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Greetings from Gail

October 4, 2013

sme10413Samuel Morey focuses on five core concepts which assist in developing caring, responsible individuals. They are: caring, responsibility, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, belong/citizenship. Character education is a school-wide effort to create a community where positive traits are modeled, taught, expected, celebrated and continuously practiced. We reinforce them whenever we're reading about characters in books, people we're studying in social studies, events that take place or current events.

Each class will be responsible for a core concept: to present to the rest of the school.

  • sme101013-2Kindergarten and First Grade: Caring, Karina from the Spanish for caring is the KANGAROO who has a seemingly endless supply of "things" inside her pouch, including a special box of little hearts for children she meets on her travels. •
  • Second Grade: Responsibility, Ansvar from the Norwegian for responsible is the ELEPHANT with colorful ribbons tied around his trunk and tail to help him remember his responsibilities.
  • Third Grade: Respect, Austus from the Estonian for respect is the LION who is confident that respect is one of the highest qualities one can have—for nature, for others and for oneself.
  • Fourth Grade: Fairness, Guisto from the Italian for fair is the GIRAFFE who always tries to do what's right. Guisto uses his long neck to see all sides of any issue and has a gentle way of helping others do the same.
  • Fifth Grade: Trustworthiness, Shinral from the Japanese for trust is the CAMEL who always keeps her promises, always does what she says she'll do and is loyal, honest and punctual.
  • Sixth Grade: Belonging/Citizenship, Kupa from the Hawaiian for citizen is the BEAR who considers herself a citizen of the world. A philosopher and poet, she believes that we are all part of the same family and must do our share to help each other.

Each class will be responsible for learning what their concept looks and sounds like through class discussions, read alouds and other classroom activities. Each class will then teach the rest of the school about their core concept at our community meetings. Today at community meeting we had great presentations by kindergarten, first and fourth grade. The other grades will present on October 25th.

 

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