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June 11, 2020
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What They Say?

"No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it."
— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

"Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it."
— Oscar Wilde


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This Day for You - June 11

1184 BC - Trojan War began on this Day: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, a Greek mathematician. A war between the Greeks and the people of Troy that began after the Trojan prince Paris abducted (or eloped) Helen, the wife of Menelaus of Sparta. When Menelaus demanded her return, the Trojans refused. Menelaus then persuaded his brother Agamemnon to lead an army against Troy.
Just as Indians have the war of Mahabharata as the most renowned war, the Greeks have the Trojan war described in Homer’s Iliad. The World Celebrates:

Feast of Corpus Christi - This feast seeks to remind us of Jesus Christ's sacrifice Do this in remembrance of me - Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25.

You Share Your Birthday With:

1945 - Robert Munsch, Canadian children's author (The Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever),

Famous Events:

1742 - Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove.
1770 - Captain James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
1866 - The Agra High Court (now the Allahabad High Court) is established in India.

1987 - Margaret Thatcher wins elections in the UK for the Third Term. The victory makes her the first prime minister for more than 160 years to win three successive terms of office.
2011 - Ancient Korean royal books looted by French troops in 1866 are returned to South Korea; 1,000 officials and locals celebrate the return of the 297-volume 'Oegyujanggak' books.


Kurt Warner

Professional football player Kurt Warner drove a high-powered St. Louis Rams offense to a Super Bowl victory and collected MVP honors along the way. Kurt Warner was born on June 22, 1971, in Burlington, Iowa. His football career has proven to be one of the more improbable rags-to-riches stories ever to come out of the sports world.

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Warner, a 28-year-old no-name back-up, catapulted to stardom in 1999. During his second full year in the NFL, he drove the St. Louis Rams offense to a Super Bowl victory and collected MVP honors along the way.

While attending Regis High School in Cedar Rapids, he excelled in basketball, baseball, and football. After earning the starting quarterback position in his junior year, his high school coach, recognizing Warner's on-the-field intelligence, allowed his QB to sometimes call his plays.
In 1995, Warner was asked to play for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League. There, his accurate and strong arm set a host of league passing records and eventually caught the attention of the Rams, a struggling NFL franchise that sent him overseas to play in the NFL's European league in the spring of 1998.

Again, Warner turned in more eye-popping numbers, leading the league in passing yardage and touchdowns. The performance was good enough to help him land the third-string job for the Rams that autumn, a season in which the club turned in a 4-12 record.

Just as he did in college, Warner came up big, throwing 14 touchdowns in his four games, two more than the team had passed during the entire 1998 season. Football talking heads and fans were enthralled and amazed not only at the quarterback's rise, but also by how the player's talent could be overlooked by so many scouts and coaches.

Over the next several seasons, Warner, who signed a four-year contract in 2000 for more than $46 million, proved his worth, throwing for more big yardage and touchdowns. He then led the Rams to a second Super Bowl appearance two years later, in which Warner's heavily favored club lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. That same year, Warner captured his second league MVP award.

Despite having one year left on his contract, Warner closed the book on his rags-to-riches pro football career by announcing his retirement in January 2010. He joined the NFL Network as an analyst shortly afterward.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback.

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What are the dead languages of the world?

Language is vital for communication in our everyday lives. It is also one factor that differentiates us from the other animals. For human beings, language has formed the basic unit of civilisation. It is essential for our day-to-day expressions and also to preserve our culture, history and traditions. However, it is extremely sad that there were several languages that are completely dead now. It means, these languages are no longer spoken in our modern society. Keep reading to find out what these languages are…
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1) Sanskrit

Sanskrit is the language of ancient India. There were a lot of ancient plays, poetry, religious texts, mathematical formulas etc written in this language in ancient India. It is a prominent language that holds the Indian literary tradition. It is a very important language for scholars to understand the evolution of Indian society. Even today, a lot of the languages spoken in India are derived from Sanskrit, though the language is dead itself. Tamil is another language which is as old as Sanskrit, but it's still living now.
2) Latin

It is the European counterpart of Sanskrit. It is the most popular language that is dead in today’s world. Like Sanskrit, Latin language holds the literary traditions and history of the Roman Empire. It was spoken in a vast part of the world, from Europe to the Western Mediterranean coastal regions of Africa. However, the language came to an end with the downfall of the Roman Empire. Many languages like French, Spanish, Portugese are derived from Latin.

