MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020


“The time is always right to do what is right.”  





Protests … Looting … Curfew and so MUCH MORE!

We thought we were living history during the COVID-19 stay at home orders … well we are REALLY witnessing history now! This last week was one for the books! While it brought so many people together, there were some times when things seemed to get a little out of hand.  This week Ms. Anastasia is joined by our friend, Ms. Philecia  from the Elementary Virtual Engagement Team to discuss how the current events are making you feel. We’ve created a new survey so that we can REALLY hear what you want to say! Share this page with your friends so we know just what it is that you want to talk about!  





June 8, 1966 

NFL and AFL announce merger. 

On June 8, 1966, the rival National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) announce that they will merge. The first “Super Bowl” between the two leagues took place at the end of the 1966 season, though it took until the 1970 season for the leagues to unite their operations and integrate their regular season schedules.  



June 8th is National Best Friends Day! 

June 8 celebrates National Best Friends Day, a day to honor that one special person you call your “best friend”.   This day is a time to show them how much you appreciate them, how special and important they are to you and how you cherish their friendship.   

Everyone has that one close friend, the one that you can count on to be there for you, the one you want to share your secrets with, the one you want to do fun things with, the one you want to just hang out with, that one person is your best friend. 



See how many you can solve! 




Okay, so this week we are going to skip the chatter and suggest a few great movies to help you understand some of the issues that are causing people to hit the streets and protest for equality and for an end to racism.  

First in line is “Just Mercy.” This effective, intense drama — which paints a picture of simmering racial injustice — is based on the true story of Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, who focuses on helping wrongfully convicted death row inmates. 

Conversation starter: How would you describe the relationship between racism and justice/the law? Does that align with what you’ve seen in movies and on TV? 

 This movie is rated PG-13; be sure to get parental consent before watching “Just Mercy.”


Solitaire with Mr. Alex

Happy Monday! Mr. Alex shows us the kind of activities that you can create when you are #boreinthehouseandiminthehousebored …. Please do not try this at home … or anywhere else! It was fun to record, so we are posting it just in case you need a laugh! Or in case you want to see a cute dog!   

For the real challenge of the day! Our friends at World of Solitaire show us how to play one handed solitaire. All you need is a deck of cards and you are ready for hours of fun!   

The Top 6 Psychological Benefits of Playing Solitaire  

Solitaire is one of the most well-known card games in the world, but what does it do other than pass the time? Truth be told, Solitaire imparts a number of healthy psychological benefits each time you play a game.

  1. It Keeps You Busy: Solitaire’s primary benefit is that it can keep you busy during times of extreme boredom. The mind grows weary and agitated if it has nothing to do, which is why Solitaire has been one of the greatest worker’s escapes since it made its way onto the Windows operating system. Escaping boredom is good no matter how you do it, as boredom can have several unhealthy side effects. 
  2. It Gives You Alone Time: Solitaire provides you with some time to reflect by yourself. Even those of us who are more gregarious or extroverted still need time to simmer down and let the day’s interactions or decisions sink in. Self-reflection is a valuable skill and an important part of mental health. Time alone is time where your brain can truly unwind and doesn’t have to process the opinions of others, which is a form of mental stress whether you appreciate another’s company or not.
  3. It Calms the Mind: Solitaire is also a great game for calming the mind because it puts you into a light meditative state. This is especially true for those who tend to worry or suffer from anxiety frequently. Solitaire gives the mind something to focus on, particularly in times of low action when the opportunity to fret is high. Keeping calm by focusing on a low-risk game like Solitaire is an excellent way to diffuse any tension in your mind or body and help you enjoy your day or get to sleep better at night. Even better, studies have shown that entering a calm, meditative state – like the one enjoyed as you play Solitaire – can improve your decision making. 
  4. It Develops Strategy: Solitaire also helps you develop your strategic muscles, as well as improving your mental functions overall. While it’s not necessarily as complex or strategy minded as something like chess, you still have to employ some manner of strategy when playing a game of Solitaire if you hope to win by something other than sheer luck. Learning the right moves and executing them correctly will result in a much better chance of victory, which not only improves your strategy making in general but provides pleasure. 
  5. It Teaches Delayed Gratification: Oftentimes, when starting to learn to play Solitaire, newbies will move cards around as fast as possible, buildings stacks and moving piles without any heed to overall strategy. But the better move is often to wait before moving stacks of cards around until the right opportunity presents itself. This teaches delayed gratification, which often results in a better chance to win. Delayed gratification is useful not only in personal affairs but in business or work decisions, as well. Unfortunately, not enough people learn this skill as children. 
  6. It’s Fun!: You can’t forget the primary psychological benefit of Solitaire: it’s just a fun game to play. The primary purpose of all games is to facilitate recreation, which is a fancier way of saying enjoying life. Playing Solitaire is always a great time, and it feeds the part of you that desires happiness, especially when you win. This reason, above all, is why Solitaire is stuck around for so many years. 


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