Dear Governor Cuomo

May 29, 2019

Dear Governor Cuomo,  

We, the 4th grade students of Cottage Lane,  would like to make a proposal. Are you aware that New York does not have a designated state sport?  Other states like Alaska, California, Hawaii, and Maryland all have a state sport.

After learning about New York State symbols, we did research and found out lots of information about State Symbols of New York.  Your website was a great resource, New York State Symbols.   We noticed what was missing, a sport state symbol. This inspired us to research our own state symbol to fill that spot for a state sport!

As a result, we believe that Lacrosse should be the official New York State sport. Lacrosse was the first sport played in North America. Do you know where it was first played as an actual game? It was played in New York, by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) hundreds of years ago. The Haudenosaunee, inhabited much of the Northeast, including most of New York State and the game was originally known as Stickball.

Lacrosse was first played as early as the 12th century. The Native Americans used lacrosse to train for war and to improve skill, aim, speed, agility, and strength. The fields were hundreds of miles long with more than 1,000 people playing on each team. Lacrosse was one of their favorite sports to play because people could also improve being warriors to defend their land. That land is now known today as New York.

The people of the Haudenosaunee Nation today play in the World Games which is the World Cup for lacrosse. Thanks to the Haudenosaunee this sport is played today by both men and women of all ages. There is just so much history behind Lacrosse that involves New York. A great sport like lacrosse was invented in New York -the state we live in! We believe lacrosse is a great suggestion for New York’s State sport. How do we make it official?  Your help would be greatly appreciated.

From,

Mrs.Fluger’s 4th Grade Class
Cottage Lane Elementary
Blauvelt, New York
Rockland County           

Word Games

“Who knew that positioning a word in one continuous ring would make it so tricky to read? The challenge in WordARound is to quickly figure out where the word starts and be the first to shout it out before your friends do. It might sound simple, but you’ll find yourself baffled. This quick-action family game gets better with the more players that play. Go ahead play a round at your next party or family game night!”

Try one or all of these online puzzle games:

Patriotism 2019

Patriotism is the word of the month for our Character Education program. On May 17th we will come together as a school community and wear red, white and blue.

Patriotism is the quality of being supportive for one’s country.  One way to show devotion to our country is to honor and respect the American flag.  Pam Ryan’s The Flag We Love reminds us of our country’s ideals.

Ronald Reagan said, “If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.” Another way to show your patriotism is to honor our service men and women. Vetiquette is a character education program that teaches children the importance of showing gratitude for our veterans and particularly for gold star families (families that have lost an immediate family member in service to our country).  Here are additional biographies of some true American Heroes – Vetiquette 2019.

A Blue Star Family Member is someone who has  an immediate family member serving now. (Immediate family member means a parent, child or sibling)

A Gold Star Family member is someone who had an immediate family member die while serving our country.

 

Celebrating holidays like Labor Day, Patriot Day, Independence Day and Flag Day are ways to show Patriotism. Memorial Day is this month and is an important holiday to show patriotism. Here’s more.

SET

The Family Fun Game of Visual Perception is an excellent way to improve your visual problem solving skills.The object of the game is to identify a “set” of three cards from twelve cards laid out on the table.Each card has four features/attributes: symbols, colors, number, and shading. A set consists of three cards in which each of the card’s features, looked at one-by-one, are the same on each card, or, are different on each card. Log onto www.setgame.com for more details.

Another Breakout!

Terri Eichholz offers another Digital Breakout  called “Scholastic Beasts” which is the 4th one in her series.  Here is the scenario: These 4 school friends enjoy challenging each other with puzzles. When Terry Bull won 4 free tickets to the Imagine Unicorns Concert, the friends thought it would be fun to put the tickets in a lock box and each add their own secret combination to see if they could collaborate to open the box by the weekend. Can you help the friends? Can you solve the digital breakout, Scholastic Beasts?

Don’t forget to try – Eicholz’ Feebo, Not Chee

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

pinduli02April is blue for respect.Respect is to show polite regard and consideration. Respect is a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, and important and should be treated a certain way.  Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

Cottage Lane’s book of the month, Pinduli, is a surprising story about self-image, self-acceptance, and treating others with respect. After reading, sharing and discussing this special book you will realize how a few tiny words – bad or good – can create something enormous!

Do you think that by hurting someone else’s feelings it made the animals who made Pinduli feel bad, feel better about themselves?

Additional Resources:

This month please practice respect toward others, adults and the Earth!

Breakout Edu

Breakout EDU brings gaming to our classroom. Breakout sessions present players with a challenge that encourages teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting.

The Spyder Heist challenge includes graphing, patterning, converting, and critical reading.

Let’s continue using these skills when solving mysteries, logic puzzles, riddles and online Breakout sessions.

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