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Think Ink by Kaitlyn

Are you one of those people who print things over and over again just making little changes each time thinking, ‘’Oh this isn’t my money I’m wasting so I’m going to print away.’’ You’re sure right it’s not your money but it’s your recess equipment, new books at the library and all the other stuff the school pays for that you enjoy.

Ink can be very expensive costing about 13.12 euro for a cartridge (the package the ink comes in) that can print 250 pages. So think if about 350 students each print 100 papers a year the price would really add up. About how many more tetherballs could we have if we stopped wasting ink?

Also using so many ink cartridges is bad for our environment because trash is piling up and we have nowhere to put it.

Here are ways we can solve the problem:

  • When you’re at technology, only print papers you need not random pictures.
  • Make sure you don’t make letters and pictures bigger than they need to be.
  • Check to make sure you’re ready to print so you don’t have to print multiple times.

In conclusion, I think kids should start caring about the schools money, and our environment, and start making better choices.


The Rat Friend, Part 2, by Thisseas

Gillfie gasped. “Oh my God” and jumped down on the soft sand screaming “Help!” When she hit the bottom she ran.

Nikol was second to regain his senses and began climbing down as fast as his long legs could carry him.

I wasn’t so lucky. The owl lunged and I jumped but it caught me in the air. Nikol took a needle and stuck it in the owls back. The owl screeched, then dropped me going back to its hollow.

“That was close!” panted Gillfie, who looked kind of ashamed that she hadn’t done anything.

“I can see a black speck getting bigger as we get closer,” whispered Nikol with enthusiasm and tiredness.

“What black speck?” I asked, hardly even looking in front or even paying attention.

“Pay attention!” Nikol commanded angrily. “It looks like a castle!” he pointed and this time I looked and sure enough a black castle was there, 100 yards away, and that’s a lot for squirrels.

“Gimmy your food!” said a demanding voice from behind us. We turned startled and there was a rat.

“Run!” screamed Gillfie.

“Now, now my friend, gimmy your food!” said the rat. It was a rat with yellow eyes, grey fur and it was very big for a rat.

Then Nikol did the most unexpected thing. He spoke calmly to the rat. “Let us go Jongey. We are on a quest for foodies. Do you want to join us?”

“What are you doing Nikol? Don’t tell me you know him?” Gillfie screeched and began smoothing her ears back nervously.

“You have to be kidding Nikol, there has never been a rat in our forest for years and you are smaller than me. You are only 7 years old. I am two years older than you!” I screamed! “Get back to your senses! Do you literally want a rat with us?”

“Yes I want Jongey to come along, there has been a rat. And that rat is Jongey.” He answered calmly. Then turned to the rat Jongey “Do you want to come?” he asked.

“Yes I do want. Though there is a problem. That castle over there is full of foodies and rats! So once we steal them they will have a full reason to attack the forest!” Then Jongey whispered kindly, “I have fragile feelings so don’t make me mad. Inside the gate is the secret of the rats!”

“You mean they are the same rats that attacked the forest? How could they make foodies? What is…the secret of the rats?” I gasped amazed.

“Talk quietly because the rats have spies everywhere!” he hissed.

“Oookeyy you can join,” I told him.

“You’re both out of your minds!” Screeched Gillfie. “First Nikol and now you!” she pointed at me angrily.

“Think about it again Gillfie!” I shouted back.

“OK I accept,” she sighed.

“Really!” I gasped.

“Be quiet you two!” whispered Nikol and Jongey at the same time. “Rats have an amazing sense of smell!” continued Jongey. “ I can smell some at the gate.”

As we approached them they grinned showing their sharp yellow teeth.

I slowly began doubting this plan would work.

“Um hello. Can you let us enter your castle?” I asked nervously. My teeth were nibbling on our last nut.

“Yieeesss, though what are you here for?” the lead rat hissed suspiciously, barring his sharp yellow teeth.

“I think they have come to steal our secret,” hissed one rat in a croaky voice that was old.

