One of the several reasons I look forward to principal Diane Gandy's monthly school newsletter, The Bell Tower, is her upbeat take on almost everything - the kids, the weather, and the state of the curriculum. She also often starts off with a list of national and global observances to look out for during the month. February, for example, is of course National Chocolate Month, but there are others less obvious: Library Lover's Month; (Does this have something to do with Valentine's Day?); African American Month; Children's Dental Hygiene Month (all those chocolates!); and International Self-Esteem Month. One wonders who selects these occasions and what purpose they serve. At the school, it's also 100 Days Month, the 100th day of school for the year when students, according to long-standing tradition, figure everything in terms of the number 100.