Weekly Newsletter

This Week’s Theme – Presidents’ Day

President’s Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday, is celebrated annually on the third Monday in February. The holiday honors the birthdays of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. President’s Day is an opportunity to learn about the achievements and legacies of these two great leaders and the important roles they played in shaping the nation’s history.

Puzzle of the Week – Presidents!

presidents trivia quiz

Quote of the Week

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Book Recommendation

“Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a highly recommended book for anyone interested in the presidency and American history. The book explores Abraham Lincoln’s political savvy and his ability to surround himself with talented and capable individuals, even those who opposed him politically, to form a “team of rivals” that helped him lead the country through the Civil War. Goodwin’s in-depth research and engaging writing style bring to life the people and events that shaped the era, making “Team of Rivals” a captivating and educational read.

One of the key takeaways from the book is Clear’s emphasis on the importance of making small changes to our daily routines, rather than trying to make drastic overhauls all at once.

A great quote from the book: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln.

This quote by Abraham Lincoln highlights Lincoln’s belief that true character is revealed not in moments of ease or comfort, but in times of challenge and adversity. Throughout the book, Goodwin illustrates how Lincoln’s own character was tested and how he used his power to bring about change, both for himself and for the nation. This quote continues to inspire people to reflect on their own character and to use their power for the greater good.

Suggested Activity

A fun and engaging classroom activity could be to have a presidential debate. Choose two or three students to argue the pros and cons of a particular president and his policies, using facts and research to support their arguments. This activity helps students develop critical thinking skills and understand the complexities of decision-making in government.

Dad Joke of the Week

Q: Why did George Washington have problems sleeping?
A: Because he couldn’t lie.

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