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At Embers Academy, virtue education is the cornerstone of our learning environment.

Calendar of Virtues

How does a “Spark” learn the faith?

At Embers, an integral part of a student’s journey is to discover their relationship with Christ.

1. Experience

By experiencing it being lived in family life and at school

2. Virtue

Embers faculty and staff are the examples of virtues to your child with their personal and professional lives.

3. Truth

Daily, your child is presented with the truths of the Catholic faith, communicated by a premier catechetical program. This approach is aimed at satisfying your child intellectual curiosity and answering his or her big questions: Who am I? Who made me? For what purpose? Where am I going?

4. Divine Filiation

Embers is imbued with the spirit of Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Church that seeks to support the laity in their striving for holiness in ordinary life in the middle of the world. In this same spirit, your child is presented with the truth of divine filiation, that he or she is a beloved and cherished child of God. This is a well of optimism.

5. Piety

Students attend an All-School Mass every Wednesday, along with faith practices and traditions that are incorporated into the school days, to resonate with the natural piety that exists in your child’s heart. For example, morning, noon, and end of the day prayers, advent practices, Eucharistic visits on First Fridays, doing the stations of the cross during lent, and May crowning, to name a few.

Faith

Embers Sparks learn the Faith by truth, piety and experience.

Truth

Students are presented with the truths of the Catholic faith, communicated by a premier catechetical program. This approach is aimed at satisfying your child’s intellectual curiosity and answering his or her big questions: Who am I? Who made me? For what purpose? Where am I going?

Religion Curriculum

PreSchool
Images of God (Ignatius Press)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program

Kindergarten

Spirit of Truth (Sophia Institute for Teachers)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program

Grades 1 – 5
Faith and Life Series (Ignatius Press)

Piety

Students learn to embrace the tenets of the Catholic faith through participation in faith practices and traditions that are incorporated into the school days and which resonate with the natural piety that exists in children’s hearts:

  • All-School Mass
  • Daily classroom prayers in the morning, at noon, and at the end of the day
  • Visits to the Blessed Sacrament
  • Weekly confessions made available
  • Classroom and All-School Rosaries
  • Stations of the Cross during Lent
  • Celebrations of major feast days and special liturgical events, such as Our Lady’s May Crowning

Experience

Students’ learning environment and their school day incorporate Faith practices and traditions that resonate with the natural piety that exists in your child’s heart. For example, weekly all-school Mass; morning, noon and end of day prayers; Advent practices; Eucharistic visits during the week; Stations of the Cross during Lent; and May Crowning of our Lady, to name a few.

Calendar of Virtues & Virtue Book List

September

Respect & Responsibility

Respect is treating others with kindness and consideration. Responsibility is taking good care of the people, tasks, and things entrusted to us.

 

  • Play With Me, Marie Hall (PK-1st)
  • Winter on the Farm by Laura Ingalls Wilder (PK-1st)
  • Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie DePaola (PK-1st)
  • The Sidewalk Patrol, Larry Dane Brimner (2nd – 3rd)
  • Sarah’s Sleepover, Bobbie Rodriguez (2nd – 3rd)
  • Real Cowboys by Katie Hoefler (2nd – 3rd)
  • 100 Dresses, Eleanor Estes (4th – 5th)
  • Oma’s Quilt, Paulette Bourgeois, and Stephane Jorisch (4th – 5th)
  • The Kitchen Knight, retold by Margaret Hodges (4th – 5th)
  • Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter Roop (4th – 5th)
October

Diligence

Diligence is defined as steady, earnest, and energetic effort.  It is doing what needs to be done carefully and with devotion, dedication, and determination.

 

  • Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky (PK-1st )
  • The Babe and I by David Adler (PK-1st )
  • The Oxcart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney (PK-1st)
  • Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone (2nd – 3rd )
  • The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies (2nd – 3rd)
  • Angelo by David Macauley (2nd – 3rd)
  • Cowboy Charlie by Jeannette Winter (2nd – 3rd)
  • A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert (4th – 5th)
  • They Were Strong and Good by Robert Lawson (4th – 5th)
  • The Ten Mile Day: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad by Mary Ann Fraser (4th – 5th)
November

Gratitude

Gratitude is a readiness to show appreciation for a gift received and to return kindness with a thankful heart.

