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					       Duval County Public Schools                                                     NOVEMBER 2009 – Middle School                                                          Title I Parent Involvement Center
                                                                                           (National Parent Involvement Month)

             Saturday, November 1 - Starts National Parent Involvement Month. Suggested Activities for the month are listed below.                                  Complete as many activities as possible. READY-SET-GO

             Sun                               Mon                                 Tue                              Wed                                Thu                                  Fri                                  Sat
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     Review the calendar of         National Deviled Egg Day             National Sandwich Day              Family Writing Activity:             Goal Setting Day               National Saxophone Day                  National Notary Day
     events. Have a family                Family Activity:               Family Reading Activity:                                             Family Math Activity:              Family Science Activity:             Family History Activity:
  discussion of what activities    Make devil eggs for dinner. Be      Find a newspaper article about      Look at family photos and        Make and chart for academic        You will need a thin wall crystal      Research the functions of a
    the family will complete.      creative and some extra things      food (preferably sandwiches).       write and family poem or          goals for the remaining of         glass, and a separate glass of      Notary. If you know a Notary,
   Make a shopping list and        such as crab meat, shrimp, etc.     Read and discuss it with family    song. Be prepared to share       2008-2009 school year. Create       water. Hold the empty glass on      have a discussion about the legal
  take family trip to the store.                                        members. Make your favorite        it at Thanksgiving Dinner       and display a time line. Revisit      a tabletop at the base of the       obligations and procedures of
                                                TIP:                       sandwiches for dinner.                                          your goals weekly. Discuss the        stem with one hand. Wet the              becoming a Notary.
                                    Talk to your child about what
                                    makes this the most historical              Vocabulary                        Vocabulary              presidential election results.     index finger of your other hand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vocabulary
                                                                                                                   Stanza – stan.zas                                             with some water. Lightly rub
                                     election (The U.S. will have                Rations - ra·tion                                                  Vocabulary                your wet finger along the rim of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Endorse - en·dorse
                                   either the first African American                  (food)                   (number of lines of verse            Apathy - ap·a·thy                                                           (authorize)
                                                                                                                                                                                   the glass. As you rub the
                                     president or the first female                                                      usually rhyme).              (lack of interest)
                                                                                      TIP:                                                                                     glass, you will hear the singing                    TIP:
                                                                            Ask about you children’s                                                    TIP:                     sound of the glass. You can       Teach your children respect for
                                                                           homework-what is it, when                                       Make sure your child(ren) get a      change the pitch of the sound      others and responsibility for their
                                                                            it’s due, check to make                                         good night’s sleep, and eat a        by adding water to the glass.              own behavior
                                                                                  sure it’s done!                                                healthy breakfast.
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 Chocolate W/Almonds Day              Chaos Never Dies Day                  Forget Me Not Day                    Veterans' Day                  National Pizza Day             National Indian Pudding Day              National Nurse Day
        Family Activity:                  Family Activity:               Family Reading Activity:           Family Writing Activity:          Family Math Activity:              Family Science Activity:             Family History Activity:
        Take in a movie.             Have dinner with all family          Start a family book club.         Collaboratively interview a     Make homemade pizza for               Make Indian Pudding for               Discuss the history of
        Have a candy bar                members present.                 (Mildred Taylor would be a       veteran. Record the response.     dinner. Be sure to use your          dessert tonight. Be sure to            mid-wives and nurses:
    (Chocolate with Almonds).                                           great author to start with. Her    Include which branch, when           measurement skills.               discuss the physical and              http://operating-room-
                                             Vocabulary                books can be borrowed from          and where he/she served.                                              chemical changes of the    If you know a
             DVD:                              Chaos - cha·os
                                                                        the public library ex. Song of        Visit the local Veterans
                                                                                                                                                     Vocabulary                 ingredients. This is also a        nurse or mid-wife, give her/him
                                            (unruliness, confusion)                                                                                        Knead
     The Perfect Holiday                                                The Trees, The Well, Roll of      memorial wall located at 1145                                         fabulous Thanksgiving dish.               a hug/handshake.
                                                TIP:                       Thunder, Hear My Cry).         E Adams St. The Veterans Day             (massage, press, mold)
              TIP:                                                       View photo albums and talk           Parade starts at 11:00
                                                                                                                                                                                            TIP:                              Vocabulary
                                       Chaos Never Dies Day                                                                                             TIP:
   Talk to your children about                                                                                                                                                  Encourage your children to                       Scalpel - scal·pel
                                      recognizes the turmoil in        about memorable family events                                        Check your children’s school
school each day to let them know                                                                                      TIP:                                                       read. Don’t let TV, video                 (knife used by surgeons)
                                    modern, everyday life. Take                  and people.                                                 website regularly to remain
  you’re interested and that you                                                                           Be positive about school. A                                          games, or friends absorb all
                                    time today to recognize the                 Vocabulary                                                 abreast and keep informed.                                                            TIP:
    think school is important.                                                                              negative attitude can turn                                                their free time.
                                   chaos but don’t dwell on it and                                                                                                                                                   Know your children’s friends,
                                                                                   Melancholy              children away from learning.
                                        don’t let it defeat you.                                                                                                                                                    where they live, and if possible,
                                                                               (unhappy, depressed)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            their parents.
     Duval County Public Schools                                           NOVEMBER 2009 – Middle School                                                  Title I Parent Involvement Center
                                                                              (National Parent Involvement Month)

