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?

Log in and post your answers.

Word of the Month – Acceptance

December’s superpower is acceptance. Acceptance is the willingness to embrace feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own. Acceptance is the ability to experience or survive something unpleasant. Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult or unpleasant situation. We all have the human need and right to be accepted.

This month’s book of the month is Remember: The Journey to School Integration. It is a collection of photographs from the Civil Right movement and the era of public school integration with a story by Toni Morrison. In this two-minute mini-documentary, Toni Morrison introduces her book and shows young people the relevance of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

After reading Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration, look back at photographs on page 22, 42 and 67. Select one photograph and write a dialogue between the two students. Post the conversation to this blog.


Word of the Month – Gratitude

This month the Hulk challenges to use our Superpower, Gratitude. Kid President has a few ideas for us too.

Here are three challenges:

  1. Call that special person on the green slip and let them know how grateful you are for him/her. Return the slip to school and link it to our gratitude chain.
  2. Bring in an item for our Food Drive.
  3. Be inspired by The Secret of Saying Thanks and keep a 21-Day Gratitude Journal. Read and listen to our book of the month here – Secret of Saying Thanks. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for. They can be super simple—and nothing is too small. For example: 1. Favorite cereal this AM 2. Warm bed to sleep in 3. Funny chat with my brother. Do this for 21 days, But you can’t list your family members by name over and over. You have to write different things each day—this is how you learn to flex your gratitude muscle.Why 21 days? Scientists believe it takes that long for something to become a habit. Good luck!

Word of the Month – Optimism

Our book of the month by Cynthia Rylant, An Angel for Solomon Singer, demonstrates optimism.

It also provides wonderful opportunities for philosophical discussions. For example:
  • What is home?
  • What makes a place a home?
  • Do we need a home? Why or why not?
  • Is being home about a place outside of us, or about something inside us?
  • Can we be at home anywhere?
  • Do homes change?
  • Can a home become no longer a home?Does home mean the same thing to all people?
Remember Mr. Onativia’s optimistic words, “I choose to be happy. I choose to look at the good. I possess the qualities to be happy and successful.” Practice optimism this month. Try the daily affirmations from our Character Education page, October’s Superpower is Optimism.