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Gear Up for Family Literacy Month

§ October 26th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § Tagged , , , , , , § No Comments

November is Family Literacy Month, an opportunity to foster parent’s involvement in their children’s education. Help parents develop engaging family-school relationships with these events and activities.

Family Literacy Night at the Boston Children’s Museum
Kick off family literacy month at the Boston Children’s Museum on Friday, November 4 from 6-8:30 pm. Parents and children will enjoy fun activities, take-home resources, and more.

Family Literacy Day at the Children's Museum at Holyoke
The Children's Museum at Holyoke will host a family literacy event on Saturday, November 12 from 1-4 pm. Families can participate in literacy activities and receive take-home tools.

National Center for Family Literacy
The NCFL website offers a collection of free resources for parents, including an interactive Literacy House. Explore the Literacy House by clicking on objects in different rooms to discover everyday literacy activities.

U.S. Department of Education Parent’s Page
The U.S. Department of Education's Parents page includes a Toolkit for Hispanic Families, a Parent’s Guide to School Success as well as other resources.

Visit the Massachusetts Department of Education webpage for more information about Family Literacy Month.

Red Ribbon Week

§ October 24th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, Health, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

The drug and alcohol prevention campaign Red Ribbon Week is from October 23 through October 31. People across the country don red ribbons in remembrance of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enriqué “Kiki” Camarena. In 1985 while working on a marijuana and cocaine trafficking case in Mexico, he was murdered by drug traffickers.

Red Ribbon Week calls attention to the dangers of drug trafficking on an international scale, and it serves as a reminder to students to stay drug and alcohol free.

To help observe Red Ribbon Week in your classroom, Boston Herald NIE teachers can download the free anti-drinking curriculum guide Teenage Drinking: Too much, too soon... too risky here.

You can also learn more about the history of Red Ribbon Week by following this link.

Celebrate World Food Week & Help End Hunger

§ October 17th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Yesterday World Food Week kicked off with the internationally recognized World Food Day. Now is a great time to teach students about hunger, and how they can help alleviate it, with these resources:

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger
Teachers can find lesson plans about world hunger for different grade levels at

Freerice is an online question and answer game that donates rice to the United Nations World Food Programme every time a player answers a question correctly. Players can answer questions about a variety of subjects including English grammar and vocabulary, math, geography, and more.

World Food Programme
Get the facts about hunger from the World Food Programme’s webpage. Their hunger section contains useful tools including a printable World Hunger Map, hunger statistics, and FAQs.

Print Newspaper Delivery Suspended Oct. 10

§ October 7th, 2011 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers-- Print newspaper delivery will be cancelled Monday, October 10 for the Columbus Day holiday.

You can still access the Boston Herald Smart Edition during all school holidays. Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Sign up for the online newspaper here.