Dear parents and guardians,
 
The principal, behavior specialist, bus driver and first grade teachers have been talking with the first graders about the rules in our school.  Our school uses the Responsive Classroom approach to creating a safe and caring learning environment.
 
 These are the guiding principles of the Responsive Classroom:
*The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
*How children learn is as important as what they learn.
*The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
*There is a specific set of social skills that children need in order to be successful academically and socially.  We use the acronym CARES to identify these skills-Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control.
*Knowing the children we teach individually, culturally and developmentally is as important as knowing the content we teach.
*How the adults at school work together to accomplish their mission is as important as individual competence.
 
Using these statements, the first graders have helped to decide what they think is needed for us to have safe, fun place to learn.  The rules that we came up with are listed below.  All of the students have signed a poster to show their commitment to following these rules.  Please discuss the rules with your child.  Please sign and return this letter to school.
 
Our Classroom Rules:
1.  Treat Others How You Want to be Treated
2.  Listen and Follow Directions
3.  Walk
4.  Respect Property
 
If the rules are broken these are the steps we follow:
1st Time – Reminder
2nd Time – Think About It
3rd Time – In at Recess
4th Time – Parent Contact
 
Students who demonstrate good behavior for the month and do not get a pink slip or bus slip will earn an Eagle Gram.
 
Thank you for your help and support,
Mrs. Kobs and Mrs. Rice