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May 23, 2020
Vol 36, Page 1

Snoopy Saturday
Snoopy Saturday
What They Say?

Everyday Lessons

“Be grateful for what you have.” - Snoopy

Gratitude continues to be one of the most connected traits with happiness. The more you practice gratitude, the more you start to notice things to be grateful for. You can start practicing by finishing each day by writing down 3 things you’re grateful for on that day. Do this for a few weeks and see how gratitude starts to become a habit.

Look at the Stay-at-Home Activity for today to start this practice.


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This Day for You - May 23


1951 - Tibet gets annexed by China which led to the rise of the Tibetan independence movement led by Dalai Lama.


1) 1052 - Philip I of France, king of Franks.
2) 1573 - Jagat Gosain, wife of Jahangir.
3) 1707 - Carolus Linnaeus aka Father of Taxonomy, renowned Swedish botanist, and explorer.
4) 1908 - John Bardeen, American physicist and electrical engineer who was one of the co-inventors of the transistor. He won the Nobel Prize twice in 1956 and 1972.
5) 1923 - Palden Thondup Namgyal, the King of Sikkim.

Events in History:

1) 1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundians bear Compeigne, France.
2) 1618 - Defenestration of Prague occurred which eventually led to the Thirty Years’ War to break out.
3) 1706 - Anglo Dutch forces won the Battle of Ramillies which was a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession.
4) 1915 - Italy enters WWI on the Allied side by declaring war on Austria-Hungary.
5) 1934 - The notorious American outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde, were killed in a police shootout in Louisiana.
6) 1984 - Bachendri Pal became the first Indian woman and fifth Indian in the world to scale Mt. Everest. Read her story in the Inspiration 101.
7) 2000 - Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP became the fastest selling rap album in history.

ART Aficionado

Ananya Chaurasia
Pathways World school, Noida
Arshiya Kaur Khanna
Ryan International School,
Rohini , New Delhi
Ananya Chaurasia
Pathways World school, Noida
Arshiya Kaur Khanna
Ryan International School,
Rohini , New Delhi

Bachendri Pal’s Adventure Diaries

My mom was recollecting the time she spent in Tehri and told me that she once lived in the same neighbourhood as Bachendri Pal’s cousin, who would tell my mom her stories sometimes, and hence this story!

“Adventure should be part of everyone's life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing.”
-Bachendri Pal

Bachendri Pal was born to a Bhotiya family in Nakuri village, on 24 May 1954 in the Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. She was born only five days before the first anniversary of the original ascension of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary!
She got the first taste of mountaineering thrill at the age of 12, along with her friends, when she scaled a 13,123 ft (3,999.9 m) high peak during a school picnic.
During her course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, she climbed Mt. Gangotri(6,672.0 m) and Mt. Rudragaria (5,818.9 m). In that time, she got employment as an instructor at the National Adventure Foundation (NAF), which had set up an adventure school for training women to learn mountaineering.
Pal encountered opposition from her family and relatives when she decided to opt for a career as a professional mountaineer rather than as a schoolteacher. However, She soon found success in her chosen field.

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After submitting a number of smaller peaks, she was selected to join India's first mixed-gender team to attempt an expedition to Mount Everest in 1984.
In 1984, India had scheduled its fourth expedition, christened "Everest'84", to Mount Everest. Bachendri Pal was selected as one of the members of the elite group of six Indian women and eleven men who were privileged to attempt an ascent to the Mount Everest. The news filled her with a sense of ecstasy and excitement.
The team was flown to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, in March 1984, and from there the team moved onwards. Recalling her first glimpse of Mount Everest, Bachendri once reminisced: "We the hill people have always worshipped the mountains…my overpowering emotion at this awe-inspiring spectacle was, therefore, devotional."
The team commenced its ascent in May 1984. Her team almost met with disaster when an avalanche buried its camp, and more than half the group abandoned the ascent because of injury or fatigue. Bachendri Pal and the remainder of the team pressed on to reach the summit.

Bachendri Pal recalls this accident: "I was sleeping in one of the tents with my teammates at Camp III at an altitude of 24,000 ft. On the night of 15–16 May 1984, at around 12:30 am, I was jolted awake; something had hit me hard; I also heard a deafening sound and soon after I found myself being enveloped within a very cold mass of material.

