Elena Kochanek, Social Behavior Support Specialist
Creating a positive school climate
At Leonardo Elementary, we value our children and their well-being. We support and celebrate their educational progress. We also support and celebrate their well-being and social and behavioral progress in a variety of ways.
Our school embraces the 6 Pillars or character traits of the Character Education program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Each month our school focuses on one of these traits, providing class lessons and discussion, relating the traits to literature, and recognizing when students make good choices and demonstrate these positive traits.
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
Bear Bucks are a fun and positive way to reinforce those positive behaviors students demonstrate through the day. Students can earn a bear buck when any staff member see them engaging in the character trait of the month.
Think ``true blue`` • Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Be diligent • Persevere • Do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need • Be charitable and altruistic
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer
Tips for parents: Remembering and encouraging character education at home
Parents can encourage children to be assertive as well as socially responsible, self-regulated and cooperative. One method is to follow the T.E.A.M. approach:
Teach, Enforce, Advocate, and Model the six pillars.
Teach the meaning of the six pillars. Do this in a way your child can understand. Make it clear the character traits represent the standards of acceptable behavior in your house for both adults and kids.
Enforce the acceptable standards of behavior and action in your house. Set boundaries and when they overstep the limits set, with consequences being consistently enforced.
Advocate the values regularly. When reading stories, watching TV or movies, discuss the positive examples that portray desired character traits.Model the six pillars of character through your own actions and words. Reflect on actions and share those reflections so children learn how to develop their own character.