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‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven,’ by Mitch Albom

By: Alisha Clark

  What is Heaven like? Do souls go up to a place called Heaven, where you become an angel and walk on clouds? From the author of the number one New York Times bestseller, Tuesdays with Morrie comes a long-awaited saga, a beautiful novel that explores a mystery only heaven can unfold.

  Eddie, the main character, is a veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life as a repairman of a seaside amusement park. Luckily, Eddie didn't always feel so trapped, he endured a very adventurous youth. Then changed into a spiteful old man. Eddie's days are filled with the same colorless routine and a side of regret.

   It is the day of Eddie's 83rd birthday, and the book begins at the end, with Eddie dying. "The last days of Eddie's life was spent, like most of the others, at Ruby Pier, an amusement park by a great gray ocean. The park had the usual attractions, a boardwalk, a Ferris wheel, roller coasters, bumper cars, a taffy stand, and an arcade where you could shoot streams of water into a clown's mouth. It also had a big new ride called Freddy's Free Fall, and this would be where Eddie would be killed, in an accident that would make newspapers around the state." Eddie soon realizes heaven isn't a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your life is explained back to you by five different people who you've encountered in the past.

  Throughout the book, Eddie is desperately seeking redemption and questioning his final moments. Was it all worth it? Was the last breaths worth taking and can be considered heroic? Or was it shameful and a huge mistake? This book challenges you to think before you act because they may be your final breaths. Thinking after acting has been looked down upon, and is often what people do today.

  Mitch Albom once again delivers another breathtaking original story that will enlighten your life in many ways. It will open your eyes into helping you see the brighter path in life. It changes your thoughts about the afterlife and the meaning of what life means on Earth. A story of love, hope, redemption, The Five People You Meet in Heaven is the bestselling hardcover first-time novel ever, Selling over 12 million copies in 38 territories and in 35 languages.

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SLA Parent University: Thursday Nov. 1st

To the SLA Parent Community,

We hope that you are safe at home weathering hurricane Sandy. What a week!

This is a reminder that we are still ON for SLA's first Parent University session, SLA 101, on Thursday, November 1st from 6-8pm. 

What do your kids mean when they say “Moodle”, “Benchmark Projects”, “Standards”, and “Slate”?  Wondering about how to parent a student at a laptop-based school? What to get the most out of SLA? You are invited to attend an evening with Dr. Frederic Bertley, VP of Science & Innovation at The Franklin Institute and SLA teachers for SLA 101. 

All are welcome! Please see attached flyer for details.
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Bell Tamira Lucid Chart Home Network

My Local Area Network (L.A.N.) is provided by Clear 4g high speed internet service. There are 7 devices connected to my L.A.N, they are 2 MacBook Pro’s, an iPod, a pair of speakers, a desktop computer, and 2 tablets. Through this experience of learning about my home network, I’ve learned that the cost to purchase and maintain home internet services can be very expensive. Also wifi signal is stronger if put at high elevations because wifi falls down. And I’ve also learned that my L.A.N differs from other L.A.N.’s because the conventional modem or router is connected to the internet through a phone, ethernet, or cable cord. But my modem/ hub receives internet signal via internet towers. The Clear Hub Express picks up internet signal from the nearest tower to give me my internet. I would tell others that getting “Wifi” is best when you have multiple devices that need to be connected to the internet. Also you should look into the cost when you are about to purchase the internet because you need to see which internet provider fit into your budget and what speed you would need for the amount of devices you have.
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Toby Hahn's Home Network

​This is my home network. Most of the devices (6 of the laptops, all the iPods, the Kindles, and the printers) are connected to the network via WiFi, but the devices that need a consistently faster internet connection (such as the TiVo, the Wii, the PS3, one of the laptops, and the alarm system) are connected via ethernet. The devices on the top floor (TiVo, Wii, PS3, and one laptop) get internet through a box with an ethernet port that plugs into the wall and transfers internet through the electrical lines.
I learned that internet is very expensive.
I think people should know how their network works so that if something goes wrong they can fix it.
teh internets
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                                            AMIGOS VS FAMILIA

                                            Tu vs. Ud. Questions

     Ever wonder how to address your elders in spanish? Or how to greet your amigos? Depending on the person, they're will always be a certain amount of respect given in the spanish language. In english, we usually address authority figures with “Mr.” or “Ms.”, but with Spanish, it is way more complex.

