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On Your MARK … Get SET … GO!

Posted by on September 21, 2013

“MakingΒ your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

~Barack Obama

Welcome to our VERY first blog post as NEW Grade Three bloggers! We are looking forward to connecting with the world this year! We are BRAND new to this, and haven’t even decided what we will CALL ourselves as bloggers. But … we HAD to share our amazing adventure celebrating DOT DAY!

After settling down to enjoy Peter Reynold’s inspiring story The Dot, we had an AWESOME time talking about the deeper meaning behind Vashti’s story and exploring the AMAZING collection of Celebri-Dots! We were SO surprised and THRILLED to see that Commander Chris Hadfield had contributed a dot as WELL!

Commander Chris Hadfield has inspired us in SO many ways!

Commander Chris Hadfield has inspired us in SO many ways!

We hope you enjoy this little video we put together, and we’d LOVE to hear your thoughts about how you make YOUR mark on the world!


Go ahead … MAKE your mark! Be BRAVE … TRY new things … KEEP on GROWING!

We wonder:

  • Have YOU read The Dot?
  • Have you ever been faced with a challenge that you have overcome by PERSEVERING? We’d LOVE to hear about it!

12 Responses to On Your MARK … Get SET … GO!

  1. Ross Mannell

    Hello Global Grade 3 and welcome to your new school year. πŸ™‚

    What a wonderful post to start your journey. Like all good posts, it made me start thinking. How have I made a mark? What dot would I use? Can one person make a difference?

    I prepared an extended comment for you looking at what you shared and the thoughts coming to my mind. It has been around two months since I last added an extended comment to my blog. I have been very busy with other projects but it was a pleasant surprise when I realised the first post after the break goes to a school I know so well. Here is the link…

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

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hello Ross!

      Thank you SO much for putting so much time into an extended comment for our Dot Day post! We LOVED the video you made because it REALLY made us SMILE. We really LIKED how you SNUCK smiley faces into some of the dots as you added more to create a picture! πŸ™‚ Mrs. Renton told us you created a happy face for last year’s bloggers for Dot Day! It was really COOL to hear your VOICE, Ross … most of us have never heard an Australian accent before and we LOVED it! We don’t think WE have accents … but … we wonder if YOU would think we did if you could hear US speaking! (This was a FUN conversation!!!)

      Ross … you are a person that we hardly know … you are on the other side of the world … and yet you took SO much time to write to each and EVERY one of us. It made us EACH feel AMAZING! Thank you! πŸ™‚

      We really like your dot, Ross, because it is different than all the other dots we have seen since reading The Dot! It is cool that you put all the kids you have taught inside your dot.

      Some of us think we would like to be: geologists, teachers, hockey players, dancers, hair dressers, paleontologist, fashion designers, doctors, football players, veterinarians, physio-therapists, inventors, lego designers, scientists, game designers … the list is long!!! We also know that by the time we are grown up … these dreams might change! So … we think it’s COOL that when you were seven you had a dream to become a teacher … and you made it HAPPEN! THAT’S persevering! πŸ™‚

      We wonder how long you were in scouts for? We think it’s neat that you still have your scout’s uniform. Mrs. Renton told us that SHE still has her BROWNIE uniform. *If she can find it … she might bring it in to share with us!

      Thank you SO much for your lovely long extended comment! We hope to see you back again soon!

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

      *To see Ross’s extended comment click HERE!

      • Ross Mannell

        Hello Battalion Bloggers!

        What a week it’s been since your wrote this reply. I released the latest school DVD last Friday and yesterday (Wednesday) I was invited to go whale watching with people from my favourite animal sanctuary, Potoroo Palace. At this time of the year, whales migrate south along our coast to Antarctica for the summer. I would have seen around 20 humpback whales. I will be preparing a post about the whale watching on one of my blogs soon I hope. I’ll let you know when.

        One of the strangest things about the picture was the appearance of the smiley faces. They were accidental and a result of something I call half toning. I was happy someone else noticed them. They made me smile when I saw them. πŸ™‚

        When I was your age, I had ideas of being a steam train driver (they still pulled normal trains back then) or perhaps a fireman but the only idea that really stuck came when I was 7. I wanted to be a teacher. Being a teacher allowed me to explore so many different subjects and share what I learned with others.

        I started as a Cub when I was 7 and ended as a Senior Scout at 18 so I was a Scout for 11 years. I was also a Scout leader for a few years but haven’t been for many years now. I do have many memories and still enjoying being out in our national parks.

        Now, I am about to start on a blog post to give some more information and photos arising from our comments on your “Welcome to Grade Three” post ( post ). I have been able to scan some old 35mm slides to add photos no others have seen for many years. I’ll post a link to it when done.

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

        • The Battalion Bloggers

          Hi Ross!