Then I remembered what had happened. When I was little I remembered when rats came with torches and begun burning down the forests yelling “destroy, destroy.” Small and big squirrels threw nuts at the rats’ heads from the trees until the rats retreated and finally ran away.

“No, we just want foodies and to learn how they are made.” I answered as politely as possible (after a moment of remembering).

‘What are you thinking?” croaked the old rat with three wiskers that apparently had a sore throat.

“Can we just have some foodies please?” begged Gillfie in a very childish tone.

“Okay then,” whispered the old rat.

“No” snarled the lead rat and glared at the old rat. “You are being tricked Roll! How could they have passed the dessert by themselves?”

The moment the leader began talking Roll gave us two papers. The lead rat snared and screamed “Traitor!” as he lunged with his claws scratching at Roll.

“Run!” croaked Roll who extended his claws in defense. And that was the last time I would see him. Or maybe not.

We were running away as fast as possible and we heard his screams as he was dragged to jail.

When we couldn’t hear him, I whispered urgently “Open it, open it!”

As Gillfie unfolded the paper I saw something amazing. The letter said “Look for the room of Lava.”

“Open the second letter,” I whispered.

“Everybody be quiet!” Whispered Gillfie so quietly that I almost couldn’t hear.

When the second letter was opened I read “ Come from the back door or open the secret door on the fifth cactus from the front door, which leads to the prison and to the Room of Lava!”

“Let us split up! I and Gillfie will go to the back door and Dwellwap and you will go to the secret passage, first to get Roll from the jail, then go and meet us in the room of fire,” whispered Nikol to Jongey. Then he and Gillfie bounced toward the castle.

“I guess we are together, lets go!” I said “follow me.”

We began running towards the entrance. When we were about 5 feet away I signaled at Jongey to stop. We immediately began to search the needles of the cactus in front of us until Jongey whispered “I think I found it!”

He opened a door-shaped ring of needles and there was a passage. We began walking huddled close together deep inside the ruins of the secret passage. At last we found a crossing and I pointed right and we continued. At last we saw light!

“C’mon Jongey, almost there!” I whispered. But Jongey didn’t budge “No I can’t go there!” He was freaking out. “No, no, no! Don’t take me there. It is the place where the rats came from on our attack. I can’t go. I have sworn never to go there again.”

“What do you mean “again”, tell me.”
“When I was your age I came from here and learned about how the rats are cruel and about Nikol, how I became his friend.”

“Hey look there is light over there in that cave” said a very familiar voice.

Then I realized two very scary things. One that the voice was Vill’s (the Bully). And the tunnel led straight to the forest.

“Hey, Who is there?” growled Vill. We stayed quiet.

Then Vill did an unexpected thing. She said “Go to your parents, I’m going to deal with whatever is in this cave!”

She charged in the cave and saw us. She fainted with a scared expression on her face. She looked to me like a scared squirrel for the first time in my life.

“Run?” I asked.

“So let’s run” agreed Jongey quietly as the other squirrel that had went to its home came to the entrance. It had to be looking for Vill.

I only saw a rat and a familiar squirrel back run into the darkness.

To be continued…

The Rat Friend by Thisseas (Part 1)

“Hey,” I exclaimed, “you’re being rude!”

Vill laughed. “Gimmy your nut, or I’m gonna beat you until you beg for me to stop!”

I was scared because I was sure she would do exactly what she said. Vill was the daughter of the forest’s mayor so technically could do anything she wanted .I wasn’t sure what I should do because I didn’t want to get beaten but my family was poor. My family was one of the poorest in the forest, also I had had to go on a very thin branch of a tall tree to get the nut and a snake chased me. Vill took one step closer to me, was so scared I was trembling. The sight of me had to be funny because Vill fell over laughing.

“You are so funny Dwellwap.” She paused, thought a bit then sneered “give it to me and stop making me laugh, I might even give you a foodie.”

