• Morning Announcements / Character Building

    Each week on our morning announcements, students learn a different character building trait. We have learned about respect, honesty, self-discipline, and coming soon, integrity!


     

    Respect

    Enjoy this read aloud about showing respect: Do Unto Otters - https://youtu.be/-ZhcdyJ_Oq4

    Monday: Respect is a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way.

    An example of showing respect is picking up your toys at home, speaking kindly to others, or throwing trash away.

    Think of the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Today, let’s practice showing respect by having a positive attitude: this will make you feel happy and you will have more fun learning when you have a positive attitude.

     

    Tuesday: How do you feel when someone shows you respect? It makes me feel good inside my heart. It shows me that you care.

    What can you do today to show respect? Think of 2 or more ways you are going to show respect.

    • Using kind words, kind tone of voice, making eye contact while someone is talking to you, using kind manners (yes mam, no thank you, please), putting things where they belong, being safe with equipment. There are many ways to show respect.

     

    Wednesday: We’ve discussed what it means to show respect: kinds words, kind actions, taking care of things.

    • How might we show respect to our community or in the world around us? Think of ways you can show respect for our community.
    • EX: picking up trash, helping a neighbor
    • How can we show respect not only at our schools, our homes, but in our very own community that we live in? Think of 2 or more ways you can show respect in our community.

     

    Thursday: This week we’ve been talking about respect. We have learned what respect looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Today, I would like to focus on what actions we can do here at Mountainview to show our respect. Maybe that means telling our custodians thank you for doing such a great job cleaning our school, maybe that looks like telling our cafeteria workers thank you for cooking our meals.

    • Think of two (or more) adults here at school that you can use your words to be kind and respectful towards.
    • Then, think of 2 (or more) students you can use your kind and respectful words towards.

     

    Friday: Let’s always do our best to show each other respect with our words, our facial expressions, our actions, our tone of voice, with our whole being. Please use this moment to reflect. How did it feel to show respect and how did it feel when someone showed you respect? How will you use what you’ve learned about respect in the future?

     


     

    Honesty

    Read aloud about Honesty: Ruthie and the Not So Teeny Tiny Lie

    https://youtu.be/qrxibsccgKI

    Monday:

    • This week we are focusing on honesty. Honesty is telling the truth and being truthful. Honestly means you’re not lying or being dishonest about something. Telling only part of what really happened or making something up to hide the truth are types of lies. Telling lies is being dishonest.
    • Reflective: Has anyone ever lied to you? How did that make you feel? Has anyone ever told a lie about you? How did you that make you feel? Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do? How did you fix the situation? Why is it hard to be honest sometimes? What could you do when you want to tell a lie but know you should tell the truth?
    • Practice: Think of one way you can show HONESTY at home.
    • Practice: Think of one way you can show HONESTY at school.

    Tuesday:

    • This week we are focusing on honesty. Being honest means being truthful in what you do. Your actions matter to! A big part of honesty is how you treat others and act towards others. Taking or keeping something that isn’t yours is called stealing. Stealing is dishonest. Being dishonest or unfair to gain an advantage is called cheating. Cheating on a test or in a game is dishonest. A person with integrity or an honest person will do what is right, even when no one is looking.
    • Reflective: What are some consequences of not being honest?
    • How can cheating during a game hurt your friendship? Have you ever played a game and someone cheated? How did that make you feel? How can we keep each other honest? What have you been honest about even when no one was looking?
    • Practice: What actions can you do today to show honesty?
    • Ex: finishing your work, returning a pencil you found on the floor, telling the truth, asking before borrowing something, admitting a mistake?

    Wednesday:

    • This week we are focusing on honesty. Honesty: saying and doing the right thing. Follow rules and the law. Speak only truths.
    • Have you ever noticed telling one lie often leads to telling another? Maybe you told a little lie to your teacher, then to your friends, and then to your mom. Not being truthful to others makes it hard for friends, teachers, and family to trust you. Think about the story about the Boy Who Cried Wolf. After telling a lie each time, no one believed him! Not being honest can destroy friendships and relationships. Lying to others is very hurtful.
    • Reflective: How do you show honesty with your friends?
    • How are you honest with your family members?
    • How do you demonstrate academic honesty?

    Thursday:

    • This week we are focusing on honesty. Honesty: saying and doing the right thing. Follow rules and the law. Speak only truths.
    • Students, listen to this short story and decide if the student was being honest.
    • When Jeremy got to school, he took out his homework but realized that he forgot to do it. When his teacher asked why he didn’t do his homework, he made up a story and told her that his family had gone to a football game and he had to watch his little sister. When the teacher spoke to Jeremy’s parents later that day, she realized that Jeremy had lied about his homework.
    • Was Jeremy honest or dishonest?
    • Why is it important to be honest and tell the truth?

