Sam Placentino Elementary School
Student Handbook 2012-2013
Dear Students, This is your school, and I want you to be comfortable here. You, and all the other students who make up our Placentino School family, are expected to show respect for every person in the school, as well as for the school building and the playground. This means that you know our special Placentino School rules and that you behave according to those rules in your classroom, in the hallways, in the bathrooms, in the cafetorium, on the playground and on the bus.
CARE Cooperation Acceptance Responsibility Effort Our CARE rules help us to remember how to be kind and considerate in everything we do at Placentino. I hope that you will remember these special rules and that they will become a part of your life wherever you are, when you are at home with your family, playing in your neighborhood, or any other place you may go. Please read this handbook carefully with your parents. It has a lot of important information, which will help you enjoy your years at our school. It also has ideas and suggestions about how you can make Placentino a great place to go to school. See if you can come up with some ideas of your own!
Dear Parents, A positive school climate is an important ingredient of a healthy and effective school. This handbook was written so that all students, family members, and teachers will be clear about what is expected in order to make our school a safe and comfortable place of learning for everyone. As a school we believe:
In lifelong learning In the value of diversity In the value of each student as an individual In the unique qualities of each student In the partnership with parents and community In innovation In sharing responsibility for learning
I realize that it helps to be explicit about how these beliefs are translated into behavior as students work and play in different settings throughout their school day. This handbook is intended to do just that. I ask that you read this handbook with your child, engaging in dialogue along the way, not just about what is expected, but why it is expected. I hope this handbook will generate some good discussion among family members. After reading it together, please sign the contract at the back of the handbook with your child and return it to your child’s teacher. One contract should be returned for each child. Thank you for your support as we work together to make Placentino a safe, healthy and educationally exciting school for each one of our young students. Sincerely,
WE ARE RESPECTFUL IN ALL PLACES
We are considerate of others in our words and our actions. We smile and greet one another. We treat each other and ourselves with respect. We are helpful. We are truthful. We listen when others speak. We use indoor voices and Nice Talk. We walk sensibly at all times when in the school building. We take care of our school. It is our school, so we treat it as a special place.
Something to think about: Think about a time when someone was kind or thoughtful to you. How did it make you feel? When you give a compliment, remember to be truthful, specific, and positive.
We arrive on time for school. When we are late we walk into the building with an adult and sign in at the office. Starting at 8:35, â€œEarly Birdsâ€? can enter at the Cafetorium door and wait quietly in the Cafetorium with a teacher until the tone sounds. We walk to our classrooms. We check our backpacks to be sure all notes and papers are given to the teacher. We begin our morning routine.
Something to think about: Entering the school building can be a loud and busy time. Try to remember to walk safely. If others around you are not being safe, try to walk around them so you won't be hurt.
IN THE HALLWAYS
We walk quietly and sensibly. We stay in line and we keep up with those ahead of us. We stay to the right on the stairs and we walk safely. We enjoy the bulletin boards without touching them. We hold the door for the next person behind us. We keep our eyes on the person in front of us.
Something to think about: When you see someone you know in the hall, you could smile and give them a small wave. This is a nice quiet way to greet someone in the hallway.
Can you draw a picture of you walking sensibly down the hallway?
IN THE CLASSROOM
We always try to do our best work. We respect each otherâ€™s ideas, work and belongings. We are polite, fair and show concern for otherâ€™s feelings. We find good ways to express our own feelings. We wait our turn and raise our hands.
Something to think about: Doesn't it feel good when you try something new and challenging and you do a great job? Can you think of something you did at school that made you feel very proud?
IN THE BATHROOM
We respect each otherâ€™s privacy. We remember to flush the toilet. We wash our hands. We leave the bathroom neat and clean. We return to the classroom right away. We remember to use the bathroom before lunch, recess and specialists classes.
Something to think about: If there are any problems in the bathroom, please let your teacher know right away.
ON THE BUS
We get on and off carefully. We find our seats safely and stay seated. We keep our belongings in our backpack. We keep our hands and property inside the bus. We follow the bus driverâ€™s instructions. We use indoor voices and Nice Talk. We keep all balls inside our backpack. We follow the Golden Bus rules.
Something to think about: Bring only safe items in your backpack. No glass items, objects with sharp edges, or objects that could be misinterpreted as dangerous should ever be on the bus.
Can you draw a picture of you and a friend sitting safely on the bus?
Be safe Use a quiet voice Sit in your seat 10
IN THE CAFETORIUM
We are kind to all of the adults that are there to help us. We smile and say “please” and “thank you”. We stay seated and raise our hands to ask for help. We use indoor voices. We use good table manners, making lunch a pleasant time for everyone. We clean our area before we leave the cafeteria. We are silent when the signal is given. We eat only what is in our lunchbox or what we buy with our lunch money. We follow the “YUMMY” rules.
Something to think about: Some children can become sick from eating certain foods. Please remember not to share or trade food with others. What is your favorite lunch?
Cafeteria Rules You should stay in your own space Use your quiet voices (Library voices) Make sure to raise your hand Mind your manners (Please and thank you) You should leave your area neat
ON THE PLAYGROUND
We follow the playground rules. We play and use equipment safely. We include, respect, and cooperate with others. We stay within the boundaries. We resolve problems peacefully. We ask an adult for help when needed. We line up quickly when signaled.
Something to think about: Have you ever noticed another student playing without a friend? How could you include them?
We wait in line quietly and sensibly. We walk calmly to the bus, bus line, cafetorium, or Extended Day. We check with our teacher before dismissal, if we are unsure of where to go at the end of the day. We meet the adult who is picking us up in the designated area for our grade. Something to think about: If you have special activities after school, ask your mom or dad to put a picture or a note card in your backpack so you will know where to go at the end of each school day.