3) Coptic

Coptic is one of the ancient languages of Egypt. Coptic is a mixture of three different languages, Hieroglyphics, Demotic and Hieratic. It was used throughout Egypt when the Ptolemaic rulers spread Greek culture throughout the region. It is considered to be the first language of Christianity by some historians. This language plays a major role in understanding the initial stages of Christianity.

4) Sumerian

The Sumerian people were the first of all ancient civilizations to invent the system of writing. Unfortunately, with the decline of Sumerian empire, their language also disappeared from the face of the planet. However, scientists discovered several Cuneiform tablets containing Sumerian poetry, laws, stories, and paintings. They have still not been able to understand or translate them as the language has not been used by people for several centuries.

5) Akkadian

The Akkadian Language also could not sustain the test of time. This language was spoken from the 3rd to 1st Millennium BCE throughout Mesopotamia. For centuries this language was not known to the scholars. Later, in the 19th and 20th century, several historians re-discovered this language and have been working to decode them to learn more about the ancient societies of the world.

Do you know the names of any other languages that are now dead in the modern times?

Credits: Lovely
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

-> COVID-19 recoveries in India overtake active cases for 1st time ever; reach 1.35L. The number of patients who have been cured/discharged surpassed active coronavirus cases in India on Wednesday for the first time.
-> While 1,35,205 patients have been cured/discharged so far, the number of active cases stand at 1,33,632.

-> Parents file petition in SC against CBSE conducting board exams in July
-> A petition has been filed by a group of parents in the Supreme Court asking for a stay on CBSE's decision to conduct pending board exams in July. The petitioners claimed that COVID-19 cases are expected to peak in July.
-> According to the petition, the exams should be cancelled and marks should be given on the basis of internal assessment.

THE Happy Pill

Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand have announced a $100 million donation to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.

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Parent's Blog

"Things I learnt from Covid 19 Pandemic"
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Covid-19 Pandemic taught different things to different people. The learnings may vary from age groups to gender to profession etc. but one thing is sure and that is learning.

Me, being a stay at home mom, also learnt many things.

1. Value of Relationships

I always read and heard about forgiving and forgetting. But it seemed tough to apply practically. But this drastic change in the World, once again showed that the life is unpredictable. It can twist within the seconds. So I have stopped holding grudges against anyone. Those who love me, get more out of me. Those who don’t love me are still in my prayers for their wellness.

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2. Express Your Feelings

Sometimes we are too shy to express our love and gratitude for our relationships, be it parents, siblings, spouse, kids or friends. We take them for granted and assume that they know what we feel for them. But it’s always good to express your love to them through your words or actions. The bond becomes strong. Although the love doesn’t become less if you don’t express, but it definitely brightens up the relationship and brings smile on your loved ones.

3. Joy in Family with Family.

Earlier, weekends were meant for malls, movies and restaurants. One weekend at home and we would feel life had got so boring. But after the lockdown, me and family realized that movies on HomeScreen together, playing indoor games together, cooking different dishes together is so much more fun than those outings where we were together only physically and not involved emotionally.

4. The Real Happiness

We actually realised that a Simple Life can only give you the eternal happiness. Being with the loved ones, being loved and cared, having food to eat, shelter to live gives you the real happiness which you can’t feel in any other luxuries of the world.

5. Kids don’t need toys

Although I never spoilt my child by buying everything she demanded. But yes, on weekends when we used to go to malls, we couldn’t resist but buy some attractive and educational toys for her which she used to play only for the couple of days.
But when in lockdown, we couldn’t buy her new toys, we realized that she was really happy and content with the toys she created herself with our help. So that meant a good family time with each other while creating that toy and also a lot of fun while playing with those toys. Undoubtedly those toys are close to her heart as they were created by herself. And the happiness in her eyes while spending quality time with her parents and having fun is priceless.

These are my major takeaways from the workshop which LIFE conducted in the form of Corona Virus.

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June 11, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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