Blarney Stone – Kissed Cookies


1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup HERSHEY’S ® Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 HERSHEY’S KISSES ® Milk Chocolates
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 drops green food coloring


How to Make It

  1. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Divide dough in half; place each half on separate sheet of wax paper.
  2. Shape each half into log with squared sides, about 7 inches long and 2-1/4 inches wide. Wrap each log in wax paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 8 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 325 F. Cut logs into 3/8-inch thick slices. Place onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Remove wrappers from chocolate pieces.
  5. Stir together 3/4 cup powdered sugar, milk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 3 or 4 drops green food color, if desired, in small bowl until of drizzling consistency. Drizzle over top of cookies. Immediately place a chocolate piece on each cookie. About 3 dozen cookies.

Rainbow in A Cup


Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple Jello
Hot and cold water
Clear plastic cups


How To Make It

  1. Make the red Jello according to instructions on the box. Pour a small amount in the bottom of each clear glass (about one sixth of the cup).
  2. When the red Jello has set (this will take 4-6 hours), repeat using the orange Jello.
  3. Repeat with the yellow, green, blue and purple Jellos.

St. Patrick Day Blessing

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life,
but never catch up.


May your laugh, your love and your wine be plenty,
thus your happiness will be nothing less.



I wish you health, I wish you well, and happiness galore.
I wish you luck for you and friends; what could I wish you more?

May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam.

And may you find, sweet peace of mind, where ever you may roam.



May your blessings outnumber
the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
wherever you go.


May God bless and keep in good health your enemies, enemies.


Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.


May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.


May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.


May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.


May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.


May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.

And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you St. Patrick’s Day.


May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.


May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

St. Patrick Days

Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday honoring Saint Patrick, the missionary credited with converting the Irish to Christianity (in the A.D. 400’s).


Saint Patrick was not actually Irish. Historical sources report that he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland (near the town of Dumbarton) or in Roman Britain (the Romans left Britain in 410 A.D.). His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat (he took on Patrick, or Patricus, after he became a priest). He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his 6-year captivity (he worked as a shepherd), he began to have religious visions, and found strength in his faith. He finally escaped (after voices in one of his visions told him where he could find a getaway ship) and went to France, where he became a priest (and later a bishop).


When he was about 60 years old, St. Patrick travelled to Ireland to spread the Christian word. It’s said that Patrick had an unusually winning personality, and that helped him win converts. He used the shamrock, which resembles a three-leafed clover, as a metaphor to explain the concept of the Trinity (father, son, holy spirit).


Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland — that they all went into the sea and drowned. Poor snakes.


In America, Saint Patrick’s Day is basically a time to wear green, eat and drink green food and party. The first American celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day was in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.


What’s good luck on Saint Patrick’s Day? Finding a four-leaf clover, wearing green and kissing the blarney stone.


Green is associated with Saint Patrick’s Day because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock. Leprechauns are also associated with this holiday. Leprechauns of legend were thought to be mean little creatures. An exception to this would be the sweet lil’ ol Lucky Charms guy…they were probably added later on because they looked cute on greeting cards.


As the saying goes, on this day:


“Everybody is Irish!”


Over 100 U.S. cities now hold Saint Patrick’s Day parades, the largest is held in New York City.

An Irish blessing to take with you today

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

Celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving

In 1576, English explorer Martin Frobisher set out to find a northern passage that would lead him to the Orient. He attempted to establish the first English settlement in North America on what is now known as Baffin Island in Newfoundland. Frobisher decided to give thanks for surviving his journey to Canada and thus celebrated the first formal North American Thanksgiving, 43 years before the pilgrims of Massachusetts at Plymouth Rock.


The proclamation of Parliament in 1957, stated that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the second Monday in October. European farmers held celebrations at harvest time to give thanks for their good fortune of a bountiful harvest. When they settled in Canada, they brought their traditions with them. The Canadian Thanksgiving is a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed. The day is celebrated in Canada as a national holiday rather than a religious one.


