Sharpen your pencils and mark your calendars… October 20 is National Day on Writing!

NCTECelebrate the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Sixth Annual
National Day on Writing on Monday, October 20, 2014!

NCTE, the National Writing Project, and The New York Times Learning Network invite you to celebrate writing in all its forms: through photos, film, and graphics; with pens, pencils, and computers; in graphs, etchings, and murals; on sidewalks, screens, and paper.

This year you can also post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #WriteMyCommunity!

Learn more at NCTE.

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8 fun facts about Columbus Day!

LOGO_medium (1)Back to Basics K-12 Private School will observe Columbus Day on October 13. That means no school!

But, what is Columbus Day, exactly? Here are some facts you might not know:

1. Columbus Day is traditionally celebrated on the second Monday of October.

2. The holiday remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.

3. Columbus Day is often a controversial holiday, because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples.

4. Christopher Columbus is often portrayed as the first European to sail to the Americas …