For twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, 4 to 7 years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. And the dangers aren't just in the morning going to school. In fact, NHTSA points out that more school-age pedestrians have been killed between 3PM - 4PM than any other time of day.
As a driver, it is crucial for the community to be extra cautious during the school pick-up and drop-off hours, and to treat school buses as something best seen from a distance, rather than up close.
Here are some rules to make sharing the road with buses safe for everyone:
"Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I'm not a fool." Billy Madison was ready--are you? To get you into the Back to School mindset, here is a fun video the Holderness family made last year*:
Do you need more Back To School ideas? Check out our Pinterest Page for a round-up of our favorite ideas and blogs!
*We are in no way affiliated with the Holderness family. We just think their videos are hilarious.
Just like January 1st, Back to School time is a great time to “kick off the new year” and get organized! Here are some tips/tricks to get organized in your inbox! We also have a FREE printable for you to download if you like keeping your to-do lists the old fashioned way. There is just something so satisfying about putting that check mark next to a completed task!
Clean Up Your Outlook Inbox and Save Time on Email With These Fun Tips/Tricks:
Set up folders
Organize emails by subject,department, client, sender, etc…whatever works for your workstyle.
Archive Ancient Email
Put emails you want to save, but don’t reference often in archives to help de-clutter your inbox and folders.
Put “Search” to Work
Use your email’s search feature to find a specific email. Searching by keyword or sender is much quicker than digging through everything!
Avoid Repeated Typing
If you find yourself using the same text over and over, you can save it in Quick Parts to easily insert in emails. Here is how to set it up:
Write Emails, But Deliver Them in the Future
This is great for announcements that cannot go out right away, but you want to get it off your plate of things to remember to do. Here is how to do it:
Use Color to Identify Messages From Specific Senders
Want email from a certain person to stand out? Make it a distinctive color! Start by select an existing message from the sender in question. Then, here is how you can set it up:
If you had de-clutter your inbox and make it more efficient on your to-do list, you can check it off! If you need some to-do list inspiration, feel free to download our FREE To-Do-List printables below to print out and check things off to your hearts content!
A certain big event is happening in Brazil that we cannot actually mention due to sponsorship/trademark rules. However, if you happen to know what we are talking about (and EVERYONE in the world should know about it), then we thought you might want to create your own office fun to get into the spirit. The American spirit. The American spirit of competition and winning.
Here are some fun office games that you can play. But first, make sure everyone picks a country and dresses up; dressing up is half the fun!
Finger Skating is an individual event. Two athletes from each team will compete in a sixty-second typing competition. To do this, find a free timed typing website (like this). Of course using a projector attached to each computer, make sure everyone can watch them type to put the pressure on them! Each competitor has one minute to earn a typing score for both their speed and accuracy. Once all the teams are finished competing, rank them based on their scores.
Rubber Band Archery
Archery is an individual event with two players from each team competing. Provide a pile of rubber bands and draw a target on a whiteboard (or tap a target to the wall). Mark a line on the floor about 12 feet away from the target. Competitors have 60 seconds to grab rubber bands from the pile and shoot them at the target, one at a time. Count the number of times the athlete hits the target. The total number of hits becomes the team’s score for the event. Or, if you want to get fancy, you can have different point for each area of the target.
Collating is a doubles event. Each team is presented with a stack of unfolded numbered pages that have been mixed up. They must rearrange the pages in proper order and staple it. First team wins, with disqualification if pages are out of order. Penalties given for a sloppy job.
Desk Chair Sprint
For this event, create a race course with chalk or tape. Have a section in which they must spin the chair multiple times and use cones (or boxes) throughout the course as obstacles. You will need one office chair with wheels that swivel.
The Desk Chair Sprint is a two person event. One teammate sits in the chair while the other maneuvers the course; then they switch. They each need to complete one lap around the race course, and they are timed for the two laps. For every cone hit by the chair wheel, there will be 2 seconds added to the time.
If you want to raise the stakes, give participants a mug of water in their hand. Team with the most water in their cup at the end gets 5 seconds taken off their time.
The Staple Pull
Participants are given a staple remover and a piece of card stock with 25 embedded staples. Points are awarded to the participant who pulls out the most staples without damaging the card stock
Paper Airplane “Javelin”
Each participant must make a paper airplane. They then have to “javelin” throw it. Furthest airplane wins.
What would an office event like this be without awards? Everyone can be proud of their effort, but there will always be winners and losers.
What other office events have you played? Share in the comments. Bonus points if you share a link to a video of your office competing!
Who doesn’t love to color? It isn’t just for kids anymore as Adult Coloring Books have swept the nation. In honor of National Coloring Day, here are some sites where you can download FREE Printable Adult Coloring Pages (don’t let us get you in trouble though—use them while you are listening in on a call that you don’t have to take notes for, on your break, or at home)! And if that isn’t enough, we have also included some awesome products that can take your coloring to a whole new level!
Relaxation, Nature, Travels, Art and Histories & Stories – so many pages to choose from
15 Free Printables – from sayings to deer to oceans, there is something for everyone
Star Wars Coloring – May the Force Be With You as you Color These Page
The Ultimate Guide – if you go here, you will never get anything done ever again!
Here are 3 of our favorite products to continue on your coloring adventure:
So, what are your favorite websites for coloring pages? What are your favorite coloring products? Comment below and one person that comments will be selected at random to receive the Blueline Garden Design Monthly Coloring Desk Pad Calendar pictured above! Happy Coloring Day to you!
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