoption and multiracial identities/families.
-- Kids are up, gotta stop, let's grow this list through comments!
And another response to Tiger Mother -- this one has some good links regarding why achievement and happiness are not linked.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
First up, a writing contest sponsored by the Slow Food Portland, due February 11th -- the theme is "The Taste of Maine" -- info here.
Second, due February 18th, is the UMaine Cooperative Extension's garden show contest -- the theme this year is "Your Enchanted Garden" - rules here. (Click here to read FSP student Sam Davies' winning 2010 entry!)
Finally, due March 1: a writing contest sponsored by Maine magazine and the Telling Room -- the theme is "Play" - rules here.
Any others out there?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
WSJ excerpt here
Edit to add a link to a review by MojoMom, one of my favorite mothering blogs... she actually read the book and it sounds more literally harsh than my interpretation.
SPECIAL EVENT | Walk Together Children |
Live Performance by Vinie Burrow
In Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Mon Jan 17 | 7:00pm | $12
In her program "Walk together Children," Vinie Burrows uses prose, poems, and songs to relive the African American experiences of struggle for survival and equality. Her material derives from slave narratives, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka, and others. Burrows will also recite and perform on themes relating to current struggle for world peace. She will end her program by engaging the audience in discussion.
Vinie Burrows' appearances in Maine are organized by the Maine Peace Council at (207) 743-2183. For further information, call (207) 725-5222
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
This would be a great parent & kid conversation!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Momentarily, Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of Gerald Talbot as part of his Americans Who Tell The Truth Project (at the Portland Public Library at noon). I hope we can find a way to create space within our school community to discern our own truths and take action for the sake of our and all children (and ourselves).
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
January 13th at Twin Brook (Tuttle Road, Cumberland)
January 20th at Twin Brook
January 27th at Riverside (the golf course on Riverside Drive in Portland, park at the clubhouse)
February 3rd at Cape Elizabeth (Gull Crest fields next to the Cape dump, off Spurwink)
February 10th at Riverside
SATURDAY February 19th State meet at Starks Hill in Fryeburg. This meet goes all day and is a big ski carnival. Each team has a tent and tables with hot food, snacks, desserts and drinks, and a waxing station. Lots-o-fun.
Please come cheer on the four FSP students -- Sinéad, Cecilia, Tristram, and Violet -- as they race for Portland Nordic. Bring cowbells, voices, warm clothes, and good cheer.