September ~ Courage

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.

World Math Day

Are you looking for a fun way to practice your math facts? Would you like to compete with students from all over the world? World Math Day is for you! Register and begin practicing today! On October 13-15 you can compete with students from all over the world using your math skills. Watch the video to find out more. Then, ask your parents to register you by clicking this link or this link and begin practicing today!

Today is September 11th. Fourteen years ago was a day of grief and a day of courage. At our assembly, we learned how ordinary people found the courage to do extraordinary things. Welles Crowther, The Man in the Red Bandanna, was one of many amazing people. Visit the CLE Courage website and listen to our book of the month.

Remember Mrs. King’s warrior words, “I have the power and the courage to be a positive, proactive upstander.” Will you: stand up for yourself, stand up for others, make a new friend, try out for a team, develop a skill, audition for a play, speak in front of an audience, ask for help, treat failures as opportunities to grow, etc.? Post a comment to our class blog on how you will use courage this year.

FalconChicksCAST YOUR VOTES TO NAME THE TAPPAN ZEE FALCON CHICKS! Voting Open Until 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27

The New NY Bridge project invites you to vote in a week-long poll to name the recently-hatched Tappan Zee falcons—called eyases (“EYE-a-sez”)—that are nesting with their parents atop the existing bridge. The 10 suggested names are the product of the imaginations of Rockland and Westchester elementary school students.

The Name-the-Falcons poll will remain open until 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27. Names that garner the most votes will be announced shortly thereafter and the schools that suggested the winning names will be recognized.

Veteran’s Day

White Table

We took a lot of time this week to think about veterans.

Think about the following activities…

We analyzed the lyrics to An American Soldier by Toby Keith.

We set our own white table and read the book America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven.

We created videos to send to troops in Afghanistan.

How did these activities inspire or change you?  How will you show your gratitude on Veteran’s Day?

Click on the links below to see your videos!

Sainz Garbrous        Coatti Chichetti



Peer Revision

During reading workshop we peer-revised each other’s character trait t-charts. Take a minute and reflect.  How did peer revision help you? What will you remember to do the next time you complete a character trait t-chart?




“I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.” ~Michael Jordan

October’s Superpower is Optimism!

  • Optimism is ability to look on the more favorable side of situations; positive attitude; cheerfulness.
  • Optimism is the tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things.
  • Optimism is a habit of expecting things to turn out for the best.

You have the power to look on the positive side. You have a choice on how you live your life and how you view your situation. We also can help others to look on the bright side. These two videos are great reminders:

  1. It’s a choice to be optimistic.
  2. Jessica’s Affirmations
Our book of the month, An Angel for Solomon Singer, demonstrates optimism.

  • What are Solomon Singer’s dreams? What do all of his dreams have in common?
  • How do his dreams make him feel? Why does Solomon become happier by the end of the story, even though most of his dreams have not come true?
  • Do dreams really come true at the Westway Café? Explain your answer.What does this story tell you about the idea of home?

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.”

Super Bowl Fun!