Dolores W. McClatchey Elementary

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Pillar of the Month

February

For the month of February, we are going to focus on the pillar of Fairness! Fairness is orange because an orange can be divided into parts. Fairness is a complex idea because personal judgement is involved in decision making and requires discernment. We often hear the phrase, "that's not fair" when students feel like someone is getting something that they are not. Our goal is to help guide students to understand that fair does not mean the same, but does mean that everyone is getting what they need in order to be successful. We are going to focus on teaching students to take turns and play by the rules, as well as practice giving deserved credit to others. We want our DME students to treat others equitably based on their value and abilities. Fairness also means that students do not cheat, blame or accuse others, take credit for work that is not theirs, or take advantage of a person or situation even if they feel they can get away with it! Integrity plays a large role into the idea of Fairness. How can you help us teach fairness? Talk to your child about the concept of making fair decisions and accepting fairness even when it means not getting something that they want. 

Last month's pillar...

For the month of January, we focused on the pillar of ResponsibilityResponsibility is green because it reminds us of fiscal responsibility as well as our duty to take care of our earth. This month we reviewed this important pillar to kick off 2017 in order to refocus and reset our minds with the valuable components of responsibility. Many people create resolutions in January in order to set goals as a way to start anew and begin again. The idea of a new year with a clean slate helps many zone in on what one wants to achieve in a new year. The pillar of responsibility tells us that a person of character is able to meet the demands of duty, is accountable, pursues excellence, and exercises self-control. These key ideas are great talking points to work with our students as we embark upon our spring semester. How can you help reinforce this with your family? What does self-discipline look like at home and at school? What does perseverance mean and can you give an example? When someone always does their best, what are those positive consequences as a result? I hope you will take time to discuss Responsibility with your student as we kick of a new year at DME! 
Fairness and Sportsmanship
These two words go together like peanut butter and jelly! Whether you are participating or watching a sporting event, it is a prime opportunity to talk to our youth about the role fairness plays in sportsmanship. Each second of a game, the referee, umpire or official is making a judgement call based on what they observe happening in the event. Sometimes the calls can be very controversial! We all remember the Dez Bryant catch - or drop, whichever you perceived. It's vital to not only role model behavior and talk through situations that involve an "unfair" call, but to emphasize that no matter the outcome, showing good character is the number one result. In other words, how you act when a call does not go your way, is just as essential to the game as winning. Most athletes and spectators are competitors, so it is difficult to accept a loss, especially when you feel it was due to the officiating of the game. Keep in mind that officials are human beings and they are not perfect. Our young people will grow into adults, and the skills they learned about sportsmanship will spill over into their career and family lives. Character connects all aspects of our lives. We can't leave our character at the door of a sporting event and blame our actions on poor officiating or the conduct of others. How should you act or what should you say when things don't go your way? What course of action should be taken when you see something unfair? This is a critical conversation to have with our youth! 
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