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Lessons from a DOT!

Posted by on September 28, 2012

What?!? We know what you’re thinking: “How in the WORLD can a DOT teach you LESSONS?” Well, then YOU haven’t read The Dot by Peter Reynolds!

We spent time reading The Dot and then we played around in our Think Books with our OWN dots!

We spent time reading The Dot and then we played around in our Think Books with our OWN dots!

So, what is this awesome story about, you ask? Well, the main character, Vashti, thinks she can’t draw. She sits in art class with NOTHING on her paper. Vashti was feeling REALLY blue … we could tell that because Peter Reynolds used colours that were dark. The pictures told part of the story too! The teacher looked at her empty paper and said, “Oh look a POLAR bear in a SNOW storm!” Vashti was VERY frustrated but the teacher told her to just make a mark. She took her marker and SLAMMED it onto her paper. Then, her teacher asked her to SIGN it! The very NEXT week, she walked into her classroom and she saw HER dot … hanging ABOVE her teacher’s desk … and … it was FRAMED in GOLD! Vashti thought “I can make a BETTER dot than THAT!” Soon, Vashti is making dots left right and CENTRE! Vashti discovered that you could make your mark just by starting with a teensy little dot. Persevere … just DO it … make YOUR mark!

Here are some of the awesome dots WE created after being inspired by Peter Reynolds:

We worked hard to put our thoughts into words to share the magic of this picture book and the lessons we have learned through discussion and sharing our ideas! Welcome to the FIRST official blog post of the year by the NEW Battalion Hawk Bloggers:

“If you were to make your mark, what would it be? If you don’t try, you won’t be able to do what you WANT to do! If you try, you will succeed.  If you make a mistake, try again. If you make your mark you will want to make MORE! Now … MAKE your MARK!” ~Nick and Chris

It was SO much fun experimenting with “dots” in our Think Books!

“If you think that you can’t do something … try … then you might be able to do it. If you are embarrassed it doesn’t matter what other people say to you. If anyone says that is bad, ignore them and then think your work is good! If anyone says that that play in a sport was horrible, just ignore them and go on with your game! Persevere and try your hardest. Try your hardest on everything you do. Failure only happens when you never ever try. If you make your mark, look at it and then say to yourself, “that is my best”, and if it isn’t, try and do better and better every time! Try hard and you will improve. Never ever say to yourself you CAN’T do it!” ~Christopher and Davis

“Always trust yourself even in challenges. Never give up even at the hardest times. Always keep trying. Never say never. Just make your mark and let it take you on a drawing adventure. Never give up even when other people say give up!” ~Amro and Tre

If the TRUTH be known … MANY of us would HAPPILY play around creating new and exciting dots EVERY time we got the CHANCE!

“If you make your mark, you can reach your goal. The Dot is a GREAT story. The Dot is an inspiring story. The Dot isn’t all about art. Keep trying. Never give up, EVER! Vashti said she COULDN’T draw, but she COULD!” ~Danny and Elijah

“How would you make your mark? Would you jab your paper just like Vashti did? If you don’t try, you’ll NEVER reach your goals. The book, The Dot, is ALL about persevering and NEVER giving up on your dreams! Have you ever heard of Terry Fox? You probably have. He persevered and never gave up on his run. You should read the book and maybe follow her lead! (The book is by Peter H. Reynolds!) Keep on persevering! ~Jayden, Ella & Cemre

Some of us created ornate geometric dots, others drew inspiring scenes … each and EVERY dot had it’s OWN personality … just like the artists CREATING them!

“If you don’t try, you’ll never get to your goals! The only failure is not making a mark. If you try, you’ll do it and if you don’t try, you will NOT do it! Just TRY it! Vashti made a mark. The Dot is a good story because it teaches you a lesson. The lesson is: always try and persevere.” ~Zubayda, Chelsea and Rayann

“It’s important to always try because if you don’t, you’ll never make it. Never give up!!! If you give up, then you’ll never beat your score! T: try your best you can! R: retry if you make a mistake! Y: you should prove the best you can to the world! Trying and persevering can make you feel better than doing nothing and just standing there. Don’t feel like you can’t do it, because you CAN!” ~Lauren

There is something VERY freeing about letting your creative juices flow … letting your imagination take flight!

