From the Dean of Students
Dear POP Stars,
It is my pleasure to welcome both new and returning students to Prince of Peace Catholic School!
As Dean of Students, it is my role to foster a healthy, safe, and inclusive school community built on living a life of virtue. This steadfast mission exists so that you can focus on pursuing your educational goals and maximizing your God-given potential. As a community, we strive to create safe spaces, new resources, and a top-notch staff to assist you as you continue your academic and spiritual endeavors.
As a member of the POP Community, a great deal will be asked of you both on and off campus. Living a life of virtue means always wanting to do good and recognizing that our actions as individuals can affect many others. We are not individuals moving around campus but part of a larger community of faith.
It is with vision in mind that I welcome you back to another great year at POP filled with love, friendship, faith, and partnership. Go POP Stars!
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pecikonis
Dean of Students
The Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) is a holy habit program that we have adopted not only as our anti-bullying program, but as a way to approach each day here at Prince of Peace Catholic School.
Every morning, we include the following message in our announcements: "Today I ask you to live a life of virtues so that these Holy Habits will lead you to make good choices throughout the day."
We ask ourselves each day:
• What virtue am I operating from?
• Could others see the virtue in me?
• Have I genuinely complimented someone today?
• Did the compliment mention a virtue?
• How can I do better tomorrow?
The Guiding Principles of VBRD are:
• We will commit to living virtue
• We will support others in living virtue
• We will commit to constructive thoughts, words, and deeds
• When we face conflict we will further cultivate virtue as part of the solution
Two Primary Outcomes are:
• Increase Faith Practices through virtue education, prayer, and virtue-based activities at home and at school
• Decrease anti-social behaviors by placing an emphasis on quality relationships and holding our students accountable and responsible for repairing harm
Virtues are holy habits for human excellence that direct our path toward heaven. The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
Each month we highlight one virtue for self reflection. Here are the virtues our students will discuss and practice throughout the year:
• Kindness - Friendly, helpful and well-meaning
• Love - A deep, tender feeling of affection toward a person
• Patience - The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship
• Compassion - Sympathetic awareness of others' distress, along with a desire to help alleviate it
• Courage - A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without fear
• Forbearance - Restraint under provocation; good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
• Faith - Complete confidence in a person, plan or set of beliefs
• Hope - The general feeling that a desire will be fulfilled
• Charity - Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; aid given to those in need
• Forgiveness - To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person, or about an offense
• Gentleness - Moderate and mild behavior; NOT rough or severe behavior
• Humility - A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
• Thankfulness - Warm, friendly feeling of gratitude
• Unity - Freedom from division; oneness
• Fortitude - Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
• Justice - Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response
• Prudence - Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead
• Temperance - Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression
Additional VBRD resources can be found here: Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline.
Our Virtue Prayer
We are chosen ones, holy and beloved. Help us to grow in heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, so we may bear with one another and be forgiving. If we have a grievance against another, may we be as forgiving as you have been with us. And over all these virtues may we put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. Let your perfect peace control our heart, the peace that calls us into one body. We are thankful, in your holy name.