Search Staff DirectorySearch Staff Directory (es)

Visit a School WebsiteVisit a School Website (es)

CCSD59.org

English|Español|Polski

Connecting the Dots with Byrd Students and Pediatric Patients

September 16, 2015

On September 15, students at Admiral Byrd Elementary School took perhaps one of the simplest creative forms one can imagine- a dot- and created something extraordinary. In celebration of International Dot Day, first graders at Byrd not only expressed the creativity of students in CCSD59, but also their compassion.

International Dot Day began on September 15, 2009, in honor of the publication anniversary of a book called simply, “The Dot.” The book, written by author Peter H. Reynolds, tells the story of a caring teacher who dares a resistant student to “make her mark”, which begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper. The student, Vashti, sets off on a journey of learning about herself, and the story ends with her inspiring others.

Since 2009, International Dot Day has quickly caught on and is now a day to celebrate creativity, self-expression, bravery, connection, art, sharing, and quite simply, dots. Reynolds himself suggests drawing with dots, looking for dots in everyday life, playing a new instrument, creating something new, or reconnecting the dots with an old friend.

Dot Day was brought to Byrd by first grade teacher Sara Magnafichi, who was inspired by the book and wanted her class to participate. Another first grade class, taught by Ms. Zigman, quickly jumped on board.

To celebrate the spirit of the event, students made no-sew, dot themed blankets for children hospitalized at Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates. Copies of “The Dot”, boxes of crayons, and drawing pads were donated to go along with each blanket.

“The students wanted children in the hospital to know that other children are thinking about them, and to encourage them to be brave,” said Mary Ellen Esser, Admiral Byrd’s Principal.

On Thursday, September 16, Ms. Magnafichi and Ms. Zigman delivered the blankets and other donations to the Alexian Brothers Child Life Team.

Magnafichi added that students feel great compassion for the hospitalized children. “Everyone has been sick before, and many students have visited hospitals for various reasons,” she said.  “What’s better than a comfy blanket, a good book, and new crayons to color with, to assist in helping others feel better, be brave, and make their mark?”

First grade student Kaylee R., who helped make blankets, agreed.  When asked what children receiving the donations would say about them, Kaylee responded, “They would say it’s amazing! And some may think, ‘I don’t like this blanket.’ But, only some.”

To close the circle of events, students entered a Twitter competition that asked what three words best describe what Dot Day is all about. Students from Byrd won the competition, and the class will receive a signed copy of another Peter Reynolds book, “Ish”, as the winning prize.

Their three words? Mindset, strength, and bravery.

  • Christina Hoblin - 59 in :59

    Christina Hoblin - 59 in :59

    Christina Hoblin, who teaches band and orchestra at six of the eleven elementary schools in CCSD59, is someone whose life has always been influenced by…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Community Cares Closet Has Families Covered

    Community Cares Closet Has Families Covered

    Did you know that on average, it is estimated that only 20 to 30 percent of the clothes in a person’s closet are actually worn…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Global Community Committee Spreads Cheer at Juliette Low

    Global Community Committee Spreads Cheer at Juliette Low

    Around CCSD59, each school is celebrating the spirit of the season in their own way, providing students and staff with opportunities to experience the simple…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Salt Creek Students Stock the EGV Food Pantry

    Salt Creek Students Stock the EGV Food Pantry

    A line of kindergarten students stand outside in a long single file line after getting off the school buses, watching the small snowflakes swirling by.…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Forest View Students Get in the Holiday Spirit

    Forest View Students Get in the Holiday Spirit

    During this time of year, the warm spirit of generosity can make the cold winter weather feel a little less frosty. On Thursday, December 8,…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Bill Timmins - 59 in :59

    Bill Timmins - 59 in :59

    Bill Timmins, Assistant Principal at Friendship Junior High, has been with CCSD59 for over a decade. He credits his family's emphasis on education for his…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Cindy Pullen - 59 in :59

    Cindy Pullen - 59 in :59

    For 25 years, Cindy Pullen has been a member of the CCSD59 team. In her various positions and current role as Human Resources Coordinator, she…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Kenyan Student Gets A World-Class Welcome at Devonshire

    Kenyan Student Gets A World-Class Welcome at Devonshire

    “She’s here, she’s here! Which door is she coming in? I’m so nervous. What does she look like?” As the Devonshire second grade students crowded…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Margo Pinns - 59 in :59

    Margo Pinns - 59 in :59

    Margo Pinns, a 5th grade teacher at Salt Creek Elementary School, has always known she wanted to be a teacher. She loved school herself as…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • Friendship Students Take Learning Outside the Classroom

    Friendship Students Take Learning Outside the Classroom

    Taking learning outside of the school classroom walls can provide not only new opportunities, new experiences, and a new perspective, but also be, quite simply,…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • D59 Education Foundation Recognized for Exemplary Character

    D59 Education Foundation Recognized for Exemplary Character

    In CCSD59, the D59 Education Foundation’s work can be seen almost everywhere. From their sponsorship of district-wide events, such as the Back to School Celebration…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)
  • CCSD59 Back-to-School Celebration Kicks Off a New School Year

    CCSD59 Back-to-School Celebration Kicks Off a New School Year

    This past weekend, students and their families joyfully participated in the annual tradition of starting the new school year with the CCSD59 Back to School…

    Continue ReadingContinue Reading (es)