That caught me by surprise. I really wanted a foodie. A foodie is a squirrel shaped thing that scientists call a robot .It moves around for a time bringing (or making) food. A lot of animals have foodies even though it’s hard to get one. Just then the mayor suddenly came out of a bush.

“Vill , leave us. “He commanded.

Vill backed away than then stammered. “As you say.” And scrambled away.

“Thanks,” I said. “Now what do you want?”

“Oh nothing, I just hate when my daughter threatens people.”

“No, tell me the real reason you came here.”

“I prefer having fresh nuts, and my daughter wouldn’t give it to me .She would have buried it in a secret hiding place

“Maybe you could persuade Vill to tell us where you get foodies?” I asked.

“What a great idea Dwell, we could have a group of forest animals that don’t have a foodie an once we know where foodies are we can have a quest to find how they are made so we can have some! He exclaimed. And with that he bounded into the woods towards Vill.

“So enthusiastic on something almost impossible,” I muttered.

So I continued to my family’s tree with the nut feeling ashamed because I should have been enthusiastic about persuading Vill.

The next day I was gathering nuts and going to Nikol’s house. Then I heard something. Suddenly Nikol’s burst out of the leaves and shouted “Ants!” running past me desperately! A floor of black emerged out of the leaves. I began fumbling in a small pouch I had tied on my waist for emergencies like this. It was water with soap that freezes ants. I began running dripping soap on the ground after me. When I was out of breath I hid with Nikol in a hollow tree.

“Good morning Dwellwap.” Said a small rabbit.

It was my friend Gillfie the red eyed rabbit.

“What are you doing here Gillf?”

“I’m learning about your quest, can I come?” she pleaded.

I began thinking about foodies again and why everybody wanted one because there is little food in the forest.

“I told all the animals that don’t have foodies about this quest. The scientists are trying to find how foodies are made but my father who’s a scientist says that they get energy from some things they call batteries but nobody knows how you make them”, said Nikol. “Though I know where foodies come from, a place that is a giant beach with no water!”

We began walking to the hottest parts of the forest until we found ourselves in a place filled with sand. We were walking slowly and I began wondering why I had volunteered on this quest because I was scared by new places. Finally we stopped to rest and look at the sandy place in front of us with nothing but cacti to look at. We had named this place the desert because it looked kind of deserted to us.

Two days later we were running out of water. We were also bored out of our minds. I glanced in front and saw a cactus with a hole in it and it looked like a perfectly good place to sleep. We did not remember that owls live in hollows even though we learned it in school. It was going to be hard to climb the needles but we could manage it. When we reached the top we saw a sight that took our breath away. Two yellow eyes glaring at us…

To be continued!

If you want to read more of this exciting story, written by Thisseas when he was in grade 3, please add a comment. The next episode will be published when 5 comments have been received!

Monkey Bar Academy by #9


‘’Lily I’ve got a great idea!’’ I shrieked. We can teach Jenny and Danae how to do the bars. Keep in mind that these bars are special kind of bars ones you do flips on. Lily and I worked really hard every lunch recess to teach them everything we knew. We split up all the flips into 3 units and gave them mini tests. Then it came to the front flip switching hands. Both of our students were really struggling. No matter how many times we tried, they still couldn’t do it. Lily and I tried everything, or at least we thought we did.
Lily and I told Danae and Jenny that they wouldn’t have class that day. Meanwhile, we worked really hard to find out a way to make it easier. We found out that they just needed some self confidence. We came up with a brilliant plan. What we would do is hold their legs while they switched their hands. Then every time we saw them get better we would hold farther down on their legs. Now, let me tell you the clever part, when we saw them get really good we would raise our hands just off their legs, so it would look like we were holding them. We tried the first part of our plan and it worked like a charm.
Then came the moment of truth! I signaled Lily, to try the clever part of our plan on Jenny and it… worked! She didn’t notice a thing and did it perfectly. Same thing happened with Danae.
So I can prove that you can do anything with a self confidence and a little help from someone you trust. Lily and I never dared to share our secret with Jenny and Danae. So Shh! Don’t tell our secret!

