Monthly Virtues Project

Monthly Virtues Project 

As a step toward creating more enrichment activities and increasing home-to-school connections, the whole student body at Whittier will focus on a different virtue each month.

This is our second year of implementing the social/emotional approach to learning called RULER, and creating a class charter is the first of four pillars we teach throughout the year. Students and staff discuss how they want to feel at school, what we do to feel that way as a community, and what we do when problems arise. Thursday, November 3rd, we plan to host our first RULER family night where we will walk you through creating a family charter to use at home.

February virtue: Justice

This month, we work with the Mood Meter in our homerooms, practicing our abilities to identify and plot our feelings.

JUSTICE, definition: 
Treating everyone fairly under stablished rules and laws.

Discuss the following questions with your family and send your thoughts to

What does it (i.e., justice) look like? For example...
    • Treating all people equally
    • Cooperating with one another
    • Playing by the rules
What does it feel like? For example...
    • Celebrating the uniqueness of everyone
    • Inclusive
    • Making our community a better place for all
What does it sound like? For example...
    • Be respectful and listen to what others have to say
    • Standing up for someone that you see being treated unfairly

Related Books:
     A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
     Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
     I Could Do That! : Ester Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White
     The Supreme Court by Carol Greene
     Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
     Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
     How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting
     The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
     Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
     Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
     Nelson Mandela: the authorized comic book from the Nelson Mandela Foundation with Umlando Wezithombe
     In Our Mothers’ House and Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

January's Virtue was Courage
December's Virtue was Generosity
November's Virtue was Gratitude.
October's Virtue was Self-Awareness. 
September's Virtue was Community

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