Succeeding Today and Rising (Week 2)



I want to first say how much I miss all of you and hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time we are apart. We are moving our activities from BLEND to Smore in order to make sure we reach as many families as possible. These activities are open to the entire campus not just currently enrolled ACE students. At this point, you are probably running out of ideas and needing some activities to keep your children occupied. Or maybe, you are just wanting to come up with something to do together as a family. Each week I will provide a list of fun, engaging, and easy activities that will keep your little ones busy while also creating an opportunity for families to come together and bond. The activities will range from Arts, STEM, sports, and Social Emotional Learning. Please feel free share pictures of the activities that your children have completed individually or together as a family at or Remind. At the end of the newsletter, please make sure to click the ACE weekly attendance link. This allows you to share with me what activities have been completed, update me on any of your needs, and share any of your ideas and/or suggestions.

Giving all of you a very big hug,

Mrs. Mattie Meredith-Tate, ACE Site Coordinator

Creative Action: Mr. Frank's Songwriting (All Ages)

Working with my ACE families, I discovered we have quite a few talented students. Mr. Frank, one of Creative Action's Teaching Artists shares how you can write your own tune using a familiar one.

Celebrity Storytime-Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream (K-4th)

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Storytime is a perfect opportunity to get students' imagination going and open their world up to the joys of reading. This is also a perfect time for families to gather together and discover new books. Thanks to Storyline Online presented by the SAG -AFTRA Foundation, each week there will be featured books being read by different celebrities along with a simple activity. If you would like to access even more books outside of ACE please visit

Book link:

  • Written by: Crystal Hubbard
  • Illustrated by: Randy DuBurke
  • Published by: Lee & Low Books
  • Read by: Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell
  • Suggested grade level: 3rd - 4th
  • Run time: 14 minutes

Activity: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Materials: Paper, pencil, and phone


  • Have your child learn “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” You can do a google search.
  • Explain to your child that s/he will rewrite the lyrics to suit another sport or activity s/he likes (soccer, basketball, football, dance, skating, etc).
  • With parent's permission, use the phone to make a music video using the new song.
  • Host a preview day and have family look at the finished video. Serve baseball food like hot dogs, peanuts, crackerjacks, cotton candy, and or whatever you have available.

The Boredom Jar (All Ages)

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Imagine you are making lunch for the family and you hear those magical words “I’m bored”. Well, try this simple activity that will hopefully keep your little ones to big ones occupied. Find some time with your children to come up with a list of ideas that they would like to do. Write them on little pieces of paper and place them in a jar. So the next time those magical words are said, there is a jar full of ideas to keep them active. Here are a few to get you started.

Example of Boredom Jars

Dance Party: Have children create their own playlist of songs that they want to dance and sing too. Have it ready to go when they want get those bodies moving!

Yoga: YouTube has many kid-friendly yoga videos and playlists that when they need that time to calm their bodies they.

Example Cosmic Kids:

Yoga for Kids (Links to an external site.)

Create a Play: Children are great storytellers. Why not have them bring them to life and create a short play. They can use clothes from their closet as costumes. Find approved items around the house for props. Make some family time for them to present the play. Easily turn it into a dinner theatre by creating a meal together to go along with the play.

Gratitude/Vision Board: If you have cardboard, old magazines, glue, and scissors available then this is a great way for the family as a whole to create a board that represents things you are grateful for or a way to set goals for the future. This can be done individually or as a family. Once completed, place your board somewhere where you can see it every day.

Airplane Landing Strip (3rd-5th)

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Who doesn't love making and playing with paper airplanes? It's a great way to pass the time when you're stuck indoors. Did you know that it's believed that people have been creating paper airplanes for over 2000 years?

We will be learning and testing out several different airplane designs to see which flies best. Keep these four forces that act on a plane in flight in mind as it will help you design the best paper airplane:

  • Thrust: the force, which pushes the plane forward through the air
  • Drag: the resistance the air exerts on the forward motion of a plane
  • Weight: it pulls the plane down because the force of gravity, so make sure your plane isn't too heavy and that the weight is distributed equally
  • Lift: the upward force that counteracts gravity and keeps the plane in the air


A man named Ken Blackburn currently holds the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest flight duration of a paper airplane--his flew for 27.6 seconds on October 8th, 1998.

Can you spot the paper airplane in the video?


Learn how to fold a plane like Ken Blackburn:

Get some tips for the man himself:

Expermentation Time- There are so many ways to make a paper airplane. Your best bet is to look for "paper airplane designs" in google or click for over 40 designs with instructions and even video tutorials. Start making your planes and testing them out!

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