Columbus Character by Steleeza


Have you ever imagined one of the earliest explorers on a piece of paper? Well, now you can!! Now, don’t start thinking of any 40year old boy! An old man, as weak as a kitty, sits on his armchair and starts telling his grandchildren a story. A special, special story………

I was walking on the ship, a cold breeze pushing my long curly hair back, as I was stopping to supervise my sailors: ‘Stop daydreaming captain sleepyhead! Put some effort and pull the sail like a man and NOT like a newborn kitty-cat!! “I yelled to a sailor. “Chickens…” I murmured to myself. Then I imagined all my, supposedly “brave” men saying Pock, Pock, like a bunch of chickens that always kept me laughing. My serious large, brown eyes stood glued on my pocket, half ripped as it was, but my light blue journal was still inside. Running downstairs, the air made my puffy, squinting eyes sore. “Finally!!” I said to myself and pulled my journal out, as a new bottle of ink splashed upon my hand. “Ziff! Seriously??” I said again to myself. “How many miles are we from land?” a curious and young sailor asked me. “Forty- nine!!!” I grunted. Then I finally started writing in my journal: “We are exactly ninety-five miles from land.” I wrote as my pen was scratching the paper. “Hmm… I might try to start locking this!” I thought and continued.

I might be a bit stubborn. OK. A lot. But I’m as smart as a fox! I am a bit bossy. I don’t want any of my sailors to be chickens, and do what their own head says! Oh, and additionally, if I tell them that we are one hundred miles from land, they are going to start crying and throwing up. What? I want my ship clean!

I would love to explore endless oceans and seas and I want to explore another trade route to China, or to explore unknown lands…. I want to see ancient ruins and falling stars, just like the stories my dad told me. I still fear falling off the edge of the ocean, and I fear gruesome creatures like giant serpents climbing up my ship…………

Getting Kokona by Chrysonoe

“That one! That one! I want this bird!” It was a cool, fresh day that all birds tweeted. The flowers were bringing a cool smell.
In a small pet shop that was filled with cages, and food for dogs and everything else you could imagine, a small bird was tweeting so hard that I just wanted to let it out so it could fly away.
Anyway, I loved it. As I said before I wanted that bird with the grey and orange cheeks, and some yellow brighter than the sun. It was so beautiful that all the light fell through its bright eyes and covered its long thick tail. I just wanted that bird. I wanted to get it so bad.
As my mom and I went home, I was very excited. I tried to peek to see my new bird. But it was so dark and heavy that when I tried to see inside it, the box fell down. It was as if I was holding an elephant or something.
As we arrived home we heard my new bird tweeting so hard. She was feeling alone. I was so sad that I couldn’t let her stay like that, so I went with the stairs, instead of the elevator, and I pulled and pulled but I only got to the 3rd step because the box was so heavy. Then I decided to take the elevator.
My new bird was ok after that. I was telling my mom “Come on! Come on, mom!” Then I ran to the door and slammed open Koko’s door, my other parrot and grabbed him so quickly and hard that his feathers were falling off. Faster than a cheetah, I opened the box so my other bird could get out. But she didn’t. So, I let Koko fly wherever he wanted in the house.
My other bird was still not getting out. I waited and waited, rumbling of terror. I was so worried something had happened to her in the box. Then I saw a small face. It was Kokona.
When I saw her, I immediately called her Kokona. She was so cute. Then I went to my room and grabbed my mouse toy. My house was rumbling as I rushed through the hall. I just wanted to take a huge break. I couldn’t do anything except watch for my bird, so I tried to do everything at once.
I put my mouse toy into the box and it turned on. Kokona burst out and flew through the living room, screaming with joy. She went straight to the wall. She crashed!
Koko was hiding on a short shelf that was connected to the wall. He was looking at the small electric mouse as it went here and there. He didn’t know what was going on. He was amazed.
Then they talked and went close to each other. Then they became friends. After that, I just went to my room, and got a good nap!

