October Parent Newsletter 2016
Promoting Positive School Climate
Prairie school-wide group expectations are displayed around the school. You may have notice the sign which reads: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. Staff has spent the past three weeks front loading these principles daily. Teachers have been discussing what these behaviors look like and sound like in their classroom, hallway, restrooms, cafeteria and on the bus. What does being responsible look like in the classroom? It means following directions the first time, talking to a learning partner when prompted by the teacher, and putting away materials as directed. What does being responsible at home look like? It looks the same as it does at school. It means coming inside the house when asked, feeding the cat/dog when asked, walking the dog daily with or without being asked and/or caring for a younger sibling that fell.
You may have noticed teachers, support staff and parent volunteers greeting you and your child as they enter school in the morning and as they leave school in the afternoon. We know that it's the 'little' things that matter. A smile, a simple "Hello" and a high-five go along way in creating a school where students, parents and staff feel a sense of belonging. Our goal is to acknowledge students daily that display positive behaviors. Research supports that when meaningful adults acknowledge positive behaviors displayed daily by students it reinforces the positive behavior displayed, and, we notice students that are off-task self correct their off-task behaviors. Try this strategy at home. When you call your children to the dinner table praise the child that is sitting quietly and/or talking to their sibling and see how your other children react to the positive praise.
One way Prairie teachers reinforce positive behaviors at school is by recognizing students who demonstrate positive behaviors by saying, "Thank you for filling my bucket!" and handing the student a slip of paper which they can bring to the office and put inside our Praise bucket. During morning announcements we draw names from the Praise bucket, read their names over the announcement praising them publically for displaying one or more of our three principles: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe.
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