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The 7 Habits

How School and Family Unity Benefits the Child

Please take some time to review this Leader in Me handout on how when schools and families work together there is a positive affect on children!

7 Habit Suggestions for Effective Families

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The staff and students have started the 2010 – 2011 school year with a special focus. Stephen R. Covey an author and leader in the field of helping individuals and groups develop leadership skills wrote a book called "The Leader in Me" to help students in schools across North America become moreindependent, successful and confident leaders in their school work, but more importantly their daily lives. As a staff, we have used the principles of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to help develop our school Mission Statement, Goals and Improvement Plan.

The exciting part of this project is it has helped our school community have a central focus and common terminology that is used by staff with each other and our students. Each month, we focus on one of the 7 Habits and integrate the theme into our morning announcements, daily curriculum, hallway bulletin boards and staff meetings. Shortly, each student will be provided with their own personal “Data Binder” that will contain their yearly personal goals and a variety of data sheets to track their academic achievement and successes as a member of the St. Ann, Hamilton Catholic Community.

Included on the back of this letter is a list of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and a brief explanation of each one. Please take the time to read them and discuss with your child how these habits are being used in the classroom and school. You are invited to visit the following website to get more information regarding the schools using the 7 Habits and comments from staff, students and parents/guardians:

P. Kislinsky

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Habit 1 – Be Proactive

Being proactive is more than taking initiative. It is recognizing that we are responsible for our own choices and have the freedom to choose based on principles and values rather than on moods or conditions. Proactive people are agents of change and choose not to be victims, to be reactive, or to blame others.

Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind

Individuals, families, teams and organizations shape their own future by first creating a mental vision for any project, large or small, personal or interpersonal. They don’t just live day-to-day with no clear purpose in mind. They identify and commit themselves to the principles, relationships and purposes that matter most to them.

Habit 3 – Put First Things First

Putting first things first means organizing and executing around your most important priorities. Whatever the circumstance, it is living and being driven by the principles you value most, not by the urgent agendas and forces surrounding you.

Habit 4 – Think Win-Win

Thinking win-win is a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit and mutual respect in all interactions. It’s thinking in terms of abundance and opportunity rather than scarcity and adversarial competition. It’s not thinking selfishly (win-lose) or like a martyr (lose-win). It’s thinking in terms of “we,” not “ me.”

Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand. Then to be Understood.

When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. Opportunities to then speak openly and to be understood come much more naturally and easily. Seeking to understand takes consideration; seeking to be understood takes courage. Effectiveness lies in balancing or blending the two.

Habit 6 – Synergize

Synergy is the third alternative – not my way, not your way, but a third way that is better than either of us would come up with individually. It’s the fruit of respecting, valuing and even celebrating one another’s differences. It’s about solving problems, seizing opportunities and working out differences. It’s the kind of creative cooperation 1+1=3, 11, 111 . . . or more. Synergy is also the key to any effective team or relationship. A synergistic team is a complementary team – where the team is organized so that the strengths of some compensate for the weaknesses of others. In this way you optimize and run with strengths and make individual weaknesses irrelevant.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw

Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw

Sharpening the saw is about constantly renewing ourselves in the four basic areas of life: physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual. It’s the habit that increases our capacity to live all other habits of effectiveness.

Pancake Tuesday - "Sharpening the Saw"

Enjoy our picture photo album of our Pancake Tuesday event at St. Ann, Hamilton. The staff and students were treated to pancakes and syrup. Thank you to our staff cooks for doing such a great job of catering the event! Yes, we like to have fun at St. Ann School because we work so hard! Stay tuned to our photo album of our up-coming community pasta luncheon!

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“The Leader in Me”.
The book outlines the effective use of the 7

“The Leader in Me”
By: Stephen R. Covey