This month’s superpower is Patriotism. The Poppy Lady by Barbara Walsh is our book of the month. It is About Moina Belle Michael who helped establish the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for veterans. The following video is the the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae written in May 1915. This video is in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives during war.

A Poppy is to Remember is another tribute to our American service men and women, as well as to those from other nations who have fought side by side with them to restore peace and freedom in troubled regions of the world. Even as they fought and died together, let us also remember them together.

As a tribute from you to all the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for freedom try these activities:

  1. Write a cinquain and post your poem to this post.
  2. Participate in this month’s challenge – THE POPPY CHALLENGE

Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to put your skills to work. Masks are due March 23rd. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Mask Challenge: Who am I?




Tonight is the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. There are so many opportunities to learn about winter sporting events, countries around the world and athletes. Here are a few links:

  • Mrs. Ramirez friend, Stacy Spletzer, is working with athletes for WADA. Watch her videos and send her questions here, Greetings from the Winter Olympics.
  • Mrs. Wagner’s Winter Olympics Online Scavenger Hunt. You can find fun facts, create Olympic rings and/or learn the science behind sports.
  • The official 2018 Winter Olympics website – PyeongChang 2018 will host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Find voting results and all the latest news as South Korea prepares for the Games.

Compassion is caring about others more than yourself.

Will you ask someone to join you at lunch? Will you reach out and play with someone at recess? Will you listen more to those around you?

Be a “Soup-er” Hero and bring in a soup can and another item for our local food pantries. SOCES is asking 3rd graders to bring in canned vegetables, 4th graders to bring in peanut butter or jelly, and 5th graders to bring in canned tuna, chicken and other canned meat.

Eve Bunting’s Train to Somewhere is our book of the month. Many orphans were placed with caring families across the United States. Read to find out if Marianne is chosen to be with a compassionate family.

Remember our Compassion Twins message for this month. “Show Love. Be Kind. Keep Compassion on Your Mind.”

With thanks to Jude and all of my students for making this terrific video. Although I was an unwilling participant, I have to admit I love the video. You are awesome!

~Ms. TeachClimate


Forgiveness is Cottage Lane’s Superpower of the month. At our assembly, The Forgiver reminded us about the importance of forgiveness and new beginnings. Please visit the Forgiveness Assembly page for additional songs and videos.

Below is our poem for the month, “New Beginnings”. A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, beginning on New Year’s Day. One way we can better ourselves is to forgive.


As a school community we will place our thumbprints on a dove. These doves will represent the peace in our hearts that will bring peace to the world!


Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to put your skills to work. Entries are due January 26th and must be decorated to show your uniqueness and/or passion. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Snow Person Challenge.




It is time to get those creative juices going again! Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to put your skills to work. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Paper Mache Gift Challenge.



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. Comment 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!

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

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.


It is time to get those creative juices going again! Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to put your skills to work. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Out of the Box Cardboard Challenge




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49 thoughts on “HOME

  1. the ducks walk because they apparently always lay their eggs in where the courtyard is now.They walked recently.

    • Hi Connor!!! How is it going?!? The kids are now involved in Book Clubs, reading fantasy books. You can join a club if you want. Go to ELA –> Fantasy Book Clubs. You’ll see the different choices and who reads what. If you’ve already read the book, feel free to add your thoughts to the discussion (just don’t tell how the book ends). We all think of you often, and hope you love your new school. Summer vacation is just around the corner!

  2. I really love the kid president video because it shows everyone to be thankful. Also everyone should be thankful, so it teaches you alot.

  3. I’m going to answer some questions
    1.How’s your new school
    It’s different.It’s also a smaller school.What I’m doing some of the time is catching up with stuff they started earlier in the school year(also in science). They have stuff like Space week,and ducks laying eggs in the garden and baby ducks walking in the hallways.(Apparently this happens every year.I was also told this)
    2: Is your house super big (or bigger than the last one)?
    I don’t want to make you guys feel jealous,but it’s bigger than the last one.
    3.Btw most kids are asian ,but most asians are korean.Most kids are nice,but I don’t really have any close friends.

    By the way,How’d I forget my scissors.
    Why is this comment so long?
    Also my Principal likes to make jokes
    Pls reply back
    ( This isn’t a letter)

  4. Hi Connor!We miss you so much! Good to hear that you made some new friends hope there nice like you. Were going to the recycling center tomorrow! Sorry you can’t join us. 🙁 I hope you like your new home and school.Btw you left your scissors . Micheal wanted to fram them.I HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING 2018!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S Give your teacher a chance you’ve been there only a week or two.

  5. Hi Connor what’s up how is your school how are your new friends. We all miss your funny jokes and good math. What’s your favorite part about your new school.

  6. Hello Connor! I hope you love your new school. You also left your scissors hear at the class room. Now we all race to the scissor bucket to get the blessed scissors of the legendary Connor. Michael wanted to frame the scissors on the wall so you will be forever remembered by our classroom. Also, the name Sloppy is still going around thanks to you! 🙂 Thanks Connor, and see you soon.