Thank You! By Francesca


“Hurry up, we are going to be late!” my dad was yelling, “Get your clothes on and let’s go.”
I quickly woke up with a yawn, I brushed my teeth while I was half way asleep. I put on my denim skirt and my red heart shirt. My dad told me that on March 4th 2009, was a very special day.
​As I was walking out of my nice warm room I was thinking, special day? What do we have to do that is so special? We got in the car as fast as lightning. I put my seatbelt on, and in no time we left. Again and again I was wondering what was happening. After five minutes I realized that my mom wasn’t there!
​BOOM, my light bulb went on! I remembered that my mom was giving birth to my baby brother! I was so astounded that I couldn’t stop smiling. I was smiling from ear to ear. We finally arrived at the hospital. All my family and friends were outside the door waiting to see my little brother.
​After a while my brother came out, I was the first on to see him. I went closer and closer and quickly ran to my dad. “Is that my brother?” I asked my dad and wondered. “Yes, he is,” he responded.
​My baby brother was crying so much that everybody could hear him. I gave my mom a big hug and told her this was the best present anyone could give me. “Thank you,” I told her. “Thank you.”

Kiparissi by Anna K.

Kiparisi is a beautiful place in Peloponisos. It has beautiful beaches and beautiful hotels. It is a beautiful place. Every summer we go there. I LOVE it. I prefer to stay at home if we can’t go there, because as I said before it is a beautiful place and I have lot’s of fun there.
First time we went there was in 2013, we went there because we heard that it’s a beautiful place and we needed something close to Tsapi so we can go camping there. Tsapi is a beautiful place in Peloponisos too. We go camping there. This year (2014) we went to Kiparissi and to Arkitsa and not to Tsapi because we didn’t want to. We wanted to go to other places that we go to and we also like. Any way this year we met more kids there and we played together. First we met Stella and Apostilia two sisters. We painted rocks together and then we opened a store selling them. Then we met another boy named Konstantinos, and his sister Elpida. They tried catch a shark that they saw. We planned a party. I ran to the super market to get chips, also we sold two painted rocks for a big bowl of chips.
We made a disco ball, out of paper and it worked. Colorful lights were coming out. We had lemonades, rocks and other things we made. Also we put up mini posters telling about our party at 7:30.
Every door had a poster that said about our party. Who ever could come came. The only problem was that the kids didn’t find the shark, but still our party worked. Everyone loved it. At the end some of the left over rocks we gave them for free and some of them we kept. Now the ones that we kept are in a plastic super market bag, at home. This was the best vacation ever.

The next day was the day that we left Kiparisi and went back to Athens so we can go to Arkitsa. Our last day was awesome. We played with our friends on the beach and had lots of fun with the water guns and with other things. Then it was time to go, so we said good-bye to every one, went to the hotel to get our stuff and we were about to go when I fell and hurt my self. Then they had to put Betadine on me and then finally we left!

Central Park by Yasmin

I pulled the sheet off of me and slowly opened my eyes.
O.M.G.! I just remembered its squirrel day! I jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom. My toothbrush started to sing as I put it in my mouth I pushed it around and spit it out. I brushed my hair and put my clothes on. I ran to my grandma’s room.
“Grandma, you’re still sleeping! Until you get ready I’ll go to the kiosk and get some nuts. If we get to Central Park late there will be a lot of people and the squirrels will get scared easily.”
I slammed the door behind me and ran to the kiosk. Then I bought the nuts and ran back.
“Grandma, are you ready now?”
“Yes I’m ready but an old lady can’t run! Be patient.”
“Fine, I’m just really excited! You know I love feeding squirrels, so let’s get moving!”
We had to slowly walk to Central Park but we finally got there. The first thing we saw was two chubby squirrels. I named one Chubby and the other one Chubs. We threw a handful of nuts. Then they impatiently stuffed their faces and nibbled.
“Grandma, the squirrels got fed, so now can we eat pancakes?”
“OK, but promise you won’t run.”
“I promise.”

