Ms. Bender's Weekly Reflections

Reflection Number One:
 
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul.
-  GK Chesterton 
 
Reflection Number Two:
 
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
- George S Patton
 
Reflection Number Three:
 
"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
 
- Isak Dinesen
 
Reflection Number Four:
 
" I like to listen.  I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.  Most people never listen."
 
- Ernest Hemingway
 
Reflection Number Five:
 
"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
 
- Christopher Columbus 
 
Reflection Number Six:
 
"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."
 
- Author Unknown
 
Make a list of all the things in your life that are positive.  Reflect on this daily -- as we should always stay focused on the things that make you smile. 
 
Reflection Number Seven:
 
"The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed."
 
Laugh today and reflect on the things that make you laugh. 
 
Reflection Number Eight:
 
"Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows."
- Robert Green Ingersoll 
 
Reflection Number Nine:
 
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."
- J. F. Kennedy 
 
Reflection Number Ten:
 
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
- Francis of Assisi 
 
Reflection Number Eleven:
 
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
- Oprah Winfrey
 
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie 
 
Reflection Number Twelve:
 
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our Thanksgiving."
- W.T. Purkiser
 
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy 
 
Reflection Number Thirteen:
 
"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts." 
 
Reflection Number Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen:
 
"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
- Charles Dickens 
 
Reflection Number Seventeen:
 
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Reflection Number Eighteen:
 
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. 
 
Reflection Number Nineteen:
 
"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson  
 
Reflection Number Twenty:
 
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 
 
Reflection Number Twenty One:
 
"Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority."
- Vince Lombardi
 
1. Describe the most important point revealed to you during your Grade Assembly last week.
2. Suggest one way that we can support you in reaching your goals.
 
Reflection Number Twenty Two:
 
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Convey the meaning behind this message from Martin Luther King Jr. 
 
Reflection Number Twenty Three:
 
"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
How can you use and relate to the message from the anti-bullying assembly and apply it to this quote? 
 
Reflection Number Twenty Four:
 
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble.  Courage is the foundation of integrity."
- Keshavan Nair

Describe your definition of courage and how it is relevant to integrity. 
 
Reflection Number Twenty Five:
 
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
- Mother Teresa
 
How do you relate to this quote in regards to the "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser?  Illustrate the significance of this sentiment by drawing a picture. 
 
Reflection Number Twenty Six:
 
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
- George S. Patton
 
How you approach a challenging task can influence how successful the outcome will be. Describe your greatest victory. 
 
Reflection Number Twenty Seven:
 
"Education breeds confidence.  Confidence breeds hope.  Hope breeds peace."
- Confucius

Describe how education, confidence, hope and peace is linked from day-to-day at Cavallaro. 
 
Reflection Number Twenty Eight:
 
"Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers.  Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul."
- Luther Burbank
 
The first thing I think about when I reflect upon this quote is that we have to create our own happiness.  We have to find it within ourselves.  If we can find our own happiness, then we can impact those around us.
 
Reflection:  Describe your happiest moment. 
 
Reflection Number Thirty Two: 
 
"An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough.  One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant for the soul of the child."
- C. G. Jung
 
Take this week to write a thank you letter, card, or note to a teacher whose warm heart has brightened your days and brought education to life. 
 
Reflection Number Thirty Three:
 
"Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow.  The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing." 
- Abraham Lincoln
 
Describe what you think Abraham Lincoln meant by this statement.  Give an example.
 
Reflection Number Thirty Four:
 
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
- Joseph Campbell

What does Memorial Day mean to you? 
 
Reflection Number Thirty Five:
 
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
- Joseph Campbell

What does Memorial Day mean to you? 
 
Reflection Number Thirty Six:
 
"Seek opportunities to show you care.  The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference."
- John Wooden
 
Reflection Number Thirty Seven:
 
"Seek opportunities to show you care.  The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference."
- John Wooden 
 
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