In 1621 the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World. In 1750 American settlers from the south brought this celebration of harvest to Nova Scotia. French settlers were also holding feasts of thanks.


All three of these historical events influenced what is celebrated as “Thanksgiving” today.


CORNUCOPIA, korn-yoo-KO-pee-uh One of the symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia, also called horn of plenty. It is a decorative piece, originating in ancient Greece, that symbolizes abundance. The original cornucopia was a curved goat’s horn overflowing with fruit and grain. It symbolizes the horn possessed by Zeus’s nurse, the Greek nymph Amalthaea, which could be filled with whatever the owner wished. A great symbol to use to show a bountiful harvest.

100th Day Of School

You are finally half way through the school year!

Most schools in our community celebrate the half way point of the school year with a 100th Day celebration! Teachers and students mark the event with special activities with a “100” theme to them.

Here are some suggestions on how to celebrate The 100th Day Of School!

  • In your school calender, find the 100th day and mark it with a big red “100”.
  • On the first day of school start a colorful caterpillar that will stretch around the classroom. Add a new numbered body part everyday until you reach your goal of 100!
  • Make up your own trail mix using 100 items of each ingredient. Cheerios, Shreddies, peanuts, pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, etc.
  • Do everything 100 times today. Brushing your teeth and hair, chewing, strides, bending, jumping, etc.
  • Kids can learn counting to 100 and visualizing how many 100 is by reading COUNT TO 100 Board book by FELICITY BROOKS.
  • For Phys. Ed. Do and count 10 sets of: sit-ups, touching the toes, jumping on both feet, jumping jacks, lifting arms in the air, 10 hops on one foot (then 10 on the other), bounces of a ball, claps and shrugs.
  • Make a stack of 100 pennies! Don’t let it tip.
  • Make an edible necklace using 100 Cheerios or Fruit Loops.
  • Have your students imagine what life would be like in a hundred years. Ask them to draw a picture of what it would look like.

Celebrating Students

In our classrooms there are students who raise above the bar and motive those around them to be better and do good things for others. They are gifted in compassion, creativity and are positive role models. These students make a difference in their schools and communities.

Celebrating Teachers

In our classrooms there are teachers whose teaching motivates and inspires students and colleagues. They are gifted in making students successful by making them feel good about themselves and encouraging them to be the best person they can be. These teachers make a difference in their school and students lives.

