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As we move along throughout the year, you will find everything you need linked in the hub. All staff newsletters, as well as instructions for testing and any forms you might need throughout the year.
Greenbrook School-wide Theme
Responsive Classroom for 2019/2020
Our three focus areas for the school year are:
- First Six Weeks of School
- Responding to Behavior
- Teacher Language
Each grade level representative will be guiding you through the First Six Weeks of School. We will continue to use Zones of Regulation, which will also be taught during the First Six Weeks of School using plans the committee updated.
If you have not yet been trained in Responsive Classroom, John and Mark Bocian will be offering training throughout the school year. This is a Greenbrook initiative, and we are encouraging all staff members to become trained. We also discussed providing teachers with a Responsive Classroom mentor if you'd like one.
Responsive Classroom Discipline
Logical Consequences should be respectful, realistic and related to the behavior. We always want to be able to give the student the chance to try again within a reasonable amount of time.
Please refer to the Behavioral Flow Chart and the T-Chart of Behaviors when necessary.
Recharge Station-The recharge station should be used when a student is engaging in a behavior that is disruptive or disrespectful in nature. Every teacher will be given a recharge station label. Zones posters should be displayed in this area, and tools for strategies to be used.
School-wide tools to be used include:
- Five Finger Breathing
- Wall/hands Push-Ups
- Squeeze and Release
Buddy Classroom- Please find yourself a buddy teacher (usually the teacher next door) where your student can go to if they need a change in environment. The student shall simply sit and decompress until they are ready to go back and try again. You can also do this without the student knowing by having them take a PURPLE folder to deliver to that teacher. Throughout the building we will know the the purple folder indicates that student needs a break.
Procedures That Should Be The Same in Every Classroom
Hallway Expectations- Students and teachers alike should be expected to be silent when walking in the hallways. Please require students to stay to the right, walk in a straight line, wave a silent hello, and generally be polite in the hallway. If you need to converse with another staff member while walking in the hallway, please do so quietly as to model expected behavior for our students.
Bathroom Procedures- When students leave your classroom to use the restroom, they should be required to ask permission (hand signal, verbal request, etc.) Specials teacher should model their own procedures for requesting permission to use the bathroom.
Traveling to Specials- Once classroom rules are established, please carry them to specials. You will be provided with a metal ring to keep your rules by your classroom door, so that they are easily accessible. Establishing rules is in Part 1 of the Responsive Classroom book.
Line Order- Please assemble your students in line order, alphabetically by last name. This makes lunchroom and recess lineup and dismissal much easier for those staff who are out there and reduces behavior problems. We understand that as students move in, they will be added to the end of your line, regardless of last name.
Quiet Time- Students shall be using quiet time to READ, DRAW, REST only. We do not want students using quiet time to make up work, write, play games or use chrome books. The purpose of quiet time is to recharge, and we have decided as a committee that quiet time should not be taken away from any student for any reason ever.
Homework- Per district policy, homework can be given, but should be for the purpose of practice. No student shall ever be given a consequence for not completing homework. Non-completion of homework can be used as a discussion piece during parent-teacher conferences or on a parent call if the student's grades are suffering.
Morning Message- Should be done in every classroom, including specials and service providers. It is not necessary for specials and service providers to complete all of the other components of morning meeting.
Breakfast and Lunch Procedures and Expectations
Lunch- Students will sit in line order at their tables. Teachers will assign a clean up crew (2 students) from their classroom that will be responsible for cleaning up their area. Each table will be assigned a bucket with a hand brush and dustpan for students to use. Overflow tables will remain and expectations will be communicated to students on the first two days of school.
Please check the schedule as to when your class will be reviewing lunchroom expectations with Mr. G and recess expectations with Ms. Parvin.
Modeling of Expectations- A schedule has been created for the modeling of lunchroom and recess expectations by grade level. Kindergarten through third grade will be coming into the lunchroom per the schedule. If a class has a special at that time, the specials teacher will bring the class to the lunchroom and playground. Fourth and fifth grade will be doing this during their regular lunch/recess times. Fourth grade will start on the playground at 11:25. Fifth grade will start in the lunchroom at 11:25 and they will rotate at 11:40.
On Wednesday, August 21, please bring your students to lunch 10 minutes early so we can review expectations with them before lunch starts.
Dismissal Procedure Changes
Please let me know if you are new to the building and need assistance with Seesaw.