     There are two different ways of speech that specify who you are talking to. When having a conversation with a friend or peer, it is always necessary to end the sentence “Tú”. This is an informal way of speech and should not be used when talking to authority figures. The same is applied when asking questions. Imagine you are meeting a new friend for the first time. They ask for your name. You would say, “´¿Me llamo ____, y tú?” By ending the sentence with “...y tú?” You are saying “And you?”. A couple of practices and you'll get the hang of it!

     Now onto to the formal way of sayings! Whenever referring to an adult or older authority figure, it is essential to ask them a question that ends with “Usted”. Simple questions such as “What is your name?” would be said in espanol like “¿Cómo se llama usted?” as opposed to its informal counter part, “¿Cómo te llamas tú?”. This applies to all older family members, teachers and other authority figures.

Just remember these simple things:

Tú=Someone around your age/peer/friend

Usted= An adult, authority figure (ex: Professora)

Try practicing here


   Lets take a look at the boxes below:

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Here is a video of three friends talking to one another using "Tú" and a child talking to their grandmother using "Usted".
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Learning the Weather in Español

If you want to know the weather in Spanish, you must learn these simple facts.

-The types of weather
-The Prefixes used in the weather
-How to describe the weather

Types of Weather:

Bright = Sol
Hot = Calor
Cold = Frio
Windy = Viento
Cloudy = Nublado
Humid = Hùmedo
Rainy = Lloviendo
Snowy = Nevando


The types of weather use two different prefixes: Hace and Està.

Hace: Està:
-Sol -Nublado
-Calor -Hùmedo
-Frio -Lloviendo
-Viento -Nevando

Describing the Weather:

Temperature = Temperatura
Maximum = Màxima
Minimum = Mìnima
Degrees = grados
Mostly = Mayormente
Partly = Parcìalmente
Sunny = Soleado
Clear = Despejado
It's nice (bad) out = Hace buen (mal) tiempo.

Basic Conversations in Spanish

In order to have a basic conversation in Spanish, you must know how to:
Greet someone
Ask them how they are
Ask them their name
Ask them where they live
Say goodbye

This is how to ASK any of these questions: 
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****NOTICE: (tú) is in parentheses for the questions ¿Cómo the llamas? and ¿De dónde eres? This is because the word tú is a way of addressing a friend (or amigo) of yours. If you are to ask these same questions to someone who is not your friend and is to be respected, you would ask them like this:

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Here are some responses to those questions:

¿Qué tal?
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¿Cómo se llamas?

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¿De dónde eres (tú)?

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******It is always polite to say "Nice to meet you" after meeting someone for the first time. It is also polite to reply to that by saying "Likewise." 

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Here is a game that can be helpful with this lesson. It is also good for greeting someone in Spanish.

Here is a continuation of the video for How to Greet Someone in Spanish. In this video, however, we are having a basic conversation with the tourist.


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HOW TO: Greet someone in Spanish

There are FOUR ways that you can greet someone in Spanish, and they are:

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****NOTICE: There are TWO exclamation points being used in each greeting. One of them is BEFORE the greeting and one is AFTER the greeting. The exclamation point before the greeting is ALWAYS upside down. This rule applies to EVERY sentence or phrase that is exclamatory. This same rule also applies when adding a question mark to any question you may ask in Spanish. 

You must know when to use each greeting. For example, you would only use ¡Buenos días! when:
Greeting someone as you're arriving to work
Greeting someone as you're arriving to school
Greeting someone while you're eating breakfast
Greeting someone at any other time during the morning

You would only use ¡Buenas tardes! when:
Greeting someone when you're leaving school
Greeting someone while you're eating lunch
Greeting someone at any other time during the afternoon

You would only use ¡Buenas noches! when:
Greeting someone while you're eating dinner
Greeting someone after you've got home from work
Greeting someone at any other time during the evening

¡Hola! is a greeting that can be used at ANY time. 

Here is a game that can be helpful with this lesson. It is also good for basic conversations.

Here is a video of a tourist visiting America who is unable to speak English, and can only speak Spanish. In order to make this tourist feel welcome, it is necessary to know how to greet someone in Spanish. 



The alphabet or alfabeto is simple to learn in Spanish
There are just something things you need to know.

There are two different n's. One is your normal n and the other is ñ. Another thing is that none of the letters are pronounced the same, matter-of-fact most of them are vastly different.
Here is a little something to explain.
Whats in the parentheses help you pronounce the letters.
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I hope that helped you at least a little bit

Here is video of a real life situation where two girls say the spanish alphabet


Spanish Courtesy

Spanish Courtesy Phrases 



¡No, gracias!   