Notebook by Sophia

Hi!! My name is Notebook. Whenever you write my name (Notebook), capitalize it. I am a being too. Not everyone treats me like one. (Eh-em. YOU.) I mean imagine you were being written in. Man, that hurts being stabbed every time someone wants to write. Like for example, someone takes your friend (pencil) and taking their poop, and smearing it all over you. Exactly. Welcome to my life. I have a few more complaints to make, so let’s get on with it. First of all NEVER, EVER, EVER, fold me in a way that my spine breaks. It is a spine. My spine. Part of my notebody. Another thing, please don’t rip off my arms. I know it may sound weird to have arms coming off your spine, but it is the way our notebodies are shaped. Now that I have said what I want to say,, maybe you will think twice before you hurt me.

Super Skiing, Super Slush by George

Swishing down the slushy slopes. Skiing fast, wind blowing in my face, cheeks puffing up. Feeling like I’m going to fall at any moment. Seeing the bottom, knowing it’s over, getting ready to go back on the lifts and do it all over again. I met in the café with my friends, talking about how cool the slopes were.

After a long day of skiing, I jumped into a big soft pile of snow and relaxed. I saw my sister walking by. I quickly made a ginormous snowball and threw it at her. She screamed my name and started chasing me. She had lumpy snow on her face and she was still chasing me so I jumped onto my skies and skied to the lift. I was at the top of the mountain and she was right behind me. I skied down the slope and lost sight of her. I skied down to the car where I saw my family getting ready to leave, my sister was next to me and she had a snowball in her hand. She threw it at me. My friends and I were throwing snowballs at each other and at my sister. We had a massive snowball fight and it was a lot of fun.

When we left the slopes we all went to a taverna. There was a huge group of us and after we had eaten, we all went outside and played in the rain. It was a lot of fun. These are the sorts of holidays I like to have: friends, family, fun.

Just How Much I Hate Fish! by Piper

I hate fish. Now let’s just cut to the chase. When I open the door to the kitchen and I smell the stinky smell of f-f-f …..Sorry, I can’t even say it. Well I walk inside and sit at the table frowning. I put a piece in my mouth and it feels gooey and yucky just like soap, only I bet soap would taste better!!! I try to chew it, bit by bit, but I just can’t, so I wait until my mouth is filled to the top with saliva, and if my parents ask me something I just nod and bobble my head and I think I have eaten worse, not really.
​After I finish what’s on my plate, I empty half the bowl of salad on my plate.

Comment what your favorite and worst food is.
Start a conversation!!
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The First Time I Rode my Bike by Anna Louise

​When I was about seven years old, my Mom and Dad decided to buy me a pink, sparkly bike, so I would finally decide to try to learn how to bike.
When I first saw the bike, I screamed and ran to my room and slammed the door, and shut my eyes… I was never, ever, ever, ever, EVER, going to ride a bike! Slowly though, something inside of me started to change, and in a few seconds, I started thinking. “What if I DID try, just try?” I thought, Slowly, I got out from under my bed covers and walked to the garden, where my rejected bike was placed, under the fat oak tree.
I decided I would not ask help from my parents and figure it out for myself. I just climbed on the bike, and remembered how my brother rode his bike, and put my feet on the pedals, my hands on the wheel, and moved my feet in a circular movement. At first, I did not realize I was moving, but suddenly I felt as if I was a free bird, flying in between the clouds. The zephyr blew gently on my face, and I felt free!
I closed my eyes, and just enjoyed the moment! I had just saved the world, my world! I felt amazing, until I ran into the brick wall (because I had my eyes closed) but it didn’t matter! I had learned how to bike, all by myself! I will never forget that wonderful experience!

