Kids Newsletter September 2016

9/11 – An important date in American history; never to be forgotten.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 suicide bombers linked with the Muslim militant group al-Qaida hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. These terrorist attacks became known as 9/11, which is the way the American date of Sept. 11 is written.

Women of Achievement Month

September is "Women of Achievement Month," celebrating the many significant contributions to education, politics, and the arts women have made throughout history.

  • Queen Elizabeth I, Queen of England
    Queen Elizabeth I is notably one of the most intriguing and influential women of her time. She was so influential, in fact, that it is the "Elizabethan Age that bears her name and was best noted for achievements in the arts and exploration of new lands."
  • Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks was one of the most poignant figures in the American civil rights movement. Her resistance to giving up her seat was what led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was an integral part in the battle against segregation.
  • Joan of Arc
    Joan of Arc's trial and execution is one the most documented trials of its time. She is most known for her experience with the divine that instructed her to fight for the French, which eventually led the way to the coronation of Charles VII of France. Although she was successful in leading the charge, she was captured and tried by the English.

Let's Read

"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is the story of the ape-man Tarzan, raised in the wild by the great ape Kala, and how he learns the secrets of the jungle to survive − how to talk with the animals, swing through the trees and fight the great predators. As Tarzan grows up, he makes many friends, including Tantor the elephant and Numa the lion.

"The Berenstain Bears and The Truth" by Stan & Jan Berenstain

When Mama goes to the market, Brother and Sister play soccer in the house… and end up breaking a lamp! When Mama asks them what happened, they tell her a series of whoppers that just get bigger and bigger. Will they ever tell her the truth?

Famous Author Birthdates

  • Sept. 1, 1875 − Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Sept. 2, 1820 − Lucretia Hale
  • Sept. 13, 1916 − Roald Dahl
  • Sept. 15, 1789 − James Fenimore Cooper/Tomie DePaola
  • Sept. 21, 1866 − H.G. Wells
  • Sept. 29, 1923 − Stan Berenstain

Did You Know?

  • September is the ninth month and the only month with the same number of letters in its name in English as the number of the month.
  • The only U.S. president to have had a September birthday was William Taft (president 1909-13).
  • In America, the first Sunday after the first Monday in September is celebrated as National Grandparents' Day.
  • Richard Saunders, the 17th century English astrologer and physician, said it was good to eat pomegranates and goats' milk in September.
  • The last day of September in any year always falls on a different day of the week from the last day of any other month.

Let's Be Healthy

Healthy Challenge Scavenger Hunt

children smiling

Go on a scavenger hunt in your very own house! Grab a friend, a sibling or a parent, and hunt for the items. Leave this list up on your computer screen as you search for each item. As you complete each task, come back to the computer to read the next item on your list. Make it a race, and see who can finish the list fastest. Use a stopwatch or a clock to time yourselves.

  1. Get in and out of bed (with covers) 5 times
  2. Grab a spoon from the kitchen, and bring it back to the computer
  3. Touch every doorknob in the house as fast as you can
  4. Find a food in your pantry or refrigerator with less than 100 calories per serving (check the nutrition label)
  5. Find 3 red things in your house, bring them to the computer
  6. Find 3 different soft items like a bath towel, bed sheet and t-shirt, bring them back to the computer
  7. Grab your pillow, and bring it to the computer
  8. Find any book or magazine, and bring it back to the computer
  9. Find a pair of socks, and put them on
  10. Get a plastic cup, and bring it back to the computer
  11. Touch 3 light switches
  12. Find a picture, poster or wall art with the color blue in it, and point to it
  13. Bring a stuffed animal back to the computer
  14. Grab a DVD, and bring it back to the computer
  15. Give someone in your house a hug
  16. Run into every room in the house, and jump twice
  17. Sit down in 3 different chairs
  18. Walk around the kitchen table
  19. Find a ball, and bring it back to the computer
  20. Grab a towel from the kitchen, and bring it back to the computer
  21. Find a plastic bag, and bring it back to the computer
  22. Grab a hat, and bring it back to the computer

Let's Have Fun

Make a Family Tree

Illustration of Tree

Wondering if you're related to a princess or a Viking? Maybe you've heard a story about a Civil War soldier in your family, or you have the same last name as someone famous and want to find out if you're related. You can learn how to become a "family detective," and dig up clues about your ancestry.

Write in names and dates. Don't worry if you can't fill in all the boxes − you can ask your parents or grandparents to help with information you don't know.

Let's Get Creative

Nebula Jar

child holding blue jar

A nebula is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases that forms in outer space. Simply layer cotton balls, water, tempera paint and glitter until you reach the top of the jar, and you create a craft that mimics the wonder of an actual nebula in space!


  • clear glass jar with a lid
  • water
  • tempera paint
  • glitter
  • cotton balls
  • a spoon to push the cotton balls down


  • Fill your glass jar with a little water.
  • Add a little tempera paint, and stir.
  • Add cotton balls and then glitter.
  • Keep adding layers of water, tempera paint, cotton balls and glitter, pressing down the cotton balls with a spoon until you reach the top.
  • Screw on the lid and your Nebula Jar is all set!

Let's Cook

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

cups with oatmeal


  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup whole milk, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar


Add the oats, raisins and pumpkin pie spice to the carafe of a blender, and pour in the milk, adding more to cover the oats if needed. Stir completely, and set aside until the oats are soft, 15 minutes.

Blend on high speed until pureed and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt, brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups ice, and blend on high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into 2 pint glasses.

What's New

Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN

Celebrate our 50th anniversary at AETN Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first went on the air. Watch classic episodes of programs from the AETN Video Vault, meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters – including Walkaround Elmo and Walkaround Cookie Monster from "Sesame Street" – and get a sneak peak of what to expect next from AETN and PBS. We'll have games, face painting, arts and crafts, story time, snacks and much more − all free and open to the public. Stay tuned to day for updates and a full schedule of events.

What: AETN Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72034
Admission: FREE
Learn more:

vintage and current image of Arthur

Remember when your favorite aardvark looked like this? What a difference 20 years makes!

Can you believe "Arthur" has been on the air for 20 years?!? PBS and AETN will help you celebrate this milestone by sharing photos, printables, stickers and more! Stay tuned!

Watch your favorites online!

  • "Daniel Tiger: Red Sweater for Daniel/Teacher Harriet's New Hairdo" – Sept. 5
    "Daniel Tiger: Sharing at the Library/Daniel Shares with Margaret" – Sept. 6
    "Daniel Tiger: Daniel's Allergy/Allergies at School" – Sept. 7
    "Daniel Tiger: Daniel Makes a Noise Maker/Daniel Makes the Neighborhood" – Sept. 8
    "Daniel Tiger: The Neighborhood Fall Festival/Field Day at School" – Sept. 9
  • "Peg + Cat: The Tree by the Nile Problem/The Eid al-Adha Adventure" – Sept. 12
  • "Sesame Street: Bedtime Story" – Sept. 12
    "Sesame Street: Sesame Ocean" – Sept. 13
    "Sesame Street: Mucko Polo, Grouch Explorer" – Sept. 14
    "Sesame Street: When Dinosaurs Walked Sesame" – Sept. 15
    "Sesame Street: Afraid of the Bark" – Sept. 19
    "Sesame Street: Abby Makes the Seasons Change" – Sept. 26

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