Rancho Las Positas Elementary School

Character Education


Character education is the long-term process of helping students understand, care about, and act on basic ethical values like respect, responsibility and honesty. Character education gives kids a consistent message from kindergarten through 5th grade about the importance of good character, and is built around values established by the school and community. At Rancho we have monthly character education themes where students address the school with weekly messages over the public address system relating to the theme. Teachers create teachable moments throughout the day related to these themes. This years character education themes are:

August  -  Education 
September  -  Respect 
October  -  Humor 
November  -  Responsibility 
December  -  Caring 
January  -  Courage 
February  -  Friendship 
March  -  Cooperation 
April  -  Effort 
May  -  Perseverance


Take this survey with your child/children tonight:
1. I treat other people the way I want to be treated.
2. I am considerate of other people.
3. I treat people with civility, courtesy, and dignity.
4. I work to solve problems without violence.
5. I never embarrass or call someone names to hurt their feelings.
    I am respectful because: _____________________________________



I especially love to laugh and have fun, but it is important to talk to our children about when teasing hurts and the difference between having fun and making fun.  Talk to your child about humor and see what they say.


Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  (Quote by  Ambrose)  Talk to your child this week about courage and doing the right thing.


What does it mean to be a friend? Loyalty, willingness to help, sharing, and kindness - all of these characteristics come to mind when we talk about friendship. What does being a friend mean to your child? Talk to your child this month about Friendship and what it means to be a friend to someone. They say besides our parents, our friends have a greater impact on us than even our teachers.


This month we have been learning more about Cooperation. What is cooperation?
     1. Listening carefully to others and be sure you understand what they are saying.
     2. Share when you have something that others would like to have. 
     3. Compromise when you have a serious conflict.
     4. Show appreciation.
At home ask your student to name some things they do to cooperate at school and at home.

What is Perseverance?   Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, and endurance.  Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.  Perseverance is trying again and again. Even when you feel like giving up.  The best book on perseverance I have ever read is The Little Engine That Could.