Hopeful Happenings

Christensen Elementary | OCTOBER 2022

We Believe - We Connect - We Time Travel


I am a Kid at Hope!

I am talented, smart, and capable of success.

I have dreams for the future, and I will climb to reach those goals and dreams every day.

All kids are capable of success, no exceptions!


As an adult and a Treasure Hunter, I am committed to search for all the talents, skills and intelligence that exist in all children and youth. I believe that all children are capable of success, no exceptions!

Hope Happens Here!

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Spreading Hope Across Christensen

Monthly Focus: Education & Career

This month's hope focus highlights one of the four time travel destinations: Education & Career.

In elementary school, it can be challenging to think so far ahead about what you want to do for a living. A good place to start is to think about things you like to do and know how to do. What are you interested in? What makes it fun for you to learn? What is important to you? What do you want to learn to do? What do you already know how to do? If you can answer these questions, it could lead you down a path of different skills to learn and jobs to try.

This month, spend some time exploring what you like to do (interests) and what you know how to do (skills) and see where they fit into a job or career!

Cultural Connections: Honoring Hispanic/Latino/a/x Heritage

"Puedes cortar todas las flores pero no puedes evitar que llegue la primavera." ~ Pablo Neruda

Many notable Hispanic/Latino/a/x figures have brought hope to their countries and the world through their professional work, personal passions, and character. One such figure was Pablo Neruda, who did so through his poetry and written work.

Pablo Neruda was a world-renowned Chilean poet. Born in Parral, Chile, as Ricardo Neftali Reyes, Neruda developed a love for literature at a very young age. While his father wanted him to study mathematics and become a teacher, Pablo was set on writing. He would send his poetry to local magazines, which were published under a name he gave himself, Pablo Neruda. This name was a combination of two poets whose work he admired: Paul Verlaine and Jan Neruda. When he was 16 years old, Neruda attended the University of Chile and studied French to honor his parents' dreams for him to become a teacher. While at university, he delved deep into his passion for poetry, publishing his first book in 1923, Crepusculario. Neruda's work grew and he became more and more famous for his poetry over many years. His literary work received one of the highest honors when he was awared the Nobel Prize in literature in 1971.

Neruda is considered one of the most important and widely read poets of the 1900s, as he wrote on many topics that people could relate and connect with: love, war, historical events, nature, people native to his country, and simple things. He wrote in Spanish, and much of his work has been translated in several different languages. Many of his poems have been used in movies and music. He also fought his whole life for the freedom of others.

In addition to his influential work in the literary world, Pablo Neruda had some unique collections. He was a collector of seashells, having one of the largest collections in the world at one time. He also collected model ships and bottles.


  • The opening quote by Pablo Neruda reads, "You can cut all the flowers, but you can't keep Spring from coming." What does that mean in relation to hope?

  • Where did hope guide Neruda's path in life? How did he grow hope in his life?

  • How did Neruda bring hope to others?
Join the Celebración! | Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song | Animated Music Video

What's Your Hope Score?

Knowing your hope score is the foundation for building more hope in your life. Remember, hope is a skill that can be grown and strengthened. Your hope score will help you understand where you need to focus to grow more hope. Click the button below to learn your hope score!

Kids at Hope Have Strong Character!

Character Trait of the Month: RESPECT
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October is Bullying Prevention Month

A Kid at Hope is a kid who accepts, includes, and shows kindness to all. A Kid at Hope is a kid who stands up to bullying behavior respectfully and safely. A Kid at Hope is a kid who creates a bully-free school through their words and actions.

Click on the poster below for helpful learning for both you and your student on how to stand up to bullying.

Click the buttons below the poster for more understanding on bullying and what to do when it happens.