have a school-wide behavior system in place at North Ohio. All
students will be taught behavioral and procedural expectations for
all major areas of the school. Those students making good choices
and who are being safe, respectful and responsible will have
opportunities to earn tickets from all areas of the school. The
children turn in their tickets to me and I will give them little bee
stickers to put on the behavior chart. Students earning 15 stickers
mid-month and no major violations, will earn an extra reward recess.
Students earning 30 stickers by the end of the month and no major
violations will receive a special school-wide reward which will be
different each month. The goal is to encourage good choices which
will then allow for more learning time for all.
help students make good decisions about behavior, we will be using
the responsible thinking process. When a child causes a minor
disruption to the classroom learning environment, they will be
respectfully asked these questions:
are you doing?
will happen if you continue to disrupt the class?
that what you want?
are you going to do now?
the child answers these questions responsibly and respectfully, they
will return right back to the classroom activity. If they refuse to
comply with the process, they will go to the principal.
the child disrupts a 2nd
time, they will be asked: What are you doing? What did you say
would happen if you disrupted again? Please go to the thinking chair.
Then they will go to the “thinking chair.” When the child feels
they are ready to return to the classroom activity and the teacher is
also able to speak with them, the teacher will again ask the
questions and they may return if they answer responsibly and
respectfully. If they return and continue to disrupt, they will go
to the RTC room to write a plan of how they will be able to act
responsibly in order to return back to the classroom.
Asked the responsible thinking process questions
Go to thinking chair and asked questions again
Go to the RTC room to write a plan of how they can positively change
the behavior and return to class
behaviors or students who refuse to responsibly
and respectfully go through the process will go to the principal.
look in the North Ohio Handbook for further explanation of the
Responsible thinking process and responsible thinking room******
enjoy celebrating student’s birthdays in the classroom. If your
child would like to bring a birthday treat to share with his or her
classmates, please do so. Oftentimes, students with summer birthdays
will celebrate on their half-birthday. Please let me know ahead of
time if you plan on doing this.
to possibly hurting feelings, I ask that you do not send birthday
invitations to be distributed by your child in the classroom unless
all students are included. If you are only able to invite a few
students, please get the invitations to me and I will discreetly hand
them out so children do not feel “left out.”
home visit you will receive a century club form. On this form, you
can write down any books that you read together at home and when you
reach 100 books, turn it in. Your child will get a special
certificate and receive a trophy at the end of the year. If you read
more than 100, they have medium and large trophies too.
class goes to lunch at 10:50AM. We go already dressed for recess.
If your child is purchasing a lunch, you can send in an envelope or
zip lock bag with your child’s
name, Mrs. Sylvester and Lunch money
written on it. You can do the same for milk money if your child
brings a lunch. You can pay per day or you can pay a larger amount
and the amount will go on your account and will be deducted each time
your child eats lunch (a debit account). If your child is bringing a
lunch to school, please try not to send sweets or pop. My experience
has been that students will eat the treats and then throw away or not
eat their main meal. Students are allotted approximately 20 minutes
to eat lunch and then they will need to clean up and go out for
recess with their class for 20 minutes.
of hot lunch: $2.00
of breakfast: $1.30 (served before 7:40)
of milk: $ 0.40
you feel your child would qualify for free or reduced lunch, please
call the office and they will connect you with Mrs. Karen Campbell in
the kitchen. There is paperwork for you to fill out for your child.
up Your Child: If
you are going to pick up your child from school, you have a few
options. One is to wait for the school buses to leave and pull up to
the front of the school. 2:40-2:55 is usually a good time to do this.
Staff will make sure your child is safe to go. You may also come in
the school and pick up your child. They will be waiting in the gym.
Please do not come to the room. If someone other than you is
picking up your child, we need a note or a phone call from you.
Please call the office
if there are any dismissal changes so they can alert me. Getting
your child safely to the correct destination is very important to me
and our staff at North Ohio.
is similar to show and tell; however, one student is chosen daily to
take home the secret sharing box. They are to choose one
item from home that will fit in the box and that they want to share.
They need your help to write down three clues about the item. At
sharing time, they read the clues and the students try to guess what
is in the box. Afterwards, they show and tell about their item and
answer questions about it. Please limit it to one item in the box.
do not need to send an individual snack for your child each day.
Instead, we have class snack time. Snack donations for the class may
be sent in at any time. We have 23 students. Examples of healthy
snacks are: fruit, veggies, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, cheese,
dry cereal, popcorn and yogurt/Go-gurt. Birthday treats are still
welcome on your child’s birthday. I will also let you know,
through a weekly newsletter, when snacks are running low.
Toys at School:
allow your child to bring toys/valuables to school unless it is
something for the secret sharing box or a special project. Often
times students lose, break, have stolen or even give away items and
parents are unaware.
highly encourage you to volunteer in our classroom as much as you
can. We enjoy having parents help and appreciate and value your
support. Once we get on a regular schedule, I will be able to let
you know when we need help the most. If you are going to be a
regular volunteer, the school district requires that you fill out a
green background-check form with a little general information about
yourself. These are available in the office. You may also be
interested in being a Motor Minutes parent. This program requires
one hour per week of your time. You would be working with 3-4
students at a time on various pieces of exercise equipment. I will
send a note home about this program after school begins.