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Week of June 18, 2001

Happy Summer!!!

Summer begins on June 21!
Jump into the first day of summer with this fun-filled summer trivia.

Quote of the Week


"Summer afternoon--summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language." -- Henry James (1843-1916). James was a U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and critic.

Photo: Henry James.

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Picture of the Week


ConGRADulations
Sacagawea! Sacagawea was honored in June, 2001, at a Graduation ceremony. She worked very hard this year in Classroom 11 and passed all her final exams. We are excited for Sacagawea and her accomplishments. Now, she can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer! Read a book about Sacagawea.

Photo: Sacagawea at Graduation.

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Feature Book in Association with amazon.com


A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C.

This book is featured in our Washington, D.C. Travel Bookstore. A MUST BUY for touring Washington, D.C. with kids. It's a complete TRAVEL DIARY! Read this book before you go, and carry it with you in D.C. You can write in it, color the pictures, use the maps for directions, and read about the landmarks and buildings. There are games, puzzles, and fill-in-the-blanks all designed to make this historic vacation both fun and memorable. As a BONUS, your kids will have their very own Travel Diary of their vacation to our Nation's Capital to keep for years to come.

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: The line, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" comes from which of William Shakespeare's plays? (Hint: this week's topic is Summer)

Photo: William Shakespeare

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: What was the name of Robert E. Lee's favorite horse?
Answer:
Traveller. Robert E. first saw Traveller in 1861, and bought him in 1862, for $200. Robert rode Traveller for the remainder of the Civil War and throughout his Presidency at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Robert is buried in Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University, and Traveller is buried outside Lee Chapel. Did you know Traveller was previously called Jeff Davis (named after the President of the Confederate States of America)? Read a book about Robert E. Lee

Photo: Robert E. Lee and Traveller (left) and Traveller's Grave (right)

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Did You Know…


Did you know Stonehenge is the largest constructed megalith in Europe?

Yes. First of all, let us define a megalith. Megalith literally means huge stone. It is a term applied to prehistoric stone monuments forming circles, half circles, or rows in Northern Europe. Stonehenge, meaning "something hanging," is a circular group of large standing stones located on Salisbury Plain in southern England. The outer circle of stones are almost 14 feet high. Stonehenge was built c. 2200-1500 BC. Wow, that's old! The remaining structure is a small part of the original structure. The significance of Stonehenge is unknown, and the positioning of the stones suggests it could have been an observatory, a calendar of the seasons, a place for ceremonial gatherings, or even a palace. Did you know some of the stones came from distances up to 150 miles away? Read a book about Stonehenge.

Photo: Stonehenge.

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Who's Your Hero?


"My hero is my grandmother. She is a kind, sweet, and gentle woman, and I love her very much. My favorite memory of growing up is spending the summers with my grandmother. We would go for walks in the woods, pick flowers in the meadows, and fish in the lake."
-- Beth S. from Wisconsin

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Your Question


Q: What is so important about the summer solstice? (Valerie from Chicago)

A: The summer solstice is on June 21. It is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and is the longest day of the year. This occurs because of the tilt of the earth in relation to the sun. In the summer, the North Pole is tilted toward the sun which means the sun is higher in the sky, the weather is warmer, and the days are longer. Did you know the seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere? If the North Pole is titled toward the sun, then the South Pole is titled away from the sun. This means it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere which brings colder weather and shorter days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is December 21. It is the first day of winter and is the shortest day of the year. Did you know there is little temperature changes between seasons for areas near the equator? Read a book about the sun.

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