Jokes For Kids

  1. When do kangaroos celebrate their birthdays? During leap year!

  2. Did you hear about the boy who kept stealing rhubarb? He was put into custardy

  3. Did you hear about the boy who had to do a project on trains? He had to keep track of everything

  4. What do bees do if they want to catch public transport? Wait at a buzz stop

  5. What do you get if you cross a worm with a baby goat? A dirty kid

  6. What’s green and short and goes camping? A boy sprout

  7. Why was the glow-worm unhappy? Her children weren’t very bright

  8. How does a witch doctor ask a girl to dance? Voodoo like to dance with me?

  9. Why did the girl take a load of hay to bed with her? She wanted to feed her nightmare

  10. Why did the girl give cough syrup to the pony? Because someone told her it was a little horse.

  11. What’s the best way to catch a monkey? Climb a tree and act like a banana

  12. Why did the little boy keep running around his bed? Because he was trying to catch up with his sleep

  13. Knock Knock Who’s there? Abbott! Abbott who? Abbott time you opened this door!

  14. How do you make a potato puff? Chase it around the garden

  15. Danny, why did Sammy run through the screen door? Because he wanted to strain himself

  16. If mounties always get their man, what do postmen always get? Their mail

  17. Why are giraffes good friends to have? Because they stick their necks out for you

  18. What fur do we get from a tiger? As fur as possible

  19. What would you get if you crossed a teacher with a vampire? Lots of blood tests

  20. Be sure to go straight home after playing I can’t, I live around the corner

  21. What do you call a crazy chicken? A cuckoo cluck

  22. Doctor, Doctor, I can’t get to sleep! Sit on the edge of your bed and you’ll soon drop off

  23. What happened to the leopard who took four baths every day? Within a week he was spotless

  24. Why did the cat sit on the computer? To keep an eye on the mouse

  25. Knock, Knock Who’s there? Caesar! Caesar who? Caesar quickly, before she gets away

  26. What happened when there was a fight in the fish and chip shop? Two fish got battered

  27. What the tomato say to the other one that was behind him? Ketchup!

  28. Duck: ´Do you have any lip gloss?´ Shopkeeper: ´Yes of course, will that be cash or card?´ Duck: ´Just put it on my bill.´

  29. What do you get if you cross Frankenstein with a hot dog? A Frankenfurterstein

  30. Do these stairs take you to the third floor? No, I’m afraid you have to walk

  31. What do you get if you cross Bambi with a ghost? Bamboo

  32. If you cross a witch’s cat and Father Christmas what do you get? Santa Claws

  33. What do lions say before they go out hunting for food? Let us prey

  34. Did you hear about the girl who got engaged and then found out her fiancé had a wooden leg? She broke it off, of course…

  35. What do you call an amorous insect? The love bug

  36. Did you hear about the vampire who died of a broken heart? She had loved in vein

  37. What happened when the young wizard met the young witch? It was love at first fright

  38. How did the octopus couple walk down the street? Arm in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm…

  39. Why did Dora wear a wet shirt all day? Because the label said wash and wear

  40. What kind of sharks never eat women? Man-eating sharks

  41. What is a duck’s favorite TV show? The feather forecast

  42. Why was the man unhappy to win the prize for best costume at the Halloween party? Because he just came to pick up his wife

  43. A boy who had a broken arm asked his doctor, ´When you take off my cast, will I be able to play the drums?´ ´Of course you will´ said the doctor. ´That’s great, because I wasn’t able to play them before!´

  44. Why did the boy take a pencil to bed? To draw the curtains

  45. …I’d tell you another joke about a boy and a pencil, but there’s no point.

  46. Mother, ´Who was that on the phone Billy?´ Billy, ´No one we knew. Just some man who said it was long distance to Australia, so I told him I already knew that.´

  47. Why is your brother always flying off the handle? Because he’s got a screw loose!

  48. That planet over there is Mars Well that other one must be Pa’s

  49. Neighbour, ´Why does your son jump up and down before taking his medicine?´ Mother, ´Because he read the label and it said “shake well before using”.´

  50. What’s a lion’s favorite food? Baked beings

  51. What do you get if you cross a duck with a firework? A fire-quacker

  52. What jam can’t you eat? A traffic jam

  53. What’s the hottest letter in the alphabet? It’s ´b´, because it makes oil boil

  54. Why did the farmer plough his field with a steamroller? He wanted to grow mashed potatoes

  55. What do Hungarian monsters eat? Ghoulash

  56. What should you take if a monster invites you to dinner? Someone who can’t run as fast as you!

  57. On which day do monsters eat people? Chewsday

  58. Who was the fastest runner in the whole world? Adam, because he was the first in the human race

  59. Did you hear about the student who said he couldn’t write an essay on goldfish for his homework, because he didn’t have any waterproof ink?

  60. Have you heard about the gym teacher who ran around exam rooms, hoping to jog students’ memories …Or, the craft teacher who had her pupils in stitches? …Or, the cooking teacher who thought Hamlet was an omelette with bacon?

