Reading At Home

Reading At Home
10 to 15 minutes to enjoy reading together at home
Before Reading,you may support your child by:
* Read the title of the book to your child.
* If your child already read the book at school, ask them to briefly tell you what the story is about.
*If your child has not yet read the book, complete a “picture walk” by discussing the pictures and making predictions about what will happen in the story.

During Reading, you may encourage your child to:
“Before you read the page, take a QUICK look at the picture and THINK about what is happening.”and
If your child gets stuck on a word, encourage them to try 1 of the following strategies..
 For example:     to  day   =today
                          do ing    =doing
After Reading,
*Talk about the story after reading the book
*Ask your child what they favorite part of the story was and why it was their favorite part.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Listen to Dave Pilkey's 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. Compare this story to the President's Turkey Pardon of 2012.

Brain Pop, Jr. has a video and quiz about Thanksgiving. Click the image below and see how well you do!


Try Turkey Swap is to switch the locations of the turkeys and the pigs with as few moves as possible. You can move each tile by clicking on it. A tile can be moved to the empty space if the space is immediately beside it, or if there is one tile between it and the space.

Too Many Turkeys is a fun game. The goal is to find Pete. Pete is the Perky Turkey in the bow tie. Find him as quickly as you can!

Veterans Day

veterans day

Today is Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars. (World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The Germans signed the Armistice.) Mr. Sayers and Mr. Krump served our country in addition to many Veterans who are close to our staff and students.  These men and women have a poppy dedicated to them at Cottage Lane. We thank them for the sacrifices they made to protect our country and our freedoms. Below is a video explaining Veterans Day and an interview with Mr. Krump. Please consider commenting about a veteran on Mrs. McBride's blog AND enter the Lieutenant Michael Murphy Contest. See additional details below.

Mr. Krump – 5th Grade Teacher


Perseverance Essay Challenge
Deadline: November 21st

FRC Parent Meeting

Parent Workshop
Mastering the Challenges of Homework

This workshop is being presented to all
K-5 parents.
November 14, 2013 7:00p.m at WOS
140 Lester Drive, Tappan, NY
This workshop will investigate the demands of homework and strategies for helping students
during homework time.

Space is limited!
If you plan on
attending please email
[email protected]
or call Ellie


Most recently, Malala Yousafzai a 16 year old from Pakistan was a possible finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize.  She has a new book out called I am Malala.  Please read her story from Time for Kids – Malala Yousafzai. 

After reading and listening to the story of Malala, think about why people sometimes hurt each other. These ordeals are referred to as social injustices. Ask your parents about a time in their lives when they witnessed, read about, or experienced a social injustice and what they learned from this event.  Please post your discussion below.

Book of the Month

smokynightSmoky Night by Even Bunting is a story about cats and people who couldn't get along until a night of rioting brings them together. In her book, Eve Bunting addresses urban violence which was inspired by the Los Angeles riots. Although they're neighbors, Daniel's cat and Mrs. Kim's cat don't get along. Daniel and his mother don't shop at Mrs. Kim's market because they don't get along either. During a scary time they all learn the value of bridging differences. Through this story, Bunting shows the good that can come out of hard times and struggles.

Listen to the illustrator of Smoky Night by Eve Bunting and how he addressed the challenges of the story –  David Diaz Audio (username: blank password:  rocklandsls)

Columbus Day

Monday, October 14th is Columbus Day. It is a National holiday to celebrate Christopher Columbus and his arrival to the new world.

Pretend your are Christopher's mom or dad. What would you say to him about his say about his voyage? Convince him to either go or stay by responding to this post. Would you want him to go? Would you encourage or discourage him from sailing? Why? Include an explanation of the risks he would take or the adventures he would experience.  Pick you side and give details for your choice.

After you respond, test your knowledge. Click the image to begin.