The Good News

Logo for school newspaper; The Good News. Title in center, three thumbs ups appear from each side pointing toward center.

โ„๏ธ JANUARY 2021 ๐ŸŽ‰


๐Ÿค” "What's GOOD?" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

A recurring monthly feature, submitted by various students and staff
  • Mrs. Hiltbrunner is happy to report she has successfully used her InstaPot three times so far this year.
  • Mrs. Ford is excited to have started a new boot camp!
  • Mr. Gowdy is happy that he got to hug his mom over break!
  • Mr. Gowdy is also happy to say that his microwave got fixed today.
  • Ms. Kuntz is grateful for her friends at school who have helped her find answers to a problem she could not figure out. 
  • Mrs. McAllister decided to start the simple habit of flossing daily, and she currently has flossed 7 days in a row! Details as to whether she means the dance or the oral hygiene practice is still in the air.
  • Mrs. Walther has been enjoying FaceTiming with her niece where they have been playing with makeup and talking gymnastics.
  • After waiting and waiting and lots of hemming and hawing over the course of years, Mr. Wadham is proud to say that he has organized and cleaned his basement, and it's truly spectacular sight to behold.

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction ๐Ÿคช

by Jacob D. (3)

1. What do you call a boomerang that won't come back? 

2. Why can't Elsa have a balloon? 

3. What do you call a dog magician?

                                            ...Check out the answers at the end of this month's issue!


by Beatrice D. and Isa D. (6)
the words Happy New Year 2021 are encircled by fireworks over a city skyline

This year we will be celebrating New years. Our parties will be smaller or maybe on Zoom, but hopefully, we will have just as much fun as we have had in the past. One of the most renowned American traditions is watching the ball drop in times square. 1,000,000,000 people are expected to watch the ball descend, but America isn’t the only country with unique traditions. Let’s take a look at unique traditions from around the globe. 


Eating grapes. I like grapes, you like grapes, who doesn’t like grapes? They are a perfect blend of sweet and sour, a flavor explosion, a refreshment. In Spain, they eat exactly 12 grapes each on the 12 strokes of midnight. Grapevine growers invented this tradition to boost grape sales at the end of the year. Their plan worked because now this tradition is practiced all over Spain. This tradition is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. 


Planting trees underwater. If you happen to wind up staying at Lake Baikal during the New Year's celebrations, you are in for a treat. Every New Year, two people dive into Lake Baikal to put a decorated spruce tree at the bottom of this frozen lake. The two divers take the name of Father Frost and Ice Maiden and dive one hundred feet to the bottom. People from all around the world come to see this phenomenon. 


Did you know that the official food dish of Greece is Moussaka? Moussaka is a dish made from eggplant, lamb, and tomato with cheese on top. So why do Greeks hang onions on their doors during New Years? Greeks believe that onions are a symbol of rebirth, so they hang them on their doors to promote growth throughout the new year. Pomegranates are also a large part of the Greek new year's festivities. Greeks smash pomegranates against the door of their homes. The number of seeds that fall out are believed to be linked to how much good luck you will have in the coming year. 


In Denmark, people take pride in plates. The Danish tradition states that the more broken plates you have at your doorstep, the better. When you smash the china, all of your anger and aggressions are smashed, leaving a clean slate for the new year. Some people say that the more plates you have, the luckier you are. 

If you’re interested in more unique traditions, check out these links: 

·       20 New Year's Eve Traditions From Around the World

·       12 New Year's Eve Traditions from Around the World

๐Ÿ—“ word of the month ๐Ÿ“–



          noun; the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
          "a fortunate stroke of serendipity"

Similar words: blessing, lucky break, happenstance

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท New year's eve in france ๐ŸŽ†

by Kate S. (5)

In recent news, it is now 2021! People all around the world are celebrating the New Year in their own way. In France, they celebrate New Year's a little different than we do. Most people start New Year's day at midnight and then celebrate with food, fireworks, and singing songs like Chanson du Nouvel An (the song of the New Year). After they have celebrated with friends and family, the French usually spend the rest of the day quietly. As you can see, the French celebrate the new year very similar to the way we celebrate, but there is one thing that connects the celebrations in a special way -- both celebrations commemorate the start of a new year. Happy 2021!


 “You're off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
- Dr. Seuss


by Ruxandra P. (6)

The bright red hull
And the way the whistle shrieks, 
Brings Happiness to its peak.

The conductor yelling “All Aboard!”
With people rushing to the tracks,
Little children looking back,
From where they came from.

Disturbed birds fly away,
As the engine bustles through
Young shoots of grass
Bristling with dew.

Running day and night,
Dusk to dawn,
The train is here,
And also gone.

Through puddles of snow,
And sweet-smelling flowers,
Wherever you are,
The train will follow.