“The Dot is a great story! You should read it! It will inspire you to make your OWN mark! Vashti’s mark is a dot. If you make your own mark, even a squiggle, you will start persevering! If you make your own mark, I promise you, you will LOVE it!” ~ AJ & Tyler

“Do you know how to make your mark? If you try, you can do it! Just make your mark! You can try your best! When you do your mark you have to not give up and to be your best. Making a mark can just be a dot … see where it takes you! When you persevere you can make your mark!” ~Dimitrios, Rebecca & Joyce

“If you’re wanting to make a difference and make your mark, please read the following! If you ever want to succeed in your life or in another person’s life, you have to make a mark. Make a difference … if you don’t try and make your mark you’ll never improve. Make your mark … don’t try to copy someone else. Your mark is better than someone else’s mark. Even if you fail, get back up and try again! I’m wasting time … make your mark … do us a favour … don’t keep reading … go make your mark NOW!” ~Ben & Tommy

We wonder:

  • Have you read any books that inspire you to persevere and work through challenges?
  • Do you have a favourite quote that you think of when you are facing a challenge?
  • When you are feeling frustrated and like you “can’t” what do you do to move PAST these feelings to get back on the “horse” and TRY again?


32 Responses to Lessons from a DOT!

  1. Arlene

    I don`t usually leave comments but I love your voki and it convinced me that I should! We did some dot day things with four classes but plan to expand next year. Thank you so much for posting and sharing what you have done. It is an inspiration for us. I can`t wait to share it with our grade 3 teachers.

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Arlene!

      We are glad that you checked out our blog! We agree … the voki is awesome … we love watching it’s eyes move when we move the cursor over the page! We think we’re going to change it this year and use our voices instead of the computerized one! We are really glad that the voki inspired you to leave a comment for us because these comments mean a lot, and we learn so much from our readers. Are you a teacher? We wonder what you DID for #dotday with your four classes. Was it similar to ours? We are glad that you will share our blog with your Grade Three teachers. We hope you check back soon. We are working on a blog post about the International Rights of the Child this week. We will also be skyping with Ashli in the next little while to hear about her work in Peru. We hope to see you back here soon!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  2. Eric

    Hello hawks,
    We meet again. I first want to start off by saying all of your thoughts are really great to read in the beginning. Now I am jealous that Mrs Renton did not let us do that when I was in her class. Yes, even if a dot does help the world I still don’t get it. Could you explain it more to me in you reply?

    Has Mrs Renton ever read to you a bucket book – it’s exactly like your dot book. Ask Mrs Renton to read it to you it is exactly like your book.



    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Eric!

      We like your comments. We like that you were a Grade Three Blogger LAST year … and you are still checking back with the blog! We also really like that Animoto. Mrs. Renton didn’t even KNOW how to use that tool last year … she learned about it over the Summer. She says “sorry you are feeling a little jealous … if you start your OWN family blog … you could use Animoto too … it is VERY easy to learn to do!” 😉

      We can see how you could get confused with the whole “dot” thing. It is REALLY about making your MARK. That means … try … don’t give up even if you think you CAN’T … but you CAN! When you don’t even try … that’s the ONLY time you fail. It’s really about sharing your gifts and strengths with the world to make it an even BETTER place!

      What is a BUCKET book!?! Mrs. Renton has NEVER read us a book about buckets. If it is like The Dot book, we would LOVE for Mrs. Renton to read it to us. Oh boy … we have SO much reading to do … yesterday, she promised to read us Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed as well. I wonder if we are EVER going to get to math! Did YOU guys ever read Ordinary Mary?

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      • Eric

        Dear Global Grade 3

        Cool, now I get about the dot. This is probably going to be my shortest comments ever. Ordinary Mary and the good deed book is a GOOD book! I finally remembered the book fill a person’s bucket and help him for a day I think that is what the book is called.


        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hi Eric!

          We haven’t read either of those books, yet, but they are on our reading list! Mrs. Renton owns one of them, but she will need to ask our school librarian for the other! Have you read The Dot yet? We highly recommend it!

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

          PS This is probably one of OUR shortest comments TOO! 😉

  3. Ross Mannell

    Hello Global Grade 3,

    Your post about “The Dot” seems to have started me thinking too much again. My comment was too long so it’s been added as a post in my “Extended Comments for Students” blog.

    It’s hard to believe. Peter Reynolds told the story of Vashti and her dot. The dot inspired you to create. Your creations inspired you to blog. Your blog inspired me to write. It seems a dot is much more than a dot when we are inspired to learn by it.

