Autism Awareness

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.

Google Expeditions

We are working with Mr. Eckert on Google Expeditions and learning about landforms and magnetism. We used virtual reality to explore these topics.
Write a comment below using this sentence starter:

In Google Expeditions, I learned about …

Start with “Hello” Week

This week at Cottage Lane we are participating in the “Start with Hello” campaign. We are encouraging every student to make a difference with their peers. Whether it is a simple hello or a conversation, we are trying to foster an inclusive community.

Having conversations can be awkward, but Kid President shows us how it’s done! He too is on a mission to meet lots of awesome kids! #YearoftheKid Sometimes meeting new people can be scary. What if they’re too different and we don’t get along? What if things get really, really awkward? Well, Kid President says, embrace the AWKWARD! Check out his video below.

Share a message of positivity by leaving a comment on this blog.

Word of the Month – Courage

Welcome back to an exciting school year! This year’s character education is bursting with color.

September is scarlet red for COURAGE. Starting a new year with new teachers, new classmates and new expectations takes courage. Being brave, making sacrifices, facing fears, admitting mistakes are all ways to show 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 who were courageous on September 11, 2001.

We all might not be able to be as courageous as Wells, but we can practice small acts of courage. 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 show courage this year.

Perseverance – Word of the Month

Perseverance is this month’s superpower!

  • Perseverance is the courage it takes to continue trying despite previous failures.
  • Perseverance is the strength that gets you through times of trouble.
  • Perseverance is knowing that the road to success is paved with difficulty.
  • Perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of discouragement.

Boy who harnessedthe windWe were inspired by William Kamkwamba’s story. When his village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail. Without enough money for food and school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps and became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Listen to the children’s books here – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Here is another video, Moving Windmills.

Interview an adult. Determine a time in his/her life when he/she had to persevere and the result of this hard work. Share this experience with our class blog.

Autism Awareness Month

On Friday, please wear blue. As a school community, we are going to show our support for National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month is a time to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. What else can you do? Please visit Mrs. McBride’s website for further details – Blue for Autism.

Winter Olympics

Tonight is the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. There are so many opportunities to learn about winter sporting events, countries around the world and athletes. Here are a few links:

  • Mrs. Ramirez friend, Stacy Spletzer, is working with athletes for WADA. Watch her videos and send her questions here, Greetings from the Winter Olympics.
  • Mrs. Wagner’s Winter Olympics Online Scavenger Hunt. You can find fun facts, create Olympic rings and/or learn the science behind sports.
  • The official 2018 Winter Olympics website – PyeongChang 2018 will host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Find voting results and all the latest news as South Korea prepares for the Games.

Word of the Month – Compassion

Compassion is caring about others more than yourself.

Will you ask someone to join you at lunch? Will you reach out and play with someone at recess? Will you listen more to those around you?

Be a “Soup-er” Hero and bring in a soup can and another item for our local food pantries. SOCES is asking 3rd graders to bring in canned vegetables, 4th graders to bring in peanut butter or jelly, and 5th graders to bring in canned tuna, chicken and other canned meat.

Eve Bunting’s Train to Somewhere is our book of the month. Many orphans were placed with caring families across the United States. Read to find out if Marianne is chosen to be with a compassionate family.

Remember our Compassion Twins message for this month. “Show Love. Be Kind. Keep Compassion on Your Mind.”

Word of the Month – Forgiveness

“Forgiveness does not change the past,but it does enlarge the future.”
~ Paul Boese

Forgiveness is Cottage Lane’s Superpower of the month. At our assembly, The Forgiver reminded us about the importance of forgiveness and new beginnings. Please visit the Forgiveness Assembly page for additional songs and videos.

Below is our poem for the month, “New Beginnings”. A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, beginning on New Year’s Day. One way we can better ourselves is to forgive.

Choose one or more of the questions below and write a comment:

  • Are some mistakes easier to forgive than others? Explain.
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to forgive others?
  • What are some ways you can be more forgiving?

As a school community we will place our thumbprints on a dove. These doves will represent the peace in our hearts that will bring peace to the world!

Class Challenge

Fruit Salad


grocery bags full of fruit

Fran, Gus, Harry, and Kim bought 3 bags of fruit each.

  • Fran bought 2 bags of apples and one bag of oranges.
  • Gus bought the same number of oranges as Fran, and the rest of the fruit he bought were peaches.
  • Harry got the same kinds of fruit as Fran but a different number of each fruit.
  • Kim chose fruit that no one else bought. She bought two kinds of fruit. She had more than 10 pieces of fruit in all.

How many pieces of fruit did each person buy?

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