No, thanks!

¡Muchas gracias!   

Thanks a lot!

¡De nada!   

You’re welcome!




Excuse me.

Lo siento.   

I’m sorry.

Está bien.   

That’s okay.

Eres muy amable.   

You are very nice.

¡Por favor!    


In this video someone is going to order a meal at restaurant. I'll use the different courtesy forms to order my meal & be in the restaurant the entire dinner. My goal is to have the audience fully understand courtesy.


Here's an introduction to a video of toby & myself pretending to be at a restaurant.
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Los Días De La Semaña

Now we are going to learn the days of the week in Spanish!

Monday - lunes
Tuesday - martes
Wednesday - miércoles
Thursday - jueves
Friday - viernes
Saturday - sábado
Sunday - domingo

(Note The Accents)

- Whenever you write the days of the week in spanish they must be lowercase.

- What day is it? = ¿Qué día es hoy?
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You have to know how to say the days of the week​ in Spanish if you want to know what day it is today. Here is a GoAnimate video of a person who doesn't know what day it is.

Click the link below to study some flashcards...

Tú (vs.) Usted

Hola, today were going to learn about how to differentiate between speaking formally and speaking informally in Spanish.

Now to understand this fully you have to know who you're speaking to. If you are speaking to a friend or someone who's younger than you, then you speak informally (tú). If your speaking to your parents or someone older than you, then you speak formally (Usted). Listed below is a chart with spanish phrases that are formal and informal. You can also use these flashcards to help you distinguish between the two. 
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Click the link below to study some more flashcards...
You need to know the difference between tú and usted so you dont disrespect anyone when speaking in Spanish. Here are two videos of Brittany asking people questions the correct way.

- Usted
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Que Dia Es Hoy? (What day Is Today?) How To Ask and say the days of the week In Spanish

¡Hola! In Order to ask what day it is and say the days of the week in spanish you need to know the following. First you need to know how to ask what day it is. Then You need to know how to say the days in spanish and respond in spanish as well.

Imagine you wake up in the middle of nowhere and walk right into a what you thought was an english-speaking town. But you discover its not. Some random person comes out of nowhere and is like "¿Qué dia es hoy?" I'll tell you the truth. All He's asking is "What day is today?" Now reply by saying "Es el..." But wait! I haven't told you how to say the days of the week. Here is a list below


Now you know how to say the days in spanish. Now to finish what you 
were saying just say "Es el lunes". Thats all you have to do. Here are some good flashcards to study. Here you can learn the days even better. Here is a short video on all that you learned to say and ask in spanish, be put into action. Hope this mini-lesson help on your quest to suceed in saying the days of the week in spanish!
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Weather is like the easiest subject to learn in Español. Your just basically giving a one word answer on how the weather is using hace or esta, which means it’s or it is.


rainy: hace lloviendo

snowy: está nevando 

If you want to say the temperature is either good or bad you just say; mal for bad or bien for good. Some temperature is pronounce to its meaning in English or to a word that means the same


hace  (bastante) frio - it’s (very) cold     está (mayormente) nublado - it’s (mostly) cloudy 

hace (bastante) calor - it’s (very) hot      está (mayormente) húmedo - it’s (mostly) humid 

hace (bastante) sol - it’s (very) sunny     está (mayormente) lloviendo - it’s (mostly)


hace (bastante) viento - it’s (very) windy  está (mayormente) nevando - it’s (mostly)



For this video to teach the weather, we’re going to do a fake weather forecast. First the two girls are going to turn on the television to the weather channel and the anchor is going to tell them how the weather is in Spanish .

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Months and Dates


Numbers in Spanish are also very different from English. The first letter in the word 

also start with lower case. In Spanish the date comes before the month as in English the month comes before the date, but the year still goes last.


  English:                         Spanish:

6/12/09                          12/6/09

Dates are very important if you want to know when your homework is due, when somebody birthday is and when something expires.


Months and Dates are very different from each other in Spanish and English . In Spanish the first letter of a word is lower case while in English it’s upper case 

Spanish Months: 













 English Months:













As you can see in the chat there are some words that look the same as in English but some look very different and is spelled different . The most common misspelled  Spanish months are :

agosto - august

septiembre - september

octubre - october 

noviembre - november

diciembre - december 

Months and Dates:

This video is about a husband forgetting his wife birthday. She is going to throw around a couple of hints like for example she’s going to say all the months in Spanish and say something like aren't you forgetting something.

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