September Is All about Courage

September’s Superpower is courage!

  • Courage is strength in the face of pain or grief; the quality of being brave; valor; heroism.
  • Courage means sacrificing your needs for the needs of another.
  • Courage means taking a risk and facing your fears.
  • It takes courage to admit you have made a mistake.
  • It takes courage to stand up for someone who is being teased.

Maira Kalman’s Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey inspires all of us to be heroic, no matter our size or age and is our book of the month. Visit and read additional news article.

September 11 is Patriot Day. Patriot Day is to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. September 11th reminds us of all those who displayed great acts of courage that day. We must remember that ordinary citizens have the power to be extraordinary.

  • Decorate a medal in honor of a fallen hero. Find a name here.
  • How will you show courage this year? Post your comment below.

Tree Dedication Ceremony/End of Year Celebration

We culminated our Earth System unit with a tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, June 7th. With funds provided by a grant from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the efforts of the Cottage Lane custodians, Rob Smith and Greg Galli, four trees were planted in the “outdoor classroom” space which was recently installed with PTA funds. Now, the trees will provide much needed shade for the patio and picnic tables and benches which are to be installed. In addition, the trees will reduce the carbon dioxide in our local air for years to come.

Students welcomed everyone to the tree dedication ceremony and described the work and projects we had completed throughout the year to arrive at that special day. Of course, the students shared reasons why we decided to plant the trees with the reduction in carbon dioxide being paramount. Following the dedication ceremony, we celebrated the end of the year with a western-themed picnic lunch and old fashioned games. Nothing like the great outdoors for building memories to last a lifetime!

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