    Friday:

    • This week we focused on honesty. Honesty is saying and doing the right thing. Following the rules and the law. Speaking only truths. Being truthful and honest is important. I hope you have learned the value in being honest and why it is so important to our friendships and relationships with others.
    • Reflective: Think of 3 rules at school that will help you be honest

     

    Self-Discipline

    Read Aloud, Simon the Self-Control Seal

    https://youtu.be/3fDXiCi_-GI

     

    Monday:

    • Today we are starting a new unit on self-discipline. What words do you hear in “self-discipline”?
    • What does the word “self” mean?  being able to know who you are and what your purpose is in life.
    • Have you heard the word discipline before?
    • Since we know that “self” means US, we know that self-discipline means things we do for ourselves. When I hear the word discipline, I used to think about consequences. Like when we don’t follow directions, we get in trouble. But discipline really just means doing the right thing!
    • When our parents discipline us, they want to help us make good choices. When we have self-discipline, we help ourselves make good choices.
    • What are somethings that are GOOD for us? Examples: Eating fruits, vegetables, doing homework, studying, reading, exercising taking baths everyday
    • Sometimes it’s easy to do what’s good for us, and sometimes it’s hard. When we do what’s good even when it’s hard, that’s having self-discipline!
    • This week we are going to learn all about having self-discipline. Today and every day, let’s make good choices, even when it’s hard! I know you can do it!

    Tuesday:

    • Yesterday we started learning about self-discipline.
    • Do you remember what self-discipline means? Self-discipline means doing what is good for us, even if we don’t want to.
    • Today I’m going to read about some different kids, and you will decide if they show self-discipline or not.
    • If it DOES show self-discipline, give a thumbs up.
    • If it Does NOT show self-discipline, give a thumbs down.

    Eden hadn’t had any fruits or vegetables today, but she decided to have 5 cookies as her afternoon snack

    Malik had 11 math and 2 reading sheets for homework that due tomorrow. Instead of doing his homework, he decided to play a video game.

    Princess needed to read for 30 minutes each night, but she really wanted to play video games. She decided to do her reading first.

    Luna’s friend asked her to come over to play. She said, “aww I wish could, but I need to practice for my choir solo.”

    Today and every day let’s be disciplined in the choices we make. I can’t wait to see you all grow!

    Wednesday:

    • Now that we’ve talked about having self-discipline at home, we’re going to talk about having it at school!
    • Why is it important to have self-discipline at home? (so we learn, so we get smarter)
    • What are some ways you can show self-discipline at school?
    • Today, you’re going to listen to some ways students showed self-discipline at school and ways they did not. If it shows self-discipline give a thumbs up. If it does not show self-discipline give a thumbs down.

    Thursday:

    • Staying on task even when the teacher isn’t looking

    • Playing around at your desk during work time

    • Practicing your math facts during free time

    • Choosing an easy science project so you’ll finish quickly

    • Having self-discipline isn’t always easy. But it means doing what is good for us, even when we don’t want to. You all have learned a lot about having discipline school and at home, and I can’t wait to see how you use this in your lives.

    Friday:

    • Having self-discipline isn’t always easy. But it means doing what is good for us, even when we don’t want to. You all have learned a lot about having discipline school and at home, and I can’t wait to see how you use this in your lives.

     

    Integrity

    Read Aloud, The Empty Pot

    https://youtu.be/-m7Ajun5zZk

    Next we have our character building lesson on integrity. Before we begin let’s stop and take a deep breath, so our brains are ready to learn. This one is called the “flower breath”. Imagine smelling a flower. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Now place your hands in your lap.

    Tuesday:

    • This week we are learning about integrity.
    • What does integrity mean? being true, honest, and sincere. It has to do with doing the right thing, even when no one is around.
    • Does that sound familiar? We’ve already learned about honesty and having self-discipline; all traits talk about telling the truth, being honest, being sincere, and doing what is right, even when no one is around.
    • Think about this quote from Martin Luther King Jr, “the time is always right to do what is right.”
    • What does that quote mean to you? And how does it relate to having integrity?

    Wednesday:

    • This week we are learning about integrity. This morning let’s think about why it’s important to have integrity?
    • How might integrity help you at school? How might having integrity help you at home? How might having integrity help you find and keep a job or friends?
    • Today and every day, let’s be thinking of how we can have integrity.

    Thursday:

    • This week we are learning about integrity.
    • This morning I would like for you to be reflective as to whether you show integrity.
    • I stand up for the rights of others, I stand up for what I believe in, I do the right thing when no one is looking, I avoid gossip, I am a trustworthy person, I am honest, I am dependable, I submit by best work, I look out for others, I own up to my mistakes.
    • What makes you a person of integrity?
    • Let’s try today and every day, to be a person with integrity.

    Friday:

    • This week we learned about integrity. Remember that integrity means being true, honest, and sincere.
    • Yesterday we reflected on how we show integrity. Think of 3 adjectives that would describe yourself. Do those words show integrity, honestly, respect, or self-discipline?

    Today and every day let’s strive to be the best YOU that you can be