    Here is a link to my comment.

    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      We LOVED all the links you shared with us! What? You went to the bottom of a volcano CRATER? The New Zealand scree is really interesting because we notice black, rusty, gray and WHITE rock. We wonder why! We also wonder which crater you went into. Some of us own obsidian too … we wonder if you could find it lying on the ground in the New Zealand crater too. Is this volcanic crater a popular tourist attraction? We wonder why tourists are not allowed to pick the obsidian in the crater. We love the story about how you gathered your collection of scree by descending the crater! That must have been fun!

      We think the iron sand is really cool. About half of our class has actually seen it. Mrs. Renton’s father visited the Queen Charlotte Islands, in British Columbia, and found a very black beach full of iron sand as well. We love the way when you touch it with a magnet the sand hangs down like little hairs from the magnet!

      One of our bloggers knows a TON about volcanoes … and he was telling us that the reason there are so many black sandy beaches in Hawaii is because of the pahoehoe! Most of us have never actually SEEN pahoehoe before. Another blogger said that most of the beaches in Italy are black. Too bad he didn’t have a MAGNET with him on this amazing trip … he could have been walking on a magnetic beach!

      Some of us think it’s really funny that when you walk on ‘a’a … that WOULD be the sound you would make! We just think volcanoes are SO exciting … how some of the rocks can be LIGHT because they’ve cooled so quickly … and how some are so heavy because they aren’t filled with gas bubbles and they’ve probably taken a lot longer to cool.

      The crater in New Zealand looks SO high up … some of us would be SO afraid of falling in. You played a funny trick on the students you were with. Good thing they knew you really well … and knew that you were JOKING!

      Ross, if you have been close to an erupting volcano, even in its QUIETER times, weren’t you SCARED? Did you have to wear a mask to keep you safe from the gases? Did you have to wear a fireproof suit too?
      You sound VERY busy Ross. We feel SO lucky that you take the time to share your learning and knowledge with us because you have so many other projects on the go. You sound a little like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with all the amazing CDs and DVDs you work on for schools and performers.

      Mrs. Renton also only started blogging half way through last year! We have something in common – we are very new bloggers too. You seem like a professional blogger to us, though!

      We can’t wait to check out the fossil comment you left for us. We are sorry it has been taking us so long to respond to your amazing comments, Ross. We are trying to catch up on our comments as they have come in … and won’t even do another blog post UNTIL we’re caught up. We really think it’s important for us to take our time to answer each comment that is left for us carefully and thoughtfully. Our readers are VERY important to us. 😉

      Ross, thank you SO much for being one of our very special readers!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      PS We cannot WAIT to get to the fossil page you sent us. Mrs. Renton gave us a “sneak peak” at the surprise dinosaur “fossil”. Be prepared for a WHOLE bunch more questions!!! 😉

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross! (Ross’s Extended Comment)

      Link to Global Grade 3 Blog Post Lessons from a Dot:

      You are RIGHT! Dot Day DID start a “chain reaction” for a LOT of people, including us! “Just Another Dot” was AWESOME … and BRILLIANT! Thank you for your special Dot Day video. We LOVED how ONE smile can spread out to become MILLIONS of smiles. When people smile, it means they’re happy. We think MORE people should share the gift of a smile. It’s FREE … and it MAKES peoples’ days! Mrs. Renton just told us that it reminds her of the story Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed … and she has promised to read it to us. It is ALSO about “chain reactions”!

      We LOVED that you wrote individual comments to EACH of us! We know that it would have taken a TON of time to write this comment and we are VERY grateful to you for helping us to feel HEARD with our global audience!

      You are right – a squiggle makes a mark … it makes a pattern … it becomes a smile and it CAN make the world a more positive place. Every time you leave a comment for us, you make your mark, Ross.

      We bet it was hard having to leave the teaching world, especially since you dreamed of being a teacher ever since you were seven years old. Some of us think that we know, at EIGHT years old, what we would like to be when we are older:

      • Art teacher
      • Football player
      • Hockey player
      • Pilot
      • Volcanologist
      • Veterinarian
      • Soccer player
      • Basketball player
      • Astronaut
      • Lawyer
      • Teacher

      We think, though, that you have lived by your words, Ross. You had a challenge, you had to leave teaching because of your health … and … you found a way AROUND that road block. You teach us EVERY time you leave us one of your amazing comments. Thank you for persevering and for finding ANOTHER way to continue teaching!

