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Classroom Rules: As part of our Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS) program, Palos East has created a matrix in which examples of good behavior are given. We want our students to be respectful, responsible, honest and compassionate. I have listed the ways in which the students can exhibit the behavior that is expected in the classroom below.

  1. Students will be respectful by being a good listener, raising their hands quietly and using quiet voices.
  2. Students will be responsible by coming to school prepared, doing their work and participating in class.
  3. Students will be honest by keeping their eyes on their own work and by admitting mistakes and wrongdoings.
  4. Students will be compassionate by using kind words, sharing with others and helping one another.

Rewards for Good Behavior: Bookmarks

  1. Pencils
  2. Stickers
  3. Lunch with the teacher
  4. Class free time
  5. Computer time
  6. Treasure chest prize
  7. Coupon for PBIS drawing

Consequences for Poor Behavior:
The students will use a card system in which they will keep track of their behavior. The chart is called Above and Beyond and manages daily behavior while encouraging students to create excellent-character building opportunities by making good choices. Students begin in the green zone to show they are having a good day and following rules. If a student does not follow rules or isn't demonstrating good conduct they will be asked to move his or her name to the to the yellow zone. If a student continues to misbehave they will then move his or her name to the red area. If this happens contact is made home through an e-mail.
When a student is asked to move to the top section of the chart, he or she has done something excellent that deserves noting. They have behaved above and beyond. For example, using caring and polite manners, or helping someone in need. 


Homework Policy: Students will be given homework daily. Every night they will have their assignments written in their assignment notebook. Please go over the homework with your child every night and if you have any concerns regarding the content, please let me know. In addition, I ask that you initial your child’s homework notebook each night once your student has completed all homework assignments. Throughout the year, students will also be completing projects related to what we are learning. Information will be sent home for these projects and I ask that you please help your student with the project and make sure the project is turned in by the due date.

Snacks: Please send healthy snacks with your child whenever possible. During snack time, the students will be listening to a read aloud or if we have not completed our lesson, we will “eat while we work.” I discourage drinks or beverages during snack time. The children will be allowed to get drinks throughout the  day.

We are a peanut free room so please check food labels before packing your child's snack. 

Water bottles:
To avoid spills, and there are many, please try and send your child with a bottle that has a mouth piece that can be pushed open or shut. The spills damage books, papers, and take away from learning time due to the clean-up.  Bottles should not be sent to school filled as they sometimes open in back packs.

Reading logs:                                                                                                  
Students in grade 4 are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night, 5 nights per week. The students can read any media of their choice: books, magazines, our weekly reading selection, newspapers, etc. At the beginning of each month a calendar will be sent home. The reading log is due on the date indicated. Please do not sign the reading log if your child is not reading. First, it sends the wrong message. Second, it teaches your child responsibility for his/her accountability. I am aware some students do not like to read, and rewarding them for something they are not doing is wrong. We will find another way to encourage and support non-readers.  

If a reading is ever lost or misplaced, I will happily accept a note from home indicating that your child did read each evening! Children that turn in a reading log receive a reward and are eligible for a 'special' prize.

[Part of my reading effort grade will be the reading logs]

 Scholastic Book Orders

Each month your child will bring home a scholastic book order. I often staple many different orders together to allow you more of a choice when selecting books. If you choose to order, please send the completed book order form to school by the date indicated with one check for the total amount made payable to Scholastic Books. There is also an option to order online. This information will come home with each book order.

Birthdays
In accordance with District 118’s student wellness initiative both edible and inedible treats are no longer permitted to help celebrate students’ birthdays. Each student will be recognized in class for his or her special day. Additionally, we cannot pass out small gifts or birthday tokens. If you would like to donate a book to our classroom in honor of his/her day, I can read it aloud to all my students.

