November’s Superpower is Gratitude

This month the Hulk challenges to use our Superpower, Gratitude.  Kid President has a few ideas for us too.

Here are three challenges:

  1. Call that special person on the green slip and let them know how grateful you are for him/her. Return the slip to school and link it to our gratitude chain.
  2. Bring in an item for our Food Drive.
  3. Be inspired by The Secret of Saying Thanks and keep a 21-Day Gratitude Journal. Read and listen to our book of the month here – Secret of Saying Thanks. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for. They can be super simple—and nothing is too small. For example: 1. Favorite cereal this AM 2. Warm bed to sleep in 3. Funny chat with my brother. Do this for 21 days, But you can’t list your family members by name over and over. You have to write different things each day—this is how you learn to flex your gratitude muscle.Why 21 days?  Scientists believe it takes that long for something to become a habit.  Good luck!

Optimism is our Superpower

Our book of the month by Cynthia Rylant, An Angel for Solomon Singer demonstrates optimism. 

It also provides wonderful opportunities for philosophical discussions. For example:
  • What is home?
  • What makes a place a home?
  • Do we need a home? Why or why not?
  • Is being home about a place outside of us, or about something inside us?
  • Can we be at home anywhere?
  • Do homes change?
  • Can a home become no longer a home?Does home mean the same thing to all people?
Remember Mr. Onativia’s optimistic words,   “I choose to be happy.  I choose to look at the good.  I possess the qualities to be happy and successful.”  Practice optimism this month.  Try the daily affirmations from our Character Education page, October’s Superpower is Optimism

Breakout EDU

You did it! You solved problems through playful exploration and trial and error.  With TEAMWORK you were able to breakout.  Today a door is firmly locked. You will need your problem solving skills to escape once, twice…forty times! Can you escape the mysterious room? And do it again and again and again? Play 40x Escape.


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.

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