This book was written and illustrated by the Woodsters 2012-2013. The words on
the pages that follow capture what it means to be a Woodster and how we live
each day. Please enjoy our book and remember to be a Purple Cow!
Aidan Amado!! ! ! ! ! ! Cole Volhejn
Samantha Arnitz! ! ! ! ! ! Cameron White
Madison Carroll! ! ! ! ! ! Connor Wrobbel
Katie Cole! ! ! ! ! ! ! Mitchell Zanon
A is for Awesome-est
“Be the Awesome-est” means be the best you
can be at everything you do. Like when you have
a hard test you don’t give up, you be the best
you can be at it. So be the Awesome-est you can
B is for Be the Change
Be the change you wish to see
means to lead. To lead others in
the right direction, think about
the change you want other people
to see and think about the
influence and effect you have on
others. To create change you need
to show it yourself, that way it
will spread to others.
C is for Conﬁdent
Be confident means, that you
don't give up and you keep on
trying. You have to believe that
you can do it, and you have to
fight through even if it is really
hard. Never give up. You have
to believe that you can do it
and don’t be afraid to try
D is for Drive
Drive means to go into something believing in yourself feeling confident even in hard things.
You never want to give up. You may feel lazy and weak some days but you still have to go
into it strong and hard. It’s better to believe than not, because believing can affect your
results. Have a drive every day!
E is for Energy
Energy is bouncing off the walls. If you don’t have any
energy, you won’t be able to get up and do anything. If
you do have energy you can do ANYTHING! You can
get energy by eating healthy. Then you will not have a
grouchy day at school.
F is for “Fall down, 7 times, Stand up
“Fall down 7 times, stand up 8,” means if you fail you
have to stand back up and try it over again. For
example, if you play a sport and if you miss a goal,
you try to get it the next time. Or in school if you're
struggling with solving a problem, keep trying.
G is for Grit
Grit means to have a fight.
Always have a fire in your
belly. Never give up. A time
when you need to have a grit
is when you have really hard
work to do, you need that
fight with you.
H is for Hard is Fun
Hard is fun... Say you are playing a board
game, if its easy don’t just keep playing get
something harder so it will challenge you. You
will get a little bit better every second.
If you have an easy math problem like 1+3, do
a harder one like
Easy is boring, HARD IS FUN.
I is for “I canʼt is a bad word.”
I can’t is a bad word means to never give up
and to keep going. Never say “I can’t,”
instead say, “I can!”
J is for Jump in with Two
Don’t just dip your toe in the water,
jump in with two feet! Take a risk
everyday to try something new, even if
you’re unsure. Who knows, if you jump
in with two feet, you might find
something you’re good at and
K is for Keep Trying
Keep trying means never give up even if
you don’t get it. If you ever fail just keep
trying; ask questions, do your best, and
keep going and you’ll succeed!
L is for Leader
Being a leader means standing up
for what you believe in even if
you're the only one standing. It
also means don’t follow someone
who is being bossy to you, but
lead yourself. To be a leader,
lead people in the right
direction, not in the wrong. Don’t
be pushy about it, be fair to
M is for Make Today a Masterpiece
Make today a masterpiece means to make every day the best it can be. It also means to be
your best every day at every time. Also, when you’re making the day a masterpiece you have
to come across some challenges. You can make today a masterpiece by doing the best you
N is for Never Ending
Never ending means to never stop
trying 110% when you're doing your
work. It also means to never stop trying.
Never ending means when you’re done
you’ve just begun. Never ending means
you can always add more.
O is for Open Mind
Keep an open mind means that you should always try something new. If you don’t
think you will like it, give it a shot. You might actually begin to like that activity. It
also means you should never give up and always do you best.
P is for Purple Cow
Purple cow means to do your best and
stand out. Purple cow means to be
remarkable. Be yourself, make someone
stop and appreciate you and your work.
Q is for Questions
If you ask QUESTIONS it makes
a difficult task easier. Have you
ever had to do something and
could not ask QUESTIONS? How
much harder was it to do
something without asking?
Never be afraid to ask.
R is for Remarkable
To be remarkable is to stand
out and be yourself.
S is for Stand Out
Stand out means to always have a
moment to be in the spotlight and
show that you’re awesome. Don’t
stay in the background, seek the
T is for Take a Risk
Take a risk means to do something
you're uncomfortable doing. Take a
risk means to jump in with 2 feet
and don't be scared. Take a risk
means to be proud when you do
something you’re afraid of. Take a
risk by doing something others are
afraid of doing. Take a risk today,
tomorrow, and forever.
U is for Understand
UNDERSTAND means think hard
and you will understand. Ask
questions if you don’t understand.
If you really try, you can do it!
V is for Valuable
Valuable means you are
important to people that know
you. Without you, the group
would be missing an important
part of the family. So be
valuable every day!
W is for Work Together
Work together means that you treat
others fairly and share each others’
thoughts. When we work together, big
things happen! When you work together,
you are a true Purple Cow!
X is for eXcitement
Excitement means to get excited when you
do something good. Celebrate your success
and the success of others.
Y is for You are You and that is Awesome!
You are you and that’s awesome means you are awesome just the way you are. So don’t
change who you are to make others like you. Just be yourself, they will like you just the way
Z is for Zipping Around
Zipping around the classroom means to do your best and help all of your classmates. They will
believe in you and rely on you more. You will have more pride in yourself and will have more
pride in what you do.
To the 2012-2013 Woodsters,
You have grown tremendously throughout the school year. You have
demonstrated uncommon care for others. You have learned to be creative,
innovative and playful when it comes to learning. You have learned to reﬂect on
learning, ask questions and take risks. Above all, you have learned to strive to
be REMARKABLE. You are truly Purple Cows in our eyes. You are the Awesome-est!
It has been a pleasure learning along side of you this school year. Mrs. J and I
appreciate how you rose to every occasion and pushed yourself. You have pushed
us to become more uncommon, creative, innovative, playful, curious,
reﬂective and remarkable as teachers. As you leave us today as a Woodster Alum,
we are better teachers for having had you in our class. For that, we thank you from
the bottom of our hearts.
Mr. Wood and Mrs. Jwaskiewicz
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