More Than A Gift….


 I received a bonsai tree from the Japan pavilion in Epcot. I have wanted one since seeing them at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival a few years ago…..very excited to start this journey!

 Last year was the first year we didn’t have some kind of garden. (Because of the move)The gift of the bonsai has awakened in me my desire to garden again….to cultivate. I will be getting rid of all the weeds that have been sucking the life out of me and trying to impede my growth. I’m preparing the soil so it’s ready to plant new “seeds” and these new “seeds” will be nurtured with love and care.

 As the New Year starts I will be rearranging my schedule…pruning that which is not producing growth and immersing myself into the things that I enjoy and love…. Helping me to shine and blossom.

 While the last few days of ’09 come and go… I’m saddened that I have said goodbye to many people however in retrospect it was necessary to say goodbye so that I could say Hello to a healthy me….

 Sometimes a gift is more than a gift….Thank you for the Bonsai……

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Niemat’s worry about Darfuri people in the camps


Help Save Darfur speak out for the silenced victims of genocide
Dear Shannah, 

All the talk of progress in Sudan masks a horrific truth: Unprecedented levels of rape and sexual violence threaten women and girls on a daily basis.

Next year’s elections could spark more instability and violence, and our contacts inside Darfur and Sudan tell us women and girls may pay the highest price.

Help Save Darfur speak out for the silenced victims of genocide by making a generous tax-deductible donation right now.

Save Darfur works directly with activists like Niemat Ahmadi to monitor events on the ground and get information.

Niemat told me, “The enemies are everywhere, the terror is unrelenting, and the tragedy of these awful years has fallen especially heavily on both the women of Darfur—and, with more horror than my words could possibly convey—the girls.” 
In the weeks leading up to Sudan’s first elections in over 24 years, we urgently need your help to speak up for the women and girls of Darfur. Your donation will give Save Darfur the resources we need to:
 

  • Give activists on the ground a megaphone so that their voices cannot be ignored;  Donate now so that we can be that megaphone the people of Darfur and all of Sudan so desperately need. https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/electionsndNiemat wanted to make sure I told you—your efforts are working. She talks of the indictment of President Bashir, of the global pressure on his regime, and of the increased number of UNAMID peacekeepers in the region.But then she says, “These are not the greatest measure of your impact. Hope is. That is the gift you are giving to the women and girls of Darfur.”

    Don’t let these women and girls down.

    Please make a generous contribution to support this movement today.

    On behalf of Niemat and the rest of the amazing activists whose outreach your donations are supporting—thank you for standing by Save Darfur at this critical moment in our fight for peace.

    My best,

    Jerry Fowler
    President, Save Darfur Coalition

  • Petition, rally, and lobby the U.S. government and the United Nations to increase peacekeeping forces in Darfur, to help protect the millions of women and girls there;
  • Develop and distribute reports and benchmarks for fair elections in Sudan; and
  • Pressure the world to isolate and ultimately arrest indicted war criminal Sudanese President Bashir.

 

Recipe of the day


Louisiana Citrus Crepes

Classroom Projects for Cold Winter Days


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Classroom Projects for Cold Winter DaysCome in from the cold! Students can make plenty of snowy projects while warm and toasty inside! Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a creative lesson plan about this famous civil rights leader. Learn about penguins. Kids are sure to enjoy creative lessons about these amazing flightless birds. Visit Crayola.com for more winter project ideas and check out the Crayola Dream-Makers® 2009-2010 Annual Children’s Art Exhibition—the submission deadline has been extended to January 31, 2010. Crayola has also joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills—learn more about this initiative at www.21stcenturyskills.org.

Let it Snow!
New News
  Visual Voices: Speak Up for Creativity
 blue crayon line This year’s Crayola Annual Children’s Art Exhibition is the perfect way to showcase students’ imaginations. We want students (K-12) to take the theme “Visual Voices: Speak up for Creativity” and create artwork inspired by the importance of speaking up for creativity in the world. A select sample of submitted artwork will be exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and its offices around the country. For more thought starters, rules, prize information and more, visit www.Crayola.com/artexpo. Deadline for submissions has been extended to January 31, 2010.

Crayola Joins the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
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The partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates the integration of knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century community and workplace. Skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and communication are integrated into core academic subjects such as mathematics, reading, science and history. The results ensure that every child graduates prepared for life and work. Find out more about the Partnership for 21st Century Skills at www.21centuryskills.org.
Spotlight on the Crayola Glow Dome™
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Your wildest creations come to life with Crayola Glow Dome! Create a cool space scene, a fiery volcano or a dangerous undersea mission! Make it spin! Make it glow! You can get cool tracing guides or draw whatever you can dream up! Click here to learn more.
More Playful Learning!
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The Crayola Dry-Erase Activity Center has a clear writing and drawing surface that allows you to slide in preprinted pages underneath the window. Click here for more information and hundreds of activity sheets for hours of playful learning!

 
New News
'Tis The Season
  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — January 18 Blue crayon line

 

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Penguin Awareness Day – January 20 Blue crayon line

 

 

 

Creative Fun From Crayola
  CRAYOLA CREATIVE WORKSHOP
purple crayon line Let Alison and Liana show your students some creative science with supplies from your art box and mom’s kitchen cabinets. Click here to watch the video and start experimenting. For written instructions, click here.
 
Creative Fun From Crayola
  MORE CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
purple crayon lineBuild your own coloring pages on Crayola.com with Create & Color!

    Print out these craft sheets for more seasonal fun.

 

 
Did You Know?
  THE CRAYOLASTORE.COM SPECIAL OFFER
green crayon lineRestock your classroom inventory and take advantage of cool winter savings! Take 15% off your entire purchase at CrayolaStore.com. Enter TEACH15 at checkout for savings. Hurry, because this offer expires January 31!
 

    Colorfully yours,
    The Crayola.com Team

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Cool site for our little cello players


http://www.littlecellist.com/page/index

Recipe of the day


Candy Cane Cake

Recipe of the day


Chunky Chocolate Brownies