Desert View's PBIS Newsletter
September 2021 Vol. 3 No. 2
Desert View's School Wide Expectations
For the month of August, Desert View had a virtual PBIS assembly. Students got a chance to watch some teachers do things the wrong way and act pretty darn silly! Our Desert View Stars were also able to see students display our valued school-wide expectations--Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe, in the video.
At Desert View, we want our students to strive to do their best, gain life long skills, and move and interact in a safe and secure environment, so we believe in teaching expected behaviors not just inside the classroom but all around our campus. Encourage your child to follow the rules of their classroom as well as the school--Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe!
PROBLEM BEHAVIOR AT HOME?
- Don’t assume children know the expectations for different areas of your home: Sit down and talk with your child(ren) about what is expected of them.
- Have a routine: Having a routine in place also gives children the predictability that they crave in such changing times.
- Structured Choice: If possible, allow your child(ren) an option as to what assignments or tasks they’d like to do first. Structured choice lets kids feel like they have some say in what they are doing.
- Identify Triggers: You know your child best. Try to identify triggers to the behavior problems you are seeing. For example, your child throws a fit when he/she has to leave or stop a fun activity. Remind your child of your expectations before the event. Reinforce them positively if you see them meet those expectations.
- Give a Warning: Transitions or the end of an enjoyable activity can be difficult for kids, try and give them a warning, set a timer, etc. so they can anticipate what's coming.
- Break homework assignments into manageable chunks.
- Give breaks when needed: Playing outside or having quiet time in their room can help reset children when overstimulated by siblings or a task.
- Stay Calm: You are modeling what you want to see in your child.
- Don’t act when you are angry: If your child did something that is upsetting to you, take a moment away from your child to calm your emotions before speaking with your child.
- Be kind to yourself: Go for a walk, listen to relaxing music, don’t talk/think negatively about yourself, be kind to others.
- Have realistic expectations for your child’s age/grade level.
- If your child is upset, allow them time to self-regulate (calm down on their own).
Also, create effective consequences that will help teach them what acceptable behavior is vs. unacceptable behavior. Give your child your attention and catch them being good. Praise them when you see or hear the desirable behavior. For example, “Thank you for getting started on your homework without being asked,” “Good job for asking mom when you needed help, without getting frustrated/whining,” “I appreciate that you cleaned up your room with a positive attitude today,” “You really gave your best effort on setting the table for dinner” etc.
Calling All 5th and 6th Graders!
The PBIS team is looking for some respectful and responsible student leaders to be a part of our Jr. Stars Team. Some of the requirements are:
Be a good citizen
Have good work habits and model good behavior
Demonstrate positive leadership qualities
Understand that work is involved as a representative
Attend 1 monthly meetings during lunch or as needed
Get along well with classmates and teachers
Be on time to school and have good attendance
Work well with others
Parents, if your child brings home an application, they will need your signature, so be on the lookout for this unique opportunity!