Each month WES explores a different virtue in a two-year cycle. This year students will be studying (in order): Goodness, Compassion, Thankfulness, Faith, Courage, Charity, Patience, Truthfulness, and Hope. At WES, the virtues support our school motto of "BE KIND." Virtues will be discussed in Chapel and religion class, and they will be reinforced throughout the day in Morning Meeting and throughout the school. At the beginning of the month in the NeWES there will be an article highlighting the virtue to be studied with discussion points for parents and guardians to use at home.
September's virtue is Goodness. The definition of Goodness is "Treating others the way you want to be treated." Someone with Goodness selflessly acts on behalf of others and does not exhibit it to dazzle or to self-aggrandize. In the Bible this virtue is known as the Golden Rule, but this concept occurs in some form in nearly every religion and ethical tradition. As we begin a new school year, it is important for our students to think about treating others well—just like they would like to be treated.
At home or in the car, please take a moment to:
- Share or remind your child of a time when someone was good to your family.
- Discuss with your child how what they do or don't do could have a direct impact on others' well-being. Ask how they could show goodness to their classmates and/or siblings.
- Remind them that goodness is generous and does not expect anything in return.
Help them discover that goodness also involves having the strength to control their own temper and impulses for the good of others.