* If your child is planning a party outside of school, please do not bring invitations to pass out at school unless every boy or every girl (respectively) in the class is invited. This avoids hurt feelings and keeps unity in our classroom. Invitations to select students can be sent to the child’s home.































































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Classroom Rules: As part of our Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS) program, Palos East has created a matrix in which examples of good behavior are given. We want our students to be respectful, responsible, honest and compassionate. I have listed the ways in which the students can exhibit the behavior that is expected in the classroom below.

  1. Students will be respectful by being a good listener, raising their hands quietly and using quiet voices.
  2. Students will be responsible by coming to school prepared, doing their work and participating in class.
  3. Students will be honest by keeping their eyes on their own work and by admitting mistakes and wrongdoings.
  4. Students will be compassionate by using kind words, sharing with others and helping one another.

Rewards for Good Behavior:

  1. Bookmarks
  2. Pencils
  3. Stickers
  4. Lunch with the teacher
  5. Class free time
  6. Computer time
  7. Treasure chest prize
  8. Coupon for PBIS drawing

Consequences for Poor Behavior: The students will use a card system in which they
will keep track of their behavior. There will be four colors: green, yellow, red and purple. The students will begin each day by checking in on the behavior chart and none of the colors will be showing. Throughout the day, they may have to change their color and I will explain the consequences below.


  1. Green- Warning
  2. Yellow- Students will complete a problem solving sheet in which they will tell the problem they are having and how it can be solved. This will be signed by the student, teacher and parent.
  3. Red- I will call home to discuss the problem with student parents and how the problem can be solved.
  4. Purple- Acknowledges a student doing a job above and beyond expectations.

Every day the students will have a form (calendar) in their homework folder in which they are to track their own behavior. The day/date will not be colored unless they end the day on red.

Homework Policy: Students will be given homework daily. Every night they will have their assignments written in their assignment notebook. Please go over the homework with your child every night and if you have any concerns regarding the content, please let me know. In addition, I ask that you initial your child’s homework notebook each night once your student has completed all homework assignments. Throughout the year, students will also be completing projects related to what we are learning. Information will be sent home for these projects and I ask that you please help your student with the project and make sure the project is turned in by the due date.

Snacks: Please send healthy snacks with your child whenever possible. During snack time, the students will be listening to a read aloud or if we have not completed our lesson, we will “eat while we work.” I discourage drinks or beverages during snack time. The children will be allowed to get drinks throughout the  day

Water Bottles -                                                                                                                                To avoid spills, and There are many, please try and send your child with a bottle that has a mouth piece that can be pushed open or shut. The spills damage books, papers, and take away from learning time due to the clean-up.

Reading logs                                                                                                   Students In grade 4 are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night, 5 nights per week. The students can read any media of their choice: books, magazines, our weekly reading selection, newspapers, etc. At the beginning of each month a calendar will be sent home. The reading log is due on the date indicated. Please do not sign the reading log if your child is not reading. First, it sends the wrong message. Second, it teaches your child responsibility for his/her accountability. I am aware some students do not like to read, and rewarding them for something they are not doing is wrong. We will find another way to encourage and support non-readers.  

If a reading is ever lost or misplaced, I will happily accept a note from home indicating that your child did read each evening! Children that turn in a reading log receive a reward and are eligible for a 'special' prize.

 Scholastic Book Orders

Each month your child will bring home a scholastic book order. I often staple many different orders together to allow you more of a choice when selecting books. If you choose to order, please send the completed book order form to school by the date indicated with one check for the total amount made payable to Scholastic Books. There is also an option to order online. This information will come home with each book order.

Birthdays
In accordance with District 118’s student wellness initiative both edible and inedible treats are no longer permitted to help celebrate students’ birthdays. Each student will be recognized in class for his or her special day. Additionally, we cannot pass out small gifts or birthday tokens. If you would like to donate a book to our classroom in honor of his/her day, I can read it aloud to all my students.

* If your child is planning a party outside of school, please do not bring invitations to pass out at school unless every boy or every girl (respectively) in the class is invited. This avoids hurt feelings and keeps unity in our classroom. Invitations to select students can be sent to the child’s home.





















































































































































































 































































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