And although the day will come,
When Happiness deceases,
The train will come 
To wipe away the tears -

And sew the broken hearts,
Mend the fallen hope,
Give the people faith and courage,
To take them one step forward.

Running day and night,
Dusk to dawn,
The train is always here,
And only sometimes gone.

๐Ÿ“š HOMESCHOOLING IN 2020-2021 ๐Ÿ“

by Evvie T. (6)

This year, many people have decided to switch to homeschooling, my family included. We enjoy the extra time with each other and are able to personalize the lessons. One example is an activity we call "Star Student." We see who will cooperate the most over the week, then the next week the one who our dad says did the best at cooperating will get to choose the activity. We enjoy homeschool but really miss our friends. So, no hope for seeing our friends, right? ZOOM to the rescue! Both my sisters and I enjoy video calling with friends, and we have even hosted some online parties, including Halloween and birthdays. We try to have fun with our friends in a safe manner. 

Another thing we love about homeschool is the ability to go on field trips more frequently. So far, we have visited Serpent Mound, Carillon Park, and others as a family. When interviewed on the matter, my mom, AKA our teacher remarked that "Field trips make homeschool more fun, and provide a chance to get out of our normal environment and learn something new, whether it is related to what we're studying or not."    

To sum it all up, we miss our friends but have found solutions. Also, our parents have made homeschooling much more fun for us.


by Cam J. (6)

The Good News is mostly to make you smile. It is also about the writers, editors, and teachers, but also the school’s news plus worldly news that affects everyone. But I thought, “what about your personal good news? Something about you only, special to YOU? Pieces of news that make you happy and motivated that set a positive perspective on things you’re doing, no matter if you have lots homework to complete and you need to be motivated, or if you just feel down and need something to get your brain going?” The Good News is not just a school paper. Good news can come from YOU, because you have the power do anything, no matter what others say, no matter what you might think or know, and no matter what you feel like. Good news puts a positive spin on everything. YOUR news could be how you can change something bad to good in your life, or how amazing your hair looks, or how you are so proud of yourself for helping Mrs. Carson across the street mow her lawn, or how you’re so excited to see your cousins for spring break… now that’s what I call good news! So try it, make your own good news, be you, be positive, and never give up.      


by Luca D. (3)

image of cupcake and cookies underneath the words BAKE SALECome to The Community Service Cooks bake sale (Luca, James, Emmett, and Claire). It will be on Thursday, January the 21st. At Harman: 11:00 to 12:15 at Smith: 3:00 to 3:45. They both will be on the front lawn.  We are having this to raise money for the hungry in Dayton (Saint Vincent de Paul). For the small pastries they will be $1, for the big ones they will be $2. If you forget we will tell you at the bake sale. Our goal is to get $150. We are doing this for Destination Imagination.

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction ANSWERS... ๐Ÿคช

1. ...a stick.

2. ...because she will let it go.

3. ...a labracadabrador.

If you would like to share some of your own Good News for our next issue, click here to submit!

Logo for school newspaper; The Good News. Title in center, three thumbs ups appear from each side pointing toward center.

๐Ÿ“ฏ DECEMBER 2020 ๐Ÿ›ท


๐Ÿค” "What's GOOD?" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

A recurring monthly feature, submitted by various students and staff
  • Luca D. (3) is excited about going skiing with his family.
  • Dominic Z. (3) is excited about getting to stay up late on Friday.
  • Ayanna W. (3)’s new guinea pig had three babies and they are drinking her milk!
  • Kitty G. (4) is happy to have made a new friend in 5th grade, who had her teacher last year!
  • Colton K. (4) got a pet fish.
  • Gillian H. (3) is excited about her upcoming mock gymnastics meet!
  • Ben T. (3) is proud to announce that he prepared the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes for his family’s Thanksgiving. Ben wants to be a chef when he grows up.
  • Mrs. Davidson’s son Archer just turned 2!
  • Mrs. Sorice’s heart warmed listening to our students talking to each other, maintaining distance and positive relationships with one another. She is also thankful for the sunshine, and for all the smiles on our students’ faces.
  • Mr. Forney would like to recognize Isaac A. (4) for volunteering to help students in Springfield with music!

๐Ÿค” "What's GOOD, OPTION 2?" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

A new monthly feature, submitted by students learning from home!
  • Tanner (5) and Gabriella W. (4) are excited about their upcoming trip to Hocking Hills!
  • Jane M. (5) was really hoping to see a bear when she was in the Great Smoky Mountains, and she did!
  • Audrey C. (5) is excited about a new project she is creating for her very own website! 
  • Fiona L. (5) was a bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding!
  • Ivy K. (4) is going to foster a bird!