    • Hi Connor how’s your new school what things are you learning there? Did u do any fun projects yet? We just started new book clubs the theme is author study. We are going on the recycling field trip tomorrow I wish you could join us. Hopefully your teacher gets better than okay

      • Hi Connor,
        How’s your new school? What are you learning? Sorry you can’t come with us to the recycling center tomorrow Were finishing fractions in math and reviewing multiplication tables in math. In science we are finishing the atmosphere unit and starting our hydrosphere unit. In gym we are in the middle of our bowling unit. We just started our author studies book clubs in English Language Arts. Finally in gifted and talented we are working on our stock market unit.
        Connor give your teacher a chance, you’ve only been with them for like two weeks.
        We all miss you Connor.


        P.S. How’s your new house?

    • Your teacher is okay!!!!!!!! Connor your something else. How’s your new house? Hope your doing really good in your school. How is your school different different from ours?

      From Nick

    • Hi Connor! How are you? Everyone here misses you.
      By the way, you left your scissors here. Micheal wanted to frame them. Now everyone wants the blessed scissors of Connor the great. I got them today and found a quarter facing heads. Hope to see you soon!

      • Howdy, Connor! I wish you the best in your new school! A spark totally left the class. I would like if you could visit us at some point, but if you can’t, I’m sad. I hope your house is great!

        Bye. From, Benjamin

    • Hi Connor I am glad you made some friends. who are your friends?what are they like?I hope you like your new house and school.I miss you to Connor.We all do.

    • Hi Connor,
      we miss you here! Do you like your new classmates? Whenever we go to GT we always see the balloons poster and it reminds me of when you kept writing the S on it. Are you still learning fractions? Does that school have somebody like Mrs.Mcbride? Is your house super big (or bigger than the last one)? It’s too bad you can’t come with on our field trip!
      It was fun to hear from you,

    • Hi Connor, we are doing great!!! Hope your having fun! And dude we know you liked this school best. Hope you like your new house and school! Please comment again everybody misses you! Ok bye bye.

    • Looks like we’re going to get a lot of rain this week. Let’s see what the weather looks like next week. Are you all walking from SOMS? June 6, 7, or 8 looks good. What works with your schedule?

  7. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that in math we are learning algebra with order of operations. I am so glad you taught us the order of operations last year because it seems so easy. Ms.Rogo even gave me harder work because the work I was doing was too easy for me. Thought that would make you happy. And make sure your class knows that everything that you teach them is very helpful in middle school. hope to hear from you soon.

    • Hi Siena. Thanks for telling me. I LOVE the fact that you’re being given harder work. YOU GO GIRL!!! How about you and a couple of the others coming by Cottage Lane some Friday afternoon when the weather gets warmer? You can tell the kids what to expect at SOMS. 🙂

      • I would love to, I will ask some of my friends, (I’m sure everyone would love to come and visit) I’ll email you and we can pick a date.

  8. Hi Mrs.Christie-Blick. Meline and I are so thankful we had you in 5th grade. Although the work was hard, you prepared us well. Thank you!!!!!!!

    • Good to hear from you, Catie and Meline. Glad to hear all your hard work is paying off now that you’re big kids at the middle school. I miss you both. Hope you can stop by CL sometime, once the weather gets warmer.

  9. Hi Ms. Christie-Blick. Do you remember me from two years ago? I just watched the 7x rap. They all did a really good job. i just wanted to say again all the things you taught me in 5th grade really paid off. Thank You.

    Can you tell Will and Shayan I said hi.

    • Hi Alvin! So good to hear from you!Thanks for your kind words. You made my day! I’ll give the 5th graders your message. Chirpy’s trip to India with you is still being viewed by lots of kids. 🙂
      How’s your school year going?

      • It’s going very well. Right now I’m in 7th grade. I’m in Algebra math too, which is the 8th grade math. I hope your class is having a lot of fun with you. You were an AWESOME teacher. I might walk over there after school to see you sometime. I also saw the picture with the bunny in the middle of all the kids. My science teacher keeps some Cockroaches and a bunny in class for life science. The bunny’s name is Smores and he usually just roams around the class. Plus Lee is in my class and we’re still best friends. Again thank you Ms. Christie-Blick.

  10. OMG!!!! It took us three tries but Meline and I launched a rocket that went 600 feet. We wanted to give up the second time but we thought of what you would say. It finally worked.

      • We have! we went to the movies to see middle school the worst year of my life! I have no idea why they wanted us to see that, but it was a very good movie. On Friday we are going to see another movie, we are seeing hidden figures. We already started planning for the dorny park trip for the music department. As you can see there is a lot going on at the middle school. Has your class enjoyed all of their field trips and are they exited to go to Philadelphia at the end of the year.

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