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Character Strengths

At LJES, we're supporting students' development of character strengths (here's an introduction, if you're interested).  Each month, we're targeting one character strength as a school-wide focus.  Below, we've listed the character strength of the month, which is accompanied by a link to a pdf of resources you can use to support your child's development of the particular character strength.  Here's the entire character strength presentation.


Self-Regulation & Self-Control: being aware of our thoughts/feelings/actions, making sure they match the situation around us, and changing them to make sure that they are appropriate for the situation. 


Growth Mindset: understanding that out talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence and that we can get "smarter" if we work at it; knowing that it's okay if we don't get it "yet," because with persistence and an open mind, we will get it. 


Gratitude: the appreciation for the benefits we receive from others, and the desire to reciprocate; the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.


  Grit/Perseverance: having bravery, spirit, determination, endurance, spunk, and perseverance, which means sticking with something despite barriers, obstacles, challenges, difficulties, and discouragement that may arise. 



Curiositya strong desire to learn or know something; a search for information for its own sake.


Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.


Social Intelligence: being able to recognize others' emotions, understanding how they are feeling, and responding in an appropriate way - an awareness of the motives and feelings of other people, knowing how to fit into different social situations, and being able to put others at ease.


Zest: having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval; having vitality - an approach to life that is filled with excitement and energy.


Hope: the feeling of wanting soemthing to happen, thinking it could happen, and having a sense of agency that one can make it happen; having optimism and believing that we can shape our future.