           Sun                            Mon                          Tue                            Wed                            Thu                              Fri                          Sat
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Clean Your Refrigerator Day      National Family Story Day       Take A Hike Day                    Latvia Day              Gettysburg Address Day          National Peanut Butter       Lebanese Independence
       Family Activity:               Family Activity:         Family Reading Activity:        Family Writing Activity:       Family Math Activity:                  Day                          Day
Everyone pitch in and clean       Wear an outfit with many   Take a family walk. Look for     Use the internet or public        Read about the               Family Science Activity:     Family History Activity:
  the fridge. After you are        and/or unique buttons.       unfamiliar challenging        library to research Latvia.     Gettysburg Address.           Make fresh peanut butter.       Research Lebanese
 done watch a good movie                                       words. When you return          Have a family discussion      Have fun completing the        Use your peanut butter to       Independence day.
           Movie:                          TIPS:              home define the words. If     about Latvia. Try and locate     math related problems.        make peanut butter cookies.      Compare it the U.S.
                                                                no words jump out at        it on a map. Collaboratively     Make a contest out of it.        Be sure to discuss the
      Slumdog Millionaire                                                                                                                                                                  Independence’s Day.
                                                             you…just enjoy the walk and    choose and respond to one             Good Luck!                  physical and chemical
            DVD:                                                     family chat.                 of the two prompts                                                                     Find Lebanese on a Map
                                                                                                                                                           changes of the ingredients.
          Get Smart                                                                                                                                                                             or Globe.
                                                                                                      Latvia Day.                                            While your cookies are
            TIP:                                                                                                                                             baking use the internet
 Celebrate school successes                                          Vocabulary                                                                                   to research
With appropriate rewards. They                                      Saunter - saun·ter                                             Vocabulary             George Washington Carver             Vocabulary
 may seem embarrassed but                                             (stroll, walk)                                           Municipal - mu·nic·i·pal                                       Dominion - do·min·ion
                                                                                                                                                            (Scientist who discovered
   they will appreciate your                                                                                                                                                                     (control, power)
                                                                                                                                (community, public)         many uses of the peanut).

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    Duval County Public Schools                                            NOVEMBER 2009 – Middle School                                                 Title I Parent Involvement Center
                                                                               (National Parent Involvement Month)
National Game / Puzzle         National Cashew Day                                               National Parfait Day           Thanksgiving Day                Shopping Day              National Flossing Day
          Day                          TIPS:
                                                                                                Family Writing Activity:      Family History Activity:        Family Math Activity:        Family Science Activity:
                               Make cashews a part of        Family Reading Activity:
     Family Activity:                                                                          Collaboratively respond to        Enjoy your Family         Make a budget before you       All family member should
                                 you regular diet. They        Visit the Public Library.
  Invite extended family                                                                        the writing prompt Parfait     Thanksgiving Feast!!!      shop. Compare prices. Keep      visit the dentist for an oral
                                are packed with healthy        Borrow a Thanksgiving
members and friends over                                                                      Day. Then concoct your own        Remember how this           a running total. See how           exam (make your
                                        benefits.            book/article. Have a family
for a Game/Puzzle night.                                                                      parfait! Add as many flavors        holiday started.        close you are to the register     appointments ASAP).
                                Poor dental hygiene         book talk while focusing on
  Use a variety of board                                                                        of ice cream, syrup, fruit,                                receipt. Remember, there
                                  causes major health        comparing/contrasting the
games, card games, and                                                                        candy, nuts, or anything else                                   are no taxes on food.
                                       problems.                 book’s Thanksgiving
   puzzles to enhance                                                                         you would want to be in your                                   Everything else is 7%.
                                                              traditions to your family’s
        your event.                                                                           dessert. Don't forget to give
                                                               Thanksgiving traditions.
 ___________________         ______________________                                                 it a name. ENJOY!                                             Vocabulary
                                         30                                                                                                                     Currency - cur·ren·cy             Vocabulary
            29                                                       Vocabulary
                                                                                                                                                                      (money)                     hygiene hy·giene
                                                                   Ethnicity - eth·nic·i·ty
Electronic Greeting Day                                            (customs, way of life)
                                    Relax, Enjoy!
    Family Activity:         You’ve work hard all month.
 Email at least three
 people an electronic
    greeting card

    Date               Title                                                                                             Writing Prompt
    11/11          Veterans’ Day            In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11th be celebrated as Veterans Day. Interview a veteran. Include in your report which
                                            branch of the military he/she served, when he/she served, where he/she was stationed, and any memories or comments that person would like to share. Then
                                            tell why you think it is important that we honor those who served in all American wars.