My Favorite Subject in School by Lara Bar


​Do you think you can guess what my favorite subject is? If you think it is Math or P.E you are totally wrong! My teachers in fourth grade made me love Science. What I like about Science is that you explore, and go outside. Last year, we went looking for snails outside!! Great fun!
In addition, I enjoy doing experiments. Last year, we put paper clips on the snails and we saw which one slides faster. Another thing I like about Science is that we sat in groups and researched together and shared our ideas. I think I like Science in 5th grade as much as I liked it in the 4th grade. I think that this was an amazing chance for me to tell you what my favorite subject is.
I hope I will love Science next year in 6th grade as much as I love it this year.

The First Time I played Dodge Ball by Mario

As I opened the heavy gym door, I heard screams and saw balls flying around the room. I gulped.
“What in the world are they doing?’’
Then, two minutes passed, and I already had a headache. After, I went to the Gym teacher and mumbled, “Isn’t that dangerous?’’
“No,’’ she responded. So, I received the ball and it felt as though it was my soft, fluffy pillow. One question I have is, why are they calling it dodge ball instead of soft ball?
The time came and I was on the team, the yellow team. As I stepped in the ring, I heard my wet squeaky shoes shaking along with my body.
“Yes!” I cheered. I avoided the first ball in dodge ball.
Four minutes later,
“What! This is so unfair!”
“Liar! You tell many lies”
“I took you out!”
“No! I took you out!”
Everyone barked at each other. I felt frightened. Then I understood that the challenge was to get someone out of the game from the other team.
Before the game ended, I caught a ball in the air, and everyone yelled, “Bravo!!Bravo!”
That was my experience, the first time I saw and played dodge ball!!

Wizards and Trolls by George

Once upon a time, long, long ago during the dark and spooky medieval times, there were two tribes, a wizard and a troll tribe. These tribes always helped one another, until, one fateful day, Stathis the wizard tribe leader boomed,
“Someone has stolen our crystal balls,” A guard called Raneem replied,
“I saw a pack of trolls sneak into the castle and stole them. I couldn’t attack by myself because I could’ve gotten myself killed.” Then she chuckled an evil laugh but no one heard her.
While the wizards were losing their heads, Mario the troll tribe leader boomed,
“Someone has stolen our peanut butters.” Mrs. Kynigou a troll guard stated,
“ I saw it vanish before my very own eyes! I’m sure that the only way someone could have done that was with magic, and the only magic there is are wizards.” Then she also let out an evil laugh but no one heard her.
Stathis, the wizard leader, declared war on the trolls for stealing their crystal balls. The troll didn’t understand what Stathis said but they agreed to have war. The two tribe leaders decided that they will have 5 whole days to prepare for battle. So they got to work.

To be continued…

My Trip to Thailand By Lara Bar

This winter break my family and I went to Bangkok, Thailand. We were with my grandma and my Great- grandma. Our first day we went to a temple and there we learned that Chinese and Thai people are very close to each other. There was white ceiling, in one of the floors there was a big golden Buddha. In Thailand the food is exactly like Chinese food, my favorite is sweet and sour chicken.
On Saturday night my Great- grandma and grandma left for Israel. On Sunday we went to Chaing- Mai. The city was northwest. We were there for a week. We went on bamboo boats, they move the oar to make it move and so it is a quiet trip through the jungle. We rode on big jeeps too! It was a fun time with my dad because he was driving. We went through the jungle and saw the amazing view of the forest. It was so beautiful to see. We patted baby tigers and took pictures; it was fun to see the baby tigers fighting! We rode on elephants, we walked next to a herd, and I fed a baby elephant a bamboo branch.
Then at the end of the week we flew to Bangkok. We stayed in the hotel Davis. We went shopping and I bought a couple of books from the set “Who Was?” I enjoyed this trip because it was a trip to an ancient place I didn’t know about.


