The students at Cox Mill Elementary School are busy practicing their character trait of the month, KINDNESS. They have been practicing kindness by supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness week through our Going Gold campaign, discussing kindness during morning meetings, and have the opportunity to sign our Kindness Wall of Fame poster when they’ve been able to show kindness toward others. As an outward extension of focusing upon kindness this month, we want to collaborate with parents and families with these 5 helpful parenting tips from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.
November & December Character Trait of the Month: GRATITUDE
It is important to teach children to practice gratitude. Science tells us that frequent practice of gratitude can impact positive brain functioning and can counteract ill-effects of anxiety and worrisome thoughts. Here at CMES, we are grateful for our students, our teachers, administrators, and supportive parents.
January Character Trait of the Month: INTEGRITY
We value a high level of integrity in our students and staff here at Cox Mill Elementary School. As parents, modeling honesty and praising honesty in your children is extremely important in the elementary school years. Take a look at this article from Harvard University, including a video about encouraging honesty and integrity in children.
February Character Trait of the Month: EMPATHY
Showing empathy toward others has been shown to indicate high levels of success later in life in both relationships and careers/professional life. Raising empathic children better equips healthy and safe schools and even stronger communities! Please join us as we teach empathy here at Cox Mill!
March Character Trait of the Month: TOLERANCE
In February, we introduced and taught empathy. Now it's time to go beyond the Golden Rule and focus on teaching tolerance. We've linked a booklet from TeachingTolerance.org that is a helpful guide for parents. Take a peek at this infographic!