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.

Kayleen’s Apple

Kayleen entered Mrs. McBride’s Post-It Contest by designing an apple on grid paper!  Here she is beaming next to her apple.  She explained, “The apple reminds me of teachers.  When I think of school, I think of a fun place to learn and grow.  I wanted others to see the apple and be happy.  This way when they come to school, they feel the same way I do.”  Way to go Kayleen!

Check out the Post-It Contest!