October Is about Acceptance

“Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits,

but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.” ~ Albert Ellis

  • Acceptance is the willingness to embrace feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.
  • Acceptance is the ability to experience or survive something unpleasant.
  • Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult or unpleasant situation.
  • We all have the human need and right to be accepted.

Book of the Month:

The Day You Begin By: Jacqueline Woodson

What is one way you can show acceptance to someone who may have differences to you?

Start with Hello Initiative

This week we will celebrate “Start with Hello” week, which is a week to remind us how important and powerful it is to get to know one another, make new friends, say hi to new people, and make people feel good if they are feeling sad or alone. Every day you can do a special activity to remember to try and include others. Whether on the school bus, in the playground or in class, it is important to make sure others feel included and welcome.Sometimes to do this, you need courage. Courage can mean a lot of things and people can act courageously in a lot of different situations.  Listen to Bernard Waber’s book, Courage. Think about what courage means to you and how you too can act courageously in every day kind of ways. Courage is also staring with Hello! Let’s try to be courageous by getting to know new people and by helping others who might need a friend.

Caring Community Member

Many of you mentioned a desire to care for the Earth. We can begin caring for the Earth by being mindful of how our everyday actions in school and at home affect the environment.

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1. Write one UNIQUE way we can be more mindful of caring for the Earth in our classroom.

2. Write one UNIQUE way we can be more mindful of caring for the Earth in our school.

3. On a slightly different topic, a school goal this year is to connect to our community (to be active citizens). List one way you can volunteer in our community sometime between now and Wednesday (9/11) to participate in September 11th’s Day of Volunteering.

September is Empathy Month

This year our Character Education theme is “Communities form Connections.” Through building relationships, we can build a better school, community and world. Each month we will highlight a character trait and use a read aloud to reinforce this trait.

September is Communities Show Empathy. Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah wrote 14 Cows for America. One inscription reads, “To all the little children who read this book. You are the peace the world has been waiting for. May you grow to be compassionate diplomats.” You have the ability to make the world and our school a better place.

What can you do this year to heal a sorrowing heart? How will you show empathy?

Please post your comment to our class blog. Remember… this blog is an extension of our classroom. Communicate clearly and be respectful of others.

Blogging Expectations

As a responsible student in an online conversation, I promise that when I communicate online:

1. Everything I post will be my own work. I will not plagiarize.

2. I will use language appropriate for school.

3. I will respect my fellow classmates and their writing.

4. I will only post information that I feel comfortable with everyone seeing.

5. I will take blogging seriously, posting comments that are meaningful and contribute to the conversation.

6. I will not use blogging as a chat room. I understand that it is not a place to talk about my personal plans.

7. I will take time writing thoughtful responses.

8. I will only post comments that I have fully read. I will edit spelling, grammar, and punctuation prior to posting.

9. I will never access another student’s account/identity and make changes to his/her site.

10. I will enjoy the opportunity of having a voice in online conversations!