About Ubuntu!

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pronounced: oo-BOON-too

Definition: a Zulu word—an age-old African philosophy of caring and sharing.
in school means that we must work together if we want a safe school.

Circle of Courage

The Rainbow of Ubuntu
is a colorful reminder for us to be caring, fair, respectful, responsible, trustworthy and good citizens.
When you see a rainbow, that is a good time to stop and think about who you are.
Are you the best person you can be?
Are you making responsible choices?

Are you helping other people to be the best they can be?

At Hawthorne Elementarywe put on Character Counts programs to help teach one another about what it means to be a person of good character. Each grade level (K-5) takes one pillar of character and works with our music teacher to put on a school-wide program. The programs usually have 2-3 songs along with role playing, poems, stories, anything the grade levels decide! This is a great way to teach each other the importance of being trustworthy, being respectful and responsible, being fair, showing others you care and what it means to be a good friend. Hawthorne Elementaryis full of children with great character!!!


Trustworthiness (Trustworthiness : blue: Think "true blue")

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country

Respect (Respect: yellow/gold: Think The Golden Rule)

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements

Responsibility (Responsibility : green: Think being responsible for a garden or finances; or as in being solid and reliable like an oak)

Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices

Fairness (Fairness : orange: Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends)

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly

Caring (Caring : red: Think of a heart)

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship (Citizenship : purple: Think regal purple as representing the state)

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment

Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are terrific: