International Dot Day: An update from Art teacher Samantha O’Connor- Knights in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade celebrated international Dot Day as they re-explored The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Knights took a closer look at what it means to have a growth mindset, and then were encouraged to “make their mark” through colorful markers and water on coffee filter “dots” for a stained glass and watercolor look (3rd grade), collaborative oil pastel dots on black paper (4th grade), and colorful tin foil low relief sculpture dots (5th grade). Mr. Katoen’s 2nd grade class also read The Dot, and made their mark cutting geometric shapes in primary colors for a mosaic. I have enjoyed being a mystery reader in many classrooms, and particularly enjoyed my read aloud of The Dot. In the story, Vashti, the main character, thought she couldn’t draw. But when her Art teacher encouraged her to simply “make a mark on paper and see where it takes [her],” Vashti makes a dot. When she notices that her art teacher hung her dot above her desk, Vashti challenges herself to make bigger and better dots. In the end, all of Vashti’s creative dots end up inspiring another classmate. Our Knights were reminded that they all hold the power to succeed and grow in many areas of school and life. All it takes is a little bit of effort and practice!