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.

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Winter Olympics 2018!!!

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.
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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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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)?


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“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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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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