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Peter Kirk Elementary
1312 6th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033 | 425 936-2590
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Lifelong Guidelines and Life Skills
At Peter Kirk we have adopted the Lifelong Guidelines of:
  • Trustworthiness  - To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence
  • Truthfulness - To be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others.
  • Active Listening - To listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate
  • No Put-Downs - To never use words, actions, and/or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others
  • Personal Best - To do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources
These five Lifelong Guidelines provide consistent parameters and expectations of conduct in our school community – what behaviors to expect from ourselves and others. They are the social outcomes we set for our school community.  They also ensure that all students are in an environment that encourages exploring, discovering, and learning.  These behaviors contribute to a sense of workability in life, not only in our classrooms and school now, but also as an adult.
The fifth Lifelong Guideline, Personal Best, is defined by 18 Life Skills we will be working on as a school community.
  • Caring:  To feel and show concern for others
  • Common Sense:  To use good judgment
  • Cooperation:  To work together
  • Courage:  To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences
  • Curiosity:  A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world
  • Effort:  To do your best
  • Flexibility:  To be willing to alter plans when necessary
  • Friendship:  To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring
  • Initiative:  To do something, of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done
  • Integrity:  To act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong
  • Organization:  To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use
  • Patience: To wait calmly for someone or something
  • Perseverance:  To keep at it
  • Pride:  Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best
  • Problem Solving:  To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems
  • Resourcefulness:  To respond to challenges and opportunities to innovative and creative ways
  • Responsibility:  To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one’s actions
  • Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others