• Mrs. Smith’s and Mrs. Emrich’s

    Rules, Homework, Procedures


    Classroom Rules          --The Big Three--

    1.      Do what’s right.

    *We keep our hands and feet to ourselves.

    *We treat our school supplies with care.

    *We are responsible for our own actions.

    1.     Do your best.

    *We always try.

    *We work hard to do quality work.

    1.     Treat others like you would like to be treated.

    *We use kind words.

    *We are polite.

    *We are good listeners.

    *We are respectful to each other.

    **All students and parents are responsible for the rules outlined in the Marion County Code of Student Conduct.



    Students will bring home a folder every day with their daily behavior grade and homework assignments.  We will be using a color-coded card system in our classroom to keep track of student discipline.  Each child will start every day with a green card.  If a child breaks one of the rules listed above, he/she will change the card to yellow.  This is considered a warning.  If the child breaks another rule, he/she will be asked to change the card to red.  At this time, I will change the color listed on the newsletter to yellow or red and will give a short explanation of the rule that was broken. 

      Just as students can receive consequences for misbehavior, students can earn positive rewards for positive behavior.  Children can earn star cards throughout the day. At the end of the day, the students will trade in their star cards for coins to be used at the Cougar Cash Store. Here, the coins can be traded for special prizes.  Star cards/coins can be earned for going above and beyond expected behavior, for setting a good example, for acts of kindness, etc.

    As you are counting on me to give your child the best education I can, I would like to count on you to help when it comes to discipline.  Even though there are rewards and consequences at school for their behavior, it’s worthless if there aren’t any rewards and consequences at home as well.  In my experience with these progress sheets, children seem to take them only as seriously as their parents do.  So, I am pleading with you to be consistent about asking for their progress sheets each day and spend a few minutes talking to them about it.  Praise them for good reports and be diligent about the consequences for poor reports.  A well-behaved student will get much more out of each day and will also allow others to get more out of their day.  The progress sheets need to be signed daily and returned on the following school day.  These progress sheets are great tools for communication.  There is a place for parent comments, so feel free to write me a note in this area and I will get back to you as soon as possible.



    As we all know, attendance is important to student learning and growth.  We understand that from time to time, like us, students become sick and are unable to attend school.  However, we do offer incentives at the end of each quarter for those who have perfect attendance and those who have only missed one day. 





    How else can you help your child?

      The best piece of advice that I can give to help your child become a better reader, is just to practice reading.  Just like any skill, practice makes perfect.  You can read to your child and they can read to you.  Reading to your child helps build vocabulary and helps your child hear examples of what a fluent reader sounds like.  Giving your child time and opportunity to read to you, creates a special bonding time and helps build their confidence.  If you need reading materials at home, please let me know.