Principal's Page

Elmcrest Elementary School

2016-2107

Dear Elmcrest family,

I thought I would take a few minutes to tell you about the Positivity Project, a new initiative here at Elmcrest Elementary School this year.  We are creatively calling it E2P2 for Elmcrest Elementary Positivity Project.

Did you know that research has revealed that there are 24 character strengths that we all possess?  We all have these traits, but in a different order.  You may have "leadership" as your number 1 trait, or perhaps you have "creativity" or "bravery."  The Positivity  Project teaches that no matter which trait is your strongest, and whichever is your weakest, we all have value and we all matter.  Knowing that we have these traits within us helps us to value each other and to respect the different ways we might react or feel in various situations.  

The full list of traits is listed below:

  • Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  • Bravery
  • Connection/Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Fairness
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Hope/Optimism
  • Humility/Modesty
  • Humor
  • Integrity
  • Kindness
  • Leadership
  • Love
  • Love of Learning
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Perspective
  • Perseverance
  • Prudence
  • Self-Control
  • Social Intelligence
  • Teamwork/Citizenship
  • Zest/Enthusiasm

In each classroom, the vocabulary and meanings of these character traits are taught for at least ten minutes per day through books, poems, movie clips and sharing.  In addition, we hold building-wide assemblies each month, recognizing our E2P2 Super Hereos and encouraging students to find the strengths in themselves, but more importantly in others.

As educators, we often find ourselves using these words to help student understand each other better.  For example, I was recently talking to boys about a conflict at recess.  One boy could not get over the fact that the other was not following the rules of soccer.  Obviously, fairness is very important to him, I told the other boy.  "Can you see this situation from his perspective?"  Fairness and perspective are two of the 24 character strengths in all of us.

We believe that understanding ourselves and others better will make for a more positive and accepting environment here at Elmcrest.  We believe whole-heartedly in the notion that "other people matter", and we hope that our quick lessons and building-wide focus on valuing each other will have a positive impact on everyone.  I hope you are excited about it too!

 Thank you for taking time to read this!

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