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Virtue of the Month

St. Peter School Virtue Program
 

As a school embedded with Catholic values, academic excellence, and service to others, we teach our students to be successful both in and out of the classroom. The SPS virtue program emphasizes character development through a positive behavior reward system and monthly classroom lessons dedicated to the virtue of the month. The school counselor, Meghan Keller, plans developmentally appropriate lessons to teach in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Every classroom has one bulletin board dedicated to the Catholic virtue of the month. 

Students who demonstrate Christ-like and virtuous behavior may be given a “Cool Cat.” Every grade competes to win the most “Cool Cats” each week. The class with the most “Cool Cats” gets to keep the virtue trophy in their classroom for one week and add a decoration to the trophy. The grade winner of the virtue trophy is announced every Monday morning.

 

Every month, the students who won the virtue trophy receive a “free dress” day!

 

Ms. Keller creates a different bulletin board dedicated to the virtue of the month. This bulletin board is located near the E Street door. Come check it out!

September Virtue: Responsibility

 

What is Responsibility?

Responsibility implies dependability and reliability. When you are responsible, you keep your agreements and others can depend on you. You give your best to any job. When you make a mistake, you take responsibility for it and do not blame others.

 

Why practice Responsibility?

When you take responsibility for your own actions, others can trust you. You keep your promises to others. When you are responsible, you get things done with precision and excellence.

 

How do you practice Responsibility?

When you agree to do something, like homework, watching a younger child, or a job around the house, you take it as your responsibility. You don’t agree to do things which are too hard or take up too much time. When you make a mistake, you do not get defensive. You learn from it and you fix it. You are ready and willing to clear up misunderstandings.

 

Signs of Success

  • Take your agreements seriously

  • Respond ably by doing things to the best of your ability

  • Show a willingness to do your part

  • Admit mistakes without excuses

  • Show a willingness to make amends

  • Take on new responsibilities when you are ready

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October Virtue: Respect

 

What is Respect?

Respect is following the golden rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated”. Respect is an attitude of honoring people and caring about their rights. Being respectful is reflected in the courtesy with which we treat one another, the way we speak, and the way we treat other people’s belongings. Respect includes honoring the rules of your family and school.

 

Why practice Respect?

Being respectful helps other people feel valued and appreciated. Without respect, we would treat each other as if our feelings do not matter. We would use unkind words and lose our tempers. When you respect other people’s property, they are more likely to respect yours. When you treat yourself with respect, others will respect you too.

 

How do you practice Respect?

A good way to practice respect is to think about how you would like to be treated and then treat others that way. How would you like others to treat your belongings, your right to privacy, and your need for dignity? Respect is speaking calmly and courteously. Practicing self-respect is treating yourself as you feel others deserve to be treated. You deserve it too!

 

Signs of Success

  • Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated

  • Treat the property of others with special care

  • Honor other people’s needs for time and space to themselves

  • Speak courteously to everyone

  • Honor the rules of your family and nation

  • Expect respect for your body and your rights

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November Virtue: Trustworthiness

 

What is Trustworthiness?

Trustworthiness is being worthy of trust. People can count on you to do your best, follow through on your commitments, and keep your word. When you are trustworthy, others can be sure of you and you can be sure of yourself.

 

Why practice Trustworthiness?

Without trustworthiness, agreements and promises do not mean anything. If we are not trustworthy, others are not able to count on us. When we practice trustworthiness, others do not have to check on us to make sure we are following through on our promises.

 

How do you practice Trustworthiness?

When you are trustworthy, you stop and think before making a promise to make sure you are able to follow through on that promise. You abide by the rules-- even when no one is watching. When you make a promise, you keep your word and do your best.  You persevere, no matter how hard it becomes, because it is very important to be worthy of others’ trust.

 

Signs of Success

  • Think before you promise something to be sure you can do it

  • Remember what you promise others

  • Keep your promises

  • Abide by the rules even when no one is watching

  • Do your best and finish what you start

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December Virtue: Caring

 

What is Caring?

Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. Caring shows that something or someone really matters to you. You can care for yourself, others, pets, or special things. Caring is a sign of love, respect, concern, and empathy.

 

Why practice Caring?

Caring makes the world a better place. Caring people help others feel less alone. They help people when they are hurt, sick, or weak. Caring begins by loving and respecting yourself and others. Without caring, people would only do things for others because they expect something in return.

 

How do you practice Caring?

You practice caring by showing interest in other people and asking questions about how they are and what they think and feel. When you care about the things you do, you do them with enthusiasm and excellence. When you care about yourself, you treat your body with respect and take care of your needs.

 

Signs of Success

  • Treat others and yourself with care

  • Let others know that what they say and feel is important

  • Be gentle and loving with anything or anyone placed in your care

  • Treat your body with respect

  • Work with enthusiasm and success

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January Virtue: Patience

 

What is Patience?

Patience is quiet hope and expectation based on trust that everything will be okay. Patience means waiting. It is enduring a delay or troublesome situation without complaining. Patience is being calm and tolerant when difficult things happen. It is a commitment to the future and calmly waiting with trust for results to happen.

 

Why practice Patience?

