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Dear Families,

I am looking forward to working with your child during their first year of school.  During kindergarten your child will continually be learning, changing and growing in all areas of development.  During the first few days of kindergarten, we talked about rules that they have had at home and other places including on the bus.  We talked about why we have rules.  The number one reason why we have rules is to stay safe!  In our kindergarten classroom, we want to create an atmosphere that is safe and can be a learning environment for all children.  We read the story How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen.  After this story we talked about the things the dinosaurs shouldn't do in school as well as the things that they school do in school, emphasizing on what we should do in school.  We then came up with four main rules that kindergartners should follow in our classroom.

 

 Help each other and share

This rule means that we will all help each other when help is needed and share our toys and supplies.

 Be nice to others

This rule means being a good friend, taking turns, saying nice words, using manners, and listening to others.

 Take care of everything in our room

This rule means taking care of our supplies, toys, and anything that belongs to ourselves or our classroom.

 Follow the Listening Rules

The listening rules are listed below.  Students are reminded to sit school style using those rules.

 

 

Listening Rules
Eyes on the Speaker
Body Still
Sit up Tall
Mouth Quiet

 We have talked about and continue practicing these rules.  If a rule is not being followed, the following consequences will be used. 

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I believe in having logical consequences for times when rules/guidelines are not followed. In order for a consequence to be effective, it must be relevant to the rule/guideline that was not followed, reasonable, realistic, and respectful. We all make mistakes, and want to do our best to learn from them.

Logical consequences fall into three categories. They are explained below.

1. You Break It - You Fix It: Whether it is a material that was broken or someone's feelings, they will be asked to fix it. That might include asking the person what they can do to make them feel better, or helping a student repair/fix a project that was damaged, etc.

2. Loss of Privilege: If classroom members are not following the guidelines for using certain materials or participating in certain activities, they can lose their privilege of using them for the period. I will always give them a chance the next day to show that they can use the equipment or participate in the activity according to the guidelines.

3. Take a Break: In our room students are asked to "Take a Break" if they are forgetting the guidelines. This is not meant to be a punishment, but rather a reminder and time for the students to gather control to rejoin the group. If an in-room "Take a Break" is not effective, students may be sent to a buddy room in which they can gain control there.

If the above is not effective, or for extreme behaviors such as hitting, swearing, or anything that may cause harm to themselves or others, a visit with the principal, Mr. Schuler, or assistant principal, Mr. Lahr may be necessary.  Other strategies such as conferencing or behavior plans will be used if necessary.  My hope is to model and encourage positive behavior and help guide students in using positive behaviors to solve their conflicts.

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At times, we will celebrate our successes, accomplishments, and positive behavior.  These celebrations will occur both individually and for the whole class.  Below are a few examples.

 Class

 Individual

 Verbal Praise

Verbal Praise 

Outdoor Time 

 Notes Home

 Free Time

 Awards

 Treats/Prizes

  Choice Time


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School-Wide Discipline

Tiger Paw Awards:  Tiger Paw Awards can be given out by any adult in the school for students who are demonstrating behavior above and beyond what is expected.  If a student receives a Tiger Paw Award, their name will be called during morning announcements and they will get their picture taken and displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway.

I Was Warned Slips:  I Was Warned slips can also be given to students by any adult in our school.  I Was Warned slips are given to students who are being disrespectful to others including name-calling and put-downs, interrupting, or not following the directions.  If a student receives three I Was Warned slips in one trimester, they will meet with Mr. Schuler or Mr. Lahr and a phone call will be placed to the parents.  If a student receives six I Was Warned slips in a trimester, a parent meeting will be scheduled with Mr. Schuler or Mr. Lahr.

Behavior Slips:  Behaviors Slips are given to a student when unsafe behavior is displayed by the student.  Students who receive a behavior slip will meet with Mr. Schuler or Mr. Lahr, a phone call will be made home, and the behavior slip must be signed by a parent and returned to school.

 

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Please read, discuss and review these classroom rules and consequences with your child.  I would like each child to understand that it is important to follow rules not just because our parents and teachers want us to, but because it is a respectful thing to do so we can all be safe, learn and get along.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by note, phone, or e-mail. Thank you for your support!

Meredith Huikko
Phone: (763) 972-6200 ext. 4002

e-mail: mhuikko@delano.k12.mn.us