Hour of Code

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!

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Our Narrative Publishing Party was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it!  For those that were not able to attend, you were missed.

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Optimism

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.”
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The first challenge of the 2017-2018 school year is the “Out of the Box” Challenge! Students in grades 1-5 are encouraged to participate and use problem solving skills and creativity to design and create a unique masterpiece. Making with cardboard doesn’t come with a set of step-by-step instructions about what and how to make. Use your imagination to be resourceful and ingenious!

In the short film below, a cardboard box becomes a blank palette waiting for a kid’s imagination to make it into come alive.

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Positive Mindset

Click the link to see what happens when a boy receives an unexpected gift. After you view the link think about something that you would like to do but have not been able to do YET. The puppy persevered until he was able to get the ball and have a catch with the boy. What can you do in order to reach your goal(s)?

http://digg.com/video/the-present-jacob-frey

 

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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.

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Generosity

a1bc8e96204328ec6aba7ab5a4965397This month we are “wild” about cranes. Our book of the month, The Paper Crane, reminds us of the magical powers generosity can have on others and ourselves. We learned that:

  •  Generosity is the quality of being kind and giving.
  •  Generosity is freely sharing what you have with others.
  •  Generosity is being willing to offer money, help or time when it is needed.
  •  To be generous means giving something that is valuable to you without expectation of reward or return.
  •  Generosity doesn’t always cost money. Anyone can be more generous simply by sharing his/her spirit with others.

Our goal this month is to show generosity. Being generous does not have to cost money. You can be generous with your time, service and/or smile. In addition, you can be generous by donating a used coat to our Coat Drive, purchasing a new hat or mitten for the Winter Drive and/or making cranes for our school wide gift. Watch the video below or read these directions to make as many cranes as you can. Have fun!

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Feeling Grateful at Cottage Lane!

brown-bear-hunting-2This month we are “wild” about gratitude. Gratitude is being aware of and being thankful for the good things that happen. Take time to express thanks.

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~John F. Kennedy

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The Election Challenge

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

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What is mindset????

Click the picture below to read information about mindset and watch a video.

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