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September - KINDNESS

“If we all do one random act of kindness daily,

we might just set the world in the right direction."

Martin Kornfeld.

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This month the fourth grade will kick off their

grade-wide kindness project:

The Magic of Kindness.

Our fourth graders will be involved in a variety of activities

to bring the Magic of Kindness to all our Bayberry students.  

More information to follow.


Character Education

What’s Your Superpower?

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October/November:  RESPECT

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

During the Week of Respect October 2nd-6th,

students will receive a “Respect Challenge” each morning.  

Those students who complete the challenge will receive “I Met the Challenge” stickers.  

Students will also participate in bullying prevention/respect character education lesson.


As part of their Service Learning Project, the fourth grade held a

Food Drive & Pie Vote

the week before Thanksgiving.  

For each item donated to the food drive, students were given

emoji stickers to vote for their favorite pie.

          Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie




They will bring the food collected to the Somerset Food Pantry in December.

Donations can still be made until December 14th and are much appreciated.


Food Items Needed:

Canned Meats (Stews, Corned Beef, Spam, Chicken, Turkey)

Shelf Stable Milk (Parmalat, Borden, etc)

Canned Fruit (regular & no sugar)

Spaghetti Sauce

Canned Vegetables (Regular & low salt)

Ravioli, Spaghettios



Canned Gravy

Juice (plastic bottles, juice boxes & powdered)

Macaroni & Cheese

Pasta (boxes and mixes)

“Creamy” Peanut Butter & Jelly

White or Brown Rice (regular or mixes)

Snacks (Bars, Pudding, Jello)

Canned Soup

Tomatoes (canned)

Cereal (hot & cold)

Pancake Mix, Syrup






Kindness Project Update:

Students have made Kindness posters which are on display throughout Bayberry.

Groups have begun teaching Kindness Lessons to the younger grades.

In addition to Food Drive announcement, students have been helping the front office by leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker each morning.


Character Eduction:

November & December:  Kindness & Caring

Fourth grade students will teach students about kindness and caring to grades K-3 by telling the story of Crumpled Charlie.  The lesson will review the effects of our words and actions and the scars left behind when people are not kind to one another.  They will use the magic wands created by the fourth grade to help Charlie through the Magic of Kindness.  


January:  Responsibility

This month we are discussing student responsibilities at home and school.  They are also learning the difference between being accountable and making excuses.  Lessons are taught through classroom discussion, books, drawing and a Kahoot survey depending on grade level.

February/March:  Community & Citizenship

This month we will discuss the topic of social isolation in grades 3 & 4.  Fourth graders will then assist in teaching the importance of community to grades K-2.  School-wide we will participate in Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello campaign.  As a school we will wear green and hello name tags on Friday, February 10, 2017.  We will also begin a new morning tradition.  Each morning a fourth grader leads the school in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Beginning on February 10th the student will say “This is ___________ from Mrs. _______ Class and We are…”  All students will then respond “Bayberry School” in order to enhance the sense of community each day.  For more information go to                        


April/May:  Cyberbullying, Fairness and Trustworthiness

The fourth graders have finished their kindness lessons with the younger grades and we are still busy posting Shout Outs.  I have visited the third and fourth grade classroom to discuss the topics of Cyberbullying, Fairness and Trustworthiness.  Students watch a Brainpop video, participate in classroom discussion and then take a Kahoot quiz leading for further discussion and understanding of Cyberbullyiing and its impact.

May also kicks off the 2nd Annual Last 25 days of School Kindness Countdown Challenge.  Each morning our fourth grade students read the challenge over the loud speaker.  So far, the students are as eager to hear the days challenge as they were last year.  Hopefully you are seeing some of the kindness acts at home such as Day 6 "Do an extra chore at home" challenge.