Student Responsibilities, Rules & Consequences
Many parents have questions about student responsibilities, classroom rules, and the consequences for breaking classroom rules.  Below is a brief description of my expectations and practices in these areas.  As always, do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Student Responsibilities

During first grade students grow and mature a great deal.  As the year progresses your child will be expected to become more independent in the classroom.  First grade student responsibilities include:

•Unpack your own backpack in the morning.
•Put "take home folder" and other materials where they belong.
•Check "work folder" for unfinished work or choose a center and begin working.
•Put on your own outerwear, dealing with zippers, buttons and snaps.
•Learn to tie your own shoes.
•Work quietly.
•Ask for help when you need it.
•Clean up after yourself.
•Collect your work and notices and pack your own backpack at the end of the day.

Early in the year frequent reminders, prompts, and lots of help are provided.  As the year unfolds and the children show me that they are ready, I practice a "gradual release of responsibility" from reminding, prompting, and helping with these tasks.

Classroom Rules

Our rules are posted on the classroom wall.  We review the rules frequently during the first few weeks of school and as often as needed throughout the year.  Our rules are:

•We treat others with respect.  (We talk about this one a lot.  This means being kind and not teasing others.  It also means that we always keep our hands, feet, and objects to ourselves.)
•We listen.
•We raise our hands.
•We work quietly.
•We share.  (We share everything except food in our class.  This means we cooperate and take turns with supplies, books, etc.)
•We always do our best.

Consequences for Breaking Classroom Rules

I believe that logical consequences applied fairly and consistently are essential to children's growth and development.  When a child breaks a classroom rule, I begin by reminding the child of the rule.  Often that is all that is needed to help a child get back on track.  When a child breaks a rule repeatedly, other consequences may include:

•Losing a point on Class Dojo.
•Losing recess time to discuss the rule with me, to reflect on his/her behavior, and to practice the rule. 
•Apologizing (depending on the rule that was broken).

If a child continues to break a rule even after the consequences above are imposed, more serious consequences will be imposed.  These include:

•Calling a parent to discuss the behavior and how it will be handled in school and followed up on at home.
•Going to the office to have a chat with Mr. Haidemenos or Mr. Graf.  (Either Mr. Haidemenos, Mr. Graf, or I will call you to follow up if your child is sent to the office.)