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Virtue of the Month


September: Cooperation

Cooperation is working together for the good of everyone.  It is a willingness to respect others and to follow the rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Cooperation is being helpful to one another, sharing the load. It is joining others in order to do something that cannot be done alone.

October: Respectfulnes

Respect is about an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity. When we are respectful, we treat people the same way we would like to be treated. Respectfulness honours the rules of our family and our school, and allows us to work peacefully with each other.

We can practice Respectfulness by:
- speaking to friends and strangers politely
- knowing when a person needs private space and giving it to them
- remembering not to touch or use someone else’s property without asking first
- keeping our hands to ourselves (except your family!)

November: Friendliness

Friendliness is being a friend and being interested in other people.  It is going out of your way to make others feel welcome.  When you are friendly, you are happy to share your belongings, your time, your ideas, and your feelings. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.

We can practice Friendliness by:
- being kind to someone you don’t know
- smiling at a stranger when you walk down the hallway
- asking a friend how their day is going
- sharing good news (and sometimes not so good news) with friends
- picking up a new friend at the Buddy Bench

December: Generosity

Generosity is about Giving & Sharing. You are giving because you want to give, not because you are expecting something back.  You are generous because you know that there is enough for everyone, so giving to others is easy. Generosity is one of the best ways to show you love and appreciate friends.  When you are generous, other people want to be generous too.

We can practice generosity when:
- we share our toys
- we help our parents set up or clean up at mealtime
- we give money, clothes or food to people we know have less than we do--in our neighbourhood, at school, or in another country
- we show others how to share

January: Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is being worthy of trust. People count on you to do your best, and to keep promises you make to them. Friends, and even strangers, can rely upon you to keep your word, even when it is very hard, and you might not even want to do it anymore.  When you are trustworthy, people can be sure of you, and you can be sure of yourself.

February:  Kindness

Kindness is about showing you CARE. Doing something good to make life better for others. It is being thoughtful about people’s needs.  Kindness is showing love & compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help. Kindness is treating yourself & others gently.  It is caring about the earth & all living things.  A Mt. Lehman Lion CARES for everyone in the Pride by showing kindness to each other in class, in the hallways, and on the playground.

March’s Virtue:      Joyfulness

Joyfulness is when you are filled with happiness. It is a peaceful sense of well being.  Joy is inside us all; it is an appreciation of the gift each day brings to us…friendship, laughter, playtime.  Joy helps us laugh, even when it is hard to laugh and you might even be very sad.

April:  Citizenship

Citizenship is about taking care of people and situations that make it better for everyone.  Citizenship combines many virtues – courtesy, kindness, honesty, patience, responsibility, tolerance and respect

Citizen is about believing AND acting in a way that helps everyone, sometimes more than it helps yourself.

May:  Responsibility

Being Responsible means that others can depend upon you.  Even if you sometimes make a wrong decision, you accept that it was YOUR decision and YOUR consequences.  Instead of making excuses, you try to fix it for next time.  When you are responsible, you do the best job you can, and keep your promises.  Responsibility is the ability to respond when someone needs your help, and finishing what you started.  It is a sign of growing up. 

June:  Fairness & Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is about playing competitive games for the fun of playing, and not just about winning.  Sportsmanship is about being fair to your opponent, but also being courageous and persistend in your own play as well.  The captain of most sports teams is also the best example of the team, so if you show good sportsmanship, you might be asked to be the team captain one day.

We practice Fairness and Sportsmanship by:

-playing hard to win fairly, we don't cheat to win,

-shaking hands with the other team at the end

-saying "good game" no matter who the winner was.