Not Just for Kids

Vol. 8, No. 45
Nov. 9-15, 2000
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No Putdowns...Pass It Around

These days, times can be tough. Even in Harry Potter’s world, putdowns are commonplace. Not so at Edgewater Elementary School.

You might think that an auditorium full of elementary school kids would be a noisy, unruly place. But these kids are alert, respectful and interested in what’s going on. They’re also having a great time.
Four years ago, kids were introduced to a program that has changed their lives. They learn to use positive power to control their feelings, to think before they act and make good choices.

These Kids Can:

  • walk away from a fight
  • help others
  • share
  • apologize when wrong

“Positive Approaches to Negative Situations”

This 10-week program teaches 5 skills. Each day kids learn how to recognize different kinds of putdowns and how to peacefully solve conflicts. Suspensions and discipline problems are both down, and kids are happier.

Hard work pays off, and today Edgewater is celebrating. A state award is being presented to honor students and staff and recognize the great success of No Putdowns.

A very special guest has made a return visit. BayZL, a bright green sea monster, is the mascot of the Bayrunners Basketball team and an enthusiastic supporter of No Putdowns. Hal Katzman, youth program director of the Bayrunners, energizes 450 kids who enthusiastically welcome BayZL.

Edgewater was the first school in Anne Arundel County to have No Putdowns put into action. Now more than 45 other schools in the county have caught on to this great idea.


No Putdowns … Pass it Around

1. Think About Why
2. Stay Cool
3. Shield Myself
4. Choose a Response
5. Build Up

Look Out! You’re Surrounded!

They peek at you from your food, live happily in your mouth and you don’t EVEN think about your hands.

Bacteria … Blah!

Not so fast! Bacteria isn’t all that bad. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to survive. Bacteria help to digest food and are important in breaking down plant materials for compost.
One type of bacteria can even help clean up an oil spill by actually eating the oil.
Now that’s a GOOD bacteria.

Steppin’ Out In Style

Mugsy and Diyogee
Roderiques dressed to the nines this Halloween.

With a little help from their faithful owners, Lilliane & Keith Roderiques. Kids got a
special treat when they knocked on the door of this Fairhaven House.

Super costumes guys!
Thanks for the photos!

Super Science!

Have you got clean hands?
Think again and check this out!

You’ll need:
1. A pair of hands (don’t wash them)
2. 1 beef bouillion cube
3.1 cup of water
4. 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
5. 1 Clean flat dish

Boil water and add bouillion and gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

Pour into flat dish, cover and wait for gel to set (about 3 hrs).

When it’s ready, place your hand palm side down on the gel and press gently.

Cover the dish again and put it in a warm place for 3 to 5 days.

Now uncover and see what you get!

Bacteria on your hand have made lots more bacteria and now shows up like a slimey hand on the gel.

Kids' Calendar

Wreathmaking for the Birds
Sun. Nov. 12 (1pm)–Kids, create a great holiday wreath for our feathered friends. Use all natural materials that will attract feathered friends and look beautiful. Ages 8-14. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. $5. rsvp: 410/222-6115.

Gas, Food and Lodging
Sun. Nov. 12 (2-3:30pm)–What keeps birds going during the winter months? Food isn’t as easy to find when the cold season comes roaring in. You can help them out by making your own bird feeder. With some careful watching, you can discover each bird’s favorite food. Ages 6-10. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Lusby. rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Quivering Quidditch
Wed. Nov. 15 (7-8pm)– Stop in the shops along Diagon Valley, be sorted into houses and be part of a quidditch tournament. Harry Potter night will be a magical evening. Come dressed as your favorite character if you like. Ages 7-14. Annapolis Library, Annapolis.

Speak Off Contest
“Community Waters–How we, as a community, can work together to preserve water resources.” Kids in grades, 9-12 are invited to compete in this years Speak-Off contest. The speech must be between three to five minutes long on the above subject. Submit application and videotaped speech to the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District by November 17, 2000. Prizes will be awarded. Contact Chris Maex at 410/222-7822.

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