Classroom Rules and Expectations 


Dear Parents, 

I am looking forward to working with your child in our classroom community.  In order to establish a safe, caring, and respectful environment in our classroom, we need to work together.  We all have hopes and dreams for this school year.  My hope is that our room will be a community where everyone feels safe and is able to learn.  Your child shared his/her hope and dream for first grade.  The process of communicating hopes and dreams sets a tone of respect, unity, and helps the children feel vested in their own goals and dreams.  After we shared our goals, we generated classroom rules that will allow us to accomplish our hopes and dreams. 
By generating our classroom rules collectively, the students are more apt to understand and respect the rules that they made.  It is essential that each student have a say in the construction of our safe, caring, and respectful community.  After generating ideas, we condensed them into four positive rules:

Listen and follow directions.

Be respectful to others and school property.

Be responsible for yourself.

No interrupting.

Try your best!

 *We discussed what each rule would look and sound like in our room.  We will continue to role-play and model the rules so that they become routine during our first grade day.  Concrete examples help the children understand how actions help us achieve our goals.

I believe that every child can behave appropriately in our classroom.  Each child deserves to learn in a productive and non-threatening environment.  If a child chooses not to follow our classroom rules, I intend to use logical consequences.  For example, if a child is not respecting another classmate, they will be required to make amends with that student.  Our goal is to help students learn from their mistakes, gain self-control, preserve friendships, and maintain a safe, orderly classroom.  Almost all children need reminders about behavior sometime during the school year.  If a child makes the choice not to follow the classroom rules the following are possible logical consequences:

·“You Break It, You Fix It” - If a child hurts someone’s feelings, they have the opportunity to make amends by doing something that would repair the friendship.  This consequence can be used for emotional and physical repairs.

·“Loss of Privilege”- If a child chooses to break a rule, they may lose a privilege.  It helps the child understand the connection between privileges and responsibilities.

"Time-out" – If a child chooses not to make good choices, time-outs help them recover control to make a better choice.  It is non-negotiable and is used to establish school rules.  I will always emphasize… “I like you.  I don’t like the choices you are making.”

·EXTREME BEHAVIORS – Such as: consistent misbehaving, disrespect, temper tantrums, swearing, stealing, deliberately harming another child and/or destroying property will be dealt with by the principal, Mr. Schuler,  and may result in a Behavior Slip.

Our school also uses "warning slips" for areas like the hallways, bathrooms, lunchroom, playground, etc.  Please refer to the parent handbook on line if you have any questions.

I use yellow "reminder" sticks to help keep track of students' misbehaviors.  At the end of the week, we will have some time for "Friday Fun".  Students will lose one minute of "Friday Fun" for each reminder that week.  If a student receives 3 reminder sticks in one day, I will contact you through email or a phone call.  If a child is frequently having difficulty following the classroom rules, his/her parents will be notified so that we can discuss the situation, and possibly come up with an alternative behavior plan.

It is in your child’s best interest that we all work together with this and all aspects of your child’s education.  Therefore, I will keep you informed of your child’s progress.  Please notify me of any concerns or events that may affect your child’s learning.   Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Schmidt

972-6200, ext. 4103