      Thanks for saying that we have inspired you through our blog posts! Mrs. Renton told us a little about some of the people you follow and shared with LAST year’s Global Grade 3s. It is inspiring to know that there are people out there … everyday people … who are working toward making a difference in the world … one step at a time.

      Mrs. Renton has that SAME quote on the desktop of her computer. We see it every morning when we walk into the classroom. We think that it doesn’t just have to be about journeys … it is a quote that would work with ANY challenge you are faced with!

      We like how you look at problems. You don’t give up … you don’t say “I can’t”. You look for ways to MAKE it happen. You are an awesome role-model for us! That was GREAT thinking on YOUR part to flip the video upside-down to get the footage you needed for the teacher to share with parents.

      Before we go, Ross, we DESPERATELY want to know how you make the nose on your SMILEY face! We will do everything in our POWER to continue to pass your smiley face on … we already love to sign all our replies with one! It makes us feel so good to spread the power of the SMILE! 🙂

      Thank you for inspiring us, Ross! Check back … we are getting ready to write a post about the International Rights of the Child VERY soon!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Global Grade 3,

        I can’t see my reply to your first reply on volcanoes so I am wondering if I had passed on the extended comment link I prepared so I could share some extra volcanic information and photos. To make certain I did send the link, here it is again…

        For the above reply to my comment…

        I suppose if I added up the time I take on some comments it might be quite a total but I don’t always think about time when I’m involved with comments, especially ones where my mind starts filling with ideas to share. I sometimes surprise myself with some thoughts brought to mind by a post by a student or class. I suppose it comes from being interested in many things in our world. I’ve never lost the excitement about learning new, interesting things, especially if I can share the discoveries with others.

        Hard to leave teaching… Yes, I still miss having a class of my own, watching my students grow and seeing their eyes light up when we were learning something unexpected. Only a few days ago, a student I taught in Grade 3 and 4 saw me. He told me he was sitting for his final school exams and hoped to go into IT. He said it had been being in my class that started his interest in IT.
        It was hard leaving but I have great memories and now am able to be a part of classes around the world even if only through my computer.

        What you would like to be… What a great collection of goals in life. The best part is many of these cannot only be careers but hobbies as well.

        Teacher/ Art teacher – Having the ability to help others learn is a great choice especially if we have a love for what we teach. Of course, you are already teachers each time you help a friend or younger brother or sister learn how to do something. Teachers may be there to guide your learning but all teachers know we can also learn from our students.

        Football / hockey / basketball player – It can be hard to be in elite teams as the competition for places can be hard yet people who have the will and ability can achieve great things. The best part is we can play sports no matter our age and we can coach teams when we want to share skills. I have known top Australian footballers and cricketers who not only represented Australia but also had other jobs including, teaching, law and medicine.

        Pilot – As a profession or as an amateur, what a choice to make. I have been a passenger in planes from huge international jets to small two and four seater planes. I’ve been a passenger in a number of helicopters and seen hang gliders soaring around the skies but I haven’t had the opportunity to learn to be a pilot. Staring from windows, I’ve always loved the dappled patterns clouds make on the ground below and the feel of the take off and landing.

        Volcanologist – You already know that’s an amateur interest of mine. I’ve only been in and on a few but would love to one day explore more. Our active world makes such an incredible planet.

        Veterinarian – While at university I studied animal behaviour and physiology. I was able to have access to Sydney’s main zoo to observe animals. Caring for animals can be a great joy so the career of a vet is a good one. Of course, you can always volunteer to help animals. Volunteers who handle a range of Australian reptiles, mammals and birds, run an animal sanctuary near my home. I’ve taken many a photo there.

        Astronaut – Imagine being the first to set foot on Mars. I still remember sitting in front of our small black and white TV and watching Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I know one-day flights into space will become available to the general public and I’m sure you have seen recent reports on the man who now holds a record for parachuting. What an experience!

        Lawyer – Laws can be confusing for the average person. This is why lawyers are so important. They help us when there is a need whether it’s signing contracts, buying a house or appearing in court.

        The nose on the smiley face… Sometimes it can be easier to hand draw then scan a graphic but, at the time I created that smiley face, I was using Photoshop. Here is a link to show you what I did…

        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hi Ross!