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction ๐Ÿคช

by Jacob D. (3)

1. What musical instrument can be found in the bathroom? 

2. How does a cucumber become a pickle? 

3. Why couldn't the pony sing a lullaby?

4. Where do pencils spend their holiday break? 

                                            ...Check out the answers at the end of this month's issue!


by Isa D. and Bea D. (6)
a black goldendoodle puppy looks up at the camera

Like George Holzberg in October’s issue, David Wenig and his family raised money for David to get a service dog. David is in 6th grade and has Type 1 diabetes. The service dog's name is Ruby and she’s a golden doodle. According to David, she’s very “chill.” The Wenig Family used Facebook and the Dayton Foundation to raise $15,000 total, and $2,500 for a deposit to get on the waitlist. Once they had done that, it was up to 16 weeks for them to get matched with a dog. When asked what they would like to say to all the people who donated, Mrs. Wenig and David replied that “Everyone was very generous and very kind.” The Wenigs will get Ruby from July to August.

T1D Facts:
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The cause of this attack is still being researched, however, scientists believe the cause may have genetic and environmental components.

How T1D Is Managed:
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7 disease that requires constant management. People with T1D continuously and carefully balance insulin intake with eating, exercise, and other activities. They also measure blood-sugar levels through finger pricks, ideally at least six times a day, or by wearing a continuous glucose monitor. Even with a strict regimen, people with T1D may still experience dangerously high or low blood glucose levels that can, in extreme cases, be life-threatening. Every person with T1D becomes actively involved in managing his or her disease.

How Ruby Can Help  
David has to wear a continuous glucose monitor, which can sometimes be faulty, and it can be hard for Mr. and Mrs. Wenig to wake David up, so Ruby will either alert his parents or wake him up herself.

Please visit for more information.


  • “I am grateful for my teachers because they teach me so many new things that I did not know and they make school fun.” - Claire F. (6)
  • “I'm grateful that they're working very hard to make sure we are still learning and growing to the best of our ability in the pandemic right now, and how they always think of their students before themselves... they are trying to make everything fun and useful in our later life.” - Charlotte F. (6)
  • “I’m grateful for my teacher because she’s nice and funny. She teaches me lots of things.” - Eleanor L. (3)
  • “I really like my teacher because she’s a really good teacher, she’s really nice, and she has a great teaching method.”  - Hudson P-J. (5)
  • “Because they really help us and they’re nice and kind.” - Ayanna W. (3)
  • “I am thankful that we have a lot of fun in class. She is also very nice.” - James C. (3)
  • “She was actually who I wanted this year because I thought she would be a really good teacher, and she is!" - Gracie S. (4)
  • “She is nice and funny and a great teacher!” - Lena O. (2)
  • “She helps me learn more so I can be smart.” Signe M. (1)

Happy Holidays, Teachers! Thank you for everything you do!
Love, The Good News Staff


by Ruxandra P. (6)

December is a time when people come together and celebrate the new year and many other holidays. Usually when people think of this month, one of the things that comes to mind is the holiday Christmas. Although many people celebrate this, it is not the only holiday that is in December. There are actually many different kinds of holidays out there. Other than Christmas, there's Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and many more, some that are even just for fun. Each one has an amazing history and different things that are done.

candle on a christmas tree

Other than being one of the most popular holidays celebrated in December, Christmas has some interesting things that go along with it. For example, have you ever wondered why you would hang up a Christmas tree if you celebrated this? Christmas trees actually have a deep and intricate history, even up to the ancient Egyptians! People believed that the evergreen tree was connected to the sun, whom many believed to be a god. When winter came, the sun was believed to be sick, and that evergreens symbolized the day when it would recover, so they would hang evergreen branches in their house. In the 16th century, Germany was the first country to actually put a living pine tree in their houses, and soon the tradition spread all across the globe! Sources:

lit menorah

There are many different variations on how this holiday came to be, but many believe that Hanukkah was created as an honor of the eight days that the original menorah had survived, shining bright into the night after a victory. There had only been enough oil to keep the menorah alive for one day, yet somehow it had lasted more than anyone would have thought. As a result, Hanukkah now lasts for 8 days. But what is a menorah? A menorah is a candelabra with 9 branches, 8 of them representing the eight days that the original menorah had been kept lit, while the ninth candle helps light the other candles and is called the shamash. There are other traditions that are celebrated during this eight day holiday, one of them including frying food in oil, a reference to the start of Hanukkah.  Sources:

kwanzaa kinara

Kwanzaa is actually a holiday that was created more recently. In 1966, a professor named Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa as a way to unite people. Kwanzaa came from the saying matunda ya kwanza, which translates to first fruits. It takes up seven nights, each one filled with different activities. Similar to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa also has a candelabra, which is called a kinara. The kinara holds seven candles and each one is lit on each night. For every candle, there is a principle to be discussed. There are seven principles and are called Nguzo Saba in Swahili. A few of them are unity, purpose, and creativity. There are also seven symbols, similar to the seven principles. Kwanzaa has no specific celebratory regimen and every family that celebrates it comes up with their own unique way. This includes poetry, feasting, and more. On the last day of December, families gather together to have one large feast, with African foods, called the Karamu. Sources:;