  61. What sort of bird steals from banks? A robin

  62. Where do astronauts leave their spaceships? At parking meteors

  63. How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? You rock-et

  64. Why did Captain Kirk go into the ladies’ toilet? To boldly go where no man has been before

  65. What do you call a crazy spaceman? An astro-nut

  66. What do you call a magician in space? A flying sorcerer

  67. What holds the moon up? Moonbeams

  68. What part of a football ground smells the best? The scenter spot

  69. What job does Dracula have with the Transylvanian baseball team? He looks after the bats

  70. Why didn’t the dog want to play baseball? Because he was a boxer

  71. What is the biggest ant in the world? An eleph-ant What’s even bigger than that? A gi-ant

  72. What happened when the lion ate the comedian? He felt funny

  73. How does a lion say hi! to other animals? Please to eat you!

  74. What did the termite say when she saw that her friends had completely eaten a chair? Wooden you know it!

  75. What do you call an autobiography of a shark? A fishy story

  76. What sort of music is played in the jungle? Snake, rattle and roll

  77. What bird is always out of breath? A puffin

  78. What do you get when you cross a leopard with a watch dog? A terrified postman

  79. What birds steal the soap from your bath? Robber ducks

  80. What is a parrot’s favorite game? Hide and speak

  81. What do you get is you cross a frog with a small dog? A croaker spaniel

  82. What happens when ducks fly upside down? They quack up

  83. Why did the Wally team always lose the tug of war? They pushed…

  84. Did you hear about the Karate guy that joined the army? The first time he saluted, he nearly killed himself

  85. What did the nutty photographer do? He saved burned out lightbulbs for his darkroom

  86. What do Italian monsters eat? Spookgetti

  87. What is a monsters favorite game? Hide and shriek

  88. Why did the monster comedian like playing to skeletons? Because he knew how to tickle their funny bones

  89. What do you call a monster who comes to collect your laundry? The undie-taker

  90. What’s another name for a clever duck? A wise quacker

  91. What happened to the male bee who fell in love? He got stuck on his honey.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Boxing Day falls on December 26th, the day after Christmas. It is also known as the Feast of St. Stephen (the first Christian martyr).


The term, “Boxing Day”, may come from the opening of church poor boxes on that day. Boy apprentices collected money in earthenware boxes at the doors of their masters’ clients.


The traditional celebration of Boxing Day includes giving money and other gifts to charitable, needy people, and people in service jobs. The holiday originated from the middle ages (A.D. 400’s-1500’s).


Nowadays, gifts (boxes) are given to those who provide services throughout the year. People “box up” unwanted clothes and other things and give them to the poor.


In England, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of the family. Christmas Day was always the day you spent at home with your family, but Boxing Day would always be the day you would go to your grandparents’ home. A Boxing Day meal usually includes ham or roast lamb. Boxing Day has also come to incorporate sports, such as soccer, and general activity after Christmas.


What You Can Do On Boxing Day


  • First thing you need to do is go to your local grocery store and get a few empty boxes.
  • Once home, decorate the boxes with wrapping paper, hand drawn pictures, photo’s cut from magazines, craft glitter glue or anything else you can think of.
  • Make labels for the boxes. Simple gift tags will do fine.
  • Now collect things from your home that are no longer needed but are in good condition. What can you give on boxing day? Try the following things,
    • Old clothes
    • Old shoes, boots or slippers
    • Old outerwear (hats, gloves scarves, jackets, snowsuits, etc)
    • Old toys and games
      Craft supplies
    • Old story book and activity books (unused activity books)
    • Canned goods
    • Old holiday decorations
    • Pet food, toys and grooming supplies
  • Put a few of these items in each box. Close the box up and drop them off at local shelters and children’s aid societies.

What Else Can You Do


Drop off boxes of stuffed toys to local police and fire stations. They can use these with children in crisis to help the children feel more secure.


Thank the people who make regular deliveries (mailman, pizza guy, UPS guy, etc) to your home with small boxes of baked goods (cookies, small cakes, pies, muffins, etc).


Thank the neighbour’s who unselfishly help you in so many ways during the year. Give them a small box of baked goods of handmade presents (bookmarks, knit items, craft, wreath, etc)

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