All children are important to us.

We are so excited to begin the Leader in Me process here at Fairview Elementary!


Habit 1: Be Proactive - I am a responsible person.  I take initiative.  I choose my actions, attitudes and moods.  I do not blame others for my wrong actions.  I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind - I plan ahead and set goals.  I do things that have meaning and make a difference.  I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision.

Habit 3: Put First Things First - I spend my time on things that are most important.  This means I say no to things I know I should not do.  I set priorities, make a schedule and achieve my goals.  I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win - I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.  I make deposits in others' Emotional Bank Accounts.  When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.  I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood - I listen to other people's ideas and feelings.  I try to see things from their viewpoints.  I listen to others without interrupting.  I am confident in voicing my ideas.  I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6: Synergize - I value other people's strengths and learn from them.  I work well in groups, even with people who are different than me.  I seek out other people's ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than can anyone of us alone.  I am humble.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw - I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep.  I spend time with family and friends.  I learn in lost of ways and lots of places, not just in school.  I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.



Here are some great books to read with your child that feature one (or more) of the habits!

Most of these titles can be found at your local library or bookstore.

HabitLower Elementary (K - 2)Upper Elementary (3 - 5)
Be Proactive

Amazing Grace
     by Mary Hoffman

The Little Engine That Could
     by Watty Piper

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub 
     by Audrey Wood

The Very Lonely Firefly
     by Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed 
     by Ruth Krauss

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher 
     by Bruce Coville

On My Honor 
     by Marion Dane Bauer

Someday a Tree 
     by Eve Bunting

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
     by Deloris Jordan

The Real McCoy:  The Life of an African-American Inventory
     by Wendy Towle


 Begin with the End in Mind

The Very Busy Spider
     by Eric Carle

Whistle for Willie 
      by Ezra Jack Keats

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type 
     by Doreen Cronin

Pancakes, Pancakes 
      by Eric Carle

     by Karen Lynn Williams

 Where Do You Think You're Going Christopher Columbus?
     by Jean Fritz

Lucy Mastermind
     by Alan Feldman

Eddie, Incorporated 
     by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Bobby Baseball
     by Kimmel Smith

The School Story
     by Andrew Clements

 Put First Things First

Froggy Gets Dressed 
     by Jonathan London

The Little Red Hen 
     by Paul Galdone

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
     by Eric Carle

Alejandro's Gift 
      by Richard E. Albert

Jamaica's Find 
     by Juanita Havill

 The Week Mom Unplugged the TVs
     by Terry Wolfe Phelan

Irving Black's Strange Snack
     by Roz Rosenbluth

Esperanza Rising
     by Pam Munoz Ryan

The TV Kid
     by Betsy Cromer Byars

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
     by Mildred Pitts Walter

 Think Win-Win

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
      by Leo Lionni

The Rainbow Fish 
     by Marcus Pfister

The Doorbell Rang 
     by Pat Hutchins

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle 
     by Eric Carle

Let's be Enemies 
      by Janice May Udry

 The Butter Battle
     by Dr. Seuss

Dragon Stew
     by Tom McGowen

Law of the Great Peace
     by John Bierhart

The Checker Players
     by Alan Venable

Hiawatha, Messenger of Peace
     by Dennis Brindell Fradin

 Seek First to Understand,
Then to Be Understood

     by Janell Cannon

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
      by Jon Scieszka

The Runaway Bunny 
     by Margaret Wise Brown

Are You My Mother? 
     by P. D. Eastman

Is Your Mama a Llama? 
     by Deborah Guarino

 Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd
     by Mame Farrell

Witch of Blackbird Pond
     by Elizabether George Speare

     by Cynthia Lord

Veronica Knows Best
     by Nancy K. Robinson

The Bully of Barkham Street
     by May Stolz


Ox-Cart Man 
     by Donald Hall

     by Leo Lionni

A Chair for My Mother 
      by Vera B. Williams

Clifford's Spring Clean-Up 
     by Norman Bridwell

How the Second Grade Got $8205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty 
     by Nathan Zimelman

 The View from Saturday
     by E. L. Konigsburg

A Wrinkle in Time
     by Madeling L'Engle

Ruby Holler
     by Sharon Creech

The Chalk Box Kid
     by Clyde Robert Bulla

Chicken Sunday
     by Patricia Polacco

 Sharpen the Saw

Owl Moon 
     by Jan Yolen

The Snowy Day 
     by Ezra Jack Keats

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! 
     by Mo Willems

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
     by D. B. Johnson

Me I Am! 
     by Jack Prelutsky

 The Mysteries of Harris Brudick
     by Chris Van Allsburg

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
     by DyAnne Disalvo-Ryan

The New Kid on the Block
     by Jack Prelutsky

A Light in the Attic
    by Shel Silverstein

Wind in the Long Grass: A Collection of Haiku
     edited by William Higginson