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Christopher Rose's Classroom: Classroom Connections

Need a Smile?

Quotes to Inspire...

"Be the person that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and grace." - Unknown

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Dolly Parton

"The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter". - e.e. cummings

"If we want to achieve anything good, we cannot do it alone." - Dr. Ariel Burger

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett (1906 -1989)

"Choose kindness.  Do more. Peace!" -  Henry Richard, Boston MA, 4/15/18

"The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others". - Eleanor Roosevelt

"My wish for you is that you continue.  Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." - Maya Angelou

Every one likes a compliment”. - Abraham Lincoln to T. Weed, March 15, 1865

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BOOKS! Brand-new, and wonderful!

Atlantis: The Accidental Invasion by Gregory Mone.  Kaya, who lives in the undersea city of Atlantis, has always been fascinated by stories of the Sun People, who live at the surface of the ocean. She is determined to see for herself. In an America whose coasts are battered by tsunamis, Lewis's father is a brilliant scientist who is obsessed with the legendary city of Atlantis. He has built a submarine that he hopes will help him prove him right. Greg Mone's newest book is smart, current, compelling, funny, and full of heart. There is so much to love. The premise is brilliant. I love the characters (especially those who transform into heroes as the adventure unfolds) and the interactions between those of two worlds . . . The plotting and pacing of the novel are perfect, the suspense and adventure never waver.  Still, one of my favorite elements of the story is its humor. (Abrams, April 2021)

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly - I love this book!  The first chapter - all about a tree named Peppina - had me wondering, but later it all made sense. Marisol is smart; she's funny too. Marisol is creative, and she's a great terrific friend. Marisol also has some fears. She strives to be brave. Readers will cheer for Marisol.  Erin Kelly's writing is filled with humor and imagery. How can you not love a kid who calls the dishwasher Mr. Gurgle? And the sofa? "The sofa is named Betty Bigmouth. Betty likes to eat things, such as Mrs. Rainey's phone and all the remote controls". I urge you to meet Marisol.  You'll be glad you did! (HarperCollins, May 2021) 

Last KIds on Earth: Thrilling Tales from The Treehouse by Max Brallier, Doug Holgate, and more.  Of course you are a fan of the thrilling Last Kids on Earth series.  Do you love graphic novels too?  Here's THE book for you -- six new stories starring Jack, June, Quint, and Dirk and the gang form Wakefield.  The stories are all illustrated in full-color. (And, more great news - the next LKOE book will be out in September).  Enjoy... (Penguin, April 2021)

What If, Pig? by Linzie Hunter - Pig wants to host a party for all of his friends. What a great idea! As he starts making plans, worries creep in. Pig begins to think of all the things that could go wrong.  What if no one comes? This reassuring story reminds us that that everyone gets anxious at times. Luckily, friends (like Mouse) can help. (HarperCollins, June 2021 

BUBBLES UP! by Jacqueline Davies - Bubbles Up! is a perfect summer story to enjoy during any season. Jacqueline Davies's books never disappoint. Here, an exuberant celebration of a day at the town pool becomes a tale of bravery and accomplishment. Vivid verse, bursting with life and humor, is perfectly paired with bold art that is filled with color and movement. This joyful book honors the vital bonds of community and family. It is fun; it inspires. Don't miss this. (HarperCollins  May, 2021)

Those Are Not My Underpants  by Melissa Martin, illustrated by Troy Cummings - One morning, Bear Cub walks out of the den and sees a pair of underpants hanging from a tree branch. "Those are not my underpants", he says.  Then, he sets off through the forest to find the owner of the underwear.  One by one, he asks everyone he sees, but no one claims the underpants!  Will Bear Cub ever solve the mystery?  Either way, this book is a blast! (Random House, June 2021)

Are You a Cheeseburger? by Monica Arnaldo - When Grub, a burger-loving raccoon, meets Seed (umm... a seed) in a trash can, the result is a funny and heartwarming tale. Grub is certain that, once planted, Seed will grow into a cheeseburger plant, or maybe a pizza plant...or donuts, even? When Seed finally blooms, both he and Grub are surprised. You will be too! Don't miss this fun, delicious tale about food, acceptance, and friendship! (HarperCollins, June 2021)

Pablo and his dad are heading off to a family cookout - it will be great! Pablo is excited. He put his dishes in the sink. He brushed his teeth. All he has to do is get dressed, then they'll be ready to go. But Pablo has made a decision...NO PANTS!  Will they make it to the party after all?  Pablo's story is sure to put a smile on your face.  (Viking Books, May 2021)

"Outside the wind is fierce and yellow birch leaves dart through the air like angry hummingbirds.  It's only the beginning of September, but you can smell the cold coming." (p .4)

"Trying to fit into a new school is like studying for a test for a class you've never taken." (p. 5)

"Then the bell rings and Mr. Wahl, our algebra teacher, slams the door like he's locking in prisoners. A gloom settles over the room that has nothing to do with the clouds outside." (p. 8) from One Kid's Trash by Jamie Sumner. Atheneum, 8/21

"At some point, the clouds had begun fading from the sky.  Only a few white wisps remain, like someone had swiped a paintbrush across the blue that had some white left on it from something else." from A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers.  Algonquin,  3/18.   

When you read those words, did you envision clouds in the sky, or did you picture a paintbrush with wet, white bristles?  Both?

"'Look it up! Learn it! Learn as much as you can, for learning is the opposite of death! Wonderful!' Grandpa was the only person Vita knew who seemed to spark electricity when he talked..." (13)

After spinning off a trapeze: "Samuel's jaw was set, and he did not smile, but there was something strange and prodigious and ferocious on his countenance.  It was the joy of seeing someone doing the thing they were born to do. (74)

Coffee "...tasted, to her, like angry mud, but she was aware that others felt differently". (17)  from The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell. Simon & Schuster, 10/19.


Look at us!

An evening in Spring

Jeff Kinney at Fisk! 11/17

JC SOAKED! Field Day 6/17

First Day 9/1/21 (Serious)

First Day 9/1/21 (Silly)

Everyone's here! 9/2/21


Friday night baking for her brother's Ram's Football team dinner. Nice - delicious too!

Math on the NEW board!