Character Education
September: Respect
The character trait for the month of September is respect. The students will be learning how to show respect for themselves, others and property. The students will also practice cooperation, respect for authority, courtesy, tolerance, listening to others, and the "golden rule".


October: Responsibility
The character trait for the month of October is responsibility. Responsibility is defined as being accountable for one's own behavior. Please discuss with your child that having a good work ethic and a positive attitude, being dependable and trustworthy, making good choices, and displaying self-control are all key characteristics of a responsible student.



November: Honesty
The character trait for the month of November is honesty. Honesty is defined as being truthful in word and action. Please discuss with your child that showing integrity, trustworthiness and reliability are all key characteristics of an honest student.


December: Caring
The character trait for the month of December is caring. Caring is defined as showing concern for the well being of others. Please discuss with your child that showing kindness, generosity, compassion, patience and empathy are all key characteristics of a caring student.


January: Justice and Fairness
The character traits for the month of January are Justice and Fairness. Students will learn to treat others the way they would like to be treated. Students will learn to talk things out, listen to each other, compromise, treat others fairly, take turns and to tell the truth.



February: Citizenship
The character trait for the month of February is citizenship. Citizenship is defined as being responsible and caring participants of the classroom and community.



March: Courage
The character trait for the month of March is courage. This month we will focus on doing the right thing in the face of difficulty and following our conscience instead of the crowd. Students will gain a greater understanding of facing challenges, overcoming fears, overcoming failure and creating new beginnings.



April: Perseverance
The character trait for the month of April is perseverance. Perseverance is described as staying on task and not giving up, demonstrating commitment and pride in one's efforts, as well as having a positive attitude while completing challenging tasks.



May: Hope
The character trait for the month of May is hope. Hope is demonstrated by believing in yourself, setting goals and pursuing your dreams. You can be successful!



"Paws"
On the first Wednesday of every month, our class will participate in the Selwyn "Paws" Character Education program. Mrs. Reading and one of her dogs will come to our class to discuss the monthly character trait. Mrs. Reading will continue to make monthly visits throughout the year to help the students better understand the CMS character traits and to model how the students can incorporate these traits into their daily lives. The students love to see which dog will be visiting us next and enjoy hearing Mrs. Reading's stories of how her dogs have learned and use the character traits in their own lives.