NIE Newsletter: April 2020

Hello April!
We’ve entered into a whole new learning experience due to COVID-19 and the transition of teaching remotely.  Not only do teachers have to teach differently, students and parents also need to adjust. Please know that we are here for you as a valued educational resource. This month, find resources for financial literacy, national poetry month and more!

And be sure you share this newsletter with your students and parents!

News & Announcements…

Important: Affidavits are being sent out via email to all teachers.  If you cannot locate this email by the end of the week, be sure you check your spam or junk folder.  Please make sure you put on your “safe” list, and make sure this information is passed along to your school or district IT department.

We would appreciate you confirming the affidavit as soon as you receive it. Remember, responding to this notice is a requirement for all teachers enrolled in the NIE program and is done as part of our end-of school year reporting and auditing.

Remote Learning: With parents helping teach their children at home as schools transition to remote learning, please be sure that you share the class|student login credentials so that your students can log in from home. Also, if you know other teachers in need of resources, please be sure to share the link to our website so that they can sign up:


Just for Kids:  For a limited time, there is a bonus 1-page feature in the eEdition – Just for Kids! This has games and activities for young readers is located inside the ExtraExtra section. Please share with your students and parents.




COVID-19 | Teacher Tips: Stay at Home. Save Lives. This is our new normal. Please be safe and stay home.  Please keep these things in mind as you teach from home:

Keep a daily routine

Be available to your students

Take regular breaks

Incorporate fun into lessons

Connect with others

Be sure you regularly check the CDC, WHO and your local county, city and state websites for updates regarding the pandemic.

Send us your tips on how you cope with COVID-19 and teaching remotely and we will publish your tips in our May newsletter.
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Spelling Bee: We are proud to announce the spelling bee champions from around our newspapers. Congratulations to our winners from California, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. View the winners and stories.  Unfortunately due to the COVID-19, the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee national finals has been suspended. They are hoping to reschedule at a later date, stay posted here.


Weekly Lesson Prompts

Reminder, new weekly lesson prompts are available each Monday throughout the school year, with the exception of the winter and spring holidays. Enhance your core curriculum using the eEdition. Visit the page here.


April resources include…

Financial Literacy Month. Now is a great time to implement this supplement, Be Money Smart, where young people will be educated on how to prepare for their financial future. Find additional NIE resources here. As well, find more K-12 lesson resources from InCharge and the Junior Achievement Program.


National Garden Month. Let’s all be healthier. Not just for one month, but for a lifetime. Get kids excited about nutrition and physical activity so they can develop good habits from an early age. Find resources  from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; toolkit includes handouts, tips & activities and  ideas to get your classroom involved.


National Poetry Month. Get your students inspired to write a poem. Here are some resources to get started from get teacher tips and 30 ways to celebrate in the virtual classroom and there are a variety of resources on how to write a poem from KidLitTV.


Special April Dates…


April 15:  World Art Day |
Leonardo daVinci’s Birthday
Art is an amazing way for our youth to express themselves. Implement an art project for your students — make it fun, make it engaging, let them use whatever materials they have at home. Here are some ideas to start. As well, you can also inspire them to paint, draw or create like Leonardo da Vinci’s – get inspiration here and here.


April 22: Earth Day
Celebrate 50 years of Earth Day! Get your students excited about caring for our earth. Explore how to celebrate digitally with a variety of engaging climate, civic and environmental education resources from and find lessons, projects, activities and games from NEA and Project Learning Tree.


April 23: Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday by having your students learn some quotes and words used and coined by Shakespeare.  Also, inspire your students to watch a video of one of his plays, read one of his books, or listen to a podcast. As well, here are some fund and informative resources from the Folger Shakespeare Library.


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