In Defense of Crayons by Mario

Drawing with crayons is fun! Crayons help you finish your drawing. Crayons are better than color-pencils because you don’t need to sharpen crayons.
A crayon is easy to use an easy to draw with. With crayons you can design wonderful posters, and beautiful rainbows.
A crayon can last long because it’s strong. Reader, you must know that you’re not supposed to eat a crayon. A crayon is stronger than a metal object. Crayons bring color to our world.
Some people draw nicely and neatly with crayons so, they change their name to “Mr.Crayoner”. Other people decorate crayons. Are they crazy? Smart people, melt the crayons and they face paint. Silly people draw on each other with crayons.
To celebrate, we should design a costume full of crayons and colors. Also, we can make a parade for the first box of crayons made, or an International Crayon Day, which there will be free crayons, a drawing contest, and a big brand new crayon factory!!
That is everything a crayon can do. Without crayons the world isn’t colorful.


Dear Reader,
I found this beautiful photo, with this intriguing slogan. What does the slogan mean to you?
Mrs Kynigou

From High to Low in Cape Town by George


What do you do in a hot country before Christmas? Well, what I did

in South Africa was something you would definitely not do in a country

where it snows for Christmas. The things I did before Christmas were

pretty extreme because I went on a helicopter ride and I went cage

diving with Great White sharks!

What time would you get up to go shark diving? Well I can tell you

that if you want to go shark diving it won’t be at a time you want it to

be because you’ll have to get up at 3:00am in the morning but it’ll be

worth it. We drove for 2 hours from our hotel to get to the shark cage

diving, which was in Gansbaai. When we went out to sea and stopped,

the crew were mixing something gross to give the sharks. They where

mixing tuna heads with fish guts and this is called chum. They said that

they throw the mixture into the sea to attract the Great Whites. The

first people that went into the cage saw 4 different sharks. I was in the

second group and a shark that was 3.2 meters long was so close to me

and it had huge teeth. I wanted to get out because a tuna head landed

on me and my sister got out because it was cold. The sea was 6 degrees

Celsius. I was glad to get out of the water but later on I wished I had

stayed in to see more sharks. It was really scary because the holes in the

cage were massive and someone could have stuck their hand through

the cage and had their hand bitten off by a Great White shark. The crew

on our boat also educated us about Great White sharks and that people

kill them for their fins and teeth. This could lead them to become extinct

so you must never buy anything that came from a shark!

We have gone to the low part of Cape Town and now we are

going to the high part of Cape Town at 1085 meters high! We went to

a mountain called Table Mountain, which is one of the Seven Natural

Wonders of the World. How do you think I got up there? I either walked

on a path or took a cable car. Obviously, I went in the cable car. I would

never walk up that steep mountain! When we got there, a guide told

us some fascinating facts about some animals that we saw which are

called dassies. He told us that their dung is in make up. He also told us

that they are related to the elephant, which is strange because dassies

are only a foot long. We saw many more things on Table Mountain.

There were more than 1500 species of plants but we didn’t see them all.

Another interesting fact was that Table Mountain was once under the

sea. Table Mountain has an amazing view and I recommend it to anyone

who visits Cape Town.

Going even higher in Cape Town is one of my favorite things that I did,

which was going on a helicopter ride. In the helicopter we flew over The

Cape of Good Hope and we saw a statue of Bartholomew Dias, which

was exciting because he was my explorer in the project we had. The

Cape of Good Hope is the point where two oceans meet. These are the

Atlantic and the Indian Oceans; one is a cold ocean and the other a warm

ocean. From the helicopter I saw sharks in the warmer Indian Ocean, as

sharks like to live in warmer waters. When we finished the helicopter

ride we had to run away from the helicopter because the propellers are

dangerous. The best thing about the helicopter ride was talking into

a microphone and wearing headphones. You had to wear these items

because it was very loud and you couldn’t have heard anyone without


If you were to ask me which Christmas I like better I would say I

like it better in the Southern Hemisphere because you can do more

things. There may be no snow but there is shark diving, one of the Seven

Natural Wonders of the World, helicopter rides and much more. This is

why I like the Southern Hemisphere better from high to low.