STEPS TO TAKE IF SOMEONE IS NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES
Tell the person who is bothering you to stop. Walk quietly away from him or her. Tell the teacher or an adult what happened.
Something to think about:
Practice these Open Circle Problem Solving Steps: 1. Calm down. 2. Identify the problem. 3. Decide on a positive goal. 4. Think of several solutions. 5. Evaluate the solutions. 6. Make a plan and try it.
POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR MISBEHAVIOR
Verbal reminder or reprimand; expectations repeated and made clear. Time out in the classroom or in the school office. Loss of recess privilege for several minutes for one or more days. Verbal or written apology to the person who was mistreated or hurt. Draw a picture which shows a more appropriate choice. Description of behavior with alternative choices to be taken home for parentâ€™s signature. Telephone call to parents. Items that pose a danger or a nuisance taken away, and an appropriate consequence applied. School task to restore or fix result of unacceptable behavior. Parents asked to come to school. Removal from the bus for three days or more. After parent notification, being kept out of class or sent home at the discretion of the Principal.
OPEN CIRCLE and SKILLSTREAMING
The Placentino School Social Competency Program
Dear Children, When you are at school you must learn to get along with an entire classroom of other children and adults. In order to assist students with this adjustment each school year, you will be taught “People Skills,” or how to interact positively with others and to solve problems. These “People Skills” are based on the Skillstreaming and Open Circle programs and are consistent with our school’s core values. The Open Circle curriculum contains many lessons in three areas: creating a cooperative classroom environment, solving interpersonal problems, and building positive relationships. You will find some of these lessons on the next several pages. The Skillstreaming program includes some nonverbal signals, which are also included on these pages.
Listening/School Listening Look 1.
Look It is very important to look at the person who is speaking That is how the person knows you are really listening.
Stay Still Staying still means keeping your hands and feet still and not talking to friends. Sit up tall in your seat.
Think Pay attention. Think about what the person is saying. ***There is also a signal that goes along with the LISTENING skill. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch your ear lobe to show you are listening and remind others to listen.
Following Directions 1.
Listen. Remember the three steps of LISTENING.
Think about it. Think about what is being said.
Ask if needed. Ask questions if you donâ€™t understand.
Decide if you need to interrupt.
In an emergency it is appropriate to interrupt. If someone is sick or hurt or in danger then you should interrupt.
Walk up to the person.
Say, â€œExcuse me.â€? ***There is also a signal that goes along with the INTERRUPTING skill. Raise your hand with your palm facing outward if you need to remind someone not to interrupt.
Speaking Up 1.
Look at the person or group.
Speak loud enough. This will help people to hear and understand what you say. ***Remember to use NICE TALK whenever you can. Use a friendly look and a friendly voice. ***In some situations you may need to use BRAVE TALK. Remember to use a brave look and a brave voice.
Look away. Do not look at the person you want to avoid. You can turn your head away, look at a friend or pick up a book to look at.
Close your ears. You canâ€™t really close your ears, just try not to listen to the person who is bothering you.
Be quiet. Try not to say anything back to the person you are trying to ignore. ***There is also a signal that goes along with the IGNORING skill. Cup your hand over one of your ears if someone is bothering you.
Make a sharing plan. Write down all the things you can think about that you can share. Then write down all the things you know you can not share. You can check with a grown up if you are not sure. Talk about it with your friends.
Ask. Ask your friends if they agree with your plan. Ask your parents to check your plan.
Waiting Your Turn 1.
Say, “It’s hard to wait, but I can do it.” Think about all the times you may have to wait and say the sentences quietly to yourself.
Choose. a. Wait quietly. Remember this means not talking to friends or bothering anyone else. b.
Do something else. Think about if this is a good time to read a book or start some other lesson or draw a picture.
Do it. Make your choice and follow through.
Being Honest 1.
Think of what can happen. Think about the consequences for not telling the truth. Think about who may be hurt by being dishonest.
Decide to tell the truth. Punishing consequences are usually less severe you are honest about what has happened.
Say it. Sometimes you need to say, “I’m sorry I did it.”
Accepting Consequences 1.
Stop and think. It is important to calm down and follow the steps.
Decide if you are wrong. It is OK to make a mistake.
Say, “Yes, I did it. I’m sorry.” It is important to apologize and be honest If you have done something wrong.
Follow the direction. You need to try to fix the mistake you have made if you can.
Asking for Help 1.
Try it. It is important to try first yourself. Doing something difficult on your own can make you feel proud.
Say, “I need help.” Sometimes it’s frustrating when something is too difficult to do; then it is OK to ask for help. Remember to say, “Thank you,” if someone helps you.
"Double D" Behaviors 1.
A behavior is dangerous if someone might get hurt.
A behavior is destructive if something might get broken, damaged, or destroyed.
Ask yourself, "Is the behavior dangerous or destructive?"
If the answer is yes, tell an adult.
Calming Down 1.
Say to yourself, "Calm down."
Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose. Count to yourself up to four.
Breathe out slowly through your nose. Count backwards from four to one.
Practice calm breathing whenever you feel upset or too excited.
Solving a Problem 1.
Calm down and think. Practice the calm breathing steps.
Identify the problem. This is sometimes difficult, so think carefully.
Decide on a positive goal. Think about how you want things to end up.
Think of several solutions. Use brainstorming to think of as many ideas as you can. You may want to write down a list of possibilities.
Evaluate the solutions. Think about the consequences of each solution. Ask yourself, "What might happen if I try this?"
Make a plan and try it.