There are tons of other holidays celebrated in December, some of them even about snacks! National Cookie Day is on December 4th, a day dedicated to this lovely treat, as well as National Dice day and National Sock day. December not only has holidays that represent the past, but it also has ones that represent the present. Every day is a holiday in December, and each one is special and unique, making every day a time to be happy! Source:


 “Tis the sweet and the simple things in life that are the best ones after all.” - Laura Ingalls Wilder


by Evvie T. (6)
student shows her website with a grin

Audrey Creighton was a Harman student in 4th grade last year. This year, as she went into 5th grade, her family decided to do school online, AKA "Option 2." She was happy to have chosen the option that was safest for her and her family. With the extra time she had with the self-paced online school, she decided to start a website. Because of Audrey’s love of cooking, food, and helping people with cooking, she chose to make it a food-based website. Audrey says her love of travel has inspired cooking from different cultures. In the first project she did for her website, she looked through some of her great-grandmother’s cookbooks and found fifty recipes she liked. She then cooked each dish and reviewed the recipes on her website. She is now adding another project, having finished the first. Her new project is exploring healthy cooking and is called The Clean Green Machine. You can visit Audrey Creighton’s website here.

๐Ÿ”” Carillon Lights ๐Ÿ””

by Kate S. (5), photo by Georgia B. (6)
white lights surround carillon tower in the shape of a tree

Dear readers, in recent news, Carillon Historical Park has lit their holiday lights! The lights go all the way up to the top of the bell tower, so even if you just drive by you will be able to see the twinkling lights. That’s not all, there are also lights all around the park, on trees, on buildings, and on a smaller but still amazing tower. The holiday spirit has come early this year and Carillon is not the only one with lights up. All around Oakwood people are putting up festive lights! Have you put up your lights? If you would like to see Carillon’s lights they will be up until December 30th. But just do not visit the park on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, because the park will be closed on those days.  However, on all other days, the park will be open from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. so come check it out. I will see you there. 


by Isaac A. (4)

Did you know that an old abandoned town in the desert is also known as a ghost town? One ghost town is located in the desert of California’s Death Valley. Death Valley is listed in the U.S. National Parks. Death Valley was abandoned back in 1909 because there was a mining site that collapsed. Also if you want to go there, I highly recommend you go with A LOT of water.


by Lilith D. (5)

This month I always feel an extra dose of joy. Do you feel that too? I personally have been through a lot this year: COVID, friends moving, myself moving, starting school after being homeschooled for two years. Yet I now find joy in little things, the stars, the lights on my tree, real smiles that I can see on faces. I don't pay attention to the big picture but the spots of joy and memories I keep and have. I don't pay attention to the things I receive or give but to the smiles on the faces. Joy!  I find joy not in things but in people, memories, and the time I get to spend with those I love!

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction ANSWERS... ๐Ÿคช

1. ...a tuba toothpaste.

2. goes through a jarring experience.

3. ...she was a little horse.

4. ...Pencil-vania.


by Quinn S. (6)
several animals (puppies, penguins, squirrel, kitten) pose around holiday themed items (wreaths, pinecones, snow, lights)

photos from

If you would like to share some of your own Good News for our next issue, click here to submit!

Logo for school newspaper; The Good News. Title in center, three thumbs ups appear from each side pointing toward center.

๐Ÿฆƒ NOVEMBER 2020 ๐Ÿฅง


๐Ÿค” "What's GOOD?" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

A recurring monthly feature, submitted by various students and staff
  • Gabe P. (3) won all his soccer games!
  • Ayanna W. (3) just got a small guinea pig and named him Smores, and she is excited about her new fall clothes to wear to school.
  • Emily W.'s (3) dad is thinking of getting her a puppy!
  • Cameron M. (3) is excited that his big sister was crowned Oakwood's 2020 Homecoming Queen!
  • Ty M. (3) gets to go camping and see his aunt, grandma, and maybe cousin!
  • Dominic Z. (3) is happy!
  • Sophia J. (6) was awarded Grand Champion at the Kentucky National Horse Show in the short stirrup division and she won more competitions at her recent one!
  • Grant Z. (6) is excited that his favorite NFL team is 3-0!
  • Isa D. (6) got her braces off!
  • Mary D. (4) is excited to have gotten to babysit her cousins!
  • Liam I. (5) is excited about an upcoming family trip.
  • Ben K. (4) is happy that his mom was nice to him.
  • Raphael Z. (3) won his first soccer game!
  • Luke L. and Cameron M. (3) are excited that Oakwood said YES to Halloween!
  • Paul A. (6) is excited about having started band and orchestra this year.
  • Georgia B. and Charlotte F. (6) are excited about getting to see their grandparents for Thanksgiving!
  • Evvie (6), Audrey (4), and Elizabeth (2) T. are proud to announce the arrival of their new cat, Helix!