          We are getting closer and closer to being caught up with all the wonderful comments our readers leave behind!

          Ross, we KNOW that it must have been very difficult to leave teaching … but we all think you really HAVEN’T left. Mrs. Renton completely agrees with you … having a class of your very own is TRULY special. We think that YOU are lucky, too, because you have classrooms all OVER the world! You are like our teacher on the other side of the world and we LOVE that! Thank you for helping Mrs. Renton inspire us!

          We love that you took the time to explain how to make your awesome smiley face. We think you must LOVE being creative! We all agree that it is AWESOME that you share your creativity with classrooms around the world so that they may use your work and not be afraid of breaking copyright laws. We talked about copyright laws and we think they are fair because if people DON’T want others to take their work without permission their work should be protected.

          The smiley face must have taken a TON of time to create. Now that we know we are free to use it, if we want, and we are VERY excited!

          We tried to use it in this comment, but graphics won’t show up for us! We will DEFINITELY use it in a blog post!

          Thanks for inspiring us and for teaching us, Ross! We feel lucky to have ANOTHER teacher who cares about our learning!

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

          • Ross Mannell

            Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

            Much catching up is being done with my blog commenting.

            With no other filming projects booked for the year I might be able to turn to other tasks such as scanning around 40 years of photos, slides and negatives or perhaps digitise my record library or maybe write some stories for fun or draw some pictures. I even have thoughts of trying to create some music for titles and credits in the DVDs I make.

            I hadn’t really thought about it but I suppose I do love being creative.

            Copyright, as you have learned, is an important issue we must consider. The creators of anything have spent time and thought in what they produce. For many, it’s the way they make a living. Without receiving payment, they may not be able to create anything else. What a loss to the world that could be.

            I decided it would be a good idea to create a series of video clips, audio, photos and graphics schools and students could use without worrying about copyright. This meant adding permission in my blogs under anything I am offering so students know they can use them.

            I hope to replace any of the blogged graphics not belonging to me with my own. This will take time. You have seen some on my Extended Comments blog but there are others on my story writing blog where I often write very short stories for 100 word challenges and on other blogs I have.

            Did the smiley face take a ton of time to create? I don’t really know because I can sometimes be lost in the time it takes to make something new whether it’s a graphic or an extended comment.

            With the recently finished DVDs and CDs for a choir and dance school, I wondered how long it took me to assemble one double CD. The disks and covers were all printed so it was simply a matter of cutting out the graphics, folding, and inserting them in the double CD case then adding the disks.

            I started a stopwatch and found one double CD took only a few seconds short of five minutes to put together. I had to make 70 CD sets so that is around 350 minutes or 5 hours and 50 minutes. The DVDs are simpler and only take around 2 or 3 minutes to assemble.

            Most projects involve only me from filming and editing through to graphics design, printing and delivering disks although this project involved a sound engineer and his recordings to improve the quality of sound for the CDs and DVDs. I began to realise this latest project from filming to delivering the CDs and DVDs has taken me something around 150 hours to complete.

            Have you ever noticed how quickly time seems to pass when you enjoy what is being done?

            If you can find something you love or love doing in life, no matter the amount of time spent on its tasks, you’ll be able to look back at what you have achieved and be able to say it was time well spent. If this involves helping others in some way then others will join you in saying your time was well spent, you have made a difference. 🙂

            Keep blogging. 🙂

            Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  4. Alexia

    Hi grade 3 I am in grade 4 and I had your teacher last year. Your video was superb .I hope you in joy the rest of grade3! 😉

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Alexia!

      The new Battalion Hawk Bloggers are THRILLED to have last year’s Battalion Park Bloggers checking in on the blog and leaving comments for us! It tells us how much you all enjoyed the classroom blog while you shared YOUR learning with the world last year! Thank you for telling us that you enjoyed the video – it was a TON of fun to make! We are excited to see where this journey will take us this year. Soon, we will be Skyping with Ashli to find out about her work in Peru over the Summer months! We sure hope you keep checking back to find out MORE about how our work in Peru is proceeding!

      Mrs. Renton (on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers) 🙂

  5. AJ


    I know i’m in your class, but I thought it would be cool to leave a comment on the blog! I like the blog. I also think you know that already.Don’t you like it?


    • Laurie Renton

      Hi AJ!

