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Kennedy School Student Council Activities:

· Food Drive for PERC (Palisades Emergency ResidenceCorporation)

· Blanket Drive for PERC

· Pennies for Patients (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)

· Caught in the Act (Character Education Program)

· Kennedy Corner (School Store)

· Carnation Day

· Spirit Week

· SmencilsSpring Sale

· Help our KTO with Blimpie order
Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act is a character education program focused on recognizing our students performing positive behavior.

The focus of our program:

Any student who is displaying good character will be recognized each month for his/her actions. A “Caught in the Act” certificate and reward will be given to any student who is displaying any of the pillars of good character. These can either be towards their peers in the classroom or to anyone else throughout the school.


All school staff members are encouraged to catch students demonstrating a positive attitude or action towards another. Catch those students displaying the Pillars of Character and give them a “Caught in the Act” certificate!

When you “catch” a student exhibiting one of the pillars of character, fill out a “fish slip” and send the student to either room 319 (Mrs. Colli) or 321 (Mrs. Calhoun) for their certificate and reward. The “fish slips” will be displayed on a bulletin board outside the main office and their name will be announced during the morning announcements. The student’s name will also be placed in a fishbowl in the main office for a monthly drawing for a gift card to a local eatery. Three names will be chosen randomly each month.

Students in grades 1-4 will receive a pencil and scholastic book while students in grades 5-8 will receive a pencil and a free homework pass. The students will be instructed that they have to ask their teacher BEFORE using the homework pass as to which assignment they wish to use it for. It is at the discretion of the teacher as to which homework assignment the student can apply the pass to. At the end of each month three names will be randomly drawn and these students will receive a gift card to a local eatery.

Pillars of Good Character

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Gratitude means thanks and appreciation. ... Gratitude, which rhymes with "attitude," comes from the Latin word gratus, which means "thankful, pleasing." When you feel gratitude, you're pleased by what someone did for you and also pleased by the results.

I would like for you all to view the reading of the book, My Gratitude Jar by Kristin Wiens

After you listen to the reading of the book, I hope that you understand that there are so many things to be thankful for in our lives, even with what we are going through now. Although things are different or difficult or even scary right now, we need to think about the positive things in our lives and remember that there's a lot of stuff we can still be grateful for like our family, our friends, and our teachers, even if we see them online and not in person.

Here are some discussion questions that you can think about:

1. Why do you think having and showing gratitude is important?

2. Think of 3 ways to show your gratitude to others.

3. Make your own gratitude jar. Get a cup, a jar, or anything that can hold multiple pieces of paper. Write things, people, places, or skills you are grateful for in your life. Write them individually on the slips of paper and keep them in the jar. Once a day, try to write one thing that you are grateful for and put it in the jar.

On days you are feeling a little down, go to the jar and take out one of the slips of paper. This will help you remember how lucky you are and that even though you may be sad in that moment you have lots of things to be thankful for.

Links for your parents of more gratitude activities:

Optimism is a way of thinking that makes you believe and know that you can always be positive!

I would like for you all to view the reading of the book, I Think I Am by Louise Hay.

After you listen to the reading of the book, I hope that you understand that you can always look on the bright side, even with what we are going through now, like staying home and learning on the computer.

Here are some discussion questions that you can think about:

1. What are some of the things you are grateful for?

2. Can you think of a negative thought that you once had? How can you change what you were feeling into a positive one?

3. Make your own affirmation:

I am ________________
I can ________________
I will ________________
I have _______________

You can use the above affirmations to create a poster to always remind yourself that you are POSITIVE!!!!! Here are some examples: I am confident, I will never give up, every day I get better and better, I believe in myself, life is beautiful and I enjoy every moment.

Links for your parents on positive affirmations: