NIE Newsletter-October 2020

Happy Fall!

We hope you are enjoying all things Fall with your students. In this newsletter, you’ll find several great lessons on topics including bullying prevention, government and elections, and more! We also have some new resources for you to use while teaching in-person or remotely — please share these resources with your students and their parents so they can access them too.

News & Announcements


Kid Currents

Our newest resource is Kid Currents; a 20-page section filled with activities and news stories – just for kids. Look for it each Wednesday in the eEdition.  Please check it out by logging into your account and share with your students and their parents.


Write Now

Get your students writing now! Within the Kid Currents section, each week there will be a new writing prompt,  listed under Write Now, to inspire your kids to share their thoughts on the weekly topic. Then they can submit their entry, along with a photo of their original artwork – if thy choose, for a chance to have their essay and artwork published in an upcoming issue of Kid Currents. New prompts are released each Wednesday and are due the following Tuesday. Please share with your students and their parents; here is the essay submission page.


Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is moving forward with this amazing annual event. As well, our newspapers continue to sponsor the regional spelling bees from around the country. If your school is located in one of these areas, be sure to register your school with the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

NOTE:  Early bird registration, with discounted pricing,  has been extended to December 20, 2020.


Washington Indian Tribes Today

Learn all about the 29 Washington Indian Tribes in this 8-page educational supplement. The Washington Indian Tribes Today will publish in our four Washington papers (The Bellingham Herald, The News Tribune, The Olympian, and the Tri-City Herald) on Wednesday, October 7 – you can find it in your eEdition. Please note there are activities for all grade levels, and an essay contest with prizes for Washington state students in grades 7-12.  As well, any teacher interested in this valuable resource can download it from our site here.

Weekly Lesson Prompts

Look for the Weekly Lesson Prompts delivered to your inbox on Mondays. Each week we will post new lesson prompts to use with the eEdition. The prompts will include a different subject topic for each day of the week and can be used to enhance your core curriculum.As well, visit the page here.

October Lesson Resources…

We have a wide-range of themed lesson resources on our website. The focus for September includes; Kindness, Bullying Prevention Month, and All About Elections & Government Get the resources here.

Other special dates in October include…


National Farm to School Month (October 1-31). This year, The National Farm to School Network is encouraging everyone to honor those who contribute to feeding our kids and communities – from farmers to distributors. They have a wide-range of resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month and they will help children and their families make informed choices about food and our communities.


Newspaper Comic Strip Appreciation Day (October 18).  Let your students show off their creativity — have them create their own comic strip. Resources:  a lesson plan for creating a comic strip to form a nonfiction story,  a list of classroom-friendly websites and apps, and here are a wide-range of activities, lesson plans and and interactive comic creator.


National Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).  Find out how you can get involved this year to help inspire kids, families and communities to be happy, be brave and be drug free.  From the National Family Partnership, get all of the resources and activities on the Red Ribbon Week website .



International Artist Day (October 25).  Now is the perfect time to celebrate International artists. Find a wide range of resources for all grade levels from the National Gallery of Art from lesson plans, artist background, images, activities, glossary and more. Encourage your students to recreate a famous painting and share it with the class.


Halloween (Oct 31).  Halloween is a favorite holiday among many as it provides an opportunity to dress up in fun costumes, watch scary movies, and snack on yummy treats. However this holiday is celebrated in your community, however here are some resources: Halloween safety tips as well, you can read about the history of Halloween and explore origins, photos, videos, and a fun, informative graphic.


Local Interest…

We are currently selling beautiful, heirloom-quality books. If you live in one of these markets, consider buying one for yourself, a family member or a friend. They make great gifts!

Fort Worth Memories, Volume III:  This third collector’s book will showcase additional photo memories of greater Fort Worth focusing on the iconic decades from 1970 through 1999. Collections from local area historical organizations and contributions from our readers, this book will truly capture the rich heritage of our area.

Purchase now at  $15.00 dollars off. Special rate $29.95 + tax & shipping. Click here to find out more.


Wichita Memories, Volume II: This second collector’s book will showcase additional photo memories of Wichita focusing on the iconic decades from 1940 through 1969. Together with local area historical organizations and contributions from our readers, this book that will truly capture the rich heritage of our area.

Purchase now at  $15.00 dollars off. Special rate $29.95 + tax & shipping. Click here to find out more.

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