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction ๐Ÿคช

A recurring monthly feature by Jacob D. (3)

1. What time is it when the clock strikes 13?

2. Why did the dinosaur cross the road?

3. Why did the kid bring a ladder to school?

4. What do elves learn in school?

5. What do cakes and baseball have in common?

                                            ...Check out the answers at the end of this month's issue!


by Kate S. (5)

In recent news, there was just a Harman student council election! Congrats to all our new student council members:  

4th Grade - Emma H., Morgan E., Claire A., Whitlow W., Lucy C., and Gracie S.
5th Grade - Daisy J., Isaiah M., Lyla M., Madeline M., Callie R., Jack M., Anne Marie C., and Kate S.
6th Grade - Amelia B., Ella C., Bea D., Isa D., Kait P., and Will R.

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with to help our school in so many new ways!


A Featured Story by Ruxandra P. (6)
two photos of a newborn baby girl

There are many things that can enlighten a person's life. One of those things would be the arrival of a new family member. Mrs. Dzuris, one of Harman's Intervention Specialists, was granted a new daughter. "I am thrilled to share that my husband, son, and I welcomed Grace Mae Dzuris to our family on September 23rd. We could not be more grateful for and in love with our sweet baby girl!" she said. "She came in looking adorable," was what Mrs. Dzuris's sister, Ms. Simpson, said in an interview. Everyone was delighted, and Ms. Simpson said "It is really nice in these crazy times to have a bright spot to look at." Even though 2020 has been a little chaotic, Grace has brought joy to the Dzuris family, and as Ms. Simpson said, "Grace can be the one little spot that brightens up the whole atmosphere."


A Featured Story by Charlotte F. (6)

Last month, Mr. Wadham has set up a fun, interactive contest! Each week, he posted a list of tasks on his Google Classroom (Mr. Wadham's Virtual Office), where you could earn points from completing certain "Good Deeds." The student with the most points at the end of the challenge is declared winner and gets an Ashley's gift basket to share with the class, or to themselves! With this game we can spread joy, happiness, and kindness throughout Harman!

Ila Hayes (1) in Mrs. Teeters's class! Congratulations Ila for earning 475 points!


A Survey by Callie R. and Kate S. (5)
a pie chart of students' favorite pie (they prefer pumpkin)

Harman's favorite fall pie is Pumpkin Pie!

๐Ÿ—“ word of the month ๐Ÿ“–


1. The quality of being thankful.

2. Readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

3. A practice that, if done daily, can boost mental health and immunity.

Similar words: thankfulness, appreciation, recognition

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿป Sir Timothy and Master Harmanrabi Visit Sixth Graders ๐Ÿบ

A Special Feature by Kiera L., Isa D., Charlotte F., & Amelia B. (6)

On October 2nd, Sir Timothy, a world renowned anthropologist, visited the 6th graders. Sir Timothy has been teaching this lesson for about 30 years. 

Together, Sir Timothy and Mr. Fleck taught this brilliant and life changing lesson that will stay with each and every 6th grader forever. What were some of the thoughts that captured the students' minds? What ideas contributed in the making of this lesson? Some 6th grade students who had a change to experience this say:

"The lesson was really interesting and fun to learn about. It was an impactful experience and I really enjoyed it, " Cam Jones remarks. She also said that "Sir Timothy is amazing. The lesson was very authentic."

6th grade teacher dresses up as Master Harmanrabi

Seth Upton said that "The lesson had a message, and it was unpredictable. My favorite thing about Sir Timothy was his amazing editing skills. I have never seen a [presentation] as amazing as that."

Landon Krauss stated "Sir Timothy taught us about our culture in an incredible way."

Miriam Siff said "I liked the humor in the lesson and I learned a lot about what people might think about our culture. I know that the next people will love the lesson."

Mr. Fleck, the 6th grade teacher who got the chance to work with Sir Timothy declared, upon being asked why he did this presentation, "I do it to help my students better understand why people do the things they do, that's my saying. It's kind of like Hammurabi's code; it will make kids see what different religions do." We think this is a great motive to open kids' eyes to the cultures of the world. Mr. Fleck has now been doing this for several years.

When asked how he came up with these characters, Mr. Fleck said, "I just kind of imagined what it would be like to be a world traveling person who studies cultures; it just happened. I used to do a colonial character in Beavercreek with a white wig and socks up to my knees, and he was very strict, so I kind of used that for Master Harmanrabi."

