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Mission and Goals
Mission Statement
Monee Elementary School will provide quality education in a safe, respectful environment. We will inspire students to become life long learners and productive members of our global community.

Vision
  • We are committed to building positive character among our diverse community of learners.
  • We will be a community of learners and leaders dedicated to enriching the lives of children through rewarding learning experiences.

Core Values

THE SIX GOOD CHARACTER TRAITS
  1. Caring: Be kind, helpful, and giving and value the feelings of others.
  2. Respect: Treat others the way you want others to treat you.
  3. Responsibility: Make good choices, do what is right, and be accountable for your behavior.
  4. Fairness: Play by the rules, be open-minded, and treat people right.
  5. Trustworthiness: Tell the truth, keep your promises, and do the right thing.
  6. Citizenship: Work to make your school and community a better place to live.

Positive Incentive Programs

Caught Being Good Program
Any staff member may issue a “Caught Being Good Ticket” to any student. Students place them in a container and a drawing is held at the end of the month. Students who are chosen enjoy Pizza with the Principals during their lunch.

Readers Are Leaders Program
Monthly reading goals are set by the teachers and students as appropriate to the grade level. Students who achieve the goal are awarded charms which are added to their School Spirit Necklace. This is celebrated on School Spirit Day, the first Friday of each month. Students are encouraged to celebrate school spirit by wearing the school colors, their necklaces, and participation in other special events as offered.

Good Character Club
The Monee Elementary Good Character Club gives the students an opportunity to get more involved with the monthly character themes. It also promotes parent-child interaction.

Good Character Program
Six character traits are introduced to the students throughout the school year. The Good Character Traits are:

  1. Caring: Be kind, helpful, and giving and value the feelings of others.
  2. Respect: Treat others the way you want others to treat you.
  3. Responsibility: Make good choices, do what is right, and be accountable for your behavior.
  4. Fairness: Play by the rules, be open-minded, and treat people right.
  5. Trustworthiness: Tell the truth, keep your promises, and do the right thing.
  6. Citizenship: Work to make your school and community a better place to live.

Students are encouraged to complete the activities with their families, however it is a choice to take part in the Monee Elementary Good Character Club. A new sheet is sent home with the introduction of each new character, but the activities will remain the same. Samples are included in this packet. Completed activities are turned in to our classroom teachers. Each classroom teacher will keep track of those students who reach their goals each month. Students who participate are honored on a bulletin board. They will also earn a Character Club necklace charm (to be added to their Spirit necklaces) that recognizes their participation.

Monee Elementary Good Character Club

Membership Guidelines
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade must complete at least one activity per character trait.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade must complete at least two activities per character trait.
  • 4th and 5th grade must complete at least three activities per character trait.
  • Students should turn in projects as soon as one is completed. Do not wait to turn them in all at once. The teacher will keep a record of which activities were completed.
  • Make sure you put your name and character theme on your work before you turn it in to your teacher.
  • Students have approximately one month to complete the activities.
  • Many activities require family participation. We encourage parents to work with their children on the activities. Younger students will especially need help with writing and reading activities.
  • All work should be done with the student’s best effort. If a teacher feels that a student has not turned in quality work, that teacher can ask that child to either add more or possibly redo the project.

The following is a sample of activities students may choose to complete for the Monee Elementary Good Character Club:

Respect: Treat others the way you want others to treat you

Sample Activities:

  • Design a game with questions that would encourage the player to use respect in order to win.
  • Write three goals for using respect at home or at school.
  • Make a vocabulary card for the word respect. The card should include the word, definition, and a picture showing respect.
  • Write a short song about what respect is or how to use it using the tune of a famous song. (ex. The 12 days of Christmas; Row, Row, Row Your Boat, etc.)
  • Watch a television program with your family. Afterward, have a family discussion about the way characters in the program behaved. Make a plus/delta chart. Under the plus write the positive choices the characters made and under the delta write how other characters could have made better choices. Include the name of the program on the top of your chart.
  • For a week, keep a daily journal of choices you make that involves deciding between right and wrong. How do you feel about the choices you made? How could you do better?
  • Find three stories in newspapers, magazines, or on-line that are examples of good citizenship. Glue the articles on paper. For each article, write a sentence explaining why the person(s) was using the Respect Trait.
  • Make a web. In the center write the word Respect. On the branches write the following: Home, School, Neighborhood, and After School Activities. Under each branch, list three ways you show Respect in each setting.
  • Create a short advertisement that encourages others to have Respect.
  • Find three comic strips from the newspaper that show the characters having negative feelings. Glue the strips on paper. For each cartoon, write sentence(s) telling how the characters might be able to handle the situation with Respect.
  • Write a short story about someone who did the right thing when others tried to convince him or her to do the opposite. Illustrate your story. Ask your parents to help with editing. Also, stories must have a one-inch margin. They can be typed or hand written.
  • Make a T-chart by tracing both of your hands on a piece of paper. Write values on one palm and behaviors on the other. Then fill in fingers with your values and their matching behaviors. Write “My Hands of Respect” on the top.
  • Write an acrostic poem in which each letter stands for something or someone that represents Respect.
    • R is for …
      E is for …
      S is for …
      P is for …
      E is for …
      C is for …
      T is for …
  • Your Choice – You decide how you would like to demonstrate Respect. Your idea must be acceptable to your teacher.

Students who reach their goals will receive a medal for their Readers Are Leaders necklaces.

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade must complete at least one activity per character trait.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade must complete at least two activities per character trait.
  • 4th and 5th grade must complete at least three activities per character trait.

Peace Table
We teach our students to solve problems using the Peace Table. The Peace Table is a process, not a real table. The steps to solving a problem are:

  1. Agree to use the Peace Table
  2. Each person tells how they feel
  3. Brainstorm possible solutions to the problem
  4. Choose a solution that everyone agrees upon
  5. Make Peace

Zones
Each area of our school is designated as a certain color zone. The color refers to the level of noise permitted in each particular area.
  • Red Zone = Quiet Zone
  • Yellow Zone = Whisper Zone
  • Green Zone = Inside Voice Zone

It is an expectation that students and adults follow the zones.

Positive Referrals
The Positive Referral Form is a student incentive program designed to encourage students to make good choices. Positive Referral Forms are issued to students who demonstrate through their actions that they are responsible, respectful, a good citizen, trustworthy, caring, helpful, a peacemaker, fair and/or friendly.

When students receive a Positive Referral Form they are acknowledged by having their names read during morning announcements and their name is added to our Positive Referral Board.

Positive Phone Call
The Positive Phone Call is a new incentive designed to praise students for their extraordinary efforts. Students that receive positive phone calls will be acknowledged during morning announcements and their name will be added to our Positive Phone Call Board
  • Caring: Be kind, helpful, and giving and value the feelings of others.
  • Respect: Treat others the way you want others to treat you.
  • Responsibility: Make good choices, do what is right, and be accountable for your behavior.
  • Fairness: Play by the rules, be open-minded, and treat people right.
  • Trustworthiness: Tell the truth, keep your promises, and do the right thing.
  • Citizenship: Work to make your school and community a better place to live.
  • Caring: Be kind, helpful, and giving and value the feelings of others.
  • Respect: Treat others the way you want others to treat you.
  • Responsibility: Make good choices, do what is right, and be accountable for your behavior.
  • Fairness: Play by the rules, be open-minded, and treat people right.
  • Trustworthiness: Tell the truth, keep your promises, and do the right thing.
  • Citizenship: Work to make your school and community a better place to live.

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