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Newsletter: September 2011






Newsletter, September 2011

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Welcome To Holland
by Emily Perl Kingsley

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy.  You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum.  The Michelangelo David.  The gondolas in Venice.  You may learn some handy phrases in Italian.  It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives.  You pack your bags and off you go.  Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy!  I'm supposed to be in Italy.  All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan.  They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease.  It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language.  And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place.  It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.  But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips.  Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.  And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned." 

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever  go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.


©1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley.

Student of the Month
Katie Shi

Katie Shi is a sophomore at Newton North High School. This year she is taking four honors class, including  (following her summer of tutoring) math.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys art.  She is interested in a medical career, and has spent the summer volunteering at Newton Wellesley Hospital. The administration of JBG Educational Group is very proud of Katie and her achievment this summer. She leaned an entire year's worth of honors level math in one summer! For her hard work, gifted abilities, and dedication to education we at JBG are honored to name Katie, Student of the Month.

Tip of the Month
Don’t wait until your child falls behind to sign him/her up for tutoring! Providing extra support at the beginning of the year can prevent frustration and help build a stronger foundation for the rest of the school year.

Tutor of the Month
Melanie MacRae

Melanie grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Rhode Island where she studied Communications and Marketing. During her studies at URI, Melanie earned recognition in her academics as a dean’s list student. She was also published more than once in the University’s award winning newspaper. Through internships in volunteerism and non-profit organizations, Melanie discovered and cultivated a second passion; a deep interest in helping others, especially children in the pursuit of education. Melanie’s tutoring interests include: all general studies at an elementary, high school and collegiate level, as well as test prep.

Organizational Tip

For students who find themselves in a sea of lost papers - do not despair! Almost everyone has faced the tricky situation when you have notes or handouts from class, and the bell rings; so, to save time, you stuff everything in your bag or binder pocket and then run off to make your next class. Things get lost! To prevent this: get a 5 subject notebook full of lined paper (preferably not spiral bound because for some reason the spiral always gets messed up). Take your notes in the notebook and do your homework there, as well. That way everything is neatly locked inside the notebook and will always be organized. For handouts, consider an accordion style folder instead of a binder. It’s much easier to open, so students can throw in their papers and hurry off to their next class! 

Quote of the Month

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” - Plutarch 

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