MAKE YOUR MARK! International Dot Day @ Rooftop School

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September 15th marks the anniversary of the publication of best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds’ The Dot, a “story book for all ages.”

Author Peter Reynolds told School Library Journal. “I pinch myself, thinking that four decades ago I was being told to stop drawing in my classes and pay attention, and here we are in 2016 with a school sanctioned day to celebrate creativity.”

The Dot more than anything celebrates the power of creative teaching,” Reynolds explains. “Despite the test-centric world we live in, creative teachers know how to find those aha moments — much the same way that my 7th grade math teacher Mr. Matson ‘connected the dots’ between math and art, which changed my life.” To honor that moment, Reynolds dedicated The Dot to Mr. Matson.

Rooftop School is joining the The Dot Club fun & inviting you to read-alongdraw-along, and even sing-along!

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To get things started, Rooftop librarian Tamra Marshall will be reading THE DOT with all K-2 classes.

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#DOTDAY LIVESTREAM

On Tuesday, September 13 at 10am, we’re connecting the dots via Skype and Discovery Education in the Burnett MPR. #CelebrateWithDE 

Author Peter H. Reynolds travels to the place where Dot Day began with Dot Day founder Terry Shay, a teacher at North Tama School in Traer, Iowa. Reynolds, Shay, and the students of North Tama will come together to celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration on the 7th Annual International Dot Day. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/Events/monthly-themes/dot-day-2016.cfm 

#ArtIsAtTheCenter: DOT CENTRAL

Be sure to sign your work and share your dot art on International #DotDay – Thursday, September 15, 2016! Let’s fill “Dot Central” – aka the Burnett MPR – with some fresh art!

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THE PALE BLUE DOT & COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

Then, help us to take care of the most important dot of all — “The Pale Blue” Dot! In celebration of Coastal Cleanup Day 2016, Rooftop School will hold a Schoolyard Cleanup on Friday, September 16.

Pale Blue Dot from ORDER Productions on Vimeo.

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The trash gathered at school will be weighed and our information will be entered into the official International Coastal Cleanup Day database.

WHAT IS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY?

Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2015, more than 68,000 volunteers removed nearly 1,143,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2016 is Saturday, September 17, 2016

 

Our Favorite Things

We are very excited to participate in the EECapacity Project in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

This Professional Learning Community (PLC) is exploring approaches used by conservation NGOs, faith-based groups, urban community outreach organizations, zoos, community arts organizations, National Parks, and other recreation and education organizations to engage the growing Latino/Hispanic population in environmental learning experiences.

For Show and Tell, we were asked to share our favorite resource related to engaging Latino/Hispanic audiences.

Our favorite resource is a little round ball of blue glass…

Nuestro recurso favorito es una pequeña bola redonda de cristal azul …

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“The Blue Marble” is the name of this famous photograph of the Earth taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts. “La Canica Azul” es el nombre de esta famosa fotografía de la Tierra tomada por los astronautas del Apolo 17.

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The Blue Marble Project is a gratitude project that helps people of all ages and cultures share their love for the Earth.

 El Blue Marble Project es un proyecto de la gratitud que ayuda a personas de todas las edades y culturas comparten su amor por la Tierra.

We have used this small object to help children to begin seeing themselves as protectors of the planet. 

Hemos utilizar este pequeño objeto de ayudar a los niños a empezar a verse a sí mismos como protectores del planeta.

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We began playing The Blue Game with a single blue marble.

Empezamos a jugar el juego azul con una sola canica azul.

To date, we have shared thousands of Blue Marbles with people all over the world.

Hasta la fecha, hemos compartido Miles de azules Mármoles con gente de todo el mundo.

They have traveled to every continent on the planet, helping to remind us that we are all connected.

Han viajado viaja a todos los continentes del planeta, lo que ayuda a recordarnos que todos estamos conectados.

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The rules for The Blue Game are very simple, and yet, there are so many ways that people can play.

Las reglas para el juego azul son muy simples, y sin embargo, hay muchas maneras en que la gente puede jugar.

The important thing is to begin, and you will soon see how little things can make a big difference.

Lo importante es empezar, y pronto verás cómo pequeñas cosas pueden hacer una gran diferencia.

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Alejandro rescues a juvenile sea turtle

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Alejandro’s Blue Marble. Photo by Neil Ever Osborne.

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