On 22 May 1984, Ang Dorjee and some other climbers joined the team to ascend to the summit of Mount Everest; Bachendri was the only woman in this group. They reached the South Col and spent the night there at Camp IV at the altitude of 26,000 ft. On 23 May 1984, early morning at 6:20 a.m., they continued the ascent, climbing "vertical sheets of frozen ice"; cold winds were blowing at the speed of about 100 km per hour and temperatures touching minus 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. On 23 May 1984, the team reached the summit of Mount Everest at 1:07 p.m. and Bachendri Pal created history. She achieved this feat on the day before her 30th birthday, and six days before the 31st anniversary of the first ascension to Mount Everest.

Pal was awarded Padma Bhushan – the third-highest civilian award of the country.
Bachendri Pal continued to be active after ascending the highest peak in the world. She successfully led:
--> An "Indo-Nepalese Women’s Mount Everest Expedition – 1993" team comprising only women, which set benchmarks for Indian mountaineering when 18 people reached the summit including 7 women.
--> An all-women team of rafters in "The Great Indian Women's Rafting Voyage – 1994", which had 18 women in 3 rafts. It was a pioneering effort by women in successfully completing the journey in the river Ganges from Haridwar to Calcutta, covering 2155 km. in 39 days.
--> The "First Indian Women Trans-Himalayan Expedition – 1997", which was an effort by 8 women, who completed the trekking journey from the eastern part of the Himalayas from Arunachal Pradesh to the western part of the Himalayas at Siachen Glacier reaching Indira Col – the northernmost tip of India at the altitude of 20,100 ft (6,126.5 m), covering more than 4500 km in '225' days by crossing more than 40 high Mountain passes. This is the first success of any country.

One important takeaway from Pal’s story is perseverance and hard work are really the key to achieving whatever that one aspires for!

Credits: Ipsita
Reach me at: ipsita@theschoolsocial.in if you would like to hear more stories about Bachendri Pal.

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Inspiration 101, 6 Mins
We Create Aspirations. Students who Aspire, Inspire.
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May 23, 2020
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Be Better, 3 Mins

According to psychologists, the complete range of human behavior and attitude can be categorized under these Five personality traits. These traits have been tried and tested universally and the results show that distantly varied cultures also agreed upon the accuracy of these traits in defining different personalities.
Zoom in to look at what they are:

It's really fun to play games around these traits with your friends and know each other's personality.

Courtesy: Practical Mindfulness: A step - by - step guide
By Mike Annesley and Consultant Dr. Ken A. Verni


The Story of Electronics
Courtesy: @thestoryofstuff

Curiosity, 4 Mins
What’s in a Day?

Everyday is a special day for someone somewhere, for example your birthday is just another day for the rest of the world but for you it is a very special and important day.

Similarly some days are special and have great significance not only for individuals but for the whole world. Today we take a look at important days of observance for International Awareness.

-> World radio day is celebrated on February 13th every year UNESCO celebrates World radio Day by planning activities with broad card broadcasters organisations and communities in all countries.
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-> On 27th January 1945, Auschwitz Birkenau, a death camp run by the Nazis was liberated by the Soviet Army. This camp was the largest among the many that were responsible for the death of millions of Jews,and others,who were considered enemies of the state by the Nazis.On 1st November 2005,the United Nations declared 27th January to be International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocast.

-> UN has proclaimed 28th March as the International Day of Happiness. This day underlines the fact that when we do things to bring happiness to others everyone benefits. This day has been celebrated since 2012.

-> We are all proud of our mother tongue yet no one can deny that English is a world language. It is widely spoken and is the common language by which people of different nationalities can communicate with one another. World English language day is celebrated on 23rd April every year. The date was chosen because it is the birthday of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest English poets and dramatists of all times.

-> World Book and Copyright Day which falls on April 23rd is celebrated as a worldwide tribute to books and authors to encourage everyone to discover the pleasure of reading.

-> 30th April is celebrated every year as International Jazz Day. Jazz is a form of music that is popular all over the world and this day highlights Jazz as a force for peace and unity among all people.

All these days are important because they make history or a specific topic relatable and as curious beings we get to know about it a little more. For example, if yesterday would not have been a marked day for Bio-Diversity, would we have celebrated it by knowing more about it?

Credits: Ipsita
Reach me at: ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
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Curiosity, 4 mins

May 23, 2020
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Gratitude Day

Let’s make someone’s day while giving a gift to ourselves, too!

Goal: For children to recognize, exercise, and gift gratitude.
Material Required: Printed handout (included), any art materials to make art that will fit in a deliverable envelope or box.
What to do? Make art about what you are grateful for - one thing should be a person you are grateful for. Get your parents and grandparents along, and make them draw things too.
While creating, talk about emotions that come up in relation to each concept added and do they change depending on the piece.

