WBFJ News Tuesday, AUG 23, 2016

 Today is “Cheap Flight Day”…   The day peak-summer prices traditionally drop from seasonal highs to off-peak lows…and keep dropping (at least a bit more) until Thanksgiving.  Flexible flyers, please take note.  *Fares can drop up to 20% (or more) depending on departure and destination.    http://goo.gl/2347pL



UPDATED REMINDER:  ALL students who are ‘entering public school’ for the FIRST time  (no matter what age)  are required to have a ‘health assessment form’ completed by their physician and returned to their school



Hanesbrands’ Annual Sample Sale going on now…thru Saturday (Aug 27)

Location: theWinston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building

*Please use Gate #5 off of Deacon Blvd for FREE Parking!

The schedule…

Tuesday + Wednesday     8 – 4pm

Thursday (Aug 25)  Noon to 8pm

Friday (Aug 26)                 8am – 4pm

Saturday (Aug 27)   8am – 2pm



How about this homework policy: Ms Brandy Young, a second grade teacher from Fort Worth, Texas recently sent a note home to students and parents.  

“…I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did NOT finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year.”  The note ended with this…  “Research has been unable to prove that homework improves students’ performances. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”    -Signed Mrs. Brandy          http://goo.gl/LUnoGV

* The homework ‘standard’ endorsed by the National Education Association + National Parent-Teacher Association is the so-called “10-minute rule”

…10 minutes per grade level per night. That translates into 10 minutes of homework in the first grade, 20 minutes in the second grade, all the way up to 120 minutes for senior year of high school.

BTW: The NEA and the National PTA do not endorse homework for kindergarten.




(TUE + THUR) The ‘Educator Warehouse’, located at Diggs-Latham Elementary School in Winston-Salem, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5:30 PM on school days and the first and third Saturdays of each month.

    Want to help? To volunteer or donate go to their website: http://goo.gl/QlvR9N


The Winston-Salem Open Tennis event continues thru this Saturday (Aug 27) at the Wake Forest Tennis Center off Deacon Blvd.   www.winstonsalemopen.com/

FYI: Several physical therapists will be out at the Winston-Salem Open this Friday evening offering FREE foot screenings, and discussing what to look for in proper and healthy footwear.   http://www.wakehealth.edu/Winston-Salem-Open/



The Instagram filter you choose may reveal more than you realize about your mental health. Researchers from Harvard and the University of Vermont finding that photos with decreased brightness and decreased saturation indicated depression. Depressed users were most likely to use ‘Inkwell’.  ‘Valencia’ was the most popular filter with users who were not depressed…http://goo.gl/Kcxvk4

BTW: Valencia lightens photos   vs   Inkwell converts images to black and white.

Earlier this year, Microsoft researchers showed that a person’s Web search history could sometimes predict an upcoming diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.


 More Olympic fallout for 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte.

Swimwear maker Speedo and Ralph Lauren have ended their sponsorship contracts after the U.S. swimmer admitted to exaggerating his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the Olympics.  http://goo.gl/mHxTH2


Ever wonder what will happen to some of Rio’s stadiums now that the Olympics has ended?  Rio has ambitious (re-purpose) plans.

-For example, ‘Future Arena’ (the handball venue) will be taken apart and the pieces used to build four schools around the city, each serving 500 students.

-The city plans to turn the aquatics stadium into two community swimming centers; the media center will become a high school dorm; and the 300 acres of land on which Barra Olympic Park currently sits will go be turned over for public parks and private development.

One Architect suggesting that the Future Arena was built with “nomadic architecture,” in mind –  to be easily dismantled, transported, and rebuilt…kinda like a life-size Lego set”

*Re-purposing venues like this can be good for both people and the planet. Temporary buildings have half the carbon footprint of conventional buildings, and can cost up to 80% less.  http://goo.gl/2Edege









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