We follow three main rules.
1. Be respectful to each other.
(Including raising our hand before talking & taking turns)
2. Be respectful to ourselves.
(Including being safe and doing our best work)
3. Be respectful to property at Strausser Elementary
What is a Bucket Filler???
The idea of Bucket Fillers is based on the book "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)" by Carol McCloud.
The premise of the book is this...
We all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.
On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.
In our classroom, we have a silver bucket for students to drop a bucket filler form. At the end of each day, we read the forms from the bucket.
The following plan outlines our rules as well as positive rewards for good behavior and the consequences for poor behavior choices. This plan will allow me to guide your children in making good decisions about their behavior. My goal is to for all students to experience a positive educational climate and extraordinary academic growth. I know you share my goal and I look forward to a successful school year.
We will be using a clip chart to monitor our choices in our classroom. The clip chart is divided into 7 colored sections and each day, students will start out on green, in the middle. Good choices will enable students to move up on the clip chart (such as following our school wide FISH Philosophy and displaying “Bucket Filling” behaviors) and poor choices will cause them to move down. Please keep in mind that your child may not move every single day! In order to move up, students must go above and beyond in their behavior choices. Read on for a more detailed explanation of each color.
Pink – Outstanding! – If students reach this level, they’ll earn a jewel sticker to decorate their chart. (5 jewels are rewarded with a Shout Out on our morning announcements.
Purple – Great Job! – As students continue to make good choices, they’ll advance to Great Job!
Blue – Good Job! – Making a good choice will help students move up to the blue section of the chart.
Green – Ready to Learn! – Students get to start out each day on “Ready to Learn”. They will move up or down the chart depending on their choices.
Yellow – Slow Down! – This level is a reminder to slow down and think about their choices. If a student shows improvement and gets back on task with the right behaviors, they can move back up.
Orange – Think About It (Teacher Choice) – If a student moves down to this level, they will have a Behavior Meeting with me. Depending upon the behavior, I will determine what consequence the student will have. Not all students respond the same way to a set consequence. Some examples of consequences may include, but are not limited to: minutes off of recess, completing a behavior reflection sheet, meeting with our guidance counselor (Mrs. Neff), loss of privileges, restriction from a favorite activity, or a phone call home.
Red – Parent Contact – If a student continues to make bad choices, or in rare circumstances, severe behavior warrants a clip down to this level, the consequence will be parent contact from Mrs. Waltman (principal) or Mrs. Krieg (Dean of Students). They will determine further consequences based on the behavior that was exhibited to earn this level.
The students will be able to earn rewards for staying on green or higher all week on the clip chart. Each Friday, Sand dollars will be awarded to those who met our goal. Students can also earn Sand dollars for exceptional behavior. The students will have opportunities each Friday to trade in their Sand dollars for items out of our Reef Rewards catalog.
Students will color their behavior chart in their W.H.A.L.E. Binders, to show what level their clip was on at the end of each day.