    11/18              Latvia Day           (1) Imagine if government officials came to your house and took many of your personal belongings, as the Soviets did to Latvian farmers. Would you be
                                            angry? Why?
                                            (2) The Soviet Russians forced Latvia to do many things that Latvian didn’t want to do. Write about a time you were made to do something you didn’t want
                                            to do, and how it felt.
    11/25        National Parfait Day       Parfait: A rich sweet dessert composed of various layers, including ice cream, fruit, syrup, whipped cream and nuts. November 25 is National Parfait Day.
                                            Make up a story that tells why this is an important day to remember. Use as much humor in your story as possible.

                                                                                              Gettysburg Math
       1.   Nicholas recited the Gettysburg Address at his school's program about the Civil War. It took him 4 hours and 52 minutes to memorize the speech. It took him only three minutes and fifteen seconds
            to recite it. What is the ratio of the time it took Nicholas to memorize the speech to the time it took him to recite it?
        Duval County Public Schools                                                  NOVEMBER 2009 – Middle School                                                      Title I Parent Involvement Center
                                                                                        (National Parent Involvement Month)
           2.   Mackenzie made a display about the Gettysburg Address. She included a copy of the speech, a picture of President Lincoln, a list of major battles, and pictures of the Gettysburg National Historic
                Battlefield. Since the principal wanted her to put it on a wall in the hallway, she laid out all the pieces of the display on the floor, and then measured the length and width it would take up on the wall.
                She taped off a length of 5 feet 8 inches and a width of 2 feet 3 inches. How much area will her display cover? ______ square inches

           3.   Following the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln's popularity began to decline because the war didn't end quickly. He thought many times he might not be re-elected. However, when the
                electoral votes were counted, he had two hundred twenty votes to his opponent's twenty-one. What was the ratio of Lincoln's electoral votes to his opponent's? Express your answer as a fraction in
                lowest terms.

           4.   According to the best records of the Civil War, 2,100,000 men served in the Union Army. Of that number, approximately twenty-four percent of the soldiers were immigrants. Approximately how
                many Union soldiers were immigrants?

           5.   The Battle at Antietam was the bloodiest of the Civil War. About 2,000 Northerners and 2,700 Southerners were killed. Approximately 19,000 men from both sides were wounded, of which about
                3,000 later died. How many men died at or as a result of the fighting at Antietam?

           6.   An army under General George G. Meade defeated Confederate forces at Gettysburg during the first three days of July 1863. The area in which the fighting took place has been declared a National
                Historic Battlefield. Every year volunteers re-enact the major battles. Alyssa (14 years old) and her father, mother, 8-year-old brother, and 5-year-old sister are going to attend the re-enactment.
                Ticket prices are $27.93 for adults (age 13 and over), youth (ages 6-12) $10.70, and children under 6 are admitted free. How much will it cost for Alyssa and her family for tickets to the re-enactment
                at Gettysburg?

                                                                                                                              PEANUT BUTTER
Tips for Parents of Middle School Students:
                                                                                                                                2 cups roasted peanuts
At Home:                                                                                                                        1 ½ teaspoons vegetable or olive oil

   1.    Ask about your children’s homework – what it is, when it’s due – and check to make sure they do it.                  Steps:
   2.    Provide a quiet place – with a good light and away from distractions – for your children to do homework.               Pour 2 cups of roasted peanuts into a food processor bowl that has metal food processor blade attached.
   3.    Make sure your children get a good night’s sleep each night and eat a healthy, substantial breakfast each morning.
                                                                                                                                Add 1 ½ teaspoons of oil. Cover the bowl with the food processor lid and chop up the peanuts
   4.    Talk to your children about school for at least a few minutes each day to let them know you’re interested and you
         think school is important.                                                                                               continuously for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture forms a ball
   5.    Teach your children respect for others and responsibility for their own behavior.                                      Scrape down the food processor bowl, if needed, when processing the peanuts.
   6.    Make sure your children get regular health and dental check-ups.                                                       Taste the freshly made peanut butter and add a touch of salt, if needed.
   7.    Be positive about school. If parents say “I wasn’t good at school” or “I really didn’t like school,” this can turn     Add small quantities of brown sugar or molasses for a sweet taste.
         children away from learning.                                                                                           Spoon peanut butter into a jar and seal. Store in the refrigerator.
   8.    Check your children’s school websites regularly to keep informed.
   9.    Encourage your children to read. Don’t let TV, video games, or friends absorb all their free time.
   10.   Talk to your children about their specific interests related to school – subjects or teachers they like, clubs or    INDIAN PUDDING
         extracurricular activities, books they are reading, projects they are working on, etc.                               Ingredients:
   11.   Discuss their choice of courses with them so that they are well prepared for different options after high school.      6 cups of milk
   12.   Begin discussing with them what they might like to do after they graduate from high school.                            ½ cup of butter (1 stick)
   13.   Know your children’s friends, where they live, and, if possible, their parents.
                                                                                                                                ½ cup of yellow cornmeal
   14.   Celebrate school successes with appropriate rewards. Even though they may seem embarrassed, your children will
         appreciate your enthusiasm for their good work.                                                                        ¼ cup flour
                                                                                                                                1 teaspoon of salt

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