      I am SO glad to hear that you are enjoying our classroom blog! I am glad that you decided to leave us a comment. I KNOW how much you love blogging because you always do such a NICE job of sharing ideas while we are responding to the comments that our readers leave for us! I absolutely love blogging too. I think the BEST part about blogging is flattening the walls of our classroom and learning from other people around the world through their comments! What part do YOU enjoy the most about having a classroom blog?

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  6. Joyce

    Well, like AJ ‘s comment, I like to send a comment to the class too!

    • Laurie Renton

      Good morning, Joyce!

      I am glad that you are enjoying our blog! What do you like MOST about being able to connect with the world on our classroom blog?

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

      • Joyce

        Hi Mrs. Renton

        I am so sorry that I didn’t reply to your comment, because I didn’t really have enough time to do it, I just was so worried that my paper doll wasn’t finish so I had to find a time to do it!

        I like to be able to connect with the world in are classroom blog is hearing the newest news and adding my comments!

        I loved to blog when I have time to!!! Do you know what? I visited the two NEW BLOGS at night! I hope you reply soon!

        • Laurie Renton

          Hi Joyce!

          I am so glad that you were able to find some time to check the blog out this evening! Don’t feel badly that you haven’t had time. Our nights are all so busy! I am thrilled to hear that you are working on your “global child”! I CAN’T wait to see it! I am SURE it will be AWESOME!

          I am thrilled to hear that you are enjoying the classroom blog – me TOO! It has been SUCH a powerful way to learn from others around the world! I would LOVE to hear MORE about the two blogs you visited tonight … were they linked on OUR blog under “blogs we follow”? Remind me, tomorrow, to ask you to share with us when we are at school first thing! How EXCITING!

          Mrs. Renton 🙂

          • Joyce

            Hi Mrs. Renton

            I am pretty shy so can I not share about the two new blogs? I am really sorry if you’re disappointed. I can’t wait to see the writing from Remembrance Day and share with my family. They would love to see it! Can you tell me when it is post? I actually did the comment at night. My mom always check if I have any mistake and if the sentence is good!!!

          • Laurie Renton

            Hi Joyce!

            I am SO glad that you are writing comments on the blog with your mom! There is NO way I would EVER be disappointed, Joyce! I am SO proud of you. I know what it is like to be shy. When I was your age … I wouldn’t have said BOO to ANYONE … and would hardly ever speak in class. It’s hard to believe that I was that shy because I LOVE to talk now! I think I must be making up for “lost” time! Just kidding! I think it gets easier to speak up the older you get. But, I am STILL shy in certain situations! I particularly DON’T like giving presentations … STILL! The new blog is already up – as soon as I got home tonight I added all your comments because I was SO excited about all the wonderful work you all did for the Remembrance Day post today!

            I hope that you get the chance to share how you celebrate Remembrance Day on the blog if you do anything special!

            Mrs. Renton <3

  7. Jayden

    Hi Class!
    Even though I’m in your group my family and I decided to leave a comment. I’m having an AMAZING time blogging with you this year. The dot story inspiered me a lot. This will be a GREAT year!
    Remember make YOUR mark and don’t give up because life can be hard , but if you PERSEVERE it will not be hard!

    Shane and Jayden

    • Laurie Renton

      Good morning, Jayden!

      Thank you for leaving such an awesome comment on our classroom blog! You are right. The Dot is an inspiring story! I KNOW it’s going to be an amazing year. What are you looking forward to the MOST? What do you enjoy about flattening our classroom walls? I love that, together, we WILL make a mark! We will persevere through thick and through thin … we’ve ALREADY begun this process by working through our borax CRYSTAL challenges!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  8. natasha

    Hi grade 3 bloggers,

    This is Natasha I was in Mrs.Rentons class last year! I really enjoyd it last year I hope you do too!!! It is amazing how a dot or an actoin can change your life. An actoin sure changed mine! Ever since I was littile I always sang, now that im older I got singing lessons and even if a note was to high I persivered and did my best!!! Now im better at singing and I can hit higher notes.

    I hope you have a great year,


    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Natasha!