 

  • One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims, B.G. Hennesy (PK-1st )
  • Thank You, Dear God, Helen Haidle (PK-1st )
  • Sharing the Bread, Pat Zietlow Miller (PK-1st )
  • Thank you, Sarah, by Laurie Halse Anderson (2nd – 3rd)
  • How Many Days to America: A Thanksgiving Story, Eve Bunting (2nd – 3rd)
  • Thank You Mr. Falkner, Patricia Polacco (2nd – 3rd)
  • Cranberry Thanksgiving Wende and Harry Devlin (2nd – 3rd)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (4th – 5th)
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims, James Daugherty (4th-5th)
December

Charity

Charity is love for God and love for others as expressed in acts of kindness and compassion.

 

  • The Clown of God, Tomie De Paola (PK-1st)
  • Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (PK-1st)
  • The Grizzly Sisters, Cathy Bellows (PK-1st)
  • The Night of Los Posadas by Tomie de Paola (2nd – 3rd)
  • The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans (2nd – 3rd)
  • The Cathedral Mouse by Kay Chorao (2nd – 3rd)
  • Ribbon Rescue by Munsch (2nd – 3rd)
  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston (4th – 5th)
  • Christmas and the Old House, Mister Tom T. Hall (4th – 5th)
January

Courage

Courage is defined as the strength of mind to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

 

  • Bravery Soup by  Maryann Cocca-Leffler (PK-1st)
  • Brave Irene by William Steig (PK-1st)
  • JoJo’s Flying Side Kick, by Brian Pinkney (PK-1st)
  • Bears on Hemlock Mountain, by Alice Dalgliesh (2nd – 3rd)
  • Hard Times on the Prairie: adapted from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illus. by Renee Graef (2nd – 3rd)
  • Helen Keller:  Courage in the Dark by Johanna Hurwitz (2nd – 3rd)
  • Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine Atkins (4th – 5th)
  • Follow the Dream, The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis (4th – 5th)
  • Joan of Arc: The Lilymaid, by Joe Hayes (4th – 5th)
February

Loyalty

Loyalty is being faithful and true to our duties, family and friends, and ideals.

 

  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (PK-1st)
  • The Biggest and Best Flag That Ever Flew by Rebecca Jones (PK-1st)
  • Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela Turner (PK-1st)
  • The Legend of Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola (PK-1st)
  • Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (2nd – 3rd)
  • By Dawn’s Early Light by Steven Kroll (2nd – 3rd)
  • A Dog Came Too by Ainslie Manson (2nd-3rd)
  • Francis Scott Key and the Star-Spangled Banner by Lynea Bowdish (4th-5th)
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (4th-5th)
March

Service

Service is helping others, giving an act of assistance.

 

  • Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton (PK-1st)
  • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards (PK-1st)
  • Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner (PK-1st)
  • Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross by Patricia Lakin (2nd-3rd)
  • A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale by David Adler (2nd-3rd)
  • The Sign Painter’s Dream by Roger Roth (2nd-3rd)
  • Mother Teresa by Demi (4th-5th)
  • A Band of Angels by Deborah Hopkinson (4th-5th)
  • Johnny Appleseed by Margaret Hodges (4th-5th)
April

Compassion

Compassion is understanding the pain or need of others and acting to end their distress.

 

  • The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen (PK-1st)
  • Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie DePaola (PK-1st)
  • The Paper Crane by Molly Bang (PK-1st)
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham (2nd- 3rd)
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña (2nd-3rd)
  • Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon (2nd-3rd)
  • Nobiah’s Well, Donna W. Guthrie (4th-5th)
  • King Solomon and the Bee, adapted by Dalia Hardof (4th-5th)
  • Compassion – The Story of Clara Barton, Deborah Woodworth (4th-5th)
May

Hope

Hope is to expect with confidence, to desire with expectation of fulfillment.

 

  • All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen (PK-1st)
  • Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein (PK-1st)
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss (PK-1st)
  • The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe (2nd-3rd)
  • Albert by Donna Jo Napoli (2nd-3rd)
  • George Ferris: What a Wheel! by Barbara Lowell (2nd-3rd)
  • Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi (2nd-3rd)
  • The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen (4th-5th)
  • Wild Horses of Sweetbriar by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (4th-5th)
  • The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (4th-5th)

    Virtue Vista

    The Virtue Vista monthly newsletter aims to reinforce the collaborative relationship between school and home. This important communication provides parents with a brief explanation of the “Virtue of the Month” that faculty, staff, and students strive to cultivate at school throughout each day.

    Virtue Vistas provide practical tips for parents to help their children strengthen virtue at home through practice. A brief list of suggested children’s literature that encompasses the virtue being lived that month is another feature of this communication. This reinforcement at home helps children to apply lessons learned at school to real-life situations which strengthen both their understanding and growth in the “Virtue of the Month”.