by Troy Schirmer
August 01, 2011
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Our school is using The Leader in Me program as an introduction to personal leadership. All
students have the capacity to lead in their own lives and affect those around them by making
positive choices. The Leader in Me provides students with activities that will help them learn
practical character and life skills that will lead to those positive choices. Written to appeal to
their age level, students are presented with fun activities designed to get them thinking.
Your student is about to embark on an exciting journey and our hope is that you will ask your
student how he/she is doing along the way. Having your student re-teach the content to you
will give him/her an even deeper understanding and will give both of you an opportunity to
learn together! On back you will find the 7 Habits taught in this program and an explanation of
The "Parent's Place" is available at www.TheLeaderlnMe.org. Here you will find ideas to use at
home to reinforce your child's learning and involve the family in a fun, interactive way.
Each teacher has a copy of The Leader in Me that they would be willing to check out to parents
that are interested in reading about the program.
Looking forward to a great year at Thunder Ridge,
Thunder Ridge Teachers
The 7 Habits
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. I look
for ways to be a good citizen.
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 follow my plan. I am disciplined and
Habit 4: Think Win-Win'"
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. When
conflicts arise, I look for a win·win solution.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood'"
I listen to other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoint
(paradigm). I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my
heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.
Habit 6: Synergize'"
I value other people's strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even
people who are different than me. I work well In groups. I seek out other people's ideas
because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than what any
one of us could alone. I look for Third Alternatives.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw'"
I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body). I learn in lots of ways and lots of
places, not just at school (brain). I spend time with family and friends (heart). I take time
to find meaningful ways to help people (soul). I balance all four parts of myself.