September Superpower

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.

April is 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.

How will you show acceptance? What can you do to help others find their wings? Remember you also need to accept yourself for your own unique qualities, I Have a Voice.

The Three Questions

This month we are “wild” about turtles and compassion! Compassion is our word of the month, and we need to show compassion throughout the day. Listen to John Muth’s The Three Questions.

Leo the turtle shares with Nikolai – “Remember then that there is only one important time, and the time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.”

  • When is the best time to do things? TODAY!
  • Who is the most important one? THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU!
  • What is the right thing to do?” COMPASSION

Use your “game board” to get started. Comment with compassionate acts that you received, and compassionate acts you performed. Show others they are loved!

Valentine’s Challenge

valentines-chocolateMrs. McBride loves her chocolate! Fourth graders are being challenged to put their math and creativity skills to the test.

I bought a box of candy for myself last week. However, by the time I got home I had eaten ¼ of the candies. As I was putting the groceries away, I ate ½ of what was left. There were 6 chocolates left in the box. How many chocolates were in the box to begin with?

TASK for 4th Graders ONLY:
Create a three-dimensional box depicting the appropriate solution. Label the sections of the box accordingly. On the inside cover of your box, be sure to explain all of your thinking.

1. You will be judged on the following categories: presentation, explanation and solution.
2. Make sure your name and homeroom teacher is on your entry.
3. Single entries only, please.
4. Entries must be submitted by Monday, February 13th.