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Character Matters 427
Character Matters
"Character education involves the preparation of learners to be responsible, caring and contributing citizens. Good character is a cornerstone of a civil, just and democratic society.  Character education can be both taught and learned. It contributes to the development of safe, supportive schools, develops the emotional and social learning and enhances academic achievement. It contributes to the individual’s personal well being.”  YRDSB.
Every month at Boxwood, students from each class are recognized for demonstrating positive character traits,
academics and learning skills at our Recognition Assemblies. 
September’s character trait was Respect.  This month’s recipients showed respect for themselves, others and their belongings.  The learning skills focus for September was Organization.  These recipients established priorities and managed their time effectively.
Congratulations to the following people:


Respect:  Mustaqeem, Nili, Vida, Sanvi, Ekkyad, Aahan, Daksha, Joy, Ishaandeep, Vanessa, Juwairiyah, Ethan,   Cicol, Adrian, Rida, Saathana, Aswin, Maha, Rayyan, Paranaven, Amvi, Fahad, Danish, Negel, Saranjan, Kareena, Anise, Sujeeven, Anjali, Zainab, Roshaant, Sara, Justin, Samantha, Joshua, Ali, Neha, Amitha
Organization: Efi, Arsalan, Cairo, Vaniza, Masooma, Alondra, Menaal, Raya, Omair, Laila, Saieraa, Keshi, Naya, Arujan, Gurjeev, Shahana, Eshal, Rajeev, Ashaya, Aarabie, Avinin, Rida, Piranavi, Anthony, Amber, Arbaaz, Josh, Lathushan, Sumana, Mansi, Abitha, Armin, Kimberley, Maidah, Kishanthan
During October we will be focussing on Responsibility.  We are responsible when we fulfil our responsibilities and
complete class work and homework on time. Our academic focus is on Mathematics.  Displaying a positive
attitude, persevering with tasks and solving problems using a variety of strategies are all essential parts of the
Mathematics award.



What is character development?
Character Development"Character development is the deliberate effort to nurture the universal attributes upon which schools and communities find consensus. These attributes provide a standard for behaviour against which we hold ourselves accountable. They permeate all that happens in schools. They bind us together across the lines that often divide us in society. They form the basis of our relationships and of responsible citizenship. They are a foundation for excellence and equity in education, and for our vision of learning cultures and school communities that are respectful, safe, caring and inclusive. Excellence in education includes character development. Through character, we find common ground." (Finding Common Ground; Character Development in Ontario Schools, K-12, 2008 External Link)
Character Matters is one approach that York Region Schools use to create and support a Positive Climate for Learning and Working.























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