Go Blue for Autism!

On Tuesday and Friday, please wear blue. As a school community, we are going to show our support for Autism Awareness and our monthly assembly, Respect! This is a great time to show respect for others and others diagnosed with Autism.

What else can you do? Please visit Mrs. McBride’s website for further details – Blue for Autism.

World Down Syndrome Day!

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD.) “It is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSI) encourages friends all over the world to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”

Rock Your Socks tomorrow March 21st to show your support. Visit Mrs. McBride’s website for more information.


Green with Integrity!

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

Read and listen to our book of the month, Mr. Peabody’s Apples.

In the story, Tommy realizes the damage he has caused to Mr. Peabody. He says, “I have a lot of work to do.” Pretend you are Tommy and write an apology to Mr. Peabody which explains how Tommy plans to amend what he has done.


Malala Yousafzai

SOCSD afforded an amazing opportunity for students in grades 5-8. Malala Yousafzai spoke to our students about the importance of education and especially for girls. She has a new book called, We are Displaced. Please read or listen (scroll to the bottom of page) to her biography – Malala Yousafzai. Watch an interview with her below.

“Malala is a symbol of hope and an inspirational role model, particularly for girls. On her 16th birthday, she gave a passionate speech to the United Nations. She was inundated with awards, culminating in the ultimate honor in 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Read more here:

What amazed you most about Malala? Post your comment to this blog.

Malala Visits SOMS

We had a once in a lifetime experience yesterday when the incredible Malala Yousafzai visited SOMS to speak to the 5th and 6th graders about the importance of education, especially for girls. We were truly inspired by her! Malala is a symbol of hope, strength, peace and determination. We spent weeks learning about Malala’s life – including her childhood, her motivation, her hopes and dreams and her accomplishments.

Please think about all that you have learned from Malala. Reflect on her words from yesterday. How has she inspired you? What were you most moved by?


Students are smiling away at our new window display by Domenick and Matthew. These boys firmly believe, “Chickens are an underappreciated animal. So, we decided to honor it at Cottage Lane.” Domenick and Matthew were challenged by re-sizing the original design to fit the window and hope their chicken makes you smile!


Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.

  • Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.
  • Empathy makes the world a better place.

Practice empathy by being observant of others, using active listening and donating a pair of new or gently used shoes for Soles to Souls.

Our book of the month is The Yellow Star by Carmen Deedy. After reading and listening to the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, explain why the author titled the book The Yellow Star. What does the yellow star symbolize?

It’s Too Late To Apologize

Why Do Countries Declare Independence?

This is the big idea that we will be exploring in social studies for the next month.
We will begin our journey by studying our own country. Why did the 13 colonies decide to sign the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson (with help from others) in 1776?

Why did the colonists want to declare independence and separate from Britain and King George III?
What were the big ideas in the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence?
What did they mean?

The Paper Bag Contest

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Everyone is out looking for great deals on holiday presents. Don’t fall into this shopping craze. Use some imagination and creativity with Mrs. McBride’s monthly challenge, The Paper Bag Challenge. Save money and the environment! All entries are due Monday, December 17th.

Please visit The Paper Bag Challenge blog post for additional information, ideas and resources.