          Some of us heard on the news about the fires in New South Wales. We hope you are okay! Mrs. Renton told us you are about 500 km south of the fires and that you are okay so far. We hope the wind and the heat won’t push the fires further south.

          We are excited about seeing your blog post about the whales you got to see with the people from Potoroo Palace. Many of us have been lucky enough to see whales at zoos around the world … but SOME of us have been even LUCKIER to see them in the wild. Some of us have seen them in Florida, the Catalina Islands, Hawaii, Tofino, Turks and Caicos Islands, and other places around Vancouver Island!

          We can’t believe that the smiley faces happened on accident … we thought you were being clever by sneaking them into your dot! We guess NOT now!!! We LOVED that the happy faces were a happy ACCIDENT!!!

          We bet that the students that you had were LUCKY to have you as their teacher. We feel pretty lucky to have you as our OTHER teacher on the other side of the world!

          We think it’s cool that you were a scout for ELEVEN years.

          We are looking forward to seeing your slides and photos on the blog post! We can’t wait for the link!

          Stay safe, Ross. We hope the wind and the heat go down … and that the fires get under control quickly!

          The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

  2. AJ

    Hi new Grade 3s!

    You might not know me, but I was one of the last year’s Battalion Hawk Bloggers. You’ll learn things that are SOOOOO fun about the blog. (But I’m not spoiling them for you! πŸ˜‰ ) I see you had shool yesterday. I had a PD day. To tell you, Mrs. Renton is the BEST teacher in the world, so be happy you’re with her. And I’m not kidding.

    This blog post was great! (But not as great as my old classes! πŸ˜‰ When the year goes by, you’ll get better and longer posts.) The animoto was also great.

    This blog has gone a long way over 2 years. I hope you make it even better.


    PS I don’t go to this school, so don’t expect to se me in this school.

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hi AJ!

      Thank you for leaving a comment for us! It makes us feel good that last year’s bloggers still want to check the blog out! That must mean you enjoyed blogging. We wonder what part you liked BEST about blogging? We are SO glad that you didn’t want to spoil the surprise for us!!! We can’t wait to find out MORE about blogging … we are still VERY new to this.

      We think Mrs. Renton is great too … she blushed when you said that … AND when WE said that. She says that SHE is lucky to work with such AWESOME students every year!!! πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for your compliment about our FIRST blog post … we know we will get better as we learn more! How was Dot Day for YOU last year? What was your favourite PART about Dot Day? Did you read Peter Reynold’s book The Dot? What did you think?

      You might be surprised to know that SOME of us REMEMBER you from last year! We sure hope you keep checking BACK … and we look forward to reading the answers to some of our questions!

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

  3. Joyce

    Hi Mrs. Renton and the new grade 3’s,

    I am one of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers. I was in Mrs. Renton’s class last year. I think Mrs. Renton have been teaching you about the blog. The animoto that you guys made was very cool. You all did a very good job on it and I like the firework in the background. You will like to be in Mrs. Renton’s class! Do you like blogging? I like blogging because you can leave a comment, and you can see a lot of people who visit the blog from all over the world. Do you like leaving a comment on the blog?

    Joyce (one of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers)

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hello Joyce!

      Thank you for leaving a comment for us and for your compliments! Your compliments made us feel HAPPY. It’s nice that last year’s students are leaving comments on the blog! It must mean you enjoyed blogging. You did a really nice job of creating your comment!

      We appreciate that you liked our Animoto. We thought the fireworks were PERFECT for that Animoto because they look like dots and we were writing about The Dot for Dot Day!

      So far, we REALLY like leaving comments for other people on the blog. We are still really just learning about how to be bloggers. We hope that we have another post ready to publish soon.

      We wonder: How is Grade Four? What’s your favourite subject and your LEAST favourite subject? πŸ˜‰ What was your favourite SPECIAL activity in Grade Three? We look forward to hearing from you soon!

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

  4. Isaac

    Dear Mrs. Renton,

    I hope you have a very nice thanksgiving.

    Isaac πŸ™‚

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Isaac!

      Thank you for your sweet message! It was nice to see that you were on the blog! Did you share our new post with your family? I hope that you have an AMAZING break! See you Tuesday!

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

  5. jenna and family

    Hi Miss Renton

    We loved reading the new post! πŸ™‚

    We think your a great teacher! πŸ˜‰

    I hope to learn more about blogging

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Jenna and family!

      It was SO nice to see that you visited the blog and left a comment! Thank you for the awesome compliment, Jenna! I feel PRETTY lucky to do what I get to do each and every day!!! I am glad that you enjoyed the new post – I thought you all did SUCH a wonderful job of reflecting on our Skype with Ashli and Zoe! By the end of the year, you will be AMAZED about what you know about blogging!!! What’s your FAVOURITE part SO far?

      Mrs. Renton πŸ™‚

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