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This month’s superpower is Integrity. Integrity is the quality of being honest, having strong moral principles and total sincerity. Oprah Winfrey states, “Real integrity is doing the right thing knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Monica Kulling introduces us to the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up provides a great opportunity to celebrate problem-solving, creativity, inventions, perseverance and integrity.

Check out this website Inspire My Kids. Select one of the quotes and post a comment about what it means to you.

Let’s get creative!


It is time to get those creative juices going again! 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?

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Winter Olympics


The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea are underway. 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 as much as you care about yourself. It requires that you show empathy for the suffering of others.

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.”

Valentine’s Day Challenge


valentines-chocolateIt is time to get those creative juices going again! Mrs. McBride is offering an opportunity to 4th graders ONLY! Let’s put those problem solving and designing skills to work. Find out more details for this month’s challenge here – The Valentine Challenge.

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“Forgiveness does not change the past,but it does enlarge the future.”
~ Paul Boese

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.

Choose one or more of the questions below and write a comment:

  • Are some mistakes easier to forgive than others? Explain.
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to forgive others?
  • What are some ways you can be more forgiving?

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!

Word Masters Prepare!


Word Masters,
Don’t forget to study the words and practice analogies for tomorrow’s competition!

WordMasters List #1 – 4th Grade

Analogy Practice – Analogy Game – Beginner

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Hour of Code ~ This Month’s Challenge


This week is Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week is held this week in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). Coding helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

Let’s CODE!

  1. Let’s start with Minecraft! Minecraft is back for the Hour of Code with a brand new activity!

  2. Now try another coding activity here. There are plenty!

December’s 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.

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December’s superpower is acceptance. 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.

This month’s book of the month is Remember: The Journey to School Integration. It is a collection of photographs from the Civil Right movement and the era of public school integration with a story by Toni Morrison. In this two-minute mini-documentary, Toni Morrison introduces her book and shows young people the relevance of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

After reading Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration, look back at photographs on page 22, 42 and 67. Select one photograph and write a dialogue between the two students. Post the conversation to this blog.


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