Light it Up Blue!

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 2019

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.

Iditarod 2019

The Iditarod has been called the “Last Great Race on Earth” for a good reason.  It is a sled dog race that starts in Anchorage, Alaska and ends over 1,000 miles away in Nome.  The landscape is treacherous, and the weather is unforgiving. This race serves to memorialize all the things sled dogs have done in history and for the people of Alaska, but part of the trail raced today is the historical trail mushers used to bring life-saving medicine to Nome during an epidemic of diphtheria in 1925.

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Select a musher that you believe will win.  Leave a comment with his/her name on this blog.  If someone already chose that musher, you must select a different one.  The fastest time of all the mushers selected will win a prize. Good Luck, Mushers!

Play the Serum Run Game.

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Tangrams

The tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It is one of the most popular puzzles in the world. Tangrams are an excellent way to increase mental and visual skills.

How to make your own…

Try these tangram puzzles online.

March is Integrity

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.

 

Found Poems

A Found Poem is where you borrow, or “rent” an author’s words from a song, poem, or book, and create your own poem.

The awesome thing about found poetry is that there are no rules.  Found poems take existing texts and refashion them and present them as poems.  (Example)

Remember to:

  • Read the excerpt from your chapter.
  • Look for the beautiful language.
  • Think about the message you want to convey about your story.
  • Highlight words or phrases that you might want.
  • Record these words on your Found Poem planning page.
  • Rearrange your words to convey a message in a poem.
  • Add your poem to this blog post.

Compassion is Pink!

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

This month at Cottage Lane we are focusing on compassion. At today’s assembly, we discussed the meaning of compassion and how we can show compassion in school, at home and in the world.  Our Compassion Cards encourage us to perform random acts of compassion.  From the Smile Train Fundraiser to Valentine’s for Veterans, our compassion can make a difference in the lives of others.

Our book of the month, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world. The main character realizes the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if a little compassion was shown toward others.

Remember…Don’t be a wrinkle in someone else’s heart.  Instead…make time this month to complete your compassion cards.  Together we can fill our hallway heart!