      We’re glad that you are still checking out the blog! It must mean that you really enjoyed blogging last year! We are enjoying it too because it is fun and we get to share our learning with the world. We didn’t know that a dot or an action could change your life either until we started learning with Mrs. Renton! The Dot is a great book … it is very inspiring! We’ve heard that Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed and the Bucket books are really good … Mrs. Renton has promised to read them to us! Many of us have musical talents too, such as piano, drums, guitar, flute, recorders … but … none of us take singing lessons. Maybe, when you get older and even better you can go on The Voice! We would vote for you! Mrs. Renton told us about how you would write your own songs and sing them last year! Wow!

      We all hope you have an AWESOME year TOO!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      • Saskia, Natasha's Mom

        hi im sory i havnt been able to comment on the blog in a while iv been so busy! I might actually be on tv when im older! If the musicains in your class try hard they could become famouse. The bucket books are also verry inspiring to .The book im reading rite now is called The Girl That Coud Fly it is about a girl that can fly but the only way she can is by saying to to herself that she can do it …and…she dose!!! It reninded me of the story of the little train all he had to do was trust himself and say ithink i can i think i can i know i can. It all makes sence you just have to believe and you can do it!!! Your amaginatoin is apart of that to, you can imagine it then have it hapenn if you try. When you thik it or dream it you should feel like its acshualy happining in your mind it can get connfusing though. If your imaginatoin carrys you to far you can get scare and you remember its not real! We call them bad dreams, they can start off good but then become terrible.

        I hope you have fun this year.


        • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

          Hi Natasha!

          Thank you for your thoughtful comment! Sorry it took us SO long to reply to you … we have been really, really, REALLY backed up on comments. And, as you know, we think it’s VERY important to reply to each and EVERY person who leaves a comment for us. We TRY to make sure that we answer them in the order they’ve come in, but, every once in a while a group of Battalion Hawk Bloggers takes on the job of answering a few on their own. Then, of course, we get a little out of order because some of the comments are easier to reply to than others on our own … and some, like ROSS’S, we need to do ALTOGETHER because there is SO much to explore when he leaves his extended comments for us. 🙂

          Mrs. Renton STILL hasn’t read any of the Bucket books to us yet! She has promised … but there is just SO much to do and there has been NO time to get to them. We’ve read a lot of OTHER really awesome books, though, like If the World Were a Village, A Life Like Mine, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed … and … NEXT … One Hen!

          You are right! If you believe in yourself … you CAN accomplish your dreams! Some dreams are easier to accomplish than others … but … perseverance and hard work can truly pay off. Do you think the guy in England who created the World Wide Web EVER thought it would end up growing this BIG? We wonder what HIS dreams for the the World Wide Web were when he FIRST started to think about it!

          This morning, Mrs. Renton found a BEAUTIFUL quote that fits with your comment PERFECTLY:

          “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
          ~Pablo Picasso

          We think that CAN’T shouldn’t be in our vocabulary. The ONLY time you CAN’T is when you haven’t TRIED! Keep checking back, Natasha … we LOVE that last year’s Grade Three Bloggers are still keeping in touch!

          The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  9. Davis and Renelle

    I’m proud of these courageous grade three’s . The learning journey will be successful with this wonderful group. Enjoy. We look forward to visiting the blog soon. Davis and I are really enjoying the blog.
    Davis and Renelle

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Davis and Renelle!

      Thank for leaving a comment for us! Is the reason you say we are courageous because we have been writing about the Rights of the Child? Thank you for telling us that we are courageous!

      We are enjoying the blog too! We like it for a lot of reasons! Some of us are WILD about checking out the new flags we are collecting! We like the voki a LOT because it makes us laugh … the voice is so funny and it is fun watching the eyes move when the cursor moves! We like answering comments and learning from the people who leave us comments! We are glad that you are going to keep checking the blog out!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  10. Rebecca


    I’m so exited to be in Battalion Park School! We’ve done SO much things for the last couple of months! My absolut FAVOURITE one was, you could probably geuss, THE DOT!!! 🙂 It was SO much fun making our dots,and I LOVE that Animoto video! I have a triple doggy dare for you! (I’ll tell you at school tomorrow!)

    Well, that’s all for now,


    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Rebecca!

      I am thrilled to hear that you are happy at Battalion Park! Me too! It has certainly been a couple of VERY busy months … it is hard for me to believe that it is actually the end of November! Time is going just TOO quickly! I vote for adding SATURDAY as an EXTRA day of school! 😉

      Doing The Dot was magical. I really enjoyed that too. Hmm. I can’t WAIT to hear about your Triple Doggy Dare!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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