Mr. Fleck stated that, when asked what he wants his students to take away from scribe school, "I want them to come away with an understanding of what it was like to be a student thousands of years ago, and have an appreciation of communication and that part of history."

๐Ÿšฟ Shower Thoughts ๐Ÿค”

Random Thoughts that make you think, compiled by Maria B. (6)
  • Can fish see water because we can’t see air?
  • We eat pizza from the inside out.
  • Nothing is on fire, fire is on things.
  • The word “swims” upside down is still “swims.”
  • Intentionally losing at a game of rock paper scissors is harder than winning.
  • 100 years ago people owned a horse and the rich owned cars. Today people have cars and the rich own horses.
  • Your future self is watching you through memories.
  • What if my dog only brings back the ball because he thinks I like throwing it?
  • Your age is just the number of laps you’ve done around a giant fireball in the center of the solar system.
  • You can drink a drink, but you can’t food a food.
  • If you clean a vacuum cleaner, the vacuum is cleaner, and you are a vacuum cleaner.
  • A birthday cake can be any flavour, but birthday cake is a flavour. (Same with bubble gum)

โœˆ๏ธ Eeeeeeeeee! ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿผ

A Creatively Described True-to-Life Narrative by Cam J. (6)

My brother and I are going on a trip across the country. We travel from Columbus, Ohio to Arizona to see our Grammy and Papo but that is not all... we pass many states on the way through! We look down on them from the clouds. We still feel the good vibes and morning breakfast fumes rise. Seeing as we leave at seven o'clock, by the time we are up in the air, New Mexico, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas will still be having breakfast, and my brother and I will be chilling on a plane. Every morning I try to hold my excitement but that just won't happen... my smiles and "eeeeeeees!!!!" just float right out of me uncontrollably! This magical power of enthusiasm lasts all day, and sadly sometimes all night and I don't get a wink of sleep. The date of our departure on the calendar does not help, but I am afraid this buildup of excitement might just burst someday... (in a whispering voice: WATCH OUT!)...


"If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy." - Unknown


by Lizzie S. (6)

On a wet, grey, fall afternoon, a third grader named Eliza was walking home from school with her best friend, Lou. The girls had been best friends since they were born and lived 2 houses away from each other. Even though they had been best friends since birth and told each other most of their secrets, they had never really had a conversation about their feelings together. Eliza especially kept things to herself when talking about emotions even with the people she trusted and only showed her happy fun self that never got put down from what any one else said. 

Eliza and Lou sadly were not in the same class, so they had to make other friends they could play with at school. This part was smooth sailing for Lou, but it took awhile for Eliza to make friends with the girls in her class. Once the girls in Eliza’s class were friends with her, they slowly started randomly acting like they hated Eliza, they did whatever they could do to get under her skin and when she was playing with them they would start annoying her, thinking it was funny. She was getting sick and tired of it.

Midway through the girls' walk home, Eliza realized she needed to tell someone about what she was feeling and thought that it should be Lou. Eliza’s heart was racing when she finally got the courage to speak up and tell Lou the whole story. This made Eliza feel very vulnerable because she had never shown these emotions before and she thought of feelings as a bad thing, even though everybody has them. Eliza felt very glad she had Lou to tell this to and it felt good to say it because these emotions were piling up inside of her and she felt like she needed to explode. Before Eliza was vulnerable, she was worried to tell people her emotions, but after, she was relieved she shared her feelings. This made Eliza and Lou very close because it didn’t just show that Eliza could talk about her feelings, but it also meant Lou trusted Eliza enough to share her feelings. Because the girls had so much in common, they had a connection to what they physically did, but now they also have an emotional connection. 

This helped Eliza and Lou a lot with future relationships because they learned the more they emotionally connect with someone they have a positive relationship with, the closer they can get. This also taught them they don’t always have to keep their negative emotions to themselves because sharing them with others could help them get better.

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction answers... ๐Ÿคช

1. ...time to get a new clock!

2. ...because the chicken wasn't born yet!

3. ...because she wanted to go to high school.

4. ...the elf-abet.

5. ...they both need a batter!


by Lilith D. (5)

Leaders are everywhere in our community. Our teachers, principals, parents, and government workers. You can be a leader.  It doesn’t mean you have to have a badge on your shoulder or the significance to be older or in a higher grade. You can be a leader. You might be a first grader struggling through the words to read this and thinking, ‘Oh it means the older kids.’ No! I mean you and everyone else. You can be a leader. You don't have to be one, if you don't want to that's OK. If everyone is a leader then we never will learn but just teach. You can always learn more. Never stop learning.

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Logo for school newspaper; The Good News. Title in center, three thumbs ups appear from each side pointing toward center.