Without patience, people cannot stand to wait for anyone without complaining. When people are impatient, they act mad and irritable when things do not go their way or other people make mistakes. When we practice patience, we do things now that will bear fruit in the future. Patient people do not whine, complain, or criticize. They forgive other people and themselves. They make the world a kind and gentle place.

 

How do you practice Patience?

You practice patience by accepting things you cannot control. Even if you feel impatient, you act calm and accepting. You have faith that things will turn out well. When you practice, you are gentle with others who make mistakes (and yourself too!). Patience helps you stick to something you are trying to do even if it is difficult or tiresome. Patience is having goals and picturing the end in the beginning.

 

Signs of Success

  • Calmly tolerate a delay or confusion

  • Wait for things you want

  • Set goals and stick with them until they are completed

  • Accept things you cannot control with humor and grace

  • Gentle with others when they make mistakes

  • Rely on God to help you persevere

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February Virtue: Determination

 

What is Determination?

Determination is focusing your energy and efforts on a task and sticking with it until the task is finished. Determination is using willpower to do something even when it is NOT easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is difficult or you are being

 

Why practice Determination?

Without determination, things do not get done. People give up easily and do not ask for help when they need it. With determination, even the hardest task becomes a challenge we are willing to accept. With determination, we can make our dreams come true.

 

How do you practice Determination?

You practice determination by first deciding what is important to you. Then use your time, energy, and willpower to make it happen. You finish what you start. You keep going even if something starts to distract you. You get help when you need it because your goals are too important to give up.

 

Signs of Success

  • Believe what you are doing is important

  • Set goals for yourself

  • Focus your attention on what you are doing

  • Resist being distracted

  • Keep going even if things are difficult

  • Ask for help when you need it

  • Finish what you start

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March Virtue: Courage

 

What is Courage?

Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done—even if it is really hard or scary. Courage is needed to try new things, face difficult situations, and picking yourself up after a mistake and trying again. Courage is a quality of the heart. Love can give us courage and give us strength to do the right thing. e is a

 

Why practice Courage?

Courage helps you in times when you are unsure about your abilities. You might feel alone and facing a seemingly impossible situation. Courage helps you overcome difficult situations and follow through with the best solution. Without courage, everyone would only do what is easy. No one would try new things. Fear would be in charge.

 

How do you practice Courage?

You do what is right even when it is difficult or intimidating. You face your mistakes with courage, learn from them, and keep trying. You stand up for what know is right even if all of your friends are doing something wrong. Remember you can always ask for help when you need it. You can count on God and others to provide strength and assistance.

 

Signs of Success

  • Do what you know is right even when it is hard or scary
  • Admit mistakes and learn from them
  • Display a willingness to try new things
  • Ask for help from God and others
  • Find courage in your heart even if others laugh at you or call you names

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April Virtue: Forgiveness

 

What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is one of the most difficult virtues to put into practice because it means that in spite of how wrong someone has treated you, you overlook what they did and do not hold it against them. Forgiving someone else does not mean that all of a sudden you do not feel hurt or that a wrong choice was right. It means that you find it in your heart to give a person who has wronged you another chance. You can also forgive yourself. We sometimes do thing that we are sorry for and wish we hadn’t done.

 

Why practice Forgiveness?

God gave us the power of free choice. For many reasons, people choose to do wrong or hurtful things sometimes. When someone who is hurt or disappointed forgives us, we get another chance. Forgiveness is very important. Forgiveness is the best way to encourage yourself and others to be better, try harder, and make changes.

 

How do you practice Forgiveness?

You can practice forgiveness by first admitting the mistake that you or someone else made. Facing the truth about what happened takes courage. When you are forgiving, you don’t punish someone by taking revenge or holding a grudge. Look at what happened, honor your feelings, and then decide what needs to change to make things right. Forgiving yourself means to stop punishing yourself or feeling hopeless because you did something wrong. It is moving ahead, ready to do things differently, with compassion for yourself and faith that you can change.

 

Signs of Success

  • Remember that everyone makes mistakes

  • Take responsibility for your mistakes

  • Share your feelings in an assertive way

  • Stop giving uncaring people the chance to hurt you

  • Accept God’s forgiveness

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May Virtue: Unity

 

What is Unity?

Unity is a very powerful virtue. It is a way to see the universe as one, designed by the One who created us all. When you practice unity, you allow yourself to feel connected to everything and everyone. Unity brings peace. Unity means you do not try to make everyone look, think, or talk alike. You can find common ground and discover a new idea or solution that meets everyone’s needs.

 

Why practice Unity?

Without unity, differences scare people and drive them apart. In many part of the world, prejudice and ignorance causes disunity. When unity exists, we help each other, listen to each other, and enjoy our different ways of being.

 

How do you practice Unity?

When you practice unity, you look at your prejudices and are willing to let them go. Just as every leaf has a unique design, each person on this planet is someone special. When you practice unity, you try to see the unique qualities in others as gifts. When you practice unity, you treat the earth as a sacred home. You are a child of God’s universe and you respect all life within it.

 

Signs of Success

  • Treat all people as members of one human family

  • See the gifts in differences

  • Avoid prejudices

  • Solve conflicts through listening and compromising

  • Act like a peacemaker wherever you go