Core Values Education
The goal of Core Values Education in the Lower School is to develop thoughtful, just, and compassionate students.
Beyond the specific instructions to teach core values, the classrooms are the best place to foster a culture of kindness, care, and respect so those values become a routine way of working and learning together. By focusing on building community, first with classmates then outside the Saint Mary’s Hall campus, Lower School students are given many opportunities to become thoughtful leaders. The result is a “culture of caring” and respect for all members of the community.
|Saint Mary's Hall serves as the charter organization for the parent-led Cub Scout Pack #496. For girls, the scouting program begins with Daisies and continues to the Junior Girl Scout level in Form 5. Both Boy and Girl Scouts participate in community and campus service projects, and they are an integral part of the annual Veterans' Day Recognition Ceremony.|
The Lower School has a full-time counselor who works with students, teachers, and parents and also teaches classroom guidance lessons at all Form levels. Lessons include topics such as developing friendship, taking responsibility for actions, learning positive communication skills, participating in compliment activities, making cards for sick friends or patients at local hospitals, roleplaying bullying prevention activities, and beginning to learn appropriate digital citizenship.
|Monday through Thursday, Forms 1 - 5 students begin their day with Morning Moments, and in Montessori & Kindergarten the teacher and students greet one another in Circle Time. On Mondays, students and teachers enjoy Chapel and a celebration of faith. Each day, a Core Value is emphasized, pledges are recited, patriotic songs are sung, and Bible verses are read in both English and Spanish. One day a week is devoted to the celebration of students' volunteer work in the community.|