๐ŸŽƒ OCTOBER 2020 ๐ŸŽƒ



๐Ÿค” "What's GOOD?" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

A recurring monthly feature, submitted by various students and staff
  • Julia B. (5) finally got her cast off!
  • Quinn T. (4) is excited about her first flag football game this weekend. Good luck, Quinn!
  • Luke B. (4) was able to get away for a little bit to the Smoky Mountains!
  • Spencer R.'s (4) grandparents came to visit his family this week!
  • Mary D. (4) is grateful for her great friends and family.
  • Maria B.'s (6) dog just had a birthday!
  • Landon K. (6) is grateful for his mother's kindness.
  • Luke L. (3) and Coleman O. (6) are excited about trying out for basketball. Good luck to both of them!
  • Molly W. (2) was generous and helped her brother before school! Thank you, Molly!
  • Our cafeteria friend Mrs. Carey's oldest daughter Clarissa just got engaged!
  • Mrs. Patterson would like to recognize Paul A. (6) for his generosity, leadership, and volunteering throughout the community!
  • Mrs. Davidson would like to recognize Courtney L. (3) for believing in herself during math and doing an excellent job on her assignment!
  • Mr. Wadham would like to recognize and congratulate the student team of The Good News for their creativity, initiative, and enthusiastic participation. He is very proud of your hard work on this, the FIRST of MANY issues of The Good News.

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction ๐Ÿคช

A recurring monthly feature by Jacob D. (3)

1. What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?

2. What is fast, loud, and crunchy?

3. Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?

                                                                                                           ...Check out the answers at the end of this month's issue!

๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ 5th grade teacher becomes a grandmother ๐Ÿ’–

A Featured Story by Seth U. (6)

Not too long ago, one of our 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Schumacher, became a grandmother. "It is such an exciting time for me. I was actually in the delivery room when Ryleigh was born. I cried because it was such a happy momentous moment," is what she said. On this occasion she became the grandmother of Ryleigh Marie Kelley, a baby girl who is 8lbs, 20.5" long. If you see Mrs. Schumacher, please say hi and congratulate her on her becoming a grandmother. A special thank you to Mrs. Schumacher for all the information through email.

series of three photos, one of a baby laying on a blanket, one of a grandmother holding an infant, and a third of same baby



"Life is too short. Eat dessert first!" - Jacques Torres


A Featured Story by Kate S., Rita S., & Meryl W. (5)
smiling 6 year old boy standing outside school

In recent events, one of our fourth grade teachers, Mr. Holzberg, who we all know and love, has some big news! His son George is getting a service dog! When George found out that he was getting a service dog he was ecstatic! He was so excited he started jumping up and down clapping his hands. The Holzbergs are getting a service dog because the dog would help George when he goes out to places and help him concentrate on his school work.

The fundraiser started on September 13, 2020. Over 308 people gave to help George. Altogether, they raised $18,350 on Facebook. In only one day, they were able to raise enough money through 4 Paws For Ability. They will get the dog in two years. George will receive a service dog, just like they were hoping.

A service dog is a dog that helps people with disabilities. In George's case, the service dog will help him focus. They do not get to choose what dog they are getting, but golden retrievers are the most common service dogs. 

Mr. Holzberg and his wife would like to thank their friends, family, and the teachers for donating:

"We did it! We met our goal! We are overwhelmed by your outpouring of love and support for George and our family. We have never done a fundraiser like this and to say we were nervous is an understatement. For the past few weeks we kept putting it off because we felt so vulnerable and wondered if we would really be able to meet this goal. However, we knew there was an urgency to our situation so after many deep breaths, we launched. 

One after another, your donations and kind words poured in, and in just a mere 24 hours, you not only helped us to meet our goal, we exceeded it. We are speechless, touched, and feel very blessed. Most of all, we are thrilled beyond words to bring George's dog home. We will keep everyone updated as we go through the next stage in the process.

There truly are no words to express how we feel right now. We thank you. George thanks you. And most of all, we look forward to the day when George can share his dog with all of you. More to come..."

If you want to help kids like George, here is a link to 4 Paws For Ability.


๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ 2 million people in india gather to plant 250 million trees along river ๐ŸŒฑ

A Special Interest Story by Maria B. (6)
men planting trees in India

In the Indian state of Utter Prashar, there is space for trees to grow, but not just a few trees, 250 MILLION! They planted these trees as a part to tackle government change and global warming. As if this amazing act of kindness wasn't enough, they also did it all while “maintaining social distance from each other and wore face masks!” Just like in the photo, they are wearing their masks while watering the trees. India has pledged to increase its forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, and it starts now. Let’s hope they get to their goal! 

Most people say that the 235 million acres would represent an area the size of Texas and New Mexico combined. “Wow, that’s huge!” The planting was carried out last week by volunteers, nonprofit employees, government workers, and even lawmakers, they aren't getting paid to do this, they are all doing this from the kindness of their hearts.