Mail the art to your favourite person.

Share your artwork over mail at write@theschoolsocial.in along with your Name, Age, School and City. The best gratitude artwork will stand a chance to get featured in the magazine.




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May 23, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

PS5 will be '100 times faster than PS4' —
A lot of it we already knew: the console will be out around holiday 2020, the DualSense controller will employ haptic feedback, 3D audio will be a big selling point and so forth. But the slide that caught our eye was entitled “Evolution of ‘Speed’ in the Next Gen Console,” and claimed that the PS5 had “approximately 100 times faster processing speed” than the PS4.

ICSE, ISC exam 2020 date sheets released:
The Council for the Indian School Certification Examinations (CISCE) announced the ICSE date sheets for the pending class 10 and class 12 board exams on Friday. The pending ICSE and ISC board exams will be held from July 1 to July 12 while the pending CBSE board exams are scheduled from July 1 to July 15.

The UN SOCIAL - UNDRR - UN Disaster Risk Reduction
The UN SOCIAL - UNDRR - UN Disaster Risk Reduction

According to UN reports, more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters in the past decade with damages amounting to an approximate $1.3 trillion USD. This is exceptionally relevant to India with the recent mayhem caused by Cyclone Amphan which left 72 people dead in India and accrued a damage bill of at least ₹1 lakh crore. Most of the damages were the result of poorly engineered buildings, uprooted trees and lack of proper disaster mitigation knowledge amongst the public.

Disasters pose a significant threat to the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) laid down by UNDP. As stated before, disasters are expensive. For instance, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a net economic fallout to the tune of $1 trillion USD, which is really too much. Thus, the UNDRR works to integrate risk management and risk information to mitigate (make their impact less severe) existing risks and prevent new ones.

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How can that be achieved? Well, here are some barebone calculations. Every $1 USD that is invested in risk reduction and prevention can potentially save up to $15 USD and every dollar invested in disaster-resistant infrastructures can save up to $4 USD in post-disaster reconstructions.

The UNDRR believes that risks for new disasters can be reduced and that if disasters do happen, they can be prevented from causing widespread devastation. Thus, it works with partners to integrate risk management and climate adaptation mandates into national and subnational policies, improve disaster mitigation technologies, and strengthen risk information and early warning systems.

Comprehensive efforts by the UNDRR have already shown possible results.
Activities for you -
a) Define disaster and risk management.
b) Take a stock of the recent disasters all around the world and note the economic(local and global) impact of them all.
c) Could the disasters in (b) been prevented somehow? If so, then how?
d) Why is a comprehensive Disaster Risk Management programme absolutely essential in developing economies like India(think about the recent COVID-19 situation and how it has resulted in a full year of contraction).

For more information, visit here.

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THE Happy Pill

Primary school teacher Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin, from the Dr. H.Bavinck school in Netherlands, Holland missed her students so badly she decided to knit puppets representing all 23 of them, exact likenesses down to hairstyles and freckles!

Credits :@tanksgoodnews
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May 23, 2020
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Student's Blog

This Empty Page


Kazi Fernaaz Feroze
Born in Kolkata, I shifted to Delhi in 2005 as my father got transferred.
You see, when I get emotionally overwhelmed, poetic ideas fill up my mind, and then I begin to have this urge to jot it down. So in this way, I write poems. My hobbies are: writing poems, drawing, singing, all alone, and most important of all, checking out new English and Hindi songs.

This empty page, it's staring at me
Trying to lure me into writing something
Anything, in the times when I am lonely
It can be a beautiful or a crappy thing

This empty page, it is trying to tell me
That it really wants to hear my stories
That it cares for my successes, and my worries
Whenever I think, that I am just solitary

This empty page turned out to be
Like a long lost friend, who's now totally free
To hear all of my irrelevant jabbering
About fresh and new depressing stories

This empty page, does it complain?
No Because it is not the kind of friend to do so
That's why it remains all ears
To my languishing pains bestowed by my past years

This empty page is slowly getting filled
With the ink of the gel pen getting spilled
In the form of messages and thoughts
Which, for me, were the haunting forget-me-nots

This empty page is wholeheartedly thanking me
For venting out ALL emotions fully and truthfully
And now, I am thanking it time and again
For making me feel as light as feather in the air...

May 23, 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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