Character Traits

    Lafayette Elementary School has sponsored a Positive Character Trait Word of the Month program to encourage students to think more deeply about the development of their character. Each month of the year, we focus upon a different character trait.​​

    ​Character Matters Award
    Reputation is about who you are when people are watching. Character is about whom you are when there’s nobody in the room but you. Both matter, but of the two, character is far and away the most important. The former can induce others to think well of you. But only the latter allows you to think well of yourself.
     
    Lafayette Elementary School has sponsored a Positive Character Trait Word of the Month program to encourage students to think more deeply about the development of their character. Each month of the year, we focus upon a different character trait including: Responsibility, Citizenship, Generosity, Respect, Courage, Kindness, Perseverance, Integrity and Appreciation.
     
    The “Word of the Month” is stressed at the school level in our monthly assemblies, special projects and recognition. Teachers use these traits to reinforce good behavior. Writing projects, service activities and special events highlight these “traits” throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to talk about the Word of the Month with their children at home.


    The definitions of each Character Trait are:
    Responsibility
    What does responsibility mean?   "I can be trusted or depended upon to carry out duties in a timely manner."
     re·spon·si·bil·i·ty
    •  To be able to answer to one's conduct and obligations.
    • To be able to choose for oneself between right and wrong.
    • Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.

    Citizenship
    What does citizenship mean?   Social Conduct:  the duties and responsibilities that come with being a member of a community.
     cit·i·zen·ship
    • Working well with others
    • Working together
    • Responsible community member

    Generosity
    What does generosity mean?   Abundance.  "I will be giving, charitable, & volunteer my time in the interest of the people around me without expecting anything in return."
    gen·er·os·i·ty
    • Kind
    • Open handed / Big heart
    • Charity

    Respect
    What does respect mean?  "Caring about people and cultures and treating others with dignity."
     re·spect
    • Value / Esteem
    • Admiration / Polite
    • Good Character

    Courage
    What does courage mean?  "Doing what you know is right when it would be easier to do otherwise."
    cour·age
    • Fearless
    • Brave

    Kindness
    What does kindness mean?  “I will be gracious and helpful in my concern for and interest in the people around me.”
    kind·ness
    • Thoughtfulness
    • Compassion / Helpfulness
    • Consideration

    Perseverance
    What does perseverance mean?  “Determination to follow throught in action.  Working hard and not giving up!”
    per·se·ver·ance
    • Working / Trying hard
    • Determined
    • Persistent

    Integrity
    What does integrity mean?  "Being truthful, reliable and honest."
    In·teg·ri·ty
    • Truth
    • Trust
    • Honor

    Appreciation
    What does appreciation mean?  "A feeling of expression of gratitude, gratefulness: or thanks; recognition of something or someone’s qualities."
    ap·pre·ci·a·tion
    • Admiration
    • Approval
    • Gratitude

     

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