Why are they doing this?

These amazing volunteers and helpers are planting over 250 million trees at the banks of the Ganges river, which will help in keeping this mighty river clean. They are hoping that planting all these trees will help to solve the world’s largest problems, such as hunger, pollution, access to clean water, and more. This planting goal is an easy and affordable way of drawing carbon from the atmosphere, with all these trees being planted in countries around the world, such as China, Pakistan, India, Madagascar, Sahel, Ethiopia, and Senegal. The survival of all these trees is not guaranteed, especially with a huge amount like 250 million, but compared to changing energy and transportation, tree-planting is an easy, cheap and helpful way to change polluted land back to healthy, functioning ecosystems. Let’s all hope that they can reach their amazing goal and the pond can be clear!


๐Ÿ—“ word of the month ๐Ÿ“–


1. A person's knowledge or experience of something.

2. A person one knows slightly, with whom a person is not very close.

Similar words: associate, ally, contact

๐ŸŒ Positive environmental impacts of covid-19 ๐Ÿฆ 

A Special Interest Story by Isa D. & Amelia B. (6)

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hardships, including the order to stay inside and quarantine, it may have some positive environmental impacts on the wildlife around you. 

Pink dolphins return to Hong Kong

After many years the rare pink dolphins have returned to Hong Kong. These dolphins had been avoiding the Pearl River Delta because of the ferry traffic. Nearly 200 ferries would cross its waters every day! Now, ferries are discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dolphin sightings are quite frequent. These pink and white dolphins, more scientifically named the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, have increased activity by 30% according to Dr. Lindsay Porter, a research scientist with the University of St. Andrews who has been studying these dolphins since 1993. The WWF Hong Kong says that there are now likely around 2,500 dolphins in the Pearl River Delta. According to WWF Hong Kong, some major threats to these dolphins include overfishing, water pollution, and heavy marine traffic. The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are a very endangered species, so this relief on the environment that quarantine has provided has greatly impacted the chances of this species survival.

Venice canals clear up
canals in Venice with clear water

These canals where many tourists travel by gondola in the Italian city of Venice have been very heavily polluted for many years. Through the pandemic, these canals have miraculously cleared. The steep decline of tourists in Italy has decreased the trash and pollution among the canals. 

This has caused a dramatic change in these once-murky waters. The empty gondolas have stopped traveling causing the sediment that would usually be disrupted from the gondolas, to stay at the bottom of the canals. Although sadly, the water quality of the Venice canals has not changed. Though, the air quality of Venice has, and changed for the better. There is less pollution in the air now that there are fewer canal boats and traffic. We are very happy that the amazing canals of Venice are clearer than they have ever been in living memory.

After a long 6000 years, wild bison are to return to the UK

Wild Bison are returning to the UK after a very long time. 6000 years in fact. This release of a small herd of wild bison in Kent will help an endangered species and also regenerate the pinewood forest. The release was planned for spring 2022, and one male and three females will be set free. The bison will come from the Netherlands or Poland, where recent releases have been successful and safe. This reintroduction will be a huge step for restoring nature back to Britain. The most important wildlife in Britain has plummeted 60% since 1970 and Britain is one of the most nature depleted countries on the planet! This project is called “The Wilder Blean'' project and plans to restore nature to Britain by bringing back it’s most important species like the bison. Bison kill trees by rubbing against them, which creates a lot of dead wood for insects to eat, the insects are food for the birds which then brings more of them to the area. This project, paid for by the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, will cover 1,236 acres with the bison first placed in a 370 acre area where there are no right-of-way footpaths. Once the bison are settled in their new habitat, the public will be able to visit the area with rangers on viewing platforms. We hope this project improves life for British wildlife all over!


๐Ÿ’› words of encouragement ๐Ÿ’™

A recurring monthly feature by Lilith D. (5)

Every day we think, "life is horrible, no one likes me, I am nothing." We pull ourselves down with these words we or others say to us. Honestly, you are not alone, you have the power to be you. No one should tell you that you are someone else, that you aren't good enough. The only time that is true is when you don't give things your all, when you don't be you! You are perfectly imperfect! Also remember that -- every kid has a story, every kid is fighting a battle. Even the bully who is calling you names and making fun of you is fighting a similar battle. On the first day of school I walked in, I did not know anyone. I felt lonely. I thought to myself, there has to be someone who is fighting my same battle. I felt better after telling myself that there are people that are out there who might like me, there are people out there who love me. Always remember, you are not alone and you never will be. 

๐Ÿคฃ jacob's joke junction answers... ๐Ÿคช

1. ...a dino-snore!

2. ...a rocket-chip!

3. ...because he was stuffed!


A Special Feature by Quinn S. (6)
four photos in a grid of kittens and puppies among pumpkins and apples and fall leaves

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